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With how sunny it has been lately Canada Day feels like it is right around the corner. I love doing a festive manicure every year to celebrate this special day. This year however, my usual festive manicure, has been made so simple! The Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls make for a quick, but impressive looking manicure! They actually can be used in two ways… You can peel off the maple leaf, place it directly onto your nail and top coat over it… OR you can use them like I did, as a stencil so that I could use the red polish that matched the rest of my manicure. Best of all, TEN of you can have a sheet of these lovely vinyls absolutely free (including shipping) courtesy of Nail Polish Canada! Details will be at the end of this post so keep on reading!

Products Used:

OPI Nail Envy Original (1 coat)
OPI Big Apple Red (2 coats on all nails except middle & leafs)
OPI Alpine White (2 coats on middle nail)
Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls
Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat

Since I used the Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls as a stencil I actually painted my nails and top coated them and let them dry/set for a full 24 hours before I attempted the vinyl. This helps prevent the polish from peeling up when you remove the stencil. I would highly recommend this method to avoid possible disappointment! You can see below how I used the vinyl. There are two different sizes included on the sheet, I used the larger one!

Okay so onto the fun part… The first ten of you to use the code MHA4G33UE8 over on the Nail Polish Canada website get these 100% free! There are many other Beauty Bloggers participating in this giveaway so if my code is sold out, there will be more linked on the Nail Polish Canada website!

A huge thank you to Nail Polish Canada for providing the Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls for me to try but also for generously giving away TEN sets to my lovely readers!

Are you planning on rocking a festive manicure for Canada Day? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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I was recently sent two samples of the Le Petit Marseillais Mandarin & Lime Body Wash complimentary for review from Influenster. I actually have a full sized bottle of their White Peach & Nectarine scent so the formula wasn’t new to me but I haven’t spoken about that on the blog yet either. The Le Petit Marseillais Body Wash promises to leave skin soft, moisturized and refreshed. 

I have to admit after participating in quite a few Influenster campaigns over the years I was a little taken aback at how little the samples were. However, I was able to get two washes out of it so I was able to familiarize myself with the scent. Le Petit Marseillais Mandarin & Lime Body Wash is as you would expect, very fresh and citrusy scented. I like this scent a LOT more than the full size White Peach & Nectarine that I have in my shower, I really don’t like the scent of that one as it smells very artificial. This one however smells quite natural and I would purchase the full size.

Le Petit Marseillais Mandarin & Lime Body Wash foams up quite nicely and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. I do enjoy how big the bottles are in their full size and do enjoy how inexpensive they are. However, it is worth noting that Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the second ingredient listed in this product. The use of this is quite controversial and you can read more about that here. I do purchase products that contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate from time to time but I do wish it wasn’t so commonly used in drugstore hair and skin products.

Overall, I do like Le Petit Marseillais Mandarin & Lime Body Wash and would consider purchasing the full size. I really did enjoy the scent of the product as I love citrus products.

Have you used Le Petit Marseillais Mandarin & Lime Body Wash? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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This product was sent complimentary for review purposes, however all thoughts & opinions are my own.

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Lipstick on the Lake by Lipstick On The Lake - 2w ago

It may not be Monday but I still wanted to share the manicure that I’m wearing this week with you. I’ve had Butter London Henley Regatta in my polish collection for quite a few years now but I don’t think I’ve shared it on the blog yet. This weeks manicure was inspired by my Little Mermaid Makeup Look that I shared earlier this week. I really wanted to combine a purple base (Essie Gel Couture in Turn N Pose) with this glittery teal beauty. The end result is a bit more reminiscent of a peacock but it’s all good! The end result was a manicure that I just cannot stop staring at so… goal achieved! Let’s take a closer look at Butter London Henley Regatta.

Products Used:

Essie Gel Couture Turn N Pose (2 coats)
Butter London Henley Regatta (1 coat)
Essie Gel Couture Top Coat

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you… I only used ONE coat of Butter London Henley Regatta! I am always really impressed by how dense of a glitter it is. The coat I did wasn’t even that thick either as I tend to use thin coats to help with drying and potential future chipping. As always, the Essie Gel Couture line was a joy to use. It applies very evenly and has a really great consistency. Very minimal clean up is required as the polish goes on and stays in place. I also love how fast it dries too! I tend to stick to fast drying top coats so ones like this that are part of a ‘system’ usually scare me off but this one is great!

What do you have on your nails this week? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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For the last week or so I’ve had a makeup look in my mind that I wanted to create. I wanted to create something inspired by the Little Mermaid. Meaning… I wanted to combine some foily purples and greens along with a pinky-red lip. Though I didn’t end up using the products exactly as I had envisioned I was quite pleased with how this Little Mermaid inspired makeup look turned out. I’m kind of thinking of turning this into a series and sharing more character-inspired makeup looks. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below!

The one thing I knew going into this look was that aside from using purples and greens, I really wanted to add a lot of sparkle!

Products Used

Primer: Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer
Foundation: L’Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory
Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in Fair
Powder: Fenty Invisimatte Blotting Powder
Blush: Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Fetish
Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit – Sombre & Lucid (mixed)
Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer
Highlight: Kat Von D Alchemist Palette – Green Emerald & Ultra-Violet Amethyst
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion (original). Kat Von D – Shade + Light Eyeshadow Palette – Laetus (transition) & Samael (crease). Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette – Laefar (crease, outer-v and under eye) & Catherine (lid under MG foiled shadows). Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow – Fantasy (centre of lid & under eye) & Daydreamer (inner lid & under eye). Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer (water line). YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Shocking (wing). Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Glamrock (wing & inner corner). Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash (lashes).
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Ash Brown
Lips: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Catfight

I really love an eye makeup look that is heavy on the jewel tones I just never think to do them that often. This does really remind me that I need to do it more often. Although I didn’t really use a source photo and just used my mind I really am feeling the Little Mermaid inspired makeup look vibes when I’m looking at how the final product turned out. I certainly had a lot of fun creating it!

What do you guys think of this Little Mermaid inspired makeup look? Should I turn this into a character inspired makeup look series? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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Kat Von D’s makeup line recently turned ten years old. In celebration she launched a beautiful limited edition collection because how else would you celebrate such an achievement? While the collection in it’s entirety looked stunning, I only picked up the Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette. She always knocks it out of the park with her eyeshadow palettes and this one with all of it’s rainbowy goodness just had to be mine. After a few weeks of testing I am ready to share my thoughts about this palette with you today. Keep on reading for swatches of this beautiful palette as well as a few makeup looks using it!

As usual even the box that the palette came in was beautiful and very reminiscent of the Kat Von D branding. Gold is a prominent theme throughout the collection and the box captures this quite perfectly.

Can we also take a second to admire how beautiful the palette itself is? It features artwork drawn by Kat Von D herself which really makes this palette feel special. The one thing that I don’t like about this palette, but that is unfortunately not surprising with Kat Von D’s palettes is that the eyeshadow names are on the backside. But that is more of a blogging-related gripe.

What initially drew me to the Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette was the shade selection. I love a good, colourful eyeshadow palette. In a world full of neutral palettes I love me some colour. I love experimenting with different colours and expressing myself through my eyeshadow. It also contains a good mix of matte shades and shimmery shades. While it is a colourful palette, it does also contain some neutrals as well for balance. For me and what I look for in an eyeshadow palette it is really quite balanced.

Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette: The Swatches

Overall, the palette performs quite well. The only shade that has given me any trouble is the purple shade, Catherine. It is really hard to get a purple eyeshadow right though. While it is a beautiful shade, it just ends up a bit more sheer than the others when placed on the eyelid. The mattes are all very consistent and highly blend-able.

If you’re familiar with Kat Von D’s matte eyeshadow formula then there are no surprises here, she really does rock them. The shimmers are quite beautiful to work with as well. I’ve used both my fingers and a brush to apply the shimmery-metallic shades. My favourite shade in the palette by far is Kelly, it is such a beautiful and unique duo-chrome shade with a brown/plum base with a blue shift.

Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette: Makeup Looks

Transition: Gina
Crease: Ashley
Lid: Egypt
Centre of lid: Ashley
Outer-V: Malice
Under-eye: Malice & Ashley

Full details for this warm look

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Lipstick on the Lake by Lipstick On The Lake - 1M ago

Nothing says spring/summer like a bright manicure. I recently picked up Essence Vibrant Purple from their Gel Polish lineup and I couldn’t resist getting it onto my nails right away. It’s a beautiful orchid purpley-pink shade that reminds me of a field of flowers. I’ve used a few of the Essence Gel Polish shades over the past couple of years and I’m constantly impressed by their wear time. They are also great for summer pedicures as well! Not to mention they are at an amazing price point. Who can say no to nail polish that is under $5 per bottle AND wears well?

Products Used:

Essence The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat
Essence The Gel Nail Polish in Vibrant Purple (2 coats)
Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

As expected the consistency of Essence Vibrant Purple was smooth and not too thin. I got a very clean application which didn’t require any clean up. It dried a bit faster than I remembered but I’d still give it time to fully dry. Standard nail polish generally takes 24 hours to completely dry, even if it feels like it has ‘set’ a few hours later. I had considered doing some easy nail art on top of this but Essence Vibrant Purple is so pretty that I wanted to wear it for the first time on it’s own. It doesn’t really need anything extra!

What do you have on your nails today? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you all have been enjoying a lovely Victoria Day Weekend if you’re in Canada like myself. We have had absolutely beautiful weather the past two days! I’ve gotten so many hikes in! I just never want it to end.

xoxo,

Robyn

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I purchased the Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Palette on launch day and since it arrived in the mail I have been wearing it so much! I do plan on doing a review of the palette but I couldn’t wait to share one of the looks that I created with this palette. I love fire-y warm eyeshadow looks so I was drawn to the gold shimmer shade and the warm matte shades. These types of shades make me so happy and to me, just never get old. But although I love these shades, I can’t wait to share the other looks that I’ve created with this palette with you!

Products Used

Primer: Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer
Foundation: L’Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory
Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in Fair
Powder: Fenty Invisimatte Blotting Powder
Blush: Makeup Revolution the Matte Blush in Beloved
Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit – Sombre & Lucid (mixed)
Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer
Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit in Glo Getter & Daydream
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion (original). Gina (transition, centre of lid & under eye), Malice (outer-v & under eye) & Egypt (lid). L’Oreal Voluminous Smouldering Eye Liner in Black (water line). Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash (lashes).
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Ash Brown
Lips: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored

I just love a eye look that looks fire-y so I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. I’m really loving the Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Palette so far but I still have a few more shades to test out before I can give you my full thoughts on it. Pairing this look with a red lip was also essential to this makeup look. I can’t get enough of red lipstick lately.

What do you have on your face today? Let me know in the comments below.

xoxo,

Robyn

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I purchased the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer as part of my skincare-centric spring VIB sale haul. I read a few reviews on the Sephora website from people who had claimed it worked well with their oily skin so I took a leap of faith and decided to try it out for myself. It claims to be good for all skin types and is said to be a solution for dryness, pores and dullness/uneven texture. So does it hold up to what it promises? Let’s find out!

The first thing I noticed about the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer is the pump which makes it easy to get the product out of the generously sized bottle. The product once dispensed has a very light scent which disappears quickly after application. If you’re familiar with the scent of their cleanser it is very similar. It reminds me of lemons and herbs.

While we are talking about application, I find that a little bit goes a long way and absorbs quickly into the skin. My face feels hydrated but not sticky at all when I’m ready to start applying my makeup. My makeup applies smoothly and evenly over the canvas that this product creates. I have oily skin so it does get shiny throughout the day but I didn’t find that this moisturizer sped up that process like some tend to.

While I don’t know if my pores have benefited from the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer yet, I have noticed that my skin feels hydrated throughout the day and the texture is looking pretty good. While I do wear foundation and concealer 99% of the time, I feel a bit better about how my skin looks without it since starting to use this product.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this purchase! I think it has pretty good value for how much you get, it gets along with my oily skin and it makes my skin look nice. What else could I ask for in a moisturizer?

Have you tried the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer? Let me know in the comments below.

xoxo,

Robyn

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My April Favourites are a little bit later than usual this time around but I have a few products that I can’t get enough of. As usual, I also have a few interesting miscellaneous favourites as well! Is anyone else feeling completely reinvigorated by the sunshine and spring beauty out there? After what always feels like a winter that is way too long the sunshine is making me feel so inspired. I have so many colourful makeup looks on my mind that I want to start working on.

Makeup Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette & Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked Fenty | Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

I don’t know how I didn’t mention the Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in a previous favourites post! This has probably been one of my favourite lipstick formulas of the year! It dries down to look like a liquid lipstick, it stays put and I find it to be very comfortable! You can find all of my thoughts on it in this post: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick I really need to pick up a few more shades of this formula!

Morphe | Jaclyn Hill Palette

I’ve talked about this palette a lot but I’ve seriously been wearing it every day lately. Almost a year later and I still love it. I’ve been really digging the shades SBN and Hillster lately (swatched below). You can find my full post with makeup looks and all of the swatches in this post: The Jaclyn Hill Palette: First Impressions & A Week of the Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

Skincare Philosophy Purity Ultra-Light Moisturizer & Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Fresh | Soy Face Cleanser

I picked up the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser during the spring VIB sale. After using a few samples of it and being so impressed by how clean my face was after using it, I could not resist. I wish I got the bigger tube because I love this stuff so much! It has a very light but pleasant scent to it and it is so silky smooth to use on my face. I still can’t believe how little makeup residue is leftover after washing with this. It’s magic!

Philospohy | Purity Ultra-Light Moisturizer

Another skincare item that I picked up during the spring VIB sale was the Philosophy Purity Ultra-Light Moisturizer. I have oily skin so I can be picky about my daily moisturizer. I’ve been really enjoying adding this to my morning routine as it absorbs quickly, makes my skin feel great and my skin doesn’t get any oilier than usual.

More! Coleman Hell | Killer

I can’t not include a new Coleman Hell single in my favourites. Call me biased but even if I didn’t go to high school with him I’d still be into his music. He just always knocks it out of the park! I’m looking forward to Killer being one of my songs of the summer! There isn’t a video for it yet but I have linked the song over on Soundcloud for your listening pleasure!

It’s Disness Time

More local, Thunder Bay, talent! An old friend who relocated to Toronto has started an adults-only Disney themed podcast. This was something I didn’t realize I needed in my life until I started listening and now I am hooked. They discuss topics such as the hottest prince and the underrated Disney songs. They put up a new episode every Sunday so if you’re even a little bit into Disney, I strongly recommend checking out It’s Disness Time over on Soundcloud!

What were you guys loving last month? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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