April 23, 2014

April 2014 Topbox | Murale Edition

My Topbox required a trip to the post office. I forgot I purchased the Flare Special Edition box ($25)! So my parcel was pretty big. YAY Lots of goodies this month!

April 2014 Topbox | Murale Edition
April 2014 Topbox | Murale Edition
Today I will show the Murale Topbox. I will post the Flare Special Edition tomorrow as I took lots of pictures and I don't want to overwhelm you with a ton of photos.
Onto the April Mural Topbox. I thought I opted for the regular Topbox this month but I am glad I got the Murale box. There is some pretty pricy skincare included this month.
 
April 2014 Topbox | Murale Edition
April 2014 Topbox | Murale Edition

The Contents:
Juice Beauty
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive   deluxe sample
Full Size: 2oz/$42
Another exfoliatant! I love exfoliators in my subs. Plus the Green Apple Peel is supposed to reduce fine wrinkles and lighten pigmentation - all of which I need help with!

Natura Bisse Diamond Eye Extreme YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum
Natura Bisse Diamond Eye Extreme YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum
Natura Bisse Diamond Eye Extreme   deluxe sample
Full Size: 25ml/$231
This eye serum is supposed to diminishes the appearance of under-eye shadows and restore luminosity. I cannot get over the price. I don’t have a lot of problems with dark shadows (that sleep would help) but I can always use a boost of luminosity to look more awake. But I can’t help feeling that even if I love it I could never afford it.

Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum   deluxe sample
Full Size: 75ml/$250
Anything that promises instant radiance and hydration will always catch my attention! But for $250 for full-sized will make me slam on the brakes. Yikes! Unfortunately that is not in my budget. But I will try my sample as this serum is supposed to contain the highest concentration of glycans that is specially formulated to help restore skin's youthful beauty. Now the science-y stuff is kind of over my head so I am not the one to be touting on about glycans (complex sugars that communicate with the layers of our skin) but YSL patented the Glycanactif complex in the Forever Youth products – a combination of 3 glycans. Let’s see if glycans can make me more radiant shall we?

Ojon Revitalizing Mist Original
Ojon Revitalizing Mist Original
Ojon Revitalizing Mist Original   deluxe sample
Full Size: 175ml/$27
Called a liquid hairdresser that instantly revitalizes, re-hydrates and detangles without leaving hair sticky or stiff. I am assuming this is a leave-in conditioner/protectant hybrid. I have colour treated curly hair so it is a constant battle to keep it hydrated. I like ‘plopping’ my hair to make the most of my natural curls.  I am so hoping this will help next time I blow dry my hair. I am really excited to try this product out.


So this Murale Topbox was all mostly skin care – really really expensive skin care. I am excited to try these products. I just hope I do not fall in love with the YSL serum. O-O  But if any of these products help me repair my skin from the drying winter we had, I will be happy. And I need all the help I can get! We also received a offer for 18,500 Shoppers Optimum Points if we spend $75 at Murale by May 11, 2014. Tip: use TOPBOX at Murale.ca to receive the same offer.

So what are your thoughts on getting super pricy samples your beauty subs? Love it? Hate it? Meh?

Topbox is a Canadian beauty sample subscription service. Sign up to receive 4 beauty samples each month for $12 at Topbox.ca


April 20, 2014

My BB Sandwich

Hi all, I hope you are having a great holiday weekend. I already have my Easter bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter chocolates half eaten. I also have a chocolate bunny for my nephew that I have been eyeing up. I hope it makes it through to Sunday night! HEHE

I was trying to post earlier this week but my hands have been so sore.  My arthritis has not been behaving for awhile and has been affecting my hands pretty bad which is making typing kind of tough. Grrr.  I have been trying to use my iPhone to use for talk to text but it ain’t working out so well LOL Does anyone know of a good talk to text app I can download?  If you got any ideas let me know.
Anyway...on to the post....My BB Sandwich


Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream
Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream

While I know everyone is onto CC and DD creams, I have been busting out my BB creams lately. I just like how these have more coverage than my CC/DD creams. My two favorites are the Annabelle BB Beauty Balm (Light Medium) and Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream (Light Medium). Each, on their own, I find the colour a little off. The Annabelle BB Cream is slightly too yellow for my face and the Smashbox is too pink and dark for my skin tone. BUT if I mix the two, I get a perfect shade. I use about a third of the amount of the Smashbox BB to the Annabelle BB cream.  I plop the Annabelle on the back of my hand and then pinch a little of Smashbox on top of that and mix together with my finger.
Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream swatch

Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream swatch

I dot the mixture on my face and then I buff it in with my trusty flat top kabuki brush. I find that both of these offer a long lasting medium coverage while the Annabelle BB cream gives a soft glow.  The majority of my redness is covered and I just have to use a concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes. Both have some SPF in it. Annabelle BB cream 15 and the Smashbox BB cream has 35. But mixing the two with really only afford you a max SPF of 15.

Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream
                  Bare Skin      |   Annabelle/Smashbox mix

The only cons about these BB creams I can think of is that you will need to let your moisturizer really sink in and dry (if you use one). I’ve noticed that if I don’t give my moisturizer time to dry, I have some pilling when I try spreading these out. Secondly, the Smashbox BB Cream clings to my dry patches really bad. Even when I mix it with the Annabelle BB cream, I still have it cling to dry patches. You can see in the pic above that I have some noticeable dry patches on my nose, under my eyes (I had a recent reaction to some makeup wipes) and on the left side of my mouth. To counteract this I spray MAC Fix+ on my face after I have given the BB cream time to set and it seems to fix the problem.
I do need to set my face afterwards as I feel like these don’t dry completely down. They stay a little tacky. I usually use my MAC MSF Medium just for some added coverage. Overall I really like the coverage this combo provides. I just have to make sure I have no bad dry patches.
Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream
Finished FOTD

So that’s my BB sandwich that I am loving right now. Does anyone else mix BB, CC, or DD creams together to get a perfect combo?  

April 16, 2014

April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

Again, Ipsy sent me a bag I am totally enjoying! There are some great items in this month’s bag. 

The theme this month is Beauty Rocks which includes products to turn yourself into a Rock Glam Beauty. Or in my case a toned down smokey neutral look :). I think my glam rock days are over LOL.
The bag itself is a blue square nylon bag with a turn table imprinted on it. Not really impressed with bag. It seems a little juvenile but I will use it for something.
 
April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag
April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag
April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

 Contents:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Black Velvet
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Black Velvet
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size in Black Velvet    
$20 @urbandecay.com
A must for smoky-eye fanatics: an ultra-plush version of UD’s creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula. Create perfectly blended-out or rich, precise lines that are blacker-than-black.
Wow – so excited to see this come through our Ipsy bags. I was just thinking about getting this exact pencil. Black Velvet is a touch smoother that my Zero and Perversion pencils and touch softer in colour than Perversion. I used this today and have only noticed some fading after about 7 hours. GA-gorgeous! From the How-To picture in the Urban Decay sampler package, I can totally see someone can create a Rock Glam look with the products we got.

Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow in Champagne
Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow in Champagne

Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow in Champagne    $12.99 @elizabethmott.com
The Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the eyeshadow is the ultimate eyeshadow that's long lasting, easy to apply, and effortlessly blends. Buildable colors will take you from subtle highlights to dramatic smokey eyes. With pop! goes the shadow, eye shadow creasing is a thing of the past. Get ready to try the eye shadow that will change your life!
I have to say I really like this shadow. It is a great lid colour. This colour reminds me of a shadow I already have. I am going to have to go shadow diving to see. But I used Champagne today and fell in love with it. I am not sure about it ‘changing my life’ but I definitely will be using it. A lot. 

dr. brandt microdermabrasion
dr. brandt microdermabrasion

dr. brandt microdermabrasion    $90 CDN @sephora.com
The dr. brandt microdermabrasion gently sweeps away dead skin cells and softens skin texture, which enables better absorption of skincare products and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne marks, and skin discolorations. A great at home alternative to professional clinical treatments. Safe to use for all skin types. For best results use with dr. brandt® skincare products.
I love getting exfoliants in my subscriptions. I enjoy checking out the different brands and I cannot wait to try this out. The price is pretty steep for the full sized version ($90 for 57g). I don’t think I have that kind of cabbage in my budget. I know it is dr. brandt but YIKES!

Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare
Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare
Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare    $12 CDN @marykay.ca
Turn up the volume with Mary Kay At Play™ color! It’s flirtatiously fun makeup you can remix-n-match to create your own color playlist. The Mary Kay At Play™ Jelly Lip Gloss has a fun jelly texture that offers brilliant, intense shine with a sheer wash of color.
I like the colour but I hate the texture. It felt ... goopy. I put some on and tried to rub my lips together. Tried. I had to goop on more to actually do it. I might have liked it more if it came in a tube and wand but the squeezy tube thing is a no.


Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse
Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse
Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse   $17.95 USD @sexyhair.com/$19.88 @chatters.ca
The Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse helps create big volume by pumping up hair at the root. It dispenses out as a spray and turns into a mousse to give tresses tons of volume. Apply to damp hair at the root to achieve phenomenal lift or to dry hair to activate textural volume. Resists humidity and provides lift, fullness and medium hold. Great for fine/medium hair types.
I have always had good experiences with Sexy Hair products. I can’t wait to try this out. My hair can always use volume on top. I don’t know about you but I love these travel sized hair sprays to take on the go.

Some swatches for your eyeballs;

April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag swatches


Overall I am happy with almost all my products especially the Black Velvet liner. The Mary Kay lipgloss fell way short for me.

How are you liking your Ipsy bag this month?

If you aren’t subscribed yet you can head over to Ipsy.com and sign up for $10USD or $15 CDN. What are you waiting for?
Don't forget to check out my current giveaway for a Lorac Pro Palette!