Sephora Favourites Lash Stash Review

As much as we all love Sephora, it can be a bit pricey. Of course, you are getting grade A, quality stuff — but for a price. I am here to tell you about a steal of a deal that I think everyone needs to jump on.
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Enter: Lash Stash. Can I say a total of 6 mascaras in one deal is a Holy Grail? Cause this package is. You are getting amazing brands, that provide amazing, long lasting, dramatic lashes, for an amazing price.

The kit consists of 5 miniature sized well respected mascara brands; bareMinerals’ Lash Domination, blinc, Lancome’s Hypnose Drama, Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes, and Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara. 

With the Lancome and Too Faced mascaras already being my top two favourites, I was already sold. For $30 you are getting five great mascaras, and although they are miniature sized I personally have been able to use those smaller sizes for the allotted 3 months you are suppose to without drying out at all. 

….But wait. There’s more. You also get a voucher for one full sized mascara of your choice from the samples. So not only are you getting 5 small mascaras that last a long time on their own, but another full sized…all for the price you’d basically pay for one full sized. 
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bareminerals Lash Domination = $23.00
blinc mascara = $30.00
Lancome Hypnose Drama = $31.50
Too Faced Better Than Sex = $30.00
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes = $24.00

Sooo 30 ÷ 5 = $6.00 (less than most drugstore mascaras) PLUS one full sized high end brand mascara. 

Best.
Deal.
Ever. 

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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!

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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! 🙂

June Favourites!

July is here/happy Canada Day!! Time to celebrate a great country by wearing our colours and drinking our national drink — a beer. But first,  a look back on the month of June and some of the products who really stood out as favs for me!
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Revlon Colorstay Concealer 

Blends like a dream and perfectly hides those dark circles underneath the eyes. Does exactly what it sets out to do — conceals what I want, and looks 100% natural. Wore this pretty much every single day since I got it!
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Origins Mask
My skin has been getting pretty bad lately now that I am off birth control — so this Charcoal Mask has been an absolute life saver. I notice such a difference immediately after use, I know it is really getting the dirt from beneath my skin and helping my stupid blemishes and blackheads disappear!

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Coconut Milk Conditioner
Got this near the beginning of the month, and I am officially obsessed. I love trying out new conditioner so it is rare that I repeat — I am for sure repeat buying this. My hair feels so hydrated and healthy — and not to mention smells amazing — after I use this.
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MAC Cleanse Off Oil
In the past couple of weeks I’ve re-found love in really taking my time and doing a full face of makeup a lot of the time, so the MAC Cleanse Off Oil just makes my life so easy. I love how it literally makes EVERYTHING come off within two seconds of rubbing it in, and that it turns into lather once you wash it off. Love!
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B2B Mousse
I used this when going camping, jump out of the lake and simply scrunch this through your hair and — bam! Voluminous curls and no frizz! And frizz is a huge problem for me. Definitely my go-to mousse from now on!
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Bite Beauty #6 Gloss
After getting Bite Beauty’s Deconstructed Rose set, I am venturing between a variety of glosses for different occasions, however #6 cannot go unnoticed, seeming to have found a permanent pocket position in my purse. Smelling sweet and looking great, #6 is a tad darker pink than my natural lip colour, which is perfect  for the natural makeup look I often sport.

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Essie Go Gingza
Receiving this for my birthday at the beginning of the month, I’ve pretty much had this colour on either my toes or fingers the whole time since. A light purple, this colour is so flattering and pretty with a tan, and of course Essie polishes always go on smoothly and have great lasting power.
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Choose-Day Tuesday: Benefit vs. Laura Mercier Highlighter

Today’s battle is faught between two highlighters which I got as a part of two different value sets to give them a good try before deciding to buy the full size products. Though miniature in size, they both pack a mean punch in what they set out to do — provide the face with a radiant, healthy glow.
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First up, is the ultrasmooth, silky sexy powdered highlighter that will outlast any competitor — it’s the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact!
ADDRESS: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Power Compact (Shade: Highlighter 01)
$42.00 0.26 oz
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ASSESS: Cashing in my 500 point perk for a Laura Mercier set, this little baby was a stand out right away. It is perfect for a night on the town, a day at work, or even for a no makeup natural look giving off a healthy warm glow. Super blendable, this product can be built up from just a hint of sheer to  an intense bold look — your call.

I also love this product because it has its benefits for the skin as well, including Vitamin E to protect the skin from free radicals, to jojoba oil to moisturize the skin, which is always a plus for my forever issues with dryness.

Next up is the competitor that will luminize your life, it is the Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl highlighter!
ADDRESS: Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter
$36.00 0.4oz
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ASSESS: Described as a soft, golden pink, liquid-pearl highlighter, this stuff light-reflects wonderfully and smells of wonderful raspberry goodness. I also love that this product has benefits for the skin, with moisturizing sesame seed oil and chamomile and almond seed extract to improve firmness. I will always opt for a product that looks great, while at the same time improving your skin.

While it is definitely important to use this sparingly (if you overload it looks like a hot frosty mess) I think this looks great for a night out when you really want your skin to appear vibrant and dewy.

VERDICT: I use both of these highlighters, however I definitely use the Laura Mercier one more. It looks so much more natural and absolutely stunning each time, no matter if I use a light or heavy hand. It is a powder but somehow does not feel dusty, and lasts all day long. The Benefit one is also great, with it’s own skin benefits and provides a great light-reflecting glow, however it can look too frosty at times and is a bit much for me for every day wear.

Laura Mercier is the winner!

Sephora Haul!

Four very wonderful S’s have made my long weekend — Sunshine, Swimming, Sangria aaaand Sephora! After a beautiful cottage weekend away, I arrived home today to another beautiful sight, my Sephora order.
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I was super excited about this order, anxiously waiting every single day since I ordered it for it to come.
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
I have been eyeing the Hourglass palette since it came out, so I decided to just bite the money-bullet and get it. I’m a bit annoyed because I heard others received the Hourglass primer with it, which I was excited to try, but oh well. Will be doing a review soon!
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Lash Stash To Go Set
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Not even gonna lie, the whole reason I HAD to put an order in (pretty sure I am headed to a Sephora next weekend ha!) was because I was worried this may not still be there and I absolutely had to have it. What an amazing deal. Will do a review for sure soon!

Origins Check and Balances Face Wash
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My skin has made it’s way more to the combo side as of late, and after loving another Origins product I decided to test this baby out. After trying once, I think this is headed towards a positive review, fingers crossed!

Sephora Look Smart Travel Eye Brush Set
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This was smaller than I anticipated, but I am really excited to try this out.

Sephora (Make Up For Ever) Birthday Set
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Actually was pretty shocked over how much I love this lipstick. It is a great colour, and I just think it is the cutest tiniest lipstick!

Holy Grail Hump Day — Revlon Colorstay Concealer

For me, a Holy Grail status is a hard one to achieve. I don’t take that title lightly. A Holy Grail product isn’t something I just like, it’s a product I know I can depend on time after time. That I will continue to repurchase because it exceeds expectations and gets the job done every single time.
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Therefore, it’s pretty shocking for me that after less than a month, the Revlon Colorstay concealer has already achieved Holy Grail status for me! I got this product completely on a whim, my Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is going quicker than I want and was hoping to find something for a cheaper price that could do the trick.
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(03 Light Medium blended)

Well this does the trick alright. Super blendable, this product comes on creamy and blends in effortlessly. I personally love these tub and stick applicators, it makes it easy to get the product in the exact areas you desire. 03 Light Medium is the perfect shade for me.

Coverage is great, it is buildable, so depending on the coverage you want you can get. However, I feel it comes on pretty thick anyway…a little goes a long way. I use this for the under eye dark bags and it hides them perfectly, with no cakey look whatsoever. It isn’t a highlighter in any way, but a straight up concealer. It does the exact job it has set out to do, and I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Hump Day Holy Grail: Origins Charcoal Mask

Today’s Holy Grail was decided moments ago — after Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask left my face feeling so revitalized and clean.
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This is the type of mask you can actually see a dramatic result even after one use. From the first try to now, every time I have used Origin’s Charcoal Mask I have felt a world of difference — unclogging my pores, and leaving my face feeling so fresh, without stripping it of natural oils. I have dealt with super dry skin all my life, but after coming off the pill I have gotten a bit oiler and more breakouts than ever before — may even have to start calling myself combo skin from here on out. Origins did not dry out the dry patches, and really helped with my breakouts.

I’m also SO relieved I am so happy with this product, since its competitors who claim to do the same things triple in price!! I hear only amazing things about Glamglow, but just could not justify spending a week’s groceries on it.

For  the price of $28.00 for 3.4 oz to get a huge help in ridding blackheads, huge help in ridding breakouts, leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean and not drying at all…yep, I am sold.