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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!


This product was an impulse buy at Sephora.  I swatched it, I loved it, I bought it.  It was stupid expensive.  I didn’t care.  I rarely buy luxury high end beauty products and I rarely pay $42 CAD for a lipstick, but I did this time.

  
I got the colour 44 Nude Lavallière.  It’s a sheer shiny colour that matches my lips almost perfectly.  It smells lightly fruity but has no taste.  It glides on effortlessly and feels smooth and comfortable on the lips.  It’s really an expensive lip balm with colour, but I love it.  I wear it every chance I can and often have it in my pocket.  It doesn’t last worth a darn, maybe not even an hour, but I just reapply when it wears off.  I don’t know about the other colours in this line, but this one leaves no residual colour when it wears off.  So is it worth the money?  No.  Do I love it?  YES!!!  Would I buy it again?  YES!!!  It’s weightless and comfortable, I like the shine, hydration and the colour.  I think (here is me justifying my purchase) it’s better to pay the money and love the product and use it all up, than having a mid priced product sitting in a drawer and never used.  Have you tried these?  What are your thoughts?  I would love to know!


It’s rare that I walk into Sephora and they actually have something I wanted to look at in stock.  I was very pleased that the whole collection of these eyeshadow palettes were there, but on the other hand, it’s hard to choose the ONE you want to buy when all are available.  In the end I chose Golden Hour for $35 CAD.

  
The cover packaging is really fun.  Tilt the palette and it looks like an explosion, I don’t think I’ve seen something like this on make up before!  The palette is plastic and the top is thin with a mirror inside and has a magnetic closure.

 

There are a couple of neutral mattes in the palette which is really nice and the rest of the colours have some shimmer to them.  All of the shadows are very soft and smooth to the touch.
  
The shadows are easy to use and blend well with the exception of Rock Stars which is quite patchy.  The colours are quite pretty but are similar in tone so I find myself getting the same type of looks even when I use different shadows.  They wear very well (I do use a primer) and keep true to their colour for the entire day.  I’ve experienced no fall out during application.  Other than my disappointment with Rock Stars, this is a very nice little palette and with five palettes in the collection to choose from, I’m sure you can find a shade range that would suit your style!


The minute I saw this advertised, I knew that I wanted this.  The Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette is one of my favourites and I knew this would be a great pairing.  I waited for the Sephora launch and was able to order it for $52 CAD and I had it in my hands less than a week later.

  
First thing is first, yes, like the eyeshadow palette, it smells like peaches.  Not a fresh peach, but like those candy peach rings.  I happen to love it.  The palette comes with a blush a bronzer and a highlighter.  All are very pretty to me and all have some shimmer, which I love.

  
I’ve worn this a lot since I’ve received it and here are my observations.  The powders are nice and soft, but when applied to the face, they very easily blend away.  The swatches are pigmented but on the face everything disappears, but, they build nicely and can give a lovely subtle healthy glow.  I personally am very heavy handed when applying blush and this palette “saves” me each time I use it and I always end up with a very pretty look.  The blush lasts all day and has not oxidized on me.  The highlighter is very pretty and glowy, but like the blush, it blends away.  Again good for me, I don’t  like to be all shiny, so it works well for me.  The bronzer is very pretty and might work better for me in the summertime as I don’t tend to use bronzer in the winter months. 

  
Although I like this palette and am very happy to have it, I think that there are better similar and less expensive products like this on the market right now, one that comes to mind is the Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette that I have reviewed in the past.  If you are a Sweet Peach fan like myself, you might just HAVE to have the Sweet Peach Glow in your collection like I do!


While browsing through Sephora’s website a couple of weeks ago, I found this Limited Edition palette on sale for more than half off, so I bought it for $30 CAD.  Urban Decay is one of my favourite brands, so how could I go wrong?

  
The eyeshadow palette is beautifully presented in sturdy packaging with a large mirror in the lid.  

  
I did notice immediately that some of the eyeshadows seemed particularly similar to each other, but knowing that sometimes it translates differently on the eyes.  I’ve played with the colours for a few weeks now and I can tell you that they do not.  Anaheim and Zone are very similar and you can barely see a difference when worn.  The same goes for Steady and Baby as well as Blond and Bathwater.  The colour Punk is fabulous and Danger makes a lovely eyeliner.  I have Skimp, Stark and Blackout in other palettes and they are all good shadows.

  
My swatches are all one “swipe” and not layered to build up colour.  All of the shimmer colours swatch much darker than when used on the eyes with a brush.  This turned out to be my biggest disappointment with this palette.  To get any of the lighter shimmer colours to show up, I have to use them wet.  Pop has some glitter in it and there is always fall out.  When I used it wet and packed on the colour, the result was glitter all over my glasses and cheeks once it had dried.  I know the shortcomings of this palette, but I still like it.  I am not able to achieve a variety of looks, but the look I do get, is one that I wear regularly.  It is a very neutral palette but I think for even the sale price, I would put my money towards one of the Naked palettes instead.


I found this liquid latex polish barrier at Sephora, and I hesitated at the price of $17 CAD, but I bought it anyways.  I like to do nail art and I often find that cleaning up after sponge gradients or water marbling is quite frustrating and lengthy.  I have used tape before and found that method to be cumbersome.

  
I was quite shocked when I got home and opened the package at the tiny amount of product you receive.  The packaging is all for the handle.  The brush is short and stiff and very easy to use.  When dipping into the product, if there is dried latex on the rim, it will get caught up on the brush, so cleaning any stringy parts off is crucial.

  
When applying the product, a very thin coat is all that’s needed.  It’s tinted lilac, so it’s quite easy to see where you’ve applied it and it dries down to a darker purple colour.  Application to all 10 fingers is extraordinarily quick and will take maybe a minute.  It dries equally as quick.  You must be careful not to touch the fingers together as the latex will catch on itself and peel off.  After completing your nail art, removal is easy with a pair of tweezers to find an edge, or you can rub on an edge and it will start to roll up on itself.  It peels away very easily and is quite satisfying to do as well.  Cleanup is minimal, only needed it you’ve gone over the side of the barrier or at the cuticle (which I clearly haven’t done yet).  I have used Liquid Palisade a handful of times and have been extraordinarily pleased with the performance.  I wish for the price, you received more product, but when products like this are hard to find in Canada, I’m very happy to have it.


Blushaholic here.  I saw this one several months ago at Sephora and decided to pick it up for $39 CAD.  It’s a beautiful glistening peachy pink color.  While I was looking, I also swatched the Flowerchild in the Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits compact and that one was a significantly different colour.  I asked an associate about it and she too was very surprised at the difference in colour.  I liked the colour of the compact with the blush alone and that’s the one I chose.

  
The powder in this blush is silky smooth to the touch and extraordinarily beautiful when applied to the skin.  It has a lovely shimmering quality that I happen to love in blushes.  I had a few problems with application initially as you can easily apply too much, but I also found you can blend it almost completely away.  With some work, I found that a light hand is best and to let it just be a light flush on the skin.  Another problem that I had, and I know it’s because of my oily skin, but I had significant oxidization by the end of the day.  The perfect peachy pink colour ended up being a dull light peach colour.  It doesn’t look horrible, but not the colour I wanted.  I have been using this blush instead to give a boost to some of my other peach or pink blushes, and it works beautifully as a topper or highlight over these.  Although this is a beautiful colour, it doesn’t really work for me as intended, but the product is very nice and I do like it.