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New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

Since my transition to cruelty-free, I’ve been eyeing this new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip value set! Thanks Sephora for offering a set made of all CF products. Upon receiving it, I thought these shades were definitely out of my comfort zone but I was to test each and everyone of them with an open-mind. Could this be the beginning of a new daring Ingrid or a disaster in the making?

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What it is:
A multibranded sampler set, ideal for creating the perfect lip. This set includes two full-size and three deluxe-size lip essentials.

This set contains:
♥ 0.07oz/ 2ml Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby
♥ 0.07oz/ 2g Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves (FULL SIZE)
♥ 0.13oz/ 4ml Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO, Vlada (FULL SIZE)
♥ 0.21oz/ 6g treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry
♥ 0.035oz/ 1g Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

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Sephora in-store & online – Limited Edition for 33$CND
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New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby

(a semi-sheer metallic light pink base with pink and gold pearls)

Pros:

Smells delicious, just like vanilla cake batter,

Super long wearing for a lip gloss,

Feels very comfortable on the lips – not sticky at all.

Cons:

If you have dry/chapped lips, this gloss will emphasize the dryness and it will look horrible,

It doesn’t fade well which leaves your lips with lots of glitter particules,

It’s doubtfully daytime appropriate – the colour is unorthodox & the shimmer is obvious.

Bottom Line: It’s ok but I wouldn’t buy a full size! I feel I’m getting too old to wear these shimmery glosses that are very reminiscent of the 80’s and honestly, who wants to relive these years, makeup wise that is. The only way to make it look pretty is over a lip liner that I’ve applied all over my lips and then put a little bit of this Huda Beauty Lip Strobe on the centre.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves 

Pros:

Super creamy & long wearing (transfer proof),

This particular color is a very flattering NUDE that is perfect for my light skin,

It’s not a full flat matte,

It fades really beautifully,

NO need to apply a lip liner as the product doesn’t bleed,

Very pigmented – you need just a tiny swipe.

Cons:

A lip gloss to top it is a must; it tends to dry my lips,

The product smells & tastes really funky,

The formula is so soft, it makes it fragile and unstable in the container/stick.

Bottom Line: I honestly bought this set for this new Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crayon and it fell flat for me. It’s nothing out of the extraordinary. I’m not impressed and again wouldn’t buy another shade, mainly because of the debatable aroma. Formula wise, it’s pretty solid and the shade is really pretty.

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Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO in Vlada

(metallic rose gold)

Pros:

Smudge proof,

Long wearing,

Intense vibrant Metallic Rusty color (if you enjoy that type of shade),

It smells super yummy and doesn’t have an after taste,

It fades well and not patchy at all,

The application is very smooth.

Cons:

It’s drying my lips like crazy (to be fair all liquid lipsticks that I have tried are doing this),

This shade looks super cheap on me.

Botton Line: I HATE the colour; it looks so awful on me. The formula is not bad at all and I can see why the matte version has great reviews. If you enjoy matte lip products, you should consider this one from Smashbox.

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treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry

Pros:

Smells minty fresh,

Glides easily on the lips,

Very pigmented for a lip balm.

Cons:

It’s more brick red than a berry color,

No plumping effect whatsoever,

It’s not super hydrating; it feels like your average lip balm.

Bottom Line: I really would have enjoyed this balm if the shade had suited me better. Cute packaging but a random product at the most.

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

(electric pink)

Pros:

Super sleek packaging,

Beautiful deep bright pink,

Full coverage  & very creamy,

Very comfortable on the lips as it’s non drying.

Cons:

Like any matte formula, if your lips are not moisturized prior to the application, it will emphasize the dryness.

Bottom Line: I’m very impressed with the formula but this particular colour is so far from my comfort zone that I wouldn’t wear it, EVER. That being said it’s one of the best matte formula I’ve ever tried. Simply Beautiful.

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The value for money of this set is amazing; alone, the Marc Jacobs Lip Crayon is 34$ (this set costs 33$CND). My problem is not with all these new formulas but with the colours that are not flattering on my fair skin or just don’t suit my personality. If you are contemplating this new Sephora Favorites’ set, you should have a look in-store to see if it’s a right fit for you.

As you know, honesty is the best policy, and unfortunately this one will be going back to Sephora ASAP. I wish Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves didn’t smell or taste so bad. Sadly, this set will be the first one ever that I’ll be returning. Oh well, they just cannot be all winners! This set was curated for women with darker skin tone.

Note: The swatches look way better than how they individually look on my lips!

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Beauty · Blogging

My Blogging Goals | 2018

My Blogging Goals | 2018

2017 was the worst of my 3 year blogging career (passion would be more appropriate). I had (and still have) health problems in my entourage – my mom and stepdad are dealing with serious illnesses (Brain Tumor, Skin cancer & Alzheimer) while personally, I’ve unfortunately been dealing with endometriosis/fibroids – I will have an operation early January and my continuing battle with insomnia. On top of that, add 2 plantar fasciitis just to make sure to finish me off. All in all, it’s easy to understand why I have been MIA for months in 2017.

That being said, my 2018 Blogging Goals are probably more realistic but in some way, BIGGER than they’ve ever been.

Grow

I’ve said it repeatedly, blogging will never be a career! I don’t care about numbers and becoming popular but still, I want to know where my passion will take me and for that, I need to be more efficient. Jeez, I’m still on a WordPress hosted platform. Early in 2018, I’ll move to a self-hosted blog! Siteground here I come…

Reach Brands

I’ve recently made a media kit to send to PR companies and brands I really want to feature and partner with on CurlySpringBlossom. I’m NOT and will never be interested in sponsored posts, just traditional reviews or giveaways.

Skin Cancer Awareness

Having spent a lot of time in the Dermatology/Oncology department with my stepdad for his ongoing battle with a Melanoma, it gave me a purpose: to share and educate as much as I can about the importance of protecting our skin. I want to talk about ingredients, review as many sunscreens as I can and if it saves one person from having this deadly disease, it will be worth the time and money I’ll put on these posts.

Have a Schedule

With my work, workouts, BeardMan and my family to care for, I’ve decided that 2 beauty posts per week should be the best posting schedule for me. If I have time, I’ll try to add a “Lifestyle” one on the weekends, and maybe some french ones too. More than that is unrealistic and I think consistency is key.

Be More Active on Social Medias

I will mostly focus my social media exposure on Instagram (Integrating Instagram Stories) and Pinterest. Twitter will serve for occasional purposes and Facebook will only be used for my actual blogging groups like Canadian Beauty Bloggers.

Become a Better Photographer

I LOVE photography to the point that if I discovered that passion earlier in life, I would have made it a career. It may be too late for a career but I want to master it and have fun doing it. My favorite subject is by far nature and outdoors, and if my feet could get better, BeardMan and I would even like to start vlogging on our best hiking experiences. That being said, I will probably invest some serious $$$ to add some critical equipments to my arsenal, but it’s worth it.

As you can see, I don’t have unrealistic goals when it comes to the blogging part of my life. If I reach every goals on this list, I’ll be very happy. I will take you along for the ride and try to share, in all honesty, the challenges faced along the way. I want to be as transparent as possible,  a voice to the blogging world, and share how much I’ve spent on blogging, my numbers, the brands I’ve reached and if at the end of the year I failed, you’ll know all about it. Nobody seems to talk about these subjects; it looks all glamour but I want to share what is going on behind the scene! Transitioning to cruelty-free have also been an heart warming choice and it’s been really fun to try new products. To be honest I should have been CF from the beginning. With all the great options out there, no animal should suffer for our vanity! I’ll try to inform the beauty world on CF alternatives without preaching or moralizing.

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Beauty · cruelty-free · Lifestyle · Makeup · Skin Care

Transitioning to Cruelty-Free Makeup & Skincare|Curly Spring Blossom

Transitioning to Cruelty-Free Makeup & Skincare|Curly Spring Blossom

Like stated in my title, I’ve decided to only BUY Cruelty-Free beauty products, unless I can’t find a great CF replacement for a certain category. My goal is not to become a  propaganda blog and show you pictures of what’s going in these testing labs or advocate my personal decision to make this transition! I only want to write about my best discoveries and share them with you.

Why going Cruelty-Free?

Why not!?! Men walked on the moon, we discovered cures for innumerable diseases, we are finding new ways to do things better and faster, we are more aware and concerned about the environment, and large brands still test on animals 🤔?!? I don’t believe that in 2017 there should be any more animal testing; it’s barbaric, cruel and TOTALLY unnecessary. Test on me instead, please!

Which brand will I miss the most?

Makeup wise, I will be crying my eyes out when I’ll pan out my last MAC Paint Pots and my Fix Plus, or all my Make Up For Ever eyeshadows, but other then those, it’s been a breeze. The most challenging part will be skincare and perfumes since half of my favorites are brands that do test on animals.

Did I throw away all my none Cruelty-Free products?

Of course not, it would be stupid to do so and the last I checked, I haven’t found a money tree in my backyard. They’re still great products and some will probably even end up in my empties or favorite products’ posts regardless of my CF passage. Like I previously said, I’m not someone who is rigid in life in general, so I feel alright using my old products, enjoy them and still review them!

Will my blog suffer?

Let’s focus on the positives: with this transition, I’ll give some well-deserved exposure and free press to smaller brands with exceptional products. I’ll also try my best to let you discover some great CF alternatives in the makeup marketplace, if you’re thinking of making the move too. I’ll probably loose some readers but I’ll also gain a few and, honestly, I like to think that views and followers are not the most important aspect of my blogging.

Is it hard or easy?

Ridiculously easy! In fact, I found a ton of new products that I absolutely love. Great Cruelty-Free makeup items are easy to find and surprisingly, I noticed that 75% of my Holy Grail makeup products were already CF! My quest to find replacements for the other 25% fosters an amusing opportunity to get out of my comfort zone! So far, the only products that I can’t seem to find good CF substitutes are eye primers, perfumes & setting sprays. And seriously, it’s been a fun adventure to discover new brands, new products and frankly it’s way easier than I thought. The process is refreshing: after 3 years of blogging, I wanted a new direction and to be excited again about the beauty industry. This move gave me purpose…

 

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