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Shop My Stash: October 2017 … and an Update!

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Howdy everyone! Yes, I do realize that it’s the middle of October already and I still haven’t posted this month’s Shop My Stash and September’s recap. All with good reason, of course. Which will all be explained below…

First off, October was actually a tough one for me to put a basket together for. This was mostly because I have so much on the go in terms of open products that I actually really like and use on the daily. Hence why I’m not in a huge rush with September’s recap as I’m still using the majority of it right now! I think this is a good thing. It only means that I’m finding things that I love and that my collection is being used and is in essence shrinking… which was the goal I had set myself when I started my Shop My Stash series in the first place! 

I’m going to tell you right now – don’t expect October’s basket to be chock full of products. In fact, I only have six items in it. I will explain as we go along…

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. ? Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan. 

If you’re interested, you can find my other Shop My Stash posts here.

How Shop My Stash Works… and an Update!

If you have been following along, you are aware that every month, I take one or two products of a certain type (be it eyeshadow, primer or mascara) and put them in a basket. As we are into Month #10, I found a need to modify this a little bit. First off, in addition to the product categories that are still on the go, I am breaking down the list of product types into the following categories, as well: 

  • Success! – This category consists of the products where I no longer have many different products for. Because of that, I no longer need to use up products on a rotation schedule. There is only one or a couple left in these categories.
  • Working On It! But On Hold For Now… – There were some categories where I still have to work on my stash but there are currently a number of products that I like and are open and in use. In order to give myself a chance to use the open items, I have put a freeze on these categories until it’s time to use something new. I will start these up again in the near future once I finish up some of my products that are on the go.

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

Shop My Stash for October 2017

Here’s the skinny. The skinny basket, that is. There are only six products in this month’s basket. And I want it to be clear… I have been using all of these since October 1st!

 

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  • Face primer: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Face Primer
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Foundation in Cream Beige, Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder in Natural Beige
  • Setting Spray: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray

 

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top row: blushes in the shades rose spritz, amaretto and pamplemousse
bottom row: highlighters in champagne pop and prosecco pop

  • Blush and Highlighter: BECCA Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette featuring three blushes and two highlighters

 

shop my stash october 2017 buxom

left to right: silk sheets, spoiled sexy, bold bling, haute couture, patent leather, wild nights

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left to right: satin seduction, gold status, mink magnet, big spender, made of jade, dusk ’til dawn

  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Buxom Custom 6-Pan Eyeshadow Bar Palettes (that I got for, I believe $20 each when Sephora had them on sale online)

It’s quite the mix of Wet n’ Wild this month! And even though I am just posting this now, I have been using these since October 1st. 🙂

Success!

Well, now that I’ve gone through what’s in my basket, I thought I would write a quick summary of the product categories which I have been successful in finally getting under control! I still have two months left in the Shop My Stash 2017 series and I was planning on doing a HUGE recap in January but things are already so different from how things were in January that I thought I’d do a quick update now.

These categories of products are pretty much under control now. If something new comes into my collection, I can easily decide what to do with it because I know what’s in my collection. I can decide to try it and keep it or just sell or give it away if I don’t need it. This is great progress!

As of the end of September 2017, seven out of the 17 categories have been a success! It’s a great feeling! 🙂 Here they are:

  1. Color Corrector – I didn’t have many of these in the first place so this one was a quick win!
  2. Concealer I have finished going through what I have in my stash and there haven’t been any new concealers introduced to it or purchased. I’m only using the ones that I love right now. 🙂 
  3. Setting Powder – Similar to concealers, I’m only using what I love now. 
  4. Pore Reducer – I am down to one: Benefit’s The POREfessional
  5. Eye Primer – I only have a handlful of the ones that I love left in my collection and I plan on using them all!
  6. Brow Setting Gel – I’m also down to one with this one! In fact, I just finished my MAC Setting Gel and have moved on to the Pixi Beauty Brow Tamer
  7. Mascara Primer – Again, I’m down to one with this one. I finished my tarte Opening Act deluxe sample and I’m using my deluxe sample of Dior’s Diorshow Maximizer primer which has always been my favourite of all time in this category.

Working On It! But On Hold For Now…

There were some categories where I know I still have some work to do to trim down my stash but I have a number of open products that I like and really want to use. In order to give myself a chance to use these items, I have essentially put the following categories on hold. I will start these up again when I’m ready. 

  • Eyeliner
  • Brow
  • Mascara
  • Bronzer – This is an odd one – the only reason this one is “on hold” is because my skin is still a couple of shades darker from the summer. I still have no need for  bronzer right now.

And that’s it for October! Apologies again for getting this up late. I really was trying to figure things out for awhile there. But I did figure it out and I know what I’m doing with this initiative again.

Hope you’re still enjoying this series! Let me know about your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. 🙂

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Haul: Sephora VIB Sale Fall 2016

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I really wanted to get this post up as soon as possible, it time for the VIB sale that starts today!

It’s that time of year! It’s time for the Sephora VIB Sale! 20% off whatever your little heart desires at Sephora! They only have discounts twice a year (barring the Friends & Family discount that seems to have become more difficult to get this year) so it is not very often you can save at Sephora. The November sale is the perfect time to replenish your goods and buy Christmas presents. With that being said, I decided to show you my haul in case it gives you ideas on what you would like to get during this year’s VIB sale (the VIB Rouge sale was last weekend) or just general gifting ideas for this holiday season.

Due to the sheer amount of stuff I have to go through from sub boxes and the like (hence why my project pan and empties posts are so important to me), I tried very hard not to go overboard this year. Usually I shop in-store and online but this year, I limited myself to shopping in-store only.  I shopped the VIB Rouge sale with my equally (if not more) beauty-crazed friend and we had a blast wandering around the store, seeing what’s new and just having some much needed girl time and retail therapy.

Enough chatter! Let’s get to the haul! Some items, I purchased to replenish and replace an old one I already had. Some of these were on my Loves list as things I wanted to try. One of them… well, one of them was a spur of the moment splurge because my friend twisted my rubber arm (but it was totally worth it, you’ll see!). And I redeemed for one 100 point perk.

First thing’s first, let’s take a look at what was replenished. These are the items that I already use today and I either ran out of or are very close to running out of. Also, please forgive the fact that these items are not pictured with the rest of my haul above… they were already put in their designated spots and I had started to use them already! But I will bring them all together again to take this picture to add later on – time is of the essence here so I won’t let that get in the way from posting this tonight. 🙂

  • Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Medium: I needed a replacement for my Urban Decay concealer that I finished awhile ago. And while I do have the Tarte Shape Tape, I’m trying not to use it too often as it’s not available here in Canada. So this was my pick! I haven’t tried this Too Faced one before but so far I’m impressed! Excellent coverage and Medium is a good colour match for me. To be fair, I do have the Born This Way foundation and I love it.
  • Alterna Haircare Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist: I first received a deluxe sample of this in a swap and fell n love! I was being very stringent of my deluxe sample because I was afraid of running out. Problem solved.
  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz: Going on a hot vacation and I needed a light tinted moisturizer for those days when I don’t want to cake on a heavy foundation. I tried a foil sample of this and it was great and it’s my choice to bring on my holidays. This travel sized tube is perfect! i’m so glad that the travel size comes in my shade. 🙂

 

sephora vib sale haul

 

Okay, those three were the big three. The important stuff I had to get. Next up are the products that represent a subset of my Loves list.

  • Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy Mini Full- On Lip Polish Collection: I saw Tati review this and knew I had to have it! Buxom is one of my favourite brands! Their lip products are amazing! I use them all the time. The lip polishes are somewhat sheer so I can use them daily, everywhere I go! They make your lips tingle, too. The shades included in this set are Dominique (glittering ice), Amy (golden nude), Celeste (prismatic soft peach), Clair (starry plum haze), Starr (brandy cordial), Jasmine (black cherry) . Such a great deal at $40 considering one full sized lip polish costs $24.00 CAD alone.
  • Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set: Eee! I was very excited for these! Mainly because 1) I love mini lipsticks and 2) there are two shades in this set that I have been waiting to try! This set comes with four miniature versions of Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche lipsticks- Fig, Pepper, Honeycomb and Nori. While I can already tell that Honeycomb (a beige nude) is not my style and that Nori (a deep brown red) will only be used sometimes when I need more colour, I was stoked to see that Pepper (a dusty rose) and Fig (a nude rose) was included because they have been on my list for what seems like forever! And what better way to try the new formulation than with this amazing set? All of these shades are available in Bite’s permanent line so if you fall in love with them, you can get a full size. 🙂
  • Tatcha Kyoto Cleanse Set: I had received the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil in a swap and loved it right away. I don’t use cleansing oils to wash my face every day so this 25 ml travel size is great for me. I’m sure it will still last me awhile! I thought this set, which includes the cleansing oil, was a great deal because it also allows you to try other Tatcha products.  This set also includes travel size of the Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (10 g) and Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream (2 ml).
  • drybar Merry Mini Must-Haves: I have always wanted to try drybar products. It’s been sitting in my Loves list – the Triple Sec 3-in-1 in particular! – and this travel sized set was the final push to finally try drybar out! So far I have only tried the Triple Sec and so far so good as a texturizer! And it smells amazing! This set also comes with the Detox Dry Shampoo and Detox Dry Conditioner.
  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Beauty on the Go: This set contains Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (75 ml) and Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter (6.2 g). The first time I saw this project was when I was in line at Sephora during a quick stop to get something I had run out of and while standing in line my hubby asked “What is bum bum cream?” At the time, I really had no idea… so I looked a little more into it and the more I looked, the more I was intrigued. It is said to “absorb quickly to keep skin looking and feeling tight, firm and smooth”. I’ve been using it all week and I’m quite happy with it. While I haven’t used it long enough to say anything about its firming properties, it seems to do everything else. Plus it smells amazing!I haven’t tried the lip butter yet. Overall, this was totally worth it!

 

sephora vib sale haul

 

Well, twist my rubber arm! The next one was the unplanned purchase. I was trying my hardest to not buy an eyeshadow palette but when I saw it in person, it was really hard to say no! This was my unexpected splurge.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette By Mario: It really is such a beautiful palette! And the shadows are SO pigmented. I don’t often go for overly warm palettes but I just couldn’t help it. I have been using it almost every day for the last week and I love it! I will definitely be writing up a review on this one. Just a quick hint: this palette is sold out online but my store (along with many others) still have many of these in stock! So if you want one, check out your neighbourhood Sephora. 😉

And last but not least, I redeemed 100 points for one thing. I got the last one at this store. 😉

  • Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Sell Out: It has been a long time since I have seen a 100 point perk that I was actually interested in! But since I still haven’t tried these liquid lippies before, I thought this was perfect. I get to try something new plus I love smaller lippies because they are great to keep in your purse. Sell Out is a “matte soft pinky-brown” so I’m hoping this works out for me!

 

sephora vib sale haul

 

That’s it! I think I did well to keep my purchases down to only things I needed to replenish and to items that I knew that I would love. I definitely didn’t go overboard this time so that was a huge plus! I hope this post was useful or fun at the very least. I love seeing everyone else’s hauls and I love to share mine. 🙂

What do you want me to review and feature on the blog in the near future? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Topbox June 2015 Regular Unboxing and Review

It’s Sunday! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. We went to go see Minions 3D today and those Minions sure are something else! I had a few good laughs. 🙂

I thought I would write my review on June’s Topbox while I take it easy and relax before the work week begins again.

Topbox is a monthly Canadian subscription for $12 a month + tax. You get 4 deluxe products every month and can choose one of the prive boxes on your monthly wishlist (though it is not a guarantee that you will get the box you select). I don’t know what it is about Topbox right now but I just never seem to be very interested in their prive boxes! So here we are again and again I opted for the regular box.

Let’s see what came this month.

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2014 Beauty Favorites: Makeup Edition

2014 was a big makeup year for me! I truly took the time to discover products and found out what kinds I really liked and which ones just didn’t float my boat. I also accidentally made it to VIB Rouge this year (thanks to my Clarisonic purchase, eeks) so I may have gone a tad crazy.

To wrap things up in regards to 2014, I have put together this post, combining all of my favorite makeup products in the past 12 months. I will be putting together a second 2014 Beauty Favorites post for hair, body and skin care in the next week or so. For now, let’s get going and discuss makeup! Apologies in advance – this is going to be a long post! But there were so many makeup loves last year! 🙂

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Fall Favorites: Lip Edition

my fave lip products for fall 2014
my fave lip products for fall 2014

It’s fall! And you know what that means… pumpkin spice lattes, warm scarves, sweater weather, and fabulous fall colors!

It also means that it’s a great excuse to write a favorites post. 🙂

I picked out five of my current fave lip products to share with you. I have at least one or two of these in my purse at any given time and love them all! Let’s begin, shall we?

1. Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in “Olivia”

If I had to pick just one lip product to be my ultimate favorite, I would definitely pick the Full-On Lip Polish from Buxom Cosmetics. And I would definitely say that “Olivia” is my favorite shade! Okay, okay, so I may be biased. We both have the same name! But seriously. This lip gloss is amazing! I have been using it since June and it’s been a staple in my purse. Heck, I’ve already used up half of it! At this rate, I will need to purchase a new one when Sephora has their next VIB sale.

Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish comes in 100 different colors (for real!) at Sephora. Each with a different girl’s name. This is by far the largest line of lip gloss that I have ever seen! It comes in a 0.15 oz tube which lasts a long time. In my quest to find safer cosmetics, I also really like that it is without parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

The shade “Olivia” looks like a super bright pink shimmer in the tube but is a sheer pink on the lips. So while the color may look intimidating in the tube, it’s great for every day wear. When you put it on, you start to feel a tingling sensation. On the Sephora site, it mentions this tingling is due to a “plumping effect”. I don’t find the formulation of this gloss sticky which is a huge plus for me seeing as I am not a fan of sticky lip glosses!

buxom full-on lip polish in "olivia"
buxom full-on lip polish in “olivia”

2. NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in “Mary Jane” and “Pop”

Last time I was in Vegas, I went on the hunt for the Butter Lipsticks! I didn’t have a car so I couldn’t go to Ulta. I couldn’t find it anywhere on the Strip. Very disappointing. Let me tell you, when I saw that my local Rexall started carrying the NYX Butter Glosses and Butter Lipsticks the other day, I almost jumped for joy in the store! I had tried the Butter Glosses before but not the Butter Lipsticks so this was really exciting for me.

I am not going to get into this too much because I know that I am going to be doing a separate post with more pictures just to review the NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipsticks. But I will show you a picture and tell you that I just adore them. I have been wearing them for the last couple of days now and prefer the Butter Lipstick to the Butter Glosses. By quite a bit actually!

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nyx cosmetics butter lipstick

3. Lancome Lip Lover in “Lip Lover”

I received this lip gloss from a good friend at my bridal shower in May and since then, it’s been a great addition to my lip collection! Quite honestly, I had seen this product around at Shoppers and Hudson’s Bay but never really had an interest in it. And at first impression, looking at it through the little window on the tube, I thought it might be a little too pink. I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried it on! It is a little bit sheer but the pink color looks great! This was the firsts pink gloss that I have been able to pull off. Very impresed!

It goes on smoothly and it’s not at all sticky. It is moisturizing and gives off great shine. I also like the packaging. Similar to Lancome’s Gloss in Love line, you push a button on the side of the tube and the lid pops up. I find this to be long lasting and is one of my go-to products for the office!

lancome's lip lover in "lip lover"
lancome’s lip lover in “lip lover”

4. Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion”

If you are looking for a rich fall color, look no further! Revlon’s Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion” absolutely screams fall! It is a very deep berry color which I was intimidated by at first but when I tried it, I was hooked! It’s not sticky. It goes on with such a rich color that lingers as a stain even after having a bite to eat or drinking your morning coffee. I would really like to try more of these. Perhaps I will get another when they go on sale! (Which does happen – keep an eye on your Shoppers Drug Mart flyer!)

revlon colorstay moisture stain in "parisian passion"
revlon colorstay moisture stain in ‘parisian passion’

5. GOSH Cosmetics Lip Lacquer in “Funky Lips”*

The kind folks over at ChickAdvisor sent me a care package of GOSH products to review. I will have a post dedicated to this soon so I won’t go into too much detail here. Included was GOSH Cosmetic’s Lip Lacquer in the color “006 Funky Lips”. It comes in a cute bottle reminiscent of a nail polish bottle. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lipgloss in this type of packaging before! But now down to the nitty gritty: this is such a fun color! It is very pigmented. So bright! Excellent staying power. Even after drinking and eating. So it made it to my fave lip products this fall. I’ll write more about this soon, I promise!

gosh cosmetics lip lacquer in "funky lips"
gosh cosmetics lip lacquer in “funky lips”

And that my friends, is all I have for fall lip favorites! If you’re curious, swatches are below.

Have you tried any of these? What did you think?

If you have a fave lip product you’d like to share, please leave it in the comments below! I love discovering new products!

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Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in "Olivia"
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish
in “Olivia”

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in “Mary Jane” (left) and “Pop” (right)
NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in “Mary Jane” (left) and “Pop” (right)

Lancome Lip Lover in “Lip Lover”
Lancome Lip Lover in
“Lip Lover”

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Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion”

GOSH Cosmetics LIp Lacquer in "Funky Lips"
GOSH Cosmetics Lip Lacquer in “Funky Lips”