Softlips CUBES – Review + Giveaway


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I’ve been aware of Softlips for a long time – my best friend in high school used them religiously. She loved the shape of the slim lip balm stick and how it felt slathered on her lips. I wasn’t a huge lip product person back then, if anything I wore whatever no-name brand chapstick my grandmother happened to give me in my Christmas stocking (FYI,  wrote that out as STALKING first).

Softlips CUBEs
Softlips CUBEs

So when Softlips e-mailed me and offered to send me their brand new CUBE product, a totally different shape from their slim lip line, I was intrigued. The CUBE can’t help but share a striking resemblance to eos‘ rounded lip balm spheres. Having tried the eos balms a few years back, I have to say I wasn’t impressed. They were waxy and unpleasant smelling, to the point where I actually returned one of their lipbalms to Shoppers Drugmart. (I think I’m just about the only person that feels this way.)

CUBEs all a stacked
CUBEs all a stacked

All that to say, I was curious to see if Softlips would be better, equal, or worse to the eos balms. And I have to say, I’m hugely impressed. Unlike their spherical counterparts, these balms don’t leave me with a nasty residue on my lips. The taste and feel is really wonderful, and when I apply them before bed, I’ll wake up the next morning and still find a thin layer of the product on my lips.

Softlips CUBE - Vanilla Bean
Softlips CUBE – Vanilla Bean

The Vanilla Bean flavour is by far my favourite out of the two I received. Vanilla-scented anything is something I really love, and this product does not disappoint! I’ve found myself reaching for this over my other lip balms just because it’s so easy to use.

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Softlips CUBE – Berry Bliss

If fruity-scented items is more your style, you may be more interested in the Berry Bliss option. It’s not to my personal tastes, but I’ve had a few friends sniff it and say they quite liked the scent.

Thankfully, these balms are clear. They don’t leave a white-cast to your lips that can occasionally occur with other brands (*ahem* Nivea), so you don’t need to worry about putting this on in public without a mirror. There’s also a lot to be said for the cute, rounded shape of the balm – it makes application easy, and the shape of the product is pretty interesting enough to feel like you’re using something unique.

Final verdict? I approve. These may not fit into your pocket like a traditional lip balm would, but the flavours are really quite appealing. If you’ve tried these, I’d be interested to hear your opinions on them!

Softlips Giveaway!

Softlips was kind enough to sponsor a giveaway to my readers. Please see below for details!

Prize Pack!
Prize Pack!

One lucky winner will win a $50 CAD giveaway prize including:

  • 1 Softlips CUBE lip moisturizer in Berry Bliss
  • 1 Softlips CUBE lip moisturizer in Vanilla Bean
  • 1 Clutch Purse with zipper chain wristlet
  • 1 Purse Mirror

Details

  • Open to residents of Canada (you must have a Canadian address that we can ship to).
  • Giveaway runs from September 19th until October 3rd.
  • Winner will receive a $50 prize pack, no purchase necessary.
  • Be aware that all entries will be double checked to ensure fairness.

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What’s On My Face – Volume 24

So many vibrant  looks this week! Hooray!


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I don’t wear this look very often, but when I do, I definitely seem to startle people with how vibrant that pink colour is!

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Eyes

  1. NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk all over the lid, with Sleek Floss on top.
  2. Sleek Pout on the outer half of the lid.
  3. A touch of Makeup Geek Creme Brulee through the crease.
  4. MAC Shroom to highlight the brow.

Winged liner with Tarte’s Black gel liner and Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Lips: Softlips CUBE in Vanilla Bean

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I created this look for my guest blog post on Nicole’s site (Nicole About Town), but wanted to re-post it here to have in my own archives.

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Eyes

  1. Inglot Matte 334 all over the lid.
  2. Inglot Matte 325 on the outer third of the lid and used as lower lid liner.
  3. Urban Decay Blackout to darken up the outer edge.
  4. MAC Vellum  to highlight the brow, also used as an inner corner highlight.

I used Tarte‘s Black gel liner to create a wing, then used Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet pencil liner  to tightline and rim my inner lower lash line. I applied several coats of CoverGirl‘s Clump Crusher mascara and then popped on a pair of J. Cat lashes in EL13 with some duo lash adhesive.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: NYCFire Island Tan
  • Blush: HourglassDiffused Heat
  • Highlighter: MACSilver Dusk
  • Lips: essenceWear Berries!

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Oh Razzleberry… aren’t you BEAUTIFUL!

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Eyes

  1. Urban Decay Half Baked on the inner two-thirds of the lid.
  2. Makeup Geek Razzleberry on the outer corner and through the crease.
  3. MAC Ricepaper to highlight the brow.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat

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Playing around with Illamasqua‘s Alluvium pigment. Not my best attempt at blending!

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Eyes

  1. Illamasqua Alluvium pigment all over the lid.
  2. MAC Handwritten in the outer corner and through the crease.
  3. MAC Shroom to highlight the brow.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Illamasqua Skin Base in 6.5
  • Blush: Coastal Scents – some kind of peach blush, no idea name or number
  • Lips: Bite Beauty Fig

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Subdued, but rather pretty.

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  1. MAC Vanilla pigment all over the lid.
  2. The pinky-bronze shade from the Sleek Sunset palette in the outer corner.
  3. MAC Handwritten tapped lightly in the outer corner and used as a liner.
  4. MAC Shroom to highlight the brow.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Extravagant is on my lashes.

Products I’m Pitching

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I couldn’t justify doing an Empties post with these products because they’re really not empty. In fact, these are some barely touched products that I’m just completely chucking from my collection. These are items that I just don’t use in my collection and so I have no reason to keep them around. So let’s check out what I’m pitching or passing on!


KIKO Smoky Look eyeshadow pencil in 09
KIKO Smoky Look eyeshadow pencil in 09

This was actually a great product. I loved KIKO’s Smoky Look eyeshadow pencil but I only got to use it twice before it dried up and fell out of the tube that was its home. It dried up within a year which I found slightly shocking since I have eyeshadow pencils that are much, much older than that and aren’t anywhere near as crusty and hard. Into the bin with this one.


Hard Candy Highlight and Contour Cheek Duo
Hard Candy Highlight and Contour Cheek Duo

Oh god this thing is AWFUL. Hard Candy‘s Highlight and Contour (really? Contour your cheeks with pink?!?!) Cheek Duo smells rancid right out of the package. It smells like plastic that has gone off. It goes on the cheeks in a waxy, slimy mess. It never fully sets, so you’re left with a grease smear across your cheeks. This one isn’t even worth passing on to anyone so I’m throwing it out.


MICA Beauty lip balm in Natural
MICA Beauty lip balm in Natural

MICA Beauty lip balm in Natural came in my very first Ipsy bag and I’ve not used it since then. It’s too pigmented to be convenient in a pot as I really feel like I need a lip brush to use this product. My mom liked the colour however, so I’ve passed this on to her.


Absolute! You're the Balm in Grape
Absolute! You’re the Balm in Grape

Another Ipsy item. I got this Grape balm from Absolute! in my August Ipsy bag and hated it right away. I couldn’t bring myself to wear it again, so it’s getting tossed. Jelly balm with chunky craft glitter in it? No thanks.


Elizabeth Mott It's So Big mascara
Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big mascara

This never ended up working for me how I wanted it to, so I passed it on to my mom who was willing to try it out. (Yet again… another Ipsy product…)


Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the shadow in Champagne
Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the shadow in Champagne

And anottttther Ipsy-delivered item I never reach for. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this eyeshadow, it does in fact apply rather nicely, I must have about five different dupes for this shade in my collection. It’s the most basic of basic eyeshadow colours and not one I need multiples of. My mom snagged it from me.


Lord & Berry Black SILK eyeliner
Lord & Berry Black SILK eyeliner

Are we noticing a trend here? Yep, another Ipsy product, also from my August bag. The world’s smallest eyeliner from Lord & Berry and it’s useless. Not creamy or smooth, barely transfers onto the lid, not fun. GARBAGE.


Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil and Lemon
Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil and Lemon

Nothing wrong with this product other than the fact that the scent of Olive Oil and Lemon doesn’t seem to be too enticing for me. I love Nivea lip products in general though so I’m definitely not harping on the product quality. My mom liked the scent so she snagged it from the pile of things I was going to throw out.


Pacifica eyeshadow duo
Pacifica eyeshadow duo

And lastly, another Ipsy product. Pacifica‘s eyeshadow duo is too weak in pigmentation for me to bother using. My mom liked the softness of the colours (aka lack of pigmentation) so she’s taking it home to play with.


While culling my makeup collection of items I don’t use/don’t like, I noticed that the bulk of them are all from Ipsy bags. Of the nine items I’m getting rid of today, six of them are from my Ipsy subscription. That right there was enough realization to cause me to cancel my Ipsy delivery. I’ll be receiving the bag for the month of September, but that’s it. For me, it’s just not worth the money to be receiving products I generally tend to use up without repurchasing or just throw away entirely. It was a fun novelty for a while, but the excitement has really worn off by this point.

Fitness Friday – Toronto Island 10K

So the next race in the “my dad wants to run a marathon” series was the 10K. He’d done his first 5K in May with me during Ottawa Race Weekend, and a 10K race was the very obvious next step up. We signed up for the Longboat Toronto Island 10K, making this my third 10K race to date. I was excited to do this run because Toronto Island is a beautiful venue for a race as the terrain is fairly interesting. You alternate between paved path running, occasional grass running (NOT my favourite, but my dad likes it) and then finish up running a kilometer or so down the boardwalk before hitting the finish line. Additionally, a good friend of mine decided to join us for the race (the same friend who had done the Sporting Life 10K with me back in April).

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Bib Number

Once again, I was nervous. Will this never end?! I wanted to beat my previous 10K personal best (pb) which was 56:23 but I didn’t know if that was going to be possible. Reason being is that my previous 10K pb was done on a primarily downhill route! Downhill running conserves a LOT of energy and I always kind of figured it was pretty much a cheater personal best since that previous race had been so much downhill. This was an incredibly flat course – there was zero elevation gain or loss, so I didn’t know if that was going to mean I was less able to get a better time.

All that to say… I had no idea what to expect.

We took the ferry over to Toronto Island and made it there with plenty of time to spare. It was a beautiful day – sunny, cool(ish) and no wind. Absolutely beautiful conditions for running. The 10K didn’t start until 11:15, but I think that’s partially because getting out to Toronto Island on a Sunday isn’t the easiest of things to do in the early morning since the subway doesn’t even start running until 9 am.

Me (on the left) and my dad (on the right)
Me (on the left) and my dad (on the right)

So we set off at 11:15 and I broke away from my dad and friend right away. I started out with a good pace, but I could tell my breathing was a little too laboured which meant I would eventually have to slow down. In previous interval training I had done, I knew I could push a 5:00/k pace for roughly 3 kilometers before I’d have to tailor it back a bit. My first few kilometers were done around the 5:08/k mark, which was nice, but I wasn’t going to be able to keep that up.

I started significantly slowing up during my third kilometer right through to my seventh which turned out to be a 6:02 pace. When I saw that 6:02 lap pop up on my Garmin for that kilometer, I knew I had to speed up because that was way wayyyy too slow for my liking.

I stopped to walk a few paces at the last water station on the course (7k) because all I’d managed in doing at the previous water stations had been to slosh water all over my face and get maybe a teaspoon of water in my mouth. (Nothing like trying to drink from an open cup while bouncing up and down.) So I stopped to a walk for five meters and actually got a gulp of water down my throat before pressing on.

It wasn’t till I got around the 8th kilometer marker that I realized I could actually beat my previous time by a significant chunk if I just continued to push myself. I was surprised because I had wasted a lot of time in the middle of the race due to my ever-slowing pace. There wasn’t a lot of leeway for error though, so I really had to book it and monitor my pace closely (thank you Garmin 220!).

Unfortunately, it was right after I realized I needed to push a bit harder that I also started to feel really fucking weird. I started getting body chills mixed with a touch of nausea. I’m starting to wonder if that’s just how my body reacts to physically stressful situations when my heart rate remains elevated for too long. My average heart rate for this race was 183 bpm, peaking around 193. The last time I felt similar chills and nausea was during the 5K race I did in Ottawa when I also had a nasty heart rate average of 185, peaking at 196. Comparatively, my best 5K pb had a heart rate average of 177, with a max at 186 and I didn’t suffer the same odd side effects during that race.  That’s a very large jump in heart rate between races. Very interesting.

Anyway, the second to last kilometer was along the boardwalk and there was a beautiful breeze coming off the lake. Considering my nausea and intermittent chills, this was incredibly refreshing. My iPod also started playing a really energizing song (Cheryl Cole – Say My Name) so it gave me even more inspiration to press on.

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I crossed the finish line somewhere around the 55 minute marker (good news!), headed straight for the water station and pounded down two full cups of water right away. That seemed to make me feel better, so I doubled back to the finish line to wait for my friend and father. My friend clocked in just before the 60 minute mark, and unbelievably, my 66 year old father finished his first 10K in 65 minutes! I can’t even tell you how unbelievable I find that. It also makes *ME* feel incredibly out of shape. I mean, I’m 31 so he’s more than double my age and he’s only finishing the race 10 minutes after me? Holy smokes, what have I been doing with my life?!?

Toronto Island Run medal
Toronto Island Run medal

In the end, we all achieved our goals. I wanted a new pb, and I got it (my official finish time was 55:14, which was 1:09 minutes shorter than my previous record), my friend finished a few seconds shy of 60 minutes which had been his goal, and my dad just wanted to finish somewhere under 75 minutes and he blew that completely out of the water!

It was an excellent race all around, and one I’d definitely consider doing again. We went for burgers and beer afterwards and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as everyone was happy with their accomplishments!

Race Results

  • Finish Time: 55:14
  • Pace: 5:31 per kilometer
  • Overall placement: 386/971
  • Age group placement (25-34): 24/95
  • Gender placement (F): 120/495

Travel Makeup Bag – Heading off to Prague & Vienna

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Tomorrow I’m heading off on a week and a half vacation with a very good friend of mine. Several months ago we decided to go on vacation together and we picked Prague as our destination of choice. We’ll be in Prague for about seven days, but I’ve also extended my trip by a few extra days so that I can visit Vienna with an old friend of mine that lives in Germany.

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I’m changing things up this time a little bit and bringing a (mostly) all-in-one face palette. When I was looking through my choices of palettes to bring, almost everything was either all neutrals or all brights. I didn’t want to travel with an all neutral palette yet again (I get too bored) but bringing an all brights palette isn’t the best of ideas either.

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Too Faced – A few of my Favorite Things

So when I was perusing my palettes I realized that my best option was going to be Too Faced‘s A few of my Favorite Things palette (from their holiday 2013 collection). There’s enough mix of colours in this palette to satisfy me on holidays and it’s got two blushes and two bronzers as well. Most of my powder bases are completely covered with this!

The only downside is the palette is freaking huge which makes it slightly inconvenient. Thankfully it actually came with a large makeup bag so I’ll be using that for this trip as well. I have to say that I’m incredibly nervous about damaging this on vacation. The palette was limited edition and I’ll be heartbroken if I bust this or lose it while on vacation.

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And of course I’m bringing my eye primers – NARS‘ Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and Urban Decay‘s Primer Potion in Original.

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And one pair of falsies for certain special occasions while on vacation (we’re planning to go to the Opera and get all fancy!). These are Sephora‘s Tempting lashes with some Duo eyelash glue.

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I’m also bringing along Anastasia‘s Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde/Taupe because it’ll be quick and easy to apply (versus my Dipbrow pomade).

Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper is also coming along for the ride because of its easy application. I’m a winged eyeliner freak, and while I prefer gel, this is far less fussy while travelling. I love that it has a brush tip and not the regular foam/felt tip applicator that most automatic liquid pens have.

My mascara of choice is the Urban Decay Perversion sample that I received in my August 2014 Ipsy bag. This stuff is absolutely wonderful. Really black, wet formula and does wonders for my eyelashes.

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I’m not even sure I’ll wear these, but they’re good to have just in case. For foundation I have my beloved Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla. It’s the darkest foundation I own but it’s still a touch too light for me right now. Nothing a little bronzer can’t fix though!

For any blemishes when I want to look flawless, I’m also bringing along essence‘s Match 2 Cover! concealer. Having two shades in this package is incredibly handy for custom mixing a shade to my current skin shade.

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In an attempt to possibly counterbalance my precious eyeshadow palette, I’m bringing some of my absolute cheapest lip products: Two Wet n Wild lipsticks (910D and 903C) and a NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu.

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Just some essentials for my lips:

MAC Prep + Prime for lips to keep my lipsticks from bleeding outside my lipline and to increase lipstick longevity. (This product is absolutely holy grail status.)

MAC Brick lipliner for the red Wet n Wild lipstick. While the lipstick doesn’t necessarily need the liner since it’s pigmented enough, it’s just nice to have something to help clean up the edges of a red lipstick.

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And lastly, a Nivea lip balm in Milk & Honey for when I inevitably end up with chapped lips (thanks airplane air) and a bite-size Benefit Watt’s Up! cream highlighter.

I’m actually quite proud of this makeup bag. I think it’s the right choice for a “longer” (~12 days) European vacation without being overly excessive in the product department. I think the Too Faced palette really made it a lot easier since it alleviated the need to bring a bronzer and some blush options.

By the way, if you’ve been to either Prague or Vienna, I’d love to hear any of your recommendations for places to visit!

Challenge Week: Urban Decay Naked 2

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I’ll start off by saying I hugely dislike this palette. I bought the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette not long after it was released because I loved the first Naked palette so much and figured a second palette must be just as good… However, the Naked 2 has always been an absolute downer in my makeup collection. I never reach for it, and when I do, I’m forcing myself to use it just so I can say I did.

So that’s what this past week has been like. Forcing myself to use this palette. And it was painful.

My primary problem with this palette is that while some shades are beautiful… the reality is that most of them just blend into each other so much so that you’d think the colours were all completely identical. Nothing feels unique about these shades, and that’s what makes it so frustrating. I tried for a solid week to make interesting eye looks, and in the end I was just disappointed with everything.

Anyway, on with the (all completely similar) looks.


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This is the very first look I did that week, and I think it’s my favourite. The colours remind me of stuff I’ve done with the Naked 3 palette.

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Eyes

  1. Tease blended through the crease.
  2. YDK on the inner two-thirds of the lid.
  3. Busted on the outer third.
  4. Foxy to highlight the brow.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Milani Luminoso

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Baaaad lighting. BAD.

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Eyes

  1. Bootycall on lid and to highlight the brow.
  2. Snakebite in the outer corner and through the crease.

essence get BIG! lashes mascara on my lashes and Hard Candy Skinny Dipping blush on my cheeks.


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This one’s a bit better, but it’s just not colours I tend to gravitate towards.

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Eyes

  1. Chopper on the inner two-thirds of the lid.
  2. Snakebite on the outer corner and through the crease.
  3. Foxy to highlight the brow.

MAC Dipdown fluidline to create the wing and CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: essence Autumn Peach

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This is a prime example of my problem with this palette. Can you even tell I have a different colour in the outer corner?!?! ARGH!!!

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Eyes

  1. Bootycall on the inner two-thirds of the lid.
  2. Suspect on the outer third.
  3. Tease through the crease.
  4. Foxy to highlight the brow.

Tarte gel liner in Black to create the wing and CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar

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Fall time! Time to bust out the dark lips!

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Eyes

  1. Verve on the inner two-thirds of the lid.
  2. Busted on the outer corner and lightly through the crease.
  3. Foxy on the brow bone.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: MAC Gingerly
  • Highlighter: MAC Silver Dusk
  • Lips: Revlon Black Cherry

 

So I tried. In the end, I really tried. But this palette just isn’t for me. I like that it completes my Naked palette collection, but man, definitely would not encourage anyone to pick this one up.

2014 Halloween Prep

I love Halloween. Absolutely love it. It’s my “holiday” of choice over everything else. Horror movies. Ghost stories. Dressing up. Candy. Night time hijinx. Orange. Black. So what I’m saying is… there isn’t anything about Halloween I don’t love.

Nemo and his pumpkin
Nemo and his pumpkin

However, I got completely out of dressing up in my 20s. Some of my friends or significant others weren’t really into it, and so I just continued my festive cheer by decorating the apartment and watching scary movies with a humongous bowl of candy in my lap while carving pumpkins.

Best Target purchase ever!
Best Target purchase ever!

Last year I got my first taste of what it was like to properly dress up and go out down Church Street in Toronto. The city closes off Church and it turns into an absolute spectacle. People come out either dressed in their costumes, or with their cameras to take pictures of those in costume. I had a good friend who was very into dressing up and we decided to do Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask. We were a huge hit. We were stopped over a hundred times to have our photos taken. Never in my life have I felt like such a celebrity. In years past I had always dressed up as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that’s not an easily recognizable character really. This was my first taste of dressing up as a huge character and I loved it.

Tuxedo Mask & Sailor Moon (2013)
Tuxedo Mask & Sailor Moon (2013)

I was so drunk with happiness over having so much fun that I knew I wanted to keep this up EVERY year!

Guardians of the Galaxy © Marvel
Guardians of the Galaxy © Marvel

So, a bunch of went to go see The Guardians of the Galaxy a few weeks ago. And on the way out, someone pointed out we had the perfect composition to actually go as the Guardians for Halloween. My jaw hit the floor. He was totally right. We had the muscle man (who was also Tuxedo Mask last year), the blond Starlord, their son as Rocket raccoon, my exceptionally tall friend as Groot and myself, being the only chick there, as Gamora. My excitement pretty much went through the roof. Five people doing a group costume. This is going to be amazing.

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Gamora © Marvel

And so I started planning. Given that we have 2.5 months to work on this all together, I am super excited because it means there’s far less chance that this’ll bomb out completely.

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I’ve already ordered a replica wig on Ebay for the stunningly cheap price of $20 (plus free shipping – thank you China). I’m curious as to the quality of this wig though. I suppose I’ll see when it arrives. I also made a quick visit to the MAC Pro store and picked up a Chromacake in Landscape Green so that I can cover my entire body in it.

Gamora © Marvel
Gamora © Marvel

The outfit could potentially be the hardest part, but there are plenty of purchasable ones online. Unfortunately, at this time, they ALL seem to be out of stock! Last year I was able to make my costume, but the construction of that outfit was not that difficult compared to making a full leather body suit.

I’m glad to have a plan and I love that it’s going to be one that’s going to test my makeup skills. This is going to be so much fun!

What’s On My Face – Volume 23

Let’s dive right in!

I was inspired by this insanity of a dress that I recently picked up:

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To create the following look:

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And I think it came out amazingly well!

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Eyes

  1. Illamasqua Alluvium all over the lid.
  2. Laura Mercier Violet Ink in the outer corner and used to line the lower lashline.
  3. MAC Handwritten in the very outer corner to darken the edge up.
  4. Makeup Geek Simply Marlena at the top of the crease.
  5. MAC Shroom on the inner tearduct and to highlight the brow.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Illamasqua Skin Base in 6.5
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Wet n Wild Heather Silk
  • Highlighter: Hard Candy Tiki
  • Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait

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Overly simple for my books, but quite striking in its simplicity.

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde all over the lid.
  2. Makeup Geek Preppy on the outer half.
  3. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean to highlight the brow.

For the winged liner I used Tarte‘s black gel liner and used Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance foundation in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: Wet n Wild Mellow Wine
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Wet n Wild 910D with MAC Strawberry Malt lipglass on top

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I was struggling with essence‘s All About Candies eyeshadow palette until I started using a solid thick white based underneath the shadows. Use that and you should be good to go!

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Eyes

  1. Cover the entire lid with NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk and smooth it out with your finger. Then layer the pale green shade in essence‘s All About Candies palette on top.
  2. MAC Club in the outer corner and through the crease and on the lower lash line.
  3. MAC Blanc Type to highlight the brow.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance foundation in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Concealer: essence Match2Cover (darker shade) underneath my eyes
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle

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Sunset-themed eyes, a favourite of mine throughout August.

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Eyes

I first applied NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk all over the lid, then:

  1. Inglot Matte 370 on the inner half of the lid.
  2. Inglot Matte 383 on the outer half of the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee to blend out the crease.
  4. MAC Shroom to highlight the brow.

Tarte‘s black gel liner was used to create the wing and Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: essence Autumn Peach
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Too Faced Coral Fire

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Another sun-based look!

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Eyes

Using essence‘s All About Sunrise palette:

  1. Pale orange shade on the inner corner.
  2. Medium brown on the center of the lid.
  3. Darker brown on the outer corner.
  4. Champagne shade to highlight the brow.
  5. Gold shade all over the lower lash line.

MAC‘s Dipdown fluidline was used to create the winged liner, essence‘s black gel pencil liner to tightline and line the inner water line. essence‘s Get Big! Lashes mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: essence Autumn Peach
  • Highlighter: Champagne shade from the essence All About Sunrise palette
  • Lips: essence On The Catwalk!

August 2014 Favourites

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I had to laugh when I looked at my favourites this month. The blushes I used this month are near identical! This month was a 50/50 mix of discovering new products and loving some old ones for me. I definitely favoured colours that were more on the sunset spectrum of things, which I think was partially inspired by having heavily used Sleek’s Sunset palette near the start of the month.


essence - Autumn Peach
essence – Autumn Peach

I received essence‘s Autumn Peach blush from a promotional package I was sent by PR, and this blush was by far the best thing in there. I love absolutely everything about it: The packaging, the colour, the embossed graphics, the wear time. There is not a single thing about this blush that I dislike. It goes on my cheeks as a subdued bright apricot that I can build up to be quite intense. I defaulted to this blush so much because it’s just so easy to wear and seemed to match an awful lot of my eye looks in the last month.


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And this might as well be essence’s Autumn Peach blush’s slightly pinker sister! Tarte‘s Charisma is another shade I defaulted to a lot this month. Considering it’s so close to Autumn Peach, you can see that I was heavily favouring pinky-oranges in August. Charisma has a hint of gold sparkle to it, so I don’t generally use a highlighter when I opt to wear this one. Beautiful shade.


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Keeping with the sunset theme is MAC‘s Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension highlighter. The consistency of the Extra Dimension products has always felt very strange on my fingers (like a chalky styrofoam???) but it doesn’t feel like that when applied to the face. I wore a lot of oranges, bronzes and golds on my eyes in August so I tended to reach for my more golden highlighter to complement the looks.


Illamasqua - Alluvium
Illamasqua – Alluvium

Alluvium is Illamasqua‘s most confusing pigment ever. Looks purply-bronze in the pot, swatches blue. In an effort to understand this pigment (what am I, the Eyeshadow Whisperer?), I used it a LOT after I bought it this month. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be a way to pull out the copper sparkles as this defaulted to a bright blue pigment no matter how I used it. If you’re looking for a vibrant blue pigment however, this is absolutely stunning.


Urban Decay Perversion mascara
Urban Decay Perversion mascara

My last favourite of the month is Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara. I received this little baby sized sample in my August Ipsy bag and fell in love immediately. Black, thick and wet (yep, I’m still talking about mascara) – this product is WONDERFUL. I have an unfortunate number of mascaras open at the moment (which is not a particular habit of mine), but I reached for this product over the six others I’ve bought/received lately. The one day I used another mascara instead of this one, I instantly regretted it. Love, love, LOVE!


What colours did you steer towards throughout August?

Fortune Cookie Soap – Fall Soap Box 2014

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Having been subscribed to Fortune Cookie Soap for the last two season’s boxes, I knew I would be the most excited for the fall soap box. Fall scents are what I lean towards the most, likely because everything tends to smell like the woods and pumpkins (yep, I’m one those pumpkin spice latte women).

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One thing that I need to point out is just how much I enjoy their design work. Their logos and designs are always eye-catching and I find myself in awe of what they produce from a visual perspective. The colours are always enticing and the graphics are beautiful. I love that they put so much work into the visuals.

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Fortune Cookie Soap‘s Fall Soap Box is very clearly Wizard of Oz/Wicked influenced. While I’ve seen the musical, I’m not fanatical about it like most people are, so a lot of these products names may be totally lost on me.

Whipped Cream in Wicked, Good
Whipped Cream in Wicked, Good

Awwwww yisssssss. Pumpkin goodness right off the bat! Their Wicked, Good scent is basically pumpkin, vanilla and dried fruits rolled up into one amazing scent. I *love* this. I’d prefer it in candle format since smearing it over my body makes me feel like I’m rubbing a Bath & Body Works candle on me, but I still love it. Their Whipped Cream formula is wonderful, as per usual. Highly recommended.

OCD Hand Sanitizer in Roy G. Biv
OCD Hand Sanitizer in Roy G. Biv

I’m so over hand sanitizer. This is my third FCS Soap Box, and my third OCD Hand Sanitizer packed within. I’m not even halfway through the first one they sent me, never mind the second one. The Roy G. Biv name is cute and clever though.

Bubble Bath Powder in Miss Popular
Bubble Bath Powder in Miss Popular

Oooohh noooooo. This one is not for me! This smelled way too flowery. I dumped it in the bathtub and had the quickest dip of my life (and I’m not much of a long soaker to begin with) because I couldn’t stand the smell. This may work for other people, but the scent was just not up my alley at all.

Perfume Oil in The Shiz
Perfume Oil in The Shiz

I had good experiences with their previous perfume oil, and The Shiz turned out to be just as good. This one is pretty musky and deep. It leans heavily towards the more masculine side of scents, but it definitely has a sweet side to it. I like the longevity of their perfume oils – it will last me through an entire day without issue.

Personal Space Air Freshener in Flying Monkeys
Personal Space Air Freshener in Flying Monkeys

Ehhhhhhhh I’m kind of so-so on this one. Flying Monkeys smells vaguely like fruits rolled through laundry detergent. It’s more of a clean scent, so it smells nice, but it doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of lingering power. This is a room air freshener, but I didn’t find it had particularly good lasting power. Even using about ten sprays didn’t seem to make the scent stick in the room very much.

Walnut Facial Scrub in Swankified
Walnut Facial Scrub in Swankified

At first I thought this was the same as their microdermabrasion scrub that they included in last month’s box, but the granules were slightly larger. On second look, I realized this was actually just a scrub. No objections to this one. Swankified cleans my face and smells nice doing it.

Hair Oil in Hair Flip
Hair Oil in Hair Flip

This is another new product from the company – hair oil. I’ve little-to-no experience with hair oils so I can’t really say much about this other than what I noticed from using it once. I applied Hair Flip to the ends of my hair before blowing drying and it left the tips of my hair smelling like hazelnut and vanilla without leaving behind any greasy residue (which is much appreciated).

Fortune Cookie Soap in There's No Place Like Home
Fortune Cookie Soap in There’s No Place Like Home

Oh this one is coooool! It’s a semi-transparent red soap completely shot-through with red glitter. This soap is BEAUTIFUL, even moreso when it’s a little bit wet and the translucency shows through a bit more (see picture below).

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One thing I’ll say though is that this *will* leave glitter behind on your counter over time as they flake off from washing your hands. To me, it smells like cinnamon hearts mixed with apples. Surprisingly, this turned out to be my favourite scent in the whole box.

That’s it for the fall soap box! If you’re interested in their fall scent online launch party, it’s today, August 29, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m. CST. Their new launch scents do tend to sell out pretty fast so be quick if you want anything! (They do re-stock in a few weeks if you’re desperate to get your hands on one particular scent.)