Recent Beauty Faves & Purchases

  

Hey all! 

Sorry for being M.I.A lately. 

Time some how managed to slip by and I have accumulated a ton of new goodies in the past few months.  🙂 

While I was away, I ended up hitting an all time beauty high (or low if you are my wallet) and reached “VIB Rouge” status at Sephora 😐 

So rather then ramble on, lets just get into the good stuff that you came here to read about!

Face

  
Pur Miracle Mist –  This is my second bottle of this little mist. Smells like oranges and is so refreshing and hydrating. I generally wear it under my primer/makeup or by itself on no makeup days.

  
Aveda Tulasara Wedding Eye Mask- while I haven’t had this product for very long, I loveeeeee it already.  Super rich, super hydrating but not heavy feeling, this mask helps brighten and tighten your eye area. Seeing as I am two years ago from the big 3-0… I figured I better start looking after my skin more and do some more preventative work. 

  
First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer-  I recently purchased this little gem with giftcards I  received for Christmas. I am obsessed with the scent. It smells like Pina Coladas! ( and who doesn’t love that?!) It also appears to be helping my makeup last longer and look smoother.

  
Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base-  I don’t know know why but lately I have been on a makeup primer and foundation buying spree. I am constantly on the lookout for the best hydrating and brightening primers and this is definitely a great one. 

  
Lise Watier Magic Fix-  Refreshing scent and light mist make this a great makeup setting spray. It helps  any of my makeup from looking too “powdery” .

  
Urbay Decay All Nighter Foundation- this foundation claims to be full coverage and longwearing/waterproof and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. I loved wearing this to stand in my best friends wedding. It photpgraphs well and doesn’t budge, even after dancing all night! 🙂

 

Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation- While I did buy this almost a year ago, I don’t feel like I have talked about it much. This foundation is beautiful especially on someone with dryer skin (which mine has been as of recently)  It gives just enough glow to the skin without looking greasy or too shiney. 
  
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation and Concealer- another Christmas giftcard purchase. I have to say, I like the foundation, but I definitely didn’t pick the right shade and perhaps I will like it better in the summer when I’m more sunkissed rather then Snow White 😦

Saying that, the concealer is just the right shade of pasty white and is lighweight enough to not crease but enough  coverage to hide my raccoon eyes. 

  
Kat Von D Lock it Cream Concealer- in comparison to the Tarte concealer, this stuff is heavy duty. I haven’t tried to cover any tattoos, but I would say it would do a great job in a pinch. I do like this product, however if you have a lot of fine lines or dehydrated undereyes, I would not recommend this. 

  
Blissful Beauty Mineral Makeup Highlighter in Champagne- if you live on the East coast, I suggest you try out this local gal’s products. I have her foundations, lipglosses, blushes, bronzers and now highlighters. 

Im a sucker for anything glowy. These powders are beautiful and give a natural but noticeable glow to the skin. They are paraben free, hypoallergenic and perfect for anyone looking to support local businesses! Thanks Amanda!!! ❤️
Benefit Rockteaur Box Blush- I forgot to take a picture of this (Sorry!!) While I am not a huge   blush lover and it is probably my least bought type of beauty product, Benefit’s products never disappoint me and this rose gold blush is very wearable and pretty and the packaging can some what be seem above in the first picture on this post.

 

Cèlavi Oval Brushes- Let us take a minute to admire this amazing Winners find. While I have never heard of this brand, I have seen a lot of reviews on this type of brush. So far, I have fallen in love with the foundation and concealer brushes. Not entirely sure how to use a few of the eye brushes, but Im sure I will get the hang of it sooner then later.
Eyes

  

Benefit Browvo Conditioning Primer- I truly don’t know if this has helped my brows grow a bit more or it’s because I’m a hairy beast, but this stuff is great at prepping my brows for any other brow products whether it pencil or powder. 

  
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil- by far my favourite brow pencil I have ever tried to date. Currently using up my second one of these bad boys. With a thicker, slanted pencil side and spooly on the other end, this does in fact make filling in your brows “goof proof” .

 
 Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigment in Rose Gold-  What a mouth full for a product name. Beautiful, pigmented and shimmery. Just a few words to describe this shadow. While kind of on the pricier side for an individual shadow ($24) this is definitely worth the money. Another product that stood the test of time and sweat on the dancefloor of while standing all day in a wedding. 
  
Mac Nutcracker Pigment Christmas Set- So sparkly, so pretty, such cute packaging. My brother and sister hit the nail on the head with this gift. I have always loved Mac’s loose pigments and this kit is no exception. They can be used wet or dry to suit whatever type of look you are going for.

  
Kiss Looks So Natural “Flirty” lashes- these lashes are very light weight and wispy. I love how these looked when I wore them to a recent Brad Paisley Concert. I will be willing to bet, I will be repurchasing these lashes for wedding parties and brides this summer. 

  
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics- This All matte, all pigmented palette is by far my favourite Naked palette from Urban Decay. There are 12 shades in a beautiful rose gold package. It also comes with a double ended brush and a huge mirror which are always nice bonuses.  I “basically” wear this pallete every day and it has quickly become one of my all time favourite products ever. Period. 

Lips

  
Stila Stay All Day Mattieficent Lipstick in “Coquille”- a taupe nude shade is my go to colour for any look. Whether dramatic or natural. This lipstick stays put on your lips and isn’t as drying as a liquid lipstick formula. It also comes in a variety of other pretty and wearable shades to suit anyone.

  
Bite Beauty Gold Creme LipGloss- while I understand Gold lips aren’t for everyone, I love the look of this gloss. 

I could be wrong, but I do believe this was a limited edition shade but if you have a chance to try any of Bite Beauty’s Creme glosses, check em out! 

And if you have made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back for getting through all my talking. 

I seriously need to go on a makeup buying break/hibernation  😦 I feel I have accumulated enough to get me through the winter and to keep my makeup bag full and happy till spring! 

(I don’t know if I’m kidding myself or not, guess time will tell… Or if I win the lottery hahahah) 

To anyone living in the maritimes region reading this, stay safe with this crazy blizzard that is pounding us currently and to anyone traveling down south, I hate you. Jk…. Sort of.

Till next time folks,

Love always,

-Nicole 🙂 

  

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November Faves, Raves and Flops :)

Hello There Beauty Peeps!

Over the last month or more, I have acquired quite a few new things. I don’t know if the stores knew I was out trying to do some Christmas shopping for others and wanted to tempt me with all their new and pretty things or what the heck the deal was!! 😦 …. but anyways, I caved. Hard.

I know it isn`t Decemeber just yet but I figured I would do a November Faves, Raves and Flops. November brought many new favorites and a few not so great products. If you are on the fence about purchasing any of these things then hopefully this will help you make up your mind 🙂 (some of these Faves would also make great Christmas ideas too FYI 😉 )

 

FAVES & RAVES

Minion Slippers –  Yup. you read that right.  One of my favorite things from the last month is a pair of awesome slippers. Found at Walmart for about $15. They are warm (perfect for this time of year) and they are Minions with googly button eyes….enough said!

 

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(ignore ugly joggy pants…)

 

Coffee Mug-    Second favorite of the month is something I found at The Ugly Mug Cafe and Gift Emporium. It was just there on the counter screaming  my name “ Buy meeeeee Nicole….buy meeeeee…“ . So I bought that little mug for a little laugh every time I have my coffee. For                 anyone who knows me, I love my caffeine fix in the morning ( and mid morning and lunch time and mid afternoon and supper, you get the idea…)

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Target Booties- Thank you Target Gods for letting me find plain black, heeled booties that I can wear to work. They  don`t make me want to chop my own feet off by the end of my day, which is a huge bonus. Thank you Mom for buying them for me too 🙂 $30 is a pretty good steal if you ask me.

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NYX HD concealer- My Target recently decided to bring in the entire line of NYX ( **does happy dance!**) This concealer is light enough that it doesn`t crease too much but heavy enough that it covers your under eye circles pretty well. I bought the fairest shade because I am extra Snow white looking lately ( I`m learning to embrace it)

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NYX Powder Blush in Taupe-  I recently noticed that a few Youtube Guru`s I watch religiously were using a blush to contour…..So I was intrigued and decided to buy it. It did not disappoint!!! Because of my extra whiteness lately, most bronzers are either too orange or too dark to use as contour for my cheeks and face. This stuff works like a charm though. Just the right grey, beige colour that gives dimension and shadow to my face. I think this was under $10. Two big thumbs up for NYX!

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NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium- Its very hard to find a good drugstore bronzer with out any shimmer. So this is a great option. It has even replaced my two Too Faced bronzers that I was using all spring and summer long. I believe this was around $10 and comes in two other colour options.

 

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NYX Wicked Dreams Shadow Pallet- Mattes, shimmers, neutrals and a few different coloured shadows make up this little beauty. I believe it retails for $17. Perfect stocking stuffer!

 

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze- I received this baby as one of my points perks from Sephora Months and months ago…I had no desire to try it and thought it would be way too dark for me. When I ran out of my usual primer, I had no choice but to try this out and I am obsessed!!!!!  It gives a beautiful glow to your skin and doesn`t feel too heavy. I wish I had of started using this forever ago! I need to get the full size version asap!! *hint! hint! Stephen*…..he pretends he doesn`t read my blogs, but we all know he does. 😉

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NYX The Curve Liner- I suckkkkkk at winged Liner. It is one of those things that I am constantly trying new things to make me better at it. This liner is one of the best I have ever used. The shape of the bottle is so unique and user friendly. The tip is super thin and you can make your line as precise as you want it. I need to stock up on these bad boys.

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Rimmel Lash Accelerator-  God love that Nicole Guerriero. She knows her stuff. One of her holy grail mascaras is this little one.  Super affordable and works great on bottom lashes.

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Stila #33 Brush- This is a double ended foundation and concealer brush. A bit pricier and more of an impulse/boredom buy. It is very nice though. It is pointed on both ends so it is perfect for the under eye area and hard to blend spots. I found mine at our local Shoppers and use mine with my NYX Hd concealer I mentioned previously.

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Flower Beauty F01 Powder Brush- Our Walmart just recently started carrying Drew Barrymore`s makeup line. I was a little excited ( I love Drew!) This brush was inexpensive and the packaging  looked pretty. Turns out it does a pretty good job applying powder and bronzer. It`s bristles are very soft and I haven`t had them shed too much like other drugstore brand brushes. YEY! Drew for the win!!! 🙂

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Target Necklace- I`m sorry I forget the actual brand of this necklace 😦 ….but It has definitely become one of my favorite in my embarrassing large costume jewelry collection though. I`m usually more of a gold person but this one is just so shiny and fancy. Retails for under $20.

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FLOPS 😦

 

Gosh Smokey eye shadow pallet- For $30…this was less then impressive. I have never tried any Gosh makeup products before and I can see why now. The colours looked decent at first glance, but there is a lot of fall out with these. (meaning the colour/shadow falls down on to your cheeks) SO not cool. They are also not as pigmented as I had hoped. Overall-Fail 😦

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Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist- Three mini scented hair sprays. Rose, Citrus and Vanilla. They smelt nice at first, but they don`t last as long as I had hoped 😦

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Flower Luxury Lip Colour in Tea Rose-  Didn`t like this shade and it defiantly smelt and tasted kind of funky (almost plastic like) Not a good flavor for something that goes on your lips

 

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and if I haven`t bored you yet with all my rambling , that`s THE END!!…… Don`t forget to hit the subscribe button and sign up to get emails when I write new posts! 🙂

 

Until Next time Folks,

-Nicole xo 🙂

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Summer Fave, Raves and Flops

 

Sadly, summer is quickly coming to an end. All the munchkins will be back to school next week , the majority of the wedding parties are over and although the weather here is supposed to be nice for the next little while, I’m kind of looking forward to Fall. (don’t hate!!!)…. I’m mainly excited for the fall makeup and clothing trends to start!!:)

Over the past few months I have accumulated a few new products that I either fell madly in love with ( and hope you will too) orrrrrr I found products that I simply wanted to throw in the garbage.

Faves and Raves

Makeup:

Occ Lip Tars– Amazing pigmentation and staying power. These little babies are great! They come in all sorts of fun colors and different finishes. I bought “Hoochie” in the regular size then bought a mini set of 3 in “Pris” “Trollop” and then a primer (which I can’t seem to locate at the moment 😦 . The mini lip brush they come with  and tube applicator make this product easy to mix with each other to make new colors. I plan on getting more on my next Sephora visit. I believe they run around $20?? and will probably last forever because you only need the tiniest amount for full coverage. http://www.sephora.com/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics

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Color Your Smile Lip Gloss from Whitening Lightning in Nude and the Brow Bar to Go in Dark Brown– I’ve seen these used by many Youtubers in the past and when Stephen said I could use his CC to buy whatever I wanted online for my birthday (poor judgement call bf lol) , First I said I wanted a puppy!!!! and after slight whining, I later settled on the next best thing, MAKEUP! (Duh!!!) . The lip gloss is decent. Just your regular ol nude gloss. The packaging has a little light built into the cap which is useful and a tiny mirror on the side. The Brow Bar is definitely worth the hype. It comes with two shades of dark brown, a brow wax and a little brush. Lately I have been reaching for this more then any other brow product I own. Its just so easy and foolproof to use and the color suits me perfectly!  Here is this the link to the site if you are interested http://www.gerardcosmetics.com/

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Makeup Geek Shadows and Z-pallete– another part of my birthday makeup haul. I received 5 shadows. Cupcake, Crème Brulee, Shimma Shimma, Peach Smoothie and Cinderella. Not only are the names super cute, the colors are very pretty. The color payoff is pretty good and like that they already have magnets to stick in the z-pallete. I will definitely be buying more of these to fill up the pallete, which I might add is a great idea to buy if you travel a lot. These pallets come in all different colors, prints and sizes. I ordered the medium hot pink one. They also send a bunch a magnets if you are depotting your own products to put in it. You just pick which shadows or blushes or powders you want and pop them in and go. This way you don’t have to drag 50 different things around if you are going anywhere. http://www.makeupgeek.com/store/   ZPallettes Link

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Younique 3D fiber Mascara– I wrote a review on this a little while back. If I could be in love with a product, this would be it. https://beautyjunkiesanonymous.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/younique-3d-mascara-worth-the-hype/

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Maybelline The Nudes– I searched high and low for this little sucker. For a while, it was sold out or not even put on the shelves yet. I even embarrassingly called a few drugstores and department stores. I finally got my hands on it at Wal-Mart, did a little dance and then proceeded to the check out like a normal human being. This a really great palette for anyone that just wants an everyday look or even a smokey neutral look. Plus, It was only 12 dollars!!! So very affordable, especially if you don’t want to fork out the cash for one of the Urban Decay naked palettes (which I own and love, but one can never have too many neutral colored shadows!!!)  

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Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara– I Was always too cheap to buy anything Lancôme till sweet little Lucy (hey girl! 😉 ) gave me the heads up about a sale going on at Shoppers. So naturally, I stopped what I was doing and went and bought two!! They were only $15 each when one is regularly $30 plus I think? I use this everyday and this is what I layer under my Younique Mascara as a base….the two combined= lash heaven!!!!

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Essence Beach Cruiser Waterproof Liquid Liner in Keep Calm and Go to the Beach (Turquoise) and Sun, Fun and Copper (Coppery Gold) – I think these were like $2 or something ridiculously cheap at Shoppers. They were a last minute find at the checkout. I don’t know about how “waterproof” these actually are, but the colors are very pretty and surprisingly pigmented.

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Stila Stay all Day 10 in 1 HD beauty Balm– Another Shopper’s sale find! I managed to get this for half off ($15). I either use this alone during the day or under another foundation at night. It does have a different consistency and smell, but I do love the way it looks on the skin and it doesn’t make me break out, so that is always a positive!!!

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L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation in Creamy Natural– Again, another Youtube suggestion. Very light coverage, leaves your skin a bit “glowy” and “dewy”… very affordable and can be found at any Wal-Mart, Shoppers, Target, etc.

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Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Palette– This comes with a pink and coral blush and one bronzer. I have been using this basically every day and still haven’t put a dent in it! Not overly thrilled with the bronzer part of this, but the colors of the blush are very nice and very summery!  http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword=SEPHORA%20COLLECTION%20Bronzed%20And%20Blushing%20Face%20Palette%20P385618&skuId=1573492&country_switch=ca&productId=P385618&_requestid=98121

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Aveda Fire Maple Lip Liner-  This baby is fresh out of the new Fall and Winter 2014 Aveda Collection. Beautiful Red! (my fave color to wear!) I wear it either alone or underneath Relentlessly Red by Mac. At the moment…this is lost somewhere in one of my million purses 😦 (hopefully)

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Hair and Body:

Aveda Brilliant Damage Control-  I have had this used in my hair numerous times at work when I have had my hair done and have no idea why I haven’t bought it till now. My hair has always been tangley. I mean Super tangley!! I didn`t think it could get worse…till I started gradually lightening it. Think of what your hair is like when you come in from a wind and rain storm and then throw in some back combing gone wrong and you have what my hair is like on a daily basis. You can not move my hair without it jumbling together. Especially if it is wet. I like to think I have a pretty tough scalp, because when myself or someone brushes it, it is usually a workout!! Anyway, that all being said, this spray is great! It makes brushing my hair much easier and my hair just a bit softer. It also helps protect against any thermal or UV damage!  

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Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Wash- This stuff smells amazing. I just stumbled upon this at Winners one day and said “What the heck! I need a new body wash“ The scent is aromatic tea tree, green tea, jasmine and frankincense. I`m not sure where I would be able to find this again when I run out, so if anyone knows where to buy this or other products from the Nip + Fab line, let a girl know! 🙂

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FLOPS!  😦 😦

I don`t have many flops for this summer, but the ones I do have, I really don`t like.

Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo- the smell for this is okay, but my hair felt worse and dirtier after I applied this. It felt wet. I love my dry shampoos because I frankly dread “Hair wash day“ so this product was very disappointing. I think I will just stick to my Batiste Dry Shampoo and call it a day.

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Maybelline Master Kajal Crème Kohl Liner- wasn`t overly impressed with this at all. I bought the black shade. Didn`t like the pigmentation or the consistency. Maybe it`s just me, but I can`t see myself ever using this.

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Makeup Geek Loose Pigments in New Years Eve and Sweet Dreams- I`m on the fence with these two. I so desperately want to like them because everyone else does…. But I just don`t!! I find loose pigments messy and harder to apply then pressed pigments. The colors really don`t look like the swatches I looked up before I ordered them. Kind of the glad it wasn`t my money that bought them 😦 …Who knows, Maybe I`ll order other colors in the future and like them more…

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And there you have it….a very long list of products I’ve either loved or hated over this past summer. Hope this helps if anyone was on the fence about buying any of these things or were just simply interested in looking for new stuff to add to your collection like me 😉

-Nicole xo 🙂