Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tarte Fantastic Foursome Blush Review + Swatches!

tarte, fantastic foursome, blush set

 This was the one item I allowed myself to buy during the month of October while I had a buying ban on. It was sold out online and was selling out fast in stores so I snapped it up. The Fantastic Foursome retails for $35USD/$46CAD (Canadian price is a guess, it's no longer available on which works out to be $11.50 a blush, which are half the size of the regular amazonian clay blushes from tarte which cost $33.

blush tarte

 From the top left you get Stellar which is a neutral, Magic which is a coral, Angelic which is a great highlighter and Fantastic which is a hot pink. The packaging is the same as their full sized blushes, a hard plastic in the colour of the blush. I like this better than the Nars or MAC packaging because it makes them easier to find in the drawer.

Each blush is embossed with a picture of the Amazon which is cute. Magic and Fantastic are matte blushes which I love, and Stellar and Angelic have some shimmer. I have to say Fantastic is my favorite out of the group, it looks a bit scary in the pan being bright pink but looks amazing on.

From Left to right: Fantastic, Magic, Angelic, and Stellar. Stellar is my least favorite of the bunch because it feels like a really light bronzer to me. I might start liking it more in place of my Nars Laguna bronzer when my skin gets even paler in the winter.

If you can still find this set I highly recommend it. It was my first Tarte purchase and I do not regret it at all. I can't wait to explore more of the Tarte line and share it with you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I did have a post scheduled for today but blogger apparently ate it :( Posts resume on Thursday!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Aurora inspired Makeup Tutorial!

Hey guys! So I've come up with a new schedule for the blog to incorporate the videos I'm making, content posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a new video every Sunday! Anyways here is my new video, it's a tutorial for Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) from the show Once Upon a Time. I hope you guys like it :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November Glymm Bag!

 This months bag is super cute a black snake skin print. Is it just me or is every month getting better and better with the bag styles? It's my favorite part about Glymm.

Lys Parisien Porfessionnel Moisturizing Shampoo and Balm - This smells decent and has argan oil in it. I never get super excited over hair stuff, but this seems ok.

Villainess Scintillating Bar Soap  This smells so good, plus I loved the Villainess moisturizer I received a few months back. Not huge on bar soaps but this might be ok. It says it's moisturizing which is my main issue with bar soaps.

The New Black nail polish - I don't know what colour this is, but at least it's not teal! It's kind of like a metallic chrome lilac, which might be nice for summer. I've never used The New Black polishes before so I'm excited to try this out.

The Beehive Honey Blossom perfume - this has notes of tea, mandarin, vanilla, amber and patchouli. It might be a bit floral for my tastes, but it doesn't make me cringe so I'll give it a go.

Not the best bag, but I don't hate anything so that's always good.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November Topbox

This is my first ever topbox, I was on the waiting list for what seemed like forever! This months box was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I love the packaging, it's super cute. The size of the samples was also great.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara - Really excited to try this as I tend not to spend a lot of money on mascaras.

China Glaze nail polish in Exotic Encounters - I only have one other china glaze nail polish so I'm ok with it. I wish these boxes would stop sending me teal polish though, I have so many now without purchasing any on their own!

Cuccio Naturale Butter Blend - this seems like a nice moisturizer, I threw it in my purse because the size is great.

Roberto Cavalli eau de parfum - a decent sized sample in nice packaging. Not really my cup of tea scent wise though.

I'm excited to keep receiving Topbox and see how it continues to stack up. Any ideas what to do with the tube packaging?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Spencer Hastings Tutorial

This is my first ever tutorial which I chose to show you how to recreate Spencer from Pretty Little Liars look.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

VIB sale preparation!

So I'm totally Type - A, a Ravenclaw through and through, yadda yadda yadda, I'm a nutbar with OCD who likes to prepare for things WAY IN ADVANCE OK? Anyways, the Sephora VIB sale is happening this month!! So in preparation I've been narrowing down what I'm going to purchase to make this time as minimally stressful as possible. I have a couple of goals/rules.

1. Only one thing from each brand (so as not to go crazy with any one brand)
2. Try and keep it under $200 (as I'm a poor student and this is to last me for a while)

Seems reasonable yes? Onto the goodies I'm ogling!

1. Nars Laguna Bronzer - $39 ($31.20 after discount) I already own this in a duo with Orgasm, but I hit pan last month (in a big way) and because I love this bronzer I feel like a full sized version is in order.

2. Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Palette - $70 ($56 after discount) Ok this is crazy expensive for a palette I know, $7 an eyeshaow. I also know I've been lusting after this since early September. Kate of Gh0stparties has raved about this numerous times as well. There is a very strong possibility that this will come home with me. Also! It would be my first ever Bobbi Brown purchase (totally attempting to justify it here).

3. Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette - $45 ($36 after discount) So far more reasonable/way more bang for you buck is this Too Faced palette. You guys know my deep seated love of neutral palettes and of eyeshadow palettes in general (it's a little obscene). With this discount this works out to be $3 an eyeshadow and I don't own any Too Faced products. Plus the reviews are pretty good as well. This is a highly likely purchase.

4. Lorac Pro Palette - $55 ($44 after discount) Another eyeshadow palette you say?! Psh, of course! I'm obsessed! Amarixe talked about this in a recent haul video, raving about how awesome it is. 16 eyeshadows, half matte and half shimmery. I love me some matte eyeshadows, so this is a serious contender. This works out $2.75 an eyeshadow, which is an even better deal then the Too Faced palette! Need to do a bit more research into this palette to make sure though. I've been having trouble finding swatches of it.

 5. Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Portobello (or Kalahari) - $39 ($31.20 with discount) Ok so I know I said no repeats on brands, but as Laguna is a staple I'm tempted to make an exception. Essie Button raved about Portobello recently and Fleur De Force raved about Kalahari awhile ago. Both seem like perfect weekend away duo's in that I could throw that in a bag with my 217 brush and be good to go. Not 100% sold on this though, as I have so many palettes on my wish list that are much better deals.

6. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty - $33 ($26.40 with discount) So I did break my buying ban to purchase the set of four blushes back in October, which I love and expect reviews to come soon! Because I've never been much of a blush girl until recently, my collection consists of 3 blushes (two of the blushes from the Tarte kit are highlighter/bronzer) so I'm eager to add to my collection. This one was raved about by Essie Button recently as being the perfect Snow White blush. I'm also looking at Nars Sin/Nars Deep Throat. Anyone have any really good blush selections?

7. Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation - $38.50 ($30.80 after discount) Foundation is a bit boring, but Fleur De Force raved about this in her foundation video, and my Chanel Vitalumier must be getting past the halfway point. With this discount this is $20 cheaper than my Chanel foundation and is supposed to be fantastic. I'm also eying the YSL Teint Touche Eclait, which my mum picked up recently and loves.

I think that's pretty much everything on my list! I need to narrow it down, I'm thinking of ditching the Nars duo's and getting rid of ONE palette. The Shiseido foundation and Nars bronzer are pretty much guaranteed though. Anyone else really excited for this sale? What are you stocking up on/getting ready to experiment with?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

October Favorites - Drugstore edition!

So this month I decided to do something a little different and focus on affordable drug store favorites. All of these items I use almost everyday to do my makeup. I'm about 90% sure all of these products are under $10CAD as well (it's been a while since I bought them so don't hold me to that!)

1. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder - This is a great setting powder, really helps deal with shine. I use this everyday to set my concealer and for my T-Zone

2. Essence Coverstick - such a great concealer, I picked this up because MissGlamourazzi recommended it. Perfect for covering up blemishes. Also? this is under $5

3. Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in black - These liners are great, and only $5! I haven't tried expensive eyeliners yet because this one is just so great.

4. Essence Brow and Lash Gel - I don't really understand spending a ton of money on brow gel when cheaper options work just as well. This one costs under $5!

5. Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara - This is my favorite mascara, hands down. Makes my lashes look really full and long.

What are your favorite products that cost under $10?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut Rollerball Review

So I'm not the biggest fan of super sweet artificial scents. If a scent is sweet that's fine, but I really don't like it when it feels like it's giving me a cavity just from smelling it. Lavanila's Vanilla Coconut scent toes this line perfectly for me. It's become my go to fragrance now that the weather has cooled down. It's warm and inviting with a hint of tropical that makes you think of a beach vacation.

This scent seems to be popular with men and women alike as well as I frequently get told I smell amazing whenever I wear this. I think this would be great for travel, as the size is perfect to throw into your carry on and fits TSA standards. Also cost-wise this is budget friendly at $25CAD. If you like sweet but not cloying scents then I recommend you check this one out. I have my eyes on the Vanilla Lavender rollerball next when the VIB sale happens.