Nat’s December 2014 Favourites

Happy New Year!!! Well, soon. LOL

Christmas has come and gone (sadly ūüė¶ ) December is one of my favourite months of the year and I hate to see it go. This month, has been a quiet month for too much trying on of new products so the ones I have outlined below I have loved and used all month long. I won’t bore you with too many candles this month (even though I could because there is a candle lit in my house every day and every evening after work!) But to start, I will mention only one and get it out of the way fast so you can get to other goodies ūüôā

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Yay or Nay Sunday – Bite Beauty Mix n’ Mingle Holiday Set (So much LOVE).

Yes, yes and more yes…. I mean Yay, yay and more yay. There is no drum role this Sunday and no introduction…. just a big ol’ YAY!

When I saw this set, I had to have it. I own one of the mini duos in Musk/Lych√©e and I adore it. I must say that Bite Beauty’s Luminous Cr√®me lipsticks are my favourite high-end lipstick formula. Hands down, I recommend them (and I have also roped in Sheena hehehe). They also have quite a wide range of colours and some are quite unique.

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Nat’s November 2014 Favourites

November has already come and gone… what!???!?

I did my Christmas tree on Nov 10th and my Christmas shopping is almost completed and it is not December yet… I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!

Hi, my name is Nathalie and I am a Christmas nut, nice to meet you ūüėČ

Yes, 3 of these items are candles…. hangs head in shame… I love burning candles, especially when the weather gets cold. Bath and Body Works has their winter/holiday collection out, and I cannot keep away … Here are 3 of my favourites that I picked up:

Bath and Body Works Mason Jar Candle in Pumpkin Gingerbread

I had a coupon to get a free item of $15 value or less, so I got this mason jar candle. And I do not regret it. I really enjoy the sweet smelling candles, this one is the perfect scent I was looking for, sweet but doesn’t end up turning your stomach after burning it for a while. I usually burn these types of candles on the main floor of my house because it is small and near the kitchen, seems appropriate!

Mama is gonna go get her a full size 3-wick of this baby.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Mason Jar Candle - Home Fragrance 1037181 - Bath & Body WorksPumpkin Gingerbread Mason Jar Candle - Home Fragrance 1037181 - Bath & Body Works

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Yay or Nay Sunday – bareMinerals 5 in 1BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow

On this Sunday Yay or Nay bareMinerals 5 in 1BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in the colour Soft Linen.

The rating on this one is… drum roll… YAY!

I have seen some reviews on this products from fellow bloggers that they either don’t see the point of this product or just mixed reviews. I got this full-size version of this product when I got a sort of mystery box from bareMinerals. I would have never picked it up, but I decided to give this a try and it has become my go-to for work. As you can see in the picture below, it is a very natural eye that adds to my everyday makeup for work.

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Yay or Nay Sunday – tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights Amazonian Clay Collector’s Shadow Palette

Pssst… before I get into this review, today is my birthday!! Wee! Happy Birthday to me!

On this week’s Yay or Nay Sunday, tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights Amazonian Clay Collector’s Shadow Palette.

I got this palette on sale at Sephora for $29 down from $43. As of today (Nov 19) it is still available at the sale price.  I am very happy that I did not pay full price for this palette because I do not think it is worth $43.

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Nat’s Sephora VIB 20% Haul!

 

As you all know, Sephora had their annual 20% off all the store event from Nov 6-10. The 3CB went to the VIB Rouge soirée on Nov 5 where they had the store closed to the public and only had the people that signed up for event in the store. I had been waiting for this and with the holidays sets being all out for sale, it was very exciting to make up a list and go shopping at a discount!

I did place an order online as well since there were items that were only available online or that I didn’t want to miss out. So as soon as I got my code, I jumped on sephora.com and placed my order in my already-ready basket!

Here are the items that I picked up.

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Julep Maven Unboxing – Oct 2014!

I have been with Julep since June 2014 and I love it! Although I have accumulated A LOT of nail polish hehehe.

This Unboxing features the October Black Magic Collection. Not one if my favourite collections so far, but still lovely colours for fall.

My box arrived as a box within a big box… really was that necessary Julep? It seemed more of a waste than anything. I will reuse the box to wrap Christmas gifts in so it is not wasteful. Even with that overuse of a box, my box was nicely packaged so things won’t break, as always.

I got the regular box with one add-on this month. My profile is Classic With a Twist, but since I am trying to compliment my collection, I got the October Bomshell Box. This box had the colours that I have less off. I wanted to add the two sets of nail decals they had (black cats and chevron), but as it turns out, I thought that my edits to my box had saved, but they did not :(. So when I went to finalize my box, I noticed it but it was too late, both decals were out of stock.

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Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing – October 2014

The teal bag is nice this month, I may actually use it. I find sometimes that¬†the bags are cheap and smelly, but this month’s bag isn’t.

There is always some goodies in these Glam Bags from Ipsy. This October’s bag was pretty good! This month’s Glam Bag is called Beauty Candy and here is what it looks like:

MicaBeauty Mineral Eyeshadow in Reluctance

“MicaBeauty¬ģ Mineral Eye Shadows‚Äô glamorous shimmers will give you the look you always wanted. MicaBeauty¬ģ Mineral Makeup is extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, your Eye Shadows will look ultra-smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area”.

Unfortunately, I already own this eye shadow, in the same colour. So I will be passing it on. Regardless, this is a nice shadow, good quality and pigmentation. Although I am not a huge fan of loose eye shadows because they are messy, this is one that I keep in my collection because it has a nice green glitter colour.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths 

“When you’re too tired to deal with the whole cleanser and wash cloth routine, these on-the-go foaming cloths are the ultimate skin savior. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts, they sweep away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing stressed skin. Best of all, there’s no water required. It has a clean scent, never tacky. Great for travel or every day”!

I am excited to see these cloths, I like makeup removing wipes, when you don’t have the time to do a deep cleanse, this is a good alternative. I was happy to see these and excited to¬†try them out.

Doll 10 Beauty H2Glo Highlighter in Champagne

“Doll 10‚Äôs H2Glo Highlighter features a lightweight cream formula that glides on easily and blends beautifully to help you achieve a truly dewy complexion. Add a dose to your cheeks, brows, d√©collet√©, or wherever impulse strikes, for a healthy hint of highlighting sheen”.

I love highlighters, and always happy to try a new one. I do not have any cream ones, so this will be a good try out. The size of this highlighter is actually a good size, I am not sure if it’s full size. When I swatched this, it is very smooth but doesn’t look every pigmented. I will have to try it on the skin to see how it comes out.

Figs & Rouge Nourishing & Soothing Hang Cream in Mango Mandarin

“Figs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin. Apply Figs & Rouge Hand Cream onto your hands and massage into skin throughout the day as needed”.

I like this cream and its size, very good to put in your purse. The formula feels watery when you rub your hands together, absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. It does smell exactly like a mix of mango and mandarin and it is not over powering. Good item, it is now in my purse!

Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasures

“Starlooks Lip Glosses are created with a truly moisturizing, luxury, non-sticky formula. This neutral-rose, yet glamorous shade provides the perfect glisten for any lip look and complements any skin tone! Can be worn alone or in combination with other Starlooks lip products for a truly customizable finish”

Nice colour and good sample size but since I already own many lip glosses, I will pass this item on.

Come back to see my November Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing!

-Nat

Yay or Nay?? Julep 2-Sided Kajal Eye Glider

On today’s Yay or Nay Sunday,¬†Julep 2-Sided Kajal Eye Glider!

What is my verdict on this eye glider… drum roll please…. YAY AND NAY….

I know this may seem to defeat the purpose of the yay or nay, however, let me explain.

 

Why is it a YAY? Julep describes this eye glider as so: “Two intensely pigmented colors‚ÄĒcarbon black and brown shimmer‚ÄĒthat glide on smoothly and blend like a dream”. I must agree. The brown side is a very pretty colour and it does go on very smooth. The black side is very back and it does blend well. When I applied the black side for work this week, it went on extremely easily, smooth and black, even on the waterline. I have also used the brown side many times and I love how it applies the and the color pay-off. ¬†I really enjoy the brown side, the shade goes with everything.

 

Why is it a NAY?

Below is the look that I had after I applied the Kajal eye liner. I was very pleased with it, I loved the black and how it looked.

This was the final look after applying the Kajal Eye Liner

Here is why it is a nay… when I went to the washroom later that day, I looked in the mirror and … ¬†I looked like a racoon!! (no picture of this one, sorry, but I can tell you that it¬†¬†was NOT ¬†a flattering look). So I went back to my desk, grabbed a tissue and softly swiped it under my eyes, and a lot of black came off… See below, everything that had smudged under my eyes…¬†The worse was that it wasn’t even the end of the day, it was less than 3h later. I did not notice the same transfer with the brown side.

what came off … after only 3h of wear

In all, YAY to how the pencil glides on smooth, and YAY the brown side of this pencil and its color pay-off.

NAY to the black side, not for its color, but for its transfer onto the skin that left me looking very smudged!

I will keep using it brown but not the black side.

– Nat

Yay or Nay?? Revlon 24h Colorstay Whipped Foundation

On today’s Yay or Nay Sunday,¬†Revlon 24h Colorstay Whipped Foundation!

I have been on the hunt for a good drug store foundation. So I have been watching lots of you on YouTube reviewing all sorts of products. This is one of the finds I got while I was in New York.

I got mine Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation¬†in the colour 150 Buff. ¬†Before I get into the review, can we just take a moment to acknowledge how hard it is to get your perfect colour match on a drugstore foundation??? OMG. Most I have found are too pink, others are too dark! UGH! I do have to say that the color of this foundation, is perfect. I have neutral undertones, so when there is pink, it doesn’t look good and this one is light enough and doesn’t pull on the pink side.

So colour aside, this foundation was a… drum roll please… NAY

             

The whipped texture is just too thick. I used my Realtechniques expert face brush, which I use regularly with other foundations and¬†love. And even with blending this out, it left me with a thick feeling on my skin. I found that it felt heavy on my skin and did not absorb very well. I even waited longuer than I normally do¬†to apply my powder, concealer and the rest of my face, and I still found that¬†the foundation¬†moved¬†off my skin when I applied the rest. As if it was just “sitting” on my skin instead of being absorbed. With every stroke of a powder brush or blush brush, the foundation came with it.

The worst for me was how my skin felt all day wearing it… so thick, cakey, and sticky. ¬†I really¬†felt¬†the makeup on my face and I do not like that feeling.

Maybe I used too much, maybe I didn’t give it enough of a try, but honestly, I liked others much better and I disliked it so much that I will park this one. It stays in the Nay pile.

 

– Nat