Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time

Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time Sassy and Sweet Colour Collections

Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time  Sassy Colour Collection
Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time Sweet Colour CollectionGood afternoon all, and happy Wednesday!!!

I was wandering through The Bay the other week and saw that Clinique finally had a bonus gift out. The last one was way back in February, which you can read about here, and since then I had been waiting and waiting for the next bonus before I stocked up on my favourite products. Well, I stocked up all right, and the cosmetics bags are so cute and I love all the sample size products.

Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time purchases
Left: Glazed Berry, Right: Graffiti Pop
To qualify for the bonus, I purchased four products in two separate purchases so I could get one of each bonus. In the first round, I picked up a Different Lipstick in the shade Glazed Berry, which is a gorgeous frosted rose pink shade, and a Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in the shade Matte Beauty, a classic rose shade that offers full-coverage and a matte finish without drying or fading. 

In the second round, I went for one of the new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks in the shade Graffiti Pop, a vibrant raspberry pink (after swatching all the shades on my arm, of course). I reviewed the original Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks back in 2015, which you can read here if you’d like, and my main issue with them was that the demi-matte finish meant they did not last as long as the soft matte lipsticks and they had a slight sheen. Well, this new release of matte pop shades has me motivated to mosey on over to the Clinique counter next time I’m out shopping and scoop up a few more. I also picked up a Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen in 01 Black because I have been obsessed with it ever since it was first released and I reviewed it here, and now it is just starting to run out, so I am keeping another one on hand. 

The bonus gift this go-around includes: 

  • Cosmetics bag
  • Clinique Smart SPF-15 Custom-Repair Moisturizer
  • Take the Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes, and Lips
  • All About Shadow Duo and Blush in Sassy or Sweet Colour Collections
  • Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer in Sassy or Sweet Colour Collections
  • High Impact Mascara in Black
  • Clinique Happy Perfume Spray

The choices available for this bonus were the cosmetics bag, and the colour collection of Sweet or Sassy. I got one of each because I was super eager to snoop through them and try out all the shades of the colour collections. 

What Clinique products have you been loving lately???

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A Few Drugstore Beauty Goodies

Once again, I found myself in the drug store on a mission to find some essentials and ended up getting sidetracked in the makeup aisle. There were so many clearance and sale tags that I selected only a few items that I really wanted to try, and at bargain prices to boot.

One of my weaknesses is rewards programs. I don’t know what it is about them, but I feel compelled to register for every reward card, points system or coupon mailing list, even for stores that I don’t often visit. I think part of it is that, if I’m going to be shopping there anyways, I might as well be able to score 10% off, points to spend on items in-store, or coupons on everyday products. I mention this because I scored some serious points on this shopping spree and I am already so close to $5 in savings. But, I digress.

Maybelline The NudesMaybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette $13.99 from 18.99 

I had been eyeing this palette for awhile but $18.99 was a bit pricy so when I saw it was marked down I scooped it up. They have three different palettes, The Nudes, The Rock Nudes, and The Blushed Nudes. The Rock Nudes has a lot of cool-toned browns and greys that are great for smoky eyes but not for everyday wear. The Blushed Nudes are gorgeous shades with pink undertones but I typically go for the more golden and shimmery nudes, so this palette was perfect.


Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow 730 Skinlights Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow 730 Skinlights $6.49

I have never tried a cream eyeshadow before but I was feeling a little adventurous and for $6.49 it seemed like a good time to try it. There were other quads with different shades but I felt like I would get much more use out of these ones, plus I love the shimmer in them.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 080 Strawberry ShortcakeRevlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 080 Strawberry Shortcake $5.79 from 11.49

Before I start writing about the lip butter, I just want to have a mini rant about sales tags. If a store puts a sale or clearance tag underneath a product that says $11.49 $5.79, that indicates to me that there is a sale afoot. But apparently some of these sales tags have little letter codes or shade abbreviations that limit the sale to only certain shades of the product. WHO WOULD EVER READ THAT?!? I get looking at the sign in a department store to see if the sale excludes items with a 97¢ ending, but squinting to read the fine print shade coding for certain products??? Just no. So when I had two of these lip butters in my basket, I left the store with only one because apparently the other shade I selected was not the shade in the particular row that was on sale. -sigh- However, I do love the shade of this lip butter and how it gives a hint of colour and shine without being super bright or sticky.


Essie nail polish in shade She's Pampered
Essie Nail Lacquer in She’s Pampered $7.99 from $11.99

Three factors led me to purchase this nail polish: 1) I have been on the hunt for a gorgeous red polish and fell in love with this shade. 2) It was 4 dollars off, which seemed like a bloomin’ good deal to me, especially since I rarely ever fine Essie products on sale. And 3) I got bonus reward points with the purchase of any Essie nail product. With this trifecta of good reasons, I purchased this shade and I tried it out a few days later. Essie nail polishes go on really smoothly and evenly with no clumping and minimal bubbling while drying. I did manage to get a cat hair painted onto my thumb nail but that just comes with the territory of living with a cat.  I did, however, take my grandmother’s advice this go-around and put the nail polish in the fridge for awhile before I applied it. She claims that cold polish goes on better than room temperature polish. At the time I thought she was just making it up, but it actually works.


NYX Liquid Suede Cream LipsticksNYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks 

I have heard so many good things about these lipsticks in YouTubers’ favourites videos so when I saw them in my local drugstore, I swatched a bunch of them on my arm and picked out three that I felt I would wear the most: Tea and Cookies, Cherry Skies, and Vintage. Tea and Cookies is a lovely rose pink, perfect for everyday wear, especially in early autumn and spring. Cherry Skies is a gorgeous deep wine red that would be beautiful for autumn and winter wear. Finally,Vintage is a plum shade with mauve undertones that I think would pair so well with a some winged eyeliner and a little black dress. These go on wet but dry matte, and I couldn’t get the swatches off my arm all night, so that definitely speaks to their lasting power.

CoverGirl Clean Sensitive Skin Powder FoundationCoverGirl Clean Sensitive Skin Pressed Powder in 210 Classic Ivory

This has been my go-to drugstore powder foundation for years, and every time I see it on sale I scoop one up. I actually reviewed this powder and the corresponding liquid foundation last year, which you can read here if you’d like. The powder is really light so it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing any but it is one of the few I have found that actually matches my skin tone.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Blackest BlackMaybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Blackest Black

This is another product that has been be mentioned in several people’s favourites videos and blog posts, so I wanted to see if the hype surrounding it was worth it. I will definitely be posting a review of this product in the near future, so stay tuned.
What drugstore products have you been using lately???

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July Sephora Haul Unboxing

Sephora July Haul Good evening everyone!!!

The title of this blog post is a bit of a cheat since I only purchased two different shades of the same product and then scored a whole bunch of free samples, but I still wanted to do a little unboxing haul to show how nicely Sephora ships out their products and how adorable and incredible some of the samples are. 

Make Up For Ever multi-use powder foundationSo the two products I purchased were the Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in shades 110 Pink Porcelain and 113 Nude Porcelain. 113 is available in Sephora stores and I have been using and loving it ever since I first tried it way back in June 2015, and reviewed it here on my blog. However, I have been wondering if maybe it is a bit too yellowish for my skin tone and I wanted to try out the lightest shade, 110, but 110 is only available online, or maybe in some stores but not in the Sephora near me. I couldn’t judge the shades very well online so I ordered both, thinking I would immediately be able to tell which shade would be best for me when they arrived. Well, no such luck because I unpacked them only to find I could see a difference but still couldn’t decide which would be best. 

Just a little shout-out to Sephora here because I love their product return policy because you can actually try out the product and then return it if it doesn’t work for you. So, I tried out both shades and I have decided to stick with the nude porcelain, partly for ease of purchasing because I don’t necessarily want to order online all the time and partly because the pink tones would be nice for a summery pink look but might not be as versatile as the nude porcelain in the autumn and winter. 

And now for all the samples:

Fresh deluxe samples
From left to right: Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, Sugar Face Polish, Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

At the time that I placed my order, Sephora was offering a promotion where I could pick three deluxe samples of Fresh products for free. I love the brand Fresh, so I went with an old favourite and two products I have been dying to try. My favourite Fresh product is the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. I started using this way back in high school and it is the most hydrating and sweet-smelling lip balm I have ever used. I get very chapped lips in the winter and this just makes my lips kissably soft. The two new products are the Sugar Face Polish (125 g $62), which is a nourishing natural exfoliant made with real strawberries (including the seeds!!!) and brown sugar that polishes away dry, dull skin, and the Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil (full size 50mL $52) that contains omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9 and pure oils to preserve youthful skin. Because of how expensive Fresh products are, I am so happy I was able to get some deluxe size samples so I can try them out and see if they are worth purchasing.  

Then, as my three free samples that come with every Sephora order, I selected Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil, NARS Orgasm Blush, and Tatcha Balanced pore perfecting water gel moisturizer.    

Benefit Goof Proof Brow PencilThe Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil (full size $30) is a product I have been hearing a lot about recently, and something that I am in desperate need of. My brows do not have that sought-after arch, which is fine, but when I get all dolled up for a night out or something, they just look a little bit sad. The nice thing about this product is that it has a wide tip to fill in brows and a pointed end to define the tail of your brows. This has made my brows stand out so much more and have given them the little helping hand they needed. I was sent shade 03 Medium. 

NARS Orgasm BlushThe NARS Orgasm blush (full size $38) is a product people have been raving about for years now, and I have actually never tried it. I love blush palettes more than getting just one shade in a pan, but this is a shade has been hailed as a cult beauty product so I felt I should give it a go. It is a gorgeous warm pink shade with golden shimmer highlights. What I really like about it is that it is really hard to over-apply it because the pink hue does not build up but the shimmer does, leaving a nice golden glow.

Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer    Tatcha is a brand I had not heard of before but I am always game to try international beauty brands. This japanese skin care and beauty brand combines the ancient wisdom of geisha beauty with the modern skin care regimen. The Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer (full size 50mL $68) offers oil-balancing hydration, making it great for oily skin, a rare find. Also, this moisturizer includes a dust of 23k gold. That’s right, gold, delivering a shine-free glow. After trying this, I found that my pores looked a lot smaller and tighter, and it wore really well under my makeup. 

What beauty products have you purchased lately???

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My Top 5 Red Lipsticks for Canada Day

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Happy Canada Day everyone!!!

For those of you who may not know, I am Canadian, born and raised. Neat, eh??? All Canadian jokes aside, I love this country and, not to bore anyone with a whole history lesson, but I think it’s important to understand the importance of holidays.

Canada Day is a Federal statutory holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act, now called the Constitution Act, on July 1st, 1867. This Act united the four British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario (formerly Upper Canada in the Province of Canada), and Québec (formerly Lower Canada in the Province of Canada) into a federation of four provinces comprising a single country within the British Empire. This made The Dominion of Canada a kingdom in its own right, but the British government still kept some rights of political control until 1982. 

Across Canada, the holiday is observed through social gatherings like barbeques, parties, and downtown celebrations complete with fireworks at which people typically dress up in red and white attire. So, to celebrate this holiday on my little blog here, I thought I would share with you my top 5 favourite Canada Red lipsticks. 

1. Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Crimson $21

This lipstick is formulated to be long-wearing without drying or feathering, so the colour stays on for hours with a soft matte finish. This is ideal for spending the day celebrating downtown with little opportunity for touch-ups. 

2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella $33

This is a darker shade of red, and doesn’t last quite as long but is super easy to apply, with or without a mirror, so it is another great choice to wear when out and about on Canada Day. 

3. BITE Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Mulled Maple $28

This is the darkest red shade I have worn on Canada Day, but it is particularly close to my heart given BITE Beauty is a Canadian company, and this lipstick was part of their limited edition Canadian-exclusive Maple Collection. This shade is the same as Black Cherry from the US-exclusive Frozen Berries collection. However, this one has a sweet maple scent and a subtle sweet taste, making it extra Canadian. It offers high pigmentation, moisturization, and longwearing colour with a velvet glossy finish. Unlike other BITE Beauty lipsticks, this one does not last quite as long, so this will require the odd touch-up throughout the day. 

4. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in La Fascinante $37

This non-drying matte shade is luxurious lipstick at its finest. It glides on during application, boasting sumptuous, highly pigmented colour, and stays on for hours with few to no touch-ups. This is the lipstick I wear if I want to class things up a bit for Canada Day. 

5. Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in Kiss of Life $6.98

This is my newest addition to my list of Canada Day lipsticks. I picked this up earlier this month and discussed it in my Drugstore Haul post, but it is a lovely, rich matte red shade that does not smudge or bleed throughout the day. While it does not last as long as the other lipsticks in this list, it is definitely the most affordable and easy to find in any drugstore. 

What red lipstick are you sporting this Canada Day???         Blog logo

A Little Drugstore Beauty Haul

 Well hello there 🙂 🙂

I can’t remember the last time I went shopping for beauty products, but last week I stopped into the drugstore and came across a few beauty products on sale that I wanted to try.

img_1675While wandering the aisles, I came across the Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipsticks. I have never tried Rimmel’s lipsticks before but these were half price and I adore the shades. I picked up 107 Rossetto and 111 Kiss of Life, which I swatched to show just how gorgeous the shades really are. These lipsticks are said to deliver high intensity colour for up to 8 hours, and they live up to this. I wore Rossetto to work a few days last week and left 8 hours later with the same coat of lipstick, with minimal fading of the colour. Plus, the lasting power is unaffected by eating or drinking, so minimal to no touch-ups were required. Each of these lipsticks was CAN $4.99, which is a bloomin’ good price, especially for lipsticks that are such beautiful shades and last so long. 

I also purchased the limited edition NYX Dream Catchers Dusk Til Dawn Palette. This features a range of 10 nude eyeshadow shades that can be blended and layered to create a wide variety of makeup looks. I have been using this palette for the last week and so far I am really impressed by the high pigmentation. I would definitely recommend a primer though to increase the staying power. NYX also released two other 10-shadow palettes titled Golden Horizons and Stormy Skies. The former has a lot of golden shades, while the latter has mostly cool-toned shades. The palette was CAN $20, which is a bargain for a palette given the price of some of the other palettes out there, and I will wear all of the shades. 

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What’s in My Bag??? Summer Edition

The other week, my best friend and I took a trip to the beach and the light of the setting sun through a log fort shone perfectly on my bag. This got me thinking that I have never done a what’s in my bag post. I love reading other people’s posts like this, so I wanted to try my hand at it. Plus, making collages on Polyvore is always fun. 


Let me know in the comments below what your must-haves are in your summer bag 😊😊

Bumble and bumble Shampoos

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Good morning all!!! 

I realized the other day that I have not done a review post in far too long and, with the perfect outdoor lighting for photographs, I thought I would finally post about the Bumble and Bumble shampoos that I have been loving for the past few months. 

Before I get into my thoughts on the three Bumble and bumble shampoos that I have been using, I wanted to write a little bit about the brand itself. Bumble and bumble was founded as a New York City salon in 1977 by Michael Gordon. The brand has become renowned for its hair salons, design school and amazing lines of stylist-inspired, editorial-quality products. My one complaint about the brand is that it tests on animals, probably because it is owned by Estée Lauder Companies. 

Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo

img_1372This multitasking sulphate-free shampoo is the first Bb shampoo that I tried. I came across it in a three-product travel-size pouch in a Sephora in Paris after the hotel shampoo was starting to seriously dehydrate my hair. I was able to try the shampoo, conditioner and heat/UV protective primer for a solid week and the range completely transformed my hair. According to Bb, this shampoo is formulated with six feather-light oils to make hair smoother, softer, and silkier, while taming frizz and protecting against breakage from heat and UV radiation, all while not weighing down hair. This shampoo has a very fruity scent that I am obsessed with because it is so lovely and fills up the entire shower. This shampoo is available in two sizes: a 2oz bottle for CAN $14, and an 8.5oz bottle for CAN $38, perfect for traveling. 

Thickening Shampoo

img_1374This is the second Bb shampoo that I tried. I was finding the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil formula to be very nourishing and hydrating, but prolonged use left my hair feeling flat. This shampoo is lightweight and serves the dual function of moisturizing hair and sealing split ends, while also building body to add fullness to fine or limp hair. Bumble and bumble describes it as “ideal for fine, thinning, limp, or flyaway hair,” which perfectly describes how my hair was feeling. This shampoo is also compatible with colour-treated hair, thank goodness. For best results, it is recommended that this shampoo is paired with the rest of the Thickening range including the conditioner, serum, and hairspray. I have only tried the shampoo but it worked wonders on my fine hair. The shampoo is actually available in three sizes: a 2oz bottle for CAN $11.50, an 8oz bottle for CAN $29, and a 33.8oz bottle for CAN $74. I know the latter seems like a ridiculous amount of money to pay for shampoo, but it has done amazing things for my hair and I find it lasts months and months so, broken down, the cost is equivalent to the number of shampoo bottles purchased from other brands. 

Straight Shampoo

img_1377This sulphate-free shampoo is designed to reduce frizz and tame flyaways. It features Concen-straight Technology®, formulated to smooth and soften curly, thick, and unmanageable hair. While my hair is neither curly or unmanageable, I have pesky hairs that pop out the top of my head, irking me to no end, and this shampoo does a wonderful job of keeping them flat. Also, this shampoo is safe for colour-treated hair. The only downside to this one I can find is that it is only available in one size, an 8.5oz bottle for CAN $38, which is not ideal for traveling, but will still fit nicely into checked baggage. 

 

All of these shampoos have similar suggested uses, specifying that a little goes a long way so only a small dollop is needed to fully clean hair. Also, by applying the shampoo only to the scalp and roots of hair, the rest of the hair strands are cleaned once the shampoo is rinsed out, running down the strands. 

img_1381While it is recommended that each shampoo be used with additional products from the same line, I prefer to use the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner after washing my hair with all three of the shampoos mentioned above. It is formulated with the same light oils as the shampoo, helping to make hair softer and smoother, while also taming frizz and protecting against breakage. This conditioner is safe for colour- and chemically-treated hair, and is available in two sizes: a 2oz bottle for CAN $14 and a 6.7oz bottle for CAN $42. This may seem expensive to some, but this is the only full-size bottle I have purchased to date and I have been using it after every wash for a good 6 months already. Like the shampoos, a little goes a long way so only a small dollop is needed. 

Have you tried any shampoos, conditioners, or other hair products from Bumble and Bumble??? Which formula is your favourite???

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The Liebster Award

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I got a very welcome surprise the other day: I was nominated for the Liebster Award!!!  Thank you to the lovely Agatha Chocolats for the nomination. Her blog is riddled with chocolate enthusiast indulgences and cozy murder mystery book posts, so pop on over and have a gander at all the tempting goodness.

Here are the rules for this blog award: 

  1. Thank the nominator.
  2. Answer the questions they provided.
  3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs of your choosing that you think deserve recognition.
  5. List 11 questions to ask your nominees.

Questions from my nominator: 

  1. What would be the motto of your blog? Hmm . . . I don’t know. I guess the tag line of my blog: books, beauty, life. 
  2. What is your favorite childhood book? Oh goodness, I have so many favourites from my childhood, but I did love Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever. My mother read me that one every night for months. 
  3. What is the best pairing for chocolate? A tall glass of milk. 
  4. Which forms of social media do you most like to use when connecting with your readers outside of your blog? I actually really like instagram. I didn’t like it when I first started but I love having a collection of pictures documenting things I like. And I like seeing what other people post too. 
  5. If you could invite three people over for dinner (living, dead, fictional, …any body!), who would you invite? J.D Salinger, Audrey Hepburn, and Margaret Atwood. 
  6. What would you serve? Well, I would make roast beef, mashed potatoes, and pie for Salinger because apparently those were his favourites. And I would have something chocolatey for Audrey Hepburn because, in her son’s book Audrey at Home: Memories of my Mother’s Kitchen, it was said that Hepburn ended every evening with chocolate. I don’t know what Margaret Atwood would like given she has a hard time deciding on favourites, but hopefully she would like the above menu ideas. 
  7. What are your 5 best qualities? “Your looks, your smile, your kindness, your hugs, and your giggles.” – my best friend
  8. What is the best thing covered in chocolate? I really like chocolate-covered almonds. Nice and simple but oh-so-delicious. 
  9. What is your passion? I don’t know if I could pick just one, but reading and blogging are right near the top of my list. 
  10. If you had three wishes, what would they be? For the physical health, mental well-being, and happiness of my family and friends. 
  11. What’s your favorite thing you’ve posted? Share the link! I really liked my Easter Baking post because the giant cupcake cake turned out really well and my grandmother just loved it. 

11 random facts about me: 

  1. I used to bite my nails all the time as a kid until one day I just stopped.
  2. I am a complete cover hog, but I never know I’m doing it.
  3. I almost never lose anything, so when I “lose” my phone, I panic and immediately use the Find My iPhone function to locate it when it is 100% somewhere in my house.
  4. I seem like a really picky eater but I just like sticking to foods I know and love.
  5. I wear children’s clothes on a regular basis because they actually fit.
  6. I don’t own a single pair of monochromatic socks.
  7. I am a weirdly organized person.
  8. I love those 90s sitcoms like Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, Seinfeld, Frasier, etc. I really wish those were still on the TV at times other than at midnight.
  9. My favourite candy is marshmallow strawberries, even though I am so allergic to everything in them so I can’t have them. And M&Ms. So amazing. 
  10. I can’t drink hot drinks. If I make myself a cup of tea or something at home, I basically let it sit until it is lukewarm before I will drink it.
  11. I have never broken a bone. 

My nominations: 

Questions for my nominees: 

  1. If you could ask your future self one question what would it be???
  2. What is the last all-nighter you pulled??? 
  3. Do you often read your horoscope??? 
  4. Do you have a lucky number??? If yes, what is it and why???
  5. What is one of your hidden talents??? 
  6. What is your favourite room in your home, and why??? 
  7. What is your favourite film, and why??? 
  8. Do you have any scars??? 
  9. Do you have a favourite song??? If yes, what is it and why??? 
  10. What is something you would like to learn how to do??? 
  11. What genre(s) of music do you like??? 

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Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm

img_0419 img_0426 6a98d1b7-2fc9-4ef7-8e6d-73fbe022a278 Well hello there 🙂 🙂

With all the hullabaloo of the final week of university, I really haven’t been putting in enough time on this blog, which saddens me because blogging is something I love doing. I am so appreciative of those of you who do enjoy what I write because it gives me this sense of community when I am studying at my desk with my cat as my only form of social interaction. I am also grateful to those of you who stick around even when university gets busy and my posting becomes sporadic. But today, I wanted to get back into the blogging groove and do a traditional product review post of something I have become rather fond of: Clinique’s Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm. 

Features

  1. 2-in-1 sugar scrub and tinted lip balm
  2. Sugar scrub delicately exfoliates and smoothes lips
  3. Lip balm hydrates and nourishes dry, cracked lips
  4. The perfect size to keep in a purse
  5. Available in six shades: Red Velvet, Orange Blossom, Candied Cassis, Pink Framboise, Sweet Rose, and Citron Bleu

I mentioned these little numbers way back in February in my then-recent Clinique haul post, and I have been using them quite a bit since then. I picked up Sweet Rose and Citron Bleu because I wanted to try a sheer pink shade along with the clear shade.

What I really like about this is that the sugar scrub and lip balm are in the same package so it takes up less room in your purse or makeup bag but does twice as much. This does mean that the amounts are a bit less, but I have been using mine for over a month now and I still have lots left. 

Side note: The frosted side of the packaging is the scrub and the clear side is the balm . . . I finally figured that out after much irritation over constantly opening the wrong side. 

First, I take a small fingerful of the sugar scrub and lightly massage it on my lips for about 20 seconds or so. I then wipe this off with a tissue. I highly recommend using a 2 ply tissue or something thick like that because using toilet paper can leave little paper bits on your lips and you don’t want that getting in the lip balm. Clinique recommends that the sugar scrub should be used up to three times per week, which makes sense given it removes dead skin cells and dry flakes but lips are still sensitive and shouldn’t be over-exfoliated. After the sugar scrub, I spread a generous amount of the moisturizing balms on my lips. Luckily this balm can be used whenever your lips are feeling a little dry. 

The balm provides a really sheer and light tint. I was a little disappointed that the balm was not nearly as tinted as I thought it would be, and that the pigmentation stayed on my finger longer than it did on my lips. However, I would think the darker shades would give lips a darker tint, unless they are all super sheer. 

This product retails for CAN $24, which is quite expensive for a lip balm (at least for me) but it is the only product I know of that is dual-sided with a scrub and lip balm. However, in terms of moisturization, the balm was average and so I would probably stick with my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment because of its heavy-duty moisturizing. 

The only issue I have with this product is that I have to use my finger to apply the sugar scrub and lip balm, which isn’t very convenient for on-the-go use because it can get stuck under my nail or make my finger sticky. Plus, you know, germs. I don’t like the idea of them living in my lip balm or sugar scrub. Applying it with a cotton swab does a good job but then I find I waste a lot of product. I really wish it came with a sponge applicator or something, but the adorable cylindrical packaging doesn’t really allow for a hidden applicator anywhere. 

 Have you tried these sweet pots before??? If yes, which is your favourite shade??? Picture 19

Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

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Good morning!!!

School is almost over so my days are getting busier and busier, but I have been loving this foundation recently and I wanted to share my thoughts on it before finals start 😊😊

Features

  1. Unique dot applicator
  2. 2x the pigmentation
  3. Lightweight
  4. Oil-free
  5. 24-hour full coverage wear
  6. Flawless finish
  7. Contains patented Marc Jacobs’ golden pigments that enable effortless blending
  8. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates
  9. 22 shades, ranging from Ivory Light 10 to Cocoa Deep 86

I wear the lightest shade, Ivory Light 10, which is very fair but has pink undertones. Unlike a lot of foundations where the lightest shade is yellow tinged, this one completely matches my skin tone. Plus, this product has two times the pigment of other full coverage foundations, making it unrivaled. The full, matte coverage makes my skin look glowing and flawless. Unlike other foundations that can go without being shaken, I find if I don’t shake this one, it doesn’t apply nearly as well.

The dot applicator makes it super easy to control how much I apply and to customize my coverage. I dot my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, and then blend. It is best to start with less and blend before adding more so it doesn’t not dry or streak. While you can apply it with a buffing foundation brush, I prefer to use my fingers.

A really neat feature of this foundation is the patented patented Marc Jacobs’ golden pigments. They are wrapped in lecithin, which is biochemically similar to skin, making the foundation blend perfectly into skin. Extracts of sunflower, jojoba, and acacia also add to the blendability.

A huge plus of this product, and the entire Marc Jacobs Beauty brand, is that it does not test on animals. While it is not a vegan line, the majority of the products do not contain animal byproducts.

The only downside I see to this product is the price tag: $69. My mother actually bought this one on her hunt for a foundation and I tried it and fell in love with it. I don’t think I would re-purchase this foundation to add to my everyday makeup routine, but the flawless coverage has shot it to the top of my holiday makeup shopping list.

Have you tried this foundation before??? What did you think of it???

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