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Monday, October 28, 2013

Mini LUSH Haul

I don't think I've ever officially "hauled" LUSH before, to be completely honest. I'm a semi-regular customer of theirs, but I suppose the fact that everyone and their grandmas are doing Holiday LUSH Hauls right now has dissuaded me from making my own video of the sort. But, alas, this is precisely what having a blog is for! Lucky readers, you are ;) So, I had popped out to the mall the other day in search of a piece from the Guerlain holiday collection, which remains elusive by the way, and decided to stop in at LUSH. The overwhelming waft of blended scents engulfed me as I walked by and forcefully pulled me inside. You know how it goes. 

LUSH Haul Big Shampoo Snowcake Soap

So after being shown a variety of items from their really delicious-smelling Holiday collection, I came away with one Holiday soap and a shampoo from their regular line. This was probably the most I have ever spent in one go at LUSH, even when shopping for gifts. My total came to a whopping $40 and I almost choked on myself - I usually buy one, maybe two soaps at a time, so this was quite the investment! 

The soap I ended up with is called Snowcake, which LUSH calls a "creamy marzipan confection" and a "LUSH Christmas cult classic". I can certainly see why this soap is so popular - it smells so warm and cozy (if that were a scent) and is so creamy and moisturizing. My body skin gets almost painfully dry in the colder months, so the fact that I'm not super itchy after using this soap is incredible. I'm seriously considering buying a larger piece to keep as a backup until next Christmas! It would be difficult to swallow the nearly $8 per 100g, but sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! 


LUSH Haul Big Shampoo Snowcake Soap

The shampoo I splurged on is called Big, and is a sea salt and lemon shampoo, designed to "lift limp locks" and impart "mega watt shine". The sea salt is supposed to "de-grease" hair, removing dead skin cells without stripping the natural oils. I'd seen this mentioned in quite a few videos by a YouTuber I've been watching a lot of lately, itsbl0ndie. We seem to have a similar hair type (oily scalp, long hair, dry ends, etc.), so I thought I'd try it as a shampoo to alternate with my Phytocedrat shampoo. I've used Big twice already, and I know it's far too early to know for sure, but I'm quite certain I'm a fan. This past weekend I was able to wear my third-day hair down, which is absolutely unheard of. I have all of my fingers and toes crossed that this is indeed a new era for my hair, because this stuff was expensive at $26.95. Yikes! 

So, that's my little LUSH haul... all two bits of it :) I'll keep you guys updated on how my new hair routine is going, and whether I'll "have" to splurge on a LUSH conditioner too. My last foray into expensive conditioners with Phytobaume Reparateur wasn't all that successful, and I'm currently using a L'Oreal conditioner that I got for $3 at Target, so I might be on the way to becoming far too curious about LUSH's conditioners for my own good... Only time (and my split ends!) will tell. 

xo Chloë
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

An Introduction to Kat Von D

I've often found myself hemming and hawing in front of the Kat Von D display at Sephora, only to become overwhelmed and walk away empty handed. I'll admit I once walked around with one of her super ultra coverage foundations for a few minutes, before remembering that I hate full coverage foundations (but covet truly flawless skin... hmm....). So there's that, an almost. Well, now I've gone and jumped right in, starting with the True Romance Ladybird palette. 

kat von d ladybird palette sephora review

kat von d ladybird

The Ladybird palette includes eight matte eyeshadows and one travel-size eye pencil, the same sort of "deal" you often see with Urban Decay palettes (my all-time favourites). The palette can be purchased for $43.00 CDN at Sephora, and includes the shades Fur Elise, Vespertine, Renholder, Siouxsie-Sioux, Unrequited, Harlow, Wolf, and Cleopatra. The pencil comes in Immortal Love, a medium-dark brown.  

The outside packaging is absolutely beautiful, as you can see above, and it's a nice sized case with a good weight to it. There's also a really good-sized mirror in the compact, which is always a plus. I've always been attracted to the packaging of Kat Von D products, to be honest. They're always so interesting and decidedly unboring.


kat von d ladybird
Fur Elise, Vespertine, Renholder, Siouxsie-Sioux
kat von d ladybird
Fur Elise, Vespertine, Renholder, Siouxsie-Sioux

As for the shade selection, I'm very pleased. I don't love all of them, but that's pretty typical for palettes with this many shades. I rarely, if ever, like all of the shades in a palette. This is true even with the Naked 2 palette, so it's hardly a knock to this one to say I don't love everything about it ;)  But my like to dislike ratio for this one is very good. The quality is certainly there across the board - while indeed being matte colours, they are also smooth, easy to work with, and not at all chalky or powdery. It might be a Matte Miracle. 

I can say definitively that I only "dislike" the brown and orangey-copper shades, Wolf and Cleopatra respectively. And this isn't because they're of poor quality, they're actually very smooth and easy to work with. They're just very warm-toned, much too warm for my pasty cool-toned complexion. Ah, pale people problems! The only other one that gave me a few problems was the purple, Fur Elise. It was a bit drier than the others, but not so much so that it's bad. It's just... inferior to the others. If I were to pick my two favourites, to go along with my two dislikes, they would have to be Renholder and Siouxsie-Sioux, a neutral taupey grey/brown, and a navy blue. Stunning! 

kat von d ladybird
Unrequited, Harlow, Wolf, Cleopatra

kat von d ladybird
Unrequited, Harlow, Wolf, Cleopatra

Needless to say I am very impressed with this palette, especially since it's all mattes. Mattes are so difficult to get right, and here were have eight that are solid offerings. You'll definitely be seeing more of this palette in the future, as it's so easy to mix and match with every other colour in your collection... which leads me to my one and only gripe, which is that it's not a standalone "grab and go" palette - at least for me. I can't get down with a strictly matte eye look. It just doesn't work for me. There has to be some shimmer or glimmer in there somewhere. So if strictly matte isn't your jam, then that's something to keep in mind! Other than that, it's a lovely little palette, and I can't wait to play around with it some more!

Do you have anything from Kat Von D? What do you think of the brand? What are your suggestions for what I should get next? 

xo Chloë
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Birthday Detour

Today is my birthday. I'm not a big "birthday person" in my old age, but this year I had been planning to do a blog post about various birthday topics, including the Sephora birthday gift, my birthday face of the day, my birthday outfit... you get the picture. This was the plan. The plan did not include spending nearly 4 hours at the 24hr Emergency Animal Hospital with my Sadie. No, it certainly did not. But that's what the plan turned out to be. Happy birthday to me!



So, in an attempt to salvage at least part of the original plan, this is this year's birthday gift from Sephora! I remember one year I got totally ripped off for the gift... it was supposed to be something really cool (exactly what is currently escaping me) but instead I ended up with a crappy little Sephora brand makeup bag that isn't even big enough to hold anything useful. This happened because they had "run out" of the original gift. Seriously guys?! Are there that many October babies? Anyway, I digress. This year's effort is quite solid, although I have already tried Benefit's They're Real mascara and was underwhelmed. Mum has benefitted (get it? get it?) from this and is now the proud owner of the mascara, while I'm very very excited to try Watt's Up! If you're a fan of the mascara, then this is definitely one of Sephora's better birthday sets! While I was in-store to pick up my gift, I bought another item, which you'll be seeing here in the near future, that sent me over the edge to qualify for VIB Rouge. I'm not sure how I feel about the fact that I've spent $1000 at Sephora this calendar year. Yikes. On the bright side, I now have free shipping on every online order, not just over $75 CDN. That's major. 



After finally getting home with my girl Sadie, I had only an hour and a half to relax/get ready for our dinner reservation/dote on Sadie/wash my face/do some of the chores I had planned for the day, so once again I failed to fulfil my original plan of maybe making a "birthday makeup!" video, or even a proper outfit of the day. I did manage to snap a quick pic of my dinner outfit on the way out the door, but sadly no face pictures of the makeup. It was very basic though, I assure you. As for the outfit, this was the maiden voyage of my new faux leather leggings (!!!!) from Zara. I'm so excited I found these, as they're half the price of the ones I had been eyeing at Aritzia. So along with those, I'm wearing new black booties from Target, a top from H&M, a blazer from Dynamite, and my trusty LV Speedy 30. Like I said, the makeup was basic - I used some MAC Vex, and some colours from a Kat Von D palette on the eyes, Burberry Peony blush on the cheeks, and a basic balm on my lips. All of this on top of my trusty MUFE HD foundation, of course :) 



So what was supposed to be a day all about me turned into a day all about this furry baby here. I'm okay with it, since she's on the mend and is in much better spirits. When she's okay, I'm okay! She's a bit grumpy as she now has to wear the cone of shame, since she can't stop nipping at her rear end (the scene of the... emergency), and she's a bit dozy from her painkillers and antibiotics, but I'm sure she'll forgive me once she realizes this is all to make her better as soon as possible! 

And a big thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday on Twitter and Instagram! Obviously my day wasn't how I had pictured it would be, but it wasn't a total write off... I'm sitting here in my bed right now with Sadie snoring at my feet, and I couldn't be happier :) 

xo Chloë
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