Skincare + Makeup Haul

It’s been a while since I ordered through the online Sephora store. I’ve been wanting to re-establish my VIB status for months, but nothing really caught my eye and I didn’t feel like I needed to replenish my collection or try something new for a while. Lately I have been trying a whole lot of samples for skincare, such as different face moisturizers as my current one hasn’t really been helping with my dry patches around my nose area. One of the samples I tried was for the Origins GinZing SPF 40 Tinted Moisturizer. My sample lasted me a good week and a half, and after seeing a few reviews on it, I decided to purchase a tube of my own. A little amount goes a long way and it’s just the coverage that I need for weekday wear. It’s super quick to put on my face, smells great, wakes me up and is quite moisturizing! It’s also great for the summer and those sunny days with the SPF 40 included.

I got a deluxe sample of the OLEHENRIKSEN Face the Truth Gel Cleanser. I love the smell of this, it’s smells like oranges and is so refreshing. It foams up really quickly and I use it with my Sephora Silicon Pad. It helps remove leftover makeup that my coconut oil could not get rid of, and I am really enjoying it so far. The deluxe size has lasted me for a few weeks already. I think I will purchase this product once I run out!

I ran out of the soap that I got from work (lychee and orange soap! :D) and so I headed over to my favourite body/bath products store, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, and bought two bars of soap. The Floral Abyssinian soap bar smells like those candy rockets we would eat when we were children, and is quite refreshing to use in the bath. I also got the Geranium soap bar as geranium is one of my favourite scents (it’s in my deoderant!) and I also have dry skin… so hopefully it’ll help moisturize my skin.

I used Ebates to gain cashback on my Sephora purchase! I highly recommend it, buy a bit, get a bit back!

What did you get in your most recent hauls? Please share it in the comments! 🙂

Outfit & Makeup of the Day – Dark & Coral + Blog Update!

If you stumbled upon this post, then you’ve made it to my brand new blog domain! I’ve been thinking about purchasing a domain and separate hosting for quite some time for my blog… and finally made that decision last week. Welcome to the new phixien.com! Surprisingly it was a breeze moving my old posts over from my old WordPress blog. The reason it took me so long was because I was shopping around and doing my research on the best hosting service. The items I really needed was a lifetime domain, fast/uncapped bandwidth and enough space to host my blog and any images/videos that I’d need to use on my blog. I read a ton of reviews and decided to go with FastComet. Which has been so good to me so far! 🙂

I quite enjoyed the layout from my previous blog so I decided to stick with that theme again. I’m going to be redoing the header here soon…. so excuse any pixelation that you might see for now.

With the new domain, I am hoping to blog a little more and share more of my recent finds, reviews and other posts with you all and am so excited! It will also give me the flexibility and much more control over what I post here (like my YouTube videos) so that I can continue to share everything I create for the blog and my channels. Thank you to all visitors, both old and new. I hope to provide some good posts for you to read!

Now onto the outfit & makeup of the day!

Coral Makeup Open Eyes

For date night, I usually like to glam up but because it was a night right after work, I was pretty exhausted and much too lazy to put on false lashes, so I kept my makeup very simple. (We were also going out for some smoked BBQ meat, so no need to glam up too much since it’ll be a mess with all the flavourful sauces!) I have been obsessed with coral coloured makeup lately, and so I went for this sultry look. 🙂

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Products used:

Hourglass Veil Primer
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Fluide in 03N
Colourpop Eyeshadow in Wait for It
Sephora Colourful Wink-It Felt Liner in Little Black Dress
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse
Tarte Tarteist™ PRO Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Since this look was a bit daring, I opted for my simple black dress from Forever 21. It slips right on so easily and goes well with this look. Easy and simple makeup/outfit for date night.

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What do you like to wear during a night out or on a date night? Do you like to put something simple together, or do you prefer to go all out? Let me know in the comments below!

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Girls Night Outfit – Florals

My first post on fashion! I am in no means an expert in fashion, and everyone’s styles are completely different, so do not quote me on anything. 🙂 My style changes from time to time, but I have been really into florals for a while… They are perfect for the summer and the super hot weather we have been getting here lately!

I haven’t been to a girls night out in a very long time, and so I was pretty stumped as to what to wear for a enjoyable evening with the girls. I turned to Pinterest first, and a lot of the results that popped up when I searched “summer girls night out outfits” were a little too much club-like, or full of items I didn’t really feel comfortable wearing out on their own, like spaghetti strap tops and tank tops. I’m afraid of bug bites!

So I dug through my closet and I’m sure some of you can relate what a strange feeling that can be. There will always be outfits you want to wear, but then you may find that they aren’t appropriate for the evening, or they may expose your skin too much to the sun/bugs… but once I stumbled upon my floral jumper that I hadn’t worn in ages, I was set for the night.

Here is me trying to ‘model’ for a decent photo… I should have taken more angles of the outfit, but it’s so simple!

Floral Romper from Forever 21

The back has a nice criss-cross pattern and ties up at the bottom of your back. It took a bit for me to get used to this dress, as I hadn’t worn an off-the-shoulder top or dress before, but I love the shoulder straps, it makes it so much easier to wear the top, especially if you are new to shoulder tops.

In case you’re curious, we ended up going to Trolley 5 for some food and drinks. Their mac and cheese entree with a fried egg is absolutely DEE-LICIOUS! I cannot recommend it enough, go try it if you are a fan of mac and cheese! We also went to Presotea, a new bubbletea place that opened on 17th ave. So many flavours!

What outfit do you have sitting in your closet that you had to give a second try, and why? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: I purchased this dress with my own money, and all opinions are my own. 🙂

 

IPSY x Gudetama July 2017 Bag Opening

Gudetama has been a character that I’ve been an avid fan of since my Japan trip way back in 2015. I was traveling with friends and everywhere we went, the lazy egg would be scattered all over the place! Gudetama was just starting to get popular over here… then I saw Sanrio start promoting it more and now it looks like they’re doing so many collaborations!

I’ve also eyed IPSY bags but never really had the motivation to get one, until I saw Gudetama was doing a collab with Ipsy. I instantly subscribed for my first bag, and received it in the mail a few days ago.

In my metallic pink bubble-wrapped package I found:

A cute Gudetama makeup pouch (it was a bit smelly though…)Gudetama-makeup-pouch

Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender
Cougar Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Mulberry
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Ciaté London Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black
OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Gold Rush
GoldRush-Blackeyeliner

TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Masks – Green Tea & Lotus
FaceMasks

I’m not too sure how I feel about this bag, especially it being my first. A friend of mine got completely different products (other than the liner and bag), and I wanted her products instead! I have too many blending sponges, liquid lipsticks and metallic eyeshadows… so half of this bag was not really for me. However, I’m looking forward to trying the TONYMOLY sheet masks!

Did you get the IPSY July 2017 Gudetama bag? Which products did you get and have you tried them? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: Product was purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Summer Essentials

Summer is finally here in Calgary! The sun here is fantastic, but there’s a few days where it just sends a beam straight to the surface of your skin. It’s important to always wear sunscreen with a good SPF and cover yourself as much as you can to protect your skin from the effects of the sun/UV rays and also if you don’t like tanning as much as me! Here’s some of the products I’ve been using for the summer so far:

Vanilla Coconut Sunscreen

Vanilla Coconut Sunscreen SPF 31 from Rocky Mountain Soap Company

Natural sunscreen has been my preference for quite a few years now, and I love this one. It’s non-whitening and smells delicious! The smell reminds me of birthday cake icing… (too bad I can’t eat it…) It doesn’t feel greasy when applied and it doesn’t feel heavy at all on my skin.

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Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Double Scoop – REVIEW

I had a desire to wear lip colours during the work week, and sometimes the loud, bright, and colourful lipsticks or liquid lipsticks that I had would be way too bold for the work day. I needed something that was muted, and still had colour to show my personality for the summer.

I randomly decided to check out the Colourpop website about a few weeks ago…

They had just released the Ultra Blotted Lips line. It was exactly what I wanted. It took me a couple of days to find some swatches to figure out which shades I wanted. Then they had a free international shipping with no minimum order available and I ended up going ahead with Double Scoop, since that was unlike any shade of lipstick I had!

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Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go – REVIEW

I’m really late hopping onto the highlighter train but after watching Nikkietutorials on YouTube and her collaboration with Kim Thai, I instantly fell in love with how well they applied their highlighter and how glowy and fabulous they looked with it on. I did think that highlighter was too excessive for me, especially since I have a very detailed face, so I did some research on how it can be worn with other makeup trends.

It was then time to find a highlighter of my own. I searched my eyeshadow/blush palettes to see if I had any built-in, but I didn’t, so I went through the aisles of Sephora and watched some reviews and found the Pro Glow to Go palette by Tarte Cosmetics.

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It comes with three shades, Gleam (light bronze sheen), Burst (pearly), and Chisel which I haven’t used, but is an orange-brown contour shade.

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Gleam’s pigmentation is sub-par, which is why I like it for everyday wear. Burst is very pigmented, though. I usually apply these highlighters with my fingers, on top of my cheek bones. For a while, I was also applying it on the bridge of my nose and the tip, which I learnt made me look too 3D-like, so I stopped!

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I’m wearing Gleam here, which adds a nice glow to my cheeks and nose. It’s really nice!

Would you get the Pro Glow to Go palette? What’s your favourite highlighter?

Let me know in the comments section below!

 

Disclaimer: This product review contains my honest thoughts and is not sponsored.

BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kale – REVIEW + Video

This is one of my favourites in the Amuse Bouche Lipstick line. Kale is a rich, dark green lipstick that is almost black, and it’s the perfect way to complete your vampy or bold look!

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It’s look black here, but it’s more of a dark-black green in the tube

I recommend exfoliating your lips until they are smooth, as this really emphasized the dry flakes on my lips. It is not transfer-proof as it will get on everything you put your lips on, but I tried blotting with a tissue several times and that helped lessen the transfer amount. It’s kind of messy to apply, so if you have a lip brush handy, I would suggest using that to put on this lipstick. (I didn’t have one with me.)

It’s VERY pigmented and vivacious, so I would recommend pairing this with a simple eyelook, but it can definitely go well with a heavier makeup look too! It all depends on your style. For me, the lipstick just screams out loud, so I would wear this if I’m too lazy to work on my eye makeup. I think it would go well with some false lashes too.

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Subtle/edgy makeup look

 

The finish of this lipstick is creamy with a subtle shine. It’s long-lasting, and when you wash it off, it looks like you ate some kind of green goo, so you’ll need a strong lip makeup remover to wash it off or you’ll have to try a few washes to get this off, which in my opinion, is pretty impressive because that’s how you know it will last a long day!

I definitely recommend this product. It’s fun & bold!

Here’s a video review:

Disclaimer: All opinions are of my own and I purchased this product with my own money.

If you liked this review, let me know in the comments below what you thought and if you have used Kale before, or let me know if you’re thinking of getting it! Please click on the follow button for more posts like this. 🙂

 

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear®Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation – REVIEW

About three months ago, I was on the hunt for a wallet-friendly, but good BB cushion foundation. I did my research on several BB cushions, most were out of my league as they were either from Korea (I would have to wait approximately one month to obtain them) or super expensive. I almost shelled out $80 CDN for IOPE’s BB cushion at one of the Asian supermarkets here in Calgary, but decided that it wasn’t worth it as I could pay much less if I could wait a month. I had something going on where I wanted to test out the BB cushion in advance, but I was too late to the game….

…and then I cruised through my trusty Shoppers Drug Mart one day and saw THIS:

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It was only about $20 CDN, so I thought it was a good deal as I was looking for something that was not going to cost me a lot of money. I also wanted something that was in-stock, and there it was, right in front of me because I was going on a business trip in a few weeks and I wanted my makeup to look good!

I immediately tested it out the next day and I must admit, the first impression wasn’t the greatest. My expectations were a little too high though, I was hoping for a foundation with medium coverage. I tested out for few more days and it has grown on me. It’s easy to build up to a medium coverage, but it can look cakey. For light coverage, it’s perfect but I still needed to use concealer.

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Without BB cushion

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With the BB cushion 😀 Notice how there are still red spots where I didn’t use concealer, but went over with the BB cushion

It’s super lightweight, which I absolutely adore. Very easy to travel around with and it’s not messy nor does it leak from the packaging.

I enjoy wearing this on a daily basis as it’s easy to touch up with and it’s super light. It really feels like you have no makeup on and I don’t think it’s obvious that you’re wearing foundation either.

I don’t really like the design on the packaging as it reminds me of a cushioned seat cover… if it had polka-dots or was plain & simple, I would probably like it more. I do think that this design allows it to be more durable when traveling, and protects the product inside.

I quite enjoy the super sealing cover inside. It acts as a barrier between the puff (sorry, mine is getting quite dirty as you can see I use it quite often!) and the foundation andkeeps the foundation from drying out.

I would highly recommend this BB cushion if you’re looking for something that isn’t too expensive, lasts long, provides light/medium coverage and is lightweight. It’s great for people who don’t like wearing foundation all the time and just want an even base for their everyday makeup.

Disclaimer: Product is not sponsored and was my own purchase. My review is my honest thoughts 🙂

BITE Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in Sake & Eggplant – REVIEW

I am an avid fangirl of the awesome, food-grade, reservatol infused BITE Beauty lipsticks. I have been a loyal user of their products ever since they came into Sephora. I have been keeping a close eye on their recent releases lately, which include the Amuse Bouche line that has over 32 different shades in the range. Wow! Since the release at Sephora stores, I have snagged the shades Sake & Eggplant..

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Sake – Sorry for the chapped lips! The shade is more grey tone than pictured here.

 

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Eggplant – The shade is more red toned in real life. These pictures don’t show the true colour but it’s an okay representation…

I picked up these two particular shades because they go with my complexion well and I was searching for the perfect shades to wear at work.

The formula glides on smoothly, however it picks up the dry skin flakes on my lips easily. I definitely recommend exfoliating your lips first for a smooth canvas and smoother result.

The wear time varies for each lipstick.With Sake, I see a wear time of 4 – 5 hours, and then it leaves a stain on the lips. For Eggplant, it lasted  a whole work day and faded slightly, also leaving a stain on the lips.

They keep lips moist for the most part, I would still recommend having a lip balm handy or reapplying the formula throughout the day.

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Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. Opinions are honest and my own.