Monthly Archives: December 2013

Ipsy December Glam Bag Review

Ardell Naturel lashes, NYX Lipstick, NICKA K New York nail polish, POP Beauty eyeshadow trio, Be a Bombshell The One Stick

Ardell Naturel lashes, NYX Lipstick, NICKA K New York nail polish, POP Beauty eyeshadow trio, Be a Bombshell The One Stick

This is my fourth Glam Bag, and I am still pretty pleased. I had previously reviewed my November Glam Bag. The December theme was “Celebration!”. This bag contained:

  • Ardell Naturel 120 Demi Black lashes: $6.29
  • NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream”: $5.99
  • NICKA K New York nail polish in “Classic Taupe”: $5.30
  • POP Beauty eyeshadow trio in “Smokin Hot”
  • Be a Bombshell The One Stick in “Girl Crush”: $16.98

Retail prices are in CND and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

I love Ardell lashes and it was great to get a new pair just in time for the holidays. I am not typically a big fan of NYX lipsticks, but I’m actually liking the formula of the Extra Creamy Round which doesnt have the typical icky, perfumey NYX lip product scent and taste. Unfortunately the colour doesnt quite suit me but I may check out some of the other shades now.

The NICKA K polish is “DBP, Toluene and added formaldehyde free’ and I loved the colour, but the formula is a bit thin and streaky and required 3-4 coats. I much prefered the Nailtini nail lacquer from last month’s Glam Bag. I also don’t think NICKA K products are available in Canada. I calculated the Canadian price from the American website (which doesnt ship internationally). UPDATE: NICKA K is sold at London Drugs, in-store only.

POP beauty is a UK based brand. I couldn’t find the eyeshadow trio for sale anywhere, which I can only guess means it may have been a special sample prepared for the Glam Bag? I did really like the shadows. The “Smokin Hot” contained great New Year’s Eve (or any party!) shades: white, silvery grey and sparkely black. They were very pigmented and I would try some other POP Beauty eyeshadows if I can find them in Canada.

The only big “fail” from this month’s bag was the Be a Bombshell The One Stick. I had been really impressed with the Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon from last month’s Glam Bag. The One Stick is obviously a take on NARS’ The Multiple. Be a Bombshell says you can use it on “eyelids, cheeks or lips for the perfect pop of color anywhere! Apply as you would regular eyeshadow, blush or lip gloss.” Yeah…not so much. This smooshy, greasy, glittery thing didn’t work on my cheeks, eyelids OR lips. Just awful.

The total retail value of the December bag (minus the POP Beauty eyeshadow which I couldn’t find a price for) was: $34.56. So, for $16 this bag had significantly less value than last month’s $108 Glam Bag.

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More London Make-up Shopping: Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush

Allegedly, Shoppers Drug Mart now carries Bourjois, although I have yet to see it in-store. On the Bourjois website for Canada, the selection of products available here  definitely does not include the entire line. So when I saw the giant Bourjois section in Boots in the UK, including all 12 Little Round Pot Blushes (only 7 are sold in Canada) I may have gotten a little carried away. In my defense, in Canada they retail for $19 CND, and in the UK they are only 7.99 pounds, or about $13 CND. And look how cute they are…

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes

The little round “pots” are the perfect size and have a mirror. I really like that the pots are colour coded to match the blush shade inside. The blushes are the baked, dome type of blushes. I am a fan of baked blushes. According to the Bourjois website, they have been making these little baked blushers for over 150 years and they were the world’s first powder blush. They are scented, with what Bourjois describes as a “rose” scent. It’s likely a love it or hate it thing. You don’t notice it once applied and so far it hasn’t irritated my skin at all. All of the shades have the word “rose” in the name:

Bourjois Blush Swatches (L-R): #34 Rose d'Or (Golden Rose), #40 Rose The (Rose Tea), #54 Rose Frisson (Frosted Rose), #15 Rose Eclat (Radiant Rose), and #16 Rose Coup de Foudre (Love-struck Rose)

Bourjois Blush Swatches (L-R): #34 Rose d’Or (Golden Rose), #40 Rose The (Rose Tea), #54 Rose Frisson (Frosted Rose), #15 Rose Eclat (Radiant Rose), and #16 Rose Coup de Foudre (Love-struck Rose)

#34 Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) – A bright pink with gold flecks of shimmer. One of their most popular shades. This is the only one out of the five I purchased that is also available in Canada.
#40 Rose The (Rose Tea) – A nearly matte, deeper plum-pink
#54 Rose Frisson (Frosted Rose) – A slightly shimmery, light pink leaning towards coral
#15 Rose Eclat (Radiant Rose) – A matte, reddish-toned pink. Fairly similar to Rose Tea, but more red than plum.
#16 Rose Coup de Foudre (Love-struck Rose) – A bright, shimmery coral.

All of these blushes work well for fair skin. I can’t decide on my favourite. If you can find them at your Shoppers Drug Mart I would check them out.

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Rimmel Lipsticks from London

In the UK, the selection of Rimmel products in the drugstore is huge. I’d never seen such a large display in Canada. Rimmel being a UK brand, I thought I would try some of their lipsticks out while I was there because there would be a greater selection. It turns out most of the shades I bought are available here. I got 3 Moisture Renew Lipsticks (6.49 pounds, 3 for 2).

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks in Nude Delight, Vintage Pink, and To Nude or Not to Nude?

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks in Nude Delight, Vintage Pink, and To Nude or Not to Nude?

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks in Nude Delight, Vintage Pink, and To Nude or Not to Nude?

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks in Nude Delight, Vintage Pink, and To Nude or Not to Nude?

Swatches: Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks in Nude Delight, Vintage Pink, and To Nude or Not to Nude?

Swatches: Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks in Nude Delight, Vintage Pink, and To Nude or Not to Nude?

Nude Delight and Vintage Pink are both available in Canada. To Nude or Not to Nude? seems to be a UK only shade.

I can understand why people like these because the selection and variety of shades is impressive and they are unique and trendy colours. The Nude Delight is a bit too orange toned for me personally, but the Vintage Pink and To Nude or Not to Nude? are both really pretty. Vintage pink is a mauvey-berry shade, and To Nude or Not to Nude? is a peachy-pink nude with a bit of shimmer.

Two things I discovered I don’t like about the Moisture Renew Lipsticks though: 1. the smell. They have a very strong, very sweet, very artificial smell. It reminds me of brightly coloured sugary candy. 2. They feel a little bit greasy on the lips. Not my favourite texture.

I also tried out one of the Lasting Finish “Kate” lipsticks in the shade 08 (5.49 pounds).

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 08

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 08

I liked this one better. It doesn’t have such a strong scent as the Moisture Renew (although it is a similar sweet type of scent). It actually reminds me of Froot Loops cereal. I think Rimmel needs to reconsider the fragrance they’re using. The formula of the Lasting Finish is much nicer; its creamier and feels better quality.

In Canada, Rimmel is available  in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, London Drugs, and Target, and online from London Drugs.

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Ipsy November Glam Bag Review

If you’re not familiar with “beauty boxes” or “beauty bags”, they are a monthly subscription service where a box, bag, or sometimes even a mailing tube of make-up and skincare samples are delivered to your door. You don’t select the products; Its a surprise and every month is different. After reviewing some of the services available in Canada (like Glossybox, Topbox, Luxe Box) and comparing prices, number of samples, and reviews, I decided to try out Ipsy’s “Glam Bags”.

I liked that you get an actual cosmetic bag every month (vs a box) as I thought they would be more useful, and they seemed to have the best selection of brands. Ipsy is $14.95 USD per month, or roughly $16.00 CND shipping included.

I subscribed in September, and I have been impressed so far that I have actually received my Glam Bag for each month in that same month, i.e I got my September Glam Bag in September, my October Glam Bag in October, etc. So they have the shipping sorted out, even for remote Canadian locations!

Here is what I received in my November Glam Bag:

Ipsy November Glam Bag

Ipsy November Glam Bag

The November theme was “Glam It Up”. It contained:

  • Nailtini nail lacquer in Cavier Cocktail (a shimmery gunmetal gray): $13
  • Pixi bronzer in Subtly Suntouched: $26
  • Glamglow mud mask: $21
  • Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn: $14
  • em Michelle Phan lash gallery lengthening mascara: $20
  • Starlooks Gem Liner in amethyst: $14

So, to buy all of these 6 products separately would be $ 108. Pretty good value for $16! I have been happy with the product selection so far.

I will keep you posted on future Glam Bags.

 

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Soap & Glory Lipstick: Who Knew?

I had seen the Soap & Glory brand in Shoppers Drug Mart, but thought it was a just skincare (moisturizers, shower gel, etc.) not a makeup brand (aside from a few, solitary plumping lip glosses). While I was in England, in Boots I was surprised to find an entire Soap & Glory makeup line! Everything from foundation to eyeshadow and some pretty sweet lipsticks. Who knew?

I picked up a Soap & Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstick Satin Finish in The Missing Pink (9.00 pounds). How cute is this retro-inspired packaging?

Soap & Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstick Satin Finish in The Missing Pink

Soap & Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstick Satin Finish in The Missing Pink

Th lipstick has a light, sort of sugary scent, but no taste. Its got a nice, moisturizing formula and finish, and is really long-wearing.

Unfortunately, Soap & Glory make-up (aside from the lip glosses) is not available in Canada. Possibly because some of the ingredients are not approved here? If you are traveling, I would highly recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

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