Shop My Stash: May and June 2017

shop my stash may june 2017


Shop My Stash 2017 is just about to hit the midway mark! Six months into this endeavour and I’m still going strong! I’m making my way through my collection and finding all sorts of products that I forgot about. It’s been a great exercise of discovery! 

For those who are just joining us…

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.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction (none this month)
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer (none this month)
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel
  • Mascara primer
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray

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 May and June 2017

Because my April basket was used up to about the second week of April, I decided to use this next basket for the rest of May and into the month of June. I don’t mind adding a little extra time cause that just allows me to use up more of these products. 

May and June’s basket is not that extensive. I am starting to realize that there are some types of products where I only have one product left and I won’t have to cycle through them anymore. A good example of this is my brow gel. I only have one now – the MAC Brow Set in Clear – so I have decided that this is going to be the last Shop My Stash it will be a part of. Also, by keeping a small basket of goodies and concentrating on certain products, the likelihood of finishing products is higher. 

So let’s get started. 🙂


shop my stash may june 2017 benefit tarte chanel coverfx l'oreal


  • Pore Reducer: Benefit The POREfessional
  • Face Primer: CoverFX Anti-Aging Primer
  • Concealer: tarte Shape Tape in Medium
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 in 30 Cendre – Shell, L’Oreal Infallable Pro-Matte Foundation in 105 Natural Beige


shop my stash may june 2017 benefit cover girl nyx

shop my stash may june 2017 benefit covergirl nyx


  • Blush: Benefit Sugarbomb Shimmer Blush
  • Highlighter: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam
  • Setting Powder: CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder in Light to Medium


shop my stash may june 2017 colourpop mac kat von d essence too faced


  • Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette
  • Brow Setting Gel (FINAL MONTH):  MAC Brow Set in Clear 
  • Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, essence Eyeliner Pen Extra Longlasting
  • Eye Primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer


shop my stash may june 2017 mac tarte benefit wet n wild


  • Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild photofocus Lash Primer
  • Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash, tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes
  • Setting Spray: MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray


shop my stash may june 2017 laura mercier urban decay

shop my stash may june 2017 urban decay

shop my stash may june 2017 laura mercier


  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Urban Decay Naked2 Palette, Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette


So that’s it for now. It’s a pretty good basket of products! I am wondering if a month and a half is too long and I will get antsy and use more than what’s in the basket. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course! But I do need to concentrate on some products so I can have more empties and start throwing more out. The goal at the end of the day is to downsize my collection. My April one didn’t really identify much that I should get rid of so I need to improve that aspect of my Shop My Stash. 

Ah well, this will always be a work in progress! I believe that as long as I continue on this route, my collection will shrink naturally. It just takes time. 🙂

Hope you had an amazing weekend everyone! 

ipsy august 2016


Unboxing + Review: ipsy February 2017 Much Love #IPSYMUCHLOVE

ipsy febraury 2016


It’s time for another ipsy glam bag unboxing! Well, I guess it’s more of an unbagging. That doesn’t have quite the same ring to it but it’s the truth! Technicalities aside, let’s take a look at the bag and the mix of items that I received.

February’s theme is Much Love. How perfect is that considering it is Valentine’s Day? But aside from all that lovey dovey stuff, what ipsy was trying to get across is that the Much Love theme is all about your inner glow and how you show your squad, well, Much Loveone… which I was really skeptical about at first because it also has a neon orange trim that screams 80s and early 90s! Not exactly what I imagined for February, the month of love, but I suppose it will do. When I received it, I thought the bag was alright. It was a super soft denim material and it was cute.  Not my favourite by any means but also not horribly bad. 


ipsy February 2017


The contents of the bag, however, is what made my February glam bag really shine! I absolutely adored everything I received! Let’s take a closer look. 

The first item I received was the Luna by Luna Cosmetcis Highligher int he shade Calypso ($23.00 USD, 3 g). If you haven’t noticed, I have been on a huge highlighter kick lately! So I was happy to get a new one to try. When I first saw my bag reveal and saw that the colour was described as a pale lavender shade so I really wasn’t sure about this. But it did say that it’s a mix of warm and cool undertones that works with every skintone so I was willing to give it a shot. At the end of the day, it kind of reminds me of the new Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismtic Amethyst… not exactly but in the same or similar colour family. I wish I owned the Becca one to compare swatches. Anyways, this one is a baked highlighter so it feels sillky smooth to the touch. It is sheer with one swipe but it is super buildable so you can use as little or as much as you’d like depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. I don’t have one in this shade yet and I find it is pretty unique so I will try it. And can I just say that I love the name of this company and the packaging? I love stars and anything sky related, really, so Luna is right up my alley!


ipsy February 2017


I also received a lip product in the form of a NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard ($6.00 USD, 4.5 g). I have tried butter lipsticks before and I’m a huge fan of their formulation and pigmentation. I love that they are creamy and not drying at all! But while I love them, I’m just so-so on this shade. Lifeguard is described as a deep magenta but to me it seems like it leans more towards red… and I am so not a bright red lipstick girl! I have been leaning more towards neutrals lately, everyday colours that I can use at the office or as I go about y errands during the day. And when I do choose a red, I go for the deeper berry colours. So at the end of the day, I adore this product but I am passing on the shade.


ipsy February 2017


I am actually quite excited about this next product because I have been dabbling in the world of toners lately! The Dermadeli Rejuvinating Toner ($2.49 US, 10 ml) intrigues me. I have never heard of this brand before but it’s all natural so I am willing to give it a chance. It is said to “remove cellular debris, tighten pores and firm(s) the skin” which all sounds great. The witch hazel and sea kelp helps with keeping your skin moisturized, as well. The one thing that is turning me off is the very strong scent that it has. It’s very herbal due to the witch hazel. While this comes in a great size for travel, the last time I received a toner sample in this size, I had wished that I had more! We’ll see if it’s the same thoughts this time around.


ipsy February 2017


Next up is the Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer ($2.19 USD, 0.7 g). My first impression of this was disappointing… mainly because this was so small and I have received other products form Elizabeth Mott that were much larger. When I received a blush from this brand last year, it was pretty much full-sized so when I saw that I was getting this, the expectation was pretty much the same. Instead, this made me reminiscent of the super small theBalm samples I have received and were unhappy with in the past. Anyways, I guess it was not meant to be. However, it still looks like a nice bronzer! It is matte and pigmented. A little powdery but easy enough to blend. I do prefer matte bronzers because they look more natural on me. This was also easy to depot. The pan came right out and I think I will just add it to my magnetic palette. Overall thoughts? Underwhelming in size, challenging to use with my larger brushes that I use for bronzer but still worth a try because I loved the blush I received before so much.


ipsy February 2017


Last but not least, my fave out of the entire bag – the Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514 ($24.20 USD). Because you can never have too many brushes! I am a HUGE fan of Luxie brushes so I’m happy to be able to add a new one to my collection. This blush brush is made of soft synthetic bristles and is 100% cruelty free and 100% vegan. It’s so soft and so fluffy which is what I look for in a blush brush so this is just perfect for me! Great for powders like blush, bronzers or pressed highlighters. I just love it. It’s so great.



Well that’s it for February. The total value of this bag was $57.88 USD which translates into around $78.00 CAD so the value is definitely there! Plus, out of the five items I received, three were full sized (highlighter, lipstick and blush brush) so I really can’t complain at all! Everything will be used, as well. I can say with confidence that February’s ipsy glam bag was a win! 🙂

Oh wait! Before I forget, I did redeem points for something this month! The Wet n’ Wild megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals is absolutely gorgeous! Totally worth redeeming for. 🙂



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What did you love from ipsy’s February glam bag offerings? Did you make out like a bandit with your glam bag? Share in the comments below!

Until next time, my friends!

ipsy august 2016

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Unboxing: ipsy March 2016 Hello, Spring!

I cannot believe I still haven’t posted this unboxing! Quite frankly, I cannot believe it’s already mid-April. Apparently the month of March and parts of April have flown by in a blink of an eye! My April bag is already en route to me so I should probably post this right away. 🙂

ipsy’s theme for March was Hello, Spring! which is perfect! We have had a very mild winter in Alberta and right now, it certainly feels like spring! And I also have the allergies to prove it. 😉

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ipsy glam bag December 2014 Unboxing and Review

Oh my, it has been awhile since my last unboxing. Quite honestly, it has been difficult keeping up with all my subscriptions due to being out of town so much the last few months and then the holiday season took over. It may also be a sign that I’m subscribed to too many boxes. For 2015, I will attempt to keep up.

Today, let’s talk ipsy. For those of you who are not familiar with ipsy, it is a beauty bag (not a box!) that contains 5 deluxe and full sized products delivered to your door each month. These bags – known as “glam bags” – contain a mixture of beauty products like makeup, skincare and hair care plus you get a different bag to house them all in each time you get one. Each month, ipsy curates each subscribers bag from a pool of many products which means there are a number of combinations out there! I have a few friends who are subscribed and we always have different bags each month! Not one dupe yet!

Well, let’s get into it – here is my ipsy bag for December!

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Fall Favorites: Lip Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

nyx cosmetics butter lipstick
nyx cosmetics butter lipstick

3. Lancome Lip Lover in “Lip Lover”

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

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

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

4. Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion”

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