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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 · Holiday 2017 · Makeup · Reviews · sephora

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 | Holiday 2017

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 | Review & Swatches

Yes my friends, I bit the bullet and purchased the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 palette. I’ve been wanting Volume 1 or 2 for so long and always passed, but this one had my name written all over it.

95$CND later, do I love it? Yessssssss. Is it worth it? Yessssssssssssssssssss. 

Note: I know that this palette is SADLY out of stock, but I still wanted to review it for you since many of these powders can be purchased individually.

What’s Included

6 pans (mini size), each one containing  0.04oz (Total 0.24 oz) – Made in Italy

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 | Review & Swatches

Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (neutral peach beige powder), Diffused Light (soft, warm pale yellow powder)
Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Halo (deep berry blush fused with surreal light), Pur Effect (bright petal pink fused with a glimmering rose)

Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (a medium bronze shade fused with Luminous Light for a softer, candlelit warmth)
Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Hypnotic Strobe Light (champagne powder infused with multidimensional pearl)

Great Value?

Is it a good value, the simple answer is NO. By gram of product, this is the worst investment ever. However, I do own full size Hourglass powders and believe me, some take forever to pan, so I see it as having 6 minis which sold separately would have cost a bundle (6 x 32$ = 192$!)

Fair to Light Skin Friendly?

Hourglass products seem to be oriented more towards light to medium skintones. This palette is “darker” than Volume 2 but is still appropriate for light skintones.

Same Formula?

Formula wise, these are exactly the same as their full size counterparts. These powders are simply magical. They blend so easily and give that glow from within. Just a casual warning though: They are addictive, you will want more and more… Another observation: Contrary to some other brands (Tarte, Too Faced just to name a few), I feel that Hourglass doesn’t cheap out and try profit from the Holiday buzz.

Closer Eye On Each Powder

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 | Review & Swatches

Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Hypnotic Strobe Light: This is the only powder that I’m not madly in love with.  It’s a nice highlighter, but a little too shimmery for my taste. I still use it on the high points of my cheekbones, nose and cupid bow. As a single, I wouldn’t buy a full size as I prefer Laura Mercier (Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact 01) & Kevyn Aucoin (The Celestial Highlighting Powders in Candlelight & Starlight) highlighters .

Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Halo & Pur Effect: These blushes are PIGMENTED! On my light skin, I just need to slightly tap my brush in the powder and I have enough product for both my cheeks. It’s a clear shift from my ultimate favorite Hourglass (Ethereal Glow) but I’m digging these A LOT!

Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light: Although my perfect shade from this line is Nude Bronze Light, this one actually works very nice too. I take a small fluffy brush and apply gently on the top of my cheeks and forehead for a very subtle glow.

Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim LightDiffused Light: I own the full size of Dim Light and I use it mainly in summer as a finishing powder all over my face. I feel it gives the nicest fresh glow ever. For Diffused Light, I mostly use it to set my undereye concealer and it’s so pretty. The only problem is that I’m pretty sure I will pan this within 1 to 2 months, since there is already a dent😩. I will likely buy a full size of this one during the next Spring VIB Sale to replace my rapidly shrinking Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.

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I’m totally ga-ga over this beauty. I like the convenience of having 6 different powders in one stunning compact. But keep in mind that you have to use small brushes for a perfect application (I use Sephora Pros Brushes # 74, 79 & 90) since the pans are very small. To put it simply, Hourglass makes one of the most beautiful cruelty-free powders out there. It’s expensive like hell but heck we only live once (I keep telling that to myself and BeardMan – mostly to justify my spending)! 😉

Have a beautiful day my beauties!

Ingrid xxx

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Beauty · cruelty-free · Holiday 2017 · Makeup · Reviews · sephora

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

The one “skincare” set to buy this Holiday is by far the new Sephora Favorites Scouted By Sephora. I loved it so much that I BOUGHT a second one a few days later. SIX OUT OF EIGHT products are superstars and remarkably effective.

Availability…

Sephora : Online & in-Store 42$🇨🇦

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

Description…

An assortment of 8 DELUXE SIZED products from top rated brand.

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

♥ The box contains:♥

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

(0.13fl oz – Retail Value: 11.70$)

I’m in LOVE. This may be the best face oil I’ve ever tried and there are some amazing products on the market. I can’t believe how it transforms my skin with just 3 simple drops. It takes only that amount to cover my whole face. I will surely buy a full size. This Biossance oil makes my skin look brighter and healthier.

Note: If you are just looking for a great face oil, skip this box and buy the full size. Just WOW!

Lancer Skincare The Method: Nourish

(0.25fl Oz – Retail Value : 23.50$)

The best NIGHTIME moisturizer period. It’s a normal to dry skin saviour. It applies so smoothly and it has a very refreshing scent and feel to it. No breakouts to report and additionally, it doubles as an eye cream. Just sublime! It really makes a difference; my skin looks fantastic.

Note: Works so great after Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. (Read above)

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

(0.27fl Oz – Retail Value: 27$)

Did you watch Stephanie Nicole rave about Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum? I’ve tried Vitamin C serums before and I always get an adverse reaction to them. This product is the ONLY one (so far) that my acne-prone skin tolerates. It actually acts very well by giving my face that glow that we are desperately searching for.

Note: There is a little tingling sensation when you first start using it – this is normal. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on a daily basis, especially with this product.

Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer

(0.33fl Oz – Retail Value 27.20$)

Although it may not be the best moisturizer out there, I enjoy it a lot. The natural organic ingredients make it even better. I mix with my foundation (as suggested) and it helps keep my skin hydrated without being too much. Would I buy the full size? I don’t know but I sure will enjoy every last bit of that generous sample.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

(0.8fl Oz – Retail Value: 5.60$)

The  Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is my all time favorite body cream. I’m crazy over the scent. Honestly, that smell is everlasting – I put it at night after my shower and in the morning, the fragrance is still there! To the question: Does it tightens and softens? The answer is a big fat NO, but who cares when it smells that good.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask

(0.5fl Oz – Retail Value: 13$)

Where have you been all my life??? This mask is unbelievable. This potion is able to clean out my pores and minimizes them significantly (it’s a MIRACLE). I swear, I have less blackheads on my nose. On the extra plus side, it smells yummy!

Note: I only use it on the nose area and my chin since these areas are more problematic and acne prone.

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy

(0.32fl Oz – Retail Value 5.85$)

A mask with a warming sensation, how cool is that? I like it a lot; not just for that feeling, it really helps reducing breakouts on my chin. This one’s a keeper!!!

Note: If you have ultra sensitive skin, I would suggest you test it on a small area since it could be too strong for you.

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

(0.5fl Oz -Retail Value: 3.50$)

This product is a air dry styler for your hair, supposed to bring texture and softness. Unfortunately, nothing extraordinary happened but what can you expect with my crazy mop of hair? Maybe I used it wrong since I mostly let my hair dry naturally. However, I’ve tried it on my ends and it does give a nice effect. I wish it would smell more “coconuty” though 😋.

Total retail value: 117.35$🇨🇦. At 42$ it’s a STEAL!!!!

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora | A must !!!

If you are lucky enough to find this set, buy two! Seriously you won’t regret it. I’m totally smitten with all the products with the exception of the Coconut Oil Gel that is just ok. Each product is sensational (except Tata Harper & IGK) and I WILL buy the full size version when I’ve emptied those beauties! I guess that says a lot…

Ingrid 

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