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Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

June 1, 2016

I can be very picky when it comes to mascara. I've had a lot of hits and misses in my time (what an old-timer I am) and only a few "holy grail status" favourites. Mascara is one of those makeup items that completely changes my face. I can hardly go a day without it.I was so excited to get this mascara at Generation Beauty, I had seriously high hopes for it. All the products Tarte has come out with in the last little while have looked so so good.Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara ($28) goes in the mixed feelings pile.I love the brush, pigmentation and staying power. However, I find it to be a very wet, very weighted formula.My lashes are naturally very straight and no matter what, I have to curl them before a mascara application. Don't mind my brows in the photos below. They are slowly growing back after a...

Generation Beauty by Ipsy Toronto 2016 - Swag Bag & Freebies

May 19, 2016

After much anticipation, last weekend I got to attend Generation Beauty by Ipsy!When we got the event, everything seemed to be planned out. There were even ladies standing with signs, guiding you to the event. Everyone got a lanyard with a ticket page in the back. The page had perferated brand tickets all along the edges, easily removable to hand to each vendor. I honestly loved this system, it was perfectly executed so each attendee got a goodie at each booth.Each line had a zig zag (similar to themepark lines) formation that made waiting in line much more organized and efficent. The space was the perfect size, the vendors were fantastic and friendly. Each booth (other than Caudalie) gave out free goodies. The big lines like Make Up For Ever, Smashbox, NYX & Too Faced were kind of a hassle (sometimes 45 min - 1.5hr+ wait times) but the others were 15...

Revlon Photoready Kajal Double Liners - Review & Swatches

August 28, 2013

I recently received a press package from Revlon with some awesome goodies. The campaign was #DareToWearBlue and it included 2 Photoready Kajal Double Liners, an eyeshadow palette and a mascara. I will have reviews and a video for the rest of the items in the upcoming week. Let's get down to Double Liner business! From Left - Right: Blue Nile, Carbon Cleopatra The full name for these liners is Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eye Liner + Brightener... phew! I love the concept of these and I've used both multiple times since I have received them. The idea that one single pencil can do two jobs is always nice, one less liner in your makeup bag too! From Top - Bottom: Blue Nile, Carbon Cleopatra Both ends have a cap, that is quite secure if I may add, it's always a pain when the cap comes loose. The cap also indicates for you what colour is inside...

Annabelle CC Pressed Powder in Light/Medium: Review & Photos

August 7, 2013

For the last few months, I have been using the Annabelle CC Pressed Powder as my go-to setting powder. It provides light coverage and gives a really silky finish.Light/MediumThe colour of the powder is definitely on the neutral side and seems to blend in quite nicely. It gives a really natural finish but would give a cake-y effect (like most powders) if applied heavily. If you are fair or porcelain, this may be a bit too dark for you and if you are quite tan or medium skinned, it may give a light cast to your skin. The packaging works, but I'm not the biggest fan. The clear lid has come unhinged about 10 times so far but the mirror (seen below) is quite large. The whole concept of the powder ontop, mirror and brush on the bottom bothers me. I've had a few products with this layout and I always...

Cuccio Colour Nail Lacquer: Jamaica Me Crazy, St. Barts in a Bottle & 2AM in Hollywood

July 31, 2013

That may be the longest title I've ever had!A few months back at E.S.I Toronto, Ashley, Dee and myself met the lovely Kim Tanner from Cuccio Naturale and were gifted 3 polishes each by the lovely Brian at O.R.G. Skincare. Sounds like I'm just name dropping doesn't it? Well I have to give everyone credit, that's how it happened! Since that day, I have actively been in love with the formula and colours I chose.I also posted a review on the Cuccio Naturale Detox Soak we were given. The Cuccio Colour Nail Lacquer range has such a wide variety of colours. They are mainly found in salons and spa's. All of the opaque shades in the range have 3 times the pigmentation of many of the other brands on the market. More pigmentation equals less coats and faster drying time, score! I have gotten away with one coat of all of...

Montagne Jeunesse Red Earth Clay Spa Fabric Mask - Review & Photos

July 22, 2013

Last week I dove into the Montagne Jeunesse masks I received from Farleyco Beauty and decided to try the Red Earth Clay Fabric Mask first. I've always liked the idea of "sheet masks" but this is a whole new level of mask! Each mask is drenched in the formula and is unlike any other mask I've tried. Slightly less messy than traditional (apply with fingers or brush) masks and just as easy to use. First pomegranate mask I've ever tried!Each Clay Spa mask in the range uses Natural Bamboo Fabric. Each mask is also 99% Natural, Paraben-Free, Farmer Friendly, Complete Raw Material, BUAV/PETA and Vegetarian Society Approved, Dermatologically Tested and 95% of products are manufactured in the UK.   It definitely doesn't look like the illustration on the front.This particular masks has 3 main ingredients, Pomegrante, Cinnamon & Mediterranean Clay. Pomegranate  for it's healing and anti-oxident properties which protect the skin from...

Styli-Style Lip Paint Liquid Lipstick: Review & Swatches!

June 17, 2013

I recently received quite a few items from FarleyCo Beauty and some of my favourites I've tried thus far are the Stýli-Style Lip Paints! This was my first time trying anything from the brand, I plan on exploring more of the Stýli-Style line in the future. From Left to Right: Pink-a-boo, Bare-ly There, Cosmopolitan, Country GirlThe packaging for the Lip Paint's is very compact and very light. I really like the packaging, it's simple and to the point. The fact that you can see the colour inside from every angle but the lid is great. The completely flat edges all around really make storing these in your collection easy. From Left to Right: Pink-a-boo, Bare-ly There, Cosmopolitan, Country GirlFrom Left to Right: Pink-a-boo, Bare-ly There, Cosmopolitan, Country GirlFrom Left to Right: Pink-a-boo, Bare-ly There, Cosmopolitan, Country GirlThe formula for Pink-a-boo and Bare-ly There are creamy and opaque. Where Cosmopolitan and Country Girl almost have a slightly sheer jelly...

O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel for Face: Review & Photos!

June 7, 2013

This past April Ashley, Dee and I were invited to ESI Toronto by O.R.G Skincare.The product we were all there to see was the Organic Mineral Peel for Face.The demo given at the event is more or less the same demo shown in this blog post. I also created a video (at the end of this post) talking about my thoughts and doing a little demo of the product on my cheeks. O.R.G Skincare is a brand based in Los Angeles with products manufactured in Korea. Brian and Suzie are the founders and owners with great personalities to go with great products. ORG has a body peel and soap as well for sale at the moment with more products in the works!The packaging is awesome! Eco Friendly and definitely unique. The bottle itself is glass with a spray top. Very simplistic but effective.This is the first liquid peel I have ever tried...

Annabelle TwistUp Lipstick Crayons: Review & Swatches

June 6, 2013

The Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons have been around for over a year and I haven't heard much hype about them. I have no idea why because I am completely in love!This review will showcase 4 colours in the collection, Breeze, Kinky Pink, Mimosa and Bubble. Bubble has been well loved for a number of months and is definitely not in any form for a photoshoot to take place. There will be a individual swatch on my hand and lips for Bubble separate from the other 3. From Top to Bottom: Breeze, Kinky Pink, MimosaThe packaging is sleek and simple. The clear lid is a definitely plus when storing these lipsticks upright.From Left to Right: Mimosa, Kinky Pink, BreezeThe tip is slightly tapered which helps with a more precise application. I personally like this type of tip the best on lip products. From Left to Right: Breeze, Kinky Pink, MimosaThere is about an...

imPress Press-On Manicure in Ecstatic Cling: Review & Photos

June 3, 2013

Kiss and Broadway Nails were at the Beauty Board I attended this year. In the goody bag we received at the end, we got a set of imPress Press-On Manicure, mine was Ecstatic Cling. I have been dying to try these out due to my terribly short nails and I was so eager to get them on my fingers! Let me start off my saying, I have tiny finger nails... like seriously tiny. Whenever I get my nails done at a salon they always comment on them. They are narrow and short and so hard to find matches when I am getting artificial nails on. With all this being said, the lady at the Beauty Board ensured me they would fit... some did but they were still too big. Each set contains 24 pre-glued nails in a variety of sizes. I love the packaging, so cute and original. It comes with a wipe...

Cuccio Naturale Detox Soak: Review & Photos

May 27, 2013

This past weekend my mom and I had a little foot spa day and I tried out the Cuccio Naturale Detox Soak that I received at ESI Toronto. This product is mainly for spa's and spa professionals but Ashley, Dee and myself were lucky enough to get some to try out at home. My mom and I actually split the product in two because of the "equipment" we had to work with. By equipment, I mean salad bowls! Yes, you read that right, you gotta work with what you have!I personally love the packaging for this. It may not look like anything special to many of you but from a design perspective I think it's perfect! The shape of the product inside made the packaging quite hard to photograph though, but that wouldn't matter to anyone but beauty editors or bloggers really. Inside the packaging were two individually wrapped products, a tablet...

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