My first Colourpop Makeup

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

  • ULTRA MATTE LIP | Trap
  • ULTRA MATTE LIP | Beeper
  • ULTRA GLOSSY LIP | My Jam
  • ULTRA METALLIC LIP | Man Eater
  • ULTRA SATIN LIP | Echo Park
  • SUPER SHOCK SHADOW | Truth
  • SUPER SHOCK SHADOW | Nillionare
  • SUPER SHOCK SHADOW | So Quiche
  • SUPER SHOCK SHADOW | Lala
  • SUPER SHOCK SHADOW | Mittens
  • SUPER SHOCK SHADOW | Cricket
So it’s happened. I finally gave in to the Colourpop itch and ordered a little package during their free international shipping over $50USD promotion (currently still running). Annoyingly, the exchange rate still rounds that to almost $70CAD but hey, at least it works out to under $10 a pop! With so many hyped up options to choose from I decided on the variety pack to get a little sampling of everything. Word on the street is that everything is beautifully pigmented and from my initial swatches, everything looks completely drool worthy. 
Take note that the lipsticks are actually darker than their website photos so the nudes will be more full bodied and deeper if you have a lighter skin tone like mine. The Mile High shadow set includes some stunning wearable neutrals and I’m swooned by the variety of finishes from creamy mattes to high shine metallics and even ones shot through with glitter. There’s a few good holy grail contenders here so be prepared to see there often in the upcoming months. Now, I may or may not be making googly eyes are those flashy high lighter pots too…
Chat soon,

The "Just Enough" Handbag | ft. Zara

ZARA | Quilted Bag on Chain
I’m the type of girl who has a lot of baggage… yes, I carry everything and the kitchen sink so getting me to scale down has been a long running challenge. And who better to come to the rescue than everyone’s favourite luxe-for-less brand Zara! All around the year they carry different versions of these classic quilted bags and after ripping open the packaging, I’m happy to say it’s just enough.

Big enough…for my long wallet, phone, keys, small camera, compact, 2 lipsticks, band-aids, glasses, cute enough… for going out to an event or just running errands, versatile enough…because of the transforming chain strap detail and secure enough…since the the bag has a full zip and not just the flap). For those who are not a fan of big flashy logos but still want that classic look, this is it. I think we’ll definitely have lots of adventures together.

Stay stylish,

ANASTASIA | Mario Master Palette – Instagram made me buy it

It doesn’t happen often but once in a while I fall hard for a makeup palette and this time around it caught me completely off guard. I first peeped this Anastasia collaboration with Makeup by Mario on Instagram and was instantly drawn to the gorgeous array of jewel toned neutrals. In fact, despite being the hand behind ultra glam celebrities, I had a new found respect for his work after reading an interview in InStyle in which Mario talked about the need to separate TV makeup from the everyday – the man has a good grip on reality and I adore that!

By no means is there any shortage of brown eye shadow in my collection yet this one looked so rich and inviting. It certainly leans towards a more medium to deeper skin tones if you want to wear this as a daily neutral but I’m hoping a lighter hand would make this everyday appropriate for me as well. A perfectly paired colourful palette for a neutral lover; I can’t wait to dig into this one!
Chat soon,

iHerb goes K-Beauty: A mini haul

As if I don’t already shop enough on iHerb, I’m thrilled to share with you that this popular natural product focused site now carries a small selection of Korean beauty products. At first this seemed like an odd fit since these aren’t necessarily organic or fully natural brands that iHerb is known for stocking but on the flip side K-Beauty boast plenty of cosmeceutical items which I suppose makes them at least partly natural. Either way, I’ve been more than happy to sneak in a few beauty products with my regular grocery orders so here’s what I’ve been (secretly) hoarding from the last few packages.
  • LANEIGE | Water Sleeping Mask
    • I’ve loved the previous versions of this and it is the holy grail original sleeping mask for many beauty lovers. This here is the updated version and packaging.
  • HERA | UV Mist Cushion
    • Another original beauty item here, Hera and IOPE have gone head to head for years for the best highend cushion foundation when the category first came on the market.
  • CLIO | Kill Black Liquid Eyeliner
    • I’ve giving this one a try since I still haven’t digested the thought of paying ridiculous pricing for my fave Dollywink liner to be shipped overseas and CLIO’s version is a magazine award winnning favourite.
  • MISSHA | Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule
    • Always been curious of this one and I don’t think I’ve dabbled in Missha skincare.
  • TONY MOLY | Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Mask
    • Another repurchased item in a new updated formula, its similar to the Laneige sleeping mask but if I recall correctly this focuses more on healing rather than just hydration. I’m hoping it’s still amazing.
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Despite being a small category, there’s still plenty of popular items to choose from including the ever popular Elizavecca bubble mask and CosRX skincare but stock does go in and out quickly so be sure to check often or sign up for email notifications. From my last few check ins, it seems they are slowly adding more products here and there but its’ always in small quantities and there doesn’t seem to be any permanent brands which I presume is due to overseas import availability. Pricing is similar to that of eBay although some products are slightly higher. Any thoughts on this K-Beauty update? Or better yet, I’d love to know if you’ve already picked up a few things yourself!

Chat soon,

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Summer Sephora Beauty Haul

PRODUCTS MENTIONED
  • TARTE | Rainforest of the Sea Foundation (Fair-Light Neutral)
  • SEPHORA | Mini Solid Brush Cleanser
  • GIORGIO ARMANI | Luminous Silk Foundation (#04)
  • ANASTASIA | Liquid Lipstick (Dusty Rose)
  • EMINENCE | Stone Crop Mask
  • STILA | Aqua Glow Serum Foundation
  • MARC JACOBS | Mod Noir
  • NARS | Orgasm Blush
  • LANCER | Glowing Skin Perfector
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT | Black Opium Perfume
  • SEPHORA | Marc Jacobs Birthday Set
  • ALTERNA | Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist
  • FRESH | Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil
  • FRESH | Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
  • FRESH | Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy
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Well, this list looks pretty errr… impressive now doesn’t it? Really, I love a good Sephora order and if it wasn’t for the $50CAD free shipping minimum I’d be on there much too often. You’ve got those great, online exclusive products and little mini sets make luxury beauty a little more affordable for the cosmetically curious. Since two deals are better than one, I always try to double up on those exclusive sample codes for extra deluxe bobbles (Sephora is the only newsletter I always read in my inbox) that you can’t get in stores. At the moment, the new KatVonD concealer is up for grabs as well as a stash of Sunday Riley, Tata Harper and Tatcha samples. So what’s your shopping habit? Do you crave the instant satisfaction? Or do you hold out for a good online deal?

Happy Shopping,
 

A little visit to Aritaum – the KBeauty megabrand

Aritaum Haul
Aritaum Haul

PRODUCTS SHOWN
  • ARITAUM | Cel Cushion Mask | Lifting
  • ARITAUM | Bio Cellulouse Mask | Brightening
  • ARITAUM | Sugarball Cushion Blusher | Posy Pink
  • ARITAUM | Glam Nails Polish | #250 Ginger Brown
  • ARITAUM | Glam Nails Polish | #231 Holographic Gold
  • ARITAUM | Mono Eye Shadow | #97 Modern Fatal
  • ARITAUM | Mono Eye Shadow | #100 Purple Jazz
  • LANEIGE | BB Cushion Puff
We’ve been talking about it for months and the excited that ensued when we finally stepped inside the front doors was exhilarating (evidence here). The arrival of Korean beauty giant Aritaum (who also happen to own IOPE, Laneige and Mammonde) made a lot of sense following the successful introduction of KBeauty here in North America but the shop opened rather quietly and one day it was just there. All decked out, sparkling and ready to go. After a quick look through the store, I ended up lingering at shelf with Aritaum’s own in house brand of makeup products. Much talked about for being both affordable and with good performance coupled with the BOGO deal and I took home quite a few things. While there’s not a very completely collection of Aritaum makeup compared the actual offering in Korea, the price point is very reasonable and on par with drugstore brands. The thrilling thing is finding the unique formulas that you can only otherwise see in high-end shops; cream blusher with a nothing at all texture and the shadows with a crystal like sprinkle – I’m ready for you.
Happy Sunday,

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    Inspired Art Supply Haul

    If it’s not obvious by the lack of attention to this blog in the past month, life has been… busy to say the least. Between trying to get enough sleep and keep up with work I’ve been looking for little pockets of time for myself in between paperwork and prepping for the next day. But one thing I’m really loving is delving back into art again.

    Art Supplies Modern Watercolor
    Inspired by my recent subscription to an online arts and crafts website called Creative Bug, I was particularly drawn to a class on modern expressive watercolour painting. Now my old art student self would have cringed back in horror at the mention of the word but having discovered illustrator Yao Cheng‘s take on this medium has gotten me really excited to dip into this again. Of course, once I stepped foot into the store I couldn’t help but pick up a few extra things so here’s a look at my recent art supply haul.
    PRODUCTS
    • Mungyo | Semi Jumbo Oil Pastels
    • Dynasty | #10 Brush
    • Dynasty | #6 Brush
    • Nobel | #02 Brush
    • Windsor & Newton | Cotman Watercolor Sketcher’s Pocket Box
    • Fabriano | Studio Watercolour Paper / 140lb
    • Demco | Masking Fluid
    • Faber-Castell | 24 Set Colour Pencil

    Now that I think about it, this is probably also a good time to dust off my bin of old art supplies I’ve been collecting in my high school years. Who knows, maybe I’ll have something more to show you in a few weeks time.

    Stay Inspired,
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