Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hello Kitty Compact Mirror and Milk Money Makeup Bag // Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

To the undiscerining eye, the Hello Kitty Ruby Compact Mirror ($59 CAD) and the Hello Kitty Milk Money Makeup Bag ($39 CAD) available at exclusively Sephora may seem grossly overpriced. But there's a few things that you might not know without a little research... 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sephora Collection Lip Artist Palette

My mind had always fiddled with the idea of depotting all my lipsticks into a palette for easy access. For some reason, I can't follow through with the thought, it's much easier said than done. Luckily, this holiday season, Sephora has launched the Sephora Collection Lip Artist Palette ($20 CAD) - a dual-layered palette of 4 lip glosses and 4 lipsticks (plus two lip double-sided lip brushes) - the perfect way to test out the convenience of multiple shades in one place without the mess of depotting. 

EVENT: I met the Pixiwoos!! [Real Techniques Road Show] #rtroadshow

Loved by everyday women and make up artists alike, Real Techniques has been taking the beauty world by storm. In case you haven't heard, Real Techniques is the brain child of Sam and Nic Chapman (of the 200 million + views youtube channel - Pixiwoo) and Paris Presents a retailer of personal care products. Paris Presents and, in turn, Real Techniques is ranked the fastest growing global health and beauty company by the Boston Consulting Group. 

First thing's first, I snapped a photo with Sam and Nic Chapman. They're absolutely stunning in person, personable, and so easy to chat with... exactly how they are in their videos. Their makeup was on point, which made me nervous that the newest mascara I was testing had smudged, raccoon-style. 

Next was some browsing of the plethora of Real Techniques brushes. The self-standing, colour-coated brush system is easy on the eyes and quite pleasing when paired with fresh flowers. In addition to the yellow, pink, and purples, also displayed were the limited edition (in Canada) Nic's Picks and Duo Fibre Brush Collections, which I have had yet to see in my local drugstores. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Sky High and Teal

Guess what? It's eyeliner Monday! During the month of September, I acquired the New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils in Sky High and Teal ($3.99) through the #NYCBeautyPro Program. The NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils are available in 7 shades - black, dark brown, mink, smoked purple, moody blue, sky high, and teal  - and the product claims to have a waterproof, long-lasting formula. 

936A Sky High is a light blue with a subtle blue shimmers and 937A Teal is a forest green with yellow-gold glitter. Both liners are pretty colours but Teal kills it with its rich colour payoff and heavily-concentrated glitter (and it's a dead ringer for Shu Uemura's Drawing Pencil in ME green 51 except with more glitter) . These liners are soooooo creamy and easy to blend. Despite being super creamy, they set and stay in place all day without smudging in the slightest bit. 

Overall, the New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils are amazing! Plus.. for the price I'd be okay with letting go of a $5 bill to pick up Smoked Purple as the next addition to my eyeliner stash. 

Have you tried the New York color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils? 

Press sample featured. This is part of my eyeliner monday series- where I review a different eyeliner every...Monday. :) See more eyeliner reviews here

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EVENT: IMATS Toronto 2014 + Mini-Haul

My first ever IMATS (International Make Up Artists Trade Show) experience... I attended IMATS on Saturday, November 22, which was sold out by the time I had gotten there. Thanks to the tips from IMATS veterans, I arrived at 7:40AM. There was already a huge line of 100+ people. I picked up my pass and walked in at 8:30 AM. Popular booths like Make Up For Ever (40% off discount), MAC (20% off discount), and Nigel's Beauty Emporium (with Too Faced, Anastasia, Kevyn Aucoin, and a ton of lashes) were crowded upon opening. 

I didn't really plan on "going" with anyone in particular but met up with a ton of Toronto beauty bloggers. The list is quite long... Upon walking in, I spotted the flawlessly grey hair of Zubie's Musings who introduced me to Laura of Lipstick and Laura and Shawna of Spill the Beauty. I also spent quite a bit of time walking around by myself and with Jenn of A Beautiful Zen, Jenn of Vibrant, Vivacious, Veracious Beauty Blog, and Meg of Meg's Makeup Bag. Shoutouts to Stephanie of theFantasia, Aleeza of Stylish & Literate, and Tess of Makeup By Tess who I hadn't seen in a while, as well as Arianne of Glitter Geek (whom I had just met for the first time!). I also met up with Julie of Swatch & Review, Jenn of Scarlet Beauty, and Chelle of Make Up Your Mind to take a CBB Network photo! 

In addition to all the wonderful beauty bloggers, here's a few snaps of the sights of IMATS.... 

Amazing body painting...


Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Winter Flush: #NYCBeautyPro Challenge #4

Snowfall means... Sweater Weather! Fittingly, this month's New York Color NYC Beauty Pro Challenge theme is "Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Center". As such, I've put on one of my fuzziest winter sweaters and a makeup look to match the colder weather. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sephora Formula X Paint Party

The Sephora Formula X Paint Party ($47 CAD, exclusively at Sephora) is a set of 24 travel-friendly press-pods full of Sephora's best cream and pearl nail polishes. Although don't own any of the Formula X polishes, I'm already a huge fan. I always swatch them in-store but I'm extremely indecisive so I never decide on which colour I want. The Paint Party set is a great way for indecisive people like me to get a feel for what colours look best on my fingers. 

The Press Pods come in a paint-can shaped container. I think the packaging is pretty ingenious and I'll be re-purposing it into a makeup brush holder later on. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kat Von D the Star Studded Look Set

Holiday value sets are making their way into Sephora. If you like mini (aka fun size) beauty products, then right around now is the perfect time to try out a plethora of brands and products without the commitment of full-size. That being said, I've been playing around with the Kat Von D the Star Studded Look set ($24), which contains three deluxe-size Kat Von D favourites - the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, and Kat Von D Immortal Lash Mascara

The Kat Von D the Star Studded Look retails for $24 CAD for $32 in value per the Sephora website. I've taken the liberty of calculating values for this set of minis and the $32 total value is accurate (I'm studying accounting. So I kind of like this stuff... except when it's on an exam).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hello Kitty the Red Bow Beauty Diaries // Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

Holy Moly. Sephora has gone wild with the limited edition Hello Kitty sets. This time around it's The Red Bow Beauty Diaries ($65 CAD, exclusively at Sephora). The set contains 15 exclusive Hello Kitty cosmetics and collectibles. Here's the lowdown... 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Benefit 3 Scoops O' Sexy Limited Edition Set

No. Prior to this post, I hadn't tried the widely raved about Benefit tints or balms. Shame on me. I'm a terrible beauty blogger. Slap me now because after trying three of each I'm kind of regretting not ever testing these on my face before. This holiday season, there's the Benefit 3 Scoops O' Sexy Limited Edition Set ($50 CAD, exclusively at Sephora) featuring Benebalm, Benetint, Posiebalm, Posietint, Lollibalm, and Lollitint. 

Packaging is in typical Benefit fashion. Adorable. Each tint and balm set is individually packaged. The Balms are full-size (regularly $22 CAD)  and the Tints are deluxe samples (full-size regularly $36 CAD) meaning that the set is valued at about $100. While at $50,  the set seems a bit pricey, $50 in savings is not half bad.