shopping

Small Haul – Ireland

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After a 4 day whirlwind trip, driving more than 1000km of the Irish countryside and eating more than my body can handle, I finally found a quick half hour to go to Boots before jetting back home. Yet with slight disappointment I left with a mere 5 purchases. Maybe I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Boots, maybe I was taking this ‘budget’ thing seriously for once, or maybe I found too many things that I can find cheaper at home. But either way my head sagged as I walked away with my few purchases. Yet after careful consideration, and a few trial runs I’ve come to be quite delighted with my small Boots haul.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder – Many of the bloggers that I follow rave about this product. Although SDM (Shoppers Drug Mart) carries a few Soap & Glory products, they never carry any of the makeup line. As I stood in front of the Soap & Glory section overwhelmed, I chose this powder seeing as its the one I’ve heard the most about. I’ve only used it once so far and I liked the results, but I’ll have to see how it compares against my ever-trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips – This Vaseline lip product is similar to the original petroleum jelly based Vaseline product, although this is specifically formulated for your lips. Made with rose and almond oils, the lip jelly leaves a pink glossy finish with a great scent. I do believe that SDM sells Vaseline lip products,  but I have never seen one of these lip therapy products before.

RealTechniques Blush Brush – You’ve probably heard me rave about RealTechniques brushes already. They are by far the best makeup brushes out there, so of course I had to get another one. They are very hard to find in Canada, yet sold at all Boots. Little hint: if you are willing to battle through the beauty aisles of Winners they may sometimes be found there.

No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base – No7 can be found in SDM but not a huge selection. Seeing as No7 is a Boots brand, they have large sections such as what you would find in the SDM Beauty Boutique. I’ve heard that No7’s primers are some of their best products so I thought I’d give this one a try. I’ve used it once so far and was a little disappointed…the texture is quite thick and seemed to flake a little when I smoothed it across my face. Maybe I need to try a different method of application. This product is still on the fence.

Barry M Eyeshadow Pencil – This product was a quick pick that I didn’t give much thought to. I’ve heard a lot about Barry M and we cannot find it anywhere in Canada according to my knowledge. I’ve had a thing for eyeshadow pencils and creamier eyeshadows lately so I thought I’d give this one a try. I’m not quite sure why I chose such a dark colour, but I think it’ll be great for nights out. I’m really looking forward to giving this one a try!!

So there you have it! I can’t wait to see if these products are winners. Do you ever shop at Boots? What are your favourites?!

The Good, The Bad, and the ugly – Feelunique.com

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I must start by saying the feelunique.com is an amazing website! As it is a recent discovery of mine, of course I had to test it out. It’s a great website for all things beauty related at amazingly low prices!! And constant sale items! The best part is that it includes free shipping around the world!! How can you go wrong with that!!

I got myself only two items, trying to reign back my beauty spending. The first was an item that I’ve been looking at for a long time – the Stila Convertible Colour for cheeks and lips in the colour Rose. I’ve read many many blog reviews about this item, yet it usually sells for $33 at Sephora. On feelunique.com I got it for $26. The second item was the Rimmel Apocalips in the colour Apocalyptic, usually on sale at Shoppers for $11. On feelunique.com I got it for $8. With free shipping my total order came to $34, when regular in store price of these two items would come to $44, total savings of $10 on just two items! Thats pretty good.

But I have a qualm. A major qualm! Seeing as I’ve never been one to buy makeup and other beauty products online before, this issue never crossed my mind until the box arrived on my doorstep. Online the colour of the products look completely different than in person!!! Now that I have the products in my hands I’ve realized that I bought the wrong colours for my face and normal colour palette. The rose coloured Stila Convertible Colour is doable. I really enjoy the colour on my lips but when I use it on my cheeks I can only use a small teensy tiny dab and I need to blend it very well before it reaches a natural looking pigment, otherwise is stands out on my cheeks quite a bit. When it comes to the Apocalyptic Apocalips, I’m not sure if I will ever be able to pull off the colour. It’s extremely pigmented and stands out quite a bit, and is hot hot pink as pink can be, so not my colour. But I’ll give it a try. I may have something in my wardrobe that can handle a splash of pink.

So, lesson learned….the bad of feelunique.com and other online beauty shopping: find the product in store, figure out what colour works for you, then buy it online. You cannot browse colour online. I would use feelunique.com again, I would just ensure I know exactly what I want before hand…so I suggest you do too!

So get shopping and save those dollas!! There is nothing more exciting than receiving a box of makeup in the mail!

Project: New Skin

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I spend so much of my time worrying about the products I put on my face that the rest of my body has started to suffer. It’s time I revamp my body lotion/oils/etc collection and pay a little more attention to my poor skin. Lotions sit unused and unwanted, but it’s my own fault when I begin to complain about dry skin.

As sad as it is to say, winter is right around the corner. So it’s about time I get into the habit now. So this is my task: each day for the next week I’m going to re-test the vast amounts of lotions I have sitting in my drawers. The bad get the boot, and the good stay. If I need to add to the collection then *sigh* I guess I’ll sacrifice and go shopping (Yipee!).

It’s time I start paying attention to my skin!