Makeup Monday | City Haul

First and foremost, my apologies for the delay in my posts and a huge thank you for your understanding! Without further ado, here’s what I purchased while in the city!

Too Faced Lip Injection – Ultimate Lip Plumper

I bet you can guess why I picked this up! While I won’t say too much about this product just yet, know that I will be putting this product to the test and see if it backs up the claims it has for plumping my lips! So with that being said, stay tuned for a future Makeup Monday Lip Plumping Quest. Does it work?

BUXOM Full-On Lip Cream

IMG_0399Oh, look! Another product claiming to have a plumping effect! You can see where this is going. I picked up this “glossy pout, plumping shine” lip product in the shade White Russian! Once again, I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but I have tried this a few times so far, and I’m definitely liking it.

Mac Matte Lipstick – Please Me

While living back home, I had no access to a MAC Cosmetics counter in the entire province. Now, being only a 6.5 hour drive away, I tend to make a point of picking up a Mac lipstick every time we go to the city. They are by far my favourite lipsticks, which I know is a bold statement given how many brands have released incredible lip products. There’s just something about a Mac lipstick that does it for me. Be it the smell, the packaging, the formula…probably all of the above. I just love them! I’m digging this shade in Please Me which is a muted rosy tinted pink, perfect for summer!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

I know I am painfully late to this party but oh my word. It had been on my list of products to own for quite some time but I’ve been in the business of saving money and I couldn’t justify spending the cash on this! Luckily, its impossible to impulse buy while living way up north and having an expired credit card, so I had time to sit on it for a while until our scheduled trip to the city. In that time I had watched plenty of YouTube videos about the product and my interest grew. It wasn’t until I asked my sister-in-law her honest opinion on whether or not I should purchase it that I had made up my mind. She told me she used it daily and that it was worth every dime! SOLD. I’m in love. I have only used it a few times, but already I can tell you that the pigmentation and blend-ability of these shades are out of this world! I can’t say I regret buying it…I’m kind of obsessed. Near & Dear to my heart.

Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Trio – Walking on Egg Shells


I picked up this little bad boy at Walmart because I have the perfect post in mind to utilize this little trio. My lips are sealed on what exactly that post will be, but these eyes shadows are really pretty and super affordable.

L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Pro Spray & Set


I needed a drug store priced setting spray and because the infallible foundations are so great, I wanted to try out this product from that line too. It is supposed to do what all setting sprays are created to do: prolong the wear of your makeup, set down the product and melt the powders into the skin! I’ve only used this a handful of times, but I think it definitely prolongs my makeup! I like it so far.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara


If I’m being honest, this wasn’t the product I originally intended on picking up. I had my eyes on the new Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara, but, while it is released in the states I have yet to find it in Canada! So, I picked up this one instead and I am not disappointed! The applicator is designed to give you fanned out volume and it claims to lengthen and stretch every lash. I picked it up in the shade Blackest Black and it is waterproof! I’m a fan of the packaging too…(but I am desperate to have the Voluminous Lash Paradise because it is supposed to be fantastic and the tube is PINK!)


Sally Hansen Hard as Nails / Complete Salon Manicure polishes


I just grabbed these two shades of nail polishes. There’s no real explanation, the colours just spoke to me! I also really liked them as a combo, so I did a little water marble on my middle finger nail! I need practice with that technique..I hadn’t done it since 2011! I picked up the Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in the shade “Breezy Blue” and the Complete Salon Manicure in the shade “Bow to the Queen”. I like applying these to false nails, because my natural nail beds are very oily, so nail polish doesn’t really stay in my nails very well!


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I picked up a refill of my Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream and the Nivea face wipes for sensitive skin. Are you surprised? I love these products! If you missed my Favourite Nivea Products post, check that out!

I also was lucky enough to finally get a new phone! No more iPhone 5c…its time for newer and better things with the iPhone 7 I’m pretty excited about it…clearly.

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 I also picked up a new camera battery, as my old one somehow got lost in the move, so you can rest assured that the photo quality of the blog post images will be a lot better from here on out! We picked up a lot of items we needed for our house, like curtains and a new vacuum and a book shelve! All the boring adult stuff, basically. It was a very successful haul and we are all set here at home until our next visit to the city in around 6 weeks, when it will be time to stock up again!

As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to like and share my post and follow Blushing Bride DIY before you go!

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Makeup Monday | Top 3 Favourite Affordable Highlighters


Last week, in my first impressions post, I mentioned my new favourite product, the Laura Mercier highlighter. (If you didn’t read that post, check it out here: Weekend Splurge First Impressions) I am obsessed, it’s whatever. I do, however, have a lot of favourites when it comes to pretty much every type of makeup and highlighters are no exception. I have chosen my top 3 favourite affordable highlights to share with you today and I’m so excited about it! Be forewarned that I am a natural highlight kind of girl, and two of the three highlighters I am discussing do have a more natural finish. Disclaimer: The hand swatches do not do these products justice!

So, without further ado and in no particular order let’s begin!

The first highlighter I am going to talk about is the Hard Candy Glow All the Way Baked Bronzer in the shade “Tiki”. The product name is confusing because this is obviously not a bronzer! It gives you a nice sun kissed glow, it feels super soft and creamy and its so natural looking on the skin. It definitely has a golden undertone and its perfect for the tops of your cheekbones, especially during the spring and summer months. It retails for $9.48 CDN.

Next up is not actually retailed as a highlighter at all. I’ve mentioned this in my recent Current Favourites post (I’m Obsessed) and its the Makeup Geek eyeshadow in the shade “Shimma Shimma”. Out of the three highlighters I am talking about today this is by far the most intense highlight shade there is. This is going to give you that strobe look that everyone seems to be looking for lately. It is perfect for the tops of your cheek bones, and incredibly beautiful in the inner corner of your eyes! I love that this is an eye shadow because it is super versatile and extremely beautiful. It retails for $6.00 CDN, which is extremely affordable for an eyeshadow, but if you are using it strictly as a highlight, there isn’t a whole lot of product.

Last, but certainly not least, and probably my favourite affordable and natural highlighter there is, its the Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer in the shade “Reserve your Cabana”. Once again, not a bronzer! This shade is absolutely perfect for a bridal makeup look. It gives such a glow from within and makes the skin look beautifully dewy. The product feels so creamy and light. An added bonus is that its SPF 15, which is great. Not to mention the fact that the size of this product is humungous! You get so much for such a great price. I picked this bad boy up for $4.99 CDN. I’m wearing it in the photo above and I just love the dewy look it gives the tip of my nose and tops of my cheekbones!

So there you have it! Those are my top 3 favourite affordable highlights in my collection. I hope you’ve seen something you might like to try, and if you do, please let me know how you liked them! Comment down below if there are other affordable highlighters you think I should give a try. Don’t forget to like this post and share my blog with your friends! The share button is found just below.

As always, thanks for reading!

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