SDM Fragrance Sampler - Lancôme - La Nuit Trésor

Time for my thoughts on the third fragrance from the 2016 SDM Fragrance Sampler that I picked up during a Black Friday weekend Bonus Redemption weekend!  I had recently finished up with the Mascara Sampler that I picked up during that same shopping trip and luckily the Certificate was still good, heres hoping the same for this one.

 All the pretty mini bottles of fragrance.

All the pretty mini bottles of fragrance.

As with the SDM Mascara Sampler, I am hoping to give you my thoughts on each fragrance once a week, or hopefully every 2 weeks.  The fragrances I will be trying out each week are - Issey Miyake-L'Eau D'Issey Pure, Versace-Eros Pour Femme, Lancôme-Trésor La Nut, Giorgio Armani-Si, Chloe-Chloe, Salvatore Ferragamo-Signorina, Mugler-Angel Muse.  As I said in my intro post, there are a few fragrances included in this set that I already know that I like.

Third up on the list of fragrance to try out is Lancôme - La Nuit Trésor.

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Here is what the SDM Fragrance Guide has to say about Lancôme - La Nuit Trésor -

Style: A new modern vision of love.

Tones: An Eau de Parfum composed of the rarest raw materials: a bewitching heart of black rose essence with an erotic hint of vanilla Tahitensis orchid absolute.  The first aphrodisiac gourmand created for Lancome by two stars of French perfumery as the new love philtre of the 21st century.

The Woman: La Nuit Trésor is a seductive perfume that is as alluring as the woman who wears it.  It is daring, sexy and chic: always leaving more to be desired.

Once again, a beautiful bottle!  Just look at that beautiful bottle, not only is it beautiful it has a different shape.  The attention to detail with the small rose on the neck of the bottle, makes it beautiful to look at.  For me though, the beauty doesn't stop with how the bottle looks this time.  I love the scent of the Lancôme - La Nuit Trésor!  I wasn't expecting to like this scent so much, I am really not a huge fan of floral-y scents at all.  I have actually been wearing this scent for more than 2 weeks, I just wasn't ready to switch to the next scent up yet.  I had so many people at work asking me what I was wearing, I was told I smelled great!  Its not an overpowering scent, just about perfect.  The only downfall is is that the scent doesn't last that long, I can't smell it at all after about 6 hours.

For me I would give the Lancôme - La Nuit Trésor a rating of 4.5.  If the scent had lasted longer it would have been a 5!  I will definitely happily use up this mini and it is a contender for the full size.

If you would like to read my thoughts on the previous scents in the 2016 SDM Fragrance Sampler you can find them here -

Versace - Eros Pour Femme

Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure

New In For May 2018

I happened to find quite a few sales in the month of May....  Good in some ways, not so good for my wallet!  I made quite a few online orders last month plus a few trips to the mall, oops!

Yankee Candle had all of the votives on sale for $1 each so I ended up picking up a dozen more summer-y scents.  I was getting fairly low on votives so it wasn't so bad, you can tell what my favourite scent is (Coconut Beach!).  I like to burn votives for the most part, that way I don't get tired of a scent to quickly, not to mention it is so easy to change up the scent without having a lot of bigger candles to store.  I find that the Yankee Candle votives burn for a whole day plus some, I usually burn them for around 10 hours each day if I am home for the day, and there is still some left for the next day.

 Giveaway prize from Makeup Your Mind and Live Clean

Giveaway prize from Makeup Your Mind and Live Clean

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway hosted by Chelle from Makeup Your Mind from Live Clean.  If you are looking for some great eyeshadow looks that use some beautiful bright shades, head over to Chelle's blog or subscribe to her YouTube channel.  I received Bali Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, Argan Oil Leave In Conditioner, Green Earth Invigorating Body Wash, Fragrance Free Body Lotion, Lavender Vanilla Foam Bath,Hydrating Creamy Cleanser, and Nourishing Night Cream!  I can't wait to start using everything in the prize pack!  I did give the Foam Bath to my granddaughter though, I am not a fan of baths but she is!  Thanks again Chelle!

I picked up a few things from Sephora in May, maybe a few to many?!  I am on the hunt for a good crease brush to replace my Royal & Langnickel BC430 Crease Brush, hence why I picked up 2 brush sets!  In my defence of said brush sets, both were in the sale section!  The Too Faced Melted Latex was something I was interested in trying out as I really like the Melted Mattes, unfortunately it has already been returned.  It settled into every line I have and was so streaky and sticky!  Of course I had to pick up the KVD 10th Anniversary palette to, I really like KVD shadows and liked that this palette had a few different shades that I don't really have a lot of, namely the greens.  I have used it a few times and have gotten compliments on the looks I have done.  I am on the hunt for a nude liquid lip and liked the shades in the NARS Cool Nude lip duo so when I returned the Too Faced I picked it up.  I have been wanting the Anastasia Soft Glam palette since it came out, I sold our old electric snow blower so I finally picked it up!

 From the new Topbox Circle I was lucky enough too receive a new serum to try.

From the new Topbox Circle I was lucky enough too receive a new serum to try.

Glam Sense has changed the name to Topbox Circle and I was lucky enough to be chosen to ty out the La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum.  I like it but think it may be a better serum for me only at night or more so during the drier winter months.  I started to break out in a few different places than usual when I was using it twice a day.  My skin seems to like it better now that I am only using it at night.

 The Spring into Summer box from Farlyco.

The Spring into Summer box from Farlyco.

I was also lucky enough to receive a Spring into Summer box from Farlyco Beauty full of some great new products to try out.  Lashes, I have quite a few pairs of lashes but have never worn them!  Time to try some out that are made for Hooded eyes.  An eyebrow.eye lash tinting system, I am overdue for tinting mine atm.  Face masks from 7th Heaven, I love these masks, I tend to get 2 uses out of them so I usually put the remainder of the ratchet into a small container.  Purple Tree Miracle Balm, I can already say that I love this stuff!  I have really dry patches on my elbows from sitting at a computer most of the day, I tend to lean a lot on my elbows, and this cream has already made a huge difference in the week and a half since I started using it.  I usually use a flat foundation brush to put on masks so I am happy to give the Ecotools Facial Mask Mates a try, I have never used a sponge to wash off a mask so hopefully that works better!  And lastly, Plump lips by Modele, it says to use this 3 times a day for a month to see results.  Hopefully it works.  I will let you know more of my thoughts on all of these products coming up soon.

 A little Amazon shopping!

A little Amazon shopping!

I can't remember where I had read about the Born Pretty Stamping mat, but I saw it on Amazon and decided to try it out.  The Nail tips I thought would be great to swatch my nail polishes on and they are clear so hopefully I can get a good idea on the shades!  Not to mention that I can write the shade names on the stick as well.

If you saw my April Boxycharm, you will have seen that my Colourpop eyeshadow palette, Semi Precious arrived broken.  I emailed a picture of the broken palette with the shipping label to Boxycharm and they sent out the Element Of Surprise palette as a replacement!  In my April Boxycharm I had wrote that I had been hoping for either the 'You Had Me At Hello' or 'Element of Surprise' palette.  I had thought that I would be getting the same palette that was broken, I was so happy to see this one instead!

 A little Mac haul!

A little Mac haul!

I have been waiting for awhile now for my Mac store to get pro pans of Uninterrupted and Kid back instock but it hadn't been happening anytime soon.  So when I saw that Mac online had free shipping on any order I promptly ordered both, as well as the powder puffs that were on sale.  For my free sample I thought I would try out the Prep + Prime Natural Radiance.

Wow, I hadn't realized just how much stuff came into the house last month!  I had best get to work trying out all of the new goodies sooner rather than later.  I am sure that Junes New In will be fairly large, it is my Birthday at the end of June!  Did you take advantage of any sales last month?  Find anything good online?  Let me know!

Trip Through My Trash May 2018

Still the first week in June, and I am getting through my Trash!  

 New and old products, plus quite a few samples!

New and old products, plus quite a few samples!

I am continuing to use up what I have and starting to go through some products (mascaras!) that have just been open for to long and have dried up.  I think I have a fairly good showing of products, a lot more samples than I thought I had used up.  I do still have quite the mess of samples and back ups of products that I need to get through, one product at a time.

If you are interested in reading about what I thought about these products, keep reading!

 A few good products in the Hair and Skincare section.

A few good products in the Hair and Skincare section.

I used up a few products that I will need to repurchase sooner rather than later.

  • Pantene Pro-V Radiant Color Shine Cleansing Conditioner- This is the best Cleansing conditioner I have found.  I usually use a cleansing conditioner in the middle of the week instead of washing my hair with shampoo.  I can't seem to find this one in stores anymore though, but I have found it for a reasonable price on Amazon so an order is in store for that.  Repurchase? Yes
  • Fluffs Cotton Puffs-  A repeat product that will probably be forever in empties for me.  heap at Dollar, $1.25 for 100.  Repurchase? Y Already have.
  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes- And yet another repeat product!  I great price at Costco, just under $15 for 150 wipes.  Repurchase? Already have.
  • Smith's Rosebud Salve Balm- My sister picked this up for me a while ago as we had heard good things about this lip balm.  She picked me up the tube as she knows how much I like sticking my fingers in products, NOT!  I liked this fine, I usually used it at night as it is really thick and the tube gets pretty messy.  I had to wipe around the cap at least once a month. Repurchase? Not sure 
  • Sephora Micellar Cleansing Milk- I picked up this Cleansing Milk on Clearance at Sephora to try it out, I wasn't to impressed with it though.  It was a fairly thick consistency though, kind of weird.  It did an ok job of removing face makeup, but it stung my eyes if it got close.  Repurchase? No
  • Burt's Bees Hydrating Coconut & Pear Lip Balm- I think I got this one in a Holiday pack, but I could be wrong!  My favourite Burt's Bees lip balm is the Vanilla one, but this Coconut & Pear one was pretty good to.  I kept this one in the car and it didn't seem to melt during the warmer months.  It wasn't so hard either though that it tugged, just right for a lip balm for me.  Repurchase? Maybe
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray- I think I got this in the goodie bag from Gen Beauty last year, but again, I could be wrong.  I had high expectations from this leave in conditioner, sadly it didn't live up to them.  It was ok, just nothing earth shattering for the price of a full size.  Repurchase? Doubt it
  • Marc Anthony Bye Bye Frizz 3 Day Shine Keratin Heat Protect Flat Iron Spray- I have had this flat iron spray for quite awhile and just realized that it was a flat iron spray...I have REALLY got to start reading bottles!  I never used this as a flat iron spray!  I used this usually on second day hair to help tame the frizz that I would get.  It works great for getting rid of frizz without weighing down my hair or making it feel like its coated.  Repurchase? Maybe
  • Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Marine Boosting Mist- This was my last sample size bottle of this and I have to say, this last bottle didn't seem as good as the previous one.  It may be that my face is no longer on the drier side anymore though because I did really like this before.  This time not so much.  Repurchase? Not in the foreseeable future, maybe if I get dry again.
  • Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment- A deluxe sample from quite awhile ago...  You are supposed to use this eye cream as sort of a mask, it came with a few under eye pads that you were supposed to use with the cream.  You were to use 5 pumps under each eye and than put the pads on and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and than pat in the remaining product, to me the cream took forever to absorb into my skin  Also you are supposed to use it 3 times a week.  I didn't notice a difference when I used this other than the fact that it took so long to absorb. Nothing groundbreaking for me.  Repurchase? No
  • Dr Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator- A Boxy Charm product, from October 2017!  I really enjoyed using this a few times a week in the shower, it really seemed to give me a good clean.  I will say that I have not noticed any difference in the look of my pores after having used this a few times a week since I got it.  For that reason alone, I don't think it is worth the price, $68.00 CAD.  I was quite happy to use it up though, still on the hunt for a good face exfoliator though.  Repurchase? Doubt it.
  • TBS Satsuma Energizing Body Butter- TBS Satsuma scent is one of my favourites from them.  I like to use TBS Body Butter in the Winter months as they are fairly thick and I find that they do wonders for my skin when it is drier.  I don't tend to use this type of lotion in the warmer months, I tend to use B&BW body lotion more now.  Repurchase? Probably in the Fall.
 A fair amount of samples used up last month.

A fair amount of samples used up last month.

I managed to use up a few samples last month, not as many as the previous month, but still not bad.  The 2 shampoo and conditioners duo didn't impress me at all, there was barely enough product in them for one use for me.  I wasn't a fan of the IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel, it felt like it left a film on my hair and I had to wash my hair the next day each time I used it.  I did not like the Hourglass Illusion Foundation at all, it settled in every pore and fine line on my face within an hour of having applied it no matter what primer or powder I used.  It also felt heavy on my face, I felt like I was wearing foundation all day and couldn't wait to wash my face when I got home.  The Hourglass Veil primer was ok, not the best I have used but also not the worst.  The Algenist eye cream didnt do anything earth shattering for my underlies, but I also was only able to use it for a few days.  It did feel nice and didnt irritate the area at all.

 Saying goodbye to 4 mascaras this month.

Saying goodbye to 4 mascaras this month.

I am not sure how long a couple of these mascaras were open, so I tried them all out again!

  • Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes- I got the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara last year when I made my first purchase from CT.  I got a full face set that this was included in and was hoping it would be great.  I love how it makes my lashes look, it seemed to give me volume and helped to hold a curl for awhile.  Unfortunately it smudged within a few hours, no matter what powder or concealer combo I tried.  Repurchase? Nope
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama- I finally used up my sample from the SDM Mascara Sampler!  And I did use this one up!  If you read my post on this mascara, it was the one from that set that I used my certificate to get a full size.  Repurchase? Already have.
  • Benefit Roller Lash- Another mascara from the SDM Mascara Sampler!  This was another mascara that I liked and it was between this and the Lancome one for the full size.  Roller Lash gives me volume and length and also makes it so I don't have to curl my lashes, but when I do it holds the curl all day.  Repurchase? Maybe, if I ever run out of samples!
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes- I used to like the Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes a lot but this tube just didnt do much for me.  It gave me some volume but wasn't able to hold a curl throughout the day and it did start to smudge after about 4 hours.  Repurchase? Doubt it.
 I didnt manage to burn many candles in May.

I didnt manage to burn many candles in May.

I find that as the weather gets nicer and I have the windows open more, I tend to forget about burning candles.  I liked all 3 of these votives a lot, my favourite out of them was the Coconut Beach though.  I just love that scent!  The Energy Wallflower smelled great and I would definitely pick up another one, it really did help to make the basement smell better!

Not a bad amount of empties, I used up some good things that I will miss and a few that I am not sorry to see gone!  I have a hard time giving up on products, or even just throwing out ones that don't work for me.  I am trying to get better at passing on those products that I can that just don't work for me.  Do you keep trying to use up products even though they really don't work that great for you?  Or am I the only one?!  Have you used up anything great lately?  Let me know what it was!

 

SDM Fragrance Sampler - Versace - Eros Pour Femme

Time for my thoughts on the second fragrance from the 2016 SDM Fragrance Sampler that I picked up during a Black Friday weekend Bonus Redemption weekend!  I have recently finished up with the Mascara Sampler that I picked up during that same shopping trip and luckily the Certificate was still good, heres hoping the same for this one.

 A look at what is inside the SDM Fragrance Sampler from Fall 2016.

A look at what is inside the SDM Fragrance Sampler from Fall 2016.

As with the SDM Mascara Sampler, I am hoping to give you my thoughts on each fragrance once a week.  The fragrances I will be trying out each week are - Issey Miyake-L'Eau D'Issey Pure, Versace-Eros Pour Femme, Lancome-Tresor La Nut, Giorgio Armani-Si, Chloe-Chloe, Salvatore Ferragamo-Signorina, Mugler-Angel Muse.  As I said in my intro post, there are a few fragrances included in this set that I already know that I like.

The second fragrance for me to try was the Versace - Eros Pour Femme.  And if I am reading the fine print right, the one you can get with the gift certificate is an Eau de Toilette Spray 50mL.

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Here is what the Fragrance Guide description of the Versace - Eros Pour Femme has to say-

Style: your natural, elegant style has a newly discovered sensuality and confidence inspired by the precious citrus, florals, and woods of the Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette scent on your skin.

Tones: deductively fresh Sicilian lemon and mandarin with crisp, fruity raspberry, and blackberry create a tempting sorbet, smoothed with velvety floral petals of jasmine and orange blossom and warmed with white woods.

The Woman: She is proud to enhance her femininity and spirited character with this bright and enticing Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette.

If the promo picture is how the full size bottle looks, we have another pretty mini perfume bottle!  When I first put on the Versace Eros Pour Femme perfume I can catch a hint of the floral scent, but thankfully, not to strongly.  I am not the biggest fan of strong floral scents, so I am glad that they aren't to prevalent in this perfume!  I don't smell the fruity scents much either, but I do like how this one smells better than the Issey Miyake.  The scent is a tad strong at first but it does settle down within a few hours.  The Versace Eros Pour Femme didn't last that long on me, I could only catch a slight scent after 6 hours.

For me I would give the Versace Eros Pour Femme a rating of 3.  I will happily continue to use up this mini, but I don't think it will be the one I pick up.

If you would like to read my thoughts on the previous scents you can find it here-

Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure

My Thoughts on Zoya Naked Manicure - Lavender Perfecter

This week I thought I would try out the Zoya Naked Manicure Lavender Perfecter that I received in the January Super Awesome Mystery Box with my first Zoya order. 

 Zoya Naked Manicure - Lavender Perfecter.

Zoya Naked Manicure - Lavender Perfecter.

Zoya Naked Manicure Lavender Perfecter is an Allure 2015 Best Of Beauty Breakthrough winner.  I didnt actually pick out this polish, but it was one I was interested in, it was one of the products in the Mystery Box from January.  It gets a lot of positive reviews on the Zoya site, saying that it helps to cancel out yellow tones on the nail.  On the Zoya website it says that 'The Zoya Naked Manicure Lavender Perfecter is ideal for neutralizing discolouration and adding a cooler base'.

I thought I would give my nails a break this week and try this one out.  As you can see from the first picture my nails are looking fairly dull and lacklustre.  The second and third picture are of my nails after applying only the Zoya Naked Manicure Lavender Perfecter.  My nails are definitely shinier looking, and to me that equates to looking healthier!  They also seem to look almost cleaner?, the nail bed is looking pinker than in the first shot, or is that just me?!  I think that may be due to the lavender tint?  So far I am liking how the Zoya Naked Manicure Lavender Perfecter has made my nails look without polish on.  I think that this polish will be great for putting on my nails when I am not wanting to put on a colour polish but still want my nails to look nice.

How about you?  Does the Zoya Naked Manicure Lavender Perfecter, seriously long name!, look like a polish you would be interested in picking up?  Can you see any difference in how my nails look from the pictures?  Out am I just imagining things?!

SDM Fragrance Sampler - Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure

Here we go with my thoughts on each of the Fragrances that I got in the 2016 SDM Fragrance Sampler that I picked up during a Black Friday weekend Bonus Redemption weekend!  I have recently finished up with the Mascara Sampler that I picked up during that same shopping trip and luckily the Certificate was still good, heres hoping the same for this one.

 What is inside the SDM Fragrance Sampler.

What is inside the SDM Fragrance Sampler.

As with the SDM Mascara Sampler, I am hoping to do give you my thoughts on each fragrance once a week.  The fragrances I will be trying out each week are - Issey Miyake-L'Eau D'Issey Pure, Versace-Eros Pour Femme, Lancome-Tresor La Nut, Giorgio Armani-Si, Chloe-Chloe, Salvatore Ferragamo-Signorina, Mugler-Angel Muse.  As I said in my intro post, there are a few fragrances included in this set that I already know that I like.

I decided to try out the fragrances in the order that they are shown in the Fragrance Guide booklet.  So the first fragrance on the list was Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure.

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Here is the description from the Fragrance Guide-

Style: L'Eau d'issei Pure is an invitation to go back to the source, to L'Eau d'issei.  It all began as a rare and precious drop...which transformed into a bottle and became L'Eau d'issei Pure.  Enjoy a moment suspended in time, a moment of reverie and escape.

Tones: Water, the vital element in L'Eau d'issei Pure, is embodied by a Marine and Ambergris accord which blends with a bouquet composed of fresh and light lily of the valley, indulgent jasmine and sweet Damask Rose.  Underneath the eau lies a vibrant Cashmere Wood base.  As pure as a drop of water on a woman's skin...

The Woman: The L'Eau d'issei Pure woman is natural, elegant, and modern just like the confident woman of today.  The very essence f femininity.

I love the simple look of the bottle, it is just beautiful!  I only wish that the perfume smelled good on me.  I am not a huge fan of floral-y scents and on me that was all I could smell.  I think it was the Lily of the Valley that I was smelling.  On me this seemed to be a very strong floral scent, but if I had read the description a little better I would have noticed that that is what this fragrance mostly consists of.  The scent lasted all day on me as well, not so great when you don't like it!  I would apply the fragrance around 630 am and I could still smell it at 9 pm, thats pretty great for a perfume!

For me I would rate the Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure as a 1.  

I will happily keep the bottle though as I said earlier, I love the simple lines of it.

Zoya Brigitte - Review and Swatches

I thought that I would give another Zoya polish a chance from the mini haul I did back in January, you can see what I picked up here.  Up this time is Zoya 'Brigitte', described by Zoya as a 'full-coverage, bombshell mauve cream'.   Brigitte is also part of the Zoya Naturel collection, im not sure if its part of 1 or 2 though.

 Trying Zoya nails polish with my usual base and top coat.

Trying Zoya nails polish with my usual base and top coat.

For trying out this next Zoya polish, I thought I would use my regular base and top coat, Sephora Base and Seche Vite Top Coat, to see if I was able to get more wear out of the polish.  If you remember when I tried out Zoya 'Normani' I used Zoya base and top coat and had quite a bit of tip wear by day 2, not what I like to see.  I will say that the tip wear didnt get much worse after that, or at least not that I noticed Normani is a neutral leaning polish as well.

 Zoya Brigitte, 2 coats for full coverage!

Zoya Brigitte, 2 coats for full coverage!

I love the color of Zoya Brigitte!  For me it is a great neutral mauve that is not in your face.  Brigitte on my nails is the kind of neutral that can go with anything I think, its not to mauve nor is it to neutral, just the right amount of color.  Brigitte also was almost opaque after one coat but I did a second coat to even things out a bit more.  I'm not sure if the Base coat and Top coat had much to do with how smooth and easy this shade went on, but im loving it!

 Another shot of Zoya Brigitte!

Another shot of Zoya Brigitte!

I think that if you are in the mood for a new neutral, go-with-anything, polish you could do far worse than Zoya Brigitte!  I can definitely see me pulling this polish out and wearing it over and over again!  Which is not something I have said in a long time!  

What are your favourite shades of polish?  Have you used Zoya before?  Let me know your thoughts.

SDM Fragrance Sampler

Continuing with pulling out things I picked up quite awhile ago, 2016 for this one!  I had picked up the SDM Fragrance Sampler box during the same SDM Bonus Redemption weekend that I had picked up the SDM Mascara Sampler, reviewed here.  Since that coupon was still good, we will see if the one from this SDM Fragrance Sampler box is as well.

 Sorry for the not so great picture of the box! 

Sorry for the not so great picture of the box! 

I am sorry for the not the greatest pictures of this product!  I had thrown out the box a while ago and was lucky enough that I had some pictures of the box from when I had picked it up so long ago!  As I had said in the post where I had picked up the SDM Fragrance Sampler, I had been eyeing these Fragrance boxes for quite some time and it was finally in stock when I redeemed.  I love mini products, especially perfume bottles when they look like miniatures of full size ones.  

Inside of the box I got 7 mini perfumes, some had boxes included in the centre of the box some did not.  There is also a Fragrance Guide as well the gift certificate.   The Gift Certificate allows you to redeem for a full size bottle of one of the mini perfumes included in the box.  The Fragrance Guide gives you some hints on choosing a fragrance as well as descriptions of each fragrance.

 The 7 mini fragrances, Gift Certificate and the Fragrance Guide.

The 7 mini fragrances, Gift Certificate and the Fragrance Guide.

I believe that all 7 mini perfume bottles are very similar, if not the same, as the full size counterparts.  Aren't they all beautiful?!  I knew when I picked up this Fragrance Sampler box, that I do like 2 of the fragrances already.  So I know that I will be able to get one that I already like.   Which is a good thing considering that the sampler set is $105 CAD to buy now , here is a link to the one available now.  I am pretty sure that when I picked it up that is was under $100 though.  Each mini fragrance bottle contains between 3.5 ml to 7 ml, depending on the fragrance.  The fragrances included in my SDM Fragrance Sampler box are - Issey Miyake-L'Eau D'Issey Pure, Versace-Eros Pour Femme, Lancome-Tresor La Nuit, Giorgio Armani-Si, Chloe-Chloe, Salvatore Ferragamo-Signorina, and Mugler-Angel Muse.

The Gift Certificate gives a list of the fragrances with a 1-5 rating selection.  That way you can rate how you liked each of the fragrances as you try them out.  So once you have tried each one out and rated each one, you will be able to pick between the ones that you rated the highest.  There is also a short survey to complete at the bottom of the second page asking you a few questions about the fragrances in the Sampler.On the back of the Gift Certificate it gives you instructions on how to redeem for your fragrance of choice.

The Fragrance Guide included in the Sampler gives you a list of each fragrance, with the corresponding page number for each one.  There are some helpful hints about testing a new fragrance, like to test on your skin, sample 1 0r 2 at a time as the scents start to blend together and your nose can't distinguish them, etc.  Also that Fragrance on your skin will smell different up to 2 hours after application, I never noticed that before!  It also reminds you to check semi-annually as the assortment of fragrances in the Sampler gets updated.

I plan on testing each fragrance for a week, and than I will report back on each one as I try them each out.  Similar to how I did the SDM Mascara Sampler.  I will also share the tones and style of each fragrance as we go along!  Who knows, maybe I will find a fragrance that I like that I can even wear to work, in a hospital setting!  Have you ever tried a Fragrance Sampler Box?  What did you think of it? Worth it? Or not?  

New In For April 2018

I have been trying to really think about what I am picking up each month, my sister is helping with telling me that I probably don't really need that!  I am happy with what what came in over the course of the past month.  Doing these New In for each month is helping as well,  I can see what I am picking up and if I am really using it.

 Sent from Glam Sense, a great assortment of L'Oreal goodies.

Sent from Glam Sense, a great assortment of L'Oreal goodies.

I was lucky to be chosen to participate in the L'Oreal Glam Sense box last month.  I received quite a few goodies to try out, some good and some not so good for me.  If you want to see what I thought on the products I was sent I wrote a post on it and you can check it out here

 I choose to pick up the Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara from the SDM Mascara Sampler I picked up in 2016...

I choose to pick up the Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara from the SDM Mascara Sampler I picked up in 2016...

I was happy to find out that the coupon for a full size mascara of my choice from the SDM Mascara Sampler from 2016 was still valid!  I wasn't to sure that it would be after a year and a half!  I choose the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara as it just worked the best out of the ones that were in the sampler for me.  I also liked a few other ones that were in the set but I do frequently get deluxe sizes of them.  If you'd like to check out my thoughts on all the products from that box you can check it out here.

The Walart closest to my house finally had the other new Wet N Wild palette that I was interested in trying out, Not A Basic Peach is another more neutral palette with a pop of blue.  I haven't tried this out to much yet but from what I have tried its not bad!  Especially for under $10.00.  

 That Tatcha sample was the reason for this order pre Sephora sale, not to mention I had used a shade completely in the Basics palette and it was on sale!

That Tatcha sample was the reason for this order pre Sephora sale, not to mention I had used a shade completely in the Basics palette and it was on sale!

I placed a Sephora order before the Spring sale for 2 things....one being a sample offer!  There was a sample offer to chose 2 deluxe samples and one of them was the new Tatcha primer that I have seen great reviews for, the other sample I chose was the Drunk Elephant eye cream.  I saw that the UD Naked Basics palette was on sale for $18 and I had been eyeing the Kristen Leanne Daydream palette and it was on sale as well!  The 2 palettes put me at the $35.00 spend to get the samples so I didn't think anymore about it and ordered.  I also redeemed 100 points for the Laura Mercier Cavier Stick Eye Colour as I have been liking using the ones I have lately.

I was very restrained during the Spring Sephora sale and only picked up 2 things!  I have had a few samples of the Dior Forever foundation and really liked it but had a hard time spending over $60 for it! I finally found that Sephora had my shade and waited till the sale and than quickly picked it up.  The goodie bag for the first weekend of the Rouge event was very lacklustre....  I picked up the Bite Bag to try out the newer liquid lipstick formula, already knowing that I like the lip balm.

 The gift for the Parkinson's Hair Affair, Milk Shake Hair Mask.

The gift for the Parkinson's Hair Affair, Milk Shake Hair Mask.

I finally got a haircut during the London Parkinsons A Hair Affair, a fundraiser here in London where for $40.00 you were able to get a shampoo, cut, and style.  This was the second time I have done this fundraiser and I have to say that Erin at Chatters in Masonville mall did a great job!  It was well worth the $40.00!!  Along with getting the hair cut you also received a goodie bag from Milk Shake, mine had the Milk Shake Beauty Mask Hair Mask.  It smells really good!  I will be trying it out soon!

What do you think of what was New for me in April?  Is there anything here that interests you, that you would like to read my thoughts on?  Let me know down below and I will get to it asap!

 

Trip Through My Trash - April 2018

Again with getting on top of my Trash in a timely manner!  I think that after 6 months of my new work schedule I may have figured out how to manage my time a bit better.

 A few new products and a few old used up in April.

A few new products and a few old used up in April.

I was quite surprised when I emptied out the bag that I use to hold my empties for the month and saw how much I ended up using up.  Its always satisfying to see that I am actually using some things up, it also helps to show my other half that yes I do need that when I go and buy more stuff!

If you are interested in what I thought of what I used up last month grab a beverage and keep reading!

 Quite a few full size products bit the bullet last month.

Quite a few full size products bit the bullet last month.

I managed to use up more than I thought I had in Hair, Body and Skincare products in April.

  • Fluffs Cotton Pads - I think I have talked these to death around here!  I don't spend a lot on cotton pads, these are $1.25 for 100 at Dollarama.  Repurchase? Always
  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - another repeat product, this time from Costco!  I use these after I have used a makeup remover and before I use my Clarisonic.  Repurchase? Always
  • South Mane Under Eye Gels - I had meant to use this eye gels I got in Boxy Charm and than used 1 and forgot...  It was nice and didnt slip around on my face to much.  Boxy puts a value of $10 for 3 of these, which isn't bad but I will hold out my thoughts until I use them more.  Repurchase? Not sure yet
  • Swiss Line Cell Shock Anti Wrinkle Serum - This was my favourite serum from the Elle Canada Grand Prix that I was lucky enough to be a part of, and yes it was awhile ago!  After having used this up, I can't say that it would be my favourite anymore.  It may be that it was old?  Not sure, but for $230 CAD I had hoped for more.  Repurchase? No
  • B&BW Fresh Sparkling Snow Foaming Hand Soap - Another repeat product in some scent or other.  The B&BW Foaming Hand Soaps have been out soap of choice at our sinks for awhile.  Repurchase? Usually!
  • Olay Pro X Anti-aging Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser - My daughter had picked up the Olay version of a Clarisonic and this cleanser came with it.  She didnt like it so gave it to me.  I have to say that I wouldn't use this cleanser with a facial cleansing device.  There is grit in the cleanser and to me if you were using that with one it would be to harsh.  I used this up in the shower and it was ok.  I wasn't a huge fan of the scent, a little to soapy smelling for me.  Repurchase? No
  • Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel - Sorry about all the repeat products!  But at least you know that these are my favourites.  I use the Thayers Witch Hazel in the morning after washing my face and before I use my skincare products.  I tried to go without this, but after a week and a half I was missing it and had a few breakouts so I promptly went and picked up another bottle.  Repurchase? For the forseeable future.
  • Boscia Luminizing Black Mask - This mask is actually a deluxe sample that I had gotten, probably from Sephora.  I have been using this on my nose instead of the nose strips to see if it could do a better job.  It doesn't pull out quite as much as the strips but I think it is gentler.  It does take awhile to dry enough to peel it off but thats ok.  I think that I will continue to use this type of product for my clogged pores and see if it continues to pull the gunk out without damaging my skin.  Repurchase? Maybe, when I run out of samples...
  • Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micelle Solution - I have to admit that I picked this up because everyone is always saying how great it is.  It is good as a first step in removing makeup, but it wasn't able to remove waterproof mascara for me.  I have a few more Micelle solutions to try out but I do think I liked this one.  I tend to use a separate Eye Makeup Remover for my eyes anyway.  Repurchase? Maybe, unless I find one I like better.
  • Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme - Another Boxy product!  It took me forever to use this up.  I rarely blow-dry my hair but I do like to put a styling creme in my hair after I wash it.  This creme seemed to help with frizz and when I did flat iron my hair on the second day it seemed to help it stay straighter.  Repurchase? I doubt it, it didn't impress me that much, although I also don't blow dry my hair..
  • Schick Intuition razor refill - Repeat offender here again.  I got these refills at Costco and this is my razor of choice.  When you are getting in the shower at 4am, you don't want to messing around with shaving cream + a razor!  Not to mention the fact that I have never nicked myself since I started using these.  Repurchase? yes!
  • L'Occitane 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream - My husband I used this at night when we were watching tv and we both liked it.  It dries quickly without leaving a greasy feeling on your hands.  It helped both of us to not have dry cracked hands over the winter.  Repurchase? We will have to see if it is our favourite after we finish up the backlog I seemed to have amassed...
 A nice amount of samples gotten rid of, but more came in!

A nice amount of samples gotten rid of, but more came in!

I didnt think I had used very many samples last month, but pictures don't lie!  Of the 2 foundation samples (Dior Forever Skin and Nars Natural Radiant, I much preferred the Dior.  After wearing the Nars one for a few hours my face got really shiny and not in a good way.  I have had samples of the Dior before and liked it a lot but it has been out of stock on both Sephora and Beauty Boutique, but they did have a bottle of my shade in store at Sephora so I picked it up during the sale.  The Dr Belmeur samples had barely enough product in them for one use, so I can't say much about them they were just ok.  I really like the Liquid Blendercleanser for cleaning foundation off of brushes.  I got the Cetaphil samples from Sample Source, they are nice and light feeling on the skin.  The Cleanser does not foam up at all.  The other samples were ok, nothing groundbreaking that I need to run out and pick up a full size right away though.

Benefit They're Real Mascara is the only Makeup product I used up last month, and I didnt really use it up!  I went to use it and it had dried up!  I do like this mascara even though it is a plastic wand.  I can't remember when I opened this sample so its probably for the best that it is dried out!  I do have more samples and even a full size of this that I was lucky enough to score from the Sephora Rewards Bazaar. 

 I didn't burn much last month.

I didn't burn much last month.

I only managed to burn 3 votives last month, I guess my house wasn't to stinky?!  Either that or I wasn't home much!  I liked all 3 of these scents, none were to sweet.  I am surprised that I liked the Salt Water Taffy, I don't usually go for those scent anymore.  I'm not even sure where I got that one!  My sister probably gave it to me!

I am quite surprised and happy about what I used up last month, a lot of full size products.  Some of them were new to me and some not so new.  Hopefully I can keep up with using up samples and such, it would be nice to get rid of some of them!   Any hints/ideas on how I can get to using them up?

Zoya Normani

I am finally getting around to trying out one of the polishes I picked up during my Zoya purchase in January!  I am hoping to try out all of the shades I picked up within the next little while.  I am also planning on trying out the Zoya Base and Top coats to see how they compare to my favourite Sephora Base Coat(now discontinued :() and Seche Vite Top Coat.

 Zoya Naked Manicure Base Coat, Normani polish, and Naked Manicure Glossy Seal.

Zoya Naked Manicure Base Coat, Normani polish, and Naked Manicure Glossy Seal.

Normani is described as a sable, mauve cream.  Pretty accurate description if you ask me!  Normani is part of, I think, the Natural 2 collection.  The Natural collections seem to be a range of easy to wear neutrals ranging from light to dark tones that there should hopefully be a shade for every skin tone.

The Naked Manicure Base coat dried fairly quickly so I was able to start in with Normani fairly quickly.  I will say that the brush on all 3 of these is fairly skinny, not sure I am quite a fan of that.  If you use a fairly thick coat, Normani can cover in one coat.  I ended up doing 2 thinnish coats on my nails and that seemed to do a great job of being opaque.  It didnt seem to take that long for each coat to dry, a couple of minutes?  I waited about 5 minutes before applying the Naked Manicure Glossy Seal top coat and that seemed to be enough time for Normani to dry.  The Glossy Seal Top Coat gives a lot of shine to the nail which is nice.

I will say that as of now, on day 2 of wearing the Zoya collection, I am not so impressed.  My nails are still shiny, but I do already have tip wear on 4 fingers.  I don't remember that happening with my regular base and top coat.  I will keep you updated on how they wear, both with other brands of polish and the Zoya with my regular base and top coat.

Sephora Bubble Mask

I thought it was about time I gave you my thoughts on the Sephora Bubble Mask that I had picked up during the March 1 Sephora Exclusive Soiree!

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I am pretty sure I paid around $20.00 CAD for the mask, I can't remember off the top of my head and it appears that you can't get this mask online.  I will check on the price the next time I go into Sephora and update this post.

I had gone in to Sephora a bit before I picked this up and asked an associate if they had any bubble masks, I was interested in trying them out!  My helpful associate showed me this one, I guess it was the only one they had, and I tried some out on the back of my hand.  I could feel it tingling and pretty much knew I would be picking it up during the next event that came around, it wasn't a need just something fun to try so I could wait.

 A small pump of the Sephora Bubble Mask.

A small pump of the Sephora Bubble Mask.

The directions are easy to follow - Once a week, apply a fine layer over slightly humid skin.  Let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes until its texture becomes frothy.  Massage with fingertips and rinse with water.  Be sure to close well after each use.

When you first pump out the mask, it comes out as a clear gel.  Nothing to exciting there!  1 pump is more than enough to cover your face though.  It does feel slightly cool when you first put it on.  I put 1 pump in my hand and than dot it around my face rubbing it in.  It very quickly starts to foam up.  After about a minute I can start to feel the bubbles popping on my skin, it tickles!

The one thing I can say that I found out when using this mask, is when you are massaging it into your skin before rinsing, that its best to wet your hands!  The first time I tried the mask I didn't and there was some tugging, the mask almost becomes sticky.  Other than that I followed the directions.

I have been using the Sephora Bubble Mask once a week since the beginning of March.  I didnt find that the mask dried out my skin, nor did it seem to hydrate.  I haven't noticed a huge difference in my skin, other than the fact that my pores don't seem to be clogged at all, no pesky breakouts or anything either.  I have been enjoying using this mask, partially for the fun factor, it tickles!  But also the look on my families faces when they see the white frothy foam on my face!  It isn't a pretty sight, but it is funny!

Have you tried out a bubble mask yet?  How did you like it if you have? 

 

Urban Decay Naked Basics

I picked up this palette plus another one from the sale section before the Spring sale for 2 reasons. 1-it was on sale for $18.00 CAD!!!  2-there was a great promo on at Sephora if you spent $35.00 CAD.  If you spent the required amount you were able to pick 2 deluxe samples with the code 'HOLYGRAIL', Tatcha-The Silk Canvas, Drunk Elephant-C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, Kate Somerville-Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover, Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer.  I picked the Tatcha and Drunk Elephant.

My sister actually helped talk me into picking it up.  Along with the samples it was well worth not waiting, the samples are worth more than the discount, not to mention the palette seems to have sold out online, but when I was in store yesterday they had quite a few there, it won't hurt to ask if they were on sale!  The shade WOS is well worth $18.00 to me.  It is a perfect blending/brow bone shade for me.  

 Pretty new Urban Decay Naked Basics.

Pretty new Urban Decay Naked Basics.

I didn't just pick up the Urban Decay Palette because of the promo, nor just because it was on sale.  I picked up the palette because I have completely used up WOS in my old Basics palette!  The Naked Basics palette may seem like a very boring, almost all matte, basic neutral palette and to some extent it is.  But it is also the perfect little palette to take with you if you travel.  This palette along with a couple shimmery singles and you can get a lot of different looks out of it.  For me it is the perfect companion, or solo for that matter, palette.  I can get a very natural look or I can deepen it up if I feel like it.

The Shades in the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette-

  • Venus-almost white shimmer shade, the only shimmer in the palette
  • Foxy-yellow based cream, matte
  • WOS-pink based cream, matte-the only shadow I have completely used up!
  • Naked 2-pale taupe brown?, matte-perfect blending shade for me!
  • Faint-medium toned brown, matte-great for darkening up the outer corner a touch
  • Crave-black, matte-works great as a liner!

As you can see my old palette was well loved, especially WOS!  I think WOS is the first eyeshadow I used up!  There is a pretty good dip in Naked 2 as well.  I tried to use Foxy as a substitute for WOS but it just wasn't it, it shows quite yellow on my eyes.  I have given my sister the old Basics palette, I asked her if she wanted it and she said she can never say no to shadows!  Hopefully she can finally see what im talking about with this palette, it is my most used palette that I have, and thats saying a lot....

Have you tried out the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette?  Or completely used up an eyeshadow shade?  Whats your favourite eyeshadow palette, I may need a new one!

Dollarama DIY Felt Letter Board

Since I did my last DIY Letter Board that my husband did most of the work for, I really wanted to keep trying to make the ones I had originally read about.  So I headed of to Dollarama to see what I could find and try it out a few more times.  I am happy to say I was able to make it work, but it did take a few times.  You will see pictures of 2 different attempts, but I will explain that as I go!

 The final DIY Letter Board, that holds the letters in while upright.

The final DIY Letter Board, that holds the letters in while upright.

You can get almost everything needed to make this letter board from Dollarama, minus the letters.  I have only been able to find letters on Amazon.

To make the Letter Board you will need-

  • Deep picture frame, I picked up a 4 x 6 for $2.00
  • 1/4 inch dowels, you can get them at Dollarama for $1.25, I had this left over from my last attempt I ended up needing 2 packs.
  • felt, I picked up a 9 x 12 inch from Micheals for 0.59
  • Rulers, to measure dowels and to help push in felt
  • hand saw, something to cut your dowels to the length you need
  • glue gun
  • pencil
  • very thin something to push in felt

All in all I think you could get everything at Dollarama for under $10.00, not bad!

  1. Dis-assemble the frame, you only need the frame and the back piece with the stand.
  2. Put the back piece back in the frame and mark around where the frame is on the back part.
  3. Measure the dimensions that you marked off, mine were 6.5 x 4.5 inches
  4. I took off a 1/8 inch off of the measurement, to leave room for the felt on the edges.
  5. Cut your dowels to the length you need, mine was 6 3/8 inches, I ended up needing 14 for the 4 x 6 inch size.
  6. Run a bead of hot glue along the top of the backing, leaving enough room that the dowel isn't right up against your mark.
  7. Put your first dowel down on the glue.

Heres were you will start seeing 2 different projects!  The premise is the same just not the spacing!

  1. In my first picture you will see that I used 2 spacers, don't do that!  The space ends up being to big but all the other projects I saw said to leave a 1/4 inch space between that is way to big.  My second attempt I only used 1 spacer.
  2. What worked for me was setting my spacer next to the previous dowel and running a pencil line down the length, that let me know where the next dowel needed to go, not to mention leaving the spacers in while glueing wasn't always the best thing they sometimes got a little stuck...
  3. Keep going in this way until you have filled in the whole backing piece with rows of dowels.  I ended using 14.

Sorry, again with the 2 different ones!

  1. I checked to make sure the backing would fit inside the frame before I started putting the felt in.
  2. Now its time to put the felt in!  I did this in the same way that I did my big Felt Letter Board.
  3. You can put a few beads of glue between the dowels before putting the felt in the grooves if you want, but you don't need to.
  4. I used the rulers to hold in the previous rows but ended using an old Tupperware orange peeler to push the felt in.
  5. The third picture shows using the piece of grey felt, it was the perfect size!  I just cut off some of the excess felt and put it in the frame.
 My 2 DIY Felt Letter Boards.

My 2 DIY Felt Letter Boards.

Lastly think of a saying you want to display and use your letters!  You do have to be somewhat careful with this letter board, the rounded dowels don't hold onto the letters quite as well as the square cuts my husband made on the big one.  But it does work and it can be set upright without the letters falling out!

I am happy with both of my finished projects.  The smaller one is great because anyone can probably do that one, no power tools needed!  Not to mention that even if you have none of the materials, they are easily found at your local Dollarama.  And did I mention, it was under $10.00?!  If you want to see how we made the big board you can find it here.

Have you made anything lately?  How did it turn out?