Products I’ve Used Up: 2013 – Part 1


I love watching Empties videos on YouTube so I figured I’d show some products of my own that I have finished within the past few months and give some mini reviews of each.  This post will be in two parts since I have a TON of finished products to share.

Lancome Bi Facial eye makeup remover $35/4.2oz

I think this is Sephora’s most-rated product; it’s received rave reviews all over the web.  I’ve used it a few times over the past few years and there’s no doubt is a great for removing all makeup but with the exorbitant price, it’s not one I’ll ever purchase (this one was a sample size).  There are other alternatives that work just as well – I typically have success with the Yves Rocher cleansers and removers.

Bath & Body Works supercharged body scrub in Country Chic $14

I’m a body scrub addict, and I’ve been using this one since last year. I freaking love it.  Scent aside (though the Country Chic one is awesome – I recommend it) it’s a great product.  I love it because its a harsh scrub but it also doubles as a body wash- if you rub it in under water the beads disappear and you’re left with foamy soap.  This totally solved the problem of having exfoliated and then getting out of the shower and still finding the beads on your body.  I’ve used it on my face as well and it’s great.  Now that I’ve hyped it up, I hate to say that I think this formula has actually been discontinued.  However I just checked the B&BW website and I’m pretty sure they’ve just rebranded it and are now calling it 2 in 1 Superfruit Body Scrub & Wash.  In terms of the scent, I find this one isn’t too girly, it smells very fresh and IMO it’s one of the underrated B&BW scents.

Cake Milk Made shower cream

I won’t go over this one for too long because I think it’s been discontinued.  If you happen to see it at Winners or TJ Maxx you should totally pick it up though because it’s an awesome product.  I’ve gone through two of them and the large bottles can last you a few months at the very least.  It’s basically a shower gel but it has a creamy texture, I usually would use it to shave with.  It has the infamous Milk Made vanilla-y smell that stays on the skin after you leave the shower.  Love it.

Cake Lemon Cupcake smoothing body scrub

You win some, you lose some.  I hated this scrub.  Like I said above the scrubs I go for are the harsh, abrasive ones because I really like to get a good exfoliation if I’m gonna exfoliate at all.  It was the most liquidy exfoliant I’ve ever used and I had to force myself to even use it.

Lush Happy Happy Joy Joy conditioner (sample) $12.95/100ml

This conditionner is probably one of the thinest I’ve ever used and that alone killed it for me.  Combine that with the smell of grass and you have one conditionner that I really don’t want to use.   Though it felt really thin in the shower, I’ll say that it did seem to condition my hair well enough.  I won’t be repurchasing the full size of this but it might work for you if you have either shorter hair or thinner hair and like natural products.

Rimmel Stay Matte powder (transparent) $6.99

My favourite all-over face powder of all time.  I’ve bought probably 6 or 7 of these things, and I will keep doing so.  I’ve tried the Natural and Transparent shades and both are great.  I do find the Transparent shade has colour though, but im so pale that it doesn’t look like a white cast on my face.  If you’re not ghost-coloured get one of the other colours.

Hard Candy Take It Off Makeup Remover Wipes ~$6/25

Long story short, these burned my eyes. They didn’t take off eye makeup that well either. I won’t be repurchasing.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion $16/ 1.7oz

I love this moisturizer.  A little goes a long way and it’s quite thin yet very moisturizing.  The only thing I don’t love is the scent of it, but it’s nothing terrible.  I’m on my second bottle.

Lush Fair Trade Honey shampoo $9.95/100ml

It lathered well enough, but I couldn’t get over the smell.  Wouldn’t purchase the full size of it.

Cake Raspberry Tart 3 in 1 shampoo, body wash, bubble bath ~$9

It says shampoo on the label, but I think this would be best used as a bubble bath.  It was much too thin and liquidy to be used as a good shampoo.  It smelled great but didn’t really do what I wanted it to.


July 2013 Favourites

My July 2013 favourites featuring products from Tarte, Julep, Benefit, Soap & Glory +more

My favourites

Tarte BB Illuminating Moisturizer $42 (CAD)

I’ve been using a small sample of this from Sephora and I like mixing it with concealer for under the eyes.  I find it makes the area look less cakey and brighter.

Since this is a moisturizing product, it also helps keep the under eyes hydrated.  It has virtually zero coverage though, so the title “BB” (as in BB cream) is slightly misleading.  If you’re looking for something to hide imperfections, skip it.

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl $36 (CAD)

It’s described as a “A soft, golden pink, liquid-pearl highlighter.”  Same as the Tarte moisturizer, I like mixing this with foundation and concealer to highlight the under eyes and cheekbones.  It’s not a moisturizer, but the texture is still smooth and thin so it mixes really well with other liquid products.  Comparing this to Benefit’s Highbeam, Girl Meets Pearl is much easier to blend in and not as ‘in-your-face’ of a glow.

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer $5.99

Admittedly, I wasn’t super impressed with this when I first got it.  I found it really thin and didn’t have that great coverage.  What I love about this concealer is how easily it blends in.  Sometimes I barely even have to blend, it just sinks amazingly into the skin.  This month, I’ve been using this under the eyes first and then applying my foundation and I love the finish it gives.

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum $12

This is meant to give the hair moisture and shine.  I use this in damp towel-dried hair and it gets rid of some frizz and makes hair shiny and it smells amazing.

Julep nail polish in Julia $14

It’s a gorgeous duo triple quadruple-chrome that has a purple-taupe base with silver and golden shimmer, but it changes depending on the light.

Revlon ColorStay foundation $14

A cult-favourite, this drugstore foundation is a keeper.  The coverage is great, it blends easily and doesn’t oxidize on the skin.  One of the main reasons I love this is that it dries quickly so you don’t need to set it with a powder.  The 6 SPF is also a plus; you won’t get a “ghost face” in photos but you have a bit of sun protection.  I took this on vacation with me for to ensure a fuss-free, quick application when I was running out the door half asleep at 9 am.

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter and Hand Food

Best thing about these lotions is the smell.  So nice.  Known as the “Original Pink” scent, it smells like a mix of fruits and flowers “With orange leaf, lemon, peach, sweet strawberries, summer rose, gardenia blooms and jasmine.”  The formula doesn’t leave that gross feeling that some lotions have.  Everything blends into the skin and the fragrance lasts a while.  In the UK I believe Boots sells these, in Quebec you can get select products at Pharmaprix (Shoppers Drug Mart) stores and in the US, Sephora sells them.

Favourite celebrity look of the month

Selena Gomez’s birthday look, featuring this top from ASOS.  I am loving white on white on white etc.  If only I wasn’t so pale I could pull the look of better myself, ha.

Selena Gomez Fashion Favourite - July 2013

Favourite music of the month

The month of pop music, apparently.  5th Harmony’s “Miss Moving On” and Selena Gomez’s “Birthday” have been played 24/7.  Also Justin Timberlake.

Favourite TV show of the month

Breaking Bad and Big Brother.  Probably one of the best TV shows that is on TV, Breaking Bad is basically about a chemistry teacher turned drug dealer manufacturer.  The dialogue is smart, the characters are quirky yet realistic, acting is superb.  Character development is amazing (film studies nerd for life).  The way the plot always connects is genius. I’m still catching up (starting season 4 soon).  The final season coming up…  I can’t even.

Big Brother.  So damn good every single time.  How do they do it?!

Thoughts:  Andy is playing a smart game by staying under the radar and he is so well liked by everyone so could get to the final (if he stops blabbing).  Helen, queen bee, I think may become a target when people realize she is running the house.  However, I think she is a genius and deserves to win at this point because she is well liked, respected, and has made big moves while still keeping her hands relatively blood-free.

What have been your favourites this month?!

Shopping Wishlist: Chicago

I’m taking a short vacation to Chicago this week and I’ve been making lists like crazy trying to figure out what I must check out while I’m in the States!  I definitely plan on hitting up a Sephora so I can save on tax and on USA pricing (needless to say I’m a bitter Canadian).

Here’s a few things I’ll be looking for….

wishlist sephora

1. NARS Cheek Palette in Soulshine $41

2. Too Faced Tan Without the Twinkle Kit $15

3. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray $14

4. Benefit Getting Cheeky Trio $17

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim light – $45

6. Buxom Time To Shine 6 Mini ‘Full-on’ Glosses $32

7.Stila Countless Color Pigment in Finale – $22

8. BareMinerals Try. Believe. Love Kit – $20

Review: Yves Rocher ‘Retropical’ LE Collection

Yves Rocher Retropical 1

MAC may have come out with 50 summer collections this year, but the one collection that has caught my eye for summer 2013 is from a different brand.  Yves Rocher France is a brand that carries makeup, bath products, skincare – the whole shebang.  I used to use their products much more often but have forgotten about them for other brands but I was really excited when I saw promo pics for Retropical – a paradise-themed set of products!  I opted for three things: their Kohl Duo eye liner in Seagreen/Deep Blue, the (jumbo) Eye Pencil in Pink Orchid and the Blue Lagoon Mascara.

I’ve played with the products for about two weeks, and I’m really impressed with them!  The jumbo pencil is a gorgeous rose-copper colour.  Depending the light it looks almost bronze with a hint of deep pink.  I like applying this in the crease, paired with a lighter white or champagne on the inner corner.  Like I mentioned in my June Favourites post, I have tried this on the waterline and while it stays nicely, I don’t like the look.  Red-tinted colours tend to make you look more tired, or sick – and I’m usually trying to cancel out redness on the waterline! So I stick to using it on the lid.

yves rocher mascara

I picked up the mascara because I have wanted a blue mascara for AGES.  I first used Maybelline’s Teal Appeal, but I haven’t been able to find that one for two years now.  Since, then I’ve used a few coloured mascaras (Inglot, another Yves Rocher) and I find that the colour just doesn’t show up once the mascara dries.  Unfortunately, I gotta say it’s about the same result with this one (unless you’re in direct sunlight) BUT in terms of just the mascara, I really like it!  This is an awesome lengthening mascara (how many times can I write “mascara”).  It does an awesome job of separating the lashes, mine are practically touching my eyebrows by the time I’m done applying just one coat.  The tube is pretty small, but at $4.95 it’s cheaper than even a drugstore mascara.

yves rocher retropical swatches

The duo-kohl is the product that I wasn’t sure about when I bought it.  I was in a rush, so I tried the tester in the store and meh, so-so pigmentation, but I bought it anyway.  I’ve been on the hunt for a seafoam-minty eyeliner ever since I laid eyes on the NARS Spring 2013 Larger Than Life eyeliner in Barrow Street which is an absolutely gorgeous green colour.  The NARS one is $29 in Canada,  the Yves Rocher was $5 so needless to say, the choice was pretty obvious.  The shimmery seafoam side of this pencil has semi-sheer pigmentation, and it doesn’t really “stick” to the waterline.  However, it looks AWESOME smudged into the lower lash line.  The blue side has opaque, deep pigmentation, no shimmer, glides onto the waterline like a dream and looks great paired with the seafoam colour, on the outer part of the eye.   When I tried washing the swatches off the back of my hand, I had problems getting them off so I might even go as far as to say they are semi-waterproof, which isn’t advertised on the package (hidden bonus?).

Yves Rocher - look


Overall, I’m super happy with the products I’ve tried from Retropical.  Have you tried anything awesome recently?

Shop the collection at

Jumbo eye pencil – $5.95 // Duo kohl – $4.95 // Mascara – $4.95

June 2013 Favourites

junefavsYves Rocher Eyeshadow Pencil in Pink Orchid (Rose Orchidée) – CAD$5.95 (LE)

This is part of Yves Rocher’s limited edition Retropical collection, which features several summery colours and shades in a wide variety of products such as eyeshadow pencils, mascara, eyeliners etc.  I bought this with a blue mascara and duo eyeliner pencil, and this is my favourite from the collection, definitely!  It’s a gorgeous rose-coppery colour that looks good blended out all over the lid or just in the crease.  I’ve used this on my lower lash line and I find it makes me look a little tired because it’s red toned, and since I’m usually trying to get rid of any redness it has an opposite effect of what I’m going for.  See my post on the collection here.  For a swatch, there’s a picture near the bottom of this post.

Fresh Supernova Mascara – USD$25

fresh supernova mascara

I received a sample of this in a Fresh gift set and I gotta say I’m really pleasantly surprised by it! It gives a really nice curl to the lashes and just makes them look great overall.  I find the formula to be wet, which I like.  The brush is kind of rectangle shaped with slight curves.  This might be my favourite higher-end mascara to date!

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights – USD$30/ CAD$36

smashbox soft fusion lights

This is an awesome muti-use product from Smashbox, that, admittedly, I had overlooked for about a year after buying it (in a gift set).  One day I pulled it out and haven’t put it back since.  I apply this all over the face as a setting powder to add some sheen (not glitter) and have a dewey-er complexion which works great for summer.  More than that, I use it for eyeshadow.  The colours aren’t super pigmented, but I like that because it makes for a nice neutral eye look.  I’ve been using the lighter white and pink colours all over the lid, with the darker brown colours in the crease.  I especially love the orange-brown colour.  I usually pair that look with a orange coral lip colour, which brings me to…

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruiti – $7.99

I gotta say, after I purchased this back a few months ago, I had a bit of buyer’s remorse.  I got it on sale for $3.99, but still after trying it at home I had no plans of ever wearing it out of the house.  Enter Summer 2013 with the huge orange trends and I just can’t get this off my lips!  I rarely choose the same lippy two days in a row but I have used this one more than any of my other ones in ages.  If you don’t know how to embrace the orange trend, I’d totally recommend this as a starting point.  The colour is semi-sheer, but it definitely shows up on the lips without fail!  Depending on your natural lip colour, this could look a bit more red or more orange.  On me I’d say it comes out more orange-coral.  Love!!!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kajal eyeliner in Light Blue – $7

rimmel scandaleyes

I love this for the waterline.  Some might think that it looks a bit unnatural, but since I’m a fan over having white on the waterline, opting for blue in the summer months is a bit of a no-brainer for me.  I bought this in lieu of the Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Barrow Street, which is a light seafoam green.  I find Light Blue is very similar but a blue version (obviously).  I still want the Nars one, but at more than $25 a pop, I think I’ll stick to Rimmel for now.

Sephora Collection Matte Primer – USD$15/CAD$20

I’ve been using a sample for about a month now, and I think I prefer it to my Tarte and Smashbox ones.  Silicone is supposed to make dry skin even drier so I like this one for a slightly more moisturizing alternative.  I might consider buying the full size of this once I’m done all my primer samples.

Real Techniques Core Collection – $19.99real techniques

I love the whole collection, but my two favourites are the buffing brush for applying foundation or cream blush and the pointed foundation brush, which I use for under eye concealer.  After hearing much hype about these guys, I was thrillllled to hear that we would be getting them at Walmart in Canada.  I gotta say, the hype is justified because these are great brushes.  It’s actually the first time I’ve ever applied foundation or concealer with a brush (before I was using a damp sponge, which I still like).  I don’t think the buffing brush is sold separately, but I’ve heard great things about the expert face brush which might be my next brush-buy!

I would love to hear your June favourites!

To make the cropped images in this post, I followed an awesome tutorial from here.

December 2012 Glymm box

This month’s Glymm box did not impress, to say the least.

There were four products in this month’s box.




The pouch is a shiny gold colour.

(Small metal tube) “Clinically proven” eyelash & brow enhancing serum by LashFM.  Full size is $70.  No idea how much is in this sample.

LashFM false lashes.  $5.

Suncoat “award winner” nail polish. Full size: $10.  This polish apparently comes off with hot water.  Still trying to find a point to it (won’t it come off in the shower??)

Glamorous cruelty-free lipstick.  A full size is $4.50-$9.50.  The colour I got is “15.” Sounds fancy.

Didn’t even bother to open the lipstick.  The only thing I might use in this box are the lashes; the eyelash serum is being given to my sister and the nail polish will probably rot in my drawer.

EDIT: I opened the lipstick, it’s a blue-based red. Packaging seems extremely cheap.


If you’re interested in comparing this month’s box to last year’s December box, I’ve found a nice blog post on it here.

If I had $150….

I recently answered a post on asking if we had to rebuild our makeup collection from scratch with $150, what would we buy first?

After much deliberation, here are my answers:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – $22
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation -$15
Mary Kay concealer – $13
Rimmel Stay Matte Power – $7
L’Oreal Infallible powder (I think this might be discontinued) – $11
Essence Coverstick – $2
Benefit’s Full Glam Ahead kit which comes with a mascara, highlighter and eyeshadow primer – $15
L’Oreal Voluminous mascara – $8
L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte $8
Essence black eyeliner pen – $3
Tarina Tarantino Eyeliner in Glamorous Thief – $11 (assuming it’s still on sale)
Elf liquid eyeliner – $1.50
Nyx Milk jumbo eye pencil – $4
Hard candy Living Doll blush – $7
Revlon lip butters in Lollipop and Sweet Tart – $14
Maybelline baby lips in fruit punch – $4
EOS lipbalm – $4

Total comes to $149.50 😀

Check out the post on Temptalia here

Haul: Drugstore & Inglot makeup

I bought things.

Clockwise: Lip glosses in Candy Bar & My Favorite Milkshake, Inglot Colour Play Mascara in electric blue, Essence coverstick in True Nude, Essence eyeliner pen in black, Essence eyeshadow in Milky Way

I’ve really been wanted a coloured mascara for the summer and unfortunately the one I had used last year by Maybelline (from the Great Lash line in the colour “Teal Appeal”) seems to have discontinued and I can’t find it anywhere.  I checked online and saw that Inglot came out with their own line of coloured mascaras, called Colour Play Mascara and though much pricier than the Maybelline one (I got it for $14), I wasn’t left with much alternative because I haven’t been able to find any in the drugstore.

I bought the one in the electric blue colour; the other colours are purple, navy blue and emerald green colour.  Full review to come soon.

I picked up a ton of makeup from Essence, which is a brand that I’ve featured on this blog already.  I got lip glosses in 02 My Favorite Milkshake and 03 Candy Bar, a Colour & Shine eyeshadow in Milky Way (which has a similar texture to MAC Mineralize eyeshadows), a black eyeliner pen and a concealer cover stick in 04 True Nude.  In the picture below, take a look at the Essence lip gloss brush.  It’s made this way so that it can fit perfectly on the lips, though at times I find too much product gets on it this way.  On the positive side, the glosses are super pigmented, smell and taste decent and have a pretty good staying power.

Essense lip gloss “Candy Bar”, Inglot mascara

The mascara is a gorgeous bright blue that unfortunately loses a bit of colour after it dries on the eyelashes.


Left to right: Colour play mascara, Candy Bar lip gloss, My Favourite Milkshake lip gloss, Milky Way eyeshadow, Colour pen

Lastly, I got an EOS lip balm in melon flavour (not pictured).  In one of my previous hauls I picked up the summer fruit flavor for $6 but I’m returning it because I found the melon one for a whopping $1.

Prices (CAD$)

Lip glosses – $2.99
Cover stick – $2.49
Eyeliner pen – $2.99
Eyeshadow -$3.99

Colour Play Mascara – $14

You can let me know in the comments if you have any good coloured mascaras, I’d love to try them!

Mini Haul: Drugstore & MAC

Just some things I picked up at the drugstore and at MAC.

I needed a new mascara and saw this one on sale for around $4.  Though I usually wear black mascara, I figured the difference would be pretty subtle and a brown might be less harsh and look better in the summer.

Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara (in dark brown). Try to ignore the failure of a picture on the right- I thought I had had the brush in focus but apparently not.

I’m not sure if you can see, but that sticker on the L’Oreal pressed power does say “regular price: $18.99” which I find SO outrageous.  Anyway, I found it on sale for $4.59 and decided to give it a go, though I’m still using my all-time favourite powder, Stay Matte by Rimmel.  My main problem is that I think this powder is a shade too dark for my skin at the moment, but as I get more tanned this summer that shouldn’t stay a problem for too much longer.  An overall good powder, I don’t have any big complaints but I don’t like it as much as my Rimmel powder (:

Now, I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a MAC addict; in fact, this is my first purchase from MAC.  I’ve never really been drawn to their products until recently so here’s what I picked up.  Swatches below.

(Click to enlarge) MAC mineralize eyeshadow duo in “Sweet & Sour.” CAD$24 @ MAC

I got this because I wanted a gold eyeshadow, as I didn’t own one already and I loved the green paired with the gold.  I’m happy with the pigmentation but these do not have a strong staying power; after I took the swatch picture, I didn’t even need to use water to get the colour off my wrist.  I have worn the golden part of the eyeshadow already, and with a primer the eyeshadow stayed put for the most part (and I didn’t notice much fading).  They blend nicely.  Main complaint is that the glitter falls out on the face a bit, but you should be aware of that happening when going to buy one of these.  I do recommend it if you like the colour.  I figure $24 isn’t a terrible price if it’s something you’ll get a lot of use of.

Two swatches on the right are the eyeshadow WITHOUT water. (Two on the left are with.)

Thanks for reading.


CARGO Color Palette Los Angeles- Review & Swatches

Cargo Color Palette in “Los Angeles”

These Color Palettes, which retail for $28 regular price on Cargo’s website, come in 10 different “cities” and all have four (unnamed) colours in each .   Los Angeles was the only one I saw at Winners on sale for $8 (!), but no matter because after having looked at the other colour combos online, this one is definitely my favourite (though I do like the look of Shanghai as well).  I’ve been meaning to add a vibrant green-aqua colour to my collection and this is the perfect one!

The eyeshadows don’t feel particularly “buttery” or smooth, but they do go on pretty dark and I’m happy with their pigmentation.  I find that they blend well enough but do have a bit of fallout though nothing too serious.

My favourite colour is probably the blue shade, though I’ve had a problem where I’ve tried to blend it with a gold shimmery eyeshadow and it turns more of a turquoise shade 😦  But that’s the only problem I’ve had.

Overall, I’m happy with this palette, especially because of the low price I got it for.  I would say that it’s worth the full price ($28) because you’re getting a generous amount of product – about $7 per shadow (not bad!).  If you think that you would use these shades then I’d say go for it!

“Los Angeles” swatches (the colours do appear more vibrant in person)