Skincare & More Haul 2016

First of all, I am so sad to report I broke my streak of buying only cruelty-free products. I don’t know what lead me to believe Bath and Body Works was a cf company but upon my research today, I see that they in fact do sell in China and test when required by law. Sad news and a silly mistake on my part, but regardless, I thought I would show you what I did get at the semi-annual sale.


Bath and Body Works was my go to candle store. Their scents are very fragrant and the candles seriously last. However, this time, I did end up picking up a few more products that I don’t usually buy. First off, we did grab two candles of the same scent. This is the Honolulu Sun candle which literally smells like sunscreen and the beach. It is exactly what I want out of a summer candle and since it was on sale for only $11.50, why not grab two?

I also needed a new hand sanitizer for work and with the 3 for $5 sale, I figured I would grab a few here. I ended up grabbing my favourite scent ever, the Black Cherry Merlot, as well as the Sparkling Limoncello and Noir for men which I know might be odd but it smells like their Black Tie candle which is another fave of mine.

The final 5 things we grabbed I’ve never had before but both Ashlee from Making Up Ashlee and Samantha from Samantha Jane had picked up a few Wallflowers in their hauls so I figured it might be worth a try. Here are the Wall Flowers in the scent Honolulu Sun, Bow Ties and Bourboon, Cucumber Melon and White Sand Beaches. With that, there was one Bunny Wallflower plug in on sale for $5 so we grabbed that too.


If you follow me on snapchat (newkeybeauty), you know I also went for my very first facial at the Truth Beauty Company on Friday. I will have a whole blog post about that coming this week but I did also pick up a few things. You may recall from the Battle of the Brands post I did between Tom’s of Maine and Crystal Deodorant that neither were all that good on days where you might be going the extra mile and sweating your butt off. Liz from Stay Gorgeous LC recommended an alternative in the Schmidts Natural Deodorant in Bergamot + Lime. I was initially avoiding it because it contains coconut oil which tends to break me out but after a bit more research, I figure it is worth a try anyway.

I also noticed they had Hurraw lip balms at the Truth Beauty Company and hearing so much about it from Shannon of Shaaanxo, I decided to pick one up in Earl Grey. This smells AH-MAY-ZIN and works like a dream so hopefully, I can pick up the full line soon. Yes, it feels that nice.

I also grabbed a product that Meg, the facialist used on me as a serum/moisturizer. This is the Pretty Rose and Citrus Purifying Facial Serum which I am planning to use as a cf replacement for my beloved Vichy Normaderm Night Detox. This is supposed to help with oil control while still keeping my skin moisturized and so far so good! I will be testing it for a few days to make sure I don’t break out but if you would like to see a review, let me know!


Full disclosure: I was also sent a few bits of skin care from Nip+Fab and Real Chemistry which I plan to review for you guys. I am honestly so excited to try the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads** which I suspect might be a bit of a dupe for the Dr Dennis Gross peel I used about a week ago. Already a pro for this product is that it smells amazing (like grapefruit). I will keep you updated for sure.

I also have two bits from the Dragons Blood range which first off, sounds very intense, but also is supposed to help with brightening, plumping and hydrating the skin. Here I have the Nip+Fab Skin Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum** and Nip+Fab Skin Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask**. Nip+ Fab is cruelty free and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart!

The two products I received from Real Chemistry are peels: one for body and one for face. These are NOT masks, but more like a scrub to help reveal softer, brighter and smoother skin. These are the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute peel** and Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute peel body**. I haven’t really tried anything like this before so I will absolutely let you know how it goes.


Of course, a staple for me is the COLAB Sheer Invisible dry shampoo in Rio which was on sale at Rexall. I again was influenced by Making Up Ashlee and picked up a Flower Beauty Win some, Rouge some cream blush in Pure Petunia. I am a sucker from cream blush and haven’t actually tried anything from Flower beauty before!

As you may have seen in my empties haul a few weeks ago, I ran out of my Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne prone skin** which was fantastic as a toner but I plan to use more for break outs in the future. I also spilled the Vichy Toner I was trying to use up in last months #Finish5 and so I had to pick up another toner. I spotted the Alba Botanica Hawaiian facial Toner which I am so excited to try! Another really exciting find for me was this brush cleaning pad from Danielle Creations. I have already tried this out and it was absolutely worth every cent!

These other two products are actually Roxanne’s but I plan to try them at some point as well. Here is the Skin Blossom Gentle Cleansing Milk and the North American Hemp Co. Smooth Cleanse Smoothing shampoo – both cruelty free and at least 91% organic.

I hope you enjoyed this haul which was very influenced by YouTubers. Let me know what you want to see a review on first. I would love to hear what things you’ve picked up lately.

Til next time, ttfn x

 

My first ever Make Up Geek haul ft. Sephora, Nail Polish Canada

This may or may no surprise you but I have never made an order for Make Up Geek products before. It’s a little crazy how quickly MUG blew up but I never did get swept into all the hype. I’ve heard so many good things but most commonly that they are very similar to MAC at half the price. I planned on checking them out sooner or later and finally, I found the deal I had been waiting for.

  

Top L to R: In The Spotlight, Bedrock, Masqurade. Middle L to R: Shimma Shimma, Mermaid, Peach Smoothie. Bottom L to R: Mai Tai, Poppy, Phantom.
I had a good idea of what I wanted but hadn’t taken the plunge until I saw a beautiful-fantastic-amazing sale: 9 shadows for $30. Here is a similar deal but this exact set is no longer available (the individual shades are). The best part about this deal was that 5/9 shadows were ones I was eyeing up.

In The Spotlight: I hadn’t heard about this shade before but it might just be my favourite of the bunch. It is a wildly intense rust/gold duo-chrome.

Bedrock (wanted): I don’t know exactly what drew me into this matte taupe-grey but I am glad to have one in my z palette!

Masqurade: I hadn’t heard about this shade either but all you had to say was purple foiled eye shadow. Sold!

Shimma Shimma: I had heard endlessly about this shadow and now I totally understand why. It’s a GORGEOUS champagne sparkle that stands out.

Mermaid (wanted): I am not a frequent blue-eyeshadow girl, this is so unique and stunning. It is an amazing aqua gold pigment.

Peach Smoothie (wanted): Has anyone not heard of peach smoothie? I wanted to try this orangey peach shade and see what all the hype is about.

Mai Tai: This is really subtle baby pink/peach shadow that is freaking gorgeous.

Poppy (wanted): Who could resist a rorange like that?

Phantom (Wanted): This shadow is rightfully named. This goes from a soft lilac to a vibrant frost depending which way you’re looking at it. A very stand out shade.

  

Top: Voltage. Bottom: Dirty Martini.
Then of course, while I was at it, I wanted to pick up a few singles that caught my eye.

Dirty Martini: I can honestly say I don’t have anything this colour in my collection. When this khaki/olive shade started trending in the fall, I fell deeply in love with it. I have a lot of plans for this beauty.

Voltage: This is a very interesting white/yellow duo-chrome that I am excited to play around with.

  

Top L to R: Voltage, Mermaid, Shimma Shimma, Dirty Martini, Peach Smoothie, Poppy, Bedrock. Middle L to R: Mai Tai, Phantom. Bottom L to R: In The Spotlight, Masqurade.
  
From Nail Polish Canada, I had to pick up an essential: the Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick. Roxanne and I are hooked on this and it lasted us forever. Vegan, cruelty free, amazing quality. To bump me up to free shipping, I also picked up the elf blush brush for blush and the Real Techniques Setting brush for highlighting.

Unfortunately, I also picked up the LA Girl Pro Conceal in the wrong shade (Light Ivory is the second lightest shade and it is WAY too dark for me – oops!). In my next order, I will pick up Porcelain and see how that goes.

   
   
Is any haul complete without some Sephora goodies? Somehow, I was able to convince myself that I needed even more eye shadow so I picked up the ABH Artist Palette. I am in love with their eye shadow formula like you wouldn’t believe so it really was a no brainer.

While I was at it and I had 15% off (Thank you VIB Rouge status), I also picked up one of the few available Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick in Drop Dead Red. I shockingly have no lip products this colour so I didn’t feel too guilty picking it up plus I get to try out their newest creation. So far, I haven’t worn it out but the colour is just as perfect as I imagined. I originally went online looking for the Urban Decay Corrector Fluid in Green that I was drooling over in store the previous week. It seems to be like a liquid concealer but it dries down to a beautiful matte that you don’t really have to mess around with. It’s kind of perfect.

   
  I hope you enjoyed this mid-spring haul. I know I certainly did! All products mentioned are cruelty-free (as far as I am aware). Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?

Til next time, ttfn x

 

$100 Shoppers Haul

I was the lucky winner of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers + #Music Glam giveaway back in February. I know right? I feel like the luckiest lady ever. This prize pack included over $200 worth of skin care, make up, white strips, hair care and a generous gift card for Shoppers. Lets start with what was in the prize pack!




From Olay, there are three Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging skin care items: the cleanser, the moisturizer and cleansing brush. I passed the moisturizer on to my mom who uses this every day but the cleanser and brush are staying with me. I have been using and loving the brush thus far and plan to give the cleanser a go once I am finished the few I have open. From Pantene, I received the Intense Hydration shampoo and conditioner but also the Pantene Air-Spray which I have been loving! From Crest, I have the 3D White whitestrips with the new Flex fit. I find my teeth get extremely sensitive with these so Roxanne graciously took them off my hands.


I don’t have a lot of make up from COVERGIRL but of course, I do already own the COVERGIRL lipstick in Succulent Cherry. I love it but don’t need two! Also from COVERGIRL is the new Plumpify Blast Pro mascara and Trunaked Goldens palette which I haven’t tried yet (honestly, my eyes have been horrible) but I have heard many good things.

 Now, onto the $100 haul. I have been a lot more conscious about what beauty brands are cruelty free and so with this $100 card, I decided to add more to my collection. Directly before this card came, my Shoppers stocked up on NYX but I was a little disappointed in their lack of selection. Never-the-less, I did pick up two things: the NYX HD Concealer in Fair which I have heard SO much about and the NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Stone.

Swatch of NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Stone.

On recommendation from Sarah at workadaybeauty.com, I also picked up the GOSH X-Ceptional Wean Foundation in 11 Porcelain. I recently went through my foundations and discovered I only have two that work for me when I am this pale so ta-da, I picked up another which (first impression) I adore and matches me perfectly.

Swatch of the Annabelle Skinny Brow in Universal Medium (left) and Universal Light (right).
From Marcelle, I picked up an old fave (or three) of the Marcelle Double Precision liquid eye liner. This is super matte and lovely eye liner that I totally recommend. I also decided to finally pick up the Annabelle Skinny Brow liner in Universal Light just to see if it works out better than the Universal Medium.


When I was there, I also needed some nail polish remover and the Quo Nail Polish Remover in Regular and Strengthening. I always forget which of the Quo removers I don’t like so I figured if I got one of each (except the blue/green which I just finished), I would know which one I disliked. As you can tell, I already used up some of the Strengthening remover. And then I went a little nuts with Essence.


I have tried and love and almost used up the Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops that I have reviewed before but I also needed a new base coat so I also grabbed the Essence Gel Nail Polish Base coat. I have the top coat already to try as well so I am excited to see how these two work together.

I had hopped to pick up the NYX Proof It Waterproof eye shadow base but since it wasn’t at Shoppers, I got I Heart Stage eye shadow base from Essence. I am not sure if this is going to help prolong my eye shadow wear but I thought it was worth a try.

I noticed Essence also had a few new products out so I picked up two of their new Liquid Lipsticks and two of their new highlighters. I have wanted to find some drugstore highlights to try and also different shades so these are the Hidden Stories highlighters in Rose in Wonderland (pink-silver) and Enter Wonderland (purple-silver). On first impression, they are a tad glittery but I want to play around with them more since they are my first cream highlighter experience.

Swatch from L to R: Essence Hidden Stories highlighter in Enter Wonderland, Rose in Wonderland, Essence Liquid Lipstick in Colour Party and Peach Party.

The two liquid lipsticks I kind of love so far. They are super minimal packaging wise which I love/hate, but they wear beautifully. These are Colour Party (pink) and Peach Party (Coral).

That’s my rather large haul for you! I am ultra-excited to try out all of these new beauties. Let me know if you want to see any reviews and I would be happy to do that!

Til next time, ttfn x

Korean Skincare Haul

Hey all! When was my last haul anyway? On Boxing Day, I picked up a few things from the Face Shop and Roxanne picked up a little something off of Amazon which makes for a bunch of Korean Skin Care items! It just so happens that K-Beauty is the Canadian Beauty Bloggers brand of the month so I figured I would show you everything we got!

Starting with the odd man out, Roxanne got the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm for her blackheads. I will absolutely be giving this a try as well. Along with this, she did receive a few samples including the Etude House Moistfull Collagen essence and BB Cream as well as the Tony Moly Banana Hand Milk.

innisfree jeju volcanic blackhead out balm
Be forewarned, I went a little crazy on the sheet masks and for good reason. There was a pretty fantastic sale on these (was it buy one get one or buy 5 get 5 or something similar) Real Nature masks from The Face Shop. I basically stocked up on literally any masks that were not sold out so we have:

the face shop real nature sheet masks
2 x Rice mask – brightens and evens out skin tone

2 x Cucumber mask – hydrates and refreshes

2 x Green Tea mask – hydrates and energizes

2 x Red Ginseng mask – energizes and nourishes

2 x Lemon mask – brightens

2 x Honey mask – moisturizes and radiance

1 x Aloe mask – soothes and hydrates

1 x Bamboo mask – hydrates and refreshes

Not part of the sale but still intriguing, was the Clean Face Soothing Face sheet mask for oily skin which also has the green tea extract so it will be interesting to see the difference. To go with this, I thought I would try this Clean Face Intensive Anti-Imperfection patches and now, I am just waiting for a spot!

the face shop intensive anti-imperfection patches

Finally, I also picked up the Collagen Pomegranate pack which is an overnight anti-aging moisturizer. This is the only thing I have tried thus far and I like it so far but totally have to play around with it more. It may be giving me small pimples but I am going to see if I can make it work.

the face shop collagen pomegranate pack

I am now officially (since about boxing day) on a no-buy so wish me luck and I will be back with many reviews. Let me know whether you’re interested in seeing any of these products reviewed and I will be happy to do so!

Til next time, ttfn x

 

What I Got For Christmas 2015

Hey all! This year, I decided to do a little haul of what I got this year for Christmas! Please don’t take this as bragging – I just love hauls like this so I thought I would do one this year! This is not to brag but I was extremely spoiled and Roxanne is freaking amazing, just sayin’.

We only have about 3 gift exchanges in total and they are all with family. Firstly, Roxanne’s side did a Secret Santa kind of exchange & from my secret Santa, I received a beautiful tea set. This includes a lovely loose-leaf kettle, 4 varieties of tea and 4 jars to keep them in. I plan to use the jars in my beauty room and add the tea to my collection. Roxy’s mom also gave me a not-Christmas related gift but I thought I would include it in here anyway because it was so sweet of her! She knitted me a hat and scarf but not just any old hat and scarf. The hat has a little spot in the top for my ponytail/bun to poke through and I am obsessed with that! The scarf is also a beautiful knit (do not know what it is called) but it is nice and warm and of course, matches my hat!

sephora bite beauty discovery kit

lush festive friends
We also had a gift exchange with my mom/dad and from them, I received some super exciting things! In the beauty area of things, I received the Bite Beauty Bite Discovery kit which was totally on my wish list and a $25 Sephora giftcard. I also received the Festive Friends gift box from Lush which smells incredible. Seriously, seriously incredible.

ott tv box
easy acc power bank

For some tech because mom and I are quite the techy loving ladies, I received a EasyAcc power bank but not just any power bank. It has 4 ports and a flashlight. It’s intense. She also gifted Roxanne and I a Android box for our TV since we don’t have cable! I am pretty excited at the possibilities.

monopoly
canada mint tweety bird coin

Finally, on the more comfort side of Amy, they gave Roxanne and I a few board games: Monopoly and Battle Ship. I am a big lover of cards and board games (Roxanne not so much) so these were on my Christmas wish list for sure. Mom also gave us a beautiful warm winter throw blanket that I am always a sucker for. My dad very sweetly picked up the Canadian Mint $10 Tweety Bird coin. No, I am not a coin collector, but my parents used to always call me Tweety when I was little and it’s kind of a tradition that I get Tweety Bird memorabilia for Christmas. And what Christmas is complete without getting a pair of PJs. This year, I got my first onsie from Denver Hayes and I am in love. It is a polar bear but it reminds me so much of lambchop, it’s hilarious.

Typically, Roxanne and I don’t exchange gifts so I was so surprised when mid-December rolled around and gifts for me started popping up under our tree. I was freaking out because I hadn’t planned on doing a gift exchange and suddenly, I needed to round up some gifts. While I was sick. And ordering stuff online was not really an option. Luckily, I had a few ideas up my sleeve and some time when Roxy was working.

sephora glamglow gift sexy antiaging and ole henriksen glow
Roxanne killed it with the gifts. She really knows me so well and was able to pick out these things without much guidance from me. Starting with some skin care, she got the Ole Henriksen Cleanse and Glow on the go duo which I have had and enjoyed before. Secondly and very unexpectedly, I opened up the Glamglow Gift Sexy Anti-Age gift set which includes my favourite Supermud treatment from Glamglow as well as the Anti-Aging full sized Youth Mud and travel sized Youth Cleanse as well. There was also the softest brush I have ever felt which I always use to apply face masks.

cinema secrets make up brush cleaner
guerlain meteorites perles

Before moving onto make up, she also happened to pick up the Cinema Secrets brush cleaner which came with a tin to try! This was totally on my list since seeing Dani from Coffee Break with Dani talk about this about a month ago. She also received a delux sample when ordering of the Guerlain Météorites Perles primer and I was pretty floored. I had just seen In The Frow talk about this and was mesmerized so the fact that it was a deluxe sample was like mind-blowing to me.

marc jacobs oh miley and hourglass canvas liquid lip stick
She picked up two unexpected lipsticks for me to try. First of all, the Hourglass liquid lipstick in Canvas which has also totally been on my wishlist for some time and I just never got around to picking it up. It’s gorgeous and I really enjoy this Hourglass formula. I was also totally blown away when I opened Oh Miley from Marc Jacobs. I would never have in a million years guessed I would own this but it is totally stunning. Instant favourite.

make up for ever artist volume 2, too faced return of the sexy eye and smashbox double exposure
Finally, three eye shadow palettes that she picked up for me all of which totally blew me away: the Too Faced the Return of Sexy palette, the Smashbox Double Exposure palette and the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 2. I am pretty sure every time I opened one of these, I squealed. I haven’t owned palettes from any of these brands and I am so excited to try them out.

I hope you enjoyed this rather large haul. Obviously, I love everything I got but I was particularly excited to spend Christmas day together – no work, no rush, no interruptions. These few days were amazing to spend with family and enjoy some seriously delicious food which is why you may have noticed I wasn’t on social media so much this past week. I hope whoever you are, you had a very Merry Christmas or a happy holiday!

Til next time, ttfn x

Sephora Holiday Haul & Review

Hey all! Here we are again with some new Sephora goodies. I took advantage of the $25 off of $50 coupon and picked up one Holiday set and one mini/travel sized product that I already knew I would love.

I decided to give the Too Faced Melted lipsticks a second try after seeing Chelle from Make Up Your Mind talk about them oh-so-lovingly. With that in mind, I picked up this mini set of 6 Too Faced products. I normally an so in love with Too Faced as a brand from their cruelty-free status to their adorable packaging but I didn’t get along with their Melted lipstick before. This Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set included 3 of the Melted lipsticks and 3 Love Flushed blushes which I had already tried and love the formula of.

Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks
too faced nude peony fig
too faced nude peony fig swatch
Each lipstick is paired with a blush so you have:

Melted Nude and Love Hangover which are the nudey peaches of the bunch;

Melted Peony and Justify My Love which are lovely baby pinks; and

Melted Fig and Your Love Is King which are the plummy shades.

too faced love hangover justify my love your love is king
too faced love hangover justify my love your love is king swatches
I love the blushes as I suspected but what about the lipsticks? I had tried Melted Peony before and found it was kind of gritty and oily feeling. I may even go as far as saying it sucked. This time around, I like them! They are absolutely different than what I had tried before and I’m glad I tried them again!

sephora haul

To make this a $50 purchase, I also grabbed a Smashbox Photo Finish primer in the purple Pore Minimizing formula. I have pretty religiously been using the other two primers (original and colour correcting) I own so I thought I would try yet another. I am crossing my fingers they come out with a mini of their blemish control formula as well but I may take a chance and give it a try anyway.

This primer was just as lovely as the other two but I would say the hardest to spread. I will say that I do get oily when using any three of these primers but I just blot or deal with it because they make my make up application a million times easier and feel  better than others I have used.

I hope you enjoyed this little review! Be sure to let me know what you think of the Too Faced Melted lipsticks or Love Flushes blushes & Smashbox Photo Finish Primers! I think they can be love/hate products but now you know where I stand.

Til next time, ttfn x

 

Fall Haul Y’all 2015

Hey all! Who was about to resist the holiday deals? I must admit, I finally gave in. I have been pretty good all year long about not buying too many beauty products but it was time to do a little bit of shopping!

dr brandt light years away brightening eye cream and color club nail polish

Skincare

Maybe it’s a little weird, but I am most excited about how good of a deal I got! I believe this product is no longer available, but it sounds like it is exactly what I have been looking for to fix my under eye problem. This is the Dr Brandt Light Years Away brightening eye cream which I got for $20. When I looked this product up, it was for between $50-$95 (there was a big price gap depending where you looked). I love deals like that! What this product claims to do is lighten the under eye darkness that I have a big issue with, minimize lines/wrinkles which I am starting to see and moisturize which never really hurts! I think this will last me quite some time and I am extremely excited to try it out.

dr brandt light years away and color club seven deadly sins nail polish

Nails

I picked up a mini 4 pack of the Color Club nail polishes from the Seven Deadly Sins collection. They are textured nail polishes with a mixture of purple and gold which is right up my ally. My only complaint is they don’t mention the names anywhere (but of course, I checked online and found out the colour names). I have never tried Color Club so I am excited to give these a go.

bite beauty best bite rewind and mac up the amp
bite beauty best bite rewind and mac up the amp swatch

Make up

I am obsessed (seriously obsessed) with lipstick right now and was able to get my hands on the Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind set of 4 matte lippies. They have been sold out for a while but when I was recently at Sephora, they had a healthy supply available so I snatched it up right away. I am obsessed with these four shades. On the same mall trip, I did my first Back To Mac exchange and picked up a gorgous purple Mac Amplified lipstick in Up The Amp. I haven’t heard of it before, but I am so so obsessed with the shade and excited to wear it. One more lip product came from BH Cosmetics who recently launched liquid lipsticks. I grabbed Endora which is a pinky-rose shade. I am not a big liquid lipstick lover, but I thought I would give it an honest try.

bh cosmetics haul

bh cosmetics liquid lipstick, blush and contor kit, studio pro concealer

Also from BH Cosmetics, I finally picked up the light Blush/Contour palette that I have been looking at for months. I wont lie, I am a little disappointed that the shades were darker than they look online/on the packaging, but I still hope to make them work. I was pleasently surprised by how the Studio Pro Perfecting Concealer wheel in Light looked though. I have been hunting down a salmon concealer for my under eyes and this wheel of 5 gives me a good variety of colours (all of which I can use) including two that would be perfect for the job. I love BH Cosmetics.

bh cosmetics sculpt and blend set

bh cosmetics sculpt and blend set

Other

The finial thing I picked up from BH was a brush set that I have been thinking about for probably 2-3 years now. I picked up a similar set on Amazon which to me, eliminated the purpose of getting this 10 piece Sculpt and Blend set, but now that I am even more obsessed with make up, I wanted a second set to try out. BH Brushes are pretty standard but I have never had issues with washing them, bristles falling out, use, breakage, or anything and they are very affordable. I also trust BH Cosmetics as a company, they are cruelty free and I get money back through ebates whenever I purchase from them! These brushes are also very soft and thus far, easy to use.

Til next time, ttfn x