Lovin’ Lately: September Faves {and a Fail}

Just like that summer came and gone.  While I’m excited for the seasons to change, I’m not excited that fall coming means cold weather and my birthday…I’m a year older.  I HATE getting older!  I used a few newbies last month and I’m excited to share what I loved in September:


Beauty Faves

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer:  I saw a few Insta posts from other beauty bloggers about this and coulef6d2607-7145-4c74-bed1-2a62eb009ffc_1.19d663c1d7aee506c276a52e82e81e0b.jpegdn’t resist picking it up for $6 at my local Wal-Mart.  That’s the only place I’ve found it so far.  The formula is white, and it goes on relatively lightly right out of the tube.  All it takes is one sweep and it creates a fantastic base.  It makes black shades blacker and makes the curl last all day.  The formula also purports to condition lashes, and I have to say that I’ve seen my lashes improve {albeit slightly} in just one short month of use.  A bonus – it makes my fail product from last month wearable.


Chanel Les Beiges Powder:  I love this stuff.  It goes on super light and keeps my makeup locked in all day, whether used to set under eyes or all over the face.  It’s expensive.  I get it.  But it’s worth the hype.  I’ve already bought a replacement!


Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue:  You’ve seen me post about this before.  I can’t find a dupe no matter how hard I try.  I just love the creamy formula and it lasts all day.  It’s my perfect nude and keeps my lips moisturized, and the light vanilla scent and flavour is just an added bonus.  I’m hoping to get a backup and try some of the other shades when the VIB sale comes along in November.

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Before I go into detail about this fail, I’ll say it outright: I know I’m in the minority.  I used to wear this in high school and decided to try it again.  It’s not expensive – it’s from the drugstore – but if it doesn’t work, it’s wasted money nonetheless.  I realize this is a cult fave, so take my opinion for what you will, but I just couldn’t make it work no matter how hard I tried:  L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara.  I just didn’t get the volume I wanted, nor did it last all day.  I found it transferred and that the curl would drop as the day went on.  I won’t be re-purchasing it at all, but will consider using it up {I haven’t decided if I want to throw it out…so sue me, I’m cheap!}.

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Lifestyle Faves

I’ve been loving Podcasts this month.  I work rather long hours daily at a desk, so it helps the time go by and gives me something other than music to listen to.  My fave this month has been Real Crime Profile, namely their investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey case.  Here’s a rando fact about me:  I’m a true crime junkie.  This is right up my alley!  The experts on this Podcast discuss cases in detail and provide hypothesis and commentary based on their vast real life experience; it’s much different than your run of the mill true crime genre discussion-based Podcast.  I highly suggest listening here or search it on your preferred Podcast app.



That’s it from me this month.  Short and sweet!  What were your September faves?


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L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer | Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue







Product Fail: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

110% I want the vibe of this blog to be positive and light, just focusing on our mutual love of beauty.  That said, however, when I come across a huge fail product, I feel it’s my duty as a fellow junkie to advise the masses.

As y’all know I’m sure, the Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge sale just passed.  I had an ongoing wish-list {of course!} and so jumped upon the opportunity to grab some coveted items at a 20% discount {comment below if you want a post on my haul}.   Primary on that list was the Anastasia Beverly Hills {ABH} Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood.  It came highly recommended by a number of trusted Youtubers and bloggers, so it was a must-buy in my opinion.

I went.  I bought.  I hated.  Pointe blank. This stuff sucks.  It’s not worth the price tag.  Come to think of it, I wouldn’t pay a drugstore price for it; I’d likely return it.  It goes on fairly dry as it is, and once it “stains” your lips, it’s so dry that it flakes off in merely an hour.

Here’s a rather unflattering pic of my lips just 1 hour after applicationIMG_4246.  I’ve only eaten a piece of toast.  No drinking, no nothing.  This product swatches beautifully, and I’m certainly a sucker for a peachy-nude-pink colour, but I’m returning this in short order.  I will not keep it in my collection just to have.

If you were thinking of this one, skip it.  Temptalia agrees with me – this is a sub-par Anastasia product.  Her brow stuff?  Nearly untouchable {I think.  More on that in a later post…}.  This?  Notsomuch. Sorry, Makeup By Tiffany D…your reccos are generally on point.  The ABH Liquid Lipstick is one I’ll have to pass on.








February Faves and a Fail


I have to say it, cliché as it may be: February really flew by. With that said, here’s my faves and a bonus {is that what we even call it?} fail.

I’m not one for a heavy foundation, however I’ve been particularly pale latelIMG_2600y. Thank you, Canadian winters! I find that wearing a foundation in the winter just helps give me a glow to my skin and I can easily bronze it up to give myself the {false} look of a slight colour to my face. This month I’ve been loving Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua . I am in shade 20 Beige, for reference. This gives a beautiful finish to the skin; coverage is just enough, not too much, not too little. That’s ambiguous, I get it, but beauty junkies know what I mean! There’s SPF 15 to give some added, and necessary, sun protection. The Chanel site says it’s good for all skin types, however I can only speak for my own: normal. I can make the coverage as “heavy” {relatively speaking, of course} or as light as I want.   This has been a long-time fave of mine and this month is no exception.


NYX Butter Lipsticks. The name says it all.   You might remember this post where I so boldly compared these to my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect. I’ve been wearing these coIMG_2599nsistently all month. I love the payoff, the wear, and ultimately, the price. These come in a variety of colours and are readily available at drugstores – Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall here in Canada – for a fraction of the cost of just one Charlotte lipstick.


I’ll admit. It took me a while to get into the Kat Von D craze. I just didn’t understand why her products would be any better than anything else I’d tried. Granted, the name tattoo is in the name, but without being entirely permanent, I was skeptical why these were so rapidly becoming a cult fave. When the Sephora VIB sale was on back in November {happy bday to me!}, I was able to pick up 2 liners in a sample size. I thought, what the hell? If I hate them, I’m out $20 – not a huge lot.  While I didn’t particularly hate either of them, I’ve fallen in love, in fact.

IMG_2604I’ve grown particularly fond of the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Hemingway . I believe this has replaced Mad Max Brown, but I could be wrong. These last all day, much like the name implies, and are soooooooo easy to apply. I can get the most precise cat eye with just a thin line across the lash, focusing on the outer corner, just as a cat eye should be. These come in a variety of colours, but I prefer brown on my green eyes. If you haven’t tried these, they’re a liquid liner I can justify the price of. May I add that my sample has lasted me since I opened it in December? Try to find me a drugstore liner {Revlon, I’m lookin’ at you!} that wouldn’t dry out in the same timeframe.


Laura Mercier isn’t a brand I’ve collected much of, full disclosure. I have had this Metallic Crème Color in Rose Gold n my collection for a bit, upon the recommendation of Michele IMG_2605over at Michele1218 {check out her blog and YT channel – you won’t regret it!}.   The best part about this little tube is that such a LITTLE BIT goes a long way – and I can either put a light bit on for a wash of colour or strategically place it to create a deeper crease look. I just use my hands to apply it, and it doesn’t really require any shadow on top to finish it; the product lasts all day. My preference, though, is a little of NARS Albatross over it – I use it to highlight my face, too! – to give a bright, subtle pink hue to my lids. Best part of this: it’s a squeeze tube, so it doesn’t attract bacteria like the plague. Justifies the price {somewhat} in my opinion.


Last but not least, is the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown. I’veIMG_2601 revived this, and love it just as much as I did the first time. I use a MAC brush to apply it and get a sharp brow that frames my eyes perfectly. While it goes on dark, yes, I am able to easily blend the colour with a spooly before it sets. Once it sets, it’s on ALLLLLLL day. This is no joke, dolls. I can workout, wipe my face, sweat like hell and my brows are still goin’. That’s a HUGE plus for people like me with sparse brows. It’s touted as a waterproof product and let me tell you: it is. I love it. I didn’t think the harsh brow was my thing, nor is it still. I love that I can use this to create a brow that’s soft or hard – depends on my mood.   A little bit goes a long way – this little pot is well worth the investment and you can keep cream products clean – with sterilization and clean brushes, of course. This will never leave my arsenal for clients or for myself.


And now for the fail. {side note: I don’t have a pic, turns out I pitched it when I was tired of what it was doing to my lips!} I don’t like to say I hate products, I really don’t. I’m a beauty junkie through and through, and can often find the “silver lining” in products – generally through an alternate use. This product, however, I couldn’t find that lining; it wasn’t good for it’s intended use, nor could it work as a cuticle balm. Most of my go-to products for body and skin care are from L’Occitane. I just love everything they do. This lip balm sucked. I can’t even link to it ‘cause I don’t think they make it anymore, and rightly so. It dried out my lips and made them almost burn by the end of the day. Not only that, it made my lipstick bunch and almost chip off. I’m only speaking for this particular one, though I find it hard to believe any other formulation differs substantially. I believe some, if not all, of them are shea butter based. As long as the base is the same, I’m inclined to think they may all suck the big one. Disappointing from one of my fave brands.


What have you been loving for the month of February?  Comment below!