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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?

Topbox February 2013 — Benefit

For February, Topbox gave us a privé box again and we received items from Benefit! I was really excited because I like this brand haha. The wrapping they put on the box this month is kind of cute too since it was Lunar New Year.




Benefit // POREfessional

[[ PRO balm to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. ]]
Full Size: $34/22mL || Received: $11.59/7.5mL


Benefit // Total Moisture Facial Cream

[[ Provides concentrated immediate & long-term hydration to thirsty skin. ]]
Full Size: $42/48.2g || Received: $7.76/8.9g


Benefit // Benetint

[[ Rose-tinted lip & cheep stain. ]]
Full Size: $36/12.5mL || Received: $7.20/2.5mL


Benefit // Dandelion Gloss and Powder

[[ Brightening face powder + soft pearly pink lip gloss. ]]
Full Size: (Powder) $36/7g (Gloss) $18/15mL || Received: (Powder) $15.43/3g (Gloss) $7.80/6.5mL


Benefit // Fine-One-One

[[ Sheer Brightening cheek & lip trio gives your look instant LIFT, SHAPE, and POP. ]]
Full Size: $36/8g || Received: ??
*BONUS ITEM*

Glam Bag November 2012

In November the Glam Bag became available to Canadians so I decided to give it a try! It pretty much became my new favourite subscription for beauty products haha.



Ipsy decided to include a free brush from a previous month’s bag for the new Canadian subscribers. The sad part was that we didn’t get one of the items the American subscribers received – the Bareminerals’ lipgloss ::tear::. They substituted it for a cream instead. I wish we got the lipgloss LOL.

Tini Beauty // Nailtini (Millionaire)

[[ Introducing Millionaire nail lacquer from the new Nailtini “Speakeasy” Collection chosen specifically for the ipsy community. Millionaire spikes a base of rose gold micro-glitter with iridescent gold and teal tinsels for statement-making nails, whether worn alone or as a dazzling special-effect topcoat. ]]

Benefit // They’re Real! Beyond Mascara

[[ They’re real! beyond mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. The jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had! ]]

Eclos // Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream

[[ The latest in Plant Stem Cell technology helps protect skin’s ability to renew itself. The result? Sagging skin tightens. Wrinkles are postponed. Combined with PhytoPlex24™ anti-oxidants for the ultimate in aging defense. ]]

Starlet Cosmetics // Intense Eyeliner

[[ These creamy eyeliner pencils glide on to deliver a lasting vibrant color in chocolate or black. Blend or line your lids to create your favorite glam look, whether a smoky eye or straight line wing tip. ]]

theBalm // Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette (Matt Batali)

[[ Matt Batali is just one of the nine shadows found in theBalm’s Meet Matte(e) compact palette (named after their favorite Matthews next door) which can be combined to create a multitude of soft and wearable looks. Matt Batali leaves a dark, matte finish, perfect for creating a smokey eye. ]]

Topbox November 2012



Benefit // They’re Real! Mascara

[[ This long wearing, jet black, glossy formula reveals lashes you never knew you had. ]]
Full Size: 8.5g/$29.00 || Received: 3.0g/$10.24

Cuccio Naturale // Butter Blend (Pomegranate & Fig)

[[ 10x the moisturizing power of lotion. A non-oily intense hydrating treatment for silky smooth skin. ]]
Full Size: 240g/$18.95 || Received: 9.24g/$0.73

I got excited because I saw ‘butter’ I thought I got a Butter London product.. and it looks like the same font as ‘Butter London’ LOL.

Pandora’s Makeup Box // Pandora’s Polish and Perfume

[[ These paired polishes and perfumes are fabulous for travel or gifting! ]]
Full Size: pair/$24.50 || Received: pair/$24.50 *FULL SIZE*

Kind of a cool idea for putting perfume into a polish bottle. The packaging itself though is below average. It actually looks really cheap, which is surprising because I’ve received blush from this brand before in one of my Glossybox‘s. The perfume itself seems to smell quite nice, but I don’t really like applying perfume that way. Would prefer the traditional packaging using a spritz bottle or else at least a rollerball.

Again, Topbox’s approximate value is quite low at about $35.47.
If it wasn’t for the Benefit mascara I think it’d be a major let down once again.
Will edit entry with reviews as I try them!