Weekly Makeup Roundup (BH Cosmetics, Morphe, QUO, Mac Cosmetics, Dior, Maybelline, It Cosmetics)

Weekly Makeup Roundup (BH Cosmetics, Morphe, QUO, Mac Cosmetics, Dior, Maybelline, It Cosmetics)

It's Friday and time for another weekly round up and chat. It's my son's birthday party is tomorrow, and I can't believe he turns 5 on Monday. We're fully decorated for Christmas and my inlaws are visiting, they should be arriving tonight. It's going to be a busy weekend. I did take Monday off to spend the day with my little man for his birthday. This week I focused on the BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis palette, and I did dip back into the Morphe 12S palette. I will review the BH palette next week. I tried a variety of shades but I really want to dip into the blues. For my eyeshadow rotation, I want to try using more of my high end palettes. I need to make a point of pulling one out a week.

The Body Shop | Drops of Youth: Youth Bouncy Eye Mask Review

The Body Shop | Drops of Youth: Youth Bouncy Eye Mask Review

This little jar from the Body Shop has really settled into my skincare routine and I've been loving it. I didn't know how much I needed an eye cream until I started using one and saw the difference. The skin around my eye needs hydration, just as much as the rest of my skin. This Youth Bouncy Eye Mask can be used as a mask or an eye cream. I tend to use it as an eye cream at night and sometimes in the morning. It has a thin formula, it is not sticky and feels so cooling and refreshing on the eye area. 

Precision Eye Blending Brushes Recommendations (Morphe, BH Cosmetics, Sigma)

Precision Eye Blending Brushes Recommendations (Morphe, BH Cosmetics, Sigma)

As you grow and learn to apply makeup, precision makeup brushes are very useful. At times I need to even out my eyeshadow or apply color but want to be specific about where I apply it. Do you have one eye that blends beautifully but the other always seems to be a struggle? Yes, I have that problem too. If you don't have that issue, I could only hope. I don't think you need all of these brushes, but I do think learning to use smaller brushes can help your technique. I have smaller eyes that are slightly hooded and I need precision brushes for a variety of reasons. I really do feel that these brushes are used constantly in my makeup routine.

Morphe 15S Social Butterfly Eyeshadow Palette (Review and Swatches)

Morphe 15S Social Butterfly Eyeshadow Palette (Review and Swatches)

The Morphe 15S Social Butterfly palette launched with their holiday 2018 collection, and I will tell you that this palette inspires me so much. I'm so excited when I open this palette. I can create smokey looks, have some color and just have fun. The cranberry/purple Makeover shade is a gorgeous shade that I want to use each time I open this palette.

Beauty Creations | Tease Me Eyeshadow Palette (Review and Swatches)


Beauty Creations | Tease Me (Review and Swatches)

The Beauty Creations Tease Me Palette has been on my wishlist for awhile, and I picked it up online a few weeks ago. I couldn't wait to wear the shades "Please Me" and "Tempting." I've been really enjoying cranberry shades and I thought this palette would be a great addition to my collection. I've seen this palette compared to the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette but I honestly just wanted an affordable palette with those shades. It has 18 shades with a mix of matte and shimmer/metallics.

Weekly Product Rotation: What I've Been Using This Week and More (Beauty Creations, Morphe, Becca, L'Oreal, Clinique, Estee Edit)

Makeup Chat: What I've Been Using This Week and More (Beauty Creations, Morphe, Becca, L'Oreal, Clinique, Estee Edit)

As a Canadian, we celebrated Thanksgiving in October but I want to wish my US readers a great holiday. I'm starting to get really excited for Christmas and can't wait to decorate. My son turns 5 on Dec 3rd so his party preparations are underway as well. I really hope 5 is the year he starts to sleep better, and not wake up at 4 am. Yes, 4 and he's up for the morning. He still wakes up every single night, and comes to our room. He started Jiu Jitsu in September and he's doing great. I'm so proud of him because he was so reluctant to participate in team sports this summer. He absolutely thinks he's training to be a ninja. I'm going to be starting a new series where I talk about what makeup I've been using and also chatting about life and other makeup related topics. I'm not sure if I will be able to do it every week, but I'm going to try.

Affordable Eyeshadow Palette Haul| Under 20$ (BH Cosmetics, Beauty Creations, Morphe)

Affordable Eyeshadow Haul (BH Cosmetics, Beauty Creations, Morphe)


Can we talk about my eyeshadow addiction? It's a problem...I'm going to need to scale it back in 2019 because I'm running out of space. Lately, I've been really enjoying affordable palettes. I tend to wear my affordable palettes more than my higher end shadows. I'm not sure why that is, but it's true. I'm also trying to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself with eyeshadow. This is a goal of mine for next year, I want to work on wearing more colorful eyeshadows and pairing colors that I wouldn't normally. I tend to stick to neutrals, and feel intimidated by more colorful looks.

Zoella Beauty Star Bather Giveaway


Zoella Beauty Star Bather Giveaway

Today, I have a Zoella Beauty Star Bather Giveaway for you. This set includes a bubble bath, body lotion, bath milk and exfoliating gloves. The packaging on these products are beautiful. I will be reviewing a few products from this collection soon; I received the Milkyway bath and lip balms. 

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. 

Giveaway is open until Dec 5th. 

Zoella Beauty is available at London Drugs, Select Pharmasave, Familiprix and Brunet Stores.

Zoella Beauty Star Bather Giveaway


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Morphe 35M Boss Babe (Review and Swatches)

Morphe 35M Boss Babe (Review and Swatches)

Morphe recently launched the 35M Boss Babe artistry palette, and I couldn't wait to scoop it up. This palette is filled with greens, oranges, purples, neutrals and cranberries. The cranberry shades really sold me on this palette. This palette was available on the Morphe website, and easily accessible to me. They also released the 35V Stunning Vibes palette, but as an Ulta Beauty exclusive I won't be picking it up. The 35M palette is housed in the newer Morphe packaging, it's more squared off and not as generic as their previous 35 pan palettes. I do like the upgrade in packaging, it looks sleek. They have not added a mirror to these palettes, if you've been curious. Personally,  I don't really mind not having a mirror. 

Makeup This Week (Morphe, Becca, Pixi, L'Oreal, Kiss, Revolution Beauty, Physicians Formula, Clinique, Stila)

Makeup This Week (Morphe, Becca, Pixi, L'Oreal, Kiss, Revolution Beauty, Physicians Formula, Clinique, Stila)

This week I've been enjoying a neutral quick eye, and I've been using the Morphe 9B Bronzed Babe. I did review this palette and you can find it here. I didn't realize that I would enjoy the simplicity of this 9 pan palette. I usually keep large palettes on my vanity. I can create complete looks with the Bronzed Babe, it has enough shades to allow me to build my color and give the look dimension. The bronzed shades in this palette are just gorgeous, and I'm really happy with this palette. It doesn't have a shade light enough for a brow bone highlight, but I've been using a single shade from Kiss called Unicorn. It's bright and shimmery but not too shimmery. I think it's great for every day. 

Two New Products In My Routine: Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution and Skin Smoothing Cream

Two New Products In My Routine: Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution and Skin Smoothing Cream

Reversa is a brand that I was introduced to this year. The first product I tried was the 3 in 1 Mild Gel Cleanser (review.) I'm still using it, and enjoying it. I added in the Micellar Solution and Skin Smoothing Cream into my routine recently. Now that I use the Micellar Solution, I use the Gel Cleanser more as a cleanser and not a makeup remover.

Confession: I don't use alot of Micellar Solutions to remove my makeup. I go through a bottle in no time, because I spill it when putting it onto cotton rounds. I prefer a more solid makeup remover because I feel like I get more use out of it. I was a little reluctant to try this, but it was sent for review purposes and I was curious. When I noticed that it had a pump, I was much more encouraged to give it a try. The second issue, I normally have with these products is that they cause my eyes to burn. If my eyes burn, it's out. I won't go through that hassle. I'm very happy to report this does not burn my eyes at all. As for removing my makeup, it does a great job. It breaks down my eye makeup and mascara very quickly and easily. I don't have to run at my eyes. It is very gently and doesn't dry out my skin either. I really like that it doesn't leave any residue and I'm left feeling fresh and clean. I really enjoyed this and the pump really made the difference.

Recommended Eye Blending Brushes (Sigma, BH Cosmetics, Morphe)

Recommended Eye Blending Brushes (Sigma, BH Cosmetics, Morphe)

Today, I wanted to share the blending brushes that I use constantly when doing my eyeshadow. I have alot of brushes but I keep coming back to these brushes because they work the best for me.

Transition/ General Blending Brushes

Sigma E40: The Sigma E40 is a great blending brush. It's a great size to lay down my transition shade and start the eye shadow look. I like to also use this brush to continue blending throughout the eye look. This is a very soft brush synthetic brush.

BH Cosmetics V5: This is a single synthetic brush in the B H Cosmetics Vegan line. It's so soft and a great affordable option. I use this brush for my transition area and general blending of my looks.

Morphe M441- The M441 is a fluffy blending brush with natural bristles. It's a very popular Morphe brush that many use for the crease.

Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Dark Magic Palette (Review and Swatches)



Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Dark Magic Palette (Review and Swatches)

Have you ever felt intimidated by an eyeshadow palette? I will fully admit that the Dark Magic palette intimidated me and it took me awhile to get around to trying it. These colors are not in my every day collection. This is why it's the 4th palette review of the Vault collection on my blog. I really like stepping outside of my comfort zone when it comes to eyeshadow but sometimes it takes me a while to warm up to it. Especially, when a palette is as dark as this one. I decided to look at tutorials on Youtube and give this palette a try. I watched Angela Bright and followed this tutorial. I thought it looked wearable and decided to give it a try. I was so happy with my look and ecstatic that I finally tried this palette. 

Karity | Rose All Day (Review and Swatches)

Karity | Rose All Day Review and Swatches

The Karity Rose All Day palette has been on my wishlist since it was first released. I picked it up in October and couldn't wait to create some pink eye looks. I previously purchased their Just Peachy Palette (review) and their Nudes and Rudes (review) palette which I enjoyed both. The Rose All Day palette seemed fun and different and I was so excited but as I tried this palette I realized it wasn't what I was expecting. This palette really lacked pigmentation. Let's get into it....

Morphe 9B Bronzed Babe Sephora Canada Purchase

Morphe 9B Bronzed Babe Sephora Canada Purchase

You can never have too many browns right? right... that's my story and i'm sticking to it. When Morphe released these 9 pan palettes, they were exclusive to Ulta Beauty and as a Canadian I didn't bother due to the shipping and customs. Now that Morphe has come to Sephora Canada, we had 3 of these palettes available to us. I was so excited to actually see the 9B and the 9C in my Sephora store. I picked both up for 16$. What I didn't realize was how much I would enjoy this palette. Yes, it's another neutral palette but this smaller palette allowed me to do my makeup so quickly and easily in the morning. It gave me options and I had every thing that I needed to create a look. 

Exfoliating Scrubs: High End and Budget Friendly (Dr. Brandy PoreDermabrasion and Garnier SkinActive Deep Pore Exfoliating Scrub)

Exfoliating Scrubs: High End and Budget Friendly (Dr. Brandy PoreDermabrasion and Garnier SkinActive Deep Pore Exfoliating Scrub)


At the moment, I have these two exfoliating scrubs on rotation. I like them both equally and thought I would talk about each one. Depending on your budget or preference for scrubs, you might want to try one over the other. What are exfoliating scrubs used for? Exfoliating is an important step in a skincare routine because it helps to remove dead skin cells. It helps to revive the skin and deep cleanse prepping it for your moisturizer and/or serums. Depending on your skin type you will need to find an exfoliator that works well for you. In my case, I have normal to dry skin. I don't like the exfoliate more than once a week. You can over do it with scrubs, no one than once or twice a week and what I've read. 

Talking Myself Out Of The Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette (Berry/Raspberry Eyeshadow Trend) Affordable Alternatives

Talking Myself Out Of The Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette (Berry/Raspberry Eyeshadow Trend)  Affordable Alternatives

The Berry/Raspberry eyeshadow trend has really come about this fall/winter season and I've been really tempted by the Naked Cherry palette. I picked up the Rimmel London Crimson palette and that really made me want to wear more of these colors. I decided to look through my collection and see if I could find more palettes that have a similar color theory. I found some...

B H Cosmetics Foil Eyes (Colorful Palette Option) Review and Swatches

B H Cosmetics Foil Eyes (Colorful Palette Option) Review and Swatches

B H Cosmetics is an affordable brand that has a wide range of makeup and beauty products. They always have sales in rotation and they release products very consistently. Today, I wanted to talk about the Foil Eyes palette. This is not a new palette, but one that I've kept in my collection. This entire palette has shimmer shades, and I really like that it does have neutral shades included. I don't wear alot of colorful eyeshadow looks but I do want to try incorporating more color in my looks. This is a great palette to explore, because you have twenty eight shades to choose from. 

Rimmel London Magnif'eyes Crimson palette (Review and Swatches) Urban Decay Cherry Alternative

Rimmel London Magnif'eyes Crimson palette (Review and Swatches) Urban Decay Cherry Alternative

The Rimmel London Magnif'eyes Crimson palette caught my eye at the drugstore and I decided it was time to give their shadows a try. This palette reminded me of the recent Urban Decay Cherry palette. I don't buy alot of eyeshadow at the drugstore but this palette really surprised me. The color scheme has been really fun to wear this fall season.