Monday, 14 May 2012

April Raves and Returns

I apologize this post is a little late. With my subscription boxes coming at the end of the month, this post became a bit delayed. I think I have already passed being "fashionably late" since it is the 14th of May! I have changed the name of my post from Hits and Misses to Raves and Returns... any opinions on which one sounds better? Anyways, since it was my birthday month, and I had more hauls then any one person should, I discovered a lot of new favourites. You will notice a lot of these from recent hauls!

April Raves

Tarte Amazionian Clay Blush in Blissful - This was part of my Sephora birthday haul and my first plunge into Tarte blushes. I have been wearing this blush every single day since I purchased it! Love the pigmentation, and the overall colour looks very natural on my skin tone. Will definitely repurchase Tarte blushes, even though they lean to the expensive side.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser - This product was purchased in my recent Body Shop haul, and somehow I knew it would make it into my favourites. It has a nice fresh scent, is deep cleaning, and I love the foaming action! It is also super gentle on my sensitive skin. I will definitely be repurchasing!

Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Split End Mender- I have been on a major coconut obsession recently. This product happened to be on sale, which is great because I was already hooked on the smell! I can't speak much to it fixing my split ends, I don't believe any product really does that. But it does make my hair soft, smooth and smelling fantastic! I haven't always heard positive reviews on this brand, but I am anxious to dive a little deeper and see how it works for me.

Korres Cherry Lipgloss in Natural Purple - Another product from my Sephora haul. Love the consistency of this lip gloss. It has fantastic opaque colour, and the lasting power is admirable. The price tag hurts my heart, but it's definitely a nice little luxury I can seriously appreciate.

Cargo Duo -  I received this eye shadow in a Luxebox and was a little apprehensive initially. The pink swatched very sheer and the brown very dark. However, it is beautiful on the eye's, and blends out to a perfect everyday look. I wear this combo pretty much every day and never get sick of it!

Sally Hansen X treme colour in Rockstar Pink- A great overall glitter nail polish. A combination of yellow, pink, purple, and blue glitter. It instantly changes the look of any polish, as well as looks amazing alone. It makes a great dupe for a higher end nail polish...keep a look out for a post revealing which polish it dupes.

Victoria Secret Fresh Vanilla - I am just loving the smell of this perfume. Fresh and light, a  floral vanilla scent for sure. I am loving perfume right now since in the summer I don't wear much. Where I live mosquito's are abundant, and smelling sweet just  makes you a prime target. This was relatively inexpensive, but lasts all day.



April Returns

e.l.f. Eye Primer - This was the first eye primer I ever owned. It is very sparkly, but for awhile I did love it, made excuses for it when 4 hours in my eye shadow creased. Honestly, if primer is a necessity for you like it is for myself I would invest in a quality one. This can't hold a candle to my Urban Decay primer. If you have dry skin, this would be a great primer, especially for the price.

The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter - This was one of my first leaps into The Body Shop hair care. This is the miniature size, you can also buy one twice the size of this. I had high hopes since I have loved 99% of the products I purchased from The Body Shop. However, this one really fell flat for me. It didn't add any moisture to my hair, and actually for the most part left it feeling brittle and damaged. I'm really not sure what happened, maybe it's my hair type, but this product just really didn't work for me. Not to say all of The Body Shop's hair products are flops... their Banana shampoo is fabulous!

Hope this was helpful!

xo Kathryn

P.S. Super excited about almost reaching 50 subscribers! Already planning my celebratory giveaway!!

34 comments:

  1. I love TBS tea tree cleanser too! good pick :) I am going to check out the tarte blushes next time I'm at Sephora. Thanks for the review of the elf primer- sometimes you have to bite the bullet and buy the good quality stuff, eh?

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    1. I am in love with the Tea Tree cleanser.. it makes me WANT to wash my face which helps on those nights when I'm exhausted and it's the last thing I want to do! Definitely try out those Tarte blushes.. though I think I am going to give one away in my subscriber giveaway :)

      xo

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  2. oh oh, and how rude of me not to mention: congrats on being almost to 50 subscribers! I love your blog, and I'm sure you'll be there in no time.

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    1. Aww Thanks hun that means a lot :) I love your blog to I'm so glad I found it!

      xo

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  3. I love the organix coconut line!! (And also their Argan oil). I'm so sorry to hear that the rainforest hair butter didn't work out for you! It's one of my favourites - but I guess it's always hit or miss depending on the person's hair type!
    xx

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    1. Ohh I will have to try out more of the organix line if you say it's good :) Ya I don't know what happened with that hair butter.. I had high hopes too... really shows how many products can differ for individuals!

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  4. I need to try that Tarte blush!!

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    1. Definitely should! I really love it and will definitely be getting more!

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  5. I have the Korres Cherry Lip Gloss too! It smells so good! I have been wondering about the Body Shop Rainforest shampoo line and I wasn't too sure...I am more than happy with my shampoo and conditioner now though! The Marc Anthony stuff has been such a game-changer! Such good stuff!

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    1. Aww I am so glad you like the Marc Anthony line.. since products always work differently for different people I was interested to see what your take was :)

      xo

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  6. Oh, that's too bad the ELF primer creased after a few hours. I had wondered whether it was a good, cheaper alternative to better known and more expensive primers like UD Primer Potion. I really want to get my hands on Tarte blushes, I've only heard consistently positive reviews :)

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    1. The e.l.f. primer would be good if you don't have oily eye lids.. I do and therefore really need a primer for any eye shadow. I lovvvee that blush really I think it's a fanatstic investment!(Cause I mean $30 for a blush? little pricey!)

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  7. So exciting that you're almost at 50 subbies!! Congrats!

    Love all of your favourites. The Tarte blush looks like something that I need to add to my collection...I have Tipsy and Exposed and I love them both SO much.

    I haven't gone into Body Shop hair care, but I have just only gotten into their BODY stuff...the Banana shampoo sounds heavenly!


    xo Courtney

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    1. Thanks hun! Ohh I will have to try out those Tarte colours.. I have been wanting more ever since I got my first one! The Banana shampoo is amazing. It smells so good I wouldn't even care if it did anything to my hair.. but luckily it works great with my hair!

      xo

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  8. The set of make up looks nice...
    The coconut milk attracts me :)

    Follow my blog at
    www.arikayasmine.blogspot.com

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  9. Great favorites! I'm a big fan of Korres and Tarte's products, especially Korres' lip products. If you ever get the chance, you should try their lipsticks. They don't dry out my lips like all lipsticks usually do :)

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    1. Ohh I have been checking out their lipsticks on Sephora.. I have it pegged in my "shopping list" section...any colours specifically you love?

      xo

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  10. Coconut Milk product for your hair.. sounds yummy!
    I've wanted to try the VS Fresh Vanilla spray, I love vanilla scents! (:

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    1. It is very yummy...makes my hair smell amazing all day long :)

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  11. Why don't I own any Tarte Amazonian clay blushes yet? I need to get on this. Ps, so happy that you're almost at 50 followers! You deserve it! x

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    1. You do need to get on it :) I think you would really like the consistancy and pigmentation of them... and thanks hunny <3 Couldn't do it without your support!

      xo

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  12. all your favorites are awesome- can't wait to try some of those :) Victori's Secret sprays are the best!

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    1. They are aren't they! So inexpensive too! Thanks for the comment hun hope everything is working out with you :)

      xo

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  13. You have such a lovely blog hun...I love it! Thank you so much for following mine....I really appreciate it! Great favorites btw! Love that Sally Hansen Glitter polish & the Cargo eye shadow as well! XO :)

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    1. Aww thank you for the sweet comments hun! That polish is great and the duo is a great every day look :)

      xo

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  14. Banana Shampoo is def my fav... soo good. The urban decay primer is my fav too but I heard that the NARS eye primer is suppose to be better.. that will be my next purchase after this one.
    Thanks for the follow! I am now following you as well!
    :)

    www.blondeebrittany.blogspot.ca

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    1. Ohhh I have seen the NARS one but have yet to try it... if you try it first I would love to see a review so that you may badly influence me to purchase it :)

      xo

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    1. Aw thanks hun. I checked out your blog and now am following you too!

      xo

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  16. Psst... the Korres lip glosses are cheap on eBay. x

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    1. Thanks for the tip hun checking that out asap

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  17. IA about The Body Shop's hair butter...plus I found the scent soooo overwhelming! Like, almost knocked me out in the shower!

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    1. Haha you are correct the smell is very strong! I just believe there are better choices out there then the hair butter.

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