Sephora will be the death of me…

I did my best not to buy…or seeing as I did…to stick with skincare. I did okay.

I guess…lol

Well with the employee F&F (where you had to snag a code from an employee, which I grabbed from Instagram), then the VIB release of the F&F sale…my wallet was in for a beating.

I mean…for Sephora, 20% is a rather big deal. It also helped to push things over the top for some. I saw receipts to qualify for Rouge in one shot! Wowza. Cannot imagine doing that myself, but it was interesting to see the pictures that people would post online.

So here is what I managed to drag home.

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
First Aid Beauty Cheers to FAB Skin $60CAN
SUCH a great deal, so I knew I needed it. It was OOS online, but managed to snag it in store. I actually like the cream and the Facial Radiance Pads a lot…and really enjoyed the cleanser, so for me, this was a steal!

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pad $14CAN
I actually ordered the Facial Radiance Pads again, as I was on my last few from my first tub. I actually prefer to get the smaller tubs, as my friend once bought a larger one, which ended up drying up on her by the time she got to the bottom. I also don’t peel the seal off completely, which makes me feel as if I am doing it some extra service or something

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pad $15CAN
I also wanted to try another peel, so I got the Un-wrinkle Peel Pads. It is supposed to be stronger than the FAB ones, but I read some reviews where people preferred the FAB>PTR. I wonder what my experience will be like…For this, the smaller tub ended up being more of a value deal than the larger ones.

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
Peter Thomas Roth 21st Birthday Kit $44CAN
My friend suggested the facial wash, so when I spotted this kit at the Yorkville location, I popped it in my bag. I’ve tried the peel (not my ultimate fav), and the sunscreen (from Sephora’s Sun Kit last year…which is a tad too slick for my oily face). With my age, I need to start moving away from SA and move to AHA…but this was too good of a deal.

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
Clarisonic Brush Head Value Pack $90CAN
This was spotted at the Yorkville location as well. I had ordered the Radiance brush heads online (as they were $43CAN for a two pack), but wanted the regular ones which were sold out at a lot of the locations. I mean it will last me the year…/whydoIneedsomany…

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
I picked these up as well…mainly because they were cute and such a great deal! I think I snagged these before hand…

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
This kit actually ended up going back. I got the facial cleanser in a freebie baggie, and the other stuff didn’t really appeal to me without it. So it went back.

You would think…that would be enough. But no. Black Friday happened, and I picked up a bunch of stuff there (which I shared HERE). Luckily Boxing Day wasn’t that good, so I only got one thing (Ole Henriksen Skincare Duo). Phew…but I still spent so much frigging money. So yes…unless I learn some proper self restraint…Sephora will be the death of me.

Sephora will be the death of me…

3-in-1 Micellar Solution by Marcelle

*This was provided for review purposes. Views and opinions about the product are based on my own experiences*

Marcelle Micellar Solution
Why hello there…

Marcelle Micellar Solution
You look a little familiar.

I didn’t realize how familiar…til I read Sparkled Beauty’s post on the product. It probably said it on the Press Release…and I just didn’t read it (I think I accidentally tossed it with the packaging -___- #fail Esther…fail). Basically the 3-in-1 Micellar Solution was formally known as Soothing Cleansing Water! I mean, I use this stuff! That’s why it was familiar in use lol. I have the LE size which was on clearance for $10. You can usually find this at the Lisa’s Sale when it does happen.

A 3-in-1 solution that gently cleanses, effectively removes make-up from both face and eyes, and soothes the skin. Its no-rinse formula micro-emulsifies impurities without irritating even the most dry and intolerant skin.

It is effective even on longwear and waterproof make-up. The skin is left exceptionally clean, fresh and soothed.

BENEFITS
Enriched with SOOTHING ALOE AND CUCUMBER EXTRACT
Ensures SUPERIOR MAKE-UP REMOVAL thanks to its advanced micellar technology
– Via website

The thing is, I didn’t like the flip/press top, or the pump. So the fact that it has been repackaged into a press down pump, is quite awesome. I actually have one more of the larger size, so I am trying to finish this up quick, that way I can decant it into this new container for use.

Marcelle Micellar Solution Marcelle Micellar Solution
Marcelle Micellar Solution
I usually wear waterproof mascara, a smudge resistant/long wear shadow pencil, waterproof eyeliner, all on top of a primer. I press down twice on the pump, and press the pad to my eye. I press so that the lashes are pressed upwards, then adjust it so that my lashes are being pressed downwards. Then do a clean up around the area. I was a little rough so that is why my eye is red. It actually doesn’t sting, unless the flakes of the eyeliner get into my eye. Also, I flip the pad to the other side, and do a secondary swipe to get all the bits of mascara and eyeliner off my face. The great thing about this is, that if I am SUPER lazy, I can do this all in my room within minutes, and jump in bed. No rinsing is required of me. Of course, I usually do end up washing my face (I have to do every part to try and keep my adult hormonal acne at bay).

You can find it at your local drug store, Well.ca, or on the Marcelle website for $20CAN. There are frequently sales for about 20-30%, so you only need to wait a little if you think it is too pricey. I have not used the Bioderma one in AGES, so I can’t compare. But in terms of value, this is cheaper.

3-in-1 Micellar Solution by Marcelle

The Annabelle BigShow Waterproof Mascara

*Products in this post were provided for review consideration.
Views and opinions of the product are my own*

So…

You can imagine how excited I was, when Annabelle released the waterproof version of the Le BigShow Mascara. You see, everyone seemed to love it. But, because I have monolids, the Le BigShow just could not endure that and my oily skin.

Annabelle Big Show WP Mascara

Alas, I was sad…

But now…

Well, what did I think?

Annabelle Big Show WP Mascara

Annabelle Big Show WP Mascara
(First pic = no mascara, just curl. Second pic = one coat. Third pic = two coats)

Just like other waterproof mascaras, it preserves the curl as much as possible. That is one point for it. The second coat helps to extend the lashes, which is another point for it, as my stubby lashes need all the help that they can get. It lasts very well on me, as I didn’t have racoon eyes even after 12 hours. This means that it get another point, since long wear is important for me. It also means that it was monolid friendly, as that is where most of my mascaras fail.

I could technically remove this with a baby wipe, at the end of my day. I didn’t have to rub too hard, and I assume that my natural face oils helped to loosen up the product for removal. That is nice, as I don’t HAVE to use a different remover, especially when I am lazy. Of course, I would tell you to use one, as you don’t want to pull out lashes accidentally.

I do have to take back a point though. It does take a little longer than some of my other mascaras to dry. Not a huge deal, but I need to remember, otherwise it gets all over my eyelid. This will probably be only a problem for those with monolids. Just give it a minute to let it set. Once it does, it shouldn’t move.

Maybe it is because of my lashes, but I found it to look a little cakey on my lashes. But at the same time, it does give it an illusion that they are fuller in that way. And it isn’t like someone is going to be staring at my lashes within 20 cm. So it isn’t a huge deal. Also, this has help up during this cooler weather, and the slight snow we had the day I wore it. I would have to revisit this review in the warmer weather, as things can change. I know that it happened with the Revlon Potion one. Worked awesome in the cooler weather, a total mess in the summer for me.

I have been currently addicted to my Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara (seriously, I had misplaced it for a month, and ended up going out to buy another. Then I found it. -__-). But the BigShow Waterproof def gives me a slightly cheaper alternative to the Miss Manga, which can get pricey at regular price.

You can find the Big Show mascara, or the Annabelle line at Rexall, SDM, and various Loblaws Company stores for $9.99 RSP. Or you can check out their website HERE.

The Annabelle BigShow Waterproof Mascara

Korea 2014 Purchases

Korea 2014 Purchases
So I picked up a few things in Korea. Emphasis on few. I mentioned in previous posts that I didn’t take large luggage with me. My trip back home was going to be deadly, so I didn’t want to struggle too much. In hindsight, I suck. I totally ran out of room, and ended up tossing a few things to make room.

 

Korea 2014 Purchases
I picked up this set of Etude House Don’t Worry Hand Cream, from the market at Seoul Station. I believe it was about $20 for 8 of them. They were just so damn cute! So I picked them up to give to my friends as touristy gifts. On that note, we accidentally found out that THE SHOES COME OFF! You can swap them like barbie shoes lol. It was VERY amusing to us :P

Goodluck
Hi~ It’s me. When you’re lost in the chaos of tests and competition…Do you panic from the unexpected stress and pressure? Don’t worry and just hold my head in your warm hands. Now my cheer up message makes you feel comfortable.

Don’t Worry
Hi~ It’s me. When you’re lonely and feel like nobody’s on your side…Do you feel alone when everybody you’re wrong to what you feel is right? DOn’t worry and just hold my head in your warm hands. Now my warm comforting message makes you feel comfortable.

That was two of the sayings on the back of the lotion :P

Korea 2014 Purchases
My Chew Taffy
I bought this cause I wanted to give something to some of my students…but I ended up snacking on them myself -_____-

Korea 2014 Purchases
Tony Moly
I picked up the Kiss Kiss Lip Balm (키스키스립, Korean Link), and the Petite Bunny Gloss Bar (쁘띠 바니 글로스 바, Korean Link, UO Link). These guys were actually for friends. I wanted to put the Petite Bunny in the Christmas Loot Baggies for friends, and the Kiss Kiss Lip Balm was for another group of friends. I did however keep on one of the Kiss Kiss Lip Balm…so I will share about that in the future. The Petite Bunny ones were all given away…which is sad, but at least they went to good homes :D Oh, I picked these guys up at the Shilla Duty Free. A much nicer place to check out than the Lotte one (that one was HEAVILY saturated with tourist, making it IMPOSSIBLE to shop comfortably…). Also, my skin was pretty stressed by the lack of sleep, so the guy took pity on me and gave me a bunch of stuff.

Korea 2014 Purchases
I picked these up on the way home, at the Incheon Airport. Su:m37 was STRONGLY suggested to me by Macnunu, and I love it. I wrote about it HERE. The O Hui is a product that my friend HJ introduced me to, and I really fell in love with it. Much cheaper to get it at the airport, and apparently is notorious to be hoarded by those that live in Japan and China on their way back home. That post will go up within a week…it has been scheduled :) The lady noticed my skin, and gave me a few things to try out. Haha…oh man…

Korea 2014 Purchases
Korea 2014 Purchases
Korea 2014 Purchases
One of the things I REALLY wanted to do, was to pick up glasses. My eyesight is horrible, and lens alone usually cost about $300CAN for me. That is without being the thinnest option. Korea is known to be cheaper for glasses…so I figured why not. I went to Namdaemun, and walked into Somang. Mainly because I recognized the word as being related to something Christian-y. I think it means hope/wish? something like that. Anyway the lady was REALLY nice. The top pair was $150 for the frame, then $75 for the lens. The bottom frame was $25, and $75 for the lens (I believe…I may have gone for the cheaper option, so it could have been $50). The $25 frames are usually discounted to clear out. I bought them to wear at home, so I didn’t care if they were ugly…but it turns out that my mom likes them better than the other frame! Haha…Anyway, what a great deal. They were also done in about an hour. Also, you can get your eyes checked right then and there…but since I had my prescription I passed on it. I will definitely get more when I go back. I totally get why Koreans who wear glasses have so many now. I also get why there are people who just wear them as accessories.

Korea 2014 Purchases
Mom and I use these for our knees. I have pretty bad knees, and this was suggested to us by my aunt, who usually ships us a bunch. I needed change for the lockers at the station, so I picked up a bunch.

Korea 2014 Purchases
Lastly, I picked up some random stuff. On the very left, is actually a freesize dress. It was ~$5/5000won, so I bought it. It is a little short, but I actually really really like it. It should be the loose/big style, but seeing as I am way bigger than the size small that is what freesize it supposed to be, it is fitted on me.

Korea 2014 Purchases
In the little, the animal print and the polka dots, are pants that I picked up for mom. When I went to visit my aunt, she was wearing the polka dot ones. She was saying how they were SUPER comfortable, and they were only ~$3/3000won. I picked these up 2 for ~$5/5000won. I got it so that mom could be connected to her sister in a little way :P (One of them was technically for me…but she loved it so much she refuses to share one haha).

Mom then told me to get stocking like socks. So I picked up 10 pairs for ~$4/4000won.

I picked up other food related things at the airport to give to my coworkers…but didn’t take a picture of that. I also was forced to bring back dried Ginseng…which made me nervous that I would lose my luggage as it was expensive.

Anyway, that was what I brought back. Not super exciting, but I was still happy with what I got :)

Check out the posts I shared about my week in Korea…
Korea 2014 Flying with Delta
Korea 2014 EG Sim
Korea 2014 Sleeping Accommodations
Korea 2014 Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014 Naminara Republic
Korea 2014 National Museum of Korea
Korea 2014 Silloam Spa

Korea 2014 Purchases

Olay Total Effects CC Cream

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Olay Total Effects 7 in 1
CC Cream
Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Another Alphabet product. At the same time, it is different.

You can find this in Fair to Light, and Light to Medium. If you were planning on using this for mere colour, you will be disappointed. Think of it as a lightly tinted colour corrector. It spreads thin, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble trying to make this blend in. A tube will cost you roughly $24CAN at Walmart.ca, which is a tad on the pricey side. Especially if you are looking for more pigmentation. If you are, there are others you can turn to. This one chooses to work for us by filling in pores and other imperfections one might have.

FYI, a little heavy on the scent, so might not be for everyone.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Swatch
Right side looks more filled in, than the left side (So it makes it look moisturized/not that many lines)
Lines aren’t as apparent, but it does seem to settle in the dry lines on my hand. Which doesn’t turn out to be a bad thing, as it helps to fill in pores on my face.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Bare skin – With CC Cream – With mineral foundation over CC Cream
I like that it grabs on to the loose mineral foundation quite well. My skin looks more yellow for the last picture, but that is because of my foundation and not the CC. You can see that the CC evens out my skin tone, where my skin is red. It slightly helps to fill in the pores, which is more apparent with something over it. I cannot just leave my face with the CC cream. If you have skin in better state (not battling acne since your teens, and not currently battling adult acne), then this might be something you want to check out.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream

Real Techniques with the Chapman Sisters

*I attended this event courtesy of Farley Co Beauty, where I got to eat yummy foods, take a picture with the Chapman sisters, and leave with a goodie bag. The opinions on this blog are my own*

Real Techniques Road Show Event

Last month, I got to travel downtown to welcome the Chapman Sister duo to Toronto on their #RTroadshow Tour. This also meant I got to see the Farley Co team, and the other bloggers who I have gotten to know over the years. Also thankful for opportunities to catch up with them.

In any case, this was all about the Real Technique brushes that you might already know about. If you don’t, I do suggest you check them out. For budget brushes, Real Techniques are what I suggest along with Ecotools. Great bang for your buck, and quite durable.

Anyway, seeing as I have watched their videos for a long time not (seriously, I think this was around the ABB days…if you know what ABB stands for in terms of beauty blogging, I applaude you lol wait. It was ABB right? I wonder if I am recalling…wrong…)

Anyway, the sister duo Sam and Nic both post videos to the Pixiwoo channel. When they first started out, I just remember thinking, “DANG! I don’t have their bone structure…wish I did” xD But I think that is always great about their videos, like many tutorials out there…is the fact that it starts off with a bare face. The sheer bareness of it all, and to show how they can transform into characters, or various looks for occasions, was always so fascinating. As such, it was a delight to have the opportunity to meet them.

Real Techniques Road Show Event
We even had a time to ask questions, after being told about the history of their time in the world of beauty. I have it recorded somewhere, but off the top of my head
– have an aunt who is also a makeup artist
– they attended college for makeup artistry
– worked their craft by the practical application of working with their aunt/on their own
– don’t like to subscribe to other beauty channels, in order to make sure they don’t rework other ideas
– they do however subscribe to family on Youtube :P
– they do have a favourite brush
– they are part of the RT bush process from beginning to end
– they have videos of their own that they hate haha, loved this part :P

Basically, these two ladies are so down to earth. They know how important it is to make something that is affordable and accessible. So I am glad that they were able to work with the Real Technique line, and continue to develop to ensure that we get the best.

Real Techniques Road Show Event
Real Techniques Road Show Event
Most of us are aware of the pruple, pink, and orange handled brushes. Each colour representing a specific target. But I loved that the ladies shared that they also vary the uses for the brushes. I mean, we shouldn’t be contained to just what they are labeled as. So it was nice to hear that they use them for other uses as well.

Real Techniques Road Show Event
I actually didn’t know about the new set that has silver metal handles. Apparently they are the Nic’s Picks (behind the flowers). I was informed by Michelle.

At the end of the event, I received a baggie with makeup bags (which I am putting to use for organization of samples and such), Lindt chocolate (which I was SUPER thankful for), and the Duo Fibre set. You will probably see a mention about these guys next month.

Oh! I did my nails for the event as well (people have been saying it is Holiday Nail Inspired, but I just did it cause I liked red and holo :P). I used FingerPaints, and Gelish. Threw in some of the Wet n Wild holo glitter that comes out during Halloween…and BAM! I actually still have them on my nails…and it has been three weeks since I had them applied :P I should change them, but SUPER lazy.

Real Techniques Road Show Event
Real Techniques Road Show Event
Shimmer and shine baby…shimmer and shine!

Real Techniques with the Chapman Sisters

CoverGirl’s New Full Lash Bloom

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

A little while back, a little baggie containing this mascara arrived on the doorstep. Oh man…pink… is my first thought. But then I looked closer at what this product was about.

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom

With Full Lash Bloom Mascara, get exceptional lash fullness that’s soft – even to the touch. With our new petal-shaped brush and mousse formula with natural beeswax, lashes are never stiff or brittle. Perfect for everyday wear, Full Lash Bloom Mascara is also safe for contact lens wearers and is ophthalmologically tested. So bring out every last lash, and embrace you in full bloom!
via -CoverGirl US

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
So tonight we have the Full Lash Bloom.

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
The fact that the brush is contained outside the actual product, might annoy some. Yes you could argue that there is more waste. But at the same time, it allows you to get up close and personal with the brush before you purchase. This can be a great plus for some people. People like me, who opt to go for thinner brush heads, as they are more forgiving on stubborn short lashes, that tend to hide under the monolid (dang that was a long sentence).

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
Containing natural Beeswax, it is supposed to aid in softer feeling lashes, and adding length.

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
Now, my experience seems to be the same for any of the Lashblast mascaras that I have tried. Not the best.

It is indeed quite soft feeling. I mean, if you stroke your lashes, you would know that there is some sort of product on them. You just wouldn’t realize that it was mascara, as we typically think of them making our natural lashes harder/stiffer. The thing is, I don’t usually notice that they are stiffer, unless I decide to give them a boost by pressing my curler to them (once, so I don’t make the mascara coat crack). I did find it was flake resistant, as I didn’t have anything fall off for me.

What is also nice, is that it removes easily with just facial cleanser, or a wipe. No need to rub it off, or to use a heavy duty remove to get it off.

Bristles are spread apart, so if you have lashes that are sparse, you may need to take extra care. But, even still, I found it difficult to make my lashes clump with the brush. Which is interesting to me, since just by looks alone, it reminds me of their other brushes which did make my clump a little (wooo, another long sentence..sorry, this is what happens when I try and proof at the end of a long day).

In my use, I found that there was a bit of length that was added, but nothing drastic. I also found that it uncurled my lashes a little bit, but the formula wasn’t super wet.

Overall impression?
I think it is cool to want to be innovative. Unfortunately this wasn’t for me. If you have monolids, and skin on the oily side, you may get results like mine. But of course, YMMV. I think it might be nice for those who have naturally long lashes, and just need them to be a tad more defined.

These should be in stores now, if you were interested, as I had seen them at the end of November at various SDM locations for ~$10CAN.

It is a pretty tube though…even for those who tend to detest pink lol

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom

CoverGirl’s New Full Lash Bloom