US Beauty Haul – Sephora

us beauty haul sephora


When I was in Vegas back in November, I was there during Black Friday. Naturally, I had to see what my fave stores had to offer! Of course, this included a quick stop at Sephora.

Let me preface it with this, though: I wasn’t there to buy out the shop! 😉 I also wasn’t intending to splurge. With my shop my stash mentality, I knew I already had a lot of stuff I could use at home so I wasn’t going to go all crazy. But sometimes there are products in US Sephora’s that aren’t carried in Canadian Sephora’s and that is what my criteria was. Other than staying within reasonable budget, that is. So at the end of the day, my US Sephora haul was pretty small.

In a way I was happy to walk away without spending much. But by this point, I had already visited a couple of CVS drugstores and a Walgreens so I had already bought a bit. But I will get to that when I post part two of this series, my US Drugstore Beauty Haul. 😉

For now, let’s get back to Sephora. And if there is anything specific in my haul that you want me to take a closer look at and write a review for, do let me know in the comments and I will be happy to oblige! 

The only Black Friday deal that I noticed that was available in the US and not in Canada AND was something I was genuinely interested in was the It Cosmetics It’s Your Secret to Beautiful Skin! kit ($15.00 USD). While IT Cosmetics has broken into the Canadian market in the last year, I haven’t had a lot of experience with their skin care. It’s not cheap to purchase full sized products! But this “try it” kit was perfect for me!


us beauty haul sephora it cosmetics


This set contains two deluxe sized skin products. The first product is the Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic. This is a no-rinse product (think micellar water) that combines a Skin-Brightening Radiance Booster with an Anti-Aging Treatment Essence. It’s meant to be used in the morning or evening as your cleanser or after cleansing. Simply apply it to a cotton pad to cleanse and remove makeup and ta-dah! Just pat any remaining product into your skin and you’re done!

The other product in this kit is a deluxe sized Secret Sauce. This name has intrigue written all over it! What is this “secret sauce”? What does it do? Colour me intrigued! Well, it is an anti-aging moisturizer and being in my mid-30s, that’s perfect! It claims to be hydrating which is perfect for the winter months so I look forward to trying this out more once my current moisturizer runs out. 

I’m not quite done with IT Cosmetics just yet!

I bought another kit, as well. It’s the Your Most Beautiful Eyes kit ($15.00 USD) and includes the Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm and the Superhero Mascara. I’ve always wanted to try a balm cleanser so what better time than now? This kit also includes a mascara that I’ve been wanting to try , as well, so I figured why not?


us beauty haul sephora it cosmetics


Canadian Sephora’s do not carry either IT Cosmetics kits so I thought it was worth it to buy at the time. It’ll give me a chance to try these products and see if I like them enough to fully invest my money on them! So we shall see.

The only non-It Cosmetics product I purchased was the Sephora Mini Color Switch Brush Cleaner. I’ve always wanted to try one of these! It is a dry, makeup removing sponge that lets you switch colors without switching brushes. It is reusable and you can wash it. I thought it would come in handy!


us beauty haul sephora


I don’t know about you but my experience with my local Sephora’s is that they are seriously lacking in the 100 point rewards department! I try to buy most of my things online because of this. But the Sephora I visited int he Caesars Forum Shops had some amazing selection! So I ended up picking up a deluxe sized sample of the Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum and the Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Protect + Repair Moisturizer. These are two brands whose products I would like to try so I thought this was a great investment for my points!

Plus, they also gave me a sample vial of the Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia perfume which I was all for because this is one of the scents I wanted to try anyways. And I didn’t even have to ask for it! She just threw it in the bag with the rest of my goodies. I can’t even recall the last time my local Sephora’s (and I’m talking multiple Sephora’s here) has done that for me. Yes, I get that I can ask for them to MAKE me three samples but it’s nice when they just throw something extra in your bag, y’know? 


us beauty haul sephora sunday riley kate somerville jo malone


So that’s it. I know it’s a pretty small haul but hey, there is more to come! There will be plenty more in my US Drugstore Beauty Haul. 🙂

Remember, if there is anything here that you would like to see a review for, please just let me know! 🙂

Till next time friends!


Boxycharm December 2017 Glitz and Glam – Unboxing and Review

boxycharm december 2017


Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and fun New Years with friends and family.

Today is the first day of 2018 and it’s also the first blog post of the year. This is going to be the best year for Starpixel yet! 🙂

We are still in a deep freeze here in good ole’ Alberta so the goal for today is to continue to stay warm. This past week was a  good week to be a homebody because it’s so cold outside! It’s given me a chance to catch up on things at home which also includes catching up on some unboxings… like this one. 🙂

Today we are going to take a look at what I receive in my December Boxycharm. The theme for this month is Glitz and Glam which is perfect for the holiday season! There were a number of variations for Canadian subscribers this month which is different from before when everyone would receive the same box. 


boxycharm december 2017


For those of you who are unfamiliar with Boxycharm, it 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. If you would like to try this sub, I would appreciate it if you would use my link here. 🙂

Now on to the goodies!

The Real Her Blush Kit ($32.00 USD) is paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free and contains natural ingredients. This palette includes three shades: Fearless (a shimmery pink), Limitless (a matte coral) and Unstoppable (a rose shade with a hint of glitter). Each shade can be applied lightly for a more natural look but you can definitely build it up for more colour.


boxycharm december 2017 real her blush kit

boxycharm december 2017 real her blush kit


I also received the Beaute Basics Bronze Essentials ($39.95 USD) in my box. This bronzer contains three matte and two shimmery gold shades which can be used individually or mixed together. It’s a nice compact and has a mirrot too. This makes this bronzer very portable.


boxycharm december 2017 beaute basics bronze essentials


The Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain in the shade Quickstep ($12.00 USD) is a cool toned beige liquid lipstick. This is a nice matte shade that applies smoothly and feels comfortable on my lips. I’m not typically a huge fan of lip stains but this one applies more like a creamy liquid lipstick. I wasn’t sure about this shade at first but it does look less brown once I have it on. 


boxycharm december 2017 makeup geek showstopper lip stain

boxycharm december 2017 makeup geek showstopper lip stain


The tarte tarteist Lash Paint Mascara ($23.00 USD) is awesome! I have used this in the past and I love it. The formulation strengthens and conditions your lashes while giving you extra volume. I don’t find it clumpy at all and I adore the brush. The brush does wonders on my lashes! I’m so glad I got a full-sized mascara! Can’t wait to reintroduce it to my day-to-day makeup.


boxycharm december 2017 tarte tarteist lash paint mascara


The last item I received was the Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter in Rose Gold ($32.00 USD). This highlighter is beautiful! It’s easy to brush on lightly for a subtle but it’s also buildable if you want to go all out. I’m such a highlighter junkie so this was perfect for me!

boxycharm december 2017 Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter in Rose Gold

boxycharm december 2017 Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter in Rose Gold


And that, my friends, was my December Boxycharm. The total value of this box was $138.95 USD or $175.23 CAD based on today’s exchange rate.

I continue to love the fact that you receive full-sized products in this box. My faves for this month are the tarte mascara and Vintage Cosmetics highlighter… it’s a toss up, really!

What did you think of December’s box? Start the conversation below. 🙂

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.



Shop My Stash Recap: August 2017

shop my stash recap august 2017


Happy September! How did the month of August fly by? Just like that! I guess they really mean it when they say that time flies by when you’re having fun!

Month #8 of my 2017 Shop My Stash challenge is over! Honestly, I really am enjoying how each month gives me a different mix of old and new beauty products to play with. The new stuff is always a lot of fun but I’m also really liked rediscovering a lot of products, too.  

Still going strong with my low-buy, as well. I have only purchased two beauty products in the past three months (since I purchased something from Sephora in very early June which is my birthday month) and they have been from Too Faced’s new Peaches and Cream Collection. And honestly, the foundation just came today and the powder should be here tomorrow or Thursday so it’s really, really recent too. So far, so good! Now the real test will be when all those gorgeous Christmas sets come out. We shall see how I fare then. 🙂

Anyways, let’s get moving on this. There is a lot to cover!

For those of you who are new to this series, every month in 2017. I will be selecting (or ‘shopping’) different items from my makeup collection (aka the ‘Stash’) in an attempt to rediscover and use up what I already own instead of going to the store or shopping online. When your collection gets out of hand, you tend to forget what you already have. 

If you want to read up more about this series, please see my introductory post. It contains a pretty thorough explanation as to what this is all about. ?  Also you can check out all my other Shop My Stash posts here.

I break down my recap posts into three parts: empties, keepers and rejects. Starting in May and June, I have also added a new category called “retired” which I will explain in that section. I think having this new category is a very good thing! Under each category, there is a quick write up about each product to express my thoughts about each one. I like to start off with success so lets look at the empties first. Quick wins! 🙂


The Empties 

Not many in this category this time around. Actually, in all reality, there are none. There were quite a few “almost empties”, though. Just one product to list here. See why below.


shop my stash recap august 2017


Foundation / BB Cream: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm SPF 30 in Medium
Okay, this is not empty but it is expired so I’m throwing it out. But to be clear, I did not dislike it. In fact, I really like it! It’s a great alternative to heavier foundations when all you want is some light coverage. This is great in the summer months. Super light on my skin and doesn’t cause me to break out. I think this is my second tube of this product and I would not hesitate to repurchase it again!


The Keepers

Again, the bulk of the products fall under this category. Not surprising at all! So here goes!


shop my stash recap august 2017


Face primer: Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
I am surprised that I enjoyed the Temptu primer so much. It kind of reminds me of the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s a very similar consistency in that it’s liquidy smooth and goes on like a dream! I’m sad that this was only sample sized and it is one of the products I was referring to as an “almost empty” above. Love it! I would repurchase this one for sure. The only thing I don’t like is that there is still product in the bottle but the little metal ball keeps plugging it up. I love it so much I may have to cut into it with scissors! 😉 The Smashbox primer was also very nice. It did moisturize my under eye area. I was also pleasantly surprised by this, as well. I will continue to use it and I would repurchase it, as well.

Foundation / BB Cream: Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation in Natural Beige
So this is a really nice foundation. It’s gives you great coverage but it still feels light on your skin. Super easy to blend in, too. Looking at the bottle, I’ve used up half of it already! I will continue to use this one up until it’s empty and yes, I would repurchase it.

Highlighter: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight
As I use different types of highlighters, I’m more and more convinced that powder is my favourite type. This Benefit highlighter is liquid and it’s okay. I prefer their Watt’s Up cream highlighter. While it’s not my fave, I will still finish it up but I’m not sure if I would repurchase it. The Clinique highlighter was also very good. It’s a cream highlighter that’s easy to apply and easy to blend. I received this as a 100 point perk from Sephora and while it looks large, looks can be deceiving! There’s not a lot there. I am not sure I would repurchase it. I prefer the shade of the Benefit Watt’s Up to this one which is on the pinker side of things.

Setting powder: GOSH prime ‘n set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder
If I can recall correctly, this is this product’s second go round in my Shop My Stash Series. See my thoughts way back in April.


shop my stash recap august 2017


Blush: tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
This is SO good. Each and every colour in this blush palette looks great on me and the formulation is just dreamy. It goes on nicely, blends wonderfully and you can dust it on lightly or build it up. I can’t say anything bad about this! I love it!

Eye primer: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
Goodness, this surprised me! I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is! And now I’m sad that it’s just a deluxe sized sample. It’s silky and goes on my eyelids nicely. And most importantly, it keeps my eyeshadow in place! So it’s safe to say that I love it and that I would repurchase it.

Eyeliner: NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
The NARS eyeliner goes on smooth and doesn’t tug at all so it’s safe to say that I like it! Which says a lot because I favour liquid liner to pencil liners immensely. The Stila liner was nice but I don’t find myself using brown eyeliners much. Still pretty good, though!

Brow: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
I honestly forgot I had this until I started digging in my eye products drawer. This is partially because that drawer is a mess but also partially because I’ve been using brow pencils mostly so I haven’t reached for this in awhile. After using it for the last month, I do still very much like it and it does look good when I use an angle brow brush to fill in my brows with this product. I will continue using this and I would consider repurchasing it… when I run out of all my other brow products, anyways! 

Mascara: tarte lights, camera, flashes Mascara, Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
This tarte mascara is slowly making it’s way up the list and it’s one of my favourite mascaras now. It separates and lengthens my lashes and they just look great. I am hoping that the full sized product is the same because I’ve seen some reviews saying they aren’t. If that’s the case, then I’m going to be very sad and on the hunt for more deluxe samples! The newest Lancome mascara – Monsieur Big – is also really good! I received this from ChickAdvisor’s Product Review Club and I’m still using it. It adds volume to my lashes and I love it. Though at times it does clump a little but that’s nothing a lash brush can’t fix! Both are great mascaras. Both I would repurchase.


shop my stash recap august 2017


Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette in Fade In
I’ve always known that I adored the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette but I totally forgot about the Smashbox one. First let’s take a look at the Too Faced one. I find it has great pigmentation and blends well. It also smells peachy! (If you have tried their chocolate bar palettes, think of that but with peaches instead of chocolate!). The Smashbox one gives me a great mix of colours for a nice smokey eye. Again it’s very pigmented and it blends well. I can’t complain about either one of these and they’re both keepers!


The Rejects

This one pains me to list it. Why? Because I love the brand.


shop my stash recap august 2017


Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminator Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer
I really wanted to love this!!! But it didn’t quite work out for me. I didn’t find that it blended very well under my eyes… even when I’m using the teeny tiniest bit. 🙁 I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a sample and it might have dried out a bit or what but I found it difficult to use. I do really love their original concealer so maybe I just have an issue with this formulation. I’m not sure. So sad.


The Retired

Nothing to retire this month. /shrug

So that is all for now! August was a blur but at least it was spent using some pretty amazing products. I’m well into my September basket now so check back in early October for that recap. 🙂 

Are you working on a Shop My Stash or a Project Pan? How do you feel about it? Are you loving it like me or finding it challenging? Comment below with your thoughts. 🙂

ipsy august 2016


Shop My Stash: September 2017

shop my stash august 2017


How did the month of August fly by so quickly? Just like that? Before I put up my August recap, I thought I would share what is in my September basket first. 🙂

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

Every month I will take one or two of these types of products and put them in a basket.

*Please note, at times, I will not have some items in my basket. The reason why is stated next to the category.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction 
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer (None, it’s summer and my skin is too dark for bronzer. We will revisit in fall/winter)
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer (Success! None, retired category. I only have one product left: Benefit POREfessional)
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel (Success! None, retired category. I only have one product left: MAC Brow Set in Clear… which is almost empty! :o)
  • Mascara primer (None, I don’t have one at the moment.)
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray (Success! None, retired category. I only have three products left in rotation: MAC, Urban Decay and Maybelline setting sprays)

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 September 2017

September is here! And my basket looks great! Let’s get right into it.


shop my stash august 2017


  • Face primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Color correction: City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector
  • Concealer: NYX HD Concealer in Shade 04
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Natural Beige, tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Medium Neutral, Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Clearing Perfector with 2% Salicylic Acid


shop my stash august 2017


  • Blush: Benefit Rockateur
  • Highlighter: essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette
  • Setting powder: BareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo


shop my stash august 2017


  • Eye primer: Milani Eyeshadow Primer
  • Eyeliner: Absolute New York Nano Liner in Black, Sonia Kashuk Eye Definer in Plummy Bronze
  • Brow : NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso, NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyebrow Primer
  • Mascara: CoverGirl Clump Crusher LashBlast Mascara


shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017

shop my stash august 2017


  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Cat Eyes, tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette (which is eyeshadow, highlighter, bronzer and a blush!)

That’s all folks! For now, anyways. 🙂 I’m still working on my August recap that should be posted in the next few days so check back soon!

Are you doing Shop My Stash? Report on your progress in the comments below! 🙂

ipsy august 2016


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.