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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.

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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.

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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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November 27, 2014

Lisa's Cosmetics Warehouse Sale Winter/Christmas 2014

That time of year is here again, its the Lisa's Cosmetics sale! The annual winter warehouse sale is on now and I've already gone and hauled. 

This time around there was lot more Stila. The last two time I went Stila was becoming a more prominent brand at the sale, but this time they even had non discontinued items. One of the items that caught my eye was the BB Illuminating cream that I have a small one of. I passed on getting it for $19.99 (of $21.99 I cannot remember) and then saw it at Sephora for $50.
Below are some photos of the tables.
Like always Annabelle and Marcelle were there as well as Elizabeth Arden and Anna Sui. None of the items quite caught my eye from those tables so all I got makeup wise was some Stila.

My haul:
I finally took advantage of the amazing steals on perfume and got myself a 50ml bottle of  Marc Jacobs Dot. It retails for $85 at Sephora and I got it for $55. I really should have gotten the 100 ml for $75.
I picked up two Stila convertable colours, one in Poppy and one in Fushia. They were $11.99 each
I got one Stila Smudge Crayon in Pink-Violet for $12.99.
A Colour Balm Lipstick in Evangeline a dusty rose shade it was $11.99.
A Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria which is a magenta plum colour I believe $10.99.
I also grabbed two Revlon lipglosses in Embellished (from last years Gucci Westman holiday collection, it got rave reviews from everyone, even an A+ from Temptalia, see my review here) for $2.99.
I got two Revlon mini tweezer sets (a case, a slanted and a pointed tweezer are in it) with penguins on it for $2.99 each. I got some of these last time and love them (LOVE them).
Finally I got one more pair of slanted Revlon Tweezers for $2.99.
On the non makeup front I got 6 bars of Cadbury chocolate. This is the UK version so people go nuts for it. 4  are for a coworker and 1 my mother in-law. They are gigantic and only $3.99.

I picked up a few other gifts for people, great perfume sets and Stila items, but since they are not for me I'm not going to show them (you know so they don't see it).

For more info on the Lisa Sale you should check out their website, lisascosmetics.com

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November 20, 2014

Neutral November:Tate Away Oui Go Palette Swatches and Review

I picked up this Ulta Exclusive palette during my recent cross border haul.
It has 3 glosses, a mini mascara, 16 eyeshadows and 4 blushes. It comes in an interesting travel case that lets you pop out a quarter out of the box so you can take it with you. 
Essentially it has 4 shadows and blush per quarter. Some are quite shimmery and some quite matte. They can work together quite well within our outside its quarter. 
There are three Lipsurgence lip glosses that have names of french cities. I was actually quite impressed with how opaque they were compared to the Maraca glosses I got a few years back in the Carried Away Set.
Left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice.
 On to the meat of the set, the shadow and blushes.
left to right:
Private Chateau, cafe for creme brule, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa,
macarons for you, champagne and chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre and envisioned.
Left to right:
snow angels in the parc, navigating the Metro, might night stroll, liaison at the Louvre, intrigue,
Champs-Elysées shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree and limitless
 Ok, so other than the mini mascara that is the whole set. Below is a quarter in the travel case.
Pros:
  • Nice, nice set
  • Cute French names
  • Great pay off on the colours
  • opaque lip glosses
  • great for travel
  • great selection of mattes too
  • cute quilted case
Cons:
  • only at Ulta in the USA (feeling the French names are lost on having it in the USA only, just watch one youtube video of people saying nice instead of Nice or Oui all strange)
  • The box it is housed in is large
  • impossible to pop the quilted case out using the ribbon, you have to pop it out of the plastic which damages it
  • No bright shades, pretty much all neutral
Overall:
I really like the shadows and glosses! Really! I wish this was available in Canada, I really do. I love the range of textures and shades in this neutral set. I do not like the bulky packaging, where am I going to keep this? I guess the box looks nice on someones dresser but the gold detail is already wearing off the bottom. As well the caring case just won't pop out using the ribbon, nor the lip glosses leading me to question how long it will last and where I will house them.
But once again I really like this set.
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