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Champagne, Macarons and a Jo Malone Haul

Hey gorgeous!

Okay, so I was so wrapped up eating my macarons and sipping my champagne at Saks that I failed to snap some photos of the Jo Malone event they held recently. Complete with free samples, tasty snacks and booze, there was also a Jo Malone representative there explaining the newest collection, Sugar & Spice, along with all that JM offers, and the best blending combinations to pair the new fragrances with.

It was so much fun just indulging at bit with other JM lovers, and of course, splurging a little on a few new fragrances for Spring and Summer.

So, I thought I’d share my haul of JM goodies…

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JM Haul + Free Bag with Saks Beauty Samples + Free JM goodies

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Blue Agava & Cacao, Nectarine Blossom & Honey 

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Redcurrant & Cream, Lemon Tart

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Free JM goodies that came with my JM Haul

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Samples of every JM fragrance Saks offers

Oh and if you haven’t discovered Jo Malone yet, I’d definitely stop into the closest store/counter and give the brand a try. JM fragrances are unique and made to be layered, so you can really make the brand your own.

x Sam


Coastal Scents HAUL!!

So excited for sooooo many colors!!! Okay, to clue you guys in to my excitement, last month’s Ipsy(MyGLam) bag included a Coastal Scents sample, plus a 20% Off coupon and I definitely took advantage of it!!

I bought three of their palettes, which happened to be on sale, and it always feels good to score something of good quality for very little money 😉

First up and the most amazing is the 252 Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette!!

So many colors, so many ways to use them… and as for their quality – very good!

They have good staying power and color payoff, with each color being the size of a dime. They don’t quite overcome the high quality of more luxury lines like MAC, NARS, Louise Young or Lorac, but they are very good – especially for the price.

I also purchased their Eclipse Concealer Palette, which includes 3 color correctors, a highlighter and concealers for every skin tone (including mixing a custom color). They are cream based that warm up well with finger application and have good pigmentation and a slight powdery finish on the skin.

I also picked up their 10 Blush Palette, with 4 matte and 6 satin powder blush shades.

So if you have ever been curious about Coastal Scents or perhaps haven’t heard of them, I would definitely recommend them!

Sam x


My Introduction to LUSH

So I was out at the mall (picking up a gift for a friend’s wedding and in search of shoes for that same wedding) and happened to stumble across LUSH. Now I have heard of Lush before and was definitely curious enough to stop by.

If you haven’t heard of Lush before [directly from the Lush website]:

We believe in making effective products from fresh, organic* fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics.

We invent our own products and fragrances. We make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients, and tell you when they were made.

We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans.

We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.

We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.

We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.

* We also believe words like fresh and organic have honest meaning beyond marketing.

Now because Lush is a bit pricey (and their handmade products have expiration dates), I only purchased two things this last time, but the Lush sales woman did give me a few samples to try out. Warning if you have not yet seen a Lush, but they have TOO MANY products to sample/sniff in one visit – at least for me, so I only stuck to a couple of things (they have shower, body, bath , face, perfumes, lip, cosmetic and many other products).


Since I had just ran out of my hair mask, I opted for the H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment ($20.95), plus I picked up the Mint Julips Lip Scrub ($9.95).

At checkout I got samples of  their North Pole holiday soap, Porridge soap, Dirty Springwash shower gel and R&B Hair Moisturizer.

Now I have only tried out the H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment once, but here are the important things:

You apply it to dry hair for at least 20 minutes, which I guess is so that the ingredients are absorbed into your dry strands.

Apparently, with my very long hair, I was supposed to apply the ENTIRE pot, which I did not – it was too pricey to justify that, so I applied a third to the bottom half of my hair.

It has a strange smell, which I knew from sniffing it in the store, but thought the smell could be worth it.

The smell lasts on your hair for days!! Not fun, as it smells of clove, cinnamon and more of its ingredients.

Worked okay, but it wasn’t the miracle treatment I was hoping for and probably won’t purchase this one again.


I won’t entirely dismiss the H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment yet, I’ll certainly finish out the pot (maybe one/two more uses), who knows maybe it will work better the second time around.

So next up is the amazing Mint Julips Lip Scrub, super simple, but definitely worth testing out a your nearest Lush if you can. Smells like a York Peppermint Pattie 🙂

It is straight sugar and oils, with a touch of vanilla and chocolate flavoring! Yum! Apply, rub, scrub and lick off the rest. They do have other flavors/scents, but this is by far the best one in my opinion!


So onto the samples:

Porridge soap

Damn it! I really wanted to love this, but sorry Lush, soap is soap! I tend to avoid any product that calls itself a “soap” and  this reminded me why I do. Porridge smells wonderful – a soft cream with caramel and a hint of spice, with a milky lather rather than a foamy one, but once it rinses off all you have is that dry draggy residue feeling 😦

It does have pinhead oatmeal for exfoliation, but that tends to make a mess of oatmeal bits at the bottom of your shower/tub.

North Pole soap

Again, soap is soap. My skin did not have such a dry draggy feeling as Porridge, but it still left a slight draggy feeling. Nice scent with a masculine edge. The pink side is a bit more feminine with a subtle peppermint and chocolate scent, with the white being more intense and woody, like an unconventional men’s cologne.

Dirty Springwash

If you love having that subtle men’s scent on you, then this is definitely for you! Apparently, it was formulated for men, but many women love it too and I can see why. It is a fresh, non-drying non-draggy shower gel, with a cooling feeling on the skin (from a bit of menthol) and smells fresh with a light spearmint scent.

R&B Hair Moisturizer

I haven’t tried this one yet, but the girl recommended I try this sample since I have very long curly hair and am always in search of a great leave-in treatment. It smells of citrus and jasmine, but I’m afraid it may be too overwhelming on someone like me who will need to use a bit more product on my hair than the average person. We’ll see…

Okay – so overall, I think it is hit and miss with Lush depending on the product.

I went through their catalogue – Lush Times and marked down a few things I definitely would want to test in store or possibly buy; but if you are thinking about trying out Lush products, my recommendation is to avoid online shopping and find your closest Lush shop, as they are pricey and almost all their products seem to be fragrance heavy.


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MAC Haul

Yay!! I was finally able to buy a few new products, after what seemed like forever, and I just had to get my hands on some products from some of MAC’s new collections.

What I ordered:

  • MAC Fix + (long-time favorite! I use this spray daily)
  • “Jungle Camouflage” Face Kit (From the Carine Roitfeld Collection)
  • “Eden Rouge” Mattene Lipstick (From the Styleseeker Collection)
  • “Copper Beech” Pro Sculpting Cream (From the Face & Body Collection)
  • “Coffee Walnut” Pro Sculpting Cream (From the Face & Body Collection)
  • “Pure Sculpture” Pro Sculpting Cream (From the Face & Body Collection)
  • “Day Gleam” – NC30 shade – Pressed Pigment (From the Face & Body Collection)

A compact that showcases Carine Roitfeld’s sophisticated and seductive smoky eye and rouged cheek. Features: Dew, “Camo,” Bad Lieutenant and Carbon Eye Shadows, and Cremeblend Blush in Bootcamp Bronze. Limited edition.

My Thoughts:

  • The packaging is cute and compact, plus it includes a mirror. This kit would be great for travel.
  • Loving the cremeblend blush/bronzer! Blends beautifully, sheer but buildable, with a natural finish.
  • I chose the “Jungle Camouflage” because it is the cool (yellow) toned kit. Also comes in “Desert Camouflage” which is a warm (pink) toned kit.

With its streamlined design, this new slimline lipcolour, features the traditional glamour properties of a matte lipstick – intense colour and semi-matte velvety finish – while offering a creamier, softer, more glide-on application. Non-caking, non drying. Moisturizing and incredibly wearable yet absolutely matte.

My thoughts:

  • LOVE this lipstick – MAC really should make the mattene lipsticks part of the permanent line.
  • Eden Rouge is a bright blue red! Would be great on probably every skin tone. Read more on bold lips and application here.
  •  I would not classify it as a true matte lipstick. It has a slight semi-matte sheen to it, which I prefer even more.
  • Highly pigmented, about 85% opaque. Non-drying, so great if you are looking for the matte look but without your lips drying out.
  • Good staying power, but will still transfer. Add liner to extend wear.

A cream-to-powder formula for sculpting and shaping key features. Silky-smooth, easy-to-blend and neutrally-shaded. Apply where extra dimension is needed, eyelids included. Provides moist, skin-soothing, natural-looking sheer-to-medium buildable coverage.

My thoughts:

  • I have been looking for a product just like this for a long time now and I’m not disappointed!! 🙂
  • Copper Beech and Pure Sculpture look similar, but when applied are very different shades.
  • Love the formula. It is described as cream-to-powder, but it does not have a very powdery finish, but enough that it self-sets.
  • Natural finish, with a sheer application, but very buildable without caking.

An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.

My thoughts:

  • I was a little wary of purchasing this one at first, but I am glad I did. Day Gleam is described as an NC30 shade.
  • This product is not for the inexperienced and a light hand is suggested.
  • May look a bit scary to the more novice make-up user. I would recommend those unfamiliar with pigments, pressed pigments and highlighters should pass on purchasing this product. 
  • Does have a high “glitter/shimmer” content, but the more you work the product the smoother it looks. Works very well with damp brushes or on damp skin.

Overall I’m very excited to wear and work with these new products ♥

Side note: I have been planning to do a subscriber giveaway for a while now and it is going to be awesome!! So stay tuned, I will probably be announcing it next month 🙂