Sephora VIB Sale Haul!


Sephora is currently hosting its VIB Holiday Shopping Event, offering VIB members 20% off the entire store, in store and online. High end beauty products rarely go on sale, so I had to take advantage of this amazing deal!

I try not to splurge too often on makeup, but definitely like to invest in some staple products that are essential to my beauty routine. I took this sale as an opportunity to stock up on some of my favourite products, and to indulge in some new ones.

Check out what I purchased from the sale below:

Eyes & Brows


  1. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara: As a girl with very straight, very short lashes, anything that promises “curl” will catch my attention. While the results of this mascara aren’t super dramatic, I do get a lot more lift and curl out of it than other formulas. This has quickly become one of my favourite mascaras!
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown: This is my holy grail of holy grail products. I’ve been using the same jar of Dipbrow for the past three years (gross, I know) and it’s still no where near done. I thought it would be a good idea to pick up another one of these as I know it will always be my number one brow product – trust me when I say a little goes a long way with this stuff.
  3. Velour Silk Lashes Fluff’n Thick Lashes in Fluff’n EdgyAfter having previously purchased a pair of Velour lashes, I decided to invest in a second pair. The style I selected this time was Fluff’n Edgy, a full (and fluffy), dramatic set that’s versatile enough for multiple occasions. I will say that the band on Velour lashes can be a bit thick – which is nice for allowing more surface area for the glue to adhere to, but can be a bit uncomfortable on the lids at times.



These were my two “set” purchases from the sale. I usually gravitate towards the holiday sets (with such adorable packaging, who could resist?), but stayed quite practical this time around. Unfortunately, the Smashbox set no longer seems to be available from the Sephora website, but I did find a link to it on the Smashbox site.

Smashbox Light It Up Primer Set:

  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: This primer has proven to be a tried and true product with me. I know some are opposed to silicone based primers, but I personally love the silky feeling and really do feel like it helps my makeup last throughout the day!
  2. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: This is a new product that I’m excited to try. I plan to use it as a setting spray – I’ve tried a few sprays from a few different brands but have never found one that truly wowed me.

Beautyblender + Too Faced Holiday Kit:

  1. Too Faced Candlelight Glow in Rosy Glow: Another new product for me, this highlighter duo caught my eye and I can’t wait to use it to add some glam to holiday looks. Since the product comes in a set, it’s not full sized. However, I think this will be great for travelling, and is also useful as a trial run.
  2. Beautyblender in Petal Pink: I’ve been wanting to splurge and purchase a Beautyblender, but until now have settled for the dupe from Real Techniques. I’m excited to see if there will be a noticeable difference between the two – I also love this baby pink colour!
  3. Bloterazzi Blotting Cushion: This seems like a great product to keep in my purse – it promises to remove excess oil without disturbing makeup. Hopefully this will be a great go-to during the long work day when I just need a quick touch up.



  1. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso: I first tried this product when it was given as one of Sephora’s Beauty Insider birthday gifts a few years back. I fell in love with the colour immediately – the blue undertones in this gorgeous red really make your teeth look white! I think it’s such a pretty colour for the holidays, date night, or if you just feel like rocking a bold lip. The formula is beautifully matte and long lasting, however I do find the applicator a bit tricky to control.
  2. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare: I purchased this colour because I love my Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita (a cult fave), but wanted something a bit more pink for every day wear. This is the perfect shade to match with anything and you can’t beat the formula of these lipsticks – super matte, but not super drying.



Chloé Love Story Eau De Toilette: My pricier purchase at this year’s sale was a new fragrance. Since perfumes can be expensive and hardly ever go on sale, I thought it was the right time to bite the bullet. I’ve been using the original Chloé perfume (simply called “Chloé”) for years, but wanted to switch it up. Love Story falls within the same floral family as Chloé, but smells a bit more fresh than the original. So far, I’m loving it!

There’s still some time to take advantage of this sale, which ends tomorrow at midnight PDT. If you’re a VIB member, you can use the code “20VIB” to receive the discount online, or simply use your card at check out when in store. Happy shopping!

DIY Cotton Candy Halloween Costume


Happy Halloweekend! In typical fashion for me, I chose to go the “cute” route with this year’s costume: Cotton Candy! I’ve seen a few variations of this look on the Internet but decided to put my own spin on it. Here’s a simple step-by-step tutorial of how I made this easy costume.

What you’ll need:


  • An article of white clothing, in any style you like – I used a white tube dress for my costume
  • Polyester fiber fill -I bought a 576 g bag, which was more than enough!
  • Spray adhesive
  • Light pink and light blue spray paint


  1. In a well ventilated area, lay out your article of clothing and apply a light coat of spray adhesive to a small section. Make sure to protect your work surface (I used a garbage bag), as anywhere the adhesive touches will remain tacky.
  2. Take a small piece of the polyfill and apply it to where you sprayed the adhesive. Work in small areas alternating between applying the adhesive and sticking on the polyfill. I tried to create a wispy look with the polyfill to mimic the look of the spun sugar.
  3. Continue until the entire article of clothing is covered (flipping over halfway to cover the other side). Allow adhesive to dry for a minimum of one hour.
  4. Once dry, the costume is ready for a layer of spray paint! Spray your costume with the paint in short, even coats. I used the pink towards the top of the dress, and the blue towards the bottom, blending halfway to create an ombre effect.
  5. Allow to dry for a minimum of one hour.


I also created a simple head piece for the costume to add the perfect finishing touch. To make this topper, I painted a small piece of polyfill with the pink spraypaint and hot glued it to a cone made of white cardstock. This was then hot glued to a headband the same colour as my hair.

Cotton Candy Makeup:


To complete the costume, I created a cute makeup look with things I already had in my makeup drawer.

Products used:


Products used (from left, clockwise): Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush in How Deep Is Your Love?, L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, Quo Diamond Liner in Silver, NYX Loose Pearl Eye Shadow in Baby Pink, DUO Eyelash Adhesive, Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Peony

I used a pink blush on both my eyes and cheeks to accentuate the cotton candy colour scheme and also added a sparkly loose shadow to my lids for an extra pop. I always love to add a bit of sparkle on halloween, so I added some silver glittery eyeliner to my usual black wings, and glued on some clear rhinestones with some eyelash glue. Some false lashes for drama and a pretty cotton candy pink lipstick finished the look.

See more pictures of my finished costume below:





Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween!