Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sephora VIB Sale Haul | April 2016

Finally! My online Sephora order took forever to get to me. I picked up two of these items in store, and ordered in the other three online. I've been wanting to get this post up for you guys since the sale ended, but, like I said, I just received my products.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian - Lately, I've been reaching for lip glosses a lot more than I have in years. I wanted a great pinky nude gloss to add to my collection, one that wasn't too sticky. There's nothing I hate worse than my hair getting stuck in lip gloss. I find the cooling sensation really refreshing, and it smells like cupcakes!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum - I recently used up my Vichy's Aqualia Thermal Serum and my skin really missed a hydrating serum in my routine. I always like trying new things so I picked up this one from FAB, I know this brand is great for sensitive skin. I'm definitely going to be using this tonight.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Dark Brown - My love affair with the Brow Whiz has been going on for years. KathleenLights recently made a bold claim - that the Brow Definer was better. Well you know that I had to try it then. I was going to get a back up of the Brow Whiz, but picked this up instead. It's a weird triangular shape, but I prefer a bold brow so I'm hoping this works as amazing as I think it will.

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Oil-Free Renewal Cream - Holy name Origins! I only have a few uses left in my current night cream so I wanted to take advantage of the sale and pick one up before I was SOL if you know what I mean. I got the oil-free version of this night cream as I do have sensitive, oily skin. The reviews on the Sephora website are amazing; I always filter by skin type, and this was near the top of the page. It doesn't smell the greatest, and it does look quite rich in formula so I'm hoping this doesn't break me out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 - I have been going highlight crazy! I have gotten three highlights in the last two weeks. I know, it's a bit excessive. My skin has been acting up, so I wanted a highlight that won't emphasize my problematic skin, yet still give me the glow I'm after. This highlight looks absolutely stunning and I'm super excited to put this on ma face!

What did you pick up during the VIB sale?

Emily ♥

Friday, April 22, 2016

ColourPop Haul | April 2016

When ColourPop recently hit 2 million 'ColourPopettes' they were giving away a limited edition lippie stix with every order while supplies lasted. I thought it was the perfect time to try some of their newer products I've never used before as a free lipstick offset the cost of shipping in my mind. I picked up one shade of each product I wanted to try most, to test out the formula before I bought a ton of shades, which we all know is going to happen.

[L-R: Lumière 2, Smokin' Whistles, Magic Wand, Poppin]
Lippie Stix in Poppin - I have been a fan of ColourPop's lipstick formula for quite some time now. This hot pink 'matte x' shade was limited edition in celebration of 2 million 'ColourPopettes' as mentioned above. It's not a shade I would reach for often but, I don't have a super matte lipstick in such a bright shade. Bright lipsticks tend to scare me, especially in cream formulas because I feel like it's going to smear outside of my lip line and be a huge mess. To push myself out of my comfort zone a bit more, I got this super bright shade, in the matte formula to coax myself into wearing more bright lipsticks this spring in summer. Think it will work?

Ultra Satin Lip in Magic Wand - These are a relatively new release from ColourPop, and I've been so intrigued by the concept - a liquid lipstick that isn't matte? What is this sorcery? I find some liquid lipsticks to be too drying, and I'm hoping that this product is the perfect hybrid to solve that issue. I've watched/read a ton of reviews and decided on the shade Magic Wand because it is a gorgeous peachy-pink nude and it's a colour I wear almost daily.

Ultra Matte Lip in Lumière 2 - If you read my blog on a semi-regular basis, you know KathleenLights is my favourite YouTuber. I have supported every collab she's ever done, with the exception of Ofra Havana Nights, but that's a whole 'nother story (not happy about it). I know Lumière 2 isn't super new, but when ordering from ColourPop I want to buy a few things because the shipping isn't cheap from California to Nova Scotia. I love and wear the original Lumière products all the time. This is a bit of a darker shade from the original, and is of course in an ultra matte formula, as opposed to the standard matte lipstick formula. Sorry about the patchy swatch, that was user error, the product is not actually patchy on the lips.

Super Shock Cheek in Smokin' Whistles - I've wanted to try a highlight since the were released over a year ago but there is an overwhelming amount of shades and I didn't know which would suit my skintone the best. A few months ago Kathleen mentioned that when she is not faked tanned Smokin' Whistles is the most flattering on her. As Kathleen and I are the same foundation shade when she's not tanned, and have the same warm-to-neutral undertones I finally decided to pick this one up. The crème powder formula is super interesting, and it's highly light reflecting - definitely not a subtle highlight. The pink champagne shade is very flattering on my skintone. I'm so glad I waited to pick a shade because this wasn't the one I was leaning towards originally.

[L-R: Lumière 2, Smokin' Whistles, Magic Wand, Poppin]

What are you're favourite products from ColourPop? What should I try next? I think I might get one of their new brow products next. Already planning another purchase - uh oh!

Emily ♥

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Skincare Overhaul | Part 3

It's been over six months since my last skincare overhaul post so I figured it was about time to update y'all on my recent skincare additions and how they're working for my problematic skin.

If you're new to this blog, or you just hadn't seen my previous two posts, you can read them HERE (1) and HERE (2). The first post covered the beginning of my struggle with acne, how it's changed as I've gotten older, it also documented the beginning of this skincare overhaul or journey I have been on, and my skin type etc.

To recap slightly, since integrating the previous five products into my skincare routine, my skin was  less oily than before, with fewer breakouts, and more redness.

Here are the four most recent products introduced into my skincare routine:

Lush Mask of Magnaminty - This mask is the most intense product I have ever applied to my face. When Lush claims deeply cleansed skin, they aren't kidding. I apply this when my skin is doing particularly poorly. It clears clogged pores, and dries out blemishes. I always follow this mask with a hydrating treatment because or else it is too intense for my sensitive skin.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser - I prefer using an ultra gentle cleanser in the morning, it also couldn't make me any more oily, but also not dry out on skin. After some research, my tall order was filled with this cleanser. After my morning cleanse, my skin feels clean, and toned but not tight or greasy. It also claims to remove all makeup, but I have yet to test that out.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment - At first, I thought this resurfacing treatment was causing me to breakout worse. But after a few more weeks I realized that, yes, it was breaking me out but everytime it cleared up, my skin's texture was greatly improved. It really is the strangest thing. The only thing I can think of it that the 12 source AHA complex is a bit too intense for my sensitive skin, but it's still doing it's job of solving my texture issues so I'm going to continue to use it, just less often. Instead of every night, I am now using it every second or third night.

Bioré Pore Strips - I picked these up for the first time since junior high. I use these if I'm getting horrible clogged pores, and don't want to use the Lush mask. These are actually great, I forgot how well they work. They keep my skin clear around my nose, and they don't dry out my skin. Definitely a great drugstore buy.

Since integrating these products into my routine, my skin's texture is so much smoother, and my breakouts are less frequent, but they are worse when they happen. My breakouts mostly consistent of cystic spots, which are super painful and take a long time to heal.

My skincare journey is far from over but I will continue to share the new products I'm trying out here on the blog if you like these posts. 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 ♥

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