Review: Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette, Rose Gold Edition

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Huda Beauty’s first ever eye shadow palette has been one of the most coveted beauty items ever seen on Instagram. Trust me. It’s sold out almost every time it’s restocked and in this blog post, I’m going to tell you why. I own a bevy of eye shadow palettes and I don’t think I’ve ever come across something like this in a long time. I’m not going to tell you all the amazing things the creator of this palette has done, you can wikipedia that…what I will tell you is why this palette needs to be in your life.

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This eye shadow palette contains 6 3D metal shades, 2 chromatic pressed pearl shadows, and 10 matte shadows…which brings you to a total of 18 shadows. 3D metal shades are basically glitter cream shadows. They’re extremely pigmented because of the glitter and are best applied with your fingers. The chromatic shades are micro glitter shadows with a pearly/sheeny finish, also super pigmented. The matte shadows are probably one of my favourites I’ve ever come across. The shades are just too beautiful and are SO pigmented.

DSC04348 Dubai, Fling, 24K, Rose Gold, Trust Fund

DSC04353 Angelic, #Blessed, Bossy, Flamingo, Shy

DSC04355  Bae, Moon Dust, Black Truffle, Suede

DSC04359 Coco, Maneater, Henna, Sandalwood

The formula of the shadows are incredible. They’re buildable, they go smoothly on your lids and I didn’t notice a whole lot of fall out (especially the glitters). The colour pay off is amazing. They’re just so gorgeous. One of my favourite things about this palette is the names for each of these shades. The versatility of this palette is great. You can use it during the day or night. The packaging of this product is interesting and reminds me of Stila’s packaging. It has no mirror but just a magnetic clear flap covering it. It’s sleek and super easy to put into your makeup kit.

There is probably one MAJOR downside to this palette and that’s the luxurious price of $85 (CDN). I can understand that this is and will be a huge factor for a lot of people who are contemplating purchasing this palette but what you need to think about when purchasing this is the following: How often will I use this in comparison to my other palettes? I find a lot of the time this is what helps me decide if I really need an eye shadow palette in my kit. With all of that being said, I do think it is worth the money and the hype. You get a range of shadows that do multiple things and that alone sold it for me. You can pick this up online at Sephora for $85 (CDN)!

Pros:

  • Buildable
  • Amazing colour pay off
  • Range of shades is amazing
  • No major fall out, especially from the glitters

Cons:

  • Price
  • No mirror

Rating: 9.5/10 

 

Review: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

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Since we are transitioning between winter and spring (although, it feels more like winter here in Toronto), I figured I should share with you one of my favourite skin care products that I’m completely obsessed with. Before coming across Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask, I honestly was having a little bit of an issue with my skin (I know such first world problems). I have combination oily skin, so I would notice that whenever the seasons would be transitioning, my skin would start acting wonkydonky (aka dry peeling patches). I never quite was able to find a long-term solution to it, until this product. Everything else I used would temporarily fix or rather moisturize my skin.

This is a gel based water sleeping mask that is meant to rejuvenate and hydrate your skin while you sleep (huzzah for this). Initially, I hadn’t tried a sleeping mask prior to this but I can safely say that I haven’t gone back since using this.

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What I love about this product is how simple and easy it is to use. I slather this lightly on my face before bed (once a week) and I wake up with the softest skin I have ever had! It makes my skin extremely radiant and super moisturized. I found that ever since I incorporated this into my skin care routine, I’ve NEVER had those flaky skin issues between seasons changing. In fact, my skin’s elasticity has improved even more. This is perfect for all skin types and I love that this works while you sleep. It literally is every lazy girl’s (or boys) dream come true! It’s got a tiny bit of fragrance to it, but nothing that overpowers. The texture of the formula is AMAZING! Since it is a gel based mask, the formula is super light and doesn’t feel heavy when you apply it. In fact, it feels like you’re using a normal moisturizer. I also found that using this once a week made my skin a lot smoother in the long run. It never has irritated my skin nor has it caused any breakouts, which is a huge plus. I got mine at Sephora for $30 (CDN). Honestly, I hadn’t heard of this brand until I got a sample from Sephora and like I’ve already said, this really was a game changer for my skin in the long run. The size of the product is great because you really don’t need to use a lot of it. I definitely think this is worth every little bit, especially if you’re looking for a sleeping mask that give you results!

Pros:

  • Smells great
  • Moisturizes while you sleep
  • You wake up with glowy, radiant skin
  • Keeps skin super soft

Cons:

  • None

Rating: 10/10

 

VIB Rouge Appreciation Event & Sephora Haul!

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Hi Dolls! Hope you enjoyed the last post! If you didn’t read it, then make sure you read it right here. Last weekend, I attended Sephora’s VIB Rouge Beauty Insider Appreciation event….and TODAY, I’m going to share with you what happened! So let’s get right in…

The Event

Sephora is notorious for holding events for their VIB Rougers (if you want to know more, you can click here). I attended the event at their Sephora Square One location. Here, they shut down the store for their VIB Rougers to get first access/look at some of their Holiday gift sets. And if you purchased anything, you would get four times your beauty points earned. Upon arrival, I was checked off a guest list (please make sure you RSVP or you’ll be stuck waiting), given a shopping bag and then escorted towards their breakfast snack table. The cutely wrapped biscottis were delish (seriously, chocolate and me in the morning are goals). There was coffee and water as well. Then began my favourite part of the whole event: Shopping!

Sephora Haul

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As you can see, I picked up Tarte’s Gift Box, YSL’s Lip Gift Box and Smashbox’s Liquid Lipstick in Bawse.

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Tarte’s Pretty Paint Box

Why: Tarte is one of my favourite makeup brands and I love all the stuff they put out every Holiday season. I find you get your money’s worth and it’s always in gorgeous packaging!

YSL Lips Discovery Set

Why: YSL is literally bae. Like you don’t understand how much I love YSL’s lip lines and all these lippies are in different shades of coral (we all know my obsession with corals).

Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick in Bawse 

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Why: Although, this wasn’t part of the holiday line (it’s permanent), I HAD to pick this up. It’s created by Youtube creator Lilly Singh aka Superwoman & I’m already in love!

Freebies

Let’s be real, we all go to these events particularly for the freebies! This one was filled with some really cool goodies I cannot wait to try!

Stay tuned for reviews of each of the mentioned products in the next few weeks! Have an awesome day and see you in the next post! x

Shopping Diaries: Sephora Haul

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It was the annual Spring VIB sale again and you know what that means in my world? I’m back with another Sephora Haul! (If you want to check out some of the previous Sephora hauls I blogged about, then type “sephora haul” in the search bar on my blog!)

Below you will find the list of things I bought & why I bought them. As always, follow me on everything and anything (look at the right side of this blog page? Please & thank you):

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  1. Origins Original Skin Retexturizing mask with Rose Clay: I’ve been on the hunt to try out new and different types of face masks. I figured that since a lot of people have said good things about this, I should give it a whirl!
  2. NARS Larger than life eye liner in Via Veneto: I’m a huge fan of the these liners. I tried a deluxe sample size of this black liner and fell in love so of course I had to purchase this (you know me and black eye liners…).
  3. Tarte’s Tarteguard 30 moisturizing sunscreen lotion: I repurchased this item because it really is one of the best facial sunscreens I have ever used and also because I scooped up every little bit from my previous bottle…
  4. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Annapurna: I have never used a tinted moisturizer…can you believe that? So I decided to try this one out!
  5. Sephora Pro Flawless airbrush brush: A sephora makeup artist used this on me and I cannot explain to you how flawless my skin looked. I’m usually not a sucker for brushes because I rely on my Beauty Blender, but this brush was as good as that!
  6. Tarte’s Tartelette in Bloom Palette (I bought this before the sale but decided to add it in here): I loved the original palette and I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a part 2 of this line!

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Freebies:

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These I got because I guess I’m VIB Rouge? It was in my bag and you know me, I love freebies!

  • Shiseido’s Beauty Sleeping Mask Sample
  • Estee Lauder’s the Estee Edit pouch
  • Estee Lauder’s Pore Vanishing Stick deluxe sample size
  • Estee Lauder’s Flash photo gloss in clear sample size (I tried this and it actually worked!)
  • Estee Lauder’s Dissolve the drama 2-in-1 makeup remover+cleanser sample size
  • Estee Lauder’s Pink Peony overnight water pack sample size
  • YSL’s sun kissed blur perfector

Have a great day dolls! x

Shopping Diaries: Sephora VIB Rouge Haul

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Oh no, I’ve done it again! It’s a mystery to me how I can’t seem to leave a Sephora store without purchasing something. I don’t know, maybe there’s something in the air that hypnotizes me to make impulse purchases? Seriously, I’m that girl. The girl who literally goes to Sephora the day she gets paid (Hello, living with parents for a long time because I’m broke AF). And because of this addiction problem, I’ve somehow managed to hit Sephora VIB Rouge status second time in a row now. If you don’t know too much about the Beauty Insiders program, then you can read this post to find out more.

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But EVERY Sephora addict knows what November means…the annual VIB Rouge sale! This sale lasts for a few days and you get 20% off your whole purchase (maybe I will be able to afford that shiny car now). I find this is the perfect time to pick up gifts and goodies not just for you but for loved ones in your life (see I’m not always buying just for me, which is totally justifying my VIB Rouge Status here). If you’ve read my post from April (yes I know that’s like a gazzilion years ago), then you are already aware of the event for VIB Rougers, which takes place the night before the sale kicks off. The event was great as always and I was able to get pretty much everything I needed, as always. Below you will find a list of what I bought and a few freebies that I got. If you want me to review any of these items, then comment below and I’ll do my best to get a review up ASAP!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x (Also, if you’re a VIBer, the sale starts the end of this week for you guys)

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  1. Sephora Favourites: Give Me More Lip (I buy this every year and it’s TOTALLY worth it) *This item is sold out online, but try your local Sephora store*
  2. Beauty Blender: Makeups Best Friend Set (My beauty blender needed serious replacing and this set had 3 different blenders for a pretty decent price)*This item is sold out online, but try your local Sephora store*
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown (This is my second time purchasing this product…#enoughsaid)
  4. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Hexagram (I believe after months and months of searching, I’ve found MY perfect red)
  5. Kat Von D Ink Liner in Nerdrum (I’m obsessed with these liquid liners because it does everything I want it to do)
  6. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (This is a repurchase and you can click here and here to find out why)

Two things not pictured here were gifts for my Mom: Smashbox’s Art.Love.Color. Eyes set & NARS velvet lip pencil in Cruella (Don’t worry I’m not spoiling anything, I already gave them to her!)

Also, I also redeemed the 500 point perk from Urban Decay (pictured below here)

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…And here are some of the freebies I got at the event:

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Shopping Diaries: Sephora Haul

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It’s a known fact that I cannot leave a Sephora store without purchasing something (ask anyone that goes shopping with me). This particular haul is a collective haul, consisting of a couple Sephora trips I made in the past few months. These are some things that have been on my “to-get” list for a bit! Enjoy! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & Tumblr. 🙂

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  1. MakeUp Eraser (I saw a demo of this product and I literally fangirled; I’m definitely going to be blogging about this product in the next few weeks, so…be on the lookout!)
  2. Kat Von D’s Lightning Liner in Bach (I swatched this one on a whim and instantly fell in love. This metallic blue is gorgeous and the staying power seems to be amazing, since the colour stayed on my hand for the rest of the day!)
  3. Kat Von D’s Ink! Liner in Dali (I am obsessed with the colour teal and I try way too hard to incorporate it in my daily life. But, this colour swatched beautifully and I already was blown away by the shade Trooper, so I thought why not try this!)
  4. Kat Von D’s Lightning Liner in Ludwig (I have never seen such a gorgeous shade in the form of a liquid liner! I had to pick this up because it was so unique!) 
  5. Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita (This particular lipstick is the reason why I went to Sephora so many times in the past few months. This shade has been sold out for what seems like forever & I finally got my hands on this!)
  6. Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Temper (This shade is beautiful! UD has not yet disappointed me with any of their products, so I had to give this one a try!)
  7. Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bad Blood (I’m pretty sure I only bought this because I love Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood & jamming out to the song with this lipstick on is probably the best thing ever…actually it is…how do I know? I’m doing it right now as I type this post!)
  8. Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Contour Palette (This has been on my list to purchase for a looooong while. Why did it take me this long? No clue. But just from the first impression of this product, I’m in love!)
  9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveller Eye Shadow Palette (I purchased this on a major whim. I vaguely read about it online and I saw it was a limited edition palette…so I thought might as well give it a try, since I’ve never tried ABH’s eye shadows.)

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Have A Great Day Dolls! x

Shopping Diaries: Sephora Haul

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Sephora held its VIB Rouge Beauty Before Brunch event this past Sunday, where all VIB Rouge members and a guest got first access to 15% off your total purchase in-store, which was only open for VIB Rougers. If you want to know more about the Sephora Beauty Insider Program & how to score an invite to more sales like this, click here.

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My local Sephora did a phenomenal job hosting this event! Not only did they have Starbucks and cookies (Starbucks is like air to me); but they also had various reps present from all the brands they hold there to explain and recommend their products to you, on top of giving out an abundance of samples. And as if that wasn’t enough, they also had a very nice photo-op area set up as well as various How-to-workshops and you got to take home a makeup bag full of samples. My favourite part had to be the fact that the whole store/mall was only open for the VIB Rouge members (complete celeb status feeling).

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Since I was a girl on a mission, I went straight into doing some serious damage to my bank account. This time around, I took my mom as a guest and I think she probably had the time of her life stocking up on all her beauty items (being a beauty addict is a genetic thing). All in all, it was an awesome event and I can’t wait to go to the next one. Below is a list of items I purchased from two Sephora visits and why I purchased them as well as the samples and the makeup bag I got as a gift (one was from this event and another was a couple of weeks ago for my birthday).

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  1. Christian Dior’s Crème De Rose Lip Balm: This has been on my “must try” list for the longest time and I figured now that I’m almost done my stash of lip balms, I should pick this one up.
  2. First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Overnight Balm: This was recommended to me by one of the sales associates. She told me this was a new product that she tried and currently loved, so I figured why not give it a whirl!
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit- Medium to Tan: Initially, I wasn’t sold on this product. My friend tried to talk me into trying this out because she had heard great things about it. But after going in store and swatching it as well as trying it out, I was sold and had to pick it up!
  4. Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Transformative Foundation in Fawn Deep: I read about this in Allure’s Best of Beauty article and it seemed every person that tried this product was raving about it. After trying this at the store, I fell in love and had to get it!
  5. Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Rosewood: I’m a big fan of Bite’s lipsticks. When I heard about this new kind of lipstick they were putting out, I had to try it. The shade I picked up was the one that looked the nicest for a day-to-night look for my skin tone.
  6. NARS Birthday gift: Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (This is Sephora’s birthday gift for this year!)
  7. Bumble and Bumble’s BB. All Style Blow Dry: I needed a multipurpose heat protectant for my hair and because majority of B&B’s products have never disappointed me, I decided to pick this up and see if it really lives up to its hype.
  8. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: I’ve never really used a facemask and after talking to the Origins rep at the event, I was sold on this product. I tried it on my hand and I loved everything about it.
  9. Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion Number 3: This product was a repurchase. You can read my review about it here to find out why I can’t live without this!
  10. Buxom Waterproof Lash Mascara in Blackest Black: I had tried a sample version of this mascara and I absolutely fell in love with it (you can click here to find out why). I figured I’d pick up a waterproof version of this mascara for everyday wear.
  11. Christian Dior’s Diorshow Waterproof mascara in Catwalk Black: This is a product I repurchased (you can read why here). All I have to say is that this is the best mascara I have ever used in my life.
  12. Kat Von D’s Tattoo liner in Trooper: I tried a sample version of this product and I liked it. I know I swear by my MAC penultimate liquid liner but I figured I should branch out and give this one a whirl!
  13. Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in Turn On: I love Urban Decay’s products and I have never tried any of their lip products, so I thought this is the perfect opportunity to pick up a nice shade for spring!
  14. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey: I have been dying to try these lipsticks. I’ll be honest; I wasn’t sure what shade I wanted. When I saw that there was a shade called Audrey, I had to pick that one being an Audrey Hepburn fanatic and all.
  15. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio: I bought this because my mom has been raving about it to me and because I’m starting to catch matte lipstick fever. This is a really pretty red!

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Let me know if you want me to review any of these products! Happy Sephora shopping dolls! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest! x (Also, this sale is on till April 21st, so anyone that’s a VIB or a VIB Rouge…this is the time to stock up!)