Project Focus 10: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Happy Leap Year Day! 😀
Last year the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water seem to take the makeup world by storm. Everywhere I turned, I saw people posting rave reviews about it. I love facial mists so I was intrigued by one that claims to provide hydration and acts as a primer.
So in November, I redeemed some Optimum Points for it:
It normally costs $37 for 116ml bottle.

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Saje aromaBreeze Ultrasonic Nebulizer

I received this nebulizer from my SO for Christmas and a few of you were curious about it, so here are my thoughts:
Saje sells various models of nebulizers, ranging from $60 to $120. The aromaBreeze model retails for $74.95.

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An Unexpected Gift from fivezero (we met up!)

I’m sure you’re all familiar with Chris of fivezero – she of the nail swatches that launched a thousand lemmings – she was also one of the winners from my giveaway.  When I sent her the notice to claim her prize – I tossed out a suggestion: perhaps we could meet up, since we live in the same city. And to my delight, she accepted – it was a date! 😀
This was the very first meet-up that either of us have ever done with a fellow blogger…

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Lise Watier Simply Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

I rushed to get this review up because I just couldn’t hold off on testing this puppy out and sharing my thoughts.  The Lise Watier Simply Nudes 12-Colour Eyeshadow Palette is from the Variations de Nude Spring 2016 collection:
I’ve neglected my Project Focus 10 palette (the Smashbox Double Exposure) so I could wear this beauty all week:
I picked this palette up when I redeemed my Optimum Points, so it didn’t cost me anything, but the retail price of this palette is $65 CAD, for 12g of product (1g per colour/pan).  For those of you not familiar with the brand Lise Watier, it’s a Canadian mid-range cosmetics line that I would compare to Stila or Smashbox in terms of quality – you can read more about the brand philosophy here. It is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart, select Sears and Hudson’s Bay locations. “Lise Watier” is pronounced Leez Watt-ee-yay. 😉

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Collab: $20 Makeup Challenge

When my blogging pal MyStyleInsideOut (formally known as FilipinoInsideOut) tweeted if anyone was interested in doing a $20 drugstore makeup challenge, I jumped at the opportunity!  As you know, February is the first of my Low-Buy month for 2016.  My budget limit is $50 for the month.  We decided to hash out the details of this challenge:
• $20 before taxes (when she asked if the $20 challenge to be before or after taxes, I laughed and laughed and said it has to be before taxes – we pay 13% tax here [I am in Toronto, Canada] and there’d be no way I could manage $20 after taxes – as it is, it will still be quite a challenge.)
• Makeup items only – skincare and brushes not included
• Must be a full face of makeup

Here’s what I got:
I’ve seen the $20 makeup challenge on various YouTube videos and blogs so I knew some strategies. My plan of attack was to find items that could be multi-purpose.

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Project Focus 10: Orly Nailtrition

It’s Two Two Two Day! (February 22nd; 2-22, heh) I totally just made that up. Maybe the world will end when it’s Feb 22, 2222.  None of us will live that long anyway, so no worries. 😉
Today is the halfway point of Project Focus 10 series and I’ll be reviewing Orly Nailtrition Nail Strengthener & Growth Treatment:
I’ve been using this as my nail treatment since mid-December, so I’ve had this on my nails continuously for about 2 months. I bought my bottle from Sally Beauty Supply (the only bricks and mortar store that sells Orly near me) for $17 for 18ml. (NailPolishCanada also stocks it)  It is made in the USA and has a recommended lifespan of 3 years from opening.

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LUSH The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask

I recently posted my newbie LUSH haul and many of you asked for a review of the Sacred Truth Mask so here it is:
The LUSH The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask is only available in store, not online, and costs $7.95 for 60g. This product requires refrigeration due to the fresh, natural ingredients.

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Reblogged: Stashmatters Favourite Things Giveaway Goodies!

Check out what GymBagMakeup received from my giveaway – she swatched the products and even shows them in action on her face!

Gym Bag Makeup

Recently Stashy from Stashmatters held a giveaway to celebrate her blog’s one year anniversary and I was fortunate enough to be counted as one of the giveaway winners! Congratulations on your one year anniversary Stashmatters! I look forward to the next year of great blog posts from you!

Let me take a moment to wax poetic about Stashmatters before we get into the pictures. This really is one of my favorite blogs and I’m not just saying that because Stashy was way too generous with her giveaway goodies. If you aren’t reading her blog you definitely should be and I’ll give you a few reasons to check it out immediately:

  1. Stashy just completed a full 365 day no buy. That’s right, an entire year. Basically she’s my hero.
  2. She has one of the most organized blogs I’ve seen. It’s divine and soothing and again, pretty inspirational.
  3. Stashmatters covers everything from…

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My Experience with Photorejuvenation / IPL: Part I

I mentioned in my Rewards to Myself post that I treated myself to a Photorejuvenation / photofacial treatment.  Many of you were curious about this mode of treatment so I’ve decided to chronicle my journey. 🙂
This post won’t go into all the technical aspect of the Photorejuvenation, nor is it to advise you to go for this treatment. It’s merely my own experiences and opinions.

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Optimum Points Redemption Beauty Event Haul

Yippee! Another opportunity to get free makeup! The Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points Redemption event last weekend was all focused on BEAUTY – so what choice did I have but to get more makeup? 😉
I had $200 to redeem. Yeah yeah, I just did a makeup purge and here I am, getting more stuff… (My stash was getting dangerously low with all the decluttering LMAO! 😆 )

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