Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sephora Haul - 2014 Holiday Sets Edition (#4)

I'm on a roll with these blog posts and I'm quite happy about that. Did you know, I haven't purchased ANYTHING from Sephora since April? Yep thats right, I've deprived myself from my Sephora addiction for 5 whole months. It was torture. I walked into Sephora many times when I was at the mall, but I controlled my cravings and didn't purchase a thing. Until now. I relapsed pretty hard haha. I sound like I'm a drug addict or something. Anyways here is my pretty huge, but not huge purchase from Sephora.

3 of the 4 things that I did pick up were limited edition or are holiday sets, so if you're thinking of picking them up, better hurry before they're gone! 

If you love checking out Sephora Hauls, you can check out the other ones I've done here, here, and here.

Just four things. Four. Plus a deluxe sample. Yet, I spent so much money in that one day. *Deep sigh*. Don't get me wrong, I'm ecstatic to try these products, but my wallet is crying. 

The only reason this set caught my eye was because of the beautiful make-up bag and eyeshadow palette. Everything else is just meh to me but I just absolutely love the colours in that palette! 

The palette:
I've been hearing a lot of bad reviews regarding the pigmentation of these eyeshadows, but you're just going to have to look forward to my full review on this set to see if its worth it in my opinion. (So far the answer is yes!)

The other goodies: 
You also receive a full sized lip gloss and lip tint, deluxe samples of their mascara, cheek tint, maracuja oil and finishing powder! 

This was the one product that I was iffy about purchasing online, so I had to go in store to make sure I truly wanted it. I did. I wanted it so bad. This is my favourite purchase from this haul. I don't want to get into too much detail because I will be saving that for the full review. 

Just take a look: 
Absolutely stunning. You get 2 blushes from their permanent line, and one limited edition blush made just for this palette. 

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lip Set
I've been eyeing this product since Sephora released their holiday gift sets. I've been wanting to jump the gun and try the Kat Von D line of lipsticks, but I'm so glad I held off. Now I have the opportunity to try many of the lipsticks in her line!! Look forward to a swatch post and review soon! (Unfortunately this product has sold out online since I wrote this post, but I'm sure it is still available in most Sephora retail stores!)

I'm not much of a skincare buff, but my skin has been extremely oily lately so I needed a quick solution. I've heard great things about this product so I decided to give it a shot. I shall keep you guys posted when the review is up! 

My 250 point reward:
I need the full sized perfume in my life. I didn't want to spend the money on buying the full sized so I settled for a sample size. I instantly fell in love with this scent when I received one of my magazines that had a sample inside. Its absolutely divine. I will probably purchase a full sized perfume in the near future because its simply amazing. 

Did you pick up any amazing holiday sets this year?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

October 2014 Ipsy Bag Review

I'm going to say it. I hated this months Ipsy bag. I wanted to like it, but I didn't. Theres not much I like about it at all. I'm not going to lie to you guys. I saw most of the sneak peeks of the bag for this month, and the products just weren't appealing at all. I feel like this month in general, the product choices were not good. Anyway, just to show you what I got and my thoughts, lets begin this review.

This months theme was "Beauty Candy", and I really don't know why that is the theme. I guess in a way the bag looks like candy, but otherwise the only thing that remotely reminds me of candy would probably be the hand lotion I got. This months bag is pretty cute though I must say. 

At this point I don't know how effective the Ipsy beauty quiz is. I specifically made it so I said I don't like hair products or hair tools, yet I keep getting hair products! It's not that I hate getting hair products (well kind of), it's because I know I will never get around to using them. URGHHHH. Anyways, this product is basically a BB cream for your hair. It's suppose to be applied after you shower, to provide body and shine.

This is probably the only product I like in the whole bag. This hand cream is a nice mix of mango and mandarin. Who would of known the two scents would work well with each other? Anyways, this hand cream is a very light, non greasy cream that spreads on like a liquid. In a few seconds its completely dry and the scent is not at all overpowering. I can definitely see myself using this daily. 

I wasn't excited to see another skin care item in my Ipsy bag because they're just products I'm less likely to use. I began reading the reviews on it on Ipsy and everyone seems to love it. I exfoliate my skin maybe 1-2 times a month, only when I remember. I guess I'll give this a shot and get back to you guys on this. 

 I've grown to love lipglosses, but this one just doesn't work for me. On the website it says a non-sticky formula, and this one feels extremely sticky. I feel like it wouldn't be comfortable on my lips, or my lips would stick together. What a shame since I do enjoy the Starlooks brand. 

 I am not a huge fan of grey eyeshadows, so.... don't know if I will use this at all. 

Swatches:
On the left we have the baked eyeshadow. Very shimmery, not that pigmented. On the right we have the Starlooks lip gloss. Its a nice colour, but the lip gloss was very goopy.

Verdict:
Full Size Products: 3
Deluxe Size Products: 2
Samples: 0
Price for Bag: $10+tax/shipping=$17
Value of this months bag: $32.14
Mel's Rating: 1.5/5
The worst. 

 I would have to say, this is probably one of the worst Ipsy bags I've ever gotten. So disappointing. I'm honestly not a very picky person, but this bag just didn't "wow" me at all. All of the products in the bag seemed pretty generic, or mediocre. None of them stood out to me at all. Ipsy is currently my only beauty subscription I'm subscribed to, and I've stayed because I loved them the most. I made a vow to myself with subscription boxes/bags: if I get two disappointing months in a row, then I unsubscribe. That is why I have unsubscribed from Topbox twice already!

Anyways, maybe there was something that caught your eye about this months Ipsy bag. If you're interested in signing up for your own Ipsy bag, and hope we get awesome bags next month, just click here.

The one thing I do love about Ipsy bags is being able to try out products from brands I've never heard of. Do you enjoy trying out smaller brands? Whats your favourite?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Motives Cosmetics Custom Blend Foundation - My Experience

Am I the only one who has trouble finding the perfect foundation to suit my needs? Or maybe you have difficulty finding a shade that matches your skin tone? I don't know about you but I've found my solution. Motives Cosmetics Custom Blend Foundations. If you haven't heard of Motives Cosmetics, or would like to know more about the brand, check out my Motives Cosmetics post here.

A few weeks ago I attended a Motives training seminar for two days with my mom. In this seminar, we learned more about Motives Cosmetics, but mainly about their Custom Blend products. Be prepared for a picture heavy post! 


Before we begin, I would like to give you a little insight into what a custom blend foundation is. This seminar was created to learn how to make custom foundations (liquid and powder) for people looking to find the perfect foundation. We add what YOU want and what YOU are looking for. 

Whether you want sheer, medium, full coverage. We can do that. 
Dewy, matte, natural or luminous finish? We can do that too.
Too much redness? Skin looks a little dull? We can fix that.
Anti-aging? Moisturizing? We can add that as well.
And my favourite? We can add modifiers for oil control for oily skinned people like me.
Custom blend lives up to its name. its CUSTOM! 

 It was definitely a full house for the two days. Me and my mom sat all the way at the back haha. 

 We were trained by celebrity make-up artist Tiffiny Luong, and man she was just as enthusiastic as the first time I took the training seminars. Here we have her prepping to give this lucky girl a makeover. 

 Here is a super blurry picture of the model. It was hard getting a good picture since she kept moving. Of course, this is the before pic with no make-up on. If you can't tell, she has a few blemishes and redness on her cheeks, and dark circles under her eyes.

Bam and just like that she has make-up on. 

 Gorgeous! OH, and guess what? HER LIPSTICK IS MADE FROM THE CUSTOM MINERAL POWDERS!! More on that later :)

Custom Blend Liquid Foundation
Here are all the products for making liquid foundation. Looks like we're about to do a science experiment! Looks difficult, but its all about getting the right measurements and the right colours. 

The bases.
 Here we have all 7 base colours. Don't worry if you don't think any of these colours will suit you. That is what the toners are for! 

Swatches:

Custom Blend Mineral Foundation
 I found learning the custom mineral foundation to be a lot harder than the liquid. Theres a lot more precise measurements, and a lot more steps to it. 

The toners. 
 What I love about the custom mineral powders is that these toners can also be used for: lipsticks, eyeshadow, blush and bronzer. You just have to mix it with Motives 10 Years Younger spray and apply! 

Swatches of the toners.
The mineral powders are VERY pigmented, so a little goes a long way. 

The mixing begins.
If you haven't noticed, the background changed and I mixed my own foundation in my room haha. Here are the ingredients that I need to make my own custom blend foundation. 

 Each custom blend foundation is put into a 30ml (1fl oz.) bottle. 

 Adding the toners in.

Voila! 
My own custom blend foundation. 

Look forward to a full review of the foundation soon :) 

If you're interested in getting a custom blend liquid/mineral foundation, and are in the Toronto/Woodbridge/Vaughan area, send me an email at melissa.truong18@gmail.com and I'll give you all the information on where you can get colour matched and finally have the foundation made just for you! 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below!