Summer skincare, hair & beauty haul + The Ordinary mini review

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It's been ages since I've done a beauty haul and yet there are so many new products that I've recently purchased and haven't talked about. This haul is spread over a couple of months and I didn't include everything I bought because it might seem like I'm sick-in-the-head-crazy about beauty products, which I probably am but oh well! It's a beauty haul people and we're here to have fun! 

BTW - Sign up to my email list at the bottom of this post if you want a chance to win monthly beauty giveaways! I want to be able to stay in touch with you guys and share some of my hauls as wells. :) 

 
 

SHOPPERS DRUG MART BEAUTY HAUL

Since the Shoppers closest to me renovated their Beauty Boutique to include Chanel, I have been obsessed! Not just me, but also Diana (bff & WoahStyle beauty editor). We find ourselves at the store at least once a week to see what's new. The best part - the cosmeticians have an incredible range of knowledge and have been able to answer our questions on retinoids, liquid peels and help colour match us in our fave new Chanel foundation. Coincidentally both Diana and I are both No. 30.

SKINCARE
Trying to keep my textured skin under control is always a challenge but I'm getting there. I picked up a few cream cleansers recently, which I'll be talking about in an upcoming post, as well as this scrub by Soap & Glory called Scrub Your Nose In It, which is excellent for the t-zone and keeping blackheads away. I also got a new hand cream because I'm always applying it after I wash my hands. This one by Nuxe has lots of essential oils and is super hydrating without being greasy.

LIP & FACE COLOUR
Lipstick is the one thing I can never be without. I feel naked and ugly without it so I always have at least three in my bag. The new Chanel Rouge Coco Glosses are amazing and I couldn't resist picking up another shade, 754 Opulence, a rich burnt red with gold shimmery. I also grabbed a similarly toned Rouge Coco Lipstick in the shade 418 Misia. On the recommendation of a peer, I picked up Revlon's Matte Balm in the shade Standout, a burnt berry shade. It's a comfortable wearing matte lipstick that's highly pigmented. Finally, I couldn't resist this pretty coral blush by Bourjois in the shade 41 Healthy Mix. It smells really nice and the colour is like a healthy glow on the cheeks. 

MASCARA
One of my readers recently recommended Chanel's Le Volume mascara so I picked it up and have been using it since! It separates and lengthens my lashes and creates really nice volume. I also got the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara in the waterproof formula because I've heard so many great things! Both mascaras are clump, flake and smudge free.

PERFUM
L'eau Chanel No.5 is feminine and sophisticated and makes me so happy when I wear it. It's a lighter, contemporary version of the iconic No.5. I got one of those refillable perfum sprays by Travalo to go with it because I rather not carry around a full bottle in my purse.

ACCESSORIES
Sali Hughes, beauty editor extraordinaire and my personal beauty hero, wrote about the Chanel compact in her book Pretty Honest. I couldn't get it out of my mind so I picked it up and now it feels like the ultimate luxury item in my beauty bag. Apparently they're hard to track down so buy it if you see it! While I was at it, I got yet another makeup brush to add to my collection. This Chanel foundation brush is great for blending my lightweight foundations. 

 
 

Sephora Beauty Haul

HAIR
I became obsessed with my hair after I signed on as a Clairol brand ambassador for their Natural Instincts campaign. I learned how to style my hair differently and get softer, prettier waves. I also started brushing my hair *gasp* so I picked up Drybar's Super Lemon Drop brush! I have thick, wavy, frizzy hair so I never brushed it between shampoo's because I didn't want to disrupt my curls and introduce frizz. Well, turns out brushing it ain't so bad after all! I've been spraying a little bit of Drybar's Sparkling Soda Shine Mist on the ends of my hair to smooth it out. 

PERFUM
During the last VIB Rouge sale I finally got Tom Ford's Soliel Blanc perfum. I'd been wanting it for ages but it's pricey so I waited months until the sale came around. I'm so happy it's finally mine!

LIP & FACE COLOUR
I also got Tata Harper's Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Popular, a warm rose shade. I love it as a blush because the colour is builable and hydrating on the skin so it looks like a really nice healthy glow. It's also 100% natural and non-toxic.

Finally I couldn't leave Sephora without picking up Dior's new Lip Pomade. One of my readers told me it was really good so I was curious to see if it lived up to the hype. Stay tuned for a drug store dupe on this one!

 
 

THE ORDINARY

Just like everyone else I was curious to try The Ordinary's line of skincare. I picked up the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, which is silicone based and sucks so bad, I could easily call it the worst primer ever! I used it a few times and each time it left my makeup patchy and streaky by the end of the day. It's actually worse than not wearing primer at all if you can believe it! It's also not a stable formula so it's begun to thicken considerably in the bottle since I bought it last month. If exposure to air is why the formula has begun to spoil, the company really should have put it in a pump bottle.

One item I do like from this brand is the 100% Plant-Derived Squalane. It's super hydrating and doesn't irritate my skin at all, even the skin on my chest which is hyper sensitive to oils and serums. My skin feels really nice and plump after using this product. For $8 a bottle, I would highly recommend it!

I also enjoy their Advanced Retinoid 2%. My skin reacts very well to retinoids and really took a liking to this one. It left my textured skin feeling super smooth and radiant looking. Normally I use this by going a few days on and a few days off to give my skin a break.

In the mornings I've been following up with their Vitamin C Suspension 23%. It left my skin feeling smooth and my complexion looking even.

Finally, I got the Hand Chemistry cream from their Chemistry Brand line. While I like the emollient properties of this cream, I can't stand the smell. It retails for $7 for a 30mL tube and I'd much rather splurge twice the amount to get the hand cream from Nuxe.  If you can stand the smell of this cream, you'll probably enjoy Hand Chemistry.

 
 
 

FREE stuff bloggers get + Big A$$ beauty haul!

In this video I'm going to be sharing some of the really cool items that I get for free as a blogger. Now I use the term "free" loosely because when brands sent me goodies, there is an expectation that I share them with you guys to some capacity, which to me means work! We all know influencers are the new advertising right so what else do you expect?

I want you guys to know that for me it's much more important to take the time to review items and swatch them and give you my honest opinion instead of having a major brag fest on Instagram Stories and doing unboxings. My intention of this video is to share some of the cool PR goodies I've received recently and give you my quick opinion. If there's anything in this video that peeks your interest and you want me to do a full review, let me know and I would happily put something together! 

Thanks for watching and make sure you subscribe to my channel!

xo, Nathalie

 

SHOP THE POST

 
 

BEAUTY ITEMS IN THIS VIDEO

SKINCARE:

  1. Fresh Masks: Umbrian Face Mask, Rose Face Mask, Vitamin Nectar Mask, Black Tea Overnight Mask and Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
  2. Vichy Idealia skincare line
  3. Biotherm Life Plankton essence, serum, mask and Mousse Micellaire Water
  4. Origins Make A Difference™ Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer, High-Potency Night-A-Mins Skin Refining Oil and Ginger Bath Bar
  5. yes to Coconuts Hydrating Paper Face Mask and yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Paper Face Mask
  6. Philosophy Time In A Bottle Serum


MAKEUP:

  1. GlamGlow Plumprageous Nudes Collection. (Read my review + swatches here)
  2. YSL Beauty Vernis A Lévres Glossy Stain #12
  3. YSL Beauty Glossy Stain Pop Water #202
  4. YSL Beauty Vinyl Cream Lip Stain #401 
  5. Cover Girl Total Tease Mascara
  6. Pixi Skintreats Glow Mist, Hydrating Milky Mist, Vitamin Wakeup Mist and Makeup Fixing Spray
  7. Cinema Secrets Professional Grade Makeup Brush Cleaner
  8. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light Neutral 
  9. Shiseido Eyelash Curler
  10. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Fine Wine  
  11. Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Garnet (deep red)
  12. Stila Matte 'n Metal Eyeshadow Palette
  13. Masque Bar by Look-Beauty (available exclusively at Shoppers)

Video, photography and editing by Nathalie Martin.
Some items here were provided as PR samples.

All photos are original and opinions are honest and true. 
Affiliate marketing links in this story are used as form of compensation.

 
 

My Milk Makeup Sephora Haul + Review!

Milk Makeup is trending crazy hard these days. For us in Canada who don't have the much sought after Glossier line, we're gonna happily settle on Milk, the latest minimal makeup brand to come out of New York. While Glossier is more focused on the no-makeup makeup look and, dewy, radiant skin, I feel like Milk is all about looking like a holographic alien creature. Seriously. Just have a peak on their YouTube channel and you'll see what I mean. 

Anyway, I went on a little shopping spree and picked up some items that peaked my curiosity. A cooling water stick that looks like deodorant and soothes tired yes? Yes please! A face gloss that makes you look super glam and editorial? Gimme! And how about that Holographic highlight that everyone is talking about? Yes, yes, yes!

Keep reading if you want to know what I think of Milk Makeup. Heads up, I did my homework for you guys and used these products for about a month before reviewing them for you here. You're welcome! ;)

 

MY MILK MAKEUP HAUL

I picked up four items from the New York based makeup line - one skincare and three makeup items for a total of $111, all purchased at Sephora with my own hard owned money. #NotSpon With tax (HST in Ontario), that comes to a final price of $125.43. Damn!

 

I felt compelled to pick this up after trying it in store at Sephora. It just felt so good when I swatched it on the back of my hand, like cold liquid water gliding over the surface of my skin. I wanted to see what it would do for my tired eyes in the morning and if Milk Makeup could would actually succeed as a skincare and makeup brand alike. I've been using it for about a month now and honestly, it's one of my favourite things to do in my morning skincare routine.

Price: $29

What's in it: Caffeine and marine minerals. 

The verdict: It's soothing and feels incredible! It's a gel stick that feels like you're gliding cool water over your tired eyes and I seriously love how it feels. Honestly, I use it every morning and run it under my eyes a few times to de-puff and hydrate. I hear caffeine is supposed to get rid of dark under eye circles as well, but maybe I just need more sleep because it doesn't seem to be helping me in that department. (Then again the product description doesn't claim to.)

Cons: Honestly, it's pricey. Garnier makes a similar product for literally a third of the cost (here).

Would I buy it again? Probably, but this stick has a whole lot of product so I have a feeling it'll last me a long time.

 
 

The product that turned me on to Milk Makeup was their Eye Vinyl. I typed the words “eye gloss” into the Sephora search bar and this was one of the items that came up. After carefully reading the description of Kevin Aucion and Surratt Beauty's “glossy” eye products (more like shimmer from what I could tell), I decided Milk's Eye Vinyl was the way to go. I was looking for a product to give me an editorial glossy eye with minimal creasing and high shine. BTW these vinyls come in four shades and I bought mine in the colour Bridge, which is a super sheer nude shade.

Price: $24

What's in it: Natural oils and rice bran wax.

The verdict: It’s exactly what I was looking for! Super high-shine, editorial, glossy eyes! It's so much better than using lipgloss on my eyelids since this stuff is made safe for the use on eyes. The consistency of this product is thicker than their Face Gloss (below), therefore, it doesn't crease nearly as much.

Cons: Best used on it's own without shadow or liner. Creasing is to be expected when used with an eyeshadow. Smudging is to be expected when using eyeliner. To minimize creasing when used with other eye makeup, dab a little dot of gloss on the centre of your eyelids.

Would I buy it again? Yes! It’s my new favourite thing to add to my no-makeup-makeup look and it looks so fresh!

 
 

Being inspired by the whole glossy eye lid thing, I decided to take my look a step further and add gloss to my entire face. That’s right. I’m intentionally choosing to look shiny for the sake of having interesting makeup. Now in case your wondering if you can use this as an eye gloss, sure go for it, but I will tell you now that the Face Gloss is thinner in texture therefore it will run and crease on the eyes. The Eye Vinyl is made for eyes, therefore the formula is thicker to with stand that part of your face. Of course everyone’s skin is different and what works for me, might not work for you.

Price: $24

What's in it: According to the Sephora site, this is a vitamin rich formula. What vitamins you ask, it doesn’t say. 

The verdict: Not exactly what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, this product is great! The problem is my skin, which to my dismay, is lightly textured. Adding a gloss to my cheekbones only amplifies my skin texture, therefore aging me. Wah! This product is best left for those lucky folks with a smooth complexion.

Cons: Not for textured skin. Beware, it will amplify the slightest skin texture.

Would I buy it again? No. I might return this one.

 
 

I feel like everyone right now is talking about 1) The Milk Makeup Blur Stick or, 2) The Milk Makeup Holographic Stick (pictured left). I couldn’t NOT pick up this up especially since I’m so obsessed with highlights right now and this one is supposed to be holographic!! OHEMGEEEEEE.

Price: $34

What's in it: Mango butter, peach nectar, and avocado oil for hydration.

The verdict:  I read a few reviews on the Sephora site that this product isn’t the best for warm skin tones. I find it deposits a cool-lavender colour, but honestly, I love the contrast against my olive-y skin. Sadly though, it doesn't have that cool holographic effect like the name and packaging suggest.

Cons: It’s not exactly holographic as the name states, but more of a cool-based, lavender-toned highlight. When it comes to lavender highlights, I like the purple-ish one from Kat Von D’s Alchemist palette and Becca’s Amethyst highlight so much more. Milk’s Holographic Stick also doesn’t last long, which is disappointing considering all of the hype and the hefty price point. I don’t know if it’s because of the gel formula that it fades throughout the day, even when I use a setting spray in hopes of locking it into place. I haven’t tried it on top of full coverage makeup but I’ve seen a few YouTube videos (this one in particular from Jeffree Star) where it appears to actually take off foundation when applied over top of a full face of makeup. With that said, this product is best used on bare skin or, on top of light foundation. Regardless there are plenty of good reviews for this product out there. I suggest you try it if you're still intruiged and judge for yourself.

Would I buy it agin? No.

 
 

Photography by Nathalie Martin
Affiliate marketing links in this story are used as form of compensation.