I’m Back!! And a Mini Review

Guys!  I’m back!  A blog post is long overdue, I know.  There’s nothing worse than a website with a scarcely updated blog page and somehow, my website became the very thing I didn’t want it to be.  Alas, it was a hella busy summer – we got a puppy, cottaged, and generally relaxed – and so I decided to take a break.  For those of you that have stuck around, thank you!  And for those that have popped in as new readers, I plan to blog lots more over the next year and I’m excited for what’s coming up on LnL!

 

Anyway, on to the review…

 

You guys know I’m a fan of Becca highlighters {who isn’t?!}.  They’re pigmented, blend like a dream, come in a number of different shades and can be layered or worn on their own.  What’s not to love? When I saw the new Lightchaser highlighters, I was intrigued to say the least.

 

According to the Sephora website, the Light Chaser Highlighter’s transformative formula is the perfect marriage of kaleidoscopic color and light. Each shade is infused with kaleidoscopic pearls that chase the light for an otherworldly glow that makes your favorite features beam bright. This unique highlighter shifts shades as you move, delivering hypnotizing color luminosity with a metamorphic finish.

 

Ok, that’s great.  But how do you use it?  I went in to Sephora to see if I was missing something.  Why is this highlighter only $5 cheaper than the regular Becca highlighters, but in a much smaller package?  Perhaps I was using it incorrectly and it was to be far more concentrated and pigmented on the skin.  I asked an expert to see: it’s to top highlighters and make them shine.  Ok, well isn’t that the point of a highlighter?  So you’re telling me that Becca has created a highlighter to highlight a highlighter?  Yup.  And I bought it like a sucker.

 

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The product itself isn’t terrible.  I’ll give it that.  It’s actually great on eyes to give a kaleidoscopic shine overtop of a cream shadow, and makes a great corner highlight.  On its own, it gives a nice sheen on the skin at the high points of the face, but I like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors far better and you get tons more product for your money.

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Skip this.  I wouldn’t waste your money.  It’s no different highlighter than any other, in fact, I prefer my $9 Wet n Wild highlighter far more.  If you want to give away $41, you can find it on Sephora’s website here.

 

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Winter Makeup Change Up

I’ve blogged in the past about how I manage to use my out of control large makeup collection and really cull through the goods to find out what items are just as good as they claim to be, or items that I just can’t live without.  If you’re curious to see what I’ve used in the past, check out my most recent change up post here.

Following a vacation to Mexico, rather busy November & December, as well as a packed social and work schedule, I wasn’t able to do this as early as I’d hoped.  Apologies.  Better late than never, right?  RIGHT?

 

What Stayed:

I guess you could stay these are my staples, and things I just really love {if it’s not, I’ve indicated below!}

  • Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation {I mix this with whatever moisturizer I’m using}
  • Life Brand concealer/blemish stick
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara
  • L’Oreal Voluminous primer
  • MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer {I use fair}
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Tarte Concealer {I was very surprised to see this is still made – it’s just ok.  I’ll finish it up and won’t likely repurchase}edits-kept
  • Chanel Les Beiges powder
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade {Dark Brown slightly sheered out matches me perfectly}
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara {a sample only, still on the fence about this one!}
  • NYX Lip Lingerie
  • Bite Lippies – various shades, but my fave is Meringue
  • Fresh Lip Treatment {trying to use this up.  It’s not bad, but Carmex is better…}
  • Kat Von D Ink Liner in Hemingway
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz
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{Incase you’re wondering just what didn’t make the cut this time, here’s a shot!}

 

What’s New?

I can’t tell you how incredibly excited I am to try these new goodies!  All year long, I keep a list of Sephora loves, and I anxiously await the 20% off sale to pick up just what I’ve been dying to try.  Some of these beauties are new acquisitions and I’m giving them a true first try.   It would seem I’m into single shadows this month…a welcome diversion from my palette-heavy rotation!

* You’ve noticed the list below is missing a few bits.  Why, you ask?  It’s simple.  I picked out too many products to try this time around; they’ll have to wait.  I kept the picture just as a little reminder*

  • Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in Rosy Tan {I’m ashamed to say, this isn’t made anymore.  I’ve had this for a while – for my personal collection only – but I still love it!}
  • Marc Jacobs Air Blush  #508
  • Nars The Multiple in Portofino {not sure how I’m going to like cream blush in winter…}
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hnew-face-editedill Champagne Splits
  • Gucci bronzer **
  • Hard Candy eyeshadow in Nude Beach
  • Lorac Blush in Flaunt {linked below – and it’s on sale!}
  • Buxom Full on Lip Polish in Sugar
  • Urban Decay Liners in Sabbath and Smoke
  • Urban Decay Chase shadow  {just got word this has been discontinued.  Seriously UD?  Seriously?}
  • Clinique Black Honey single shadow {this has been discontinued too.  URGH!}

**Before we conclude this blog, can we just have a moment for the untouched Gucci embossing?? Pleaseandthanks**

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Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation |  Life Brand Blemish Stick  |  Lash Sensational Mascara  |  L’oreal Mascara Primer  |  MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose  |  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer  |  Benefit Eye Bright  |  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 Hour Concealer |  Chanel Les Beiges |  Laura Mercier Caviar Stick  |   Anastasia Dipbrow |  NYX Lip Lingerie | Bite Beauty Lippies  |  Fresh Lip Treatment  |  Kat Von D Liner  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz

Dior Palette – similar here  |  Marc Jacobs Blush |  Nars The Multiple in Portofino  |  BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits  |  Gucci Bronzer  |  Lorac Flaunt  |  Buxom Full on Lip Polish  |  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

It’s almost that time of year again!  No, I’m not talking about Christmas, Beauty Junkies, nor am I talking about the entire month of November which just happens to be the birth month of yours truly.

I’m talking about what I wait for ALL YEAR LONG: the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale.  It’s the one time of the year I can save a significant amount on products I love and those that I’ve equally lusted over all year long but just haven’t pulled the trigger for one reason or another.  In true beauty junkie form, I’ve had my list ready for a few weeks now.  I thought I’d share it all with you in case you needed some inspiration or, like me, you’re just nosey and want to see what other people will be picking up.

I’ve divided this into two sections – must haves and might haves {a sort of ‘needs’ and ‘wants’, if you will} – in a feeble attempt to limit my spending to just what I should pick up because I know I’ll use it as a backup once I’m done a current fave.  Without further ado, here goes:

 

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  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue*
  • UD All Nighter Setting Spray – an old faithful.  I have to pick it up when it’s on sale knowing I go through 2 or 3 of these a year
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duo in Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse – you guys know I’m a true fan of Champagne Pop, so I want to give Prosecco Pop a go and why not do it with a blush combo?
  • Marc Jacobs Primrose lip liner – this is a staple for me.  It blends flawlessly with almost any lippie I own and I don’t ever want to run out of it
  • Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Night Fever/Hot Stuff – besides having crazy cool names, this looks like a perfect plum pink shade I’d like to have in my collection, perfect for the fall!
  • Mugler Angel perfume refill – I wear this daily and it’s my signature scent.  I’m about due for a refill, so this should last me all year
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dipbrow Pomade – I wear each of these, mostly the pomade, and need want backups.  I’ve yet to find a perfect dupe and so I’ll keep purchasing this one; it’s not crazy expensive and a little bit goes a long way

 

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  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Chase – this comes highly recommended from Allie Sevdalis.  We have similar skin tones and makeup tastes, so I’d like to pick this up if I can
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder in #01 – this comes highly recommended from both TiffanyD and LisaSz09, both on YouTube.  If I’m so inclined, I might give this one a try and see how it compares to my beloved Champagne Pop!
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brownout – I’ve had a couple of these liners before and just love them.  They don’t transfer at all and stay put beautifully – all day – in the waterline.  I’d like to pick up another one, specifically in this shade
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal light – I have the palette of last Christmas and this one isn’t included, yet I’ve seen it as one of the best reviewed and most accurately translated to a number of different skin tones.  I would like to add this one since I love the finish of these so much.  This particular product just might get switched to the ‘Must Have’ list…
  • s1845668-main-lheroHourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light – again, a highly recommended Hourglass product.  And can we just take a moment for this packaging, PLEASE?  It’s just gorgeous.  {side note: I’m developing an un-healthy obsession with marble.  More on that later} This provides a blush {which I know I love} and a fairly large Hourglass bronzer {yet to try those}, alongside more of the beautiful Ambient Lighting finishing powder and a strobing powder {again, yet to try this one}.  The price-tag, however, is the only thing stopping me.  Maybe, just maybe I’ll get some $$ for my birthday and take the plunge

 

That’s it for me…well…so far at least.  I’ve got my cart ready to go.  What are you planning to pick up?  If you’ve got any reviews on anything above, too, please share in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Bite Beauty Lipstick | Urban Decay Eyeshadow and Setting Spray  |  BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Duo  |  Marc Jacobs Lipliner, Highliner, and Blush |  MUGLER Perfume in Angel  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dipbrow  |  Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder | Hourglass Lighting Powder and Palette

 

 

 

Fall Makeup Change-Up

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I like to post about changing out my makeup seasonally or just when I feel like I’m in the mood for a change.  This time, I suddenly got excited for the upcoming Fall season {not sure why – it’s cold, my birthday is coming and I’ll be a year older, and a frigid, Canadian winter is imminent}, and decided it’s time for a change.

I started by eliminating any products I deemed to be “summery”.  This included bright lippies, eyeshadows, or blush.

I decided to retire {and by retire, I just mean put back into my massive collection}:

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  • a Too Faced Melted lipstick in Peony and a NYX Intense Butter Gloss;
  • a long-time fave eyeliner from Tarte;
  • my NYX Brow Pencil;
  • Tom Ford lippie;
  • Laura Mercier’s Rose Gold Metallic Eye Creme Color;
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush;
  • my new absolute fave blush – Colour Pop’s Never Been Kissed;
  • Too Faced Love Flush mini-blush;
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold highlighter {was a LE item, unfortunately}.

 

This is really the only way I can work my way through what I’ve got and be sure everything gets the love it deserves!

 

As always, a few things got to stick around.  I guess you could call these some of my Ride or Die {I can’t make that phrase happen.  Still hate it…} products, or some I’m just trying to use up or am testing for future bloggity posts:

  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer;
  • Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer;
  • Chanel Les Beiges All In One Healthy Glow Fluid {discontinued, but they kept No 20, my shade!};
  • MAC Prep n Prime in Radiant Rose;
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory;
  • Life Brand Clear Action Acne Treatment Concealer Stick in Light;
  • Carmex;
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Primer;
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara with a curved brush in Blackest Black;
  • Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara {I’m thinking I’m gonna do a review on this one…comment below if you want one!};img_0119
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara {not sure of the shade, likely very black – can’t read it};
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown;
  • Lipstick in Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect and Bite’s Meringue;
  • Lipliners from MAC in Soar and MUFE in 3c;
  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil {not sure of the shade};
  • Various samples, and a dirty-azz set of Q-tips and a slightly dirty mini BeautyBlender.

 

What’s new for the fall?  A few things, but it looks like I kept most things around, huh?  The staples above seem to be pretty common in all of my change-out posts, so it doesn’t leave much room for new products.  I did, of course, make due with the circumstances and managed to find room for a few newbs in the daily rotation:

  • Kevin Aucoin eyeshadow in #108 Faded Heather {I love this shade all year round.  It’s so unique, but especially wonderful for fall};
  • Chanel Ombre Essentielle in #90 Fauve;
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in #89 Canaille {this translates to “Cinnamon” and is a welcome departure from my normal pink shades.  I love it, though, and have re-discovered this in my collection for sure!}img_0122
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta {y’all know I couldn’t stay away entirely from pink!};
  • BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal;
  • Benefit Eye Bright {yes this is old packaging, but I sharpened and sterilized it}.  This was totally inspired by Tiffany D and an old fave re-discovered;
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki {another gorgeous shade for hazel eyes and for fall}  How I love this formula!;
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown;
  • Charlotte Tillbury eyeliner in Verushka Mink;
  • Chanel Precision eyeliner in Violet Smoke;
  • NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim;
  • NARS Velvet Matte lippies in Roman Holiday and Never Say Never.

 


 

Whew!  There you have it.  Another seasonal change out done and I’m ready to rock and find some old new loves in my current collection.

 

What are your faves for fall?

 

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various NYX products | Tom Ford lipstick | Colour Pop Never Been Kissed |

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer | Various Chanel Products |

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade | MAC Products | NARS Lip Pencils |

Charlotte Tilbury lippie in Bitch Perfect | Bite Meringue | Kevin Aucoin eyeshadow|

Hourglass Blush | BECCA highlighter in Opal | Benefit Eye Bright |

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki | Anastasia Brow Wiz |

Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n Kohl in Verushka Mink

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Lovin’ Lately: July Faves

I’m going to be starting a new monthly feature: favourites.  Original, I know.  While not a particularly unique idea, I think it’s a great way to share with you – my valued readers – what I’ve been lovin’ lately.

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Beauty Faves

Y’all know my fave mascara.  Without a doubt, hands down, Maybellimascarasne Lash Sensational.  You can’t beat the performance for the price.  However, this month, I’ve discovered that one coat of Benefit’s They’re Real before two coats of the Maybelline just pops those lashes even more.  It makes the curl hold just a little bit better and creates an even better false lash look.  I think I’ll be posting about this combo again!

Real Techniques brushes have been my go to set of tools throughout July.  Again, another drugstore find that work just as well as many other high end brushes I’ve tried.  You can find them here in Canada at Wal-Mart, ranging in price for individual brushes to a set of two or three designed for a particular purpose.  They apply product beautifully and blend products like a dream.  What more are you really looking for in a set of brushes?  These gems just prove you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to create a fantastic look.

You may remember this post here – I had to rehab my beloved BECCA highlighter in Champagne Pop after an unfortunate fall to it’s death.  Great news!  The rehab efforts were successful and I’m able to cbeauty favesontinue using the product with just as much payoff as before.  I use it on clients and myself {not the same one, of course!}; sometimes on the face for a pop of summer glow, and sometimes on the eyes for a gorgeous shimmer look with little effort.  It just is, hands down, the best highlighter on the market.

The Dior Coral Glow Nude Tan is an older product, from 2013, I believe.  I sort of shopped my stash and found this forgotten star and broke it out for the month of August.  I don’t believe it’s made anymore, but it’s gorgeous and I’m sure Dior has something similar still or the products separately.  The bronzer is light and provides a subtle shimmer to the skin, while the blush is a perfect coral/pink shade, just as the name suggests.  I was able to subtly contour with the bronzer as I like to do and top the look with the blush for a perfect sun-kissed glow all month.

I posted earlier this week about the importance of skin care.  What got me thinking on this particular wavelength, you ask?  This product:  Origins’ Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.  My skin gets particularly dehydrated in the summer – join the club, I guess you’re thinking.  Well, this helps to solve the problem.  I apply before bed as an overnight treatment.  I wake up with super smooth skin and as an added bonus, it can be applied elsewhere for dry patches {read: elbows or knees!}.

 

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Lifestyle Faves

This month, I’m throwing in a few lifestyle faves.  That’s the beauty of running your own blog!  I can post about both beauty and lifestyle whenever my little heart desires!

First up, I’ve been lovin’ my Longchamp Le Pliage tote in the gorgeous coral colour pictured above.  It’s functional and cute.   I work a regular 9-5 in addition to running L’nL, and often have a bag full of a lunch, a laptop, agenda and miscellaneous other papers, my iPad and my phone(s).  This keeps it all together in a durable tote that can be popped in the wash if it’s dirty and folds neatly to a flat rectangle {with handles} should I need to pack it on my often taken business trips.

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Before {small, perfect for a purse} |  After {functional and still uber cute!}

I guess I’ve really been lovin’ bags lately.  I’m constantly on the go and always have a re-useable tote with me.  My preferred bag is the Striped Packable Tote from Henri Bendel, a NYC based company with a Fifth Avenue flagship that makes my girly heart pitter patterevery time I go in there.  In addition to creating this gem of a tote, they create tons of other gorgeous accessories – travel bags {of which I have too many…}, jewelry, mugs, and home decor.  The company is US based – and is rumoured to be making it’s way to Canada – but they do ship to Canada.  Select items can be monogrammed, and I, of course, had to put my initials on my bag.  Like the stunning and talented Reese Witherspoon once said, if it isn’t moving, monogram it.  Check out all of Henri Bendel’s goods here.


 

That’s it for this month.  What have you been lovin’ lately?

 

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Maybelline Lash Sensational  |  Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Real Techniques Brushes {starter bundle here}  |  BECCA Highlighter in Champagne Pop 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask   |   Longchamp Le Pliage Tote {similar}

Henri Bendel Striped Packable Tote

 

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Repairing a Broken Powder: How I Saved $46

I can’t believe I did it.  I broke my beloved BECCA highlighter in Champagne Pop.  I wasn’t paying attention I was drinking wine and, POOF!  Just like that, she was dropped and shattered.   To say I was devastated is an understatement {ok, let’s be real…I was devastated about the cost of the product and the genuine love affair I have with it.  There are, however, more important issues to be devastated about}. IMG_0109

After cleaning up the mess {highlighter makes one helluva shiney mess on your clean floors} and salvaging what I could, I set it on my counter to debate whether or not I’d repair it or buy a new one.  Y’all know I’m a cheapo, so I of course eventually came to the resolution that I would attempt to repair it.  I know what you’re thinking, $40 isn’t much.  I get that, it isn’t.  BUT, in Canada, and in Ontario specifically, we have high Federal and Provincial taxes on goods and services – here, it’s 13%.  Add that to a $46 retail price tag for the highlighter, and that’s a $52 highlighter.  Not small beans if you ask me, so that was the basis for my decision to repair.

I hopped right on to YouTube and my good friend Google to figure out just the way to do this.  There wasn’t one precise tutorial I followed, so if you’re looking to vary from my method below, just a simple Google search should help you out.  I was able to combine a couple of methods together to fix the highlighter perfectly.

If you wanna see just how I did it, read on:

IMG_0106Step 1:  Get your supplies together – you’ll need a dropper {if you’re brave, you don’t need this, but I think it’s best to get a proper amount of rubbing alcohol and not over-saturate your already broken powder}, rubbing alcohol {I used 90%), paper towel to protect the area from further mess, and a spatula to mix and smooth the product over {optional!  A spoon may work just as well to flatten it out and the end to stir}.  I had to buy the rubbing alcohol and dropper, but you may have those on hand.  Cost me a total whopping $6 with tax!

Step 2:  Take your broken product and carefully add drops of the rubbing alcohol into it until it creates a paste-like texture.  For me, this was about 5 or 6 drops.  Once the paste like texture developed, mix the product all together with a separate stir stick or the backend of your stirring utensil.

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Step 3: Once the product is stirred together {you can opt to do this separately in a measuring cup and then pour it into the package of the brokenIMG_0111 product, but this step seemed unnecessary for this particular DIY}, use the spatula or back of your spoon to flatten it out and back into place.  I used a spreading motion much like I would when icing a cake, really pressing the product out to the ends of the case, making sure that it wasn’t all in the middle.

 

Step 4: You’re basically done now!!  When you’re happy with the way it looks and you think it’s distributed evenly, let it dry.  Depending on the density of the product, this will take some time.  You can opt to use a hairdryer, but I simply left it overnight.

Step 5: Clean up around the edges and voila!  Your product looks like new.  If you ask me, you’d never know this beloved product was once a shattered, sad highlighter.

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