Besame Boudoir brushes, Formula X Infinite Ombré, and more | New 01/06/15

Monday, June 1, 2015

Can you believe that it’s already June?! Because dude, I cannot. It is way too soon for this, and I am not ready.

In other news, though, here’s what’s new this month at Nordstrom and Sephora! Sephora has actually done a great job of picking up niche beauty brands again this year, which is really exciting — I feel like they were definitely moving away from that for a long while, but with weird new products like that Eborian Pâte au Ginseng mask, those Besamé Boudoir brushes, and the Make Up Eraser (I’m dying to know if that works), they’re definitely branching out into niche finds again.

I also have my eye on the Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set, which makes me think of the new OPI Color Paints. It doesn’t look like much at first glance, but some of the looks Sephora has up on their Beauty Board make it look really cool.

Formula X Infinite Ombre kit

What’s your favourite unexpected beauty find?

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

All products click through to their product page at Sephora.

BareMinerals Mineral Veil Completely Sheer

Bite Beauty The Lip Kit

Bite Beauty Collector's Edition Lip Layers Set

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Sephora 20% off VIB/Rouge: Information & Recommendations | 2013’s Giftopia “Friends & Family” Sale

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sephora VIB sale 2013

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by now that Sephora is running it’s annual autumn/winter Friends & Family sale, starting today — with a bit of a twist (a bad one).

The details: This year, VIBs/VIB Rouges will be the only ones getting 20% off their orders, without brand exclusions. Using the code VIBTOPIA at both and, they (and one friend, with a single-use code) will get the discount at checkout from November 7th, 2013 through November 11th, 2013 — just five days, so act fast!

Click here to shop.

If you’re not a VIB/VIB Rouge (it’s okay, neither am I) but still want to haul, I’d recommend using the code BLITZ: it’s valid on all orders over $25 USD/$35 CAD, and lets you choose from four free sets of deluxe samples to add to your order.

Not sure what to buy? Here are some of my picks… (all images click through!)


To start: products to get the glowiest skin on the block. From the Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder ($50 USD/$58 CAD) I’ve been lusting over all year and will likely never, ever be able to use due to its silicone content, to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58 USD/$67 CAD) that I also can’t use because of its silicone content, these are a handful of surefire products to help you get what I like to call “runway skin.”

(Man, that was a long sentence.)

Fresh, dewy, and completely separate from your foundation routine–because we all have entirely different ones,–hopefully at least one of these products will float your boat. If not all of them, because gah.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty: full collection details | Coming this August (exclusively at Sephora)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty full collection info

Launching this August is the much-teased Marc Jacobs Beauty line, a range of 120 new products, exclusively to Sephora and select Marc Jacobs stores.

The line, which will debut in its entirety on August 9th, 2013, will include sixteen complexion and colour cosmetic products (each in a wide array of shades, of course,) alongside four luxury makeup brushes.

Inspired by “the girl” and her makeup ritual, Marc created the line around the “idea of transforming into this person you want to be,” an idea that is very much in line with the Marc Jacobs ethos.

P.S. I re-wrote all of these product descriptions for you. Hopefully they’ll be a little more helpful than your standard marketing spiel!

The product range

Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Foundation Gel Perfection Powder

Smart Complexion: Tomorrow’s technology today 

• Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($58 CAD)

Anti-ageing and hydrating, this multi-tasking formula is the first-to-market foundation featuring Buoyancy Gel™ technology.  Available in 16 shades, the formula touts coconut water extracts and offers buildable (natural to full) coverage.

• Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation ($56 CAD)

Ultra-lightweight and instantly brightening, this powder foundation is made to diffuse flaws and remove shine for all-day wear or mid-day touchups. Available in 10 shades.

• Remedy Concealer Pen ($47 CAD)

Available in 7 shades plus a universal brightener (Bright Idea) and a universal corrector (Stand Corrected), the Remedy Concealer Pen is designed to act as an all-in-one eraser, corrector, and brightener. One of Marc’s personal favourite products, the pen features a patented palladium tip to cool and smooth skin immediately upon application.

• Face I Liquid Foundation Brush ($58 CAD)

For liquid foundations.

• Face II Sculpting Foundation Brush ($58 CAD) 

For powder foundations.

Marc Jacobs Blacquer Magic Marc'er Highliner Lash Lifter

Blacquer: Invented for blackest, shiniest black

• Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner ($36 CAD)

Available in just one shade (Blacquer, an intensely black black), the Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner features a waterproof liquid liner formula & a calligraphy-shaped pen tip.

• Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara ($32 CAD)

Also available in just one shade (Blacquer), the Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara features Elash-tic Lash™ technology which “works like spandex to make lashes lifted, curvaceous and voluminous,” without the help of a lash curler. Flake-proof, run-proof, and life-proof (yet promising to wash off with warm water), I wouldn’t be surprised if this Marc-approved mascara touted a tubing formula.

• Highliner Gel Crayon ($30 CAD)

Available in Blacquer and 5 additional shades, the Highliner Gel Crayon is a waterproof gel eyeliner in pencil form for rich pigment + smooth application.

Marc Jacobs Eye-Con Palettes, Lovemarc Lip Ge

Hi-Per Color: Unexpected colour range envisioned by Marc

• Style Eye-Con No. 3 and No. 7 Plush Shadow Eyeshadow Palettes ($51 and $71 CAD, respectively)

Featuring richly pigmented eyeshadows in three finishes (metallics, mattes, and sheens), six three-shade and four seven-shade palettes will be available.

• Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($34 CAD)

Available in two opacities (colour-drenched/full and light-hearted/sheer), these champagne grape-infused glosses feature a paddle applicator and will be available in 12 music-inspired shades.

• Lovemarc Lip Gel ($36 CAD)

Highly pigmented and hydrating, the Lovemarc Lip Gels gently plump using 3-D optical volumizers and have a sleek, shiny finish. Available in 16 vivid shades, all inspired by Marc’s favourite movies.

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Sephora x Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sephora Disney review - Jasmine eyeshadow palette A

The product: Disney Jasmine Collection by Sephora Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette

The new Sephora x Disney Ariel collection is still just that side of available (well, other than the Storylook Eyeshadow Palette, $55 USD/$66 CAD), but for those of us who can’t wait, Sephora already has a gorgeous Disney collection out & ready for the hauling.

Today’s review is of a beautiful, Aladin-inspired eyeshadow palette, on shelves now.

Sephora Disney Jasmine review swatches Magic Carpet Ride

The overall aesthetic

There are four shades in the Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette, all of which are named with overwhelming confusion. Sephora’s descriptions of these shades doesn’t quite seem to match up with their placement in the palette, so instead: there’s a taupey lilac, a dark plum, a shimmering peach, and a bright blue.

The palette is rather summery overall, and the shades serve easily as an all-over wash, crease shade, highlighter, and “pop of colour,” respectively. I can’t see myself wearing all four of the shades at once (I’m not quite that bold, I’m afraid), but you can definitely put together a handful of different eye looks with just this palette!

Disney Sephora review - Magic Carpet Ride

The textures & shades

The taupey lilac looks more silver in the pan, but swatches as more of a purple taupe on my skin — I bet it would look more silvered on someone warmer. A true frost, it applies uniformly with finely-milled shimmer throughout; beautiful and subtle whilst still adding colour and lightness to the eye area.

Next to it, the dark plum stands alone from the other shades. Much drier in texture, it’s more of a matte plum with blue and fuchsia micro-shimmer shot through it for depth: gorgeous and not unlike a starry night on LSD.

Sephora Disney Jasmine Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Sephora x Disney Magic Carpet Ride swatches in warm, indirect sunlight

On the bottom, a light peach provides shimmering, slightly-chunky texture. It’s sure to make a standout inner corner highlighter on any skintone, but this buttery eyeshadow has a much more “aggressive” shimmer to it than the lilac — closer to the glitter end of the spectrum.

Finally, the bright blue. It’s not as smooth as the peach, but not as hard the lilac. Think of it as the shimmer to the lilac’s frost and the peach’s glitter; this medium-sheer shimmer feels vibrant, beachy, and surprisingly on-trend.

Sephora Disney Jasmine Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Swatched on primed skin; indirect sunlight

The fallout

I’m not entirely sure which eyeshadow is at fault (if I had to guess, I’d say the plum), but an eye look with this palette always involves glittery fallout during placement and blending. Whether it’s over a primer or foiled, even a stiff tap doesn’t get all of the glitter chunks off. Be prepared to use a shadow shield… or suffer the consequences of fairydust cheeks throughout the day (or night).

Disney Jasmine + Sephora Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette review

The verdict?

At $36 CAD, I don’t think this palette is a must-have — but it’s still a good palette, and is nice to have if you love the shades inside. The amount of shimmer fallout means that these eyeshadows fall (ha!) short of great, but it’s not an uncommon sight: even well-loved brands like Urban Decay and Stila are often guilty of their over-shimmery eyeshadows dropping down.

Overall, Magic Carpet Ride is a pretty, well-packaged palette that houses four beautiful eyeshadows. It has its flaws, but makes up for them with a cohesive, summery aesthetic that I think many beauty addicts will love.

Availability: Limited edition this Spring/Summer at Sephora, $30 USD/$36 CAD.

P.S. If you wanted to pick anything up from the Cinderella collection, make sure to do it now (before Ariel launches)! Once Ariel is up, I have a feeling that Cinderella will be coming off shelves for good.

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Benefit They’re Real & Watt’s Up review, photos, swatches | Sephora + Benefit “Real Birthday Turn-Ons”

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift

The products: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara and Watt’s Up! Luminizer

↳  as seen in Real Birthday Turn-Ons!, Sephora’s 2013 Beauty Insider birthday gift

It’s not my birthday, but this year’s Sephora BI birthday gift almost makes it feel like it is. I’ve been playing around with the highlighter and mascara duo, and (while I don’t love it quite as much as last year’s Fresh lip balm duo) it’s pretty great.

Honestly, though: the freebie consists of two best-selling Benefit products, shrunk down into miniature form, with puns in tow. How could it not be?

Sephora x Benefit birthday gift BI

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $23 USD/#29 CAD

Described as “a jet-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates lashes,” They’re Real! has a very cool applicator. Made out of a flexible plastic, it has staggered short-and-long bristles that go all the way around the tip of the wand — perfect for adding length and separation right down to the roots & the hard-to-get outer corners of the eye.

I haven’t tried the much-loved Benefit BADgal Lash, but according to this cool chart on Benefit’s site, They’re Real! is glossy and lengthening (both of which I can hands-down confirm) while BADgal is matte and volumizing.

Benefit They're Real mascara review

The pitfalls: I really wish They’re Real! wore for longer on my eyes. Like with most mascaras, I start seeing some smudging after 4-5 hours, which (at $29 CAD for the full sized version) is pretty disappointing. My lashes could use a little more volume, too, but that’s easily excusable for a mascara made to focus on lengthening!

The high points: The applicator! You wouldn’t think having bristles on the tip would make much of a difference, but it makes getting picture-perfect outer corners a cinch. It does a great job at providing length, too (particularly on the lower lashes), and I really love the soft, glossy finish. 

Benefit They're Real mascara applicator

Benefit They’re Real! ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Paraffin, Polybutene, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Edta, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sericin, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tilia Tomentosa Bud Extract, Citric Acid, Bht, Sorbic Acid. [+/-: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Titanium Dioxide

Benefit Watt's Up swatches review

L-R: Benefit They’re Real!, Benefit Watt’s Up! (straight from tube), Benefit Watt’s Up! (blended)

Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter, $30 USD/$36 CAD

Watt’s Up! is a cream-to-powder “luminous champagne” highlighter for the cheeks and browbones, which (in the full-size form) comes with a little “soft glow blender” to smooth out the luminizer into an even, diffuse sheen.

Honestly, my favourite part about Watt’s Up! is its adorable pun & packaging, but the product itself definitely has its merits, too!

Benefit Watt's Up highlighter review swatches

The finish of Watt’s Up! is a tiny bit too shimmery for my tastes (I prefer a super-finely-milled sheen), but it does still create a gorgeous, noticeable glow. Unlike highlighters that depend on a mix of base pigment & shimmer to lift the complexion, this one is mainly based on peachy-champagne shimmer, which means that it’ll work well on a really wide range of complexions, right from NW15 through to NC42. 

It’s not too warm (orange-gold) or too cool (silvery-pink), either — I can wear this tone without a hitch, but my warmer, darker mother (around a NC35 in the winter) can pull it off no problem, too.

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