Colourpop Cosmetics Shipping to Canada

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I have been waiting for the Yes Please eyeshadow palette to be restocked on ColourPop’s website, and finally I got an email about it being restocked. I waited until 10AM PT (11 AM my time) and quickly ordered it. I also ordered 3 Glossy Lippies, 3 Satin Lippies and the Hi-Maintenance palette and a highlighter and pressed shadow.

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They offer free International Shipping for orders over $50 USD. My order totalled $63.00 USD which came out to $81.83 CAD plus I owed $19 CAD in duty charges when it arrived. This means my whole order ended up costing more than $100 CAD. I ordered August 24, received shipping confirmation on August 28 and then received the package September 6. The package was well wrapped and no products were damaged during transit.

On first impression I was really excited for everything. The packaging is simple and practical and I appreciate that most of it will be able to be recycled. The only thing that disappointed me was the size of the Yes Please palette. It is VERY small, the shadows themselves are about half of a usual pressed eyeshadow and the palette easily fits in the palm of my hand. I have watched lots of YouTube videos featuring the platte and honestly never noticed it being so small. However, it was only $12 USD so it still a fairly good value.

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I plan to do a few more updates about this haul after trying the products a bit longer. I will also comment more about if they are still a good value for those across the border after factoring in the exchange and duty.

Let me know your experience with Colourpop in the comments!

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Freedom Makeup London HD Eye foil Review

20170828_195535I recently purchased an order from tambeauty.com because I really enjoy Makeup Revolution as a brand and wanted to try their new individual eye shadow pans. Along with the eye shadow’s I also purchased a few brushes and a golden highlighter. I have some of their eyeshadow palettes and find them to be quite good for the price. Shipping is free to Canada if you purchase $40 CAD of products. The shipping is fairly fast, I got the package within a week of the shipping confirmation.

I have been trying out these eyeshadows for a few weeks preparing to review them for this post! I bought the Burnt set and the Metallic #1 set. They include mostly warm tone pink, orange and browns. There are 3 matte shades and 7 metallic/shimmer shades. Each set you buy has 5 shadows in it for $8.10 CAD. That comes out to $1.62 a shadow, which is super affordable.

These eyeshadows are really pigmented when applied with a brush (not as much with a finger). I love Sweet Life and Bad Behaviour as crease and transition shades and Under Your Spell as an inner corner highlight. They do not show up nearly as pigmented in the swatches as they do on the eye. They are buttery shadows with not a lot of fall out. I find they blend easily, even with the affordable Makeup Revolution Pro E103 Eyeshadow Blending Brush I have been using. I also find the shimmer shades show up really well and last all day, with or without a good eyeshadow primer. 

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These eyeshadows are magnetic, so they can fit in any Z Palette. I have a cute Tarte Palette that I bought at Sephora and it has a beautiful giant mirror inside. I have recently purchase ColourPop shadows as well so I am excited to add those to the palette soon as well! On the back of each eyeshadow they have the name of the color as well as the collection it is from. I like that these allow you to customize your own palette, which makes them really travel friendly.

The one con I found when using these are that they can be hard to manoeuvre around the palette. When I was trying to take pictures of them and arrange swatches for this post I managed to put my finger nail in a few of them and chip some of the product off. I think you could easily avoid this by putting them in the palette once and then leaving them. As long as you are not constantly changing out or rearranging the shadows in the palette I think they will hold up quite well.

Here is a simple makeup look I did with these shadows. I used Under Your Spell in the inner corners, Sweet Life and Bad Behaviour in the crease and Inhibition on the outer corner. I put Burnt Bridges lightly all over the lid.

All things considered I think these are incredible eyeshadows for $1.62 CAD each. I love how you can customize your own palette by picking the color schemes you would wear most. I hope Freedom Makeup continues to release more collections as I would most definitely purchase more to add to my collection!

If you have tried these out as well let me know what you think!

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August Beauty Favourites – Old and New

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I have enjoyed playing with makeup again since coming home from my vacation all July! I have been using most of the beauty products I purchased in my Ulta Haul but I have also been using a few other new products that I have purchased this summer. Although I have a bunch of new favourites to share I also thought it was important to share what past favourites I am still using and loving as well!

Keep reading if you want to know what I have been loving this month!

New Favourites

L’ORÉAL Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender

  • I love this Beauty Blender dupe! It is soft and works really well when damp. I use it mostly for concealer but also for foundation and it applies my makeup evenly.

NO7 Stay Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

  • I mentioned this in my Ulta Haul Favourites but it has been my most used foundation this month. It is light feeling on the skin but covers well and lasts all day! It is hydrating but doesn’t leave my oily skin too shiny.

Freedom Makeup London HD Eye foils

  • I plan on doing an entire post committed to these but they are incredible. I have been playing with them for the last month and I often reach for them over my expensive eyeshadow palettes. They are pigmented, blend easily and last a long time. I highly recommend them!

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Old Faithful Favourites

L’ORÉAL Lash Paradise 

  • I still use this mascara daily! I reach for this mascara over my other high end mascaras because I love how it makes my lashes look and how it lasts all day without smudging and flaking. I still highly recommend this mascara!

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

  • Although I purchased Catrice camouflage concealer and have been loving it, I am still reaching for my Shape Tape quite often. I like wearing it when I have BB cream or minimal foundation on just to cover blemishes and my under eye area. It lasts really well and doesn’t break up on my oily skin. I think Shape Tape will stay a staple beauty product for me for a long time!

Let me know if you are loving any of these products as well!

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MOTD – Family Photo Shoot

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Today I got family pictures taken with my husband and son. My son is 7 months now so we wanted to try to snap a few pictures because he is growing up so fast!

I went with makeup that I knew was full coverage but looked good in pictures. I rarely wear false lashes but I like wearing them in pictures because I feel they really help open up the eyes.

My makeup of the day:

Primer: ELF Poreless Primer

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 3C2 Pebble

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in Light Medium

Powder: Makeup Revolution Banana Powder

Eyeshadow: Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette

Eyeliner: Tarte Amazonian clay silk eyeliner in black brown

Eyelashes: Eyelure Whispy No 117

Blush: Milani baked blush in Luminoso

Bronzer: Tarte Park Ave Princess

Lipstick: Essence 07 Sparkling Miracle

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Hope you enjoyed today’s makeup look!

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Ulta Haul – Shipping to Canada

I have been eyeing the Ulta website for awhile now but just recently decided to place an order. They offer free shipping to Canada when you spend over $100 CAD so I decided to splurge and order a big haul of makeup goodies.

They had a sale going on that was BOGO 50% off for most of their drugstore brands. I can access most of those brands at Shoppers and Walmart here so I tried to grab products that are a bit harder to find here. No 7 skincare is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart but not their makeup so I thought I would try it out as I had heard good things.

 

 

Pictured above is everything included in my haul: 

No 7 Stay Perfect foundation

No 7 City Light tinted moisturizer

Fiona Stiles & NYX blush

L’Oreal Beauty Sponge

NYX liquid eyeliner

Catrice concealer

Physicians Formula Eye Booster eyeliner

Eylure falsies

Real Techniques blush and powder brush

 

I have been trying a few of these products since arriving back from my vacation and I already have a few favourites. I will post a haul update next week to let you know my thoughts on the haul and what I would recommend!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think and if any of these are your favourites!

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MOTD Friday – New Ulta Goodies

I have been on vacation the last three weeks and have definitely missed blogging! My makeup routine while away was quite simple and often non existent because we were camping and hiking and I didn’t feel makeup was necessary.

I was excited to get back to playing with makeup today! I had an Ulta haul arrive while I was away (stay tuned for that post) so I played with a few of my new goodies.

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Foundation- No 7 Stay Perfect in Warm Sand

Bronzer- Physicans Formula Butter Bronzer

Blush- Makeup Revolution Ombre blush

Eyeliner- Physicans Formula Eye Booster

Mascara- L’Oreal Lash Paradise

Lipstick- Marcelle Rouge Expression in Enchantment

Brows- Makeup Revolution brow palmade

Decluttering – Pt. 2 Moving On

I decided to go through my makeup collection and pull out things I do not use anymore and pass them on to my sister.

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Eyes & Extras:

Mascara’s – Clinique, Smashbox, Benefit & Loreal – I have tried all three of these mascaras and got more as sample sizes in various subscriptions and Sephora orders. I like the Clinique one but it doesn’t do enough for me to love it. I find the Smashbox Full Exposure has a really large brush and I don’t love it. I really dislike Benefit’s They’re Real, I find it impossible to get off at the end of the night and the formula is too dry. I usually like drier formulas but this one just doesn’t coat my lashes very well. I LOVE L’Oreal Lash Paradise I just accidentally bought waterproof which I find too hard to get off for everyday mascara so I am passing it on to my sister. I already repurchased it in their non-waterproof formula.

Eyeliners – L’Oreal and Bellapierre – I liked both of these eyeliners but I just don’t reach for them anymore. The Bellapierre is just a typical black pencil and isn’t anything special. I use my Makeup Forever and Tarte pencils much more often. The L’Oreal Infallible Smoky eyeliner is a cool concept, it comes out more like a smoky powder and it does not budge all day and is great for smoking out the lower lash line or adding some extra color to your lash line. I just don’t use it anymore.

Highligher – Benefit’s Watt’s Up – I really like this but because it is creamy I find I forget not to set my face first so I can’t use it as easily. I have another sample size one so I decided I didn’t need two and my sister really wanted to try it. I doubt I would use up two before they expired so I am passing it on.  It is a great highlight though!

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Face:

Concealer – Elf and Hard Candy – I find both of these concealers way too cakey and they crease really bad. I didn’t find the Glamoflauge as amazing as everyone says it is and it doesn’t last very long on my oily skin.

Bronzer – Body Shop – I find this bronzer super orange but my sister is fair skinned so it may work better for her.

Powder- Elf Booster – I have so many powders and I just don’t reach for this one. It is not special enough to make the cut!

Primer- Body Shop – I find this primer really heavy and it actually breaks me out. My sister doesn’t have sensitive skin so she might like it.

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Palettes:

Eye shadow Palette – ELF – I used to LOVE this palette, as it obviously looks well loved. I find ELF has good drug store eye shadows and they actually are quite pigmented and creamy for how cheap they are. I just have so many eye shadow palettes that I love more now so I am passing this on to my sister. She saw it and is really excited to play with it!

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Lips:

Lipsticks – Makeup Forever (Freedom) and Essence – I find the Makeup Forever reds really bleed and I don’t suit red to begin with so the fact that it bleeds really bad just turned me off. My sister loves red lips so she may like these. The Essence is a nude shade that is way too light for me. My sister is fairer but I feel it may even be too light for her. I love Essence lipsticks though, this shade just didn’t make the cut.

Liquid Lipstick – Kat Von D – I got this in a Sephora Lip Sample Kit and I find it to be quite streaky which I don’t like in a dark lip product. My sister loves the color though so she will still get use out of it!

tarte shape tape contour concealer – Worth the Hype & Price?

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In May I did a tarte haul where I revealed I ordered from their website mainly to try shape tape. It has not been available in Canada and so when the website started to sell it I decided I had to have it! I have been trying it for the last few weeks so I figured it was time to share my final verdict.

This concealer retails for $31 CAD on the tarte website. If you spend $75+ CAD you get free shipping, which is pretty reasonable. I purchased it in two colors, light and light-medium. Light is the forth lightest shade (fair is the lightest) so I figured it would work well for me when I am not tanned. I have only been wearing light-medium for the sake of this review.

You receive .34 oz of product which is quite a lot for concealer. To compare, NARS creamy radiant concealer only comes in .22 oz for $37 CAD. I feel like shape tape it is a pretty good value for a high end concealer, especially because a little goes a long way.

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The packaging is heavy and it feels good quality. It is clear so you can actually see the color of the product through the package. The applicator is a large doe foot applicator and makes applying this concealer under the eyes very easy.

I mostly used this concealer for under my eyes, however I also used it to cover up some small blemishes and acne scars on my face as well. I have set it with various powders and once it sets I found it appears quite matte.

The one thing that everyone raves about is this concealers coverage and that it does not crease. I am not sure I can confidently boast about either. It does have very good coverage, but the coverage does not last all day and when I use it to cover blemishes I do not find it fully covers them. I do find this concealer blends well with my finger or beauty blender though and sets well with powder. I also find this concealer sinks into my fine lines and my under eye bags can sometimes show through. I have this problem with any full coverage products though so it may be more an issue with my skin type than the concealer itself.

I have not found a drugstore concealer with this much coverage before so at this point there is really no cheaper dupe for this product. I do appreciate that tarte is cruelty free and I find their products do not break out my sensitive skin. I feel with this concealer you really do get what you pay for and it is worth the price tag.

Overall I really do like this concealer and would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a high end full coverage concealer. It is great for days when I want to wear a full face of makeup and have good coverage under my eyes. It pairs really well with my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and together they look great in pictures and hide problem areas well.

However, I still find myself reaching for my Maybelline Fit Me or Age Rewind concealer for my everyday makeup, as I find they are lighter and less cakey and come at a much lower price point.

If you have bought tarte shape tape and been using it in your makeup routine, let me know what you think of it in the comments!

xoxo Sarah

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Makeup Revolution Review – Redemption Palette Iconic 3

I finally caved and did an order on tambeauty.com. Shipping to Canada was free when I spent $40 and the website was really user friendly and listed all the prices in Canadian (if you set the setting to Canada). TAM Beauty is known for their dupes of high end makeup, especially Naked, Lorac and Chocolate Bar palettes.

I picked up quite a few things but one I was most excited for was the Iconic 3 palette (for $7 CAD) because I have always wanted the Naked 3 palette but couldn’t justify the money. I like the Naked 2 and have hit pan on a few of the colors, but I also have the Naked Smoky and find it hard to use for an everyday look and I rarely reach for it.

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The Redemption Palette Iconic 3 has 12 mostly warm toned neutral rosey shades: 7 matte shades and 5 shimmery shades. I really like the lighter matte colors as crease and transition shades. The most disappointing shade is the lightest shade because it is not very pigmented and doesn’t show up as a brow highlight like I anticipated. The darker shades are great for smudging on the lower lash line, although they do have a bit of fall out. The texture is a bit drier than I like in an eyeshadow, which makes the shimmers less pigmented. I find the shimmer shades are not long wearing and wear off my lids in a few hours, even with setting spray. If you use a setting spray directly on your brush you can make the shimmers show up quite well though and last a bit longer.

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The Pros:

  • beautiful colors
  • when wet the shimmers show up beautifully
  • it has a good range of matte and shimmer shadows
  • it is very affordable

The Cons:

  • the formula is somewhat dry
  • there is fall out if you do not tap off your brush well
  • some shades are not very pigmented

Overall I do enjoy this palette and will reach for it when I am looking for rosey toned shadows. If you can’t afford Naked 3 I definitely think this is a great way to try out warm rosey shadows. For $7 CAD it is a pretty great palette!

First Impression – Milani Conceal + Perfect

Last week I purchased a few YouTube hyped drugstore foundations from Well.ca. The one I was most excited about was the Milani Conceal and Perfect foundation as I heard it was medium to full coverage and good for oily skin. It cost $12.99 CAD which I find to be a pretty standard drugstore price for foundation.

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Since I had my son 4 months ago I have developed combination skin, I am really oily in my T-zone but around my mouth I am quite dry. I find most full coverage foundations wear off or get cakey around my mouth and it bothers me.

My first impression of this foundation was that it was full coverage. It did not completely cover a few of my acne scars but I have yet to find one that does without concealing and color correcting first. It is a thick formula but it goes on evenly with my Sigma flat brush and I could build it up with a beauty blender in the areas that needed more coverage. This foundation dried matte and was easy to apply bronzer, blush and powder on top of.

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Here is what it looks like 15 minutes after it was applied.

The color was a bit dark for me but it will work really well once I get a little more tan. I find it made my skin look flawless from far away and in photos, however it did exaggerate my pores when looking at it closer.

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Here is what it looks like 8 hours after I applied it (and after a hair appointment).

I did not find it to hold up as well throughout the day as I would have liked. I used my regular Smashbox primer and my Wet N Wild setting spray and it still wore off around my nose and mouth. I also found it got quite cakey around my mouth and really showed my pores and fine lines. All in all it still looked pretty good in photos even 8 hours after it was applied.

I would say this foundation compares to Estee Lauder Doublewear in coverage and formula. I find Estee Lauder’s to last a bit longer and not look as cakey, but for a drugstore foundation I found it gave a similar finish and looked really good in photos.

I would recommend this foundation to those with oily skin who like full coverage, especially when you are going to be taking photos and want you skin to look flawless.