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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review: Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

Up for review today, we have Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, all that name for what really is just a cleanser... Anyhow, this product is soap free, oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (I would hope so on the last one, as it is a cleanser.) I recieved this cleanser last year as part of Elle magazine's Beauty Grand Prix. I was selected to test a boat load of products in the facial cleanser, hand cream, and body scrub categories. I am super bummed that I missed out on the sign up this year as it was a blast to try everything. The products I recived were all wrapped in a silver "Elle" motiff plastic, which I was forced to remove after testing was finished as they never sent me a list of what I used (that is why my tube has indents!)

"Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub helps improve skin tone, texture, and clarity to reveal brighter, more radient skin. This unique formula combines smooth, round microbeads with moisture-rich soy extracts to gently exfoliate and remove complexion dulling impurities while you cleanse. Good for everyday use and gentle enough for sensitive skin, Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub leaves skin looking and feeling cleaner, smoother and radiently healthy" From package.

I liked that this cleaner has the scrub factor built right in, but there is not enough scrub action for me to not use my usual 2-3 time weekly scrub. That said this is a nice cleanser. It clenses really well and is gentle on your skin. Skin feels clean, and smooth without that irritating tightness you can get when cleansers are too strong. The scrubbers in this cleanser are as they say "micro" and can barely be seen in the product and aren't really felt on the skin until you start to rub the cleanser on. This cleanser rinses cleanly and easily, thanks to the fact that it is soap free. I have to say that as for the claims that this cleanser will make you skin tone more even and brighten your complexion... didn't happen here, but I didn't actually believe it would, so...there you go. All in all this is a great product and worth a try.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rewiew: Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen

I have had this little guy for a while, but only ever used it a few times. I'm not too sure why I don't use it more often as it is pretty great. I love how a properly applied liquid eyeliner can do such great things for your eyes (read: huge eyes.) This Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen retails for aaprox. $11 but I was lucky enough to win mine from Chick Advisor when they had their Birthday giveaway some time ago.

Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Very Black, open eyes

Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Very Black, closed eyes

Yes, more bespecticaled photos... I always take a bunch (some with my glasses, some without) and these ones were the best. I got these glasses just a few months ago, and when I picked them I didn't realize how much of a shadow they would cast on my eyes. I am so blind without them, it was hard to see what they looked like on in the office. Anyway, It has made me have to change how I do my makeup, as a lot of detail doesn't alway look right. I think a simple look with liquid liner will probably be one of my go to's from now on. Now that I am completly off topic, back to your regularly scheduled review...

Pen tip, firm but flexible

In my opinion liquid eyeliners should only ever be sold in black. As I'm sure you know, black liner has the ability to open your eyes and make your lashes look longer. Of course, you can over do it or do it wrong, but a liquid liner can be your bestest bud, once you know your way around.

The type of application can make a huge difference in how easy liquid liner applies, and while I have a steady hand and can put on any type, I would say a pen style (like this one) is the best if you are new to the product. The pen tip on this product is firm, but flexible kind of like a paint brush, and has a fine end. It is very easy to get just a thin line, buy using only the tip, but I like to start thin by applying with the tip and then as I get toward the outer portion of my eye use more up the side of the pen to get a thicker line. Unlike some pens that I have used, this one is consistent in the flow of the product. You don't have to stop to shake it to get more liner in the pen.

While this product does not claim to be waterproof, I found it to be completely smudge proof an lasted well all day, even when applied on top of a creme eyeliner (as I did today.) Removal was easy and it did not stain my skin. Overall a great liquid liner.

Have you used this product? What is your favourite liquid liner?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Review: Balea 3 in 1 Cleansing Cloths


I have bought these a few times, and thought I might be a novel idea to review them too. These Balea 3 in 1 Cleansing Cloths are available at Shopper's Drug Mart (exclusively, I think) and are about $9 full price, but I keep seeing them at $5.99. Who doesn't love a bargain?


Package label

As you can see from the name, these pre-moistened cleansing cloths are 3 in 1, meaning they moisturize and can be used for the face and eye area. These work great for removing eye makeup (except waterproof formulas) and do not cause any stinging or irritation. They remove makeup well too and leave your skin feeling quite clean. I only use these to remove makeup beofre cleansing, as I don't think that a cloth (no matter how good the quality) can clean like a proper wash, but I like to use a wipe to remove my makeup so my cleanser can do just that; cleanse. Your cleanser isn't going to be able to do a full job if it is trying to cut through your makeup too.


Cloth close up, see the "nubs"

I like that these cloths come in not only the typical plastic pouch, but the pouch comes inside a tight closing plastic despenser. As for the individual cloth, they have a smooth side, and a textured side with round "nubs" for removing makeup. I found that the first time I used them, the first half of the wipes seemed a bit dry, but the second half was perfectly wet. So, this time when I opened the package I stored it upside down until I got to about the middle. This redistributed the liquid perfectly. These are a great value, as you get 60 in the package, which is more than most brands give you per package.

Have you tried these wipes? What did you think?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Great Mascara Round-Up: Week 2


I admittedly, am a tad late with this, but I am sure you'll deal. Last week was my first week with mascara number three Revlon's GrowLusicious, but the week before that I used Maybelline's The Falsies as my mascara for the week.

The Falsies claims to make "More visible lashes, Fill in gaps, and add Instant volume" with it's "Unique flexible wand (that) helpsto lift a d separate lashes to provide the look of more lashes. Patented Spoon brush and Kera-fiber formula instantly builds 5x more volume without clumping to complete the false look." From package

Brush detail

I got this mascara in the waterproof formula, because from time to time there is a need for a waterproof mascara, and when I bought this I didn't have one. I have to say that I have a love hate relationship with waterproof mascara; I love the fact that it is waterproof, but I hate that it is so hard to get off. I am still looking for the perfect waterproof makeup remover. Any suggestions? I accidentally bought this in brownish black instead of black, but it goes on dark, dark enough that is looks like a regular black.

Left lashes: the Falsies v.s Right lashes: naked

When I started my round-up I thought that this would be my favourite of the bunch, but now that I have used it I'm not so sure. Granted, it is an alright mascara. I don't really have any negative comments, but let's be serious; it will not look like false lashes. I knew it wouldn't, I mean how can they fill gaps? Mascara can't grab onto lashes that were never there in the first place (shocker!) As I said, this isn't a bad mascara, but it can't do what they claim it can, and really, no mascara can. I was prepared to say that I liked the way it lenghted but not the fact that it was lacking in the volume department, but after reviewing my photo I can say that I am happy with the volume it added. The only thing I would change about this mascara is that I found the formula to be quite wet. To apply it the way the package suggests "hold brush with spoon side against lashes and sweep from root to tip" I end up with little wet mascara freckles. Overall thought a good mascara. The spoon brush doesn't really matter to me, but I liked the slim tip as it made it super easy to get to all the bitty lashes.

Have you used this mascara? What did you think?







Sunday, August 15, 2010

Review: Mark Lip Click

From left to right: Malt, Bare Hug, Sweetie Pie, Baby Luv, Coral Fixation


Mark (by Avon) has recently introduced a new line of lipsticks... er Lip Clicks as they call them. The name is warranted, as the tubes have a metal ring and the lid has a magnet so when you close it, it "clicks."

"Get this magnetic lipstick that clicks in every way- super coverage, super luscious. Leaves lips moisturized and contains vitamin e." From box.

I have to admit that I am not really a lipstick wearer. Sure I have them, and I like them in theory, but all too often they are just too much hassle. Your lips have to be perfectly moisturized to get a good finish, and then they end up drying your lips or wearing away and leaving your lips half coloured half not. Ugh, gloss is so much less to think about. But, when I saw these I really liked the colours, and all but one (out of the ones I chose) has any shimmer. I love a creme, so I had to at least try them. These lipsticks are pretty much amazing! For these photos I had no lip balm or gloss whatsoever and you can see the shine they give off. They apply smoothly, and have an almost opaque cover, but can be applied lightly for a more sheer cover. They feel like lip balm and wear well. They last about as long as your average lipstick and wear away evenly, so a least your lips look normal.


Malt

When I was picking the colours I wanted I almost didn't get this one because it looked very brown, but after trying it I am so glad I got it, as it is a rather neutral brown with a slightly mauve under tone. I think it will be a great fall colour.

Bare Hug

This is a traditional looking nude in the tube, but has a very slight peach tone to it. It is very flattering.

Sweetie Pie

This was colour was my first choice out of all; it is a blue based baby pink. It has a natural pink tone to it on and seems to be a universally flattering. This colour wears very well, as I have had wear problems with colours like this that have a tenancy to settle too much in lip lines.

Baby Luv

I wasn't as into this colour, as it has shimmer, and actually got it by accident. But now that I have worn it, I don't mind it. It is a pink with a slight mauve undertone and shimmer. It wears relatively well, but you do get a bit of "glitter lip" as it wears away.


Coral Fixation

I have to say, normally I would never pick a coral colour, but it looked so good in the tube I had to try it. As you can see in my blurry photo the colour is vibrant without being over the top. I wish I had gotten this earlier in the summer, as it is a perfect summer shade. I liked that with this colour you have a lot of options as to how bright you want it, as you can layer it for a brighter coral or wear it light for just a wash.

I highly recommend picking a few of these up. At $10 each they are an alright price and can be purchased from your local Avon lady or online at Avon.ca

I have to be honest, I sell Avon so I did get a discount on these, but even so my review is 100% honest. If you are thinking of purchasing from Avon.ca and would like me to be your "virtual" representative leave me a comment with a way to get in contact with you (ie email or blog link) as you need to enter my phone number. Then your order will show on my sales history.
It is just like shopping from a rep. but it gets sent to you. Standard shipping is $5.95 across Canada.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Review: Benefit "Stay Put" Set

Benefit "Stay Put" Set nicely packaged

I got this in my Sephora order a few weeks ago, and have been using it pretty steadily since. I am not going to lie... I love it!

So, I should start with the stats... This is little (yeah, it is quite little.) Every time I order from Sephora I always tell myself "It'll be smaller than you think" but then it gets here and I always end up thinking "It's smaller than I thought." As you can see in the photos below, all three products fit neatly in my hand (and I have been told I have small hands.) But for the $13 spent, this was well worth it.

The "homes" of the mini products

Surprisingly the Erase Paste is only 0.4 oz. smaller than full size

What you get are three mini versions of some rather popular Benefit products: Stay Don't Stray Primer, Erase Paste concealer, and Creaseless Creme Eyeshadow in R.S.V.P. I mainly bought this to try the Erase Paste, which I have wanted to try for quite some time, but haven't been so pumped about spending $35 for it.


The swatches

On to the actual review, shall we?

Stay Don't Stray
This primer is... well, go grab a thesaurus and look up the word good. Combine all words to make one super word. That is the level this primer is on. Now, I am skeptical of pretty much everything before I try it, and I was ready to not like this product. I am happy that I didn't have to (not like it, that is.) This primer is a bit more unique than your average eye primer as it can be used for "360 degree" application. Meaning, it can be used anywhere around the eye. On the lid to prime for eyeshadow and under the eye to prime for concealer. This is also a tinted product (love that!) and if you are on the pale side, such as myself, you can probably get away with a dab of this to perfect your lids on the days you don't want to wear too much makeup. I have thoroughly tested this product with Erase Paste and the cream shadow that came in the set. It is an excellent addition to Erase Paste, as I found when I used it without the primer I had some creasing issues. As for the creaseless shadow, you can probably skip the primer. I did and had virtually no creasing whatsoever. I used this primer with a few shadows I love, but crease. After a long days wear I was amazed that the primer was able to keep them in perfectly smooth and creaseless condition. The full size product is in a pump dispenser, while this mini version is styled like a lip gloss with a sponge tip. I like the sponge tip idea, as it is very easy to apply exactly how much you need... which isn't much, as a little goes a long way.

Erase Paste
The entire reason I bought this little trio. There was no option for shade choice in the set, so I ended up with medium no.2 even though I would have liked light no.1. I was a bit worried the colour would be too orange, as I have read a few reviews complaining about the colour. When I first opened it and swatched it on my hand it looked more like peach blush than concealer, but I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it on under my eyes and had a perfect match. With the name paste, I expected this concealer to be really thick and hard, but it is smoother and creamier and applies very easily. Much like the primer, you don't need much, and I have a feeling this little pot will last me quite a while. Without the primer under this product I did experience my fair share of creasing, so for the best results use a good primer first. I can't say how happy I am with how well this product covers. It looks like you've had a magnificent night's sleep and are perfectly rested (even when you totally aren't.) A great product!

Creaseless Creme Eyeshadow in R.S.V.P
I have to say that I tend to avoid creme eyeshadows. Sure they may look great, be easy to apply, but they always crease. But wait, could it be true? You guessed it, this little gem is true to its name sake: it doesn't crease! I tried this product both with primer and without and had the same result both times; no creasing. The colour is a beigy-champagne colour with a hint of shimmer, a universal tone anyone can wear. I have been wearing it a lot since I got it, and like how you can change it up so easily by blending in another colour or using a uniquely coloured liner.

The idea of having so many "mini" options is ingenious, as it is such a safe way to try their products without spending a ton of money. I wish they had sets of the mini creme eyshadows. Their "mini" is actually pretty big considering how little you need. I'd like to try a few more colours, but at the $19 american each, I probably won't.

I think my next Benefit purchases will be the full size "Stay Don't Stray" Primer and the "Confessions of a Concealaholic" kit. It looks like pretty good bang for your buck. I feel I'm going to become a major Benefit fan...



In Wal-Mart I picked up this little concealer brush for my Erase Paste, as my brush collection, while functional, did not include one. I picked this SpaRitual brush up for $2, and am really happy with the quality. I glanced at the back fast in the store and thought it said "made in Canada" bonus! But of course, when I got it home and read the fine print it actually said "designed in Canada" with "made in China" way below. Huh. Anyhow, the quality is pretty great. The bristles are smooth and soft, but firm enough to apply creme products. I even use this brush to apply creme eyeshadow (hey if it works, right?) I have already washed it a few times, and after drying it is just as nice as when I first took it out of the package. Overall, well worth the $2.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Joe Fresh Mini Haul & Review


I stopped in at Real Canadian Super Store today to pick up a few things, and of course I happened to pass by the Joe Fresh stuff. I also just happened to pick up a few things. The nail polish was almost all gone, so I passed on that, but I did have a look at the cream blush. Joe Fresh cream blush was selected as on of Chickadvisor's top 10 cream blushes and I thought why not take a little gander. I don't really need any blush, but I picked up the "nude" which is really close to colourless, but it has a nice neutral shimmer. Wait, is that possible? Neutral shimmer, seems a bit like an oxymoron really, but whatever. I bought this to use as a highlighter of sorts. I don't use highlighter, but after reading this tutorial I thought I might have to give it a start. I felt better spending the $4 on the Joe Fresh stuff as opposed to the $20 something for Benefit High Beam. At least if I end up not using it I'm not out much. As you can see from the swatch below, it does have a similar look to High Beam, but less intense.

Joe Fresh cream blush in nude

I also picked up a Joe Fresh lip gloss, another item I really didn't need but they had $2 off coupons (good until August 13th) so, you know... I had to get one. Regular price is $8, so I got mine for $6 which isn't too bad at all. I was tempted to go with nude as I have been on a nude kick lately, but I made myself pick something a bit different than my usual, so I went with sheer pink which is a sheer pink... go figure.

Joe Fresh lip gloss in Sheer Pink in tube and on lips

Actually, it isn't as sheer as I thought it would be (based on the name) but that is just fine, as I really like how the colour wears. The formula is a bit on the sticky side, but not uncomfortable. It is fairly long lasting thanks to the sticky-ness, but it is really hard to eat with it on. It just feels wrong. I took it off to eat and just re-applied it after. I like that it has a little brush instead of your typical sponge applicator, it gives it a nice touch and you get a bit more control.


And since I finished my scrub that I keep in the shower this morning, I took a quick trip down the cleanser/ moisturizer/ face aisle. I found this scrub that seemed pretty perfect for me. It is a scrub (love) that is made specifically for in the shower (where I scrub 85% of the time already.)

" In shower facial is specially formulated to work with the steam of your shower to clean deep down to the pores and lift away dirt, oil, and impurities leaving you feeling like you just got a facial. This formula with vitamin C, ginsing and an invigorating citrus scent awakens your senses to jump start your day." From tube. I tested a bit on my hand just to see what the texure and scent were like... teture seemed good, relatively grain (I hate a scrub that doesn't feel like a scrub) but the scent was reminiscent of the citrus scent bathroom cleaners have. That fake chemically scent. I hope when I use it in the shower it somehow smells a bit better. We'll see.



Great Mascara Round-Up: Week 1


Well, this week was crazy, as you can see by my lack of posts, but I was hard at work. Okay, so it wasn't hard, but I did it. For the past week, I used Cover Girl's Lash Blast Fusion as my mascara. All in the name of science.. er blogging?

So I guess I will start at the beginning (best place I suppose.) I bought mine at Pharmasave for $8.99. I initially thought it was on sale for $6.99 but someone put the sale flags in the wrong spot. Boo! The tube is purple (shows more blue in my photo) and is wider around than your average mascara tube. The brush is a bit different too: it isn't as tapered as your average brush. It has a more simplistic rectangular shape, actually it is pretty much the same as Avon's Super Shock brush. This brush also has stubby, short bristles. The brush made me a little worrisome as to how application would be, as I had terrible luck with Avon's.

Left: wearing Lash Blast Fusion Right: naked lashes

What Cover Girl says: "Use Lash Blast Fusion to get a blast of volume plus incredible length! It's the perfect fusion of Lash Blast's super-volumizing brush and buildable fiber stretch lengthening formula that will work together for dense, long looking lashes!" From package.

First off, forgive me for the bespectacled photo, but after trying a million different ways to get a good shot, I gave up. Then took one more just in case. I happened to have put my glasses back on at that point, and go figure, this was the best picture. As you can see I does lengthen and add a bit of volume too. I accidentally smudged it after I applied it, but it goes on nicely overall. I had no issues with clumping on the lash during application, but it started to make my lashes stick together rather easily, which one has to watch out for to avoid uni-lash. And as for the buildability, this mascara does not fair any better than your average, when I tried building it up on my right eye (the lashes are a bit shorter on that side) I ran into a bit of a mess. With one good coat though, there were no problems, and you can feel that the mascara has a smoother texture when you feel it (once dry of course.) Overall wear was good. I had very slight flaking a few of the days, but they were on the longest days I wore it and it was rather hot too.

All in all I would grade this mascara a B. It does the job okay, no real issues, but at the same time it wasn't fantastically wonderful either. My mascara for this coming week is Maybelline's The Falsies. Stay tuned for my results!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

*Closed*A Very Merry Unbirthday to You! - Giveaway*Closed*



Sorry... entries for this giveaway are no longer being accepted, but be sure to check back soon for the next one :D

To you, to you, no you... well that could go on forever couldn't it? Anyhow, I would like to grant one lucky follower's unbirthday wish by sending them this glorious gift. Since I missed my birthday, and my blog's...well, I am not even sure when it is, so what better time then now?

Want to know what is up for grabs?
  • Books "Oh La La Perfect Hair" and "Oh La La Perfect Makeup"
  • Mario Badescu Travel set with Summer Shine Lotion, AHA Botanical Body Soap, and Hydrating Hand Cream
  • St. Ives Restore 24 Hour Moisture Advanced Body Moisturizer
  • Upper Canada Soap All About Feet Peppermint Warming Foot Scrub
  • Philosophy Amazing Grace Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel (Mini)
  • Pantene Medium-Thick Frizzy to Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner (Travel Size)
  • Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Makeup Remover + Anti-Wrinkle Treatment
  • ELF Tools Mechanical Eyelash Curler
  • Essie nail polish #90 Really Red
  • Very Cherry Pedicure Set
  • Quo All Over Colour Stick in Venus
  • Quo Jumbo Lipgloss Stick in Pink Petal
  • Avon Super Extend Mascara
  • Avon Super-Curlacious Mascara
  • Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Khaki
  • Nail Art stones
  • Cake Winter Wonderlips Lipgloss in Ginerbread
  • Smackers F'Lip Juicees in Sugar Splash
  • NYC Lip Sliders Tinted Lip Balm in Sugar Fairy
  • "Beauty Rest" Sleep Mask
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Colour Pearls eye shadows in Tantalizing Teal and Silver Starlet
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Quads in Copper Chic, Sapphire Siren, and Spirited Seas
  • Baskin Robbins Vanilla Ice Cream Hard Candies
  • annnd it all comes in a super cute "Recyling" Tatoo canvas tote!
How do you enter you ask?
  1. Become a follower, already a follower? Excellent! Leave a comment telling me what your ultimate unbirthday gift would be along with your email or blog link so I can contact you if you win (2 entries) Why 2? because I'm nice like that. That's it.
Want extra entries (of course you do!)
  1. Blog about this or add it to your blog in some way (with the photo) linking back to this post (4 entries) Leave me the link to your blog in your comment
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  3. Leave a comment on any post on my blog (no, this post does not count, smarty pants) (2 entries) No need to tell me in your comment here, I'll see it.
Rules
So, I hate to bring the party down, but there are a few other items that have to be gone over... Who can enter? Anyone who follows is eligible (ie international.) If you are under 18, please ask permission of your parents first. I am relatively broke, so a lawsuit is the last thing I need. Also, if it appears that your blog is running soley for you to enter blog giveaways such as this, I will not add your entries into the draw. Max 10 entries per person. Entries will be accepted until Sept.7th 2010. Winner will be chosen using Random.org.


Monday, August 2, 2010

July Faves


I hate to sound cliche, but I can't believe that July is over already. I thought that I would wrap it up with a review of a few of my favourite products of the month. I usually don't do these, but I love reading them on other blogs, so I should really do my own. Here we go:

I picked this brush up on a whim and I am so glad that I did! Before I used those wedges, I know, I know. I am one of the "greenest" people I know, but when it came to my foundation I used wedges. This brush is perfect. The handle is bamboo (go figure) and the bristles are made from a synthetic called Taklon, and they are super soft. Foundation applies like a dream; even and smoothly. I am really happy with this brush and will be buying others for my collection.

This is another product that I got in my Summer Beauty Bag from the Shopping Channel. The brand (100% Pure) is the first to use only fruit and vegetable pigments for their products. First off this mascara smells so good! It has a sweet fruity blueberry scent, which comes from the fact that a majority of the ingredients are fruit derived. Aside from being a natural product, this mascara wears really well too. It lengthens really well, which I was skeptical if it could work as well as your average non-natural variety does. Overall an excellent product. I had a tad bit of flakes by the end of the day, but it was very minimal, and with it being so hot, I don't blame the product. I will surely be trying out other 100% Pure Products in the future.

I picked this up during the last sale and am soo happy I did! Desserted Island is a Tahitian coconut and vanilla scented dream. I love anything vanilla, and am a cocnut fan too, so it was a no brainer that I pick this up. I did get the shower froth in the matching scent too. The mousse is thicker than your typical lotion, but thinner than body butter and applies well. It isn't greasy and absorbs quickly. I love that the scent lingers on your skin after applying too. 

This is a nail treatment for " severe problem nails" but I really just got it for one nail that keeps splitting near the tip. It was really annoying as I have always had strong healthy nails, and I always had to be careful not to damage it more. So I picked up a bottle of this treatment, even thought I didn't expect it to do anything. To my suprise it has works really well. I use it on all of my nails and they are all stronger than ever, and my one problem nail, is well... no longer a problem.

This is a great prodcut, that seems to be pretty similar to MAC Fix + Rose. Full review coming soon.

This was another spur of the moment purchase that was inspired by the clearance bin at my local Pharmasave. I almost didn't buy this, but I am really pleased that I did. Full review coming soon.

This is (in my opinion anyway) the perfect blush, especially for summer. I know a lot of people go with bronzer for their glow, but I have never been a bronzer type of gal. This creme blush is the perfect pink that makes you look fresh and dare I say youthful. See my full review here.

These two products are out of the Benefit to go Stay Put Set that I picked up from Sephora. Although I didn't start using this until the later part of the month I had to include it becasue it has quickly become a favourite. Stay Don't Stray primer in particular... amazing! Both products work so well! Full review and photos coming soon.

I originally went looking for Birthday Suit a brown based nude, but surprise surprise Shopper's didn't have it. My heart wasn't completely set on it, so I a made a compromise and went with Airy Fairy and pink based nude. I don't wear much lipstick, as I tend to be a lip gloss type of gal, but I have found myself drawn to lip stick lately so I went for it. I am really happy with the colour and the wear. More of a review and a swatch to follow soon.

Longest post ever?  What were your July faves?



Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Great Mascara Round Up - Drug Store Edition


With a new month just starting, I thought it would be a perfect time to put a little idea that I had into effect... for one month test out a different mascara each week and then compare them all and the end of the month. I thought that I would stick to drug store brands as you can usually find a good product for $5-12 and there are so many options. Today I set out to find my picks. I came across the Maybelline section first, where I picked up The Falsies, which I have wanted to try for a while now. Next came Covergirl. I went with their newest Lash Blast; Lash Blast Fusion. Then came Revlon, I found Revlon to be one of the more expensive brands out of those that I looked at, but their new GrowLusious was not only on sale, but it came with a bonus revlon eye liner. So, I now have my three subjects, only to realize that there are actually four weeks in August... it works out though, I will give the Revlon GrowLusious an extra week to test if it really does imporove the length of my lashes as it claims.