July 2014Pastel Whimsy: July 2014

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag: July 2014 'Sensationally Sunkissed'

I have been a subscriber of Ipsy since August 2013.  Here is how it is described on the website:

"Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month."

The shipping is $4.95 per month on top of the $10 for the bag.  I have been receiving this subscription for almost a year, and there has never been a month where I didn't feel that the $14.95 was totally worth it.  Let me show you what I got in my box this month!

Here is what the makeup bag looks like for July:

I really liked this one, I think it is the perfect little makeup bag for summer.  As an 80s kid, anything fluorescent pink like this always gets me.  The only thing that could have made it better is if it were green!

On to the products.  I will talk about them in order of awesomeness (based on my own opinion, of course).



Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in the shade 'Pretty Pink' ($22)
This balm is completely gorgeous!  It applies very smoothly, and opaquely like a liquid lipstick, but has the texture and consistency of a lip balm.  The colour is a medium pink shade that is described as a 'Summer Pink' on the Pixi website.  I love this shade, but I want to try something more in the red, or dark pink family, as I feel that these types of medium pink shades don't make my teeth look very white.

bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 in the shade 'The Inspiration' ($25 at Sephora):

I haven't had a chance to use this yet, but they swatch beautifully on the back of the hand.  It comes with a light pink highlight shade called 'Muse', and a smoky plum shade called 'Passion'.  I think this will be a great duo for fall. 

Models Own nail polish in the shade 'Red Sea' ($9.50 on nailpolishcanada.com):

I love me some nail polish!  This is a sheer, bright, red shade with multi-colour flakes of glitter.  I always prefer flakes versus round glitter as I consider it to look more multidimensional when it catches the light.  This applies nicely;  I am currently wearing it as an accent nail with another polish I received from my Topbox this month (stay tuned for a blog post on that next week).

Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment ($35 for 7.5ml on clearcliniclabs.com):

This sample is 2ml.  I am going to try it, but I rarely get excited about anything skincare related because I already have an established routine.  I have sensitive, and acne-prone skin so I don't like to try a lot of new things and just stick to something effective and consistent.

Pur~lisse pur~protect essential daily moisturizer SPF 30 ($55 for 50ml shop.purlisse.com):

This is a 15ml sample size.  Same as with the spot treatment, this kind of thing just is not my jam.  I find sunscreen to be a boring, bag-filler type product.  I'll probably just give this away and buy something at the drugstore for a fraction of the cost.


So three out of the five products were huge wins for me.  If you consider the cost of the bag ($14.95), and the cost of those three products ($50+), it is well worth it.  Even when you only get a deluxe sample, and not a full-size, such as with the Pixi balm.  I almost NEVER use a whole, full-size lipstick anyways, and the mini ones fit better in my purse.  You also get discounts on most products that come in your bag.  For example, because I got an Ipsy bag, I can get 25% off any purchase on the Pixi website.

I highly recommend this as a subscription if you are curious and have never tried one.  It's affordable, you get a sweet little makeup bag, and you get a variety of good high-end products to try.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Essie Nail Polish Collection

Welcome to my Essie collection!  If you have read through my blog, you know by now that I have a HUGE love for all things nail polish.  Essie is defnitely one of my favourite brands.  I put off buying Essie for a long time because of the price tag.  They retail for about $8.99 in Canada, which is double what you would pay for a Revlon polish.  If I'm honest, I would say that Revlon makes better quality nail polish..... that being said, how can you resist the adorable packaging that Essie has to offer?  The colour selection with Essie is stellar, and they release collections throughout the year too, which makes it easy to get sucked in and become a loyal follower.

 L to R:  Lady Like, Pilates Hottie, Bangle Jangle, Sittin' Pretty, Play Date, and Chinchilly

 L to R:  Spin the Bottle, Pink-a-Boo, Leading Lady, The Girls are Out, Truth or Flare, and Angora Cardi

The first Essie polish I ever bought was Angora Cardi.  I remember this SO clearly because I bought it to wear to my first week of my graduate school internship.  I thought the name, and the colour, would somehow make me look uber professional.  Now let's talk about the shades!

Lady Like:  The Essie website describes this as an 'elegant, soft mauve'.  I would say that is spot on. This is the most gorgeous neutral shade for any occasion.  It has just a touch of pink/mauve which makes it so classic and sophisticated.  This is an absolute must-have if you are looking to get some Essie polishes.

Pilates Hottie:  This is another one I would consider a must-own, as it is an incredibly unique greyed-out lilac.  Unfortunately, I just tried to find it on the website and it does not seem to be available anymore.  It was one of the polishes from the Yogaga Collection.

Bangle Jangle:  Do not fret!  If you can't get Pilates Hottie, Bangle Jangle is a close second.  This is another grey-toned lilac, or as the Essie site describes it:  a lavender amethyst.  This one is still appearing on the American Essie site, but not the Canadian.

Sittin' Pretty and Play Date:  I am grouping these two together because they are VERY similar.  For the longest time Play Date was my absolute, hands-down, favourite nail polish.  Not just favourite Essie polish, but favourite of ALL of my polishes across all brands.  This was true until I saw Sittin' Pretty in my local Superstore.  Sittin' Pretty is, basically, Play Date's slightly more cool-toned, hot older sister.  Play Date is described on the site as being a 'flirtacious soft purple', where as Sittin' Pretty is described as a 'vivid, intense lavender'.  Sittin' Pretty is part of the Neon 2014 Too Taboo collection, which means it may be limited edition.  Run out and get it, ASAP.

Chinchilly:  Oh, the infamous Chinchilly.  I saw so many people raving about this colour in blogs, and on youtube.  I'll be honest... it's kind of 'meh', in my opinion.  It is described as a 'sleek granite grey'. Maybe it just does not flatter my uber-fair skin tone, but it just felt too muddy for my liking.  Give me a nice light, cool-toned grey and I am all aboard.  I would say you could pass on this one.

Spin the Bottle:  I found this one laying around my local Target with a clearance sticker on it.  I picked it up, and stared at it for a minute... then put it down, thinking "What the hell is this colour, I don't need it."  Then I immediately walked back and put it in my basket.  For two reasons, I have nothing like this at all i my collection, and it was fricking $2.69!!  It is described as a 'semi sheer nude'. This one isn't a must-have by any means, but it sure is out of my comfort zone!

Pink-a-Boo:  More like, Pink-a-BORING.  This is just a really pale pink with some shimmer in it. Nothing special at all. PASS.  It is super sheer, which means it takes way too many coats to make it worth it.

Leading Lady:  I debated buying this for over a month when this Winter 2012 collection was released. I just could not get it out of my head, so it went into my basket.  It is just so pretty, and sparkly, and Christmasy!  It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz.  It is described as a 'supreme deep red with shimmer'.

The Girls are Out:  I got this for $2.00 at my local Dollar Tree, because WTF they sell Essie at Dollar Tree now!  There is really nothing special about this shade, which is probably why it was at the loonie store.  It is described as a 'fuchsia peony sparkle'.  Not terribly unique.

Truth or Flare:  This is an interesting shade.  I struggle with this one because I just feel that it is borderline inappropriate to wear to a professional workplace.  It is just too.... blue.  I think it could look really good on the toes though!  It is described as a 'vintage blue denim'.

Angora Cardi:  Described as a 'creamy, deep dusty rose'.  Perfect description.  It is very demure, and classy.  It does not get pulled out of my collection very often.  I feel compelled to give it a fair shot, though, because it is a pretty unique colour.

L to R:  Lady Like, Pilates Hottie, Bangle Jangle, Sittin' Pretty, Play Date, and Chinchilly

L to R:  Spin the Bottle, Pink-a-Boo, Leading Lady, The Girls are Out, Truth or Flare, and Angora Cardi

 L to R:  Lady Like, Pilates Hottie, Bangle Jangle, Sittin' Pretty, Play Date, and Chinchilly

(Last Six)  L to R:  Spin the Bottle, Pink-a-Boo, Leading Lady, The Girls are Out, Truth or Flare, and Angora Cardi

If you can only have ONE!:  Sittin' Pretty!!!!!  This is one of those "I can't stop looking at my hands", type of colours.  It is mesmerizingly beautiful.  

Hope you enjoyed!  I didn't realize I only have 12 Essie nail polishes... it may be time to remedy that!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review: The Body Shop's Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks

Left - 14 - Magenta Be Rouge  Right - 15 - Fuchsia Flirt

Today I am reviewing The Body Shop's new Colour Crush Shine lipsticks.  The two shades I picked up are number 14, Magenta Be Rouge (Left), and number 15, Fuchsia Flirt (Right).

I purchased Fuchsia Flirt first, after seeing Essiebutton review number 18, Sunset Romance, which is a coral shade.  Based on her review, I knew that I wanted to try one of these, but wanted to go for something more pinky, as I do not think that coral shades are the most flattering with my skin tone.  Fuchsia Flirt really caught my eye because it is this gorgeous bright pink shade that just SCREAMS summer for me.  After wearing this a few times, I knew that I was going to need more of these in my life.  They apply so smoothly, and do not go on as opaquely as you may think when viewing them in the tube.  They have a very sheer application of colour, comparable to the way your lips would look after sucking on a cherry popsicle.

I wasn't sure which shade I was going to go for next, until I saw Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup, talk about number 14, Magenta Be Rouge, in one of her videos.  In the tube it looks like a lovely radiant orchid shade, that pinky/purply shade that I just cannot get enough of.  

Left - 14 - Magenta Be Rouge  Right - 15 - Fuchsia Flirt

These lipsticks retail for $13.80 in Canada, but I have never paid full price for anything in The Body Shop, as they are constantly having sales, whether it is 40% off, or buy two get one free, etc.  I paid about $7.00 for these little beauties.  These lipsticks are perfect for summer because they are extremely comfortable to wear, and apply much like a balm, so there's very little fuss.  They still give you a stunning, bright wash of colour which is perfect for this lovely, sunny weather.

If I had to choose just one, I would say for for 14 - Magenta Be Rouge, because it is the perfect orchid shade for this time of year.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My first (of many future) TOPSHOP beauty haul!

So I went into Vancouver last month to see Wicked, and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to check out the Topshop we have in The Bay.  I had never been in Topshop before but I've watched countless haul videos by British youtubers who swear by this brand's makeup offerings.  I have coveted their blushes for what seems like forever!

The first two things I grabbed were lipsticks.  Honestly, the packaging on this makeup is way too awesome.  How could I resist stripes and polka dots?!  The colours I got are Beehive  and Beguiled. Beehive is a beautiful, wearable, everyday pink shade.  Beguiled is STUNNING and is definitely going to be one of my Fall go-to shades.  I can't wait to try more.

Lipsticks in Beehive and Beguiled

I also grabbed a Gloss Ink, because I had heard Fleur talk about how amazing these are.  These things seriously live up to the hype, let me tell you.  The shade I grabbed is called Relentless, and it is a gorgeous orange-toned red.  It is really bright, so I don't think I will be pulling this out at work, but they have incredible wearing power, so it could be a good night-out shade.

Gloss Ink in Relentless

Be-still my beating heart, how much do I LOVE these blushes.  Too much.  I grabbed a cream shade in Head Over Heals, and a powder shade in Good Girl.  This is the kind of packaging that you just leave on your vanity and never put in a drawer, it is straight up, way too fricking cute.  The cream blush is super easy to apply if used with a stippling brush, such as ELF's, or Real Techniques.

Cream blush in Head Over Heels, and powder blush in Good Girl

Lastly, I bought one of their nail polishes.  I honestly almost walked out without one of these babies, because there is always a little voice in the back of my head telling me that I do not need anymore nail polish, like BE SERIOUS, KAT.  I just had to get one though, to round out the collection.  My mom helped me pick out this lovely warm plum shade.  This applied really nicely with one coat (I forgot to take a picture, oops!). This shade is called All I Need is Aniseed.

Nail Polish in All I Need is Aniseed

Needless to say, I highly, highly, recommend grabbing a few things from this brand if you are near a Topshop.  You can order makeup from the British site, but not from The Bay site, which for lack of a better word, sucks!

I hope you enjoyed!