Double Take For Double Exposure

It seems all of my favorite beauty brands are clearing out some of their products (I see you, Urban Decay). I haven’t seen makeup turn over and new launches happen this quickly before. Gone are the days of permanent collections lasting decades. It seems like all of the cult favorite brands are constantly releasing new products and retiring old ones. The latest brand to MAYBE be retiring some favorites? Smashbox! It seems the Double Exposure Palette is being cleared out for $29 on smashbox.com! And $26 at Macy’s!! And yes that’s probably USD but that still works out to under $34 CAD. It’s still an amazing deal! Is it a sale or a clear out? I’m not sure, but is it really worth debating when you could be practically stealing it purchasing it instead?

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I did a haul/first impressions post back in March of 2015, ya foreeeeever ago. Well it’s safe to say that I have had plenty of opportunities since to play with this beauty. But let’s refresh your memory regarding my first post, because I love rereading my own ramblings …

I decided to take the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette home with me. The concept intrigued me, 14 eyeshadows that transform into 28?! How could that not wet my panties grab my curiosity? The palette itself is gorgeous. I don’t own anything like this. I tend to gravitate towards neutrals with occasional pops of color. This palette has a beautiful selection of colors and neutrals making it very versatile for creating a variety of looks. The palette also came with a mini Full Exposure Mascara and a double sided brush making it easy for travel. The palette itself is made from cardboard with a magnetic closure. You would definitely want it in a cosmetic bag during any intense travel as the top doesn’t click into place (being cardboard) but rather lays flat to close.

I love how the palette is divided into cool and warm shades by the white and black shadows in the middle. On the left, we have cool, purple toned shades, and on the right, we have warm pink/brown shades. There is a nice range of shimmer, satin, and matte shades. These 14 shades are supposed to “transform” when applied wet. To be completely honest, they don’t transform, they intensify. This is NOT unique to this palette. All good quality eyeshadow should get deeper/darker when applied with a wet brush. I actually feel like this palette works best when applied wet; the shadows become highly pigmented. When applied dry, the shadows are a bit more sheer and alot more product is needed to build them up. I also found that when applied dry, that blending made some shades appear muddy (I did not use a primer). I haven’t had time to fully play with this palette, that was just my first impression. I think using a primer and applying with a wet brush, will make a world of difference. I’m definitely not “wowed” by this palette, but I won’t make any further judgments until I have fully played around with it.

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The good. The bad. And the not so ugly. I still agree with all of my above points EXCEPT I have grown to really love this palette. The key to getting good color is to pack it on. Use a dense brush to apply and a fluffier brush to blend. If you don’t apply enough shadow the colors do still tend to blend muddy. However, when you apply with a heavy hand the results are stunning!!! These shadows definitely do their best work wet. I recommend applying with a wet brush and then “setting” them with a dry brush. Once I got this technique down, the shadows easily lasted hours. If you are someone who only likes a subtle eye look or a light dusting of shadow, this palette is not for you. This is a full effect, full effort type deal. To have the shadows blend well, you can’t be shy about taking it all off putting more on. Side note, always use a primer! I hadn’t used a primer in my first impression (because it was just that, a FIRST impression). When I did actually start using the palette and used a primer, I noticed a world of difference.

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Moral of the Story … this palette is only $26!! And for $26 it is worth every penny. It doesn’t seem that Ulta or Sephora is offering it for the sale price. And it doesn’t look like us Canadians have any access to an in-store sale (Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutique no longer has the product listed). But don’t bawl your pretty little Canadian eyes out just yet. We can get shipping from both Macy’s and Smashbox. Yay!!

Will you be picking one up?! 💄💄

3 am Battle: UD vs. UD

So ya. It’s 3am. But, I just had to tell you all about this crazy Urban Decay sale. You might have already heard, you might have already bought, but in case you haven’t, prepare for late night shopping (or early morning panic depending on when you read this). Both Sephora and Urban Decay are offering these deals!!!

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Both the Vice 4 and the Urban Spectrum palettes are on sale for only $45 CAD each!!! And ALL Revolution lipsticks are half price at $13 CAD each (these are also on sale at Shopper’s Drug Mart UD locations)!!!

I was soooooo tempted to pick up the Urban Spectrum palette around Christmas, but I held off. As soon as it went on sale though, I called my local Sephora and raced over to pick it up. And I’m soooo glad I did. The color variety is so wonderful. It has an amazing mix of crazy brights, as well as a few neutrals and browns to allow for a full range of day time and night time looks. The pigmentation is superb, exactly what I expect from Urban Decay. The wear time seems endless, I wash my makeup off long before it fades or creases. The pans are organized in trios. Each trio is perfectly cordinated to do a complete eye look. This takes all of the “guess work” out if you are new to colorful shadows. And as expected, they blend like a dream! Did I mention that each of the pans in this palette are equivalent to a full size single pan? That’s right. 15 FULL SIZE eyeshadows for $45!!! That’s a $330 CAD value!! Keep in mind all of these shadows are metallic/shimmer/glitter shadows. Personally, I love shimmery shadows (I secretly have a love/hate with mattes), but if you don’t, this palette might not be for you. The other thing I love about this palette, the box it comes in turns into a jewellery or trinket box. How smart!!!! The laser cut, jeweled box is so adorable, I love the idea of continuing to use it long after I’m done with the shadows. The lid does have a mirror in it and will stand on it’s own if needed. Note though, there is no brush with this palette. If you plan to travel with it, don’t forget to pack one!

The shades:
• Protest (golden forest green shimmer)
• Junkie (teal green shimmer)
• Deep End (bright teal shimmer)
• Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer w/blue micro-glitter)
• Evidence (deep navy blue shimmer)
• Prank (deep navy matte w/turquoise floating pearl)
• Omen (bright metallic purple w/blue shift)
• Flashback (bright deep purple w/pink sparkle)
• Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer w/iridescent purple micro-glitter)
• Flatline (metallic pale pink)
• Bordello (pale mauve shimmer w/gold micro-glitter)
• Backlash (bright pink w/orange floating pearl)
• Daybreak (soft bronze w/silver glitter)
• Burn (medium golden brown shimmer)
• West (deep metallic brown shimmer)

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Currently the Urban Spectrum palette is SOLD OUT online at Sephora (Canada, not sure about the US site). However, my local Sephora had quite a few in stock. They also have this palette on sale and in stock on Urban Decay’s website. They offer free shipping over $50 CAD and you get three (generous) samples with you order. You can look below to see what I got with my lipstick order. Be aware however, shipping took forever with UD. I ordered on April 23rd and didn’t get my order until May 13th!!

The other awesome palette on sale is the UD Vice 4. Unfortunately for me, I picked this palette up when it was full price. Fortunately for me, I redeemed some Shopper’s Drug Mart points and got it (and some other goodies) for free. This is my first Vice palette and it actually appealed to me because alot of the shades are different from anything I own. The palette contains 20 shadows with a total weight of 0.6 oz. That said, I feel like the colors are all over the place. You need to have a some what experienced hand to know how to coordinate these colors. UD said the palette was inspired by an “oil slick ([further] inspired by [their] vintage shade name Oil Slick) into a palette filled with rich, deep jewel tones”. When I keep this in mind and think of oil puddles in a parking lot, I can see where they are going with it!!!! Some shades were more pigmented than others, however, I found the quality of all the shadows to be high and easy to blend. The shades range from mattes to metallics to glitter. The Vice 4 comes with a brush and carry bag, and there is a huge mirror located on the lid; perfect for travelling or doing your makeup on the go. UD knocked it out of the park AGAIN with this packaging. The holographic-esque webbing definitely reminds me of the shine in an “oil slick”. It’s so beautiful to look at!!

The shades:
• Bones (oyster satin w/pearl)
• Grip (taupe matte w/iridescent micro-glitter)
• Deadbeat (black satin w/iridescent micro-glitter)
• Beat Down (deep metallic violet w/blue micro-glitter)
• Pandemonium (metallic plum w/iridescent micro-glitter)
• Framed (light neutral matte-satin)
• Fast-Ball (metallic peachy pink w/pink micro-glitter)
• 1985 (metallic fuchsia w/fuchsia micro-glitter)
• Underhand (burgundy-brown satin)
• Harlot (metallic lavender)
• Discreet (soft dusty mauve matte)
• Grasshopper (metallic emerald w/green micro-glitter)
• C-Note (frosted green w/micro-glitter)
• Arctic (bright teal w/tonal sparkle)
• Robbery (deep metallic brown-gunmetal)
• Bitter (reddish brown matte)
• Flame (bright orange w/gold micro-glitter)
• Low (brown matte w/iridescent micro-glitter)
• Crowbar (black w/golden metallic pearl and micro-glitter)
• Delete (deep chestnut brown matte-satin)

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Last I checked this was still available on Sephora’s sale page. But again, if it’s gone, call your local store. Urban Decay’s website is also clearing it out!!

And last but not least, the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks!! All three formulas, sheer, original, and matte, are HALF PRICE!! That’s $13 CAD. You can get your hands on them at Sephora, online at Urban Decay, or in store at Shopper’s Drug Mart. I picked up 2, 4, 6 shades. I ordered 4 through UD for free shipping and then swatched at Sephora and picked up a few more. Ooppppps. Although UD shipping took forever, the samples were awesome. All of the formulas preform differently so I would suggest swatching in store to find what you like best, even if you plan on ordering online!! I picked up Native, Streak, Matte After Dark, Obsessed, Cat Fight (not shown), and Turn On (not shown).

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There you have it dolls!! Happy shopping!! I’m off to bed. ♡♡

Beauty After Hours

Who is going to the Sephora Beauty After Hours VIB Rouge Event?!?! I am!! And I’m so excited. I had a great time at the Beauty Before Brunch event in the spring, and I’m definitely looking forward to this event. The cosmetic bag filled with samples looks amazing! I’m loving that they are (once again) being offered for VIB Rouge‘s guests as well, regardless of their membership/loyalty level. And obviously I’m also loving that they are free with ANY purchase. On a budget or saving for all of the holiday collections? No problem. Because that’s my problem … too much want, not enough cash. I’m curious what the “Learn & Play” workshops will be! Maybe some trend looks like “Strobing”?
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The event takes place on Wednesday August 5th at 7pm. A much better time in my opinion. That 9am start was brutal!! And of course … 4x the points for Beauty Insider Appreciation Week! Hopefully there are some awesome rewards to redeem for!! ♡

Red Tag Raid

Sally Beauty is having 50% off ALL Red Tag Clearance items!!! I love when they offer this sale! Plus, if you have any beauty rewards (such as 15% off your purchase) they will let you use them as well!! It’s a great time to save on a whole range of beauty items.

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The sale starts today and goes all weekend (June 19th – June 21st). There are no restrictions (except OPI) and you can shop online or in store. In my personal experience, the in store locations have more selection and sometimes cheaper prices (with no shipping charges!!).

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Here are a few of the items I was able to find during the sale!!! Some amazing deals!! All of these were found in store, so some prices are cheaper than found online.

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Chi Elite Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron
Retail: $99.99 CAD
Steal: $30 CAD

A Chi Elite curling iron for only $30?!?!? That’s unheard of. I almost gave in and ordered this online even though it would cost a little more with shipping and duties. Luckily, I was able to track one down in store and saved myself some cash. I’m loving this iron. It’s digital, heats up incredibly fast, and is super easy to adjust the heat settings. This is my new favorite quick and easy hairstyling tool.

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Femme Couture Velvet Eye Color
Retail: $11.99 CAD
Steal: $1 CAD

Femme Couture Velvet Eye Color Duo
Retail: $11.99 CAD
Steal: $1 CAD

I’m loving these Velvet Eye Colors. I had already picked up a few shades a couple of sales ago, and knew that I had to grab every color available since they were now only $1. Such a steal!! These shadows are pigmented and bold. They are velvety and long lasting. They perform well on their own, but a primer really brings out their intensity.

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Femme Couture Velvet Bronzer Blush Duo
Retail: $12.99 CAD
Steal: $2.80 CAD

How great are these duos for travel or on the go? I’m loving the shade combos. Both the blush and bronzer have a slight shimmer and the perfect pop of color. I bought these for my bag, but I’m totally falling in love with them and have been using them regularly.

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Orly Gel FX Gel Nail Color
Retail: $18.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

Gel Nail polish for $2, and ORLY Gel to beat!?!?!? I got a fifth color the next day (Terracotta) and used it in combination with the other four shades to make the most gorgeous summery ombre mani. This is great gel polish. The colors are opaque and long lasting. I got a full two weeks out of my mani before I took it off.

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Orly Lacquer
Retail: $9.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

I obviously had to grab a few more nail polishes, because $2 is just too great of a price to pass up. I prefer gel manis but I use regular lacquer on my toes or on top of a clear gel polish. The clear gel keeps my nails hard and healthy but it allows me to change the paint on my nails with fun colors, as often as I like.

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One ‘n Only Finishing Hair Spray
Retail: $9.99 CAD
Steal: $3.45 CAD

The best times are when you need something and find it on sale!! I needed hairspray and found this for next to nothing. It dries quicky and doesn’t leave your hair hard or crunchy. It’s great for volume and backcombing or holding a few strands into place on your relaxed pony. So I bought three. No shame.

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Plugged In 1 1/4″ Professional Spring Curling Iron
Retail: $39.99 CAD
Steal: $15 CAD

Oops. Another curling iron. But a bigger barrel. Perfect for loose waves or curls. Not as high quality as the Chi Elite, but still a great deal.

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X8 Body Hardware
Retail: $39.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

I have such a hard time finding cute HIGH quality body jewelry. My belly button is so sensitive. Normally the jewelery will say sterling silver or surgical steel, but that will only refer to the post. The actual gem or dangle parts will cause my skin to be irritated and eventually scab. I totally react to any cheap material. These X8 products are actually all Surgical Steel. They do not irritate me at all. For that reason, I bought every style available. Every. Style.

Sale lasts until the end of the weekend. Hurry in to Raid the Red, like I did!!! Let me know what exciting finds you come across!! ♡♡

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!

Sally Spring Savings!!

Sally Beauty is currently offering 50% off ALL red tag clearance items online and in store. EVERYTHING. Hair. Makeup. Nail polish. Craziness!! I love when Sally offers this promo! It lasts all weekend, through to Monday for the American holiday, Memorial Day.

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If you are a Sally Beauty member you probably received this additional offer via email! Save 25% off your entire purchase. And yes, you can use it on all of your clearance purchases!!

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Check back soon to see what amazing deals I found!! It was quite the haul … ♡♡♡