Sunday, December 4, 2016

Quo Holiday Collection Preview

It's officially December and only 20 days away from Christmas! To continue the holiday gift posts, I bring you a preview of some Quo holiday gift sets that are now available at Shoppers Drug Mart! They actually have over 20 different gift sets available and would be a great option for beauty lovers in your life!



The outside packaging had a pretty gold and red design as well as raised embroidery. It had a very festive feeling but also elegant as well! The first gift set I have is the Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe set. This retails for $30 and contains 4 full size lipsticks!



Each of the lipsticks is in a rose gold casing. They all have a matte finish and a very light texture! The shades all have medium pigmentation except the red which is a bright pop of color!


There is a nice variety of shades in this lipstick set and contains the four most common colors a woman would want in lipsticks. The quality is surprisingly good. It is very comfy to wear! The two lightest shades aren't that flattering on me as usual. But if your lips are less pigmented, all 4 shades are awesome! Perfect gift set for any lip color lovers!



Next we have the Soft Focus Highlighting Palette ($30). At first I thought it was going to be an Hourglass dupe! I've heard so many great things about the Hourglass powders but never splurged on one. There are three skin like tones in this palette and it comes with 2 brushes!


The outside of the casing looks to be plain black but if you tilt it in sunlight, this pretty floral pattern is actually designed! It adds a bit more festive flair!




So the 3 shades have slightly different tones: beige, cream, and golden. However, all of them have fine glitter in the powder so this would not be used all over the face. I actually don't really get this product as it's not shimmery enough for a highlight but it's too glittery to use all over the face for a "soft focus". Unfortunately this one was a dud for me.



Lastly we have this Ready-Set-Travel brush set ($17). I'm always happy to get more makeup brushes as it means less frequent washing #lazy. The four brushes are shorter sized and fit inside the canister so you can take it with you for travel.



The powder brush is quite dense and would be a nice blush brush as well. My favorite blush is the crease blending brush! I actually didn't have a brush this fluffy before and it makes a HUGE difference when I try to apply a transition shade. I found this to give me such a soft blended out look and I've been using it every day! The packaging makes it super convenient too so I'd highly recommend this one.


Quo actually has over 27 items in their holiday collection available ranging from $5-$100! Some other items that really caught my eye are the Lip Gloss Bar ($20 for 8 mini lip glosses),  Eye Shadow Contour Set ($25), and the Roll and Go Brush Set ($49 for 10 brushes). 

How's your holiday makeup shopping going?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Black Friday Haul 2016: Aritzia, Indigo, Sephora

Black Friday was only a week ago but it feels like a long time has passed. I didn't necessarily buy these on Black Friday but it was all on sale around that time! Although you probably can't get these deals anymore, you can create some wishlists for Boxing Day or it's never to late to make a wishlist for next year!

Aritzia
This year, Aritzia had a Black Five-day sale that ran from Thursday (Thanksgiving)- Monday (Cyber Monday). There were a select amount of fall/winter items at 50% off . I'm glad not all the sale items were crazy and they even had blanket scarves too! The rest of the store had sales around 10-30% off which is also good if you were just stocking up on a particular design.

I knew I wanted a chunky turtle neck so I went for this TNA Temuco Sweater. Original $125 and on sale for $67.50. The sweater is 100% wool and I've worn it so much since I bought it!

This was an impulse purchase that had no real reason. This is the Wilfred Free Trebeck Skirt. Retailing for $60 and on sale for $29.99. I just don't have any light colored skirts and thought it'd be cute for NYE or other winter parties.

Although the sale was only 5 days long, a lot of the sale items actually remained discounted online. So if you are fancying a deal, check out their sale section. I want to pick up more items during boxing day but I actually don't really know what I need!

Indigo/Chapters

I'm really sad that so many Chapters have closed but glad that I can still find goodies online. My current agenda was on it's last month so I wanted to order an agenda. I've heard so many great things about Ban.Do planners that I had my eyes set on it. Luckily this Ban.Do one was actually on sale as it started in August 2016. It retails for $26 and on sale for $18. There's stickers and pretty designs but actually it's not very life changing!


I also got a dry erase board that is a to-do list. I thought this would be awesome for keeping track of my blogging to-do. The design is really cute, it's magnetic, and comes with a pen/eraser. Retails $12.50 and on sale for $4.50.

Then I got a little crazy in the sale section and ordered a bunch of candles. Indigo themselves actually has an Indigo Scents brand. The candles smell great and the packaging is nice too! There was a bit of a mix up in my order though and one of the candles got lost. I contacted customer service and they let me pick any candle instead which was awesome as I was only shopping in the sale section.

The ones I picked were:
-Mug Candle Hot Apple Cider ($19.50 was a replacement)
-Mimosa Mango Blossom ($9.50 down from $19.50)
-Shades of Blue Morocco ($4 down from $10)


Sephora

Last and not least, we have the Sephora picks! I have so much makeup to test out at home but I couldn't resist the Black Friday sets. I love little travel sets as it's a great way to try out different products. They had approximately 10 different sets ranging from $12-$40.

Living Proof- $13

I am obsessed with the prime style extender! It really makes my hair stay clean for longer. I've been out of my previous bottle for a while now and this set was almost cheaper than just buying the primer! I haven't tried the hair spray yet but I have high hopes.

Tocca Perfume- $12

Tocca seems like such an elegant brand and I love their bottles/scents. I get bored of one scent pretty quick so I thought a 5mL spray would be the perfect amount of time to use a scent before I want to switch to the next. My current favorite is Simone which is fresh and floral.

Sephora Rose Skin Trio- $13

Lastly I needed makeup wipes so I figured I'd just get this set with a face mask and sleeping pod. The wipe smells really nice and was actually quite saturated. I tried the sleeping pod and it felt very moisturizing but sticky for about an hour. Also it's meant to be a one time use and I'm pretty sure it will last me 3 times.


Overall I spent just under $200 which is not bad for how many new items I picked up! Did you do any shopping this Black Friday? Any good deals I should know about? I'm in the market for flats and pumps!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Haul + First Impressions: Chloe Morello x Ciate Set

There's not a lot of new makeup I feel like I need in my life, but when I saw this holiday set, I knew I wanted it during the Sephora sale! I believe it's now sold out on Sephora but you can still get your hands on it on Ciate's website.

You may know Chloe Morello from Youtube and her signature look is halo eyes with matte lips. I feel like this set really allows you to achieve her style. It comes with a pouch, a lip stain, a mascara, and an eyeshadow palette with 15 shades. I've been using this set every day since I got it about 1.5 weeks ago so I'll be showing some swatches and my first impressions.



The packaging in this set is absolutely gorgeous! The outside box print is similar to the print on the eyeshadow palette with abstract art in varying colors of purple. The color scheme really makes it a great holiday gift even though it's not in the classic red and green colors. 



Let's start off with the eyeshadow palette! There are 6 shimmery shades and 9 matte shades. All of them are so soft and buttery especially the matte shades! The shimmery shades swatch amazingly and give off a metallic look. However, when worn it does not quite translate as reflective. The mid tone matte shade are my favorites in this palette. They all work amazingly as a transition color and helps to blend my look so much more than what I normally achieve. The packaging totally helps the cute factor too! Let's take a look at some swatches.

L to R: skinny dip, unconditional, on fire, queen bee, shine bright

I would use Skinny Dip and Unconditional as transition shades. On Fire is usually used if I want to deepen up the crease and Queen Bee has mostly been used as a liner. I would use Shine Bright all over the lid if I was looking for a golden look.

L to R: vaycay, my tribe, be sassy, jet setter, happy

Vaycay is very similar to shine bright and I'd just alternate it for a lighter more beige look. I've been using my tribe and be sassy in cases when I need to blend out the look without adding too much color.  Jet setter is another good transition shade and actually when blended out it's not that purple. Happy is a gorgeous taupe shade that looks nice all over the lid!

L to R: dainty, fierce, flirt, day dream, own it

This row has the most unique colors but I haven't experimented with it yet. I've used dainty as an inner corner highlight. I'm SO excited to use fierce but haven't tried it yet. Both flirt and day dream are good for deepening the crease with a hint of purple. Own it is actually a lot less deep when applied so it actually looks quite good all over the lid.


Although I bought the set for the eyeshadow, I'm beyond pleased with the mascara and the lipstain.

The wonderwand mascara has a bell shape very similar to Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara. It works so well to grab all my lashes and to lift and give them more dimension. I never liked the Too Faced mascara as I found it too dry and it would flake on me. This mascara is the perfect consistency and I had no trouble wearing it all day!



Liquid Velvet in Pin Up is the lip product contained. I actually rarely use matte lip products so I wasn't very excited by this. But once I tried it on, I think this is my current favorite lip color!! It makes my entire look sophisticated when I use this. The formula is amazing and doesn't dry out my lips.


Wearing liquid velvet in Pin Up, wonderwand mascara,  and unconditional and happy on the eyes.


The pouch that comes with the kit is actually quite nice and something I would use. All three items fit nicely inside and would be perfect for travel.


The set retails for $49 USD and during the 20% off sale, I grabbed it for $39USD which I thought was an amazing deal. Right now, it is $44 on Ciate's website, but if you sign up for their emails you get 10% off which makes it the same as the VIB sale! I would highly highly recommend this set as every item will be used!

Have you ever tried anything from Ciate before? What's your favorite Youtuber collaboration?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Vancouver: Staycation Ideas 2016

During the holiday times, it feels like every one is taking vacation. But with the crazy high prices, and cold weather in Canada, it may be better to take that money and have a staycation! My idea of a good staycation is splurging on something I wouldn't normally do. If you take the $150 you would spend on any basic hotel, it would get you a whole lot of fun in the city!

Check out my suggestions below and let me know if you have any good staycation ideas for Vancouver!

Luxury Winter Wonderland at Reflections

Reflections is the roof top bar at Hotel Georgia and is usually only open during the summer time. This year, they are transforming the area into a winter wonderland with holiday menus and cozy decor! I've always wanted to go in the summer but actually never visited as the drink prices are a bit out of my usual budget ($14-$16). However, if this is part of my staycation, this would be an amazing spot to splurge and enjoy a weekend out!

This is the first time that Reflections has done this, so don't miss out! They are unveiling their new look today and it will be open all the way until December 30. There will be Christmas trees, mistle toes, candles, and lots of heat lamps! I went with the media preview on a rainy night and I'm happy to report that I stayed toasty and dry!


I ordered the Scrooged Up which was so smooth and a wonderful fruity drink. I also tried Widows Kiss which was a lot stronger and came in a black goblet. The True North drink looked to be a spiked minty hot chocolate, and the Hotel Georgia is a namesake cocktail at the establishment. The atmosphere was so cozy and luxurious with lots of details at every corner! I can't wait to go back! 


Shop Local at Etsy Vancouver

I love browsing on Etsy for local hand made jewelry and crafts! But a lot of times, I cheap out and end up going to F21 or H&M for my accessories. However, if I allocate some of my staycation budget to shopping at the Etsy market, I can for sure find a ton of goodies!



The Etsy Vancouver Winter Market is happening December 3-4 at the Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver (right next to Lonsdale Quay). There will be over 80 stalls of artists selling hand made jewelry, home decor, skincare, and other art works! Check out the list of vendors to see if there's anything you are interested in! Tickets at the door are $5 but I'm giving away 2 tickets to the event as well as a gift bag with amazing products from 5 vendors worth $200+. Check out how to win on my Instagram!


Prizes: 
Amara Blue Believe Bracelet ($35)
Gemspell Hathor Turquoise Pendant ($110)

I will be picking up some hand made jewelry as well as skincare! There's also quite a few vendors that sell printed goods, so if you usually send out Christmas cards, this would be an amazing market to stock up! Follow Etsy Vancouver on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date and more chances to win prizes!

Take a Class at Homestead

I can't remember how I discovered Homestead, but I do know it's been in my booksmark bar for over a year! They offer workshops throughout the week and they range from making pickles, to knitting, and even brewing beer. In all the classes, you'll learn the basics and get to take home what ever you are making.


The classes range from $25-$50 which is not even that expensive. However, I never took the plunge as I didn't feel it was justified to randomly take up classes such as making sauerkraut. This idea would fit perfectly with a staycation though. As it'll get you to explore your city AND learn a new skill.

Some classes that really caught my eye are home cured jerky, sea salt soap, and natural root beer.

Take a Horse Carrige Ride at Candytown

On a separate note, here is a festival that is completely free to attend! Candytown is happening this Saturday in Yaletown. There will be appearances by Santa and the Ice Queen for the kids as well as lots of arts and crafts! You'll also be able to take photos in front of live ice sculptures, shop for presents in the gift market, and find the perfect Christmas tree! There will also be tons of food vendors to keep your belly satisfied all day.

However, I'm most excited about the horse-drawn carriage! The image of horse carriages remind of me of magic and fairytales. The rides will be $15 minutes with a suggested donation of $2. This would be an amazing activity to do with your loved ones or family.


What are you doing this holiday season? Are you planning a vacation away or staying in town? Let me know if you have a cool event I should know about!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Body Products for Winter! OGX + BVSpa + Mary Kay

Now that it's almost winter time, I really need to step up my body care as I have very dry skin! If you are starting to get flaky, make sure to spend some time after every shower to moisturize head to toe. There's a lot of new products that came out recently so I've rounded up new releases from OGX, BVSpa and Mary Kay to share some new body products for winter!


I love OGX hair care products and was so excited to hear that they are coming out with a body collection. The Argan Oil and the Biotin hair care collections are some of my favorite! I'm sure many of you have seen OGX in the hair care aisle before.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Introducing Fusion Beauty! Hair Growth Brow and Mascara?

One of the best things about blogging is discovering new products so it's always exciting when I introduce new brands to the blog! And today will be my first review of Fusion Beauty products! I've known them as the brand that sells the lash serum that stimulates lash growth. But they've slightly branched out and also created a few makeup products.