Thursday, October 23, 2014

tarte Dream Come Hue 12-Piece Collector's Set

What it is:
A limited-edition, full-size collector’s set of bestselling blushes and lip tints.

What it does:
This giftable, hand-picked collection from Tarte allows you to create enduring and elegant, blush and lip looks. In celebration of the award-winning and celebrity favorite lip and cheek products, this exclusive, 12-piece collector’s set is the perfect addition to any makeup lover’s beauty wardrobe.

This set contains:
- 6 x 0.20 oz Full-Size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed (nude pink), Blushing Bride (rosy pink), True Love (watermelon), Tipsy (coral), Natural Beauty (rosy red), Dollface (cool pink)
- 6 x 0.10 oz Full-Size Lipsurgence™ Lip Tint in Lust (red), Lovely (watermelon pink), Moody (berry), Elite (melon), Enchanted (rose), Charmed (light pink)
- Gift box

There can only be one original, and this season, Tarte wanted to celebrate the award-winning and celebrity favorite lip and cheek products that put them on the map. Through this exclusive collector’s set, they’re offering tartelettes their favorite high-performance formulas and iconic shades in a gorgeous curated set that also makes the perfect gift for any makeup enthusiast on their list.

Urban Decay Naked Vault!

Yes, this is real. And its freaking amazing. And its ONLY available in the UK. At £180 that works out to be just over $325. Add another $40 or so for shipping and. $365..... yes. EEK! For all the naked palettes, three Naked Flushed palettes, three lip glosses, and three double ended 24/7 eyeliners, the value is about $420 so you do save about $60. That being said, if I use my friends and family coupon code right now, and the set will cost $340 without the fancy packaging. So basically as amazing as this set is, at least the value isn't as amazing as the vault sets from the past two years. Unless it does make its way to this side of the pond........

Apocalypse of Colour For China Glaze Halloween 2014

The horrifying hues in the Apocalypse of Colour collection include:
  • Rest in Pieces: Festive fall glitter combination of copper, gold and black
  • Getting to Gnaw You: Dark black polish with hints of orange glitter
  • I Love Your Guts: Blood red with specks of black
  • Don’t Let the Dead Bite: Nude base with sporadic red glitter pieces to look like blood splatter across your finger tips
  • But Of Corpse: Gruesome green with specks of black
  • Ghoulish Glow: Glow-in-the-dark top coat

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Soap & Glory Holiday Sets At Great Holiday Prices!

Look what I spied at Shoppers Drug Mart yesterday?! Holiday sets from Soap And Glory! The best part? They range from $15-$20! I kind of want them all!

Soap for the best promo image I can not find!

Now it seems Sephora (which does not sell Soap & Glory to us Canadians) has these sets as well:

So its possible that we will see more coming into Shoppers Drug Mart in the coming days/weeks!

Tilda Swinton For NARS

So this was announced on WWD yesterday!

If there’s one thing you can count on from the man who brought the world Orgasm blush, it’s that he’s going to do the unexpected.
François Nars doesn’t like to do anything predictable, even in his choice of campaign models, the latest of whom is quirky British actress Tilda Swinton, who will be the face of Nars’ spring campaign. Past choices have included Charlotte Rampling and Daphne Guinness.
“I love [Tilda’s] bold style and really admire her work,” Nars told WWD, adding that he chose the fiftysomething Swinton in part because of the roles she chooses as an actress, such as in the films “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Click here to read the rest of the article!

Tarte Online Only Fleur de Lips 14 Pc LipSurgence Collector's Set Exclusive To Ulta

Give the gift of oh là là lips with this 14-piece fantasy collection staring Tarte's iconic LipSurgence lip family. The antioxidant-rich tinted and glossy formulas deliver a burst of moisture for a plumped up, younger-looking appearance. Each full size shade can be worn alone or layered for a one-of-a kind, unique pout. They come perfectly packaged in a whimsical gift box ideal for any makeup enthusiast on your gift list.

A $306 value!

The limited-edition set features:
  • 8 full size LipSurgence Lip Tints: Moody (deep berry), Achiote (honeysuckle), Swank (cherry red), Amused (bright pink), Enchanted (rose), Sweet (golden pink), Lust (red), Grateful (rosy nude) (0.1 oz. each)
  • 6 full size LipSurgence Lip Glosses: True Love (watermelon), Blushing Bride (rosy pink), Fearless (pink coral), Flush (sheer berry), Exposed (nude pink), Natural Beauty (rosy red)(0.27 fl. oz. each)

Smashbox Online Only Ultimate Eye Look Library Exclusive To Ulta

The perfect pairs for perfectly lined and defined eyes! This complete collection of velvety-smooth shadows and self-sharpening liners all you'll need for endless eye looks.

A $384 value!

  • 8 Photo Op Eye Shadow Trios in Filter, Sepia, Head Shot, Screen Shot, Litho, Skybox, Quick Take and Vignette (0.09oz. total)
  • 4 Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liners in Raven, Sumatra, French Navy and Bare (0.01 oz.)
  • 4 Always Sharp 3D Liners in Galaxy, Orchid, Billionaire and Gemstone (0.009oz.)

Mesmer-eyes Kit - Now Only $14.99

So Julep gel eyeliners are awesome. We have already established that. More so than even UD 24/7 liners! But $16 each?! Or $12 if you are a maven? Well, that is a good or at least acceptable price for such an awesome liner. BUT.........

How about all four full sized ones for $14.99?  Use code 20PLUS on orders over $20 to get $10 off making this set only $14.99!! Even $24.99 would be a good price, but at $15? That is less than $4 a liner!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect Foundation Review (#51)

I was walking through the Shoppers Beauty Boutique I regularly go to when one of the sales associates came up to me and said "Hey! We have a brand new foundation in that will suit your skin tone! It works on my daughter and I know you have the same issues she does with foundations!". I of course had to immediately head over there. I was also of course holding an 18 inch pizza (because who DOESN'T have a massive pizza box with them at 730am?) making the shopping trip very awkward. But I was excited by the idea of a new foundation! And a foundation that only cost me $28? Awkward or not, I was trying this out!

Long story short, I bought this foundation. And I have NO IDEA if I like it or not. What they say about it:

Tested and approved by 97% of women,* the “new generation” foundation for a rested yet radiant complexion and a flawless, even result for up to 16hrs**
Its formula:
3 colour correcting pigments:

  1. Yellow pigments – conceals dark circles for a rested look
  2. Mauve pigments – corrects dullness for radiance
  3. Green pigments – neutralises redness for an even out the complexion
Soft and smooth formula for an undetectable, second skin finish. Availble in 9 natural shades to suit all skin types.

And it’s good for my skin!
- 24hr hydration**
- SPF 10
- Cotton Flower – hydration & anti-shine
- non comedogenic, lets skin breathe

As you an see, it leans a little yellow. Normally a first strike equivalent to three in my books. And normally an automatic pass.

But it sheers out nicely and doesn't look overly yellow on the skin.

Now here is how it looked on my in the store. Awful lighting throughout, but different awful lighting in every corner so I was able to get pics in all kinds of harsh and unforgiving lights. 

And outdoors.

As you can see, the shade is a bit too dark for my skin as my neck is obviously a few shades lighter than my face. But not too bad.


  1. This is a really big pro. The colour correcting pigments WORK. Can I say this enough? I am wearing NO concealer, NO green foundation under this as I normally do (really, the Shiseido green foundation stick is a miracle worker) and I do not look red. It actually DOES cancel out all the red! And did quite a decent job on the dark circles as well, which is impressive as I have at this point in the day been up for 17 hours!
  2. While extremely pricey for a drugstore foundation (which is what Bourjois actually is), its a downright steal here in Canada compared to middle of the road brands such as Stila and Smashbox ($28)
  3. The wear seemed quite good. I had this on for only about 6 hours, but I did take a hot bath in that time and there was no wearing or patching off. And this was all with NO primer and NO moisturizer over top. No setting powder either. I am wearing the foundation and a benefit blush in these shots and no other anything. 
  4. It feels completely light weight. It may be a medium to heavy coverage, but it feels more like a tinted moisturizer. 
  1. Lousy shade selection. While they do have this very light shade (51) they only have 5 options. Meaning you are very unlikely to find your perfect shade. This is Light Vanilla and its a shade or two darker than it should be but manageable. But good luck with only 5 options!
  2. It ever so slightly oxidizes on the skin. The one who sold it to me was adamant it didnt, but it went from being the perfect shade on me to being about a shade in a half to two shades darker than my neck within 30 minutes.
  3. It leans yellow. 
  4. Very limited availability within Canada. Only available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart as far as I know, and only 2 or 3 locations in my city have it. Making it slightly obnoxious to get if you aren't lucky enough to be close to a store that carries the line.  
  5. Now this is a pro for many, a minus for me, but it DOES have SPF in it. Making it not ideal for any events or functions which might include photo ops. 
Now, I am not sure where to put its packaging. I find it a plus, but many call a glass bottle a minus. I love the glass bottle, feels more sturdy and higher end, and I love that it comes in a pump. 

Overall, I like it, I don't love it. I will wear it (though it looked better on my mom when I made her wear it this morning than it did on me) but I am not ready to sing its praises. Its............. fine? I have to give it a better shot, with primer and my own brushes and such. I do however LOVE its ability to hide redness and dark circles.

Let me know if you have tried this and if so, what do you think?

Sephora Friends & Family Discount - Do You Need A Code?

 on at Sephora. While in previous years the sAle was 100% public and everyone and their mother could access it, as of last year you actually have to get a one time code generated by an employee. I got a code from a friend, used it, and then had remorse. Had I really only ordered two things?

The MARC JACOBS BEAUTYThe Sky-Liner Seven Piece Petite Highliner Collection and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette.

Both of which I am super excited to get and and happy with, but why oh why did I not wait and see what else was coming out, or order more?

So I obviously need a second 20% off code! But How do I get one? Easy. Go to instagram and do a search for sephora posts. There are MANY tagged #sephora that have employees offering them. It will take some time but you will find one!


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