June Favorites


Okay, I know I say this a lot but this month really did fly by, I mean where did it go?

June has been filled to the brim with fun and excitement, even though this last week has been rough this has been a good month for me.

The majority of this month’s favorites are new products that I have been playing around with.


Dr+ Wellness Volcanic Ash Clay Mud Mask: This is one of my new favorite masks. The texture is almost like a lotion, making to super easy to apply and is doesn’t dry and feel uncomfortable on the skin. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed.

Pixi Glow Tonic: I haven’t been using this for long enough to tell how it’s really working, but so far I’m really liking it. My skin has been a little smoother and I love the smell of it.



NYX Angel Veil Primer: I have heard lots of people raving about this primer so I finally decided to try it out. I have only used it a few times but so far so good. The formula is a bit different than I’m used to in primers, it’s more of a cream.

NYX Blush in Hamptons: I’ve had this blush for awhile but it really hasn’t gotten much use, but I have been liking pink blushes more than peachy ones at the moment.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: This is one of those products that was so hyped up that I almost didn’t want to bother with, but I was checking out at Sephora and you know how they have shelves that you have to stand next to while you are waiting to pay?

Well, that’s what happened to me, this was just sitting there staring and I decided to try it, and let me say that it is the best setting spray I have ever tried.

NYX Adorable Eyeshadow Palette: This palette really does live up to its name, it’s simply adorable.

It’s sweet and simple and great for everyday makeup looks. I have a review for this palette in the work and it should be up any day now.

BH Cosmetics Be…by BubzBeauty: If you read my recent review of this palette(here) you probably know why this is in my favorites.

Every this about this palette makes it perfect for my, I think if I had designed it myself I couldn’t have done better.

Kat Von D Tatto Liner in Mad Max Brown: I’m still getting used to this liner, but I’m loving it so far. It has a very fine tip that makes it perfect for a subtle look.



Mad Max Brown/ Hamptons

That’s it for my June beauty favorites!

There is going to be a lifestyle favorites post up at some point but it might be in the beginning of July at this point(oops..).

What have been some of your favorites this month?



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Glass Files From Aveniro


I was first introduced to glass nail files a couple of months ago, and there has been no gooing back. Forget those cheap little cardboard ones and even the metal ones, these unassuming little glass files are a game changer.

I am super excited to have the chance to try out these great products from (Aveiro), and have been testing them out for the last few weeks.


Medium & Small Nail Duo Files

These files have a double roughness (thus making them duo). The rougher side of the file is more abrasive but still gentle on the nails, making for a fast and easy shaping of the nails. The smoother side is for the final smoothening and shaping of the nail.

My favorite of the two is the medium because I find the size easier to handle, but the small is great for keeping in my bag.



Foot File

This foot scraper has an abrasive surface that covers the whole area of the foot scraper. With two sides, both different roughnesses, the rougher side is made to remove dirt and old skin, the smoother side for a final clean and smooth of the skin.

I’m not one hundred percent sure whether I’m supposed to use this wet or dry, but I have been using dry.


Final Thoughts

I am super impressed with the quality of these files, they are quite weighty and I can tell that they are going to last me for a good long while. One of my favorite things about theses is how easy they are to clean, just a few drops of soap and some warm water and you’re on your way.

Overall, I would highly recommend these lovely files. Seriously glass files are the best.



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Be…by BubzBeauty Review


Hello everyone,

Meet my new favorite eyeshadow palette.

I bought the palette a couple of weeks ago on a whim. I have never heard anything about the palette or Lindy Tsang for that matter. It is also my very first taste of BH Cosmetics, and I have to say my first impressions are favorable.


The packaging of the palette is really cute, it is a blush pink colors cardboard with silvery gold metallic detailing and lettering. On the inside lid there is a decent sized mirror, and the words “Be whatever you want to be”

The shadows pans are nicely nestled into a bed of rose gold colored cardboard, with the names of each written and happy white letters.


There are twelve shadows in this palette and each of them is lovely in there on right, but of course, I have my favorites


Starting with the first six shades, and swatching from right to left as per usual.

We have,


This is a glowy cream colored shade.


A beautiful pale pink shimmer.


A medium brown frosty shade.


A matte light brown.


A matte medium brown.


The bottom six are a bit more on the fun side, but can be dressed up or down depending on what you want,


A dark brown shimmer shade.


A gorgeous shimmery,  almost metallic shade


A reddish brown shadow with a slightly pearly finish.


A  stunning rose gold shimmer, again, on the edge of metallic.


A dark matte purple.


A beautiful cream colored shimmer.


A light glowy purple.

Just look at the darker shimmer shades. How gorgeous are they?

The pigmentation of these shadows is quite good, the shimmer shadows are a lot more pigmented than the more matte ones but I feel like that is normal.

In case you were wondering, my favorite shades are Charismatic Able and Hopeful.


Okay, the packaging is cute and the shadows are pretty, but believe it or not, it was the shadow names that was the major selling point for me. The names are all so sweet and innocent, which is something I really appreciate, it may seem like a small thing, but it really annoys me when a company thinks they have to give their makeup really weird names. I mean how great is when someone asks what eyeshadow you’re wearing and you can say ” Happy, Hopeful and a touch of Optimistic”

This palette has a lot of versatility, there is a good number of different look I have been able to get from it.  The only issue I have it that a couple of the shimmer shadows have some fallout, specifically  Hopeful. As I do my eye makeup first anyway it isn’t a big deal, but it might be something you would want to think about before purchasing.

Overall this is a great little palette is a winner, and for fourteen dollars I think its well worth adding to your makeup collection.

What are your thoughts of this palette?


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June Sephora Play! Unboxing



Happy Friday!

My June Sephora Play! is here!

And since I can’t think of anything witty or informative to say to start this post lets just jump in.


The bag this month is back it to usual white drawstring bag. This time it has cute little swimmers on the front with the words In A Summer State Of Mind on writen across the bottom.


Benefit Pore Fessional Primer.

I have used this primer before and really liked it and am happy to have another mini of it to try it out a little more. The consistency of this primer is a bit thicker than I’m used to in a primer.DSC_0011

 IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel.

I’ve not used any of IGK’s products before so I’m curious about this one.  This has quite a strong perfumed smell, which seems a bit odd, I would have preferred that it smelled like coconut.

DSC_0012 OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil

I use this on my hair this last night and I really liked it. I had just curled my hair and it was a little bit frizzy on the ends, so I added a few drops of this to the ends and it worked like a charm.


First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer.

I have used one of First Aid Beauty’s moisturizers before and I loved so I’m really interested in seeing how this works.


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

As you probably know (if you’ve read my post on liquid lipstick ) I’m not a fan of liquid lipstick, but I’m even less a fan of the color of this one.  This is a very bright light purple shade, I didn’t swatch this because I will be trying to pass it on to someone who will appreciate it.


Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Perfume.

I was really pleased to get this as my perfume sample this month. I have like this perfume for awhile now and I’m glad a can try it out a little bit more.

This is said to be in the warm spicy fragrance family, and have notes of coffee, orange blossoms, and cedarwood.


This wasn’t my favorite box, but I believe I will be able to use all of the products, with the exception of the Kat Von D lipstick.

What are your thoughts on the month’s box?

Would you wear that shade of lipstick?



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June Ipsy Unboxing


It’s Ipsy time again!

To completely truthful have been having a bit of a bloggers block of late, so it’s great to know that I have these monthly posts to fall back on, but hopefully I can get back on track here pretty soon.

If you haven’t heard of Ipsy or would like to learn more about it, you can find all that (here).


This month’s bag is a little bit bland and to be honest I don’t really like it. It’s a light tan with white spots and a black bottom and zipper, with a pair of smiling lips of the front. The material is a sturdy fabric.


First thing out of the bag was the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream I use this cream this morning it seemed really nice, it burned a little around my nose but I think that’s because I had just used a pore strip.


Next is the Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Hands & Feet Nail Polish in Greenlilly .This polish isn’t my usually kind of color but I will definitely be trying it out at some point.


Next, I’ve got the Dloucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara.  I just used this mascara this morning and I have some seriously mixed feelings about it. It adds loads of length and volume which is great, but it gives the lashes a messy dramatic effect that I’m not sure I like.


TheBalm Balm Springs Long Wareing Blush

I haven’t used this blush yet, but from what I can tell it looks lovely. It’s a beautiful light warm toned pink.


Hey Honey Uncover Detoxifying Mud Mask

I used this mask the other night and I really like it, it has a lovely cooling effect and left my feeling clean. It gently exfoliates when you’re rinsing it off as well which I really like.


Overall I think this was a good bag, there are a couple of product I don’t think I will get a lot of use out of but for the most part, I am quite pleased with it.

What are your thoughts on this month’s bag?

Have you used any of these products before?


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Makeup Collection Part 4: Lipsticks


It’s been awhile since I’ve done a makeup collection post, and it took a lot of courage to swatch all these lipsticks, but I do love doing these post.

So, if there is any part of my stash you’d like to see just let me know in the comments and I’ll try to oblige.

I’m pretty happy with my lipstick collection, I feel like I have a good range of colors and formulas, so please remind me not to but more because I really don’t use it that much.

So let get to it.



Summer Angel/Latino/Red Alert/Airy Fairy/Kiss/14/01


Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick

These are super creamy and moisturizing, but they can be a little messy.

Summer Angel: The name of this lipstick is actually very fitting, it’s a little creamy nude with an angelic shimmer.

Latino: This is lovely glowy petal pink

Red Alert: Red doesn’t quite cover how red this shade is, it’s a bright candy apple red. I have worn this a grand total of twice, I bought it for 1940s inspired looks but it is too bright for that.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick

These are a little on the drying side, but they are otherwise amazing.

Airy Fairy: This is pretty much the long lasting version of Summer Angel, it has the shade minus the creamy glow.

Kiss: Very pink and very shiny, it’s not quite a metallic but is on its way

Kate Moss 14: I talked a lot about this one in my winter makeup posts. It’s the perfect light yet warm nude shade for the colder months.

Kate Moss 01: Okay, now this is red. It’s the perfect 40’s red lipstick.




Istanbul/Stockholm/Buenos Aires/Antwerp/Lace Detail/ Ripe Berry


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Although the colors and tricky with these I love the formulation and the feel. Just beware that the actual color is different from the pictures online.

Istanbul: This is a very lip dusty pink shade. It’s very pretty but a touch lighter than my natural lips so it’s not the best on me.

Stockholm: This is definitely my favorite nude shade in my collection.  It’s a soft warm shade that’s a great my lips but better shade.

Buenos Aires: A light orange cream shade. Not a fan of this one personally, it makes my lips disappear into my face.

Antwerp: This is a very bright orangey pink shade, I like to call it Betsy Johnson pink.

NYX Lip Lingerie

While this is the closest I’ve come to liking a liquid lipstick it’s still not quite there.

Lace Detail: This is a very pale nude shade, too pale for me it makes my lips disappear.

NYX Butter Lipstick

Love the creaminess of this lipstick.

Ripe Berry: Perfect for Autumn a Winter this is a beautiful rich berry shade.



Glazed Berry/ Sugar Plum Pop/ A Different Grape


Clinique Different Lipstick

Clinique’s lipsticks are very soft and comfortable(at least the one’s I’ve tried are).

Glazed Berry: This is a sweet girly ‘my lips but better’ shade. It’s a cool shimmery pink.

A Different Grape: A Really nice deep berry shade. I love this one for the cooler months.

Clinique Sheer Lipcolor+Primer

Sugar Plum Pop: This is a beautiful natural shimmery pink. I love this for when I want to wear lipstick but still want to look


Milani Lipstick

I have just recently discovered Milani and their amazing lipsticks. They’re very comfortable on and have a lovely creamy formula.

Matte Darling: This is a lovely matte rosy pink.

Naturally Chic: This is a warm pinky satin finish nude.



Vivid Rose/Light It Up/ Julianne’s Nude/Chauffeur/ Loaded 


Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Vivid Rose: Vivid satin pink. This lipstick is very water resistant making it great for wearing to the beach.

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up: I absolutely love this soft creamy coral lipstick.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Julianne’s Nude: This is a beautiful peachy pink satin nude lipstick.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in ChauffeurThis is basically the lipstick version of the NYX lip cream in Stockholm. It’s my perfect nude.

*Younique Moodstruck Lipstick in LoadedYet another simple gorgeous rich berry satin finish lipstick.



Green/ Graystone/Belize Bordeaux/ Time Square/Rose


Fran Wilson MoodMatcher Luxe Lipstick in Green: This one is a current favorite of mine, it’s a color changing lipstick its green in the tube but applies pink. The shade of pink changes with body temperature(my wrist isn’t very warm).

NudeStix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Graystone: The formula of this lipstick is really nice but the shade isn’t good for me, it makeup it look like I rubbed a chocolate bar on my lips( not a good look).

TreStique Mini Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux: I love the formula of these lip crayons. This is a very magenta pink color, not great for my ever day use but I wear it from time to time.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Time SquareI’m not a liquid lipstick fan ( read more about that here) but this one is by far the worst I have used, it cracks and flacks and is just uncomfortable. There’s no arguing that the color is lovely though, it’s a light warm brown nude.

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Rose: This is a beautiful peachy brown toned nude, but as I said I’m not a fan of liquid lipstick.


So there you go!

You are now officially caught up on my lipstick collection.

Throughout the course of preparing and writing this post I have made some rediscoveries, and now I’m excited to start using some of these again.

What is your favorite lipstick?

Have you tried any of these?


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EyeShadow Palettes.

My June Makeup Bag


Well, June has snuck up on me, and I wasn’t at all prepared.

But that’s okay I like June, and I have lots to look forward to this month.

Even though this month I’m using a box instead of a makeup bag it follows the same concept. There is no particular type of product I’m focusing on this month, mostly just ones I’ve had for ages and really want to finish.

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Concealer

I did a full review of this concealer awhile back and I really didn’t like it at all, but since it’s fairly small and I hate wasting things I have decided to try and use it up this month. You can find my full review (here).

Ulta Beauty Color Correct Concealer Palette

I’ve used this three or four times, but haven’t really spent any time playing around with it so that’s why it’s in this months bag.

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money

This is a beautiful highlighter, but I find the formula to be a bit tricky for me to work with.

Flower Beauty Flower Pots Blush in Warm Hibiscus

I absolutely love this blush, it’s a gorgeous bright rose pink with a touch of gold shimmer. I have been trying to preserve to flower design and so far it’s still there.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

This was my very first high-end makeup product and it will always have a special place in my heart because it was a gift from my parents on my eighteenth birthday. Sadly, however, as my makeup collection has grown it has been getting less and less use.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum

This is one of those funny little products that I don’t like but I don’t dislike.  I really haven’t noticed that it makes that much difference to my lashes, but on the other hand, it feels nice to do a little something extra for them. I use it under mascara and sometimes as a night treatment.

Clinique Lash Building Primer

Lash primer is a great invention but most of the time I just can’t be bothered with the extra step, meaning that this is getting a bit old and I don’t want it to dry out on me.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pango Peach

I used this a ton last summer, it’s a lovely sheer peachy slightly shimmery gloss. It’s almost gone so I want to finish it off.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Latino

I love this bright rosy color,  but unfortunately, the Moisture Renew lipsticks aren’t my favorite formula, but as it’s almost gone I can bare being slightly less than in love with it.



Lunch Money/ Warm Hibiscus


Latino/Pango Peach


So, that’s what’s in my June makeup bag/box.

What are some products you’d like to use up this month?

Have you tried any of this products? if so what were your thoughts?


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Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette


I have mentioned this palette in a couple of my previous posts and kept promising to do a review with swatches, and have been procrastinating dreadfully.

So here it finally is!



This palette includes six shadows and three wet or dry eyeliner powders.

The packaging it what I think makes this palette unique, it’s an adorable leopard print tin. The size is another plus, it’s about four inches long, so it would be perfect for travel.

The lightest or base shadows are in bigger tins that are about twice the size of the other color shadows.


Purr/Tiger’s Eye/ Leopard

Day Look

Purr A beautiful pearly cream shade with a hint of sparkle.

Tiger’s Eye A lovely semi-metallic bronze shadow

Leopard A dark brown shade with gold glitter

The shadows that are considered the day look are the ones that I use most often, it makes a beautiful natural bronze eye look.


Meow/Pussy Cat/ Jungle Love


Meow A soft off white matte shadow.

Pussy Cat A glowy pinky purple shadow

Jungle Love Black with dark purple and silver glitter

Classic makes for a light purple slightly pink look. I haven’t used this one as much, but Pussy Cat is stunning.


Kitten/Kitty Glitter/Panther


Kitten A glowy creamy pink matte shadow

Kitty Glitter A silver-blue semi-metallic shadow

Panther Matte Black

When I bought this palette I thought that Kitty Glitter would be the only shade I wouldn’t use, but as it turns out it’s one of my favorites. I love to use it just on the lid, the cool silver blue really makes other colors pop as well as brighten the eyes.


Left-Right Panther/Jungle Love/ Leopard

With the right brush, all three of the liners can look great. but it’s tricky to get just the right amount of water on the brush to get it to look right.

I have been using Leopard in the crease with a thin brush to completely trace to shape of my lid, and once it’s well blended it makes my eyes look bigger and more awake.


The pigmentation on all of the shadows it really nice, it gives a very subtle and delicate color pay off. I also love how all of the looks are interchangeable, you can use any one shadow with any other and it will look just as amazing.

Overall I think this is a great little palette, and would highly recommend keeping an eye out for it at your local TJ/TK Maxx, if only because it’s so cute. I found this for $14.99.

Have you tried this palette? or would you in the future?


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May Empties


This month I didn’t use up as many products as I have over the past couple of months, but I still feel like I made good progress.

It seems like each month I use up a lot more products in one genre that all the others, last month it was lotion and this month it was hair styling products.DSC_0039


Salon Grafix Shaping Extra Super Hold Hair Spray: Personally I feel like hair spray is hair spray, I have used some that didn’t work well and others that did, but for the must part they seem pretty much the same. In future, I think I would get an unscented one, but it does the job.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush: I have used this dry shampoo many many times and it’s the best. It does its job and doesn’t weigh down my hair.

Tresemme Fresh Start Smoothing Dry Shampoo: I don’t like this dry shampoo, it didn’t work very well and it made my hair feel awful. Give me my Batiste any day.

Salon Grafix Freezing  Meg Hold Hair Spray: This was a good spray, it didn’t make my hair feel too stiff or crunchy.

Batiste Dry Styling Plumping Powder: I didn’t like this at all. It felt awful in my hair heavy, sticky and all round not good.

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Anti-Frizz Styling Creme: I love the smell of this stuff, at one point I had must of the sweet almond mint collection and love the whole thing. 

Eva-Nyc Hungry Hair Oil Treatment: This had a tendency to leak so I spilled it quite a few times leaving not much for me to actually use. I used this at night to give my hair a moisture boost.



Garnier Skin Active Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-CreamThis is a top-notch moisturizer, beautifully refreshing and light on the skin. I’m sure I will be repurchasing this at some point.

Elizabeth Arden Refining Toner: I have used a couple different Elizabeth Arden toners and this one was not my favorite I prefer the one for dry skin.

CocoaCare Lip Balm: This is super moisturizing and is great for a more drying lipstick. It does, however, feel a little waxy on. 

Carmex Lip Balm: Absolutely love this lip balm, it’s right up there with Eos in my opinion.I like to use this at night before bed for an extra moisture boost. 



Josie Maran Surreal Skin Finishing BalmNot The biggest fan of this of this product, I used it as a base primer and I really didn’t like the finish. I found it made my makeup sit weird and look cakey.

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-1 ConcealerI feel like I’m always going on and on about this concealer, but it is simply amazing and I can’t live without it.


Well, that’s it for my May Empties! 

I love the monthly emptying of my empties box and then seeing it slowly fill up again.

What are some products you finally used up this month?


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May Favorites


May has seriously flown by,  I don’t know where all the time is going.

I have been loving so many products this month that it was really hard to narrow it down to my absolute favorites.

So, without further ado let jump into what I’ve been loving this month.


Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

As the newest addition to my makeup collection, this little palette is getting a good amount of use. My favorite shades are the top three, Purr,  Tiger’s Eye, and Leopard.

There will be a review up about this soon.

Etude House Green Tea Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack 

I have been using this every night, and I still can’t get over how much I like it. It feels a little sticky for a while after I apply it, but when I wake up in the morning and my skin a soft its well worth it. This is super soothing as well, it has cut back on my redness and calms my breakouts.

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter 

This body butter smells incredible! It’s one of the few products that I can understand why they used the do not consume label. It smells of hazel nuts and almonds and everything wonderful.


NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam

This highlighter has taken me quite awhile to get used to. As I said in my May Makeup post, I really wanted to the hang of it this month and I feel like I have.

This is perfect for this time of year. It’s a light glowy pink with little bits of glitter.

 Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Luxe lipstick in Green

When I bought this on a whim last month I had no idea how much I would love it. It’s the weirdest most interesting lipstick I’ve ever seen. This lipstick is green in the tube but applies pink, and the brightness of the pink changes with body temperature.

The best thing about this is how it feels on, it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing lipstick at all, and it lasts really well.

BareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up

This is a gorgeous coral shade, the formula is creamy and comfortable. I usually go for the more muted lip color but in the summer I like to mix it up a bit more.

Clinique Lipstick in Sugar Plum Pop

This is a very sheer color, it says that it can be used as a base or primer for another lipstick, but I like to use it alone.

Ulta Beauty Amped Lashes Mascara

I have been using this as an everyday mascara. it doesn’t to a lot for volume, but it adds a little length and is great for no-makeup” days.


Essie Nail Polish in Peek Show & Buried Treasure

These are the only two colors I have been wearing on my nails this month. I love Buried Treasure for my toes and Peek Show on my fingers.

Have you tried any of these products?

What are some of your May favorites?


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