June Faves! Beauty & Random!Β 

Heyyy!!!!!
I can not wrap my head around the fact it is already July!!! My birthday Month!!! Yey!!!

For this blog, I decided rather then write a regular Monthly Faves and Flops, I decided to do a Monthly Beauty Faves and Non Beauty Faves section! Hope you enjoy the change up! ❀

Beauty Faves

Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Face Palette– Let’s take a moment of silence to appreciate this Bomb. Ass. Palette!
The white and gold packaging is so beautiful and luxurious looking.

Two highlighters and three blushes make up this little bundle of joy.
All stunning, super pigmented powders that make you glow like the goddess that is Jaclyn Hill. 
This palette is very versatile where you can mix highlights and blushes to make your own colour concoctions. 
Also, I have been loving using the highlights as eyeshadows for an easy all over lid shade. Shimmery and perfect for Summer. πŸ™‚

  
 
Smashbox primer water – I purchased this in a kit of Primers by Smashbox. At first, I didn’t think this would work, but I’m convinced it’s helpful in making my makeup go on better. 

It’s lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy, so it definitely will be an essential in my summer makeup routine. 

  

Daval lipsticks– I recently wrote a blog post on these beauties. I have worn these lipsticks all month and I am obsessed. I need all the colours. Here is the link to the post so you can read up some more on this new East Coast brand! 

https://beautyjunkiesanonymous.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/first-impressions-daval-beauty-lipsticks/

   
 

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass palette- Now I’m not going to lie here, I mainly bought this for the packaging. 

I’m THAT sucker that companies lovvvveeee. 

Anything Glittery, gimme it.

Anything gimmicky, throw it the bag.

Anything with cute extras, I’ll take two please!

I’ll apologize for mentioning this little baby, because unfortunately it was limited edition. So if you got your hands on it you are very fortunate. 

The palette comes with a pretty decent double ended brush and some pretty decent shadows. Lots of neutrals and some pretty pops of colour too. And a freaking Pop up Butterfly!!!!!!!!!!! 
  

Babe lash extensions – I was always against getting lashes for myself because: 
A- the maintenance and B-the cost….. 

Buttttt with that being said, a coworker needed a model to complete her certification. 
So twist my rubber arm, I’ll get free extensions. Whatever.

So I must say (and here comes a humble brag)… I am blessed to have dark and fairly thick lashes. I also can pop on false lashes with hardly any effort anymore, so I never expected to love extensions as much as I do. 
Damn these addictive, little, fluttery, long, dark, face gracing angels. Damn them right to hell.
I can wake up in the morning and not feel like a complete gremlin. 
So that in itself is a true testament to their beautifying powers. 
  

Lancome Le Vie est Belle – I received a few samples of this in the last two months and I was pleasantly surprised. The notes according to the website are Jasmine, Tunisian Orange Blossom and Sambac(whatever that is).

I am very fussy with scents and this is definitely one I am considering going out and splurging on the big bottle! 
Maybelline Loaded Bolds Matte lipstick – I managed to get my hands on the dark blue called “Midnight Blue” 

I have another blue in my lippie collection ( Kat Von D “Echo”) and the Maybelline by far is my favourite of the two and only half the price. 

The pigmentation is great. The lasting power is impressive. The colour selection go from neutral everyday to fun colours like blue, white, black, etc.

  

Non beauty/ Random Faves
Me Before You” Book and Movie – 

If you are looking for a book or movie to rip the heart right out from your chest then proceed to stomp on it a few times, then this is for you. 

  
Don’t get me wrong, the uncontrollable crying I did while watching the movie (and wiping my nose with a popcorn butter soaked napkin) did not take away from my love of the characters and storyline. I dare say I loved this movie more then most girls loved the “Notebook”…. That may be sacrilege, but whatever. 
Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher w/ Coconut milk- 

I found this on my new favourite Instagram page “Starbucks Secret Menu” 

It is deeeeelllllliiicccciiiioooousssss. 

Dairy free (a bonus for you other Lactose sensitive peeps!) 
It also has berries in it, which makes you feel semi healthy…..sort of?
  
Red jumpsuit from Winners– I bought this gem over a year and a half ago from Winners and didn’t have the guts (or the right Spanx) to wear it. 

  

Then push came to shove and I had to have a nice outfit to wear to my bestie’s Wedding Shower this past June. So I sucked it up (and in) and wore it. 

Why was I so silly?!?! 
 I have never had so many compliments on an outfit. 

I need to follow my own advice and go outside my comfort zone and wear things I’m not 100% sure on. 

And there they all are. My Favourites from the month of June! 

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most of these will continue to be favourites for the whole Summer. πŸ˜‰ 

Till next time folks,

-Nicole xo 

P.S. Hope everyone had a safe and happy Canada Day weekend and my American friends have a Happy July 4th holiday tomorrow! ❀ 

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First Impressions: Daval Beauty Lipsticks

Cruelty free. Vegetarian. Paraban Free. Fragrance free. Highly Pigmented. Matte, yet comfortable. 

Just some words to describe an exciting new brand coming out of the maritimes. 

I am all for supporting local businesses, especially when they have a product that is really kickass!!! 

DAVAL Beauty is handcrafted in my home province of Nova Scotia. 

I do believe the actual line just officially launched last week and was a MAJOR success! 

The best ( or worst) type of advertising is word of mouth and in this day and age, social media presence!  In this case, both really paid off for this brand. 

I managed to purchase my three shades at a new Spa in Sydney (Nurtured Holistic Esthetics) , which is run by my friend Jillian. Check her out!!  

On a side note, I’m a big believer in supporting another Esthechian’s success and growth. Plus, I love pampering myself and picking her brain for any tips/tricks to better myself in the long run πŸ™‚ 

   
 
But back to these lippies!! 

I purchased the shades “Malrah”, “Tommy Guns” and “Olive” and I’m patiently waiting to go pick up a newer shade that is coming out, “Lioness”.

Pictured Below :Tommy Guns (left) Olive (centre) Malrah (right)

  
  All very different colours and I am still on the fence with which one is my favourite. 
With these and any matte finish lipsticks, you definitely should have your lips properly exfoliated and moisturizered before hand. (I used Lush’s Bubble gum lip scrub and Eucerin Intensive lip balm.) 

As far as lasting power, I really only got to wear Malrah for a few hours yesterday and today. I was pretty pleased at what was left after I inhaled a Birthday Cake Cake pop and gulped down a Venti Iced Chai Latte (p.s. if you haven’t had one, you haven’t lived!) :p 

Overall Impressions:

Lipstick is by far my favourite makeup item. I am always looking for great new colours to add to my ridiculously huge and embarrassing collection and DAVAL definitely has lots of fun but easily wearable shades. βœ”οΈ

Also, Matte finish lipsticks are my favourite finish. I’m much too busy to be worrying about if my lipstick is all worn off or smeared all over my teeth. So DAVAl gets another βœ”οΈ

As I previously stated, I like supporting local businesses. I also love the fact of a woman run business. This company is both. βœ”οΈ

A bonus is the price is right. The introductory price was $12.o4 and no tax. 

Nurtured Esthetics had a special limited time price of 2 for $20. I would pay more and have in the past for other lipsticks that aren’t even as good!! βœ”οΈ 

The packaging is simple and the label is cute. If it has a puppy on it, I will like it. βœ”οΈ

  
  
So I guess you have probably figured out by now, that I really like this product and my first impression is that of a good one! 

I know as of this moment,  DAVAL is only sold on Etsy and at two places in Sydney, NS. And they are with limited supplies. So go find them on Instagram to find out when and how to get your hands on these hot little items ❀

-Nicole xo πŸ™‚