Guess What?!?!

The Sephora Black Friday Sale is LIVE!!!!!!!! (Online)
1) If you spend $35 CAD you can still use promo code “SEASONSET” to get a free makeup bag filled with 8 deluxe sized goodies!
2) Spend $75 CAD for free shipping!
3) Don’t forget to pick 3 free samples!
4) Click Here to see the Favorites offered for Black Friday!!!

I placed my order … have you?! ♡

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Sephora Black Friday!

It is official! Sephora has released all products and descriptions for their AMAZING Black Friday Sale. As predicted, they are doing $12 CAD Favorites ($10 USD)!! I am extra excited this year because, in previous years, only some of the items shown were available in Canada.  This year every single item has the Canadian price in the description, could it be we really can get them all?!!?

Here are the dirty details:

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Getting Lippy with Lip Monthly

I think it is fair to say that “lips” are what started it all for me. Before I learned the ways of winged eyeliner, smokey eyes, and carbon black lashes, I learned the language of lips. My lips are full. I mean like so full I got made fun of in elementary school (haha who is laughing now, bitches, while you are all busy injecting your lips?!?!). For a while, I would only rock lipgloss because I felt lipstick made such a HUGE statement (see my Gavatar … yes those are MY lips). But I am a changed woman! Give me bold, give me pigment, give me plumping! I will line this pout and fill them in with the richest, most vibrant colors!

Cue the discovery of Lip Monthly. A beauty subscription “box” (bag) devoted entirely to our puckers! Obviously I was intrigued. Initially the products came in a box, but now, like ipsy, they come in a makeup bag that changes each month (a much better option!). The cost is $10 USD a month (plus $5 USD for shipping if you don’t live in the U.S). You will receive 5 products, a mix of sample size and full size & one of the products is typically a non lip item (MMU – Monthly MixUp).

Reviews for Lip Monthly have been mixed. In the beginning they sent out mostly discontinued products, which left customers not so happy. They have since changed the way they do business and now are sending out new, current products. They recently offered a promo to get your first bag for only $5 USD (shipping extra). This was the perfect opportunity for me to try Lip Monthly and see how it compared to ipsy and Topbox.

First of all, the bag took forever to get here. I signed up in early October and knew my first bag would be November’s. I have no idea why my bag was so late, but it barely got here in time for November (like only two delivery days left, kinda late). Second, I was charged for December’s bag even though I had yet to receive my first bag! This is definitely a huge no-no in my books. Why should I have to pay for the following month’s bag, if I’m not even sure where my money is going? The kicker here is that my payment came out AFTER I cancelled my subscription. I immediately sent an email:
1) Wondering where my bag was and why, as of November 20th, it was still in their warehouse.
2) If I was actually unsubscribed, since payment came out AFTER my cancellation I was wondering if it was an error.
3) Asking for a refund of December’s payment since I had yet to receive a bag and also because I had already unsubscribed.
I’m on my third email to them and this is the answer I have received, “Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds on orders that have been processed, but you will receive all of the bags that you have paid for“. No mention of why my package was late, why I was charged after cancelling, or if I even am unsubscribed! I’m very frustrated with Lip Monthly and I definitely will not be reactivating my subscription (assuming it really is suspended to begin with). I understand they are just starting up but that doesn’t change my opinion, customer service is just as important as the product.

Now that I have got that all out in the open, here is my honest review of the products I received (finally) in my Lip Monthly bag.

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Sephora Sneak Peek

Sephora has released early sneak peeks of their legendary $12 CAD ($10 USD) Favorites Sale!! They are releasing the peeks on SnapChat (SephoraSnaps) until Nov. 25th. I did not have SnapChat but I got it purely to creep these steals. They will be posting the deals to Instagram on Nov. 26th, and Pinterest Nov. 27th.

Sneak Peek #1:
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I already have my heart set on the Smashbox lipstick duo and the Kat Von D lippy set.

Sneak Peek #2:
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Where do I even start with this peek? I want it ALL! Ok, well almost all of it. I want the Buxom, BITE, Living Proof, and the Origins set (two of each, haha)!

Sneak Peek #3:
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These sneak peeks almost seem too good to be true! I’ll also be grabbing the Tarte set, Too Faced minis, and Makeup Forever lip duo. And maybe a few more goodies (Bare Minerals? Caviar?).

Instagram Sneak Peek:
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Details:
– Tocca Perfume/Lotion Set
– Nest Fragrance Trio
– Kat Von D Lipstick/Gloss Duo
– Philosophy Purity
– Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
– Formula X Nail Polish
– Sephora Collection Sponges
– Ole Henriksen Duo
– Caviar Anti Aging Hair Trio
– Art of Shaving Kit
– Too Faced Set
– Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Duo
– Bite Beauty Lipgloss Trio
– First Aid Ultra Repair Cream & Face Cleanser
– Living Proof Hair Trio
– Buxom Power Players Eyeliner & Mascara
– Origins Skincare Trio
– Makeup For Ever Gloss Duo
– Bare Minerals Eyeshadow & Lipgloss Set
– Tarte Set including Blush, Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, & Gloss
– Clean Fragrance Trio
– Boscia Mask & Blotting Papers Set
– Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers Set

Basically, I want it ALL. What are you going to pick up? Gifts or indulgence? Click Here to see Sephora’s official release of the products from Pinterest.

Shopper’s Surprise

Back in early October, I posted about the opportunity to receive a FREE product from Shopper’s Drug Mart, simply by creating an online Shopper’s Optimum account. You had to be one of the first 3000 to sign up and, if you were, you would receive a free mascara, nail polish, or eyeliner from Essence Cosmetics. After I signed up, I never heard or received any type of confirmation about the giveaway. I assumed I was not one of the first 3000. But I was sooo wrong because this weekend I received a free, FULL SIZE, Essence Multi Action Mascara in the mail with a tiny piece of paper stating that I was one of the first 3000. I’m not sure if I just never received a comfirmation email or if product choice was ever an option (although I would have picked the mascara anyways!). Did anyone else receive a free product from signing up? Either way, FREE makeup always makes me smile!
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I’m excited to see what this mascara can do! Has anyone tried the Essence Cosmetics line? What did you think?

Lip Monthly Update …

It is November 24th, and still NO Lip Monthly bag. The bag HAS cleared customs but it is in Ontario (I live in Alberta). I will be so surprised if I get this bag before December comes. I cancelled my subscription as it is taking forever to receive my bag AND so far I am not impressed. Imagine my surprise when I see a charge for December’s bag on my Visa statement despite my cancellation (let alone the fact I have been charged for another bag before even receiving my first one)!!! I emailed them to ask for a refund since I:
A) Cancelled
B) Am still waiting on my FIRST bag …

Surprise, surprise the email response made no mention of why my bag is late, and did not address that I had been charged despite cancelling. Although she did say that they don’t process refunds and that I will “get what I paid for”. I followed up with the same questions, why is my bag not here yet on Nov. 24th and why was I charged even though I cancelled (am I actually unsubscribed? I sure hope so!)?

At this point it doesn’t matter how amazing the bag is. My decision has been made so clear, “Hello, Birchbox!!“.

Topbox Lovin’

I may have jumped the gun and been a tad impatient because just 3 minutes after my last post, the mailman dropped off my Topbox (still no Lip Monthly in sight though). I was pretty excited to get this box as the pictures of other people’s boxes looked very promising. And I wasn’t disappointed.

I love that Topbox is a Canadian company and that they offer FREE shipping (Canada only!). This is the only beauty box I know of that offers free shipping to Canadians. That makes Topbox the cheapest beauty box that I am subscribed too. The cost is $12 CAD a month and they will deliver four deluxe sized samples (personalized) right to your door. I have only been subscribed for three months but every month has been awesome. The value of the boxes has FAR surpassed my $12, month after month. Products sent out are luxury, high quality makeup; I have yet to receive a “drug store brand”.

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Similar to Ipsy, Topbox sends the packages in bubble mailers. Even though these ones aren’t shiny and pink, I still save them to reuse to mail delicate items or pack away treasures full of memories. The products themselves come in a super cute tube (or if you prefer they can send your products in a organza bag). Again, these tubes have infinite possibilities for reuse. Super cute packaging for gifts (Christmas!!!).

Topbox sends an email to subscribers every month asking which box they would like on their “Wishlist”. You can opt to receive the “Regular Box” (as I have every time so far) or request a “Prive Box“. Prive Boxes are not guaranteed, so your final products will remain a surprise until you open your package. The Prive Boxes change from month to month, but they tell you what they will contain. Previous Prive Boxes have included a box with two full size Kerastase hair products, a box full of samples from Benefit Cosmetics, a box full of samples of Elizabeth Arden products, etc. you get the idea!

But let’s get down to why you’re really reading this, to see my boobies goodies.

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1. Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
I don’t wear foundation but I’m sure this will work wonders under BB Cream or to prime for contouring or even to use on my lids as a shadow primer. It is in a stick form, and not a liquid or cream form that I would have expected. I love Benefit, so any kind of sample from them is always exciting!

2. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum
This product is intended for when you start to see the first signs of aging. I’ll be turning 27, and although I still feel like my skin is youthful, I would like to keep it this way so I am excited to try this product. Full size retails for $72 CAD, making this sample worth $12 CAD (the price of the box!).

3. UniqOne All in One Hair Treatment
I have heard amazing things about this! Works on all types of hair. I’m hoping for volume and thickening without making my hair greasy (could this be my new favorite?). UniqOne is part of Relvon’s professional line so it will be interesting to see how this holds up to some of my higher end favorites.

4. Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
Yes! Yes! Yes!! What a great sample. I have been eyeing the Eyeko for months. Everytime I go to Sephora I’m tempted to buy it (love the reviews) but my love for Benefits’s They’re Real keeps me from impulse buying. I’m so excited to try this! And I love the squeeze tube, lets you get every last bit!

I give this box a perfect 10. I love everything. Extra excited for the Benefit and Eyeko. What did you get this month? And what’s your fav product? Click Here to see last month’s box.

I Want It Now!

I’m going to lose my mind. I still have not received my Topbox or LipMonthly subscriptions. In fairness, I got an email from Topbox saying the shipment was lost (and found) but it still doesn’t make waiting any easier so send me an extra sample to make me smile!
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As for Lip Monthly the tracking number isn’t pulling up any details. Thanks to Instagram, I can see some people have started to receive their bag … hoping mine is on the way! This is my first bag from LipMonthly and so far not a great first impression. Now that Birchbox is shipping to Canada (and costs the same as LipMonthly) I think I will be trying them out instead! Have you gotten your bags yet? Or are you also sitting by the mailbox waiting impatiently?

Watt’s Up?!

When I saw this new reward from Sephora, I just had to post it! I LOVE the Benefit Watt’s Up! soft focus highlighter. I even have a mini in my purse (it’s a staple in my makeup bag!). The color works on many different skin tones. I also dab mine under the eyes for an instant brightening effect. Right now Sephora has the mini Watt’s Up! as a Beauty Insider reward! And only 100 points!! It is definitely worth it, especially since I know all you fellow beauty junkies racked up quite a few points during the big VIB sale!
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