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smashbox - light it up - gloss to go set review

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Smashbox has teamed up with California’s neon artist Meryl Pataky to create this incredible lip gloss set for this holiday season. The Smashbox Light It Up – Gloss To Go Set ($30 cdn) is great for those who want to try out several glosses without having to worry about committing to one full sized colour. I picked this set up at Shoppers Drug Mart and thought I would do an overview of what you can look forward to if you pick up this set.

The set includes five (5) shades (5 x 5 ml): Bare Light, Orange Light, Fuchsia Light, Lilac Light and Ruby Light
Both Bare and Fuchsia light apply much more sheer than the other three and are the only two in this set with some sparkle to them. I recommend wearing them overtop another lip product. Orange, Lilac and Ruby light can be layered and worn alone or overtop lipstick to add some brightness and vibrancy. Smashbox tip: Create a personalized shade by mixing and matching between glosses in this set!

These glosses last for several hours, glide on smoothly without that sticky feeling and don’t dry out my lips. They also have great colour and aren’t shockingly bright. The lilac light was the first to catch my eye and one of my favourite colours in this set to wear. I didn’t think I would get too much use out of Bare and Fuchsia light as I’m not a huge fan of sparkly lips, however, the sparkles are so small/minimal that I have been reaching for Bare light much more often than I expected to!

Smashbox has nailed this packaging. It’s fun, bright and caters to those who love boxes. The neon orange acrylic box had me just as excited as the product itself! The glosses come in a standard twist off cap and lip applicator. I appreciate that the applicator isn’t super flexible so you have some resistance when applying to your lips. The glosses are a perfect size to travel with and will not leak if closed correctly. 

This set is a great value if you’re a fan of lip glosses. Each gloss has 5ml of product versus the standard 6ml lip gloss from Smashbox ($25 cdn each). It is also a nice introductory set for people like me who don’t go for glossy looks too often but wouldn’t mind keeping a few on hand for those days you want some shine.


If you’re picking this up as a gift, this would be ideal for teenagers and I wouldn't think twice about purchasing this. From the product quality to the packaging, you have everything you need for a perfect gift. The cost value is great for anyone who loves wearing lip glosses on a daily basis. For me personally, I don’t wear glosses enough to justify repurchasing a set like this again. I would be much more inclined to pick up another set for myself if it had a mix of lipsticks and lip glosses.

tatcha aburatorigami japanese beauty papers

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I love gold. When I found out that the Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers (30 sheets, $15 cdn) had whisper thin gold flakes incorporated into the papers, I was intrigued. I can’t help but sing Iggy Azalea's song “Fancy” in my head whenever I blot my face with these beauty sheets. Is that weird? Doesn’t matter. Like everything else from Tatcha (here and here), the amount of care that goes into their packaging shines through. Whether it was the gold flakes and adorable packaging or the hope that these things might help control my oily t-zone, I decided to pick a pack up after I ran out of my Boscia Blotting Linens.

These beauty papers claim to be a “soft, absorbing paper made of 100% natural abaca leaf and gold flakes to help absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup. These sheets are cruelty-free, biodegradable and handmade in Japan”.

The packaging is much more luxurious than any other blotting paper I’ve used. The packaging style is a standard flip top (envelope style) but in the shape of a square and with a much larger size (3.75 inches all around). This differs from the generic rectangular shape that is almost a third less in size. It’s super compact and fits in all my purses and clutches with ease. The package is not waterproof.

These fragrance and powder free sheets are one of the best blotting papers on the market. At first, I was a bit thrown off by the size, but quickly realized how much more area I could cover with just one sheet. These papers are quite thin but they do not tear easily. The blotting sheet is ultra soft and super flexible, making it easy to press against your skin. With one paper (using both sides), I am able to create a completely matte finish without drying my skin or displacing makeup.

I started using blotting papers throughout the day to reduce the amount of powder I would apply to my skin. For those days when I’m super oily, I will use a blotting paper first then apply a setting powder overtop. Lately, I haven’t been touching up as much as I normally do as these sheets are doing a pretty good job keeping me oil-free.

These papers come everywhere with me. Having them in a slim envelope makes them compact and easy to throw into any type of bag. These papers have an incredible ability to remove the oils and keep my skin matte while leaving my makeup in place, making it an absolute winner in my books. From the packaging to the product itself, it just works. The only thing I need to do is use them more! They're so nice to look at that I don't ever want to ruin the package! "I'm so fancy, you already know...".

I am already on my second pack and will keep repurchasing. Looking forward to the Sephora sale this November!!

top four lipstick shades for fall

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Ever since I was young, I would watch my mom apply her lipstick thinking how pretty it looked on her. She always said that adding a touch of colour to your lips would brighten up your face and give you a healthy vibrancy. Okay, not exactly in those words, but something along those lines. Like many other things throughout the years, my mom was right. Selecting the perfect lip colour can bring together an entire look. My fall lipstick rotation hardly changes. There is always at least one sheer nude, berry pinks and deep reds. 

I first heard about this lipstick in the shade Boy when I was watching one of Estee Lalonde's youtube videos. This was the first time I had a "youtube made me buy it" moment and I'm glad I did! This is a super sheer and ultra hydrating lipstick that I keep in my purse at all times. It adds just that little touch needed when you want something opposite of bold. Nobody finishes a tube of lipstick but I'm definitely trying with this one!

Make Up For Ever is one of my favourite makeup brands. I featured this lipstick in the shade #31 Satin Mauve Pink in a previous post around the same time I picked it up during IMATS Toronto 2015. The lipstick glides on smooth, leaving a creamy feel to your lips. It's quite pigmented, so I use a light hand when applying. The colour is a lovely shade of pink that can transition from winter to summer with ease. 

An incredibly stunning shade in Nocturnal (deep berry) that I have adored since the day it came home with me. This shade receives the most compliments both applied and shown in the tube. I can't help but swatch this every time I step into Sephora even though I have my own! Like the name, this lipstick does have a velvety feel on the lips, but dries matte. Not to fear, it doesn't stick to your lip lines or make your lips looks cracked in the slightest! 

So Charlotte (oxblood red) sounds daunting, however, it is anything but that. Personally, I feel that red lips are the most difficult to pull off, especially during the day, but I promise that this shade works for all skin tones. I love that the colour is on the cooler tone (not orange) so it helps make your teeth look sparkling white. This lipstick glides on equally as smooth as the Chanel. It dries matte and gives a flawless finish. You won't regret any lipstick made by Nars. They definitely have one of the best lipstick lines out there. Did I mention their tubes are magnetic? Never lose your cap in your purse again, amirite? 

What is your tried and tested lipstick that you cannot live without?