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NYX New High Definition Blushes Review

NYX High Definition Blushes
Who doesn’t love NYX, am I right? My favourite NYX product is their powder blushes, and I was a bit concerned that they seem to have discontinued their familiar blush line and come out with a new formula and packaging. I went to the recently launched NYX Canada website to order some of the new High Definition Blushes along with some other items. You can read about my disastrous shipping/customer service experience with the site if you’d like. The four blushes I ordered survived and I really wanted to review them (although I cannot recommend ordering them from nyxcosmetics.ca).

The original line of NYX blushes came in 29 shades. The new HD blushes have 24 available shades, and only two of the original shade names remain (Amber and Taupe) although I’m not sure if they are still the same colour. Sadly there is no Angel, one of my all time favourite blushes. Continue reading

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A new way to order makeup online in Canada!

Shoppers Drug Mart has launched a new website, www.beautyboutique.ca, where you can order makeup and skincare products and earn Optimum points (pretty much the best rewards program of all time). I was curious to see how it differs from Murale, also owned by Shoppers Drug Mart. There seem to be two big differences:
1. The Beauty Boutique site offers free shipping over $75 CAD, and
2. you can redeem your Optimum points online! which you cannot do on the Murale site.

Also, right now you can get 8000 bonus Optimum points (until August 14) on the Beauty Boutique site.

I am excited to be able to order Bioderma Sensibio H2O which isn’t carried in-store anywhere in my town. Its also great to have more online shopping options for makeup products in Canada, especially since the recent Sephora shipping disaster.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Review: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in "902C Bare It All"

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in “902C Bare It All”

A lot of beauty bloggers mention Wet n Wild products in their favourites, so I have been trying out a few things from the line – I recently reviewed some Wet n Wild eye shadows I’ve tried and the Balm Stains. I went to my local Lawtons Drugs to look at the Wet n wild lipsticks and found that my store only carried the Silk Finish Lipstick and the Mega Last Lip Color, although I think Wet n Wild has more lipstick collections. Honestly, I just couldn’t get past the unattractive (in my opinion) and cheap looking packaging of the Silk Finish Lipsticks. Here’s a pic from the Wet n Wild site if you haven’t seen them:
wet n wild silk finish lipstick
So, I went with the Mega Last Lip Color which I think has fairly nice looking packaging. There was a really good colour selection (20 really pretty colours). Vampy Varnish has some awesome swatches and photos of all the shades. I choose “902C Bare It All”, a sort of 1990s browney-nude with a hint of pinkey-peachiness to it. I thought it looked like a good wearable, everyday shade.

Swatch: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in "902C Bare It All"

Swatch: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in “902C Bare It All”

Sadly, I didn’t realize these lipsticks are “semi-matte” and realistically it feels totally matte once applied. I have fairly dry lips so this formula is not working for me at all. I find it very drying and uncomfortable 😦

So the Mega Last Lip Color is a miss for me, which is a shame, because at $3.99 CAD these would be an amazing deal. If you don’t mind matte lipsticks, I would recommend these just based on the really nice colour selection and the price.  Wet n Wild is also available in Canada at Walmart and through Well.ca and FTB Beauty.

What have you tried from Wet n Wild that you totally loved?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Visanti Lipshine

Visanti Lipshine in Coral Sea

Visanti Lipshine in Coral Sea

I don’t normally gravitate towards lip gloss, but I received a Visanti Lipshine as a gift a little while ago and wanted to do a review because I was surprised to find that I really like it. Vasanti is a Canadian brand that I actually haven’t tried many products from. I immediately liked the packaging. Its a substantial glass tube (not plastic) and looks and feels very high-end.

The Lipshine is described as “wind-proof, cake-proof…non-stick shine” and I would have to agree. This gloss melts into your lips almost like a liquid lipstick. Its long wearing and not sticky! It’s the stickiness that normally turns me off of lipgloss. It almost reminds me a little bit of the texture of the NYX Butter Glosses. It does have a slight fruity scent, but has no taste.

Swatch: Visanti Lipshine in Coral Sea

Swatch: Visanti Lipshine in Coral Sea

I have the shade “Coral Sea”, a pretty coral pink, but the Lipshine comes in 22 different shades, which is a pretty good selection.

The Vasanti Lipshine is $15.00 CAD and is available through the Vasanti website and in select Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Lawtons, and Pharmasave locations.

Have you tired any of the Vasanti products?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Review & Swatches: My Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Palettes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes

I have been curious about the much hyped, cult favourite brand, Wet n Wild, but it’s not widely available where I live, and although it is sold at one drugstore near me, the selection is very small.

Recently, I ordered some of the Wet n wild eyeshadows through FTB Beauty. They seemed to have all of the Wet n Wild products available so I was able to get all of the neutral palettes I was interested in trying out. I ordered three of the Color Icon Trios in 335 “Silent Treatment”, 380B “Walking on Eggshells”, and 381B “Sweet as Candy”, and the 8-pan eyeshadow palette in 738 “Comfort Zone”.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow "Comfort Zone" palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow "Comfort Zone" palette

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Silent Treatment"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Silent Treatment”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Silent Treatment"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Silent Treatment”

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Walking on Eggshells"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Walking on Eggshells"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Sweet as Candy”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Sweet as Candy”

What I liked:

  • The colours! All of the palettes had very pretty, wearable, neutral shades. It can be hard to find “subtle” eyeshadow shades in drugstore brands.
  • Overall, fairly pigmented.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Didn’t irritate my eyelids, which tend to be sensitive.

What I didn’t like:

  • Too soft and crumbly! It’s nice to have a soft, blendable shadow, but these are REALLY soft. If you look at the pics, I haven’t even used these that much and have already eroded huge chunks out of some of the shades. The shadow kind of goes everywhere when you put your brush in it.
  • Fall-out. I would get a lot of shadow falling down under my eye while applying.
  • Some inconsistent texture/pigmentation. Although most of the shades were smooth, a few were pretty patchy and uneven, especially the darker or matte shades (see swatch of “Silent Treatment” trio for example)

Wet n Wild eyeshadows have been compared to much higher priced brands, like MAC. While I think that for their very low price these are good quality, I don’t think they compare in texture to MAC or some of the other higher-end eyeshadows I have. The one big difference would be in how soft they are. I was losing a lot of product while I was picking up the shadows on my brush, and then losing more while applying them. Based on how much product has already been swept away, I think you would hit pan on these much quicker than with higher-end shadows. MAC might cost more, but think about how long it takes you to use up a MAC eyeshadow.

I think if your preferred price point is more drugstore, the Wet n Wild shadows are for sure the best drugstore brand I’ve tired. However, I don’t think I’m convinced that they are comparable quality to some of the higher-end brands I have. I like them a lot, but I’m not wind-in-my-hair-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music in love with them.

Price details: Through FTB Beauty, the Comfort Zone palette was $8.50 CAD, and the trios were $5.00 CAD each (plus tax). Shipping was $15.98 CAD. I noticed they have improved their shipping options, with regular shipping $7.99 and express shipping $12.99, and free shipping now on orders $50 or more (yay!). Shipping was very fast and the eyeshadows arrived in perfect condition. I would definitely recommend this site for Canadian makeup shoppers.

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love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Moisturizing Mask for Sensitive Skin

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for Sensitive Skin

While I was on vacation in British Columbia, my skin was super dry. I popped in to a London Drugs in search of a hydrating mask, and the sales assistant recommended Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for Sensitive Skin. It does have a very slight scent, but Avene says the fragrance is “tolerated by sensitive skin”. I have not experienced any irritation. Its also preservative-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

The directions say to leave on for 15 minutes, but I have been leaving it on overnight. My skin is dry enough that after 15 minutes it has pretty much soaked in completely. I wake up the next morning with soft, hydrated skin.

Avene recommends using it once or twice a week. It is very rich and although 72% thermal spring water , it does contain safflower oil. I have only been using it once a week or once every two weeks. I haven’t had any breakouts, but I don’t think if you are acne prone that you would want to use it too frequently. It is a really great mask for dry, sensitive skin.

The Avene Soothing Moisture Mask is $35.oo CAD. Avene skincare products are available in Canada at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and well.ca.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick & Soft Matte Lip Cream

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream” & NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

I love so many of the NYX products, but sadly I’ve recently had two “mehs” from this line, both lip products (which is really too bad after experiencing the loveliness that is the NYX Butter Glosses). I’m just not feelin the NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick or the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream.

I received the Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in my December Ipsy Bag and have tried to like this lipstick. I was excited about it because NYX reformulated this line. Previously, the NYX Round Lipsticks with the curlicue  design on the packaging (which don’t seem to be available in Canada anymore) had a very strong icky, perfumey scent and taste. I literally threw mine out after wearing it once. The new Extra Creamy Round Lipsticks thankfully don’t have the perfumey taste. They don’t smell great, but it’s a mild scent that doesn’t bother me.  But the formula is only ok. It feels almost greasy or oily on the lips and is pretty sheer. Maybe it’s just the “Cream” shade? Please let me know if any of the other shades are worth trying out.

I tried the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream because it was getting a lot of good reviews and was being compared to the OCC Lip Tars. NYX describes it as “Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish…surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.” I don’t hate this, but I don’t love it either. It’s just not something I reach for. I find it a little uncomfortable to wear and it tends to dry out my lips.

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Swatches: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream” & Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

Both of the colours are super pretty though!

Price & Where to Buy: The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick is $4.99 CAD, and the Soft Matte Lip Cream is $6.50 CAD. In Canada NYX is available at Rexall, Pharmasave, some London Drugs, and Lawtons Drugs (Atlantic Canada) and online through Cherry Culture, TSC, FTB Beauty, and Funk ‘n’ Frost Beauty Bar.

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Best “Nude” Lipstick for Fair Skin

theBalm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”

I love the nude lipstick look in theory, but as anyone else with fair skin knows, “nude” lips are not necessarily a flattering look. Many popular nude shades, with practically cult followings, on me end up looking like I smeared foundation over my lips or simply make me look ill.

But then, enter theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”. I first picked this up last year along with several other theBalm products. I have been obsessed with it ever since. I was down to the last little nub, and luckily was able to pick up another one while I was traveling (I can’t buy theBalm where I live). When you have a healthy sized lipstick collection and you use up a lipstick in under a year, it’s a pretty good sign.

Mai Billsbepaid is a pinky-brown nude. It’s the perfect “nude” for me and very wearable for everyday. It has hardly left my purse. I have cool toned skin with pink undertones (I’m an “NC15” but in reality lighter than that). This shade works really well with my skin tone, doesn’t wash me out, and just looks effortless and natural.

Swatch: theBalm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

Swatch Lovin: theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”

The formula of theBalm Girls Lipsticks is amazing. Very smooth, creamy, super hydrating, and not too opaque and not too sheer. Just right! The finish is slightly shiny. In fact, I think they remind me of the MAC Lustre Lipsticks which I love. theBalm lipsticks also have a pleasant, light scent that fades after you apply it. Sort of a chocolate mint scent. The silver bullet packaging is adorable. It’s the kind of lipstick you just enjoy pulling out and applying over and over again.

theBalm Girls Lipsticks are $20.00 CAD. In Canada, you can get theBalm at London Drugs and Rexall, or online through NailPolishCanada.com or Nordstrom.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy May Glam Bag Review

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

The May Glam Bag’s “Fresh Picks” theme was all about natural beauty. I nicknamed mine the “hippy glam bag” because all my products seemed to be of the all-natural, sustainable, ethical, organic, cruelty-free variety. Even the cosmetic bag was unbleached cotton with a green leaf design. My bag also contained more skincare products then any of my previous bags. Only one item out of the five was a makeup item. I received:

  • Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil (travel size): $14.00 CAD
  • Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn” (unable to find a price)
  • Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (10ml sample size): $38.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer (15ml sample size): $60.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 natural sunscreen (sample size): $14.00 CAD for full size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the May bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $126.00 CAD. That is without the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo which had no price available.

The Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil is silicone-free and uses essential oils like Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Tamanu and certified organic ingredients. Its cruelty-free and has recyclable packaging. I have super frizzy hair and generally like hair oils. I found the scent of this one a bit off-putting – a very sinus-clearing eucalyptus. I could not find where this brand might be sold in Canada. We can’t order online, but their website says you can call or email to place an international order, but beware they ship using UPS.

The Pacifica eyeshadow duo is not on their website, so I suspect it was an item specially created for Ipsy. The brand’s products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain “FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin” and they are really environmentally and ethically conscious.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in "Moonbeam" and "Unicorn"

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn”

Their mineral eyeshadow duo, infused with coconut water, was literally a hit and a miss. The darker, purpley-taupey shade was quite nice and wearable, with a very smooth texture and satin finish. The other half of the duo, a glittery cream shade, was awful! That shade was everything I dislike in an eyeshadow: scratchy, uneven texture; chunky; patchy to apply; and over-the-top sparkly. Pacifica is available through well.ca and may be at some Target stores in Canada (not mine).

I love getting facial masks in my Ipsy bag. The Hey Honey brand uses honey as the main ingredient in all their products, so I am excited to try out the Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask. The Hey Honey site ships to Canada using USPS for very reasonable shipping ($8.99 USD) and with USPS there aren’t additional import or customs fees.

Pur-lisse is quite a high-end brand. One of the great things about getting samples in my Ipsy bag is that I can try out expensive products to see how my skin reacts before dropping a lot of money on the full sized product and then discovering it irritates my sensitive skin. The Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer does contain natural fragrance oils so we will see how it goes.

I was excited to get a sunscreen in my Ipsy bag. Being a very pale girl, I practically never leave the house in summer without at least an SPF 30 on (and prefer an SPF 50 or even 75). The Hang Ten Classic Sport contains some organic ingredients, is Oxybenzone, Paraben, and Retinyl Palmitate free, and has a “a signature beach themed all-natural non-synthetic scent”. It smells delicious! Again, I am glad I get to test this out first to see how my skin reacts. Although I couldn’t find where to purchase this brand in Canada.

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Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin

Moisturizers for sensitive skinI have sensitive skin that’s also fairly dry. I’m always searching for good moisturizers that won’t irritate my skin or, if I’m using it on my face, won’t cause breakouts. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Complex 15: This is my go-to moisturizer for my face that I use daily. Its water-based (so it won’t cause breakouts), lightweight, and fragrance-free. It was actually recommended by my dermatologist. I’ve been using it for years. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. Its also very inexpensive. PRICE: $7.99-$9.99 CAD
  • Impruv Cream: Specifically for dry, sensitive skin it contains no dyes, perfumes or preservatives. It has shea butter which can be a little rich, so I don’t use this one daily. But it is great in winter or on those days when my skin needs extra hydration. I get mine at Shoppers Drug Mart. Its also available online through well.ca. PRICE: $16.50 CAD
  • Oilatum Cream: Made for the treatment of eczema and dry skin conditions, Oilatum is fragrance-free and contains 6% light liquid paraffin and 15% white soft paraffin. I picked this up while I was in England and its my favourite hand cream. I love the way the paraffin feels. Oilatum is a UK brand and sadly its been discontinued in Canada, but it is available on amazon.ca. PRICE: $13.28 CAD
  • Bio-Oil: Advertised to “improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks”, I have no idea if Bio-Oil can actually do that, but it sure can moisturize. I really like using this on my elbows and feet. Its does have some fragrance, but hasn’t irritated my skin. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. PRICE: $12.99 CAD
  • Bioderma Sensibio Light: Water-based, preservative-free and fragrance-free, I tried this after I started using Bioderma Sensibio H2O (love it!). Bioderma is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and online through Murale. PRICE: $29.95 CAD

Do you have a favourite moisturizer for sensitive skin?

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Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets

I ordered two wrap bracelets online through the Victoria Emerson site. I was a bit skeptical because although the “regular” prices are listed as $199.00, they’re ALWAYS on sale for $24.99-$29.99. I ordered two bracelets: Midnight Mist (on sale for about $27.50 CAD) and Silver & Black Pearl (on sale for about $33.00 CAD).

With taxes and very reasonable shipping ($7.71 CAD) it worked out to a total of $74.75 CAD. I didn’t incur any additional customs charges and I received them in about a week.

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets. Top: Silver & Black Pearl. Bottom: Midnight Mist

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets. Top: Silver & Black Pearl. Bottom: Midnight Mist

I really like them. They look pretty much like the photos on the site. I believe they’re real leather because they smelled like leather. I have no idea if they actually are “hand made” as claimed. The fastener seems like good quality and has three loops to accommodate different wrist sizes. They are comfortable to wear.

Do I think they are worth paying $200 for? Absolutely not. Do I think they are worth paying $25-$35 for? Absolutely! Fortunately the “sale” seems to be perpetual 🙂

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Top 5 Drugstore Blushes for Fair Skin

Top 5 Drugstore Blushes Fair Skin
After starting with my Top 5 High-End Blushes for Fair Skin I said I would return with my top 5 “drugstore” picks. Let me start by admitting that my choices are definitely on the higher-end of what is available in drugstores in terms of price. Although I have plenty of favourite inexpensive makeup products, I find that every time I search through lower priced blushes I have a difficult time finding shades suitable for fair skin. For some reason, lower-priced blushes tend to be either very, very bright or very, very dark. I would love to receive suggestions for good drugstore blushes in more subtle shades that work on lighter skin tones.

Anyway, here are my top five best blushes for fair skin:

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel”

The one really big exception in my search for drugstore blushes would be NYX. I love NYX powder blushes and find they wear longer on me than any other blush I’ve tried, including high-end blushes. After 8-12 hours it looks exactly like it did when I first applied it. There are so many shades (at least 25 I believe) but NYX Angel is my absolute favourite. It a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! NYX describes it as “matte soft pink” which I think is totally inaccurate 😛 ($6.50 CAD)

Benefit Coralista Blush

Benefit “Coralista”

Benefit Coralista is a beautiful coral blush with a bit of shimmer. The Benefit blushes have a slight scent that fades after applied. It has not irritated my skin, but I don’t wear it everyday, just in case. I know the price point on this one is high, but in Canada, Benefit is available at all Shoppers Drug Marts. Plus, you could redeem your Optimum points for this and get it for free! ($36.00 CAD)

Cargo Tonga Blush

Cargo “Tonga”

I mentioned this one in a Cargo haul. I have been obsessed with it since I got it. Its a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve – that is perfect for fair skin. Again, expensive, but in Canada, only sold in drugstores. ($26.00 CAD)

Physicians Formula Rosy Glow Mineral Blush

Physicians Formula “Rosy Glow” Mineral Wear Blush

I heard about Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Blush in “Rosy Glow” when it was mentioned as a drugstore favourite by Tati (GlamLifeGuru). What I like about the Physicians Formula blushes is they are fragrance-free, long-wearing, and come in really light and natural shades. What I don’t like about them is the bulky, unwieldy packaging. “Rosy Glow” is a very natural looking, mostly matte, light pink. ($15.99-$19.99 CAD)

Bourjois Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in “Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat”

I picked up several Bourjois blushes last year in England (view post). Although Shoppers Drug Mart carries Bourjois, I don’t think the shade Radiant Rose – a matte, warm pink, which turns out to be my favourite – is available in Canada. They do have lots of other shades that work well with fair skin though. ($19.00 CAD)

Here are all five side-by-side, swatched in natural daylight:

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Swatches (L-R): NYX Angel, Benefit Coralista, Cargo Tonga, Physicians Formula Rosy Glow, and Bourjois Radiant Rose

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

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I’d love to hear what your favourite blushes are for fair skin!

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Dupe

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow
I was sad to hit pan on some of the shades in my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, especially “Naked 2”, the one I wore most often. I really like wearing this shade all over the lid as a very natural, everyday “no makeup” makeup look. While I was in Sephora I asked the SA if UD made Naked 2 as an individual shadow. They don’t, but she was so sweet and helpful and immediately recommended another shade that she said is a very close dupe for Naked 2: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in “Cement”.

Bobbi Brown Cement Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown “Cement” Eye Shadow

Cement is described as “a grey beige” and is completely matte.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Swatches (L-R): Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

It’s extremely similar to Naked 2. Both are very light, matte, cool-toned beigey-taupes. I would say Naked 2 is a little warmer and more brown, and Cement is a little more grey.

I’m really happy with it! If there are your-lips-but-better shades, I would say this is a your-eyelids-but-better eye shadow 🙂

This is the first Bobbi Brown eye shadow I’ve tried. In Canada they’re available at SephoraMurale, and Holt Renfrew for $26.00 CAD. Now I’d like to try some other Bobbi Brown shadows. Which ones would you recommend?

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Ipsy April Glam Bag Review

April Ipsy Glam Bag: UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil, Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain glitter nail lacquer, dr. brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant, Jasmine perfume oil, and Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss

April Ipsy Glam Bag: UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil, Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain glitter nail lacquer, dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, Demeter Jasmine perfume oil, and Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss

The April Glam Bag’s theme was “Beauty Rocks” and contained products with a rock-n-roll sort of theme. The cosmetic bag was really cute, and also said “Beauty Rocks” with an image of an old vinyl record.  The bag contained 5 products, 4 of which were sample sizes:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil in “Black Velvet” (0.03 oz size): $24.00 CAD for full 0.04 oz size
  • Rainbow Honey glitter nail lacquer in “Midnight Fountain” (sample size): $11.50 CAD for full size
  • dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant (0.25 oz sample size): $90.00 CAD for 2 oz size
  • Demeter Jasmine perfume oil (o.29 sample size): $20.00 CAD for full 1 oz size. This is the first time I’ve received perfume in my Glam Bag.
  • Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss in “Berry Me”: $11.00 CAD

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the April bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $156.50 CAD.

I am happy with this month’s products with the exception of the Mary Kay. I am not a fan of Mary Kay because I am allergic to their products, so I won’t be using the lip gloss. The dr. brandt is quite a high-end product. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

In Canada, Rainbow Honey nail lacquer and Demeter perfume is available through nailpolishcanada.com. Urban Decay and dr. brandt are available at Sephora. Mary Kay can be purchased through their “independent beauty consultants”.

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Buxom Lipsticks

Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks

I had never tried any of the Buxom lip products because I thought they were all that “plumping” type that causes your lips to tingle and sting that I’m not a fan of. Then I read that the Full Bodied Lipstick gives a “plumping effect without the tingle” through “encapsulated hyaluronic spheres” to “promote hydration and fullness”. They don’t contain any of the ingredients used as an irritant (like niacin, cinnamon, menthol, or ginger) that cause an inflammatory reaction.

A picked up the shade “Hooligan” a few months ago and I have been loving it, so I just got another shade, ‘Two-Timer”.
Buxom-Hooligan-Two-Timer-Lipsticks

  • Hooligan – described as “mauve plum” is just that, a rich, rosy plum
  • Two-Timer – described as an “earthy rose” is more of a peachy/orangey-brown
Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks Swatches: Hooligan & Two-Timer

Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick Swatches: Hooligan & Two-Timer

The formula of these lipsticks is so nice and creamy and moisturizing. They are opaque and not too glossy. My favourite thing of all is they smell a little like coconut. They actually contain real coconut oil, which I am obsessed with!

In Canada, Buxom is available at Sephora. The Full Bodied Lipsticks are $26.00 CAD.

Have you tried any of the other Buxom shades?

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Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains

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When I saw these new Balm Stains in the Wet n Wild section, they immediately reminded me of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and the Clinique Chubby Sticks. All three have the same shape and size and “twist-up” packaging.

Battle of the Balms: Wet n Wild Balm Stain compared to Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Clinique Chubby Stick

Battle of the Balms: Wet n Wild Balm Stain compared to Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Clinique Chubby Stick

I had to try them out. I picked up two of the six shades:

  • 128 Pinky Promise – a light, soft, baby pink with some shimmer
  • 126 Rico Muave – a medium, cool-toned, mauvey-pink
Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 Pinky Promise and 126 Rico Muave

Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 “Pinky Promise” and 126 “Rico Muave”

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Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 “Pinky Promise” and 126 “Rico Muave”

I think these are very similar to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (rather than the Clinique Chubby Sticks which are more of a tinted lip balm). They even have a slightly minty scent when applied like the Revlon do. I really liked the “Rico Muave” shade which REALLY stained and stayed on all day. “Pinky Promise” didn’t really work as a stain, but is still a pretty shade. I didn’t find that either of these dried out my lips or irritated them at all.

The Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains are only $3.99 CAD compared to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains which are typically $9.99 CAD. In my area, they are available at Walmart and Lawton’s Drugs. They’re also available online in Canada through Well.ca.

Have you tried them yet? Let me know what you think.

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NYX Baked Blushes: Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

How cute is the packaging on these new NYX Baked Blushes?

I am a huge fan of the regular NYX powder blushes, so I was excited when they came out with a new line of baked blushes. NYX describes them as “Baked to sheer perfection, this luxurious formula is packed full of pigments to provide a natural glow and highlight to the face.” These are definitely not matte, but are intended to be a shimmery, glowey type of blush, as baked blushes often are.

I tried three shades:

  • Ladylike: “Light pink with gold shimmer” – very accurate description.
  • Wanderlust: “Iridescent peach”. A straight-up peach once applied.
  • Chiffon: Oddly described only as “Iridescent highlight”, Chiffon is one of those blush shades I love: a brownish-pink, very “nude” type of shade.
NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush Swatches (L-R): Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush Swatches (L-R): Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

As many reviewers have mentioned, with baked products you have to break through that top layer to really get at the product. The texture was quite nice with the glaring exception of Ladylike. Ladylike is very gritty and scratchy. So I would caution that there seems to be some inconsistency with the formula; it varies depending on the shade. If you’re interested in a specific shade, look for reviews. Ladylike is a very pretty colour, but the texture is horrible which is a shame.

Wanderlust and Chiffon were very smooth and easy to apply. You can also go from sheer to building it up for a more intense colour payoff. My favourite shade is Chiffon.

I haven’t seen the new blushes in stores in Canada yet, but you can buy them through Cherry Culture for $7.69 CAD. Shipping was $15 CAD and they arrived within 10 days, which is super fast for Canada! I was also impressed with the way it was packaged. There was so much cushioney (recyclable) paper to make sure nothing got damaged.

Have you tried the new NYX blushes? What do you think?

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NYX Butter Glosses: Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

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Is it just me or does it seem like everyone has been talking about the NYX Butter Glosses lately? Maybe because they just released a bunch of new shades? In any case, I had read/watched so many recent reviews about these, I had to try them out for myself. With cute, dessert-inspired names, a sweet vanilla scent, and a lot of shades to choose from, I can understand why people are raving about these.

I’m not always a fan of the scent or taste of NYX lip products, but the Butter Glosses were surprisingly appealing.  The scent is subtle and I didn’t notice it once applied. I also didn’t notice much of a taste. I got the shades:

  • Vanilla Cream Pie: Bright mauvey-pink
  • Creme Brulee: Pale, soft pinkey-nude
  • Tiramisu: Pinkey-brown
NYX Butter Gloss Swatches L-R:  Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss Swatches L-R: Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

I really like these applied over lipliner (MAC Whirl with Tiramisu was my favourite combo so far). They aren’t too shiny or sticky like some lip glosses. Obviously they aren’t super long wearing, but I don’t mind reapplying. I think they are a unique product, and at $5.50 CAD definitely worth trying out.

I ordered mine through Cherry Culture. The shipping wasn’t bad ($15 CAD) and it arrived within 10 days, which is super fast for Canada! I also got a free lime lip balm with my order.

Have you tried any shades that you would recommend?

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Review of LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

A sample size of the LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer came with my LORAC Pro Palette. Eyeshadow primer pretty much changed my life (well my makeup life anyway, lol) but they are not all created equally. I love my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, so I wouldn’t have gone out specifically in search of a new eye primer.

I have tried to give this one a good go, but I have to say I really don’t care for it. I don’t think it works very well at all. My eyeshadows were creasing midway through the day and it didn’t help them stay put at all. I felt like I might as well of not used a primer. I would recommend the Too Faced or the Urban Decay Primer Potion for sure over the LORAC. They are all the same price, $24.00 CAD, although you do get more in the LORAC tube (0.5 oz VS the 0.35 oz Too Faced and 0.37 oz UD). This is my first disappointing experience with a LORAC product.

You can buy LORAC in Canada through the Nordstrom website which ships using Borderfree. Check out my post about my good experience with Borderfree.

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Top Five Blushes for Fair Skin (High-End)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. Its the end of semester so work has been very busy. I thought I would share my blush recommendations for fair skin. This post is my top five high-end blushes. I will do my drugstore blush picks soon though!

These are in no particular order:

NARS Deep Throat

NARS “Deep Throat”

I have several NARS blushes and they have such an enormous shade range its easy to find one that works for you. My favourite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a peachy-pink that is similar to NARS Orgasm, but a lot less shimmery. ($33.00 CAD)

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 “In Love”

I mentioned this in a recent post, and I am totally in love with Chanel In Love. I think anyone with fair skin will like this natural, peachy-coral blush with a subtle shimmer that gives you the perfect glow. ($48.00 CAD)

theBalm FratBoy

theBalm “FratBoy”

The deepest of the five shades, theBalm’s FratBoy is a completely matte, corally-pink. I consider theBalm a “high-end” line because its difficult to find in Canada (most drug stores don’t carry it) and the price point is higher than what I consider “drugstore” ($24.00 CAD).

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Baked Matte Satin blush in “Exposed”

Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed is a favourite of LisaLisaD1‘s and bought this one from her online shop actually. Despite its name, this blush is NOT matte; it has a beautiful (not too shimmery) sheen. I often use it as a highlight for the tops of my cheeks over another blush. Its fabulous on its own too. This peachy-pink blush is one of my all time favourites. If you’re searching for LORAC in Canada, try the Nordstrom’s site which has reasonable shipping and no additional customs charges. ($27.70 CAD)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in "Dollface"

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in “Dollface”

I have three of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. My Dollface is the “baby” sized version, but its available in the full-size. Dollface is a light, cool-toned, matte pink. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and is super long-wearing. ($31.00)

Here they are swatched in natural daylight:

Top 5 blushes for fair skin -  swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

Top 5 blushes for fair skin – swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. I’ll be back soon with my top five drugstore blushes!

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I’d love to hear what your favourite blushes are for fair skin!

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Drugstore Find: Milani Color Statement Lipliners

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

After my post on Annabelle lipliners I felt like I needed to give a shout out to my other favourite drugstore lipliners, the Milani Color Statement Lipliners. I first heard about these from LisaLisaD1. These are very similar to MAC lipliners (which I also really love) and are just as good quality in my opinion, but for a lower price. The differences would be you get more product with the MAC liners (1.45g vs the 1.14g Milani) and I find the Milani liners softer and require more frequent sharpening, so the MAC would certainly last longer. Also, MAC has a much wider colour selection. I think the Milani are the best drugstore lip liners.

If you love neutral lip liners though, you will love some of the shades from Milani. I have:

  • 02 – True Red: This is the only non-neutral one I have, that I got for using with red lipsticks. Its a blue-toned red, which is harder to find in a liner, and is also nice to wear on its own.
  • 03 – Nude: My favourite and the one I have worn the most (I’m getting down to the end and will definitely repurchase). It’s a light, pinkey-brown nude. It’s a my-lips-but-better shade worn on its own and also works with almost any lipstick shade.
  • 04 – All Natural: My second favourite. It leaves the land of “pinkey” brown and arrives more in nude brown land. This is a great one for a 1990s lip! It’s a light, neutral brown so it also works well with lots of lipstick shades.
  • 07 – Brandy: A pretty, dark, mauvey-brown. It’s the darkest out of the five I have.
  • 09 – Spice: A medium, warm brown.
Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

I find these liners creamy, non-drying, easy to apply. They make a great base under lipsticks or on their own for a matte lip. They retail for about $3.99 CAD which is amazing. I ordered mine (with the exception of True Red) directly from the Milani website which ships to Canada. Shipping was $16.45 USD, but there were no additional customs fees.

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Ipsy March Glam Bag Review

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

I’m a bit late reviewing my Ipsy Glam bag this month. The March cosmetic bag was my favourite  so far – a super cute, original design by artist Klari Reis. The bag contained:

  • NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in “Segredos De Giselle”: $6.75 CAD
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick in “Get Ready” (1.5g sample size): $23.00 CAD for full 3.4g size
  • Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (12ml sample size): $25.00 CAD for full size
  • Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen: $26.90 CAD

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

There were only four products in this month’s bag, which is slightly fewer than normal, but three of them were higher end brands that would be over $20 each to purchase on their own.

I love NYX eyeshadows, and I’m happy with the trio I received in “Segredos De Giselle” – a peachy pink, a beige, and a bronzey-brown, all shades that I would wear. The same with the bareMinerals lipstick shade; it’s a super wearable pinky-rose. The shade “Get Ready” seems to be exclusive to Ipsy, as it isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site. I am also loving the Pixi primer, a water-based, fragrance-free primer that works well with my MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

I haven’t used the Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen yet, which is a water-resistant liquid liner. I’m not really a blue eyeliner person.

The total retail value of the March bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $81.65 CND.

The Chella website ships to Canada, but states “Canadian customers are responsible for all duties and GST”, and doesn’t say what shipping method they use. The Hudsons Bay Company logo is on their site under “About Us” so they may carry Chella products? For where to buy NYX, bareMinerals, and Pixi in Canada, checkout my Canadian Makeup Shopping Guide.

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Tarte Cheek Stain

Tarte Cheek Stain in "Flush"

Tarte Cheek Stain in “Flush”

Tarte Cheek Stain in "Flush"

Tarte Cheek Stain in “Flush”

I’ve had this for a while now and have tried really hard to like it. The Tarte Cheek Stains are a “cult favourite” best-seller and being obsessed with blush I thought for sure I’d love this product. There are a few reasons I feel “meh” about it and haven’t reached for it more.

I like to use a cheek stain in two ways. Mainly I use it UNDER foundation. The Tarte Cheek Stain is too tacky for that though. Compared to something like Benetint, it just doesn’t seem to “set” on me, so trying to apply a mineral powder foundation over it is impossible, and it doesn’t work that well under liquid foundation either. In each case it tends to grab the foundation.

I also use it on its own on days when I’m not wearing much makeup. I find the Tarte Cheek Stain too sheer (and Flush is one of the darkest shades!) and not particularly long-lasting. After an hour or so its completely disappeared. I also don’t like the smell. Why you would add fragrance to a blush product I don’t know. These smell fruity and the scent sticks around on your cheeks long after you’ve applied it.

I am just not a fan. If you have any suggestions for how you’ve used the Tarte Cheek Stains differently in a way that works for you, leave me a comment below.

Tarte is available in Canada at Sephora. The Cheek Stains, which have recently been re-released with redesigned packaging, retail for $36.00 CAD.

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Why I am Drinking More Water: Soda Stream Review

Soda Stream carbonated water maker (“Source” model)

Although Health Canada doesn’t have a recommendation for a specific amount of water consumption and “eight glasses per day” is actually an urban legend, it’s obviously still important to keep hydrated. My skin has been really dehydrated this winter so I thought trying to drink more water couldn’t hurt. The problem is I really love carbonated water or “fizzy water” as I like to call it. What’s wrong with that you ask? The problem is fizzy water can have a lot of sodium in it. Water might be good for you but too much salt definitely isn’t.

Health Canada’s recommended intake for sodium for adults is between 1500-2300 mg per day.  Here’s the low-down on how much sodium might be lurking in your fizzy water:

  • a 355 ml can of club soda: 105-250 mg of sodium (depending on the brand)
  • 750 ml bottle of Perrier: 9 mg of sodium
  • 750 ml bottle of San Pellegrino: 27 mg of sodium

Another thing I was really starting to feel bad about was buying all those bottles and cans of water which is really not good for the environment. Even if you recycle them there is the carbon footprint from transporting them. So, I decided to get a Soda Stream and make my own carbonated, sodium free water at home using tap water!

I have been drinking so much water. Its so quick and easy to use. It doesn’t even require electricity or batteries. You just fill the 1 litre bottle that comes with the machine (pictured above) with totally free tap water, stick it in the machine, press down, and in seconds you have fizzy water. The plastic bottle lasts 2 years, is recycle-able, and you can buy extra bottles separately.

Here are some more details if you are considering getting a Soda Stream:

  • I got mine at Canadian Tire. You can find a retailer near you on the Soda Stream site.
  • The machines ranged in price from $79.99 to $129.99 CAD depending on the model, and all came with a CO2 cartridge and sample pack of flavours you can add. FYI – all of the flavours we tried were disgusting.
  • The CO2 cartridges are $34.99 CAD and make 60 litres of carbonated water. That’s roughly 60 cents a litre! WAY cheaper than buying club soda or other brands of fizzy water.
  • You can return your CO2 cartridge to the store and exchange it for a full one for a discount. I haven’t done this yet, so I’m not sure how much you save.

I am loving my Soda Stream. If you were thinking about getting one, hope this review helps you out! I am off to pour myself another delicious glass of fizzy water…

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Drugstore Find: Annabelle Lipliners

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 420 Blush, 405 Demure, Nude (Waterproof), and  Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 420 Blush, 405 Demure, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle is a Canadian brand that originated in Montreal. It can be found in most drugstores and major chains. I think their lipliners are totally overlooked and underrated. Personally, I think they are the same quality as MAC’s lipliners – smooth, creamy, easy to wear, and last forever – and they have a fabulous selection of nude and neutral shades. And the best part? They are only $5.95 – $6.95 CND.

I have the shades:

  • 305 Nude Lustre: This is one of their Metallic lipliners, but I honestly don’t notice much difference in the formula or finish of this range vs the regular lipliners except that maybe they are slightly more shimmery. Nude Lustre is a medium warm-toned brown.
  • 405 Demure: My favourite! A soft, cooler-toned, pinky-brown. It’s a perfect my-lips-but-better shade.
  • 420 Blush: A very pretty rosey-nude liner. A “Rosie Huntingon Whiteley” type of shade.
  • Nude (Waterproof): The only difference between the regular lipliners and the waterproof liners is that the regular liners are the traditional wooden pencils, and the waterproof liners are the sharpenable plastic and they cost $1 more. Otherwise, the formula seems the same to me; I think most lipliners are likely waterproof. The actual “waterproof” line has some great shades though, like “Nude” a deep, cool brown.
  • Rose (Waterproof): A deep, rosey-pink.
Annabelle Lipliner Swatches L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliner Swatches L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

I love wearing a liner to fill in my entire lip and top with some lip balm for a 1990’s matte brown lip that stays put for hours. Demure and Nude are perfect shades for that.

Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Annabelle cosmetics in Canada.

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