Trash Stash: January 2016

Lots of hair and skincare empties to kick off the year:
I should mention here that I have to wash my hair every day or else it gets really limp. I have started to skip one day a week – typically Sundays when it doesn’t matter if I just tie my hair back – I honestly don’t think my hair / scalp is any better for skipping the one day of washing. Anyway, onto the empties.

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Sephora Order: Clinique, Surratt, Sephora Collection, etc

It was only a matter of time before I placed a Sephora order! Initially I was lured onto Sephora for the final day of the Double Points offer on skincare – I wanted to get the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray.  But then a few other nagging bits from my Lemmings list urged me to get other things…
I just couldn’t wait until April for the VIB sale to get the Surratt Beauty – I had every intention to wait, but my resolve has been weakened by Hauluary. 😛

One thing I will say is, holy, there’s so much packaging with these items, this is what the above items look like removed from their cartons:
Even the eyeliner came in its own box – ridiculous!

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Paul & Joe Beauté Loot

I’m trying to come up with post titles that don’t involve the word “haul”… it’s getting a bit repetitive. But repetitive doesn’t necessarily mean boring, right? 😉  Today I bring you some Paul & Joe Beauté loot:
This was spurred on by a gift I received from my friend at Christmas:
Le Bal Masque Set in 001 Oh! Carnival!
After receiving this present, I was compelled to go to the nearest Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) that carries the Paul & Joe line, and upon laying eyes on the glory of their display, lost my mind, blacked out for a bit, only waking up to find myself thrusting my credit card at the cashier. It was all my friend’s fault! 😛

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Hudson’s Bay Beauty: Becca, Burberry & Vincent Longo

I don’t even need to explain myself. I bought makeup.  Lots of it.  Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s main department store – we often just call it “The Bay”.  Its American equivalent would be Macy’s.  It carries all the core cosmetics brands typically found in department stores: Clinique, Clarins, Shiseido, Lancome, Estee Lauder… but, their flagship location in downtown Toronto also carries some brands that I’ve been wanting to try more of, including Becca, Burberry and Vincent Longo:
These were purchased over 3 separate visits; first I visited the Becca counter, which is located in a newer section of the store, called Beauty Underground which is located on the lower level, the same level as the subway.  Within this department, they carry more of their “fringe” brands like Becca, Vincent Longo, and Anna Sui – there’s even a special display with TonyMoly products!  This post will be more about my experiences at the beauty counters rather than about the products – I promise I’ll do more detailed reviews about the products in the future.

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Korean Beauty Haul

Continuing with “Hauluary” (full credit goes to GymBagMakeup for this term!), I bought a bunch of Korean beauty items – this haul consists of an online order as well as a visit to a local Korean store.
There’s a new Korean beauty kiosk inside the local Korean grocery store that carries TonyMoly stuff among others so I had to pay a visit. 🙂

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PSA: My Comments are in Your Spam Box!

Sometime around 10 this morning, my comments on other people’s blogs started to not post.  When I hit reply, the comment would disappear – leading me to believe that they were going into the recipients’ spam box.  Thanks to Jodi of A Brash Attitude, who verified for me that my comments were indeed going into her spam box.  It’s also been verified on a few other blogs that for some mysterious reason, my comments are being flagged as spam! I’m no spammer, I’m Stashy! 😛

So, I’m asking for your help.  On your blog, please follow these steps:

1) Go to your WP Admin Dashboard, it is located here:
(replace “yourblogname” with your blog’s name! 😉 )

Or you can click through from the WordPress “My Site” (where it shows your stats), scroll all the way to the bottom:
It will open in a new tab / window.

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Project Focus 10: Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB

Alert: I’m experiencing some technical difficulties today with my user ID. All of my comments on blogs are going into their spam comment boxes. I can only “like” a post but none of my comments are displaying. Please check in your comment spam folder to see if there might be something in there and release my comments or else my user ID will be forever labelled as spam and I can’t leave further comments on your blogs. You know how I like to leave comments – this makes me sad! 😦  I’ve cleared my cache and I’ve asked for help from WordPress but haven’t heard anything yet.

Last week I introduced the collaboration Project Focus 10 collaboration and showed the 10 products that I’ll be focusing on for the next 10 weeks.  Today is the first of the series of more detailed reviews on one of the items: Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Beauty Booster Invisible Skin-Fusion Multi-Perfecting Makeup SPF 30:
I will not be reviewing them in order from 1-10. I do what I want! 😛

I have this in 01 Light and it is available in 3 shades, ranging from fair to medium skin tone.  It retails for $62 for a 40ml tube and is available at Hudson’s Bay and select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques.

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OPI Nail Polish Dealio

I was SO excited when I spied this deal at a small hair salon while walking around on my lunch hour during Boxing Week.  A handwritten sign: “4 for $20 or $7 each” – a full OPI display, hardly picked over.  JAW DROP! Usually, OPI costs $12-$15 a bottle here.  I was with a couple of coworkers, and I was still on my No-Buy, so I had to play it cool.  I asked the owner if I could set aside 4 shades and that I’d come back in 2 days to pick them up. I went back on the Monday after my No-Buy finished and bought the 4 polishes, and then some…
This is what $100 worth of OPI nail polishes looks like! 😮

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MAC Purchases: Brushes, Eye Shadows…

I couldn’t resist getting some MAC goodies while on lunch break last week.
Some might think this is rather boring, a bunch of brushes, a few eye shadows and an eye cream…. but you know how I love brushes! 😛

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NailPolishCanada Order

This order was prompted mainly by ONE nail polish: China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You, from the Fall 2014 All Aboard collection. I was browsing some nail polish blogs looking at older nail polish collections and came across it. I mainly wanted it for the colour but… a part of me wanted it for the name:
(I may own the Lego minifigure of Ralph, holding this very card!)

So I had to order it, and a few other items came along for the ride:

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