LA Beauty Haul

Seems like a week can't go by without me heading into my nearest Sephora to see what's new and what's awesome. While I was in LA I ended up picking up a couple of new goodies to try. Some had been on my radar for months (hello posh cotton pads!), while others where totally unplanned, like the NARS VIB Rouge exclusive blush colour in my welcome kit. Keep reading to see what's new in my beauty drawer and what I'm loving right now!

xo, Nathalie

I became obsessed with the idea of posh cotton pads after reading an article from The Beauty Lookbook (here). I was originally looking for the Chanel cottons but I couldn't find them in any stores so I went for Cle De Peau instead. I must have been either desperate or delirious for these things because I coughed up $20 USD for 120 cotton pads! Mind you they are wrapped in silk and supposedly help your skin absorb product better. I'll give you guys the down low in another post. 

Something about the LA sun made me crave bronze and pinks. Makeup For Ever's Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer in Natural Matte Sand gives my skin a "tanned glow" without the sun's harmful rays. Since I like a pop of colour of my cheeks, I picked up Milani's infamous Luminoso, a peachy shimmery blush. I also scored Goulue from NARS, a pretty pink shade that's exclusive to VIB Rouge members at Sephora. I got it in my welcome kit in Sanata Monica since all of the stores in the GTA seemed to be out of these. 

A touch of gold on the lids helps brighten up a bronzed face so I grabbed Milani's Bella Copper eyeshadow. It's so pretty and only needs a touch of black liner to come to life. I've really been digging nude lips so I went for the Marc Jacobs sheer lipstick in Understudy, a pretty terracotta pink. For nails I went for two totally different shades, Evocative, a pretty mocha, and Lucky Starrr, a bright pink glitter polish created by Patrick Starrr.  (How cute is his Sephora video with his family?!)

I'm generally too lazy to curl my lashes and I find a volumizing mascara does the trick so I went for the Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced. I find it comparable to Marc Jacob's Velvet Noir mascara but I prefer BTS since it doesn't clump as much or weigh down my lashes. Before I apply mascara I use Benefit's They're Real! Tinted Lash Primer to help beef up my lashes. For eyes, I've been loving a lot of liner these days and I find that Marc Jacobs gel eyeliners stay on from day to night. The retractable pencils come with a built in sharper and glides over my waterline beautifully. I have it in black and navy blue for when I want a bit of colour. 

While I was in LA I was able to stop by Drybar and fell in love with their Triple Sec 3-in-1 volumizer, texturizer and dry shampoo. I'd been looking for a good texturizer for some time now and this one does a good job and smells nice. I also like how it works as a dry shampoo since the product doesn't need to be brushed out, a bonus for me since I don't like brushing my hair. From hair to makeup brushes, I picked up a brush cleanser bar from the Sephora Collection. It does an excellent job at deep cleaning my brushes and doesn't dry out my hands since it contains argan oil. Bonus, this one also smells nice. 

Well I hope you guys enjoyed my LA beauty haul. I know it's a little much but I didn't buy any clothes while I was there so I just spoiled myself in the beauty department. I also want to say thank you to FASHION magazine for including me in the #want section of their March 2016 issue. (My IG name is spelt incorrectly but the magazine has since sent me a personal apology for the error. Thank you.)