Thursday, July 28, 2016

BoxyCharm Unboxing | July 2016

This is the second BoxyCharm to ever ship to Canada! I unboxed the June one over on my YouTube channel HERE if you're interested. I would have filmed this as well, but I received the box super late last month, and then early this month so there was only one video in between. But, I still wanted to share with you what I got, so I'm throwing up a blog post for you :), told ya we were going old school over here on my blog. I couldn't have been more excited when BoxyCharm announced they were expanding into Canada, and I have not been disappointed with the subscription thus far!

This month's theme is 'Modern Merbabe.'

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Ice Blue - $18 - This frosty, ice blue shade would add a beautiful pop of colour to your waterline. I swatched this on my arm, left it for only a few minutes, and really struggled to remove it with eye makeup remover. I do think this performs well for a waterproof liner, I have yet to try it on my eyes, but I think it will be fun to try at the pool of beach.

PYT Hair Oil Treatment - $30 - This claims to prevent split ends and create shine without an oily residue, apply and style as desired. Though I love hair oils, I am a bit skeptical. Every one that I've tried has made my hair look disgusting, no matter how little I apply. So I only apply them a few hours before I plan on washing my hair. I will give this a go to see if it's greasy or not, but it will definitely be on a day I don't have to leave my house.

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec - $16 - A natural lip gloss with a packaging made from earth-friendly bamboo. I've received a Noyah lipstick in an Ipsy bag before and liked it so, I'm excited to give this a try. I do think the shade name is misleading, it's not a deep wine shade, more of a bright fuschia.

[Top: Iron, Smoke, Buttercup; Bottom: Bohemian, Truffle, Millennium Gold]

Ofra Professional Magnetic Palette- $59 - I was pumped to receive this magnetic palette in my box, I've been needing another anyway, and there is also six eyeshadows included! They've provided a mix of cool and warm tones, matte and shimmer shades. I was floored by the pigmentation of Bohemian and Truffle. Iron and Millennium Gold were just alright, and I wasn't impressed by Smoke of Buttercup much at all. It does say these can be used wet or dry, so maybe with some Fix + they will perform better.

There were only four items in the box this month, where there are usually five. However, we received a magnetic palette with six shadows included, worth almost $60, that has to be worth more than one product. I'm happy with everything I received, I cannot wait to play with everything!

The box was worth $123USD, and you pay $21USD for it. That's pretty good value for money if you ask me!

Are you Canadian? Have you subscribed to BoxyCharm yet?

Emily ♥ 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MAC Whirl

Lipstick must be one of my biggest makeup weaknesses. I own more than I have space for. I've rediscovered MAC Whirl, which I hauled HERE and HERE. I've owned the lip liner for over a year, and the lipstick is a more recent purchase.

Although this may be considered a bit more of a Fall/Winter shade, I've been loving it recently! The dirty rose shade is a step outside my usual brown-y toned nudes that I wear almost daily. The matte formula is not uncomfortable or drying like some other lipsticks I've tried. Because, in my opinion, this still falls within the nude colour family, this shade goes with every look that I would wear on a daily basis. I've kept the picture of it on my lips unedited so you can see the true colour on me.

I don't find is overly long lasting, which is one drawback to this lipstick. I definitely need to reapply after about 2 hours.

So Whirl has quickly become one of my favourite lipsticks, and if you haven't given it a good look before now, I definitely recommend trying it on next time you're near a MAC.

Trying to bring back some OG blog post styles to respark my love for this blog. Been in a bit of a rut lately with it. Hopefully y'all are okay with me just sharing things I'm loving or whatever I feel like psoting until I get back into the swing of things. Thanks for reading!

Emily ♥

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Beauty Wishlist | 2016

These are the top five beauty items I'd like to add to my collection this season. The last few months, I've been really expanding my collection because of all the new launches. Just when I thought it was time to slow down, there were three launches I got super excited about, a skincare item with rave reviews I want to try for myself, and a recommended blush. My poor, poor wallet.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - This beautiful, bold, warm palette has my name written all over it. I think I watch a new tutorial on it everyday. The brights looked daunting to me at first, but this can actually be quite versatile. You are about to create a more natural, everyday look with the shades to the left, incorporate a pop of colour, or go all out with a super bold eye look.

KathleenLights' New ColourPop Collaboration Launch - Launching tomorrow (July 12) is Kathleen's newest collaboration. It includes three Ultra Satin Lips, and one eyeliner shade available in both pencil and potted gel form. If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know I'm a die hard Kathleen supporter. I've bought, and been super impressed with, almost all of her collaborations in the past. The one item I will be skipping is the potted gel liner, Kathleen herself has admitted the formula isn't her favourite, but when ColourPop releases an eyeliner pencil, the matching gel liner launches too. It's just down to personal preference I suppose.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop - Now that I have a bit more colour to my skin, I've been reaching for my Pressed Champagne Pop almost daily. Ever since Becca x Jaclyn Hill launched the full Champagne Pop collection, I've been lusting after the Liquid Champagne Pop highlight. I own the liquid highlight in Moonstone, and love the more natural, dewy finish it provides, so I would love to have the Champagne Pop shade as well, because the white gold with peach undertones is giving me life right now.

Pixi Glow Tonic - I am almost out of my Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifyng Lotion, which is an acid toner that has made a huge difference in my skin. I'm torn on trying something new, which the Pixi Glow Tonic has great reviews, or sticking with what I know works.

Sleek Blush in Suede - This inexpensive blush is a warm neutral lovers dream. I'm not a big blush fan, but shades like this just call me name. It's the perfect shade to warm up your complexion, with a hint of colour, and not overpower the rest of your makeup.

What's on your beauty wishlist right now?

Emily ♥

KathleenLights' ColourPop Photo Credit: HERE. All other photos are from links above.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review | Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I bought the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer a few months ago, which I hauled HERE, after seemingly every YouTuber/ Blogger and their mamas were using it. I had to see what the fuss was about. Concealer and foundation are the products I am probably the most fickle with; I'm always hunting for something better.


"Hide even your most scandalous flaws. Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer gives you buildable, even coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish. Ultra lightweight, this high-tech formula melds like a second skin to give you full coverage in an instant. For complete coverage, just keep building; no matter how much you apply, Naked Skin Concealer always blends beautifully and NEVER settles into fine lines."

Beneficial Ingredients

"We loaded Naked Skin Concealer with lots of ingredients that are good for your skin. Matrixyl 3000 contains anti-wrinkle peptides to improve skin’s youthful appearance and elasticity. Japanese green tea revitalizes and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Litchiderm™ (derived from lychee fruit) protects against dehydration, resulting in a brighter, more radiant complexion. And sodium hyaluronate helps skin attract and retain moisture."

Both quoted excerpts were taken from the Urban Decay website (HERE), no changes were made.

Product Overview

The outer packaging is sleek and classy. Upon first glance/touch it feels like a glass bottle, but as I tap my nails against it, I'm pretty sure it's just clear plastic. This takes away from the luxurious 'pricey' feel to the product, but adds durability and travel friendly qualities. So really, which is more important? The stopper within the bottle is super tight, but I have to really pull hard to get the applicator out, and sometimes it splatters everywhere if I pull too hard. That being said, because it is so tight, it leaves the perfect amount of product on the doe-foot applicator to apply a nice, even layer of concealer under your eyes, and on the high points of your face. The doe foot applicator is a paddle shape; flat on both sides and curved along the top making it easy to spread the product.

This concealer truly is weightless, I cannot feel it on my skin, it doesn't crease (though I always set with powder regardless) or settle into my fine lines. Yet, the crazy part is that the coverage is still fantastic! Once this concealer is blended in, you can't even tell you've applied anything, except that your under eye circles have magically disappeared, and you suddenly look bright and more awake.

The shade range kind of sucks to be honest. There are only 11 shades in the range, and I found it difficult to chose one that would suit my skin tone. I chose Fair Neutral, which ended up being an almost white shade. It worked great when I was very fair for highlighting under my eyes, and the centre of my face. Now that I have a bit of a tan, I think I will pick up Light Neutral, but it is quite a jump in shade.

It's a tad pricey, at $35CAD from Sephora. Which was a tough pill to swallow considering my love affair with the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, which is $8. Despite the price, I will most likely repurchase when I run out, as I love this one as well.

All in all, I think this concealer is fabulous and worth the hype it's been recieving over the past year, if you can find a shade that will work for your skin tone.
I hope this review was helpful, and that everyone had a great long weekend to both my fellow Canadians, and my American readers.
Emily ♥ 

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