Beauty Joy Box February 2015

Now, it should be mentioned that my Beauty Joy posts have been absent for awhile. I have had some issues with shipping and what not so it has been a bit of a process. My January box was never sent. I had contacted them and they said it was re-sent but after a couple weeks without hearing anything, they ended up refunding me. We had some trouble with the shipping of this box too so it got to me pretty late.

Anyways, on to what this box is all about. The cost of this box is $15 a month with free shipping within the US. There is an extra $5 shipping fee to Canada and $10 to ship internationally. Each box ships on the 15th of the month so for those of us in Canada, that means receiving it relatively late in the month (November 24 for this particular month). Each box comes with 1 jewelry item, 1 full sized beauty item and 2-3 deluxe sized samples. Let’s see what came in the February 2015 box.

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This box was re-sent which is why it took so long and I am assuming that is also the reason I didn’t get an informational card in the box. Fortunately, I was able to look at other blog posts for pictures of the card to find out the values of each product.

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LipFusion Micro-Collagen Color Shine Lip Plumper ($38)

The colour that this lip gloss came in is called Bare. You can see why from the swatch picture above. It is definitely a nude which doesn’t really provide a colour on my lips, more of just a shine. Lip gloss isn’t my favourite kind of product because of the stickiness and I certainly can’t imagine paying $38 for a lip gloss. I didn’t notice any real plumping effects but I did feel the tingle. I am kind of neutral on this product, it isn’t bad but I would have preferred a nude lipstick.

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Silver Plated Heart Locket Necklace ($20)

This isn’t necessarily my favourite piece of jewelry but it isn’t bad. I’m not sure if it’s worth $20 or not because it does feel a little light and cheap but I may wear it at some point. It is a little bit rattly when it is hanging around my neck so we will see if that drives me crazy or not. I do really like the patterning on the front of the heart though.

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Alexandra de Markoff Balancing Cleanser ($3)

From what I can tell, other people who received the February box only received one of these cleansers so my value is actually $6 instead of $3. I have been using one of these are my shower cleanser lately and it definitely does do a good job of cleaning my face. It is a cream cleanser and it doesn’t foam so it kind of feels like I am rubbing lotion on my face in the shower which is a strange sensation. It does its job though for sure!

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Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer ($1.75)

This is another product in the box that I think everyone else only got one of. I really like the hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works so I’m definitely not sad to have gotten two of them. My value for these is actually $3.50 instead of $1.75. I think that there was an assortment of different scents people received which is always fun. I received Jungle Passionfruit and Blue Skies & Blooms. Jungle Passionfruit is pretty good, definitely one I would have bought myself.

It was kind of funny because the day I got this box, I had been at Bath and Body Works that morning. While I was there, I had pointed out Blue Skies & Blooms because it sounded like it would smell great. I am happy that I have it because it smells great!

This box isn’t my favourite by any means but it isn’t bad.  The box value for this month was $67.50. I do have to say that after the frustration with all the shipping, I ended up cancelling my subscription. I had already paid for my March box so I have that one and that will it for awhile at least. I’m going to be unsubscribed for at least a few months and see if I really miss it. In the mean time, I have a couple other subscriptions I will be trying out to see how I feel about them.

If you are interested in this service and want to check them out, you can find their website at www.beautyjoybox.com or their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeautyJoyBox

Also, the company does have a referral program so if you would like to sign up using my referral link than I would really appreciate it! My link is www.beautyjoybox.com/beautylife

xo Amanda

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own.

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Memebox Valentine’s Day #2 Candy For Me

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Whether you’re single or with someone, Valentine’s Day is a good day to be a lady! It’s because it’s the one and only day where you can get away with some indulgent self-gifts for decadent, self pampering. Because you’re so awesome, we gift you something super sweet! A box full of candy-scented wonderliciously made, and scrumptious-looking Korean beauty skincare and makeup goodies that will sweeten up your year! Screw Cupid, who says you need a valentine to get great gifts on Valentine;s Day?

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Please be aware that Memebox will no longer be shipping internationally. They will only ship to addresses in China, Korea, and the USA as of February 10 2015.

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This will be my very last Memebox unboxing/review which definitely makes me sad. I know that I received this box a few weeks ago but actually writing up my last unboxing makes it feel more real. Anyways, let’s see what came in this box.

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Shara Shara Berry Berry Cleansing Sherbet 70g ($14)

Sorbet doesn’t just melt in the mouth, this Berry Berry Cleansing Sorbet melts on your face! It’s the perfect filling to go inside your favourite chocolate, but you’ll be able to massage this sinful delight into your skin! Designed to gently remove  even the most stubborn makeup, this sweet cleanser dissolves makeup, impurities, and oil without irritating or drying out the skin.

This has the same kind of cleanser texture as the Zero cleansers do and I really enjoy them so I think I will really like this! it has a nice scent to it so that is nice. I have really been liking these oil cleansers for taking off my makeup because they just make it easier! I am working on another oil cleanser and the moment but I look forward to trying this!

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Elizavecca Aqua Rising Steam Filler Moisture Cream 100g ($46)

Nope! It’s not the filling to your post-dinner dessert! This moisturizer, aka Gelato Cream, is a sweet remedy for soothing and moisturizing the skin! It uses a unique steam technology to provide a surge of a hyaluronic acid, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultra hydrating facial-in-a-jar has a chewy marshmallow gelato texture that instantly absorbs into the skin to deliver a powerful dose of hydration, and creates a protective shield over the skin to keep moisture and nutrients in and environmental stressors out! The results? You’ll see noticeable improvements in skin’s texture and supple, refreshed skin.

This is my first Elizavecca product and I am really happy to have it because I have heard Meme fans rave about their products. I have also heard some awesome things about this cream in particular so that makes me even more excited to use it. I do have to say that this is one weirdly described texture. I have never heard a cream described as having a “chewy marshmallow gelato” texture but we will see what it’s like. I’m not going to open it up until it’s time to use it.

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Rappol Nutritious Bio Ampoule Mask 27ml x 3 sheets ($18)

These unique facial sheet masks contain sweet  and savoury pomegranate, and Cleopatra’s secret to her legendary beauty, hibiscus flower extract. The micro-fiber material is saturated with a blend of sweet ingredients to help diminish wrinkles and fine lines and maximize brightness and evenness in the complexion for a youthful look all around. The intense formula delivers radiant results instantly, while reducing existing pigmentation for a breathtakingly beautiful finish. Who knew such candy-sweet ingredients will you give you your radiant glow?

I love me some sheet masks! Not too much i can say about this one other than I love masks and I am excited to use these ones. They sound like the results will be great so I look forward to using them! I’m glad that they gave us three of these and not just one.

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Lassie’el Kiwi Brightening Yogurt Massage Mask 12g x 4 ($6)

Brighten and perfect your complexion with this sweet and refreshing kiwi and yogurt twist! Kiwi and yogurt flavours are extremely popular candy flavours in Korea, and can be easily found in candy baskets and gift boxes during the Valentine’s season in Korea. Now, take this sweet mix, infused with real kiwi extracts, yogurt, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to brighten, correct, hydrate, and firm saggy skin for your best skin ever!

I have received this mask before in a black raspberry yogurt formula and I really like it! One thing that I love about these masks is that they come with a lid so that you don’t need to waste it. I think I can get 2-3 uses out of each pack so that lid really comes in handy! I’m excited to try the kiwi formula!

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Etude Sweet Recipe Candy Stick 2g ($5)

Enriched with bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange and lemon extracts, the Sweet Recipe Candy Stick is a loss type lip tint that moisturizes and plumps up your dry, chapped lips for a long-lasting radiance.

Last but not least we have this lip tint. I’m pretty sure this came in a Memebox before I started buying them but I have never received one before. There were three possible scents/colours for this box: seedless strawberry candy, oh! orange candy or sour lemon candy. I received the seedless strawberry version and I am pretty happy with it. I was surprised by how much colour it actually put off and the scent is quite nice! I look forward to using this!

I am surprisingly happy with this box. I bought it because it was part of the bundle but thought that it might just be cutesy stuff that I didn’t really care about. I was surprised at how nice the products in the box were. I paid $25 for this box and the total retail value is $89. I am glad I bought this one so I have mixed feelings of happy and sad because this is the last box.

Sorry I don’t have any coupon codes for you but if you would like to check out their website and make a purchase (until February 10 for everybody or anytime for China, Korea, and US residents), than you can do so at http://us.memebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image and product descriptions taken from the Memebox website. All other images and opinions are honest and my own. This box was purchased with my own money.

Ipsy February 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

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Since February has Valentines Day, it makes sense that Love was the theme. I think they did a pretty good job sticking to the theme but let’s see what I got!

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Pencil Me In Cosmetics Natural Eye Liner Pencil in Amethyst

Mehhhhh, I’m not sure how I feel about this eyeliner to be honest. I’m not opposed to coloured liners, although it takes some experiment to figure out how I want them to look. This purple is fine and I like that there is a built in sharpener. However, just swatching it on my hand felt pretty waxy and like it was pulling at my skin. I’m a little nervous to see how it applies on my eyes.

This is a full sized product and retails for $7.

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ModelCo. BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini

I planned on waiting until after I had taken a picture of the blush to swatch it but then i accidentally took a gouge out of it with my fingernail, so look at me go! I really like this blush. I don’t really have any peachy blushes so I am happy that I got this one instead of the more pink option. I have worn this a couple times and I really like it! I think this is a nice inclusion for a Valentines Day bag.

As far as I know this is a full sized product and it retails for $22

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Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray

I have heard a lot of people rave about Eva NYC products and although I am not big on hair products, I will give this a try. My hair definitely does need volume because it is super fine and the longer it gets, the flatter it seems to lay around my face. This can be used when your hair is wet or dry and it’s supposed to add volume and texture. This isn’t one that I’m super excited about but I will try it.

This sample size is 1 oz. and is worth about $3. You can purchase the full size (8 oz.) for $24.

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CARGO Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss in Anguilla

I didn’t even think to swatch this one which was silly of me. I did try this colour on my lips and I have to say, the colour is not great for me. It is a white pink, I don’t think that’s an actual way to describe a colour but I’m doing it! I feel like this is the kind of colour that you see on someone who has their hair bleached a super white blonde and even then you think this colour is too light for them. I may be able to put this over a deeper lipstick to make the colour seem a bit better but that may take some experimenting.

The size of this vs. the full size is a little confusing but I’m thinking that this is about half the size of the full size which makes it worth about $8. The full size retails for $16.

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Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504

Now, onto my favourite item in the bag. I think that the colours on this brush are beautiful and it is so soft! The bristles are pretty dense so you have to be light handed with this one! I am so happy that I got this, love it!

This is a full sized product of course and it retails for $6.40.

Overall, I am pretty happy with this bag! The eyeliner and volumizing spray aren’t necessarily my favourite but I will use them. I love the blush and the brush, and will try to make the lip gloss work. The overall value of this bag is $46.40 which isn’t too bad.

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Memebox Special #72 Makeup Edition 3

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If you’re like us, your makeup bag is most likely overflowing with old mascara, cracked eyeshadows, dry lipsticks…and a long list of stuff that should have been thrown out last month. Updating your look doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Give your makeup stand a good cleaning, and fill it up with the best K-Beauty makeup products of 2014! This box is brimming with top quality skin perfectors, eye makeup essentials, lip loves, and much, much more!

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Sometimes if boxes are due to ship at the same time, they will have bundles so that there is only one shipping cost.

I bought this as part of my second Memebox order, and this was in the same order I purchased my Tinkerbell box which I received quite awhile ago. I was quite excited about getting some new, interesting makeup to try so let’s see what we got!

**Sorry the lighting is worse than usual, I promise I have a temporary solution worked out for posts after this one!**

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Color World Concealer

Color World Concealer Swatch

Color World Double Cover Concealer 1.5 g ($14)

A dual concealer with a rounder stick type on one end and a finer tup pencil type on another, each catered to cover up smaller and larger skin imperfections. Its creamy, soft touch applies smoothly onto skin, blending well with base makeup with high coverage.

How to Use: Apply the rounder stick over larger blemishes and the finer pencil over smaller spots and freckles.

This product was randomly selected from light beige and beige. I got beige which is a bit too dark and orange toned for my skin. I will need to try it out because the orange may be nice for under my eyes but if it is too dark than it will be a no go for me. I did try and cover the freckles on my hand and it didn’t seem to cover too much so we will see how this goes. I do love trying out new concealers so this isn’t a total wash just yet.

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Dr.MJ Real Mucin Restore Cushion SPF50+PA+++ 10g ($54)

Normal cushion BBs, when applied multiple times over and over, usually end up ruining the initial dewy look that you started with in the morning. However, Dr.MJ Real Mucin Restore Cushion is closer to a skin care formula than a simple BB, because it’s packed with rich nutrients from snail filtrates and various moisturizing agents for adding more radiance and glow to the skin with multiple applications. Free of paraben, mineral oil, benzophenone, talc, and alcohol.

I have only tried one BB cushion before and it was a sample of the Laneige cushion that I got in an Ipsy bag. I really liked that one so I was excited to see this in the box. I can’t seem to find a shade on this packaging but from the swatch, you can see it is pretty close to my skin tone and it blends out nicely. I haven’t tried this on my face yet but let me tell you, on the back of my hand this feels absolutely beautiful! It felt smooth and soft. It also gave the back of my hand a wonderfully smooth coverage. I am so excited to try this on my face! This is a big win for me!

Shara Shara Highlight

Shara Shara Skin Light-Up 02 Gold Beam 1ea ($11)

A creamy stick type highlighter for adding 3D definition and radiance to any makeup look. The hologram pearl-infused formula glides smoothly onto skin with a moist touch but then leaves a silky, powdery finish. It also comes with an attached blending sponge on the other end. 

I have really been into using highlighters lately. This one is a golden colour that is similar to the Peripera Heart Glow Stick from the Thanksgiving #2 Box. I find I like the more golden toned highlighters compared with the white to pink coloured ones. I think the lighter ones give a more dewy look which would be perfect for spring and summer, where the golden ones just give a little bit of a deeper glow which is nice for this time of year. I didn’t realize there was a sponge with this until a little later which I really like because most of the time I blend highlighters with my fingers. I am happy to have this product!

           Shara Shara Lip Gloss

Shara Shara Lip Gloss Swatch

Shara Shara Tinted Style Lip Gloss CR01 Shimmering Sunset Coral 4.5g ($11)

A sheer, lovely coral colour that could be used as both a lip tint and a lip gloss. It melts onto lips to instantly replenish while creating a tinted oil barrier over lips – thus a long-lasting shine and gloss.

I have so many lip glosses. A gross amount really, and I don’t love glosses. I wear my NYX Butter Glosses all the time at work, but other than that, I can be quite picky with glosses because they are so sticky. I wish Memebox would send out a beautiful (not orange) lipstick to try. This is a coral colour that leans more towards the orange side for me. I haven’t tried this on my lips yet but just from swatching it, I am not super excited about the colour. Maybe it will be one of those colours that I put on my lips and it looks really nice. We will have to see about this one.

Shara Shara Liner

Shara Shara Liner Swatch

Shara Shara Drawing Brush Liner 1g ($9)

A brush type liner in natural black, this Drawing Brush liner is perfect for any look from daily natural makeup all the way to smoky makeup. The soft brush tip easily glides onto lids and creates sophisticated, deeper-looking eyes in just 10 seconds.

I am actually quite happy to have this liner! I love using liquid liner and I love trying new ones out so I am pleased that this was in the box. Some reviews I have read found that this was not very pigmented and tough to use. I didn’t have any problems. I think it is easy to apply and the colouring of it is nice so I am really happy to have gotten this! Another win for me!

I am not disappointed with this box but I wouldn’t say I am over the moon about it either. I paid about $25 for this box (after discount code and using points) and the retail value of the box is $99. This value is driven way up by the BB cushion which is valued at $54.

Now, there is one thing to be said. Something interesting has happened with me since I started getting Memeboxes. Before getting them, I was terrible at taking care of my skin. I didn’t really have a routine, I would moisturize inconsistently, I didn’t use toners/essences/serums/ampoules or any of that kind of stuff. I did love makeup (and still do) so when I started ordering Memeboxes, they were primarily makeup based.

Once I started getting boxes that weren’t makeup based, I formed this crazy skincare routine that I have stuck to pretty well considering what I did before. I haven’t received any real holy grail makeup products from Memebox but have gotten some stellar skincare items that I love. Now, I don’t want to get as much makeup from Memebox, just really cool skincare items. Although this box was alright, I am just too excited to get my upcoming boxes that have cleansers, and creams, and masks. I can’t wait.

Sorry this has been a little long winded but I did want to say it’s not the box’s fault that I didn’t love it. I have just become a lover of skincare, which I wouldn’t say is a bad thing. If you have stuck it out this far in the post than kudos to you and I really appreciate you reading!

If you would like to make any purchases from Memebox, feel free to use my affiliate link or codes below to do so! The first three codes are valid until January 31 2015.

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xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image taken from the Memebox website, all other images are my own. I have purchased this box with my own money and all opinions are honest and my own.

Give Me More Lip

Give Me More Lip

Today I will be reviewing the Give Me More Lip holiday set from Sephora. This was something I had wanted for Christmas and was fortunate enough to receive it! I have an insane amount of lip products already but I wasn’t going to let that stop me!

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This set is just beautiful! It comes with 17 lip products from well known brands that are deluxe sized and there is supposed to even be one full sized product included. The colours are organized into nudes, pinks, berries, and reds. I do have to say that trying to swatch these onto my lips was tough because some of the colours wanted to stain. In the process of constantly wiping off lip colours, all the makeup around my mouth was wiped away too so just ignore how atrocious that looks! Let’s see what these colours were like!

Nudes

NUDES

Too Faced Nude Swatch

Too Faced Nude

Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lip Cream in Naked Dolly (0.05 oz)

Alrighty, let’s start off with our first nude which is from Too Faced! This colour is described on Sephora as a satin pink. The formula for these lipsticks are supposed to be rich and creamy and are infused with moisturizing and strengthening benefits. The full size of this product is $26 and is 0.11 oz making this worth about $11.80. Holy moly! I don’t typically wear colours that are really nude but I don’t mind this! The formula really is creamy so I will be interested to see how long it lasts on the lips.

Bare Minerals Nude Swatch

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bareMinerals Mini Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Speak Your Mind (0.05 oz)

I LOVE this colour. I got this on Christmas day and it was the colour I decided to wear that same day. This colour is described by Sephora as a bubblegum pink which I do agree with but I think it is a subdued kind of colour. Most bubblegum pinks I look at and kind of cringe but this is absolutely beautiful. It is perfect to wear with a more made up eye look. This formula is supposed to be creamy and ultra-pigmented with a rich satin finish. The full size of this product is $23 for 0.12 oz making this mini version worth about $9.58. I think I would pay full size for this product!

Laura Mercier Nude Swatch

Laura Mercier Nude

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Blush (0.10 oz)

This colour is described as being a medium rose brown, but it comes across a bit lighter on my lips than it looks in the tube. These are meant to be sheer so that they can be worn alone or layered on top of another lip colour. I do like this colour and think I will wear it for sure! The full size of this is $29 for 0.15 oz making this worth $19.33. This is almost a full size itself so that is awesome!

Stila Nude Swatch Stila Nude

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl (0.04 oz)

This colour is so pigmented, I don’t think I have ever seen a gloss that goes on with such an opaque colouring. The brush has quite a bit of flexibility which I like, and it is very soft. This colour is described as a medium pink nude which I think is quite accurate! These glosses are meant to be very glossy and shiny and are meant to look like you have a lipstick on. The full size of this is 0.14 oz and retails for $32 making this worth about $9.14. I look forward to using this!

Makeup Forever Nude Swatch Makeup Forever Nude

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 3C Medium Neutral Beige (0.025 oz)

This colour is described as a medium nude beige and is said to be creamy, non-transferable and long lasting. I actually was more fond of this colour on my lips than I was just looking at the pencil. I am quite fair so colours that are too beige can look kind of funny on me. However, I think this would be great with a gloss or a lipstick over top! The full size of this product is 0.04 oz and retails for $23 making this pencil worth about $14.38. That seems crazy to me because it isn’t too big but I guess pencils can last a long time.

Pinks

PINKS

Tarte Pink Swatch Tarte Pink

Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Flush (0.04 oz)

This colour is absolutely beautiful! I can’t stop looking at it. I feel like this is almost a berry-ish kind of pink and it is actually described by Sephora as a sheer berry. These lip tints are supposed to be moisturizing and provide bold colour. I absolutely can not wait to wear this out and about! This is actually a full size product and it retails for $29! Amazing! If this is as good as it seems, I may need to try other colours in the line.

Posie Balm Pink Swatch Posie Balm Pink

Benefit Cosmetics Posiebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm (0.1 oz)

This colour is described as a poppy pink. It is a really sheer wash of colour that is quite hydrating while providing a slight tint. I think this will be nice for when you want to have a little sheen to your lips but don’t want to wear anything heavy. These are meant to be sheer so I am glad that was their intention! The full size of this product is 0.10 oz and retails for $22 making this teeny sample worth about $2.20. I don’t think this one will last me too long at all.

Bite Pink Swatch Bite Pink

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino (0.07 oz)

This colour is absolutely gorgeous! I keep wanting to describe it as a raspberry watermelon kind of colour, so it obviously makes me think of the summer! It is described on Sephora as a vibrant magenta which I definitely will not argue with. These colours are meant to be moisturizing and long-lasting. I am so excited to wear this colour! The full size of this retails for $28 and is 0.15 oz making this sample worth about $13.08. This is another one that I could see myself purchasing the full size if I like it!

Too Faced Pink Swatch Too Faced Pink

Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick in Fuchsia (0.16 oz)

I have heard so much about the Melted Lipsticks from people on Youtube and from various blogs. I was so happy to be able to try it. This is such a pretty colour, I think it would be perfect for the spring and summer! This is described as a hot pink and that it is. If I like the formula of this, there are definitely other colours I would like to try. This does feel a little wet so I will be interested to see if it lives up to the promise of having “staying power”. The full size is 0.4 oz and retails for $25 making this version of it worth about $10.

Berries

BERRIES

Sugar Berry Swatch Sugar Berry

Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment (0.08 oz)

This is a lip treatment that is meant to nourish, protect, and plump the lips. It also has SPF 15 which is really nice because we need to remember to protect our lips from the sun too! This is described as a bold flirty berry, but I do find it a little bit subtle which I like. It can be a little uneven in the application so it just takes a little bit more time to make sure it looks smooth. The full size of this is 0.15 oz and retails for $26 making this worth about $13.83.

Buxom Berry Swatch Buxom Berry

Buxom Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Menace (0.04 oz)

This is an absolutely beautiful colour! It is described as a rich wine colour and it is actually sold out in this colour on Sephora so it must be a popular one. I think this will be so pretty for the winter! I didn’t really have any berry colours before receiving this set so I am so happy to have this colour! The full size is 0.13 oz and retails for $26 making this mini version worth about $8.

Tarte Berry Swatch Tarte berry

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody (0.06 oz)

If I had to describe this as a kind of berry colour, I guess I would have to say it’s more of a strawberry or cranberry type. I am happy to have a berry that isn’t so deep though because it is nice to have some variation in your lip products. This is described as a deep berry on Sephora which I don’t quite agree with but that is alright. These are meant to be moisturizing lip stains that give a natural flush to your lips. The full size is 0.1 oz and retails for $29 making this mini worth about $17.37.

OCC Lip Tar Swatch OCC Lip Tar Berry

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia Lip Tar: Matte Test Tube (0.08 oz)

I have heard a lot about the Lip Tars and to be honest, the colour of this scared me a little bit. When it first comes out of the tube it looks black, but it can definitely be sheered out and I really like it! This one also came with its own little lip brush which I really like because not everyone has lip brushes. This is meant to be matte but I didn’t wear it long enough to see if it does become matte or not. When I first put it on, it does seem relatively glossy so I will be interested to see that. This is described as “blackest blackened red” (terrifying!) and it is another one that is sold out online. The full size is 0.33 oz and retails for $22 making this one worth about $5.33. A little bit goes a long way with this one so it may last me quite awhile!

Reds

REDS

Sephora Red Swatch Sephora Red

Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion in 10 Red Essence (0.068 oz)

This is my first Sephora brand lip product so I am happy to try it! The formula for these is supposed to have no texture and should leave the lips soft with intense colour and no sticky residue. This colour is more of a brick red than I thought it was going to be but I like it! I will definitely be interested in trying it when I can take more time to apply (and when I’m not rushing so that I don’t stain my lips). When I swatched this on my hand briefly, it did leave a stain so I hope it works the same on my lips. The full size is $18 for 0.152 oz making this worth about $8.04.

Laura Mercier Red Swatch Laura Mercier Red

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Amour (0.09 oz)

Red Amour is described as a classic neutral red. The formula is supposed to be medium-to-full coverage that they claim will last 6-8 hours. I am very interested in seeing how long it really will last! I do like this colour and I think it will be nice this winter! The full size is 0.14 oz and retails for $32 making this deluxe size worth about $20.51.

Hourglass Red Swatch Hourglass Red

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon (0.03 oz)

Please excuse the actual application of this one. At this point I had put so many colours on, I was really rushing because I was afraid they were all going to stain my lips. This definitely is an opaque colour and I really like it! This is another one (like the Stila) that has a very soft and pliable applicator which I like! This claims to be matte and delivers 14 hours of continuous wear without smudging or dryness. 14 hours?! I will believe that when I see it, but I really hope it lives up to that. This is actually a travel size that they sell which retails for $12 so that is awesome!

Kat Von D Red Swatch Kat Von D Red

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw (0.10 oz)

For the last colour of the bunch we have a very opaque Kat Von D colour. Just look at that swatch, holy cow! I haven’t ever owned anything by Kat Von D so I was excited to get this. I do associate her with red lips so it makes sense that this would be in here. This is described as a brick red which I would agree with and it is supposed to have a smooth, matte finish. Even while I was swatching these on my hand it dried to a matte finish so quickly so that is exciting! The full size is 0.22 oz and retails for $24 making this worth about $10.91.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

This set retailed in Canada for $70 and claimed to have a value of $230 Canadian. By my calculations everything is worth about $214.50 Canadian but my math may be a little bit off. Either way, the value of this is huge! Not only that but there is such a wonderful variety of colours, brands, and types of products in this set. I am absolutely obsessed and have already warned my family that I may be rocking a different colour of bold lip every day. I love this set, I am so glad that I got it, and I think I would ask for the same kind of set again next year if it is available! If you got this set, let me know what you thought of it in the comments! Thanks for reading!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: I was given this set as a gift. Some information taken from Sephora.com. All pictures and opinions are my own.

Tarte Bon Voyage

Tarte Bon Voyage

One day at work, my friends and I had some downtime and were looking at the Sephora website to see what holiday sets they had for this year. We found the Tarte Bon Voyage set and it looked really awesome so I decided to ask for it for Christmas. Right after that, my one friend bought it for herself and told me how great it was! I started to think to myself, “Oh no, what if I don’t get it, now that I have seen it I want it so badly!”

I am aware that this sounds greedy, but it is just such a beautiful set and I have been looking for a palette I loved for a long time. I got it for Christmas and I was so absolutely excited to see it! I did my makeup with it that same day and was immediately obsessed. I decided to do some swatches for you guys in case you wanted to see what the colours were like.

I did brush and finger swatches for each colour just so you could see what the difference in pigmentation was. The swatches in the left column of each picture are with brushes, and the ones on the right are with my finger. I took my pictures row by row so that it would be easy to identify. Unfortunately, a couple of the colours are hard for my camera to pick up because they are light but they are beautiful too!

This set comes in the beautiful gold and purple case that can be seen above. It came with the palette which I will discuss further later on. It also includes (from left to right in the bottom of the picture below):

0.06 oz LipSurgence lip tint in Romantic (peachy nude)

0.27 LipSurgence lip gloss in Visionary (apricot)

0.13 oz Deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in- mascara

0.17 oz Limited-edition deluxe cheek stain in Muse (soft nude)

0.23 Deluxe Maracuja Oil

0.07 Deluxe Smooth Operator Amazonian clay finishing powder

Tarte Bon Voyage Open

In my bag, the lip tint had come loose and the cap popped off. There was some lip tint in near the zipper and smeared inside the bag a little bit. Fortunately, I don’t use bags like this too often and the lip tint itself was only a little bit dented so no harm no foul!

Tarte Extra Swatches

On the left hand side of this photo is the swatch for the LipSurgence lip tint in Romantic. This was the colour that ended “leaking” (if you will) a little bit inside the bag. Lip crayon type applications are so nice and convenient and this colour is absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to wear this out and about. The middle swatch is the LipSurgence lip gloss and it is quite nice. It is definitely a nice neutral colour and I think it will look great on its own or over carious lip colours. Very happy with this! Lastly, the right hand swatch is the cheek stain in Muse which is a limited edition apparently. Looking at this colour in the tube, I thought it was far too brown. However, after swatching it, I really liked the colour! I am excited to have all three of these products!

Also in the bag were the mascara, the face oil, and the setting powder. I have purchased this on my own before and actually just received it in my December Ipsy bag too. I really like this product, I think it does a great job coating the lashes and really gives a great look to them. I have not tried the oil yet but I am interested to see how it performs. A lot of bold claims are made on the Sephora website about this oil so I would like to see if it it lives up to these claims. Finally, is the setting powder. I don’t typically use setting powder (and didn’t own one until now) because I mostly use powder foundation. I have been trying to use BB creams lately though and have been considering purchasing a setting powder so this was perfect timing!

I am considering all of these things “extras” because what I really was after in this set was the palette. However, even though they weren’t what I was going for, they are beautiful products and I am so happy to have them! Now, let’s look at the eyeshadows!

Tarte Palette

I probably should have waited until I had taken this picture before I swatched everything but I was so impatient and wanted to get into them, so ignore the marks in every colour. The following pictures are in order from the top row to the bottom. I also included both brush swatches and finger swatches. The brush swatches are on the top and the finger swatches are on the bottom, just so you can see the difference in pigmentation. Here we go!

Row 1 Swatches

Row 1 (left to right): Palace of Versaille, Moulin Rouge, I Think I Cannes, my own Côtes du Rhône, boudoir noir

I am absolutely obsessed with some of the names in this palette! “I Think I Cannes” is one of my favourite names, just because it’s adorable. Unfortunately in the swatches it is really hard to see Palace of Versailles but you can see in the overall palette picture that it is a beautiful soft pink. When I did my makeup for Christmas, I used this as a highlight under my brows and in the inner corners of my eyes. I love this!

Moulin Rouge is more of a taupe with some cool, almost purple undertones to it. I used this as an all over lid colour for Christmas and really liked it. I Think I Cannes is a darker version of Moulin Rouge that has a little more purple in it. It is almost a plum type of colour that is nice as a soft crease colour.

My own Côtes du Rhône is a dark, beautiful purple colour that I adore. I wore this on the outer corner of my eye and loved it! Finally, boudoir noir is a burgundy type colour leaning towards brown when it is on the skin. I don’t tend to wear super dark colours but with this palette I think that I could make it work!

The first four of the first row colours have a matte finish which I really like because I have been using mostly shimmers from my E.L.F palette (which does not compare, obviously!) and I am happy to have more mattes. Boudoir noir is a little bit matte but does have a sort of sheen to it, like a satin finish. Since neutrals and purples are the colours I steer towards anyways, the first row is kind of my comfort zone.

Row 2 Swatches

Row 2 (left to right): fall in Louvre, Provence upon a time, Eiffel for you, too haute to handle, Bastille in the night

Fall in Louvre is another colour where you can’t really see the swatch. This colour is a peachy apricot shadow that does have a little bit of satin sheen to it. It is a really pretty colour and would be nice for a warm eye base. Provence upon a time is a brown-gold kind of colour that isn’t quite a shimmer but does have some shine to it. It is really pretty!

Eiffel for you is another one that I absolutely love the name of! This is a deeper brown kind of colour that almost has a slight greenish-grey undertone to it. This one has a matte finish and is very pretty (although I say this about all of them). Too haute to handle is a bronze kind of brown that also isn’t shimmery but has a shine to it. Finally in this row is Bastille in the night which is a dark brown with the same sort of finish as too haute to handle.

I really like all of the colours in this row too! I can’t wait to play around with the darker colours to see if I can actually make them work without having clown face.

Row 3 Swatches

Row 3 (left to right): Chantilly lace, merci you later, no Champagne no gain, take on Bordeaux, French Riviera

In the pan, Chantilly Lace is a beautiful beige with a shimmer to it. When I apply it onto my skin, the beige is so light that I can hardly see it, and there is more of a beige type shimmer left behind. I do think this is really pretty though and I think it could help add a little something something to your eyes! Merci you later is a nice warm taupe that goes on with a matte finish. I think this is a colour that I will get a lot of use out of!

No Champagne, no gain is a metallic gold that leans towards brown. I think that because it doesn’t come out as like a foil kind of metallic, it will definitely be wearable. Take on Bordeaux is a beautiful deep brown that almost leans towards the burgundy side. It has a satin type finish and although it’s quite dark, I am going to try and use this because it’s lovely. Finally for this row is French Riviera which is a frosty kind of moss green I would say. When I saw this online, I thought that I would never wear it. However, after swatching it, I think it is one of my favourite colours in the palette.

This row has some colours that I wouldn’t naturally reach for but that I find absolutely stunning and can’t wait to use!

Row 4 Swatches

Row 4 (left to right): c’est la vie, Marseille the word, play Nice, on a good Notre Dame, Le Cordon Bleu

First we have c’est la vie which is a very shimmery, metallic kind of gunmetal (maybe?) with an almost pink undertone to it. This one has quite a bit of shine to is and applies kind of thinly so i would be afraid of fallout but I do love this colour so I am interested in trying it. Next is Marseille the word which is a slightly darker and less shimmery version of the c’est la vie. I think this colour is really pretty!

Play Nice is a purple leaning towards the grey side of things. It is really pretty but I think I would need to use this one a little bit sparingly. On a good Notre Dame is a black that is mostly matte. I still haven’t ever figured out how to wear black eyeshadow, and can’t do a smoky eye to save my life. I may try and use this one in teeny tiny amounts to darken up a look for a night out. Finally, the last colour in the palette is Le Cordon Bleu which is a dark bluish purple that is mostly matte. This didn’t go onto the skin nearly as dark as I thought it would and may be a nice purple alternative to the black shadow.

This row is the one that scares me in this palette. I don’t typically wear very dark shadows and so I don’t know how to apply them in a subtle kind of way. Fortunately for me, with this palette I can play around with them to see what I can do!

Now it is time for overall impressions. If you have read this far than you can probably assume that I am absolutely obsessed with this entire set! I am so happy with all of the “extra” products and can’t wait to use them. As for the palette, I absolutely love the packaging! It is thin and sleek, and the design is beautiful. The actual colours are so pretty and they just feel buttery and soft. I am so excited to play around with it. This was a limited edition set so it probably won’t come back in stock but if they offered up the same type of thing next year I would probably purchase it! That is all for this review, thanks for reading!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This set was received as a gift. All pictures and opinions are my own.

Memebox Colorbox #6 Pastel Hues

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Thinking pastel shades are for wallflowers? So cliché. This season, Jordan-almond pastel colours have gone totally badass and totally edgy! Wear these universally flattering pastel perfections on the eyes, lips, and face to brighten up the complexion and add a mouthwatering punch of colour! Depending on how much you layer on, you can go from girl-next-door to full on vamp for a wide range of looks! With a pinkish pout, soft pastel eyes, a simple wash of colour on the face, there’s virtually no room for error! We’ll show you how!

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Sometimes if boxes are due to ship at the same time, they will have bundles so that there is only one shipping cost.

I bought the Colorbox bundle which included the Electric Brights, Jewel Tones, and Pastel Hues all for $30 plus shipping. With a coupon code and a couple of points, it ended up costing me about $32 for the lot. This came out to just under $11 per box which is great. This bundle was also the first Memebox purchase I made, so the shipping date was months from when I ordered it. This is the Pastel Hues box which I liked the sound of. I was hoping there would be a nice light lipstick or something like that.

Pastel Hues Box

Pastel Hues Card FrontPastel Hues Card Back

Let’s see what we have!

Revecen Lip Gloss

Revecen Moisture Shine Lip Gloss 7 ml ($16)

Enriched with olive oil, this Moisture Shine Lip Gloss in sheer pink and orange shades create delicately glittering and plump lips while leaving lips super moist and supply without being sticky at all.

The colour choices for this product were #02 Peach Orange and #11 Apricot Pink. I got #11 Apricot Pink which I was happy about because it is the less orange shade. I have recently gotten the White version of this gloss and it really isn’t sticky at all so that’s nice. I have so many glosses on the go at the moment so this probably won’t be used for awhile.

Revecen Eye Shadow

Revecen Color Eye Shadow 3.1g ($10)

Formulated with various moisturizing minerals. Revecen’s Color eye Shadows are highly adhesive, water-proof, smudge-proof and produce rich pigment payoff with a long-lasting silky touch. To be worn alone or blend in with complimentary shades.

I got the shade B102 Pearl Light Salmon but you could have also gotten B167 Pearl Turquoise. I am glad that I got the pink shade because I wouldn’t know how to wear a pastel turquoise. I tried to swatch this and the lip gloss but neither showed up too well on camera. This is a fairly light pink so it might be a nice base or blending colour.

 Revecen Star PowderRevecen Star Powder Swatch

Revecen Perfect Star Powder 3g ($11)

Designed with the perfect mix of colour and shine, the Perfect Star Powder creates dramatic light-catching effects and brings instant sophistication to any makeup look. Layer it on top of contrasting eye shadow colours to create unique multi-dimensional effects, or use it alone for instant elegance!

This is another one that is fairly messy because it is a loose powder. I got the colour #08 Yellow and the other options were #03 Pink, #10 Light Brown, and #14 Ivory. The yellow looked a little intimidating at first but its more of a gold kind of shade so I think it is something I can work with fairly well. I am happy with this product.

  Revecen Face Control FoundationRevecen Face Control Foundation Swatch

Revecen Face Control Foundation 17g ($22)

This unique Face Control Foundation works to cover up skin imperfections and light up dull, darkened skin tone for a more refined, evenly balanced, and healthier-looking finish. Plus it contains natural preservatives such as green tea extracts and magnolia extracts, and thus gently and suitable for all skin types.

How to Use: Use a makeup sponge or your finger to apply the hard-type foundation evenly over your face. Make sure to pat it in for full absorbance.

I got the colour #000 Light Yellow but could have also gotten #001 Mint. I am glad I didn’t get the mint because green counteracts redness which isn’t really an issue for me. Yellow is supposed to help with purple colouring and I have terrible hereditary dark circles so I am interested in seeing if this helps hide those at all. I know that the purple version of this product was one of the ones in the Cutiepie Marzia 2 box which everyone hates so much, so I’m surprised they went with this type of product from the same brand again.

Overally, I think that this is the colorbox that stuck the most to the theme they described. I don’t love Revecen as a brand but I will get use out of the products (at least to try) so we will see how it goes. This was the box with the lowest retail value, coming in at $59. I am glad I have gotten Memeboxes since I ordered this because if I was only basing my opinion of them on these boxes, I would be disappointed.

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xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image taken from the Memebox website, all other images are my own. I have purchased this box with my own money and all opinions are honest and my own.