Too Faced Born This Way Concealer

I prioritized this review since this concealer is launching this month here in Canada.
The official name of the concealer is Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer, and is an extension to the Born This Way Foundation.  I was able to purchase this in advance of the launch date during a pre-launch event. I’ve been wearing this concealer for the past 2 weeks in various conditions and trying different methods. Here are my thoughts.

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I’m on Beauty Podcast!

It is with a mixture of trepidation and giddy excitement that I announce my first ever appearance on Beauty Podcast!
There are several options to listen to the Podcast:

It’s ME!  Having a chat with Cat!  We talk about makeup and random stuff – it’s around 45 minutes, so grab yourself a drink. Have a listen! Now you know what I sound like… please be kind… 😛

And in honour of the the MyLipAddiction (MLA) Podcast, I’ve changed my background and logo! 😀 (this was the previous blog background discussed in the episode)  Be sure to subscribe to the MLA Beauty Podcast for new episodes every week featuring guests from beauty bloggers to brand owners. 😀

Blog posts mentioned on the episode:
May & June Trash Stash
MUJI to GO Open House
Japan Trip Photos
Japanese Makeup Haul
MAC Twig lipstick
CoverGirl TruNaked palette in Roses
Favourites Lately: Mid-2016
CoverGirl LashBlast Mascaras
Makeup Inventory Spreadsheet

And the peeps I talk about:
Cat of MyLipAddiction
Jodi of A Brash Attitude
Chris of fivezero
Polished and Inspired

Essie Maximillian Strasse-Her

I have to give full credit to Anne of Doves and Roses for putting this nail polish on my radar.  I had never heard of this colour until I saw it on her blog, just look at this pretty thing:
Essie describes this shade as a “cool Grey-Green”, which is fairly accurate. This shade was part of the Spring 2013 collection called “Madison Ave-Hue” with shades named after shopping areas around the world. Names in the collection include “Go Ginza” (Tokyo), and “Avenue Maintain” (Paris). The name of this polish refers to the shopping area in Maximilianstraße, Munich. It appears that this particular shade made it over to the permanent line as it is still readily available.

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Review: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

I bought the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer during the April Sephora VIB sale and started wearing it in May.
Spoiler alert: this product made it into my recent favourites list. So you know it scores at least 8 or above out of 10. And here’s why.

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MUJI to GO Giveaway WINNER!

It’s my birthday today! 😀

(I would also like to wish my birthday-twin, Joyce of Local Girl Foreign Land, a very Happy Birthday!)

And it’s better to give than receive, so why not today to announce the winner of the MUJI to GO Giveaway – the winner is:

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Transitioning from Antiperspirant to Deodorant: Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

Finally, the third part of my three-part series in transitioning from antiperspirants to deodorants. Today I’m reviewing the Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit:
It retails for $17 CAD for a sizable 57g of solid deodorant stick. In Canada, I’ve only seen Lavanila deodorants sold at Sephora.

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MUJI Haul – June 2016

Technically I bought these items in June but it doesn’t contain any makeup so there was no need to include it in my low-buy accountability.  I bought these items when I went to MUJI to buy the prizes for the giveaway and of course I can’t help but to pick up a few things for moi as well…

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May & June 2016 Low-Buy Accountability

Since I skipped May’s accountability post, I’m lumping both months together.  Let’s recap, in April, I was able to carry over $122.48. My combined budget for May and June was $100. So in total, I had $222.48 to play with. Let’s see how I did.  First, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way, I hauled BIG time in Japan:
But in the rule books of Low-Buys, out of country purchases do not count. I didn’t create the rules, I just follow them, mkay? 😉  But I did a lot of shopping at home too, especially prior to my trip…

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Favourites Lately: Mid-2016

I started doing quarterly favourites this year since monthly favourites don’t work for me, as my favourites tend to remain fairly static month over month. But with the changing seasons, I do find a shift in my skincare and makeup, so I’m able to pick some some seasonal favourites to share. My mid-year favourites focus on items I used in the Spring and when I went on my trip to Japan.
Here are my thoughts on each:

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Trash Stash: May & June 2016

Happy July 4th to my American friends! Hope you’re enjoying the extra day off. We Canadians just came out of a long weekend and are cursing you guys right now… 😆

Since I missed May’s Trash Stash, this is a combined empties post for both months. Hold onto your hats!
I finished some long-time favourites and items that have been with me for years.

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