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I couldn’t walk away, this colour was so pretty I had to pick up Fresh Peach for $16 CAD.  I really enjoy a good lip gloss and this one is a good one!


Fresh Peach is has a lovely shimmer which just looks lovely on the lips.  It applies smoothly and is not sticky, I kept rubbing my lips together the first time I wore it because the slip to it was so nice.  Surprisingly, this lip gloss stayed on very well, even after eating there was residual gloss and colour left.  The applicator is an hourglass shape, and is very easy to use, I think this could be one of my favourite shaped applicators as it hugs your lips during application.  I’m happy to have found this gloss, it’s nice to use and oh so pretty too!


Have you ever walked by something then suddenly took a few steps backwards to see what it was?  That was me with this product!  This was new to me and I had heard nothing about it.  I picked up the colour 105 Gel-Ful for about $8 CAD.  My first thought was how similar it looked to Too Faced Melted Lipsticks.


The squeeze tube brings the lipstick up through the sponge tip applicator.  It is a bit stiff, but it applied the lipstick quite nicely.  I needed two coats for full opacity.  The website suggests you blot after application, but if you don’t put too much on, there is really no need to.  


This is not a long wearing product, but it did manage hold some colour through a coffee and later some lunch.  Touch ups are easy and does not build up or flake.  There was a handful of odd colours to choose from ranging from brown to blue, bright purples and some reds.  This one was the only one I would consider nude and it leans more on the warm peach side.  This colour is also quite different from the colour of the tube which looks a little more pink mauve.  It’s a nice lipstick, it’s comfortable and it wears well, you can’t ask for more than that!


After several attempts to get my hands on this mascara, Shoppers Drug Mart finally had some in stock.  I picked it up for $4.99 CAD.  I had heard that this mascara had some great reviews and I wanted to try it myself.


I was quite impressed right off the bat!  It applied easily without clumping and my lashes looked pretty darned good.  Another coat and my lashes were longer than they had looked in a very long time.  I was instantly sold!  The mascara wore very nicely and stayed on without smudging for the entire day.  I had a few very tiny specks of flaking, almost not worth mentioning.  I tried it with a primer and no more tiny specks!  I had a slight problem taking the mascara off.  It wanted to stay on, I used several methods over time, eye makeup remover and micellar water included, I would think that I got it all off, but woke each morning with black smudges underneath my eyes.  This mascara was on for the long haul.  If you don’t mind a little work with removal, this mascara is an inexpensive long wearing, quality product!


New products at Walmart, of course I had to stop and take a look.  I found this palette interesting because it had some fairly light and neutral colours in it and I liked them all.  I bought it for $9.97 CAD.


This palette has a highlighter, two blushes and a bronzer (FYI-the picture in the bottom right hand corner is much darker than the actual palette).  The blushes look fairly similar, but no so on the face.  The highlighter is also natural and very pretty.  The bronzer is just right for my skin tone.  An awesome feature is that the squares of product are removable and if you have another Elf palette, you can completely customize it with the colours you use most often.  The products wear very well and keep their colour all day long without oxidizing.  This face palette is extremely natural looking, but all of the products are buildable if you need a more intense look.  The packaging looks great as well, it’s sleek and silver and has a mirror in the lid.  For under $10 this palette is a great deal with usable pretty colours.


Last day of the month and I’m finally posting my Topbox.  I had a chance to try out a couple of items, and I thought it was a great selection of products for me this time around!


I think everyone received a complimentary Optic White toothbrush with whitener.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I love the extras that Topbox has been including lately!  As soon as I replace my toothbrush, this is the one I’m going to use.


I received a package of Eyeko Mascara Off eye makeup remover wipes.  I can’t wait to try them.  It’s a nice twist to makeup remover wipes and sometimes I just have too much budgeproof eyeliner and mascara on, so I’m sure these will be helpful on days like that!

I also received a Face Shop Character Mask.  Perfect, I love sheet masks and looking like a pig instead of a mummy will be a nice treat!

I received a lip balm made by Barefoot Venus and it’s called Lip Bliss.  I have never heard of this company before.  It was supposed to have a grapefruit flavour to it, but I couldn’t detect it.  It’s an okay balm.  The packaging is sort of The Balm-esque, (making up my own words now) featuring a pin up girl.  It has cardboard packaging and a push up tube.

Lastly a nail polish, I have been so into Jamberry lately, I haven’t worn much polish.  This is a dark vampy colour by Trind North America.  I did wear it, it applied nicely but chipped after a few days…back to my two week Jamberry’s I guess!

I’m very pleased with what I received, I love when you feel like you got more than your money’s worth.  This month for me is a fine example of that!


I never realized that e.l.f. had more than one lip exfoliator.  My favourite one had big chunks of sugar in it and I thought this one was just a different flavour.  I picked it up at Walmart for $3.97 CAD.  I had it for awhile before I gave it a try and I was very surprised that this formula had a completely different texture.


Besides having a mint flavour this one had very fine granules of sugar imbedded into the product.  Although I loved the one I had always used, this one was so much easier to use.  It glided on easily and just a couple of passes on the lips and the job was complete!  The mint flavour and tingling was a nice bonus.  I removed the excess with a face cloth.  Although there are plenty of moisturizing ingredients, I still had to follow up with a balm after treatment.  There were also different flavours available and I’m not sure if they all have the same texture as this one but you better believe, I will be looking for them!  This is a quick, effective and inexpensive lip exfoliant, you really can’t pass this one by!


Impulse buy.  I saw it and I decided I needed to try it.  I picked up the colour Deep Blue for $9.97 at Walmart.  I’ve been looking for a good mascara lately and I’m not finding what I want, I was hoping this one was a game changer for me.


The colour Deep Blue was quite a bit lighter than I thought it might be and I immediately thought I had made a mistake.  It actually dries quite a bit darker without losing the blue colour.  I love it!  The scary wand was something I thought I might have to work with, but I managed to get long lashes on the first try, I was quite impressed!  I don’t use the small bristles on the opposite side of the brush, but I think it would be handy if you had some hard to reach lashes.  I did not get the waterproof version and the mascara stayed on all day without smudging, I did have some slight flaking though.  I started using it with a primer and I’ve had no flaking since.  I like the length I get with this mascara and I also really like the wand, it’s working quite well for me and I have not reached for another mascara since buying this one.  I finally feel like I’ve found a mascara that gives me exactly the look I want, long lashes without clumps and I really like the fact that it’s blue as well!