My Thoughts on The Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

I have been using the Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara for the past month and thought it was about time to I let you know my thoughts on it. The claims from the website aren’t to lofty so I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular.

What the Tarte website has to say about the Tarte -gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara - A top-rated, vegan, Amazonian clay-infused lengthening mascara that treats your lashes & delivers soft volume. Boosts thickness, length, & curl with a blend of antioxidants & Conditioners while Amazonian clay replenishes without making lashes feel crunchy or heavy. The formula delivers soft, weightless volume while it nourishes for stronger & healthier lashes.

I pulled this mascara out after the somewhat flop of the Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes. I wasn’t expecting much from this one as the description doesn’t sound that exciting! I was happily surprised with how much I like this one compared to the hyped up Lights, Camera, Lashes. I have been loving how the Gifted mascara makes my lashes look, the wear, as well as the ease of of removal. I have been using the sample I have for the past 3 weeks and the formula hasn’t changed at all. The brush is a stiffer bristle brush that just seems to be able to easily coat my lashes with one application. The pictures above are with only one coat, I am not one to put more than one coat of mascara on. I find that I get a decent amount of volume and length from the mascara. I have yet to have this mascara smudge under my eyes at all, which is one of the most important things in a mascara for me. It has been fairly easy to remove at night as well, which is surprising since I haven’t had any smudging. I haven’t noticed any difference in my lashes since using it, but I am loving the look it gives me anyway.

Have you tried the Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara? How did you like it?

New In June 2019

Another good month for my wallet! I picked up 1 product that I am almost out of. And I was lucky enough to win a Twitter contest from Canadian Beauty Bloggers for Orabel for the others. I spent less than $20.00 last month! I am surprised at how easy it is becoming to not pick up products just because I think I want/need them. I am hoping to keep this mindset up for the rest of the year, only replacing things as I run completely out of them.

I didn’t know, until late in May that we Canadians could get Makeup Revolution from a Canadian supplier! I was quite happy to find that out as I have seen a lot of bloggers/youtubers/etc taking about the products but figured I would just have a look in the States when I go to visit my nephew in Cleveland next. I am quite interested in the Concealer and Foundations but I figured that would be better to see the shades mores than guessing with online. So with my gift certificate in hand I went shopping at Orabel.

I of course, went straight for the eyeshadow palettes! I had seen that the Makeup Revolution - Forever Flawless Palettes were new so I wanted to try one of those. I picked the Makeup Revolution - Forever Flawless - Optimum palette as it looked like something a little bit different from what I seem to have a lot of. I will hopefully let you know my thoughts on this and the other 2 palettes sooner rather than later.

When I had first seen the Makeup Revolution The Emily Edit palettes I really wanted them, but as with most eye shadow palettes, I didn’t really need them! I do probably have a lot of same/similar shades in other palettes, but I do like watching Emily Noel. I didn’t see them on my last trip to Cleveland though so when I saw that Orabel had them and since I had a gift certificate, I figured why not! I didn’t technically spend my own money, the gift certificate covered the cost! I had originally ordered The Wants palette but there was a little mix up with my order and ended up being sent the The Needs. Orabel has excellent customer service though and quickly sent out The Wants one and allowed me to keep The Needs as well!

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The one thing I was needing to replace was my lip scrub in a tube as I was almost out of my current one. Since it was my birthday month in June, and I am Rouge (I think this is my last year of that), I was able to get a free brow wax. I booked my appointment and figured I would also pick up a new lip scrub and my birthday gift from Sephora. I realized on this visit just why I haven’t been going to Sephora this year. Customer service has gone straight down the tubes at my local Sephora. While I was looking around, I asked an associate about a product and was rudely told they don’t get everything in store and to shop online for the product I was looking for. At the cash I was not offered my birthday gift, and the cashier couldn’t figure out how to redeem my code for brow wax and I was treated like it was my fault. I did reach out to Sephora Customer service when I got home. I just ended up redeeming for the 250 points since I was not going to place an order. I doubt I will be spending much if anything at Sephora anymore, definitely don’t see myself hitting Rouge again in the near future. I will try to catch something good in the Rewards bazaar on Tuesday/Thursday.

So that was everything new in that came during the month of June. Not a lot but again something I was running out of as well as something fun! Did you pick up anything new in June? Anything good? Let me know!

Trip Through My Trash June 2019

Time to do another Trip Through My Trash, and see what I finished up for the month of June. again I have a few products that I am tossing, 4 this month.

A nice amount of empties, with only a couple repeats!

A nice amount of empties, with only a couple repeats!

Since I am focusing on using up what I have this year there are only a few repeats in my Trash for the month of June. The good thing about not picking up products until I use up what I have is that I will be able to give you my thoughts on different products instead of the same ones every month!

2 repeats in June and 1 toss.

2 repeats in June and 1 toss.

A fairly decent amount of hair and skincare empties for the month of June, only 1 toss here.

Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser- This is a repeat item fo rme, but it does take me quite awhile to go through a bottle of this as I use it mainly at night. I use this almost every night with my Clarisonic as my final cleanse. My skin seems to do well with this cleanser, it doesn’t dry my face at all and with the Clarisonic, it gets all traces of makeup off of my face. Repurchase? I always do during either Black Friday sale or Boxing Day sales.

B&BW Mediterranean Blue Waters Ultra Shea Body Cream- My last B&BW Body Cream! I have realized that this cream is better for me during the winter months when my skin is drier. It is a fairly thick, heavy cream that does sink into the skin fairly quickly, for me during the colder months. I do find that it is just to thick during the warmer months though. Repurchase? Probably when the weather turns colder.

Life Exfoliating Foot Mask- I had tried this foot mask back in January and didnt find it did much for me that time. I think that was user error that time though! I decided to try it out again last month and actually made sure soak my feet for a bit longer this time. Doing just that, my feet peeled a lot! It didnt get all the rough skin off but it did get most of it off. Repurchase? I will probably try it again to make sure it wasn’t a fluke!

Timeless B5 Hydration Serum- I won this serum from Hot N Flashy’s winter giveaway in January and finally got around to using them up. I used this serum at night and it was fine, I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin. I think having tried out these different serums, that I am just not one to want to have so many steps in a skincare routine. I know that since I am almost 50 that I should be doing it, but it just took to long! I will be on the hunt for a single serum once I finish up all the ones I have, sample and full size. Repurchase? Doubt it.

Timeless Hyaluranic Acid Serum (vitamin C)- Another serum from the Hot N Flashy giveaway, this time a Vitamin C serum. I used this one every morning, and like the previous one, I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin. Repurchase? Once again, I doubt it.

FAB Coconut Micellar Makeup Melter- I tried out this sample of makeup remover and was able to get 2 uses out of it. It was ok, nothing ground breaking for me though. It did rinse off easily though and didn’t burn my eyes. Repurchase? Maybe?

Uriage Xénose Soothing Cleansing Oil- Another sample done! I think I received this sample in a SDM Beauty Boutique order. This one again did an ok job of breaking up makeup, but it left a fill on my face that I couldn’t rinse away. The only way I could get rid of the film left on my face was by using my Clarisonic. Not a favourite for me! Repurchase? Nope

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Strength + Moisture Leave-in Mask- I believe I received this in a Boxy Charm awhile ago. My hair is mid-way down my back, so lots of length, but I don’t color it. My hair tends to get tangled easily but I found when I use a leave in conditioner it tangles less so. This was a fine leave-in, not the best but also far from the worse I have tried. The spray on this was very forceful?, it was not a mist at all. It was hard to control where it went as the nozzle tended to clog as the liquid was thicker. Repurchase? Maybe, if I found it for a good price.

Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil Volume Hairspray- I can’t remember where this one came from. It was an ok hairspray, it didn’t leave my hair crunchy and did brush out easily. It gave a decent amount of hold, my hair still moved so no helmet head. Repurchase? Maybe once I finish up what I have.

Live Clean Hydrating Creamy Cleanser-I won this last summer in a giveaway along with quite a few other Live Clean products. This was an ok cleanser, I used it mostly in the morning in the shower. I just can’t get over the scent of it, it almost had a musty scent? My skin never felt dried out when I used it. It never foamed up much at all, so I guess that is why it never felt drying. Repurchase? No, I just can’t get past the scent.

Clarisonic Radiance Face Brush Head- This is a repeat product for me. By far my favourite brush head for my Clarisonic. I have found that when I use a different brush head my face gets to be a bright shade of red for a few hours afterwards. Repurchase? As long as I can.

B&BW Shea Butter Fragrance Free Hand Cream- I kept this in my purse and it did a good job of giving my hands a boost of moisture if I had used the hand sanitizer little to much at work. It really was fragrance free so there were no issues using it at work. It did sink in fairly quickly and the moisturizing feeling lasted a decent amount of time. Repurchase? Maybe.

Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm- I picked this cleansing balm up quite a while ago and just recently found it. I was hoping that this would be like all the other cleansing balms that are out right now. Unfortunately I was only able to use it a few times before I noticed all those white splotches around the outside of the jar. I wasn’t a fan of this anyway. it didnt melt easily after applying it on my face, even when I tried to warm it up in my hands before putting it on my face. it just seemed to stick wherever I first touched it to my face. It also didn’t seem to be great at removing makeup anyway so I am not that upset that I am tossing it. Repurchase? No.

Milk Shake Beauty Mask- I used this hair mask whenever I did a clarifying treatment on my hair, so weekly! It did give my hair a good boost of hydration, and really helped to detangle my hair and made it feel silky again. I was however not a huge fan of the open pot that it is in. I again, wasn’t the biggest fan of the scent of this one. The scent was fruity, yet floral. Not my favourite sent to have on my hair, not to mention it was amplified by the heat from shower. Repurchase? Doubt it

4 makeup products!

4 makeup products!

4 makeup products are leaving, to bad 3 are tosses!

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation- A foundation I have had forever, at least 4 years…. I went to use this last month, I am really trying to use up products I have, and it smelled a little different from what I remembered, but I tried it anyway. Well that didn’t work out very well as I had to wipe it off my face and start over again. It seemed somewhat dry and sunk into pores horribly. Repurchase? I may try the newer version, you can’t get this one anymore…

Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist- I got this in a previous Boxy Charm and was to sure if I would like it as my skin has done a switch to being more oily to normal. I was surprised that I liked it! I would spray this on my face as soon as I sat down to start doing my makeup and it gave me a boost of hydration. The spray did occasionally spray droplets though so I wouldn’t recommend using this as a setting mist. I didnt notice that it made my makeup last longer, but I did like using it everyday. Repurchase? Maybe, I haven’t ruled it out yet.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara- I have tried this mascara out several times over the years and couldn’t remember what I thought about it. It didnt go well last month with watery eyes and rising humidity. I found that this would smudge on me within a couple hours with these conditions. My sister however who has drier skin doesn’t find that it smudges on her. So if you have drier skin this may work better for you. Repurchase? Nope

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Ink- I have had this forever! I loved the shade of this lip ink and I remember it lasting quite awhile to. The shade I had was 02 Rosewood, a beautiful deeper pinky nude. I pulled this out to use and it smelled a little different from what I remembered, but I tried it on my lips anyway…not a good idea. It went on chunky and patchy. So this one is a toss as I think it has gone bad. Repurchase? I don’t think you can.

I only finished 2 votives, but I am also working on a big jar one to!

I only finished 2 votives, but I am also working on a big jar one to!

I burned 2 votives last month, Yankee Candle Beach Walk and Vanilla Lime, both being scents that I like. I find that both of these scents are fairly light, with a hint of fruityness. I like both of these ones so they weren’t hard for me to burn. Neither is a strong scent and the scent really didn’t go past my office, which is a fairly small room. I am still slowly going through my stash of candles that I have so I didn’t pick up any new ones even though Yankee Candle has been having a really good sale on lately, 75% off! Staying with the use up that I seem to be doing.

Did you use up any good products last month? Are you trying to use up a backlog of products? How is it going?

CND Vinylux - Field Fox

It’s been awhile since I talked about CND Vinylux polishes. I have 4 full size and 5 minis, not including the top coat that is part of the weekly manicure system. 3 of my full size ones are nude/neutral leaning shades, I guess I have a type when it comes to polish.

The CND Vinylux is supposed to last for a week on the nails when you use the top coat that goes with it. I rarely have much trouble with polish lasting a week for me so I do easily get the weeks worth of wear out of this. I find that the CND Vinyl top coat didn’t stay as shiny as I would have liked, it dulled down by the 4th day of wear, the picture below is on Day 2 of wear and you can already see the shiny finish diminishing.

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I find that with CND Vinylux, as well as most any other brand, 2 coats is the sweet spot for getting full opaque coverage with little to no streaks. CND Vinylux Field Fox is a pale neutral beige that goes with anything that you could be wearing for a week. I am a fan of neutral polish and do have quite a few in my collection, but I do also enjoy brighter shades from time to time. The CND Vinylux shade Field Fox would also make a great base for nail art.

You can find CND Vinyl Field Fox at Nail Polish Canada or even Shoppers Drug Mart, a lot easier to find now.

Cover Fx Perfector Face Palette in Light-Medium, My Thoughts

I have had a couple of months now to try out the Cover Fx Perfector Face Palette in Light-Medium that I received in my March 2019 ‘la vie en rose’ BoxyLuxe and decided to give you my thoughts on it.

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As I said above, I got the Cover Fx Perfector Face Palette in my March 2019 BoxyLuxe, it was also in the regular box, but you can purchase it on for $60.00 CAD.

The packaging is very slim and simplistic. The outer packaging is a matte, cream plastic but does have a good weight to it. As you can see the shade names are printed out on the back of the palette, as well as what the intended use is for each powder. I do wish the shade names were printed on the inside of the palette as well instead they only printed the intended use on the inside.

The shades in the Cover Fx Perfector Face Palette in Light-Medium are-Starlight (highlight), Moonbeam (brighter), Divine (highlighter), Silhouette (contour), Stellar (finishing powder), Sublime (blush).

As you can see from my swatches, all of the shades swatched pigmented and smooth. Starlight is the darkest of the highlight shades and I have used it mostly as a lid shade on my eyes, it is bit to dark for my face right now. Moonbeam is more of a white shade but does blend out to a nice sheen on the cheeks for me. Divine is a great slightly peachy shade that works great as a highlighter on my face right now but I also think it will work well when I happen to get some colour on my face. Silhouette is a perfect warmer contour shade that can also bronze up the face some without looking orange or muddy. Stellar, the finishing powder looks in the pan as if it had glitter/sparkle in it, but that didn’t seem to translate on my face. It does have a slight pink tone to it but it worked well as a finishing/blending powder on me. The blush shade in Sublime looks scary bright in the pan and in the swatch, but the formula blended out so well on my cheeks and gave the perfect pink flush to the cheeks.

I have used the Cover Fx Perfector Fave Palette a ton as a face palette, but I have also used it as eyeshadow. All of the shades worked just as well on my eyes as they did on my face. Silhouette is a perfect crease shade that blended just as well on my eyes as it did on my face. The top 3 shades are great lid shades, giving a beautiful brightening effect without showing texture. I have used the finishing powder to blend out the edges of my crease as well as a slightly brightening brow bone shade. I have even used the blush shade as a lid shade, it works great there as well! There have been quite a few days where I used the Cover Fx Perfector Face palette for my full face of makeup.

As you can see from my thoughts on the Cover Fx Perfector Face Palette, I am really happy to have it. It isn’t a palette I would have picked up on my own, I’m not the biggest fan of face palettes. I am glad that I received it in my Boxy Charm and decided to give it a try and to think outside of the ‘face palette’ that it is marketed as. I could easily pack only this palette for a short trip and still have everything I needed.

My Thoughts on Deborah Lippmann - Oh Donna & Modern Love

Finally getting around to giving you my thoughts on the 2 Deborah Lippmann polishes I received in my March 2019 ‘la vie en rose’ Boxy Luxe.

The shades I received are Oh Donna (mocha with rose gold shimmer) and Modern Love (modern classic mauve cream). I do have a couple other shades of Deborah Lippmann polishes, but its been awhile since I tried them out. The duo consists of 2 mini, 8mL of polish whereas a full size is 15mL. I don’t mind having polish minis, I doubt I will ever get through a whole bottle of nail polish!

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It only took 2 coats of each shade, over a base coat (Sephora Brand now discontinued), to get the coverage you see in the above picture. I also used Seche Vite top coat. I love the shade Modern Love and find it to be a perfect nude with a hint of mauve on my skin tone. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Oh Donna, it just looks really brown to me on my nails. It may just have been the 2 shades together but I have seen the 2 shades together on others and it does look great on them.

I was able to easily get a weeks worth of wear out of the polishes with minimal tip wear. My sister actually borrowed Modern Love and loves the shade as well, and had the same experience with wear.

Trip Through My Trash May 2019

Time for another Trip Through My Trash! I finished up quite a few products over the month of May, and am tossing 3 and passing on 2.

A very respectable amount of empties for the month of May.

A very respectable amount of empties for the month of May.

Once again, a few regular empties but for May I used up quite a few new to me products! I am slowly going through my stash of foil samples as well as deluxe sized ones. This is the year I am going to get through a lot of them! I plan on not picking up anything, skincare/bodycare/haircare until I use up all or most of them. Let me know if you would be interested in seeing the stash I am working through.

A good amount of hair, body and skin care.

A good amount of hair, body and skin care.

My quick thoughts on what I used up/getting rid of -

Pantene Cleansing Conditioner- This is the best drugstore cleansing conditioner that I have found so far. I use it more so in the warmer months, especially when I find that I am sweating more. I don’t like to ‘wash’ my hair very often, I just find that it gets very dry feeling if I do. This cleansing conditioner helps to remove some of the oils from hair and gets me through another couple of days before I have to actually use shampoo. Repurchase? Always do!

The Body Shop Chamomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover- This was an ok eye makeup remover, just not my favourite. I found that I had to work harder to remove my mascara when I used this. It didn’t leave any residue on my eyes at all, but it did sting a little if I happened to get any in my eyes. I will say that it did wash off of my DIY cotton pads completely, unlike the eye makeup remover I picked up last month. Repurchase? I don’t think so.

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelette- These are the best deal I have found on makeup wipes at Costco. I have slowed down on my usage of them though, not sure why?! I used to have one of these in almost every Trash post but not so much lately. I do still like them, but I have been using other things instead. Repurchase? Probably.

Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse- This was a fair size sample that was in a Total Texture hair set that I picked up when I went to visit my nephew last summer, if you want to see what else I picked up during that trip you can find it here. I actually liked this one, it comes out like a mousse type texture and 1 pump was enough for my long hair. It gave some nice definition to my waves without going crunchy at all. Repurchase? Maybe

7th Heaven Charcoal Detox Bubble Mask- I have a post about this mask so if you would like to know my thoughts on this mask you can find it here. Repurchase? Maybe

Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo- I can’t remember where I got this deluxe sized sample of shampoo, but it was a good size. I am actually giving this to my sister as I hated it! My hair didn’t feel clean after using this, it actually felt like I had a coating on my hair, not what I am looking for in a shampoo. Purchase? Nope

B&BW Winter White Woods Gentle Foaming Hand Soap- I used to pick this hand soap up a lot but haven’t lately. I am just going to finish up the ones I have and than I think i will look for others. The B&BW hand soaps used to be antibacterial but no longer are. Repurchase? Doubt it.

Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream- This was an ok eye cream, I didn’t notice anything amazing nor bad. I didn’t notice anything weird going on with my makeup either. I was able to fill a Sephora sample jar with this foil sample and I was able to use this both AM and PM for a week. Purchase? Doubt it, for the price I didn’t notice anything amazing.

Live Clean Fresh Face Nourishing Night Cream- I am planning on passing this night cream on to my sister as it is just to heavy for my combo skin now that the warmer months are here. I liked it ok in the cooler months, but its just to heavy now. Repurchase? Doubt it.

Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm- I got this in a Sephora Favoriteds set forever ago and I am not sure what took me so long to try it out. I love the way it makes my skin feel after using it, I do not however like the price of it. This cleansing balm does have some grit to it, I think thats why I liked it so much. It only takes a little bit to get all the makeup off. It isn’t a hard solid, nor is it runny, it is just the perfect mix of the 2. This deluxe sample jar lasted me over 2 months! Repurchase? I want to , but my wallet doesn’t!

Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream- Again I was able to get a weeks worth out of this eye cream by putting it in a sample jar. And again, I didn’t notice anything great with this eye cream. I found that makeup also went well overtop of it. Purchase? I may pick this one to try out for longer, whenever I run out of samples…

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream- The third eye cream sample! This deluxe sample lasted me quite awhile, I was able to use it for a few weeks. But again, it went well over makeup and I again didnt notice anything great happening in my underage area. Purchase? I doubt it.

The biggest amount of tosses here, 3.

The biggest amount of tosses here, 3.

Unfortunately, 3 tosses in the makeup section-

Bite Agave Lip Mask- I did like this lip mask before, not so much now. The bite lip mask is VERY thick and somewhat hard to get out of the tube. I liked it up until I tried out the Laneige one, now that one is my favourite! I was going to finish up this tube, but somehow it ended up in the washer and dryer. I am tossing this now. Repurchase? Doubt it

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat- I believe I had gotten this one as a point perk? I can’t remember when I got it but thought I would try it out. I’m not sure if this is dried out or if it is usually as dry as it is right now. I tried this in place of the Mac Paint pot, but where the Mac is creamy this one is drying. It clung to dry patches I didnt even know I had. It showed every bit of texture I have on my lids as well. Second toss of this section. Purchase? Nope

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara- I again have written a post about this mascara, that you can find here. I do have another full size tube of it that I may crack into during the winter months. The final toss of this section. Repurchase? Doubt it, but I will use the other that I have.

Marc Jacobs Poutliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil in Prim(rose)- I really liked this lip liner a lot! When it was new it was so creamy but also long lasting. The shade Prim(rose) was perfect for evening out my lip color, it was slightly darker than my own lips which made it great to be a base layer for lip shades that were slightly to light for me. The only thing I wasn’t to impressed about was just how quickly it got to a drier texture. I have other lip liners that are older than this one that have not gotten dry on me. I will say that this deluxe sample sized did last me quite awhile though. Purchase? I doubt it for $31.00 CAD, but I also wouldn’t say no to a set that had another deluxe sample in it.

Double the amount of candles from last month!

Double the amount of candles from last month!

Can you tell by the fragrance names on these 2 votives the scent I was wanting to smell last month?! I was wanted it to feel more like summer and ended up burning 2 coconut based candles last month. I really like both of these scents and would definitely buy both of them again. The Guava Coconut Fusion was slightly sweeter than Coconut Beach, were the Coconut Beach has a stronger Coconut scent.

A fairly decent amount of empties for the month of May, with quite a few different products than usual for me. I think trying to use up what I have is going to show quite a few different products than I would usually use up in a month. It is making me try out all the samples/products I picked up and started to horde/forget about. Are you working away at samples/products that you just kept buying because you didnt want to run out? Or try out and forgot about? Let me know.

New In for May 2019

Well, my unintentional low-buy is once again going very well! As you can see from this post, I only picked up 1 thing last month, and it was something that I had run out of. I am surprised at how easy it is becoming to not pick up products just to try them out, I think it also helps that I have quite a few products left to talk about that haven’t seen the light of day for awhile! Hoping to remedy that situation soon.

The one thing I actually bought in the month of May.

The one thing I actually bought in the month of May.

The only thing I paid for this month, other than Boxy Charm, was an eye makeup remover! As you will see in my Trip Through My Trash post for May, I ran out of eye makeup remover last month. I tried to just use my facial cleanser but it just wasn’t quite cutting it. I was going to pick up an eye makeup remover that I have used before but thought it was a good time to try something new. I have figured out that I prefer a bi-phase remover, they just seem to work better for me.

The 2 products above cost me absolutely nothing! I used the Back To Mac program to pick up a new shade in the Strip Down collection. The shade I picked up is Love U Back, which is described as a muted nude with pink undertones. It is a matte finish, a finish I haven’t tried a lot of from Mac.

The Lancôme perfume is the one I picked up using my gift certificate from a Fragrance Sampler I had picked up over 2 years ago! I on’t go into it but if you want to check out my thoughts on the sampler, as well as my thoughts on all the fragrances included you can find the last post here.

I ended up recieving 2 sets on samples last month, one from Topbox Circle and the other from Shopper’s (I think?). From Topbox Circle I received 2 sample packs of the The true cream-aqua bomb. The true cream is described as a light gel cream for the face. I haven’t tried out many gel creams, maybe I will like that more during the warmer months.

The Herbal Essence Birch Bark Extract shampoo and conditioner are something I will try out! I am always on the hunt for a good, affordable shampoo and conditioner. I like getting samples of shampoo and conditioner, its something that I will always need and getting to try it out first is great. Still looking for a new weekly clarifying shampoo!

So that’s all that was New In for may for me, just a few products. The best part was that I only used cash for 1 item! And it was one that I actually needed because I ran out of it and wasn’t picked up just because I saw it and thought I wanted it! Have you gotten anything new in the past month or so that you love? Ran out of? Any recommendations for me?!

7th Heaven Charcoal Detox Bubble Mask - Review

Thought it was time I tried out the 7th Heaven Charcoal Detox Bubble Mask and let you know my thoughts on it!

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I was lucky enough to be sent this mask in a Spring Beauty Box thanks to Farleyco Beauty last month, if you are interested to see what else I received you can find that post here. If you want to read my thoughts on the 7th Heaven Charcoal Detox Bubble Mask, keep reading.

A quick peek at the instructions for using the mask.

A quick peek at the instructions for using the mask.

The instructions on the back of the mask are as follows -

Thoroughly wash and dry face.

Before opening rub the sachet to ‘wake-up’ bubbles, use immediately.

Apply and smooth out creases.

Relax for 5-10 minutes them remove.

Massage any bubbles on face them rinse off.

As you can see from the above photos, it does bubble up quite a bit! I found that the 7th Heaven Charcoal Detox Bubble Mask fit my face fairly well, it wasn’t so big that it went into my hair at all, it did wrap bit around my chin area though. When I took the mask out of the package it was a little hard to unfold it, it was really slimy! While I was wearing the mask I could slightly feel the bubbles, not as much as the Sephora Bubble Mask I liked, but I could feel a bit of tickling on my face. After the recommended 10 minutes on my face I removed the mask and massaged in the leftover serum and it foamed up some more. After I rinsed the last of the mask off my face felt clean, if just a tad dry. I simply followed up with my regular skincare and my face felt fine afterwards. The next day I did notice that my pores seemed cleaner, and my face felt smoother.

While I did like this mask, it isn’t the replacement for the Sephora mask I liked. I do also have a bubble mask from Glam Glow to try so I will let you know how the 2 compare once I try it out.

Have you ever tried a sheet bubble mask? Did you like it?

PR Sample, but all thoughts are my own.

My Thoughts on the Too Faced - Better Than Sex Mascara

I thought it was about time I started reviewing some of the products I get from my Boxy Charm, as well as ones that I have had for awhile! I have a huge back up of products that I have been trying out but just hadn’t gotten around to letting you all know my thoughts on.

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First up is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara that I received in my February 2019 ‘After Glow’ Boxy Charm, as well I also have another full size in my drawer! I love the packaging on this mascara, it is a beautiful, light pink tube that is fairly heavy for a mascara.

Here is what the Too Faced site has to say about it -

A mascara so amazing, it’s Better Than Sex! This formula thickens, lengthens, and curls after just one coat for the most luscious, dramatic, and volumized lashes possible. The #1-selling prestige mascara in America, Better Than Sex, gives you mind-blowing lashes, every time!

  • The #1-selling prestige mascara in America

  • FILM-FORMING POLYMER-Locks curl into place


  • UNIQUE PEPTIDES-Condition lashes

The wand on the Too Faced Better Than Sex is a fairly large hourglass shape. I love that it has a natural bristle brush as well, no poking the eye! I don’t find the mascara to be a very wet one, nor do I find it to be that dry…. Its just right in the middle for me. I do find that there is a little to much mascara on the brush when I pull it out of the tube though, I do have to wipe it off on the tube, which can tend to make the tube start looking messy quickly. As you can see from the pictures below, I think I get decent volume and length from just one coat. This is a nice black shade, no grey looking lashes!

You would think from what I said above that I would be giving the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara a great rating, and you would be right if I was writing this review a month ago. Now that the weather has changed to being warmer (at least some days!) I am finding that the mascara is starting to smudge on my underage area. I do have fairly good seasonal allergies where I sneeze a lot and my eyes will water whenever someone is cutting the grass. So unfortunately for me, I can only wear the Too Faced better Than Sex mascara in the cooler months. If you don’t have a problem with watery eyes you h=may have better luck with this mascara or maybe try the waterproof version? I have a feeling that I may be going through my mascara stash more quickly now that allergy season is upon me, racoon eyes is not the look I am going for.

Do you have any favourite mascaras that don’t smudge? Let me know what they are.

Too Faced White Peach Palette - Swatches and Review

I am finally getting around to let you know my thoughts on the Too Faced White peach palette I picked up during a Sephora Weekly Wow last August. I only paid $27.50 CAD plus tax for this palette, the full price is $55.00 CAD. I think, even at the full price, this palette would have been worth it for me with the amount of use I got out of it. I wish Sephora did the Weekly Wows more often.

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As with most Too Faced palette, there is a scent with this one. The scent is a fairly faint one though, nothing like the Sweet Peach one, a slightly sweet peach scent. I like that Too Faced usually gives a ‘Glamour Guide’ of a few looks to help get you started with looks from the palette.

I really like the look of the Too Faced White Peach palette, it isn’t over the top, nor is it bulky. It is in the same packaging as Just Peachy Mattes. The attention to detail with the peach closure is great.

The shades in the Too Faced White Peach palette.

The shades in the Too Faced White Peach palette.

The Too Faced White Peach palette isn’t a palette for all skin tones though. I would say that the bulk of the shades wouldn’t show very well on someone with much darker than a medium tone. As you can see the shades are mostly on the light side, there really are only 2 darker shades, On The Grill and Peach Passion. But for me most of the shades work well. I used this palette a ton before I had my eye surgery, it was an easy, hard to mess up palette! I would use almost any of the matte shades in the crease and than a more shimmery shade, either from this palette or from another, on the lid.

The shades in the Too Faced White Peach palette are (shade descriptions are from - Peach Cream (matte soft cream), Peach Suede (matte dusty rose), Peaches & Dreams (golden peach pearl), Creme De La Peach (soft coral with gold sparkle), Peach Sorbet (matte creamy peach), Glistening Peach (rose gold with sparkle), Peach Smoothie (matte rose taupe), Sweet Fig (matte smoky mauve), Peach Ice (white shimmer with gold sparkle), Fuzzy (matte creamy grey), On The Grill (matte charcoal grey), and Peach Passion (deep orchid with blue and purple sparkle).

As you can see from the swatches, most of the shades are fairly light and there are more matte shades than shimmer. I did find that the shade Glistening Peach swatched a lot better than it applied on the lid with a brush. I ended up using On The Grill as eyeliner, it works great for darkening up the lash line. I have not used the shade Peach Passion os of yet, I don’t tend to go for darker eye looks, maybe I should try it as a liner?!

As with most, if not all, Too Faced palette you do get a look card with a few different looks to give you some inspiration on what to do with the palette. I do like that they give you some looks, a starting place so to speak. For me and my preferences, ‘Bottomless Bellinis’ was my starting point.

If you are light to medium complexion, and like neutral to warm toned looks, I think that you would probably enjoy the Too Faced White Peach palette. I used this palette a ton before my eye surgery, but I have also started to pull it back out again lately. When I work the evening shift at work I still like to wear makeup but I do tend to go for a soft neutral look.

Have you found a palette that is your easy, hard to mess up, everyday neutral yet? Let me know what it is, I am always on the hunt for those ones.

SDM Fragrance Sampler Finale!

Well, its finally time to let you know if I was successful in using the gift certificate from the SDM Fragrance Sampler that I had picked up during a Black Friday Weekend Bonus Redemption shopping trip from 2016. If you would like to take a trip down memory lane and read about the contents of this box you can find it here.

Quick notes are that you get a selection of deluxe sample size fragrances to try out, the bottles are nearly identical to the full size counterparts. You also receive a pamphlet that somewhat describes the fragrances as well as some hints on how to test out the fragrances.

The gift certificate gives you a place to record your rating of each fragrance, which can be helpful in remembering what you actually thought about each one. You than just bring in the Gift Certificate to Shopper’s Drug Mart and redeem for your favourite fragrance in a full size.

Here is how the Fragrances rated for me along with link to the reviews I posted about them.

Mugler - Angel Muse Retail $102.00 CAD

Signorina - Salvatore Ferragamo Retail $100.00 CAD

Chloé - Chloé Retail $122.00 CAD

Giorgio Armani - Sí Retail $122.00 CAD

Lancôme - Trésor Retail $119.00 CAD

Versace - Eros Pour Femme Retail $106.00 CAD

Issey Miyake - L’Eau D’Issey Pure Retail $92.00 CAD

If you read through my thoughts on all 7 fragrances, you may be able to guess which one I went to get.

The fragrance I picked up with my Gift certificate, and what it cost me ☺️

The fragrance I picked up with my Gift certificate, and what it cost me ☺️

The Gift Certificate didn’t have an expiry date on it, but I was somewhat skeptical that it would still be good almost 3 years later. I was lucky once again with the Gift Certificate from this SDM Fragrance Sampler from 2016! As you can see from the receipt above I paid absolutely nothing for this $119.00 CAD fragrance.

I love the bottle almost as much as I the scent! The full size has a spritzer instead of an open top like the sample size. I will continue to use the sample until it’s gone and than switch over to the full size.

Having now tried out 2 different sampler sets, I can say that I think they are well worth the money. Not only do you get to try out a few different products from various brands, at the cost of 1 full size, you than get to pick a full size of your favourite one. And in my case with both sampler sets, I was still able to redeem for my full size more than 2 years after having purchased the set.

Have you ever tried a sampler set before? Did it take you forever to try out all the products before finally deciding on the full size you wanted? Let me know!

Trip Through My Trash - April 2019

Another good assortment of products used up during the month of April. Again with a few products that aren’t used up, 1 is dried up and another is just not my favourite. If you are interested in my thoughts on what I used up in April, stick around and I’ll get to it.

A good mix of both makeup and skincare.

A good mix of both makeup and skincare.

I think I ended up finishing a good assortment of products during April. A little bit of everything again. 2 tosses this month, not to bad if I do say so myself. And if you are wondering, that dried up piece isn’t a piece of food, its whats left of a Lush product.

I used up a few samples and a few full size skin, hair and body care.

I used up a few samples and a few full size skin, hair and body care.

St Ives - Renewing Body Lotion - I tried this lotion during the winter months but it just wasn’t moisturizing enough for me. I took it into work and kept it at my desk and used it as a hand lotion and it was great for that. This ‘scent’ didnt really have mush of a scent so it was perfect for use in a hospital setting! A lot of my co-workers would come up to the desk and use it as well, we all agreed it was a great hand lotion. Repurchase? I did to use as my body lotion for the warmer months.

B&BW Spiced Pumpkin Cider Body Cream - The second last B&BW body cream that I had left! I wasn’t the biggest fan of the scent on this one, but luckily for me the scent didn’t last that long on my skin. I like to use the B&BW Body Creams in the winter months as my skin tends to get very dry, to the point of flaking. The B&BW Body Cream are very moisturizing and great for me during the cooler months. Repurchase? Not this scent, but I will probably pick up more when the weather turns cold again.

B&BW At The Beach Shower Gel - Again, this is the second last bottle of Shower Gel that I had left from B&BW. I like the B&BW shower gels, but I would suggest if you are getting them and the Body Cream to go with, that you pick up 2 Creams to each Shower Gel if you want to use the same scent together. The B&BW Shower Gels do foam up nicely with little product. I always felt clean after using them! Repurchase? I am not sure if I will be repurchasing the B&BW Shower Gels, I like them but there are others I like more.

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser - My daughter passed this face cleanser on to me as it didnt work out for her. It was an ok cleanser, it does have a very strong tea tree scent though. It wasn’t drying on my face and I did use it every morning in the shower. Repurchase? Probably not.

Origins GinZing Eye Cream - I have tried samples of the Origins eye cream before, and while I do like it, I am just not a fan of the full size packaging. It does a great job of moisturizing my underage area and makeup applies well overtop of it. If the full size didnt come in a pot I would probably purchase the full size. Repurchase? Not the full size but I will happily use up any and all samples I get of it!

Sephora Cleansing Cream Rose - Wow, the rose scent on this cleanser is VERY strong. It did an ok job on cleansing my skin but I doubt I could get past the scent to pick up a full size. I am glad that I had a sample to try of this, I know that it isn’t for me. Repurchase? No

Lush Montalbano Shampoo Bar - That little piece of dried up fruit is what is left of the Lush Montalbano shampoo bar. I picked this up trying to find a replacement for my weekly clarifying shampoo and was hoping this would be it. I liked it at first but the more that I used it the harder it got to use. Montalbano does a decent job of removing the buildup but I just can’t get past how hard it is to use on longer hair once you get about halfway through it. That piece of dried up fruit that was impeded in it kept getting caught in my hair or felt really rough on my hands when I tried to use it that way. I think I may just not be the shampoo bar type of person. Repurchase? Highly doubt it.

2 empties and 2 tosses.

2 empties and 2 tosses.

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara - I liked this mascara well enough, but I am not sure if it is worth the $30.00+ price tag. If you would like to read my thoughts on this mascara you can find my review here. Repurchase? Not anytime soon!

Benefit Precisely, My Brow - I have used this brow pencil before and liked it, this one, not so much. The shade I got is 1 and I think its just a touch to light for me. This pencil also seems really hard, I was afraid I was going to be pulling out brow hairs when I used it. I prefer a softer brow pencil. Repurchase? Not anytime soon.

Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer - I found this primer to be nice and moisturizing and I think it did help my makeup last longer. It reminds me a lot of Mac Prep & Prime Skin Base, it has that same texture. I think this would be a great primer for someone with normal to slightly dry skin, not so much for those with oily skin. Repurchase? I wouldn’t say no, but I do like the Mac one just a bit better.

Buxom Wildly Whipped Matte Lip Colour in Centerfold - I got this last year I think, with a Sephora order. I remember really wanting to try this out, I than promptly forgot about it. I pulled this out to try and found that it had dried up. The shade centrefold looked like a really great nude-y shade to. I wish I hadn’t forgotten about it, but oh well. This is the second liquid lip I have found so far that has dried out on me, the first being the Smashbox one, both of them were more of a whipped texture. Repurchase? Not sure, I would like to try out the formula but not if it is going to dry out quickly.

1 lonely candle burned.

1 lonely candle burned.

I didn’t intentionally not burn many candles last month, but I did seem to only use up one! The Yankee Candle in Spiced Pumpkin smells kind of spicy and kind of like burning wood. It isn’t a bad smelling candle, but I did get tired of it. I didnt notice a lot of a pumpkin smell, more of a spicy, wood burning smell. I don’t think I will pick up another one of these again.

And there you have it, my thoughts what I used up for April. Only 2 repeats this month, I don’t think that has happened before! I will hopefully remember to pull in more samples, I don’t plan on purchasing anything until I have made a good sized dent in the pile of samples that I seem to amassed. Do you have any trips on using up samples before they go off? I’d love to hear them.

New In For April 2019

Once again, I didnt really pick up much during the month of April. I didn’t even place a Sephora order during the Spring sale! I seem to have gone on an unintentional low-buy! I am really only picking things up as I need them, which is great for my bank account. I am also seeming to notice that none of the new releases are really drawing me in so far this year. But who knows maybe something will catch my eye soon.

2 blue polishes that came in for World Autism month.

2 blue polishes that came in for World Autism month.

I picked up one of the Morgan Taylor polishes (Take Me To Your Tribe) and my sister gave me the other (Rhythm and Blues). Morgan Taylor polishes are one of my favourite brands of polish, I haven’t had a dud yet. If you’d like to read my thoughts on these 2 colours you can read my post here.

Thanks to FarleyCo for sending me this great assortment of products to try out.

Thanks to FarleyCo for sending me this great assortment of products to try out.

FarleyCo sent me a great assortment of products to try out, Dry Shampoo, Hand Cream, Body Spray as well as a Face Mask. I am looking forward to trying out all this great products in the upcoming months. If you want to read more about these products you can see my post here.

During April I also received my sample box from Sample Source. I got in quite a few products to try out, quite a bit for my cat (He seems to really enjoy trying out the soft food!)! I got a nice assortment of products, and coupons, so that I can try these products out before I buy a full size. I have tried out a few of them already and some I have continued to buy. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Arm & Hammer laundry soap, I didn’t find it worked the best, but the Oxi Clean Laundry stuff is great!

I am on my last bottle of B&BW body cream so I picked up a bottle of the St Ives Refreshing to try out. You will see in my Trip Through My Trash post for April that I have finished up a bottle of this already. When I first used that bottle I didnt think it would be moisturizing enough for winter but thought that it would be great for the warmer months so this is the one I grabbed. Hopefully it smells great on, or at least doesn’t linger if its not the best smelling!

As you can see from what was new in , I really have slowed down on purchasing products. I am starting to think before I buy now, hence why not much new is coming in. But it is helping me to start using/trying out the products I already have.

DIY Reusable Cotton Squares for Earth Day

My husband and I are slowly, and I mean slowly!, going through the stuff we seem to have accumulated over the years in an attempt to get rid of/find stuff. A few weekends ago we decided to tackle my sewing/crafting/has no where else to be drawers and totes. While I was going through fabric I happened upon some scraps of flannel that was a tad discoloured and not really big enough to do much with. I remembered seeing a post about DIY Cotton Rounds and thought that the scraps of flannel would be great to use for that.

My take on DIY Cotton ‘Rounds’.

My take on DIY Cotton ‘Rounds’.

This past long weekend I decided to make myself some cotton rounds using up the scraps as well as it would give me a chance to drag out my sewing machine/serger to see if they were in working order before I tried to do something more adventurous. ps only 1 machine is in need of some work!

To make the cotton rounds all you really need is some flannel as well as your choice of sewing method, whether it be Machine/Serger/or by hand. I ended up using my serger, that thankfully is in good working order, after it took me 1.5 hours to get it threaded correctly! I also decided that since I have a TON of these Maxwell House coffee containers that I would make mine to fit in there, hence the square cotton rounds!

I am a huge fan of chain pieces anything I can instead of cutting everything out separately so my instructions will show that, I think it may have been quicker doing it that way to. Im not going to go into to much detail, partly because there isn’t a lot and also it went really quick.

  • I used my serger to straighten as well as sew my first seam down a length of flannel

  • I than cut my strip to almost my desired width, I added a 1/4 inch so that I would get a nice clean straight seam when I did the opposite side.

  • Serger up the other side

  • I than used a rotary cutter to cut each strip into 2.5 inch squares, the width of my container (or so I thought)

  • I serged up one side of the leftover opening, chaining them together (in other words I just kept feeding the next square in instead of stoping and starting)

  • After I cut the previous ones apart I went ahead and did the last open side the same way

  • Once I cut the final ones apart I decided to put some fray check on the corners in case I missed some ends, and also to seal the end of the seams, I didn’t want to take the time to tie each one.

And thats it! It took me maybe an hour or so to make over 50 of these cotton squares! Not to bad.

The finished product.

The finished product.

I thought that I might use the pink squares to remove eye makeup and the white for toner? I have put what I think I will need for a week in my container and that will sit in my bathroom. Once I go through a weeks worth I will just toss these into a washing bag in the washer and wash them with towels.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of how my coffee can looked so thought I would try to dress it up a bit.  I first tried to use some contact paper, that did not work out well at all!  Than I decided to just cover it with plain old Duct Tape, perfect solution!  The Duct Tape completely hid the writing on the can.

Having made these I am hoping to go through less cotton rounds, which I go through about a sleeve a month.  I will still buy my favourites from Dollarama as I will need them for removing nail polish!  I will keep you updated on how thee end up washing up and lasting.

ps. anyone have any other ideas for using up more of these coffee cans?!  We already use them to store small things (screws/nails/bits/etc) but any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Farleyco Spring 2019 Beauty Box

Last week I received a Spring beauty Box courtesy of Farleyco with a few new products, from well known brands, to try out. Farleyco has their own website (here) but they carry quite a few brands that can be found at your local Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw, London Drugs, Rexall, etc.

Thanks so much Farleyco for another great assortment of products to try out.

Thanks so much Farleyco for another great assortment of products to try out.

As you can see, I was lucky enough to receive products from So…? Fragrance, COLAB, 7th Heaven, and Flexitol. I have tried out various products from these brands before but all of these ones are new to me. I think I am most looking forward to trying out the 7th Heaven Charcoal Bubble Mask! I am almost finished my bubble mask from Sephora that they no longer carry so I am on the hunt for a new one.

A nice assortment of products to try out from Farleyco.

A nice assortment of products to try out from Farleyco.

The products I received from Farleyco to try out this Spring are -

So…? Body Mist - Maui Waves - Fragrances inspired by the heat of the sun, feel of the sand and smell of the ocean. So you can experience the smell of summer-whenever & wherever you are! Glistening waves, oceanic blue and summer sunshine-each spritz of So…? Maui Waves body mist transports your thoughts to warmer temperatures and fun filled days on the beach. Its tropical fruity notes of lemon, progressing into effortless notes of jasmine and amber, perfectly complement you surfer chic look. Retails for $8.99 CAD.

7th Heaven - Charcoal Detox Bubble Mask - Bubble, bubble dirt is in trouble with our deep cleansing blend of Star Anise and purifying Oxygen specially formulated into our charcoal infused sheet mask. When exposed to the air, it begins to bubble and foam, digging deep into pores removing dirt and excess oil leaving skin feeling cleaner and looking fresh. Retails for $4.99 CAD.

Colab Active Dry Shampoo + - COLAB’s Active Dry Shampoo + refreshes hair at the gym or on-the-go. Super charged with active ingredients to help protect and condition hair against sun damage and city pollution. Gym Bunny Go! Retails for $9.99 CAD.

Flexitol Anti-Age Hand Balm - Clinically proven formula with Senstem, a plant based ingredient that is known for: improving elasticity of skin, visibly reduces the appearance of age spots. Contains 10% Urea for intense moisturization, and 2% Dimethicone for protection. Contains a blend of 10 moisturizing and nourishing ingredients such as Shea butter, Lanolin Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Allanoin, Aloe Vera, Panthenal, Decyl Oleate. Non-Greasy and quick absorbing. Retails for $14.99 CAD.

As I said earlier I am looking forward to trying out the 7th Heaven mask. Although after reading about the Flexitol Anti-Age Hand Balm, that sounds really promising for my 47 year old hands! I will definitely let you know how it ends up working after using it for the suggested 4 weeks.

Are there any products that you see here that interest you? Let me know.

This post contains products received from FarleyCo, but it in no way influences my opinion.