I have one more Sephora Collection brush set to show you, and I saved the neatest one for last. Well, it’s pretty darn neat to me! But I am old, so maybe what’s neat to me, ain’t neat for you. Neat. Does anyone even say NEAT anymore? Well, they’re gonna now because I’m telling ya, no other word describes this brush set besides NEAT.

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Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set

I think the Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set($58) is like the ULTIMATE NEATEST makeup brush collection. Yeah, that’s right. ULTIMATE NEATEST…hahaha.

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Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set

Open it up and you see three brushes in their neat little holders there.  The other side has a neat little zippered pocket for whatever neat things you want to stuff in it.

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Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set

AND there’s even a bigger, zippered compartment to hold all that neat makeup you like to carry with you to touch up during the day. Or, if you’re like me-SNACKS. This one is bigger than the one I showed before because you could easily fit a couple of granola bars, some almonds, cookies, crackers, HUMMUS…can you tell I’m hungry? And yes hummus. I found these hummus snack packs at Costco that don’t need to be refrigerated. VOODOO MAGIC I tell you! Hummus that doesn’t need to stay cold! Why hasn’t someone thought of this technology before????

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Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set

So, here’s the even NEATER part about the Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set. These three brushes here, the Angled Blush Brush, Foundation Brush, and Powder Brush are like secret agents dude. They’re hiding something, like THREE OTHER MAKEUP BRUSHES. WHATTTT????

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Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set

See? NEAT, huh? Hidden inside are an eyeshadow blending brush,  a concealer brush, and an all over eyeshadow brush.

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Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set

AND then hello! You can change these into DOUBLE-ENDED makeup brushes! NEAT, right? Tell me I’m right!

Ok, some Brushy-Close-Up-Time Again!

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Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set

More brush-close-up-timey:

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Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set

And the dark metal handles-I’m gonna call it hematite because that’s what they remind me of-is pretty darn classy too.

The Sephora Collection Double Down Brush Set is coming with me when we drive Marky down to college in August, because heck! This has to be a great travel makeup brush set, right? And yes, I’m already fretting about what to take for that trip, even though it’s months away. I can’t take a lot of clothes or makeup with me because the car will have to hold most of Marky’s stuff since she’s the one moving. And we have a Nissan Altima. No truck or SUV in this family. Just one, normal sized trunk. And yup, we only have one car. We are not the normal Alberta family I tell ya. Most of my neighbours have 2, 3 cars in their garages and driveways. We’ve only ever owned one car, even when I was working. Sure, 2 cars would have made life easier sometimes, but you know what? You make do. For Mama Earth baby. So yeah, that means I’ll have to keep my bag pretty darn small in August, and this brush set? Neat and perfect!  Get it now at Sephora!

Do you travel light? TEACH ME. Or do you over-pack? How about cars? Are you like me and use public transit if need be, or WALK? Or are you a car-lovin’, gas-guzzling fiend? 

*products sent by PR for review, thoughts about one car living are mine and quite rare here in Alberta. But I stand by my one car conviction. It’s better for the planet my friends. And if we all did things that were better for Earth? THAT? Would be NEAT. Also, here’s a fun fact for you: there are more cars in the state of California then there are people in ALL of Canada. YUP.

 

 
Sephora sure has some great makeup tools right now that might interest you!
 

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Sephora Collection Take the Cake Mini Brush Set
Sephora Collection Fall in Line Brow Stencil Kit

 
 The Sephora Collection Take the Cake Mini Brush Set ($22 CDA)  is so darn CUTE. 
 
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Sephora Collection Take the Cake Mini Brush Set

 
It’s a four-piece mini cosmetic brush set that comes in a silicone pouch. Yup. Silicone. Which I thought was weird, but it’s kind of cool actually!
 
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Sephora Collection Take the Cake Mini Brush Set

 
The Sephora Collection Take the Cake Mini Brush Set comes with a Flat Powder Brush, Crease Brush, Shadow Brush,and an Angled Liner Brush. The brushes in the set are cruelty-free and vegan. And you know what else? They’re pretty darn good too! There’s just no CAKE at all so not sure why this is called Take The Cake? If you can figure it out, let me know…
 
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Sephora Collection Take the Cake Mini Brush Set

 
It’s perfect for quick touch ups while out and about or travelling too. And there’s even enough room for a couple of makeup products, like oh I don’t know-maybe a BLUSH?  [emoji smiling face with sunglasses] Plus that  silicone case really protects everything! I mean, c’mon-it’s hot pink too. You gotta like that!
 
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Sephora Collection Fall in Line Brow Stencil Kit

 
The Sephora Collection Fall in Line Brow Stencil Kit($14 CDA) is something that’s great if you really have trouble filling in your brows, or shaping them even.
 
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Sephora Collection Fall in Line Brow Stencil Kit

 
There are six stencils, and a double-ended tool with a spoolie on one side and an angled brow brush on the other. Just hold them over your eye and fill in with a matching brow powder. Or, here’s what I think they’re good for-put one stencil over your eye and take a white eyeliner and cover your brows with it. Take off the stencil and you’ll have white brows. Then with your tweezers, pluck whatever brow hairs AREN’T white. BOOM. Perfectly shaped brows are yours!
 
Happy Sunday! Are you watching the Olympics too? HOCKEY guys! I love Olympic hockey. And you know what? I’ve actually been enjoying curling too! HAAAAAAAAAAARD! What’s your favourite winter Olympic sport to watch?

*products sent by the lovely PR, thoughts are always mine, because seriously. Nobody controls MY crazy. It’s ALL MINE. 🙂

As you are reading this I am on a plane with my family travelling to California! We’re going to Los Angeles and of course, Disneyland! This is the time of year we take our annual trip there. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to be able to go during the spring if my hubby happens to go work there for hockey playoffs, but November or early December is when we REALLY love to go. All the holiday fun is happening there so it’s our favourite time to go!

 

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Usually I take samples of various skincare items and shampoos with me, but this time I don’t want to and you CAN’T make me no sirree.  I REALLY like some of the things I’m using right now and don’t want to be without them for one week!  So, I’m going to be using the Sephora Collection Deluxe Airless Travel Kit($46 CDN) this trip so that I don’t have to suffer. SUFFER. HA! First World Beauty Junkie problems or what?

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Sephora Collection Deluxe Airless Travel Kit

The Sephora Collection Deluxe Airless Travel Kit is an eight-piece set of ready-to-fill travel bottles and jars in a clear plastic cosmetic bag.

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Sephora Collection Deluxe Airless Travel Kit

This set contains:

– 2 x 1.69 oz airless pump tubes
– 2 x 1.01 oz airless pump tubes
– 0.51 oz airless pump tube
– 0.51 oz jar
– 1 Piston push stick (to aid in product filling)
– Spatula (to aid in product filling)
– Waterproof, pre-printed labels sheet which I LOVE. Perfect if you don’t have one of those label printers. Which I do. And LOVE. I’m a Martha Stewart wannabee, ok?

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Sephora Collection Deluxe Airless Travel Kit
BUBBLE BATH????? WHO TAKES BUUBLE BATH ON A HOLIDAY?

Each extremely durable, essential travel container is leak-proof, shatterproof, scratch resistant, and TSA compliant and will house all of your travel essentials, including shampoo, cleanser, night cream, body lotion, shower gel, and much more. Apparently, Bubble Bath??? makes the list as does safety pins and shimmer powder. HUH. Guess I don’t go to many places that require those “necessities” to tag along with me…

I needed a new travel cosmetic bag, and the Sonia Kashuk Floral Print – Valet Travel Cosmetic Bag($29.99) appealed to me! I think the bright pink print put me in a trance at Target, so I bought it.

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Sonia Kashuk Floral Print – Valet Travel Cosmetic Bag($29.99)

This thing is freakin’ AWESOME.

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Sonia Kashuk Floral Print – Valet Travel Cosmetic Bag

It has one big zippered pocket to hold all my cleansing/skincare routine:

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Sonia Kashuk Floral Print – Valet Travel Cosmetic Bag

It has 2 inner zippered pockets that detach to hold more goodies:

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Sonia Kashuk Floral Print – Valet Travel Cosmetic Bag

And has even some pockets to hold brushes and stuffs, plus a hook to hang it up on the door so it keeps the counter clear.

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Sonia Kashuk Floral Print – Valet Travel Cosmetic Bag

Pretty neat, hey?

So, au revoir my friends! I shall be thinking of you as I bask in the warm California sun. I will. I’ll be missing a good snowfall here in Edmonton though! I hope my good neighbour shovels my driveway for us…Guess I’ll owe him a batch of chocolate chip cookies when I return!
If you want to stay in touch during my trip and see some of the fun, be sure to follow me on my Instagram account, beautyreflections!

*product sent by PR for review, and I’ll be thinking of her and all of you as I stuff my face with CHURROS  [emoji white smiling face]


Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner – what better way to escape the humdrum than to jetset off to warmer shores to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones? Choose some staple items for your suitcase to ensure you will look and feel good, all holiday long.

Casual Day Clothes
Spending lazy days by the pool is a perfect way to enjoy a relaxing break. You can find great casual clothing online – invest in simple shorts and vest tops, or pretty summer dresses that are airy and light.

Evening Wear
A staple black dress is ideal for eveningwear, which can be accessorised with jewellery, a scarf or pashmina and some killer heels.
Floral prints are big this year, brightly coloured and helping to make a bold statement. Try the Moda Floral Print Dress or the Moda Floral Panel Illusion Dress, both at the amazing price of £16 each.
Alternatively, maxi dresses are incredibly flattering, with stripes and patterns bang on trend. Team with a pair of flats or heels for a stand out look.

Swimwear
Whatever your style, you can invest in some beautiful swimwear to suit. From one-piece costumes to pretty bikinis with a brightly coloured sarong, you will be spoilt for choice.
Choose an illusion swimsuit to accentuate your curves and make your figure look amazing, or some control swimwear to smooth any lumps and bumps so that your bod is the envy of fellow beach bods.

Sun Hat
As the spring and summer seasons arrive full throttle, the choice of hats is amazing. Invest in one with a large brim to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your neck, or a peaked cap for a sporty look.
Hats aren’t just there to look cool either; they are vital to protect you from the harmful sun’s rays, so don’t travel without one.

Shoes
Rather than packing half your shoe rack, maximise space and choose a pair or two that can be multipurpose. A pair of flip flops for around the pool would be perfect, sandals are ideal for evenings while a decent pair of trainers or pumps would offer support for day excursions. Studded sandals or diamante sandals could double up for evening and poolside wear, while canvas pumps, similar to espadrilles, are perfect for comfort and versatility.
If you’re an outdoorsy type, taking some shoes which offer support, cushioning and comfort for long adventures during the days would be advisable.

Light Jacket
Regardless of how warm the weather forecast suggests it’s going to be, packing a light jacket will be handy, should it get a little cool during the evenings, or should you have a bad weather day. A camouflage jacket or a striped blazer for a bargain price of £16 would be ideal to keep the wind at bay.
It’ll also be a useful item to have when you get back home to the cooler weather – it can be a bit of a shock to the system after a week in the sun!

Updating your holiday wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a fortune; it can be easily done on a budget as you can see!

I’m not a huge Tarte fan. I do like the Amazonian Clay blushes, although why some of the new ones need glitter in them is beyond me. I used to love their eyebrow pencil when I was blonde(seems like AGES ago now). It was my HG pencil. I’ve tried other things from them too, but nothing really warranted a repurchase in my experiences.

Around the holidays though, Tarte always comes out with an incredible value set that everyone covets in the beauty world. I’ve always wanted to get one, but every time I’ve swatched their eyeshadows I get turned off. I just don’t think the pigmentation is all that. I’ve actually had a clutch palette from them a few years ago, and the eyeshadows were just bad. Poor payoff, and they faded on me quickly. I don’t know about you, but all it takes is one bad experience with a brand and then I have a bad taste in my mouth which makes me stay away. Guess I’m a little bit of a grudge holder when it comes to beauty! What can I say? I don’t like being disappointed!

So when I was sent the new Tarte Carried Away Collector’s Set, I wasn’t all too excited about it. I took a quick peek at it, but didn’t really have the time to give it a try since we were leaving for holidays. So I left it on my desk.

Dang. I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THIS WITH ME.

The Tarte Carried Away Collector’s Set is PERFECT for taking with you on a trip! It has pretty much everything you need inside its own travel case. GENIUS.

Included in the set:

– a mini Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Adventurous (shimmering rose)
– a mini Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
– 8 x mini  Maracuja Lip Glosses
– a sample of Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-In-1 Mascara
– Face brush
– 24 Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows in a palette
– and the Adventurer bag

Being a blush fiend, the first thing I swatched was the Adventurous blush:

It’s a really pretty bronze-rose shade that goes with anything BUT has some glitter in there. Grrr Tarte-you and your glitter happy blush elves drive me NUTS. Luckily, if you tap your blush brush, most of the big glitter falls off and doesn’t end up on the cheeks. The way MOST of us like it Tarte, ya hear?

Glitter aside, the shade is really great, lasts all day too. Love it!

Next, the eyeshadow palette, which unfortunately arrived a little damaged:

Which begs the question-Is this good to take to travel with or will they all fall apart? I think it would have been fine if this was packed in my suitcase amongst some t-shirts and such to soften any blows. In a UPS box-well, not so much. And of course it had to be the bright purple shade too that had to get injured, right? MY LUCK.

But remember, I’ve been jaded by Tarte Eyeshadows, so technically when it arrived like that I was all: No Biggie. They probably suck anyways.

I started swatching:

This quad was meh when I swatched, so I assumed I was gonna be right. They seemed average to me and my swatchy fingers.

Wait. That purple is PIGMENTED! A PURPLE! Actually, the whole quad was pretty good. I was a little…flabbergasted.

This quad was good too! Hmmm…. maybe I was wrong? Maybe Tarte wasn’t so bad?

OH YEAH. I was wrong. Tarte eyeshadows are SO MUCH BETTER now!

See that lavender shade and how the glitter makes the shadow look wet? LOVE it.

And finally the greens. Which btw, I’ve been loving since I’m obsessed with everything that reminds me of The Hobbit at the moment. And green is very hobbity, no?

Just goes to show me how much a brand can change in a few years! I hated their eyeshadows before, but they’ve definitely improved since then! I mean they’re not perfect and some are better than others, but they feel really smooth, soft and blend beautifully. And I’m happy to report that they don’t fade either when used over a primer and last all day. I do wish there were a few more mattes in the palette, but I have to say the highlight shades are kind of my favourite of the eyeshadows. They give such an ethereal glow! Just gorgeous!

sorry for the deer-in the headlights look haha

This post is starting to get really long! But I promise I’m almost done haha.

The 8 Maracuja Lip Glosses are sheer yet have enough pigmentation to show up nicely, have a minty smell and taste and feel really moisturizing. And they last pretty well too for me-about 2 hours on my dry lips.

Jena, Mer, Ali, Nuria
Heath, Casey, Anna, Mel

Sorry for those last swatches being so askew, but the tiny doe-foot applicators proved to be quite the opponent for me and prevented me from getting straight swatches. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
And, I didn’t take lip swatches of every shade because I thought this post was long enough already so I apologize! I did a take a FOTD wearing products from the kit!

Yup. It’s THAT time of year again. Busted out the Christmas Snoopy T-shirt.
Classy, right? Really goes well with my Alfalfa wings on the top of my head too.
And WHY is my neck yellow??? 

I’m wearing the green eyeshadow quad, Tarte Lights! Camera! Lashes! Mascara (which is a great mascara and gives nice definition and length) the Adventurous Amazonian Clay Blush and Heath Marajuca Lip Gloss. And I used the Face Brush to apply the Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder to my t-zone. It kind of reminds me of the MUFE HD High Definition Powder actually, but it helps to balance the skin. I don’t have oily skin at all right now, so I can’t comment on it’s balancing abilities too much. But at least it didn’t make my skin feel any drier!

I really, really LOVE this Tarte Carried Away Collector’s Set and I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner! Holding brand grudges makes you miss out on some great products!

The Tarte Carried Away Collector’s Set is available from Sephora and costs $70 CAN. Do I think it’s worth it? Actually, yes I do! I think it a really great set for you or for anybody on your holiday shopping list. According to Sephora it’s a $665 value( seriously? I think someone needs to get off the meds over there, but whatever). I think it’s a great value though, since I think the eyeshadows are worth the $70, so everything else is kind of a freebie then. I like the small gloss sizes-easy to travel with, easy to put in your purse. And I do think this is a great travel set. The bag is pretty great actually and can easily house everything you need for a holiday. Throw an eyeliner in there and a few brushes and you’re all set!

Do you hold brand grudges too? Share them!

*Disclamer: I was sent this product to review by PR/Company. Love it or leave it, but my review and opinions are my own thoughts and words, thank you very much