Saturday, November 29, 2014

6 Looks with the Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Give me a palette of 24 eyeshadows in colors that range from neutral to ridiculous and I'll be sure to play. I've been fooling around with the Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book ($66 CAD, exclusively at Sephora - reviewed here)  for the past two months. Using the 6 groupings of coordinating color quads, I've created 6 eyeshadow looks. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sephora Collection All A Glow Contouring Face Palette

The Sephora Collection All A Glow Contouring Face Palette ($41 CAD, exclusively at Sephora) is yet another limited edition set. In a nutshell, it's a wallet-sized fold-able palette containing everything you should ever need for your face, convenient for different looks and skin tones - concealers, bronzers, powder blushes, cream blushes, cream highlighters, and powder highlighters. There's three shades of everything except for the four powder blushes. It also comes with step-by-step instructions for  Bronzed and Beautiful and Ethereal and Illuminated looks. 

I've honed down on which colours work for my light-medium (~MAC NC 30)  skin colour. So I'll attempt to describe each shade in the palette and if you're having a tl;dr moment, I'll also denote colours that I would personally use with a (*). 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Is there such thing as makeup porn? Because it kind of feels like it with the Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book ($66 CAD, exclusively at Sephora). Never have I felt so strongly for a formulation of eyeshadows together in one awesome palette. The Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book is a palette of 24 eyeshadows in varying colours and finishes. The palette is split into 6 different colour combos of 4 eyeshadows for easy use - a neutral base shade, lid shade, crease shade and accent shade. 

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. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliners in 156 Rhone, 138 Silver, 172 Curacao, 159 Milky Way & 124 Taupe

Eyeliner, eyeliner, eyeliner. Yet another impressive eyeliner offering from Annabelle Cosmetics. With 26 shades, the Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner ($5.95) range has the most colour selection out of Annabelle's 5 different eyeliner formulas. I first reviewed the Annabelle Smudgeliner (see here). 

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliners in Rhone, Silver, Curacao (metallic), Milky Way and Taupe

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colors #3 in Spiked with Rum, Sugar Plum Fairy, Stoplight Red, Cinnamon Spice, Cherry Bomb & Vamp It Up

This is the third and final installment of the Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colours! This time it's "the Darks", very appropriate for the cooler weather. As a recap, I've split the 18 lippies into 3 vague groupings - (1) the Neutrals (2) the Brights (3) the Darks

I've said this before and I'll say this again. The good: super pigmented, semi-matte, long wearing (~6+ hours), very reasonably priced (~$3). The bad: slightly drying and these darker shades (especially the last two) are particularly staining (but all is forgiven because they're bad ass lipsticks). 

915B Spiked with Rum, 908C Sugar Plum Fairy, 911D Stoplight Red, 917B Cinnamon Spice, 918D Cherry Bomb, 919B Vamp It Up

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sephora Collection All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette

The Sephora Collection All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette ($19, exclusively at Sephora) is yet another one of Sephora's limited edition holiday palettes. This one is a pretty golden package with 8 eyeshadows, 4 blushes, 1 highlighter, and a large mirror. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colors #2 in Cherry Picking, Don't Blink Pink, Dollhouse Pink, Pinkerbell, 24 Carrot Gold & Purity Persimmon [The Brights]

More swatches of the Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colours! I've dubbed these six lipsticks as "the Brights". As a recap, I've split the 18 lippies into 3 vague groupings - (1) the Neutrals (2) the Brights (3) the Darks

The good: super pigmented, semi-matte, long wearing (~6+ hours), very reasonably priced (~$3). The bad: slightly drying and these bright shades are harder to remove than the Neutrals.  

965 Cherry Picking, 966 Don't Blink Pink, 967 Dollhouse Pink, 968 Pinkerbell, 969 24 Carrot Gold, 970 Purity Persimmon

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hello Kitty Kawaii Nail Art Set // Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

SO KAWAII~~ ^.^ ... Channel your inner cuteness with the Hello Kitty Kawaii Nail Art Set ($47 CAD, exclusively at Sephora). This kit includes everything you need to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty on your nails. 

Left to Right: Hello Kitty Bow Stamp, 1974 Nail Sticker, Supercute Accent Nail Appliques, Hello Bling! Nail Rhinestones, Tiny Apples Nail Art

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colors #1 in Pink Suga, Think Pink, Bare It All, Mauve Outa Here, In the Flesh & Wine Room [The Neutrals]

Lipsticks are kind of like Pokemon. Ya know, Gotta swatch'em all, right? When 18 of 26 of the most popular drugstore lipstick formulation (aka the Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colors) landed on my doorstep, my first instinct was to try them all out on my face. 

I've split the 18 lippies into 3 vague groupings - (1) the Neutrals (2) the Brights (3) the Darks. Here's a little preview of what's to come... 

The formulation of these lipsticks is exactly what you may have already heard. They're semi-matte, pigmented in one swipe, long-wearing (~6+ hours) and slightly drying on the lips. For ~$3 each at your local drugstore and in every colour that you could possibly pine for, you can't really go wrong. 

900B Pink Suga, 901B Think Pink, 902C Bare It All, 907C Mauve Outa Here, 912C In the Flesh, 906D Wine Room

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mary Kay at Play Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio Set

Halloween is over and the holidays are approaching, which is the equivalent of HOLIDAY SETS! This holiday season Mary Kay has launched the at Play Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio Set ($18). Available until February 15th, 2014, this adorable set contains 3 winter-ready polishes. 

CoverGirl Ink It! Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and Aquamarine Ink

EYELINER MONDAY!! This week's feature is the CoverGirl Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus Gel Eyeliner in 230 Black Ink and 240 Aquamarine Ink  (~$7). It's available in 6 shades, with the additional ones being 255 Silver Ink, 260 Cocoa Ink, 250 Charcoal Ink and 235 Golden Ink. 

I like the sleek black packaging but ah gosh darn it. It's another one of those non-retractable eyeliners. The worst part about this particular eyeliner being non-retractable is that if you twist it too far up, it'll crumble off into chunks. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

IMATS Toronto 2014 is Coming + a Wishlist!

GUESS WHAT? I'M GOING TO IMATS TORONTO!!! I've never been before. I'm so excite. IMATS stands for the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show. In essence, it's a big convention of make-up artists, make-up lovers, and exhibitors. Self-proclaimed "the make-up world's biggest gathering to discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer". I fall into the "make-up lovers" category and I have fairly high expectations for my first IMATS experience. 

This year (2014), it's being held in Toronto on Saturday, November 22nd (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, November 23rd (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the South Building Halls F&G . 1-day Tickets are sold on the IMATS website here for $45 CAD including HST or $50 at the door. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hello Kitty An Apple A Day Trio Lip Balm Set // Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and I couldn't help but Ohhh and Ahhh at the Hello Kitty An Apple A Day Trio Lip Balm Set ($26 CAD, exclusively at Sephora). The three apple-shaped lip balms in the set are way too cute. Case in point, I couldn't help but take tons of photos. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Quo by Orly Water Transfer Nail Art [Mischief, Kaliedoscope, Love Notes, Pretty Petals]

The Quo by Orly Water Transfer Nail Art ($4 each, at Shoppers' Drug Mart) are essentially temporary tattoos for your nails. This isn't a new concept. Think water decals from born pretty store for the same price but conveniently available at your local Shoppers'. 

There are 4 designs available (above is Mischief) and each design comes with 24 nail art stickers, which for my nails is enough for two manicures (with 4 extra transfers leftover).The packaging indicates that you can apply these water transfers in 3 easy steps. In my opinion, it's more like 5 (but they're still really easy to use!!). Here's how:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette // Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

In 1974, Hello Kitty was born (she's older than me...). Fast forward to 2014 and we're celebrating her 40th anniversary with an exclusive, limited edition collection of Hello Kitty Beauty products. One of the larger pieces in the collection is the Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette ($62 CAD, exclusively at Sephora). 

I'm typically not a fan of cardboard packaging but I'll give this palette a break because it's in celebration of Hello Kitty - cute, cuddly, and adorable. The packaging encompasses all of these features. I find the pop-up a bit gimmicky but avid lovers of both beauty products and Hello Kitty will appreciate the aesthetics of the palette. 

The eyeshadows are accessible by pulling a little bow. A drawer of sorts slides out to reveal 20 appropriately-named shades. 

Personally, I'm a substance-over-form kinda given all the flashy packaging, I was initially concerned with how the quality of the shadows might turn out... 

Twenty shadows - 4 mattes, 13 satin, 3 shimmery. I've denoted some of my favourites with an exclamation mark (!). Some of the shades were chalky or overly glittery for my preferences, but a majority are very impressive. In particular, I love the richness of the neutral satins. 

Overall, a unique mix of brights and neutrals in a variety of finishes. In general, the shadows are highly pigmented (I swatched without primer in one "swipe") and easily blendable. The shadows are not particularly long-wearing but last all day with the help of a reliable eyelid primer. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MEMEBOX Superbox #38 Detox Care

By now, you probably know what MEMEBOX is... it's a Korean themed subscription box that varies in prices and sizes. For the month of October, I was sent the MEMEBOX Superbox #38 Detox Care ($29). 

The card in the box mentioned something about how "summer's rolling around" but it's 1 degree Celsius outside and I'm pretty sure it's more like "winter is coming". Regardless, detox beauty is  always on my mind. My pores are prone to storing lots of gunk, so a box full of products dedicated getting rid of breakouts and blemishes with skincare is a good fit. 

I haven't tried any of these products yet (*slaps self on hand*) but I'm trying to regulate my skincare routine so the purpose of this post is more to share what's inside. If there's something that's particularly noteworthy, it'll show up in a future favourites or empties post. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Annabelle Instaglam Eyeliner + Touch-Up Mascara in Black Star and Psychedelic

For the everyday woman, it seems as though beauty products are all about convenience. That's why there's lip/cheek tints, dual-ended brushes, and double-sided eyeliners. Now here's something interesting - how about a mascara and eyeliner all in one? Sounds convenient, doesn't it? 

Thick liquid eyeliner marker on one side and tube of mascara on the other, that's the Annabelle Instaglam Eyeliner + Touch-up Mascara ($12.95) in a nutshell. It comes in three shades - Abyss (blue), Psychedelic (purple) and Black Star (black).