Amazing Armani!!

Sephora is offering an amazing free gift for all VIB and VIB Rouge’s. Get this awesome Georgio Armani trio with all $50 CAD purchases (I’m assuming US Residents only need to spend $35 USD). Simply enter code “VIBTRIO” at checkout.
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The mini trio includes a Black Ecstasy Mascara, Lip Maestro, and Fluid Sheer, in a black organza bag.

I’m trying very hard to resist spending more cash … stay tuned for updates on my will power!! ♡

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Summer Steeper

David’s Tea is killing 2015. They just keep pumping out great deal, after great deal. And of course, I get suckered right into making a purchase.

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The first of three amazing deals, the Summer Steeper Club. To join, you need to be a member of David’s Tea loyalty program, Frequent Steeper. It’s totally free to sign up, if you haven’t yet you can do so in store or online. Next, you need to purchase a pitcher, Steeper, or Steeper kit. That’s it! You’re now automatically enrolled in the Summer Steeper Club and will get 15% off all loose leaf tea until August 25th! How awesome is that? Plus, they will also send you exclusive iced tea recipes and insider updates.

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The second AMAZING deal that David’s Tea is offering, is your choice of a 3-tea sampler FREE with all in store purchases of $35 CAD or more!! And this offer can be combined with the previous offer! I spent my $35 CAD on “The Perfect Pitcher” and some loose leaf tea (that I got at 15% off since I was now apart of the club). The 3-tea samplers retail for $19 CAD and are only free with purchase until May 30th. I chose the “Iced Green Teas” for that caffeine pick-me-up. So awesome to get such a great FREE item with my purchase.

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Not near a David’s Tea location? That’s okay!! Their third deal is for online purchases!! Until June 3rd, spend $75 CAD and get a free 100g bag of Yogi Berry tea. Again, this offer can be combined with the first offer. So buy yourself a cute Steeper to help hit that $75 CAD minimum. Don’t forget to enter code “FREEYOGI” at checkout!!

I’m loving these deals! I will definitely be taking advantage of the Summer Steeper Program!! It’s picture, pitcher perfect.

Rouge Randomness

Being Rouge at Sephora has it’s pretend perks. And free shipping is one of them. So I ordered one thing. Yep. One thing. And it wasn’t an expensive thing, it was a sale lip stain. An $11 thing. Ha. Ha ha. No remorse.

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I redeemed 200 points for a BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser Solid and a Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N45 Red. Because it was a online order I also got three samples, Kat Von D Lock It Foundation, Tarte Maracuja Oil, and Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More® Pore Refiner Primer.

What I purchased was the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Forever Fuchsia. It retails for $16 CAD but was on sale for only $11 CAD!

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I actually fell in love with this formula. It’s matte and creamy and pigmented and just a wonderful dream. I love this bright fushcia shade. It dries slightly darker than the color in the tube, showing a bit of a berry hue in the fushcia. They are not drying and don’t bleed at all. They last a fair amount if time,  but I always reapply after meals, regardless of product. When they do start to fade, they leave a nice hint of color (stain) behind. I totally fell for this formula and ordered another sale shade. I also almost bought the shade Watermelon during the VIB Rouge event, but last minute switched to the versatile Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Tangerine/Lingonberry. I definitely will be adding more of these to my collection. They are seriously awesome.

That’s it. My $11 CAD Sephora order. The free shipping is definitely awesome. If you are looking for a fun, inexpensive, yet great quality summer lip product, I totally recommend these!! And it you’re a VIB ROUGE, go ahead and order ONE, No Shame!

Flare Beauty Box

My Flare Beauty Box has arrived!! I chose the “Fearless” box, because I’m a fearless bitch. For only $9 CAD and FREE shipping, this box was a steal. I debated purchasing both boxes but decided I really didn’t need two boxes in addition to all of the other makeup related items that I get through subscription boxes.

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The Flare Beauty Box was offered through Topbox and in addition to all the beauty related goodies, also included a 60 day trial for Next Issue. I’m trying to save my 60 days for July and August. Perfect reading material for all of my tanning adventures.

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Included in the FLARE Fearless Beauty Box:
• Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Succulent Cherry (full size)
• Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash (travel size)
• Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black (full size)
• Herbal Essences Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner (travel size)
• Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier Sachets (2)
• Vidal Sassoon Hair Colour Coupon (max $16.99)

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I’m amped for the full size Covergirl Lash Bloom Mascara as well as the full size Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick. The mascara retails for $10.99 CAD, alone it pays for the price of the box. The lipstick is a beautiful bright red, it is a little more sheer than I expected but will still make for a gorgeous day lip. I won’t use the hair dye but will definitely pass the coupon along. The Herbal Essences as well as the Olay, have already found a special place in my gym bag.

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If you want one of these Flare Beauty Boxes, it isn’t too late. Visit the Topbox Shop to order!! Did anyone order both?!?!?

Brushegg Brilliance

Omg. Best invention EVER! Seriously. It’s hands down amazing. The Brushegg!! Every makeup lover needs one of these.

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What is it? A tiny egg shaped brush cleaner! Gone are the days of spending hours cleaning your brushes. Gone are the days of spending a small fortune on fancy brush cleaners like Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove or the Brush Cleaning Mat. This tiny Brushegg is small enough that it only requires two fingers. That’s what she said. You slip it on and use it to clean your brushes. It’s so compact you can take it anywhere!!

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It has tiny knobs for lathering and long grooves for agitating brush bristles. This helps to get out deep set oil and dirt. I love how gentle the Brushegg is on my brushes; your brushes will last forever with the right tools! I don’t just use this with my brushes, I also use it to clean my Beauty Blender and other random sponges. From Brushegg:

Meet your makeup brushes new best friend! The brushegg® is a quick, simple and fun way to effectively clean your makeup brush collection. This high-grade silicone scrublet and compact design is made up of small groves that help to lift dirt and leftover makeup in minutes. Now you can finally enjoy the process of cleaning your brushes and additionally prolong the longevity of your brushes. The brushegg® is available in pink, mint, purple and black.

The best part?! It’s only $10 CAD! International shipping (including US) is only $5 CAD! That’s a steal!! If you are Canadian you can get shipping for as low as $3 CAD!! Click Here for more info on Brushegg’s shipping costs.

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I’m seriously in love with my Brushegg! I want it in all four colors!! Check them out!! You can’t call yourself a makeup whore and not have this in your life. Seriously. Follow them on Instagram @brusheggcanada too!! ♡♡

P.S – Here are some tips for cleaning your brushes. Because you know, I’m awesome like that.

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Not So Glossy

I finally took the plunge and decided to subscribe to Glossybox. Janet (Jan&Jot) told me about this great promo they had going on for April where you got a FREE full size Model Co mascara with your first box. In addition they were having a “pop art” theme that included a stunning box and a pop art Thursday Friday makeup bag.

Glossybox is a monthly subscription service that sends 5 beauty products, typically high end and often full size. It is quite a bit more than my other subscription services, the cost is $21 USD + $5 USD for shipping (per month). Given the current exchange, that brought my total to about $34 CAD. A sneak peek for the April box showed that a full size OCC Lip Tar would be included in every box. OCC and Model Co made the price more than worth it for me!! And there would still be 4 more products!! When you sign up you complete a beauty profile, but so far, it looks like everyone pretty much receives the same items.

I quickly learned that with Glossybox, shipping takes FOREVER!! And I never received a single update or notice or anything. I definitely didn’t like that. If I paid for something, I want to know when it is shipped and when I will be receiving my item. Glossybox was the last of my subscription boxes to arrive. I had to cancel my subscription before I even got my box because I didn’t want to be charged for the following month without first having decided if I liked the service. Smart move.

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The box. I absolutely love it! It is definitely one of the coolest boxes I have ever received. And I love the color!! I mean obviously I loved the pink box too but this one is just as nice!! I turned this picture into a wallpaper for my phone, that’s how much I loved it!!

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The products I received were pretty great. But wait?! No mascara?! I had entered the promo code and it had been accepted. So where was my mascara?!

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Two full size products, a makeup bag (how cute, right?), and three mini products. A great selection but I’m not sure I would spend $34 CAD on it. Especially when you don’t have any input in what you receive.

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My Products:

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum – I’m loving Estee Lauder lately (love their eye cream). I’m excited to try this product under my night cream. I don’t have any dark spots but I’m all for improving tone and evening out my complexion.

Marrakesh Endz Split End Mender & Preventer – Love creams like this. I have super fine hair and they can be prone to breakage of not cared for properly. I love that this product keeps my hair sleek and protected.

Julep Gel Eye Glider in Olive – I have never tried Julep products but I know alot about them and their subscription service. I think this is a great way to get people on board with your product and possibly sign up as well. This eyeliner is creamy and pigmented. I love the shade and love that it is full size. I’m actually super excited to use it for eye looks with my Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Color Field.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in Rythm Box – I already own and love the OCC Stained Glosses. I don’t own this shade, however! I love the bright cherry red color is adds. Much lighter and brighter than it appears in the tube. Love to wear this alone or layer it over lipstick or stain.

Aerin Waterlily Sun Perfume – I have said it before. Not a fan of fragrances in subscription boxes. I like 1/100 scents I would guess! This is a great size. The scent is light and airy. I’m still not sure if it is something I would wear, but I’m open to it.

Back to the fact that I never received the mascara. I emailed Glossybox and heard back within a few days. They told me that they had run out of the mascaras and that I could pick another item on their list of products. I was happy to see that they were offering a replacement product, but it still didn’t explain why I wasn’t informed of this earlier. Instead of shipping me an item separately, I could have picked a replacement to have shipped along with the April box. Not a huge deal, but noteable none the less. I picked a full size Doucce Cosmetics Lipstick as my replacement. I was told it would ship right out.

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Nearly three weeks later I hadn’t received the lipstick and hadn’t received a shipping confirmation (not that I was expecting one since I didn’t even get one with the actual box). I emailed Glossybox again. They told me that they were waiting for a shipment and that my item would be sent right out. I was confused as to why I hadn’t been informed of this when I chose the item. I didn’t get told the Model Co was out of stock until I emailed them. And now I wasn’t getting the lipstick shipped until I emailed. It almost seems like they were hoping I wouldn’t notice that I was missing my free add on. And then hoping I would forget about my replacement if enough time passed. My experience has been that you need to contact the company, because they won’t contact you. That’s a terrible way to do business. If I purchase something, send me a confirmation. If I pay for shipping, send me my shipping info. If you run out of a product, let me know ahead of time. Having problems with a delayed shipment, let me know so I’m not sitting around checking the mailbox for weeks on end.

My lipstick finally arrived, hello end of May! Talk about problems with April subscription boxes! All my reviews are so late this month!! Birchbox forgot the box. Ipsy was anticipated with feelings of doom. And now Glossybox and their run around.

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The lipstick arrived in the shade 907. It is basically the color of my lips. A light mauve. The formula itself doesn’t seem overly moisturizing and tugged on my lips during application. The packaging is a cool reflective gun metal. But it’s plastic. It reminds me of the Wet n’ Wild packaging. It’s fine for a $3 lipstick, but not what I expected for a lipstick in the $20 range. I’m curious if all the lipsticks are like this or if it was just the one I received. I’ll give it a few more tries before I decide on a final verdict! My first impressions were not great considering the price point.

Glossybox. You weren’t so Glossy. Some of the products wowed me, and others were lack luster. Your customer service and lack of communication really sealed the deal. I’ll be spending my $34 CAD elsewhere!! Glossy, your loss(y)!!!