Sunday, March 29, 2015

Have You Seen What's Inside?

Box on white

Now that March is coming to an end, I wanted to make sure that you had the chance to check out the exciting products that were sent in this month’s Glossybox. From high end hair products to skincare containing 24 karat gold, the March box was very impressive. Click HERE to see what I received and read my review of the box. I can’t wait to see what Glossybox has in store for April!

Friday, March 27, 2015

NOTD: Julep Fifi

Julep Fifi

I received Fifi in Julep’s Cupid’s Mystery Clutch that was available around Valentine’s Day. As soon as I opened the package, Fifi is the polish that first caught my eye since I love to wear pastel pink shades on my nails. 

Julep describes this colour as a tea time pink creme. It has a bit more white in it than other pale pinks that I normally wear such as Butter London Teddy Girl, Essie No Baggage Please, and Essie Fiji. This polish gives the nails a very clean look without appearing as bold as a plain white. 

The formula is thick like most Julep polishes, and it was a bit difficult to work with. The first two coats were streaky, but the third coat evened everything out. I was very happy with the final result and received lots of compliments on this colour. This colour is perfect for daily wear and would also look chic for a formal night out. 

I was able to wear this polish for a full week without and chips or tip wear. I used a top coat, but the polish looks very glossy on its own without one. 

Overall, I recommend this shade for those who love a classic pink polish and don’t mind being a bit patient with the formula. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

February 2015 Beauty Box Five

February 2015 Beauty Box Five
The February 2015 Beauty Box Five* features products to help celebrate the company's third birthday! If you are unfamiliar with Beauty Box Five, it is a subscription service that sends its members five cosmetic samples each month. The service is open to those in Canada and the USA, and subscriptions start at $12 per month. The best part is that shipping is free!
The brands that Beauty Box Five works with are also very impressive (see them all HERE).
Now let’s talk about the February items…
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1. Avon Big Color Eye Pencil | Retail: $3.49 - This pencil is easy to apply and helps minimize time spent on makeup application. I received the shade Sunkissed which is a beautiful metallic copper colour. I think this would look great on those with blue eyes. 
2. GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment | Retail: $69 for 1.7 oz (sample contains 5ml) - The name of this product is so intriguing that I just have to try it even though I rarely try out new skincare products. This treatment can be used as an anti-aging mask and an exfoliant. 
3. Absolute New York Absolute Love Lip Balm | Retail: $5 - This subtly tinted balm has a delicious scent, cute packaging, and moisturizing ingredients. It’s a very pretty shade of pink (it looks just like the colour on the tin) that will add the perfect glow to lips. 
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4. Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel | Retail: $3.99 - This polish looks opaque on the nails with just one coat, and it’s long lasting. I received the shade Stormy Night which is a pretty greyish purple colour with beige undertones. 
5. Marks Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting | Retail: $22.50 - This soft, shimmery white shadow is prefect for brightening the eyes. It can also be used as a cheek highlighter. 
This month, Beauty Box Five also sent a $20 yourMinerals gift card that can be used towards the purchase of this mineral makeup company’s all-natural shadows, foundations, blushes, and brushes.
Overall, I’m impressed with the February 2015 box from Beauty Box Five. Aside from the skincare sample, all items in the box were full size and, along with the gift card, had a combined value of approximately $55. I enjoyed the selection of colours and will be adding some of these items to my spring makeup bag, especially that pretty lip balm. I’m looking forward to next month’s box and can’t wait to see what Beauty Box Five has in store for March. 

Julep Giveaway!!!!

Julep Giveaway

I thought it was about time to have another giveaway. This giveaway features a Julep nail polish in Mary Lee and a Julep Lip Gloss in Posh. 

You can enter to win these items by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. 

Good Luck!

****This giveaway is open internationally and will close on April 8, 2015 at 11:59PM****

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Double Rainbows Nail Art

 Double Rainbows Nail Art 2
Double Rainbows Nail Art 1

Welcome to spring! Even if the weather’s still a bit cool where you are, the first day of spring marks the beginning of the end of the winter (and the cold weather). I thought it would be nice to honour spring’s arrival with this double rainbows nail look.

The pretty pastel purple base is Zoya Marley. It has a subtle hint of silver shimmer. The rainbows were created using the following colours: Santee Dark Blue, Zoya Areej, Art Deco Baby Pink, and China Glaze Lemon Fizz. I used a tiny art brush from the dollar store to make the rainbow more precise.

To see a video tutorial of this look, click here.

What do you think of this nail look? What will you be wearing on your nails this spring?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 2015 Glossybox

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You know that wonderful feeling you get when you are reunited with an old friend? That’s exactly how I felt while lifting the lid of my March 2015 Glossybox*.
If you are a new reader of my blog, you may not know that Glossybox and I go way back. I was a Glossybox subscriber before the company discontinued shipping to Canada for a while. All that’s in the past now because Glossybox USA is now shipping to Canada. The box is $21 USD per month plus $5 shipping to Canada. To subscribe or learn more about subscription options, click HERE.
Glossybox sends its monthly items in a very pretty pink box. Although the box design has changed a bit since the last box I received a few years ago (it used to be a lighter pink and it just had the logo, not the name), it still, in my opinion, has the prettiest packaging of any beauty box. The box is very sturdy and can be reused as a gift box, a jewellery box, a nail polish or makeup storage box, or a stylish place to put anything you desire.
The March box items are centred around a professional quality hair item. The March Sneak Peek shows five different hair products from a moisturizing shampoo to a shine glaze from various high end brands. Each March box will contain at least one of the featured products. Read on to see which ones I received as well as the other items that came in my March box.
March 2015 Glossybox
The hair items that I received are the Ouidad Color Sense Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner. These sulfate-free hair products contain apricot oil, honey, and antioxidants to protect colour from fading. They also hydrate dry hair. I think out of all the hair products that I could have received this month, these two are the most exciting since my hair is colour treated and I do whatever I can to keep my colour vibrant. I can’t wait to try them!
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I love the packaging of this 24K Multi-Vitamin Day Moisturizer from Orogold Cosmetics. In addition to vitamins and antioxidants, it contains pure 24 karat gold to reduce the signs of aging by plumping and firming skin. I’m intrigued already! I received two of these little pots and I’m looking forward to trying them. While I usually avoid trying new skincare items because my skin is so sensitive, this product doesn’t have a harsh scent, and how could I pass up the opportunity to put gold on my face?
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This sleek palette is the So Susan Cosmetics Concealer Quad. It features a hypoallergenic formula with virgin marula oil to hydrate and cover blemishes and minor imperfections. I like how it has shades to suit many skin tones, including mine. It’s also cruelty free which makes me like it even more.
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This little tube is the Modelco More Brows Eyebrow Thickening Gel in Medium/Dark. It contains hair-like particles to create the appearance of full, even brows. I have never tried a brow gel before, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to start.
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The last item is a Cheek&Lip Stain in Pink from Bellapierre Cosmetics. There’s nothing that I love more than a bright cream blush to perk up pale winter skin and prepare the complexion for spring. This formula is oil-free, mineral-based, lightweight, and pigmented. I will be adding this to my spring makeup bag.
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Overall, I’m very impressed with the March 2015 Glossybox. All three cosmetic items are full size and value at just under $70 combined which is a lot more than the price of the box. The hair products are deluxe samples and the skincare samples are generous as well. I really like that there’s something for everyone in this box, and the items are from high quality brands. I’m looking forward to seeing what Glossybox has in store for April!