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Recent Purchases

This post is coming to you from my iPhone as my computer still isn’t working. I just thought I’d post a few pictures of things I’ve recently picked up makeup/beauty wise. If you want me to give more info or a review of any of the products just let me know.


Some classic cheap yet effective drugstore products.


Rimmel’s Apocalips have arrived in Canada! This one is in shade 101: celestial. I also found my favourite Relvon lip colour for everyday, Pink in the Afternoon.


I picked up a MAC palette and depotted my small shadow collection.


I also picked up Prime Style Extender by Living Proof.

Sorry for the crappy quality photos. My computer and high quality images should return early next week.


To Finish: July

Somewhere between hauls and empties posts there lies that middle ground of products. The ones that just seem to be hanging around and not being used. Whether you’ve annexed them to the back of drawers or they’ve always been second to another product they aren’t being used. When I have products like this I like to gather them up and make it my mission to finish them off. These are the products I have decided need to be finished in July.


Fruits & Passion Argan Hand Butter– This has been hanging around for a couple years. Why you ask? It’s because I don’t use hand cream. I really should use it because my hands pretty terrible most of the time. It takes a pretty amazing hand cream, usually in smell, to make me want to use it on the regular. This one smells ok, sort of shea like but the consistency is a little sticky.

Repurchase? No

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Revlon Lip Butters + Revlon Lipgloss


 Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss: Firecracker and Coral Reef
Revlon Lip Butter: Wild Watermelon and Juicy Papaya

A little fun I had testing out my new Revlon lip products. Four lip product become eight different looks. Which one is your favourite?

Shoppers Drugmart Haul #1


Over the past little while I have become a little obsessed with collecting of Shopper’s Drugmart Shoppers Optimum points. So when I got an email offer for 15x the points on over $40, coupled with the fact that Revlon lip products sale for $3.99 I jumped at the opportunity.  I picked up Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Firecracker and Coral Reef, Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon and Juicy Papaya, Revlon Colorstay Base Coat, and Bourjous -Healthy Mix serum Gel foundation (51). I’m looking forward to testing out all these products in weeks to come.

Total points earned with this transaction: 6080.
Total current points: 110,846.

Pierre Hardy for Nars: Vertebra


When I first Nars’ collaboration with famed shoe designer Pierre Hardy I fell hard for the Vertebra set  I’m a huge sucker for well designed packaging and the Pierre Hardy collection definitely delivered on that front. The polish come perfectly packaged in a miniature “shoe” box and the bottles lay heel-to-toe with their miniature dust bag stuffed between them. This all partnered with Nars’ minimalist typographic design. This however was not what made me fall so hard for the colours and what that colour combination reminded me of. Right away I went searching through my maybe-a-little-too-large collection of magazines.After a little bit of searching I found the photo I was looking for in the Harper’s Bazaar Fall/Winter 2009 Runway Report. There it was. The voluminous pink and brown look from Louis Vuitton’s F/W 2009 runway.



The colours are not a perfect match but you can see why they reminded me of each other. They are the perfect super subtle reference towards the outfit. No one will really get that other than me, but I’m ok with that. The nail polish itself is a great forumla and I will be rocking vertebra right, the brown, on my nails and vertebra left, the pink, on my toes quite a bit this summer.


Smith’s Rosebud Salve


I came across my tin of Rosebud Salve a few days ago while rummaging through a purse I hadn’t used in a while. This product rediscovery has me just as taken as I was when I first purchased the product. The salve is a classic beauty item and Smith’s salves often appear in the must have lists of the fashion and beauty’s elite. At a meer $6 a tin it is also an affordable buy.

The Rosebud Salve is a clear pink in the tin but when applied leaves no colour. This makes it useful for more than just hydrating lips. I use it as a cuticle moisturer as well on occasion to ease irritated skin where a shoe is rubbing the wrong way. Sometimes the tin packaging can be a bit of a pain to open and repeatedly sticking one’s fingers in the balm isn’t the most sanitary but this isn’t enough to make me dislike the product. Smith’s also comes in strawberry and mint formulations so maybe I’m due to buy a few more to stash in all my handbags.


Chanel- Genie | Gosh – Tea Rose|Revlon – Peony

In the summer I find I prefer to wear a no fuss lip gloss rather than a lipstick. I tend to like lip glosses that come in a long tube form with a doe-foot applicator. These are my go to selection of lip glosses from my collection. Both the Chanel and Gosh glosses are a creamy formula that add just the perfect amount of colour to the lip. The Revlon gloss in Peony is rather sheer but it has a tiny bit of gold shimmer to it adding the perfect shine to a sun-kissed look.

Painterly Nails

I’ve never been too into nail art. I’ve always found it is far too much effort for something that won’t last me that long. So when I came across this photo this photo on Pinterest I was delighted. Finally nail art I can do fast and easy.


Just a tiny little painterly touch of colour across a neutral nail. It’s a simple and classy way to add a little point of interest to your manicure. This method can work with many combinations. Below I’ve put together a few combos from my polish collection.


Matched vertically with the neutral on the bottom:

School of Hard Rocks and Steel-ing the Scene

 Hot Coco and Turquoise & Caicos

Sand Tropez and Tart Deco


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