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Give Me Some Lip

swatches from Sephora's Give me some lip favorites lip sampler

A few weeks ago I picked up the “Give Me Some Lip” set from Sephora’s website.  I love trying new products and I always find that Sephora’s pre-made sampler kits are a great way to do that.  You get to try new brands and shades that might be outside your comfort zone, or price range.  You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg, or invest in full size products that you end up wanting nothing to do with.

The set comes in a small glossy pink “book” with a shimmery ribbon on the right hand side that you can tie to keep it closed.

Sephora Favorites - lip sampler "Give Me Some Lip"

Full Ingredient List (click to englarge):

Ingredient List for Sephora Lip Sampler

When you untie the ribbon, you can open it up to find your six products tucked away neatly.

Give Me Some Lip review

The “Give Me Some Lip” set contains:

  •  0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment (very sheer berry rose)
  •  0.12 oz Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child (sheer nude)
  •  0.1 oz Bite Beauty Lip Shine in Vintage (sheer mauve/plum)
  •  0.1 oz Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll (soft pink gloss with lots of shimmer)
  •  0.1 oz Tarte LipSurgence™ Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope (warm rose shade)
  •  0.5 oz Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in Precious Pink (described as a very sheer pink with iridescent shimmer)

That is 2 full size products and 4 travel sized products.  This lip sampler of Sephora Favorites can be purchased on-line for $30.00 CAD or $25.00 US.  The Tarte product itself retails for $31.00 CAD or $24.00 US.  So really, think of it as buying one of those…and getting everything else for free!

I want to take a closer look at all the products and shades here, to help you decide if this value set is truly for you.

Let’s start with the Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment by Fresh:

Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment by Fresh - swatch and review

Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment by Fresh - natural sheer lip tint

  • This was my first product by Fresh and I’ve got to say that it is just lovely.  I finally understand what all the fuss is about!  It is so soft, it almost melts onto your lips as you apply it (no need to press hard with this product).  This lip treatment leaves your lips feeling hydrated with a pretty, natural, subtle tint.  It is also SPF 15, so that is a nice added bonus too!  The scent that accompanies this lip product is sweet like fruit yet lightly floral.

Next up let’s look at Tarte Lipsurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in “Hope”:

swatch and review of Tarte lipsurgence natural matte lip tint in Hope

swatch on lips of tarte lipsurgence natural matte lip tint in shade "Hope"

  • This is my second LipSurgence product from Tarte and I love it just as much as my other one.  I find this shade very wearable for the everyday.  The nice matte finish doesn’t make it too intense, but “Hope” still adds a nice deep colour to your lips.  All of their LipSurgence products have a slight minty scent to them (to me they smell exactly like dental floss) and have a long hydrating wear time.

Now for, Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in “Child”:

"Child" Extreme Sheen Lip Shine by Hourglass

swatch of "Child" on lips of Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss from "Give Me Some Lip" Sampler

  • This is a fantastic nude lip gloss that glides on sheer and softens your natural lip colour while adding a nice neutral shine.  It has a very light scent of vanilla to it and has a flexible flat-sided sponge applicator that was soft and comfortable against my lips.  I see myself getting a lot of use out of this for bold eye make-up that calls for a nice soft and subtle lip.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace:

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in "Babydoll" from Sephora Favorites lip sampler kit

swatch of "Babydoll" by Laura Mercier, Lip Glace collection

  • Babydoll is a nice pink shimmer gloss with a lot of shimmer and sparkle that comes with a sweet dessert smell.  The sponge applicator is angled and stiff which makes application quick and efficient with little room for error.  I think “Babydoll” is a nice complimentary shade to go with a variety of skin tones and make-up styles and preferences.

Bite Lip Shine in “Vintage”:

Bite Lip Shine from "Give me Some Lip" - shade "Vintage"

swatch on lips of "Vintage" by Bite

  • The light scent that goes along with “Vintage” I can only describe as a black cherry, or a spicy cherry of sorts- it is definitely sweet, but has a little bit of punch as well.  This lip shine is a gorgeous sheer mauve/plum shade that basically deepened my natural lip colour and added shine.  It has a really nice consistency and I love the natural richness of it on.

Last but not least, Sephora’s Glossy Gloss in “Precious Pink”:

Sephora full sized product in their "Give Me Some Lip" kit

swatch on lips of "Precious Pink" glossy gloss by Sephora

  • This product is by far the glossiest of the set, I definitely see where it gets its name “Glossy Gloss”.  This sheer soft pink gloss basically goes on clear and contains a great deal of iridescent shimmer.  Your lips will feel soft and slippery, look plump and smell like watermelon.  This is a great everyday gloss, especially for the summer months.

Comparison Swatches:

Sephora Favorites Lip Sampler - Contents

(In the same order as shown above)

swatches from Sephora's Give me some lip favorites lip sampler

All in all, for the price I’m really happy with this multi branded value set.  I find it offers a nice variety of shades as well as textures – I really have no complaints with this purchase and am really glad I bought it!

Is there a certain brand from this sampler set that you love/hate?  I’d love to hear about your favourite lip products for the season!



P.S. Here is a look using “Hope” LipSurgence natural matte lip tint by Tarte:

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Madonna: MDNA World Tour

Madonna outdoor concert

Madonna has been a hot ticket this summer world wide.  When I heard she was coming to Ottawa, I was excited and really wanted to get my hands on some tickets for a girls night out.  Unfortunately, the tickets went on sale and we couldn’t get through on the phone lines or on-line…the show sold out in just a few minutes, the Scotiabank Centre was packed, with no room for us.

Madonna 2012 world tour

My girlfriend Suzie and I weren’t quite ready to give up though, so the following week when tickets were going on sale for her show in Quebec City, we said “It’s only a 5 hour drive – this could be fun!”.  We got ourselves tickets to the outdoor show that was to be held in the Plains D’ Abraham, the home of a very famous battle from the Seven Years’ War over 250 years ago.  From the very beginning this particular event inspired controversy across Quebec.  The Plains d’ Abraham have always upheld a strict policy when it comes to what activities they allow and the circumstances surrounding such events.  Paul McCartney’s 2008 performance for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary was free to the public, and stars like Elton John played for non-profit festivals that demanded no direct entry fee.  Never before has there been a for profit commercial concert held on the grounds, until September 1st, 2012 when Madonna wanted to host a giant dance party.  What made this even more controversial was that the parks commission didn’t even charge her for the use of the park or a take a cut of each ticket (a practice very common with various parks commissions to go towards the upkeep of the park).  So not only did they break their own written policy outlined in the National Battlefields Commission, but they gave it up to the Queen of Pop for free.  You can imagine that not everyone was behind this plan.

I have no doubt that the concert brought a massive amount of economic benefits to the city however.  A week before the show, it was near impossible to find a hotel for under $200/night  and everywhere we went the streets were bustling for the long weekend.  The concert in Quebec City ended up hosting over 72,000 people.  All tickets sold were general admission, but there were 3 different areas sectioned off.  Suzie and I were in the largest mass of people, packed in like sardines for several hours before the show was set to start.

Looking forward to the stage waiting for the opening act:

Madonna outdoor concert

Looking behind us at the crowd – take a look at the people all the way up the hill:

Madonna outdoor concert in Quebec City

It had been a long hot day and when it was finally time for the DJ Paul Oakenfold to take stage…he was late.  And when he finished, it was at least another hour before Madonna decided to join us all.  The concert was slated to start at 8pm.  She made her appearance at 10:30pm.  After having been standing for several hours…herded like cattle with thousands of other people and then sitting down on the cement for several more hours to hold our place…I was not impressed that she couldn’t even be on time.  I would’ve BOO’ed her, had I known how to BOO in French.

In case you are wondering if she played your favourite Madonna song, take a look at her set list for the 2012 MDNA Tour:

  1. Opening Prayer /Girl Gone Wild
  2. Revolver
  3. Gang Bang
  4. Papa Don’t Preach
  5. Hung Up
  6. I Don’t Give A
  7. Best Friend / Heartbeat (Interlude)
  8. Express Yourself / Born This Way
  9. Turn up the radio
  10. Give Me All Your Luvin’
  11. Open Your Heart
  12. Masterpiece
  13. Justify My Love (Interlude)
  14. Vogue
  15. Candy Shop
  16. Human Nature / Erotica
  17. Like A Virgin
  18. Nobody Knows Me (Interlude)
  19. I’m Addicted
  20. I’m A Sinner
  21. Like A Prayer
  22. Celebration (encore)

I was lucky, she did play my favourite “Like A Prayer” in her 90 minute show even though there was a heavy focus on her new album MDNA (her 12th studio release).

The only intelligible part of any of my videos is the small portion that was a cappella with the crowd singing…the rest of the time there was so much bass my recordings are a total mess, but I thought this might be fun for some.

I think I would’ve enjoyed the actual show a lot more without the ordeal of a general admission outdoor concert.  If I had a seat, in a stadium somewhere, it wouldn’t have been nearly as infuriating that she was extremely late…because we would’ve arrived at 8pm, not 3:30pm.  (Even worse for other people who arrived at 10am when the gates to the waiting area opened).  And after it was all over, I’m sure you can imagine over 72,000 people all trying to make their way out of a park and to the street at the exact same time.  Wading through ankle deep garbage was less than ideal…by the time Suzie and I made our way back to our hotel we were completely and utterly exhausted and drained, with aching feet and blisters. The process of it all was just too much.  If I could do it all over again…well I wouldn’t, not under the same circumstances anyway.

The content of the show itself was violent at times and always overtly sexual, mixed with impressive choreography and visual displays.  The 90 minute set worked its way from darkness to light.  Having just turned 54, Madonna still moves really well and strives to entertain.  The New York Times wrote, “Madonna and her team do know how to dazzle.”   While New York Daily News called the show “an idea-intensive, message-packed riddle wrapped in an enigma that must be seen to be believed,” arguing that the show’s risky artistry “deserves praise.”

Madonna world tour - outdoor concert in Quebec city (MDNA tour)

So if you are holding a hot ticket for one of the many cities she has left…here is my advice:

  • Be open minded and be ready for anything (she is a wild one and always has been)
  • Prepare yourself for lots of leather, push up bras, a strip tease and a whole lot of pelvic thrusting.  Not young child appropriate.
  • Don’t expect her to be on time, you will likely be disappointed
  • Wear some fun make-up, after all, it is Madonna!

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What was the best concert you’ve ever been to?  Who/what band would you go through all of this for???

If you saw Madonna on the MDNA tour, I’d love to hear what you thought below!



Arabic Eye Makeup

I am sure lots of people had big plans last night, it was Saturday Night after all.  Maybe it was a  hot date, maybe a night out with friends, or even just catching a movie…not me, I stayed in and had a night filled with makeup fun.  I hope you like the finished product!