Ipsy “Girl Meets Glam” November review

Ipsy "Girl Meets Glam" November review
Each month subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe and full size products, packaged in a beauty bag. After creating a profile, Ipsy stylists will hand-select products to match their beauty interests and deliver straight to their doorstep in US and Canada. You can sign up here.

Cost: $10 + tax + shipping, free for US (so thats CAD $17.36 if you live in Canada)
 
This months total box value: $41.78
 
What I got:
  • Forever 21 sparkly makeup bag
  • TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl (sample 0.1 fl oz)
  • Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Orchid (full size 0.1oz)
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray (travel size 1.5oz)
  • J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion (full size 0.33oz)
  • Be a Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive (full size .09oz)
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50% off at elizabethmott.com with code IPSYFINE
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Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Orchid  swatch and review

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Orchid (full size 0.1oz)
Price: US$17 (use code IPSY for 20% off)
Colour: This is a really deep purple with a shimmery micro glitter. The glitter is subtle enough that you can wear this during the day.
Formula: I was almost startled by how creamy this is the first time I used it. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I wasn’t very excited to try this, but as soon as I actually tried it I loved it, the formula is just perfect. Because I have very hooded eyes almost everything either creases or has some sort of transfer, this, considering the creaminess had only the slightest amount of transfer onto my upper lid throughout the day (I’m talking like a tiny little smudge). Although it does mean you go through a lot of product very quickly.
Would I repurchase? I wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase but I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it to a friend.

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl (sample 0.1 fl oz)
Price: US$27.50 1.0oz (use code IPSY for 35% off)
Colour: Its a shimmery pearl colour (don’t worry its not very pink) and it goes on sheer. I have fair skin so I feel like it could of been a little more lightening for me, but this colour means its very universal. And the shimmer reflects light to create the highlight effect.
Formula: A liquid that is silky. It dries quickly so you need to work fast. I found it a little tricky to blend the first time. 
Would I repurchase? I’m happy with the highlighters I already use so no I wouldn’t purchase this. Thats not to say its a particularly bad product. Its just I don’t love it.

Be a Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive review

Be a Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive (full size .09oz)
Price: US$14
Colour: The colour looks dark and intense when it is in the pot but it is actually a very sheer bronze. I would of loved for it to be more intense but as a base it blends beautifully with a lot of different colours.
Formula: It glides on silky smooth but unfortunately with my hooded eyes it does crease throughout the day.
Would I repurchase? Probably not, but I will be keeping and using this one.

J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion  reviw

J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion (full size 0.33oz)
Price: US$4.99 (use code 25JCAT for 25% off)
Colour: Red Potion is more burgundy purple than it is red, perfect for fall and winter. While the colour payoff isn’t as intense as I thought it would be it can be built up to a richer hue. I ended up really enjoying be able to use it as either a light stain or an intense lip colour. The colour is fairly long lasting as long as your not eating and drinking lots.
Formula: There are a few tricks to getting the most out of this product. First, make sure you shake and “massage” the tube before using, otherwise you will end up with some runny product that has hardly any pigment in it. You need a brush. And applying it takes a little bit of practice if your not used to lip paints. 
I have VERY dry and cracked lips, surprisingly I don’t find that this dries them out any further and it doesn’t emphasize the lines in my lips which makes me very happy.
Would I repurchase? For the price I think its good value and I would probably purchase other colours.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray review

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray (travel size 1.5oz)
Price: US$8.29 9.0 fl oz or $2.99 for travel
What it claims: fast drying formula offers volume and a strong flexible hold for workable styles without stickiness, flaking or residue. Style and restyle with lasting hold, full day humidity resistance and high shine. Infused with Argan Oil and Keratin to promote stron healthy hair. UV Protectors, Sulfate, Paraben and DEA Free.
Does it deliver: I love hairspray and have tried many, this one has made my list for drugstore brand hairspray. Its a flexible hold, so great for keep your curls all day or for taming a few tray hairs. I didn’t notice any increased shine. It isn’t sticky and it smells absolutely fantastic.
Would I repurchase? Yes
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That Golden Hour | Outfit of the Day

Vancouver autumn outfit

A morning spent snowboarding followed by  stroll through the city in the afternoon, a weekend doesn’t get much better than that. I am so excited (and very impressed) by Cyress’s efforts to open so early. There hasn’t been any real snow fall this year but the resort managed to have 2 runs and 2 chairs open. It might have all been manmade snow but that didn’t make it any less fun.
Being the first day back on the slopes my legs decided to feel like they were made of lead by about 1pm so we called it a day.

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After a change of clothes and a cup of tea we had to make the most of the perfectly clear skies and sunshine, so we headed for a stroll through the west end. The chill of winter is here now, that crisp air that carries the smell of cooking food so far, and the wind that picks up all the now brown leaves and tosses them around. I love it.

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Yes its about 5°c and no I don’t have a coat on… because its all about the layers! 2 pairs of stockings, a singlet and the magical base layer from Icebreaker that I wear under everything pretty much all winter! And of course that huge snuggly scarf. 

After a change of clothes and a cup of tea we had to make the most of the perfectly clear skies and sunshine, so we headed for a stroll through the west end. The chill of winter is here now, that crisp air that carries the smell of cooking food so far, and the wind that picks up all the now brown leaves and tosses them around. I love it.

 Why does everyone think that outfit repeating is such a bad thing?! If something works then roll with it. We aren’t all able to pour thousands of dollars a month into an endless wardrobe. And even if money wasn’t of concern, there are far better things you can spend those dollars on than making sure you never repeat an outfit. Quality over quantity has been the mantra preached by many a fashion blogger over the last year, yet still those same people flaunt photos of their overflowing wardrobes. What do you think, Is repeating an outfit on a fashion blog a faux pas? Or do you love to see the same pieces with a new twist?

Vancouver autumn outfit

Outfit Details

foundation: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat in B10
lips: YSL Rouge Volumpté Shine in Corail in Touch
nails: Lost on Lombard (this is one of my all time favourite fall nail colours)

scarf: Joe Fresh | blouse: CUE
base layer: Icebreaker Crewe 260
skirt: Opening Ceremony | tights: Joe Fresh

Bag: Kate Spade

Vancouver autumn outfit

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid | Swatch & Review

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid | Swatch & Review

My first nail polish review and swatch. Firstly can I just say its a tricky job taking photos of your own nails! I have tried to do a few nail posts in the past but they all got chucked in the trash because I just couldn’t get any photos that looked OK. So this time I enlisted the help of my other half to take the photos and I think he did very well (thanks Simon, love you). To all you lovely ladies who blog about nails as a regular thing… can I just say how impressed I am.
Ok now onto this oh so gorgeous shade from OPI’s Nordic 2014 Fall collection…

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The Product: OPI Fall 2014 Nordic Collection ‘My Dogsled is a Hybrid’
Price: $9.95 CAD
Colour: This colour is so hard to describe, some say its jade, mint or sea foam. I would say it is a kind of minty sage green with a very retro vibe. Certainly not your typical fall colour, more a colour to add some brightness to the grey days ahead.
Formula: You all know I’m a dedicated OPI fan, but their formula does vary between colours. This one is spot on. Goes on so easy without any streaking and is perfect colour with 2 coats. I’m wearing 2 coats with OPI’s nail envy base coat and OPI’s Top coat.

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid | Swatch & Review

This is in my top 2 from the Nordic collection, and probably in my top 5 of all colours I own. It is so unique and so beautiful, seriously you can’t help but stare at your nails multiple times throughout the day with this colour. I also love that it is an almost identical match for a pair heels I own.So its an all around yes from me.

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid | Swatch & Review

Fall Weekend Walks

Fall grey and mustard outfit

The sun came out today, what a gorgeous surprise. So Simon and I took a stroll along the seawall. Watching people along this walk is probably my favourite thing, everyone from tourists to the joggers dressed head to toe in lulu lemon are out. Couples sitting on benches judging and gossiping about everyone who walks past. And of course the many pooches out for their walks, many of the dressed in cute little knit sweaters!

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hat: Ralph Lauren | necklace: J crew | blouse: CUE | cardigan: LOFT | skirt: opening ceremony | tights: Joe Fresh | shoes: J crew

I was feeling in a bit of a wardrobe rut when I got up, I ended up mixing some old pieces with some new ones and came up with this outfit. The hat I adore, I love a good hat, I remember seeing it in the store and it was love at first sight… until I saw the price tag. I reluctantly put it back with its other hat friends, 2 weeks later I popped in to find my lovely hat on sale… it was a sign!

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Hairstyle #107

Hairstyle undo lovely little swirls
This hairstyle is simpler than you might think, its just requires quite a bit of hairspray, something than I have now run out of! Do you have a favourite you would recommend?

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Flagship Sephora on Robson St

Sephora Robson St, Vancouver

Everyone loves a good party and Sephora sure knows how to throw one.
Last week I had the best time at the grand opening of the new flagship Sephora store on Robson St (their biggest store in Canada). As if I needed another Sephora store that is only blacks away… sorry bank account!
They have gone all out with this store, amazing high ceilings, a VIB Rouge studio upstairs, Bumble & bumble hair studio, the list continues plus the staff are AMAZING.

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How about getting your name stamped into a leather cover for your new Atelier cologne?

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Samples and information on products was everywhere. I love finding new products and I think I found my two new favourite brands this night. (a blog post coming on them soon)
Whats a party without a celebrity guest list? Supermodel Coco Rocha graced the party with her stunning looks and bright smile.

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A great night, with great people… and oh soooo much pretty makeup and skincare!

Sephora Robson St, Vancouver

 

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge, things to do in Vancouver, BC Canada

I love being a tourist where I live, have I mentioned that before? Well I finally splurged and checked out the Capilano suspension bridge park, yes its expensive, but its worth it (did you know you get a season pass for the same price as a day pass if you live in BC?), and too all those people that say just go to Lynn Canyon instead… NO, its not even the same.

Capilano Suspension Bridge, things to do in Vancouver, BC Canada

Check out all the fun little paths you get to explore…

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We couldn’t of asked for more perfect weather, but I think visiting on a rainy day would be just as fun.

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review and test: Benefit POREfessional

Benefit Pore Fessional primer review and test

Hands up who hasn’t heard of Benefits POREfessional primer? Yeah thats what I thought, everyone knows it, and if you don’t ‘what planet have you been living on?!’ just kidding. Everyone seems to love it, so I finally purchased the small tube of it. I have had it for about 3 weeks and I’m already getting very worried that I’ll be running out soon!
I actually thought it wasn’t worth the hype the first few times I used it, but then you realize the magic powers this product possesses. 
Well without further ado here are my thoughts on this much coveted product 

Benefit Pore Fessional primer review and test 
Benefit Pore Fessional primer review and test

So on the left you can see that it has really made my skin look much smoother, I also notice that it evens out the colour in my skin just a touch. I have no foundation on in this photo, just my moisturizer which had been applied about an hour beforehand. Under my eye also looks much better in the after shot, but I’m sorry to say that thats no due to the wonders of this product, its just worse on my left side… if someone can recommend a miracle worker that great then please share your secret.

The Product: Benefit POREfessional pore minimizing balm
Price: $37 CAD or $12 for the mini (you don’t save any money buy buying the larger one)
What it claims to do: Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! 
Does it deliver: Mostly. I love applying this, its just so smooth and silky. As you can see from my photos is has visible effects. My foundation goes on so well over it and even though I don’t have a huge problem with oil I did notice that my skin stays quite matte for most the day. My only problem is I feel like I have to use more of this than I do of other products to get great results, So I tend to reserve it for days when my makeup really matters.
Would I buy it again: Yes, but there are so many others out there that are just as good.

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And here is a photo with my makeup finished. Below is a list of the ingredients, I been becoming more fascinated with what each of these long (and usually hard to pronounce) words actually is. So I have given some quick descriptions of the first half of the ingredients. Yes there might be research that suggests some of these ingredients are ones you may want to avoid, but remember, everything in moderation and you can the best of both worlds.
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