Wednesday, 19 April 2017

STELLAR Cosmic Blush in Beam

One of the newest brands to hit Sephora's shelves is STELLAR, which just so happens to be a vegan & cruelty free company! Of course this excited me greatly, and I couldn't wait to try out some of their products. First up is STELLAR's Cosmic Blush in Beam* ($30 CAD/1.7g).

STELLAR Cosmic Blush in Beam

This blush is packaged quite simply, is a plastic compact with a clear lid. At the bottom of the compact there is a small synthetic brush, which honestly I'll probably never use - like all complimentary brushes. This blush weights in fairly light, at just 1.7 grams. For comparison sake, NARS powder blushes are 4.8 grams and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are 5.6 grams. So, if this is something that you'll be using everyday, you'll be seeing pan much sooner than most other blushes on the market. 

STELLAR Cosmic Blush in Beam

STELLAR Cosmic Blush in Beam

The textured finish to this blush is pretty cute, and it actually lasts for a couple of weeks before fading away to a smooth finish. This formula is incredibly smooth and silky, and it offers really great pigmentation! The shade Beam is a beautiful bright pink colour that brings a nice natural glow to my cheeks, without any shimmer or glimmer. 

STELLAR Cosmic Blush in Beam

STELLAR Cosmic Blush in Beam

While I absolutely love this colour and the silky formula, I'm not super impressed with the wear time. On my cheeks, this blush fades pretty quickly, and it's all but gone within about 6 hours. I have combination skin, and I don't normally have any issues with my blush fading off quickly. So do keep in mind that you might need to pop this blush in your purse for midday touch ups.

STELLAR Cosmic Blush in Beam

STELLAR Cosmic Blush in Beam Swatch

Have you checked out STELLAR at Sephora yet? While I think that this blush is beautiful, I don't love how quickly it fades, and you don't get a lot of product for your money. But, if you've tried out any of STELLAR's blushes and have different thoughts, please let me know!

I also have one of their lipsticks, so keep an eye out for my review on that in the coming weeks!

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

I've been having so much fun getting re-acquainted with Stila since they became cruelty free again last month! My latest obsession has been with Stila's Huge Extreme Lash Mascara* ($30 CAD). I'm not too picky when it comes to mascara, partially because my lashes are horrible in their natural state. However, I do like mascara to add some volume and colour to my light blonde lashes. 

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Stila's Huge Extreme Lash Mascara is packaged in a beautiful gold tube that's quite large and in charge. The brush itself is also very large, and made with plastic bristles. The bristles are packed in dense, and grab on to every last lash. my one issue with this packaging is that the wand pulls out without any resistance. Most mascaras have a slightly narrow opening, so as you pull out the wand, excess product is removed. This mascara doesn't have that feature, so you do end up with more product on the wand than you actually need. I just gently scrape the wand against the tube opening to remove the excess product, but it would be nice if I didn't have to do this every time I wanted to use this mascara. 

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

That minor packaging issue aside, I'm crushing hardcore on this mascara! Yes, it's a tiny bit clumpy, but honestly that's not a big deal in my books. I like this mascara because, as the name suggests, gives my lashes great volume and drama. My lashes already have a natural curl to them, and fairly good length, so I can't comment on how well this mascara would work for someone with stick straight, short lashes. I also really love that once this mascara is on my lashes, is does not budge all day long. While this mascara isn't waterproof, unless you're actually swimming, or showering, I don't think that you'll have any problems with raccoon or panda eyes while using this mascara. 

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Looks like I've got a new favourite cruelty free mascara! If you're looking for a volumizing mascara then I definitely think that you should check out Stila's Huge Extreme Lash Mascara!

What are your favourite cruelty free mascaras?

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Friday, 7 April 2017

March 2017 Empties

It's empties time again!! Yet again, I've managed to surprise myself with the amount of products that I've been able to use up in a single month. As you might know, I'm really trying to use up some of the older beauty products in my collection, and this past month I've done just that!

March 2017 Empties

MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation #117 - This was my holy grail foundation for years, but now I'm on the hunt for a cruelty free alternative. Right now I'm loving Too Faced Born This Way! 

Live Clean Holly Berry Liquid Hand Soap - This was one of their limited edition holiday scents, and I'm so sad that I have to wait until Christmas 2017 to get another one! 

Live Clean Nourishing Night Cream - This was a great drugstore night cream, and I think that it would be best suited for those with dry or very dry skin.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser - This was just a mini, and while I liked it, I wasn't blown away.

YSL Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes #108 Violine Out of Control- This gloss had been in my collection for about 3 years, so it was definitely time to use it up! I'm on a mission to use up all of my high end makeup that isn't cruelty free, and then turn my collection over to be 100% CF.

Philosophy 3-in-1 Shimmering Snowlace - These shower gels are massive, so this large bottle lasted all Winter long! This Shimmering Snowlace scent was great for Winter, but sadly Philosophy isn't cruelty free so I won't be repurchasing :'(
Bioderma Atoderm Lèvres - This wasn't my favourite lip balm, but I was determined to use it up instead of throwing it out! My main problem with this lip balm was that it felt like it just sat on top of my lips, and felt a bit slimy. It gets a definite pass from me!

Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask - This was an interesting face mask, as it feels super gritty. You leave it on your skin for 10 minutes, and then add some warm water and gently massage the product in. I love how this product gently exfoliated my skin and gave me a nice glow.

March 2017 Empties

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter - Is there anything better that TBS Body Butters to hydrate your dry skin during the Winter months? I don't think so! This green tea scent was nice, but I do have other faves from the brand (coconut, mango, etc.)

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Batiste is hands down my favourite dry shampoo, plus it's under $10 a bottle! I've tried so many different dry shampoo brands, including some pretty pricey formulas, but nothing beats Batiste. 

Nivea In-Shower Body Milk - This is actually a body lotion that you apply in the shower! I found that this provided light hydration, so I could skip the body butter after showering if I was feeling lazy. However, I don't think that Nivea is cruelty free (correct me if I'm wrong!), so I won't be repurchasing. 

Lush Snow Angel Luxury Bath Melt - It's been a few years since I've used one of Lush's bath melts, but now I want to use them all the day! It's no secret that Lush makes some incredible bath products, so it's not surprising that I loved this bath melt so much. 

Teeez Bulletproof Flexibility Mascara in Dark Matter - This was a great mascara that didn't budge or smudge all day long! However, it didn't give a ton of volume or drama, so it wasn't a great option for a night out.

IT Cosmetics' Bye Bye Under Eye - I've been using this concealer literally everyday for about a year and a half. Seriously, this tube is huge! But I was very sad to see it finally hit the bucket, because this concealer is damn good! Highly recommend if you're looking for a full coverage concealer. 

Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool - This was a really interesting product, as the tip has three points to it. However, I found it a bit gimmicky, and never ended up using it. 

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeling Pen - I was absolutely not a fan of this liquid liner. I found the formula super watery and there wasn't great pigmentation.

March 2017 Empties

Have you tried any of the products that I used up over the past month? My favourites would be the It Cosmetics concealer, Batiste dry shampoo, and Live Clean hand soap! 

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Spring Has Sprung

We're finally starting to see some sunshine here in Ottawa! Don't get me wrong, there's still some snow on the ground, but it's starting to melt away, finally. This newly warmer weather got me inspired to ditch the winter coat and dress a little more feminine. 

OOTD Spring Has Sprung

OOTD Spring Has Sprung

I absolutely love this flowy top from American Eagle, which was actually a birthday gift from my mother in law. The back is delicate lace, and ties at the neck. I decided to wear a bralette from Aerie underneath, and I think that the two pieces pair perfectly together. My jeans are my standard dark wash skinny jeans from American Eagle, and faux leather black ankle boots from Call It Spring. 

OOTD Spring Has Sprung

OOTD Spring Has Sprung

The finishing touch of this outfit is Poppy & Peonies' The Essential Spring Fling Print. You all loved when I shared their Downtown Crossbody in Cognac in my last OOTD, and I couldn't wait to style this wristlet for you! This new print for Spring 2017 is so fun & feminine - simply put, I fell in love at first sight. I really appreciate that you can wear this bag over your shoulder, crossbody, or you can remove the strap all together and wear it as a wristlet. There's enough room in this bag to hold all of your important cards, a zippered compartment to keep your cash, and even a spot for your phone and a lip gloss! Poppy & Peonies make 100% vegan handbags, so you can feel good rocking an ethical purse. 

Poppy & Peonies The Essential Spring Fling Print

Blouse: American Eagle
Ankle Boots: Call It Spring
Hair: Meghan at Voila Coiffure

What's the weather like where you live? What Spring pieces are you most looking forward to wearing?

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Lush Easter 2017 Collection

Can you believe that Easter is only a little more than a week away?! Well, today I have some of Lush's Easter Collection* to share with you! Lush consistently releases some incredible limited edition collections, and this one is no exception.

Lush Easter 2017 Collection

Lush Chocolate Easter Egg Soap ($5.95/100g)

Lush makes some incredible soap, and I always love trying out their limited edition scents! This Chocolate Easter Egg soap is bright yellow in colour, and formulated with cocoa butter so it's very creamy and hydrating. I wouldn't say that this soap smells like an Easter egg, but it does smell good. With notes of lemon, grapefruit, vanilla, and cocoa, I think that this is a fun take on a simple chocolate scent.

Lush Chocolate Easter Egg Soap

Lush Chocolate Easter Egg Soap

Lush Chocolate Lip Scrub ($9.95/25g)

I've used many of Lush's lip scrubs over the years, and I always get excited when they come out with a new scent, especially when that scent is chocolate! This lip scrub has a wonderful chocolate orange fragrance to it. Lush's lip scrubs are essentially just scented sugar, and while they work well, I do wish that the formula was a bit thicker or creamier. 

Lush Chocolate Lip Scrub

Lush Chocolate Lip Scrub

Lush Chick 'N' Mix Bath Bomb ($10.95/340g) 

I've never used one of Lush's larger bath bombs before, so this one is exciting! This chick comes in three parts - the chick head, bottom, and a small egg tucked inside. Lush claims that you can get three baths out of this, but I'm doubtful that the small egg would be enough for even a small bath tub. Scented with tonka absolute and bergamot oil

Lush Chick 'N' Mix Bath Bomb

Lush Chick 'N' Mix Bath Bomb

 Lush Chick 'N' Mix Bath Bomb

Lush Wash Behind Your Ears Shower Gel ($10.95/100 ml)

While this shower gel is formulated with jasmine, rose, and neroli, all I smell is carrot. The scent is festive for Easter, but it's not something that I'm tempted to stock up on for the rest of the year. The formula is thick and creamy, and lathers really well, especially when used on a loofah. 

Lush Wash Behind Your Ears Shower Gel

Have you stopped by your local Lush store to check out their Easter range yet? What products are you most excited about?

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