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I picked this product up at Shoppers Drug Mart for $5.99 CAD.  It was a new product I wanted to try and the price was excellent!  I bought the colour 05 Fair.


I felt that the colours were a bit off.  I thought that this colour was too light for me and on the yellow side and the next colour up was just too dark.  Once I tried it though, it was just fine.  I really like this powder and it’s a good product,  but there is nothing really outstanding or spectacular about it.  I had a particularly hard time opening it up as I didn’t realize that it is a twist off lid, I was yanking on that lid for several minutes!  The reservoir for the powder is a nice depth and my powder brush fits in without spilling product over the sides.  If you are curious and want to try this finishing powder, I’d wait for a sale and not pay full price.

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I received these product for reviewing purposes quite some time ago, little did I know that these products would become a staple in my morning and evening routine!


I have very oily skin and I have run across very few products that I feel help control the oils while helping with the breakouts associated with having my skin type.  The foaming face wash is amazing!  It is light and airy and lathers nicely when you use it.  It’s easy to wash off and absolutely removes any residual makeup and oils from my skin.  My skin is always left feeling clean.  I use it morning and night and have never experienced any drying, but my skin will have that tight feeling.  The Oil Control Moisturizer has an SPF of 30 in it, I also use it morning and night, it blends in nicely and just feels good on the skin.  It also makes a great primer for under my makeup!


I feel my makeup wears better throughout the day and my skin has less breakouts.  I have already done the reviews required of me to receive these products, but I’ve enjoyed them so much I just had to share.  These two products going forward will always be a part of my cleansing routine as long as I have oily skin!


Shoppers Drug Mart had many Mabelline products on for $5.99 CAD so I picked up a few items I have never tried before.  I had actually never heard of this foundation and was excited that this could actually be something that would help with my oily skin!  The photograph on the left is showing the product more orange than it really is.


This stick Foundation glides on smoothly and easily, I’ve been using a beauty sponge to blend and it works quite nicely.  I feel it gives light to medium coverage, but I have no problem going over some spots a second time and it covers satisfactorily.  The lighter middle apparently is cream to powder and it does feel like a powdery finish once it is on.  I do set it with a powder anyways.  It wears very nicely and my skin is actually less oily throughout the day.  The colour Classic Ivory is perfect on my summer skin, it is so perfect in fact, I can barely see where I’ve applied it!  I really love this foundation and I’m so glad that I bought it!


You know when you get that spoiler alert e-mail that tells you what you’ve received in your Topbox?  Well I always read it and get excited about what I’m receiving.  Turns out that this month, I didn’t get what they said I would!

In the end it really didn’t matter so very much because I got a bottle of nail polish instead of a lip and cheek product and I love nail polish but I do wish I got that eyeshadow!


The body wash smells good, so I’m sure I will like it.  The China Glaze nail polish is in the colour Rock N’ Royal.


The lip crayon from Be a Bombshell is nice, but the colour isn’t quite right for me (I bet I would have been able to use the eyeshadow).  The cleanser will be interesting, I have never tried one like it before.  Not too terribly exciting for me this month, I’ll use everything except the lip crayon so not a total loss!  Top box has been spoiling us the past few months with putting in an extra item, not getting one this month will really make me appreciate when we do get a little something extra!  I’m not sure what happened with the e-mail description of what I would get, they may have run out of some items, who knows?


I received this product for reviewing purposes.  The price tag is over $50 CAD.  There are several gel like moisturizers on the market right now.  I have tried a few and they all feel the same on my skin.  This one has little bit of something different than the others I have tried because when applied to the face it has a cooling sensation that feels quite nice.


This night time moisturizer feels nice on the skin and absorbs quite quickly.  In the morning when I wash my face though, I can feel that I am washing the product off.  This is true of all of the gel moisturizers I have tried.  This one, like others is also heavily fragranced, it does dissipate with wear though.  I used it for several weeks and because I have oily skin, I didn’t see much of a difference.  I think this would be better suited for someone who has dry skin.  It is a very nice product and it would probably have better benefits for me during the winter months when my skin is less oily.


I’ve had this palette since Sephora’s VIB Spring Sale.  I wanted to try it because of the hype but was very unsure about spending the money on it.  The gal at Sephora told me if I didn’t like it, I could return it, so with my discount I got it for $85 CAD.  I guess you have realized that I haven’t returned it!


When I first started using it, I didn’t think it was all that special and I did consider returning it, but after playing with the colours for a few days it easily became one of my favourites!  The colours are very pigmented and they blend beautifully.  I usually like a little bit of sparkle in my eyeshadow, but with this palette, I don’t miss it.  The matte colours give rich colour and that white is perfect!


There are a couple of cooler colours in this mostly warm palette so I find it has quite a bit of versatility.  When I saw the orange colour, I thought that I would never use it, but surprisingly I add it to a lot of my looks.  The nice thing  about these shadows is they don’t fade, they hold their colour right through to the end of the day and still looks as though I had just applied them.  So I guess the question is,  “Are they worth the money?” I’d have to say yes!  Once I figured out some colour combinations, I was thrilled with this matte palette.  I would buy another in a heartbeat, but only during another Sephora VIB sale!


I missed posting last month’s Topbox, so I got right to it this month!


This bag had all the elements of things I like to receive…makeup and nail polish!


I received a Mascara from the brand Medusa’s Make-up.  I’ve never heard of this brand before, but I’ll try it out on a weekend and see how it performs.  I also received a lip stain from Laritzy, the colour seemed too dark for me, but was not too bad once applied.  It’s pretty comfortable and budge proof.  I’ll probably use it more in the fall.


Two mini Essie nail polishes!  Happy me!  A GlamGlow clearing treatment, I’m very happy with that as well!  I also received a complimentary Garnier Moisture Bomb sample.  I’ve tried this before and it’s a nice moisturizer!  I’m pretty darned happy to have received the items I did.  Lots of things l’m excited to try out and wear!