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So its Christmas Eve. And while I am proud to say that I am done all my shopping this year, and am otherwise pretty great at not shopping last minute, I know that not everybody starts their shopping in September like I do. Lucky for those last minute shoppers out there, I have a special gift guide, and some tips and tricks on how to avoid Christmas disappointment.


While gifting is easy if you know what you are buying -- really that would make it just shopping and wrapping -- what do you do when you have a hard to shop for grandpa? Uncommon Goods has recently introduced Sunny, your expert gift guide. Type in the information you have about your giftee, and follow the prompts until you have them find the perfect gift. 

I spent some time going through the website selecting the gifts for this post, and then tried out Sunny. I tested it out by looking for a gift for my grandma (Grandma, Senior, Interested in pets, dogs, gardens and knitting) and one of the top suggestions was actually a gift I had selected for her: The Pedigree Poem Tote Bag ($57.21 CAD). This bag can be customized to many different dogs and coat colours including a salt & pepper coloured Miniature German Schnauzer, just like her beloved Echo! I love this bag for my grandma because she can hold her latest knitting project in it, or carry groceries. Grandma always loves Echo related gifts, and I know this will be a huge hit. Just one problem.... it still hasn't arrived!

When my gifts don't ship in time... or when it is totally my fault and I order it too late, I print off a picture of the gift and put it in the card. It is sort of an IOU but they know you thought of them before the big day! I find gift cards a bit impersonal, so this is a nice alternative. 

For my dad, I am loving these Kebob Baskets ($21.60 CAD). My dad is a big BBQ'er and is always looking for the latest took or gadget to upgrade his BBQ game. I know that he is going to love using these in the summer!


Another gift for Grandma, found using Sunny, is this beautiful hummingbird garden ornament. Humphrey The Hovering Humming Bird Stake ($25.43 CAD) is a glass and copper ornament that will look great in my Grandma's garden. My grandma loves hummingbirds, and I know she will love this thoughtful little bauble. 


My dad is a a big golf fan, and is in the process of building out his new bar. I love the vintage feel of these "Set of Fore" ($53.40 CAD) glasses, and they have a really nice sturdy weight to them. With four glasses each related to a golf club, I know my dad will really enjoy these, and will enjoy using them with company in the new year!


My fiancé (it is really nice to type that after keeping quiet for the last few days!) loves playing chess, and he was really interested in having a travel chess set ($33.06 CAD). This set comes with tiny peg like pieces in a beautiful, miniature wooden set. 


Funky socks are very in among men working in business. It gives them a chance to express their personality while still looking the part. These fun shark socks ($12.71 CAD)  can have a few meanings -- is the shark eating his leg, is the shark his industry? Who knows! My brother or my fiancé would love these socks in their stocking. Currently this is sitting on the tree with a name on it. Part decor. Part gift. 100% fun.

Do you have any last minute gifting to do? What do you do when you are in a pinch?

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods. Opinions are my own!
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Maybe its just me, but I find buying for the women in my life so easy. Boyfriend's mom? Done months ago. My mom? Same. Me? All things sparkly, please. Stay tuned for my men's gift guide that will be going up tomorrow. Today I am thrilled to share with you probably my favourite post of the year: my gift guide for her. This is for your mom, your girlfriend, your best friend, your wife, your mother in law, and of course, for you. Enjoy!


For The Cat Lover

Paul & Joe know my heart. Makeup, pretty packaging, and CATS. Their Champagne Soirée Holiday Collection ($64 CAD) includes a cute red pouch with cats all over it, a shimmery pink mini blush (that looks so flattering!), a sparkly champagne coloured  eye gloss (that I was so skeptical about, but I am obsessed!), and a red lipstick with a cat imprinted on it. Not only is the makeup high quality, but it is simply adorable, and would bring a smile to the face of any (not so) crazy cat lady!

For The Makeup Addict

There comes a point in every makeup addict's life that she no longer needs more makeup (but I mean... she ... I... always want more). It is never too soon to invest in quality brushes, but brushes are a really wonderful gift for the girl who has it all. The Lustrous Brush Set by Make Up For Ever  ($95) contains five full sized brushes (including a blush brush and a highlighting brush that I adore!) and a little case. I love that while the box is "festive" the brushes are their classic brown. I love Christmas, but I don't really want to be using Christmas themed things come next June. Between that, and the quality, this is a gift that your recipient will be able to enjoy for years to come. 

For anybody*

With a best selling brow pencil that flatters many people*, their popular They're Real Mascara, a neutral lippie, and a mini Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter, City Lights Party Nights ($42) is perfect for the girl who loves a natural or glam look. I love that this set has everything you need to look pretty and polished, all wrapped up in a cute little light purple bag. 

*I say anybody with a * because you can't sub it out to match all skin and brow tones. It is perfect for me, 3 is my usual Benefit shade. I think 3 works well for blondes and light to medium brunettes, and red-heads. 


For the Better Half

With "Because Its You" ($90 for 1.7 oz) for her, and "Stronger With You" ($90 for 1.7 oz) by Georgio Armani for him, these partner fragrances are delicate, strong and romantic. With notes of raspberry accord, rose absolute, and vanilla bean accord, this perfume is sweet, happy, and perfect for gift giving 

For the Timeless Classic

Daniel Wellington watches have become a staple in my outfits over the last few months and its not hard to see why. With endless combinations of bands and faces, its easy to create your perfect watch. I love how easy these are to pair with my outfits. Personally I love a classic leather strap with their rose gold finish. 

Featured: Classic Petite St Mawes 32 mm Rose Gold ($169). Use code ALANNAVICTORIA to save 15%.

For The Girl Who Loves Glimmer & Shine

Swarovski recently launched their Remix Collection. With a whole bunch of pretty, stackable bracelets to choose from, these remind me of charm bracelets for adults. Availiable in silver, rose gold, and gold colours, I think this is one of the few times that I am going to fully embrace and encourage mixing metals. I am particularly in love with this bracelet with an infinity symbol, black crystal, and faith phrase ($89). You can purchase multiple to stack, or connect together to wear as a necklace. 

I always wear my Swarovski Remix Rose Gold bracelete with my rose gold Daniel Wellington watch. I love how they look together! Check them out together here

For the Shoe Addict

A perfume shaped like a stiletto? Good Girl by Carolina Herrera (80 mL for $148) looks stunning on a vanity, and smells so good. With top notes of sambac jasmine and tuberose crystal, and other notes including almond, cocoa and coffee, this scent is rich and inviting. I love that the spray "nozzle" sprays the perfume as a fine mist. 

I was lucky to win this perfume in a Dave Lackie Twitter giveaway.


For The Starbucks Fan Girl

Starbucks recently launched a collection of Swell bottles featuring Liberty London Fabrics. You can read up on the details here. They retail for about $45, though I got mind on sale for about $36. With several pretty prints to choose from, I was most interested in "Edenham Coral", from 1994. I love that these highly functional water bottles are so cute, and such a great way to express personality.

For The Girl Always Drinking Tea

David's Tea always knocks it out of the park on their limited edition seasonal collections. I love their Winter Favourites ($26) for gifting because not only is it easy to wrap, but it is a real crowd pleaser, with 12 teas to choose from. This is a great gift for somebody who is adventurous with their tea, or for somebody who you know likes tea... you just don't know which ones! I also want to give an honourable mention to the Rustic Mug Tea Set ($32). I helped my boyfriend purchase this for his mom for Christmas. With two beautiful mugs, and 50g of their popular Organic Cream of Earl Grey tea, it was a no brainer. I know she is going to love it! (Fingers crossed that she doesn't read this post in the next few days!)


For Mom

My mom is always looking for neutral, matte brown eyeshadows in an easy to use format. The Sophisticate ($66) eyeshadow palette by Charlotte Tilbury is a beautiful collection of four finely milled matte shadows that make creating an every day eye easy. Add to that the fact that Charlotte's products always feel like pure luxury, and you have a formula for an easy gift to give to your mom (or mother-in-law!).

For Millennials 

While the moms in my life are always reaching for their neutrals, the younger crowd in my life are all about warm rich coppers, and burnt orange. Marc Jacob's Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette ($64) contains seven beautiful eyeshadows ranging from neutrals to warm shimmery copper to hot pink. I love the burnt ember looks you can create with this palette and the endless opportunities for creativity.

For Fenty Fanatics 

Rhianna entered the beauty world by storm with her Fenty Beauty launch this fall. My favourite product in her collection are her Match Stix Trios ($67). With a contour, highlight, and shimmer shade trio for Light, Medium, Tan and Deep complexions, Rhianna has taken the guess work out for matching these little beauties. Their packaging is a bonus, as is the fact that they are magnetic!

Light collection featured. 


For the #HairGoals Goddess

IGK has taken the hair world by storm this year. Their Friends With Benefits Texture & Shine Kit ($42) includes a full sized Beach Club texture spray, and travel sized Smoke & Mirrors and Mistress. Not only do these products smell amazing -- Beach Club is my favourite -- but they work well and have fun packaging. A great gift for the ladies in your life whose hair always makes a statement, or for the ladies who are looking to try something new!


For The #LongHairDoCare Goddess

I have very very long hair, and people always ask me how I maintain it. Of course I don't use heat often, but I am religious about using hair masks. I am a big fan of the Kérastase Nutritive line, and their deep conditioning mask ($47)  is a favourite of mine.



For the Flirty & Fun Gal

A sexy gift for your partner, or a fun gift for a friend the ORA 2 by Lelo ($239) is designed to simulate oral sex. Availiable in a selection of fun colours, this sleek gift has a variety of settings to choose from. Enjoy trying new things with your partner as you usher in the New Year!

Are you done your holiday shopping yet? What is left on your list?

All products were sent for review except for the Good Girl scent which I won in a Twitter giveaway, and the Swell bottle from Starbucks, that I purchased for myself, because, hello, its stunning. 

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Last year I had the opportunity to share with you a bit about my first ever experience attending a bridal show. and some of my thoughts prior to attending.  At the time I had been dating my boyfriend for about four years, and we had been talking about getting engaged, and taking the next steps in life. Well, a few things have changed since then and I am so happy to share with you that we got engaged just before Christmas.


With engagement season in the air (something about Christmas, New Years and Valentines' Day!) and a newsfeed full of pretty sparkly rings, there is no better time to give some thought to wedding planning! While some people can find is stressful, personally I am loving it (even though my "real life" job has gotten quite busy!)

I will admit that last year when I attended the National Bridal Show that I really did not know what to expect. I mean sure, it would be a trade show, but really, I was walking in blind. I figured I would be bombarded with information. Today I want to share with you some of my tips on how to ace your big show.

Create A Wedding Only Email

(Almost) every booth will have a giveaway, or a take home, or some sort of discount for leaving your email address. To help keep all of your information in the same place, and to help you not get bogged down with emails after the wedding planning ends, leave a wedding only email (such as smithwedding2018@gmail.com)!

Bring A Bag

You will be more than lightly get some sort of free tote bag at any wedding show you attend, but don't rely on the bag to be as big and strong as you would like. I suggest bringing a quality tote bag jut in case!

Only Take The Info That You Are Interested In

While all of the pamphlets may look pretty and glossy, and on their own they don't weigh much, your shoulder will be pretty sore by the end of the day of lugging those around. Rather than grab everything, be selective and only take the information that really interests you. Vendors will thank you (that stuff costs money to print!) and you will thank you when you get home and start going through it.

Go With A Friend

Make a girls's day out of it, and enjoy the show with a friend, like a bridesmaid, your mom, or another bride. Grab lunch, chat about the pretty things you saw, and enjoy the whole process!

Ask Questions

Ask lots of questions about cost, timelines, contracts, and more. Ask photographers if the engagement session is included. Ask wedding and day-of planners how they approach issues. Ask dress shops what their timelines and size selections are. Ask everything and anything on your mind so that you can make the best decision for you!

Keep Your Budget In Mind

When I attended the National Bridal Show last year I was pretty frustrated that it felt like none of the decor companies could give me an idea of what things would cost. "It all depends on....". Have an idea of how many people you would like to invite, and what your budget is, and then try to frame questions in terms of "if I had X for decor for Y number of people, what could I expect?".

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

In partnership with the National Bridal Show and Glow Academy I am happy to share that I am giving away four pairs of tickets to the National Bridal Show and four gift vouchers for a manicure & pedicure ($70 value). That's right... four lucky winners!

The giveaway will end on Saturday February 2rd at midnight! This giveaway is open to anybody, however please keep in mind that both Glow Academy and the National Bridal Show are located in Toronto!

Bridal Show!

Good luck!!!!


The National Bridal Show runs February 2-4 2018 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.

This post is sponsored by the National Bridal Show. Opinions are my own!
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Huda has released two (that I know of) large eyeshadow palettes retailing at $85. $85. While I know I can rely on her for some fantastic liquid lipsticks, I was not ready to invest $85 (plus tax) on an eyeshadow palette, but I was curious. Thankfully Huda has satisfied my curiosity by releasing four new, affordable, smaller palettes. Keep reading for my first impressions of her new mauve palette.

Retailing for $35 CAD, and sold at Sephora, these palettes are small but compact. The palette its self is smaller than I expected. However as you can see, the shadows are really close together, so there is no wasted space. The palette its self is firm cardboard with a mirror. I was happy with the packaging and think it would be great for on the go. I picked this palette up on a bit of a whim while in store, and am so glad that I did!



I was most attracted to the Mauve Obsessions palette. With six mattes and three shimmers, this palette is advertised as "dusty rose" and "plummy". I think that is very much true of what you see in the pan, however I found that on me it pulled very very very pink. So pink that while I loved how fun and bold it looked, my boyfriend hated it. As in, he hated it so much that he asked I not do my makeup like that if we were going out.

Given that the palette is called "Mauve Obsessions" I was expecting the palette to be more, well mauve. To me, this palette is very pink. But enough about the colour, let's talk formula.

I was very impressed with the blend-ability of these shadows. The mattes did not feel chalky, and the shimmers added so much dimension and shimmer. I think that it would be difficult to create a bad look with the colours in this palette. I like that the palette feels balanced. There is a neutral base, two transition shades, three shades that could be eyeliners or deepen the crease, and then three shimmers to add that extra pop. I love that I can create a pretty look with this palette without having to reach for another palette.



To get this look (that I wore to work, and got lots of compliments on!) I started by applying the cream shade all over my lid all the way up to my brows. I then used the middle brown-taupe shade in my crease, followed by the top left burgundy shade in my outer crease. I applied the top middle pink shimmery shade on my lid, and then added the left middle "foiled" metallic on the centre of my lid. I finished it off with my favourite liquid eyeliner.

I was really happy with how these shadows applied, and that they lasted all day. I am already eying their smoky palette (...not that I need another neutral palette). I want to keep playing with this palette to see how I can go bold without going so pink. I kind of love how the pink looks with my green eyes, but in my heart, I am such a neutral girl it isn't even funny.

Have you had a chance to try these palettes yet? Which one is on your wishlist?

Purchased with my own money.

Blogmas Day 15! Publishing on December 16th at 12:30 in the morning, but I had a busy day and am hosting a Christmas party tomorrow night (today night?) and had lots of cleaning and baking to do. Crazy that Christmas is only 10 days away!!
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The weather this winter has been all over the place – one week is is so cold that my face literally hurt from walking a block, the next week its raining. All of this change takes a toll on the skin. Add to that the recovery skin so often needs after a busy holiday season, and just like that I am feeling dry.


Sheet masks have really grown in popularity, largely in thanks to the rise of K-Beauty.  I remember the first time at Generation Beauty New York that I was given a a cellulose sheet mask rather than a paper or fabric mask… I was blown away. I loved how much more hydrating and cooling it was. What makes a cellulose mask different is that the sheet part has a gel texture. I find that masks like that really help retain moisture and help de-poof my skin.


My totally makeup free face

Recently Mary Kay reached out to see if I wanted to partner with them on this project. All it took was knowing that it was a cellulose mask to get me interested!

I think the coolest thing about these masks is that they even come with little tabs that you can cover your eyes with. I love to cover my eyelids, and lay down—either in a warm bath, or on the couch listening to my favorite pod cast (currently I am loving The Secret Life of Weddings – it is a pod cast that basically shares gossip that happens at weddings hosted by two Toronto wedding photographers. Seriously. Go check it out!).

While I always try to do sheet masks twice a week, its not always possible. I find that so long as I use this once a week that my skin is brighter, firmer, and so much better hydrated for the week ahead. Some of the key ingredients in Mary Kay’s Timewise Repair Lifting Bio-Cellulose masks include oat kernel extract, orchid extract, and sodium hyaluronate which is known for its skin-conditioning benefits.

After I use the sheet mask I like to massage the extra product into my skin, and follow up with eye cream and face cream.

Mary Kay’s Timewise Repair Lifting Bio-Cellulose masks retail for $75 for a pack of four. If using these weekly is out of your budget (I totally understand!) they are also a great way to pep up your skin before a big event (like oh, say, a wedding! – can you tell I have wedding planning on my mind?) or after a particularly tiring week (we’ve all been there).

I am so thrilled to be partnering with Mary Kay not only on this video, but also on an amazing giveaway!

Mary Kay Skincare Pack!


All you have to do is leave a comment on my Facebook video tagging a friend, and like my page, and then do the same o n Mary Kay’s video, and like their page. Make sure to enter it in the generator so we can pull a winner! After you do that there are bonus entries, such as following us on Instagram!

This giveaway is open exclusively to residents of Canada. The giveaway closes on February 7th at midnight EST.

One lucky winner will win a pack of TimeWise Repair Lifting Bio-Cellulose masks, a TimeWise Firming Eye Cream, and A TimeWise Age Fighting Moisturizer in their choice of either combination/oily or normal/dry.

Good luck!
This giveaway is sponsored by Mary Kay Canada. Opinions are my own!
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Mugler knows how to make an impression with fragrance, and their latest launch, Aura, is no exception.

With exotic notes such as tiger liana, rhubarb leaf, orange blossom, bourbon vanilla, and wolfwood, this intoxicatingly vanilla-oriental scent is strong, but soft and feminine. I have worn it out a few times in the last week and have received nothing but compliments. I find that at first spritz it can be almost nauseatingly sweet, but after it has a moment to settle on my skin it is much more mature, and unique, than your standard vanilla scent. It has a fresh, almost earthy quality to it that is very refreshing. I love the way it wears on my skin.

This scent is unlike any other Mugler fragrance, and is their biggest launch in years! While Angel is iconic, I am not the biggest fan simply because of some negative scent memories associated with it (my only serious ex boyfriend's mother was obsessed with it, and we didn't exactly have the best relationship). Muse is also a very pretty scent. Aura however, is something entirely unique to their collection.

Aura comes in a heart shaped green glass bottle with a "M" (for Mugler!) motif. This chisseled glass heart is unlike any other "heart" fragrance I have seen. While you would normally think of pinks, and reds, as we head towards Valentines Day, this scent is inspired by the jungle and deep earthy greens.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the big launch! It was great to see some of my blogger friends there!

If you are looking for a unique fragrance to gift this Valentines' Day... look no further!

30mL - $85 / 50 mL - $115 / 90 mL - $150
Mugler Aura Body Lotion 200 mL - $65
Mugler Aura Shower Milk 200 mL - $55

Aura will be sold at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and The Bay. I have not yet been able to find out if Sephora will be carrying it!
Product provided for review. Opinions are my own!
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Every year Benefit releases beautiful holiday sets at a great value. You can always expect to see full sized favourites at ridiculously good prices. Generally speaking, Benefit prefers to package up full sized products and deluxe samples, rather than release all new products for the holiday season. Keep reading to see my thoughts on all of their releases (in Canada) this year!

My favourites from this year's holiday collection include City Lights Party Nights ($42 at Sephora), Get This Pretty Started ($27) and Complexionista ($42). 


City Lights Party Nights not only has a super cute light purple bag, but it has a deluxe mini Dandelion highlighter, valued at $20, a full size Precisely My Brow in shade 3 (my shade!), valued at $32, a deluxe mini They're Real mascara, valued at $16, and a They're Real lipstick mini valued at $14 for a total value of $82. The only catch is it is not really that value if you can't use all the products. Shade 3 is their most popular shade, and works for most people with fair and medium complexions. If shade 3 is your shade, I can't recommend this set enough. I would love to see them offer a second version of this set with maybe shade 5 for the brows so that way even more people can enjoy it. That being said, for me personally, this set is an amazing value and includes most of my favourites. 


Get This Pretty Started is perfect for travel. I love that it includes both my favourite Benefit blush (Galifornia) and bronzer (Hoola). I am usually not a fan of mixing creams and powders in the same palettes, and would prefer if they had included Dandelion Twinkle. That being said, Watt's Up is a fantastic highlighter and I love using it on my eyes and cheeks. This palette is super cute, again, a great value, and easy to slip in my makeup bag or purse for touch ups or full faces on the go! 


I love the magazine style of Complexionista. This $42 palette of minis includes both Hoola and Hoola Lite, Boing Concealers in shades 1 and 2, and Watts Up & Dandelion Twinkle. This little cutie is great for complexions on the go. In a pinch you can easily use Hoola & Hoola Lite for a pretty eye look, and then top it off with Watts Up on the lid and under the brow. But if we're being honest, 85% of my love for this palette comes from the stunning packaging. 

There are of course no bad sets in Benefit's Holiday 2017 collection. You can check out my thoughts on the rest of their releases here:
Beauty And The Bay $49
Shoppers Drug Mart & beautyboutique.ca

This set presents an excellent value with a full size Hoola bronzer ($38),  full size High Brow ($30) and full size They're Real Mascara ($31). The added mini High Beam ($16) brings the total value to $115. This set is great because it is not for any one specific skin tone. 

B.Right By The Bay $55 
In store at the Benefit Boutique (2614 Yonge Street, Toronto)

With a full sized BrowVo brow primer ($38) and a full size Total Moisture Facial Cream ($54), and deluxe minis of It's Potent Eye Cream ($9.20) and Instant Comeback Facial Serum ($10), this set comes wrapped up in a pretty teal tin with a total value of $111.20.

Hello San FrancisGlow $35
www.sephora.ca & beautyboutique.ca

This set is exclusivley filled with deluxe minis that will make you sparkle: Dandelion Twinkle. High Beam, Dandelion Shy Beam, Watt's Up and a mini powder brush. Unlike the other sets with pretty, buy bulky, packaging, you can't exactly throw this out or stuff it in the closet come January as the star attraction, in my books, Dandelion Twinkle, can't exactly be easily removed. You can pop it out but then it has no packaging, so you really have to put it in a z-palette to be able to easily access it. This set would be a win in my books if it came in the normal deluxe mini packaging, but because it is literally just a pan, I think it makes the whole set awkward and avoidable. 

The following sets were featured earlier in my review:




Get this Pretty Started $27
Sephora & www.sephora.ca

Complexionista $42
Sephora & www.sephora.ca

You can watch my video on Benefit's 2016 Holiday Collection here and see how this year comapres to last year!

BENEFIT Holiday Collection 2016 | My Top Picks - YouTube

Are you planning to pick up any of these sets by Benefit? Which is your favourite? 

City Lights Party Nights, Get This Pretty Started & Complexionista were all sent for review. Opinions remain my own!
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If you have been following my blog for any length of time then you probably know that my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick obsession is real. I am back on YouTube and wanted to share this video with you, swatching my full collection!

Valentine, Pillow Talk

For those of you who are wondering... my Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Collection is as follows:

Bitch Perfect (my review / tutorial)
Pillow Talk (my review here)
So Marilyn (my review here)
Penelope Pink
Red Carpet Red (my review / tutorial)
Sweet Stiletto Lip Gloss (my review / tutorial)
Kidman's Kiss
The Queen (my review here)
Opium Noir
Valentine (my review here)
Electric Poppy
Very Victoria (my review here)

Some of these I purchased myself. Some were sent for PR. Some were gifts. My all time favourite Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick is Bitch Perfect. I think it is just the prettiest peachy nude and it is a strong contender to be worn on my wedding day. Overall I think her lipsticks have a wonderful creamy formula, and fantastic pigmentation. Her KISSING formula is so glossy and pretty, and her Matte Revolution formula does not feel drying at all.

You can also read about my trip to her flagship store in London here.


The Queen

Rather than post a photo of me wearing each lipstick I thought you may enjoy seeing the video that I did featuring each lipstick:

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIPSTICK COLLECTION - YouTube


Have you tried her lipsticks? Which is your favourite?

Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks retail for $39 CAD and can be purchased online, and at Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew.

As mentioned, some lipsticks were sent for PR, some were purchased, and some were gifts. My obsession is entirely real. Just ask any of my friends ;)
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On Boxing Day I ordered my first ever Beautylish Lucky Bag! Keep reading to find out what I got in my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2018!
Lucky Bags always sell out so I was really happy to be able to order one. My only concern about ordering from them was the risk of getting a Jeffree Star product. While I have no doubt that his liquid lipsticks are out of this world, I just can't stand behind him as a content producer or as a brand. Thankfully I did not receive any of his products, but that was really just luck of the draw.

Lucky Bags cost $75 USD with shipping that is about $15 USD for a bag with a guaranteed value of $150 USD. Americans had the option to order an XL bag for $150 with a guarantee of $350 USD of product. I really wish that I had the option to order one here to Canada -- I saw one lady on Youtube got a massive Natasha Denona palette that retails for $300 CAD. However, it was probably better for me that I did not have the option of ordering a XL Bag as $150 USD is... quite a bit in CAD.

The other option we had was if we wanted a bag for "Light/Medium" or "Medium/Dark". I love that they tried to be more inclusive and give people a chance to get products that work for them. I am not sure if people who selected "Medium/Dark" got things that worked for them, but I of course, the palest person ever, ordered "Light/Medium" and I found that everything I was sent worked for me.

As a Canadian one of the things I had to be mindful of was the cost in CAD and the risk of duties. Thankfully I did not have to pay additional duties on this package. As a content producer I knew that I would not be one of the first people to get my review up because, well, it just takes longer to get through customs. My order arrived on January 16th.

So... with all that business aside... what did I get?


I actually got the exact. same. bag. as one of my biggest supporters, @bohojudy!

What I got in my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2018:

Wayne Goss Brush #17 - $28 USD
Hylamide HA Blur Surface Finisher by The Ordinary $19 CAD (~$15 USD)
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara - $29 USD
Jouer Skinny Dip Powder Highlighter - $24 USD
Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray - $34 USD
Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette - $42 USD

Total value: $172 USD

I paid $75 USD + $15 USD in shipping and received $172 USD worth of product. From a value perspective they more than exceeded their $150 USD guarantee. 

I am most excited about the Wayne Goss brush and the Charlotte Tilbury mascara. I wish that I had been lucky enough to receive the Charlotte Tilbury palette instead, but that is just the luck of the draw! I was also excited about the Jouer highlighter because they are quite hyped up and not really able to be purchased in store in Canada. Also bonus points that they sent me a palette that I didn't yet have!

Overall I am happy with my bag, and if next Christmas I have about $100 kicking around I would order it again. It was a fun experience! Of course ordering is a risk and you may be better to just spend $100 on ordering exactly the products you want to splurge on rather than getting a random surprise. 

You can watch my unboxing video here:

BEAUTYLISH LUCKY BAG 2018 UNBOXING!!!!!!! - YouTube


Did you order a Lucky Bag? What did you end up with? Were you happy?
I ordered this bag with my own money. 
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Every year the Canadian Beauty Blogger Network comes together for basically the best Secret Santa Ever.
A few items on my wishlist included the Tarte Flirt palette, IT's Superhero mascara, a NARS duo with a red lipstick and highlighter, and some goodies from David's Tea.

We always set the minimum spend at $30 (plus shipping) and have the names drawn in time for the Sephora 20% off sale. 

This year my Santa was Emily from Thinking of Makeup. Based on my wish list she generously picked the Tarte Flirt Palette ($30) and the IT Superhero Mascara mini ($16).

The Tarte palette made my wish list because it has a beautiful selection of warm, shimmery shades, and was right on the $30 price point. I love that it has a mirror -- perfect for travel. I have both the Tartelette Tease and Tarte Pro To Go palettes, which are both minis, and I love them. Tarte has excellent quality eyeshadows, and this little palette is perfect for on the go!

As for the Superhero mascara, I first tried it in an ipsy bag and I was hooked! I love how this mascara adds both length and volume. 



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Thank you Emily! I love the gift you sent, and the (huge) candy cane extra was a lovely bonus! 

If only every Secret Santa was from one beauty blogger to another!
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