Friday, December 16, 2011

elf Mechanical Eyelash Curler

When is it time to change your eyelash curler?....When the pad is cut in half and your eyelid gets pinched.

Okay so I have (had) an eyelash curler that I was really happy with. I had purchased it from the dollar store a couple of years ago and thought I would never have to buy another one again.  

A few days ago I started looking at the condition of this eyelash curler and thought "Wow this thing is really starting to fall apart". That day when I used it I accidentally pinched by eyelid with it and didn't think much of it, until later that day I realized my eyelid was swollen!!
So off I went to Dollarama and found the elf Mechanical Eyelash Curler. 
elf Mechanical eyelash curler
Now, for $1.50 I honestly don't think you can go wrong. (Actually it's supposed to be like $1, but obviously everything has to cost more in Canada...). I never understood why people would spend so much money on an eyelash curler when there were cheaper alternatives pretty much everywhere. In that case, I think you really are paying for the brand name.

Anyways, after using the elf eyelash curler for a couple days now I think it works just as well as my first one. The elf eyelash curler also comes with an extra pad for when the other one starts to fall apart. Also, it comes with a little plastic clamp that allows you to close the eyelash curler so that it isn't stretched so far apart.

So my advice to you, before you pinch your eyelid, make sure whatever eyelash curler you use is in good condition before using it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Got2b Smoothing Lustre Lotion

I have been using got2b hair products since high school. 

One of my favorite attributes of these products is their appealing scent.The smell really lingers in your hair. I know some girls like to spray perfume in their hair to get a similar effect, but perfume is obviously not intended for that purpose (especially with all those chemicals it contains). Therefore, I would recommend the got2b smoothing lustre lotion as an alternative.
 The packaging is actually pretty cute too. The got2b satin drops that are also part of the smooth operator line have the exact same kind of 'genie' bottles except they are a little smaller in size.

I have been using the Smoothing Lustre Lotion to smooth my flyaways. It works really well when you let your hair air dry too.

Give it a try!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner

I have heard many good things about Prestige cosmetics. 

When Rexall was having a 30% off sale I was planning on picking up the Prestige My Black Lashes mascara and  Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Deepest Black, but unfortunately they were sold out. 

Instead I decided to pick the Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner.
Prestige Waterproof eyeliner

Prestige Waterproof eyeliner
First and foremost just because the eyeliner claims to be waterproof, doesn’t mean it isn’t ‘smudge proof’. I think a lot of people have misconceptions about claims like these. 

Lately I have been using pencil eyeliner to make my wing on my upper lash line. 

I have been loving pencil eyeliner instead of liquid eyeliner because it gives a less harsh effect. Since this particular Prestige eyeliner is a little light in pigmentation I also use a black eye shadow to darken it up. The black eye shadow also helps set the eyeliner so that it doesn't smudge!

I will definitely be picking up some other Prestige cosmetics in the future!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick- Fuchsia

I was never much of a lipstick kind of girl because I like the practicality of applying a lip gloss or lip balm without having to look at a mirror.

Also, my lips are pretty pigmented so I never really cared about applying colour to my lips. Lately, however, I have really been feeling bold lips.

My go-to lipstick has been the Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Fuchsia.
 Revlon Colorburst Fuchsia Lipstick 
The color is definitely buildable too- you can dab a little to get a little wash of the the magenta-fuchsia color or apply it directly to get a full coverage application.
Revlon Colorburst Fuchsia Lipstick

Revlon Colorburst Fuchsia Lipstick

Revlon Colorburst Fuchsia Lipstick

Overall, I really enjoy this lipstick. I usually wear it without gloss, but it looks nice with a little shine as well.

What do you think? :-)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

iPad 2

I have finally hopped on the Apple bandwagon!

Okay... well I do own an iPod, which is my preferred mp3 player, but I didn't think that I would be conforming to any other Apple products for awhile...

I don't like bringing my laptop to school because it is quite big and heavy to carry around all day. For some time, I have been thinking of an alternative way to be able to browse the internet and check my email while on the go, and the iPad2 is the perfect solution.

The main reason I got the iPad2 was because of its portability and convenience. Everything else about it is just a bonus!

Originally, I thought I would be the last person to be buying the iPad2 as it reminded me of just a larger version of an iPhone or iPod Touch. The reality is that this tablet is so much more than that. Besides all the cool features and applications available on it, the iPad2 is a sleek and sophisticated piece of technology. 

Usually, when I am giving a presentation I like to bring a piece of paper with my notes in case I need to refer to them. However, for one of my presentations I brought my iPad with me instead and let me tell you it was much more professional :)

To protect my iPad I bought a case for it that not only protects the screen and back from getting scratched, but it also allows you to prop the iPad so that it stands up on its own. This is really convenient, especially if you are Skyping, watching videos, or even typing.

Overall, I am loving my iPad2! I don't think it is the most necessary thing to go out and purchase, but for someone like me who is interested in ease of portability and convenience, this sure tops it off!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Rosebud Perfume Company: Smith's Strawberry Lip Balm

I just bought this lip balm recently and have to say I absolutely love it!
Rosebud Salve Strawberry
In general, when it comes to lip balm I would consider myself a huge junkie. Not only do I own various brands, but I have at least one lip balm lying around pretty much everywhere! (tables, pockets, bags, etc.).
Rosebud Salve Strawberry
The first thing that I like about this product has to be its smell- DELICIOUS! It smells like strawberries and cream and just reminds me of my childhood for some reason.  

The second thing I like is the product itself. This lip balm is soo moisturizing! The tin comes with .8oz of product which will end up lasting you a long time since you only need a little bit. I've read that you can use this balm on other dry parts of your body, but I rather just stick to lotion for that lol.

The lip balm also has a slight tint to it and gives a nice subtle glossy effect :)
Rosebud Salve Strawberry
Although the gold tin is unique (kind of reminds me of those antique looking tins), I would have to say I do not really like the packaging for the purposes of a lip balm. 

The main reason is for sanitary reasons- I do not like sticking my finger in the product and then putting it on my lips. You could definitely use a lip brush if you really wanted, but let's be honest: lip balm is for on-the-go people! We don't want precise application of it. 

For those who are like me and don't want to take an extra step, you can just swirl your lips in the tin and put on the lip balm that way. Works just as well!
Rosebud Salve Strawberry
I bought mine from Sephora for $9.50CAN. If you're interested you can check out the Sephora website below:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sephora Face Complexion Brush

 Sephora Face Complexion Brush 
Beyond having good quality make-up I think the most important step to making your make-up application natural and flawless is having good skin.

I recently purchased the Sephora Face Complexion Brush and have to say that it is AMAZING! I usually just used my fingers to wash my face with my cleanser, but I felt like it just wasn't that efficient. 

This brush has bristles that are soft enough on the face to use daily. I find it really effective because it allows you to gently remove any dead skin cells that your fingers otherwise would not remove. 
Sephora Face Complexion Brush
At Sephora, I bought the face Face Complexion Brush for only $7CAD. There were two colours to choose from- Clear and Fuchsia (although,I it looks more red to me...)
   Sephora Face Complexion Brush

Sephora Face Complexion Brush

The brush also comes with a little cap, which is nice, but to be honest it kind of falls off. It's not a big deal though, as the brush itself is really effective. 
If you want to check out the brush visit the link below:

Monday, October 17, 2011

NEW! Sigma SigMAX brushes

It doesn’t just take good quality makeup to give you that flawless effect- it takes high precision brushes like Sigma’s NEW SigMAX line of Precision brushes! 
Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes

Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
The NEW Synthetic Precision Kit by Sigma gives you the most ‘precise’ application just like the name says. 

The size of all the brushes allow you to apply makeup to every contour of your face, making sure that no section is missed. The Sigma Precision brushes are designed to “mimic your fingertips”, but give you an even softer and easier application that using your fingers could ever give you- they also keep your hands clean!

Here are the brushes that I received that are included in the Synthetic Precision Kit by Sigma:

Precision Flat P80
Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
This brush reminds me of the Flat Kabuki- F80, just the smaller version for a more precise application. I found that I love to use it most for concealing little spots on my face. The size of the brush does a great job of buffing the concealer into your skin, leaving no streaks.  

Precision Round P82
Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes

This brush is probably the most unique of all the brushes. The small rounded edge feels just like my fingertip making it perfect  for blending in eye shadow primers and cream bases without getting my actual fingers dirty! The rounded edge also gives me a great application for a highlight in the inner corner of my eye!

Precision Angled P84
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
Another one of my favourites, the Precision Angled P84 brush is great for precise contouring. The size of the brush is perfect because it really allows me to contour my nose in just the areas I need. Using a large brush to contour my nose wouldn’t give me the same effect as it would cover too much surface area and make my whole nose look like it was bronzed. I also love this brush for highlighting the bridge of my nose because it glides right along the top. It also works perfect for highlighting the very tops of my cheekbones without having the whole apple of my cheek look like a shiny mess.

Precision Tapered P86
Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
The point of the Precision Tapered P86 is so efficient because it goes around every contour of my nose lips, eyes- you name it! I use the P86 for applying concealer around the crevices of my nose, and even around my lips to make them look fuller. I have tried using this brush as an eyeshadow crease brush and have to say it works amazing for that too!
You can buy these great Precision Brushes individually for a great steal- $14 each, or get a bargain by purchasing the whole set for only $49!

Sigma has also come out with an addition to their line of the Synthetic Kabuki Kit.
Tapered Kabuki F86
Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
The NEW Tapered Kabuki F86 has many beneficial uses. I have grown to love it for not only applying foundation to my face as it reaches everywhere, but it is really ideal for contouring the hollows of my cheeks to give me more definition.
You can get this brush for $16 or grab the whole set of Synthetic Kabuki brushes in the kit for $56! http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Synthetic_Kabuki_Kit_p/smax04.htm?Click=6384

Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
 Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit Brushes
Overall, I am definitely loving these brushes! 5 stars all the way! :D

Monday, October 3, 2011

OOTN- October 1, 2011

Hello beauties! This post is dedicated to my Outfit of the Night that I wore to my cousin's Engagement Party! 

Here are the main pieces that I wore:

One Shoulder Leopard Dress: Forever 21
Faux Leather Perfecto Jacket: Dynamite
Black Patent Peep Toe Pumps: ALDO 
Bangles (which you can't see lol): I ended up buying the CIARLO bangles from ALDO that were featured in my previous post
Nails: Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail Polish in Steel Grey

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Jewelry: ALDO vs. Forever 21

As I've mentioned many times before, ALDO and Forever 21 have got to be my top places to shop, especially when it comes to jewelry! You can find great pieces for great prices! (WIN-WIN! :D).

I've decided to start a segment to show just how similar the pieces are from both these stores. 

Recently I went to ALDO and saw a stunning set of black bangles. Days later I went to Forever 21 and saw something very similar. The problem was I couldn't remember if I had seen the bangles on the Forever 21 website or if I had, indeed, seen the similar black sparkly gems in the ALDO store. 

So, I went on both websites with a mission to hunt down these bracelets, and guess what? I found them both!

Here is the original CIARLO bracelet I saw at ALDO for $12. (Set of 13)
Here is the bangle set from Forever 21 for $17.80CAD. 
Tell me they don't remind you of each other! 
This set also comes in Gold/Peach.


Personally, I think all sets are beautiful. However, I am going to have to go with ALDO's set because it is cheaper lol!  Tell me if you similar pieces at stores!