Ipsy April Early Access

Today is one of my favourite days of the month: the day we find out what we’re getting in our Ipsy bags. The same day I either become extremely overjoyed by the products I am getting, or envious of others for getting the products I wanted. This month, it’s neither here nor there.

I can’t say that this is the most excited I have been for my bag. But, I’m not disappointed either.

First off, the bag.

I’m actually so excited about this bag! It has got a bit of a vintage vibe, and it’s red. Which, if you did not know, is my favourite colour.

Luxie Beauty Dreamcather Precision Foundation Brush 060

I think this is what I’m looking forward to most in my bag. I love getting brushes in my bags. I really love getting Luxie brushes! I have never been disappointed. Don’t you dare change that Luxie Beauty!

Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey

I’m pretty sure I’ve told Ipsy a few times that I don’t want nail polishes. So instead, they sent me two! I’m all about the nuuudes. So, I am pretty excited to try out these colours. I also have not heard of this company before, but one of my best friends is named Meg, so I’m hoping for a win here.

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel

Spring has sprung! Which means summer is only months away. You really can’t go wrong with getting aloe gel. I have this massive bottle that would never fit nicely in my purse, so I’m looking forward to having this in my bag on hand!

Elizabeth Mott ‘Show Me Your Glow’ Shimmer Shadow/Highlighter

I love Elizabeth Mott products so I’m already excited to try this! I wish the sample size was a bit bigger, but I suppose beggars can’t be choosers. I’m excited to try this product out as a highlighter.

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer

Summer is coming? Give me all of the bronzers. I am excited for this because this bronzer appears to be lighter. Because I am so pale toned, I really can’t pull off bronzers that are darker. It also has amaranth and sunflower extract, which will be very useful when I’m soaking in the sun.

All in all, I’m about 7/10 on the excitement scale for this bag.

If you’re interested in getting the bag, try it out!

If you already subscribe to Ipsy, tell me what you got?!

Thanks for reading,

xx Sass

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Glossybox First Timer

As you will all soon find out, I am a bit of a subscription addict. I started off as just an Ipsy subscriber, and over a year later, my obsession has gotten worse. But hey, there are worse things I could be obsessing about, right? The newest addition to my subscriptions, is Glossybox. I was very hesitant to take the leap to subscribe because, well, I’m cheap, and it is one of the more costly make-up subscriptions out there.

I did subscribe to their e-mails, though. This was basically torture. At first, it was 20% off my box. Then, it was 30% off my box. Finally, I got the email. “March Glossybox, Get it now for 50% off!”. Well that was it for me. I succumbed to my ever-growing need to own all subscription boxes. I took the leap of faith, gave away all of my financial information, and waited to see what would come of this.

Well, today I received my box. After only subscribing to the box less than a week ago, it was already here. I really couldn’t have asked for better service.

First Impressions
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I like the style of the box. It comes across very sophisticated and clean. I don’t like that the box can’t really be used for multi-purposes. I am a big fan of Ipsy because of their makeup bags and I wish Glossybox was a little more original with their boxes. The inside of the box is very beautiful, though.

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I like the added touch of wrapping you gift up with a bow. It really gives you that feel of opening up a present (even if you bought it for yourself). I also appreciate the pamphlet they give you to give an explanation of their products. Sometimes, I don’t feel like running to my computer to find out more information about the products I received. So, thank you Glossybox for that. Now, on to the products…

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer SPF 30 in Medium
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cost: $36 USD/$48 CAD

So, I’m already conflicted and I haven’t even tried this out yet! I am very fair skinned. So fair-skinned, it is hard for me to find an under-eye concealer that is a shade lighter than my normal skin tone. When I saw this in the box I may have actually let out a squeal (and I don’t squeal). But, my happiness soon faded away when I realized I received this product in shade medium. Call me out if I am wrong, but it appears that they sent everyone this product in shade medium. It does not take a beauty expert (or even someone that knows nothing about beauty) to know that this product will not work on all skin tones. I’m going to give it a try anyway: blend, blend, blend, and hope for the best.

Catrice Cosmetics Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette
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cost:$7 USD/$9.50 CAD

This product actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Personally, I’m very skeptical of cheap eyeshadow palettes. They did not have the price of the palette on the pamphlet, which meant they weren’t about to brag about it in the box. Even when I looked at their website, the prices weren’t available. Seemed a little odd but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. For the price of this palette, it is actually not too bad. I am not a big fan of the shimmery shades. There was a lot of fall-out, and very difficult to blend. I did like the more matte shades. I did have to spend some extra time blending them to get the look I wanted, but overall, I wasn’t unimpressed.

Inoco Nail Polish Applique
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cost: $8 USD/$11 CDN per set

I have not actually tried these yet. I have a fresh coat in my nails as I recently went to the Juno Awards (for all you non-Canadians, it is the Canadian Music Awards). I am always skeptical when I get nail strips. I have had a few experiences where the nail strips ripped, or did not apply well. That being said, I did look at the reviews of others, and overall they seem to be positive. I will update everyone when I try putting these babies on.

Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner
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cost: $20 USD/$27 CDN

I don’t care if this product magically gives me a unibrow, or melts my brows to oblivion. This product gives away 100% of it’s proceeds to women with cancer. I have not been very forth-telling in my personal life about this, so I won’t go on about it here either, but there is someone very close in my life who is fighting cancer right now. It breaks my heart to see her scared of the day where she will lose her hair, or her eyebrows. So many of us (women) are accustomed to wearing cosmetics because it makes us feel good. Maybe that is because of the media, society norms, etc, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have the right to do what we want to to feel beautiful. I thank this company for supporting women fighting cancer.

Etre Belle Cosmetics Golden Skin Roll-On Caviar Eye Gel
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cost: $45 USD/$60 CDN

I’m actually so excited about this product. I have been really into eye serums lately. I have a multitude of different eye creams. I work in the social service field, which means shift work. I have struggled with black circles and puffiness under my eyes for years. I have heard great things with this product so I’m really looking forward to trying it!

EB5 Anti-Aging Skincare: Aha Cleansing Lotion & Toning Formula
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cost: $20 USD/ $27 CDN

I’m going to be honest with you guys, there is one thing I am always hesitant to try, and that is skincare lotions/toners etc. Like most of you, I have my skincare regime down pat. I know what works well for me, and I know what doesn’t. Unless I’ve heard raving reviews from others, I usually tend to give away products like this. But, maybe I don’t know what I’m missing? Has anyone else tried this product and loved it? If so, I would really love to know.

My Conclusion

Total Cost: $136 USD/ $182 CDN.

There were a couple products that were not full-size (Skincare/Under Eye Roller), so the cost isn’t exact, but it gives you a rough estimate of what you would normally pay. Overall, I enjoyed what I got in this box. I really liked receiving full-size products. I am receiving another box this month, and I think it will be my deciding factor if I will continue with this subscription.

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Thanks for reading!

Sass xx

Favourite Beauty Products

I have decided to dedicate this blog post to my personal favourite beauty products. I love trying and testing new products, but there a few that I always seem to go back to. I love watching/reading blog posts/youtube videos about what other people are loving these days, so make sure to link me or comment about what products you love the most!

Rimmel London Match Perfection Liquid Foundation
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cost:$9.99-12.99 CDN

I have tried out several high(er)-end liquid foundations, but so far, none of them have been worth sticking to. I love the quality I can get from this brand, for less than half the price of other liquid foundations. The formula provides full coverage, but it feels so lightweight on my face. It also applies very well. I always use a powder foundation (that I will discuss later in my post) so I love that I can apply it over my liquid foundation and my face won’t feel “cakey”. The bottle is 30mL, and I find I can use it for awhile before I need to go and purchase another.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
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cost:$33.00 CDN

I don’t think I could write enough great things to say about this product. It is everything I could ask for in a powder foundation. It is very long lasting, I can go to work, and return home with the practically the same coverage. It is VERY blendable. I use shade N4. They have so many different shades that it is so hard not to find the perfect shade for you. I’m basically in a committed relationship with this powder foundation, I can’t give it up!

NYX Makeup Setting Spray in Dewy
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cost:$8 USD, $11CDN

I have to tell you I love this product! Prior to this, I used the Prep + Prime Fix Setting Spray from MAC which definitely works so well, but for half the cost? I had to try the NYX Setting Spray. It is everything I could ask it for. It leaves my face feeling so hydrated, and helps keep my make-up game strong all day. It also works very well when I need to pack on eyeshadows (especially glitter eyeshadows). For those debating on trying it, it is definitely worth it!

Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush
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cost:$18.00 USD/$24.00 CDN

I don’t have a picture of the case because I’ve used this product so much the writing has literally come off almost completely. This is probably my all-time favourite product. First off, it’s Vegan, Paraben-Free, Hypoallergenic, 99% Natural, etc etc. It is completely fall out free, which I love. Blush in general is probably my favourite beauty product, and one of my pet peeves is blush that has a lot of fall out. The finish is so flawless. It is really worth trying if you haven’t already!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
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cost: $42 USD/$55 CDN

Am I really writing a favourites post if I’m not talking about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette? The colours are all so beautiful. They are so pigmented, it’s unreal. They are also very blendable which makes it so easy to make a great look. I have made so many different looks with this palette. This palette is perfect for an every day look, and also when you’re feeling bold. Personal favourite colours: Buon Fresco and Burnt Orange… and both so pigmented!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
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cost: $23 USD/$30 CDN

I have quite a few mascaras, and I like each of them for different reasons. I love this one because of the dramatic effect. It gives so much volume to my lashes and leaves a very full effect. I have had some issues with clumping, but overall, I give it two thumbs up!

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick
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cost: $21 USD/$28 CDN

Personally, I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks. This one has to be my favourite right now. I love that when it dries, my lips don’t feel like the Sahara Desert. It practically feels invisible on my lips. I often go look in a mirror thinking I need to reapply, and it is still on. It lasts through eating or a night out having a few drinks. It is also cruelty free. Thank you Smashbox for creating this product!

So, that just about wraps up my current favourite products. What are your favourites? Please let me know in the comments section.

Thanks for reading,

xx Sass

Daisies For Days

If you’re anything like me, it isn’t long before you get bored of things and need to change things up! For me, this tends to be true for many aspects of my life. I’m always having that urge to change, edit, or erase things from my life. I am so thankful I did not inherit my mother’s “hoarding” genes, because she can’t seem to change anything without giving it a few months (to a year) of thought. It took her forever to commit to going from her ancient iPhone 4, to her iPhone 6. So, it just sat in a drawer for half a year.

One of my favourite items in my home, is my make-up vanity. When I moved into my place with my boyfriend, I decided to splurge and purchase the HEMNES dressing table. I purchased this from Ikea for $249.00 CDN.

To match the other furniture in our room, I decided to go with the black version, as opposed to the white. I like the slick look of the black. But, there is one thing I don’t like: BLACK SHOWS EVERYTHING. I’ve found myself cleaning the glass several times a day, because you can basically see every tiny bit of dust the falls on it.

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I’ll be truthful, I took a lot of items off my vanity, before realizing I should take a photo pre-changes. It looks great, but it just isn’t doing it for me anymore.

So, as I was trying to go to sleep, my brain had other ideas. Does anyone else deal with this? You have the best ideas when you’re going to sleep, but sadly no pen and paper close? I’ve started to set myself reminders on my phone when this happens.

So the next day, I went to fabricland, and searched through way too many fabrics, to find a beautiful black and white daisy fabric. I am born in April (the flower of April is daisies), and daisies are my favourite flower, so I knew it was fate.

So, after spending way too much time trying to figure out how to properly use double-sided tape. I finished it.

My Vanity After Changes
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Cost of fabric: $15.00 CDN
Cost of double sided tape: $8.99 CDN
*I’m sure I could have founded tape for cheaper, but I was in a rush.
Total cost: $23.00+tax CDN

I’m pretty excited about how this turned out! I think it really adds some texture and overall, brightens up the look. I still need to do some organizing on my vanity, I’m not loving the order of things. But, one step at a time, right?

So tell me! What are your thoughts? Do you have any ideas for changing up your beauty table? How do you organize your items?

Thanks for reading!

Sass xx

Haute Mess; My FabFitFun Spring Unboxing

So, I just received my second FabFitFun box, in perfect time for my first unboxing! If you’re like me, you get bombarded by celebrities doing their own unboxing. But, unlike us folk, they’re not shelling out precious $$$ to get it. So I’m here to find out… is this a deal, or no deal?

*I will include the Canadian exchange rate

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I will start off by apologizing for the horrible quality of this photo. My iPhone was not working with me today. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the pastel colours. Definitely gives me the spring vibe I was hoping for.

IMG 0370I love that you are given a pamphlet that gives a good explanation of the products. There are other subscriptions that don’t give you any explanation on how to use their product. I appreciate the tips and explanations you get from FabFitFun. There is also an editors letter, and personal interviews, articles from the product creators! Now lets get to the products…

Briogeo Roscarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
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Excerpt from FabFitFun: Does your hair need some extra love? This ultra-lightweight spray is fortified with a unique blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to improve hair’s softness, strength, and moisture levels, while acting as a barrier against heat.

First off, I may be slightly bias, because I LOVE Brigeo. I have received some of their hair repair products and they have been successful for me. I also struggle with the damage from coloured hair, so receiving a product that works for me is always a plus. First impression: It smells SO good. I have used the product once, and right away I noticed my hair feeling shinier, healthier. Overall, I think this product is a deal!

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set in Blue Orchid/Like a VirginIMG 0378

cost: $19.00 USD/$25.00 CDN

Excerpt from FabFitFun: These beautiful hues are springtime in a bottle. Whether you receive “Blue Orchid or “Shape of My Heart”, you’re sure to nail it this season.

I’m not the biggest fan of receiving nail polishes in my subscription boxes. But, I do have to say I really enjoy this product. The nail polish provides practically full coverage from one use and it dries quickly. There is nothing worst (okay maybe a few things…) than having to do several layers just to get the coverage you need. And personally, I’m just too impatient for that. I think the price might be a bit high, but the quality is great.

Karuna Hydrating+Face Mask
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Excerpt from FabFitFun: Dry, dehydrated skin is no match for this deep-conditioning sheet mask. Made out of 100% natural wood-pulp fiber, this single-usk mask allows pores to fully absorb essential nutrients and nourishing ingredients for ultimate hydration.

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This has been my first time using Karuna products. You are provided with four face masks. So that makes each mask about $7.00 USD or $9.00 CDN. As explained in the excerpt, these masks work best for individuals with dry skin. So if you struggle with oily skin, this may not be the product for you. I have normal or combination skin, but with the Canadian winter, my skin has been unusually dry lately. My first impression was that there is A LOT of product on the mask. I feel like you could make two masks out of one with the product. My skin felt great throughout the process. Personally, I don’t like products that make my skin tingle. Overall, I’m liking this product, but with the Canadian Exchange rate, I wouldn’t buy again.

Realher Lip Kit in Deep Red
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cost:$48.00 USD/$64.00 CDN

Excerpt from FabFitFun: Talk about lip service! Made from natural ingredients, this liquid lipstick, plumping lip gloss, and lip liner trio are so pretty you’ll be kissing the mirror before you leave.

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I have to admit, I did not kiss the mirror when I applied this product. Maybe I did it wrong? But seriously, from the second I pulled the product out of the box I was sold. I’m a big fan of women empowerment, so seeing these lovely messages on the lip items was a big win for me. There are two other colours that subscribers will receive: Deep Nude and Neutral Pink. In a perfect world I would have received Deep Nudge, because I’m the biggest fan of nude lip colours, but I’ll forgive them. I have seen reviews about the liquid lipgloss being sticky. I applied the liner first, and then used the plumping gloss afterwards and it applied smooth. It doesn’t last as long as some of my other lippies (tarte i love you) but I’m still a huge fan.

Luv AJ DIamond Kite Crawler Earring Set
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cost:$85.00 USD/$113.00 CDN

Excerpt from FabFitFun: You’ll be smiling from ear to ear in this stunning set of climbers and studs. It’s made of 14K rose gold and adorned with sparkling stones, so these baubles will be great for any occasion.

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For those who do not know… my initials are AJ. SO when I saw this I actually thought it was a personalized gift. Alas, it was not. But it was rose gold earrings, so its a win-win. I really like the crawlers. They look great on, and they can be used by others who do not have their ears pierced.

Milly Zip Pouch
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cost:$45.00 USD/$60.00 CDN

Excerpt from FabFitFun: Spring break means that traveling with wet bikinis is inevitable. Keep your suits safe and away from your other valuables with this water-resistant bag.

I’m going to be honest, I really don’t think this bag is worth 45-60 dollars. Thankfully, when you purchase this box, you won’t be paying that price. This bag is multi-use, which is great. Can anyone have too many make-up bags? (Yes, I probably do. The saying is quite fitting as I’m feeling like a bit of a haute mess right now. You’re definitely getting a deal with this in the box.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator
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cost: $79 USD/$105 CDN

Excerpt from FabFitFun: Reveal radiant and renewed skin! This formula contains aluminum oxide crystals, lactic acid, and smoothing botanicals to polish away deal cells and leave you with bright, smooth, healthy-looking skin.

If you’re figuring out if you want to purchase the box, this should be your answer. Dr. Brandt is the holy grail of skin care, and I’ve been holding out on purchasing another product by them because of the high cost. I am very excited to give this product a try!

Gypsy 05 Roundie
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cost: $50 USD/$66 CDN

Excerpt from FabFitFun: Whether you’re headed to a picnic, the beach, or a springtime concert, get around town with the perfect roundie. It will be your picnic go-to this season.

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I just love this product! As I previously mentioned, I am a big fan of pastel colours. Ideally, I would love to put this at the end of my bed or back of my couch, but I still have to convince my boyfriend. He’s not into pastels as much as me. Because of the white, I’m not sure if I would use this product at a concert, but definitely the beach. Overall, I’m lovin it.

FabFitFun TV
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This seems to be the fitness product in this season’s box. FabFitFun is now providing workout routines, free, to all members.

So that’s it!
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So after crunching the numbers, the total cost of this box would be:$374 USD, or $497CDN. That’s some major savings! Let me know what your thoughts are! Did you enjoy the products? Do you have any tips?

Thanks for reading!!

xx Sass

Beauty On A Budget

Hello beauties!

I should probably start off giving a bit of an explanation as to why I’ve decided to create a blog. The truth is, over the past year, I’ve become a bit of a “subscription addict”, one might say.

There are two things I am a huge fan of: beauty products and a good deal!

I love the idea of being able to try out a few products to get a good idea if I will like them, before I shell out $$$ on a product I may not even like. Also, a surprise box full of make-up, skincare, and hair products every month? Who doesn’t like surprises!

I will admit I am no MUA, like many others. But, I think that is why I decided to start my blog. It is exciting to learn more about products. Like most people who receive subscriptions, were learning as we go. I’m looking forward to getting the opinions and thoughts of others on what works for you/what doesn’t! Excited to start this journey!

Cheers,

xx Sass