Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MAC Playland Collection: Toying Around Lipstick

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Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted much in the past week. I've had a really bad ear infection and then a few days later my other ear got an infection too so I haven't been feeling the greatest. I did manage to go to the mall one day this week and when I did I decided to check out the new MAC Playland Collection. I wasn't planning on buying anything from it because I have my eye on some items from the MAC Proenza Schouler Collection that comes out later this week, but I ended up trying on the lipstick in Toying Around and I couldn't not buy it!

Toying Around is an amplified finish lipstick. This means the formula is really pigmented and creamy and has a slightly glossy finish. Toying Around is described as a "hot coral pink" and I'd say that is very accurate. I don't think I have any corals this bright in my collection as most of my bright lipsticks lean more pink than coral, but I can't wait to wear this all spring and summer!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Etsy Beauty Finds (+ Wishlist!)

In the past week I've spent quite a bit of time browsing Etsy for different beauty brands and products and I've come across so many shops offering beautiful and unique products! I thought I'd share with you some of the shops and items I've come across and hope to buy some products from in the future!

Impulse Cosmetics / This shop offers a very wide range of matte lipsticks and in so many unique shades! They all look to be very opaque and creamy and I'm dying to try some! The Opaque Matte Lipsticks are only $7.85 CAD each which is a very fair price! This shop also sells gorgeous duochrome eyeshadows, cosmetic glitters, and more! This shop is not for the neutral or timid makeup-wearer, but if you prefer a bold look then definitely check this shop out!

Soapopotamus / Though the photos above look like delicious freshly baked treats, these are actually soaps! I can't get over how well made and delicious looking the soaps from this shop are. The prices of these lovely soaps are so affordable too, ranging from $4.50 CAD to $8.44 CAD per single soap (there are also some bundles available). I definitely recommend going over to the Soapopotamus Etsy page and browsing through the delicious selection of food soaps! Soapopotamus also offers other products from lip butters to perfume and cologne!

ModLacquer / ModLacquer is an Etsy shop selling nail polishes that are totally unique. They come in a range of finishes from holographic, to matte glitters, to jellys. One of my personal favourites is the Pink Tart Nail Polish ($4.50 CAD) - a milky light pink base speckled with pink and white glitters.

Orange Thyme / Orange Thyme sells soaps, perfumes, lip balms, and more, but the product I've found myself drawn to are these Cuticle and Nail Balms ($5.63 CAD/ea). They come in 4 different scents - Lemongrass, Pink Grapefruit, Lavender, and Blood Orange (all of which sound delicious), and they come in a tin and shaped like a flower (fruit scents) or a bee (lavender scent). Lately I've been wanting something to hydrate my cuticles and these look like they'd do a great job of that!

Polish Me Silly / Polish Me Silly is another nail polish brand on Etsy and they sell a huge selection of homemade nail polishes. Their range includes glitter nail polishes, multi-chrome nail polishes and toppers, and, as shown above, thermal colour-changing nail polishes! The colour-changing polishes change colours when they are warm and cold. The colour combos are all gorgeous and they all have complimenting glitters in them too. I love the blue/purple mix of the Misty River Colour Changing Thermal Nail Polish ($7.31 CAD)! I definitely want to try some polishes from this brand as they're all gorgeous and unique and at a good price point too!



Glory Boon / Glory Boon sells handcrafted makeup, skincare products, haircare products and lots more. One thing that caught my attention are the Lip Scrubs ($10.11 CAD) as they come in a variety of yummy sounding flavours such as Homemade Frosting, Red Velvet Cake, and Pink Lemonade (among many others). As a frequent matte lipstick-wearer it's essential I keep my lips smooth and free of dry or dead skin and these lip scrubs would definitely do the trick!

Fat and the Moon / Fat and the Moon sells a range of cosmetics, cleansers, and much more in their Etsy shop. Two products in particular that have my interest are the Lavender & Cocoa Dry Shampoo (($15.82 CAD) and the Lapis Eye Coal ($20.34 CAD). This dry shampoo is different than the typical spray dry shampoos I've used but I like the idea of a loose powder dry shampoo. With cocoa powder and lavender essential oil I bet it smells delicious as well! The Lapis Eye Coal would be such a fun shade to play with in the spring and summer!

Have you ever purchased beauty products from Etsy? Are there any other shops I should check out?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

REVIEW: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

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One of the things I purchased during the recent Sephora 15% off sale was the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I've wanted this palette since it first came out and I had recently bought this palette for my best friend for her birthday, and then the week after I bought it for her the 15% off sale was on so I went and finally bought one for myself! One of my favourite type of looks to do is an all matte, neutral eye with thick winged liner and a shimmery highlight in the inner corner, and this palette allows me to create looks like that beautifully and it's all in 1 palette! The shadows in this palette are all very smooth and fantastically pigmented. None of the mattes are chalky. If you're a fan of matte, neutral shadows this palette is a must.

Below is the first look I created with this palette and I've worn a similar look everyday since. I love it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

REVIEW: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Electric Fuchsia

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Last month I went to the L'Oreal warehouse sale and when I was there I picked up this Maybelline Vivids lipstick. I've been a fan of this range of lipsticks since they came out last summer, so I was really excited to find one of these lipsticks there in a limited edition shade I didn't previously own and for only $2.00! I got the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in the shade Electric Fuchsia. Electric Fuchsia is a very bright cool-toned (almost neon) pink. This shade has been compared to Candy Yum Yum by MAC so it is definitely for those who are more daring with the lip colours they wear.

The formula of this lipstick (just like the other Vivids lipsticks I've tried) is very creamy and smooth, not tugging at all when applying to the lips. This lipstick lasts very well throughout the day needing very minimal (if any) touch ups, and leaving behind a slight pink stain. This lipstick is very comfortable on the lips as it has a cream finish, but it doesn't slip around on the lips either, staying put all day. If you haven't tried this range of lipsticks from Maybelline and want to try something bright and fun for spring, I definitely recommend the Vivids lipsticks!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Mani Monday #11

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I was inspired by the warmer weather we've been having and wanted something fun and bright on my nails, so I went for OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana from their recent Brazil Collection! This is the best yellow polish I've ever used. The formula was creamy and easy to work with and it applied completely smooth and opaque in 2 coats. I love this sunshiney yellow for spring and summer!