The Makeup Show: Thoughts & Purchases!

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Last weekend, Gummy and I attended The Makeup Show in Chicago! I've always wanted to attend, and this year we finally decided that we just had to go. We were both super excited to see Charlotte Tilbury and Hakuhodo in person, and I think we had a great day of shopping overall! 

Check out this video to hear more about our trip and see what I ended up buying! 

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Summer Candle Must Have

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While I may be the crazy one still burning Diptyque Feu de Bois over here, I’m definitely appreciating the fresher scents now that it looks like summer is finally here.

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One of my favorite candles year round is the Capri Blue Volcano, widely available at Anthropologie. I've seriously been obsessed with this candle for about 3 years now. Not only is this candle nearly on par with high end brands in terms of burn quality and scent throw, it comes in at $28 a pop. Smaller and larger (huge!) sizes are available as well, but seriously - I can't get enough of this in the summer time!

This particular size has a burn time of 85 hours and is a perfect blend of fresh citrus yumminess. Here's how Anthropologie describes the scent - Volcano: tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens

I love it, and I can't think of a better citrus candle for summer. FYI, if you love the smell of Anthropologie, this candle is what the stores frequently burn. Also, if you sign up for their rewards program, you receive a 15% off coupon during the month of your birthday!

What candles are you burning this summer? I'd love to know!

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Project Make-a-Dent Update

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At the beginning of the year, I committed to making a dent in a handful of products that I had selected. (See the original post here.) I had high hopes for myself, and I have to say that like Gummy, I really haven't made a dent at all! 

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Seriously, I didn't even bother opening the lipsticks to show you, because I know for a fact that I did not use the Revlon or Lancome lipsticks. I also gave away the Sephora Concealer Palette and Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, thinking my friend could make use of them much better than I before they reach their expiration date. I still haven't used the Estee Lauder eyeshadow, though I suppose I'll hang onto it and keep trying. 

Fortunately, I did use my Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation all spring, and I still totally love that. I probably used the Fresh Sugar Coral lip balm like... 3 times. And actually, I kind of like it now. Not the best for real lip repair, but the color is pretty and it isn't bad when my lips are feeling a bit dry. 

Aside from the foundation which I know I love and will use every winter forever and ever, I am going to keep trying to use the products I have left. Eventually, I'll get somewhere with them, right? 

Are you participating in #ProjectMakeADent? How has your progress been? :)

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June Makeup Bag

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Is it just me, or has this week just been exhausting? Anyway, I've put together my June makeup bag with products I want to use this month! 

I'd love to know what's in your makeup bag for June and what looks are inspiring you lately! :) 

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The List ☆ June

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Inspired by Sara's lists over at The Minimalista, I thought I'd start my own. So here's a peek at what's on my mind this month!

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1. June is Sample Month! Yes, it is that time again to use as many samples as possible! Follow along on Instagram (#JuneSampleMonth) to see what samples I use daily, and check back at the end of the month for a sample empties! (Oh, and do join in if you have a lot of samples to use up too!)

2. Lululemon. Now i don't know about you, but I've been sort of obsessed with a pullover I spotted (and can no longer find!) and some of their cute tank tops. And I really want to try their leggings. Anyone want to get me some Lululemon for my birthday? LOL!

3. Clean! I'm slowly purging my makeup collection and as it turns out, my closet. So, keep it up and sell/donate as much as possible! 

4. This month, I plan to catch up on my beauty reads, online and otherwise. I have several months of magazines to read, not to mention a few exciting beauty books! (No More Dirty Looks, Clear Skin Detox Diet, Toss the Gloss, Jemma Kidd Makeup Secrets) 

5. At the top of my beauty wishlist are some of the new releases from Armani's summer collection and Hakuhodo. And some Charlotte Tilbury - but gosh, I don't even know where to start!

What's on your to do list this month? I'd love to know!

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Link Love ♡ May

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I'm so behind on my blog reading, but I thought I'd share the posts I've been loving this month. 

First up, No More Dirty Looks announced the details for A Night for Green Beauty, taking place in LA in August.  But more exciting for me is the ANGB x Goodebox, containing 5 full size products from stellar natural brands and supporting the non-profit Baby2Baby. The first box came out today, but has sold out already. But, there are 4 more, so sign up to be notified for more boxes here!

One thing I always love about May is the Met Gala, and I was a fan of The Coveteur's behind the scenes look at makeup for the event. Featuring Joan Smalls, Charlotte Tilbury, and Caroline Trentini, I just couldn't take my eyes off of all those gorgeous products and Caroline's amazing dress! 

I'm also obsessing over how Margaret put together this post over at Shine By Three. Not to mention that gorgeous hot pink Louis Vuitton! 

Now I don't know about you, but I've been tempted by Chanel's Summer collection. Beauty Gypsy has a great comparison of Le Blush Creme de Chanel in Cheeky - apparently, it is quite close to Destiny. Who knew! I also loved her review on Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Nights, which has now made it to the top of my shopping list! 

Have you watched Andie's vanity tour? All I can say is WOW! <3 

Last but not least, I quite enjoyed Sara's The May List post, and plan to make one of my own!

What have you been reading and loving this month? I'd love to know! :)

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May Recap

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May really just flew by, and we are finally having some sort of spring. Sort of. (I'll take it!) 

Products I Loved: 
This month has just been super light when it comes to product usage overall. I can't say I even wore a whole week's worth of makeup! I haven't even tried all of the stuff I got last month. In any event, I've been loving the Pai Rosehip Regenerating Oil and the Louise Young LY39 Eyeshadow Brush. Can't wait to try more by both brands! 

Beauty Purchases: 
I've really been considering my shopping habits and kept it pretty minimal this month. I repurchased Elemental Herbology Detox Bath Oil and got a By Terry Baume de Rose mini, got some goodies from Gummy's blog sale, and picked up a few things from the drugstore. Oh, and I got a bubble bar from Lush. Not too bad, thank goodness! 

Added to the Wishlist:
As usual, my wishlist is growing. I'm particularly intrigued by the new eyeshadows coming out soon from Burberry, I still have my eye on recent releases from Armani, and I desperately want some Hakuhodo. In the shoe world, I'm dying over these studded Burberry wellies and this awesome sandal from Zara. Oh, and can someone get me some Lululemon for my birthday? ;) 

Last but not least, I thought I would share this month's little skating practice video, even with a bit filmed in slow motion!  

What have you been up to this month?? Did you love or hate anything? Go on a shopping spree? I'd love to know!

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Love It or Toss It, #7

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This spring, I've been really considering just how I could possibly use up even a fraction of my makeup collection. I'm slowly making my way through my stash and trying to make strict decisions about the products I'm holding on to. This month's Love It Or Toss It features products that I desperately wanted, and then hardly used. 

Marcelle BB Cream, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, Burberry Pink Taupe

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Marcelle BB Cream in Medium to Dark
Quite a few years ago, while visiting Toronto with my family, I discovered Marcelle BB Cream thanks to a Canadian blogger's recommendation. (I wish I remembered who!) I encountered a tester at a Shopper's Drug Mart one afternoon, and fell in love with the coverage and redness reducing properties. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be as EVERY location I visited over the course of that week was sold out. Later on, I discovered that Marcelle ships to the US, and then last spring, Birchbox started carrying the brand. I finally got my hands on this, and then failed to use it more than a few times in the year that I've had it. Ugh! Anyway, I kind of love it. It feels light on the skin, has great coverage for a BB cream, and has a natural finish. I'm definitely holding on to this one! 

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink
This was another one of those Lisa Eldridge induced purchases, and it seems as if Pale Pink looks great on everyone. I quite like the creamy formula of Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges - they're not cream to powder and at the same time are less "sticky" than Stila Convertible Colors. Pale Pink makes for a great neutral blush or lip color! 

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Pink Taupe
Remember when Burberry launched these eye palettes? Yup, I do. I anxiously waited for the next Beauty Trend Show to grab this with a gift with purchase, and I've seriously used it only a few times since. Burberry eyeshadows are just about my favorite eye things in existence, but this palette just doesn't make sense to keep given how long it will take me to use up any eyeshadow . The shades don't pack a punch on my skintone, and I find that I much prefer Dark Sable, Antique Rose, Khaki and Pale Barley, over the lighter, corresponding shades in this palette. 

Swatches L-R: Burberry Pink Taupe, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink, Marcelle BB Cream in Medium to Dark

Swatches L-R: Burberry Pink Taupe, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink, Marcelle BB Cream in Medium to Dark

Now, I'm already looking at the next group of products and contemplating a summer blog sale... :)

Have you tried any of these products? If so, how did they work for you? What have you loved or tossed lately? I'd love to know!

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April & May Empties

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I haven't made a ton of progress when it comes to empties this past month, but I thought I would share anyway. :) 

I really loved using the Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask, which I just recently posted about here, and I would definitely repurchase it in the future. I'm sure you all remember my love for everything African Botanics, so finishing this bottle of their Pure Marula Oil (review) was definitely a sad day. I plan to purchase the Neroli version in the future, once I've used up more skincare. 

I liked the Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, and my fiance really liked it as well. It is foaming, and suds up well and isn't drying, but I think I will stick to shower gels that are less expensive for now. I find that the Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Shampoo is a really awesome non-stripping clarifying shampoo, but for now I won't repurchase because I have quite a few shampoos. I also liked the Hourglass Film Noir Mascara, which seemed to lift my lashes and give the roots some definition too. 

Have you tried any of these products? If so, what did you think of them? What have you finished lately? I'd love to know!

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Prime & Cover with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

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I'm always looking for products that can cover a bit of redness, and all last year I had my eye on this primer from It Cosmetics. 

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Review

I purchased this in December, and have been using it throughout winter and spring. It definitely has more coverage than the Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer, though I prefer the finish of the Sunday Riley overall.

The shade itself is light-medium in tone, but it seems that many people with skin tones lighter than mine have success with this product. (Check out Beautezine's review here.)

It Cosmetics has all of the ingredients posted on their site here. It retails for $32 and is available in store at many Ulta locations as well. 

Have you tried this primer or anything else from It Cosmetics? I'm definitely interested in checking out their matte eyeshadow, how about you? :)

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