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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Benefit Cosmetics Collectable Holiday Gift Sets

In my opinion it's never too early to get started on Christmas shopping. When I received these these holiday gift sets I immediately began to build excitement for the holidays.. I know it's not even Halloween yet but I can't contain it! This holiday collection includes 6 gift sets, and one 12 day advent calendar. The theme of their sets this year doll-like girl empowerment, I'm definitely into that and the cartoon characters are definitely a unique packaging scheme. I was very surprised by the price on these, for how much product you get they're a great price. It would be hard not to pick one up for myself when buying them as a gift, they're the all in one gift package for a makeup lover. 

Sassy Lassie - around $35 and exclusively sold at Sephora this kit contains THREE full sized products and comes in a collectable tin. This gift set is filled with Benefit's best selling products Roller Lash, The POREfessional, Ka-BROW!, and a mini Hola bronzer with a brush (hardly a mini, it'd take me months to get through that much product). 

Girl-A-Rama - around $45 and sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart this little tin is packed full of products. The kit contains all items necessary for a full-face makeup look including a full sized They're Real! Duo ShadowBlender in Brazen Bronze with applicator, and travel sizes of POREfessional, Roller Lash, Benetint, and CORALista & Rockateur blushers with a brush. The only thing that I dislike about this is though I can remove the blushers and eyeshadow they don't come in packaging to come out and throw in a makeup bag.. but this is common for all gift sets. 

Girl O'Clock Rock - around $56 and sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart, this is a 12 day advent calendar loaded with minis! For photo purposes I opened three doors and they contained Dandelion blusher, They're Real! mascara, and Ultra Plush Lipgloss in Lollibop. I doubt I will make it to December 12th to start opening doors, I'm not sure how anyone would wait to open them at all! I don't think this necessarily needs to be an advent calendar, if you give it as a gift it'd just be fun to pop open the doors and see what's inside. I will also add when you open the doors the box sings to you, it was a bit scary at first!

Let me know below if any of you will be buying a kit for yourself or as a gift! Also - what do you think of their packaging this season? 

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*These items were gifted to me from Benefit cosmetics but all opinions above are my own.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

NYX Lip Lingerie Review & Swatches

I have been trying to get my hands on these lipsticks for MONTHS. I saw a lot of people using these lipsticks in the US but couldn't find them in stores in Canada. Finally Shoppers Drug Mart and Lawtons now carry the line! I got my hands on three shades: Embellishment, Bedtime Flirt, and Baby Doll. As you can tell the names stick with the "Lingerie" theme, and the shades do too. They're all faded pinks, nudes, browns, and purple/grey shades. 

Much like Lime Crime Velvetines or Kylie Lipkits, these are liquid to matte formulas. They do tend to show EVERY SINGLE crease on your lips, so unless you have lip fillers or naturally puffy lips I suggest exfoliating and moisturizing your lips before every wear. I find all liquid to matte formulas a bit uncomfortable, it does feel like a solid thing sitting on your lips but the colour and look make it worth it. I know the upclose photos make you really see that, but that's honestly how liquid lipsticks wear and that's not how close people actually are to your lips. Personally I like mixing these shades together, since Embellishment is a little much for my skin tone if I mix it with Baby Doll it makes the nicest pink-grey shade. 

These lipsticks are a great alternative to the pricey ones currently on the market. To be honest the shades they carry are way better and more practical than most others. You can buy these for 9 dollars Canadian each. I don't even believe a lipliner is crucial to getting these on well, so even less cost. 

Have you tried any of the Lingerie Lipsticks yet?

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Witchy Vibes & Faux Fur with Shein

This dress was once an off the shoulder flowy summer frock to be worn with sandals and a bikini underneath.. add some thigh high boots, felt hat, and faux fur coat and you have witchy autumn vibes.. much better suited for how cold Halifax has become recently. 

I personally have worn chokers with every single outfit lately, and this dress was no exception. The thick velvet choker makes the look a bit more fall appropriate. The dress has flared knotted sleeves and can be worn both on and off the shoulders. It's made of a light material and was the perfect length for my new thigh high boots. The dress was gifted to me from Shein, and you can find it HERE for only $14 dollars. Shein has lots of cute, on trend, inexpensive items. You currently can find a 40% off everything code on the main page of their website, and they have loads of new fall arrivals.

Dress - Shein
Boots - Call It Spring
Jacket - Forever21
Hat - Bluenotes
Choker - Primark

Before I go, I am wondering if any bloggers out there have suggestions for a blogging camera? I am looking for a DSLR with a lens I can use for both outside outfit shots, and inside product shots. Let me know if you have any suggestions :)

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Lush Cosmetics 2016 Halloween Collection

Yes, it is a little early to be going Halloween crazy but the excitement has hit me early this year. This means I've been going a bit crazy in the Dollar Store, Lush, Bath & Body Works, and Starbucks. Today I am going to show you some of the Lush Cosmetics Halloween collection. I know a lot of Lush lovers will buy everything from a collection but if I don't like the smell, I am definitely not buying. The four bath items I am missing can be found on Lush's website here, just incase there's more you want to check out. 

Sparkly Pumpkin - I've used this bubble bar before, it makes insane amounts of bubbles. I would recommend splitting it in half and using it in two different baths. The glitter gets all over your hands, but you won't come out of the bath coated, it seems to stay in the tub and not on your body. It's sweet yet citrus-y, and very cozy. 

Monsters' Ball - This is a new bath bomb for the Halloween season, it's fruity and sweet. It makes your water a dark purple shade but leaves a frothy layer of pink on the top. It's a cute cyclops looking monster and is quite a large bath bomb so you're getting your moneys worth. 

Pumpkin - Another new bath bomb for the season, it's spicey and floral scented. This is a normal bath fizzer so don't expect anything too amazing from it but it's smell. I usually don't opt for such plain bath bombs but this one was just too cute. I don't think I'd rebuy it though! 

Have you tried any of the Lush Halloween range? 

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Outside Lands Music Festival in San Fransisco w/ Ardene | iPhone Recap

So my new blog is up and running! I updated a few things and styles to better fit my personal style, it really wasn't "me" before. To kick off the new blog I am going to do the first of a new type of post on my blog that I'm calling the "iPhone Recap". When I am out and about at a concert, or party, or travelling I am just taking photos on my iPhone, and most the time someone else is in charge of taking all the fancy quality images (and lugging around a huge camera.. I just cannot do that!). Because most my photos are all on my iPhone I have decided to saw screw the top quality blog images in this case, and simply share my adventures with you this way. These of course will be the only phone quality images I share on here, for the rest follow my Instagram @emilylavenders. 

This summer I was insanely lucky to be chosen to go to San Francisco, California with Ardene for their #ArdeneRocks trip to the Outsides Lands music festival! I was able to bring my best friend along and we were decked out in Ardene clothing and accessories and had an amazing weekend. We went to the festival each day, hung out with the Ardene's girls to get some insta pics and snapchats, and also snuck in a bit of tourist-y things. The festival included some of my favourites such as Lana Del Rey, Radio Head, LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens, Halsey, Major Lazer and so many more. Huge thank you to Ardene (@ardene on insta) for the best weekend ever. 

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