Sephora Favorites Collection!

Sephora recently released a few of their holiday gift sets and a lot of Sephora Favourites packages are already out as well as some other great brands I am absolutely dying to try. We all know I am a sucker for value sets and if theres a time to get them, its between now and Christmas. Check out some of the products I have my sights on!

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Sephora Favourites Beauty Unmasked
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Price: $37.00
Consists of:
– 1.7 oz Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
– 1 oz Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
– 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask
– 0.5 oz Glamglow Thirstymud™ Hydrating Treatment

Already love the Origins mask and have been wanting to try both the Glamglow and Boscia masks so this seems worth it to me!

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Gift Sexy — Glamglow
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Price: $76
Consists of:
-1.7 oz THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment
– 0.5 oz SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment
– 0.5 oz YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment

I have been eyeing Glamglow products foreeeeever, since you hear anyone that can afford them rave and rave about their products. I’ve just always felt $76 was way too much for a mask….so if there is a deal to try all three I may have to pounce on this chance!

Sephora Favourites Superstars

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Price: $90
Consists of:
– 0.003 oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
– 0.25 oz Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional
– 0.05 oz Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara In Jet Black
– 1.7 oz Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray
– 0.34 oz Chloè by Chloè Rollerball
– 0.4 oz Formula X Nail Color in Ignite
– 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Rosè Tinted Lip Treatment
– 0.5 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
– 0.16 oz Nars Cosmetics Blush in Orgasm
– 1 oz Smashbox Cosmetics Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 in Light
– 0.016 oz Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner In Intense Black
– 0.05 oz Urban Decay Eye shadow in Sin

I am on the fence for this value set. There are some things I’ve definitely been wanting to try, some I already have, and others I have no desire or already know won’t go with my colouring….but I guess that is the beauty of this type of value pack. Whether I am sure or not right now, all I know is I keep finding myself back at the site staring at this so we will have to see!

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
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Price: $67
Contains:
-0.11 oz Cheek shades in Luminous Flush (champagne rose)
-0.11 oz Incandescent Electra (cool peach)
-0.11 oz Mood Exposure (soft plum)

Are you serious?! Just recently I bought the Ambient Lighting highlighting palette and as I was contemplating I said “I really wish it was a blush palette.” Turns out I love my other palette so it worked out for the better, but I am most certainly going to have to get my hands on this!

Naked Basics 2
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Price: $35
Consists of:
-0.05 oz in Skimp (pale nude satin)
-0.05 oz Stark (nude-pink matte)
-0.05 oz Frisk (warm gray matte)
-0.05 oz Cover (muted red-brown matte)
-0.05 oz Primal (muted brown matte)
-0.05 oz Undone (deep, smoky brown matte)

I am borderline obsessed with my Naked Basics, easily my favourite palette. Easy for travel, so versatile and so buttery. So I have been back and forth on getting the 2nd version since they seem so similar…but they AREN’T similar, and why not get something you know you are absolutely going to love!

I also definitely would have gone for the Draw the Line and the Lash Stash as well but…I recently bought those! haha

So those are what is on my wish list (so far!) Looking to be a good Christmas! haha What is on your wish list from Sephora’s value sets collection?

Sample Sunday!

It’s that time of the week to try out some samples and give you guys some feedback! This week I tried a more deluxe sized sample, so I was able to give it a few tries through the week to get some better insight.

The most successful sample verdict I’ve ever had:
Address: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask

Original Price: $51.00

How I got sample: A Sephora employee packed me a deluxe sample to try.
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Assess: I went into Sephora a couple of weeks ago with the sole intention of looking for a product for the under-the-skin bumps on my forehead. The sales representative suggested two things: the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, and the Dr. Dennis Gross Clarifying Sulfur Mask. Due to both it’s hefty price and that I wanted something more on the regular, I opted for the First Aid Beauty pads only, and she told me to test out the mask and see if it helped.

Well, after using the pads for a little over two weeks, I noticed the bumps were finally coming to the surface — aka I had full blown acne. Soooo I figured I’d test out the mask! Putting it on before bed, I used it more as a spot treatment and put it on on the troubled areas.

I could not BELIEVE what a difference it made! The pimples had gone down significantly. So I tried it again the next night…and the next night (last night). They are still there, but almost gone. The great thing is, since I am using it more as a spot treatment the sample she gave me will last me forever!!

Will I purchase I full-size of this sample?
Absolutely. This is the first thing that I have noticed making a dramatic difference for the issue I need — and you need so very little product at a time, it seriously last forever. Next time I am in Sephora, I will own this awesome product!

Sample Saturday!

Sooo with shopping more than the average person — comes more than average sample options! Doing some cleaning, I’ve noticed I’ve been tucking away far too many in drawers, but never throwing them out because I want to give them a try.

With that, I introduce Sample Saturday! Each weekend I will test out at least one sample (hopefully more) and do what I do best — address & assess!

For this week I sampled:

-Fossil’s 1954 Perfume
-Her Styler Hair Serum
-Dior Pore Minimizer Primer

Address: Fossil 1954
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Assess: 
Regular Price: $60
Received sample from: Boyfriend bought me a Fossil necklace for our anniversary, came with it.

Yummmmm yum yum yum. Is what I have been saying when I put this on! This perfume has notes of rose, ginger, mandarin blossom, heirloom flower petals and white freesia — that gives it a totally unique scent of light yet sexy femininity. It is totally delicious without being either too strong or too sweet.

Would I purchase?
Yes/no. Yes if I led a lifestyle a little wealthier (I actually don’t think $60 is TOO bad for a high end brand perfume) and wore fragrance a lot. Ultimately it is a no because my work is fragrence-free, I would only wear it for highly special occasions — so it just wouldn’t be worth it to me.

Address: Hair Styler Argon Oil Hair Serum
Regular price: $49.95 (Amazon: $14.99)
Received sample from: Kiosk in a mall in Toronto

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Assess: I legitimately didn’t think I would like this product as much as I did! Instructed to put it in damp hair for sleek and softness, and dry hair to protect split ends, I can’t stop touching my hair today since it feels so incredibly soft and has such a beautiful shine.

Would I purchase?
There’s a part of me that still holds onto the fact that I will soon discover a great hair serum at a drugstore price, so for $50 I’m gonna hold off on this product. HOWEVER, seeing it for $14.99 on Amazon is extremely tempting and I just may be doing that.

Address: Dior Pore Minimizer Primer
Regular Price: $42.00
Received Sample From: Online order to Sephora
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Assess: Funny enough, at the beginning of this week I just automatically assumed I’d love this sample and that it would be the other two that were up in the air. Dior just knows how to do it right. So no shocker, I loooove love love this primer. My skin looks so smooth and beautiful when I wear this, I feel like an elegant porcelain doll. Pores are gone, imperfections smoothed away. Love.

Would I purchase?
Even though I knew I’d fall in love with this guy, I already knew this wouldn’t be something I set my sights on for a full size. It is just too expensive for what it is. Benefit’s Porefessional remains at the top of its game, for a tad cheaper. I can say that I would love to take another 100 samples of this off of Sephoras hands though!

UPDATE: First Aid Beauty’s Natural Radiance

ADDRESS: First Aid Beauty’s Natural Radiance
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Recently made a visit to a Sephora, where I was recommended First Aid Beauty’s Natural Radiance Pads for every day use. Ever since I stopped using birth control I cannot seem to get rid of the under the skin bumps on my forehead and they drive me insane! I was told that these pads reach 6 layers down, and if anything has a chance at getting them, its this.

ASSESS: Having dry/sensitive skin basically all my life I was worried about the lactic and glycolic acids as well as the use of lemon being harsh for my skin, but was told this is actually made for those with sensitivity and having used over two weeks worth of pads, I can see that is the case.  I use this every night in replacement of a toner and have no irritation, and it doesn’t dry me out.

While I do think the bumps have decreased….they are still there. I work in a setting that has harsh lighting so I can really see it at work more so than at home. As mentioned, I am only halfway through the pack so we will see if they further decrease in two weeks.

I love how gentle the pads are, and after wiping down my entire face they are still completely damp and have a lot of product left. They really do get any leftover makeup, leaving my face feeling really clean without being stripped.

What I am most impressed with so far is really the “radiance” of my skin. I really feel my skin looks more vibrant after using this.

So verdict halfway through: enjoying the product for reasons I didn’t expect (brighter, clearer skin) but still holding onto hope it will help with what I got it for in the first place (under the skin bumps on forehead).

Sephora Visit

While my trip to Toronto was mainly for apartment viewings for my boyfriend, I was able to talk him into allowing me to visit my favourite store Sephora (and a few…okay, a lot of others! haha)

Sephora was a quick visit since I really do have more than enough makeup for the time being. I have a backup, a second backup, and often a third backup of everything I possibly need right now.

So I went into the store with a problem I needed help with….ever since I went off of birth control about six months ago, I have had under the skin bumps on my forehead. Ugh. They aren’t acne….no, because acne you can fix. They never fully come to, and I’ve found it impossible to do anything about!
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Discussing my problem with a Sephora skin specialist, she recommended First Aid Beauty’s Natural Radiance Pads to be used in replace of a toner. While at first I was worried since I have sensitive skin and the lactic and glycolic acids along with the use of lemon peel sounded harsh for my skin, she let me know this product is actually designed to be safe for those with sensitivity. She let me know it is suppose to reach 6 layers down, and if anything could reach those bumps its this.

Soooooo I purchased the smaller package and have decided to give’r a try! Any of you tried this product? Has it worked for you? I’ll be putting it to the test and once I am done the 28 pads I’ll write a review!

Hump Day Holy Grail: Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash

So today’s Holy Grail goes to a product I have been using for a little over a month, but that’s all its taken to completely fallen in love.

It’s Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash!

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Backstory: A few months ago, I stopped taking my birth control for the first time in many years. I have–for as long as I can remember–had skin as dry as a desert. Winters are the worst, but all year around I rarely had to worry about blemishes, just cracks. Soooo needless to say, when my skin totally changes to oily AND dry areas, I was completely lost.

So after a few misses, I finally found Origins Checks and Balances. Balancing between cleansing for the oilyness, and moisturizing for the dryness, this gentle wash helps with both issues without causing harm to the other.

I had developed those pesky t-zone under the skin bumps that seemed impossible to get away, and this is the first product I’ve found to really help in decreasing those, while leaving the rest of my skin soothed.

If you have the same issues of both oily and dryness, I highly recommend this product! Origins does it again!

Massive Shopping Haul Post #1: Makeup, Books, Jewellery, Candles, Skincare!

Soooo I feel like lately all I update with is hauls, but with starting a new job tomorrow (eek!) I realized I desperately needed some new work attire. Besides, who doesn’t love to see shopping sprees?! I know I do.

So this past weekend I headed to Toronto and raided all the stores I normally don’t get to experience. I REALLY tried to stay away from focusing on my usual favs (LuluLemon, Forever 21, Sephora, Victoria Secret etc.) and more on the quality work clothing stores (Banana Republic, Tristan, etc.)

So for this post I will start off with all the accessories/fun little things I got and do another for the clothing!
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Chapters

A Life in Men by Gina Frangello
Already halfway through this book and really, really enjoying it. Hope to do a review afterwards!

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Loved The Kite Runner by this author so I am excited to try this one out!

LUSH

Skin Drink (face moisturizer) and DreamWash (body wash)
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LUSH was out of Celestial, my regular face moisturizer, and since I am hardly near a LUSH store ever I had to get something. The lady working recommended Skin Drink was my next bet. Interested to see how it compares.

Bath and Body Works
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Now that I am back living at home, I’ve unfortunately had to ease up on my candle obsession since my mom hates them…..buuuut, with her going on vacation soon, I figured I’ve got some time to put them to use! Smelling like a pina colada, I love how this scent fills the room!

Sephora
So I tried to stay clear since I JUST did an online Sephora haul (which can be found here) I couldn’t resist. Toronto is 3.5 hours away from me sooo I gotta take advantage while I can right?! Right.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in Medium Brown
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After trying the Go Brow Kit, I couldn’t deny that this pencil works some pretty get magic on my brows. Therefore, after regretting not getting it in my online order, I knew it was my chance to grab it in stores.

NARS Deep Throat Blush
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My original excuse for going in store was to return NARS Amour. It just wasn’t my colour, and no matter how light of hand I used I felt like I looked like permanently embarrassed all day long every time. But after seeing deep throat and practically swatching my whole arm with it, I had to have it. Fingers crossed this one works out better!

H&M
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Hard to tell from the picture, but this necklace came with all the letters of the alphabet….so you can choose whatever you use it for! It is only one per letter…therefore my name, Heather, doesn’t work. Thats okay though! I like using just my initials, and I love the fact I can change it up whenever I want.

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I think this necklace will look wonderful with a rounded neckline or high neckline. I’ve worn it once and it definitely is a stand out piece. I love it!

Forever 21

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I think this is a unique necklace as well, that will go with a lot of things.
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This ring was $1.80. ‘Nuff Said.

Stay tuned for my clothing haul! 🙂