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Sephora Grand Opening- White Oaks Mall

21 May

It’s official! London Ontario (where I live) FINALLY has a Sephora. I will never forget when @WhiteOaksMall tweeted…

I couldn’t believe it! We were finally going to have a Sephora! No more long trips to Toronto!

A few days before the store opened I received a beauty insider e-mail stating that Sephora was giving away a free umbrella with ANY purchase (no minimums!) I definitely was getting my butt in there for the grand opening to score some new swag and an umbrella (that was for sure!) I ended up going with my mom (as we had a hair appointment in the morning and were out that way!) I was hoping there wasn’t a lineup as @WhiteOaksMall sent out a twit pic of the line up earlier on:

Luckily, when we got there we were able to walk right in! It was HEAVEN! Brand spanking new SEPHORA. Man I wanted to buy EVERYTHING. I had picked out a bunch of Make Up Forever eyeshadows and the pallette that come free with 3 shadow purchases… when I came across “Tarte.” Whoever designed the packing needs a big pat on the back. I decided to part with the Make Up Forever shadows and pickup some Tarte makeup (mainly for the cute packaging to be honest!) I wasn’t sure how great it was- although there was an eyeshadow pallette (that looked like a clutch) and I just HAD to have it! It was super cute and it came with a free eyelid primer! Also, I liked the line because it was all natural (which is great!) 98% of their products are formulated without parabens, phthalates, sulfates and synthetic fragrances (just to name a few!)

(All photos below are linked to larger versions)

Their palettes are REFILLABLE! No need to throw it out when you are done! Just buy a new mineral pigment eyeshadow refill! (click on photo to read the colours- named after flowers!)

It comes with a really awesome guide for multiple looks!

I haven’t tried anything yet- i promise I will soon though! I just LOVE it though! I love the line as well! What do you think? Did I mention that I picked it up for under $60CAN and it is over a $200CAN value? Amazing! I love buying value kits!!! This was definitely a purchase where the book was judged by the cover. I am hoping it is a great product! I tried it in the store and it seemed very pigmented. Have you ever tried Tarte products?

Any other lines you buy just for the sheer cuteness?

Oh, I also got the free umbrella (which WASN’T a cheap crappy piece of… you know.) It is SUPER strong (and cute!)

Check out Tarte Cosmetics HERE!

ELF (Eyes, Lips, Face) Make-up Haul

21 May

So thanks to my Smart Canuck friends (read about SC here) I have discovered a wonderful world of ELF (Eyes, Lips, Face) makeup that is SUPER affordable to begin with but even more affordable when there are 50% and 60% off discount codes! I was told to try their “studio line” as it is a bit more professional and a better all around product. Most items range from $3-$6 PER ITEM! When I found out that there was an additional 60% off I decided to order…. the whole line (pretty well.) I paid $72 can. WITH shipping, taxes and EVERYTHING all included for all of that makeup! WOW! I want to especially thank Justine (from SC) as she was instrumental in my ELF purchase. You can check out her beauty blog Productrater HERE. I have yet to try anything as I just started back to work full time and it really seems to consume my life! I will post individual pictures below and hopefully have some swatches soon.  I will insert excerpts from eyeslipsface.com as I personally have not tried any of the products yet. (I have done a couple of mini reviews so make sure to check those out below!) Stay tuned formore individual reviews= coming soon! Click on photo to go to Elf’s website and check out the product! *Warning: If you sign up for Elf’s mailing list be prepared for heavy e-mails from them. They always have multiple discount codes/free product codes at the same time and the e-mail load is very extreme from them (at least once per day!)

Single Eyeshadows ($3US)

The beautiful soft texture melts into the skin for a vibrant color that lasts. Convenient and easy to apply, just layer the color to achieve the desired intensity. Apply wet or dry for a fabulous look that never creases or fades*

I bought every shade in the eye shadows 🙂

Large Brush Holder ($15US)

The stylish and sleek makeup compartments hold your brushes, makeup pencils, tools and more. The professional storage dividers keep everything organized for quick use. The luxurious material is easy to clean and durable for storing on countertops or in cabinets* (Brushes not included.)

My mini review: This turned out to be a lot larger than I first had thought (which is a good thing!) The material is very soft and easy to clean. It’s very sleek and a great place to store your brushes!

11 Piece Brush Collection ($30US)

The ultra luxe makeup brush case is ideal for any makeup artist at heart! Perfect for on-the-go convenience so you can just grab and store without taking up a lot of space. the sleek case is water resistant and holds a full collection of brushes for key protection and quick use*

Includes:

Case, Eyeshadow “C” Brush, Complexion Brush, Small Angled Brush, Small Smudge Brush, Fan Brush, Powder Brush, Angled Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, Small Precision Brush, Blush Brush and Contouring Brush.

83 Piece Essential Makeup Collection ($30US)

The convenient makeup collection for eyes, lips and face that allows you to be your own makeup artist whenever, wherever. A great value for any makeup lover!*

•An all-in-one compact including the must have makeup essentials, in mini, medium and large sizes!

•Create any look that reflects your personal style

•The small sleek design is great for on the go beauty touch-ups

Includes:

64 Eyeshadow Shades, 8 Lip Gloss Shades, 4 blush Shades, 4 Bronzer Shades, 1 Lip Brush, 1 Eye Brush & 1 Face Brush

Makeup Remover Cleanser Cloths ($3US)

Gently and easily cleans skin to remove all traces of makeup and dirt, even waterproof mascara. Great for on-the-go travel. Gentle cloths are soft and soothing for even the most sensitive skin. Infused with Aloe Vera Extract for deep hydration and moisture. 20 Pre-moistened cloths included*

Blush ($3US)

The soft sheer texture blends into the skin for a silky finish. Designed to be worn alone or layered for more depth. Highlight your complexion with a subtle healthy glow*

Lip Primer & Plumper (Left) ($3US) Eye Primer & Liner Seal (Right) ($3US)

Lips: Achieve longer lasting lip color and sexy plumped lips. The Primer creates a base for lip color for no budge, no smudge pigment that lasts all day. The cinnamon scented Plumper enhances your lips with a subtle plumping tingle effect for fuller, larger looking lips*

Eyes: The Prime side sets your eyeshadow in so your color won’t fade, bleed or crease. The Liner side transforms your favorite eye shadow into a waterproof, smudge-proof liquid liner with this unique clear liquid and built-in felt tip precision eyeliner brush. Now you can have your eye makeup lasting longer for no fuss no budge color*

(L-R) High Definition Powder ($3US) Kabuki Face Brush ($5US)  SPF 45 Suncreen uva/uvb Protection ($3US)

High Definition Powder: The high definition loose powder creates a “soft focus” effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear*

*I will be doing a review comparing 3 different HD powders (all at different price points) soon!*

Kabuki Face Brush: This new anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. The handy and easy to use Kabuki Brush provides a light to full coverage on your face to ensure a flawless finish. This compact brush is perfectly sized to allow for precise and controlled application of bronzer, powder, or a highlighter on your skin* (Vegan Friendly)

My mini review: THIS BRUSH IS AMAZING! It retails for $5US (I got 60% off!) and it is SUPER silky, soft and really good quality. It definitely shows up my Smashbox Brush ($52US)!

SPF 45 Sunscreen uva/uvb Protection: A portable loose powder sunscreen that can be worn alone or over any makeup for key sun protection. Shields against harmful UVA/UVB rays to prevent premature skin aging and sun damage. The soft translucent powder is infused with healthy ingredients such as Aloe Vera Extract, Grape Seed Extract and Vitamins A,C & e to help nourish and soothe the skin*

Pressed Powder (in Sand & Buff) ($3)

The Silky formula melts into the skin for adjustable coverage. Apply alone or over foundation for a flawlessly smooth and natural-looking finish. The portable makeup compact and sponge is convenient for on-the-go touchups*

My mini review: WARNING! These are VERY light shades (sand and buff!) I ordered 2 as they were very inexpensive although both and too light for my skin (for the summer anyway!) I suggest ordering a bit darker then you normally would (also order a few just to be sure!)

Top: Complexion Perfection ($3US) Left: Eye Transformer ($3) Right: Corrective Concealer ($3US)

Complexion Perfection: Create a balanced and radiant complexion that is beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula evens out the skin tone and absorbs excess oil. The sheer formula brightens, mattes and neutralizes the skin*

Eye Transformer: Convert your shadows into brand new shades with these four opalescent shadows. Wear alone, under, over or in combination with your other makeup. The opal tones transform your dark color into a new shimmering hue*

Corrective Concealer: Conceals under-eye darkness, blemishes and other skin imperfections with customized coverage. Brightens under-eye circles and neutralizes redness. Convenient size for on-the-go travel*

Mineral Infused Face Primer ($6US)

Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish.

*I forgot to take an individual photo of this- hence the cropped out section of the large haul photo!*

Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder ($3US)

Create a healthy and natural glow all year long. The Blush highlights the cheeks to add a flush of color, while the Bronzer accents and contours cheekbones for beautiful definition*

* excerpts from eyeslipsface.com