Monday, October 26, 2015

Drugstore Haul | October 2015

Much like the items in my last haul, these have been waiting around for awhile. I've been picking these up here and there for the last month, and am pretty happy with the items I've used so far!

The two nail polish purchases are heavily inspired by Kathleen Lights. OPI in It's a Piazza Cake from the fall Venice collection is the nail polish version of Ofra liquid lipstick in Miami Fever, which I also have and love. Essie in Leggy Legend, also from their fall 2015 collection, is a beautiful metallic bronze with a bit of gold and green reflects. Both polishes are stunning for fall, and all I've been wearing on my nails.

Zoe Sugg wore this lipstick in a vlog not too long ago and it looked incredible! Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Black Cherry is a beautiful blacken cherry colour. It is super bold, but gorgeous for this time of year.

I 'needed' to add a nude eyeliner to my collection, as I didn't have anything brightening to add to my waterline. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude will be the perfect item.

I actually picked up this by mistake. The L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara will be great for adding a ton of volume, and has a bristle brush that I like. However, I'd actually meant to pick up L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black, but was in a rush. Rookie mistake, but I will still use this, it just does a completely different job than the other.

I am always trying new dry shampoos. But, I do always need to have at least one bottle of Batiste on the go, just in case another doesn't work so great. It has definitely been my holy grail. This is the first time I've tried the Blush scent, and it's not too floral-y. It has to be my second favourite scent so far, after the Wild one.

Now, I haven't used the Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo enough to be 100% sure, but, we may have a viable contender to over take Batiste. I am loving this product, and am super impressed! It is also $5 cheaper. I may do a full review so I won't go into too much detail right now. But be sure to follow this blog to come back for an update.

Last but not least, I bought two neutral Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes. On the left we have Walking on Eggshells. This is a classic, super easy for an everyday eye look. The colours are clearly marked to beginners. And the classic neutral look would pair perfectly with a fall appropriate bold lip. On the right is Comfort Zone. The left side is more warm, again an easy everyday look. The right is smokier, great for a night out. Or you could of course mix the two sides as you see fit.

What have you bought from the drugstore recently?

Emily ♥

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Autumn Beauty Wishlist

These are the top five beauty items I'd like to add to my collection this season. The last few months, I've been focused on face and lip products and am pretty happy with my collection in those departments. This fall I'd like to add more eye products to my arsenal.

Mac Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette - I don't own any Mac shadows, but everyone says they're amazing. I was going to build my own 15 pan palette, but it's cheaper to buy the ready-made palette. Also, this warm neutral one has all the colours I love, there isn't one I wouldn't use. So yes, I'd be losing the customizability, but I'm okay with that if I like all the shades, which I do with this one. I love warm shadows year round, but especially in the autumn.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser - Once the cooler months come around I prefer to use more gentle cleansers to prevent my skin from drying out too much. I've used samples of this particular cleanser, and have liked it. My skin is still oily in the fall/ winter, but I sometimes get dry patches on my cheeks caused by my more 'stripping' cleansers.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - People have been talking about this mascara for months. I hadn't gotten it earlier because I've been working my way through my stash, but it's time for something new to try. I'm usually a drugstore mascara gal, but this looks worth the splurge.

L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper - I love a good brow gel, add in some 'plumping' fibres, seems like a winner. I love low-maintenance brow products when I'm in a rush.

Jessie's Girl Eyeshadow Primer - Kathleen Light's is always saying how great this is. I have quite oily eye lids and am curious how well this will hold up. Also, it's super affordable!

What is on your autumn beauty wishlist?

Emily ♥

Jessie's Girl Photo Credit: HERE. All other photos are from links above.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Skincare Overhaul | Part 2

Happy Saturday!

It is finally time for the second installment of my skincare overhaul/ journey. You can read the first post here, where you can read more about my early years skincare woes, and gain a better understanding of the changes occurring.

To recap slightly, after introducing the previous five skincare products into my routine, my skin was more oily, less dehydrated, mild milia, reduced scarring, reduced appearance of fine lines, when compared to before the start of this journey.

Here are the next five products that have been added into my routine since my last post.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask - I have used this mask three or four times now, and don't really feel like it does much, I don't notice a difference in my pores. Thoughts?

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer - This product is amazing! My skin has been less oily throughout the day since using this. It smells like orange candies or something. It's awakening and refreshing on the skin.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion - I believe this product has made the biggest change in my acne out of everything I've ever tried. Since adding this to my routine, I don't have any active breakouts except during 'that time of the month'. This has already been featured in a favourites post. I use this every second night if my skin is 'clear', and every night when I have a breakout. It is a salicylic acid toner, and does leave my skin quite red, but it goes away once I've finished my skincare routine.

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner - I alternate this product with the Clinique one, as mentioned above. The product is in a lovely heavy glass bottle. The next morning after using this my skin is more radiant, and smooth. This product claims to do a lot, and so far I am impressed my this. I may post a full review soon. So far, it is worth the hefty price tag.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light - If there was one area that my skincare was seriously lacking, it was SPF. With my oily skin, I need something that will not leave me looking like a greasy mess after application, which all others I've tried did. Before I would only put SPF on my face on beach days, or when it was in my foundation. This product sinks into the skin so quickly, and doesn't leave my skin greasy. The light weight formula allows makeup to glide over the top easily.

Since integrating these products into my routine, my skin is now less oily, fewer breakouts, and more redness.

My skincare journey is far from over but I will continue to share the new products I'm trying out here on the blog. Please leave your recommendations in the comments. Also, if you'd like a more comprehensive review on any of these products, I'd be more than happy to do that for you.
Emily ♥

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ipsy October 2015 Unboxing

This month's theme is Alter Ego; Dare to be Different.

The bag this month... I hate it. Is hate too strong a word? I strongly dislike this month's bag. One side is a metallic gold, the other and patent leather looking black. It's an odd shape to be useful. It feels cheap (more than usual), and plastic-y. I'm just not a fan.

Emite Make Up Tweezers - I love getting tools in my Ipsy back, whether it's a brush, or tweezers. These seem to be very good quality, they have a nice weight to them, and a sharp point. Everyone can use a good set of tweezers.

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed - I am super happy with this product. Kathleen Lights, and Casey Holmes both recently talked about this particular shade. It looks like the perfect everyday shade for fall. It smells like mint chocolate chip to me, but the website said it's supposed to smell like vanilla mint.

Laura Geller Baked Blush N Brighten in Tropic Hues - Another great brand! This shade looks quite dark in the pan, but swatched it's a nice peach-y rosy shade with a nice glow to it. I'm super happy with this product as well.

Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Coconut & Cream - This time of year, is the time I break out ALL the hand creams haha. My hands get super dry when the seasons change to fall and winter. Bonus - this product is made in Canada! This smells sooo good! Exactly coconut and cream. Hopefully it's nice and moisturizing as well, it does say 'indisputably effective' on the back.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant - Yet another awesome brand! I do love a good exfoliator. I have sensitive skin though, so I'm hoping this product isn't too abrasive.

Wow, I am super happy with this month's bag if you haven't gathered. Last month, I had said I was considering cancelling, but didn't because last months was good too, so Ipsy is making a comeback apparently. I'm happy with everything in the bag, just not the bag itself. There were 3 well known, high-end brands this month which doesn't usually happen either.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month?

Emily ♥

Saturday, October 10, 2015

ColourPop Forever Freshman | Fall 2015 Collection

ColourPop has released their 90s inspired, throwback fall collection, and I knew I had to have the eye shadow boxed set. The colours in here all so fall appropriate, but you can get a lot of use out of these shades year round.

 Top to Bottom: Crimper, As If, Melrose

Top to Bottom: Koosh, 90210, Baby T

Colour Descriptions:
Crimper - Metallic soft gold with gold glitter
As If - Matte cool toned taupe-y brown
Melrose - Matte pumpkin spice/ rust
Koosh - Ultra metallic rose gold
90210 -Satin luxe dark taupe with intense pink and gold glitter
Baby T -  Matte navy

ColourPop shadows have a mousse-y texture, or maybe a cream-to-powder feeling, but do not crease. The staying power of these shadows are amazing, I have oily lids, and do not need a primer using these. I prefer to apply these shadows with my fingers, and then blending with a brush.

With this set, you can take it the everyday route, ultra warm, or even a cool-toned evening look. My top two from this box set is Melrose, and Koosh.

If you've never tried ColourPop shadows before, I think picking up a boxed set would give you a great variety of finishes and shades to experiment with. 

If you are interested in getting this box set, I'd hurry. ColourPop seems to have a high turnover in their product mix, and collections don't last long. You can get it HERE. It is only $30! The quality of these are great, and the price is extremely affordable.

What do you want to purchase from their Fall 2015 Collection?

Emily ♥ 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sephora Haul | October 2015

These products have been sitting in a box, unopened for over a month because I usually wait until I have five new products to share. I know, that's ridiculous, because then I don't get to use my new products, but I'd like to take photos before they're used. However, I couldn't wait any longer to use the fall lip products!

Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleanser - I needed something to spot clean my brushes, so I picked up this little spray bottle. It's great for people like me that don't have too many eye brushes, so I can easily switch colours.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer - Casey Holmes always talks about how great this is for oily skin, combined with the Smashbox Primer Water, which I own. I'm excited to see how well this combo works.

Top: Too Faced Melted Fig
Bottom: Bite Beauty Sugared Maple

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Fig - This rosy orchid shade is beautiful! This shade would be perfect for those of you that want to dip your toes into the darker, purple lip colours, but perhaps aren't brave enough to go all the way. I picked it up as more of an 'everyday' fall shade, not as bold as Rimmel Kate Moss 107.

Bite Beauty Maple Matte Crème Lipstick in Sugared Maple - This range is a Canadian exclusive, and limited edition. They are handmade in Toronto with natural, food grade, organic ingredients. The shade are designed with the changing leaves in mind. They don't swatch the colour they appear in the tube, as you can see Sugared Maple looks to be a super dark purple, but is a mid-tone berry shade on my arm. They taste and smell of maple syrup - YES!! These are also super long-wearing, the swatch was visible on my arm for a week.

What have you purchased recently?

Emily ♥ 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

September Favourites

September was a month of adjustments. I went back to university full-time for my fourth year. I have been juggling work, school, blog, and motherhood, all while remaining mostly sane! September has been a great month overall, I've discovered a ton of great products, my skin is mostly under control, knock on wood, and I've been killing the dark lip trend. September is my favourite month of the year, and am sad to say goodbye for another year, but with any luck October will be great too! Side note: I still need to decide on Halloween costumes for myself and Maxwell.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion - This acid toner has done wonders for my skin! Besides 'that time of the month', I have had no active breakouts. It is a bit harsh, so I only use it every other day if my skin is behaving to maintain clear skin, and everyday to combat a breakout. I will dive into more details in an upcoming skincare post.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Cocoa Bear and Crème Brulee - I've posted a first impressions and swatches post including these shadows, and have been using them ever since. The formula is so smooth and blendable. I've been wear Crème Brulee all over the lid, with Cocoa Bear in the crease for an everyday ultra warm look, perfect for fall.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 107 - I bought this lipstick because of Zoe Sugg, and am not disappointed. This shade is the perfect deep red, cool tone, blue based, with a purple twist. It wears well, even through eating and drinking. The matte formula is a bit drying but I look past it for the longevity of the product, and drying lip products don't tend to bother me too much.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess - I've been using bronzers with a tiny amount of shimmer in it, to liven up my skin again, especially because the slight tan I may have had is definitely gone. I've been reaching for this one all month, because of the slightly cool undertone. It appears less obvious, and keeps it from getting muddy looking. I also have the non-waterproof version of this bronzer, and I'm not sure why but it is more warm than this and has more shimmer, even though they have the same shade name. Anyone else notice this?

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - I've been loving this for applying my Too Faced Born This Way foundation. It blends it seamlessly onto my skin, and keeps it from looking heavy.

What have you been loving throughout September?
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Emily ♥

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