April Haul and Low-Buy

Today’s post is a combined haul and low-buy post for the month of April. The big event this month, as you all already know, was the Sephora VIB sale. I started this month off knowing that there wasn’t anything I was particularly excited about buying at Sephora. I went into the store 4 separate times for inspiration, and each time I left feeling uninspired!

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SEPHORA PURCHASES

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

This is a  constant in my Sephora VIB purchases for me – it’s my favourite liquid liner, and I always replenish my stash of these during the sales. I think this is my third (or fourth?!) one.

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Nail of the Week: Essie’s The It-Factor

Today’s post is on the nail polish I’ve been wearing for the past week. I was due for a nail polish post because I haven’t done one in a quite a while, and this is also a polish that’s new to my collection and will appear in my April low-buy post at the end of the month. Until now, I actually had left my nails bare for the past 3 weeks, which is SO unlike me! My nails had been peeling a lot, so I wanted to give them a break.

While I would usually wear a pastel shade on my nails over Easter, I was in Las Vegas over the weekend with a girlfriend, and I cannot help but want to have bright nails every time I’m in Vegas. I realized right before our trip that during my nail polish decluttering, I had thrown away the nail polish I had in mind because it had become all gloppy and I just didn’t love it anymore, so I actually ended up buying another nail polish. A trip is a perfect excuse to own a new nail polish, am I right?

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Makeup I Packed on My Long Weekend Trip

Back in January, a girlfriend of mine (also my MOH) surprised me with a trip to Vegas that she had booked for us over the Easter long weekend, complete with an itinerary that she had already thoroughly planned – is she not the absolute sweetest?? The main objective of the trip? To see the Backstreet Boys in concert! I finally got to fulfill my childhood dream of seeing them, and it was even more epic than I could have imagined.

Anyways, now that I’m back, I wanted to share what makeup and skincare I brought with me on our short trip. As far as travelling goes, I tend to bring products I know I can rely on. I hate the idea of having to deal with faulty products or products that give me an adverse reaction while I’m on vacation.

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Review: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Today’s post is a review of the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, one of the brand’s best-selling skincare products. I’ve been using this moisturizer every single day since I bought it during Black Friday last year. It’s been a few months of testing it out, so I’m finally ready to give it a review!

I bought this face cream at a Kiehl’s store, but Canadians can also get their hands on this brand at The Bay, Nordstrom. It comes in a tub form, so this might be a negative for those that see tubs as being unsanitary. I bought the 125 mL tub of the cream, which is the larger version that retails at $62. Kiehl’s also offers a 50mL tub for $36. It’s going to take me forever to use up! The Ultra Facial Cream is made in the USA.

To give some background on my skin type for comparative reasons, I have normal to dry skin, with some episodes of very dry skin. My main skin issues are having dry, red flaky spots, particularly on my cheek area. As a side note, the SA helping me said that Kiehl’s also offers a Ultra Facial Moisturizer, which is a much thicker version than this cream. I had originally meant to buy that one instead, but I was advised to try the cream first because the Ultra Facial Moisturizer is so thick and not really right for everyone.

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March Low-Buy and Anti-Haul

At the beginning of 2017, I set March to be a no-buy month for me. I thought this would be really hard after doing a no-buy in February, but we’ve been too busy for me to even worry about shopping for makeup, so it hasn’t really been an issue! Although it’s not quite the end of the month, I’m 100% sure I’m not going to buy anything in the last three days, which means I was able to stay true to my no-buy! *throws confetti* Since the lack of purchases makes my March no-buy post pretty much non-existent, I thought today I would stick with the theme of not buying anything and do an Anti-Haul post. The idea of the anti-haul is sharing popular beauty products that I will NOT be buying! This does not mean that any of these products are bad or poor-performing at all – they just don’t interest me enough to purchase.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst – $46

This one might be a little controversial because of all the hype surrounding this. I really love the quality of Becca highlighters, and this one actually looks gorgeous. However, I’m not sure I’m into the lavender highlighter trend as of late. It would be a stunning shade for people with fair, cool-toned skin, but this would look so off on me!

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Review: Makeup Geek Highlighters

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review on a few highlighters from Makeup Geek. My fiance bought four of them for me for Valentine’s Day, which means I’ve been using them for a month now, and I’m ready to give them a full review!

Before I go into each individual shade, I wanted to go over the brand’s highlighter line in general.

A single highlighter from Makeup Geek costs $20 for 0.25 oz of product, but they also have set bundles of 3 highlighters for $48, or $16 per highlighter. There are four different bundles aimed for four different skintones: Porcelain, Fair, Medium, and Deep. The brand currently has 13 highlighters in its collection, six of which are duochromes, as well as a highlighter palette which is in collaboration with Kathleen Lights. All of the highlighters are permanently available, with the exception of the Kathleen Lights palette.

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Wedding Update #3

Today is an update on our wedding planning. According to the count on our wedding website, we are 87 days out! Today’s post covers what we’ve done for invitations, bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits, my shoes, hair, and favours. This might be the second last, if not last, wedding update, because other than a DIY post or two, we’ve covered all of the big items!

Bridesmaid dresses:

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I asked the girls to pay for their own dresses, so I wanted to keep costs as low as possible. My vision was for them to wear dusty blue dresses, but I couldn’t find any styles in this shade unless they were $300+. I ended up ordering online from a website called Light in the Box for only $87 each. Ordering dresses online can be a little more than sketchy, especially when you’re ordering from a Chinese website like this one, but my MOH ordered her bridesmaid dresses from the same website when she got married, and the quality was great, so I felt pretty confident that these would turn out well. They arrived in three weeks, and look exactly like they do in the pictures!

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