New In For December 2017

Still recovering from the nasty bug I caught, you seem to be getting better and than bam! back to feeling crappy again.  Even though it may be a little late getting this post up, I still wanted to give you a peek at what came in in December.

I had placed this order during the November SDM spend your points event, but somehow my order didn't ship until December 1.  SDM sent me out an apology email for the delay with a $20 off any purchase at BeautyBoutique.ca with free shipping for the delay, which I thought was great!

  • Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + - I love this face moisturizer and so does my daughter!  I picked this up to put in her stocking as she keeps asking me for some more!
  • Urban Decay - Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette - I had been looking at this contour palette for a while and almost picked it up when it was in the Sephora sale section, but this way I get to try it without spending any 'real' money on it.  I picked up the 'Light-Medium' one.
  • Chanel - Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup - I have heard good things about this foundation for more 'mature' skin, which as I am edging closer to the half century mark I think my skin definitely qualifies.  I will let you know how I like it.  I am in the shade 20 Beige.
  • Stila - Play It cool Liquid Lipstick Set - I have been curious about the Still formula for awhile but than I forget about it, Sephora doesn't carry it in store.  I thought that I would get the most use out of these shades-Baci-nude pink, Patina-dusty rose, and Bacca-raspberry.  The only shade that I may not wear is Bacca, I don't usually stray to far from nude shades!
A few 3-wick candle from B&BW.

A few 3-wick candle from B&BW.

Went to B&BW during the candle event, candles were $10 CAD each!  I can't remember if I liked how the candles burned/smelled from BBW so I figured I would pick up a few to try.  Not to mention, that $10 for a huge 3 wick candle is great.

  • Focus - Eucalyptus and Tea scent, sounds like it will be very good at helping to keep me on track.
  • Snowflakes & Citrus - Fresh with some Citrus thrown in?  Count me in.
  • Chestnut & Clove -I like spicy scents, and I have to say, I kind of bought this one for the pattern on the jar!
Beautiful bamboo watch from Monthly Watch Club.

Beautiful bamboo watch from Monthly Watch Club.

I was lucky enough to be sent the December Womans Monthly Watch Club watch in December.  It is a unique and beautiful Bamboo watch.  Review to come soon!

KVD mini Metal/Matte palette, I wasn't going to miss out on this one.

KVD mini Metal/Matte palette, I wasn't going to miss out on this one.

Kat Von D - Metal/Matte mini palette - I ordered this as soon as it was available on the app from Sephora.  I also had to order one for my brother-in-law for my sister.  I missed out on the first Metal/Matte palette and really didn't want to miss out on this one.

I was contemplating picking up a few things from the MAC x Patrick Starr collection and an online offer pushed me over the edge!  I believe it was spend $60 and get free express shipping plus a free Pro Eye Makeup Remover.

  • Cleanse Off Oil sample - I already had a sample of this, but they are really small so I figured I would get another and maybe between the 2 I will be able to figure out if I like it or not.
  • Patrick Starr Mama Starr - Mama Starr is on the darker end of the nude spectrum, I think I will get quite a bit of use out of it.  And the packaging is beautiful.
  • Patrick Starr Set Powder - This powder is said to be great for baking or dusting and is supposed to help blur pores.  Thats quite a bit of claims for one small powder, we shall see how it is.
  • Pro Eye Makeup Remover - I got this free with my order!  I ordered when MAC was having a special of spending I think it was $60 CAD and you get free express shipping as well as a full size of the Eye Makeup Remover.  

Just a few things that I got for Christmas!

  • Old Navy Makeup Bag - This bag looks like it will be a great size to fit all my makeup in for whenever I go anywhere!  It has the cutest print as well as being a great size.
  • Tarte Tartlette in Bloom - I have had this palette on my Sephora list forever!  I keep saying I am going to pick it up during a sale, but than a new shiny catches my eye and I forget about it.  My sister said it pained it her to buy it for me because I probably have all these shades at least once in other palettes but she picked it up for me anyway. 
  • GlamGlow Bubblesheet Mask -  I can't wait to try this out!  I have been wanting to try out the bubble masks for awhile, but again I keep forgetting.
  • Nars Man Ray Audacious Lipstick in Anita - I have been looking at this shade as well for a bit, I found Anna just not my favourite and gave it to my sister (who loves it!).  Anita is a tad lighter in shade and I think it will be a great shade for everyday.  Not to mention I love the formula of Nars Audacious Lipsticks!
  • Death Toll and In The Dark books -  My niece and her husband wrote these books and gave me signed copies of both.  I can't wait to finish what I am reading and give these 2 a go.

I didn't find the Boxing Day Deals to be that great this year?  Or maybe I am getting Makeup'd out?!  Either way I didn't spend to much Boxing Day!

  • Tarte No-Makeup Magic Set - I haven't tried out the Quench Lip Rescue so I thought this would be a great way to try the formula out, the shade in the set is 'Buff' a great neutral!  Also in the set is a0.5 oz size of the brighter days moisturizer, and really, who can't use more moisturizer this time of year?!
  • Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter - A full size makeup remover for $15?!  Count me in!  Looking forward to trying out this makeup remover, bonus points for coming with a spatula so I  don't have to stick my fingers in the tub.
  • Origins Mini set - I think I remember liking the eye cream from Origins, so I picked up this set for it and to try out the other moisturizers as well.
Essie Winter Limited Edition polish set on for $7.50 CAD!

Essie Winter Limited Edition polish set on for $7.50 CAD!

I stopped in Walmart on my way out of the mall on Boxing Day and saw this Essie set that had Mint Candy Apple in, a shade I have been wanting to try, on sale for half price.  I like Essie polish so I picked it up, surprisingly the lines were not that bad at all.

  • Essie Holiday Mini Set - I was in Walmart on Boxing Day and saw this set...it was n for 50% off, so it came home with me!  I have always wanted to try 'mint candy apple', now I can along with 4 other shades.

I had gotten an email from The Bay about their Boxing Day sale, so I checked out the makeup section of course!  I saw this MAC Look In A Box - Sweet And Dreamy, and saw that it had a few things I was interested in on for under $50 CAD, Put that in my cart than went looking for something small to add to my cart for free shipping!  

  • The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG Eye cream - I keep trying to pick up this eye serum but it is always out of stock, luckily for me it was in-stock at the bay?  I didn't even know they carried The Ordinary!  I just happened upon it while looking for something small to get me to the free shipping threshold.  
  • Mac Look In A Box-Sweet And Dreamy - This set was on sale at The Bay for Boxing week, I paid under $50 for the set!  I keep picking up the shade 'Kinda Sexy' whenever my sister and I go to the Mac store , as well I have been wanting to try a pencil eye liner from them as I have good things about them.  Both these items in the set for under $50?!  Plus 2 eyeshadows, a blush and highlighter and a mascara, all full size?!  You know it was quickly in my cart!

So I think I ended up with some really good products to try out, some new to me and some I have been wanting for awhile!  Some gifted and some bought by me!

New In For November

I have seen this blog post idea floating around for a bit this year and was thinking it would be a great way to give you a peek at what 'should' be coming up soon here!  It's also a great way for me to keep track of new in stuff, especially now when I am going to be trying to get more reviews out of newer things as well as some of the other things I have picked up over the past year of my somewhat absenteeism from here!  

The month of November is a big shopping month around here.  Canada has really gotten into Black Friday and you can find some great deals right here at home.  Not to mention Cyper Monday, which I don't usually pay much attention to but you can find some good deals there online.  Sephora usually has the VIB %20 off sale thrown in there to.  Shoppers Drug also, at least for the past 2 years, has some type of bonus redemption weekend.  

Without further ado, here is what I picked up last month!

Sephora Black Friday goodies.

Sephora Black Friday goodies.

Was it just me, or did the Sephora sets just not seem that good this year?  I of course, picked up my yearly stock of Philosophy Purity face wash, 3-12 oz bottles, they were $15 a bottle.  I think that may be enough for the year!  I had gotten the it Cosmetics bye bye Undereye before but mistakenly picked it up in light...way to light for me!  So when I saw this set in medium for $20 with the new bye bye Undereye eye cream, I thought why not give it a try.  The Tarte sets are always a good deal for me, the blushes are beginning to be a 'Gotta Catch them all'!  I love tarte's blush formula and had been wanting to try out the new lipstick formula, so for $15 I grabbed it to.  For a grand total at Sephora of $85 plus tax.  I would have easily spent that on the Purity alone if I hadn't gotten it on sale.

On to MAC!  MAC's Black Friday sale was 30% off almost everything, I think the only not included was the new Snowball collection?  Also 6 free samples with every order.  When I saw the MAC x Robert Lee Morris collection, I was pretty sure I was going to pick up the Prolongwear Powder in Light Plus, I have used it in the past and really liked it.  The packaging on this collection is beautiful!  It looks like metal, but unfortunately its not, it is plastic, but it does look beautiful!  Almost every order I have made on MAC I have gotten a sample of the Prep + Prime Skin Base, I knew I was going to end up picking it up at some point, so why not for 30% off?  The samples I picked out were-Creme D'Nude and Velvet Teddy perfume, Cleanse Off Oil, and because you know I needed more mascara samples...In Extreme Dimension Lash, In Extreme Dimension 3D Lash, and False Lashes!  The grand total at MAC was just over $77 taxes in, But I used my cash back from rebates so it only cost me $12!  That was a steal!

On Saturday, November 25, Shoppers was having a Bonus Redemption weekend instore and online, so of course off my sister and I went!  I was originally going to pick up the Dior Forever foundation, but my sister and I both, for some strong reason, are the same shade and they only had 1 left.  So being a nice sister, and since my sister has a really hard time finding a foundation she likes, she got the last one.  I asked the associate for another recomeendation and she recommended the Guerlain.  I picked up the shade the 02-Beige Clair.  I am running low on the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, so picked up 1 of those.  I had seen the Dior-Plump 'N' Volume Mascara and was mildly interested in it, this set came with a mini eye shadow palette in 647-Undress, my favourite kind of shades-neutral!  Decided to try out Guerlain-Intensive Liquid Matte in M06, again a nude shade!  I did place an on line order through Beuty Boutique as well, I was kind of hoping they had the Dior unstuck (they didn't), but it didn't come in until the first of week December, their shipping took forever compared to Sephora.  I'll give you a look at that order next month!

Got a great deal on B&BW Hand Soaps and Wallflowers!

Got a great deal on B&BW Hand Soaps and Wallflowers!

Of course my sister and I stopped in at Bath & Body works on the Saturday of Black Friday weekend as well.  The sale for that day was 10 Hand Soaps or 10 Wallflowers, or any combination of the 2, for $35 CAD I think?  Plus I had a $10 off a purchase of $30.  So I managed to pick up enough hand soaps to last me until the next sale, I think, as well as a couple for gifts. for under $30.oo CAD, that is when I buy the hand soaps, I paid just over $2 a bottle.  I decided to try a couple different formulas this time as well, hopefully we like them.

My Sephora VIB Sale Haul...

My Sephora VIB Sale Haul...

My somewhat restrained, VIB sale haul.  My sister and I had decided that we would split on the cost of the DermaFlash, as we were both interested in trying it out.  You use a new blade each time, so to me it is sanitary to share the cost of the device, which before the sale was $236 CAD.  We split the cost of it, $213 with tax.  Now we can both try it out without spending a small fortune.  I picked up a refill on my Sephora brush cleaner, I use it to clean my brushes and blenders, I find it works great at a cheaper price than the Beauty Blender branded one.  I wanted to try out Violet Voss eyeshadows and the shades in Taupe Notch are great for everyday work appropriate looks!  Also was interested in Huda shadows but didn't want to spend $85 CAD for a big palette and the size of the Obsessions palette looked great, I of course picked up the Warm Brown!  My sister picked up the Mauve one so when I post about this one, I'll include swatches of the Mauve one as well.  I love the bite Agave Lip Mask in winter and this little set let me also try out the scrub and balm, all in a cute little black tin.  I saw that the dr Brandt Pores No More primer was in a gift set with the bag, mini Microdermabrasion, and sample of Luminizing primer for $38 CAD!  I have tried the primer before and liked it, so I figured I would pick up this set.  The full size, which is included in the set is  $55 CAD...kind of a no brainer for me!  I had been matched to the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation previously and liked it so when I saw they had my shade, on sale for $39 minus the 20% made it $31.20 CAD plus tax, almost as good as a deal as I got on the matching Marc Jacobs powder in Cleveland!

I was lucky enough to be sent a few products to try out in November as well!  From Farlyco, a few new to me, products as well as a couple of the 7th Heaven masks, which I love!  Nail Polish Canada also reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying out the Vitry Nail Repair Care, My nails seem to be getting dry and somewhat brittle this year so I said I would love to try it out, I'll try anything to have my nails stop peeling!

Whoops, I didn't think I had picked up that much last month!  I think I did manage to get a good variety of new as well as favourites, so hopefully there will be more than enough for me to let you know my thought son things that I picked up.  Although, in my own defence, I did get most everything on sale or in the case of the SDM redemption, almost free!  Is there anything here that interests you at all?  Anything that you use and love?  Le tm know what you would be most interested in seeing my thoughts on.

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip x3! Swatches

Sephora has, so far this year, put out 3 of there Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip sets!  At one point they had all 3 available on the website as the same time.  Made for some confusing searching!  As of writing up this post, there is only 1 set available.  But I have seen the other 2 pop up now and again on the website as well as in-store, hence why I thought I would give you a quick peek at all 3 together.  I picked up the first one in January when it first showed up.  My sister quickly picked up the second in March when it popped up.  And lastly I picked up the third at the beginning of July.

3 Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip sets

3 Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip sets

All 3 sets cost $33.00 CAD to buy and have a retail value of $106, $82, and $84.  The first set had the highest value because it contained 2 full size products instead of the usual 1.  Since these kits have come out, the Estee Edit has been really discounted on Sephora, I think they are getting rid of the line.

The first Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit.

The first Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit.

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip sampler - Our nude-ist edition to lip!  This neutral set features must-haves to create the perfect nude pout!

In the first Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit you got (listeed in the order of the swatches below)-

  • Estee Edit - The Barest Contour Lip Liner in 05 In The Buff (full size) - nude brown - I like that they included a lip pencil in this set, and the Estee Edit pencil is a great one!  I was actually quite surprised at how much I have been using this pencil.  I am a huge fan of nude lips and this pencil is a great foundation for most of the shades that I like to wear!  It just helps to even out my natural lip color and everything I put on overtop had looked great.
  • Buxom- Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian (deluxe sample) - nude pink - this was the only product in the set that I wasn't to keen to try, I am not a gloss person!  I still haven't tried it so I can't give you my quick thoughts on it, sorry!  It does seem to be somewhat opaque for a gloss though.
  • Too Faced Cosmetics - Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Queen B (deluxe sample)- matte soft mauve - my sister has this in a full size and while I liked it, it is a little to mauve for everyday wear for me!  I love the formula of the Melted Matte Lipsticks though and have a couple of other shades in full size.
  • Bite Beauty - Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb (deluxe sample) - beige nude - I find this shade to more of a peachy nude on me.  I love the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks and this one is no exception.  They feel like nothing on the lips and seem to last a decent amount of time for me.
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty - Le Marc Lip Creme in 246 Slow Burn (deluxe sample) - creamy nude rose - this shade does show up as more pink on me than nude, but the formula just seems to melt into your lips!
  • Urban Decay - Vice Lipstick in 1993 COmfort Matte (full size) - medium brown - I love Urban Decays Vice lipsticks, both the new and the old formula and have quite a few shades of both.  1993 is definitely a brown shade but I still find that I like it.  The Comfort Matte formula is comfortable to wear and doesn't suck the life out of my lips!

To me if I like most of the products in a Sephora Favorites set it is usually more than worth the price!  And at a price tag of $33 CAD for 5 lip shades plus a lip liner this one was a no-brainer for me!  Even though I am not a fan of 1 of the products that's ok.  

Swatches of the first Sephora Favorites - GIve Me Some Nude Lip - Estee Edit-In The Buff, Buxom-White Russian, Too Faced-Queen B, Bite Beauty-Honeycomb, Marc Jacobs-Slow Burn, and Urban Decay-1993.

Swatches of the first Sephora Favorites - GIve Me Some Nude Lip - Estee Edit-In The Buff, Buxom-White Russian, Too Faced-Queen B, Bite Beauty-Honeycomb, Marc Jacobs-Slow Burn, and Urban Decay-1993.

The second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip has a lot of gloss in it!  I was orginally going to pick it up but I was really only interested in it to try out the Nars and Urban Decay.  My sister, however seems to treally like gloss so she quickly snapped up the set and let me 'borrow' it to add into this post!

The second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit, a lot of gloss here for gloss lovers.

The second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit, a lot of gloss here for gloss lovers.

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip sampler - Summer's nude-ist edition to lip!  This neutral set features all the must-haves to create the perfect nude pout!

In the second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit you got (in the below order of the swatches)-

  • Tarte - Lippie Lingerie Matte Lip Tint in Revealed (deluxe sample) - light mocha - This is the brownest shade in the bunch!  These are really nice, they don't dry down to a matte finish, instead it stays more of a semi matte, not drying at all, very comfortable.
  • Nars Cosmetics - Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (deluxe sample) - rose pink - This was one of the products that made me want this set!  Luckily for me, my sister already has the full size of this so she kindly gifted me this deluxe sample!
  • Marc Jacobs Cosmetics- Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar (deluxe sample) - champagne-gold shimmer - A fairly pale, pigmented gloss.  I think I first saw this shade in a Jaclyn Hill video?  It's pretty, but felt pretty sticky to me.
  • Too Faced Cosmetics - Lip Injection Glossy in Spice Girl (deluxe sample) - pink nude - another fairly pigmented gloss.  I don't see any pink in this at all, all I see in this is peach.  Not quite as sticky as the Marc Jacobs though. 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills - Lip Gloss in Kristen (deluxe sample) - cool desert sand
  • Urban Decay - Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in  Trivial (full size) - matte pink nude - I really wanted to try out the Vice Liquid lipstick and this was the other product I was interested in the set.  I found that this lasted quite a long time for me, I still had some on 7 hours after I had applied it.  I may have to pick up one of these!

With only being really interested in 2 of the products in this set, I am glad that I didn't pick up this set.  But it was a perfect one for my sister who loves gloss much more than me!  Not to mention that since she already has a full size of the Nars, she gave me the mini from this set!

Swatches of the second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip - Tarte- , Nars- , Marc Jacobs- , Too Faced- , Anastasia- , and Urban Decay-

Swatches of the second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip - Tarte- , Nars- , Marc Jacobs- , Too Faced- , Anastasia- , and Urban Decay-

And lastly, the third installment of the Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip!  As soon as I saw this one pop up at the beginning of July, I ordered it!  I had been eyeing the Kat Von D, Ciate and Tarte for a bit already!  The third set has a retail value of $84.00 CAD, not bad if you will use most of the products, especially the full size one.

The third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit.

The third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit.

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip sampler - Fall's nude-ist edition to lip!  This neutral lip set includes five deluxe and one full size lip product to help you achieve flawless nude lips.

In the third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit you got (again in the order of the below swatches) -

  • Ciate London - Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bitter Sweet (full size) - grey mink - to me this is a muted mauve, perfect for Fall!  I am looking forward to wearing this shade in the Fall.  Hoping that the Ciate formula is close to Too Faced.
  • Buxom - Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly (deluxe sample) - sultry mauve - the Full-On Lip Creams are supposed to be a more pigmented version of Lip Polish.  Like I said before, not a huge fan of gloss but I will give this a try!  The shade looks really nice and I have heard that Dolly is their best selling shade.
  • Kat Von D - Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Ludwig - nude fawn - when I had first seen the new shades this was the one that interested me the most.  Looks like a great peachy nude!  I didn't end up picking up the full size but as soon as I saw that this lip set had it, I had to have it!  Looking forward to this one.
  • Tarte - Rainforest Of The Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Rum Punch (deluxe sample) - nude - My sister had picked up a full size of the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Salt Lyfe, and loved the formula and told me I needed to try it out.  The peachy shade of this one looked likes like something I would wear!
  • Make Up For Ever - Artist Rouge C211 (deluxe sample) - rosewood - this is supposed to be a universally flattering shade.  Not to cool, not to warm, just right!  I have a full size of the Artist Rouge C105 and find them to be comfortable on the lips.  Looking forward to giving this universally flattering shade a try!
  • Bite Beauty - Multistick in Brioche (deluxe sample) - rich terracotta - these are supposed to be a multi-use type of formula, you can wear them on the eyes, lips and cheeks... I picked up another Bite Set that 2 of these, that I still haven't tried out, oops!, but this was a different shade than in that set!  I am thinking that this might be a good shade for the cheeks.  Haven't tried them out but looking forward to giving them a go.
Swatches of the third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip - Ciate-Bitter Sweet, Buxom-Dolly, Kat Von D-Ludwig, Tarte-Rum Punch, Make Up For Ever-C211, and Bite Beauty-Brioche.

Swatches of the third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip - Ciate-Bitter Sweet, Buxom-Dolly, Kat Von D-Ludwig, Tarte-Rum Punch, Make Up For Ever-C211, and Bite Beauty-Brioche.

I have said it before, but I love most of the Sephora Favorites set that they bring out!  I think that they are a great way to try out a variety of products at a great price.  As an added bonus, who doesn't like mini products?!  I rarely get to finish up a full size product so having a mini size of a prodcut to try out to findout if I like them is a great way for me to try out a lot of products at a fraction of the cost.

I thought it would be good to see all 3 of the Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kits together so you would be able to see the difference in each one.  The top 2 are the first and third one and the bottom is the second one.  I don't think you would go wrong with any of the 3.  If you are a fan of gloss though, the second one would be the one for you.  The first and third have more matte to traditional formulas.  The Sephora Favorites are also a great way to try out more expensive brands at a fraction of the cost of one full size product.

With finally reading the inserts inside the Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kits, it looks like they brought out a new one for each season!  I wonder if they will bring out another one for Winter?!  Will it be Gloss? Or Matte? or Traditional?  Will I be picking it up or will my sister have to have to have it?!