Monday, October 31, 2011

FOTD: Belle from Beauty and the Beast


Happy Halloween! And what a great Halloween it has been. Today I reached a milestone...

1 MILLION PAGE HITS!

Thank you to all my readers! This motivates me even more to keep doing what I'm doing. This past weekend, I dressed up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Here is a breakdown of my makeup and some pictures of my outfit. As per usual, my friends and I had a theme: DISNEY PRINCESSES!

Ariel, Snow White, Belle

 I even had a cape! (I purchased this from Forever21 and will showcase it in an upcoming Haul!)


FACE:
Origins VitaZing Moisturizer
SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer
Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation "Cashew Beige"
CARGO Blu_Ray Pressed Powder #30
NARS Laguna Bronzer
NARS Orgasm Blush
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Powder
Urban Decay All Nighter

BROWS:
Make Up For Ever Waterproof Brow Corrector #3

EYES:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in "Sin"
MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
MAC Gold Mode Pigment (foiled)
Urban Decay Buck e/s
Urban Decay Smog e/s
MAC Solar White e/s
MAC Reflects Antique Gold
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Dior Maximizer
DiorShow Mascara
Ardell #120

LIPS:
Maybelline "Rose" l/l
MAC Cream Cup l/s
City Lips Plumping Gloss

 Mirror and Rose as props ;)

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!
I will be handing out candy and then sitting down for a scary movie with the Hubby

Sunday, October 30, 2011

FOTD: CARGO Cosmetics + OOTD


Hey Guys!
Here's a look I wore to my mom's b-day dinner at my parents house last weekend. I plan on starting to post more OOTDs as I have accumulated some new clothes this past month which I can't wait to style and show you! Breakdown of my makeup...nothing out of the ordinary. My HG eye combo, as per usual, BUT but really stands out is the lip. I love the colour I created with mixing two lipsticks!


FACE:
Garnier Eye Roller Concealer
SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer
CARGO Foundation
CARGO All-in-One Concealer
CARGO Blu_Ray Pressed Powder #30
Dior "Amber Diamond" Skin Shimmer
Dior Amber Matte Bronzer #003
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

BROWS:
Make Up For Ever Brow Corrector #3


EYES:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MAC Brule e/s
MAC Wedge e/s
MAC Cork e/s
MAC Carbon e/s
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in "Zero"
Diorshow Maximizer
Diorshow Mascara


LIPS:
MAC Neon Orange l/s toned down with MAC Myth l/s

OOTD

Purple dress (my BFF was going to give this away, but I snagged it before she did)
Black Tights - Forever21
Over the Knee Boots - Forever21
Spike Necklace - Forever21
Spike Earrings - Forever21
Gold Bangles - Forever21
Watch - Guess
Fringe Purse - Costa Blanca
Aviator Sunglasses - American Eagle

 
Disclaimer: The CARGO products were sent to me for consideration for review.

Friday, October 28, 2011

REVIEW: Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

 
What it is: 
Dior's first lash primer that combs, curls, and coats each lash to create a smooth, even mascara base, while acting as a nourishing serum treatment that promotes long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality.
 
What it does: 
The newest addition to the family of legendary Diorshow Mascaras, DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum & Primer instantly primes, plumps, and lengthens lashes with an ultra-light and quick-drying formula. The first "active serum" mascara primer also contains a unique cell-conditioning complex made up of hydrolyzed soy proteins that promote long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality.
 
What else you need to know: 
"Diorshow Maximizer is this season's most innovative, must-have product. Apply as a primer serum base under mascara for intensely curled, thickened, and lengthened lashes and also on its own as a deep conditioner for lashes at night." -Sephora Pro Beauty Team Member, Nathalie Bechard
 
Research Results: 
The Dior Innovation Center has tested Diorshow Maximizer for efficiency and found amazing results after only 8 weeks use: + 52% Volume, +38% Length, + 73% Curl

Studies also showed that lashes were more resilient, protected, and revitalized.

Retail Value: $28 US
*info taken from Sephora.com
REVIEW: All I need to say is, I'm hooked. I've never used highend lash primer before (i.e. Shishiedo) so I can't make a comparison. However, I've tried drugstore primers and this beats them all x100. The formula goes on white but dries fast and doesn't give you those crisp, ghostly white lashes like cheap drugstore primers give you. It dries fairly transparent unless you REALLY coat your lashes, then they will be white (not as white as drugstore primers though). If you do load up on it, its not an issue because mascara will cover the white. As for the brush, it is AMAZING at seperating your lashes. The formula is great as well. Its not too heavy that it weighs down my lashes. One coat and this instantly adds length and volume. It makes me like mascaras I hate (Benefit They're Real) and love EVEN MORE the mascaras I already loved on their own (CG Lash Perfection, I'm talking about you!) This is a new HG product. I have not used it enough to comment on whether it has 100% improved the overall condition of my lashes, but I must say, my lashes have been starting to look a lot fuller lately.

Monday, October 24, 2011

DUPE ALERT: Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer vs. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in "Vegas Strip"

Hey Guys!
I recently purchased the infamous Dior "Amber Diamond" Skin Shimmer as I've heard many of my favourite bloggers rave about this product (e.g., Temptalia, Miss Natty's Beauty Diary). What I didn't know, is that I had a great dupe for this already in my makeup collection! Before I get to the dupe, let me briefy tell you about the product.
"As sheer and shimmering as silk, the new Poudre Shimmer Diorskin brightens the complexion with thousands of sparkles and an airy caress of translucent light subtly shaded with delicate, sparkly gem-like effects. What is the secret of these unique reflections? Just the right amount of pearlescent particles and pigments designed to give the skin a beautiful sheen. The result: in just one step, your face radiates with a delicate halo of light!."
Retail Value: $44 US on Sephora.com
This is a gorgeous highlight which truly does fuse with your skin to give you a beautiful glow. The product is finely milled allowing the texture to be silky smooth to the touch. The packaging is gorgeous, from the velvet covering to the luxurious Christian Dior packaging with mirror.


The colour would be universally flattering on all skin-tones, and I find it flatters my NC30-40 skintone especially well.

Amber Diamond has such a beautiful sheen that blends in flawlessly with the skin

Curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to see how this compared to other highlighters in my collection. I ended up comparing NARS Albatross highlighter/blush (another very popular highlighter) and Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in "Vegas Strip".

In person the swatches looked REALLY close. I typically don't find dupes that are close ENOUGH for me to warrant buying the alternative, but this does. The texture, sheen, colour (though varies depending on how much of each of the stripes you swatch), and pigmentation are all almost identical. If you have been wanting to try Dior Amber Diamond, but don't want to spend the money, try Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in "Vegas Strip" for a fraction of the cost ($12.95 on the Physicians Formula website), AND it is more readily available as you can find it at most drugstores, Walmart...etc.


I ended up trying to swatch the individual strips to compare each of the shades. The only major difference I could tell was that Dior's first shade is more white-yellow whereas Physicians Formula is strickly yellow-gold in colour. If you are hard set on having a mirror with your highlighter, Physicians Formula does not come with one, but the packaging is still very nice and sleek and comes in a see-through square container. The Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips are not only marketed as a face product, but also as eye shadow as well. It is easier to use the PF product vs. the Dior product as eyeshadows as all of the colour are of the same size and none of the stripes are overly small, like in the Dior product. Also, some of you may not know that Physicians Formula is made in Italy! Coincidentally, Dior is made in Italy as well, huh.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

UPDATE: Blog Sale + Other News

Hey Everyone
My Blog Sale was a big success! I sold quite a bit of product, but I still have a few items up for sale. If you are interested in lightly used makeup, be sure to check out my Blog Sale by clicking here.

Thank you to everyone who participated and I will be shipping out your packages tomorrow! I will definitely be having more sales in the future since this one was so successful. Thank you all for making it possible! I have the best readers ever :)

ALSO, a lot of you were wondering what I was wearing in my Oktoberfest 2011 post. I was wearing NARS Sheer Glow in "Stromboli" with my CARGO Blu_Ray Pressed Powder #30. On my cheeks I had MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Powder which gave my skin that glow that you see. I'm so hooked on this stuff. On my lips I was wearing NYX Fig lipstick!

I'm currently working on a few posts so hopefully those will be up during the week. Thanks again!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Blog Sale!

Hey Guys!
This is my first Blog Sale and if it goes well I would like to have another one shortly after as I have a ton of lightly used makeup that isn't getting enough love that I would like to give you guys the opportunity to buy for cheap! Please read my policy below.
All Prices are in CAD dollars and are non-negotiable. I believe my prices are fair as most products have only been used once or twice and many are Limited Edition (LE).


Shipping charges: $5.95 flat rate, so buy lots and save, I will not charge extra for large packages Sale is open to US and Canada buyers ONLY.

I am not responsible for lost or stolen parcels once the package leaves my hands at the post office.

All items are shipped with bubble wrapped parcel packages to ensure product arrives intact. I am not responsible for any damaged incurred during shipment.


Payment is accepted through PayPal ONLY. When you are ready to make a purchase, please leave a comment with the items you wish to purchase and include your PayPal e-mail address. I will send out invoices this weekend and ship packages out on Monday.

Items will be shipped after purchase is completed, not while it is pending.

Pending items have not yet sold. They are still up for grabs. An item is only SOLD once payment has been received. A 24 hour waiting period is granted to the buyer, after which, items will be reposted for sale.

All sales are final. No returns are accepted.

All items come from a smoke-free home.

All products will be sterilized prior to shipment to ensure you are receiving a clean product.


HAPPY SHOPPING!
 RRP stands for "Regular Retail Price"

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

Benefit Coralista Blush (RRP - $28)  used 1-2x MY PRICE $20
MAC Earth to Earth Mineralized Blush (LE) (RRP - $27.50) used 1-2x MY PRICE $20 - SOLD
MAC Light Over Dark Mineralized Blush (LE) (RRP - $27.50) used 1-2x MY PRICE $20 - SOLD
MAC Bite of an Apple Blush (LE) (RRP - $23.50) swatched only MY PRICE $18 - SOLD
NARS Angelika Blush (RRP - $27) swatched only MY PRICE $19 - SOLD

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:


MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre (LE) used 3x MY PRICE $25 - SOLD
MAC To The Beach Cream Bronzer (LE) used 5x MY PRICE $20
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Cream Blush used 1x MY PRICE $2 - SOLD
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Cream Blush used 1x MY PRICE $2

 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

MAC Young Punk MES (LE) (RRP - $24) used 1-2x MY PRICE $18 - SOLD
MAC Gilt By Association MES (LE) (RRP - $24) used 1-2x MY PRICE $18 - SOLD
MAC Cinderfella MES (LE) (RRP - $24) used 1-2x MY PRICE $18 - SOLD
MAC Blue Flame MES (LE) (RRP - $24) used 1-2x MY PRICE $20 - SOLD
MAC MES discontinued (RRP - $24) used 1-2x MY PRICE $17 - SOLD

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

L'Oreal Hip Eyeshadow Duos $3 each (let me know if you want left, middle or right)
NYX Pigments $1 each or LOT for $2 (let me know if you want left, middle or right) - SOLD
NYX Concealer in a Jar, Beige, Yellow, Green $2 each or LOT for $5 - SOLD

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

OPI "Gargantuan Green Grape" used 1x MY PRICE $5
Clinique Blush MY PRICE $1
MAC Skin Refined Zone (RRP - $24) used 1-2x MY PRICE $15
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer MY PRICE $3 - SOLD
Maybelline Fit me Concealer MY PRICE $2
YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch (RRP - $40) used MY PRICE $20
L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara NEW MY PRICE $3 - SOLD

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Foundation used 3x MY PRICE $4
Revlon Photo Ready Foundation Nude MY PRICE $3
Revlon Photo Ready Foundation Medium Beige $3
Revlon Color Stay Foundation new $4
MAC Strobe Lotion (RRP -$38.50) MY PRICE $15 - SOLD
TARTE Cheek Stain in "Green Siren" (RRP - $30) used 3x MY PRICE $15
ELF Face Primer (RRP - $6) used 2x MY PRICE $2

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: 

Eyeko Cream MY PRICE $2 - SOLD
NYC Sunny Bronzer MY PRICE $2
Maybelline Fit Me Powder #220 MY PRICE $3
ELF Cream Blush (RRP - $6) MY PRICE $2 - SOLD

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils LOT of 5 $4 -SOLD
MAC Black Russian MY PRICE $10
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl (RRP - $18) MY PRICE $10

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

NYX Lip Pencils LOT of 4 MY PRICE $4
NYX Round Lipsticks swatched or used 1x $1 each or LOT of 9 for $6 - SOLD

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

Maybelline Carmel Kiss l/s used 1x MY PRICE $2 - SOLD
Rimmel l/s MY PRICE $2 - SOLD
 Hard Candy Fire Alarm MY PRICE $2- SOLD
NYX Lip Laquer Pot Georgia Peach MY PRICE $2
MAC Lip Conditioner in "Fuchsia Fix" (RRP - $18) MY PRICE $9 - SOLD
MAC Lip Erase in "Dim" (RRP - $22) used 1x MY PRICE $15 - SOLD

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October Luxe Box By Loose Button

Hey Guys!
This month Loose Button revamp their packaging. I actually prefer the old cardboard boxes better because I've been using them to store things and I like the overall design better. Despite the packaging change, each month the samples I receive I am not disappointed. I've looked at other companies who have a similar program (i.e., Birchbox), and I actually prefer the samples that I've been receiving in my Luxe Box vs. the leading competitors! Here are the goods:



Lise Watier - Flash Lift Radiance Vials: You are among the first in Canada to try this new product! Lise Watier Cosmetiques launches an express beauty fix perfect for women of all ages - and for any occasion. A concentrate of smoothing agents and moisturizers for a lifting effect and instant radiance. Full-Size: $27 (7 x 1 ml vials)

Keratase - Elixir Ultime: The elixir brings shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair while smoothing the hair fiber; resulting in incredible shine. The multi-use elixir also helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors. Full-Size: $50 (125 ml)

China Glaze - Crackle (FULL SIZE!): China Glaze Crackle Glaze Collection features innovative technology creates a deconstructed crackle design over your favorite shimmer; glitter or creme nail lacquer. Full-Size $8 (14 ml)

Olay Professional Pro-X - Eye Restoration Complex: This specialized treatment hydrates to restore the area to its optimum appearance by improving the look of crow's feet. Massaging it in reduces excess fluids to diminish dark circles and puffiness. Full-Size: $60 (15 ml)

Lise Watier - Plumpissimo Le Gloss: Instantly makes your lips look fuller; sexier; 'poutier'. Dehydrated Hyaluronic Filling Spheres penetrate small vertical lines and instantly expand upon contact with the natural water in your skin. Full-Size: $20 (6.2 ml)

$25 Gift Card to Dealuxe.ca when you spend $75 or more! I plan on purchasing a small evil eye necklace from House of Harlow!

I can't wait to test out these samples!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Massive Blog Sale This Friday!

Hey Guys!
I will be hosting a blog sale this Friday at 4:00 pm EST. If you are interested in lightly used makeup, high end and drugstore, be sure to check my blog at this time as there will be LOTS of stuff up for grabs. There will be lots of MAC (limited edition items as well), NARS, YSL, NYX, L'Oreal...etc. At this time my blog sale will only be open to US and Canadian residents only. Shipping will be a flat rate.Depending on the success of this blog sale, I will be hosting another one shortly after with more products. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: I changed the time of my blog sale AHEAD by one hour due to a work conflict. Be sure to check back on Friday as I'm sure many of the items will sell fast!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2011


Hey Guys!
My home town of Kitchener-Waterloo is known for having the second largest Oktoberfest celebrations in THE WORLD so each year I attend at least one event to join in on the festivities. I always have an amazing time Oktoberfesting, and this year is no exception. Oktoberfest runs from Friday, October 7th to Saturday, October 15th, so it's still going on as we speak. I attended opening night and have tickets for the last night (which is always the biggest). This year, my friends and I wore dirndls and Oktoberfest hats. Each year I've attended Oktoberfest, I always buy a pin in commemoration of that year and pin it to the hat. Three out of the Four of us have a German heritage so Oktoberfest is all the more special to us. At the events, thousands of people come out, dance to polka music, drink beer, and eat German food. Since all four of us were dressed up in non-traditional dirndls, we had lots of people come up to us and ask for photos. If you live close to KW and have never been to Oktoberfest, I highly suggest you check it out! They have something for everyone: tons of events, parades and even things for children!


Oktoberfest ist Wunderbar!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HAUL: Dior Cosmetics


Hey Guys!
I raided the Dior counter at the beginning of October and thought I'd share my purchases. These are my first Dior cosmetics and I can't wait to try more! Reviews to come for ALL products!

Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine SPF 20 - 003 Amber Matte
Diorskin Ultra-Shimmering All Over Face Powder - 002 Amber Diamond

I also received a cosmetic bag and a ton of samples. I was planning on buying the full-size Dior Show mascara to try out, but ended up with a free sample so I opted against the full-size version for now.



 Skin, perfume, mascara samples!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

REVIEW: Benefit They're Real Mascara


THE CLAIM: "They're real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!"

INGREDIENTS: WATER (AQUA), PARAFFIN, POLYBUTENE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, BEESWAX (CERA ALBA), BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, C18-36 ACID TRIGLYCERIDE, PALMITIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, TRIETHANOLAMINE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, PHENOXYETHANOL, TETRASODIUM EDTA, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SODIUM LAURETH-12 SULFATE, GLYCERIN, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SERICIN, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TILIA TOMENTOSA BUD EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, BHT, SORBIC ACID. [+/-: IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)]. N° 05827/N


REVIEW: I've been using this mascara for a couple months now and my initial thoughts on this mascara were bad and with continued use, my thoughts still have not changed. I've tried everything to like this mascara, but the only thing that has helped to make this mascara better is by using my Dior Maximizer as a base, and I don't believe I should have to use a base in order to actually like a mascara, it should stand alone. There is so much hype over this mascara, and I can't see why. Yes, this mascara gives length and is truly long-wearing, but it gives absolutely NO volume, and you can't even layer this stuff to get volume because it clumps up after 1.5 coats. In general, I have really loved Benefit mascaras in the past and Bad Gal is one of my HG high-end brands, but They're Real ended up being a massive miss for me.


The brush looks like your typical plastic spiked bristles that have been quite popular since the launch and popularity of Cover Girl Lash Blast, however, it has one exception: the spikes on the end which can reach those hard to reach lashes, such as the inner corner.

I decided before giving this a bad review, I would try it again and again to see what I could do to make this work for me. I've been using this the past week and found that I'm starting to like it more ONLY because I've been using Dior Maximizer as a base. Initially, I was using this like any other mascara, two coats and done. However, you can only really get away with one coat, one and a half if you are very careful because the formula doesn't layer well. Over top of my Dior Maximizer Lash Primer my lashes look long, seperated, and defined without the clumping I was experiencing in the early stages. I've heard mixed reviews about this mascara not holding curl well. It held curl well for me, so that has never been an issue. The mascara also lives up to its claim that it is long-wearing. I didn't experience flaking after wearing this for 17 hours. However, this did smudge one my upper eyelid, and a little under my eye. This could be attributed to the wet formula. Another downside to this mascara is the price: $24 for a mascara is a little to rich for my blood since I find drugstore mascaras work just as good, if not better. Also, another downside is that it does not give me the amount of volume I would like from a mascara. That being said, this is a great mascara for daytime because it gives a naturally defined effect, but not my cup of tea for night as I prefer my lashes with a little more "oomph"/volume. Overall this is a decent mascara if you use it over a base and are VERY careful when layering, but if I were to choose a Benefit mascara to spend my money on I would choose Bad Gal Lash handsdown as I prefer the big bristle brush and the amount of volume it gives vs. They're Real. I feel as though I shouldn't have to put so much work into a mascara to get it to work for me, therefore, I would not repurchase this again.

Has this mascara lived up to the hype, in your opinion?