Online Retail Therapy: My First Experience with Beautylish Boutiques

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beautylishLiving in a smaller city in central British Columbia means that I have limited options for places to buy luxury cosmetics. Things have certainly improved since I first started getting into beauty…we now have Urban Decay and Stila at Shopper’s Drug Mart woot woot! But when it comes to the really high end stuff, I usually have to order online or snag it when I’m visiting a larger city.

I have been absolutely dying to get my hands on Charlotte Tilbury makeup since it first launched late in 2013. As far as I know, CT isn’t carried by any Canadian retailers, but I finally found an online retailer that would ship CT (as well as several other high end brands I can’t normally buy) to Canada. Yes!! This post isn’t about what I bought (I’ll be posting on that later), but about my first shopping experience with beautylish.com. I was so impressed with their customer service that I felt it warranted its own post.

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Vancouver Haul! (A Sneak Peek of Reviews to Come)

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So…I went to Vancouver this weekend…and this happened:

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Clockwise from left:

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in “Panic”
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 226 “Tissé Rivoli”
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in 54 “Boy”
Dior 5-Coleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 796 “Cuir Cannage”
Dior Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow in 661 “Météore”
Dior Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow in 381 “Millenium”

SPOILER ALERT!

I’ve already fallen in love with a few of these products, the ones that I’ve tried so far. I will be testing these things out over the next little while and will be posting full reviews very soon. Stay tuned…

Game Changers: CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat

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It is really rare for me to finish a bottle of nail polish. Even staple nail products like top and base coats tend to hang around in my collectiotopcoatn for ages because I have several different ones that I use regularly. Lately, though, I find myself nearing the bottom of my CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat. This stuff literally outshines all other top coats in my stash. I’ve decided to bestow Game Changer status on this product because it has everything I look for in a top coat:

Goes on smoothly without bubbling? Check.

Sets quickly so I can go to bed or run errands without fear of denting or smudging a fresh manicure? Check.

Super glossy finish that doesn’t wear away after only a day or two? Check.

Prevents chipping and cracking to extend the wear time of my favourite polishes? Check.

Doesn’t turn into a thick, gloopy sludge after only a few uses? Check.

Doesn’t require an industrial strength solvent to remove? Check.

Yeah…I’m picky when it comes to top coats. I’m nearly finished my current bottle and am already itching to go purchase a replacement. You know you’re in love with a product when the thought of running out and having no replacement induces anxiety. Seriously, I better go to the mall after work tomorrow and get one…

 

Game Changers: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

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s1307388-main-LheroI’m sure that as time goes on, and the posts start to stack up on this blog, it will become apparent that I am a card-carrying Lisa Eldridge fan-girl. I watch her YouTube channel and follow her blog religiously.

This game changing product is one that makes frequent appearances in Lisa’s videos, and that’s what sparked my interest in it. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage seems to be her go-to product for spot concealing blemishes and minor bits of discolouration. For the past two years, it has been my go-to as well.

I first tried this product towards the end of 2013 when my sister gave me a Laura Mercier complexion set that included the Undercover Pot (a jar of setting powder with pans of Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer in the lid.) Before too long, I was hooked on the Secret Camouflage and splurged for the full-size compact.

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