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Bargin Finds: $5.00 Dress from H&M

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I'm always asked where do I get my style & bargin roots from and the answer my MOM. No words can sum up how much I love that lady.

On one of her recent shopping trips to our holy grail store (H&M), she came back with this for me!

I ended up wearing it to my roof top date in Niagara Falls.  Perfect Occasion!

So ladies have you had time to check out any of the H&M sales?
 

Annabelle and Marcelle Beauty Premier Party!

Monday, November 28, 2011

A few weeks ago Annabelle and Marcelle Cosmetics came to Toronto for their beauty premier for Spring 2012. I'm lucky enough to have gone to several beauty event in the past but this one was truly amazing. There was makeup, food, drinks and most importantly engagement from Marcelle/Annabelle with us(bloggers).

I loved how there was different modules set up to learn about each launch. The most popular table was the make your own lip gloss table. This idea was purely genius!  Every girl Well I wish I could design my own lip gloss and I'm ecstatic that I got that opportunity to do so. We were given two bottles of our special concoctions.

The beautiful Robin from Fashionsta514 was at the table explaining the whole process.
Look at how long the line got at one point!
Close up of the color wheel.
We had to pick a minimum of 4 colors to mix our lip glosses.
Another amazing idea was offering us makeup on a platter!
I can't tell you how tempting it was not to empty it all in your purse..LOL

On to the launches for Spring 2012!
Each product set up was accomanied by an Annbelle/Marcelle employee. 
It was really cool to get your answers answered on the spot.
BB Cream in 2 colors: Light to medium & medium to dark!
Marcelle Gene Youth Skincare: Day & Night formula!
Annabelle Bigshow Lipgloss: Light & Sheer Gloss!
Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover that helps your lashes!
Marcelle Xtension Plus which curls & separates!
Check out some pictures from the event:
Taken from the Annabelle cosmetics facebook page
Me & Beauty Parlor testing out the Marcelle Gene Youth Skincare.

At the end of the night before we all left.. MORE makeup was set out for us to go through!

I snapped this HILARIOUS picture of Tamara. I just had to share :p

Kim Professional Makeup Brushes Review

Friday, November 25, 2011

A few months ago I was contacted by a rep from a brand called Kim Professional Makeup Brushes. I never heard of the brand and I had no idea what to expect. I was given three brushes to try.
  • F251 for face
  • L311 for lips
  • E131 for brows
L251 A large round brush designed specifically for application of wet make-up. The white synthetic and soft hair combination allows for maximum color and liquid retention.

I really wanted to love this but it just wouldn't stop shedding. Look at the pictures above for reference.
USES:  Liquid foundation and powder blush (which is still left on the brush..sorry).
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L311 A flat, tipped brush, for precise lining of the lip contour and for perfect application of lip cream and gloss.
 A few weeks ago this baby came in handy at one of my gigs.
I swear it looked better before.
I think I killed it by doing like 30 lips. I used beautysoclean after EVERY use. 
Either way its still soft.
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E131 A flat angular brush, perfect for precise lines and detailed work. Emphasizing lining and shaping of the eyes and the eyebrows.
 It`s an angled brush that does the trick.
Okay, well I have two complaints: I wish it was a tiny bit stiffer and again the handle is a bit long for me.

Pros:
Soft brushes

Cons:
Long handles
Frosty handles don`t work with the natural oils in your hands

Have you tried Kim Professional Makeup Brushes before?

Toronto IMATS Haul 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Finally I got the time to take and edit the pictures from my IMATS haul! I think I did pretty well.

I will try my best to do reviews on most of these products. If you have a request please let me know below.

Model in a Bottle:
I swear after hearing such great reviews from my ladies on twitter, I had to get the model in a bottle spray & brow sealer. I opted for the sensitive skin formula instead of the regular. I kinda regret it because I feel like the formula won't be able to handle my oilness. Once I try it out I will give you all a full review.
Red Cherry Canada:
I only took a picture of 7 but I bought 10 Red Cherry Lashes. I totally wish I walked around more because I bought them for $2.99 and I found them for $1.47 at another booth. Either way I'm excited to try my first pair of Red Cherry lashes out!

NYX:
I seen a blog post on the soft matte lip cremes and I had to get a few for myself! So far I have been trying them out and I'm quite impressed. I really didn't need the polishes but for $2.00 each.. I couldn't pass it up!
Faceatelier:
I honestly have never seen a product like this before! Silicone based "gel/liquid" that dries to a powder finish. Look at these colors!!! I know I'll have fun with these.  The bright orange is cha cha and the red is livid.
LA Splash:
I've heard nothing but good things about their primer. I also wanted to try out their glitters! This stack was my favorite for it's variation. I'm excited to use it :)


Nigel's Emporium:
I think they had the BEST deal on lashes $10 for 7 pairs. These are actually the same lashes as the Red Cherry ones. Just a different "shell" and no case.
Royal & Langnickel:
At the Royal & Langnickel event we each got a Silk Green Line brush set! These brushes are the softest..OMG.  Be sure to look out for the review.

Lit Cosmetics:
Glitter galore! Their variation is crazy. So many cuts, colors and options. I can't wait to swatch them all for you. Take a look at that one glitter below called Soul Sister. I'm in love <3
 Have you tried any of these products before?
What do you want to see a review of first?

Check out Topbox.ca!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


A few weeks ago I was approached by a rep from topbox.ca to try a box. I was skeptic at first but it exceeded ALL of my expectations.

Topbox is actually similar to "other" Canadian boxes. They deliver 4 deluxe beauty samples each month. What caught my eye is how they provide the 'top' brands in their boxes for ONLY $10. This was a complimentary box but I made an account and filled out a profile on their website. I assume later on they will make boxes according to your preferences and skin tone. That would be amazing because I would hate getting products that didn't work for me.

This box had two deluxe samples & two full sized items. 


Check out what was in November's box!

Cake Beauty
*FULL SIZED* 
Retail $18.00
Velveteen Hand Cream
Stila
*Deluxe Sample Size*
Lip Glaze
 Dr.Brant
*Deluxe Sample Size*
Collagen Eye Serum
 Deborah Lippman
*FULL SIZED*
Retail $19.99
Enchanted Evening

My favorite item was the Deborah Lippman nail polish.
I do see myself ordering from them in the future because I feel that you definitely get 
your money worth with these boxes.

Beauty Blog Link Love 19/11/11

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Have you heard of Beauty Bloggers for Charity? Tune into BeautyBloggers.org between Nov. 28th and Dec. 12th to bid on some awesome products. The auctions will be open internationally and all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Boarders, so don’t miss it!

Addicted to Beauty is excited to hear about the latest scented mascara - Guerlain's Noir G! Will it be a hit or a miss?

Get them before they are gone - polish insomniac shows you two of the Nicole by OPI Holiday Glitters!

Have you found your perfect fall lip colour yet? Rae, at theNotice, unearths another "hidden gem" in the brand's permanent lineup. Be sure to check out her MAC Desire lipstick review to see it for yourself!

My Lips But Better learns why you should always get a sample before purchasing new foundation!

The Pink Sith tells you a story about an "Ugly Duckling" or sorts and how she was transformed by Votre Vu SnapDragon Body Cream. This story has a happy ending.

Want perfect party nails for this season? Amy Antoinette shows us some sparkle with  Models Own Pink Fizz.

Tracy at Beauty Reflections says Deborah Lippmann Stairway To Heaven is winter skating party worthy! 

Want a compact powder for great coverage and convenience? Bun Bun Makeup Tips recommends the MAC Studio Fix Foundation.

Have you seen Guerlain's Spring 2012 Collection yet? Anita at Pleasureflush wants everything! What about you?

Kajal Couture shares her 5 Must-Have MAC Shadows that complement every skin tone!

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella tries a shampoo that smells like creme brûlée and keep your color vibrant

Prime Beauty's Guest Reviewer takes you on a fragrance journey - or should I say fragrance quest? See what she ended up choosing.

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Want to win 3 month's of free nail polish customized to your taste? Enter Perfectly Imperfect's Julep Maven giveaway!

Smashinbeauty is have a Sigma Beauty & E.L.F. Cosmetics Giveaway. Make sure to check it out. 

Shivani at Adorable On Your Vanity is celebrating her puppy's first birthday, with a gorgeous namkesake lipstick from Dior, Dior Addict Lipstick in Millie. Come and tell who is cuter!

It's Holiday Giveaway time! Enter to win a Conair Spin Air Brush from Audrey Dao! 

IMATS Toronto 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Unless you live under a rock, you missed one of the biggest makeup filled weekends: IMATS Toronto 2011. As usual it was full of bloggers, vloggers, make-up & seminars.

The venue was at the same place as last year Toronto Congress Centre but the venue layout was in a different hall.

This year I attended on Saturday. Totally a bad move for me because it was hard to fit all the excitement in eight hours. Next year I will devote a day totally to shopping and another to seminars. Similar to what I did last year!


After shopping for one hour I went to the Royal & Langnickel Press event! The event combined of a few of my favorite things Kevin James Bennett, makeup and Manicures via Wright Spa.

 I love Royal & Langnickel brushes! I think they're the softest most versatile synthetic brushes on the market.

We were given a run down of the brand. Then given time to try out the brushes! I swear I could play with those brushes ALL day.

Royal & Langnickel Brushes
View of the hall


 Here is a good picture to show you the venue. Look at how crowded it is. Can you believe I took this picture at 10:15 am. Less than two hours since the doors opened. Amazing!

Alicia from Funny Face Beauty told me that Sunday was calmer and easier to move around.

Again note to self: GO BOTH DAYS!

 


One of the biggest attractions was the NYX booth. 
So much variety and the ladies there were very helpful.
Some ladies spent three hours in line for some goodies! 
One of the NYX lines went past the Crown brushes booth.
Every year I attend a Kevin James Bennett session.
Saturday's topic was Runway Refined.
He's not for the faint of heart but he knows his stuff!
"The biggest trend right now is metal"- Kevin James Bennett
"Essentials are palette paper & palette knives"- Kevin James Bennett  
I loved the models look.
Wearable & gorgeous!

Check out this great video before you leave!


I'm currently taking pictures of my haul, so check back in a few days to see what I got!

 What did you think of IMATS?