Monday, December 22, 2014

NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner

EYELINER MONDAY! The NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner (~$5.99) is a "pro-artist favourite" that claims to deliver intense, smudge-proof, dance-proof, black colour. 

The brush tip is tiny. While a precision applicator is appreciated, it takes forever and ever and ever to build up a thick winged liner with the puny brush. The formula is super black in a single swipe of the brush (hence being in NYX's "Collection Noir" line). For some reason, the liquid takes longer than normal to dry so you've gotta keep your eyes closed for a good 20-30 seconds or you risk getting strange liquid liner marks in your crease. After the liner dries, it stays put all day long. It's not waterproof but it doesn't move unless you rub your eyes. 

While the NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner is an amazing product, I don't find myself using it often because I don't typically have time to wait for my liner to dry. I'm more of an apply-and-go type of gal. That being said, when I do have time, the look of the ultra-black, long-lasting formula is definitely worth the wait. 

Have you tried the NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner? 

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Skoshbox: The Japanese Snackbox Subscription // December 2014

I'm taking pause from the formalities of "FOOD FRIDAY" because food is good every day of the week, especially during the holiday season. I love me a good snacking and Japanese snacks are always welcome in my belly. Japanese snacks are available at Asian food stores in Toronto but I find that the variety just isn't there. So, I've been looking into subscription box options that send Japanese snacks. The only option that I could find that shipped to Canada was SKOSHBOX

 Skoshbox is a "taste of Japan at your doorstep". From $10 USD or $18.99 CAD, Skoshbox offers an assortment of mystery candies and snacks monthly. If you're crazy about the snacks you try in the box, there's also an online webstore for featured snacks organized by type and month. SO... here's the box: 

Caramel Pie Pretz, Super Mario Galaxy Gum, Calpis Masrshmallow, Seaweed Wrapped Rice Cracker, Potato Ring Snack, Cola Bubble Gum Balls, Vegetable Salad Umaibo, Super Soda Hard Candy 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Silver Moon, Golden, Sun Blossoms, Shock Tart, Pink Wink, Sparkle Berry & Berry Dazzle

Seven new shades of the Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss! See my previous review of the Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss ($18 CAD) here, just in time for the holidays! The Mary Kay NouriShine Plus formula boasts ultra-glossy shine, moisture, non-sticky, super-light, long-lasting packed with plant-derived vitamin E and vitamin C. While no product is everything that it claims, these glosses are, in fact, ultra-moisturizing and glossy, non-sticky and lightweight. While I don't think they're particularly long-wearing, it delivers on every other claim. 

BEHOLD, the swatches:

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 110 Birthday Suit

Way back when (September),I reviewed the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 220 Pink Tank, looking to eventually test out a lighter colour to see if it fared on my nails in the same way as Pink Tank. As a recap, Pink Tank + the Miracle Gel Top Coat boasted high shine, bold colour, and it even stuck around on my nails for 6 days (compared to the up to 14 days claim). 

In general, the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polishes are meant to be used in 2 easy steps, with up to 14 days of colour and shine with easy removal and no light required to cure the polish. 

And then there was the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 110 Birthday Suit ($10.95) is a pale nude - a hair lighter than the cult Essie Sand Tropez (though I wouldn't necessarily call it a dupe because it's about the same price). Although 110 Birthday Suit is in the same range of polishes, the formulation feels a bit different. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color Quads in Sandstorm and Autumn Leaves

There is zero doubt in my mind that the Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colors are some of the most beautiful shadows. This holiday season, Mary Kay has launched two limited edition Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color Quads ($19 CAD each) and they don't disappoint. I've previously reviewed this eye shadow formula, see a review of a few of the singles here!

The two limited edition quads available until February 15th are Autumn Leaves and Sandstorm. Autumn Leaves contains four gorgeous coloured shadows while Sandstorm contains more neutral shades. In general, Sandstorm is easier to work with, as Autumn Leaves doesn't contain a suitable blending shade. Also, it's important to note that neither of the quads contain true mattes - all seem to have a satin sheen. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

New York Color High Definition Liquid Eyeliner in Extra Black

EYELINER MONDAY!! The New York Color High Definition Liquid ($3.99) is one of the least expensive liquid eyeliners at the drugstore. The liner claims to create precise lines, have rich colour, and be smudge-proof, and long-wearing for up to 10 hours.

Unfortunately, this eyeliner lives up to none of its claims. Perhaps I got a bad one...? The black is sheer and the watery formula bleeds into fine lines way more than what I can tolerate for a liquid liner. Although it is smudge-proof, it's very hard to create an intense line. Moreover, the lines that are created are not as precise as I had expected. Comparing the felt tip of the Annabelle Eye Ink, the shape of NYC High Definition Eyeliner's applicator is more chubby at the end. 

Skip this liner. Spend a couple extra dollars and grab a liner that's twice as great. If you prefer pencil liner over liquid, try the New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils, which are excellent. 

Have you tried the New York Color High Definition Liquid Eyeliner? 

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Manicure MOOO-nday

Happy MOOO-nday. Taking a little break from the Christmas-themed manicures, this is yet another attempt to work with capsule collection of  6 nail polishes I have at school (black, white, nude, red, glitter). 

Friday, December 12, 2014

New York Color Long Wearing Nail Enamel in 119 Black Lace Cream

Black cards. Black cars. All black everything. BLACK NAILS. In all honesty, I never got what was so amazing about wearing black nail polish. Something about it always seemed to dark and goth. So, first time in a long time (probably 6 or 7 years), I put on some black polish and was pleasantly surprised with the way it looked. While I don't love the way it looks over my nudes and pastels, it's a nice, dark change given the cooler weather. 

The New York Color Long Wearing Enamel in Black Lace Cream is an amazing black polish option. First and foremost, it's only ~$1 (and comes in 24 colours). It's also quite thin and opaque in two coats and dries fairly quickly. Lasting power is normal on my nails with chips after 2-3 days... but for $1, you can't really go wrong. Maybe it's this particular formula of polish that's making me love black a little more. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Quo 2014 Holiday Collection - Christmas Crackers, Lip Gloss Sets and more!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the fun size beauty HQ (aka my gloomy dorm room)! There's something about holiday beauty collections that makes me jump for joy with holiday cheer. It must be the packaging, or something... This year, Quo Cosmetics (available exclusively at Shopper's Drug Mart) has done it's holiday collection right - elegantly black and gold packaging and a ton of variety. The Quo Holiday 2014 Collection includes 23 different beauty products with prices ranging from $3 to $65. Here's a look at a few of the pieces... 

Quo Christmas Cracker Set ($15), Quo Essential Eyes Palette ($15), Quo All About Brows Palette ($20), Quo Flocked Emery Board ($3), Quo Walk the Line Eye Liner Set ($20), Quo Love Lip Set ($20) 

Quo Christmas Cracker Set ($15) 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hello Kitty Peelable Nail Polish

Hello Kitty. This time it's not a collector's item but a bulky budget find available at Walmart for $3.97. Meet the Hello Kitty Peelable Nail Polish. I found her in the nail polish/beauty section and something about the ridiculously gimmicky plastic packaging was saying buy me, buy me! So I did. 

The packaging is kind of ridiculous. I'm pretty sure this is meant to be for small children because it's peelable, as well as non-toxic. The huge Hello Kitty brush is more like a toy than an actual nail polish brush.