Monthly Archives: April 2014

Maybelline Color Elixir Review

Maybelline Color Elixir in 065 Caramel Infused

Maybelline Color Elixir in “065 Caramel Infused”

After trying and really liking Rimmel Apocalips, my non-lipgloss-loving self felt brave enough to try one of the new Maybelline Color Elixirs. I’m generally not a fan of the scent and taste of Maybelline lipsticks, but it had been a while so I thought I’d give their lip products another chance.

Unfortunately I had a familiar experience with the Color Elixir. Super cute packaging, great colour, but I could not get past the weird sweet yet oddly chemical scent and almost perfumey taste of these. I also found it to be very thick, sticky and tacky, which I know some people don’t mind or even love, but its the opposite of the consistency I like in a lip product. Its too bad because they have a fantastic shade range.

Do you agree, or are you loving the Maybelline Color Elixirs? Leave me a comment below.

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MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil Review

MAC Limited Edition Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Limited Edition Patentpolish Lip Pencil

While I was in MAC, I just had to check out the new, limited edition Patentpolish Lip Pencils. Essentially glossy, balm-like lip colour in a twist-up pencil stick, the Patentpolish Lip Pencils reminded me a little of the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains. They come in 12 shades. I picked Sultana, a “dark grape”.

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Sultana

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in “Sultana”

Swatch: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Sultana

Swatch: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in “Sultana”

It has quite a lot of pigment, yet is sheer and easy to swipe on without a mirror, which is what you want in a pencil stick like this I think. I have found it very moisturizing and not at all sticky, and also not too shiny. I am kind of sad these are only limited edition because I really like them. I’m thinking of ordering “Spontaneous” (a “soft plum with pearl”) and “Kittenish” (a “mauvey pink”) while they’re still around.

The Patentpolish Lip Pencils are $24.00 CAD.

Have you tried them yet?

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Evil Queen Regina’s Lipstick

MAC Capricious lipstick and Plum lipliner

MAC Capricious lipstick and Plum Lip Pencil

I’ve gotten hooked on watching the tv series Once Upon a Time on Netflix. Its from the creators of Lost, my previous Netflix addiction. A lot of the actors from Lost turn up on Once Upon a Time. One of the things I like most about the show is the amazing makeup and costumes. My favourite character is the “Evil Queen” Regina, played by actress Lana Parrilla. I am in love with the lipstick she wears, a deep, rich plum:

Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen Regina on Once Upon a Time

Lana Parrilla as “Evil Queen” Regina on Once Upon a Time

After several episodes spent thinking how I would love to have that shade, I googled “What lipstick does Lana Parrilla wear on Once Upon a Time?”. Turns out, someone had asked her that very same question on twitter and she answered.
lana parrilla lipstick color
MAC Capricious and Plum LiplinerMAC Capricious is a lustre that MAC describes as a “fanciful rose plum.” MAC Plum Lip Pencil is more of a brown plum. I immediately loved Plum lipliner – an instant favourite. Together they make a fantastic lip combo. The liner makes Capricious darker and gives it more of a purpley-plum undertone.

MAC Plum Lipliner

MAC Plum Lip Pencil

MAC Capricious Lipstick

MAC Capricious Lipstick

Swatches: MAC Capricious Lipstick and Plum Lip Pencil

Swatches: MAC Capricious Lipstick and Plum Lip Pencil

Now, it doesn’t look exactly the same on me as it does on her, but I still really love it. If you have fair skin and dark hair and are looking for that deep, rosy-plummy shade to give you an I-just-stepped-out-of-a-fairy-tale look, you would like this 🙂

Have you watched Once Upon a Time? Which characters’ makeup looks are you loving?

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Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Review

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer

I picked this up while I was in England. Seventeen is a UK brand that I’ve been unable to find in Canada. I was very intrigued when I saw this in Boots. Its an unusual product, that is sort of like mascara, but doesn’t have anything like a traditional mascara wand. Instead its a tiny, thin brush that you use to paint on the glossy “lash lacquer”:

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Brush

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Brush

Seventeen describes it as “a top coat for lashes”. You’re supposed to apply it over mascara and it “wraps around each lash for blacker, loaded lashes full of drama”.

There are two things I didn’t like about this product. First, I found it very difficult to apply. The applicator is so small and thin and trying to “paint” it onto my eyelashes took forever. Second, I just didn’t notice any difference at all in my lashes. I was hoping for a more intense black or even some glossiness, but it really didn’t give me any noticeable effect.

I do like the IDEA of a lash lacquer top coat. Are there other brands who do a similar product that you would recommend?

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Dupe

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow
I was sad to hit pan on some of the shades in my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, especially “Naked 2”, the one I wore most often. I really like wearing this shade all over the lid as a very natural, everyday “no makeup” makeup look. While I was in Sephora I asked the SA if UD made Naked 2 as an individual shadow. They don’t, but she was so sweet and helpful and immediately recommended another shade that she said is a very close dupe for Naked 2: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in “Cement”.

Bobbi Brown Cement Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown “Cement” Eye Shadow

Cement is described as “a grey beige” and is completely matte.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Swatches (L-R): Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

It’s extremely similar to Naked 2. Both are very light, matte, cool-toned beigey-taupes. I would say Naked 2 is a little warmer and more brown, and Cement is a little more grey.

I’m really happy with it! If there are your-lips-but-better shades, I would say this is a your-eyelids-but-better eye shadow 🙂

This is the first Bobbi Brown eye shadow I’ve tried. In Canada they’re available at SephoraMurale, and Holt Renfrew for $26.00 CAD. Now I’d like to try some other Bobbi Brown shadows. Which ones would you recommend?

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Kate’s Easter Fascinator!

I just love the dove gray Jane Taylor fascinator Kate wore on Easter Sunday:

Kate Middleton easter fascinatorThe New Zealand/Australia tour has been full of spectacular millinery so far, beginning with the fabulous Gina Foster red pillbox hat Kate wore getting off the plane:

Kate Middleton's red pillbox hat Another favourite was the powder blue Jane Taylor fascinator Kate wore while in New Zealand with the cutest leaf shape that matched her brooch:

Kate Middleton New Zealand Fascinator

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Ipsy April Glam Bag Review

April Ipsy Glam Bag: UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil, Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain glitter nail lacquer, dr. brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant, Jasmine perfume oil, and Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss

April Ipsy Glam Bag: UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil, Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain glitter nail lacquer, dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, Demeter Jasmine perfume oil, and Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss

The April Glam Bag’s theme was “Beauty Rocks” and contained products with a rock-n-roll sort of theme. The cosmetic bag was really cute, and also said “Beauty Rocks” with an image of an old vinyl record.  The bag contained 5 products, 4 of which were sample sizes:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil in “Black Velvet” (0.03 oz size): $24.00 CAD for full 0.04 oz size
  • Rainbow Honey glitter nail lacquer in “Midnight Fountain” (sample size): $11.50 CAD for full size
  • dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant (0.25 oz sample size): $90.00 CAD for 2 oz size
  • Demeter Jasmine perfume oil (o.29 sample size): $20.00 CAD for full 1 oz size. This is the first time I’ve received perfume in my Glam Bag.
  • Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss in “Berry Me”: $11.00 CAD

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

The total retail value of the April bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $156.50 CAD.

I am happy with this month’s products with the exception of the Mary Kay. I am not a fan of Mary Kay because I am allergic to their products, so I won’t be using the lip gloss. The dr. brandt is quite a high-end product. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

In Canada, Rainbow Honey nail lacquer and Demeter perfume is available through nailpolishcanada.com. Urban Decay and dr. brandt are available at Sephora. Mary Kay can be purchased through their “independent beauty consultants”.

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Buxom Lipsticks

Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks

I had never tried any of the Buxom lip products because I thought they were all that “plumping” type that causes your lips to tingle and sting that I’m not a fan of. Then I read that the Full Bodied Lipstick gives a “plumping effect without the tingle” through “encapsulated hyaluronic spheres” to “promote hydration and fullness”. They don’t contain any of the ingredients used as an irritant (like niacin, cinnamon, menthol, or ginger) that cause an inflammatory reaction.

A picked up the shade “Hooligan” a few months ago and I have been loving it, so I just got another shade, ‘Two-Timer”.
Buxom-Hooligan-Two-Timer-Lipsticks

  • Hooligan – described as “mauve plum” is just that, a rich, rosy plum
  • Two-Timer – described as an “earthy rose” is more of a peachy/orangey-brown
Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks Swatches: Hooligan & Two-Timer

Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick Swatches: Hooligan & Two-Timer

The formula of these lipsticks is so nice and creamy and moisturizing. They are opaque and not too glossy. My favourite thing of all is they smell a little like coconut. They actually contain real coconut oil, which I am obsessed with!

In Canada, Buxom is available at Sephora. The Full Bodied Lipsticks are $26.00 CAD.

Have you tried any of the other Buxom shades?

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Sephora Hair Ties

Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties and Ombre Seamless Hair Ties

Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties and Ombre Seamless Hair Ties

I have been looking for some of those trendy ribbon hair ties that come in cool patterns and colours that you can wear on your wrist,  like the Emi-Jay hair ties. They are nearly impossible to find in Canada. Then while I was visiting my sister in Halifax I saw these in Sephora. These purple Ribbon Hair Ties are so cute. I also liked the pink Ombre Seamless Hair Ties.

Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties

Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties

The Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties and Ombre Seamless Hair Ties are both $11.00 CAD each.

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Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains

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When I saw these new Balm Stains in the Wet n Wild section, they immediately reminded me of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and the Clinique Chubby Sticks. All three have the same shape and size and “twist-up” packaging.

Battle of the Balms: Wet n Wild Balm Stain compared to Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Clinique Chubby Stick

Battle of the Balms: Wet n Wild Balm Stain compared to Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Clinique Chubby Stick

I had to try them out. I picked up two of the six shades:

  • 128 Pinky Promise – a light, soft, baby pink with some shimmer
  • 126 Rico Muave – a medium, cool-toned, mauvey-pink
Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 Pinky Promise and 126 Rico Muave

Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 “Pinky Promise” and 126 “Rico Muave”

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Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 “Pinky Promise” and 126 “Rico Muave”

I think these are very similar to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (rather than the Clinique Chubby Sticks which are more of a tinted lip balm). They even have a slightly minty scent when applied like the Revlon do. I really liked the “Rico Muave” shade which REALLY stained and stayed on all day. “Pinky Promise” didn’t really work as a stain, but is still a pretty shade. I didn’t find that either of these dried out my lips or irritated them at all.

The Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains are only $3.99 CAD compared to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains which are typically $9.99 CAD. In my area, they are available at Walmart and Lawton’s Drugs. They’re also available online in Canada through Well.ca.

Have you tried them yet? Let me know what you think.

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NYX Baked Blushes: Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

How cute is the packaging on these new NYX Baked Blushes?

I am a huge fan of the regular NYX powder blushes, so I was excited when they came out with a new line of baked blushes. NYX describes them as “Baked to sheer perfection, this luxurious formula is packed full of pigments to provide a natural glow and highlight to the face.” These are definitely not matte, but are intended to be a shimmery, glowey type of blush, as baked blushes often are.

I tried three shades:

  • Ladylike: “Light pink with gold shimmer” – very accurate description.
  • Wanderlust: “Iridescent peach”. A straight-up peach once applied.
  • Chiffon: Oddly described only as “Iridescent highlight”, Chiffon is one of those blush shades I love: a brownish-pink, very “nude” type of shade.
NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush Swatches (L-R): Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush Swatches (L-R): Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

As many reviewers have mentioned, with baked products you have to break through that top layer to really get at the product. The texture was quite nice with the glaring exception of Ladylike. Ladylike is very gritty and scratchy. So I would caution that there seems to be some inconsistency with the formula; it varies depending on the shade. If you’re interested in a specific shade, look for reviews. Ladylike is a very pretty colour, but the texture is horrible which is a shame.

Wanderlust and Chiffon were very smooth and easy to apply. You can also go from sheer to building it up for a more intense colour payoff. My favourite shade is Chiffon.

I haven’t seen the new blushes in stores in Canada yet, but you can buy them through Cherry Culture for $7.69 CAD. Shipping was $15 CAD and they arrived within 10 days, which is super fast for Canada! I was also impressed with the way it was packaged. There was so much cushioney (recyclable) paper to make sure nothing got damaged.

Have you tried the new NYX blushes? What do you think?

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NYX Butter Glosses: Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

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Is it just me or does it seem like everyone has been talking about the NYX Butter Glosses lately? Maybe because they just released a bunch of new shades? In any case, I had read/watched so many recent reviews about these, I had to try them out for myself. With cute, dessert-inspired names, a sweet vanilla scent, and a lot of shades to choose from, I can understand why people are raving about these.

I’m not always a fan of the scent or taste of NYX lip products, but the Butter Glosses were surprisingly appealing.  The scent is subtle and I didn’t notice it once applied. I also didn’t notice much of a taste. I got the shades:

  • Vanilla Cream Pie: Bright mauvey-pink
  • Creme Brulee: Pale, soft pinkey-nude
  • Tiramisu: Pinkey-brown
NYX Butter Gloss Swatches L-R:  Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss Swatches L-R: Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

I really like these applied over lipliner (MAC Whirl with Tiramisu was my favourite combo so far). They aren’t too shiny or sticky like some lip glosses. Obviously they aren’t super long wearing, but I don’t mind reapplying. I think they are a unique product, and at $5.50 CAD definitely worth trying out.

I ordered mine through Cherry Culture. The shipping wasn’t bad ($15 CAD) and it arrived within 10 days, which is super fast for Canada! I also got a free lime lip balm with my order.

Have you tried any shades that you would recommend?

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Mini MAC Haul (Prism, Viva Glams, & the 116)

MAC Prism blush, Viva Glam V and VI, and 116 blush brush

MAC Prism blush, Viva Glam V and VI, and 116 blush brush

I had to reorder some MAC staples (they’ll be appearing soon in a “Most Repurchased Products” post) and I couldn’t resist adding a few new things I had been eying before placing my order.

The first thing was MAC Prism blush which I recently saw Sanni (missmai27) use in her awesome Barbarella tutorial. Prism is a muted slightly peachy, mostly pinky-brown with a completely matte finish. It is perfection for fair skin! Many people use it for contouring, but I think it works as a cheek colour too. If you’re looking for something subtle, I think you’d like Prism.

MAC Prism blush

MAC Prism blush

I also didn’t have any MAC face brushes, and finally got the MAC 116 Powder Blush Brush I had been coveting. I really like the size of this brush:

MAC 116 Powder Blush Brush

MAC 116 Powder Blush Brush

I love my Real Techniques blush brush but sometimes find it a bit big. The 116 is smaller and somewhat denser.

Every time I placed a MAC order I would check on the two Viva Glam Lipsticks that had a lustre finish (V & VI) but they always seemed to be out of stock. Lustres are my favourite MAC lipstick; they are glossier and I find them more moisturizing, easy to apply, and feel great on the lips. I was excited to finally get them.

MAC Viva Glam V and MAC Viva Glam VI

MAC Viva Glam V and MAC Viva Glam VI

MAC Vivi Glam V is described as a “neutral pink with pearl” and VI as “terracotta-plum with pearl” and (spoiler alert!) pearl means sparkle which some people may not like. Its a modest amount of sparkle (much less than MAC Naked Paris, which I find a too sparkly) and gives the shades a pretty shimmer. Viva Glam V is a pinky-brown nude on me, very natural looking. My fiance commented that he liked it and he prefers a makeup-free look 🙂 Viva Glam VI is a deeper rosey brown, but I don’t get any plum tones from it.

Swatches L-R: MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick and MAC Viva Glam VI Lipstick

Swatches L-R: MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick and MAC Viva Glam VI Lipstick

Canadian pricing info if you’re interested: MAC Powder Blush $25.00, Viva Glam Lipsticks $19.00 each, and MAC 116 Powder Blush Brush $42.00.

Excuse my nails in these pics! This winter has been brutal and just won’t end (we’re still having snow days) and they are totally dried out and brittle. If anyone has any suggestions for a hydrating or rejuvenating nail treatment, please let me know.

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Review of LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

A sample size of the LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer came with my LORAC Pro Palette. Eyeshadow primer pretty much changed my life (well my makeup life anyway, lol) but they are not all created equally. I love my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, so I wouldn’t have gone out specifically in search of a new eye primer.

I have tried to give this one a good go, but I have to say I really don’t care for it. I don’t think it works very well at all. My eyeshadows were creasing midway through the day and it didn’t help them stay put at all. I felt like I might as well of not used a primer. I would recommend the Too Faced or the Urban Decay Primer Potion for sure over the LORAC. They are all the same price, $24.00 CAD, although you do get more in the LORAC tube (0.5 oz VS the 0.35 oz Too Faced and 0.37 oz UD). This is my first disappointing experience with a LORAC product.

You can buy LORAC in Canada through the Nordstrom website which ships using Borderfree. Check out my post about my good experience with Borderfree.

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