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January 19, 2015

Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Waterproof Liners

Stop looking, you have just found the sharpest tool in the shed!
Annabelle Cosmetics proudly introduces the very first to mass market self-sharpening eyeliners and lipliners with the NEW Stay Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eyeliners and Lipliner. Annabelle’s truly innovative concept will keep beautistas on point and sharpeners away. -annabelle.ca

Annabelle has always been know for being the best in Canada for their liners. Heck I think it is the right of passage of all girls in Canada to buy at least on lip and/or eye liner from them when they first start wearing makeup. 

Innovation strikes big with their newest addition...Stay Sharp Self Sharping waterproof liners. Yes, self sharpening! So you'll never be stuck wondering where your sharpener is again and always be left with a clean line.
Pretty much these babies caps have a sharpener built in, so when you close it and twist it you get a fresh sharp liner to work with....genius!
Top to bottom: Glam Red, Java, Go Black and Cappuccino.
Left to right: Java, Glam Red, Go Black and Cappuccino.
So how do they perform? I love them. They hold up pretty darn well on the waterproof side. I can wear an eyeliner to work and have it still be there at the end of the day, which is saying a lot. The lipliners go on creamy but not too creamy and set up pretty nice so they don't budge as they day goes on. 

The actual sharpening feature works great, always a sharp tip. But sadly there isn't much of a tip, it is a tiny thing to work with. I am used to retractible liners where I can make them quite long, but then they often break and get dull, so I see why a shorter tip is best (plus it cuts down on waist when you sharpen).

Pros:
Never need a sharpener again!
Makes a great to go liner because it is sharp all the time
6 shades for lips and 6 shades for eyes
Actually pretty darn waterproof 
No mess! There are no shavings to deal with

Cons:
Has a shorter tip than I am used to, took a while to get used to

Overall:
I love Annabelle, and I love these liners. I recently lost my Flame liner from their traditional lip liner collection, which is my absolute favourite red liner (Mac Russian Red and it are best friends) and Glam Red made an excellent substitution and actually wore much longer.

The eyeliners hold up to my insane day to day life of water and soap being splashed at my face and my constant eye rubbing and dry eye, all very impressive feats.

The tip may have taken a bit of getting used to, but that was just me and my habits. I am able to draw such precision lines with the tip and never worry about sharpening it. Click Click and it is sharp and ready to go again and no shavings. Oh my, no shavings! All my life pencil shavings have gotten flown around my house, into floors and carpets. Oh the mess, the mess. No more with these babies. Which alone is a reason to love them.

Ok, so there you have it, I love these babies. What do you think? Have you tried out Annabelle's Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Waterproof Liners yet? 

Batting a Lash:

*I received this product for consideration, it does not influence my views on them.

January 14, 2015

Empties: 10 I'm Tossing No. 1

New year, new plan of attack. 

So pretty much I didn't get around to doing my last three months worth of empties posts. While I love doing them, if I don't get a months done right after the month ends I feel defeated and then procrastinate. So here I am with 3+ months worth of empties and feeling incredibly overwhelmed.

Why? While empties posts take no time to take photos of , they take forever for me to write about.  Today I found a solution...10 empties at a time. 

When I finish items I'll still toss them in my empties bag, but I'll just do 10 products at a time. That way no stress and no crazy long posts. So here it is, the first in my new series...

10 I'm Tossing:
Joe Fresh Nail Polish Remover: I got this because I needed a nail polish remover and I thought I'd like the bottle. It says acetone is the first ingredient so I thought it would be strong enough for me. It isn't - I need pure acetone. I don't have time for weaker stuff. Would I buy it again? No, maybe? I don't know. I pretty much want pure acetone. There was nothing wrong with this. I just am lazy. Acetone is so cheap (Walmart has it for about $1.90). I did like the bottle a lot and I got tons with this.
CoverFx Brush Cleanser: I got this when CoverFx was re doing their logo and everything was 40% off at Shoppers Drug Mart. I love this stuff. It is a fantastic brush cleaner. Would I buy it again? Yes, but sadly they don't make it anymore.
Pantene Dry Shampoo?: I got this at Dollarma. I love that it is a tiny sized spray great for work. Sadly it got empty really fast on me (was someone else using it?). It had no smell and left no white in my hair. Not as good as Batiste but pretty good for an alternative. Wold I buy it again? Maybe. I like it, and a full size is cheap but I doubt I would pay full price for a travel sized. 
Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover: A friend gave this to me when she sold Mary Kay. I really like it. It is a duo phase formula so it really cuts though waterproof makeup quickly. Would I buy it again? Yes! It works well and I really have no complaints.
Origins Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil:  I got this years ago at the Estee Lauder Sale. While I like it, I hate the bottle. I've just given up on it. It seems to be a bottomless bottle that won't disappear and without a pump I just never use it. Would I buy it again? Yes, no. I like it and it works well but there are cheaper alternatives with bottle I like better (i.e.. L'oreal and The Body Shop).
Garnier Damage Eraser Strength Reconstructing Butter  I got this quite a while ago in an Influenster box. I absolutely loved it (review here). I liked to use it about once every two weeks as my deep treatment. Would I buy it again? Yes! I really like this masque. Nothing at all to complain about here...it works really well and smells good too.
Be Better SPF 50 Spray Wet Sunscreen: I got this in the spring, I thought it would be a good purse sunscreen for touch ups (you know, reapply every few hours), but I found I hated it. It worked well as a sunscreen but if you weren't using it wet (which I wasn't) I found it pilled up on the skin and left if strange feeling. Would I Buy it Again? No....if it was on sale and I needed a sunscreen I might, but I would look for something I liked more. Why don't more brands make travel sizes? That is the real question.
The Body Shop Honeymania Body Wash: This travel size I got in a set last xmas holiday season. I thought getting a few mini sets would be a good way to try out the scent. So far I realized I really like the line. would I buy it again? Maybe! I like it as much as any other of The Body Shop body washes (I have many), but the sugar from the honey is my only question. I really question if it is the best idea to use it being a woman (meh, too much information, sorry).
Clinique Superfit Foundation: I got this at a Estee Lauder sale a few years back. It was discontinued when I got it...now it has oxidized. So that must mean it is time to toss it. Would I buy it again?No, it is meant for oilier skin than mine and it is discontinued.
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil: I got about a year ago and have been using it off and on. I've always been a big fan of cleansing oil so when they started to pop up in drug stores and The Body Shop  I felt I should give it a try. Well I used it all up pretty fast once I started to use it more often. I love the formula, it really works well to get everything off my face at the end of the day without stripping it. I also love the pump (something I didn't like about the Origins' bottle not having one). Would I buy it again? Yes, but I have a few L'oreal Cleansing Oils to use up first..

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December 13, 2014

IMATS Toronto 2014 Haul

A few weeks back Toronto hosted another fantastic IMATS. I was luck enough to go on the Sunday and get some goodies I had been wanting for a long time.

Morphe Brushes:
I always want brushes. I have problems. Usually I check out the Crown brush stand but this year I went to Morphe. For the most part they offer the exact same brushes, but I was drawn to the Gun Metal line which I had never seen before. I grab quite a bit of those and some classic brushes that were the same as Crowns (duo fiber, badger, and studio pro). When It was all said and done I spend $99 on the brushes, I'm very happy.

Beauty So Clean:
Beauty So Clean is a makeup artist staple and while I still had some of the makeup cleaner at home I wanted to get more brush cleaner and wipes. All together I spent $15. Not shabby at all.

Beauty Blender:
I love love love my beauty blenders. I refuse to pay the crazy prices at Sephora for them thought. At the show a booth had them for $20 each of 2 for $30. I had to grab some for a friend so it worked out I only paid $15 for this baby. I was super excited to get the new mini version...can't wait to try it out.

Makeup Forever:
 One place I was not expecting to go to was the Makeup Forever booth. They offer 40% off items and other deals just for the event. As a result it has the longest lines. Since I have friends who get the Pro Discount of 40% all year round I never thought it was worth the hassle. Lucky for me I got to the show so early I was near the front of the line to enter which meant no Makeup Forever line.
They had a great deal on where for $40 plus tax you got 4 of their Aqua Matic liners. I am super excited to use these, they can be used for both lip and eye liners. 

Bdellium Tools:
Last year I fell in love with Bdellium Tools and got a bunch of their brushes. This year I was a bit more reserved and only got 6. I most are repeats from last year that I loved to much. Eeek, more brushes...I'm happy.
Nigels:
Nigel's Beauty Emporium is famous with makeup artists around the world for their selection of pro products. I love their cheap lashes...I mean I love them. I have never been the best with lashes on myself, but since discovering them last year  I haven't been able to screw them up once. Best part is they were 15 for $20 this year. I also got mini pointed q-tips which are amazing when doing makeup and you need a little correction or smudger.
The Blur Room:
The Blur room is a great place in Toronto to get makeup staples and supplies. I heard so much good stuff about Clean Brush shampoo that I decided to get a very large container of the Rose and Goats Milk cleanser, it was $12. Now if only I could get someone to wash my gigantic brush collection.

Batting a Lash:

December 09, 2014

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are around the corner, so here are some last minute gift ideas for you.

1.Benefit:
For those who love Benefit there are two great sets out there that I think will please just about any makeup fan. 3 Scoops O' Sexy is available at Sephora for $50 Cad and features three full sized tinted lip balms and three mini lip/cheek tints. The best part, you can break them up into 3 sets and give them to 3 people.  For those of you that want to give something similar but can't get to a Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart has Sweet Tintations. This set has two tinted lip balms and two mini lip/cheek tints for $30 Cad. I personally have the 3 Scoops O' Sexy and am really happy with it.

2.Real Techniques:
I am an avid fan of the Real Techniques brushes and have given them time and time again as gifts. On top of their regular sets, right now there is a limited edition duo fibre brush set out there that is a must have. I have all the sets and a few single brushes, they make fantastic gifts and you can pick the sets up at your local Walmart (or online) or you can choose from the entire collection over at FarleyCo.ca.

3.The Body Shop:
The Body Shop always has great holiday scents and sets. Right now there are some great sales on too.   The new Glazed Apple scent is getting a lot of attention (I'm guessing the intriguing bath jelly has a bit to do with that) but I am a loyal fan of Frosted Cranberry scent. There are lots of sets with their everyday classic scents too...so you can't loose if you give a gift from them. In fact right now there is a sale with 2 mini gift sets for $15, what a great price.

4.Vichy:
Vichy knows how to create a great package deal. There are 6 value sets out so you are sure to find something perfect for just about everyone on your list. Got a man on your list? The Vichy Homme Sensi-Balm Gift Set will run you just $29 Cad. Dry skin, get them the Aqualia Thermal Gift Set, for only $38.50 Cad (my favourite line this time of year), it has 3 great product in it to help keep their skin hydrated in this horrid weather. Are they worried about wrinkles? The LiftActiv Serum 10 Gift Set for 57 Cad might be just what they need. Its got 4 great LiftActiv products to help fight the signs of aging.  Do they have more than one type of aging skin concern (firmness, wrinkles)?  The Neovadiol Gift Set for $55 Cad is a great steal with four items in it.  Do they suffer from pigmentation issues? Try the ProEVEN Gift Set its only $57.50 Cad and has three products in it (great deal). Need a gift for someone suffering with acne? The Normaderm Gift Set is only $39 Cad and even has a handy travel spot treatment in it. What I really like about the Vichy is their incredible value, sometimes you get 2 or 3 items for free.

5.Flower:
Flower beauty is the makeup child of actress Drew Barrymore and it is finally here in Canada  at Walmart. I've been impressed with what I've seen on other blogs so I personally ran out and got a lot of stuff just for myself. For the holidays Flower has a whole bunch of neat gift sets out. I nabbed Color in the Lines Mini Chubby Lip Set for $9.  If your looking for a fragrant gift Flower has 3 fragrances, all of which have their own gift sets or you can even get all 3 in a mini form in the Flower Fragrance Discovery Set for just $19 at Walmart. There even is a neat set with a brush, an eyeshadow palette and a mascara (Eye See You Eye Beauty Set) for $19. Great values for all the sets and easily found online or in store which makes the whole finding the perfect gift even easier.

So that is my recommendations....hopefully you find something for everyone on your list.

Batting a Lash:

December 07, 2014

Sephora VIB Sale Haul 2014

Last month the annual Sephora VIB sale was on, meaning I got to save 20% on my order. 
I obviously went overboard and got way too many items.

Mars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette:
This baby has 4 Nars blushes and a big Laguna Bronzer.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry:
This mini was a 100 point perk I redeemed. So far I am really liking it.
Still Merry and Bright Makeup Set:
This set has a limited edition Convertible Colour in Tulip, lip glaze in Glalmour and a liner in Purple Tang. It also comes with a jewelled headband.

BareMinerals Bare Skin Perfecting Face Brush:
This baby has an indent in the centre (almost like a donut) where you place your foundation and then buff it into the skin. I am really loving the effect if gives my skin.
Marc Jacobs Fragrance Daisy Mini Duo:
These were only $18 so with the 20% off I said why not. I also got a set for a xmas gift for a friend.
Tarte Pigment of Imagination Deluxe Cheek Set:
This set was $12 what a steal. I just had to have it. I really like their blushes lately.
Clarisonic Sensitive Skin Double Replacement Pack:
I just got a Clarisonic from Chickadivsor so I thought it was a good time to get replacement heads as I will need them eventually. 
Urban Decay De-Slick Double Shot:
It has two minis if the de-slick setting spray. I figured I needed some more setting spray and it was a good price.
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip:
This has some pretty lip sticks and glosses. Some are pretty tiny though (0.02 oz of Marc Jacobs or 0.05 oz of bite...eek). But it was only $30 before the sale so it is a good way of trying out some new lip products.
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mrs. Mia Wallace Palette:
I have this, I reviewed this, I loved this...it was $18 plus 20% off ...so I got a back up. Don't judge me.
Benefit 3 Scoops O' Sexy:
This set has 3 full sized lip balms and 3 mini cheek and lip tints. I love Benefit so I had to have it. Each lip balm retails for $22 and the whole set is regularly $50 so even before the sale discount it was a good deal. Shoppers Drug Mart has a similar one with just two of the sets, its called Sweet Temptations and has Lolli tint and Benetint in it for $30 (slightly better value).
Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm:
I love cleansing balms and use The Body Shops a lot. So I got this one, only to return it.
Buxom Too Hot To Handle:
This was a 500 point perk I redeemed. It has a bronzer, lip gloss, lipstick, eye liner and mascara all in mini sizes. I am loving the purple lip shades.
Ok so that is it. I spent way to much, then went nuts again on Black Friday with the $12 deals. 
Did you grab anything exciting at the Sephora Vib Sale?

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