Friday, 29 November 2013

Guess The Indie!

It's time to play - GUESS.  THE.  INDIE!!!!!!!

Reviews-Day Tuesday seems so far away doesn't it?  So let's play a game, to tide us over until then.  I'm going to post a super-duper close-up bottle shot, and everyone can comment below with their guess.  I won't say who is right, and who is wrong - you'll just have to wait until the full post is up, this coming Tuesday, December 3rd.


Post your guesses below!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Sneak Peek: Lisa's Cosmetics Warehouse Sale

Here are a few teaser pictures from the latest Lisa's Cosmetics Warehouse sale.  The full post will go up on December 1st, but I couldn't wait to share a few pictures.






Spot anything you like?  Hold on tight for a few days, and I'll give you a more in-depth look at the sale, including close-ups of products, prices, and what I walked out with.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

My First Zoya Polish: Review

Happy Reviews-day Tuesday, to us all!

It's about time, isn't it?  I am now the proud new owner of 2 beautiful Zoya nail polishes.  I had not had the opportunity to try Zoya, but had seen many fellow bloggers posting glowing reviews about their colours, so the stars must have aligned when Zoya had a buy 1 get 1 free promotion, with free shipping to the US, on Halloween.  I quickly ordered a brownish red colour called "Cheryl", and another one that I had been admiring for a few months, which I am reviewing today, "Payton".


"Payton" is from Zoya's Holiday 2013 Zenith collection, and boy is she a beaut.  This one immediately caught my eye, when it was released, because of the rich maroon tone.  In addition it is a jelly with a scattered holo effect - a winning combination for sure.



Swatch stick in natural light
What I most appreciated from this particular colour, aside from how it looked, was the formula.  As some of my readers know, my biggest nail polish pet peeve is a polish that is not opaque, and therefore requires like 5 coats to cover up my super-white nail tips.  I was a bit nervous because many jelly polishes that I have tried in the past are quite sheer, but "Payton" answered my prayers.  In only 2 coats, yes TWO, my nail tips were completely covered, no white tips peek-a-boo-ing out, and I was very pleased with the result.  Removal was a breeze, not at all difficult or time-consuming.

After 4 days of wearing, no chipping!
Close up bottle shot in natural light.
I'm definitely planning on trying out more Zoya polishes in the future.  Comment below and tell me some of your fave Zoya colours. 

Check out their website, or your local cosmetics section, where Zoya polishes retail for about $8.00.  And be sure to follow them on twitter @ZoyaNailPolish for more sneak peeks at colors, and fun giveaways like #tunetues happening today!

All products in this post are purchased with personal funds. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Wizard of Oz Mani 2.0

Short post today - just some Wizard of Oz themed nail art I did for a nail art contest.  I didn't win, but I still had a good time thinking of ways to reboot my original Wizard of Oz nail art.



Thumb - A house landing on the wicked witch of the east
Index - Dorothy's outfit
Middle - The Emerald City, celebrating the film's 75th anniversary
Ring - The lollipop guild
Pinky - The Tin Man

Comment below, with some of your favourite movie themed nail art.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Nail Polish Junkie: Pure Ice Edition

Another edition of "Nail Polish Junkie" is upon us!  If you don't remember this little series of mine, take a look back to my first post - Nail Polish Junkie:  Revlon Edition.  Today's brand is "Pure Ice", another one that I am a big fan of.  They are very affordable at $1.97 each at Wal-Mart, and they are very good quality - great staying power, good formula, and a wide variety of colours.

Let's start with close-ups of my top 5 Pure Ice colours:

 Favourites
(all swatches have 2 coats)
"Love", my go-to pink.  Any time I can't make up my mind for what pink to use with my nail art, I always fall back on this one.

"Wild Thing" - so vibrant, very pigmented.

"Taxi" - a purple and gold duo-chrome.  The gold is hard to capture on camera, but in person, it really stands out.

"Private Show" - A great way to top and jazz up a black mani, also great as a first step for "galaxy nails" (tutorial HERE).

"Over You" - GLITTER BOMB, for sure!  I love layering this over a violet polish, like Pure Ice's "Jailbait" - it really makes the glitter pop!
My Pure Ice Nail Polish Stash 


And there you have it!  Definitely check out Pure Ice on facebook - they post pictures of their new polishes, and run fun contests.  Do you have any favourite Pure Ice polishes?

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Fall Faves: November Edition


With fall being in full swing, I wanted to share some of my holy grail beauty products as well as some of my must-have items, that I am all about, this fall.  Some are treatment products to help deal with the cold Canadian fall, some are cosmetic colours that you are sure to see a lot of this season, and some fall under the "other" category.  Let's get right into it!


Cosmetics

E.L.F. Lip Exfoliator ($3.00)
This is my "holy grail item".  It is a sugar scrub, that gets off any "chappy-ness" that you may be experiencing with the cold weather - and makes your lips soft and smooth.  It's is always great to use before applying your lipstick, but I use it as part of my skincare routine, where I apply the product to my lips in small circular motions, wipe off any excess, and finish with some Burts Bee's Replenishing Lip Baml with Pomegranate Oil.

Nicka K. Lipstick in "Bordeaux ($1.49)
I'm definitely hopping on the "dark lip" train, this fall.  The colour is exactly what it claims to be - a rich, wine-y, bordeaux colour.  This picture does not do it justice - this brand is so affordable, and super pigmented.  They carry a wide range of colours, so I suggest you check out their website.

Nail Polish ($2.00)
Revlon Nail Enamel in "Autumn Berry" is the perfect shade to pair with Nicka K.'s "Bordeaux".  It is a deep, semi-chrome, that is "just right" - not too dark, not too red.

Revlon Colorstay Base Coat ($2.00)
I use this EVERY time I do my nails.  Especially with the dark colours, to prevent staining.

E.L.F. Makeup Remover Pen ($3.00)
Another "holy grail item".  How many times have you ladies spent a hefty amount of time on your makeup, made a mistake, and tried to remove it with a piece of tissue, your hand, and makeup remover?  Personally, I find that using a tissue and your hands makes the removal a bit unpredictable, and makes your work of art look messy.  Fear no more - this solid-tip pen is small enough to remove any small makeup mistakes, without ruining the rest of your makeup.  Up to this point I've been using it to correct uneven eyeliner wings.

Covergirl Eyeshadow in "Forever Fig" ($2.00)
A taupe-y, mauve-y colour, this shadow is great when you are building up a warm and neutral look.  When used with a primer (no primer in the picture), the colour is a great addition to any makeup routine.


Favourites

Charlotte Russe Skull Crochet Infinity Scarf
One side of this scarf is black, and the other side has a skull image crochet-ed in white, which makes for a great contrast.  It keeps me warm on a breezy day, and jazzes up any plain, monochromatic outfit.

American Eagle Long-Sleeve Shirt
I first saw this shirt when I was browsing the instagram account of one of my favourite youtube beauty sisters/team "Eleventh Gorgeous", and it instantly made the Nirvana song start playing in my head.  Ever since then, any time I saw an American Eagle, I went into "mission mode".  It was originally online, but sold out - however, during one of my trips to the US, I saw it in the sale section - jackpot!

Project Runway All Stars
Image credit - Blogging Project Runway

Is anyone else as excited about Project Runway as I am?  The all star season is always fun to watch, PLUS they have one of my favourite designers from the show - Christopher Palu.  He is a super-talented designer, and his confessionals are HI-LAR-I-OUS - He always says what the audience is thinking. So, I'm definitely cheering for "Team Chris" this season.

Leave a comment below, and tell me what are some of your fall must-haves/favourites.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

SaleEvent.ca 's Warehouse Sale (Picture Heavy)

*It's the moooost wonderful time of the yeeeeeear!*

....Because it's makeup warehouse sale season!  Yesterday, I went to the sale hosted by Sale Event in Scarborough, Ontario, and boy, did I have fun.  So I thought I'd snap some pictures, and share some of my goodies and shopping tips for all of you lovely readers.

This sale carries mainly Revlon products, but it also carries products by brands like Almay, SpaResource, Crest, L'Oreal, and many more.  They carry more than just makeup, they also carry bedding, hair brushes and makeup brushes, towels, men's clothes, bathroom toiletries, skin products, and hair products. 

I look forward to this sale because unlike other warehouse sales, this one is a bit smaller, and out of all the times I have gone to this sale, I have never had to line up, and it was never crowded - a big plus. 

The sale is located at 1399 Kennedy Rd Unit 3, Scarborough, Ontario Canada.

 
It is in a plaza, so make sure you go around to the left side of the building, it is next to the Elmer glue store.


Here are some of my highlights:
  

All Revlon nail polish, nail treatments, and nail decals were $2.00 each, or 3/$5.00 (you could also use a coupon on all Revlon products - coupon link at the bottom of this post). 



Crazy Shine mini buffers for $2.00 - I swear by these things.  They say it makes your nails 400% shinier - they aren't joking!
 
Foundation a-plenty.

Okay, let's talk nail polish.

 

Included in the sale were the three new dual-wand lines that Revlon released last winter, which includes Expressionist, Moon Candy, and Neon Nail art (Which I got to play with at Revlon's Nail Art Night - check it out).

 They also had the "Chroma Chameleon" bottles.

There were a lot of Top Speed, Nail Enamel, and Brilliant Strength polishes (both old and new), but here are a few bottles that are sometimes tough to find.



My Purchase:
Nail decals in "Psychedelic" (part of 3/$5.00)

Revlon lip butter in "Creme Brulee" ($4.00), SpaResource retractable Kabuki face brush ($5.00)

All polishes were 3/$5.00 (plus an extra 10% off because of my coupon)

L-R:  Calcium Gel Hardener, Post-Trauma Nail Treatment, Base Coat

L-R:  Beguile, Allure, Tantalize

L-R:  Trade Winds, Spanish Moss

L-R:  Mistletoe, Decadent

L-R:  Devilish, Aloof, Grey Suede, Autumn Berry

Tips: 
- Like SaleEvent.ca 's facebook page, and print out your coupon in order to save 10% off all Revlon products.
- If you are a polish addict like me, and sometimes can't keep track of which colours you own, bring your swatch wheel with you in your bag.

- When you find a colour you like, try to find a second bottle, and compare it, in order to make sure that you didn't get a bad batch.  I found that some bottles that had the same name, but had different tints of colour.
            - Ex:  Peach Smoothie (scented)
Same polish, different colour.
- Before you pay for your purchase, when sorting out your bag, maybe get a second opinion, if you think that some of your colours look the same.  I found that there were some re-packaged and re-named colours, like "Devil's Lure" and "Devilish" - same polish, different name.

The sale is going on until November 10th, so get yourself over there and treat yo' self to some goodies!  Happy shopping, and be sure to comment and tell me what you found :)  And for anyone who isn't able to make it to the sale, you can order off of the website SaleEvent.ca - ships to Canada and the US.


My cat seemed to take more of a liking to my purchases than me.

Monday, 4 November 2013

What's in the Envelope?.....Updated! #RevlonByMarchesa

Hmmmm...a mystery - what could it be?  Revlon sent me some goodies as part of their "Revlon Selects" program. 



Stay tuned for the unveiling.  And if you are a Canadian "Revlon Selects" member, keep your eyes on your mailbox for a surprise.

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Revlon by Marchesa nail decals!  Woo woo!

I got "Jeweled Noir", and "Gilded Mosaic" to test out.








I'm definitely a fan of these.  Unlike other brands of nail decals that I have tried, once the edges are filed down, after application, these ones have a smooth edge (clearly, I have been burned before, with other brands, and their jagged and pointy edges).  My favourite part of these is definitely the design.  Aren't they gorgeous?  Very regal, and classy.  Fun fact:  These also have little jewels placed on the pattern, so the design has a but of texture to it.

You can use these decals as an entire mani, or do what I did, and use it as an accent nail, and make your own design for the remaining nails.  I used Revlon's "Stiletto" for the base, and Revlon's "Gold Coin", applied with a dotting tool, for the dots.

These are offered in 8 different designs, so there is a good chance that one of them will tickle your fancy.  They are available for a limited time, starting October 2013 at drugstores and mass retailers.  Don't forget to share your looks on Revlon's Facebook page, or on twitter @RevlonCanada, with the hashtag #revlonbymarchesa - I know I sure will!

These products were sent to me for review purposes, by the company.  All opinions are my own.