Monday, May 31, 2010

May Favourites!


Hey Guys!
I hope you had an awesome weekend! I was having the worst luck EVER this weekend :( If you have been following me on twitter you know what happened. Saturday I had to work 4 hours in the morning and before work I had half my contact lens rip out of my eye. I tried forever to get the other half out of my eye, but had no success, so I just went to work blind in one eye and a contact in the other (I would have wore glasses, but a few weeks ago Bella ate two pairs and now I have none!) It sucked enough having to go in on the weekend, which I never have to do, let alone with part vision, but then I strained my neck and ended up with a stiff neck AGAIN (I just got over one last week). I was planning on heading over to a friends Bday BBQ in the late afternoon, but instead I ended up waiting in the hospital for 3 hours for the doctor to extract the remaining piece of contact from my eye. I wasn't able to wear contacts for at least 24 hours (and I found out I'm legally blind without corrective vision!) so I had to walk around blind and do basically nothing for my entire weekend :( I ended up putting in a new pair of contacts last night and caught a late night showing of Sex in the City 2 with my girls, so that is the only plus side of my weekend. Oh ya, I forgot. They gave me my booster shot while I was waiting for a doctor to see my (Tetanus, DPT) and now my arm is swollen and bruised and hurts like a .... You get the picture. I actually got a good laugh out of it all. My family kept saying pirate jokes to me because I had a makeshift eye patch for my bad eye.

Anyways, I had sooooo many favourites this month that I couldn't include them all and just grabbed a bunch I thought were worth mentioning.

Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer: At the moment I don't have bad under eye circles. This covers the under eye area very well and also brightens the area! This is my new favourite way to conceal my eyes.

Make Up For Ever Primer: I bought the one in neutral. I love this wayyyyy more than SMASHBOX Photo Finish primer. It feels more like a moisturizer and doesn't leave me with that silicone finish. It seeps into my pores and makes putting on my MUFE HD foundation a dream! I love the finish and how natural and flawless my face looks with this product. It also smells AMAZING! The only downside is that I think I'm going to run out of this a lot faster than I have with my SMASHBOX primer.

Annabelle Zebra Bronzer: I've been meaning to do a review on this, but haven't had the time to update my blog as regularly as I would like due to all the renovations around the house I've been working on. I can't say enough good things about this bronzer. I'm in love with the colour and the sheen it gives my face. It's very natural and you can't overdue it like you can with some bronzers. I would definitely recommend this to fair skinned ladies!

Urban Decay Primer Potion in "Sin": I've never tried UDPP until this. Sin is perfect for the summer months and I actually like to use this on its own all over the lid. As a primer, I actually would prefer the original over this. On it's own, it's perfect for a natural eye.

Annabelle Matte Eyeshadow: I actually like this shadow better than MAC'S Carbon! I've been using this every single day to set my eye pencil in place. It is VERY black and pigmented! This is also inexpensive which is a major plus! I love great drugstore finds!
- I also am using all the other matte eyeshadows I received from Annabelle cosmetics. I'm really into the matte look at the moment and the nude colours work perfect as an all over lid or highlight colour!

Make Up For Ever Brow Corrector: This applies so easy and lasts forever. You only need such a tiny amount of product that this is going to last me ages! The colour is perfect and I can control how dark or light I want it to go on. I also don't need to set this with brow gel (which I usually do with pencil) because it keeps my brows in place on its own.

Make Up For Ever Brow Pencil: THE BEST brow pencil I've ever used. I use to use the MAC 266 until I bought this baby. It is very tiny and has stiff bristles and can push product (i.e., eyeshadow, brow corrector) around effortlessly. My brows have never looked better and I owe it to this pencil! It was only $17 CAD at www.sephora.com. It was $19 US (which doesn't make sense because everything I order from Sephora when I go to the Canadian checkout ALWAYS goes up in price, not down...)

What have been your monthly favourites?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

MAC To The Beach Haul

Hey Guys!
I didn't end up picking up as much as I thought I would from the To The Beach Collection. Ever since I saw promo pics I've been changing my list constantly of what I wanted to get. These are the items I ended up buying. I have my eye on 2-3 more products, but I'm still unsure whether I will be taking the plunge and purchasing them or not. I bought all of my items online, and my bestie went to our local counter today to check out the Marine Life Highlight Powder and they were all sold out! I never actually wanted this, but now I do because it's sold out... haha. I'm gonna keep telling myself that it would have made me look like I had a sunburn so I don't covet it any longer than I already have.

Refined Golden Bronzer

Beach Bronze Creme Bronzer

Hipness Blush

Splashing Lipglass

Splashing Lipglass on clean, unlined lips

Left to Right: Refined Golden Bronzer, Beach Bronze Creme Bronzer

Hipness Blush

What did you get from the To The Beach Collection?

The Stalling 50 Reader Giveaway!


Hey Guys!
I don't enter too many giveaways, but Selina from The Stalling is having a 50 Reader Giveaway! This girl is GORGEOUS...I mean, drop dead gorgeous! She has great makeup all the time and is new to the blogging world and I think you should definitely check her out!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Skin Care RX Beauty Cache


Hey Guys!
I was recently sponsored by the website SkinCareRx who specialize in selling a variety of skin care lines. They have a great selection of products on their website so be sure to check it out! I will be hosting at $100 Gift Card Giveaway by the company in the near future so make sure you enter! In the meantime, I was sent a Beauty Cache full of products to sample and review. I've been using the lip plumping gloss like crazy this past weekend and it is my favourite lip plumper I've ever used! It smells like Starburst Candy to me... sooo good! I will be posting a full review shortly.

Cellnique Skin Care


Hey Guys!
I was fortunate enough to be sent a variety of skincare products by Cellnique Paramedical for review purposes. It will be a while until I can give you a good review of the products as I want to use them consistently for a long period of time. I will include before and after pictures, without makeup, to show any results! Make sure to check back for my review in the near future!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

MAC Pigment Samples + Swatches [PIC HEAVY]


Hey Guys!
I have a little secret. I don't buy full jars of MAC pigments. Why? Because I would NEVER in my lifetime use up an entire pigment jar because I get bored really fast and pigments last forever because you only need a small amount of product each time you use it. The only colour I could justify MAYBE buying a full jar is MAC Vanilla pigment because it is so versatile and you can use it with anything.

I buy samples. Here is the website that I buy them from. The Body Needs. They are AUTHENTIC MAC PIGMENTS! The lady, Cheryl (nice name lol), who owns the website, gets different stock in so the colours may change given time. I find this is a great way to try out colours and see what you like without having to buy a full jar from MAC. I have bought pigments off her 2 times in the past and have had exceptional service each time. The prices have recently gone up a tad, they use to be around $1.79 for 1/4 teaspoon sample in a 5 gram jar and now they are between $1.99-$2.29 depending on the pigment. They come labeled on the bottom which is a big plus because I like to know the names. She also carries some limited edition pigments so it's nice to be able to pick up a sample of those as well!

Here are swatches of my collection:
From left to right: Vanilla, Naked, Melon, Tan

Vanilla

Naked

Melon

Tan

From Left to Right: Chocolate Brown, Pink Bronze, Fuchsia, Pink Pearl

Chocolate Brown

Pink Bronze

Fuchsia

Pink Pearl

From Left to Right: Violet, Cornflower, Platinum, Antique Gold Reflects

Violet

Cornflower

Platinum

Not a Pigment, but she does sell Reflects Glitter Samples as well! This is in Antique Gold. I've been dying to use this for a night out. I'm trying to figure out what to pair this with so I can wear this when I go out tonight!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

NOTD: Essie Mink Muffs

Essie "Mink Muffs"
Hey Guys!
Been over a week since I last posted. I've been really busy this past week getting ready to paint the entire house. Charles and I are doing some renovations just to make the place look a bit nicer! It's really exciting. I've been wearing this polish all week. It has great wear and has barely started to chip (only a tiny amount of two nails).

It's May 2-4 weekend! What are you up to? I went out with some friends last night, probably again tonight, and I have a birthday party tomorrow. The pool is open and it's suppose to be EXTREMELY warm Sunday and Monday and pool is almost 80 degrees! YAYYY! I can't wait to go for my first swim of the year. Hope you have an amazing long weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dry Shampoo: Rockaholic Dirty Secret vs. TRESemme Fresh Start

Hey Guys!
This was my first time trying out a Dry Shampoo. I don't like to wash my hair everyday, but some days I just want a little pick me up at the roots so they arn't so limp, lifeless and starting to get oily. I first picked up Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo several weeks ago and have used it a few times since. I really like the idea behind Dry Shampoo! I colour my hair and being able to skip out on a day of washing it by just using this is great for prolonging the colour. After I picked up the Rockaholic Dry Shampoo I saw that TRESemme was coming out with their own line of Dry Shampoo. The TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo is considerably less in price per bottle. At $3.99-$4.99 a can versus Rockaholic's $23.75 per can, I wanted to see if there was a big difference in quality and performance. Here are my results:

For before and after purposes, here is my hair nice and greasy lol

I aged like 40 years in 2 seconds... Don't be afraid of the greyish/white cast (this means you did the right thing). This goes away once you brush it out. I used Rockaholic on the left side of my head in this pic.

What Tresemme looks like when sprayed in my hair. Looks like I have grey highlights! Sexy.

"Clean" hair! It still felt kinda waxy, it definitely didn't feel clean, but it didn't look greasy!

If you are using this, don't plan on taking pictures with a flash that particular day. You can see the greyish/white cast with flash photography.

Greasy in the back, "clean" hair in the front!

PRODUCT: Overall I really liked both products and couldn't tell a difference in performance and quality of product. If you are looking for a Dry Shampoo I suggest just picking up the TRESemme one since it works just as well and is considerably less in price. As mentioned above, there are a couple things I don't like about Dry Shampoo. Obviously, it's not going to be as "clean" as normally washing your hair. It felt a bit waxy, but didn't look greasy. Also, I wouldn't recommended taking a lot of flash photography pictures when this is in your hair because you can see residue of the product. My hair also seemed a bit duller after use. This probably wouldn't be such a problem if you had lighter hair, but my hair is basically black so I could definitely see a difference in the vibrancy of my colour. Even with all this said it's a great way to refresh your hair and these products give AMAZING volume! I honestly would use this over backcombing my hair because it really gives my roots THAT MUCH volume!

PACKAGING: I hear horror stories about the Rockaholic bottle only lasting a few uses and then the product just miraculously disappears from the can. My can still feels pretty full and I've used it at least 3 times so far. I have no complaints so far with either of the packaging.

PRICE: Obviously the price difference is substantial between the two products. Tresemme retails for $3.99-$4.99. The Rockaholic I bought at Trade Secrets and it was $23.75 (plus 20% off). You get a bit more product in the Rockaholic bottle, but only a mere 18 grams more so it isn't a big deal.

All-in-all I tested both products out and I really can't tell the difference between TRESemme and Rockaholic. With that said, definitely give the TRESemme Dry Shampoo a try if you are interested in testing out a dry shampoo because it is really affordable and good quality.


P.S. - 1000+ SUBBIES! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I never thought that this would happen. When I started blogging I didn't expect much. Thank you all for your support from the bottom of my heart <3

Thursday, May 13, 2010

REVIEW: Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner Pens

Hey Guys!
I was sent several Eyeko "Graffiti Eyeliner Pens" to review. I really love these pens. So far I've only used the black and brown and they have great lasting power and can be applied lightly or heavily depending on how dark you want the line. It is EXTREMELY easy to make a very thin line because each pen is tapered and comes to a very small, sharp point. At first these reminded me "Sharpie Markers"! haha. I definitely wouldn't put permanent black marker on my eyes though... These are probably the easiest/quickest liquid eyeliner application I have ever used.

The purple liner looks like it's bleeding into the lines on my skin, but I never had a problem with this during application on my eyes.

REVIEW: Eyeko Nail Polish

Hey Guys!
This review has been a long time coming. I received 4 nail polishes several weeks ago and just this past week I received 5 more. I decided to include some swatches and my overall impressions of the Eyeko brand.

Eyeko is a London UK based company. £3.50 for each 8.5ml bottle.

From the website:

"Eyeko Polish features a nail friendly formula that is Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP and Camphor FREE! No Colour fade thanks to UV absorbers and an amazing glossy, chip resistant finish which strengthens nails too!"

The packaging is adorable and all the names suit each colour. The one thing I was surprised was that they only have a 6 month shelf life. All my nail polishes I own are at least 24-36 months! This isn't a terrible thing though. Just means not as many perservatives and probably better for the health of my nails. I didn't even need a top coat to achieve the glossy finish that I like on my nails! They are definitely "high gloss". I only need a couple coats for each polish. The "Purple Polish" was a bit on the sheer side so I had to add an extra coat, but other than that I'm very impressed with the Eyeko Nail Polishes.

Top to Bottom: Purple, Lilac, Vintage, Nude

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick


Hey Guys!
One of my readers sent me this picture of Megan Fox asking if MAC Velvet Teddy would be a good dupe for the lipstick Ms. Fox is wearing: AND YES IT IS! As soon as I saw this lip colour on Megan Fox I HAD to have it for myself. I started googling swatches of Velvet Teddy and it looks absolutely stunning and I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of this little gem prior to talking to my reader. It's such a beautiful matte nude. It actual reminds me a lot of something Angelina Jolie would wear. It makes my lips look very full.

With this said, Velvet Teddy is a pretty good dupe for the colour which Megan Fox is wearing:


What do you think of MAC Velvet Teddy? It has definitely reached HG status in my books!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

REVIEW: Annabelle Mineral Line

Hey Guys!
Annabelle spoiled me yet again with a set of their new mineral products! I received Mineral Powder Foundation, Blush, Bronzer, and Pigment Dust, along with a blush brush.

The mineral powder foundation I received was in the shade Barely Beige and is a very good match for my skin tone. First I used a bit of moisturizer on my skin (since it tends to be on the dryer side) and then I used my MAC kabuki brush to blend in the powder. It evened out my skin tone and looked very natural in both natural and artificial lighting. The only mineralized product I have ever used is the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural and this worked just as well in my opinion. My only complaint, and this goes for all the mineralized products, is that it was a bit messy. There was light shining in my window when I was applying this and I could see a bunch of product flying in the air. I always tap my brush on the side of the container before applying it to my face and this is what caused the fly away product. The foundation didn't make my face look dry, but made it look very natural and even. The foundation comes in only 4 shades so it may be hard for some to find the perfect shade, but I can use Barely Beige when I'm tan and when I'm not so tan and it still works well. You have a lot of play with the product. The foundation retails for $12.50 Canadian for a 7.5 g container. This will last me forever!

Pictured above is a mineral powder blush in the shade Hush. This is probably my favourite product of all the goodies I received. It is such a pretty shade of pink. I adore this so much! It gives such a natural, flushed, glowy cheek. There are 3 shades of blush available for purchase retailing at $10.50 Canadian for a 2.5 g container.

Annabelle only has one shade of bronzer available and it is called Terra. I have to use a very light hand with this because it can apply fairly dark. This will also last me forever for that reason. It retails for $10.50 Canadian for a 2.5 g container.

There are 7 shades of pigment dust available to purchase. They retail for $8.50 Canadian for a 2.5 g container. You can use these either dry or wet (for a more opacity). The purple works great with my green eyes.
This was my first time using Mineral products and I was very impressed with the look of my skin. I was always very timid to try powder foundations because I tend to have dry skin, but this didn't exacerbate any dry spots!