Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GOSH Giant Blush in 02 Shy and 06 Pink Parfait

NEW IN BLUSH. The GOSH Giant Blush ($18 at Shoppers Drug Mart), is a short, stubby stick of cream-to-powder blush. This isn't my first encounter with GOSH, a cosmetics company based in Denmark known for its brightly coloured mascaras and liquid eyeliners and holographic nail polishes. One of the first posts on my blog was a review of the GOSH Eye Dusts. GOSH ain't new to me and by no means do these blushes disappoint. 

Shy, Shy (blended), Pink Parfait, Pink Parfait (blended)

The GOSH Giant Blush Sticks come in 3 shades - Shy, Passion (not shown) and Pink Parfait I really love the retractable twist-up packaging of the Giant Blushes, which makes application simple. All it takes is a couple swipes of the stick on each cheek, then a little blending with the finger tips. Both blushes feel silky smooth on the skin, contain no shimmer, and set to a powder. This cream-to-powder blush is virtually foolproof. Apply too much blush and you can easily blend away; apply too little and you can always layer up the pigmentation. The blush lasts around 6 hours on my oily-combo skin. Here's a look at the two shades on my face: 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in M-80

Eyeliner, eyeliner, eyeliner. There's nothing quite like a beautiful eyeliner.Today on the testing block is the MUFE Artist Liner in M-80. The Make Up For Ever Artist Liners ($23 each) come in an impressive range of 15 shades with varying finishes of either Matte, Metallic, Iridescent, Diamond or Satin. M-80 is a matte dark plum. It's the perfect shade for injecting a hint of subtle colour into eye looks. 

Available Shades: M-10 (matte black), D-12 (diamond black), S-14 (satin anthracite grey), I-16 (iridescent taupe grey), S-20 (satin navy blue), I-22 (iridescent turquoise), M-24 (matte majorelle blue), I-30 (iridescent khaki), I-23 (iridescent pop green), I-34 (iridescent tree green), M-50 (matte bright brown), M-60 (matte dark brown), ME-70 (metallic bronze), M-80 (matte plum), I-90 (iridescent purple)

The packaging is a bit of a downer. It's not very different from the Stila Smudgestick Eyeliners. The pencil is twist-up (good), but it doesn't retract (bad) and there's no detachable sharpener like the MUFE Aqua Matic Shadow Pencils or self-sharpening mechanism like the Smashbox Always Sharp and the Annabelle Stay Sharp Liners. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

FALL TRENDS: Green - #NYCBeautyPro Challenge #2

"Green is the New Black" according to Fashion Magazine and as seen on the runway for the Christian Dior, Derek Lam, Narcisco Rodriguez, Ellie Saab, and Anna Sui Fall 2014 shows. I've been following along with Natalie of Ivory Avenue's renditions of Fall 2014 trends (especially her take on buns) and I thought it'd be great inspiration for a few makeup looks. 

So... GREEN. It's a versatile colour that can often be quite subdued (olives) but also bright (lime) and even deep (forest). Today, I've gone all out with all a bold green eyeshadow look. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Falling in Love with Baths and the Canadian Bath Bomb Company

I can be in and out of the shower and out the door in 10 minutes flat. I'm a shower gal through and through... or so I thought. Something about the rush to class/rush to this meeting/rush to that meeting, rush/rush/rush lifestyle requires some relaxation. There's something about lazing around in a tub of hot water that puts me so at peace...and to add to that experience... a bath bomb. 

Since four bath bombs from the Canadian Bath Bomb Company landed on my doorstep, I've actually forced myself to take a bath (instead of shower) and I haven't really looked back. I think I'll be taking one or two baths a week now that the weather's getting colder. 

The bath bombs came tightly wrapped in bubble wrap and everything was intact by the time I'd opened it (even after I dropped one on the floor). Each bath bomb is approximately the size of a tennis ball and I prefer to use one bath bomb per bath for a full aromatic experience. I received four of the many scents available on the etsy site. 

Friday, September 26, 2014


I got this wildly #YOLO idea to dye my hair purple in the most understated way possible - a business in the front, party in the back kind of hair dye job inspired by a post on the Beauty DepartmentI picked up one the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series London Luxe Deep Velvet Violet ($11.99) permanent hair dye on a trip to Target, holla'd at my friend Rui to be #yolo with me and got to dyeing (as opposed to dying).   The dye box came filled with everything we needed to dye our hair - gloves, the dye, post-dye conditioner, and instructions. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Revisiting the Annabelle Twist-Up Lipsticks in Naked, Bubble, Divine & Cherry

I typically purchase products in singles, but somehow a whole range of colours of that same product has a way of making it onto my face in someway or another (gifts, press samples, goodie bags, more purchases). One of those products is the Annabelle Twist-Up Lipsticks (others include the Rimmel Apocalips and Kohl Kajals, Broadway Nails, and Revlon Shadowlinks. Once upon a time I had made my very first Annabelle purchase and in that order came the Annabelle Twist-Up Lipstick in Bubble ($9.95) - see my original review here. The other three (Naked, Divine, and Cherry) are press samples! 

So, I'm revisiting my thoughts on the product, now in terms of consistency across different shades! From the photo below, you can probably tell which one I've had the longest :) 

Annabelle Twist-Up Lipsticks in Naked, Bubble, Divine, Cherry

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 220 Pink Tank and Top Coat

Given that I scoff at polish brands that claim to last anything over 3 days (re: CND VINYLUX), it's always nice to see if once, just once that it actually stays true to the long-wearing claims (or at least half the time that it says it will last). It seems like every drugstore nail brand is now launching faux-gel no-light-required polishes that last up to 14 days. 

Next on the nail polish chopping block is the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 220 Pink Tank and Top Coat ($10.95 each). The Sally Hansen website boasts four claims (1) 2 steps (2) Up to 14 Days of Colour and Shine (3) Easy Removal (4) No Light Needed. 

I tested this particular formula out in three separate instances. The first two times, I was thoroughly unimpressed. The polish chipped after less than a day. I had to be doing something wrong. You know what they say? Third time's the charm. My photos document my sixth day of wear, after which I got bored of the colour and proceeded to remove the polish from my nails. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

EVENT: #GetCured with The Cure Apothecary on Queen West

Located steps away from Queen & Bathurst, the Cure Apothecary is the newest beauty boutique on Queen West. The little store is adorned with candles and wood furnishings, filled with luxurious skincare treats and even has a little bath tub for your soap-testing pleasure! Yes, indeed, I attended a media event and made a visit to this adorable shop. 

Quo Fall 2014 Collection || Eye Palette in Nightingale and Browz Eyebrow Palette

With the exception of makeup wedges and a konjac sponge, I've never really tried anything from Quo. Quo Cosmetics is a mid-priced Shoppers Drug Mart exclusive brand that features beauty accessories and a full range of colour cosmetics. Two tidbits from the Quo Fall 2014 Collection have come into my possession - the Quo Eye Palette in Nightingale ($18) and the Quo Browz Eyebrow Palette ($12). 

First thing's first (I'm the realest), I love the compact blue packaging. Both are sturdy palettes that fit perfectly in my hand. Furthermore, they both feature a decently sized-mirror and applicators (yay for convenience!). Now onto the product... 

Monday, September 22, 2014

New at Shoppers: Amie || Naturally Kind Skincare

Cute packaging, botanical ingredients, reasonably priced and available at Shoppers Drug Mart - that's basically the gist of Amie Skincare, now available in Canada and made in the UK. The range consists of a line of 8 skincare products. I was sent half of the line to play with [Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash ($10), Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturiser ($12), Morning Light Hydrating Moisturiser ($12), Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask ($12)] and have been using them on and off for the past month and a bit. 

How cute is it when the product colour matches the packaging colour? :) 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

EVENT: INGLOT Toronto and mini-haul

If you love watching beauty videos or reading beauty blogs, chances are you've heard of Inglot. Inglot is a Polish brand known for their mid-range pricing and huge colour selection with over 1,500 colours. This weekend, Inglot Toronto (located at 19 Dundas Square) opened its doors to the public.

 I attended a blogger preview the Thursday before to see what all the hype was about... 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

I've been delaying the posting of this review for far too long, mainly because I thought that the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($19, full-size) isn't all that Spring/Summer appropriate. Now, it's back to school (aka FALL) and dark lips are slowly making their way back into my beauty regimen. Black Honey is the sheerer version of a dark lip, a gateway beauty drug to something a little more pigmented. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks [Maroon, Beige, Orange] // Vision of Beauty Collection Fall 2014

Another feature in the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Collection for Fall 2014, the Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks ($36 each). SPOILER ALERT: They're sheer and moisturizing - perfect for the cooler weather to come. When these landed in my mailbox, the first thing I could think of was WOWZA. That packaging. I would never mind whipping out these pretty little plastic bullets on any and every occasion to touch up my lipstick. The fuchsia-orange swirl design is a little non-traditional but still along the lines of the sleek Shu look. 

In the Brave Beauty collection there are six limited edition shades of the Rouge Unlimited lipsticks. Shown above are Maroon, Beige, and Orange. Also in the line are Fuchsia, Rose and Red. Three things to note (1) they're extremely moisturizing and light-weight on the lips. Somehow, this product simply melts over the lips in thin, smooth layers, (2) two layers of the lipstick yields fairly high pigmentation (3) the Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are longwearing compared to other sheer/hydrating lipsticks. The wear-time is about 3-4 hours after application and the Maroon shade leaves a light stain on the lips. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beauty n00b: False Lashes

As a beauty blogger, I feel pretty well-versed in the land of makeups. However, there is some unexplored territory - false lashes. Admittedly, despite having teeny, tiny, straight, short, stubby eyelashes, I've never worn a pair of false ones. 

So, a ton of false lashes from the KISS Ever EZ line land on my door step and I thought, "hey, this looks like fun... why not look like a superbly Asian girl stereotype and test out some false eyelashes?"

And the result... 

I'm wearing the pair on the left!

Monday, September 15, 2014

MILLIEMENO Miko Romper Review + Dress Giveaway!

MILLIEMENO is a Canadian BC-based, family-owned online boutique that features clothing and handmade accessories. The site is well-curated for the young-adult woman, probably appropriate for anyone from the age of 14 to 30. The store ships to Canada and worldwide. MILLIEMENO features a TON of adorable items, all of which I would like to put in my closet ASAP. Of the many items available, I chose one of which I was sent for the purposes of a review (spoiler alert: I've been wearing it non-stop this summer)

The Miko ($37.53) is a printed romper that features cut-outs on the shoulders and back. The romper is made out of 100% rayon, which is super light-weight and flowy. As I'm quite petite at 4 feet 11 inches, I was a bit worried about whether or not the small [measurements - S – Bust (17/43) Waist (17/43) Length (29.5/75)] would fit me. Luckily, the fit was perfect! The length of the romper hits me mid-thigh and the arm holes are not too big and not too small. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Eye Palettes [Orange, Pink, Green] // 2014 Vision of Beauty Collection Volume 1

Feast your eyes on the Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Collection Brave Beauty Eye Palettes ($90 each at Holt Renfrew, select Hudson's Bay and Sephora Locations) for Fall 2014. The palettes come in 3 variations - Orange, Pink and Green. Each palette is a ingeniously curated combination of eyeshadows featuring one vivid matte shade and 5 relatively wearable pearl shades to correspond with the bold matte shadow.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AWKS TALKS: GIVEAWAY + o.b. tampons #giveusoneperiod

I'm 100% a tampon girl (because pads make me feel like I'm wearing an adult diaper). For 5 days last month, I tried out something new and exciting... o.b. tampons! o.b. stands for ohne binde in German, which means "without napkins." The brand was invented 50 years ago by German gynecologist Dr. Judith Esser. 

So what's the difference between o.b. and all the other tampons out there? They're applicator free. Gross, bulky packaging begone! o.b. tampons fit inconspicuously into the palm of my hand and it's not awkward when I need to pull one out of my bag because it's TINY [or "fun size" if you prefer the use of that term ;)]

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#makeupby1D // Take Me Home Collection

You know a brand is a big deal when... they're a group of 5 young males that release a collection of beauty products that they'll probably never use. The boys clearly had no hand in creating this line. I like One Direction, but not to the point where I dream of being Harry Styles's wife. Anyways, the Make Up by One Direction line includes three collections with six products in each - Up All Night, Take Me Home and Midnight Memories ($28.50 each). 

Let's take a peek at what's inside... 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lip Gloss, Stains & Liners GRAVEYARD + Swatches

The lip gloss collection is not nearly as ridiculous as the lipstick one. Thus, it's a little more manageable. Regardless, it's time to DE-STASH (for the full, unedited collection, see here). See last week's LIPSTICK GRAVEYARD here

A recap of how I'm going about this process: 
(1) keep items that are almost finished, items that are not yet reviewed, and items that have colours and formulas that you truly enjoy 
(2) don't keep items that have old lady scents (or are just old in general), colours you haven't worn in months and will likely never wear, products with shimmer/glitters/pearly finish

Anything highlighted in pink and an asterisk (*) will remain in my makeup collection. Items denoted with the letter (R) will be kept for future review purposes. EVERYTHING WITH A REVIEW IS LINKED! :) 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

HAIR: the Tangle Teezer

Once upon a time (August 2013), Stephanie bought a Tangle Teezer in the city of Philadelphia. She used it, loved it and somehow lost it. PRAISE THE HAIR GODS, the renowned Tangle Teezer is available on Nail Polish Canada ($14.99 with free shipping) and Stephanie once again has it in her hair tools arsenal. 

So... what's a Tangle Teezer anyways? Put simply, the Tangle Teezer is a hair brush with an uncanny resemblance to a dog brush. It can be used on wet or dry hair and is meant to prevent hair breakage to provide smooth, shiny hair. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

CoverGirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Makeup and the De-Puffer Concealer in 340 Light/Medium

Not that I'll actually need a facelift anytime time soon (I'm only 20, gosh darn it!) but it's always interesting to try makeup products that claim to do so. The CoverGirl + Olay Facelift Effect Firming Makeup (foundation) ($16.99-18.99) claims to provide "luxurious, flawless coverage combined with the powerful hydrating effects of a night cream". Alongside the foundation, I've been testing out a product that's a little more age appropriate, the CoverGirl + Olay The De-Puffer

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Eye Color Palettes in Sapphire Noir and Emerald Noir

Soft, smooth, colourful, creamy and a little dreamy - that's how I would describe the Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Eye Color Palettes in Sapphire Noir and Emerald Noir ($26). 

These square palettes come in individual pans. If you've got a Z-palette or the like, awesome! put your color palette in there. If not, you can pick up a Mary Kay Compact (unfilled) for $22. 

Get ready to feast your eyes for the swatches... *drools*

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm in Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint

I'm still not over the fact that EOS lip balms are absolutely adorable. As of August 2014, the NEW EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balms in Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint ($3.99 each) will be available at a local drugstore near you. If you're not an avid collector of all the flavours of EOS lip balms, I bet there's one big burning question in your head - How are these different? 

Less than a year ago, I reviewed the EOS Smooth Sphere in Blueberry Acai (see here). I'm a big fan of these balms, but I also know that not everyone is like me. In regards to the Smooth Spheres, one of the most common complaints is that they're too hard and not moisturizing enough. When applied, the new EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balms are a bit softer and they feel more hydrating on the lips (the moisture factor lasts ~2 hours). 

New EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balms in Vanilla Mint and Coconut Milk (and nails to match!)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LIPSTICK GRAVEYEARD + Lipstick Collection Swatch-a-thon

You can never have to many lipsticks...or so I once thought. The fact is that less than 50% of what I've got on hand actually gets used. So... it's time to DE-STASH (for the full, unedited collection, see here). Today, I'll going over what's in the lipstick collection and what I'll be keeping and throwing out or giving away to family/friends. 

The Thought Process: 
(1) keep items that are almost finished, items that are not yet reviewed, and items that have colours and formulas that you truly enjoy 
(2) don't keep items that have old lady scents (or are just old in general), colours you haven't worn in months and will likely never wear, products with shimmer/glitters/pearly finish

Anything highlighted in pink and an asterisk (*) will remain in my makeup collection. Items denoted with the letter (R) will be kept for future review purposes. EVERYTHING WITH A REVIEW IS LINKED! :) 

Mauves (my lips but better)