Trip Through My Trash July 2018

Once again I didnt use up a lot of product, except make-up wipes!  

 A whole lot of make-up wipes!

A whole lot of make-up wipes!

Last month I seemed to jump around trying different products so I didn't use up much at all.  I did use up a few deluxe samples which I am happy about.  I really have to start to make a conscious effort to use up what I have sitting in drawers.  Any hints on how to do that?!

 Face and body empties.

Face and body empties.

I can't remember a month were I used so many wipes!

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - I usually use up a pack or so of these wipes in a month but in July I managed to use a full pack as well as a travel pack.  I pick these up at Costco and they are good, especially for the price. Repurchase? Always.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths - This was the last package I had of these that I won in a giveaway last year I think?  They were ok, not my favourite as I find that these wipes are actually quite small, almost half the size of the Kirkland.  Repurchase? Doubt it.

Fluffs Cotton Pads - Another product that I use almost a package of a month!  I pick these up at Dollarama for $1.25 for 100.  I use them for toner, removing polish, etc.  Great product at a great price.  Repurchase? Always.

Origins Original Skin Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly - I don't remember a lot about this foil sample, so it must not have wowed me much!  Repurchase? Maybe?

Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Green Tea Nose Strips x2 - I decided to try this out again after not having used them for quite awhile.  I did find that they do clean out the pores on my nose really well, but I have noticed that the pores seem to get clogged again really quickly.  I think I will finish up the package and than im not sure that I will buy them again.  I have been finding that I am liking face masks more for cleaning out my pores.  Repurchase? Undecided at the moment.

Briogeo Curl Charisma - I liked this Curl Cream quite a bit.  It left my hair feeling very soft but not greasy whenever I used it and let my hair air dry, which I have to admit is all the time!  I found that a little bit goes quite a long way as well, I was able to use this foil sample about 3 times and my hair is well past my shoulders.  Repurchase? Maybe

Avène 3 in 1 make-up remover - The Avène makeup remover did a great job of breaking up my makeup at the end of the day without leaving to much of a greasy feeling on my face.  My face never felt tight after using this at all.  It was also fairly gentle on my eye area, I didn't have blurry eyes after having used it near them.  Repurchase? I would consider it.

Eva-Nye Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer - Another new product that I liked!  This came from the goodie bag I got at Gen Beauty last year and I found it to do a great job at detangling my hair after washing it.  I did still need to use another product to enhance the wave in my hair but this did a great job as a leave in conditioner.  Repurchase? Maybe

Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser - I was surprised that I also liked this face exfoliater from Clinique.  I haven't used much from Clinique facial care that I have liked besides my favourite DDM+!  The Pep-Start face exfoliater does have quite a bit of grit to it but not scratchy feeling.  My face felt so clean and smooth whenever I have used it.  Repurchase? Maybe

For makeup products these 2 aren't technically used up, more like dried up and used up!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out - I got this in a Sephora Give Me Some Lip set from last year, I think?  I didn't actually use this up, rather it dried up on me.  I really like this shade a lot and am quite disappointed that it dried up so quickly on me.  I know that I shouldn't keep liquid lip products for that long but I didn't use this really that much.  It is completely dried out, I can't even swatch it to show you the color.  Repurchase? Not sure, I like the shade but not the fact that it dried out quickly.

Quo Mini Blender Sponge - I think I have been using this sponge regularly for about 6 months?  I picked up a set of 6 of these to see how they would compare to the Beauty Blender Mini Sponge.  The good news, they are very comparable to the Beauty Blender micro blender.  Bad news, I can't find them in stores anymore.  Makes me wonder if the regular size Quo sponges are similar to the Beauty Blender?  Maybe if I start liking using a sponge to apply foundation I will give them a try. For now I am glad that I have another 4 of the Quo mini sponges for applying concealer!  Repurchase? If I could find them.

I didn't end up using many products up last month, but I did try to use up a few deluxe samples and succeeded in that!  There are a few things I will pick up again and a few I doubt I will.  I am surprised that I am not liking the nose strips anymore as I used to use them quite regularly, at least regularly for me!  Do you have any tips on how to use up samples?!  I think I need some!

SDM Fragrance Sampler - Chloè - Chloè

Time for my thoughts on the fifth 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 seven of the pretty deluxe sample bottles.

ALL seven of the pretty deluxe sample bottles.

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.

The fifth fragrance in the SDM Fragrance Sampler is Chloè - Chloè.

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Here is what the SDM Fragrance Sampler Guide had to say about Chloè - Chloè -

Style: The scent takes the classic rose and ingeniously translates it into a vibrant perfume: in turns translucent and warm, elegant, and seductive.

Tones: Chloé eau de parfum is a combination of floral powdery notes, light hints of peony and lychee, and the embellishment of springtime freesia.

The Woman: Natural and youthful yet seductive and modern.  Chloè's signature scent captures the confident individuality of the Chloè woman.

I know I keep saying it, but the bottle is beautiful!  They really didn't spare any details with the design of this bottle either, it is very similar to the full size bottle.  The mini even has Chloè on the top of the bottle.  I used to really like the scent of Chloè, not so much anymore.  It has a very strong floral scent as you can see from the description above.  The strongest scent is rose, and it is strong!  I don't remember Chloè smelling so floral, I think I must have forgotten!  This was another scent that I thought that I had liked and would be in the running for a full size.  The scent does last a LONG time though, well over 12 hours on my skin.  If you are in the market for a fragrance that lasts long and like the scent of rose, Chloè may be a fragrance to look into.  Because the rose scent is so strong on me, it is not a perfume that I can really get away with wearing at, in a hospital setting, I could see this scent bothering people with scent sensitivities.

For me Chloè only gets a 2 out of 5.  I am not a fan of the strong floral scent of it but it does have amazing staying power!  I can't see myself using the coupon to get a full size of Chloè.

If you would like to read my thoughts on the previous four Fragrances from the SDM Fragrance Sampler you can find them all here -

Giorgio Armani - Sì

Lancôme - La Nuit Trésor

Versace - Eros Pour Femme

Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure

New In For June 2018

I didn't shop a whole lot last month, but I did pick up a few new goodies to try out!  If you are interested in seeing what I picked up keep reading.

 My first Sigma order, using a Gilt City voucher.

My first Sigma order, using a Gilt City voucher.

I can't remember were I had seen that there was a Gilt City voucher you could buy to get Sigma brushes for 50% off plus there was a code to use to get $25 off of a, I think, $75 purchase.  I ordered a $150 USD Sigma voucher for $50 USD, which came to $66.84 CAD.  I have been on the hunt for a replacement brush for my Royal & Langnickel BC430 Crease brush that are starting to have seen better days lately.  As you can see I ordered a lot of eye brushes!  Plus I wanted to try a variety of other products from Sigma so I picked up the Lust It Mystery Box as well as a Mini Power Haul set.  Everything you see here, plus there was another item I picked up for a Birthday gift not shown, came to $150.80!  I paid for shipping that included duty so I didnt get dinged with that when it was delivered which was $20 USD, which was $27.74 CAD.  So for everything you see above I paid $94.58 CAD, I think that was a pretty good deal considering everything I got, not to mention there was no surprise payment due on arrival.

I finally found my favourite Cleansing Conditioner from Pantene on Amazon for a decent price, $7.99 and now its $6.96 go figure, so I added that to our last order.  I had run out of body scrub so thought I would try out this one from Calgon, I have used it once and it has a great amount of grit to it.  I am almost out of the latest clarifying shampoo that I am trying out so I thought I would try one from Lush.  While I was there I saw the foot bar so decided to try that out as well.  While I was in the store the associate recommend the Big Conditioner bar and gave me a really decent sized sample of it to try.

 A few Bath & Body Works home products.

A few Bath & Body Works home products.

I had used up the last Wallflower I had and needed some new ones, the candles were on sale as well!  I went to Bath & Body Works during the summer sale and picked up a few candles, I liked the last Focus candle I had so picked up a few more.  The Copper Coconut smelled nice as well.  Hopefully we like these Wallflower scents and none give headaches!

I was quite restrained when it came to Sephora last month, especially considering my birthday was at the end of June!  I went to get my brows done, FYI-Scarlet at White Oaks Sephora does an amazing job on brows!, and needed a new brow gel so decided to try out the Benefit 24hr Brow Setter.  I picked up my Sephora Birthday gift, I choose the Bite, and I guess it was during a promo where I ended up with the glittery bag!  Knowing that Bite was releasing Astrology sign lipsticks and seeing the description of Cancer, a nude pink, I ordered it as soon as it was available.  Unfortunately for me the description did not fit the lipstick and they have since changed the description to a mauve.  The shade Cancer looks horrible on me so I will be returning it.

I had seen a few ads for free makeup and skincare.  From Benefit I received a sample size of They're Real, which I do like.  I think I saw the one for Riversol on Instagram to receive a free 15 day trial of skincare.  My package came fairly quickly, within a week or so.  In the package I received 10 5mL foil packages; Refreshing Gel Cleanser x3, Daily Moisturizing Cream x3, Anti-Aging Reparative Serum x3, and Eye Repair Treatment x1.  The package came with fairly detailed instructions on how to use the products, they want you to start slowly with the products.

And finally, a trip to Mac!  I had gotten an email from Mac about the free birthday gift for Devoted members and was running low on my Mac Paint Pot in Painterly so I picked up the birthday gift at the same time.  The devoted birthday gift for 2018 was a full size of Fix+ in your choice of scent.  I picked up the Coconut one to try out.

I think, I have begun to realize that I have ALOT of makeup so there really wasn't a lot that I felt I needed to pick up last month as you can see by the new in!  What I did pick up were products that I was running low on and a few new things to try out!  I will let you know how I end up liking the new to me products soon, I hope.  Is there anything that you are interested in seeing my thoughts on sooner rather than later?  Let me know and I will try to get my thought together about them.

Trip Through My Trash - June 2018

A small amount of empties, but I did have some very definite thoughts on some of them!  Up before the first week of July is up, a win for me!

 A smaller than usual Trip Through My Trash!

A smaller than usual Trip Through My Trash!

I was surprised with how small my bag of trash was for the month of June.  I thought I had used up more, but I guess not.  Not to mention, only 1 foil sample!  I think I may need to really start focusing on using up some of those soon.  Maybe I should do a whole month of samples?!  Something to definitely think about doing soon.

 Almost all full size products!

Almost all full size products!

I usually use up more than this for Face and Body Care!  I am not sure what I was using last month, obviously not the usual products.

The Body Shop - Satsuma Body Polish - I love the scent of TBS Satsuma products and the Body Polish was no different.  I only wish that it that it had more scrubby bits in it.  I didnt find that this body polish did much of anything for me, it barely has any grit to it all.  I do happen to like my body scrubs to have some scrubbing action to them.  Repurchase? I doubt it, but I would use it again if I had it.

The Body Shop Vanilla Chia Shower Gel - Another scent from TBS that I love!  Although I have to say that I think the Vanilla Chia scent is more suited to the Fall/Winter months!  I don't mind TBS Shower Gel, I just wish that the bottle was easier to squeeze when it was getting close to empty.  Repurchase? Possibly, I did like it, maybe in the Fall?

Bumble and Bumble Bb Curl Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil - I was actually surprised by how much I like this product.  I have wavy hair and using about a quarter size amount of the product gave my waves nice definition and helped to tame down the frizz.   My hair never felt crunchy nor weighted down with product.  I was able to do my normal hair washing routine while using it.  The sample was so generous that I actually was able to use it for a couple of weeks.  I went looking for this on the Sephora site, it must be an old sample because I can't seem to find it.  Repurchase? Probably, if I could find it :(

Bath & Body Works Italian Citurs Sun Ultra Shea Body Cream - This is a product that is usually in my empties in some scent.  I think I have now come to the conclusion that while I do really like this body cream, for me it may be better suited to the cooler months.  I have been finding that in this heat that we have been having lately, that the B&BW Body Cream has been feeling quite heavy and taking quite awhile to sink into my skin.  I like the fresh citrus scent of the Italian Citrus Sun, but sadly I don't think I will be picking this scent up again as it smells like summer in a lotion, but the body cream is to heavy right now.  Repurchase? Once I finish up what I have in the cooler months.

Schick Intuition Razor Refill - My favourite razor refill!  I pick these up at Costco for under $30 CAD with a razor and 12 refills.  When you are in the shower at 430am you don't want to be fumbling with more products than needed and I have never once nicked myself using the Intuition.  Repurchase? Always!

Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover - I got this sample with a Beauty Boutique order so I am imagining that you can pick this up at Shoppers.  I liked it alright, just don't get it anywhere near your eyes if you are wanting to be able to see for the next 5-10 minutes!  It did a good job of breaking up any face makeup I had on and it worked on eye makeup as well, but it stung my eyes so badly that I couldn't see for awhile after using it.  Repurchase? No, I like a makeup remover that doesn't make me go blind for a few minutes!

Philosophy Time In a Bottle For Eyes - My one and only foil sample for the month!  I liked the eye cream ok, it didnt bother my eyes but the sample size was really to small to notice if it was doing anything for me.  It didnt break me out or give me the small white bumps under my eyes.  Repurchase? I think I would like to try it out for longer to see if it does anything.

 A record for me!  3 full size makeup products!

A record for me!  3 full size makeup products!

I think this is a record for full size makeup products used up in a month for me!  

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof - I picked this up last summer for my nephews wedding in August..I know I had it for way to long!  The tube is pretty much full and had not been used since the wedding.  I did try it out again to refresh my memory as to why I never used it considering everyones rave reviews on it.  The wand is a natural brush, which I like, but it is also HUGE!  When I tried to use it I would almost always get mascara on my lids, not fun!  The waterproof version is also one of the hardest mascaras I have ever tried remove!  I had nothing that would get rid of it completely and whenever I used it I would wake up with racoon eyes because even though I thought I had gotten it all off, I obviously didnt.  My sister tells me that the regular version doesn't smudge either so maybe once I get through some of the mascaras, both full size and sample size, that are taking up room I will give it a try.  Repurchase? Not the Waterproof version!

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil - I had gotten the Precisely, My Brow pencil in shade 2 in a set forever ago!  And while I do like it, the shade is great for folks with blonde to light brown hair, it was a little harder of a pencil than I personally prefer.  I like a bit of a softer pencil so it doesn't feel like I am ripping out my brow hairs while I am filling them in.  It does have a pretty good spoolie on the end which is nice so you don't have to go searching for one.  Repurchase? Probably not.

Sephora Clear Brow Gel - I picked this brow gel up to try something different, I mean its a clear gel you wouldn't think it matter.  When I first started using it I really liked it, it gave a nice amount of hold (I am older so the brow hairs can get a little crazy between brow appointments!) that wasn't crunchy at all.  The only problem is that after about month of near daily use the formula seemed to change and it started feeling thicker and leaving my brows a little crunchy.  Repurchase?  Maybe I want to try a few other formulas and see if they do the same thing.

 Again, I didnt burn much for candles last month.

Again, I didnt burn much for candles last month.

I didnt end up using many candles over the month of June, but what I did burn I liked!  I have already said how much I like 'Coconut Beach' and 'Honey Lavender Gelato', both are slightly sweet but not overpowering on the sweet side.  'A Calm & Quiet Place' was a nice relaxing scent that almost faded into the background were you forgot you had anything burning!  'Juicy Citrus & Sea Salt' was another softer scent than I anticipated but I still liked it, it had just a hint of citrus that didn't smell fake.

So for a smaller than usual amount of empties, I did have a few good ones!  Also a few that I am happy to see gone.  I am hoping that I maybe just missed the Bumble and Bumble gel on the Sephora site and that I can find it for a decent price.  I am thinking that I really need to get on using up the samples that I have so that I don't find a product that I like only to find that I can't get it anymore.  Any hints or tricks on remembering to use up samples?  How do you go about using them up?

SDM Fragrance Sampler - Giorgio Armani - Sì

Time for my thoughts on the fourth 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.

 The seven beautiful mini perfume bottles.

The seven beautiful mini perfume bottles.

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.

The fourth fragrance that I tested out was Giorgio Armani - Sì.

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Here is what the SDM Fragrance Guide says about Giorgio Armani - Sì-

Style: Giorgio Armani's tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independent spirit.  At once chic, voluptuous, intense, and soft, Sì lingers on the skin and enchants the senses.  The distinguished and elegant olfactory result plays on emotion, true to the Giorgio Armani couture spirit.

Tones: The perfume combines three notes: blackcurrant nectar, modern chore, and blood wood musk with touches of freesia and May rose.

The Woman: This new fragrance reveals a free, passionate, loving, and vibrant woman.

I love the simple design of the Giorgio Armani Sì bottle.  I also love the scent!  My husband even likes the scent of this one, and he never says that about any scent I am wearing.  I have had quite a few little fragrance samples of this one as well so I knew when I picked up the SDM Fragrance Sampler that there was at least one scent I liked that was included in it.  I love the simple notes, there is not a lot of different scents competing in Sì, and none are floral-y!  The scent lasts for about 7-8 hours that I can still smell it which is long enough for me, almost a full workday!  The scent also is light and not overpowering so I can wear it at work, which is a hospital setting, and it doesn't bother any of my co-workers who are sensitive to scents (I've asked!).  So far this is my favourite.

If you couldn't tell from my thoughts on Giorgio Armani - Sì, I love it and would have to give it a personal rating of 5 out of 5!  I am pretty sure I  have a few of this size of deluxe minis, so I am not sure if I will use the coupon for a full size.  If I don't, than so far this is the one ill be getting!

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

Lancôme - La Nuit Trésor

Versace - Eros Pour Femme

Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure

KVD 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette - Review and Swatches

I know that I am pretty late in posting about the Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette, but better late than never!  Here are my thoughts on the palette!

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I picked up the Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette up on May 10.  I have been using the palette off and on since I received it and feel like I can share my thoughts on it.  I love the artwork that was done by Kat Von D, but I am not a big fan of the gold colour on the package.  The palette does have a good weight to it as well, it is plastic but it doesn't feel cheap at all.

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From Sephora.ca - A new, limited-edition eyeshadow palette featuring 16 bold, blendable shades, and including original artwork designed by Kat Von D, in honor of the brand’s 10th Anniversary.

Kat Von D Beauty is celebrating their first decade in the only way they know how—an epic eyeshadow palette that inspires you to be your boldest self. In honor of this milestone, Kat hand-picked a special selection of shades inspired by and named after 16 of her muses—people of all backgrounds, ages, genders, and skin tones—representing the many faces of Kat Von D Beauty. This rainbow-bright selection of shades and finishes is designed to power your self-expression with insane pigment and effortless blendability.

The Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette has 16 shadows with a mix of mattes, shimmers and 1 duo chrome.  The palette is made up of mostly matte shades, 11 to be exact, with 4 shimmer shades and the one duochrome shade.   I love the fact that there are so many matte shades!  There are quite a few neutral leaning shades with a few pops of colour.  Which is great for me, I love neutrals!  

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As you can see, there is absolutely no wasted space on the inside of the palette.  I wish that the shade names were on the inside but I also like the fact that they made it as compact as possible and still managed to get 16 shades in there!.  The matte shades range from neutrals to bold shades.  

The shades in the palette are -

Adele - chocolate brown - matte dark brown - I have used this shade to darken the outer v as well as a liner and it worked great for both.

Malice - vermillion red - matte dark orange - used the same way as Adele.

Ashley - peachy orange - matte pale orange - I love using Ashley as a crease blending shade, its a great warm shade for that.

Gina - mustard yellow - matte muted yellow -  another shade that I like to use as a crease blending shade.

Egypt - gold glimmer - shimmery gold - Egypt is a bold gold shade that applied great on the lid and stayed put.

Sylvia - honey beige - matte pale yellow - I have used Sylvia to help blend out darker shades if I went in a tad to heavy for work appropriate!

Lala - olive green -  matte olive green - I have been loving using this olive green shade as a crease shade and have done a green toned eye a few times and gotten quite a few compliments!

Leafer - emerald glimmer - shimmery green - another bold shimmer that packs quite a punch.  I have used Leafer and Lala for an eye look and liked how it turned out.

Melanie - rosy cream -  matte cream - perfect matte brow highlight for me.  I use this shade every time I use the palette.

Alexandra - rose gold glimmer - shimmery peach - I love doing a simple work eye look using Alexandra on the lid and Nancy in the crease.  Such a pretty barely there eye look.

Nancy - taupe mauve - matte pale brown - Another great crease shade!

Catherine2 - orchid glimmer - shimmery medium purple - I haven't used this shade, if im truthful its a little out of my comfort zone!  It is a beautiful shade though.

Kelly - blue/brown glimmer - blue/brown duochrome - I love the duochrome look, it changes the look completely depending on how you are looking at it.

Sarah - cool grieve - matte taupe - I didnt think I would like Sarah, but I have been liking doing cooler toned looks lately and this yet another great crease shade!

Carolyn - muted teal - matte teal - I like to use Carolyn as a liner shade when I am doing a greenish eye look.

Chad - cobalt blue - matte bright blue - the other shade that I haven't gotten up the never to use yet!  I am thinking that it would make a great liner shade though.

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Even though I am more of a neutral/natural loving makeup wearer, I am still finding ways to use most of the shades in the Kat Von D 10-year Anniversary palette.  I have never worn green eye makeup before I picked up this palette and I have since done it a few times now!  The shades in this palette are bold, but there are quite a few neutrals that help to bring it all together.  It has been a great way to incorporate some color into my everyday eye looks.  I bet that you could great some great night time smokey eye looks from it as well.  For me the Kat von D palette was a good purchase because I have started to use some more color since the palette has it all in one place.  All of the matte shades that I have used had great pigmentation and were also easy to blend out.  I know that some of the swatches left a bit to be desired but on the eye, with brushes they were great.

The Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Palette is still available at Sephora stores as well as online for $62.00 CAD, which I think is a fair price for the selection and quality of the shadows.

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!