Continuing the summer lovin’ posts…didn’t intend for this to be a theme but hey, it worked out 🙂
I turned 25 last month (woot woot) so naturally, I went a little cray on the shopping front. I basically justified any purchase I made with ‘It’s my birthday!’
So here we go! A collective haul from my shopping sprees the past month or so.
BATH AND BEAUTY
Principessa Beauty is a Vancouver-based brand of bath and body products that is, according to their website, ‘unashamedly feminine’. Considering that one part of my charm is being a tomboy and the other part is being a princess, I’m pretty sure that Principessa products sit comfortably in the princess-y side of things.
I purchased the Principessa products at an online store of a little boutique located in Kitsilano, Vancouver called wishlist. I received 15% off my entire purchase in early June as part of their online store launch (note: they hand-delivered the products to me the very same day to my door…which is AMAZING!)
I love love love the Principessa ‘cattiva diva’ hand cream – I originally bought it for my sister as a birthday gift last November. I tried a little when she opened it and immediately made a mental note to purchase one for myself once I got back to Vancouver. The hand cream smells very feminine but the best thing about it is that it doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It is a little bit pricey at CAD$17 but a little goes a long way with this gem.
I’ve been using the Principessa ‘notte breeze’ dry shampoo for darker shades (CAD$12) for a few weeks now and I have to say that I am lovin’ the powder version of dry shampoo WAY more than the spray versions I’ve tried. My hair is fine but really thick so it gets weighed down easily with grease and product. This dry shampoo doesn’t weigh my hair down and I love that I can control the amount I put on my hair. I just use a powder brush to apply it onto my roots. It definitely soaks up the oil but it doesn’t do much to add volume. I like this product so far but I’m definitely glad I bought a smaller size. Once this product is used up, I want to try Lush’s No Drought dry shampoo!
I also got a few other Principessa products just for funsies. I actually only ordered the shower cap (my old one was beginning to smell…yea) but when I opened the bag, I saw that wishlist had included a shower pouf in there as well? Awesome! Thank you wishlist!
I got some stuff from The Body Shop and one other beauty product from Sephora as well.
I needed to replace my old Camomile eye-makeup remover from The Body Shop so I got a new one! The packaging has changed (that’s how old my old one is). I love, love, love this stuff. It’s really gentle and my eye area just feel so clean and makeup-free after using this on my eyes. I use eye makeup almost everyday so I definitely don’t mind investing in a solid eye-makeup remover.
I also picked up a few other things at The Body Shop – a nail buffer (not in picture) which I needed, a hand sanitizer and a mini body scrub. These three things were in a 3-FOR-1 sale so I got a couple of fun things. I figured that I would need a hand sanitizer to carry around in my bag for summer what with all the running, jumping and playing in the sand. And then I got the pink grapefruit scrub because it smells divine and I also like to exfoliate my feet before I paint my nails.
I’ve been using my Estee Lauder sunscreen almost everyday now that it is sunny and hot in Vancouver. This sunscreen is definitely pricey at CAD$50 for a small tube BUT it is worth it. I went into Sephora looking for a sunscreen that wouldn’t cast a grey-ash tint on my beautiful olive skin and the nice salesperson recommended this to me. I love that it’s lightweight, doesn’t smell like regular sunscreen (it smells like cucumbers!) and has high SPF. The only downside is that it is slightly greasy on my combination skin. I keep oil-blotting paper on hand when my skin starts to look like the bottom of a pan.
I’ve been hearing SO many beauty vloggers rave about this product and I finally caved. I really like this lip gloss – I don’t usually wear lip gloss because I prefer lipsticks but this one is pretty tolerable for me. It’s not too sticky or goopy and it applies color well onto my lips. This color is a good pink lip color for me – it brightens up my face just enough. I’m still not a lip gloss convert though – I find it so icky to have lip gloss on when I reach for a glass of water to drink…
Next up is this wonderful Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural lipstick that was one-half of the Beauty Insider birthday gift from Sephora. This is the shade ‘Copper Pink’ and honestly, this is something I would never pick up in-store but am so glad was given to me. It’s a red-brown lipstick with slight shimmer. I’ve never tried any Make Up For Ever products and I’m really impressed with this lipstick. The application is smooth and easy and the color pay-off is great. My lips are two-toned like many other women of color (HOLLA) with my upper lip being a tawny, dusty pink-grey color and the bottom lip a true pink color so this is actually a wonderful ‘natural but better’ color for me. I like to pair this with the Maybelline color elixir lip gloss sometimes when I’m feeling fancy and the result is a tawny color on my lips.
The other half of the Sephora birthday gift is the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara. I recently started using this mascara when my L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes began to irritate my eyes. This mascara does a good job of defining and separating my lashes but as far as curl and volume goes, it is a bit lacking. It does remind me of my drugstore favorite – Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara. When this is used up, I have my eye on this Estee Lauder mascara which is the best mascara I’ve tried so far.
So I got my eyebrows professionally threaded for the first time in my life last month (at Bombay Brow Bar…holla Jas!) and since then, have been on the hunt for good eye brow makeup. I decided to try Benefit’s Gimme Brow in ‘Medium/Dark’ having heard good things about it from Amelia Liana of Liana Beauty. I’ve only tried this twice but am liking it so far. My eyebrows are naturally thick but sparse so I’m learning to be gentle in applying this.
A useful tip to make eyes look brighter is to line your waterline with a nude eyeliner. I’ve been using this one from Maybelline and pairing it with Make Up For Ever’s mascara. Both products combined really do work wonders on brightening my eye even when I’m wearing glasses.
I bought this on a whim after hearing so many beauty vloggers rave about this. I’ve only used this once and the color is quite dark on me. I don’t typically use lots of eyeshadow (preferring to stick with just mascara and nude eyeliner especially in the summer heat) so I would definitely use this when I want to feel fancy.
Here are some nail polishes and products I bought recently.
I currently have all these colors on my nails – ‘Watermelon’ on my toes and ‘Eternal Optimist’ on my fingertips with ‘A Cut Above’ on my ring finger as a lil something extra. I have been loving these colors for spring/summer. I also love the ‘Quick-e’ drops!
And that’s it everyone! WHEW! That was a whole lot of stuff. Thanks for reading through the whole post.
I have some jewelry and fashion items as well so look out for that hopefully next week in PT III of Summer Lovin’ 🙂
Disclaimer: I purchased all these products with my own money. This is not a sponsored post.