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HAUL! Pixi, L’Oreal, Rimmel

I’ve recently moved back to Vancouver (my hometown) and had a chance to sneak into Target to check out what’s in store. There were a few items from the Philip Lim collection left, but nothing that I HAD to have… so I wandered over to cosmetics ­čśŤ

Rimmel Nail Polish, Lipstick, Pixi Palette, and L'Oreal Mascara


It’s an eyes, lips and nails haul! I’ll start with the two nail polishes from Rimmel – Burgundy Flirt and English Rose. These were on sale for $3.99 (same with the Kate Moss Lipstick!), and I remember Ms. Essie Button┬áraving about these nail polishes as being exceptionally long lasting and gorgeous, so I thought why not grab these two for fall :)

I have been on a major burgundy kick lately, so I couldn’t resist this lipstick – #107 in the Kate Moss collection.

107 lipstick swatch kate moss rimmel

I love the purple undertones to this deep lipstick, a must have for fall.

rimmel kate moss lipstick


Here is the lipstick in action on my dry lips (sorry!) I LOVE the colour and am pleased with the payoff and the matte finish. I look forward to wearing this soon for an OOTD!

Next, the Early Bird Pallete by Pixi.

pixi early bird palette


This retails for $38 at Target (Canada) and at first I thought… this is a bit steep. But once I swatched a sample palette I was intrigued. You get 3 blushes, 2 bronzers, 1 highlight, 4 base shadows and 16 other eyeshadows. A single blush from Pixi is $16, so when you do the math, this isn’t such a bad deal.

All very neutral, wearable colours. This kit also struck me as being the ultimate travel companion – just bring your brushes, mascara, foundation, concealer and eyeliner and you’re set! I’m looking forward to playing with this more over the next few weeks and plan to do a video with swatches.

Last, but not least, I am about to run out of brown mascara, a must for days I aim for a softer, more natural eye look.

L'Oreal False Lashes Mascara

I’m a fan of the L’Oreal Voluminous mascara, so I thought I’d be a bit adventurous and try the False Lashes Mascara in Brown Black.┬áThe packaging is pretty flashy! I will report back on how it performs :)

That concludes this Target Haul, let me know what products you’ve been loving as we enter the fall season!



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Review: Tarte Brazillience Self Tanner

It was an exciting time earlier this month, pre-wedding phase! I got married on September 7th in Vancouver, and husband and I moved from Alberta back to Vancouver just the week before. I had zero time to ‘test’ out a spray tan at a salon, so I did some research on a natural looking self-tanner that would do the trick to give me a fabulous wedding glow.

What seemed to have the best reviews and a fair price was the Tarte Brazillience Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self Tanner (what a name!)

Tarte Brazillience Self Tanner

This self tanner retails for $37 at Sephora, comes with an application mitt and contains 5.5 oz of product. The packaging is GORGEOUS, I’m going to have a hard time throwing it away when it’s all gone!

It smells pretty nice as far as self tanners go, and does feel moisturizing as promised. The mitt is the secret to success with this self tanner, it makes is 10x easier to apply and saves the mess of washing your hands after so your hands can actually keep colour too.

Tarte Brazillience Self Tanner

As pictured above this does have a colour guard, which I like for ease of application. You can SEE where you’ve applied it and gain a bit of tan instantly. After a couple hours the self tanner activates to achieve the full bronzed effect, and looks very natural – NOT orange.

On my wedding day


*Photography by Pink Lotus


This is me on my wedding day (hard to tell eh? LOL) and I had just enough colour to look healthy and glowy, but not so tan that it would make my husband look washed out. I have been so pleased with the results, and will continue to use the Tarte self tanner! I apply about every 3 days to maintain a tan :)

Overall, I give it a 9/10. My only wish is that it would last longer in between applications. What self tanner do you swear by?









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Review: Marc Anthony Oil Of Morocco Hair Care

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I have been looking forward to sharing this review with you because I have been LOVING this hair care system!

Watch the video below for details on how the Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco line has been working for me :)

It’s worked wonders on my hair, it feels softer and healthier than it has in YEARS, smells wonderful and was very reasonable. I feel like I will be coming back to these products again and again AND they’re sulfate free (which is awesome for if you’ve dyed your hair)

Marc Anthony Oil Of Morocco Hair Care

What hair care products do you swear by? I’d love to know!

xo BB

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TOPBOX – July 2013

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It’s like Christmas in July! Haha, well maybe not quite… but it’s still nice to come home on a rainy Monday to a new TOPBOX! I am pretty impressed with this month’s products :)

TopBox July 2013


China Glaze Nail Polish – Full Size, in the colour Under The Boardwalk. (Love!)

Belvada Cosmetics, One Moment Essential Day Cream – Sample Size, I think this little jar will be about a weeks worth of use. Contains 24K Gold Flakes, Pearl Protein and Amino Acids.

KMS California ADDVOLUME volumizing spray – Deluxe Sample. Gotta love some extra volume!

B. Kamins BB Cream – Sample Size. It’s too bad this is such a small sample, it would be nice to have more than one use to test out. Seems to be very light coverage.

That’s it for this month’s TOPBOX! Overall I’m pleased with the samples I’ve recieved and look forward to testing everything out. However, I am feeling like I’m not quite getting as great a value as I have been getting out of the ipsy bags… so if next month’s TOPBOX doesn’t blow me away I might cancel my subsription.

Look forward to some reviews as I get a feel for everything and be sure to check back and see what ipsy sent my way this month! .

What subscriptions have you been loving?

xo BB

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