Saturday, June 30, 2012

MAC Blushbaby

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I haven't bought a MAC blush in years! But I decided to venture over to the MAC counter for a reunion and I left with two blushes I never owned before. Here's one of them: MAC Blushbaby.

It's in the Sheertone family, like the name would suggest, it's quite sheer but it is build-able.

It's a sheer beige-y pink. It is quite boring to look at but it's a stunner on.

I think it is one of those shades that would flatter most skin tones. I saw this on a girl who was very fair and it looked amazing!

Blushbaby provides the most natural cheek flush. It has great longevity throughout the day. I didn't have to touch up once. It stayed in place and kept its colour. Loving.


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Week(end) in Photos

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Hello lovelies, 

June has gone by incredibly fast... is it just me? (Psst, only six more months until Christmas). I don't know where the time goes. It's a good thing I have pictures to look back on. Here are some snapshots from my week. I am seriously addicted to Instagram!

Nachos, mussels, makeup bag
Fun Thursday!
Dippin dots, the new Iron Man car from Avengers, ticket to get on the Leviathan
View of Leviathan from the top of Wind Seeker, heading up 309ft
Lalalove roller coasters, MAC blushes (really need to haul soon), OOTD
The city that never sleeps, exchanged cufflinks for earrings, shopping

The week(end) was so much fun and I am having a wonderful start to my birthday today :).

Hope you're in just as good a mood as I am! x

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Lancôme Luxe Box Winner!

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Congratulations, Ashley H!!!

Thank you to all who entered and for making this giveaway a huge success!

I've already contacted the winner via email. 

She has 24 hours to reply or else I will have to pick a new winner.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! x

Now that I have my camera back, I will be back blogging in full force!

Stay tuned for my next giveaway ;).

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Michelle Phan Press Relase

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Thanks to Loose Button, I was able to sit down and talk with Michelle Phan at her Lancôme Press Release. It was a great experience and quite different from what I was expecting.

When I got the invite, I pictured Michelle Phan sitting at a table in front of a sea of journalists and bloggers. Instead, it was a one-on-one with her, Lora Spiga (Lancôme Canada Official Make-up Artist), and Julie Tremblay (Lancôme Canada Communications Manager). It was a lot of fun and Michelle shared some of her favourite beauty products and gave me a sneak peek at some of Lancôme's Fall collection.

1. Juicy Tubes (not at all sticky and won't leave globs in your hair when the wind hits).

2. Lash Curler (it has a wide mouth, perfect for wide eyes -- it's reminiscent to the Shu curler). I also learned that it's important to replace your entire lash curler (and not just the silicone pad) because it loses tension after a while.

3. Bi-Facil (it's so important to remove your makeup before you go to sleep).

4. La Base (great primer.. if you have combination skin like Michelle Phan and myself, just use it where your skin needs it. It doesn't have to go all over the face).

5. Hypnôse Star (a mascara is only as good as the brush and the brush on this is so unique -- almost like a flat cone).

6. Lavender Grace palette (this is the palette Michelle was wearing on her eyes and it looked stunning).

7. Artliner (The flexible felt tip liner is wonderful for creating any look -- Lancome is coming out with great new colours soon, too).

I was also able to ask her some questions (thinking fast because I was unprepared), like her FOTD (eyes were created from the Lavendar Grace palette and lips from the new Fall 2012 Collection) and what she would recommend to me for a night look (a dramatic cat eye -- she said with my eyebrows, I could get away with more risqué looks).

It was just a lot of fun, Michelle Phan is so nice, not to mention gorgeous.

Did any of you get a chance to meet her at the Lancôme Event at Yorkdale? I was there but I left before the interview. x

(These pictures were taken from Michelle Phan's Instagram)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Real Techniques | Expert Face Brush

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My second Real Techniques brush has finally arrived (packaging unscathed this time), the Expert Face Brush. It's another single and it was $8.99 (plus shipping of course). You can read my little review on my first RT brush here.

This is another cream or liquid foundation brush but I plan on using it for other things, like mineral foundation, bronze universal, or blush. It's really a multi-purpose brush.

It's an interesting shape. The brush hairs are firm and incredibly soft. Great for applying and buffing product. It really does create a flawless finish. I don't really have any cons about it (other than the handle, but that's minor at best).

Overall, it's an amazing brush. Great quality for under $10! x

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Friday, June 15, 2012

{Closed} Giveaway - Lancôme Luxe Box

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Hello lovelies, 

I blog bearing an amazing giveaway from another Loose Button & Lancôme collaboration. Skip below for all the giveaway details, but don't forget to take a peak at the products you could win!

I've hosted a Lancôme Luxe Box giveaway before (click here to refresh your memory) and was so happy with the products but this edition is so much better!

One thing that's different about this Lancôme Luxe Box is that Michelle Phan handpicked the products to be included and they're all full size! 

Michelle Phan is actually coming to Toronto on Thursday, June 21, 2012. She's going to be at The Bay at Yorkdale from 5 - 6:30pm. You can head over to Loose Button's Facebook page to RSVP (click here). So if you're in the area and are a fan, you should go check it out!

On to the box..

An award winning makeup remover that's perfect for taking off eye makeup -- even waterproof mascara. There are two layers to this makeup remover, so you have to shake it up really well, and it doesn't leave an oily residue. This retails for $35.

I have been meaning to try this for the longest time. I usually just go for the drugstore dupes because a) they're cheaper, b) they're readily accessible. The Artliner is a cult favourite eyeliner. I really like the liquid pen design and the brush tip allows for precise application. This retails for $37.

L'ABSOLU NU Replenishing & Enhancing Lipcolor
This is in the colour #302 Voile De Rose. It's a beautiful colour and a great formula. It combines a lip-care with a unique, delicate texture. It feels great on the lips and enhances your natural lip colour. This retails for $35.

Hypnôse Doll Lashes
This is another cult favourite. Doll Lashes takes a little spin on the original Hypnôse formula to create an even flirtier lash look. I like the brush on this, it has a nice cone shape. This retails for $31.

On to the giveaway....

One lucky winner will be receiving this Limited Edition Lancôme Luxe Box with a value of $138.

Here are the guidelines:
  • Enter through the Rafflecopter below.
  • Canadian residents only (sorry!)
  • Once contacted, the winner will have 24 hours to reply or else another name will be drawn.
  • {Edit} Please be sure to enter a name when you're commenting. Anonymous makes it a little difficult to correspond to the rafflecopter info :).
There are some mandatory fields that involve social media sites, like Facebook, so apologies for those who don't use those. 

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dior Ultra Gloss - Orange Pareo

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Now, I'm not the hugest fan of the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss but I saw this colour and fell in love. It's a bright shimmery tangerine. Pantone colour of the year -- though I'm sure, like me, you're all tired of hearing that.

The gloss itself is nice... not too sticky, not too runny, staying power could be better. It has a lovely applicator, though I prefer the brush on the lip polishes.

The colour is really what sold me. I love the shimmer. It looks beautiful on the lips (wish I had taken a shot of it on). Orange Pareo is a limited edition colour, so if you're interested, you better hurry!


Ps, I still don't have my DSLR back but I did manage to take these pictures with it before I sent it out for repair. It should be coming home any day now...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Real Techniques | Stippling Brush

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I just got this brush yesterday and I love it already! I purchased it through Amazon (US version), it was reasonably priced at $9.99 (a steal considering the quality) and shipping to Canada was around $8.

Now, technically, this is a foundation brush but that's not why I bought it. I bought it for cream blushes. I was watching one of Estée's (from EssieButton) videos and she mentioned that this was a great brush for that purpose.

I really don't like using my fingers for cream blushes -- I find it hard to blend to a natural finish, you get product all over your fingers, and it's unsanitary.

Though I can't comment on how it performs with foundation, here are my thoughts...

What I love:
* The size of this brush is amazing for blush application.
* The brush hairs are synthetic so it packs on colour instead of absorbing it.
* It's so soft!
* I like the density of the hairs.
* It's quite affordable.

What I don't love:
* The base of the handle. The brush feels great in the hand but the base is impractical for me. It's great that you can stand it up on your counter but how am I supposed to get a beloved brush guard over that? Also, if you keep your brushes in jars (with or without beads), it's a little awkward with this brush design. Plus I don't see it having the longevity of a regular ol' handle.

Other than that, I absolutely love this brush and would highly recommend. I am also expecting the expert face brush any day now, so expect a review on that soon. I have tons of new products collecting that I should really haul/review.

What other Real Techniques brushes would you recommend? x

EDIT | The pictures in this post were retaken with a DSLR.

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