Sunday, December 23, 2012

FOTD - December IPSY look

As I wrote in my previous post (see HERE), I LOVED this month's IPSY (myglam) bag! The contents were amazing and I love that the bag has a bit of everything makeup-wise, it's enough to make a complete look! I didn't even put on makeup with the intention to use the IPSY bag contents at all, it just happened naturally :)

Here it is:



 Eyes closed (I don't know how to close my eyes without having the "stitched wrong"look):



I used: 

Face:
  • Skinfood BB cream
  • Mai Couture blush with some Lippy girl blush (I was using the Mai Couture sheet from a past Glymm bag and it was like the 5th time I used the same sheet so I needed some extra... and yeah, the blush didn't come out quite right in this look for that reason. 1 sheet does NOT equal 5 uses LOL)
  • *Mai Couture highlighter sheet (FROM IPSY)
Eyes:
  • *Mirabella primer (FROM IPSY)
  • My really cool Back to Basics palette by Quo (a golden colour for the eyelid, darker one for the sides, whiteish one for the inner corner. Had I known I was going IPSY, I would have used the NYX shadow - it's very similar to the golden colour I used from the palette!)
  • *Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in zero (FROM IPSY) OMG I love this eye pencil! I had never used quality eye pencil so I believed markers were the way to go but I was wrong. This is awesome and I don't think I can go back to markers and I definitely would not use cheap-ass eye pencils ever! Application is so easy and smooth and much more "natural" looking than marker.
  • Prestige My Blackest Lashes mascara
Lips:
  • *Be a... Bombshell red lipgloss (FROM IPSY) I put on a light layer of this to not be too made up.


There you go!

Do you guys enjoy the very descriptive makeup list like this or would you prefer I list the products in a very simple list style and add any comments in a paragraph underneath? Is it clear enough like this? Thanks for any feedback!!



Thursday, December 20, 2012

3 Beauty Boxes: December Topbox #13-QC, IPSY, Julep Bombshell

First, December TOPBOX




It sucked and I'm in no way excited to blog about it. I can't use a single thing from this box. Acne stuff for someone with no acne, styling products to use with heating tools for someone who doesn't style or use any hair tools and some loose powder foundation. I don't have a proper brush for this product and I hate the messiness so I won't use this either.

The box itself was cute and I'll use it to gift.

My picture maybe makes it worse than it is because it's a crappy pic I took rather than a professional pic like the two other boxes.

Second, December IPSY



This one is a whole other experience! The contents are amazing! This box included:
  • NYX loose pearl eyeshadow (full size) in a very wearable shimmery beigey colour that suits my style.
  • Mai Couture highlighter paper (25 sheets, half of full size) This is not the skimp 2 sheets of blush we got in Glymm, it's a really very generous sample! I loved the way the blush looked on my face so I have high hopes, I feel they have quality products even if it's not the type of thing I'd be interested in buying because of the price.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil (2/3 of full size) I tried this and it's really buttery and nice to use. I had only tried cheap eye pencils and marker ones and this is better than both I think. Much more natural than marker ones and so much better to apply than cheap ones.
  • Be a Bombshell lip gloss in a bright but very pretty red. It doesn't smell great but that doesn't last and it feels good on the lips so I love it! It's a colour that is pretty much the brightest that I would wear out and about so a great addition to my collection. I don't know if this is full size?
  • Mirabelle primer for face and eyes (full size) Nice to have! I have close to no experience with primers so this feels pretty much like my Avon one does. I would've liked a primer exclusively for eyes but it's still cool.

Third, Julep with profile Bombshell


I got this box with my "Jules" (rewards program) because I liked the green one (Cindy) a lot. This is the only one I tried from my box and it's a really gorgeous, festive, glittery green. I enjoy Julep a lot. I want to try the foot scrub soon!
  • Hilary: Full-coverage copper multi-dimensional glitter
  • Cindy: Emerald green with gold micro-glitter metallic
  • Instant Warming Foot Scrub: Cucumber mint scented scrub

Friday, December 7, 2012

No-Buy

I'm part of a group on Facebook called Beauty No-Buy Support Group and it's really doing the job at making me not buy stuff. Actually, it has made me start hating subscription boxes! I'm so close to just cancelling them!

After 6 months of getting on average 3 boxes or so, I'm officially loaded with products and it will take me a while to get them all used up. Skincare products were things I loved to get in boxes, but I'm having a bit of an overdose because after trying a  bunch of new things and having a great time doing it, I was able to tweak my skincare routine pretty good and I now just want to repurchase my regular, most favourite moisturizer, a facial oil I tried, an exfoliating scrub I got as a sample and the only thing I want to add that I haven't figured out is a cleansing oil. With the no-buy, I can't do any of that until I've used up my samples. So the LAST thing I want is more! lol

And darn it!!! I got 3 pimples in the past 2 weeks because of my skincare habits and it's so all over the place that I don't even really know what caused them! I have a feeling it was the eclos cream from Ipsy so it's in my "done" pile even if I have some left...

If anyone wants to rip their hair out with me in the No-Buy group, here's the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/311611098943264/

See you there! Merry merry no-buy Christmas. muahahahahaha hohohohoho :P

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Today's Nails: Gold-flecked blue


This is one of my most winning nail applications ever! It was not all over the place and looks pretty even and kinda cool with the gold flecks. I'm starting to get it!!! :D I used the quick dry nail drops from Julep and it really made a difference in the look and the quality.

This is using my Julep Eloise, described as a smokey indigo blue creme with the Sephora 19K It's Real gold fleck topcoat.

I wish I had better lighting!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Natural Beauty Box TNBB November 2012


I apologize for the horrible picture but this is close to the best I can do when it's all dark outside... And I apologize for the crappy-ass post, but this is the best I can do right now. I'm too busy and tired lately...

I was able to go get my package at the post office today and was very excited to dig in. After taking a look at my samples and trying a few of them out, I'm a little bit disappointed. If I had paid 21$ for it, I would not be very happy. What happened for me though is that I paid 21$ in September and then they had an issue with never sending out my October box, so they promised me a November box PLUS a December box for the inconvenience. So I consider this a 10.50$ box and I'm pleased enough.

I'm not going to give all the brand names except if it's something especially interesting. I might add some more information in the post in the future or make separate posts.

From the top baggie and then left to right, I got: 



  • 2 little baggies of mineral eye shadows. I don't know what the heck to do with these (how to use them), but it's a nice pinky purple colour and a nice gold colour.
  • solid perfume, totally stinks
  • moisturizing cream made with plants. The brand is Native Touch and the product is called Rooting Bear Rub. It's a very interesting product made to moisturize dry spots like heels, elbows,  etc. It smells very medicine-ish a bit like vapor rub style and it's close to solid but it does moisturize and after it absorbs, it's completely non-greasy and feels nice and smooth. 
  • Split ends conditioner
  • brown eye pencil, nice colour, doesn't seem very long lasting, a small light rub and most of the colour was off... but I don't mind that, it'll make it easy to turn this into a subtle look.
  • blue raspberry lip balm, pretty nice
  • lip scrub, I'm really looking forward to trying it
  • interesting little container of face cream. I'm feeling a bit iffy about putting stuff on my face lately after having a few pimples caused by I-donno-what but I will try it... 
  • cupcake soap

Funny thing: 

There was also a little chocolate thing as a promo for their new Gourmet Candy bag and it was the first thing I took out. The second thing was the cupcake soap and I thought to myself that they were going nuts on treats with a second edible item. About an hour later, I took it out of the plastic bag and out of the little box and still had in my mind that it was edible (though the feel of it is nothing close to edible-feeling) so I actually freakin LICKED THE SOAP! Omg I suck! And it was truly DISGUSTING! I hope I have a better experience with using it as soap lol

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Staff Christmas Party Look

Friday was my work Christmas party! I had so much fun with my co-workers (who I also consider friends) and we went as singles so it was a bit of a girl's night out for us. We had a nice meal, a stand-up comic, games, and dancing! We are so lucky to have all of this awesome stuff completely paid by our company. The stand up comic we had is Guillaume Wagner, who is actually pretty well known here in Quebec and was hilarious! Pretty raw in his humour, saying a lot of pretty risky things but we laughed non-stop and though it was a risk to have this type of humour at an office party, it worked great and everyone was into it. 

I wore a black dress just above the knee with the sleeves and top of it with black dots and with black leggings. I accented the look with a skinny red belt, red heels and my nails done in a matte red with gold accent nail (the China Glaze polish from my Topbox). I was planning on having red lips too but I lost my Pari lip paint (from Topbox) the day of the event!! 

Here's the look: 


Makeup: 

Face:
  • Precious Minerals BB cream (it really kept my skin looking nice, bright and even all night, even when I was super hot and without makeup would have been tomatoe-red)
  • Bit of blush and bronzor
Lips: 
  • Revlon lipstain (the one with the marker) in FLAME... Anyway, it kept my lips looking coloured though eating and everything, without coming off all over the place
  • Revlon lipstain and balm (the pencil one that looks like the Clinique and Tarte ones) in CHARM (I love this product, I have charm and honey, the more neutral ones and I wear them the most regularly of all my products)
Eyes:
  • Kohl I bought from Saudi Arabia on the top and bottom waterline (the powder kind you apply with a wand, I'll have to post about this)
  • Big of neutral eyeshadow
  • Bunch of mascara to the top and bottom lashes



They are a bit less bright in person than this. More or less the same colour as my belt. I was probably 6'1 with these on! lol


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lip Tar in Memento IMPRESSIONS

 
 
I ordered from Sephora's recently (BTW, to any interested, it was shipped MUCH faster than last time and was very reasonable as far as delay. MUCH MUCH improved) and one of the items that I ordered is an OCC lip tar (MEMENTO)
 
This is a very *hot* product lately, with everyone raving crazy about how opaque and pigmented it is with great wear time. Here are my impressions with my lip tar:
 
Memento is a very neutral shade. I find it very beautiful but it's certainly not a show stopper type of colour, it's just nice. It's "me". They have some of the most amazing shades for people who are more adventurous than me. Actually, they have a colours all the way to blue and yellow!
 
The product comes in a small plastic pouch with a little brush.
 

IMPRESSIONS

 
The product is a bit more work than I normally put into a lip product. Since I choose neutral shades, I don't have to be very careful about application normally since it's close to my natural lip colour. Though this shade too is very natural, it's a bit trickier to apply since it's easy to put too much. The good thing is though that you really only need the tiniest amount of product! It's quite impressive.
 
I loved the look it gave. It felt nice on the lips. It lasted long enough and did not look all weird as it was coming off (from drinking, etc).
 
I would definitely recommend this product to a person, but I'm sure it's more impressive and "worth it" in a bit of a brighter shade. In this very neutral shade and for a very low-maintenance type of person, this is a bit too complicated for application and it makes it not be an immediate morning go-to product.
 
 
Bottom line: Highly recommended for a lip product lover for its pigmented shades, not as much for a very low-mainenance, neutral, no-touch-ups kind of girl.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quo Back to Basics + Tarina Tarantino Lip Sheen

These two products should belong in a different post since I did not get them at the same place at all (pharmacy vs Sephora's) but I used them both in the same picture so I will show them both together. 

Here's the Quo Back to Basics palette that I got for 25$. It's considered an Urban Decay Naked dupe but I don't own UD Naked and I'm not an eye-shadow expert (I'm less than amateur actually!) I'm finally starting to experiment a tiny bit with eyeshadows because of this palette though and I'm enjoying it!


 
The Tarina Tarantino conditioning lip sheen I got from Sephora is below. They're not selling Tarino Tarantino anymore but she will start selling cosmetics on her website soon. 
I love the packaging. A heavy, quality-feeling tube. The shade I got is called Floriculture and it's a pretty intense red with purpley feel too somehow. Anyway, it's way more than what I would normally wear on my lips and I'm not sure how much regular wear I will get out of this, but I have so many lip products now that even my "daily wear" shades are not actually getting daily wear! lol 
My makeup stash is getting pretty saturated with products of all kids. I will have to post about my stash 6 months later very soon. 



I freakin' love this packaging!
 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Topbox: November 2012 Edition (ref:Box14)

I got my two remaining subscription boxes almost at the same time this month... And they had a lot of the same contents!

Here's a look at this month's TOPBOX: 


I got:


  • China Glaze full size polish called "I'm Not Lion"
    • This is A LOT like the nail polish I got in the Ipsy bag except without the longish green-blue bits. I think I like this better so I will gift the Nailtini one I think. 
  • Pari lip paint 4ml (full=5.5ml)
    • This is almost a full size item even if it's very small. I'm happy about trying out such a true red colour on my lips and even if I will definitely not wear this on a regular basis, it's kinda nice to have.
  • Benefit They're Real mascara 3g (full=8.5g)
    • Same exact thing as I got in my Ipsy bag. I will probably keep it as backup. I would probably not be able to get through a mini tube of mascara before it becomes too old anyway so really having this is the same to me as having a full size (with less waste). Hopefully I like it.
  • Vera Wang Lovestruck perfume sample 4ml
    • I'm not a perfume person but this smells really great and I will wear it. 

Overall: 


A pretty nice Topbox this month. I liked mine a lot last month too (loved the mask, loved the Vasanti scrub, enjoyed trying the Stila, stashed the shampoo and conditioner) so I am keeping the sub another month for sure :)

I'm really surprised about liking the perfume and really happy that I do. It's rare that a perfume sample will "make" a box. Normally I'd see it as a useless add-on but not this time. Good thing with the two "dupes".

If anyone wants to sub to Topbox, I would suggest using a referral link. I checked with a friend and she has a theory that people who use referral links get up the waiting list faster. I waited about 3-4 months (used a link) and she waited longer than I did to get her first box *after* me. I don't have my referral link since I'm doubting I'll stay on long enough to get 3 referrals for a free box but I could refer you to someone to be referred if you wanted! :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ipsy November 2012 (Canada)

We in Canada did not receive the exact same box as our friends in the USA... They got a Benefit lip gloss sample that we were excluded from... I don't know the reason. This subscription is at its first month of availabilty in Canada for 10$+4.95$ shipping.

Here's what I got:





I got:

*bonus is a makeup brush in a pink case. I find it looks real cheap.

  • Benefit "They're Real" mini mascara
    • I didn't get my Topbox yet but this product is in a whole lot of them this month... At least it's a highly recommended mascara.
  • Starlet Cosmetics eyeliner pencil (chocolate brown)
    • Nice product to try but not really my style. If I wear eyeliner, I go with black.
  • theBALM "Meet Matte" in a dark brown colour
    • This is my type of eyeshadow, though I don't wear shadow often. Matte and neutral. I will be able to use this with other shadows from my new Quo Back to Basics palette (Naked dupe).
  • eclos anti-aging cream of some kind
    • I'm skeptical about the plant stem cells and their real effect but I tried this cream and really like it a lot. It's very moisturizing for me and actually I found out today I shouldn't use it with my more moisturizing BB cream because it's just too much together. Nice texture and feel though and overall I really like this.
  • Nailtini nail polish
    • I love this polish because I love goldenish glitters. It's very nice, fine gold glitter with longish green+blue glitter pieces. It's a total dupe for Sandy by Tokidoki and it looks a lot like what some are getting in this month's Topbox by China Glaze. See more detailed picture below:


Overall

I like this box well enough. I'm going through a bit of a down latley and it's making me not be excited about any of it but that has little to do with the contents of the box which are at the very least comparable and maybe (probably) better than other services.
I feel like cancelling them both (this and Topbox) but I'll keep them for December and decide when I find my old self again.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

October 2012 Glossybox (Canada)

I got my Glossybox in the mail the other day. It was late since it was the wrong month AGAIN and I'd seen a bunch of other people getting it already. Getting it so late didn't make me very excited to write this post but here it is anyway!

I thought the box was good but I am still very glad to have cancelled. I would not want to have paid 21$ for it. The waiting and lateness took away from the experience and the box is not any better than when we were paying 15$ so it reinforces my decision to have cancelled.

Here's the box: 



I got:

- Gilette Venus + Olay razor

  • Another razor? It's a useful product to have and all, but it's not exciting and it's a bit soon for another razor in my box I find. 

- duo lip product by ModelCo

  • It's great to get this type of product but I don't love it that much. It's so huge and bulky... The colour is not "me". It's a bit too brown and makes me look too mature, lol. Still, I will make use of it sometimes. It's always a gamble with lip products though and I have to say that the last one, the Glossybox lipstick, was a HUGE winner for me and I wear it often. 

- Zoya nailpolish in Scarlet

  • I love this extremely sheer polish. I'm the type of girl who would put *just* a topcoat on my nails so this is like a much better alternative to that. It is a bit of a foggy clear colour. I find it a MNBB (my nails but better) type of polish.

- Jouviance 5ml sample

  • I'm really not excited about this because I've gotten a sample of their creams before. I have not tried the other one so this is a sample that will do nothing for a while. 

- Sebastian Trilliance shampoo + conditioner

  • Shampoo and conditioner samples don't really excite me at all and it's one of those products that I will use for sure but can't imagine having an amazing experience with. I simply don't have amazing experiences with shampoos and conditioner, it's a product category I don't care about. 

Overall


The razor is useful and has a worth, the Zoya polish is something I might've gotten for myself, the shampoo and condionner is useful and the ModelCo lip duo is something I was happy to try even if it's not as great as I wanted so overall, not a bad box at the 15$ price. Not great at the 21$ price though for me personally and I feel that my decision to cancel has been justified. I'm not at all disappointed with not getting next month's box. 

Ola Hawaiian Body Products Cane Sugar Scrub IMPRESSIONS


I got a generous sample of the Ola Hawaiian Body Products Cane Sugar Scrub in my Sweet Delight Divalicious sample box in September and I have really been loving it! It reminds me a lot of the Dirt salt scrub I got as a sample in Glymm. They both smell simply amazing and have a similar texture that dissolves as it is rubbed on. They are both exfoliating and hydrating.

There are differences.

For the smell, I feel like the particular Dirt one I tried might have a slight advantage but it's not very important since preferences are so subjective and both brands offer different scrubs with different scents. I got Ola Vanilla Ginger scrub and Dirt was a Purify+Glow but had no name to the flavour like there is now on the Glymm website. I don't know if that's a recent change or not so I can't even really tell if they sell the same flavour I got as a sample...

For the "feel", I found the Dirt one kind of greasier than the Ola one (from memory), though it was definitely a nice moisturizing scrub. Still, I prefer Ola.

For the overall experience, there is a major advantage to the Ola scrub because of my eczema that is still acting up on my hand. Salt on it stings a lot and made for a pretty crappy experience for me.

For the price, Dirt sells 12oz containers for 45$ and Ola sells 8oz containers for 24$.
Dirt = 3.75$ per oz
Ola = 3.00$ per oz

I am really loving this Ola scrub and I am considering a purchase of the full size product. I would for sure highly recommend that anyone who enjoys these types of dissolving scrubs try them out!!! I can't imagine a person could have a flat out negative experience with this product. It's pleasant to use, smells so great but not overpowering, it's just a nice experience.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Julep November Box

I accidentally bought the monthly Julep box for November. OOPS. When I saw the choices, I found them interesting (never tried a suede finish) and when I saw my daughter's name, Nora,  in there, I decided to think about it for a day before skipping. Well, I forgot and here I am with a box. Not even the box with the Nora polish in it LOL

Here are the contents: 



I got:

- Amber, a goldenish suede
- Brit, a dark grey suede
- Pink grapefruit body frosting
- bonus: 3 packets of one-step polish remover pads

You may have noticed my polish describing skills have gone way down since my other posts... Well, I usually take the description from the website and now I can't find it. hahaha

Here's a picture of how whipped that body cream really is and I tried it and really enjoyed the smell and feeling of it. Very nice and I'm super happy to have it.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Beauty Box SPENDING

After Aleksandra shared her beauty sample box annual spending and asked the question, I've been wondering how much I've spent! I've been "at it" for almost 6 months so this is a perfect time to make a total and see if I need to reduce drastically or if I'm in an OK range or what.

So let's see: 


Glymm: 3 boxes, now cancelled = 35.40$
Glossybox: 5 months, now cancelled = 75$
Topbox: 2 boxes (this includes November, the 6th month of my addiction to beauty boxes) = 22.60$
The Natural Beauty Box (paid for October which glitched and will end up being November and bonus December) = 21$
Sweet Delight Divalicious (September) = 26$
Julep: 3 boxes paid + add-on = 65$
Ipsy (will get November) = 14.95$

TOTAL: 259.95$ for 6 months


I'm not terribly upset with this amount but it's still a lot for what we could say are samples and random products I didn't flat-out choose. To think I've spent 65$ on Julep when I would not have chosen most of the colours I got and I probably would be happier with 5 colours that I really love and chose myself rather than 10 that I just got from the box. I still feel I got really good value out of Julep because of referrals and products that came with boxes which I use more than the polishes themselves. I also feel I got good value out of all the other boxes and I don't regret any of them, I'm just feeling like it's a little too much to have spent on samples. 

Now that I've been getting these boxes for a little while, I've been able to try a lot of different brands and a lot of products I didn't normally use at all like certain make ups, primers, more natural brands, some high end brands, lots of nail polishes, even hair products.

Overall, I've been having a great experience with the beauty boxes but I definitely want to be keeping my next 6 months way under 259$! If I keep Topbox and Ipsy for those 6 months, I'll be around 175$ which is reasonable. Knowing this in advance, I know that I'd be OK buying one extra box like Sweet Delight or Natural Beauty Box or a soap box, but NOT subbing to BB5 like I've been thinking, unless I unsub from one of the other two. It's really nice to plan in advance, now I just need to stick to it! 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Yay, Sephora Order!

I didn't have a fantastic first experience with Sephora online because it was just so freakin' unbelievably slow to Canada! But really, I couldn't deny that other than the crazy amount of time it takes to get an order, it's pretty good because of the bonuses. 

I felt a need to put an order through since it's my birthday time of year and I was not going to go to a real-life Sephora store to get the Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Duo. Basically I had until today to make that order or I lost this gift - and I'd been wanting to try it! 

I ordered: 

- OCC lip tar (Memento)
- Sephora by OPI It's Real 19K Gold Top Coat
- Tarina Tarantino conditioning lip sheen (Floriculture)

with:

- birthday freebie (Fresh lip duo)
- 3 samples
- 9-piece mini kit (In the Glow)



For a total of 50$+ tax and shipping = 60$
For American readers, this isn't that great but we basically have a 20% mark-up so... yeah 

Click HERE to see the It Kit options. I think it's a really nice bonus to have on your order! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Makeup Look

I'm pretty proud of myself today with my makeup. It's nothing fantastic, but for me, wow. lol

I used the blackish greyish colour from my new Quo Back to Basics palette to make the eyelids with a dab of L'Oreal Infalliable bluey grey. I used my Saudi Arabian powder kohl for the waterline... I used eyeliner for the tears. Concealer over my lips with my sweet tart lip butter. I wish I had some brighter lip colours but this is the brightest I own. I used the marker part of my Revlon lip stain to make the hearts under the tears... That's about it! (BB cream, bit of blush, mascara)

It's not impressive to say this, but this is my best ever makeup look! :D It's actually encouraging me to try new things day to day for eye shadows which I've been so far always hesitant to do. It took Halloween to get me to try something! 



And here is a rainbow from yesterday. Probably the best rainbow I've ever seen in my life - incredible! I'm all WOW, AMAZING, WOAH these days.


Monday, October 29, 2012

WE HAVE A WINNER! Announcement

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. 58 people entered my giveaway with a total of 191 entries total and the winner was picked after carefully handwriting everyone's entry and picking from a well mixed up bag. 


I made a file with everyone's entries and printed it off. I cut papers in equal size and wrote every single entry on there. Those with 4-5 entries got a number instead of writing out the full name and each entry was noted as G (GFC following), S (sharing) or C (comment)

I put all the entries in a bag during my break this afternoon

I picked a winner after mixing up the names for a good while. My co-worker took the picture.

And here is what I pulled out! 21 S! Her share was valid and she has officially won!

Congratulations to KATE aka "Mistake" who has been contacted already and has responded. Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope to do it again sometime!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

WANTS - Physician Formula Ultra Smoothing Cashmere Wear Blush

(I'm so excited for tomorrow)

Onto the post:



I just find this blush so freakin' cute. I love the brightness of the colour and the darker strip in the middle too. I just want this blush in my tiny collection. I saw it a couple times and didn't get it though - I've been using incredible self restraint and I'm being super reasonable ;)

Isn't this the cutest blush though?! They have a similarly packaged bronzer too.

I Improved! Eye Makeup with "Crooked" Eyes feat. Stila sampler palette FOTD

A reminder before I start today's post. THIS IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!! 5-piece set of Barielle polishes and 2 full sized Neutrogena products with some sort of bonus(es) thrown in. CLICK TO GO TO THAT POST.
(At this point, if you enter in the 3 ways for 5 chances, you've got 1 in 36 chances to win so very good odds)


So I HAD to take a picture of the decent job I did with makeup yesterday especially after sharing with you the horrible job I did last time I tried to do something with eye shadows. Now, it's not impressive, it's probably not even decent for most of you, but for me, this is eye shadow SUCCESS!

I was thinking to myself though when I saw the picture that my eyes sure are weirdly crooked when they're closed. I don't know why - it doesn't show when they're open, does it? Yes, I made a gif to better be able to compare closed and open. haha

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FOTD products: 


SKIN:
Marcelle BB cream
bit of drugstore home brand bronzor on cheeks
Lippy Girl blush in Tongue in Cheek

LIPS:
Revlon lip butter in sweet tart, put on heavier than normal

EYES:
The second look on the paper sampler palette In the Light from October Topbox
Prestige Biggest Lashes mascara (the pink tube)
Layla glitter mascara (see bottom pic to see the effect a little) - from August Glossybox Canada

We can see the glitter mascara a little on the right eye especially. This is the same look as above, different lighting.




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

sasa.com Order - Not the Best First Impression



sasa.com was having a promotion for free international shipping on all orders over 29$ USD so I took advantage of that since I've seen it being recommended online and it's my birthday time of year (it was on the 20th). I ordered some masks but didn't go 29$ worth of mask-crazy so I had 2 co-workers order with me.

I got an email a couple days later saying 1 item was not in stock... I had to reimburse my co-worker.

I got another email after the weekend saying that 5 other things were not in stock!!! So I had to reimburse that co-worker the rest of her order plus the other co-worker her entire order and I won't be getting part of mine.

BOO on them for being so disorganized! I've never had this type of thing happen to me ever!

They sent me a coupon code for the trouble but didn't say what I would get with this coupon code so it doesn't tell me much about how sorry they are, but at least they did something and they are still shipping out what is left of my order for free even if after all the out of stock items, a 60$ order is now under their 29$ free shipping limit. It's actually only like 15$ after everything that was out of stock!

They are still going strong with their free shipping promotion but I really don't want to even try to shop there again at this time because it's so sucky to look through so many products and finally pick things and start looking forward to getting it to be told it's not happening. What's the use really?

Has anyone else ordered recently and had that happen? Or does anyone have good history with them and their service they'd like to share to counter-balance what has so far not been a great experience?


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

MaskerAide Detox Diva Sheet Mask REVIEW


I got the MaskerAide Detox Diva sheet mask in this month's Topbox (see full post HERE) and this was the most exciting thing for me in that box, so much that I tried it on that same night. I normally take a couple days to "process" my samples. I don't know why but it takes me all sorts of energy to mentally process the new samples that I have to try and figure out a game plan on when to use them and how to get the most out of them. I'm kind of weird about this stuff AND I have mom-brain which makes everything harder to think about. But this mask - I used it  THE SAME DAY :)

It's not glamorous:


But it's Oh-So worth it!

Application and general "feel"

It's completely soaked in serum-like liquid when it comes out which is great. It was tricky to unfold the mask but not frustratingly so and it sticks on the face super-well because of how wet it is. This is like a slippery type of wet but not gooey... There was excess serum on my hands after putting on the mask which I used on my neck and chest as suggested.

The stuff felt a little bit sticky as it was absorbing and drying but once my skin was dry it was just soft with no trace of excess stickiness. 

Result

My skin felt so freakin' supple and soft after this mask and the feeling still exists 2 days later. I would say this product is a WINNER based on that. I seriously have not felt my skin this soft in a very long time and I'm really very impressed with this mask.

Additional benefit was that I still had some serum left in the packet which I kept and was able to use today to keep the mask's effects going. :D

Bottom line: An easy-to-use, no mess, no hassle AND very effective mask to help skin become more even, hydrated, supple and soft. 




October 2012 Topbox unboxing

Before the post, a small reminder to ENTER MY GIVEAWAY fora chance at winning 5 Barielle nail polishes and 2 full sized Neutrogena products! Open internationally. Click HERE :D

I was so excited to receive this last week but then I found out that they didn't get it to Canada Post by the cut-off and I had to wait until Monday. It's really tough waiting a whole weekend in anticipation!

I'm pleased with my contents. I couldn't use the phrase "blown away" like I wish I could because it's just not that type of package content-wise but it was solid for me.

Here are the contents of the October 2012 Topbox (cylinder):

From the left, I got:


  • MaskerAide sheet mask called Detox Diva (Cleanse, Exfoliate & Detoxify)
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (20g)
  • Aveda invati solutions for thinning hair exfoliating shampoo and thickening conditioner (10ml each)
  • Stila sampler palette (one-time use type sample on a card)
  • OH and I forgot to take a picture of it because I can't find it but on the product card it says we can get a 3-piece Lise Watier sample kit from Shopper's Drug Mart. We don't have that in Quebec so... Not gonna happen for me. Pharmaprix is linked to them but I called and they didn't have any idea of this coupon and no 3-piece Lise Watier sample anyway.


My thoughts: 

The MaskerAide sheet mask is the best sample of the bunch for me. I love masks and I've been wanting to try this brand. I find the retail price of 4.99$ too much for me to want to buy regularly even if it's awesome but I would have paid that price for at least one time to know how good it is and have the experience of using this mask.

I used it the same day I got my Topbox and I have a small review coming up!

The Vasanti BrightenUp! prdoduct is the second-best sample for me because it's a decent size and seems to be something interesting. It's a cleanser-like product that should brighten up dull complexion. Said to be good for all skin types.

The Aveda shampoo and conditioner are interesting... I never thought of myself as having thinning hair but it's not super thick so this product could be useful and I appreciate sending some shampoo AND some conditioner. BUT it's 10ml each which is good for 1 or 2 washings and it wouldn't be enough for me to know if I want to buy or not. Kind of defeats the purpose of the box samples. I was so much more pleased with the Glymm shampoo and conditioner samples last month than this (see HERE for that post).

The sampler palette of Stila eyeshadows (In the Light) are basically one-use but at least you get the whole palette to try as it's sold in stores. I think this fulfills the goal of trying a product to know if we want to purchase the full size but it's a cardboard sampler so it seems like less than what should be a DELUXE sample.

Still, the sampler is much better for me than getting one colour in larger quantity since it will allow me to make a couple complete looks and allow me to try a couple of Stila's matte shadows. I wish I got the fully matte palette since that's the one I've had my eye on, but this one has a couple still. So even if it's the weaker sample in a lot of ways, it's still a winner for me.

Final thoughts

I'm a mix of disappointed and perfectly satisfied. lol

All the products are something I'm happy to try but it didn't blow me away and 2 of the 4 products have borderline not deluxe samples... I'm happy to say that I'm not "threatening" to unsub like I have pretty much all subscriptions lately. Well, I haven't been threatening only, I really did unsub to Glymm last month and Glossybox this month. Thankfully I got Divalicious to keep me going and will be getting the Natural Beauty Box very shortly! And the final month of Glossy too...

What did you guys think of your Topbox this month?

Monday, October 15, 2012

My first GIVEAWAY! Barielle polish + Neutrogena duo

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog and welcome to everyone who is here for the first time. I hope you will enjoy my blog!

This is my first giveaway and I'm so excited to give back in thanks to everyone for supporting this hobby of mine that I have been having so much fun with in the past months since I started. The beauty blogging community is so great really and way more than I expected when I started this little blog of mine.

The giveaway open to everyone INTERNATIONALLY.

The prizes are: 


A 5-polish collection by Barielle called New York Style: 

Shades are: Big Apple Red, Central Park, Soho at Night, Fifth Avenue Boutique and Greenwich Village



Neutrogena Naturals fresh cleansing and make-up remover AND Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover:


There could be other little goodies included which remain to be determined! :) 

To enter:

You need to leave me a comment confirming these entries. It can be all in one comment or multiple ones, I will check them myself and individually note the entries to pick from a "hat". 

1) You need to follow me with GFC for 1 entry. Leave me your name and email addy please. 
2) You have the option of sharing this giveaway for 3 extra entries (you can share in one or all of these ways and I very much appreciate every single share but I will only give 3 extra entries total to allow people who are less active in social media a decent chance): 
                   - Do a blog post - give me the link
                   - Share publicly on your blog FB page or personal account - give me the link
                   - Share on Twitter - give me the link
                   - For those without a blog, just refer one person to this giveaway - give me their name when 
                      they've entered.
3) You have the option of commenting on any other post that I've written for 1 extra entry, just let me know which one in a comment to this post.

Total possible entries: 5

Ends: 

The giveaway ends on October 28th at midnight. Drawing will be on October 30th.


Notes: 
The winner will have 2 days to contact me back to claim the prize.
I will ship the package within the week following the closing of the giveaway and it will vary depending on when I am able to go across the border to ship from the US if the winner is not from Canada. I might have to ship it the slowest way without tracking depending on price, I will see.
Products are all new and unused. The nail polish was bought with my own money while the Neutrogena products are extras gotten from the factory where they make these. They are the same product as sold in stores.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Some Sweet Delight Divalicious Samples Impressions

I've been trying my Sweet Delight Divalicious box samples lately and thought I would give you guys some impressions of some of the products I have been trying. The products that have a star beside them are ones I really recommend you try it out as well and the name is linked to their site.

**********Simply Natural, 4 products

I am LOVING these products and will try to make a more detailed post about it when I finish my whole samples. The cleansing milk is unbelievably gentle. A normal makeup face for me is BB cream with some lipstick so I normally don't feel the need for intense cleansing so this is PERFECT. The rich cream is also just perfect for my combination-dry skin and smells nice. A bit sweet but also a bit foresty somehow; weird but I love it. It's a bit like the Cyberderm PM anti-age for me but less intense in smell. It absorbs perfectly into my skin. The Mycellium cream is a lot like the rich cream but a bit lighter, smells a bit more intense which is a bit much for me but the way it absorbs makes me like using it. I still need to try the toner.


*********Bee's Knees buttercream frosting shimmer stick

I LOVE this. It leaves a nice but delicate shimmer on my lips and smells so YUMMY. It's perfectly creamy and feels amazing on the lips. I loved the effect of it over my fading Revlon lip balm stain or any fading lip product and this has been the balm I put on while I'm working at my desk towards the middle of the day because I'm not a lipstick re-applier. I really recommend you encourage this brand of handcrafted products and try this or something else out which I'm planning on doing sometime.



little soap (I will edit later with the brand name, I forget...)

Smelled really great but in the shower it just didn't do anything special and it didn't smell strong enough to give me aromatic pleasure. It was ordinary.


Feminine Charms body butter

This stuff is so freakin thick! I used way too much the first time because I didn't know how concentrated and thick it was and I had a second where I literally wondered if I was supposed to be putting this on my skin. It was so gross and sticky and greasy. I thought maybe I'd mixed up body cream with crisco. I tried it a second time putting much less and found it was much better but so much rubbing to warm it up enough and still did not feel awesome for me. Smelled good, but overall I really disliked my experience and I don't want to try again.


Amadeya body butter

My experience with this was better than with the FC one I wrote about above, but I just didn't love it. It smelled a lot like the It's a Slice shower gel by Cake, like orange and vanilla dessert, but honestly, it didn't smell *as* good as the Cake one and the cream felt too thick and heavy.





Saturday, October 13, 2012

CC Creams

Move over BB creams, CC creams are coming?!

I JUST learned the wonder that is the BB cream and the beauty world brings me this?! Oh no! I must try this new trend NOW

CC creams are BB creams to the next level, like their name implies. From what I read, they are closer to the original concept of BB creams than current BB creams in that they focus on the skin benefits first and then on the makeup part of it. 

It seems that there is a lot of variation on the makeup part (aka coverage) of CC creams that are out. Some cover more than the average BB cream and some cover less like the drug store option that came out by Olay, but the key part of these CC creams is that they should improve the skin itself, not only the appearance of the skin. 

I also read that they are not as thick as BB creams normally are and so blend and spread more easily and evenly. I need to try these SO MUCH right now!! I really want to try the Rachel K CC cream a whole lot and I will probably have to find a way to get it even if I know I have enough BB cream to last me a couple years. I was really planning on using up my BB creams to the end but I really can't pass by the CC creams so BB's will have to move over a little while at least.

Who has tried CC creams? Which one and how was it? If you haven't, what do you think of the idea? 


You can CLICK HERE to go to one link I read about CC creams that I found good, useful and seemed up to date. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Past Glossybox Communications + my Decision

OK, Glossybox is dramatically increasing their subscription prices starting in October (or November for previously subscribed Glossies) as I wrote yesterday. I was on-board with giving them a chance to prove that the service was worth 40% extra before making a decision on whether or not I would keep my sub but I have just UNSUBSCRIBED officially. 

I would invite you to read THIS POST (CLICK) by Ellesy of Petite Pear Style to read her communications with Glossybox about the price increase. 

You will notice: 

  • They are increasing to 21$ to have what they call "North America-wide pricing" but write that they are a "separate entity" and we're not going to get the same samples so this confirms that the whole NA-wide pricing thing is bogus. 
  • They do not answer the questions clearly and try to give trick-ish politician-like responses instead of direct, honest, complete answers. 

Read the comment by "robin anderson" on that post to see what pushed me to make the decision to cancel. She really just brought to the surface everything that I was kind of thinking and feeling about them and added it all together.


I had a little issue with them that I put behind me after it happened because of the way it was resolved but now that I see that this has happened with other customers for all sorts of other reasons, I wanted to share. It's a small thing but the way it was handled really put me in a bad mood as you will soon see if you feel the need to read on. Basically, them treating their customers like gullable idiots is making me unsubscribe and in August I felt I was treated like that (I also make reference to another situation where we were treated like idiots). 




________________________________________________________________
FIRST MESSAGE:



Candice wrote:

Hi,

I received my Glossybox today and I'm pretty pleased with it so thank you for that. The only thing is that on my product card, it says that I should have a full sized (50ml) John Frieda Firss-Ease Xtra Strength Serum worth 14.99$ but what I have is a 24ml sample.

Is the error on my product card or in my box? This difference would add over 7$ of worth to mybox. To see what I got, here is the link to my blog post and I have a picture of it:

http://candiceandbeauty.blogspot.ca/2012/08/july-glossybox-canada-unboxing.html
_________________________________________________________________

AUG 07, 2012  |  08:41AM EDT
name replied:


Hi Candice, the product card in the GlossyBox states the sizes that can be purchased at store level, and not the size that is in the GlossyBox.

Regards
name
Customer Relationship Manager
GLOSSYBOX Canada
_________________________________________________________________

AUG 08, 2012  |  05:51PM EDT 
Candice replied:

I really don't appreciate this response AT ALL. When your card writes "FULL
SIZE!" beside the description of products, it's to indicate that this is a
full sized item in our box and not a sample. It was written beside the Zoya
polish, the Dove body wash and the Frizz-Ease product but not the others
(which came in sample sizes). Last month, it was written beside the 4
full-sized products (cleanser, razor, flipstick and hairspray) and not the
two products that came in sample size.

I'm giving you another chance to tell me if the product card had an error
in it or if my box did before I unsubscribe for this trick-response
attempting to make me seem like I don't know how to read a product card.

This is the second strike after I saw a response on the Glossybox.ca
Facebook page blaming the lateness of the June box because of Canada Day
which was really insulting towards customers who know that Canada Day is on
JULY 1st and so would not affect a box that was supposed to be there BEFORE
this date!

Thank you for an HONEST response that does not take me for a freakin fool!

_____________________________________________________________
AUG 09, 2012  |  05:28PM EDT 
name replied:


Hello Again Candice,

I have just heard back from our marketing team (after asking them to look at it all over again) and as it turns out this was a editing error on the card. Also, sorry for the response previously which was short sighted, I have been eagerly explaining to other customers that the size and price that is stated on the card is the size and price that is in-store.

I hope that this response has not "taken you for a . ."

regards,
name
Customer Relationship Manager
GLOSSYBOX Canada

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Glossybox Canada Price Increase to 21$



I just got an email that Glossybox Canada was going to be increasing their prices from 15$ per month to 21$ per month to what they call "North America-wide pricing". The USA has been paying 21$ per month for their subscription and have been getting quite different boxes from our's. I'm thinking we will be getting the same stuff as they are from October on but I'm not sure.

People who are already subscribed Glossies will be getting October, the first month at 21$, for their regular 15$ before the price increase comes into effect.

I'm not happy about the increase. I don't think anyone can be happy with a 6$/month increase, though some are taking it better than others. I'm taking it pretty well. I'm excited to see what kind of box we get in October and I'm also taking it well because if it's not completely awesome, I will just unsubscribe and have one less box. I kind of wish they made it 21$/ 2 months. I think that paying 10.50$/month average is decent but to pay 21$ every month will start to feel heavy on the bank account and also it will become too many products someday soon!

The other thing that makes me a little bit unhappy is that as older clients, we aren't getting any sort of deal except the first month at 15$. Luxe box gave their older clients their new 26$ boxes for their old price of 12$ (so they saved 14$ on that first one) and Glymm grand-fathered their 10$ price for old subbers making them save 2$ each month over new subbers. We get a one-time 7$ break which is the very least they could have done. I really think they should have offered the new boxes for 19$ for old subbers. It's easier for us to take if it's under 20$ and it's also a reason to not unsub so we don't lose the special pricing. Oh well, their loss for making it so easy for everyone to unsub!!

How are you feeling about the increase? 

Are you unsubbing or giving them a chance to prove themselves with this new pricing? 

What do you think of the USA box reviews you might have seen around the blogosphere? 



Monday, October 8, 2012

WANTS - Beauty Blender

Thank you for commenting Meg from Beauty Box Canada because I had seen this product on a couple blogs and didn't really make the link between the patting motion of applying a BB cream and the way this product applies foundation. I had never seen it in use really.

Anyway, this is at the top of my "wants" list right now and I might just get it for my birthday. :D Hopefully I will find a cheaper alternative but so far it really seems like this one is superior to the others so I might just wanna go for the best.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Past Beauty Box Products I NEED to Mention


Here are three products, one from each subscription box I've gotten that has really stood out and that I find worth a positive mention. 

Funny that I didn't really intend on choosing one per box and I didn't intend on choosing them from boxes that I got at the end of July, beginning of August, but that's what it ended up coming together! 

Glossybox:


John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra-Strength Serum (click HERE for July Glossybox post)
I have been using this on my daughter since I got the sample back in July's box (so basically, got it in August, 2 months ago) and I still have a little bit left of what was about half a full size product. A little goes a long way and it has really changed my daughter's hair into less frizzy, easier to de-tangle, more beautiful curly-wavy hair! I love the stuff and I will absolutely purchase this product for her! At this point, I wouldn't want to be without.

Glymm:


Cyberderm creams, you know, the ones in the oral syringes (click HERE for July Glymm post)
I really loved these creams like crazy and had an affair with them for 10 days before returning to my regular face cream. A lot of people were iffy on the packaging and a lot of people didn't like the smell of the anti-aging one and a lot of people liked but didn't go nuts for the other cream but I just loved it all. It was perfect for my skin, 0.5ml did my whole face so a little goes a long way and I liked the smell of them both. The packaging was great even if it was a bit creative because it allowed me to know exactly how much I used. Sadly, I did not and probably won't purchase, just because it didn't out-do the cream I already love. It was a fun 10 days.

Julep: 


Acetone-free nail polish remover by Julep (click HERE for August Julep post)
I was not at all excited about this product when I got it because I don't really care what removes my polish as long as it does the job BUT after using it a few times, I found that 1) this one-handed bottle design is awesome and so convenient, 2) it actually removes it better and 3) it smells almost good during removal and after removal when the more stinky ingredients have evaporated, my hands actually do smell good. So I'm really loving this and since I don't paint my nails all that often and when I do I try to keep it a while, it will last me a long time, especially considering I have a back-up from my products mystery box. 


What do you guys think of these products? Anyone else feel the same way about these three? 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

WANTS - BB cream patting machine thing


Found here: http://cosmetic-love.com/etude-house-precious-mineral-bb-dation-set.html

I don't know how to pat in BB cream... I can't seem to figure it out - maybe my hands aren't fast enough. This product is probably made for someone like me! I wish I knew the difference in the look of my face with a properly patted in BB cream vs my usual rubbing with fingers application because I might consider buying this if I knew it made a difference for me.

Until then, I won't splurge, but it seems pretty cool!! What do you think??

Julep October box!

*Worthy edit at the end for potential new Mavens
Right: Eloise. Left: Sabrina over Eloise
I can't seem to find daylight to take my own decent pictures lately, sorry!


What a great surprise to find that between the 24th and 27th, someone signed up using my referral link and they sent me a free box without me really knowing! I don't know what happens if the person unsubs before 30 days... anywho, for now, I have a free Julep box.

Crackle is completely new to me (yeah, I heard it was "so 2010" on other blogs but for me it is special magic) so I was excited! This box was awesome was packaged with a black paper bag in orange crinkle paper and containing:


  • Eloise, described as a smokey indigo blue creme
  • Sabrina, described as a zesty orange shimmer crackle. 
  • Julep Quick Dry Polish Drops
  • *extra* 2 pots of glitter
  • *extra* corn candies
I tried the crackle and it works! I guess that's not surprising to anyone but I'm a crackle newbie and I thought it was really cool. It didn't work on a bare nail though.

Nail polish isn't really my thing so I simply can't buy all of the Julep boxes, it would be too much of a budget hog for the worth of these items for me personally since mostly they would just sit there, but I do love Julep. They have a really great program since it allows to pick a profile, allows to skip, has a great referral program and they are so attentive. Like their attention to Canada in the July box, this box being a bit Halloween themed, the extra goodies they include and something most recently that impressed me was how they listen to their customers. Right away when they got negative feedback about this month's choices all having crackle in them, they made a separate choice box to offer that had no crackle polishes. I also heard about a problem with brushes in the past that they dealt with nicely. Not only sending them when customers complained but since it seemed to be a whole batch of weird brushes, they sent one out to everyone (at least that's what I believe I heard, I was not a customer at the time). 

To conclude, I'm still loving Julep, highly recommend trying out the service especially given that they still have the 1 cent promotion going on. You can click on the Julep picture to the right here and this will bring you to their website through my referral. Big thanks if you do because you will get me halfway to another free box :) 

EDIT:
Just saw online that there's a new promotion, probably more temporary than the regular 1 cent promotion that would get a new Maven 5 polishes for 1 cent! Don't know if it's still working and don't know if it includes a product like the regular 1 cent box would but the code is: MAVENNOW if you want to try! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Gift for my Mom

It's so hard to buy a decent gift for my mom. It's possible that I've never gotten her a gift she really likes - ever... I'm not exactly sure. But let's just say that every birthday and Christmas is an occasion to get her something that I feel confident she won't be that happy about. AND I'VE TRIED EVERYTHING. This Christmas maybe I should try NOTHING. ;)

For her birthday this weekend, I got her: 


Clinique Chubby Stick in strawberry something
Prestige My Biggest Lashes mascara in very black


Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream in light/medium


She doesn't wear that much makeup but she seems to like a little gloss or balm on a day to day basis and she regularl wears mascara, though not everyday. She doesn't wear foundation except for special occasions so I thought the Maybelline cream would be the perfect product to add to her small stash that wouldn't really change her routine much but would let her have a nicer complexion on a day to day basis.

She didn't make any very negative comments and she did try the products probably to make me feel like she appreciated it but I didn't get the feeling she really liked what she got. I hope she didn't take it the wrong way.... A couple years ago I got her a day cream and night cream and of course it was anti-aging, she's over 50! But she was really offended and took it as an insult equivalent to telling her she's looking old. I hope she didn't see makeup as a way of saying she looks like crap.

What do you guys get your moms for their birthdays? Do they normally like it?