Sephora VIB sale for friends

I guess I’m that friend with benefits. 😉  This is the 2nd time I’ve offered up my Sephora VIB 20% off discount for my non-VIB friends!  The last time was back in April, and I was able to re-qualify for VIB status solely on my friends’ purchases. 😛

This time surprisingly, the list was not as long!  Here’s what I bought on behalf of my friends:

Friend #1: Maison Martin Margiela “Replica” Jazz Club perfume $120
I’ve tried this perfume on before and it is a unique smoky fragrance with tobacco, leather and rum and notes.

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In today’s Throwback Thursday post, I’m showing my MAC Twig lipstick:
The colour in itself isn’t really a throwback, although I’m willing to bet money that the shade has been around since the inception of MAC.  But what’s TBT about this lipstick is the bullet.  It’s silver.  And no, it’s not a limited edition.

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Canadian beauty brands

Happy Canada Day! canadian-flag-banana

In honour of Canada Day, today I’ll showcase some Canadian brands and a few items I own from each.
Lise Watier (Shoppers Drug Mart, online)
LW made her name firstly through her signature perfume, Neiges (which I don’t particularly care for) but has since branched out to colour cosmetics and skincare.  I’ve grown fond of her lipsticks, eye shadows, and concealer.

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Favourite MLBB Tag

I was tagged by Sandy of Lippie Obsession to do this and it’s right in my wheelhouse!  Since I pulled out all my lipsticks yesterday for the lip stash post, I figured I’d do this tag today.  For the Makeup Muggles out there, MLBB stands for “My Lips But Better” which means these lip products enhance the natural lip colour – usually a close match or slightly darker / brighter / lighter / shinier – whatever is “better” to you.

I do not wear lipstick regularly, but when I do, I typically choose a MLBB shade.  My lips are quite pigmented, so some of these colours may seem deeper than what you might consider a MLBB lippie.  I chose these lipsticks not only for the colours, but also for how much I like the formulas:
From left to right:
Illamasqua Glamore Nude Lipstick in Minx
Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick in Breathless #17 (of COURSE I have to include this! See my post comparing the old vs new)
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color in Garance 06
Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Dreamscape RD351
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Portrait RD203
(That Guerlain tube was a PITA to photograph!)

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Untrieds: BITE Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss

Funny, when I started this series on Untrieds, I thought it would mostly be nail polishes but it looks like I’ve got a lot of other things I need to try out too!

I bought this BITE Beauty Lush Lip Trio during Black Friday, for $12.  Ever since Black Friday started being a bigger event here in Canada, I’ve engaged in risky shopping behaviour on Black Friday mornings.  (Side note, in Canada, our Thanksgiving occurs much earlier than in the US, for example, in 2014 it was on October 13th.  So Black Friday happens on a random Friday in late November – to us it has no associations with turkey, and we don’t have the day off – it’s just a manufactured day for shopping).
Back to this BITE Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss – BITE Beauty is a Canadian brand solely focused on producing high quality food-grade lip products without the use of parabens, sulfates or phthalates.  The full size lip gloss is $25 each, available exclusively at Sephora. This kit contains 3 shades: Strawberry, Currant and Rambutan –  1.7ml each (versus the full sized of 3.27g)  The clean lines of the tubes with its matte rubberized cap look very sleek.
Here are the shade descriptions from Sephora:
Strawberry – sheer carnation pink
Currant – sheer plum
Rambutan – peachy nude

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