Sephora Haul | Birthday Month

Heya lovelies!

GUESS WHAT, IT’S BIRTHDAY MONTH. Most people just celebrate their birthday on the day they were born, but I like to start it at the beginning of the month because…

1. My birthday is at the end of the month (August 30) and I can’t wait that long.
2. Saves me from sitting at home in the evenings on Amazon adding things to my wishlist.
2. I can justify spending some money on a Sephora haul that I would normally be restraining myself from.

I’m also a firm believer in treating myself. So, today I’d like to share some things that I ordered from Sephora!

WOO! Let’s check out my haul!

I bought two things from the website, and the rest are freebies or samples!  I like to order online because I usually order over the $75 free shipping mark, and you can get more samples/ beauty insider rewards online, as well as coupon codes! The Sephora website rotates samples weekly so there’s always something new to try out.

Sephora was offering deluxe samples of ‘trending’ products. I quite liked using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion when I got my Naked 3 Palette (came with pod samples). I thought the lid was going to come with a mini applicator, but it’s just a squeezy tube.

I decided to redeem some of my beauty insider points for one of the rewards. I picked up a mini Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft. I always hear people harping on about how amazing KVD lip products are, so I decided to try it out. I’ve tried and loved the Kat Von D Lock-it Powder Foundation, (bought 2 compacts – pigmented and full coverage.) Smaller than I expected, but whatever.

 Nars Satin Lip Pencils in  Rikugien and Cruella. These are the Sephora 2015 Birthday Gifts, available for beauty insiders! I wanted to pick these up after seeing Emily get hers after a recent Sephora trip. Again, always hear people talking about how amazing Nars lip products are so I decided to give it a go. I’ve never tried anything from Nars so this was a first!

Kat Von D studded kiss lipstick in Lovecraft described as a ‘matte mauve pink nude’, (Little bit too dark to be a nude on me.) Applies matte, dries well, and lasts for a long time.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien is a frosted rose pink. Has more of a glossy finish than a rose finish. A nice brown-toned rose, suits me well but doesn’t have very long lasting power.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in a Cruella. A scarlet red. I don’t wear very many bold red shades. I feel like my lips are small and wearing a bold colour just accentuates that. However, it’s very nice to blend out. Probably will make more appearances during Christmas season!

 I caved. I caved and finally bought the ambient lighting powder from Hourglass. Am I a weak woman? Yes, yes I am. But I always swatched it in Sephora and thought it looked so pretty! I’m also a sucker for gorgeous packaging and it doesn’t get any more luxe than this.

This is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. Dim light is described as a neutral peach beige powder. I didn’t really want a highlighter since I’ve been using a Becca deluxe sample of their shimmering skin perfector and it’s the only one I really use… This powder is so finely milled and so lovely, looks incredibly flattering on the skin. It gives my complexion a lovely glow without looking shimmery. I opted for this over the ambient lighting palette because I wanted smaller packaging, and I have no real need for a shimmery highlighter and bronzer… NO RAGRETS!!

Sephora Meet Your Match 2015 set, with deluxe sample sizes for some cult lip and nail favourites. Mainly bought this for the Tarte lipsurgence pencil because I originally swatched Elite in store and fell in love, but couldn’t justify the $29 price tag… Found there was a mini version and some nail products in this set, which worked out because I love all of the colours!

I’ll be doing a full review of this set, so keep your eyes peeled! Should be coming out next week! πŸ™‚

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Here’s another one of my samples – a mini Atelier Cologne perfume in Sud Magnolia. I have another Atelier Cologne mini from a previous order (ssh) and this one is more citrus/floral scented, whereas the other was warmer/more earthy.

The text on the back of the poster is super cute! It says… “They met every year, without fail, always at the same celebration. He caught sight of her in the crowd. Her mask was adorned with white feathers and magenta crystals. He enjoyed a moment watching her search for him, but not for long as he yearned to have her dancing in his arms again.”

How sweet! ;_;

Anyway, this was my haul! Hope you liked it! Such a good feeling to buy something again after putting myself on a Sephora ban since school ended…

Have you tried any of these products? Which ones are your favourite? Have you tried any of the Sephora Favourites sets? 

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Wanted but not Needed

Hello lovelies!

I’m a sheep. I’m a total sheep. I follow hundreds of blogs, youtube channels, and websites run by cosplayers, personalities, gurus, and vloggers that are constantly recommending items for me to by. Things that I won’t be able to live without. Now that I’m a recent graduate / gleefully unemployed, I find myself lusting after basically everything without the budget or means to obtain these things. I’m a very fortunate person – I have all the material possessions I could ever want or need. But I’m allowed to lust after things right?

Here’s a little wishlist I put together~


I’m a recovering Sephora addict and have convinced myself there’s only so much make that I can put on my face on a given day. Luckily, this mentality has forced me to switch up my makeup bag/routine every few days so that I get good use out of all my products. When I walk past a Sephora in the mall, I try to divert my eyes. I’m on a makeup buying ban until the end of the year, but knowing me, I’ll definitely crack sometime around August (birthday hauls y’know, THE SEPHORA BIRTHDAY GIFT…ughghghdfjgkdhfg).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Swatched these in store, absolutely gorgeous. Doesn’t help that every beauty blogger and their cousin raves about this.

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Pale Barley: Gorgeous golden bronzey nude shade / my number one eye look, this shadow would fit in perfectly.

Clarisonic Mia2 Cleansing System: CLEAN AND PERFECT SKIN IS THE GOAAALLL and apparently this is a great way to achieve it!

Toofacted Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush – Heart shaped coral blush with shimmer? Count me in!

Roses de Chloe perfume – Roses are my absolute favourite flower, and I’m in love with my Chloe rollerball perfume. I always spritz this on myself when I pop into Sephora because I can’t justify paying over 100 on a perfume yet…

Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment – I lovelovelove face masks/muds/peels, and this one claims to help with common skin concerns!

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – This one is based purely on hype. Everyone talks about how amazing this is and how great your skin looks after using it! My skin has greatly improved over the past few months/years and I’ve greatly invested in my skincare regime. I’d love to see if it lives up to the hype.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt – A friend was wearing this when we were out to lunch the other day and it looked gorgeous on her – a lovely soft wash of color. Plus orange lips, yesyesyes

Diorskin Nude BB Cream – Again, previously mentioned friend was wearing this and her skin looked so good! (Yes, I trust this friend’s recommendation because she’s a huge makeup geek and has literally tried everything/knows the goods and the bads, and has a similar skin type/shade as me)

Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refining Buff Cleanser: Already given my heart to Korres after committing to their Wild Rose night facial cream. The wild rose scent is fabulous and my skin feels amazing in the morning, so I figured the cleanser would be a natural addition!


iPhone 6: Do I need to upgrade to the 6 from my current iPhone 5? No. Do I want to? Yes! I’ve been eyeing this baby because of its camera – apparently its much better than the 5’s camera. Also, it would be much easier to vlog on an iphone at conventions as opposed to my regular Canon ELPH 300hs = less to carry around at cons.
Razer Chroma keyboard: It looks cool as hell. YOU CAN PUT ON CHANGING COLOR PATTERNS. So cool aughghggh!
Softbox Lighting: Ok this one is a bit more of a necessity – I usually film videos in my room and rely on ikea lamps/desk laps/ overhead spotlight lighting. Before color correction, my videos are typically super yellow! I hate it. This also causes a bit of Graininess in my videos which isn’t that appealing. I might look into softbox lighting soon so I can upgrade the quality of my videos.
Let me know what is on your wishlist! Have you tried any of my wishlist items? What are your thoughts? 

summer wishlist


I’ve been doing an unhealthy amount of window shopping – both online and in-store. I like to wind down in the evenings after work but reading blogs and collecting outfit inspo on lookbook! I would really like to level up my wardrobe as well, been packing away/donating old clothes that I haven’t worn since high school.

This bag is so cute! Simple and sturdy. The shorts are lovely as well, I saw them in store and the wash is so nice!! I’ve hardly worn shorts at all this “summer” because the weather hasn’t been too good. I’d like at least one pair of high waisted shorts though because I think I only have 2 pairs of shorts in total and they’re both low waist.

instax mini 8 instant camera / real techniques makeup brushes
I’m pretty sure that most people out there love the idea behind instant, physical proof of memories. (Strange way to put it, I know.) I’d love to have an instant camera… There’s something so special about having an instant, in the moment photograph with only one copy!
I have the Core Collections set of the Real Techniques brushes, and they are amazing! I’d like to get some more but shipping is expensive and they only have a few sets here in Canada :[

ostrich nap pillow / herschel bird print backpack
Ok yeah I know, the nap pillow looks ridiculous. BUT GUYS THIS WOULD BE AMAZING!! I’d want one just so I could stick my head in it and ignore the world and nap and ugh it would be amazing. The top even has arm holes for if you decide to sleep on a desk or something! πŸ˜€
Also yeah, another bag. I have a huge thing for bags! I saw a guy on the bus once with this bird print bag and it was really unique. Would really like it but it’s really expensive and sold out almost everywhere. I don’t need a new backpack since I have my sturdy swiss army backpack, but it would be nice to have a good quality one as more of a fashion bag!

black boots / yotsuba revoltech

everybody needs a pair of super cool black boots, yo. These are the Avery boots from Doc Martens, but I’m not particular on brand. Anything black that can match well with clothes and up the edginess vibe :] The flower pattern is nice though!
And I NEED THE YOTSUBA FIGURE!! I don’t really collect figures any more because I can’t afford it, but I do love revoltechs because they’re easy to pose! She can sit and drink tea with my Professor Layton revoltech! πŸ˜€ The summer edition is really cute, but it’s sold out (waaaa).

But yeah, hooray for wanting things that I don’t need! Although I like to think that I need them… Window shopping it is then! Haha. Gotta save up for England!

What’s on your wishlist? :]

Seeya soon!