New Dupe For The Beauty Blender?? Dottie Loves Blending Sponge Review

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Hi Loves, 

In my recent Homesense and Drugstore Haul, I grabbed what I was hoping to be a dupe for the Beauty Blender. My beauty blender is at least 6 months old and I needed a new one- yikes! Let’s face it, it’s a $28 sponge. As much as I love the way it applies makeup, surely there had to be an alternative to spending $28 a few times a year on a freaking sponge.


THE DEETS:

Dottie Loves is a UK brand that I’ve never heard of before, but the cute packaging and colour of the sponge caught my eye at Homesense! This sponge was only $6CAD as well. The directions on the back say to use it wet and squeeze out the excess, just like a Beauty Blender. The size is slightly larger than the Beauty Blender, but otherwise the sponge is the same shape. The sponge is also infused with Vitamin E, although I’m sure repeatedly washing the sponge will make any benefits negligible.


THE PROS:

-Adorable!

-Blends makeup just as good as the BB

-Doesn’t soak up tons of product

-Feels super soft on the skin

-Affordable!


THE CONS:

-Looks dirty all the time since it’s so light


OVERALL:

5/5!!

I’m in looooooove with this!!! So happy I tried something new!! I’ve seen so many negative reviews for Beauty Blender wannabe products, but this Dottie Loves sponge is an absolute dream to use! I really enjoy that it’s slightly larger as I find it makes putting on foundation faster. It applies my makeup perfectly and just as smooth as the Beauty Blender as well. The texture of this is extremely soft and cushion-like, although it is slightly more dense than the Beauty Blender. 

I’m definitely going to try and go back to Homesense and snag a few more of these sponges while they still have them! This is a total win, 5/5 well deserved. Love love LOVE! 

xo J

Homesense + Drugstore Haul

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Hi beauties,

I meant to get this post up a few days ago after putting a teaser up on my social media, but the flu hit! And no, not the vodka flu. This was a genuine, random AF, wake up in the middle of the night running to the bathroom type of flu. Thankfully I’ve had a few days rest and am feeling much better.

Anyway, if you’re Canadian you’ll know all about Homesense! According to my American friends its kind of like a TJ Maxx or a Nordstrom Rack but for home goods. They always have the best deals on everyday beauty products, and I love their selection of natural and organic brands.

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WHAT I GOT:

Pearlessence Micellar Cleansing Water with aloe ($6CAD)

So happy to discover a new micellar water that is made with natural ingredients and doesn’t cost a fortune like Bioderma

North American Hemp Co Moisturizing Shampoo ($6CAD)

This is organic and cruelty free for such a steal. Plus hair looks especially nice after washing with this.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo ($6CAD)

So happy to discover Batiste is at Homesense all the time now! It’s cheaper than getting it at the drugstore.

Argan Magic High Shine Hairspray ($13CAD)

I’ve been curious about this brand and am happy to try it for a steal

Dottie Loves Beauty Sponge ($6)

This is the first Beauty Blender look-a-like I’ve ever bought. Stay tuned to see if it stacks up to the original.

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There was also a points event at Shopper’s Drugmart and NYX and Physician’s Formula products were on sale!!

WHAT I GOT:

NYX Microbrow Pencil in ‘Taupe’ x2 ($10.99CAD each)

A holy grail, so I bought two on sale!

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in the darker shade ($11CAD)

I’ve been holding out as I didn’t want to pay the retail price of $21

NYX Lip Lingerie’s in ‘Satin Ribbon’ and ‘Exotic’ ($8.50CAD each)

Been loving these lately so had to pick up a few more shades since they were on sale.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara ($11CAD)

Tati on Youtube always raves about the Organic Wear mascara, but I couldn’t remember what type….hoping this is good.

 

Well there you go loves, two hauls in one!

 

xo J

February Ispy Glam Bag + Review

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Hi my loves,

I got my Ipsy Glam Bag in the mail a few days ago so here it is! Denim and all….A few of the brands I was unfamiliar with so I did some further research and have provided extra info below. The fun of subscription boxes like this is trying and discovering new brands.

 

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As usual my Ipsy bag came in the standard metallic bubble mailer, but this month’s bag is a hideous denim with questionable neon orange accents. I really was hoping that after last month’s blue and grey disaster (see here) they would’ve made a recovery in their bag design. I mean yikes!

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Ah perfect, this month’s products look much better without that eyesore in the photo. I guess I’m feeling sassy today (and everyday) everyone!

WHAT I GOT:

Luxie 514 Blush Brush Full Size (retails at $23.57US)

Luxie is a California-based cosmetic brand that is known for their brushes. They are vegan and cruelty-free. I honestly don’t think this brush is anything special- it feels flimsy and the bristles aren’t very dense. I wouldn’t pay full price for it.

NYX Cosmetics Full Size Butter Lipstick in ‘Ripe Berry’ (retails at $6US)

This is the second plum coloured lipstick I’ve gotten from Ipsy in a few months so I really would have preferred a nude. This lipstick is actually very easy to apply and is a sheer, more ‘natural’ looking plum. It didn’t last through a meal at all so it will need a lot of reapplying throughout the day

IBY Beauty Highlighter in ‘Bubbly’ Full Size (retails for $12US)

IBY stands for “Inspire By You”. They are a more affordable brand that aims to product trendy, high quality products that are cruelty-free. This is a full-sized product and is the same size they sell online, but it’s actually more the size of a single eyeshadow.

Dermadeli Rejuventating Toner Spray 10mL deluxe sample (full size is 4oz for $24.99US)

Dermadeli is a scientific-based clean skincare brand that is free of harsh chemicals and cheap fillers. This toner solely contains natural witch hazel, neroli, sea kelp and rose water. It smells lovely and doesn’t make my face feel tight and dry.

Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Bronzer 0.7g sample size (full size is $25US)

This New York brand originated in 2009 from an on-the-go girl wanting to create time-saving beauty products. The sample size is SO tiny, so it’s a bit hard to play with but the formula feels nice and creamy so far.

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There you go loves, did you like this month’s Ipsy post? I did it a bit differently with more background detail than normal. Let me know if you have tried any of these products!

xo J

 

 

 

Sundays are for tea & blogging!

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Happy Sunday Loves,

I thought I’d share a quick hello and hope you are all having a wonderful day. I simply love Sundays and everything they represent. It’s a day of rest, a day to see loved ones, to spend time cooking a nice meal, sleeping in, organizing your life, or even just sitting on your ass doing f*** all.

As always, I have my moisture essentials at arms length and I’m currently sitting here under a fluffy blanket enjoying tea and cookies.

 

xo J

YSL Touche Eclat Lumiere Divine Highlighting Powder Review

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Hi loves!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I was honestly feeling a bit down as my boyfriend is away for a while, so I treated myself to the lovely YSL Touche Eclat Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Power.

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THE DEETS:

I’m not one to splurge on designer makeup often, but I’ve had my eye on this for a few months now and it’s been notoriously hard to find! I could not find it from yslbeauty.com or from Sephora.com or even my local YSL beauty counter at The Bay. I was browsing in my downtown Sephora and wham! There it was right under my nose. I picked it up for $58CAN.

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Since this is a high end beauty item, it comes with a velour dust bag and a powder puff. I usually think dust bags for makeup are silly, but because the compact is metallic gold I might actually use it to prevent fingerprints and scratches. I probably won’t use the powder puff to apply this as I prefer to apply highlighter with a brush, but the puff will actually work great for under-eye baking.

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THE PROS:

-Applies beautifully (it practically blends itself)

-Doesn’t look harsh or too intense over natural makeup

-Stunning glow from within look

-Gorgeous packaging

-Not glittery at all

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THE CONS:

-A bit powdery in the pan

-Expensive

-NOT cruelty-free (I do feel bad about this)

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THE OVERALL:

5/5

I’m floored by how beautiful and natural this looks, yet its not too natural. I’m someone who won’t hesitate to wear Champagne Pop to breakfast, but I did want to find something a little more subtle. This is it! I inserted a swatch above although it was a rainy day and the product doesn’t show up very well. It’s a subtle golden-beige colour and would suit many skin tones. I applied this all over my cheekbones, temples, even a dash on the forehead, nose and cupid’s bow and I looked completely amazing.

This is definitely more natural than highlighters from brands like Becca, Makeup Forever and Urban Decay, but it has more pigmentation and payoff than the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I wouldn’t use this to set my face as it is more of a highlighting product than a finishing product. This is a stunning!

 

xo J

 

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Vita Liberata Fabulous Self-Tanning Lotion Review

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Hi lovelies,

Winter is upon us in Canada and I don’t know about you, but I feel much prettier with a bit of a glow! I used to use self-tanners from the drugstore but could never get past their horrible, strong smell (thank god my Jergens phase is long gone). I received a sample of Vita Liberata’s pHenomenal 2-3 week tanning mousse about a year ago and loved it so much I bought the full size. Today, I am reviewing their Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion.

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BEAUTY NEWS ALERT: Too Faced Spring/Summer 2017 Preview + Release Date

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YAAAAAY! So last night I saw this amazing sneak peak for the Too Faced Spring/Summer 2017 collection and obviously I needed to share it with you. They will be releasing 6 new shades of Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick, three gorgeous metallic highlighters and a mega jumbo natural eyeshadow palette! They will be launching March 9th on Toofaced.com. The gods have spoken.

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Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush Review

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Hi lovely readers,

To follow up from my drugstore haul and my last review post where I reviewed the Wet n Wild contour palette (see here), I’m reviewing the Color Icon Blush. I was hesitant to try drugstore blush ever since 2015 when I purchased the Maybelline FitMe blush-a completely rough, unpigmented fiasco. However, I kept seeing people on Youtube rave about the Color Icon blushes so I managed to track one down. Today I’m reviewing the shade ‘Mellow Wine’.

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