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Unboxing: 2017 Cosmetics Magazine Canadian Fragrance and Beauty Awards Limited Edition Topbox

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

I don’t currently subscribe to Topbox but I do really like that they offer Limited Edition Boxes on occasion! They are one-time purchases and do not required a subscription so they’re great! I certainly don’t buy all their Limited Edition Boxes (I’m still on a low buy and trying to use up what I have) but sometimes they release ones that you just can’t overlook. This was one such box.

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

The 2017 Cosmetics Magazine Canadian Fragrance and Beauty Awards Box was inspired by the awards and features a number of the award winners and finalists. At first glance, it contained products I already love (which pretty much guarantees that I will use it and my money hasn’t gone to waste) and ones I have always wanted to try (this is a low cost way to try something without buying the full sized product) so the decision to get this box was a no brainer. For $26.00 CAD, this box came with 11 deluxe and full-sized fragrance and beauty products.

Let’s take a look at what they are. I will go into what I’m most excited about after we see the goodies!

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Thierry Mugler Angel Muse Eau de Toilette
  • Michel Germain Sexual Paris Tendre
  • Michel Germain Sexual Paris Tendre Pour Homme

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Clarins Hydra-Essentiel (15 ml)
  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (7 ml)

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + (15 ml)
  • Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (10 ml)

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx
  • Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil (full sized, 11 ml)
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water (100 ml)

I think the biggest draw for me was that it contains so many great brands and products that I have tried and loved before (like the Bioderma, Shiseido and Clinique) and really want to try before taking the plunge and buying the full size (like the Clarins moisturizer and lip gloss, Estee Lauder and Rimmel). I will definitely be using most of it! The only ones I might pass over is the Therry Mugler perfume and CoverGirl lipstick because they’re just not for me. Either way, this is such a great mix of products! I love how the products were either deluxe samples, travel sized or full sized. I’m super glad that I got it. 🙂

Do you like Topbox limited edition boxes? Let me know your thoughts below! 

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this limited edition box with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. 

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Unboxing + Review: Boxycharm July 2017 Cutie Pie

boxycharm july 2017

 

I’m trying out another new subscription this month!  I have cancelled quite a few of my subs in the past few months so I felt like something new. I have heard so many great things about this sub and when the opportunity came when the spoilers were just too good to pass up and they lifted the wait list, I couldn’t help but sign up!

 

boxycharm july 2017

boxycharm july 2017

 

Boxycharm is an American subscription box that ships to Canada. It is $21.00 USD per month or you can get a small discount for a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription. You can cancel at anytime which is nice. Each month you will receive four to five full-sized beauty items. The key words here are FULL-SIZED! Not samples or deluxe samples like other subs! That was one of the things that drew me in. If you would like to try this sub, I would appreciate it if you would use my link here. 🙂

So now that you have all the deets about this sub, let’s see what July had in store for me!

 

boxycharm july 2017

 

July’s Boxycharm’s theme is Cutie Pie. There are so many goodies in this box so let’s get started!

 

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

 

First up, we have the Electric Eyes Palette from Blinc ($45.00 USD). Wow! Those were the first words out of my mouth when I saw the shades in this palette. Sure, the packaging was scratched up but this palette contains five jewel-toned shades that are just gorgeous! It really is the inside that really counts. 😉 Each one is so beautifully pigmented. I had so much fun swatching all these shades! I love golds, bronzes and purples so it’s almost as if this palette was made for me. 😉 Each shade is buttery smooth and easy to work with. Love this!

 

boxycharm july 2017 colourpop

boxycharm july 2017 colourpop

 

Next, I received the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in the shade Lock Diary ($6.00 USD). I am a huge ColourPop fan so this was exciting! This product was from their limited edition Hello Kitty collection. Lock Diary is a bright cool fuschia. I’m talking super bright. Too bright for me! While I likely won’t wear this shade myself, I will say that I’m a fan of the Ultra Satin lippies. It’s a nice product… the shade just wasn’t me!

 

boxycharm july 2017 bareminerals

 

I am sure I will find a use for this next product. The BareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo ($32.00 USD) is a palette that has a setting powder on one side and a finishing powder on the other. Being translucent, it’s great for all skin tones. I’m often using powder setting products to keep my makeup in place and looking great so I’m excited to see how this product performs. I already have it set aside and included in my September Shop My Stash line up so stay tuned for more thoughts on this product! 🙂

 

boxycharm july 2017 winkylux

 

The next product is great, too. I’ve been using more brow products in the last year or so so it was nice to see the Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil by WinkyLux ($12.00 USD). How gorgeous is this gold and white packaging? This is not a fine brow pencil and reminds me of Benefit’s Goof Proof Pencil which I love. I have high hopes for this so I’m hoping that I’m not going to be disappointed!

 

boxycharm july 2017 project beauty

 

The last product I received in July is Project Beauty’s Spray. Set. Go. Makeup Setting Spray ($32.00 USD). Am I the only one who finds it odd that there are two makeup setting products int his box? I get that one’s powder and this one is  spray but still. Anyways, I do use setting sprays so I will still give this a try. It’s a nice size to travel with. Not too big and not too small. 

So that’s it for my very first Boxycharm! At a value of $127.00 USD, this is a high value box. That’s $160.00 CAD at today’s exchange rate. I do love that everything is full-sized, as well! So far I’m impressed. I just received my August box this past week so look for that unboxing soon!

Do you sub to Boxycharm? What do you think about it?

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Unboxing + Review: FabFitFun Spring 2017

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day weekend! And a Happy 4th of July to our American Friends too!

This is a bit late. My goal was to get this posted before I went on vacation! But it was so busy leading up to vacation that I just didn’t get a chance to finish. So here it is! My apologies. I’m home now from a week away camping in the BC Kootenay’s and back to blogging! And work, let’s not forget that. 😉

Honestly, FabFitFun is still one of my favourite subscriptions. It only comes four times a year, as the seasons change, but for the most part, I really like what I have received in the past. The FabFitFun Spring box was no different!

FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

First off, I am loving how each box comes in a design now. Now pretty is the one for Spring? There are also a number of variations when it comes to the box design. Second, I love that the box comes with a magazine. It’s everything from a product card and more! 

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

For spring, FabFitFun introduced a new feature called “Choice”. With Choice, all members are given the chance to choose a few items in theri ox based on their personal preference. They provide you with a bit of a teaser as to what the items might be so that you can choose one OR choose them all! Additional Choice items can be added to your box for $10 each, while supplies last.

For this box, the Choice was between two jewelry items. They gave us vague hints. Being the jewelry lover I am, I chose both. You don’t actually get to see what they look like before you select them but I will reveal and cover both pieces below. 😉

Anyways, let’s get to it. Here is what I received for Spring. 🙂

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 briogeo

 

First up is the hair care product I received. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20.00 USD) is said to add softness and shien to your hair. What I really like is that it also helps with frizz and, as an additional bonus, shields your hair from heat and UV rays. Perfect for summer and tropical holidays! This is a full sized bottle which is one of the perks of FFF – full sized products! Plus, I really like the scent. This was a win for me.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 dr. brandt

 

Next, I also received a couple of skin care products. The first one is the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($79.00 USD). I’m sure I have tried a deluxe size of this before but it was from ipsy and came in a black tube. If I remember correctly, I really liked it. It is a lightweight cream and you don’t need to use much to use it effectively to exfoliate your skin. It is pretty gentle and is said to fade dark spots and minimize lines and wrinkles. I haven’t opened this yet because I have other exfoliators on the go… I will use this once I finish those.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 karuna

 

I also received the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask ($28.00 USD, four masks). My skin is normal right now so I will have to save this for another time. It is said to help dry, dehydrated skin. It is a deep-conditioning sheet mask made of 100% natural wood-pulp fiber. This would have been great to have during the winter! Either way, I love sheet masks and always keep them on hand.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 realher

 

Moving on to makeup, I received the RealHer Lip Kit in Neutral Pink ($48.00 USD). Boy, was I ever glad to see this set! The deep red set is too red for my liking and the deep nude set likely would have been too nude or brown for me. At least the pink works for me! This set includes a lipstick, lip gloss and a lip pencil. It’s made from natural ingredients which is a plus! I plan on writing a review just on this set so I won’t say too much yet but I will say that I do like it! 

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 deborah lippmann

fabfitfun spring 2017 deborah lippmann

 

Next up is nails. I got the Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set in Shape of My Heart (light pink) and Like a Virgin (white) ($19.00 USD). I have a few Deborah Lippmann polishes and I really like the formulation. They don’t chip right away and have been long lasting for me… I hope these are the same! These pastel shades are great for summer. I also like that these are minis as I have never in my life EVEr finished a bottle of nail polish! Minis are totally fine by me!

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 gypsy 05

fabfitfun spring 2017 gypsy 05

 

I received two lifestyle items in my Spring box. The first one is the Gypsy 05 Roundie in the yellow pattern ($50.00 USD). Round blankets seem to be very popular right now so FFF sure got it right by including this in the box! Made of 100% cotton, this roundie blanket is perfect for picnics or trips to the beach. It measures 62.5″ in diameter and has a tassel trim all around the edge. It comes in many designs. This will come in very useful this summer!

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 milly

 

Next is a zip pouch from Milly with the saying “Haute Mess” ($45.00 USD) on it! And you know, some days I just am! A haute mess that is. 😉 The huge plus that differentiates this bag from my other ones is that it’s water resistant. It’s a good sized bag too! You can use it too keep wet swimwear in it or to tote your liquids around during your travels which is what I did during the last week on my holidays. It sure came in handy! It also has a wrist loop so you don’t lose it. Overall, this is such a great bag!

fabfitfun spring 2017 emerald duv

fabfitfun spring 2017 luv aj

 

The final item that was in the Spring box was the Choice item – a jewelry piece. Or in my case, two jewelry pieces! For my Choice pick, I chose the Emerald Duv “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet ($80.00 USD) at first but then decided I wanted both so I also received the Luv AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set ($85.00 USD) for an extra $10.00 USD. I’m glad I got both because I would have kicked myself if I just received one. The cage bracelet is beautiful! It is a larger cuff but is still delicate looking. It is comfortable and light to wear. And the earrings are a lovely rose gold! I have always wanted crawler earrings so this is a great set to start with. Overall, I’m very happy with both jewelry items I received! 

So that’s it! That’s all that came in the Spring box. The total value of my Spring FabFitFun box was $454.00 USD. That is insane. I will certainly be using everything I received so for me it was worth it. 

What was your fave item from the Spring FabFitFun box? 🙂

Have a great rest of the week everyone! 

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy May 2017 Summer Friday

ipsy may 2017

 

Are you ready for summer? I sure am! And May’s glam bag is just the thing one needs to kickstart their summer season.

Titled Summer Friday, May’s glam bag is so cute and proper. It features ice cream and popsicles and is waterproof. It screams summer and is perfect for the pool, the beach and other summer activities!

 

ipsy may 2017

ipsy may 2017

I received a good mix of products in May. Let’s take a look!

ipsy may 2017 benefit cosmetics gimme brow

 

The first item in my bag was the Benefit Cosmetics gimme brow volumizing fiber gel in the shade 5 ($10.67 CAD, 1 g). I used to love gimme brow. The old version. I’m not sure if they changed the formulation of this when they changed the packaging but I have tried this new version before but it didn’t work out too well for me. The skin around my brows became super dry. I couldn’t tell if it was an allergic reaction or if it just dried out my skin. I don’t know if I received old product… so I’m a bit pensive. I’m not sure if I will try this again. I have heard that it has worked wonders for others, though! 

 

ipsy may 2017 hempz

 

Next we have the Hempz Pomegranate Herbal Body Moisturizer ($7.50 CAD, 2.25 oz). This is a nice sized sample and smells heavenly! I will definitely be trying this one out.

 

ipsy may 2017 trestique

 

The trestique Mini Matte Lip Crayon I received what in the shade Tuscan Wine ($10.67 USD, 0.025 oz). I’m not sure about this colour. I don’t often use colours this dark and dramatic. While I love the formulation (I have other shades of this product), I think I am going to pass on this shade. This doesn’t quite work with my day-to-day work and weekend looks. It would be nice, though, if I were going glam… which doesn’t happen often.

 

ipsy may 2017 luxie

ipsy may 2017 luxie

 

This next product is great – Luxie Beauty’s Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 ($30.91 USD). This brush can be used to apply liquid, cream or powder foundations, concealers, highlighters and bronzers. I absolutely adore my other Luxie brushes so I’m happy to add this to my collection. They feel so soft and work so well. Plus, the handle colour of the Dreamcatcher line is beautiful!

 

ipsy may 2017  kvossnyc

 

The final product in my May glam bag is the KVossNYC Macaroon Lip Balm in Light Cream ($14.00 USD, 0.25 oz). Being the self-proclaimed lip balm junkie that I am, I always welcome a new lip balm to try! It smells sweet and it’s supposed to be very moisturizing. Looking forward to trying this. 🙂

So that’s it for this month! The total value of my May ipsy glam bag was roughly $92.00 CAD based on today’s exchange rate. That’s not bad at all! The unfortunate part is that I don’t love all the products. Aside from the body lotion, brush and lip balm, I am not a fan of the other products. That’s the risk you take with these beauty subscriptions! 

 

ipsy may 2017

 

This is my final remaining monthly subscription. The remainder of my subscriptions are all seasonal. I’m okay with that, though, because I do need to downsize my collection badly. Subscriptions can really pile up! Oh well, I am still enjoying my ipsy bag. I love at least having one sub to surprise me every month. 🙂

Like what you see here? For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, this subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link here. ?

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! 

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Haul: Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2017

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017

 

It’s that time of year again! Sephora had their spring sale this past week and I decided to stop by the store on the first day of the sale. The first day for VIB Rouge members was on April 18th and you received 15% off your entire purchase.  VIB  members received 15% off and BI members received 10% but their sale started a day later. It’s a great perk for Rouge members to be able to start shopping a day before everyone else because you are likely to find what you want and it’s not sold out yet.

Sephora only has sales twice a year (once in April which is 15% and once in November which is 20%) so it is a great time to get stuff you have added to your Loves list at a discount.

I am on a low buy which had started as a no buy but that was darn near impossible for me to keep up. Because of that I didn’t end up with a massive haul. My bank account is quite thankful and now I have some spending money for a couple of things that are coming up. Whew. 

Anyways, let me take you through my haul. It includes some products that are already a favourite of mine, others which I haven’t tried before but would like to because I heard it was great and a couple of things I had my eye on for a little while now. So a good mix, if you ask me! Let’s take a look at each of them, one by one. Please note that the first prices shown below are the product’s regular price at Sephora and does not take into account the 15% discount yet but the second price does.

I did end up getting some skincare during the sale. I bought the Caudalie Vinosource Hydrating Helpers set (original price $59.00 CAD, sale price $50.15 CAD) because it contained a full size of my favourite moisturizer and then some. This limited edition kit is such a great deal and contains the following items:

  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, 40 ml (retails for $49.00 CAD and is full size)
  • Caudalie Grape Water, 75 ml (retails for $14.00 CAD and is full size)
  • Caudalie Moisturizing Mask, 15 ml (deluxe size that would retail for $9.00 CAD)

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Caudalie

 

With two full sized items. this is totally a win. I have had a couple of deluxe samples of the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet and I really like it. My skin feels great after using it and it keeps my skin hydrated. It absorbs quickly and is not sticky. While the smell seems a bit like herbs, I don’t mind it at all and the smell doesn’t linger. I have heard good things about both the Grape Water and Moisturizing Mask so I’m looking forward to trying them.

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Caudalie

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Caudalie

 

And that tin! How cute is that? I have a huge soft spot for Paris too so this was perfect for me. I have already decided how to repurpose it and that I will be using it for my brushes… the excess that is clean and isn’t currently in use and in my brush cup on my vanity. Glad I have a way to repurpose the tin. 🙂

Walking past the “gauntlet of doom” (which is what I call that dangerous area that you have to navigate in order to get to the cash registers), I noticed this neat duo. It is the Urban Decay All Day All Night Travel Duo (original price $25.00 CAD, sale price $21.25 CAD for 2 x 30 ml). It contains one of my favourite setting sprays and something I have never tried before but was intrigued.

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Urban Decay

 

If you don’t already know, I am a huge fan of UD’s All Nighter Setting Spray. I have been using it for years and it really doesn’t hurt to get another travel size of this product. Sure, I will take it when I travel but I don’t shy away from using it at home, too. The other product that came in this kit was UD’s Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray which I have not yet tried. This travel size will be a good opportunity to try a new product. 😉 And what a deal it was! They are $18.00 CAD each if you were to buy them separately.

Can you tell I love gift sets and kits? Because I really do! And I have one more!

I managed to snag the Tarteist Treats Eye & Lip Set (original price $33.00 CAD, sale price $28.05 CAD) that I had my eye on for awhile now. Well, to be perfectly honest, it was the Tarteist PRO to GO Amazonian Clay eyeshadow palette that I had my eye on for a long, long time but didn’t cave because of my no buy…. the other products in the kit were just a bonus!

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte

 

The Tarteist PRO to GO Eyeshadow Palette retails for $30.00 CAD by itself so for an extra $3.00 (or not… it was 15% and less than the regular price of just the palette so you are getting a better bargain!) it was worth it because you also got a liquid lipstick and mascara to boot! This kit also included a deluxe sample size of the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara (2.5 ml) and Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in WCW (1 ml). I have tried both of these products before so I’m happy with them.I love how compact the eyeshadow palette is (it is the same size as my holy grail Tartelette Tease mini palette!) because it is great for travel or to just keep in your purse. Overall a great set if you want to try a little bit of everything Tarteist. 🙂

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte

 

The last item was my planned splurge item. It was less of a deal than the other products. I purchased was the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Island Life (original price $27.00 CAD, sale price $22.95 CAD). I have had my eye on these lipsticks since when they first came out but I waited for the sale before I splurged on one! The shade Island Life is described as a “rosy mauve” which is totally down my alley! I love these shades so much and I can totally see myself wearing it a lot. I haven’t worn it much yet but I do plan on writing a review on this product later.

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte

 

So that’s all I bought. Not a lot, really. Just some repurchases and two new items. Oh before I forget, a few freebies! They did give me a deluxe sized sample of this REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial and a vial of Marc Jacobs Dot perfume.

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017

 

Oh and the bag! VIB Rouge members received a tote while supplies last. Quite honestly, I wasn’t expecting one because by the time my friend and I get to the store after work, they are usually all out the free totes. We sure lucked out this time! And this one is very different than the previous ones because it has a long strap that you can use like a crossbody messenger bag. And after some discussion, my friend and I figure adding a little bit of velcro would help in making it into a more functional bag you can use every day. Love it!

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017

 

Okay that really is the extent of my haul. I am proud to say that I didn’t go too crazy this time! I really didn’t need much else so it was pretty easy to stick to the list. For the most part anyways. The UD sprays were a spur of the moment splurge BUT I do love the All Nighter spray that you will see a full sized version in an empties post coming soon. I literally just finished it lasts week. (So really, this is also a repurchase of a holy grail!)

Did you shop the Sephora sale? What was in your haul? 🙂

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I purchased everything that was featured here (except for the freebies I received). There are no affiliate links on this post.