Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NOTD: Butter London Dodgy Barnett

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I received two polishes the other day from Butter London's Fall 2012 Collection, courtesy of Nail Polish Canada, that I wanted to share with you: Trustafarian (left) and Dodgy Barnett (right). They are both holographic polishes, which means they are quite shimmery and not for the faint at heart.

I will feature Trustafarian in a future post, but today is all about Dodgy Barnett. First, I am loving this polish. The colour, a silvery grey, doesn't look like anything special in the bottle, but the holo is stunning on (especially in sunlight).

Secondly, the formula is wonderful. It applies beautifully and seamlessly. It took two coats for an even finish (as shown). It covers the nail quite well and it has a beautiful glossy finish. I've been wearing it for a couple days now and it still looks great. No chips!

What's your favourite holo polish? x

Also, you should definitely check out Nail Polish Canada, if you haven't already. While I did get sent these two polishes for free, I have shopped with them before, of my own accord, when I was on a hunt for those Hunger Games polishes. They have a great selection and reasonable prices. Plus, they're having a contest for a chance to win the entire Butter London Fall collection -- check it out here! :)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 2012 Topbox

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I loved this month's Topbox -- it was jam-packed with lots of different products.  It's too bad there's such a looooong wait list for this because Topbox is a great service.

Expression Round Crease Brush
I've received an Expression brush before in a Topbox (the bronzing brush) and I really enjoyed using it. This brush, like the name would suggest, is great for applying / blending eyeshadows in the crease. I like how tapered the hairs are, they're soft and flexible but they hold their shape well.

Pink Wipes
There was also a little trial of these feminine wipes. The packaging is handy on the go. It's biodegradeable, Paraben free, and hypoallergenic.

Nexxus Shampoo & Conditioner
These were another little bonus in this month's box. Trial sizes of Nexxus haircare products. I have never used their shampoo or conditioner before, but I have used their Pro-Mend treatment for split ends and love it. While I'm still a little weary about trying new shampoos, I will probably give this a shot.

Fragrance / Body Lotion
I adore these two bottles! They're so cute! L'Eau de Chloé is a body lotion and Marc Jacobs Dot is a fragrance. If only all fragrance samples could come in such cute packaging. They both smell great! I'm so awful at describing scents, but here's the gist: Dot smells very fruity / florally and Chloé smells delicate / florally.

Kellet Skincare
Last product in the box was a Clarifying Acne Treatment. It's like Topbox read my mind this month because I certainly need something like this. I'm still reeling from little breakouts. If this works, I will definitely purchase the full size. This is also a Canadian brand, which is great.

I was really happy with this month's box. Not only was the quantity there, but also the quality. I can't wait to see what Topbox has in store for the Fall.

How did you like your Topbox? x

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Monday, August 20, 2012

A Little Shopping

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Like I mentioned in a previous post, I did a little cross-border shopping. I didn't go overboard.. mainly because of time constraints. I'm quite happy with what I did get though. And I'm happy with the money I saved! Everything is just cheaper in the US, it's worth the drive and the occasional long wait at the border.

Most of what I got was beauty related. Surprise, surprise. It was just such a better deal, I couldn't help myself. Just for giggles, I'll list both CDN and US prices where applicable. Almost like rubbing salt in the wound of how much Canadian's get ripped off sometimes.

Sephora Instant Moisturizer ($12 US / $14 CDN) - I've heard good things about Sephora's skincare line, so I figured I'd get a little travel size to try it out. So far, so good.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($28 CDN) - I actually bought this from Holt Renfrew. I hear it's very hard to find these in the US ever since Sephora stopped carrying them. They're iconic. I don't think I need to elaborate.

YSL Touchè Éclat ($40 US / $50 CDN) - I am going to give this another go! I don't remember what shade I got last time but I went with #3 this time.

Laura Mercier Lush Nectarine ($24 US / $30 CDN) - This is a repurchase. I adore this peachy shade.

Tarte Blissful ($25 US / $33 CDN) - I love these Amazonian Clay blushes, the hardest part about them is deciding which shade to pick up next. I went with Blissful this time. It's a warm peachy shade. Can you see a trend?

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel ($38 US / $48 CDN) - My mom uses this and loves it, so I picked up. It feels lovely under the eyes. I am really enjoying the feel of gel undereye creams. I also have a de-puffing gel from Origins that I like.

Origins Charcoal Mask ($23 US / $27 CDN) - This is a repurchase and it's great. It makes my skin look so clear and feel so refreshed.

Tarte Blush / Bronzer Duo ($15 US / N/A CDN) - This was one of those impulse buys Sephora tempts you with while you wait in line at the registers. I thought it was such a good deal that I had to get it. It comes with two travel sized products: a bronzer and an Amazonian Clay blush in Dollface.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Romance ($32.50 US / $39 CDN) - This one is a bright pink. It doesn't have any shimmer, but it still has that glossy finish.

Clarisonic Mia, welcome to my face! I finally picked up one of these. I had the original Clarisonic, but when it came to repuchasing, I went with the little sister, Mia. For a couple reasons, first, I used the original Clarisonic for about a year before I realized there was more than one speed and after I discovered that, I didn't even use it. Secondly, I like the portability of the Mia. Much more travel friendly. Plus, it was less expensive at $119 US / $139 CDN. Win, win.

I picked up a Fossil watch. It's in the style Stella and it's two-toned: Rose Gold & Greige metal. I was going to purchase a very similar watch (right down to the same two-tone colours) from Michael Kors, but then I remembered that Fossil makes Michael Kors' watches. Plus, the watch I purchased was on sale & only came to $57 (taxes included). Quite a leap from my original choice for $300.

Lastly my evil eye fave. I purchased a new Pandora charm. My first charm in what feels like forever. At least 6 months. I chose the evil eye because I love how it looks and I love the colours. I've been wearing it as a necklace lately. It looks great alone like this or with other charms on a bracelet.

That's it for now, I will try to have swatches / reviews of some of the products soon! x

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weekend Snapshot

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I was doing so well with this blogging everyday in August thing, but the weekend set me back a little. Not to worry because I plan to be back on track after the next post.

I did a little cross-border shopping, which I will share in my next post, and I also watched Drake at the Kee in Muskoka. It was so much fun. There were no assigned seats since it was in such a small venue (read: a bar). The boyfriend and I opted for the balcony. No moshing for me, thanks. 

I wasn't allowed to bring my DSLR inside. At first their rule was that you couldn't bring any cameras with removable lenses -- at which point I had every intention to feign ignorance (i.e., lie) and say my camera was indeed one of those newfangled cameras that just look like DSLRs -- but then they said you couldn't bring any cameras inside. Though I did make a concerted effort to camouflage the camera on my person to no avail. 

At any rate, I was left with my phone. Though it's an iPhone, it took less than optimal photos. It is better than nothing, I suppose. 

I hope you had a great weekend! Please let me know what exciting things you've been up to :).


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Saturday, August 18, 2012

NOTD #42:
Deborah Lippmann Whatever Lola Wants

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This post is a little late. I was planning to have it up yesterday but ran out of time. Anyway, my nails of the (yester)day. 

I received the Deborah Lippmann Whatever Lola Wants in a Topbox a few months ago and this is the first time I've worn it. It's a beautiful shimmery pink, but it's sheer. Very sheer. It's meant to be sheer though. Even after three coats, it's no where near opaque. 

That's why I used a base first. I went with China Glaze Dress Me Up, which is a duty rose. The end result is beautiful, almost holographic. I love the way Whatever Lola Wants sparkles. It's stunning on.

How do you wear sheer polishes? x

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine - Liberté

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I have been obsessed with sheer lipsticks lately. Not only is it a staple for me during the summer, but I'm beginning to prefer it over the traditional lipsticks. Enter Chanel Rouge Coco Shine. This particular shade is Liberté. I would describe it in the tube as a reddish coral, but on my lips, it's more of a pinkish coral.

I really enjoy how hydrating sheer lipsticks can be and Coco Shines are no exception. I love the colour selection, though I do gravitate towards the brighter, deeper shades. I find those have more pigmentation. Some shades just look like a shimmery balm on my lips.

One thing that might turn people off, but I happen to love, is the scent. I wouldn't say it's a strong scent, but it's distinct and it's reminiscent of Chanel's skincare line and a little bit of No.5.

The packaging is beautiful, as always. The sleek black casing and the gold ring around the middle. I also love the way Chanel's lipstick tubes click when the cap is pushed down. It's silly but I love that sound. These Coco Shines are smaller than their big sister, Rouge Coco. They also feel lighter in the hand.

They wear as long as most sheer lipsticks do on my lips, around two to three hours before I need to reapply. Also, these lipsticks will set you back $39 CDN. It does seem a little steep for what is essentially a tinted lip balm, but you are paying for the name. I think it's worth it. I do love this colour and I enjoy how easy it is to wear.

Have you tried these Coco Shines? They've been on the market for a while now and I can't believe I only started using them a few months ago. x

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tarte Amazonian Clay - Tipsy

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Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are great. They really do meet all of my expectations. They're pigmented, they blend easily, and they last (though not the promised 12 hours).

Tipsy is a lovely bright coral (maybe even a hint of orange). It's not matte, but it's not too shimmery and adds a subtle glow. Like I said, this blush lasts, even through a long day at work and a quick jog.

This blush is great for all skin types. For oily skin types, Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place. For dry skin types, the clay's nourishing and hydrating properties will naturally restore skin's moisture. 

I like the packaging. It doesn't feel as luxe as other blushes I own, but I like that the color of the case matches the colour of the blush. It's much easier to see what you're reaching for. There's also a handy mirror inside the lid.

Overall, I love the colour and texture, and for $33, I think it was worth it. Plus, I imagine this will last quite a while because of the pigmentation. 

Have you tried these Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes? What's your favourite colour? x

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Latest Discovery from Burberry:
Lip Mist in Copper

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I have been wanting to try the Burberry Lip Mists for a while now, but I was a little wary. First of all, they do cost a pretty penny at $39 CDN. Secondly, since it's a Lip Mist, it's obviously not as pigmented as Burberry's Lip Covers. I worried it would just be an overpriced lip balm.

While the colour I chose is boring -- a peachy nude -- I've fallen in love.

The formula is wonderful. It's not drying on the lips and I love the glossy finish. I haven't been this excited about a lipstick since the Dior Addict Extremes came out (granted that was only a few months ago). The colour actually reminds me a lot of Dior's Addict Extreme in Silhouette.  

I know in these pictures the colour looks blah on the lips, but in person, it looks much different. It looks very natural and much warmer.

The wear time is a little disappointing. I'm sure the brighter colours last a bit longer, but Copper only lasts about three hours before I need to reapply.

What do you think about these Lip Mists? x

Ps, I'm having a mini blog sale. Check it out here! :)

Burberry Lip Mist - 202 Copper

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blush Love: NARS Deep Throat

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My go-to blush lately has been this beauty: NARS Deep Throat. Why do these names have to be so smutty? I'll probably get a whole bunch of spam now.

Anyway, I love the colour of this blush. It's a beautiful shimmery peach. It goes on so easily and gives the cheeks that extra bit of life to them. I would say this is a blush more suited for fair to medium skin tones. It's applies a little sheer, but it's definitely buildable.

I took the liberty of swatching it with Orgasm. You can immediately tell the difference between the two blushes. While they have a similar peachy base, Orgasm has much more golden shimmer. For some, it's just too much shimmer. I love them both.

Which is your favourite between the two? x

Deep Throat.

Deep Throat (left) and Orgasm (right).

Deep Throat (bottom) and Orgasm (top).

Ps, want to read about four products I think are overrated? Head over to Topbox's blog & let me know what you think!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

YSL GLossy Stain #15

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I love my Glossy Stains. For me, YSL really hit it out of the park with these. I like the feel of them and I like the over all lasting power. I've even grown to love the scent. 

Like I've said before, it does transfer, but it also leaves a hint of colour once the initial glossiness fades.

#15 Rose Vinyl is a bright fuchsia pink. It's the same one I had in my July favourites. I just love the colour. I've been wearing it a lot lately. You know I love my brights. I also adore the doefoot applicator, it gives the perfect application. It's pricey at $34 CDN, though. 

Have your tried these Glossy Stains? What other colours would you recommend x

The gloss.

The stain.

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