No Regrets Beauty Purchases

Saturday, November 30, 2013

 I'm sure anyone who loves beauty and makeup has come across those products that they have just used thousands of times and still love, simply put these are their No Regret Beauty Purchases.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is the perfect amount of coverage for my foundation liking. It has light to medium coverage and goes on so smoothly. It is priced at $48 and well worth it. It is a cult favourite on YouTube and I can definitely see why! To use this foundation you have to shake it up very well since it is water based, then you can squeeze out a little bit onto the back of clean hands and either apply with a brush or your fingers. I like the result with my fingers but you can get a fuller coverage with a buffing brush. I like to set it in my T-Zone with a powder because otherwise I will get too shiny around the 3-4 hour mark. It does have SPF 15 but I found it hasn't given me a white cast in flash photography. There is also a fragrance to this foundation so be careful if you have sensitive skin.

I also love my NARS Deep Throat blush as I think it is the perfect peach/pink with slight shimmer. I use this blush waaaaay more then the cult Orgasm Blush. Although they are slightly pricey sitting at $32 a blush they can last you for ages! I've had mine for possibly two years now and I haven't hit pan on it yet, and I honestly use it all the time! Absolutely no regrets with this purchase.

Urban Decay has become famous for their Naked Palettes, I don't own the second one but I definitely want to own the third when it hits Sephora this December. The first is by far my favourite and that is why I didn't feel the need to purchase the second. It's warm tones are right up my alley and I love the two mid tone matte browns Naked and Buck. This palette is so versatile and you can wear it for almost any look. I even wore this smoked up a bit to prom three years ago! Although I have just about never touched the end two shadows, my favourites in this palette are Virgin, Naked, Buck and Hustle. 

For highlighting I love the MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle on the tops of my cheek bones. It provides a beautiful peachy shimmery highlight that looks stunning when it catches the light. I heard so many things about this but when Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter kept mentioning it, I knew it had to be something special. This product has definitely been my favourite highlighting product that I own, and I will continue using it until I can't see any product left!

Something that I use ALL THE TIME in my videos is another product by MAC, this is their Paint Pot in the shade Painterly. It is a pink toned nude eyeshadow base that makes my shadows more vibrant and last much much longer with zero creasing. I tested out shadows on my eyelids this past week without Painterly and man oh man...they were basically gone by the end of the night! I truly love this product and I use it in almost every makeup related video and in my everyday life!

Before I apply my lipstick I love giving my lips a little extra exfoliate just to make sure my lipstick glides on smoothly. For this I love the Lush lip scrub in the flavor Bubblegum. You apply a little bit using your finger onto your lips and lightly scrub, then you can either lick it off and taste the yummy-ness or you can wipe it off since there may be some skin cells in there. Personally, I like to lick off the lip scrub because it tastes just like candy! There is an expiry date on this and some other Lush products so just keep an eye on the date.

Lastly, my Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Camelia is one of my favourite everyday lipsticks. This shade is a very "safe" everyday lipstick as it is a rose pink colour. These are colours that I tend to reach for a lot, as they are just very classic and look good with everything! This lipstick is so smooth and buttery, I'd say it is a satin finish. It does have a bit of shine to it but nothing compared to their Rouge Coco Shine range. It does have a bit of a steep price tag nearing the $40 mark so I wouldn't personally go out every weekend buying Chanel lipsticks but the two that I own I have no regrets buying them.

Those are all my No Regret Beauty Purchases, what are yours?

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Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume Review

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Marc Jacobs Daisy has forever been my favourite perfume, lets just start off by getting that out of the way! It is so fresh, light, feminine, and beautiful.

According to the Sephora website where it retails for $79.00 for a 1.7oz bottle, the notes are:
Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.

I definitely smell the strawberry and grapefruit notes. The packaging of this perfume has got to be one of the cutest perfume packaging out there! All of MJ's perfumes are designed so well. He does have several other Daisy perfumes but I've only tried the original and Eau So Fresh.

I find that this scent lasts for hours, and if you spray it on your clothing you will still be able to smell it the next day. It is so fresh and makes you feel so awake! The name of this perfume is also perfect, it is so lady like and young. The first time I ever smelled this perfume I was working at camp and one of my very good friends Rachel sprayed it on herself, I instantly fell in love with it and between the two of us we used the entire bottle up during our two months working together! Now whenever I spray this perfume on myself I instantly get taken back to working with her at camp and just the summer days and nights in general. Isn't it nice how perfume can bring back such good memories? This scent is perfect for dates, school and work because it is so versatile!

If you like fresh, fun, and light scents - this one is for you! It is not a heavy typical "night time" perfume at all which I really love. This will forever be one of my favourite perfumes, as it has been for four years. I do have several other perfumes (six to be exact) and I always reach for this one over my others.

My boyfriend actually bought this perfume for me after he knew how much I loved my Eau So Fresh version, which sadly slipped out of my hand and the dispenser tube broke and it was no longer useable, so a huge thank you to my lovely boyfriend for purchasing this fragrance for me! Luckily the Eau So Fresh version was almost empty when it broke.

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Christmas Wishlist

Monday, November 25, 2013

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As you can probably tell from my wishlist, 3/4 items are skincare. I do own a good amount of makeup but skincare is something that I should get a bit better with. With saying that, I am an avid face washer. I can't even imagine going to bed without washing my face! I worked at a camp as a counselor the past four summers and even if I wasn't going to bed until 1:30 or 2:00 am I would make sure to peel myself away from my comfy bed and walk to the nearest sink just to wash my face and brush my teeth. What I mean with "get a bit better with" for skincare, is doing the extra steps. It's a routine for me to use my Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore face wash morning and night then follow up with one of my Olay moisturizers, but something I often skip out on is a mask. Before I begin, I wanted to thank the lovely Victoria for telling me how to create an online photo wishlist!

Here are the items that I have put on my Christmas Wishlist, which are not in any order:

1. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is a $28.00 mask that I've heard tons of good reviews on. I've heard that it really calms down your skin, reduces the redness in your spots, and clears out any impurities that you may have. Sounds like heaven to me!

2. I've heard a lot about this next product via YouTube. The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a hard balm that you apply on to dry skin to massage all traces of your makeup away. It can take off face makeup and eye makeup, including mascara! I would love this balm because then I know for sure that all my makeup is off and I'm not going to sleep with traces of foundation on. After using this, you still do go on and wash your face with your usual face wash. This product can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora for $35.00. I have heard that it is hard to spot on the shelves as it doesn't come with a box or anything, just comes as is!

3. The only non-beauty/skincare item on my wishlist this year are Mason Jar Candles by Bath and Body Works. There is currently a sale going on for 2 candles for $15.00 which is awesome. The candle photographed isn't necessarily the candle I would like to receive from Santa, but simply just a photograph of the Mason Jar style. I am pretty easy with scents, I love the Cranberry Pear Bellini candle they sell that I still haven't burnt through from last Christmas. I just love the scent I don't want to finish it! I like the Mason Jar style as they are smaller then the 3 wick and I don't burn candles enough to need the larger more pricy ones.

4. The last thing on my Christmas wishlist this year, is another mask by Origins. This one is the Drink Up 10 Minute Mask. This one is also $28.00 from Sephora and I would love this mask because although my skin can get a little shiny though out the day, it could definitely use some extra moisture. I tried to find the overnight mask that Origins sells, but I can't seem to find it on the Sephora website so I wonder if it has been discontinued.

Everything added up PRE tax comes to a total of = $108.00
Not bad Kyra...not bad.

That is all on my Christmas Wishlist this year! What's on yours?


YSL Nude Beige Lipstick Review

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Shall we take a minute to address how stunning this lipstick is? I've been wanting to buy a Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick for years, but the heavy $39.00 price tag always stopped me. While I was in NYC for my birthday weekend early November I still had American money on my last day there, and I figured it is sightly cheaper and how often am I in New York City? So I took the plunge and walked straight to the cashier handing over my cash before I could change my mind.

Two weeks later, I am not regretting my decision at all. I've worn it just about everyday since I purchased it and I've even gotten compliments on it while at school - and that's saying something! This has got to be the most glamorous packaging a luxury brand could ever do with the gold tube and the beautiful YSL engraving with a matching colour to the lipstick shade.

Although this shade is called "Nude Beige" it is not beige at all! It is a beautiful pale pink that works so well on so many skin tones. Nude Beige is a perfect nude pale pink for my lips that does not look "dead" at all, don't be frightened by the "beige" in the title. This would definitely be a beautiful wedding day lipstick!

This lipstick is so creamy and moisturizing, it glides on so smoothly and you do not need a lip balm underneath. It is super pigmented and also has a lovely glossy finish, I don't feel the need to wear a gloss over top. While having a creamy and moisturizing lipstick feels amazing, the wear time does get cut down. I'd say with this lipstick you wouldn't want to be eating or drinking because it could quickly come off. If you're going to work, school, or a date I would say that this lipstick could last you around the two hour mark. But hey, that just means you get to pull out the stunning gold tube and re-apply in public!

I truly love this lipstick and I definitely do want to buy more!


Welcome to Kyra's Beauty Bag

I'm Kyra, a 20 year old Canadian girl who is simply in love with the beauty world. Earlier 2013 I started a youtube channel under the name kcrisppp, you can visit it here. As someone who regularly checks all of my favourite beauty blogs and have been incredibly inspired by them, I thought it could be time that I start my own to accompany my youtube. I would love to hear some of your tips for a new beauty blogger, feel free to leave me a comment or just stop in to say hello!


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