Online Hauls: Makeup Geek, Glossier, and Beauty Bay (Shipping to Canada)

July was my “Low-Buy” month which coincided with my birthday month (it was no accident, I orchestrated it so that I was able to haul for my birthday 😉 ), so the floodgates were open and I especially went to town with online orders.  Here are the 3 online retailers I purchased from:

Makeup Geek, Beauty Bay, and Glossier!  It was my first time ordering from Makeup Geek and Glossier. 🙂 For reference, I live in Toronto, Canada and costs will be stated in Canadian dollars (CAD) unless otherwise noted. As an “international” customer from most online sources, it’s always a challenge when it comes to shipping time and costs from a Canadian perspective – here’s what I bought and my experience.

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Trash Stash: June and July 2017: Part 2 (Body and Hair Care, Makeup)

And here’s part 2 of my June and July Trash Stash:

This is the balance of what I used up in the past couple of months and includes body and hair care, plus makeup!

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Trash Stash: June and July 2017: Part 1 (Skincare and Sample / Travel Sizes)

Since I skipped June’s Trash Stash, I’m breaking up this post into 2 parts instead of overwhelming you with a monster post. 😛 Here’s about half of what I used up in the past 2 months:

The first part will be solely focused on skincare and sample / travel sizes, and part 2 will be on the remaining beauty products.

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30 Day Masking Challenge

No one gave me this challenge but I just decided to do it out of curiosity. Would using a mask every single day truly help my skin?

I focused on using single-use sheet or clay masks for the whole month of June.  [warning: long post]

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Birthday Swap with Joyce, my Birthday Twin!

It’s NOT my birthday yet, but neither Joyce nor myself could wait to post this, so we’re showing our swap a week and one day before our actual birthdays. 😉 Yes, Joyce of Local Girl Foreign Land and I share a birthday!  It’s next Tuesday July 11th! 😀  Here’s a glimpse at what Joyce sent:

😍 I’m so excited to dig into everything! Let’s have a closer look:

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair vs Holika Holika One Solution Anti-Wrinkle

Firstly, I need to make a PSA: once again I’m in SPAM HELL. 😡 I’ve noticed that many of my comments on other blogs are disappearing which means they’re likely being flagged as spam. Please check your spam folder as shown in this post. I recently upgraded to Windows 10 system, not sure if that’s what caused it, grrrr. 👿 Onward to the post!

I didn’t originally set out to compare these two serums, but then I noticed how similar their bottles are:

Right? 😮 I’ve been using the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II at nights and the Holika Holika One Solution Anti-Wrinkle for days – let’s see how these two perform and compare.

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TONYMOLY Mini Fruit Lip Balm Set

Be  warned: this is a fun and colourful post to look at this cute TONYMOLY Mini Fruit Lip Balm Set:

I received this for Christmas last year and have been enjoying it for the past few months!

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Facial Sunscreens: Allie Mineral Moist NEO vs Clarins UV Plus HP

It’s officially summer today! So this is your annual reminder to wear your sunscreen every single day!  Let’s have a look at 2 facial sunscreens that I’m currently enjoying:

• Allie UV Mineral Moist NEO SPF 50+ PA++++
• Clarins UV Plus HP Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint in Light

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Rexall Beauty Blogger Event

Last Thursday, I was invited to attend a Beauty Blogger even at Rexall located in downtown Toronto. It was to celebrate their remodeled location at Yonge and Richmond (in the heart of the Financial District in Toronto – think of it as Wall Street in NYC).  It was a lovely event and I also received some loot!

I posted a bunch of IG Stories of the event (if you’re not following me on Instagram, here is my account!) and I’ll share some of the videos here as well. 🙂

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Exceptional Customer Service from Farleyco / Real Techniques

Recently something happened that really surprised me.  I received an email unexpectedly from the PR Manager from Farleyco Marketing regarding my recent post on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Farleyco Marketing is the Canadian distributors for Real Techniques in Canada, among other brands. She explained that they took my concerns on the sponge quality to Real Techniques and offered me a replacement of the sponge along with other Real Techniques products. I was floored! 😮

They sent me the above items – more than I expected! More on the story below…

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