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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sally Hansen Gel Polish

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I do my nails a lot. Partly because I like to change things but mostly because most polish only lasts 3-4 days on my nails. It can be annoying, but with so many brands offering at home gel polishes that claim to last up to two weeks it seems there could finally be a solution. For the past few weeks I've been testing Sally Hansen Gel Polish to see if it really could last two weeks. My results? Read on!

Mark. Spring 2014 Vol. 2

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It's been a rainy dull day here, so it only seems appropriate to chat about some brighter Spring hued products, right? Mark. have been incredibly productive and released even more Spring themed goodies (see my other mark. Spring post here) including the mark. Blooming Pretty Highlighting Face Palette, Colour Swing Mix it up Eye Compact and Nail this Look Set. Read on!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 7

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  • Slashed Beauty: If you're struggling with dry hair, you might be washing it all wrong. Learn about co-washing & its benefits!
  • I Know all the Words: Love fresh and fruity scents? The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry range aims to please!
  • TheFabZilla: Still on purple lippy spree, Kathryne from TheFabZilla drenched her lips with Milani Violet Volt and Violet Addict. Skip or buy? find out!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Rose Desire and Rose Caprice are perfect choices for those who love gorgeous nudes and pinks that are moisturizing and luxe!
  • My Highest Self: Hair care that repels water? Get all the details in Tina's review of the Nexxus Color Assure Sulfate-Free System for Hair!
  • Friday, April 25, 2014

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder | Mood Light

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    I've been going around humming Lorde's Still Sane to myself because, well because today is my birthday and it's the one day of the year I can sing that and have it be true. Duh. Since it is my birthday, I thought it was only fitting that I review a little something I got for my birthday from my amazing mom.  That something is an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light. Read on!

    Essence Bloom Me Up! Collection | Mono Eyeshadows & Shimmer Powder

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    Today, well yesterday by now, was one fail of a day for me. I felt less than and in turn everything I attempted ended up being less than too. Just one of those days, you know? I had told myself I wouldn't even attempt blogging, but the Essence Bloom Me Up! Collection is just too cute. A quick little post wouldn't be too bad- how wrong could it go? If you're brave (kidding... maybe?), read on for a look at the Bloom Me Up! Mono Eyeshadows and Shimmer Powder.

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    CND Special Edition Solar Oil

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    Cuticles are something you don't really notice until it's too late. You look down one day, and they're looking decent, but the next day they're in shambles. I don't quite understand how cuticles can take such a drastic downturn so quickly, but they do.

    Sure, a good nail and hand care routine can avoid such situations, but let's have an honest moment and admit that we don't always follow such routines to a tee all the time; now do we? DO we? No. That's why it's a good idea to have a blockbuster product waiting in the wings to snap your cuticles back into fighting form in as little time as possible. For me, that product has been CND Special Edition Solar Oil.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Beyonce Heat Rush Eau de Toilette

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    Yesterday, when I was planning what I would post today, I decided that since the weather was finally getting a bit warmer it was the perfect time to review the very Summer appropriate Beyonce Heat Rush. Of course, when I awoke this morning it was cold, rainy and grey. Boo. Of course there is the upside that after the rain comes the flowers and not far behind them are the hot, sunny days when I'll be reaching for this great little scent. Read on!

    Yves Rocher | Earth Day- Plant for the Planet

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    In case you didn't know, today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. To celebrate, Yves Rocher is plating one tree for every product purchased today whether it be an in-store purchase, phone, or online order. Since 2011 Yves Rocher has been able to plant 500, 000 trees through this initiative in addition to their Plant for the Planet Foundation that has planted 30 million trees worldwide since 2007, which plan on planting 50 million by 2015. That's a whole lot of trees. If you'd like to help them with their planting, but need a little help filling your basket, I've selected a few of my top Yves Rocher picks after the jump. Read on!

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Julep It Girl Swatches

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    It's hard to believe now, but there was a time, not that long ago, when beauty subscription services were the new thing. One of the first to specialize in one specific product was Julep, as I'm sure everyone knows, that specialize in nail polish and nail care items. I've been a Maven- they call their subscribers Mavens- since the beginning, but haven't blogged about them for some time. Time to change that! Read on for a Maven overview and swatches of some It Girl shades.

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Body Butter & Body Scrub

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    I don't know about you, but I tend to get just a little bit too excited when The Body Shop adds a new scent to their body butter/ scrub line up. Especially when I got word the newest scent was going to raspberry. While I haven't had any raspberry body items as of late, it was my signature scent for a while. I even kept a pot of raspberry hand cream in my pencil case at school. It was mostly there for a boredom cure, but the scent was pretty amazing. Anyway, I was excited to see how The Body Shop would approach raspberry and I have to say they have outdone themselves with their limited-edition Early-Harvest Raspberry line. Read on for all the details!

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Happy Easter!

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    Happy Easter, everyone!  Hopefully the Easter bunny found you easily enough. If not click read more for a little chuckle or, if he did find you and need something to take your mind off of your chocolate induced ailments.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    NOTD | Make My Mint Matte

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    I've been all about matte nails lately. At first it was nothing bu pale, blush shades (like Nicole by OPI Sweet Surrender) but then a bit of pale yellow, and most recently mint. So, when I was deciding what to do with these cute little studs from Born Pretty Store it was obvious it would end up being minty and a bit matte too. Read on for a look!

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Sephora Haul & 2014 Birthday Gift

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    My bank account prefers it if I stayed away from Sephora, and I try to, for the most part, but once or twice a year I go on a little (or large...) splurge. One of those splurges is always in April- gotta get my Beauty Insider Bday gift, obviously- but I was doubly gifted as there was also a sale. Can't be a sale! Read on to see everything I got!

    CLOSED Beauty Blog Coalition May Day Giveaway!

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    Spring is on it's way... it might still be dull, grey and rainy, and there still might be patches of dirty snow but Spring is on it's way. The Beauty Blog Coalition is celebrating Spring- well, May Day if you want to get specific- with a pretty fantastic giveaway. Read on if you like cash!

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow

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    Luxury beauty items can be a lot of fun, but sometimes your wallet needs a break, and honestly, there are some pretty amazing budget products. I've been testing a bunch of Essence products and have to say they are impressive little products. Eyeshadows can be a little iffy when you go budget, but Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadows are pretty impressive. Read on! 

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 6

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  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda announced she's a finalist in this year's Allure Beauty Blogger Awards! Find out how you can help support her.
  • I Know all the Words: Like your nail art fast and easy? Avon Sprinkle Nails are just that (and totally cute!)
  • TheFabZilla: Tom Ford released a limited edition called Lip Summer Color Shimmer. TheFabZilla reviews Solar Gold, buy or bust? Find out.

  • Friday, April 11, 2014

    Lancome Lip Lover | 313 Rose Ballet

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    Do you ever get to the point where you think you've got enough of a product? Like, lip gloss... how many does one person really need? You decide you're going to hold off buying any; enjoy what you have because, hey, it's just lip gloss right? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. There can and is something better and it's the Lancome Lip Lover. Read on!

    Born Pretty Store Gold & Silver Nail Art Foil

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    Nail art Friday! Well, no that really isn't a thing, but it is Friday and today's post is nail art... so, yeah. Let's get to it!

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Lolita Lempicka Eau de Toilette

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    I seem to be all about impulsive fragrance buys lately. Every time I pop into Shoppers to pick up a parcel I end up with another perfume. Of course, it might be because I purposely go the long way around- which might happen to go through cosmetics.... Maybe? On one of my most recent trips I spotted a few bottles of Lolita Lempicka Eau de Toilette just waiting to be given a loving home. As a fan of L de Lolita Lempicka it only made sense to try this one too. Was I right? Read on for my verdict!

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Essence Longlasting Lipstick & Glossy Lip Balm

    Essence Longlasting Lipstick- Dare to be Nude, Dare to Wear and On the Catwalk! (6)

    I think it's safe to say that every beauty fan loves two things- a new tube of lipstick and a cheap thrill. Both are equally excellent things on their own, but what happens if you get a bit crazy and combine the two? Essence did with their Longlasting Lipsticks and Glossy Lip Balm and I have to say, they did it well!

    Arbonne It's a Long Story Mascara

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    Hello internet world; I've missed you! Yesterday was a day of intermittent connectivity in my house. It has to be one of the most annoying things ever. I tried to get some things done, but I ended up just giving in and packing it up. I made up for it today though as I've been dealing with emails all day. Seriously, ALL DAY. I did take a few shopping breaks too... Laura Mercier on Haute Look was too good to pass up, a little raspberry loving from The Body Shop and I am seriously considering another Sephora order before the sale ends. So many products, so little time... But, back to the product you're here for- Arbonne It's a Long Story Mascara. The short story is that it's pretty amazing! Read on for the 411!

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    Avon Sprinkle Nails

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    I keep tabs on nail art trends, but I tend to be slow to jump on the band wagon. Like caviar bead manis. They're cute and easy, I even bought a few of the MUA Constellations. I had good intentions but kept putting off using them and then forgot about them. Well, until Avon Sprinkle Nails found me. I decided it was time to finally give them a try. Read on!

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 5

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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Surratt Lipsliques in Fee Soie and Chuchoter are the perfect pair of pinks that will make pale pink and nude lipstick lovers swoon!
  • TheFabZilla: Love cream eyeshadows? Kathryne from TheFabZilla reviews
  • Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eye Shadows.
  • In Her Makeup Bag: Stephanie shares her new favorite way to wear a hint of Radiant Orchid. See her review of the Sephora+Pantone Universe Venus Lure lip balm here!
  • Friday, April 4, 2014

    Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons

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    Dear Blogger, Please stop messing with image quality. Thanks, Bailey.

    I can't be the only one with issues? Rant over. It's hard to stay made when you've got a brand new- new to Canada anyhow- lip crayon. A really awesome lip crayon from Soap & Glory in the form of their Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon. Read on!

    L'Oreal Sublime Sun Silky Sheer BB SPF 50 Face Lotion

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    It's not quite Spring here yet- there is a freezing rain warning currently in effect- but I'm playing oblivious and have been getting all Spring-y with my beauty and skincare. One change that I make come the warmer season, is upping my SPF factor. I wear it all year, but like to go for something higher than SPF 15-20 for Spring and Summer. It can be hard to find the right sunscreen for daily wear, especially if you want a higher SPF and don't want to break the bank, so I was pretty intrigued when I got wind of L'Oreal Sublime Sun Silky Sheer BB SPF 50 Face Lotion.

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette

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    Today I get to do something I don't do all that often- post a negative review. Well, it's not completely negative, but it sure isn't all sunshine and rainbows. I know they need to be made from time to time- negative reviews that is- but I just don't like writing them. I end up feeling kind of bad for the product. In this case I feel kind of bad for my wallet too, because it's $50 some odd dollars that could have been spent elsewhere, but what can you do, right? Anyhow, enough stalling. On to the review.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Mark All Butter Now Lip Treats | Baby Me & Coraltini

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    Today I spent a little time with lip products. It was all about the lip products, and I've got to say, there are some pretty excellent lip products making their debut this season. One of which are the Mark All Butter Now Lip Treats. Read on!