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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.

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy March 2017 Tres Jolie

ipsy March 2017 ofra city color tarte skone cosmetics first aid beauty

 

It’s April! How did we already get to April? I know they say time goes by faster when you get older but this is ridiculous! Time seriously needs to slow down a bit or something!

The weather here is finally getting warmer which is great because I’m pretty much over the whole winter thing. What I’m really happy about right now is that I am all caught up in my blogosphere! It feels so good to be caught up. My March subscriptions are up next on the blog – starting with ipsy.

The theme for March’s ipsy glam bag was Tres Jolie which translates to Very Pretty in French. (Ha! Those French classes in junior high paid off after all!) But as you can see her, the bag is also… well… very pretty. Why? Because of these three things:

  1. It has a cool new design that you’ll flip for,
  2. It makes us soooo psyched for spring,
  3. It’s a chic, pale pink shade (that’s totally on trend).

So there you go. Straight from the ipsy site. Now you know.

 

ipsy March 2017

 

ipsy March 2017

 

But seriously, how adorable is this bag? I love that it can be a large makeup bag or a fold-over clutch. That is very practical and useful, in my opinion! This would be so great for travel, especially since it does double duty. Pack all your things and if you’re headed out for a night out, just dump all your makeup and use it as a clutch! PERFECT! 

Also, how awesome is this month’s card? It’s a great reminder to us all and it’s so true. Always remember that!

 

ipsy March 2017

 

Moving on, let’s take a look at the contents of my March bag. I tell ya, ipsy’s got me all figured out! Let’s get started.

The first item we will look at is the Skone Cosmetics Luxe Pro Blending Brush ($15.00 USD). From the looks of it, this brush is from Skone’s new Luxe Pro Brush line. This blender brush has a fluffy, rounded head that’s made of synthetic hairs (described as professional grade nylon by the folks at Skone) and topped off with beautiful rose gold accents. I will say that this brush is so soft! Also, it’s a bonus that it’s rose gold… because really, rose gold is ‘in’ now. I am a big fan of blending brushes so I’m totally okay with adding one more to my collection! And honestly, you can never have too many brushes! Right? Who’s with me? 🙂

 

ipsy March 2017 Skone Cosmetics Blending Brush

 

ipsy March 2017 Skone Cosmetics Blending Brush

 

This next one is intriguing – the First Aid Beauty (FAB) Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer ($6.00 CAD, 9.6 g). It’s intriguing because I feel like I have used this before, years and years ago, and if it is the same thing then I remember loving it a lot. I never repurchased it because I had a big tub of the FAB Ultra Repair Cream that I used as a face moisturizer at the time because my face was super dry and I was dealing with some patches of eczema too. FAB really is a great brand and I have really enjoyed their products (heck, I have their Face Cleanser in my shower right now!) so I loved seeing this in my bag. Time to rediscover (what I think is) and oldie but a goodie! 

 

ipsy March 2017 First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

 

Continuing on, I also received the City Color Cosmetics Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector ($3.99 USD, 4 g). I can definitely use this on those days where my eyes give away exactly how tired I am! This is a peach concealer which will help disguise those under eye circles. I haven’t tried this yet so I can’t say much about the consistency and coverage but it does look promising.

 

ipsy March 2017 City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector

 

ipsy March 2017 City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector

 

I love receiving this brand in my subscriptions because it is one of the only ways of getting this brand without having to pay a lot to ship it to Canada! I received the Peach Blush from OFRA Cosmetics ($15.00 USD, 4 g) which I think is great because I love the brand and I haven’t tried any of their blushes yet. Glad I am finally get the chance to now! It’s a nice peach colour and it’s so pretty. I do love that it’s just the pan so I will be adding it into my magnetic palette which is perfect!

ipsy March 2017 OFRA Peach Blush

 

ipsy March 2017 OFRA Peach Blush

 

And last but not least! I received the Tarte Cosmetics tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in the shade Delish ($4.00 CAD, 1 ml). Delish is described as a rosy mauve which falls into line with colours I usually love so it’s the perfect colour choice for me! I love it because it’s neutral enough to wear every day but still has a hint of rose in it. I find that this matte liquid lipstick feels comfortable on my lips and it isn’t as drying as others I’ve tried int he past. It is super pigmented too. I would love to try more shades!

 

ipsy March 2017 tarte tarteist matte lip paint dusty rose

 

ipsy March 2017 tarte tarteist matte lip paint dusty rose

 

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. ?

So that was it for March’s glam bag. I quite loved what I received! They were all pretty much hits with no misses and they will all get used at some point. What was your fave product from the March bag? 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, starpixel 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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Unboxing + Review: Topbox February 2017

topbox february 2017

 

I feel like this month is passing me by at lightning speed! I’m just trying to keep up with life! 

Today I bring to you my Topbox review for the month of February. I received the Regular Topbox again . The prive boxes don’t seem to be catching my eye a whole lot nowadays and that’s a bit disappointing. But February’s Regular Topbox contained makeup, skin care and beauty tools so I really can’t complain with a mix like that. 🙂 

Anyways, let’s take a look at the contents of the box!

  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat ($31.99 CAD, 4 ml – full size?): This deluxe sample of Smashbox’s liquid lipstick was released as part of their Fall 2016 lineup. Driver’s Seat is described as a peach-rose nude. They say it “features Advanced Polymer Technology that makes it stay put (…) for up to 8 hours.” Sounds pretty technical, hey? I’m not quite sure what to think about that because I Googled it and all I found were links definitely did not involve makeup whatsoever! At the end of the day, this isn’t quite my shade. Peach toned lippies and I don’t get along very often and this one leans more towards the peach side than the rose.
  • Bella Aura Skincare Daily Repair Moisturizer ($30.00 CAD, 10 ml): This brand again. I feel like I’m going to end u receiving the entire Bella Aura product line! I keep getting these in my Topbox subs. Which would be vine and dandy… IF I liked it! I just can’t seem to get over the smell of their products. But for those that do like it, this is a nice way to sample these high value products. For me, though, it’s a pass.
  • La Ritzy Cosmetics Pro Blender ($16.29 CAD): I am a big fan of Beauty Blenders and I am always game for trying other beauty sponges. I’ll give this a try when it’s time for a new one… which will probably be sooner than later. 
  • Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211 ($24.00 CAD): Yay! I love Luxie so this brand was great to see in my Topbox. I’m quickly growing my Luxie brush collection through various subscriptions boxes. This concealer brush looks to be the perfect size for your undereye area. The brush is the right size and it’s soft. I’m looking forward to trying this! Though, I don’t know why the product card says this brand is available at Sephora when I have never seen it there before. At least not in Canada.
  • Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Golden Hour (card sample): I’m not sure whether to include this as an item in the Topbox or as a bonus sample. I don’t mind receiving eyeshadow card samples because you can use them many times… and usually that is enough to let me know if I like it enough or not to buy t he actual product. In this case, Golden Hour was not for me. I gave it a try this morning and while.I loved the dark purple shade and the neutral that can be used for pretty much any eye look but I wasn’t a huge fan of the other two colours. I will still use it up, though!

There you go! February’s box was pretty great. Scroll down for all the pictures.

The value was roughly $86.00 CAD (if I only took half the retail value of the full sized Smashbox liquid lipstick) so this was an excellent high value box! I will probably only end up using two of the four products, though. Overall, this Topbox was still worth it. 

Check back soon for my March unboxing. I also have plans for a great new blog series and more! 

Have a great week, friends!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This does  not contain referral links.

topbox february 2017

 

topbox february 2017

 

topbox february 2017

 

topbox february 2017

 

topbox february 2017