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Too Faced Natural Love Giveaway!

Too Faced Natural Love
Too Faced Natural Love

So… I think we’re all aware of this by now, but I buy an awful lot of Too Faced products! Every now and then I’ll buy something and then a few weeks or months later I’ll occasionally receive the same item in a PR package. This is kind of awesome because it means I now have the opportunity to pass the love on to you guys!

One of those products just so happens to be the Too Faced Natural Love palette from their Spring 2017 launch! (I hauled it during the last Sephora VIB sale here and you can see swatches of it here.) I thought I’d kick off some holiday cheer a little bit early by doing a giveaway for this palette because I know someone out there would love to own it!

Giveaway Rules

  • This giveaway is open internationally!
  • This giveaway starts on November 13, 2017 and runs for two weeks.
  • One winner will receive the Too Faced Natural Love palette and a mini Better Than Sex mascara.
  • Please be aware that all entries will be double checked to ensure fairness.
  • Once the winner has been contacted, they will have 48 hours to provide me with their mailing address. If the winner fails to respond within that time frame, I will pick another winner. (And so on.)
  • “Giveaway accounts” will not be considered for this prize. (If you want to know what I mean by that, please click here.)

Good luck!

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Swatch Sunday: Kat Von D Shade+ Light Glimmer Eye

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette

A sister palette to the original Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette, the Shade Light + Light Glimmer Eye Palette is just as you found expect it to be: chockful of shimmer and shine to accompany its older, all matte sister.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette

Although it’s labelled as a Glimmer palette, and while the bulk of the shadows are glittery, there are some softer shimmer/satin-sheens in the mix as well. I wouldn’t call it a standalone palette though – this is definitely more of accompaniment to the original Shade + Light palette.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette Swatches

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Porcelain
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Porcelain
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Copper
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Copper
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Bronze
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Bronze
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Sterling
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Sterling
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Dusk
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Dusk
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Cinder
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Cinder
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Onyx
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Onyx
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Glacier
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Glacier
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Dune
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Dune
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Rust
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Rust
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Jasper
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Jasper
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette - Quartz
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette – Quartz

The Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette is available on sephora.ca for $64 CAD or on sephora.com for $49 USD.

Product featured in this post was sent for consideration by PR. Post contains affiliate links.

Skincare Saturday: New Soap & Glory Launches at Shoppers

New Soap & Glory products!
New Soap & Glory products!

Although Soap & Glory has been at Shoppers Drug Mart for a long while (look for it near the end of the bath aisle, sometimes on an endcap!), the selection can end up being a little bit limited (and I’m still waiting on the full makeup range!). They’ve recently added a few more items to their range and I was more than happy to test some of them out.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub & Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss
Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub & Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss

Let’s start off with my absolute favourite products!

The number one new item I tried was the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub ($18 CAD). This stuff is absolutely UNREAL. And maybe it’s because I’m Canadian, and this scrub has a maple scent, but the Breakfast Scrub is absolutely to die for. It smells edible (it’s not though – so don’t!) and it works like a dream. This has actually become my new favourite body scrub (sorry Tree Hut – you’ve been upstaged!) because the combination of the texture (dense but spreadable and plenty of exfoliation to leave you feeling smooth) and the scent makes this top notch in my book. If there’s only ONE thing I could encourage you to try out in this post, it’s the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub!

The Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss ($14 CAD) is going to be for those looking for a little more plump in their lips. I know not everyone can handle the feeling of topical lip plumpers (and I’m not especially sensitive to them so keep that in mind) but this one in Spun Sugar felt a bit different from the ones I’ve tried in the past. It doesn’t burn, but it almost feels like my lips are constantly moving? It’s a bit of a hilarious feeling… almost like the product in the gloss that causes the plumping is jumping around for fun on top on my lips. It does plump mine a little but nothing too extreme, which is good in my books! I do notice the sensation disappearing after about thirty minutes, so you’ll need to reapply if you want to feel that active plumpness happening on your lips.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion & The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion & The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion

I’ve started using The Fab Pore on the daily as my morning moisturizer and I was really impressed with the performance of it. Not only from a “kept my face hydrated” perspective, but also because it performed really, really well under foundation. (And when I was done trialing it for the week or so for this review, I went back to the moisturizer that was currently in my rotation and quickly realized just how BADLY that one performs under foundation, so heck yes to The Fab Pore!) Part of the performance may be chocked up to the ingredients which help to mattify the skin and tighten your pores.

The Sugar Crush scent isn’t new to Soap & Glory‘s range, but it is one of their most sought after scents. I believe it was previously only available as a body butter, but now it’ sin the more fluid body lotion($16) format with a pump top (thank you!). The Sugar Crush scent is slightly intriguing to me: with a name like Sugar Crush you’d expect it to me syrupy-sweet, but that’s not at all what it is! It’s more of a lime scent with a sugary edge. It’s one of the more unique fragrances out there simply because no one really makes lime-scented products!

Soap & Glory Body Spray in Original Pink and The Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths
Soap & Glory Body Spray in Original Pink and The Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths

And lastly, we have the Soap & Glory Body Spray in Original Pink and The Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths.

The Body Sprays ($10 CAD) come in Original Pink (pictured), Smoothie Star and Sugar Crush. The Original Pink scent is identical to Hand Food scent (which I think is the original smell? I see it now in Sugar Crush-scented, but I’ve only tried it when it smelled this way). For me, this is a bit too much as a body spray – I like when my moisturizer smells this way (and I LOVE Hand Food), but I like to keep that scent localized to my hands. If you’re a huge fan of the Original Pink scent though… then more power to you and get to spraying because the scent is very consistent with the hand cream!

It feels funny to end this review by mentioning a product I haven’t tried yet, but hey – here we are. I’ve got way too many packages of makeup wipes open right now and don’t want them to dry out so I’ve avoided opening The Fab Pore Triple Action Purifying T-Zone Cloths. ($10 CAD). Interestingly, these wipes are not fundamentally geared towards makeup removal – these seemed to be advertised as wipes to help purify and clean your face while also tightening your pores. If you’ve tried these out, let us know how you feel about them in the comments!

And that’s everything brand spanking new by Soap & Glory in Canada! I’ve been using their products for years and am never disappointed. I am so, SO glad to have discovered my new favourite scrub in this roundup of products!

For those of us in Canada, Soap & Glory can be purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart and some of their products are available online via beautyboutique.ca. If you’re in the USA, you can find a wide array of Soap & Glory at ulta.com.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. Affiliate links are included.

Annabelle Chrome Single Eye Shadows (Review & Swatches)

Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows

As a Canadian, I find we often tend to overlook some of our homegrown brands. I can only assume because they’re so readily accessible, that we just think “oh I’ll get it another time”, and for whatever reason that results in us outright ignoring some of the Canadian brands at the drugstore! So let’s take a closer look at one of my favourite recent(ish) launches by Annabelle.

Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows
Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows

The Annabelle Chrome Single Eye Shadows launched in Canada for Spring 2017 and I did a video review rounding up some of the products back in January of this year (you can see that video here). Out of that entire launch, the Chrome shadows are definitely what got me the most excited. At the time I only had the shade Rose Gold, but now I’ve got the whole range and can speak with a little bit more authority on the whole range instead of just the first impressions I gave in the video.

Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows
Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows

The Annabelle Chrome Shadows come in a pot with a twist off top. With each shadow you’ll get two grams of product which I feel is a decent amount. Prices will vary depending on where you buy them, but they’re under $10 – more often closer to $7-8 each. They’re billed as a creamy single eyeshadow with an intense chrome finish that promises a six hour hold.

Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows - swatches
Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows – swatches

At this time, there are only five shades in the range, but they’re good solid staple colours. I would love to see this range get expanded to more unique bright colours!

  • Rose Gold: More of a deeper shade of rose gold since I see hints of bronze in it.
  • Germanium: The ultimate “brown smokey eye” shade.
  • Mercury: My personal favourite! It’s a tarnished platinum with hints of mauve.
  • Gold: Flakier in texture than the others, Gold is a super shiny pale gold.
  • Silver: Much like Gold, this one is flakier and super reflective. It has some hint of white to it as well.
Wearing Mercury on the lid
Wearing Mercury on the lid

Wearing Mercury on the lid and some powder shadows to round out the look.

Wearing Mercury on the lid
Wearing Mercury on the lid

Mercury on my closed eye. This was taken right after application, and you can see a faint hint of creasing (I’ll get to that in detail down below).

Wearing Gold on the lid
Wearing Gold on the lid

Wearing Gold on the lid with other powder shadows to finish the look.

Wearing Gold on the lid
Wearing Gold on the lid

With Gold, you can see it has a flakier texture that adds a bit more shine and sparkle to the overall look in comparison to Mercury.

The number one thing that terrifies me about cream shadows is creasing. I have hooded lids that rip through even powdered eyeshadow if I don’t double prime my eyelids. However, double priming is still not enough to stand up to the likes of cream shadows, so for that reason I almost always have problems. With that in mind, I was a little bit surprised by these chrome shadows. Yes, they creased on me in that very deep ridge that I get when I open my eyes – however… the creasing that happened right after application (despite me trying to smudge it out) was how my eyeshadow stayed all day. It’s a bit bizarre to me that the cream shadow didn’t continue to crease even further over the course of the day, but hey… that does speak to the longevity of it. Generally a cream shadow will crease after application and then continue to dissolve throughout the day for me.  These didn’t do that. They creased once, left a faint whisper of a line behind and then stayed put. And for me, that’s really, REALLY good wear time.

Final Thoughts

If you’re someone who isn’t prone to creasing, the Annabelle Chrome shadows will be an absolute winner for you I believe. Even for me, someone who has ridiculous amounts of problems with creasing, these still managed to stay put for entire work days. I could easily get 9-10 hours of wear with very minimal creasing.

I will point out that the texture on these is a bit different across the board. Rose Gold, Mercury and Germanium are the smoothest of the bunch – they apply like a dream. Gold and Silver are a bit different – they kind of go on like a foiled texture with more sparkle and shine. You will notice flakier bits in the Gold and Silver which I think really make them stand out. These would work really well for a halo eye, or even just to amp up an otherwise ordinary look by putting them in the inner corner of the eye. I like the flaky aspect of those shades, but I know they may not be for everyone.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with these! The texture is quite lovely and they apply smoothly to the lid without much fiddling around.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for review.