Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New L'Occitane Products

I was sent these products last month to test out. Because it involves skincare, I take a little longer to get my reviews up on those types of products. And now that it is August, the masks are now available in stores! If you have never tried L'Occitane, I highly recommend them. Start with their Almond Shower Oil, because you cannot go wrong with it. I always try to keep this stocked in my shower!

If you're struggling with how to pronounce the brand, it's lox-eee-tahn. Trust me, I called it every pronunciation imaginable before finally learning the proper way...and I took years of French, so I have no excuse. Haha!

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I was sent the Petal Cleansing Oil, Overnight Perfecting Mask, Flash Moisture Mask, Perfecting Mist, and the Verbena Eau de Toilette. If you want to learn more about any of these products, keep reading.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sephora's 2017 Birthday Gift: Tarte

This year, Sephora offers three different birthday sets for its Beauty Insiders program. They have the Tarte set that I am showing in this post, a Caudalie set, and a Jack Black set (online only). I almost chose the Caudalie set, but I already have a tube of Vinosource. What attracted me to the Tarte set is that both shades are limited edition and I love a good exclusive shade. Sometimes a little too much.

I'm aware that it is August, but I'm sure there are quite a few of you out there who still have an upcoming birthday to celebrate! I would have had this earlier to review, but my local Sephora did not want to give me the set. I contacted Sephora's customer service and they put it in the mail for me right away. Not too happy with my local Sephora for that, but Sephora's main customer service was great. So I'll take that as a win!

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 Come see what I think of this little Tarte set!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Revlon's Mega Multiplier Mascara

Influenster gave me the opportunity to try the new Mega Multiplier mascara by Revlon. You've probably seen the Gwen Stefani ads on TV, I know I have. I was intrigued because it is a tubing mascara and it was my first time trying one. This mascara has fibers in tubes that are supposed to plump lashes and extend them. So did it do that for me? Let's find out!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Blog of the Month: August 2017

In July, Toronto Beauty Reviews was my featured blog. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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This month, I've decided to feature Julie from Swatch & Review. When I met her, she was super personable and supportive. That's two HUGE positives! She focuses on beauty products and I think you'll love her swatches and reviews (see what I did there?)! Just recently she talked about the controversial Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette and the highly coveted Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette. If you stop by, feel free to let her know I sent you. :)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival as a First Timer ft. Two Oceans Wines

I had the privilege of FINALLY attending a day of the annual Beaches Jazz Fest in Toronto. I've been here for years and never went, but I see why it is a popular event! When I got the opportunity to attend thanks to Two Oceans, I jumped at the chance. I went on the very last day, which was probably the hottest darn day I could have chosen. Thank goodness for the shade of the Two Oceans tent!

I thought I would share a few pictures from my day and share my thoughts about going for the first time! You've probably seen a great deal of these if you followed along on my social media (THANK YOU!). So let's get to it!

I was sent this lovely bottle of Moscato and stemless wine glasses along with my wristbands and passes. The wristbands were to get into the VIP area. Entrance into the general admission area is always free! I was also given two food and (alcoholic) drink passes to enjoy during my time at the fest. Two Oceans Wine is a sponsor of the Beaches Jazz Fest.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

InstaMonth for July 2017

This is going up a little later than most of my blog posts. Computer issues will be the death of me. I'm glad to see July end! One month closer to fall now. July had its ups and downs and I had some fun events thrown in. July is not my favorite month, so I don't mind seeing it end. I'm looking forward to what August might bring, but again...I'm just pumped about getting closer to fall. So ready for it.

My Instagram was full of birthday gifts, new products, and more. If you're not following along with the fun, you can find me as wendybanner. I do follow most people back, especially if you message me that you came from my blog. :)

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1. See my review of MUFE's Water Blend here. // 2. L'Occitane sent me these lovely items. Reviews are coming!
3. I had an amazing night at Cavalia Odysseo! // 4. Barry M makes some of my fave nail polishes.
5. A few birthday gifts. // 6. Essie's new collection inspired by Paris. In love with Baguette Me Not!
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7. Kat Von D's Saint and Sinner.  A lot on my mind about her recently. // 8. I tried peanut butter on a burger for the first time! Didn't hate it.
9. A few new Disney additions to my kitchen. // 10. Dang right I celebrated National Lipstick Day!

Friday, July 28, 2017

July 2017 Faves

August is right around the corner? Really? I'm saying it right now...we're going to blink and Christmas is going to be here! I'm spending this last weekend of July going to the Toronto Beaches Jazz Fest. In all the years I have been here, I've yet to check it out. I look forward to going and you can follow along with me on my Instagram Stories and Snapchat (@wendybanner)!

With my birthday month almost over, I'm now ready to get to fall. Yes, I'm one of those people. So August can just keep moving along so I can get to my PSLs and cardigans. Haha! Here are some things that I have been loving this month. I'd love to hear what you've been loving!

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  • Barry M Highlighting Palette - I wish with all of my might that we could get this line here. Thank goodness for my friend Hayley who graciously brought along a few UK items I wanted with her when she visitied. A post on this soon! But it's so darn pigmented!
  • Barry M Masquerade Nail Paint - This glitter is so dense and shiny and goes on like a dream. This might very well be my favorite glitter formula now. Well done, Barry M!
  • Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist - In love. I admit I didn't expect much from this and I still owe a blog post to it. I can tell when I have or haven't used this and it just makes my skin feel so nice and smooth.
  • Odylique Honey & Oat Cleansing Bar - The bar is in my shower, so pretend it is in the box. Not only does this smell lovely, but it's such a gentle exfoliation and it doesn't make my skin red. Again, proper review coming on this and other Odylique goodies. Wow, I'm behind on my reviews it seems...
  • Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick in Eclair - This one, Flambe, and Demi-Glace are coming up soon on here! This is my favorite of the three, because it's an easy "goes with everything" shade.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face and Body and Ellipse Blender

I gave this foundation a short review on my Instagram a few weeks ago and I thought I would dig in a little deeper on here, as well as show swatches. You can only fit so much into an Instagram caption. I was also sent the Ellipse Blender to try, so I will also include my thoughts on that. Keep reading to find out more!

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