Monday, 12 December 2011

Sephora $15 Off Mini Haul & V.I.B.

As you all know Sephora recently had their $15 off  any purchase over $50 before taxes (if you are a V.I.B. you had $20 off I believe) I decided that rather then spending it on something I probably won't use I gave me the card to my parents so they could put it towards my Christmas gift. They got me Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment & a Clinique Face Scrub (from the men's line) I'm running low on the face scrub and I've heard really good things and have been really wanting to try out the Ojon treatment, I can't wait to try it out! 

In the midst of this purchase I reached my V.I.B. Status, and just received my 10% off my next purchase email! I'm so excited to use it, although, there is a time limit in which I can use it but, its all good, 10% off is still 10% off =) I'm so excited I'm a V.I.B. I have no idea why, but I feel like I've reached some Sephora status, so maybe now the Sales Associates will be nice to me haha

Monday, 5 December 2011

Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara

 What Lancôme says about this Mascara: "The first vibrating powermascara by Lancôme. This revolutionary mascara provides 7000 oscillations per minute for ultimate lash transformation. Press the button and experience a breakthrough sensation in application. In one easy new gesture, let the vibrating brush combined with an exquisitely smooth formula wrap every lash up to 360 degrees.With ÔSCILLATION Vibrating Infinite Powermascara, your lashes will instantly appear ultimately extended, exceptionally separated, and virtually multiplied in number." Sold at Sephora for $34 CAD.

 Honestly I love this mascara, It lengthens my lashes like crazy. It doesn't do much in there's of volume for me though. As far as I know this mascara is only available in black. The vibrating want is a really cool and innovative idea, its really cool. Although I feel it isn't totally necessary. The mascara formulation is so goo in itself that you don't need even need the vibrations to fully coat your lashes. The only down side with this mascara is that I personally don't like the placement of the button for the want to vibrate. I feel if it was located closer to the base of the cap rather then the top it would be much more user friendly. 

This is my go to mascara when I want something that will last me the whole day/night. It simply doesn't budge. I LOVE it. The only down side (if you even want to call it that) is that you need a killer strong eye makeup remover. My favourite is Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

Suggested Use:  

-1 Press button to activate the vibrating wand.
-2 Hold button during application for continuous micro vibration.
-3 Place the wand at root of lash line and comb through slowly from root to tip.
-4 Use 2-3 strokes for a natural look. For a more dramatic result, repeat with additional coats to achieve the look you desire. 

The suggested use is pretty straight forward but I thought I'd throw in one word of caution. Work quickly with this mascara it can dry quite fast. If you want multiple coats do one eye all at once and follow with the second eye, because if you try and get the brush through your lashes and they've already started to dry you will rip out a couple lashes (like I did) So just be careful! 

Overall I will continue to use and repurchase this mascara. 

Friday, 2 December 2011

Beauty Q & A Tag

I found this tag on one of the blogs I'm subscribed to Beauty Without Limits

I thought it would be fun to fill out, if you guys are interested in re-posting it in your blogs feel free! Also leave a comment with your URL's so I can check out your posts! 

How many times do you wash your face daily?
Two. Morning and night

What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)

What is your current facial wash?
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.. I love it!

Do you exfoliate?
Regularly, about 3-4 times a week

What brand do you use?
Clinique Face Scrub (it's from the men's line)

What moisturizer do you use?
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Do you have freckles?
A couple

Do you use eye cream?

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Not really, I've been pretty lucky

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?


What foundation do you use?
I like to mix it up, right now I'm going between Mac Face & Body an Revlon ColorStay

How about concealer?
Yes, again I like to mix it up so I'm going between Hard Candy Glamoflauge and Mac Select Cover Up

Do you know your undertone color?
No Idea lol

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I like 'em but I still haven't mastered them lol 

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

What brand of mascara do you use?
Right now I'm going between: Lancome Oscillation, Too Faced Lashgasm and Maybelline One By One

Sephora or MAC?
Lately, I'm leaning more towards Mac

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Brushes, Fingers and Sponges

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Always (UDPP is my #1)

For the face?

What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
My most used shadow, is 100% Mac's Brule

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Liquid for the upper lash line ALWAYS, pencil or gel for waterline

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Don't know I only buy pressed shadows

Do you use mineral makeup?
Not really, I have one mineral loose powder foundation.

What is your favorite lipstick?
Mac C'reme D'Nude

How about lipgloss?

What is your favorite blush to use?
Clarins Coral # 20

Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Tons, there are great deals to be had lol

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Its ok

Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets)
I wish, I don't think they have them in Canada

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?

Are you clumsy on putting on makeup?
Not normally, except with I feel pressure from people to hurry up

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Wearing too much make up, I've met a few too many Sephora and Mac sales people who were WAY too over the top haha

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I'm more on the neutral, but a pop of color now and then is needed.

Which celebrity always has great make up?
Gene Simmons, Haha, kidding, I don't know, I don't pay much attention to celebrities

If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use?

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I could, But I'd prefer not to lol

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I look ok, I guess

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
I really like Mac, and I LOVE Ben Nye shadows

What do you think of Makeup??
I like it, its a huge indulgence to me 

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Sephora $15 Gift Card

Finally! Something Canadian people can use!

I got an email this morning for a $15 "gift card" for Sephora Beauty Insiders who spend $50 or more between December 1-12 2011. I need a few things so I'm going to take advantage of this. Plus I'm 44 points away from becoming a VIB for next year.. Also today's my birthday and I have yet to pick up my complementary gifts from Sephora or The Body Shop, I also need to Back2Mac some stuff so a mall trip is inevitable.

All you need to do is print the email (or have it on your smart phone) bring it to the store buy $50 worth of stuff (that's before taxes) show the cashier and get $15 off! That easy!  

Annnnd in addition to all this wonderful stuff of today... Here's my yummy birthday cake!

If you live in the  Toronto Area and want to try a WONDERFUL Strawberry Shortcake you have to check try Vince's Market there are three locations you can check them out here.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

It's My Party & I'll Buy If I Want To... Lancôme Holiday Eye Value Set + Bonus

So I know I'm currently committed to a no buy. But Its my birthday (soon) so I chose to step outside my no buy rules. Plus my braces are going to be put on in less then two weeks anyways, so its not THAT bad.

Now, with all that justification aside, lets get to the good stuff.


I noticed in the weekly Shoppers Drugmart ad that comes with my newspaper that they're having a purchase with purchase promotion. If you spent $34 or more on Lancôme product(s) you can get a slew of products for $90 with a cute little make up bag (all of which is a $240 value)

I chose to buy a Lancôme Bi-Facial Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover. 

This is what came along with it for an extra $90: Rénergie Lift Volumetry Eye (full size), Bi-Facil (full size), Génifique, Cils Booster XL Mascara Base, Color Design (8 pan shadow palette), Le Crayon Khôl (brown) and L'Absolu Nu (302 1ABA)


In addition to all this stuff the Sales Associate at Shoppers gave me a complimentary Lancôme bonus bag inside it included: A color design quad, Génifique Eye, Bi-Facil (mini), Visionnaire (mini), Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara & Le Crayon Khôl (black)


All in all I'm really happy with my birthday present to myself, I got a couple things I needed and also some things I've been wanting to try out. 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Reviews + Comparison: Elf Studio HD Powder, Mac Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder & MUFE HD Microfinish Powder

E.l.f. High Definition Powder What it is "A translucent, versatile loose powder that creates a flawless, "soft focus" effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a glowing, radiant complexion. This incredibly soft and invisible powder is ideal for everyday wear, either alone or over your favorite e.l.f. foundation. Our HD Powder is a makeup artist and e.l.f. customer favorite, and at only $6, it can be yours at a fraction of the cost of the competition!" $6.00 USD for 3.5 oz from Elf's website.

This powder is great if your on a tight budget. It does the job, fairly well. You get a ton of product for what you pay for and its well worth the money. This is currently the powder I'm using right now I will continue to use this up, until its gone. After that I won't repurchase it.

The product is finely milled for the most part, there are a few particles in there that are bigger then I'd like them to be. They're not everywhere but I just don't like it. Another con is the packaging - its super messy. The lid doesn't screw on tight enough to stop the product from getting out. The jar is unnecessarily big and the sifter comes off way too easily, which is why I dumped the product into a more reliable jar with a sifter that stays on. Also, this product comes with a powder puff but I don't use it.

Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder What it is: "A universal translucent finishing powder to be applied over foundation or worn alone. Sets the foundation and slightly mattifies skin without changing its natural contours. This 100% mineral silica powder softens the appearance of imperfections. Completely evens out the complexion for a glowing, radiant look. One universal shade for all skin tones. It's completely translucent and goes on any skintone. Its talc-free formula does not dry the skin and is formulated with 100% silica. Dermatologically tested." $30.00 US for 0.35 oz. from Sephora's website.

This is a fantastic product. Its very very Finley milled and leaves you face silky. This product is all pros for me, there aren't any large particles at all. The packaging is also good. There is one and only one con about this product. When you tap the powder off the brush your using to apply it to your face it does this weird smoke poof thing and when it happens I guess I breathe it in and its all I can smell until I blow my nose (I'm sorry, I know its gross) That's the reason I'm not a 100% fan of it.

Mac Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder What it is: "A silky finishing powder that provides an invisible way to set makeup. Reduces shine while optically minimizing the look of pores, lines, imperfections. Available in one universal colour that suits all shades. Wear over makeup or on bare, moisturized skin" $27.50 CAD for 8 g / 0.28 US oz from Mac's website

This powder is my favourite of the three, its silky and leaves your face nice and smooth. Its a very finely milled product and it doesn't do the weird smoke poof thing that the MUFE powder does. There are no large powder particles in this product. I love it.

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