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Friday, September 30, 2016

Hannah Wears the Blues | Review + EOTD

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I've been wearing glasses since I was nine, which means they've been with me my entire makeup life. There were no blogs when I was finding my makeup footings, so I had to figure things out by trial and error. Obviously, one can find all kinds of tips for looking amazing and how to optimize your makeup when wearing glasses. BUT (you know a but was coming, right?) there is one tip I can't stand- that you shouldn't wear colour if you wear glasses. What?! That advice needs to be run over twice, burned, and buried. If you love colour, wear it! Sure, neutrals are great but glasses don't have to hinder your shade choices. I've been wearing some very cute new glasses from and have been inspired by their deep blue hues. You'll have to read on for the look and how you can recreate it for yourself....

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pearlesque Box | October 2016 Raw is Everything

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Guess who's got the new October Pearlesque Box to chat about... Yup, it's blatantly obvious that it's this girl, but you get the point. The October Pearlesque Box is well traveled, as the featured brand, Raw is Everything, uses raw oils from around the globe in their single-ingredient skincare. Love oils too? Read on for a little rundown of this month's offerings.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Matte Lips Made Easy | Highlight Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

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I love matte lips. Partly because I like the matte look and partly (and maybe even more so) because they tend to last longer than other finishes. I'm not one to spend a lot of time reapply lip colour. When it comes to the ultimate long-lasting matte lip, it's liquid lipstick I reach for. Now, they don't all have to be matte, but matte is so much better. Budge-proof, transfer-proof wear makes me happy. But, there is a darker side to the matte lip life... Dryness. You know the sandpaper, sucked in, dry as hell feel. It's a major bummer when it strikes, but there is an answer. It comes in the form of Highlight Cosmetics and their incredible Liquid Lipsticks.

Monday, September 26, 2016

OPI Infinite Shine Iconic Shades | Fall 2016

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New Infinite Shines! Kind of... For Fall, OPI is bringing us 30 of their most classic, or iconic, I should say, shades in Infinite Shine form. Yup. You can now find a great selection of your faves in the longer-wearing gel-like formula. I've got ten of those shades swatched and ready to chat up. Interested? You know what to do....

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New Season, New Balm | Farmacy Lip Bloom

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Happy Fall, blog fans! It's officially Fall, and I'm pretty pleased. I love the season and the cooler, rainy days. The cozy sweaters, candles, pumpkin spice everything... sign me up! A new season is a great time to refresh key items in your makeup bag- mascara, sunscreen, moisturizer, and lip balm. Fall also means an impending winter season, and with that colder winter weather. I deal with dry bits most of the year anyway, but a solid hydration routine becomes more important when the temperatures dip. For Fall my lips are covered with a new balm in the form of Farmacy Lip Bloom that melds hydration with an herbal-based formula.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rainbow Radiance | BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 28 Colour Eyeshadow Palette

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A few weeks ago, I found myself aimlessly reading blogs. It was then that I found the BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 28 Colour Eyeshadow Palette. I had zero intentions of purchasing anything, but I fell into a palette wormhole... One review led to another, then a tutorial or four, and before I knew it I was checking out. I couldn't help it, it was on sale for $12 (it's on for $9 now!) and Canadian shipping was incredibility decent at a mere $5. That's how I came to own the rainbow-y goodness that is the Foil Eyes Palette. Want to know if it's worth adding to your stash too? Read on...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Natural Choice with Delia Organics

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Happy Monday Tuesday, blog fans! I had great intentions of getting this post out yesterday, but I was just too draggy (you know the feeling.) I am much more energized today, which is great because we have an amazing assortment of skincare to chat about. I've spent the last few months using a Delia Organics routine and am ready to give you the 411. The brand is based in British Columbia (go, Canada!) and offers cruelty-free, organic skincare with options to suit a variety of skincare concerns. I've been using products from the Dose of C range and a delightfully scented mask. You'll need to read on to for more though...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Lipstick of Your Dreams | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick

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I promised heaps of makeup this week, but it's just not going to happen. Before you throw your tomatoes, I will reschedule, but it's full on pandemonium right now. You see, all summer my mom, neighbour, and a few friends have been talking about having a yard sale, but we could never settle on a date that worked for everyone. Seeing as it's almost the end of yard sale season, we're aiming for Saturday. Long story short, I didn't realize how much stuff I had to get rid of, so my house is a total mess with boxes of stuff stashed on/in any available space. As such, I haven't gotten many photos done. I did carve out a bit of space to photograph the stunners that are the new Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks though. The short version: they're pretty great. Read on if you like the full 411 (which you definitely do.)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mary Kay Runway Bold Collection | Fall 2016

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Fall is usually the season for bolder, jewel-toned shades and metallic accents. They just work. Mary Kay knows this and is offering up a collection of fall-esque shades, but with a bit of a twist. The Mary Kay Runway Bold Collection centers around metallics- think gold, silver, and rose gold- paired with deep navy with shades for eyes and nails.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Zoella Beauty | Review & Giveaway

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Anyone who knows Youtube beauty 'gurus' likely knows the name Zoella (aka Zoe Sugg) With millions of followers and views, she's become an online sensation of sorts, but she's also taking over with her own line of bath and beauty products. The range has recently expanded, with some new and very cute bits added. Farley Co, the Canadian distributor, has kindly sent a few for us to chat up, and is even offering a little something for one lucky reader.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 96

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  • george & bear: Clare @ george & bear reviews the Becca Backlight Primer & Lip Priming Perfector
  • (spoiler: it's so handy if you love a liquid lipstick!)
  • Color Me So Crazy: My August Seohora Play!Box is Awesome!! Check Out What I Got!!
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Stacie has picked out her favorite products from the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Event. Take a peek to see her recommendations.
  • Keely's Nails: Win JessWrightxKiss nails and lashes in the giveaway!
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika shares the new PUR Cosmetics Love Your Selfie 2 Palette. This Fall ready palette is packed with eye, face and lip shades to create selfie ready looks at home and away.
  • I Know all the Words: September is national honey month, and there is no better way to celebrate than with a pot of Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask.

  • Friday, September 9, 2016

    Good Skin Days Ahead with Farmacy Clear Day & New Dawn Mask Medleys

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    Don't get emotional, but we've come to then of Mask Week. I know, it's sad, but there are other beauty bits that need their time on the blog too. I can guarantee a heap of makeup coming you way next week, but if you're really feeling mask withdrawal, there is a candy scented berry mask in the mix too. See, I've got you covered. But, back to today's masks. We're talking sheet masks with Farmacy Clear Day & New Dawn Mask Medleys. Farmacy has a whole range of sheet masks, but they know choosing just one can be difficult. They've solved the issue by offering mixed sets so you can sample your way through them all.

    Thursday, September 8, 2016

    Multi-Masking at its Finest | Vichy Mineral Mask Collection

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    Triple the mask-y fun on day four of Mask Week with the new collection of mineral-based masks from Vichy. I'm a long time Vichy and mask fan, so I was very excited to see what these had to offer. The idea behind the three masks is that you can use them simultaneously (aka multi-masking) for a customized experience. I've been a fan of multiple masks in one session, but have never used my masks quite like Vichy recommends. You'll have to read to find out how my experience went...

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Robo-Style Masking with StriVectin Labs Silver Peel-Off Purifier

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    When I was a little one, many years ago, there was a commercial (see it here) wherein a robotic-type humanoid careens through a futuristic world of peril. At the peak of danger, the robo-guy (or girl) has its arm cut off. Dramatic, right? The commercial was for War Amps telling children robots can have their arms reattached but children can't, so play safe. The commercial terrified me, down to child-sized soul. Now is where you're wondering how an old (yet traumatic) commercial ties into mask week (day three!) Good question. The StriVectin Labs Silver Peel-Off Purifier leaves you looking a bit robotic. Yup, it's metallic and pretty fun to use.

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

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    Welcome to day two of Mask Week! If you missed the official start (and FarmHouse Fresh review) check it out here. I'll wait. Now that you're back, we can get to the honey infused amazing-ness that is the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask.Mouthful of a name, yes (we'll just call it Honey Potion from here on in) but it's a pot of full hydration and... Well, you'll have to read on to find out the rest.

    Monday, September 5, 2016

    It's Mask Week! | FarmHouse Fresh Peat Perfection Enriched Peat Purification Mask

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    It may officially be Labour Day, but here, at blog headquarters, it's the first day of Mask Week! A week of nothing but masks, if that wasn't already a given. If like me, you're a lover of all things mask I think you'll enjoy the bevy of masky-goodness that this week will bring. To kick things off, I've got a great mask from our friends at FarmHouse Fresh. Their new Peat Perfection Enriched Peat Purifcation Mask will change the way you think about clay-based masks.

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    Fab Newness from Nip + Fab | Nip + Fab Bee Sting Toning Pads & Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Shot

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    I seem to be sliiiding into weekend mode early as it's taken me all day to sit down an write this. Apologies to Nip + Fab, because there is nothing uninteresting about their newest offerings. Between the two, we cover bees (with the Bee Sting  Toning Pads) and dragons (with the Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Shot) and end up with amazing skin.

    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    A New Subscription Box in Town | Sweet Sparkle All-American Girl Box

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    "She was an American girl, Raised on promises. She couldn't help thinkin' that there was a little more to life somewhere else..."

    Every time I start working on this blog post (or taking photos, or editing) I have Tom Petty with me. You see, the theme I'm working with is All-American Girl. Personally, I'm merely a quarter American girl, as my dad's mom was born in the states, but it's not about me. It's all about the new subscription service Sweet Sparkle. Before you roll your eyes at the thought of another subscription box, hear me out. Sweet Sparkle is actually pretty awesome. Why? You'll have to read on to find out.