Thursday, 28 August 2014

Haul || CNE Edition + Giveaway!

If you saw my post last week, I summarized the great shopping at the Canadian National Exhibition. Today I wanted to go over the items I picked up on this trip plus have a little giveaway, just cause!

The first items I picked up were from Philosophy - these were $5 each or 6 for $25. I decided on Hope in a Jar and Miracle Worker which are both moisturizers. Also I was intrigued by the Hope in a Tube firming cream - can't hurt to start now! Finally the Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Solution which typically comes with pads for application. All in all, these 4 products retail for approximately $200 and I bought them for just over $16.

Now as I do my own nail art I typically don't buy products like these but I do like to use them as accent nails. Plus the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Strips are my favourite brand of nail strips/stickers. Tried to find the most intricate designs and I'm pretty sure I accomplished that. These were a great deal at 3 for $5.

These three lip products were purchased at the Lips and Tips booth. I love the Revlon Pink Ice lip gloss (so much so that I've actually used up a WHOLE TUBE). Decided to stock up as they were $3 each. The L'Oreal lipstick is from their Limited Edition Project Runway collection a few years back. It is a very unique colour - dark berry/plum with shimmer.

More holy grail products were found during my hunt - the Maybelline Define-a-Brow brow pencil and Rimmel Moisture Renew Gloss in Rose Cocoon. The Rimmel Wake Me Up highlighter was a steal at $1.25 that I just had to try it (it is very similar to Nars Copacabana by the way).

I always go a little crazy for polishes at the CNE. These were 7 for $8. Went for very unique shades/textures as I own most of the basic/must have polish colours already. I picked up NYC Disco Inferno and Strobe Light, Tweedy, Quick Jeanius, Chop Chop Copper, Blue It and Grey Area from Sally Hansen.

Rimmel Highlighter, Revlon Pink Ice, Rimmel Rose Cocoon and L'Oreal The Temptress' Kiss

Lastly, I was able to find the exact colour I want to dye my hair next - Olia Dark Garnet Red - for 2 for $10.

Now as I was surrounded by deals I thought I would pick something up for a lucky follower! I picked out 3 designs of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY! And I always like to throw in a few surprises with any giveaway I do, if possible.

Contest will run until September 5th 2014.

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til next time...

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Shopping at the CNE

Last night I visited the Canadian National Exhibition, as I do every year. While a lot of people go there for the food, rides and games, I have different priorities - shopping!

I thought I would share some of the items you can find while at the CNE (well other than hot tubs) and some of my highlight finds and what deals are at each location! Look out for a haul in the coming days to see all of my great finds!

Makeup and Beauty Items

Yes you read correctly - makeup and beauty! Even though I'm on a spending ban, the CNE comes but once a year and I stock up on things at majorly discounted prices. There are 3 hot spots this year at the CNE - Cha-Ching Cosmetics, Lips and Tips by and

Cha-Ching Cosmetics is an outdoor tent that is there every year featuring fragrance, beauty, and body products - mainly drugstore but some higher end items.
Deals I found: 7 for $8 nail polishes, $5 (or 6 for $25) Philosophy skincare items, and some discontinued makeup products I love for $1.25 or $3.

Lips and Tips basically only has lip and nail products - again mainly drugstore with some OPI polishes.
Deals I found: 3 for $10 (or $4 each) Revlon, Rimmel, L'Oreal lipsticks and glosses 4 for $10 nail polishes (I'm pretty sure about this one...didn't buy any here) has makeup, skincare, haircare, body products, and other miscellaneous items.
Deals I found: 2 for $10 hair dye, deeply discounted makeup and hair products but I forgot to take down prices

Clothes and Accessories

There is a whole section of the International Pavilion of stores set up - either big names (Bench, Stitches) or family owned stores. Also outdoors there are some tents with sunglasses and clothing items.

If you want to add some unique touches to your house, there are a lot of great textiles, accessories from all over the world.

There were some great booths with inexpensive sunglasses, discounted Sperry's, and both simple and statement jewellery.

Deals I found: a cheeky pair of tiny sterling earrings of hands giving the middle finger (if you know me at all, they suit me to a tee)

And I had to include a couple pictures of food! I can't eat a whole lot at the CNE but I was able to find a fry place that was gluten free and there's always ROASTED CORN!!!

Have you ever been to the CNE or something like it? Where are your favourite random places for shopping?

til next time...

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Empties #7.4 - Skincare || August 2014

If you've stuck with me all week - THANK YOU! I'm finally caught up on my empties posts now! I am on a spending ban so expect to see another one sooner than later as I try to clear out my stash.


The Kit Pomegranate Peel Off Mask - I love peel off masks. It's kind of like peeling off sunburned skin. I'm gross, I know. I like that it is paraben free. Very reasonably priced as well. Will repurchase.

Baléa Mineral Clay Moisturizing Face Mask - I also love clay masks. Left my skin feeling soft and supple. Had a nice cooling effect as well. Will repurchase.


Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator - Holy Grail product right here! My skin has never been better since using this. I use this both day and night during the winter and only at night during the summer. Will repurchase.

Orlane Absolute Skin Recovery Care - A very high-end cream that didn't do much for my skin, even after the first application. It is a thicker consistency, but I really feel you can find better products at lower price points. Will not repurchase.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + - While I love the Moisture Surge lotion, I can't stand this one. Does nothing for my skin. Makes it feel kind of sticky. Can't really even tell a difference from the original formulation. I only use this when I'm not leaving the house and don't want to use my go-to lotions. Will not repurchase.


Orlane Thermo Active Firming Serum - Just like the lotion I was unimpressed. If I'm trying out a $300 product, I better look like a 14 year old after one application. Absorbed well into the skin and hydrated but not $300 worth. Will not repurchase.

Lancome Génefique Serum - I really enjoy this serum. It sinks into the skin very quickly and adds instant hydration. May repurchase.

Ole Henriksen Vitamin C Brightening Serum - I love the smell of this serum! It also quickly absorbed into the skin. I would have to try it a couple more times before deciding to purchase or not. May repurchase.

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes - This serum was alright. I didn't find it absorbed quickly into my eye area, just kind of sat there for a bit. Didn't see any noticeable difference in my eyes or lashes. Will not repurchase.

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum - Ooooh I really like this serum! It has a bit of iridescence in it so your skin is glowing after application. Quickly absorbs into the skin. Hydrates very nicely. Will repurchase.

Erno Laszlo Timeless Skin Serum - I think I shed a tear when I finished this. A very different formulation for a serum - felt more like a silicone-based primer. Hydrated my skin. Smoothed everything out. Made my skin glow. Absorbed quickly. Sigh why do you have to cost $132. Start rolling my pennies now! Will repurchase (one day in the distant future).

til next time...

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Empties #7.3 - Skincare and Miscellaneous || August 2014

We've gone through half of my empties posts now. The remaining two will be focused on skin and body.

Body Care

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner - A must have product for me in the winter. It's basically a conditioner for your skin. Apply, leave on for a few minutes, rinse off. No need for lotion after your shower. Full of hydrating components. Will repurchase.

The Somerset Toiletry Company Coconut and Lime Sugar Scrub - Mmmmmm this smelt amazing - like a fruity drink on a tropical beach! I love sugar and salt scrubs and this one was fantastic. It does contain mineral oil so if you care about that, don't buy this (I personally don't care). Comes in a few other scents as well. Will repurchase.


Secret Scent Expressions Anti-Perspirant in Cocoa Butter Kiss - One of the best smelling "deodorants" I've ever used. It works really well too! Will repurchase.

Lady Speed Stick Fresh Infusions Anti-Perspirant in Raspberry Burst - Another great smelling "deodorant". Works very well. Will repurchase.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser - If you travel a lot and/or hate ironing your clothes, you need this in your life. Spray the garment that needs some TLC, lightly tug the freshly sprayed fabric and voilà wrinkles are gone! Will repurchase.


Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser - A great basic cleanser that also works wonders as a brush cleaner. Doesn't strip my skin of oils and leave it feeling tight. A little pricey though for a cleanser. May repurchase.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser - Boy did I hate the scent of this cleanser. It worked well, lathered well. Left my skin feeling relatively comfortable afterwards. Will not repurchase.

Miracle 10 Cleanser 1 - A great gel cleanser. Doesn't leave your skin tight and dry. Works really well with my Clarisonic as well. Expensive for a cleanser though. If you've never tried out Miracle 10 products, you need to (other products in the line are completely worth the price tag). Will not repurchase.

Dove Visible Care Softening Body Wash - A really thick, moisturizing body wash. I use this a lot during the winter when my skin really needs the help. Will repurchase.

Makeup Removers

Willa Naturals On The Go Lavender Face Towelettes - These burned my face soooo badly! And I don't have overly sensitive skin. Fail to the extreme. Will not repurchase.

Bourjois Eye Makeup Remover - Fantastic eye makeup remover. A dual-layer remover that easily wipes away eyeshadow, waterproof liner and mascara. Does not leave my eye area greasy at all. Only need a minimal amount as well. Will repurchase.

til next time...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Instagram FOTD Roundup #1

If you aren't following my Instagram account, you really should! I've recently started posting pictures of my everyday makeup. This has been a great way for me to use makeup I don't typically use as I don't want to post the exact same picture every single day. Below I've posted all of my Instagram FOTD posts so you can check them out. Go to my Instagram account to see where the products are from through the form of hashtags.

til next time...

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Empties #7.2 - Makeup || August 2014

Another day, another empties post! This time it's all about makeup!


Anastasia Clear Brow Gel - A holy grail product. So much better than your run of the mill clear mascara. Keeps my brows looking amazing and in place all day long! Will repurchase.

Avon BB Cream - A great quick foundation with SPF in it. Very light coverage. One of my favourite BB creams I've tried. Will repurchase.

Maybelline Define a Brow Pencil - One of my go-to brow pencils. Great brown colour, not a red tone to it. Will repurchase.

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer - A super pigmented, creamy concealer. Lasts for most of the day without the need for touch ups. Comes a good variety of shades as well. Will repurchase.

Origins Smarty Plants CC Skin Complexion Corrector - Ugh. I have like 3 more of these to use up. A greasy, non-pigmented CC cream. No sense in even using this on your face. Will not repurchase.


L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof - The non-waterproof version of this used to be one of my favourite mascaras. I thought the waterproof one must be good to - NOT! Made me have 2 lashes per eye. Will not repurchase.

Maybelline Big Eyes Waterproof - This dual-ended mascara is fantastic. I love the classic bristle brush for the upper lashes and the tiny brush for the lower lashes. Will repurchase.

Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eye Waterproof - Great for natural looking lashes. Small, curved bristle brush catches every lash. Will repurchase.

Maybelline The Rocket Volum Express Waterproof - Another wonderful waterproof mascara from Maybelline. Gives a lot of volum and decent amount of length. Will repurchase.

Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Waterproof - A Maybelline mascara that I am not a fan of. Did nothing for my lashes. Will not repurchase.

til next time...

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Empties #7.1 - Haircare || August 2014

Okay I may have been hoarding my empties for months and I have declared the next week Empties Week! I've broken down all my empties into 4 posts so stay tuned for the future posts.


Pantene Repair and Protect and Everlasting Ends - I really can't tell a difference between the Pantene shampoos (well the ones in the white bottles). They all are decent shampoos, not overly moisturizing. I typically use them as my first shampoo to remove all the gunk from my hair then use a moisturizing formula second. Will repurchase.

Pantene Brunette Expressions - Does this shampoo make my colour last longer? I'm not quite sure. I do like how this makes my hair feel after using it though. Smells great. Will repurchase.

Vidal Sassoon Repair - Pretty standard shampoo. Didn't notice anything spectacular. Scent was alright. Will not repurchase.


Live Clean Monoi Oil (in previous picture) - This conditioner did nothing for my hair. End of story. Will not repurchase.

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask - Received this in a previous beauty subscription service. Pretty mediocre hair mask, not super hydrating. Also wasn't a fan of the scent. Will not repurchase.

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask - I love the Organix line of hair masks. Really affordable, super hydrating. Will repurchase.

Vidal Sassoon Repair - A very basic conditioner that did the job. Not super hydrating but also not heavy. Will not repurchase.


KMS Add Volume Volumizing Spray - This is a super cool product - a sprayable gel. Adds a ton of volume to the hair when sprayed at the roots. Will repurchase.

Tresemmé Tres Two Hairspray - One of my favourite hairsprays. Holds my style very well without making my hair crunchy. Will repurchase.

Muk Ultra Soft Leave In Conditioner - I am so sad that I finished this product up. Worked wonders on my hair by making it soft and silky. Will repurchase (if I can find it!).

til next time...

Friday, 8 August 2014

Favourite Five and a Fail || July 2014

This favourites post is a tad bit late but I've been loving these products so much that I needed to share them with you!

I did a fair amount of shopping in July and started trying out new products that I instantly fell in love with. Unfortunately I've now placed myself on a Spending Ban til the end of September (ahh! 2 months of no frivolous spending?!?!)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette - I went to Sephora to have my makeup done for my birthday party and the makeup artist used this very hyped product. It is a palette of 3 of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders - 2 permanent "shades" (Dim and Radiant) and 1 exclusive shade (Incandescent). I actually use all 3 each day. Dim goes over all of my contours or areas of my face that I want to recede, Radiant goes over my blush and Incandescent is used as a highlighter. It makes my skin look absolutely flawless, both in person and in pictures. At $67 it is a pricey product but you get a lot of product with it and it can be used in many different ways.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Swatch

Sephora Bronzer Los Cabos

Sephora Bronzer in Los Cabos - Another product I discovered through my makeup application at Sephora. This bronzer is PERFECT for fair skin - matte, not orange, not too dark. I either apply this generally all over the face or with a smaller brush as a contour. Blends seamlessly into the skin. I've actually gotten rid of all my other bronzers because of this one!

Bobbi Brown Blush Coral Sugar

Bobbi Brown Blush in Coral Sugar - I won this through a giveaway on the lovely Vanessa's blog - Citron and Guavaberry (go check it out for gorgeous photography and great reviews). It is a gorgeous pink-coral shade that makes me look like I've had a bit of sun and doesn't make my pale skin look irritated. Great quality, blends very easily, super pigmented, lasts all day. If you are looking for a new high end blush, definitely check out Bobbi Brown (but not at Sephora, their shade selection sucks!).

Coral Sugar Swatch Los Cabos Swatch

Maybelline Pumped Up Review

Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara - Phew! What a mouth full! A lot of words in that name for a mascara with a lot of pros in my book. Maybelline released this mascara a little while ago but I waited until I could find it on sale - which I did, $4.99! I always wear waterproof mascara as that's all my lashes like. This is probably one of the drier formulas of the Maybelline mascara family - great for holding curl. I love the curved brush and can use the narrow end to get every single last lash. I don't find that it clumps on me, it doesn't flake during the day, gives my lashes some length and decent volume. Two good coats is the best for my desired look. I was even able to solely use this mascara with a smokey eye, instead of adding falsies to make sure my lashes were visible.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector Review

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector - This product has become a staple in my skincare routine and honestly I can see and feel a difference in my skin when I use this on the regular. It contains Vitamin C - a great antioxidant and key ingredient in ridding your skin of dark spots. I apply both morning and night. I don't necessarily need to get rid of dark spots, but the texture of my skin improves while using this. Super hydrating as well, so much so I don't necessarily need to use a moisturizer afterwards (I still do though!).

Pur Minerals Big Look Mascara Review

Fail - Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara - I received this in a previous beauty subscription and was very happy that is was waterproof. It has a very straight rubber wand with tiny, nub-like bristles. This mascara doesn't do a whole lot for my lashes, may be a bit too wet of a formula. My big problem is that it smudges on me! Uh hello!! Waterproof mascaras shouldn't do that! Perhaps the argan oil is to blame for this? We will never know.....

Make sure to leave links to your monthly favourite posts or let me know what some of your favourite products in July were.

til next time...