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Benefit Cosmetics recently launched their newest mascara the Badgal Bang. As a fan of most of their other mascaras, I was super excited about this new release and immediately purchased it from Sephora. I also thought it would be fun to compare this to my other Benefit faves including They’re Real and RollerLash.

So what’s the deal with this new mascara? 

Reading the info both on the packaging and on the Sephora website what makes this so special is that the formula contains aero-particles, which are one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology.  The slimpact! brush is designed to reach from root-to-tip and corner-to-corner of both your upper and lower lashes for big volume with 360-degree reach (Sephora.ca)

Now, I have to give it to Benefit with their unique marketing and a new formula for the mascara. This sounded very interesting and I was intrigued. I haven’t been disappointed with their mascaras in the past so I imagined that I would like it regardless.

Price

$32.00 CAD (8.5 g). I got the mini size for $17.00 (4 g).

How does it Stack Up? I have loved both the Roller Lash and They’re Real mascara for so many years now. I always keep one of each in my makeup collection at all times. I wanted to compare this new release and see if it performs any better or worse.

To keep things fair I put one coat of mascara on. The photos taken are of the same eye in the same lighting (granted the day did start getting darker but I worked as fast as I could). I didn’t curl my lashes.  I hope this gives a good impression of each.

BadGAL Bang!

I thought this newest mascara both lengthened and made my lashes appear thicker. The formula does feel seriously light which is so interesting because it feels like nothing on my lashes. It’s also very soft to the touch, unlike both They’re Real and Roller Lash which can feel stiff when dry.

Another difference between this and the other mascaras is the brush is very flexible so it glides over the lashes rather than brushes or tugs at them. The bristles are very short so a lot of product gets dispersed onto the lashes at once.

One thing I didn’t really love about the brush tip is that it started clumping my lashes together so I had to comb the brush through a few times to get them to separate.

The black is a crazy deep black, more than my They’re Real and it’s very shiny at first so my lashes looked like they were coated in vinyl. As is dried it looked a lot better.

VS. They’re Real!

I must note that both BadGAL Bang! and They’re Real! are fresh new bottles.

They’re Real! Is the first mascara I considered a holy grail. I went a whole year using only this product so I hold it dearly in my heart.

In comparison to BadGAL Bang! this mascara really coats each lash and fans it out. I believe it’s because the brush is a lot stiffer and the actual bristles are longer to help comb in the product. After coating this on my eyes I realized right away that I liked this one much better. It looks like I have way more lashes.

As far as formula goes, this is pretty liquid but not as much as the BadGal Bang. It’s also not as black in colour.

VS. Roller Lash

The only Roller Lash I have to compare is this brown one which is a bit older so the formula has started to dry.

What I love about the Roller Lash is that the curved brush hugs the lashes and helps pull them up as it coats them. Since I don’t ever curl my lashes, I feel like this helps to give them a slight bend. You might be able to tell in the photos that my lashes do look more lifted. It doesn’t give me as much volume or length compared to the BadGAL Bang! so I prefer the BadGAL Bang! over this one.

Because the BadGAL Bang! brush is shaped like a cone (which is my favourite brush shape) it lifts the ends of my lashes nicely so give them a flirty and fanned effect which is similar to the Roller Lash.

My Thoughts

So this isn’t better then They’re Real for me, but something about the formula is really great because it’s lightweight and feels soft on my lashes. I like when my mascara starts to dry down a little so I’m hoping that in a month or so this will work even better for me.

I will keep testing this mascara and see how it looks when I complete a full eye look. I have so many other brands of mascara that I love too so although I like this compared to other Benefit Mascaras we will see how this holds up to my ultimate favourite mascaras – Lancome’s Monsieur Big or Essence’s Princess Lash!

Have you tried the BadGal Bang? What do you think of this mascara? What is your holy grail mascara?

Lots of Love,
Dal

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I was going through a few posts in this series and I’m actually surprised at how many palettes I own!! And I haven’t reviewed them all just yet so look forward to more posts in this series.

This post is going to be focused on the Just Peachy Mattes palette I bought on a whim, for really no reason other than just wanting it. The colours are stunning as you’ll see below. I also compared some of the shades to my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette.

What it is

A long-wearing eyeshadow palette with 12 highly-pigmented, matte hues for endless eye looks. Matte shades of warm peaches, buttery creams, and rich browns. (Sephora.ca)

Price

$55.00 CAD (0.48 oz/ 15 g), this works out to $3.20/g. It’s not too bad per gram compared to my other palettes.

Packaging

It seems like Too Faced used a plastic gold-coloured packaging. It’s a sturdy package but it’s not like the tin packaging of the chocolate bar palettes. This has a magnetic closure with two cute peach clasps. I love the gradient peach/pink to white cover.

I love the mirror in this, it’s the size of the packaging (3×4 inches) and is high quality and super clear. I use the mirrors in my palettes whenever I put on my makeup so it’s important to me that they are as nice as this one is.

The inside is a matte black so the colours really pop against it.

Scent

If you’re a person who hated the Sweet Peach Palette scent, you are going to be in for a treat! This has such a small hint of Peach that it’s barely there and really enjoyable. It’s not even as strong as the chocolate bar palette.

Colour

Except for Peach Sangria that has sparkle, all of these shadows are matte (which is made obvious by the name). I love these reds, browns and peaches. They also swatch amazingly and have a great colour payoff on the lids.

If you look at each row individually the four shades going across work together to create one look, which makes it easy if you want to throw together something quick. Although the tones in this palette are similar I do think it’s very versatile.

Colour Comparison to Sweet Peach Palette

Since I have the Sweet Peach Palette (“SP”) I wanted to compare this against the Just Peachy Mattes Palette (“JPM”). Not surprisingly, a couple of shades were VERY similar;

I colour coded each shade I wanted to compare in the photo above. Each is swatched below.

SP White Peach vs. JPM Peach Meringue – White peach is a white with a hint of pink while Peach Meringue is more yellow but the difference is hardly noticeable.

SP Candied Peach vs. JPM Just Peachy and JP Peach Punch – I thought Candied Peach in the Sweet Peach palette was shade in between Just Peachy and Peach Punch. Candied peach is a bit brighter with flecks of glitter but otherwise, I think they are very close.

SP Charmed, I’m sure vs. JPM Peach Tarte – These two colours might as well be the same shade in my opinion.

SP Summer Yum vs. JPM Peach Cobbler – Summer Yum is slightly more orange in tone (it’s my favourite shade in this palette) but other it is similar to Peach Cobbler, they even have the exact same texture and feel.

SP Georgia vs. JPM Peaches & Cream – In the pans I thought these would swatch similarly but on my arm, they are pretty different. Georgia is very pink while Peaches & Cream looks more orange.

I don’t think it’s worth having both palettes. If you can stand the scent, I would recommend the Sweet Peach Palette because there is a wider variety of shades and finishes. However, if the scent of the Sweet Peach Palette is too strong for you but you want similar peach and brown shades then I recommend the Just Peachy Mattes. If you are curious about my overall thoughts on the Sweet Peach Palette you can read my review here.

Application and Wear

This applies like a dream! I enjoy how my eye makeup looks when I use this palette. It’s easy to blend and build and eyeshadow application easy because it’s so pigmented. None of the shadows are patchy.

This also wears extremely well. The colours don’t fade and I can go a day with it holding up. If I’m going to be going out after work I’ll wear these shades in the morning because I know they will last. I wear concealer on my eyelids which does help, but overall this lasts fairly long.

In the look above I started with Peach Butter all over the eyes. I blended Peach Tea into the crease and darkened the outer half of the crease with Just Ripe. All over the lid, I put Peach Punch and then used Chocolate..

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littlebeautyloves by Littlebeautyloves - 1w ago

The first month of 2018 is done! Woot! Usually I feel like the months go by quickly but this time around it has felt like a good pace. The last few weeks have been spent hanging out with friends on a weekly basis which is great, my weekends have been filled with coffee dates! I’m also really excited because Feb. 1 is my birthday so I have a fun-filled week/weekend planned for that too! I’m really looking forward to February!

Skincare

MUJI Foam Face Wash for Sensitive Skin. I did a mini-review of this as part of my Summer Night Time Routine. I really enjoyed this cleanser but the more I used it the more I felt like it would irritate around my eyes, contrary to my original review. I don’t have sensitive eyes but it wasn’t very pleasant. I still enjoyed it for the rest of my face. I will not be repurchasing this.

Buff Her House of Exfoliation Vanilla Almond Crumbles. I shared this in my November 2017 Favourites from the Boxes.  I loved mixing this in with my cleansers. I used a bit more than half the jar but unfortunately, it doesn’t smell as good anymore so I’m just going to toss it.

Olay Prox Exfoliating Cleanser. This came with my Olay Facial Cleansing Brush as a deluxe sample. I’ve included a link here if you wanted to know what I’m talking about. I used this cleanser a few times before moving on to other ones. I actually prefer to use the Olay Brush with my foam cleansers. This product is not empty but it’s been expired for about 6 months when I found it in my bathroom so I’ve decided to toss it. I won’t be repurchasing this.

Vichy Mineral 89 Sample. I loved the consistency of this serum. It’s gel-like (very similar to Benefit’s Instant Come Back serum) and it was super hydrating. I got about 3 uses out of this sample. I’ve been making a point to go through a lot of my samples and deluxe size items so I have a lot of other serums to get through before I can decide if I want to invest in a full size.

Inglot Milk & Tonic Makeup Remover Wipes. I shared this in an Haul I did back in September. I thought this was OK. It works fine if you don’t wear too much makeup but I was hoping that it would be better for eye makeup and mascara removal. It wasn’t. I won’t be repurchasing this.

Makeup

Benefit Gimme Brow. I prefer this tiny sample because it lasts me about 3 months, the perfect amount of time before the product dries up! I already have a new sample open for use (in the newer Benefit packaging).

Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer. I shared a review of this item way back on the blog here. I noted that I really liked it but it wouldn’t be something I would go out and buy. Well, this particular tube was a gift BUT I enjoyed this so much I did end up repurchasing it! It’sperfect for when I am doing a minimalistic look!

Beauty Blender. It was time to throw this one out. I have replaced it with the Beauty Blender Pro (the black one) which I’m curious about how much different it works compared to the pink one.

Body Care

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen. There isn’t a sunscreen that I enjoy using more than this one. I was introduced to this through Beauty Blogger Network when they sent this to me to try but since then I’ve been repurchasing it on my own. I’ve gone into detail on my thoughts here.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. I enjoyed this product so much! It’s great for my dry skin and I really loved the scent. You can read my review here. I will be repurchasing this.

HairCare

L’Oreal Ever Fresh Balancing System Sample. I was curious about this hair wash system that I requested a sample from the L’Oreal website when it was available online (I’ve signed up for SampleSource.ca which notifies you whenever a brand is giving out samples – just a great way to test out new products). A hairstylist friend of mine once suggested I use my exfoliating body wash to really deep clean my scalp and this totally reminds me of that. The first step is to use a micro-exfoliant to scrub your scalp then follow it with the shampoo and conditioner. I thought this was great. I probably would repurchase just the exfoliating scrub because I love my own shampoos.

Alterra Caviar CC Cream 10 in 1. I got this as a deluxe sample from Sephora. I really love this brand and I did enjoy this cream until I compared it to my Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Cream, you can see my review on the blog. These products actually claim to do the same thing except Pantene is way cheaper! I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it.

These were all the items I was able to use up for the month! What items have you used up?

Lots of Love,
Dal

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I wanted to share some items from my subscription boxes that I have been enjoying lately. It’s always fun to discover some great items!

Luxie Brushes 221T and 227T
Received in BoxyCharm November 2017

I enjoy the quad of brushes received but these two are my favourites of the bunch. The Blender Brush (227T) is great because it’s fluffy and flat so it’s great for blending in the crease. The style is similar to the Sigma E25/MAC 217 although it’s a lot fluffier. I like that I can use it as a shader brush or a blending brush.

I really enjoy the flat definer brush (221T) for applying shadow to my upper and lower lash line. It’s very flat so it creates a precise line.

The best part about both these brushes is that the handles are small. This makes them easier for me to hold and travel with. I really love them and use them all the time!

bareMinerals Translucent Powder Duo
Received in BoxyCharm July 2017

I enjoy using the matte side for those rare occasions that I set my undereye but I’ve included this duo in my favourites because of the glow side.

This gives just a hint of luminosity with fine glitter that my skin looks dewy when I apply it all over. Another thing I will do if I don’t apply this all over my face is to swipe it on the tops of my cheeks before I add highlighter just to give it that extra oomph.

Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer in No.1
Received in Topbox July 2017

This gives decent coverage under the eyes and I enjoy mixing it with other concealers. I also love putting this on my lid before primer to cancel out the darkness and veins around my eyes and give me a base for my eyeshadows.

It’s creamy and blends nicely around the eyes. I had originally likened it to the Becca under eye concealer but this one is not as sticky or shiny. I actually like this formula way better in comparison. My only drawback is that this is in a jar but I understand that this type of formula would not work in a tube.

There you have it! Items I have been testing, using and loving from my boxes. If you get subscription boxes, what items have been standing out to you?

Have you tried any of the items I’ve listed above? What are your thoughts?

Lots of Love,
Dal

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littlebeautyloves by Littlebeautyloves - 1w ago

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Rock 2018″. I think it’s a fun and new year feeling theme. I also love that some items received in this month’s box really go with the theme.

Prices are in American Dollars, converted to Canadian at the end

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminzer Primer
Retail Price: $38.00 USD

I think this is my favourite product from this box! I was about to purchase the GlamGlow Glowstarter illuminizing primers from Sephora, but when I saw this I decided not to because this is an illuminating primer. It’s like BoxyCharm read my mind!

This delivers a naturally radiant glow while blurring pores and imperfections. Yes, please! I wonder if BoxyCharm has some deal with Dr. Brandt because I see their items quite often in the boxes. I’m not complaining because they are amazing products that are pricey, I’m just curious.

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Retail Price: $24.00 USD

I received a sample size of this eyebrow pencil a long time ago in an Ipsy bag (I totally miss that subscription) and I remember liking it. Based on the amount of pressure you apply to your brows, the pencil either can be intense or soft.

I like this shade of taupe and look forward to using this again.

Crown Pro Glam Metals Palette
Retail price: $25.00 USD

I was surprised that Crown created makeup because I thought they were mostly a brushes company. This packaging is adorable! I love the flying guitar mirror on the inside.

The colours are pigmented and smooth. Except for Black Metal, these are all shimmers so I will need to use other palettes to build my base but these all make great lid shades. Since getting the Kat Von D shade and light palette I’ve been enjoying colourful eyeshadows.

Pur Bronze and Brighten Cheek Palette
Retail Price: $34.00 USD

Last month I received a shimmery cheek palette, highlight and bronzer through my BoxyCharm that I have no need for this one right away. I do like the highlight and blush colour included but I’m not going to use this seeing as I already have new items from last month that I’ve already started using. I may end up passing this along to a friend.

Girlactik Matte Lip Paint in Demure
Retail Price; $23.00 USD

I have a few of these dark nude lipsticks and honestly, I’m starting to get sick of them in my boxes. I just wish I could get something else! A red, pink, glitter or clear colour would be so refreshing! I usually love these colours but I have too many!!!

I’m not sure if I’ll use this lipstick because this formula is supposedly amazing. I’ve heard it’s longlasting, lightweight and doesn’t transfer.

My Thoughts

Except for the repeat colour on the matte lip paint, I’m super happy with what I received in BoxyCharm. I might give away the Pur cheek set but I still think it’s a great item. I most happy about the pores no more primer! Total Value: $144 USD ($179.95)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What was your favourite item?

Lots of Love,
Dal

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Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand and you know what they are. This month I opted for a surprise box!

I keep hoping that they’ll have a prive box with items I want because I really love those more than the surprise boxes. Here’s hoping they have few good options for February.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

Cougar Cosmetics Perfect Pout Lip Plumper
Full-Size Price: $25.96 (10mL), this is a full-size item

I’ve never heard of Cougar Cosmetics before but they are a beauty brand out of the UK! That’s exciting! They have skincare, makeup and haircare items. The price is high for this because of the conversion rate from GBP to CAD, so I’m happy I have it in my Topbox to test.

This lip plumper mimic’s hyaluronic acid injection by doubling its synthesis level but also stimulates the synthesis of matrix and dermal-epidermal junction molecules. (www.cougarbeautyproducts.com)

The reviews on the website are pretty great so I’m looking forward to this plumping up my lips. I like that it’s clear and it has a gloss-like consistency. My only drawback is that it smells like Vick’s Vaporub

Glamglow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer
Full Size Price: $62.00 (50mL), Sample Price: $6.20 (5mL)

YESS!!!! Topbox bringing in the Glamglow samples! I love that this is the waterburst moisturizer, I can’t have too many hydrating products so I’m excited about this.

It has a light and creamy texture that feels like water melting into the skin. I’m also loving the gummy candy scent.

Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Cleanser
Full Size Price: $25.99 (4.22oz), Sample Price: $9.36 (1.52oz)

Ask me two years ago and I would have told you that I stay as far as possible from anything that claims to be volumizing.

Today, however, I’m all about fullness. I’m looking forward to testing this out and determining how I feel about it.

Cake Beauty Heavy Cream
Full Size Price: $22.00 (150mL), Sample Price: $4.40 (30mL)

I love the scent of the Cake Beauty Hand/Body creams and with winter now I have a use for this.

My Thoughts

I got exciting items in this month’s box. I’m most excited to try the Cougar Beauty lip plumper. I’m really happy with Topbox and I hope they continue to bring boxes like this monthly. Total Value of my box: $45.92

Did you get Topbox? What have you received this month?

Lots of Love,
Dal

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littlebeautyloves by Littlebeautyloves - 1w ago

Winter is brutal on my skin and can be painful for my lips as well because they tend to get really dry and cracked. Below are some items that help keep my lips hydrated.

One of the most important things I do to improve my overall skin hydration is drinking a lot of water. In the winter it’s mostly in the form of teas but regardless water is essential to keeping my lips hydrated.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

You may have seen this item in my Project Pan for 2018 if not, you missed that post and can read it here! If I’m applying a lip treatment or balm I like to exfoliate first to remove the dead skin. The texture is gritty but the brown sugar granulas are really small and feel smooth.

I enjoy this scrub because it has shea butter and jojoba oil to help condition the lips. It is a really comfortable scrub.

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

I’ve mentioned this product a few times on the blog and it’s amazing that even after so much time and trying other products I still enjoy this the best. The texture of this is like a thick petroleum jelly and it has no colour. It can feel pretty tacky so I prefer to use this at night. I also love this for my cuticles too.

Their website has a multitude of uses for this balm. It has the funniest name but it’s a intensely hydrating gel that I can imagine it being really great for breastfeeding moms! I mean, that’s what it was originally for anyways. I think if you suffer from extremely dry lips this is a must.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Xtreme Lip Care

Another product I’ve mentioned before on the blog numerous times is this lip balm from Nova Scotia Fisherman. I love this because it’s extremely hydrating but feels light on the lips.

The product looks like it’s about to crumble apart because I use it so much. This lives on my vanity so in the morning I’ll put this on my lips to prep them while I put on my makeup.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

How could I possibly have a list of favourite lip treatments without including this guy! This is such a nice light formula that I keep this in my purse and spread it on my lips whenever they start to feel dry throughout the day.

It can feel slippery on the lips but I like that it almost feels like a barrier against the colder elements. I also have the lip mask and sugar scrub in the Agave line that I enjoy as well.

I  love other lip products but I find that right now these four are perfect for my lips day to night. What are your favourite lip items for winter?

Lots of Love,
Dal

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Ever have a beauty product you didn’t think was going to wow you suddenly become one of your faves? That’s what happened to me after using Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Vol. II Palette. I bought this on a whim because it was on sale and when I first looked at the colours I thought they were super basic.

I purchased this palette back in April and shared it in a haul here.  Then in August, I received a second one in my BoxyCharm which I gave to my sister.

What it is

Eight long-wearing, cool-toned shades include four mattes and four lusters that can be worn wet or dry, & you’ll get the antioxidant benefits of tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea complex with none of the icky, bad stuff. (Tartecosmetics.com)

Price

Currently, this is on sale for $33.00 CAD (o.4 oz/ 12 g) on the Tarte Website (it’s $47.00 CAD on Sephora.ca). I find this goes in and out of sale on the Tarte Website. This is $3.92 per gram which is mid-range of my palettes (based on the regular price)

Packaging

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this circular packaging but it is actually really comfortable to hold. When I apply eyeshadow I like to hold this sideways and it makes it easy to get product and use the mirror.

This is in packaging similar to the Tarte In Bloom palette which I’ve revieved in my series here.  It’s a sturdy plastic gold package and I think the coral reef print on the top is pretty.  The size of this palette is about 3.5″ in diameter.

Colour

As mentioned in the description above, these are all cool toned shades. I was drawn to the deep blue shadow in this palette but it’s the brown and beige shades that I use most often. I use conch, marina, seaside and siren all the time. For me, these are my quint-essential everyday shades and they just look really flattering on me. My complexion is neutral, but I do tend a bit cooler so that’s why these types of colours work really well for me.

When I found that I was reaching for this palette more and more over my other palettes I knew that this was spot on for me. The colours are so easy for me to create looks with. Below, I’ve created a really dark smokey look, but for the most part, I keep to a really light look for every day.

The colours are not bold but they are highly pigmented and blend well together. Sunset is a beautiful gold that I will put all over the lid when I feel like a little sparkle and I use breezy when I feel like making any look more smokey.

One draw back is that marina and seaside are very similar colours. When swatched, marina looks caramel and seaside looks like a light brown but it’s a minuscule difference that they look the same on the eye.

Application & Wear

When I look at the palette many of the pans look crumbly and you would think the shadow was more chunky but it’s not at all. They feel so smooth and creamy when applied. Siren can be a bit patchy, but I only use a little bit of this shadow that I find I can blend it out well.

Something that I absolutely enjoy about the application with this palette is that I experience such little fallout. In the look below I experienced none! Yep! I put my foundation on first and then was able to build the dark navy blue into my crease and lid without little bits of it falling on my face.

This is my everyday shadow palette so I have tested it out over an 8 hour work day and it’s held up really well. The shadows don’t budge or move or fade and I usually don’t need a primer.

In the look above, I applied conch all over the lid and blended marina into the outter and inner lid. On the outter half of my lid I blended seaside into a trangular shape and put a little of it in my inner lid. I then used breezy on the outter edge of my lid keeping with the triangular shape and took the tiniest amount onto my inner lid, whatever was let over on the brush I dragged in my lower lash line. Using a blending brush with a little bit of marina I blended out the outter edges of breezy which dragged a little bit of the colour over my crease. I put sunset over the center of my lid using some setting spray for intensity. To end it all off I put pearl under my brow and inner corner of my eyelid. I finished it off with mascara.

The Breakdown

Pros

  • great pigmentation
  • no fallout
  • long lasting

Cons

  • not everyone will love cool colours
  • siren can be patchy
  • marina and seaside are similar

My Thoughts

I really enjoy this palette. If you are looking for a cool toned everyday palette you might really enjoy this one!

Let me know your thoughts on this palette or any other eyeshadows you’ve tried from Tarte.

Lots of Love,

Dal

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I dread the sales that start after Christmas. Not that sales are bad, but they are so tempting and the last thing I need after Christmas is to do more shopping! I tried so hard not to buy anything but I did end up online shopping for Boxing Day at a few stores. I mostly bought clothing but of course, ended up making a beauty purchase too!

Tarte Cosmetics was offering 25% off everything site-wide (some products excepted, AKA the shape tape) this included their sale items which is where I got my items below.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

All of the items are from Tarte’s Holiday collection. Unfortunately, the blush palette and glitter liner trio are not available on the Tarte website as of this post.

Artful Accessories Brush Set
Original Price: $57.00, Boxing Day Sale Price: $21.84

These are crazy soft brushes! My sister has a set of brushes from Tarte that she absolutely loves so when I saw that these were on sale I knew I didn’t want to pass up on them. They are vegan, cruelty-free brushes.

They feel comfortable in my hands and I like the density of each brush.

The set includes a powder, foundation, blush, crease and shader brush. It also came with a plastic brush holder which I won’t use because I keep my brushes in a brush roller.

I’ve used the blush brush so far and I like it. I wouldn’t normally use a brush this small but it works perfectly for blush.

Blush Bazaar Palette
Original Price: $57.00,  Boxing Day Sale Price: $19.58

I wanted this palette the moment I saw it release. This has 8 blushes and 2 highlighters. The pan size is equivalent to the deluxe size which is perfect for me.

I don’t own too many blushes so this palette is a great way for me to grow that collection without purchasing them individually.

Metallic Treats Glitter Liner Set
Original Price: $38.00,  Boxing Day Sale Price: $16.57

I had wanted glitters this year for the holidays. It’s too late to wear at Christmas but I just wanted this set so badly!!  These also look to be deluxe sizes which is great because I would probably use them for special occasions anyway.

One end of this has a liquid metallic liner and the other end is a glitter liner.  The colours include gold, rose gold and silver.


I have a few weddings/showers/events coming up this year so I am looking forward to using these metallic liners then!

Side Note
I realize that during the Boxing Day Sale, all of these items were discounted more than they are right now (for example, the Artful Accessories Brush set is on sale for $41.00, on Boxing Day it was $29.00) I guess my advice to anyone shopping on Tarte is to be aware of their price fluctuation. I would maybe try shopping during a friends and family sale and definitely boxing day when they are offering better discounts.

Also, Tarte now charges $1.00 for samples. I wasn’t paying attention and actually ended up adding this tiny packet for their maracuja eye treatment to my cart. (funny enough the sample was also 25% off, so I technically got this for $0.75 )

I think I can get two uses from this but it’s very lame that Tarte is charging for samples that I would usually get for free at a beauty store. It doesn’t make sense especially if I’m buying directly from their site. Lesson learned, don’t add any samples from Tarte.

Anyways, that’s what I got! Let me know if you did any Boxing Day shopping and what you got!

Lots of Love,
Dal

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HAPPY 2018!!

I wish everyone a fantastic new year! I’m so excited for all that 2018 has to bring.

This is the first time I’m attempting a project pan challenge on the blog! I’ve been watching/reading so many project pan roundups at the end of 2017 that I was really interested in trying this for myself.

I’ve picked 18 items that I want to use up before the end of 2018. Some items I know will be difficult (blushes and highlighters) while others should be pretty easy.

A lot of the items get neglected in my collection while others are close to being empty and I just wanted to give myself an extra push to use them up before they go bad.

Here’s what I’d like to use up!

Face Items

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation. I love this foundation so it should be easy to use this up. See my review of it here.
This is 1/2 full.

CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight (deluxe sample). I don’t use this too often because it’s so intense but I’m hoping to use up the sample.
This is full.

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay in Exposed (deluxe sample). This is a pretty nude highlight and I’ve used it a few times already but I wonder if I’d be able to put a dent in it.
This is full.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I don’t use this as much as I would like to and because it’s in a pot form I want to use it before it dries out.
This is 3/4 full.

Physician’s Formula Super BB #InstaReady Filter Bronzer. I got this at Gen Beauty 2 years ago. I like the way this looks on but we will see how much I can get through it.
This is full. 

MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power. I love the grapefruit pink colour of this blush. This is a blush I’ve had for a few years now and I wanted to try using it up.
This is full.

Bite Beauty Multi-Stick in Almond (deluxe size). I enjoy using this for my cheeks and lips. I’m going to see how long this little stick will last.
This is full.

Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Powder in 100 Teint tres Clair. I hardly used powders because my face is dry. I do like to use them a bit to set under my eyes. This has been kicking around my collection for way too long so this year I’m going to use as much as I can and then toss it out.
This is full.

Eye Items

Smashbox Cover Shot Eyeshadow in Golden Hour. Of the three cover shot palettes I own, I use this one the least. I wanted to give it a real shot this year and see if I can find ways to use it. See my review of the palette here.
This is full.

Marc Jacobs Black Liner (deluxe size). I really want to use up this liner. I like it but it’s not my favourite black liner.
This is 1/2 full. 

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 611 Yogurt. I like this pencil for every day so we will see how long it will last. See my review of them here.
This is 3/4 full.

Lip Items

I think lip items are the toughest for me to get through because I rarely wear them. I’m hopeing through this challenge I’ll start wearing them more often and finally use them up.

Teeez Cosmetics Material Girl Lipstick in Hyped Taupe. This is one of my favourite coloured lipsticks but I don’t wear it too often. I don’t want this to get old before I’ve had a chance to use it.
This is full.

Colourpop Lippie Pencil in Aquarius. This lip pencil is starting to fall apart on me. The lip liner itself falls out of the pencil all the time so I just wanted to use it up.
This is 3/4 full.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Candy (deluxe size). I love this candy red colour and wear this quite a bit.
This is 1/2 full.

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lip Balm in Spilled Wine. I got this for my birthday two years ago and I enjoy how comfy this is on the lips and the deep red tint it leaves my lips. This should be really easy for me to use up.
This is 3/4 full.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in 220 Powerful (deluxe size). I love Estee Lauder lipsticks. This pink will be my spring lipstick I just know it.
This is 1/2 full.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace. I received this in a voxbox from Influenster which you can read on here. I love the way this looks but I haven’t been wearing it much at all so I wanted to challenge myself to for 2018.
This is full.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish (deluxe size). Since I’ll be wearing a lot of lip products this year (hopefully) I’ll want to treat my lips. I use this all the time anyways but I have a few lip scrubs that I should use up. I’m thinking this will be one of the earlier items to finish up in 2018. It’s an amazing scrub.
This is 3/4 full.

I’ll try doing an update every season to track my progress. I’m so excited to get this going!

Are you planning a project pan this year?

Lots of Love,
Dal

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