New Products/ Favourites!

I was going to wait until the end of the month for this post, but I couldn’t wait!

I’ve purchased a couple new products that I have either recently come to love or have re purchased.

*Disclaimer: These thoughts are my personal opinion and has no reflection of my employment at Sephora.

New products:

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Stila: Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – (Fiery) $29.00 CAD

I used to use Maybelline 24 Hour Superstar Lipstick, my issue with it was that it would start balling up and sticking to itself on my lips after 30 minutes, so my hunt began for a new long wearing lipstick. Stila’s has great staying power and the only time I feel I have to touch up is after a meal. I have worn this the last 4 days (Every day since I purchased it) and I have received SO many compliments on it. It’s a beautiful deep red. It looks good on fair and tanned skin. My next colour will be patina which is a dusty rose, unfortunately it’s so popular it’s been sold out.

*In my instagram section you’ll see a post with me wearing it with a masquerade mask I wore for a work meeting this morning.

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I was having a hard time deciding between this set or the “Everything Nice” pallet. Both sets are beautiful and highly pigmented. I chose this one because while I don’t typically wear shimmer shadows anymore, I was in love with the colours. “Boxes & Bows” and “Sugar Plum Fairy” are so pretty (As are many of the colours). The biggest surprise for me was the “Better than Sex” Mascara. I have tried many “designer” mascaras in the past and they’ve all fallen short in my opinion to the $9.00 “Voluminious” that has been mentioned previously. I really like the formulation “Better than Sex” and the volume and length I get from it. I’ll be purchasing the full size when the mini runs out.
*Word of warning: “Luminous Peach” Blush is very pigmented, so cautiously build it until your ideal colour.*

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tarte: Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara $24.00 CAD

I was skeptical of this mascara, the wand is small and isn’t as fancy as other high end mascaras but it works. The mascara doesn’t clump or flake, it isn’t dramatic, but it lengthens and separates – you can build it up until you get some extra volume, but it creates more of a natural lash. It strengthens and hydrates your lashes while you wear it. I love this mascara on days I want a natural look (especially in summer).

Repurchases:

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Josie Maran: Argan Milk $70.00 CAD

I love the original Argan Oil but this one extremely hydrating and works well under my makeup. I have oily/combo skin and my foundation doesn’t move over it. For those with dry skin, it’ll give your skin a nice glow under your foundation. I use this both AM and PM. All I can say is: It works great!

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Stila: Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer $57.00 CAD

While I liked Makeup Forever HD Foundation, right now I’m loving the Stay All Day line. I haven’t used the brush it comes with yet, but I love that the lid comes with a concealer that is the same shade so it doesn’t compete against the foundation colour. The concealer is thick and holds nicely on the skin. I apply the foundation by spraying my real techniques brush with Urban Decay’s “All nighter” spray, then stipple the foundation all over my face and finally buff it into my skin. It creates a flawless finish, and once it dries… it’s not going anywhere.

                   

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Josie Maran: Argan Cleansing Oil $38.00 CAD

I wrote about this oil in my March Favourites. Over the last couple months I’ve tried other oils and gels, this one still works the best in my opinion. It’s gentle on the skin and breaks up the makeup very easily. I follow with Philosophy: Purity Made Simple (I’ve purchased 2 more since my March Favourites).

I’ll probably have a couple more posts in the coming weeks on new products I come across as I learn more about products and try them for myself!

March Favourites ♡

Hey Guys!

So, as you saw in my last post, I went shopping and got a couple new products! Well, those products turned into a couple more products and those turned into an overhaul of my skin care routine.

That being said, most of my march favourites are mainly skin care (because I’ve fallen in love with them and they’ve changed my skin drastically). My skin is still not perfect but it is improving.

So here it is… my march favourites, I’ll leave links and prices (in CAD)… hope you enjoy!

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Skin Care

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PMD ($179.00)- This little personal micro-dermabraison tool has become a once a week ritual. I’ve only had it 3 weeks so I still haven’t received all of the benefits this little device has to offer. In 3 short weeks though, my cheeks have become smoother, and my scarring slightly lighter. (I have taken before and after photos, which in a couple weeks I’ll do a before and after update)

When purchasing it I looked online for a code (benefits of online shopping) and Celeb25 takes 25% off! (saves on shipping too!)

 

 

 

 

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Clarisonic Mia 2 ($175.00) – I cannot wash my face without this now (why did I wait so long!?), it has improved my skin texture and makes my skin feel so clean and refreshed! Initially, it may seem a bit  pricey but well worth the money. I actually look FORWARD to washing my face and know I am actually washing it, not just spreading makeup around! I highly recommend this to ANYONE and EVERYONE. They have different cleansing heads for different skin types, so you can definitely find one to meet your needs. Cannot say enough good things about this product.

Side note: I didn’t want to try this initially because I’ve tried knockoffs before, they don’t work and make your skin worse (without ever improving it). Those knockoffs were $20 so I didn’t want to try something for almost 9x more money. With a 2 year warranty, you cannot go wrong :) You will go through a skin purging faze, where for a week or 2, your skin will get worse before it gets better. It does get better and your makeup does go on like butter – I PROMISE. You can also buy it HERE with a bigger selection of colours and patterns  ♡

 

 

The 2 tools listed above, seem like a lot of money, but the only thing you need to replace are the heads on them, so you’re not spending that $175 every couple of months.

Tip: When ordering your PMD, you are paying shipping, so when I ordered, I ordered a couple replacement heads so I only paid one shipping fee.

 

These are in the order I use them:

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Josie Maran Cleansing Oil ($38.00) – I don’t use this every day, only the days I wear makeup. It’s gentle on my skin so I’m not scrubbing the makeup off my eyes and it gets it ALL. It’s a refreshing scent, avoid your mouth like the plague, if it gets in your mouth (always seems to get in mine) and doesn’t go away for a couple minutes. As a product though, I LOVE IT!

 

 

 

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Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser– 16 oz ($42.00) – I started using my Clarisonic with Kate Somerville’s Daily Detox. I liked it as a cleanser but I wasn’t a huge fan of the packaging – it was both convenient but inconvenient ( the product comes out from where you stand the product). Unless you clean your sink EVERY DAY, with product, it’s not overly sanitary. So while inline at Sephora, I saw a sample of this Purity Made Simple cleanser, I wanted to try it (quite a few YouTubers use it). It smells clean and fresh, is extremely gentle on the skin, and has kept my acne in check. They have many different sizes, so you can try it before committing to the bigger sizes.

 

 

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Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic ($29.00) – I use this after washing my face and using my PMD. I like it because you can either spray it directly on your face, or spray on a cotton round and then wipe your face. I use the cotton round after using my PMD (to ensure I am wiping off the dead skin) but after washing my face I just spray on my face. It is so refreshing and hydrates my skin, I can notice a difference when I don’t use it.

 

 

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Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($58.00) – I have both the original and light, however I prefer the original. I use the light when I travel because it’s in a smaller bottle. this absorbs beautifully into the skin, doesn’t leave it oily and by the time I wake up, it’s completely absorbed. I have oily skin, so I was hesitant to use it, but it tricks your skin into thinking you’re producing enough oil, so it doesn’t have to compensate (I had this idea wrong for YEARS, always trying to dry out my oil). Now my skin it still hydrated, without being oil slicked.  (I only use this before bed, it moves too much during the day).

 

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Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel ($55.00) – I use this in between my PMD treatments. It’s gentle enough, it doesn’t burn your skin but it buffs away dead skin, leaving your skin so smooth and lovely. You can see the skin and product balling up (sounds gross but it isn’t that bad). I got a sample of this in a skin care kit but I am going to buy the full size – my sample size lasted about 6 or 7 uses. LOVE!

 

 

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Glam Glow Youthmud 0.5 oz ($21.00) – I got this for my birthday, from my sister. This is what started my new obsession with my skin care (before using Michael Todd, I would buy $6 drug store face wash that dried my skin out like you wouldn’t believe). She gave me the smaller size because the regular size is $76.00… it’s pricey but I LOVE this mask, you can feel it and see it extracting oil and dirt from your pores and your skin is way brighter after using it. If you don’t want to shell out that much money, your local Sephora may be able to give you a sample. You won’t be disappointed!

 

MAKEUP

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Nivea Lip Butter ($2.99-3.99) – I’m OBSESSED, I received the “Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss” one in my stocking for Christmas and I immediately fell in love. So while I was in CVS in D.C, I saw the “Caramel Cream Kiss” and “Raspberry Rose Kiss” I immediately grabbed it. They last for a couple hours, and are so hydrating without having to constantly apply it!

Apart from the benefits it gives your lips – they smell AMAZINGGGGG

When I apply it before bed, I wake up to super hydrated lips!

 

 

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Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit ($71.00) – THIS IS A LIMITED KIT  it won’t be in stock long, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product, the colours are pigmented, lovely, and comes in 3 different eyeshadow palettes that come with a base, crease, highlight, transition and sparkle colour. They’re small enough you can fit it in your purse, or mix and match. It also comes with 4 lip glosses, a double ended brush (cheek and crease brush) it ALSO comes with 2 blushes, a highlight and bronzer. You WANT to try to get this before it is sold for good!

 

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Acqua di Gioia ($99.00) – This is a light fresh scent that I LOVE anytime of year. It’s floral without being over powering, and light. So hard to describe, but it’s my favourite.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my favourites, let me know which ones you use or want to try!!

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