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    Bite Beauty Discovery Set

    Bite Beauty Discovery Set | The Beauty Collective

    Bite Beauty Discovery Set | The Beauty Collective

    Bite Beauty is a brand that never fails to disappoint me, but it’s also one I don’t get to indulge in often. When I came across this set at Sephora I knew I had to grab it because what better time to treat yourself than during the holidays? The Bite Beauty Discovery Set comes with four of their best selling products ($82 CAD value) for you to try out for only $45. But right now Sephora has this kit on sale for only $32 – that’s the price of one of their full-size lipsticks. If you have been wanting to try Bite Beauty products for a while then now is the time to do it! There is a mix of deluxe and full-size products in this kit, and they are all fantastic.

    Agave Lip Mask

    I have wanted to try their Agave Lip Mask for a while as I heard such great things about it, and I am happy to report that I am really liking it so far. It has quite a thick formula that really sticks onto your lips for hours, even through drinking. I put this on in the morning and it is still on and keeping my lips hydrated hours later. Even the fiance has taken a liking to this, so I think I’ll be investing in the full-size very soon. Also, it smells absolutely phenomenal which is always an added bonus.

    Amuse Bouche Lipstick

    Now onto the oh-so-coveted Amuse Bouche Lipstick which I am sure most of you have heard about in the blogosphere. This lipstick has a creamy formula that is so luxurious on the lips and has a lemon meringue scent to it that is so utterly delectable. The shade in the kit is called Beetroot, which is a lovely deep berry red shade that is perfect for the holidays. Since the formula is so creamy as it is packed with hydrating oils, it leaves a nice sheen to the lips and doesn’t dry them out. These lipsticks are a treat for your lips!

    Bite Beauty Discovery Set | The Beauty Collective

    Line & Define Primer

    This product pairs perfectly with the lipsticks in this kit, specifically because Bite Beauty is known for their rich and creamy formulas. This lip primer will prep and moisturize your lips before applying your lipstick and keep them from feathering outside your lip line. I haven’t tried it long enough to know if it really makes a difference in the wear time of my lipstick, but I will gladly report back with my findings. It has a lovely mint scent to it and is formulated with jojoba and argan oil which makes the lips feeling soft and smooth.

    Matte Creme Lip Crayon

    I am a huge fan of the Bite High Pigment Pencils, so I was extremely excited to try out their new Matte Lip Crayons. I have been really into wearing matte lipsticks lately and this shade is right up my alley. Leche is a dusty pale pink shade that’s perfect for everyday wear and has looked great with every makeup look I’ve paired it with. It isn’t your traditional matte lipstick where it dries down completely and makes your lips feel chapped, but rather it leaves behind a slightly tacky feeling and is more of a demi-matte in my opinion. It does cling to dry areas on your lips, so I’d suggest using a lip scrub and prepping them with the lip primer beforehand for best results.

    Have you tried Bite Beauty products?

     

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    Quo Cosmetics 2016 Holiday Collection

    Quo Cosmetics 2016 Holiday Collection | The Beauty Collective

    Quo Cosmetics recently came out with a huge selection of 27 products for their 2016 Holiday Collection and I’m lucky enough to have a few of them to share with you today. I am extremely excited about each of these products as they are such great quality at an affordable price point. If you’re not familiar with Quo Cosmetics, they are a company that sells their products exclusively in Shopper’s Drugmart stores and on their Beauty Boutique website. So if you’re looking for some last-minute beauty gifts (only a few days left until Christmas!) then look no further. Be sure to pick up some treats for yourself as well!

    Quo Cosmetics Beauty Brow Eyebrow Kit | The Beauty Collective

    Brow Beauty Eyebrow Kit ($20)

    Brows are one step that I don’t like to miss out on because they truly make all the difference in your end look. I can’t believe I used to skip out on them (#throwback to my high school days) because when I don’t do them I feel as if something is missing now. So whether you’re new or seasoned in the brow department, then this product is definitely for you. This kit comes with 3 eyebrow stencils, 3 applicators, 3 brow shades and a wax to keep them in place. There is a browbone highlight, a warm toned shade that’s great for lighter hair, and a darker brown for brunettes.

    The brow stencils are made out of flexible plastic so they are easy to maneuver, and they even come with guidelines stamped on them that can help you find your proper shape. For applicators, you get a pair of tweezers, a spooly brush, and an angled brush. You have absolutely everything you need to create the perfect brows all in one place which is so convenient. There’s also some step by step instructions inside and on the back of the palette which will help you get your brow game on point in the New Year! It even comes with a mirror so this is great to bring with you on the go.

    Quo Cosmetics Bombshell Contour Palette | The Beauty Collective

    Bombshell Contour Palette ($30)

    The name says it all with this contour palette as it will truly give you those bombshell cheekbones that we all want. This trio comes with a contour powder, a highlighter, and a bronzer so it takes all the guess work out of creating the perfect contoured look. If you’re not a fan of shimmer in your face products then you’ll be happy to hear that all three shades are completely matte without any shimmer in sight. As if this kit wasn’t amazing already, it also comes with a contouring sculpting brush and a fluffy angled brush that’s perfect for applying your bronzer and highlight.

    The bronzer, although a little too warm for my fair skin, works great for warming up the cheek bones. The contour powder is the perfect cool-toned shade and reminds me a lot of Fawn by Anastasia Beverly Hills which is my go-to contouring shade. The lightest shade works great as a highlight, but also as an undereye setting powder for those fair skinned ladies like myself who can’t get away with yellow powders under the eyes.

    Quo Cosmetics Soft Focus Highlighting Palette | The Beauty Collective

    Soft Focus Highlighting Palette ($30)

    Now for those who are glow-getters like myself, then this palette will make you swoon. In the same style packaging as the contouring palette, this trio comes with three highlighting shades and two brushes as well. There is a fluffy angled brush, identical to the one from the contour kit, as well as a rounded brush which can also be good for applying blush to the cheeks. They are both very soft and the black handles with the rose gold barrels make them even more beautiful.

    The first highlight is a soft neutral shade to smooth and highlight the complexion, the second is a pink pearlescent shade that really pops on the cheekbones, and lastly there is a golden highlight that those that love warmer tones. Each powder is smooth and blends really nicely onto the face and the shimmer isn’t at all overkill. If you prefer to have a more intense highlight, dampen your brush with some setting spray and watch them transform. For $30 you really can’t ask for more!

    What product would you like to try from Quo Cosmetics?

     

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    Be A Sassy Lassie with Benefit Cosmetics

    Benefit Cosmetics Sassy Lassie Beauty Bestsellers Kit | The Beauty Collective

    Benefit Cosmetics is a brand that I have loved for years, and haven’t tried a product from them that I wasn’t happy with. They have a pretty well-rounded makeup line with tons of amazing products and when I came across their Sassy Lassie beauty bestsellers kit I couldn’t say no. In total Benefit fashion, it comes in a very cutesy and stylized tin packaging that most know and love and is true to their style. It’ll look extremely cute on top of your vanity and is a must for any makeup collector (I am a sucker for awesome packaging, I can’t help it). The kit is such a great value at only $49 ($121 suggest retail price) and comes with 4 of their best selling products, two of which are full size. It will make a perfect gift this Christmas!

    The Porefessional

    If you are a Benefit Cosmetics fan, then I am sure that you are no stranger to this product. The Porefessional is a silicone based primer that helps fill in and minimize the appearance of pores and texture on the face. It helps create a smooth layer on top of any troublesome areas on the skin so that your face products glide over them easily and don’t emphasize them. I like to use this around my nose where I have larger pores as well as on my chin and it does a fantastic job.

    Roller Lash Mascara

    If you have followed my blog for a while then you will know that the They’re Real mascara is my holy grail for everyday wear. I have been wanting to try out Roller Lash for a long time, but I was in such a committed relationship with They’re Real that I just couldn’t stray. I am happy to report that I really like this mascara and I think that’s largely due to the curved brush. It extremely easy to get into the base of your lashes with the curved end, and the bristles are quite spiky which helps keep the clumps at bay and keeps your lashes separated. It’s a very natural mascara, but it can be built up in multiple layers if you’re wanting a more dramatic effect. Benefit is killing the lash game!

    Ka-Brow (Shade #3)

    I personally love brow pomades as they are so easy to apply and last such a long time on the brows without budging or smudging. They are especially great if you are wanting to create those super precise Instagram baddie eyebrows that are to die for. One ‘problem’ I can see with this kit is that it only comes with one shade, so it won’t match everybody. Luckily #3 works for me, but it’s something to keep in mind. If you are picking up this kit for yourself and it doesn’t match you, you could always gift it in your sisters, besties or mom’s stocking this year!

    Hoola Bronzer

    This was the product that I was the most excited about because I have wanted to try it for the longest time. No really, it’s embarrassing how long it has taken me to finally have this product in my collection. This is a cult favourite bronzer that is adored by so many beauty lovers out there and it is an absolutely adorable size (0.14 oz) that is perfect to throw in your makeup bag. It even comes with a little brush and mirror inside as well which is really convenient. The bronzer is completely matte with a warm undertone to it, so I use it very lightly as I am quite fair. Overall, it’s really nice and I am enjoying it.

    I am really impressed with the Sassy Lassie bestsellers kit from Benefit and highly recommend checking it out the next time you are at your local Sephora or shopping online. It’ll be a nice treat for any beauty lover to open up on Christmas day and for such a good price you can’t go wrong!

    Are you a Benefit Cosmetics fan?

     

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    Burt’s Bees Face Essentials

    Burt's Bees Face Essentials | The Beauty Collective

    You know the holidays have officially arrived when brands start bringing out their amazing gift sets, and I absolutely love it. They make great gifts, and stocking stuffers as well, and they come with a great assortment of products to test out – you really can’t go wrong. For the skincare lover on your list this year, the Burt’s Bees Face Essentials* kit is an ideal gift as it comes with 4 full-size products for only $22.99 CAD. What a steal!

    Facial Cleansing Towelettes (99% Natural)

    You can never have too many makeup remover wipes as they can really come in handy when you’re in a pinch. These facial wipes are made with white tea and cucumber extracts so they are extremely gentle and hydrating on the skin. A quick swipe with one of these and it will instantly refresh your face while removing any dirt and makeup. They are also safe for use on the eye area.

    Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream (99.9% Natural)

    I am personally a really big fan of cream cleansers as I have quite dry and sensitive skin, so this will be a great option for any skin type. It’s very calming and soothing on the skin, not to mention it smells absolutely fantastic. It’s great to use in the mornings especially because it smells and feels very revitalizing on the skin. Not a bad way to wake up in the AM!

    Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub (99.9% Natural)

    If you aren’t a fan of really harsh exfoliating products then this is a great option. This scrub has a lovely creamy base that is very gentle on the skin, and mixed in are finely ground peach stones granules which exfoliate and polish the skin. Naturally, Burt’s Bees products always smell amazing and this is no exception. I have been using this non-stop the past few weeks.

    Coconut & Pear Moisturizing Lip Balm (100% Natural)

    The last product in this Face Essentials kit if of course, a lip balm. During the colder months, lip balm is essential and the coconut & pear flavour is an absolute treat to apply. It has a nice waxy texture that stays put on the lips and keeps them from getting parched from the dry air.

    I highly recommend checking out Burt’s Bees gift sets this year, as there are so many amazing ones to choose from. You are sure to find a set that your friends and family will love (and even yourself as well!). Go ahead and pamper yourself – you deserve it!

    What are your favourite Burt’s Bees products?

     

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    Things I Wasn’t Expecting During Pregnancy

    Things I Wasn't Expecting During Pregnancy

    I recently had my baby shower over last weekend and it was an absolute blast. It was great to be able to see all of my family and friends and celebrate this very special boy that will soon be coming into the world. During my shower, I was asked a lot about how I was doing, how I was feeling and how I was handling pregnancy and truth be told I just take it one day at a time. Some really funny responses were shared, and it inspired me to create this post about some of the things I was not expecting during pregnancy. I wanted this to be lighthearted, but I am also keeping it 100% real. Pregnancy can be tough, but so worth it!

    Morning sickness isn’t just during the morning, oh no, it’s all day long. I have been extremely lucky to not have thrown up much during my pregnancy, however, my morning sickness manifested differently in the form of excruciating stomach aches. My morning sickness lasted up until 18 1/2 weeks, which is a bit longer than most, and I honestly thought it would never end. I would wake up in the morning feeling incredibly sick to my stomach accompanied by the feeling of it being extremely empty like I hadn’t eaten in days. Then I would eat two bites of food and feel insanely full, bloated and nauseous. It was very debilitating to the point where I couldn’t leave my bed and was hands down the number one thing I was not expecting while I’ve been expecting.

    Having a huge appetite, but a very small stomach. Why is this even a thing? Growing a human is hard work, and it takes up so much of your energy – that we all know. All I want to do is go to my favourite Chinese buffet and chow down on all of my favourites, but I know it would all be for naught. One plate in and I know I would feel like my stomach would explode. That saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach” has never rang truer as it has to me in the past 7 months. It’s extremely frustrating. Your girl just wants to eat!

    Just how uncomfortable you REALLY get. I knew pregnancy was a very complicated process, but I was completely naive to how much your body actually changes. Hormones are running rampant, especially one in particular called relaxin (yet it is anything but relaxing!), that helps loosen up your joints in preparation for the months ahead. I had no idea just how badly your back, tail bone, stomach and pelvis really hurt during your 9 months of pregnancy due to this. Walking, sitting and even rolling over in bed is so uncomfortable and the amount of pressure you feel on a constant basis is mind blowing. If you’re unlucky you’ll even get this wonderful condition called Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) which makes even the simplest task of putting your pants on in the morning a painful chore. Oh the joys!

    So those are three things that I wasn’t expecting during my pregnancy. They seem like they’d be pretty obvious, but somehow they just aren’t. I am sure there will be plenty more to share as I am now in my 30th week of pregnancy – the final stretch. I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even found it helpful in some way. Have a lovely day!

     

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    Give The Gift Of Pixi Beauty

    Pixi Beauty Holiday 2016 Collection | The Beauty Collective

    Pixi Beauty Holiday 2016 Collection | The Beauty Collective

    I can’t believe that it is already December 1st. The fact that we are already into the last month of the year is so surreal but also very exciting. Now that the holidays are officially here, I have some amazing products from Pixi Beauty* to share with you that they have recently released for the holiday season that I know you’re going to love. Let’s just jump right in.

    Rosy Radiance Palette

    This is a perfect gift for those who like to have a large selection of products in one convenient palette. The Rosy Radiance Palette ($28) comes with 3 face shades, 8 eyeshadows, and 3 brow shades that can take your look from day to night. There is a selection of matte as well as shimmer eyeshadows to choose from (the eyebrow shades can be used on the eyes as well) and the face shades all have a lovely satin finish to them and buttery smooth texture. The matte shadows need a little bit of work to build up the intensity as they are a bit on the drier side, but the shimmers are very pigmented. A great little kit overall!

    Fairy Dust Favourites – Metallic Warmth

    When I set eyes upon these pigment eyeshadows my heart instantly sang with joy. If you love warm colours on the eyes, then this will call to you! The Fairy Dust Favourites in Metallic Warmth ($12) comes with 5 loose eyeshadow pigments all with a stunning metallic finish. There is a light peach, rose gold, cranberry, dark bronze, and black so you can create a multitude of different looks for all of your holiday parties coming up. Pop a matte colour into the crease, and apply one of these metallic shades to the lid and you’re be glistening in no time.

    Endless Silky Eye Pen – Opal Overcoat

    I am a huge fan of Pixi’s eyeliners, and this one is no exception. Opal Overcoat ($12) is one of the most stunning eyeliner shades that I have in my collection and it looks so beautiful placed on the inner corner as a highlight. If you’re not a fan of white or nude shades on your waterline, you could pop this on instead to add a bit of something extra to your look. The formula is very smooth, takes no time at all to apply and once dry it stays put.

    Matte Lustre Lipstick – Classic Red

    As the name says, this is a true Classic Red lipstick ($12) that is perfect for the holidays. It has a beautifully creamy formula that is easy to apply and isn’t at all drying. The matte lustre lipsticks have a demi-matte finish, so you will see a bit of sheen once it’s applied which makes your lips look really full. You could pair this with their invisible lip contour liner (which I love!) to keep your lipstick in place, or any other red lip liner of your choice. It also leaves behind a lovely stain to the lips, which helps it wear off more evenly.

    So those are some of the new goodies from the Pixi Beauty holiday 2016 collection – aren’t they fab? They have so many amazing kits for the beauty lovers on your list this year, but don’t forget to pick up a few of their products for yourself as well. Giving the gift of beauty has never been easier!

    What products caught your eye from the Pixi Beauty 2016 holiday collection?

     

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