Monday, April 23, 2012

Bucket List

Sorry I've been MIA the past month. The past month has been...exhausting. My shift changed at work and now I start at 6 in the morning; trying to hang out with friends as much as possible without passing out on them because of the exhaustion; making the most of my day, etc etc. Not an excuse but just a small explanation.


This month I also thought a lot about the future. I usually do, and it's one of my flaws: being so worried about it that I forget to live in the present. But it's not bad all the time.
I started writing my bucket list. Yes, I'm worried about the future but this gives me something exciting to look forward to and I thought I'd share some of it with you:
  •  See a shooting star
  • Visit NYC
  • Swim with dophins
  • Go to the airport and take the next plane out
  • Ride a donkey up a side of the hill in Greece
  • Go on a yoga retreat
What's on your bucket list? I'd love to know!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Haul & Mini Review

I put myself on a shopping ban for the month of March.
I failed on day 1.
Then I tried to justify it by saying February was really short so day 1 doesn't count. But then I went out and bought stuff on day 3. SUPER FAIL.

Trying again in April...

But I'm super excited about the things I got! A lot of the stuff I bought is because Rhonda of .dotlash had mentioned them in her February favourites and her recent haul. Her videos & blog posts are bad for my wallet (Haha, just kidding Rhonda!! <3). First were these Loreal Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadows. Great reviews on YouTube about these but every time I went to a drugstore, the testers were always so gross and unappealing. Rhonda talked about how amazing they were and then they were on sale at London Drugs for $5.99 when reguarly they were +$10 so I had to try them out.

I love Hourglass Beige. It's a perfect everyday lid colour. The other colour I picked up was Permanent Khaki because I love wearing greens and this one is absolutely gorgeous. I do find them a little hard to apply but still amazing. The little plug that it comes with is annoying though.

Revlon Lip Butters which I have talked about before. Picked up some other colours: Cupcake, Strawberry Shortcake and Cremesicle (because of Rhonda again!)

Left to right: Strawberry Shortcake, Cupcake and Milani Eyeliner
Cremesicle not shown because my friend picked it up for me while she was in the states (thank you!!) and I haven't seen her yet.

My friend, Simon went to Hong Kong recently and I asked him to pick up the Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream because I have heard amazing reviews on this. Although a bit pricey (~$35CAD), it's completely worth it. I am IN LOVE with this product. A more in-depth review will come shortly. Thanks Simon!

Milani Liquif'eye Eyeliner. I have heard amazing things about this eyeliner but it's super hard to find in Canada. FINALLY found one at Superstore. So smooth and creamy, probably the blackest black I have ever found and at $5.99 you can't go wrong with it. Unfortunately for my oily and watery eyes, I get raccoon eyes after about 5 hours.

Wet & Wild Single Eyeshadow in creme brule. I can't get enough of W&W products, great quality products for crazy prices. This colour is way too close to my skin tone though so I use it as a blending colour.

Revlon Nail Polish in Sparkling. Super pretty but I realize it's quite similar to my Essie Cut in Stone.

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I forgot to take this photo when I was taking photos for this post... and then I got too lazy to take the photo and upload it to my computer, then to this blog. Yea, I'm pretty lazy sometimes. Does this happen to any other bloggers out there?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March Topbox

I have been on the wait list for Topbox since November, and it was definitely worth the wait. I love the packaging because it fits in my little mailbox perfectly so I don't need to go elsewhere to pick up the package or worry that they'll just leave it in the lobby. Shipping was pretty quick, but it can only be so fast with Canada Post.

For $10 a month, this Topbox was definitely worth it. As for my Luxe Box? Been having terrible experience with it, unfortunately. Receiving the same products month after month. Maybe I'll post what I got in that if it's worth it but for the past couple of months it hasn't been worth sharing.

Anyway, ending rant... moving onto better things!

This month I received:

Cargo Cosmetics Eyeshadow (full size) in Cannes
Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner packages
mark. Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain (full size) in Frilly
mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Shocking Purple and Tickled Pink
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

Sunday, February 26, 2012

On the Hunt Again

Being the weird foundation addict I am, I'm on the hunt again for the perfect foundation. I still absolutely am in love with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation, however, even for a "light" foundation, I still find it a little too thick for an everyday use. I'm looking for something with a satin finish but with great oil control.

First up on the hunt...

Nars Sheer Glow

"This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow." via Sephora

Pros: Super lightweight, easy to blend, looks great on the skin
Cons: Can be cakey if you're not careful and not very good with oil control
Overall Impression: Great reviews on this but it just wasn't for me. I really wanted to love it but I couldn't. It's a sheer coverage but if you want to build it up, you start to look cakey. A couple hours of wear and you will start to look like an oil slick too. Or at least I did.

Moving on...

Lancome Teint Miracle

"This oil-free, fragrance-free formula with SPF 15 sunscreen is made with LancĂ´me's Aura-Inside™ technology, which recreates the true, natural light of perfect skin. Its lightweight texture enriched with soothing rose extract provides 18 hours of hydration and sheer to moderate coverage for a natural finish without a cakey effect. It creates a complexion that looks beautifully bare and lit from within." via Sephora

Pros: Lightweight, okay oil control
Cons: Power-y & cake-y looking
Overall Impression: Been only trying this out for 2 days and I can already tell I don't like it. It has great claims but I just don't see it. My skin is combination, with T zone being a little oily and cheeks having dry patches. It really accentuates the dry patches even though it's suppose to be hydrating.

So far been only trying out these two. Any recommendations? I know I sound picky but if I'm going to be spending so much on a foundation, then I better love it!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I’m embarrassed to admit how many hours I waste of my life watching beauty videos on YouTube. I know a ton of people hate watching haul videos but they’re my guilty pleasure. But of course, after watching a haul, instead of just merely living vicariously through them, I run out to the store first thing I can to buy it. Terrible, I know.

Here are a few new products that I picked up thanks to YouTube. All these products have had quite a bit of hype and some I agree with and some I don’t.

Sigma Sigmax Brushes – a lot of gurus have talked about how amazing these brushes are and I had to try them out. I’ve owned a flat top kabuki brush before and loved it but it wasn’t thick enough to apply foundation. These are AMAZING. I use the flat top one to apply my foundation and it smoothes it out beautifully. I did find that it does pick up some of my product so I end up having to use more than if I were to use my fingers – but I think that’s a given. The angled one is perfect for blush. After I started using this brush for blush, I’ve received so many compliments on how my blush looks. It applies it beautifully and even though I’ve used other angled brushes to apply previously, this one picks up just the right amount. (No photo because my brushes were really embarrassingly dirty)

Maybelline Baby Lips – Don’t buy this in Canada, or at least not at Shoppers Drug Mart. Being the loser I am, I bought these… at $7.99 or $6.99 when they are only about $2-$4 in the states. Ridiculous, I know. I also bought them at Shoppers which is even more expensive than most other drugstores. I was impressed with the color pay off with the pink one but the nude one is very sheer. They smell great but isn’t as moisturizing as I would like a lip balm to be.

Revlon Lip Butters – Soooooo much hype about these and I’m not sure if it was worth it. Yes, they are great. Great colour pay off on some of them and smoothing but no need to run out and pick up every single colour like every guru did on YouTube. I think their lipsticks are just as great and smoothing as well so not sure why there was such a big hype with these ones. Maybe it’s because it’s supposed to be lip butter and not lipstick?

Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoos – AMAZING. All I have to say. Actually, I could probably go on and on about how amazing these are. Stays put all day, beautiful colours. I only have 2 of them but definitely will pick up more. I know they are suppose to be a dupe for Mac Paint Pots but I’ve never tried Mac Paint Pots so can’t really compare. But compared to other cream shadows in a pot like these ones, they are so worth it. NTS: need to run out and pick up Bad to the Bronze ASAP.

The Naked 2 Palette - My friend Annie picked this up for me because she is awesome. At first I was hesitant about keeping it because I already had the first one but I don't regret it one bit.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top 11 of 2011

It’s been awhile since my last post but life got in the way. Hopefully I’ll be able to post more this year but I always say that… I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year!

Anyway on to the post… I wanted to start 2012 with my top 11 products of 2011. 2011 was the year I really started becoming obsessed with makeup and beauty products. I tried a lot of products and actually had a hard time narrowing it down to 11. I can tell you that 2012 will be even worse for my addiction as I have already bought tons of new products and it is only January. (Sorry wallet!)

In no particular order, here are my top 11 products of 2011:

  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation
  2. Estee Lauder Plum Nuance Blush
  3. Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
  4. Revlon Soft Nude Lipstick
  5. Rimmel 24 Hour Foundation
  6. Queene Helene Mint Julep Mask
  7. Scrubbing pad
  8. Aveeno Lip Balm
  9. Stila Smudge Pots
  10. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Strawberry Creme
  11. Dollywink Eye liner

I’d love to know what your favourite products for 2011 were. I’m excited to talk about the new products I recently got which will probably make it to my favourites of 2012 next year. Stay tuned for my next post on them!

I actually had photos of each of the products but I failed at uploading them...