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. ♡♡

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Olé, Olé, Ole Henrikson!!

Another VIB/VIB Rouge FREEBIE!! Flash your card in store to get a free sample of Ole Henrikson 3 Little Wonders!! No purchase necessary!!
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I’m loving that these offers are open to VIB’s as well, however it’s really making me want to spend my money at other retail locations with better rewards programs (*cough cough …SDM). What is the point of being Rouge? Seriously – the perks are no different. It’s halfway through the year and I’m STILL waiting for my Rouge “exclusives“. Come on Sephora, seriously?!?!?

Summer Sunnies

Sunglasses! A necessity for the summer months!! If you’re Canadian (or live somewhere with snowy winters ….) you know that wearing sunglasses in the winter is just as important, nobody can stand snow glare!!! But as of now, the snow is long gone and the warm weather is here to stay. A quick trip to Montana a few weeks ago was the perfect opportunity for me to indulge in some low budget but great quality sunglasses for the summer months!!
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Ross is the place for me to feed my inner shopaholic. They always have amazing deals on great brands. Canadians know the love of American shopping. Even with our dollar not doing so well, the prices and savings (including exchange rates) are just too phenomenal for me to give up my summer road trips to visit our southern neighbor.

From Ross (Dress for Less):

Since 1982, our focus has been on bringing our customers a constant stream of high quality department and specialty store brands at extraordinary savings a.k.a. bargains, while providing an easy, fun and organized shopping experience.

Basically Ross is a savvy shopper’s dream. I look forward to searching the racks at any Ross I cross paths with. This Ross specifically (Kalispell, Montana) filled all my wildest sunglasses dreams!! Just my luck, I broke three pairs of sunglasses in a week. Luckily, I had the sense to wait for my trip to restock my collection.

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Madden Girl Floral Print Sunglasses
Retail: $29.99 +
Steal: $7.99

How adorable are these? I just LOVE the rose pattern. Very summery!! I’m totally into the big, oversized frames (in case you didn’t already figure it out haha).

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Carlos by Carlos Santana Sunglasses Square, Brown Tortoiseshell Frame
Retail: $29.99 +
Steal: $6.99

One of the casualties was my only pair of tortoiseshell sunnies. These frames were the perfect replacement! They had the same style in another color (see below) but I left with out buying them …

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Carlos by Carlos Santana Sunglasses Square, Black and White Frame
Retail: $29.99 +
Steal: $6.99

… that didn’t last long. I went back and purchased them. Because they are just too cute!! And you seriously can beat that price.

The thing with Ross is that stock is always changing. So while I can’t guarantee that you will find these specific frames at a Ross in your city, I can guarantee that you will find some amazing deals on sunglasses (and a whole lot more). And if there isn’t a Ross near you, I highly suggest you plan a pit stop the next time you travel to the US.

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 … ♡♡♡

My First VIB Rouge Event

I had the privilege of attending the Beauty Before Brunch event at my local Sephora last month. This was the first event I have attended as a Rouge member. Although I have a few Sephora locations close to me, I decided to go to South Calgary. I have had terrible experiences there in the past, but the (NEW!!) Store Director, Sam, was beyond amazing and put forth a real effort in getting to know me as a valuable customer. Because of this, and because of my faith in her as a team leader, I decided to visit the Sephora I had previously loathed soo much. I’m so glad I did, because Sam and her team did a great job executing the event.

The event was a closed door event, meaning that you had to be on the list to get in, oooohhhh exclusive! When I first arrived, I was greeted by a Cast Member (associate) who took my name and gave us a run down on the event, including the mini classes they were offering and when. I loved that Sephora had someone at the door to walk you through the day’s event. In case you forgot anything, you could check the program they handed you during check in. No confusion. No missed tutorials. No problems. (Nordstrom, take note!!)

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Sam (the Store Director) went above and beyond my expectations. She had my “must get” purchases already put aside for me. I wish I could hug her to thank her, because it turns out the KVD Shade and Light Contour Palette was sold out. I only got mine because Sam was such a doll for holding my items until the event.

There was also a table with snacks and refreshments. And good refreshments too! Starbucks Coffee and Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade!! Great choices. And of course water bottles. They were regular water bottles; I can’t pretend that I wasn’t a tiny bit disappointed that they weren’t VIB Rouge label water bottles. I guess my hunt for one, will continue. They also had gluten free quinoa cookies.

During the event, they were having mini classes for skincare, brows, and contouring. I attended the brow and contour demos. Both were very well done. They were quick, to the point, and provided everyone with some great tips and techniques. After the brow tutorial (the last of the three), the Cast Member offered to do my brows for me. I loved having the opportunity to see how she did my brows compared to how I do my brows. I came to the event with minimal makeup, a much better canvas for a play day full of new products and techniques!

There were a few brand representatives on site, I talked with the Clarisonic and Clarins Reps. Both were very knowledgeable about their product lines. The Clarisonic Rep did a demo on my friend who was curious about the product and it’s benefits. The Clarins Rep was delightful to talk to and she recommended some products. We chatted about the Clarins makeup line (not available at Sephora) and about some of the new skincare products coming out. I would have liked to see more makeup brand (vs. skincare) Reps at the event, but I don’t think that this was organized by each individual location. In other words you get what you get.

I enjoyed having the store all to myself. And by “to myself” I meant with all of the other VIB Rouge’s. I have never spent so long at a store before. We were there for over 2 hours. We even stayed past the 11am event end. Browsing, chatting, testing. It was like Wonderland. The best part was that I never felt rushed or pressured to make a purchase (although I had tons of stuff that I planned to buy, I didn’t feel pressure to buy anything at all). Even once the event ended, we weren’t rushed. We were told the store was now opening up for everyone and that we would have to mention we were at the event, when we went to the till, to get the discount.

Overall, I feel like the event was well organized and had a great atmosphere. For such a big event, everyone was calm and aware of what they were supposed to do. I very much enjoyed my experience and look forward to the next event. I have to send a major shoutout to the Store Director, Sam. She is on top of her game. She knows what her customers want and she knows how to get it for them. She single handedly made me happy to shop at South Calgary again. I feel that location will strive with her guidance. It was such a complete turn around from the store I had visited previously. She not only welcomed me to the event personally, but she also said goodbye and gave us a few of her favorite Ole Henrikson samples to try at home. Thank you Sam!!

Now for the fun part, my VIB Sale haul!!! With EVERY purchase (no matter the amount) you got a free fold over clutch filled with samples (deluxe and packet) and a full size Formula X Nail Polish (I got the shade Extreme, a coppery red).

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Admittedly, this was only the first of three VIB Sale purchases I made. Oops. But they got smaller each time, I swear! This pic is strictly the items I got at the event. One of the best parts of a exclusive event is the samples!! I got quite a few at the event. I went back to a different Sephora later that same day to make a second purchase (items below), and got another bag in the process. (I was working on the other end of the city so I was unable to return to South Calgary). They were out of samples for the bag, so the Cast Member made me a bag. I actually liked it more than the first bag I received (even though it didn’t contain a full sized product like the bag I got from the event, she did throw in more deluxe samples to make up for it). I also redeemed 200 points for two deluxe samples of my FAVORITE lash primer, Dior Show Maximizer.

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KAT VON D SHADE + LIGHT CONTOUR PALETTE
Retail: $55 CAD
Steal: $49.50 CAD

KAT VON D SHADE + LIGHT CONTOUR BRUSH
Retail: $43 CAD
Steal: $38.70 CAD

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I am so happy that I purchased BOTH of these. They are a beautiful sight. I haven’t used either yet. I still need to stare at them and admire their beauty for a but longer before I mess them both up. Dirrrrrty. Filthy. Once I have tried them, I fully intend on writing a full review on the products.

HOURGLASS MODERNIST EYESHADOW PALETTE (Color Field)
Retail: $67 CAD
Steal: $60.30 CAD

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I love, love, LOVE these palettes. I already own Obscura (earth tones) and fell so head over heels, I knew I had to get another one. Not only do I love the shadows themselves, the palette is a literal work of art. I purchased Color Field (olive tones) during the sale for the pop of color it could add to my eye looks.

URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE-ON EYE PENCIL (Smog & Electric)
Retail: $24 CAD
Steal: $21.60 CAD

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I love Urban Decay. And I love these pencils. They are creamy, pigmented, bold, and they don’t budge. I probably own a dozen or more. Color, brown, black, shimmer, matte, satin … I own it all, they have it all. These are hands down my ultimate FAVORITE eyeliner (Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayons takes a close second).

URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE-ON EYE PENCIL TRIPLE THREAT TRAVEL PENCIL SET SMOKY MATTE EDITION (Smoke, Sabbath, & Perversion)
Retail: $22 CAD
Steal: $19.80 CAD

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I just told you how much I love these pencils. Obviously a threesome, a trio set was a no brainer! I love that they are all matte. And I also love that I didn’t own a smokey gray (Smoke) or navy shade (Sabbath) like this. I already own and love the matte black (Perversion), but who doesn’t need a back up of their fav black eyeliner?

BITE BEAUTY LUMINOUS CREME LIPSTICK DUO (Tangerine/Lingonberry & Fig/Date)
Retail: $15 CAD
Steal: $13.50 CAD

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I love the brights of the Tangerine/Lingonberry duo. I wanted a coral orange/pink for summer and was going to purchase the Sephora Collection Creamy Lip Stain in Watermelon. Then I noticed this duo. The Tangerine shade looks sooo orange, but once swatched, it has the most gorgeous hint of pink. The Fig/Date duo has the most flattering nudes, with some hints of mauve. Bite Beauty makes amazing lip products. My favorite thing is that they are all food grade and natural. Yes, you can eat it. My German Shepherd can vouch for that, he ate my Rouge Bite Beauty Welcome gift. The lipsticks are super pigmented, moisturizing, and creamy. I love the formula, it even has Resveratrol. Resveratrol “fights free radicals with potent long-term age-repair benefits. Each lipstick contains the Resveratrol equivalent of two glasses of red wine, reducing fine lines and wrinkles on and around the lip area over time“. And how practical are these dual ended sticks? Two colors, one tiny tube. Very clutch and travel friendly! Not to mention the value ($28 CAD) compared to the $15 CAD retail. A great purchase, I had to own both. I hope they release more duos, I would buy them all!!

Overall, I very much enjoyed this event. I did enjoy having access to the discount early and also a private event to make my purchases while there was still lots of stock available. I’m still a little mad about the Extrodinary Rewards b.s, but that is with the company directly, and in no way reflects my experiences at the South Calgary location. I love all of my purchases and couldn’t have better things to say about the Rouge event! I look forward to the next one. Did you attend the Beauty Before Brunch event?

David’s Tea Does It Again!

David’s Tea knows just how to suck me right into their perfect virtual shopping world. They always offer great FREE gifts with purchase. And they aren’t tiny gifts, they are always something from their current stock (tea sets, tea pots, travel mugs, etc.) with a significant value. With Mother’s Day coming up, David’s Tea is offering a fabulous deal!! Free tea (with any $75 CAD purchase) AND free shipping on all orders when shopping online (until April 24th). If you feel like going in store, they are offering a free box of tea filters with any $40 CAD purchase (until May 10th). With deals this good you can’t help but get some things for yourself for mom.

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Having trouble figuring out how to spend $75 CAD on tea?? Online, David’s Tea has some great “Web Specials” (aka clearance). This is a great way to get some amazing tea and accessories for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few of my top picks that are currently being offered:

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Neon Pink Steeper
Retail: $30 CAD
Steal: $18 CAD

Love this steeper! Especially since I like my tea cold. It allows me to make iced tea easily and quickly if I’m in a hurry. Plus, it’s pink!!

Snowy Trees Stout Teapot
Retail: $25 CAD
Steal: $15 CAD

Snowy Trees Stout Teacups (set of two)
Retail: $8 CAD
Steal: $4.80 CAD

This teapot and teacup set is soooo cute. It might just be me, but I would (WILL!) use this year round. The print is simple and cute. You could save it for winter if you insisted, at this price it’s worth it!!

Green and Fruity Tea Sachet Tin
Retail: $9 CAD
Steal: $5.40 CAD

Sachet tea is perfect for on the go. Sometimes steeping loose leaf tea with an infuser can take time and effort. With these cute sachets you can truly have hassle free tea anytime, anywhere.

Santa’s Secret Tea Scented Candle
Retail: $19 CAD
Steal: $11.40 CAD

Now before you get appalled that I suggested getting a “Santa’s Secret” candle, keep in mind that they are tea scented! This one smells like mint. They have another one available “Forever Nuts” and that one smells like, you guessed it – nuts. The packaging itself is simply a mason jar, no Christmas themed container or anything season specific, besides the name. And these candles rock, they look great, smell great, and burn slow. I own a few already!!

Love David’s Tea. It’s probably my biggest non-beauty addiction!! ♡ Plus, I love FREE!!

Dollarama Deals

Dollarama has my heart, or rather my wallet. They always lure me in with such great finds and even better deals!! Here are a few items I have come across recently, hopefully you can find some of them at your local Dollarama. Why pay more, when you could pay less – way, way less!?!

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Softlips Organic Lip Moisturizer
Retail: $3.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

Softlips Tinted Moisturizer
Retail: $3.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

These balms are great for anything and everything. The Tinted Softlips (in Sweet Rose) are the perfect “your lips but better” shade. The formula (of both) is very moisturizing and hydrating. I love having these on hand, and have some everywhere, my purse, car, gym bag, jacket pockets … etc.

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Freeman Barefoot Lemon Sage Foot Balm
Retail: $4.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

Freeman Barefoot Dragon Fruit Foot Lotion
Retail: $4.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

Freeman Barefoot Peppermint and Plum Foot Scrub
Retail: $4.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

I think I’m due for a pedi … or at least I will be now with all of these footie goodies!! I’m no stranger to Freeman products, I used their face masks as a teen! You really can’t go wrong with this brand for inexpensive pampering!

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Dove Go Fresh Burst Beauty Body Wash
Retail: $5.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiance Deep Conditioning Cream
Retail: $9.99 CAD
Steal: $2.50 CAD

Two drugstore staples for me!! Dove is always my go to for bodywash and soap (I love their deodorant too!). Vaseline‘s Cocoa line is also a druggie drugstore favorite!! I typically have used the body lotion but I love this cream so much more! It is so rich and thick, it acts more like a body butter than a body cream. I picked up a couple of these, for $2.50 CAD I had to (seriously, I was forced – by me).

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Pantene Pro V Weekly Rehab Cream
Retail: $9.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

Smackers Fragrance Collection Trio
Retail: $16.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

Wet n’ Wild Color-icon Kohl Eyeliner
Retail: $2.99 CAD
Steal: $1.50 CAD

Typically, I don’t purchase Pantene Pro V unless the deal is stellar (like this one or this one). This conditioner isn’t a miracle worker but it does leave your hair smooth and soft. I leave it in my swim bag to use for my post swim showers because of all that icky drying chlorine. The Smackers trio reminds me of my youth. These fun fragrances are nothing spectacular, in fact the smell of alcohol is pretty apparent for the first few seconds after spraying, but they do smell good after that. They are great for on the go spritzing, especially if you puff, puff, pass like I do. The Wet n’ Wild liner was an impulse buy (aren’t all Dollarama purchases technically impulse buys? Shhhhh!). But it was a huge black pencil liner, so I know it will come in handy eventually, even if that something is using it for writing on drunks next Saturday. I haven’t opened it yet so I can’t comment on the quality.

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Wet n’ Wild Silk Finish Lipstick*
Retail: $2.99 CAD
Steal: $1.50 CAD

*These lipsticks have been reformulated and repackaged. The older versions were found in silver tubes.

I was very excited to try these Wet n’ Wild lipsticks as I had read some positive reviews about the NEW version. The packaging is sleek and black, with the lids clicking into place. We all know I love the “click“. I was so surprised by the pigment of these lipsticks, they are bold in one swipe! They are creamy and apply evenly. I liked the “frosty” shades the least, preferring the “creme” formulas. They last a decent amount of time, and feel light on the lips. For the price, these are EXCELLENT for indulging in trend shades. You don’t want to spend a fortune on a shade that you plan on only wearing a handful of times. They also won’t make you cry when you lose them on a very messy Friday night (at least not to the same degree that you would if your Buxom went missing!!).

Have you found any amazing Dollarama deals lately? I am on the lookout for some Nivea Creme and Lipbalm combo packs, Almay Get Up and Grow, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, OPI Ferrari Collection, Sally Hansen Sheer Cream Blush, Revlon Color Stay Under Eye Concealer, and the Chap Ice Lip Spheres Trio. If you find any of those at your store, send me them, I’ll be very jealous!! Happy shopping ♡