29 May 2016

May Favourites 2016!

May went by so slowly for me, but it was a month of excitement for sure! Eurovision happened and I got a job! Let's see what I loved through this month. A lot of oldies in here!





First I've got some Makeup Geek shadows to talk about, and for once, I'm not waxing poetic about their Foiled eyeshadows. Makeup Geek's matte shadows in Chickadee (left) and Cocoa Bear (right) are deserving of all the hype they get. They pair together perfectly to create a warm crease. I'd never actually owned a warm medium brown eyeshadow before this, and let me just say- where have I been?! I've been wearing them all month and the only complaint I have is that now I'm in a bit of an eyeshadow rut because I don't want to wear anything else! Here's them both in my crease with Makeup Geek Foiled eyeshadow in Center Stage on the lid.





Every few months or so I fall back in love with my Urban Decay Electric Palette- however, it's usually the shimmers I love. This month, I've been loving the shades in the palette that I'd barely ever touched before- Savage (matte magenta), Slowburn (matte orange-red with silver microglitter), Gonzo (matte blue-turquoise with silver microglitter), and Chaos (matte royal blue). Here's a look I created with Savage and Slowburn on the lid with Makeup Geek Flamethrower, and Chaos on the lower lashline.





The Bite Beauty Luminous Creme lipstick formula may be discontinued but it is not forgotten! It remains my favourite lipstick formula ever created, and the reason I loved them more than usual this month is that these suckers LAST. I just started a new job with 8-hour shifts of housekeeping, cooking and serving. These lipsticks last through the copious amounts of tea, water and coffee I drink on shift. They don't budge or fade at all through my two-hour serving period, to the point where one of my coworkers demanded to know what lipstick I was wearing and how it was still on. I don't wear any other lipstick formula when I go to work.



And when I go to work, I obviously need the rest of my makeup to last as well. The main player that's been helping with that is my Wet N Wild Photofocus Setting Spray. I bought this a few months ago and since I never really left my dorm at all, I didn't need it. But I've been using it now and it does a great job of setting and prolonging my makeup! I'm most impressed with the fact that it stops my concealer from "drying up" and cracking on dry patches/blemishes throughout the day.

Now that winter is finally over, I've been especially concerned about sun care on my face. I wish I could tell you it's because I'm a health nut, but really, it's a combination of hating my freckles (they're grey. not cute) and not wanting to get a tan because then I'd have to buy a new foundation shade and mama does NOT have money for that right now. So I've been using the Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 60 sunscreen. It's affordable, a high SPF (I'm not outside a ton or else I'd prefer SPF 75- but this is fine for just my half hour walk to work each way)  and it hasn't broken me out from what I can tell. But the best thing about it is that it dries very nicely. It doesn't stay sticky or lotion-y and doesn't inhibit makeup application/wear in any way.



If you know me on facebook, you'll know that I fell HARD for DAVIDsTEA this month. Here's two teas that I fell in love with this month!

Serenity Now (that name is perfection, first off) is a gorgeous mix of strawberry, lavender and mint. It's not weak by any means and is great hot or cold. It's my new favourite tea of all time, and I have something like 25 blends in my collection. It's just so yummy and perfect at any time of day!

Sunny Citrus is discontinued but was generously gifted to me by my new tea friend Ashley! I think it's meant to be an iced tea, but I prefer this tea hot by a mile. It's a luscious citrus tea that tastes like blood oranges. I get a hint of vanilla in there too. Time to track down more of this on the DT swap group, because I've been addicted to this all month and I'm running out!

That's everything I've been loving this month! Did you develop an unexpected obsession like my one for tea this month?

13 May 2016

Website Review: Ordering from Glambot

Some things just sound too good to be true.

I stumbled upon the website Glambot while looking for blog sales a while ago. Used makeup doesn't gross me out in the slightest and I hate paying full price for things, but sales on high-end makeup are few and far between. Plus, tracking down LE collections that you missed out on is torture, and you usually end up getting fakes on eBay.

So what's Glambot? It's a used makeup sale site. Like a Plato's Closet for makeup. People sell their used makeup to Glambot, and they sanitize it and sell it for a lower price than retail. The website tells you the fill level and condition of the item you're looking at. They have free shipping on $50-plus orders in the USA and Canada and $90-plus internationally; otherwise, flat-rate shipping is $5 to the USA and Canada and $10 internationally. Prices are in USD. There are tons of items in their sale section and they have a 20% sale just about every weekend.



The prices on Glambot definitely seemed too good to be legit, like a dream. MAC LE lipsticks for ten bucks? Yeah right. Had to be a scam. But the temptation proved too strong, and I ended up ordering some stuff. I


It took about 5 days for the order to process and 2 weeks til it arrived to my house. The products came in a bubble mailer with Glambot tape on it.


They threw in a pack of tissues for free. Thanks, I guess?


The eyeliners came in their own foil packet. It seems pretty professional.


Here's the goods! I checked the fill levels on the site and all were accurate. All were sharpened.


The cheek stain came in its own bubble wrap packet.


All of the products came with these little stickers on them, just to seal them after they'd been sanitized, I guess. 

I've since ordered from Glambot quite a number of times, close to ten. They've started selling brands like Makeup Geek and Colourpop in addition to the usual MAC and high-end Sephora brands. I've only had a handful of problems with the site, and they've all been resolved.

-Once, there was an item missing from my order. I contacted them and while they could not send the item, as it had gotten sent in another package to someone else, they refunded me the full price (not the sale price I had paid) and gave me 5 additional dollars in store credit.

-With my second most recent order, I ordered on Black Friday. They received an unprecedented amount of traffic and my order slip got lost. Once contacted, the sent the order out right away.

So, some tips for ordering from Glambot:

-Glambot customer service takes a while to respond- up to a week and a half- but they're exceptionally receptive and accommodating.
-They're always having sales.
-Jump on whatever you want immediately if it's an LE or hot ticket item. It's like Winners in that way.
-ALWAYS look for swatches online before ordering.
-I wouldn't recommend buying MAC powder products from them, as I find that MAC powders get hard and crumbly before other brands do. (My MAC shadows from them are hard to get payoff from them, but my NARS ones from them are fine.)
-Turnaround time is about a week and a half at best. Shipping is two weeks.
-They will usually post on their instagram (glambotlove) any hot-ticket items or hauls they'll be putting on the site a while before they're up.

Good luck and happy ordering!
Disclosure: Glambot has no idea who I am, and did not pay me or otherwise compensate to write this post!

7 May 2016

April Favourites- 2016!

This month was a busy one- finals, moving back home, and I've been working nights at a barn away from home for the past two weeks. I didn't wear much makeup at all, which makes this favourites post a strange one. I usually have all-makeup favourites posts, but this month, only one item is makeup related! So let's get down and dirty with it.



I've even got a hair product in there!



This is the OGX Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist. I've never been one to fuss with my hair beyond blow-drying it on occasion- I can't even be arsed to buy conditioner. However, I saw this in my mom's cabinet while plugging in the hair dryer and thought, "Oh, why not?"

This mist makes my hair feel soooo soft and not greasy at all. It has a very strong, sweet coconut scent that lingers for hours. I personally love that- it makes me feel ethereal and very put together. I just spray this on the ends of my hair before I blow dry it and bam, I'm in the tropics for a day (or at least my hair is).



Next up, a skincare item- and a high-end one no less! My mom gave me this, she got it in a set and didn't like it. However, the Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask has been doing wonders for my skin.

 I wash up with this before I use a hydrating mask. This face wash lathers up beautifully and doesn't dry out my already-parched skin! It also managed to tackle my biggest skin issue- texture. My skin is so textured that I always have to pack on the silicone-filled primer before I do my makeup, lest I look like a crusty mess. But since I've been washing my face with this stuff, my skin has been so soft that I've been able to forgo my heavy layer of primer! I'm extremely happy about that, now that the weather's been warmer- who wants to slather on a suffocating layer of slippery silicon when their pores are already getting clogged with sweat?

Anyways- 10/10 for this face wash. I haven't used it as a mask yet, actually, but that's next on my list!



The Rimmel Brow This Way is actually an old favourite that I fell out of love with a while ago. I purchased a new tube anyway, this time in my correct shade, and I've been blown away. This brow gel fills in all of my bald/sparse spots and it's become my one-and-done brow product again. Perfect for days when I don't want to fuss with a pencil and spoolie (which, I'll admit, is 95% of the time).



Okay, now for some lifestyle favourites!

I have fallen hard for DAVIDsTEA in the past month. Seriously hard. I used to be a strict black/chai tea drinker- maybe peppermint if I was feeling under the weather, but none of that fruity crap. However, as soon as I smelled Melon Drop at the DAVIDsTEA store, I knew I had to try it. It ended up being the tea I drank nonstop all through finals. It's a gorgeous, sweet fruit infusion of honeydew melon and papaya that makes my mouth water. The tin claims that it's "drop dead delicious", and that claim is absolutely correct. I've since found out that this tea is actually meant to be had as an iced tea. I tried that, but I found it to be too weak and not sweet when iced. So if you've tried Melon Drop and didn't love it, try it hot! It makes a world of difference!



Remember this brand from last summer? I finally bit the bullet and purchased one of the soy candles from Country Cabin Candles & Soaps (a local brand to my city!). I got the scent Peppermint Fluff, and I find that this is the perfect candle to burn for half an hour and then put out. If you burn it too long, the peppermint gets a little astringent, but burnt for a short time, it makes your whole room smell like sweet peppermint candy. I know it's a little out of season, but I love it all the same!

And so concludes my monthly favourites! Did you love anything this month that surprised you?



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