Tarte, Urban Decay, butter LONDON, Sephora Haul

I don’t know how beauty bloggers do it sometimes. The ones that can constantly push themselves to write reviews for beauty products ::swirl::. I applaud them, really LOL! It’s not like I’m lacking in things to review, but they just take so long to do! I don’t think people realize that even short, little reviews can take a really long time to do.

From the moment I receive an item in the mail or from the moment I arrive home with it from the store, I’ll take pictures of it first for the blog before even using it. After that when I use the item I have to keep in mind how the item performs. Do I like it or hate it? Why? Of course, you don’t just use an item once and base a whole review off of it either. I think it’s only fair if I use products multiple times, even longer if it’s a product for the face. When I’m ready I have to go edit those pictures and retake any photos that couldn’t be used or if I think I’m missing something. With the pictures done, I’ll have to sit there and actually write down all my thoughts on it.

Although a lot of my posts are about beauty products, I don’t consider myself a beauty blogger. I’m kind of glad that I’m not a full-time beauty blogger ::^^:: LOL! That’s why I really appreciate people who take the time out to do all those reviews. Anyway, I’m going off-course with this post. I thought I’d post up my beauty hauls from the last fourish months from high-end brands.

Tarte

Back in December Tarte had a 30% off Friends and Family Sale. Sadly, they don’t ship to Canada. We have it at our Sephoras, but I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the 30% off. I asked my friend to help me order it and send it to me haha. I received the items some time in January. My first item from Tarte was actually their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer. After that I was hooked. I liked that they used natural ingredients (and are eco-friendly) since my skin as of late has not been itself. I really needed products that wouldn’t irritate it further. Tarte’s quite pricey, but I think most of their products are worth the price.

Items:
Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Tipsy)
The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum (Sample)

I think with the 30% off, California sales tax, and shipping to me, the total was around $80-$90 CAD. Whereas if I just purchased it at my local Sephora at full price with our sales tax included, it would cost me $136.50 CAD. Pretty crazy, right? That’s a whole other product that I could buy LOL!


Urban Decay

Urban Decay has always been known for its popular items like their Primer Potion and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. They really sky rocketed in popularity, in my opinion, when they came out with the Naked Palette. Anyone who has even an inkling of knowledge on make up knows about that palette. All the Youtube makeup gurus praised it endlessly and was featured in many of their videos. How many palettes has it inspired from other brands since the Naked Palette’s debut? Countless! Everyone wants to cash in on it.

Although I wanted to get the palette to try out so many of the looks that was inspired by this palette I held myself back because.. well, I don’t really wear eyeshadow LOL! Until recently that is. And with the 20% off they had for their Friends & Family Sale I thought I’d order some of the items I wanted to try.

Items:
De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Naked Palette (x2)
Naked Basics
Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
(NOTE: The second Naked Palette and the Naked Basics palette belongs to my friend. I just helped her order it.)

I actually wanted the All Nighter setting spray but the were out the next day that I checked. The day I asked my friend to help me order it, it goes out of stock ::tear::. Total for everything might’ve been around $200 CAD? I don’t quite remember how much shipping was. Full price total here would’ve been $243.60. But two of the palettes aren’t mine so it costs a bit less for me than that.


butter LONDON

butter LONDON is supposed to be known for their non-toxic nail polishes (3-free). They come in the prettiest colours and supposedly have awesome formulas. I got a 25% off coupon code during boxing week and got them in January, I believe.

Items:
Lillibet’s Jubilee
West End Wonderland
Rosie Lee
Lovely Jubbly
Lady Muck
Pink Ribbon

I’ve actually already tried Lillibet’s Jubilee, Rosie Lee, and Pink Ribbon too. I haven’t typed out a review for them though. It is so hard to capture nail polish swatches on camera! I feel like it somehow doesn’t look as awesome as it does in real life. I have no idea how other bloggers even do it -sigh-.

Sephora

There’s actually items in here that were presents from my friends. Some of them I haven’t tried out yet and some I have, but I haven’t made a post about them yet.

Items:
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
NARS Blush (Torrid)
Benefit Cha Cha Tint
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Mineral)
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

I forgot to include Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, and Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector in the picture ::nervous::. I forgot the Origin’s moisturizer so I retook the picture and then I realized I forgot these two items too.. too lazy to retake picture for the third time though HAHA.

So, any items that you guys might be the most interested in a reading a revew on?

Current Obsessesions April 2013

My friends all know that I am not exactly a vegetable lover. Sometimes I enjoy eating a nice salad. When there’s vegetables in my food, I still eat it. I’m not going to go out of my way to avoid it, but I’m not exactly one to scream for joy when it comes to vegetables either. I know I’m not getting the amount of greens in my diet that I should though. In in effort to increase my daily intake, I thought I should try to do so in a way that I would enjoy. There are two things I really like: drinking stuff and fruits LOL!

I’ve just been really into green smoothies lately. They’re healthy and taste like fruit smoothies so it masks the taste of vegetables. Plus, I always love making smoothies and slush so it just makes sense haha. I’ll be posting the recipes I’ve tried out so far that I enjoy soon. No sugar, just naturally sweetened by the fruits in the recipe!

Okay, so.. I’ve mentioned before that I’m guilty of watching trashy reality shows. I know, I know, stop tsking me already ::tear::. The other day when I was scrolling through Tumblr (instead of studying, shhh) I saw this photo set on my dashboard. It made me laugh and I saw the hashtag Duck Dynasty at the bottom. It made me curious so I searched it up thinking it was a TV show that would mimic the style of The Office. Nope, it was a reality show. One about red necks at that!


I thought, what the hell, why not give it a try? …I do not regret my decision LOL! I know usually guys hate watching reality shows for whatever reason, but I think they’ll probably enjoy at least this one. They just say so many hilarious things LOL! Basically it’s about a red neck family that became rich from selling duck calls and building a whole empire around it. The thing is that while the CEO of Duck Commander (their company) is a man of business, all his family wants to do is hunt, with work being the last thing on their minds. Try it out, don’t knock it till you try it ::^^:: !!

What products have I been obsessed with lately? Face oils! I received a Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil sample in my Glam Bag in January. I started using it soon after because I was actually really curious about Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil before that. I was even tempted to purchase the Pure Marajuca Oil when I was asking my American friend to help me purchase some Tarte stuff during their 30% off sale. In the end I didn’t end up ordering it because of multiple reasons.

I was excited to get the Josie Maran sample instead to sort of introduce me to the new trend of using face oils. Recently I ended up purchasing the Tarte one too because I wanted to compare the two of them. These two are the most well-known face oils so it was interesting to see how the two of them perform.

Glam Bag March 2013



GlamRX // Mini Freestyle Palette

[[ The GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette was made exclusively for ipsy Glam Bag subscribers. The magnetic base is the perfect spot to store pan-only eyeshadows (2 of which are included in this Glam Bag!), blushes & bronzers, or whatever you need for perfect for quick touch ups on the go! Whether you are headed off to spring break or just need a cute & clever way to store products in your bag, you can create the perfect makeup look and take it with you with your exclusive GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette. ]]
Full Size: $9.95 || Received: $9.95 *FULL SIZED*

Initially when I checked the website out to find out the price for this product back in March it didn’t appear on the site. I wasn’t very happy about that because I have this thing where I usually dislike them giving us products that we cannot actually purchase. What’s the point of giving us something we like, but can never repurchase, right? And for that matter, other people can’t purchase which I’m sure companies would want when we blog about their products.

Anyway, I just checked it today and it seems that they’re planning to actually add it soon! I think it’s a great product for them to sell because it’s a pretty affordable palette to buy and customize. The patterns they have coming out for the case seem to be real cute too! I think this is a nice size for us to have and bring around because I’m sure for a quick look most of us don’t use past 3 eyeshadows. It also comes with a mirror for convenience.


Yaby // Eyeshadow (Seashell – es192 & Azalea Petal – es133)

[[ Whether you want to make a dramatic statement or just add a veil of color to your eyes, the yaby eyeshadow refills are extremely easy to work with. Can be used wet or dry and the smooth texture allows blending with ease. All shadows are vegan friendly and the pans are reusable for mixing. ]]
Full Size: $3.34/each || Received: $6.68 ($3.34 x 2) *FULL SIZED*

I’m really happy that Glam Bag gives me more neutral controls because that means it’s actually colours I’ll use! Both of these colours look really nice so I’m excited to try them out! I’ve been wearing more eyeshadow lately too.

Juice Beauty // Hydrating Mist

[[ Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist tones, hydrates, and refreshes your face and hair while on the go, anytime of the day. Hydrate with the refreshing blends of organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion. ]]
Full Size: $22.00/200mL || Received: $3.30/30mL

I’ve been using Avène’s mist for a while now so I’m curious to see what this one will be like. The reviews of it on ipsy look like it either works but smells weird or it just plain smells weird LOL! But a good addition to the bag since warmer weather is approaching.

LA Fresh // Makeup Remover Wipes

[[ La Fresh Travel Lite portable towlette wipes are perfect for jetsetters, go-getters, outdoor enthusiasts and multi-taskers everywhere. Towlette packets are small in size, designed for practicality and are easy to apply discreetly. Each item is carry-on friendly and slim enough to slip into a pocket, purse or wallet. Perfectly portable, La Fresh® makes beauty a breeze when you’re on-the-go. For a refreshing getaway, grab any Travel Lite® and Live. Life. La Fresh. ]]
Full Size: $1.99 || Received: $1.99 *FULL SIZED*

Will edit entry with reviews as I try them out!

Nailtini — Frappe Review



2 coats of Frappe

Frappe is a sheer, pale pink that gives off a very natural look. For those looking for something very wearable whether it’s because you need something suitable for work or because you don’t like wearing flashy colours, Frappe is a pretty good choice.

The problem I had with it is that because it’s so sheer, it looks blotchy with just one coat. You will need two coats to make it look more even. If you’re looking for something opaque this probably wouldn’t be what you’re looking for, as you can see in the swatch, my nail can still be seen underneath.

It lasts decently long for me though so I like using this when I don’t feel like using brighter colours. By the end of the week there’s minimal chipping.

4/5