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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!

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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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Review: Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Skincare – GlamSense

glamsense roger & gallet aura mirabilis

 

Looking for a flawless complexion? This beauty ritual may be able to help you with that!

I don’t often receive pretty packages in the mail so when this arrived, it took me completely by surprise! It was such a surprise to learn that I was chosen for the Roger & Gallet GlamSense campaign. If I can recall correctly, I had a tough day so this sure put a smile on my face! I mean, who doesn’t love getting mail, honestly? 🙂 (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!) 

 

glamsense roger & gallet aura mirabilis

 

glamsense roger & gallet aura mirabilis

 

From what I have seen on social media, there were a number of different boxes that were sent out. I received Box 1 which contained the Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis beauty ritual. 

This range contains four products which uses a natural remedy called Aura Mirabilis. This remedy was created nearly 300 years ago by monks and was meant to be used for a number of ailents. It contains 18 distilled officinal plants selected for their healing properties. Roger & Gallet now own this formula. 🙂

 

(Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

 

The plants found in this product includes sandalwood, geranium, neroli, green mandarin, citronelle, magnolia, lemon zest, thyme, lavendin, damask rose, bitter orange leaf, bergamot, sweet orange, lemongrass, lavender, palmarosa, may change and rosemary.

The ritual has four products and four steps:

  1. Detoxify using the Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask
    Suitable for sensitive skin, this can be used as a mask or a cleanser. It removes make up and once water comes into contact with it, it turns into virginal milk which detoxifies the skin. (Virginal milk is what was used in the 18th Century to conserve porcelain skin.) This cleanser has a gel consistency and has a very pleasant scent. It smells floral but it is not overpowering at all! I am not a fan of floral scents but found that I really liked the scent. After using this cleanser, I found my skin was left very soft and it wasn’t drying. I enjoyed this cleanser. I will have to try it as a mask one day!

    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

  2. Refine using Beauty Vinegar
    If you are like me, you are probably raising an eyebrow right now. What on Earth is “Beauty Vinegar”? In the 18th Century, cleansing vinegars made from flowers, fruits or spices were used for cleansing and preserving your skin’s complexion. Well to answer the question of “what is it?”, Beauty Vinegar is used as a toner. I found that using a cotton pad was the easiest way to apply it to my face. The scent is, again, very pleasant – there’s nothing “vinegar” about it! I also found it to be very gentle on my skin. A few benefits of this product is that it removes pollution residue and traces of makeup, smooths skin and clarifies your complexion and it refines skin texture and tightens pores.

    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

  3. Restore with Double-Extract
    This is an essence or serum used after toning but before applying moisturizer. This is an ultra-concentrated serum and helps visibly reduce the signs of aging and wrinkles to help reveal radiant skin. Other benefits include correcting irregularities, restoring skin’s barrier and protecting against external aggressors and helps keep skin radiant and hydrated. Smells wonderful (again!) and applies very nicely. It absorbs ever so quickly and isn’t sticky or leaves a residue. The bottle is unique too – due to an innovative pre-dosing system, when you shake the bottle, the right amount of serum is dispensed. It’s just enough for your face and neck and you’re not wasting any product. Good stuff!

    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

  4. Renew with Legendary Cream
    The moisturizing step in the ritual. This moisturizer is said to even skin complexion and protect against aging, illuminate skin complexion and renews skin, invigorating skin cells acting against signs of dehydration and discomfort. It’s a very nice cream, very light and quick to absorb in your skin. Plus, like the other products, it smells very nice! After using this moisturizer cream, my skin is left feeling soft and smooth. It’s such a luxurious cream!

    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

When it comes to skincare, I like to test products for a few weeks before reviewing them but being on vacation when I first received this prevented me from doing that. With the limited time I had to use these products before providing my reviews to GlamSense, I got a feel for each product.

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Aura Mirabilis skincare line, especially the serum and moisturizer. I already use a skincare regimen that contains a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer so it was easy for me to incorporate in my morning and evening routine. 🙂

For me, I will continue to use these products. I would repurchase one or all of these products because I really like them! 

Thank you GlamSense for letting me try these products! I have discovered some new favourites! 🙂

Have you tried any products from Roger & Gallet? Thoughts?

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by GlamSense for free to try out and review. All thoughts and opinions stated in this product review are mine and mine alone.

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy April 2017 Side Show

ipsy glam bag april 2017

 

April’s ipsy glam bag is your ticket in to the show. Literally. The bag is a shaped like a ticket! 🙂

The theme for April’s bag is Side Show. It represents fun – like having fun at the arcade, having fun on the rides and just having fun in general.

While the bag itself is unique and cute, it does lack storage space in that it’s not the ipsy bag that would hold the most stuff. It is more about how it looks than it is practical, in my opinion. Still super cute, though. It would make a great conversation starter if you use it as a clutch!

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017

ipsy glam bag April 2017

 

Moving on, let’s take a look at the items I received in my bag.

The first item in my glam bag also embodies the “fun” vibe. The Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush ($5.00 USD) has unicorns and rainbows on it. This seems to be the “in thing” with a lot of companies nowadays, especially with unicorns, so I feel like this brush is very current. And the whole Lisa Frank think is totally a throwback to my childhood. I grew up loving Lisa Frank products and often saw the Lisa Frank ads in my Archie comic books and digests. I used to collect the stickers, buy stationery for school… the handle on this brush is just so nostalgic for me! The brush itself has very soft bristles with rose gold on the handle. So cute! This would be a great brush, not only for blush, but for power highlighters and bronzers, as well.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Glamour Dolls Lisa Frank

 

Next up, we have the Adesse New York Cupuacu Butter Lip Balm ($24.00 USD, 3 g) – and it is indeed full sized! Being the lip balm junking that I am, I was happy to see this. I have never heard of the brand Adesse before so I’m looking forward to trying it. The site says that this lip balm will smooth, moisturize and hydrate your lips. It looks two-toned but it’s mostly sheer and the centre core is “infused with cold pressed Cupaucu Butter”. The ginger mint scent is subtle but not my favourite. I find lip butters to be more moisturizing than just simple lip balms so I’m curious to see if that’s the case with this one.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Adesse

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Adesse

 

Now how cute is this packaging? I recieved the Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island ($8.00 USD, 0.1 oz). Stars and a bow – what can I say? I am a sucker for cute packaging! 🙂 Palm Island is a mid to dark bronze. I think this shade should work on me… as long as I’m not super tanned. It feels silky to the touch and is lightweight. What I really like about this is that it’s a matte bronzer. There’s now glitter or shimmer or anything. I also love how it comes in a mini size. i can definitely keep it in my camping makeup bag and use it for travel in general.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Ciate

ipsy glam bag April 2017

 

This one I am super curious about. The Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($6.99 USD, 1 ml) says it is Japanese made on the packaging and I’ve had great success with some Asian eyeliners in the past. It has a super thin, super precise tip which is what I usually use with liquid liners so this is right up my alley! Reminds me a bit of my holy grail Kat Von D Tattoo Liner that I adore. I haven’t tried it yet because I currently still have one KVD and an Essence eyeliner that I’m using but I will certainly try this one in the future. I hope it works well. 

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Jesse's Girl

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Jesse's Girl

 

The last item in my bag was the Avene Rich Compensating Cream ($3.50 USD, 5 ml). I am a big fan of Avene moisturizers and this one would have been very handy this past winter when my face felt drier than usual. This is a richer, thicker moisturizer that is said to melt into your skin to soothe and nourish it. It doesn’t hurt to keep a product like this around if you tend to have dry skin at times. I’m sure I will be using it at some point in time.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Avene

 

And there we have it. The total value of my April ipsy glam bag was $47.49 USD which makes it around $65 CAD at today’s exchange rate. That’s not bad.

This wasn’t my absolute favourite bag but it was still pretty good. I will be using pretty much everything I received so that’s always a plus!

What was in your April glam bag? 

Until next time, friends!

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.