Travel Makeup Bag: Christmas 2014

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It’s that time of the year again! I’m packing up shop and heading to Ottawa for the holidays this year. As I’m writing this, Toronto is awash in rain, rain and more rain. I’ve had enough of it – gimme some snow!

I’m hoping Ottawa is inundated with snow and I can get out to the mountains (which are larger than Toronto’s Blue Mountain mole hill) and snowboard. Lately it feels like I’m the only person who likes snow in this city. When you grow up in Ottawa, you kind of just learned to live with it I suppose. Since I now live and work in Toronto, I feel like everyone here hates the snow. It’s pretty clear the city hates it too because it sure as hell has no idea what to do when it snows. Snow tires? Hah no. Ploughing? Hah no. Wear appropriate clothing? Haaaaaahaha… No.

So anyway. I’m going to Ottawa. And here’s the makeup I’m bringing.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

This year I gave up on on trying to figure out which pre-packaged palette to bring and instead opted for the Makeup Geek Z-palette I’ve put together over the last year or so. I usually (very sadly) default to neutrals on vacation just because it’s easy, but there’s a chance I’ll be meeting up with Kalyn and goddamn I am not showing up to meet that woman wearing neutrals. As everyone else has said… these shadows are phenomenal.

Tarte - Off The Cuff
Tarte – Off The Cuff

Easy one here! Last year’s holiday palette from Tarte has four blushes and a bronzer and it’s in super slim packaging. This has become my “go to” for taking with me to travel since it’s such a no brainer.

Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla
Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla

Neither of these colours match my skin tone right now, but I think they will if I mix them together. Boots No7 Instant Radiance Foundation in Cool Vanilla is slightly too dark and the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 51 Light Vanilla is too pale. I’m sure they’ll work out together somehow, I’ll just have to tweak the ratio a bit.

This is if I even wear foundation though. I hate the stuff really – it makes my skin itch and feel uncomfortable, but it looks soooo much better in pictures when I use it. I also like to put it on if I know I’m going to be out for a very brief period… that way I get to come home and wipe it all off. Stupid gunk.

Too Faced Melted Berry and Wet n Wild 910D/Red Velvet
Too Faced Melted Berry and Wet n Wild 910D/Red Velvet

Too Faced Melted lipsticks are forever in my heart, so I’m not going anywhere without one of them. Melted Berry has been ma jam lately, so that’s in the mix. And since it is Christmas after all, I’ve decided to sashay away from MAC‘s Russian Red for a while and use Wet n Wild‘s 910D/Red Velvet. It’s bright and more luminous, and I suddenly feel the need to be slightly electrifying with my lip colour.

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False lashes are mandatory celebratory wear for me so I’m bringing along my current favourites: Femme Fatale lashes in Catwalk.

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(Nemo also approves of them.)

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And lumped together are my potted products. I’m going risky and bringing only my Manhattan Eyeshadow Base. I say risky because I usually bring two primers to MAKE SURE nothing freaking moves on my eyelids, but this one seems to have been holding steady lately so Imma give it a shot. Tarte‘s gel liner is my current black liner staple (and I’m somewhat close to finishing it). And lastly, is Anastasia‘s Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde cuz without it I only have half-brows and that’s not a good look on anyone.

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Last up are some randoms. I keep meaning to use Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass because it’s a great “I’ve been outdoors in the cold” shade and it’ll double as a lipstain. I’ve also got a mini size of Benefit‘s concealer I want to try out(not that I ever wear concealer…) and Watts Up because that highlight is amazing. For mascara, I’ve got Benefit‘s They’re Real and some Duo lash adhesive for my falsies.

I’m also a dumbass because I forgot to include some vitals that aren’t pictured. They are:

  1. MAC Prep + Prime for lips
  2. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  3. And whatever lipbalm I grab on my way out the door.

C’est tout! What are you guys up to for the holiday season?

Procrastination Beauty Blogger Tag

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I was surfing around for some beauty blogging tag to do since December has meant not only am I strapped for time (not that I’m complaining about having wonderful friends and family to hang out with, but dear GOD this month is an utter scheduling nightmare) but it also means I can’t take any pictures before or after work since the lighting is utter crap. Soooo I’m moderately amused by the title of this tag because while I haven’t been procrastinating exactly, I’ve just been struggling for time… so it kind of LOOKS like I’ve been procrastinating.

Still with me? Did that make a lick of sense?

No? Too bad, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

So please enjoy the “easy” content while I sort out the rest of my December. ;)

1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do?

Lord, I’m sure I have tons, but I’ll only name a couple: I don’t wash my face before going to bed (I remove my makeup with remover, but never wash it) and I only wear sunscreen on my face if I’m going to be covering my entire body (i.e., going for a long run during the summer, out to play sports, etc.)

Mommmmm, pay attention to me!
Mommmmm, pay attention to me!
2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?

Once a month? Maybe? This makes me think back to when I didn’t know you were supposed to wash makeup brushes, so I went about five or six years before I ever washed out my one and only MAC 275 brush. Yeah, it basically rinsed out black. Delicious!

That doesn't even look comfortable.
That doesn’t even look comfortable.
3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?

I used to care and changed it immediately (which was usually every two days), but nail polish is a fickle beast and I do NOT have an ounce of cares to give if my nail polish is chipped anymore. To be perfectly honest, I barely even wear it anymore.

Catnip goodness.
Catnip goodness.
4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?

I don’t wait. Ever. If anything, I usually have a backup ready and waiting in the wings a good two months before I actually run out of the product I’m currently using.

Helping me out while I photograph products.
Helping me out while I photograph products.
5. What is your worst beauty habit?

I’m sure this is going to gross people out. In fact, I’m grossed out that I do it… But  I tweeze errant eyelashes if the mofos are just being absolute jerks and growing in the wrong direction. It’s not a daily thing (or I wouldn’t have any eyelashes left), but maybe once a month I’ll yank one or two out that are just not cooperating. (I know pulling out eyelashes due to stress/boredom is a condition, but this isn’t the same thing.)

(He's grossed out by me too.)
(He’s grossed out by me too.)
6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?

Groceries. I hate doing groceries. Or laundry. Or cleaning.

I think I just hate chores in general.

Awwwww
Awwwww
7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?

This is definitely something I do not do. I give myself plenty of time – usually TOO much time. As I’ve said before, I really enjoy getting ready, so I try to draw out the process as long as possible – much to the chagrin of my friends and family.

Tired kitten.
Tired kitten.
8. Can you commit to spending bans?

I have done, but not often. I often find that even if I go on a makeup spending ban, I usually find somewhere else to throw my money, so it’s kind of a moot point really. I either spend it on makeup, or something else. /shrug

Nemo's working out how much I'm allowed to spend on makeup for the next year...
Nemo’s working out how much I’m allowed to spend on makeup for the next year…
9. How organized are your make-up and nail polish collections?

My makeup is well organized and everything has its place, but my nail polish is kind of just… lined up… sort of? I mean it’s on a shelf, and it sits there, but it looks kind of messy.

Surely this can't be healthy...
Surely this can’t be healthy…

And that’s it. I hope you’ve enjoyed the filler post complete with pictures of Nemo. :)

While I haven’t tagged anyone, I realize that we’re all struggling throughout December, so if you’d like to do this tag on your blog, please feel free!

Challenge Week: Too Faced Everything Nice

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I wasn’t going to buy this palette (which is what I try to tell myself about every palette that comes out). I thought it was too similar to last year’s Too Faced palette (both only available at Sephora), but I caved during the VIB sale and snagged it for 20% off the asking price. For what you get,  20 eyeshadows, two blushes, a bronzer, a highlighter and a sample size mascara, $54 CAD (discounted price) is nothing short of amazing.

When I got the palette, I opened it up alongside my “A few of my Favorite Things” palette and started doing shade comparisons. I’d say there’s about three duplicates, and even then most of the duplicates are highlight/pale shades which are a must for any palette, but the rest are all completely different from last year’s rendition. Because of the difference in the shades, I was *really* glad to have picked this up.

Anyway, on to the looks I created!


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While this palette does pack a lot of colour variety, it’ll also appease those who are lovers of neutrals and browns.

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Eyes

  1. Shiny Happy on the inner tearduct.
  2. Don’t Settle all over the lid.
  3. Knockout on the outer corner and through the crease.
  4. Dream On and Heaven on the brow.

On my lashes is Benefit‘s They’re Real mascara. I also used Chocolate Moon eyeshadow to line the upper lash line.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Chocolate Soleil
  • Blush: Sweet Pink
  • Highlighter: Inner Light
  • Lips: Wet n Wild 910D/Red Velvet

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Fun with colours! The blue shade is one of the duplicates from last year’s palette – it’s fairly sheer so make sure you either use a similarly coloured base, or apply a LOT of layers of it.

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Eyes

  1. Head Over Heels on the inner half.
  2. Live It Up on the outer half.
  3. Totally Fetch through the crease.
  4. Dream On on to highlight the brow.

I used Tarte‘s black gel liner to create the wing and applied Benefit They’re Real mascara to my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation:  CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory
  • Bronzer: Chocolate Soleil
  • Blush: Sweet Pink
  • Highlighter: Inner Light
  • Lips: Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker in Raplumzel

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I actually think this look makes me look slightly cracked out, but that might just be my eyeshadow colour placement. The shadows themselves are lovely… I just… chose poorly.

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Eyes

  1. Girly all over the lid.
  2. Knockout in outer corner and crease.
  3. Heaven on the brow bone.
  4. (not actually numbered) Too Glam under the eye to line.

On my lashes is Benefit They’re Real mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Chocolate Soleil
  • Blush: Papa Don’t Peach
  • Highlighter: Inner Light
  • Lips: Strawberry Malt

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Christmas themed? Sorta? Gold for stars and green for evergreens? lol We were going to Toronto’s German Christmas Market that night and I wanted to look “festive”. And by festive, I mean I froze my butt off while trying to wear a jacket that was not warm enough.

You can totally see my makeup can't you?
You can totally see my makeup can’t you?

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Eyes

  1. Honey Pot on the inner half of the lid.
  2. Too Glam on the outer half of the lid.
  3. Fawned of You through the crease.
  4. Heaven and Dream On on the brow bone.

I used Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper to create a very, VERY thin line on my upper lash line and then applied Benefit They’re Real mascara to my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: MAC Sea Me, Hear Me
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: MAC Strawberry Malt

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This looks turned into being all about the lashes (Younique Fiber Lashes… review coming later this month), but I like the soft effect I got on my lids as a quick “get out the door NOW!” look.

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Eyes

  1. After Hours all over the lid.
  2. Be You on the outer half of the lid.
  3. Dream On on the brow bone.

On my lashes is Benefit They’re Real mascara with Younique‘s 3D Fiber Lash mascara coated on twice.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Chocolate Soleil
  • Blush: Sweet Pink
  • Highlighter: Inner Light
  • Lips: Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial

Did you pick up this palette? What do you think of it? I know that Sephora’s site no longer seems to be carrying it anymore (sold out, I imagine) but I have seen it in physical Sephora stores within the last week, so if you want it, jump on it now!

Five Reds for Winter

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Winter seems to be the season when everyone busts out a red lip. It was around Christmas (several years ago) when I finally got comfortable wearing red lips and I’ve not looked back. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourites, with a bit of variety amongst the shades… but rest assured… these are all *red*.

All of the products listed in this post are readily accessible products (none of them are limited edition), so you should be able to find them if there’s something that draws you in.


MAC - Russian Red
MAC – Russian Red

The red that started it all – MAC‘s famous Russian Red! This was the first red lipstick I picked up, and it’s almost ruined me for all other reds! It’s matte, so it stays put without me having to worry about it too much, which is one of my chief concerns with bright or dark lip colours.

MAC - Russian Red
MAC – Russian Red

I’m wearing this without a lip liner here, but I usually pair Russian Red with MAC‘s Brick lip pencil to clean up the edges.


NYX's Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie
NYX’s Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie

And for the softer side of Sears things, if you’re not used to wearing bright colours, here is NYX‘s Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie. Since it’s semi-sheer, it’ll ease you into wearing brighter colours. Half the battle with bright colours is getting used to seeing yourself wearing them. Once you get used to it, you’ll find it’s far less stressful to wear something “different” in public.

NYX's Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie
NYX’s Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie

This gloss will look good on its own, but it also pairs nicely on top of top of a red lipstick as well. Since it’s a gloss though, it doesn’t have the same lasting power as a lipstick does.


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

While rooting through my reds, I re-discovered Revlon‘s Romantic balm stain. This stuff looks wayyyy better on the lips than I remember it being! It has enought pigment to look like a lipstick, but it’s got a beautiful amount of shine to it as well.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

Also slightly sheer, and feels really lovely on the lips. This one is one of the easier reds – you can slap this one on without thinking about it too much.


Wet n Wild 910D/Red Velvet
Wet n Wild 910D/Red Velvet

This one kills me. I picked up Wet n Wild‘s 910D/Red Velvet lipstick on a whim because I thought it was another colour and holy CRAP – this is AMAZING. It’s also a matte shade, and it packs just as much of punch of colour as MAC‘s Russian Red does, although obviously a different shade.

Wet n Wild 910D/Red Velvet
Wet n Wild 910D/Red Velvet

And it’s cheap as chips too! I think it was something ridiculous like $2.


Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang
Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang

And for those of you who want to make an even bigger impact with your lips, this may do the trick. There’s nothing subtle about Rimmel‘s Apocalips in Big Bang. It’s a liquid lipstick which means you get insane pigmentation with amazing gloss. The glossy bit does die down after an hour or two, but you’ll still be left with beautiful pigmentation.

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang
Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang

What’s not to love about that colour!


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Now, since you’re wearing a red lip, you’ve got to be careful. Use a lip primer. Use a lip liner. Check your teeth and corners of your lips whenever you go to the bathroom. (Basically… use any reflective surface to cheek your mouth out, whenever you can.) Use the “put your thumb in your mouth, lock your lips around it and pull out” method to get as much lipstick off the inner ring of your lips. I tend to stick with the “swipe my tongue over my teeth” method, but it doesn’t get always get all of the product off.

When in doubt, mattes are better at staying put than anything remotely glossy. I’ve also had surprisingly good luck with liquid lipsticks too.

Swatched out lips
Swatched out lips

The after effects of all that lip swatching. I gotta say, I think I love this mixed up shade the most!

Fitness Friday: Goals for 2014 Recap

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At the start of the year, I made a list of a few things I wanted to achieve in 2014 from a physical standpoint. Since I’m always generally about holding myself accountable, let’s see how I managed this past year! JUDGMENT TIME!

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  1. I currently weigh around 150 pounds. I would like to drop 10 pounds and see 140 on the scale.
    • Haaaaaaaaaahaha… fuck. So I managed to get down to 147 pounds right before my first half marathon of the year (makes sense, I was putting in crazy amounts of running distances). But then I went on an “EAT ALL THE THINGS” kind of kick after the race and booted by weight back up to 155. So I’m not sure where it’s at right now. Hovering between 150-153 I’m sure and it’s a bit uncomfortable doing up my pants in the mornings! 140 is still the dream, but uh… yeah, didn’t manage that this year!

      This has basically been me, around food, for the last couple months.
      This has basically been me, around food, for the last couple months.
  2. I want to be able to run a half marathon. I don’t actually have to run it in a race, but I would like to actually train for it just to see how my physical fitness holds up.
    • Oh helllllls yes. DONE! Not one, but two half marathons done this year! And not just in practice either! I ran my first half marathon in Usti Nad Labem in the Czech Republic in September.
      On the course in Usti Nad Labem
      On the course in Usti Nad Labem

      Then followed it up with another half marathon the following month at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront (Half) Marathon.

      Shortly before the end of the race at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon
      Shortly before the end of the race at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon
  3. I want to be able to do an unassisted pull up.
    • Yeah, that didn’t happen. It’s a shame, but I was nowhere near getting close to this one. At one point I was doing 70 pound assisted pull ups, but that’s still 70 pounds I was nowhere close to knocking off.
  4. I want to run multiple races.
    • Done! I ran 10 races in four different countries and six different cities. Check out my Race Results page for more info.

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      Seriously
  5. I want to be able to bench press 100 pounds.
    • It seems I failed at all the weightlifting ones. Weightlifting kind of dwindled in priority for me as I got more and more serious about running and unfortunately it means I didn’t achieve some of my goals. I did get up to 80 pounds at one point, but I’m currently hovering around 65-70 pounds right now. :(
  6. I want to be able to squat  about 160 pounds.
    • Another nope. I think I peaked around 130 pounds.

I’m really proud of my running achievements. When I was doing my 5 and 10k distances at the start of the year, I never imagined that I would run a half marathon. In the end, the distance really wasn’t that bad and I’m glad I got the opportunity to run two halfs (halves?) this year.

In summary, I’m glad I managed to nail all my running goals (hooray!), but they definitely detracted from my weight lifting which is a bit of a bummer. Running was definitely the easier out of two – it was just time consuming, but it wasn’t especially *hard*. Lifting, on the other hand, was becoming harder and harder with the increased weight and while I loved it, I ended up with a lot of injuries that were really discouraging. I’m not planning to give up on weightlifting, but I’m unsure how to focus on that while still running *and* still trying to drop some weight.

And now… time to start thinking about what I want to accomplish next year!

Baby Nemo sleeping on my keyboard
Baby Nemo sleeping on my keyboard

Fortune Cookie Soap – Winter Soap Box 2014

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Soap box time! I was excited to see Fortune Cookie Soap‘s winter theme of the year… and they’ve gone with products themed after National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, a movie I personally try to watch every Christmas.

Jelly of the Month Club - Official Member
Jelly of the Month Club – Official Member

As per usual, their graphic designs are spot on. Sometimes I wonder if I just enjoy FCS‘ creativity more than their products!


Shower Steamer in I Pledge Allegiance, Amen!
Shower Steamer in I Pledge Allegiance, Amen!

I don’t understand these products at all. They’re called “Shower Steamers” but they don’t actually cause any steam in my shower. Sure, they smell nice… but that’s about it. It doesn’t do anything for my skin and I sure don’t get any kind of a fog in my shower unless I turn the water on burningly hot and open the window to let in the -5 degree air.


Deep Conditioner in Christmas Bonus
Deep Conditioner in Christmas Bonus

This stuff was wonderful! The Christmas Bonus scented (yeah… they haven’t told us what it’s actually scented with… we’re supposed to guess) deep conditioner is pretty amazing. To me, it smells of peppermint candy canes, and on the hair it feels like a thick paste. My hair feels especially soft and pliable after using this, but it’s really the scent I’m in love with. I got two uses out of the little pot they sent us.


Hydrate Me in Sparky
Hydrate Me in Sparky

Oh boy. This THING. (Hydrate Me in Sparky) The item itself is lovely – it’s a moisturizer body butter type thing that melts into your hand as you apply it to your skin. And good lord the scent is delicious (vanilla pumpkin waffles – AMAZING)… BUT… and this is an *enormous* but (*insert Kim K joke here*)…

Carnage in the bathroom
Carnage in the bathroom

It’s just a FREAKING MESS. Who the hell wants to use a body butter that is going to turn your body RED? It gooped red all over my hand, onto my leg and then when I gave up trying to rub it into my skin (it tinted me pink), I ended up wiping it off on my towel… which is now stained. (I sure hope it comes out in the wash!) This product is completely *useless* because of the added colour on top of the body butter. Like seriously, did they not test this before sending it out? It’s completely ridiculous and *totally* impractical. Not to mention that it will stain anything you sit on afterwards (like my brand new white sofa…).

DISLIKE.

Edit: I posted about my problem on their Facebook page and they responded by saying that they’ve removed the green and red Hydrate Mes from their order and are sending out different ones. They asked me to contact customer service to “resolve the issue”. In the end they apologized and offered me 10% off my next purchase. I won’t be taking them up on that though since the cost to ship up to Canada is insane!


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Now this was interesting. Whipped Soap? Never even heard of it. But the texture was moussy and slippery and it was a pleasure to use. The Fried Pussycat scent was also equally appealing. I wasn’t entirely sure HOW to use it, so I just plopped a bit on my hands and slathered it all over my body. It probably would’ve worked better on a washcloth.


OCD Hand Sanitizer in Mele Kelekimaka
OCD Hand Sanitizer in Mele Kelekimaka

More OCD Hand Sanitizer. Comes in every box, so I’m left to conclude that this is either the most popular product they sell (doubt it) or the cheapest to make (I’m going with that one). I’m over the hand sanitizers at this point – I’ve yet to finish the one I got in the spring soap box many moons ago!


Cuticle Butter in Moose Mug
Cuticle Butter in Moose Mug

This is glorious. So glorious that I want to eat it. Cuticle butter scented like egg nog? Holy god, be still my heart. Slippery, slimey, oily cuticle goodness. Hard to go wrong with this product! Just… try not to eat it.


Whipped Cream in Bend Over and I'll Show You
Whipped Cream in Bend Over and I’ll Show You

I love their whipped cream, and I was especially happy to try out a scent that I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards. Bend Over & I’ll Show You is especially tart since it’s scented with cranberries and oranges, with pine, spruce and clove. It’s a weird mix, but I really like it!


Fortune Cookie Soap - Tis The Season To Be Mary
Fortune Cookie Soap – Tis The Season To Be Mary

And the final product, usually the most interesting, was ultimately the most disappointing (even Sparky had some pizzazz to him). Compared to last quarter’s red sparkly soap, this was just… meh. It was supposedly scented with sweet almond and tobacco – to me it was just… soap.


And with this box, I’ve done an entire year of Fortune Cookie Soap’s soap boxes. I’ve decided to cancel my subscription just because subscription boxes just aren’t really cutting it for me lately. I cancelled Ipsy a while ago  and decided I’d cancel FCS after a year as well. While it was a fun box, ultimately the cost was just a little “out there” for the products I was receiving (particularly since I had to pay international fees). Although I do have to say I’m a biiiit jealous since they just recently announced their spring soap box is going to be Alice in Wonderland themed…

November 2014 Favourites

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November is such an oddball month to me. All the excitement of October is over (Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc.) and I flat out REFUSE to start doing anything Christmas-related until December 1st. So November’s that month where there never seems to be a theme. But when I think back, I actually had an awesome time! I got to attend my first blogger event ever and met some really nice Toronto-area bloggers there. I attended my first IMATS and picked up plenty of new products. So for what is normally a “blah” month of the year, this November was actually pretty awesome!

However for makeup… I was really, really bland this month. With the shorter days, I find it strenuous to actually get out of bed when it’s still dark outside. And since I kept hitting that snooze button so many times, I was giving myself less and less time to do my makeup. So the end result is a lot of boring products got used and re-used this month. Maybe something will pique your interest though.


MAC - Mystical
MAC – Mystical

I bought MAC‘s Mystical cremesheen lipstick when the Alluring Aquatics collection came out this past summer because hello… have you SEEN the packaging? But the shade of the lipstick really didn’t fit into any kind of summer aesthetic for me. It came out a little too browny-pink and as far as summer colours go, that was a total no-go for me. But I held on to it because I figured I’d make use of it during the colder months. And I have! Throughout the last month I’ve defaulted to Mystical a lot. It’s an easy to wear shade that seems to match all my “blah” eyeshadow looks lately. And when I needed something “that just works”, this was the product for me.


Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige

The next two products were used in conjunction. As I said earlier, I was getting up later and later on workday mornings, hitting that snooze button a good 45 minutes longer than I should be. Maybelline‘s Color Tattoo in Barely Beige is a quick product to swipe onto my lids, followed up with…

MAC - Cork
MAC – Cork

some MAC Cork in the crease. I used to use Haux for that purpose, but I’ve since run through that pan so I’m moving on to my next “boring brown shade” in my collection. It’s not the most interesting of looks, but it’s quick, it’s easy and I know it works.


Femme Fatale Catwalk lashes
Femme Fatale Catwalk lashes

Now THESE are a different story. Femme Fatale‘s Catwalk lashes are anything but boring. These mink lashe are stunning and oh-so-comfortable to wear. There were a few evenings this past month where I got the chance to wear something a bit more interesting on my eyes (aka I had more time to do my makeup than the debacle I encounter every morning before work) and I always opted to wear the Catwalk lashes. Highly, highly recommend these.


How about you? How was your November? Since it’s officially December 1st today, I think I’ll stop being a Scrooge and actually put some Christmas decorations today! :)

What I Bought This Month – November 2014 Haul

Oh boy. This was the month of Sephora’s VIB sale and IMATS. I didn’t do too badly really,  as I do feel like I reigned myself in a bit, but I’ve definitely got an excessive amount of new goodies play with. (Not that this is a bad thing!)


Too Faced - Everything Nice palette (regularly $68 CAD, purchased for $54.40 CAD)
Too Faced – Everything Nice palette (regularly $68 CAD, purchased for $54.40 CAD)

Unfortunately I have no clear full shot of this palette since the lighting has been atrocious lately (I rely on natural lighting and winter-time is so not my best friend for photos). Too Faced‘s Everything Nice palette was a last minute impulse buy during the VIB event. I had last year’s Too Faced holiday palette and figured I didn’t need this. Then I saw a few too many YouTube tutorials on it and I snapped it up during the sale. There are some repeat shades in this palette when I compare it closely to the previous one, however there is a surprising number of shades that are not.

I’m not a huge fan of the slightly bulkier packaging, but it’s a beautiful all-in-one face palette that includes 20 eyeshadows, 2 blushes and a bronzer and highlighter. There’s also a mini Better Than Sex mascara as well. Excellent quality and a great deal all around. The only completely STUPID thing about this palette is that it WILL NOT FIT into the glittery pink makeup bag it came in. No amount of shoving worked here. And considering this palette has no real closure (no latch or super strong magnet) this is a completely idiotic move in my eyes. If you have last year’s bag though, it will fit in that one.


Too Faced Melted Candy (regularly $25 CAD, purchased for $20 CAD)
Too Faced Melted Candy (regularly $25 CAD, purchased for $20 CAD)

This was just tragic. I already owned Too Faced‘s Melted Candy but then I fell out of my pocket on my way to work one day. Since this is one of my top five holy grail lip colours, I had to pick it up again during the VIB sale. Stunningly vibrant shade, this one is a definite keeper. Unless… you drop it and lose it. :(

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes & Cheeks (regularly $70 CAD, purchased for $56 CAD)
Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes & Cheeks (regularly $70 CAD, purchased for $56 CAD)

I was so enchanted with Laura Mercier‘s 2013 holiday palette that despite not being overly enamoured with the colours this year, I still wanted to snap it up. The shadows are just as I expected – buttery soft and blend like no other shadows I own. (As a note, when I bought this, it was 70 bucks on Sephora’s site. I did get the VIB discount, which knocked it down to $56, but it’s CURRENTLY on sale on Sephora’s site for $59 CAD.)


NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Silver ($7.49 CAD)
NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Silver ($7.49 CAD)

I actually picked up NYX‘s Studio Liner in Extreme Silver on Halloween night for use for my Halloween costume. I haven’t used it since… and I’m kind of wondering just how often I’m going to use a silver liquid liner…


Neutrogena Make-up Remover Wipes - Hydrating ($9.99 CAD)
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Wipes – Hydrating ($9.99 CAD)

My staple wipes. ‘Nuff said.


Labello Lip Butter in Coconut (~2€)
Labello Lip Butter in Coconut (~2€)

Finally! My extra products that I bought on vacation in Vienna were shipped to me (I had stupidly left them in a car) so I have a few overseas goodies to add in the mix. First up is Labello‘s lip butter in Coconut. I’d not seen this flavour in the Nivea lip care line (they’re the same company) so I snagged it up to try out. It’s lovely, but it has the same “makes your lips white” problem that I have with all the other potted Nivea products.


Manhattan Natural Bronzing Powder (~6€)
Manhattan Natural Bronzing Powder (~6€)

I’d heard a bit about the brand Manhattan, but wasn’t really sure what to buy from the line. I like bronzers a lot, so I picked up this one. It doesn’t seem to have a shade name other than “Natural Bronzing Powder”.


Manhattan Eyeshadow Base (~ 5€)
Manhattan Eyeshadow Base (~ 5€)

Also from Manhattan is their eyeshadow base. I’m curious to see if this will work on me at all.


Lavera quad in Cuprum Glam (8.99€)
Lavera quad in Cuprum Glam (8.99€)

This one was stupidly expensive for what it is but hey, I was on vacation! Lavera‘s eyeshadow quad in Cuprum Glam interested me because that bottom green shade has some interesting duochrome to it.


Look by Bipa in Crystal Jam (2.79€)
Look by Bipa in Crystal Jam (2.79€)

I bought this Look by Bipa lipstick (Crystal Jam) purely because it reminds me of my favourite eyeshadow from Inglot. How I’m going to wear a shiny, shimmery orange lip… I have no idea. But there you have it.


Real Techniques - Duo Fiber Set ($30 CAD), Powder Brush ($10 CAD) and Miracle Complexion Sponge ($10 CAD)
Real Techniques – Duo Fiber Set ($30 CAD), Powder Brush ($10 CAD) and Miracle Complexion Sponge ($10 CAD)

Next up is my IMATs stuff! I snagged up a bunch of Real Techniques brushes I didn’t have yet” The Duo Fiber set, the powder brush and another Miracle Complexion Sponge because mine is starting to get pretty ratty.


Naked Cosmetics pigment stacks in Ivory and Tropical Paradise ($55 CAD for both)
Naked Cosmetics pigment stacks in Ivory and Tropical Paradise ($55 CAD for both)

A LONG LAST! I have been oogling Naked Cosmetics pigment stacks for a very long time. A few years ago they were heavily touted on YouTube and I’ve been itching to get my hands on them ever since. They had a deal on, so I picked up two stacks – one in Ivory (these are white pigments with a coloured duochrome – they are GORGEOUS) and Tropical Paradise (your standard bright colours, some with a duochrome). I’ve used them a bit and so far I’m over the moon about them. I’m not a huge lover of pigments, I find them messy, but these are so, soooo worth it.


Morphe 36 Glam Palette ($19 CAD)
Morphe 36 Glam Palette ($19 CAD)

If Jaclyn Hill is to be believed, Morphe products are the second coming.

Morphe 36 Glam Palette ($19 CAD)
Morphe 36 Glam Palette ($19 CAD)

So I picked up a palette of brights (36 Glam) because it was nineteen bucks, the quality felt nice under my finger tips and it was a little too pretty to walk away from. I’m sure this looks like clown makeup to some people but I’m just sitting here like “YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS COME TO MAMA”.


Morphe Brushes - MB Angel Blush/Contour ($8 CAD) and M160 1/16 Angle Taklon Liner ($2 CAD)
Morphe Brushes – MB Angel Blush/Contour ($8 CAD) and M160 1/16 Angle Taklon Liner ($2 CAD)

I’m hoping the quality on these Morphe brushes are good because they were incredibly cheap as well! The small angled one is working out really well for my eyebrows so far.


London Brush Company - #0 Fine Art Liner ($10 CAD)
London Brush Company – #0 Fine Art Liner ($10 CAD)

Mmm such lovely photography (I’m kidding, really). I picked this up from the London Brush Company because I’ve been wanting another small liner brush for my gel liners. At the moment, I’m feeling like the brush hairs are too long. Makes it a bit floppy for applying gel liner.


Lit Glitter Kit ($40 CAD)
Lit Glitter Kit ($40 CAD)

Another brand I’ve been dying to try out! Lit Cosmetics was having their usual kit sale – $40 for their glitter base, three glitters, two brushes and a puff that helps remove glitter from your face.

Lit Glitters in California Soul, Lemon Tart and Back in Black
Lit Glitters in California Soul, Lemon Tart and Back in Black

Reasoning behind the colours I chose:

  • I had nothing like them
  • I’ve been dying to have a black glitter
  • xsparkage did a video in 2011 that used that yellow glitter and I’ve been dying to get my hands on it ever since
  • That orangey-red was screaming my name

 

And there you have it! A hefty makeup month and I’m loving every second of it!

IMATS 2014 Recap

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Having never been to IMATS before, despite my makeup obsession long withstanding, I have to say this was a pretty phenomenal first experience. I got to meet a ton of Toronto-area bloggers that I read on the daily, pick up a bunch of makeup brands I don’t normally have access to, meet some YouTubers I’ve been watching for years and… surround myself with people who are just as into makeup (if not moreso) as me!

Blurry hurried selfie while heading to the subway
Blurry hurried selfie while heading to the subway

I was a bit in a rush that morning since I was heading to meet Jenn from Scarlet Beauty prior to the doors opening at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We got there early enough, but the lines were still insane. A line to pick up your pass (aka a stamp on your wrist) and then another long line to actually get into the IMATS hall.

Make Up For Ever craziness
Make Up For Ever craziness

I’d been warned that everyone would go bat-shit insane for the MUFE and MAC counters. I wasn’t really interested in either of them, so I swatched a few items while Jenn compiled her list at MUFE. And then, while she waited in line for an HOUR to get her order fulfilled there, I ran off to check out the other booths.

Kyolan singles
Kyolan singles

I managed to pick up all the things on my “To Buy” list during that hour. They mostly included glitters from Lit Cosmetics, pigments from Naked Cosmetics, and a bunch of brushes from the Real Techniques/Farleyco booth. Lit and Naked both seem to be online only to Canada and I’ve always wanted to check them out in person first.

Main Stage area
Main Stage area

Then, while Jenn was still waiting at MUFE for her order, I got into the Real Techniques line where the Pixiwoo sisters would be meeting and greeting for the next two hours. I have to admit, I felt silly. I mean, I’m a 31 year old woman and I was predominantly surrounded by late teens/early 20-something-or-others, waiting in line to meet some YouTubers. I always feel incredibly awkward meeting “famous” people because I’m overly conscious of the fact that I am “just another blogger in a long list of people they will see and promptly forget”. HOWEVER, I’ve been watching their videos for five or six years now and I have gotten more information and techniques from them than I ever thought possible and I really wanted to get a picture with them.

Real Techniques/Farleyco booth
Real Techniques/Farleyco booth

So I lined up, snagged a few pictures while they were with other people, and then my turn came up. They were warm and friendly – asking my name and what makeup I was wearing (which I promptly blanked on because I was dealing with mild-starstruck-itis). In the end, they were lovely and they took a beautiful picture. On my way out of the photo area (I really didn’t say much to them, I didn’t want to take up too much of their time), Sam turned to me and said she didn’t catch my name. I repeated it, and I thought that was such a sweet gesture.

Pixiwoo sammich
Pixiwoo sammich

Thankfully the picture came out pretty good!

Student competition on the main stage
Student competition on the main stage

Afterwards, it was a matter of meeting up with some more bloggers, having some lunch with a few of them, and then checking out some of the panels and some more of the booths. I picked up way more brushes than I intended (Morphe, London Brush Company) and grabbed a palette of brights from Morphe.

Various life art by different brands
Various life art by different brands

There were also a lot of pieces of art walking around as well. While I love the bright colours by MUFE (on the left), I was *super* excited to see the Mia Sara get-up on the model on the right from the movie Legend. At least that’s what I think they were going for! (Man, I LOVE that movie! Good reminder to go re-watch it…)

A unicorn. With glitter. And sparkles. SO MUCH YES.
A unicorn. With glitter. And sparkles. SO MUCH YES.

The last panel of the day was something to do with MAC Cosmetics and fantasy. It started off interestingly, with the inspiration being teacups and 80s punk….

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….and then everything went disastrously downhill once the Sweet n Lo packets were brought in to be applied to the lips.

It was all fun and games until someone brought in the Sweet n Lo packets...
It was all fun and games until someone brought in the Sweet n Lo packets…

Like… what?

It's okay nameless model, we feel your pain too.
It’s okay nameless model, we feel your pain too.

The poor model…

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So all in all IMATS was a ton of fun. It was crowded as hell during the morning, but a lot of people left by mid-afternoon so there was a lot more space to move around and check out booths. That being said, there was also a lot less product left at the booths by the end of the day, so if you wanted something in particular that was a highly coveted item, I hoped you picked it up in the morning!

Canadian Beauty Bloggers (CBB) - photo from Jen of A Beautiful Zen
Canadian Beauty Bloggers (CBB) – photo from Jen of A Beautiful Zen

Aside from the products, getting to meet some of the CBB crowd was fantastic! Be sure to check them out:

My bag of goodies
My bag of goodies

And despite my concerns, I actually managed to stick to my budget ($200). I wasn’t expecting it to actually happen (we all know we start to cave when we’re around shiny new products!) but I was super pleased that I actually held to it.

Monthly haul coming up on Friday which will include all my IMATs stuff as well!

What’s On My Face – Volume 28

This week’s set of looks has a bunch of glitter, some “tis the season” lips and plenty of lashes!


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An excuse to wear glitter? I’ll take it! I did this look for a sports banquet one of my soccer leagues was putting on. Love how it turned out!

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Eyes

  1. Inglot AMC Shine 33 all over the lid.
  2. Inglot Matte 338 on the outer corner.
  3. Too Faced Milk Chocolate through the crease.
  4. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies on the brow bone.
  5. MAC Reflects Transparent Teal glitter tapped onto the lid.

Catrice liquid liner in Dating Joe Black to create the wing with Pur Minerals Big Look Waterproof mascara on my lashes. I’ve also applied some Femme Fatale lashes in She-Devil.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation:  CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory
  • Bronzer: Revlon Bronzed & Chic
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: MAC Silver Dusk
  • Lips: Bite Beauty Fig

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I’ve been loving the pinky-red berry lips lately and this eye look just worked out perfectly with this lip colour.

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde all over the lid.
  2. Makeup Geek Bitten on the outer corner and through the crease.
  3. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper to create the wing and applied Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite mascara to my lashes. I also have Femme Fatale Catwalk lashes on.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzed: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: Hourglass Mood Exposure
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Berry

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I love the lid colour on this one because it’s not just pale and shimmery, it’s also got hints of pinky, purple and some gold. Makes it easy to match it with different colours.

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Eyes

  1. Too Faced Coquet all over the lid.
  2. Too Faced Ooh La Orchid on the outer corner.
  3. Too Faced Chocolate Milk through the crease.
  4. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies on my brow bone.

Too Faced Dark Chocolate was used to line the lid and Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation:  CoverGirl CC Cream in 110 Classic Ivory
  • Bronze: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
  • Blush: Too Faced Raindrops on Roses
  • Highlighter: Benefit Watts Up
  • Lips: Cailyn Basic Instinct gloss

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I did this look for a guest posting over on Julie’s Swatch and Review blog for a MAC Monday. I’m reposting it for my own posterity!

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Eyes
(all MAC)

  1. Vanilla pigment on the inner corner.
  2. Expensive Pink all over the lid.
  3. Sketch in the outer corner and blended through the crease.
  4. Shroom on the brow bone.

I used Blacktrack fluidline to create the wing, then tightlined both my upper and lower lash lines with Feline Kohl Power Pencil. On my lashes is Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Stay Perfect in Deeply Ivory
  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: MAC Warm Soul
  • Highlighter: MAC Vanilla pigment
  • Lips: MAC Viva Glam Cyndi

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Inspiration? My shirt. Yep, I’m “one of those” that matches their eyeshadow to their clothing!

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Eyes

  1. Too Faced Creme Brulee all over the lid.
  2. Too Faced Gilded Ganache on the outer corner.
  3. Too Faced White Chocolate on the brow bone.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Tarte Park Avenue Princess
  • Blush: Tarte Dazzled