30/06/12 Beauty Blog Link Love

Jenny from My Funny Valentine reviews a beautiful 'my cheeks but better' blush- the Estee Lauder Pure Color blush in Sensuous Rose.

Looking for affordable cruelty-free brands? Phyrra shares her favorite affordable cruelty-free brands with you!

Krasey Beauty introduces you to Benefit Beauty's newest superhero, Spy Gal!

Over at theNotice, Rae's wondering how much pigment an orange gloss ought to have. Check out two orange offerings by Lise Watier and Clarins to see if you can figure out the magic pigment-to-shine ratio.

How well does MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural fare as a powder and a bronzer? Let's hear the verdict at Adorable On Your Vanity!

Jessika aka polish insomniac hated brown polish... until a new polish from the land down under changed her mind!

Steal My Heart Lovee shows swatches and gives a complete honest review on the Anastasia See And Be Seen Set.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed may not be too bright but at least she can look bright with the new Dior Summer Mix Collection! Check out her swatches and be sure not to use any big words in the comment section!

Addicted to Beauty is going Korean beauty product crazy with an in depth tour of the Face Shop in South Korea.

Check out Jenn from Spiced Beauty views on Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Deep!

Miss Beauty Nerd cannot decide which of Benefit's new Ultra Plush Lip Glosses she likes the best! They are all too cute!

Beauty Reflections gives 28 reasons to love Hourglass No.28 Primer Serum!


Prime Beauty along with the Beauty Blog Coalition is giving away two $300 VISA gift cards! Hurry and enter to win!

CoverFX Canada Day Giveaway!

To celebrate Canada day on July 1, I am giving away a CoverFX 
prize pack away to a lucky Spiced Beauty reader.
Cover FX creates healthy, natural-looking foundations for flawless full coverage. Available in a global palette with more than 30 shades, our unique formulas provide a precise match for skin of all ethnicities. We take ingredient choices seriously which is why each product is free of parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil and talc. To ensure each product is safe for even the most sensitive of skin, all Cover FX formulas are developed under the supervision of dermatologists and clinically tested, for a truly healthy foundation.
During this heatwave it's important to have an effortless beauty routine. Get a perfect fresh, transparent look for Spring/Summer in three quick steps:

Step 1: BritePrep FX Brightening Foundation Primer ($45)

  • Provides instant skin brightening effects and blurs the appearance of fine lines and pores
  • Facilitates foundation blending and extends wear 
  • Bearberry Extract: Anti-UV, lightens brown spots to even and brighten skin ton SPF 50

Step 2: SkinTint FX Treatment and Tinted Moisturizer ($39)
  • Oil free, paraben free and water-resistant formula
  • Contains skin repairing ingredients, anti-aging, skin firming and anti-wrinkle technology
  • Bisabolol; the main active ingredient of the chamomile plant, anti-inflammatory, to protect and reduce skin irritation and sensitivity
  •  SPF 30

Step 3: Bronzed FX Mineral Bronzing Powder ($28) available in 5 shades.
  • Creates an instant sun-kissed appearance on the face and body
  • Highlighting or all-over bronzer to achieve a sun-kissed glow without damaging UV exposure
  • Ideal for all skin types

For your lips: MintTint FX Tinted Anti-aging Lip Glaze ($22) available in 6 shades.

  • Moisturizing lip treatment and primer. Protective, fortifying and refreshing
  • Lip Fill Technology, a blend of peptides and hyaluronic acid improves collagen synthesis and provides time released hydration

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Beauty News: Belle Noel, Sally Hansen and Panasonic Beauty

Kim Kardashian visits
The Bay for Belle Noel
Kim Kardashian, in collaboration with Pascal Mouawad, launched her first foray into the world of jewelry design with “Belle Noel” in January 2011. Belle Noel was designed to add a touch of glamour to any outfit with inspiration from classic movie stars like Carole Lombard, Vivien Leigh, and Sophia Loren to the fashion muses of the 70’s like Lauren Hutton and Julie Christie. This versatile line features statement, daytime and evening styles from understated, casual pieces to bold, lavish creations reflecting her myriad influences from her travels around the globe. Belle Noel is currently available at upper tier department stores, specialty boutiques, and select online stores.
She has some really cute unique statement pieces!
Definitely worth checking out.

Avril Lavigne Collaborates with Sally Hansen Salon Effects
Avril Lavigne has partnered with Sally Hansen and created 12 new limited edition shades and designs of the revolutionary Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. The innovative Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are all about the ability to express yourself through your nails and who better to capture the essence of that expression than Avril Lavigne. The 12 distinctive shades have unique individual features including, starts, studs, leopard prints, plaids and the rocker-chic style, representative of Avril’s personality. Each of the limited edition Salon Effect Real Nail Polish Strip are designed to complement the diverse style Avril wears on stage to ensure each nail is a fashion statement and not just a fashion accessory.
I'm such a fan of the Salon Effects Nail Strips! 
I'm going to showcase some of my faves for you all soon.


Panasonic adds a Beauty Collection to their line
Infused with Panasonic’s advanced technology and the latest trends in women’s personal care, the Panasonic Beauty Collection products are set to be the must haves of the season. With chrome accents and a hot pink hue, the collection consists of three essential tools designed to fit right into a makeup bag with style and discretion, including: the Heated Eyelash Curler, Touch-Up Body Shaver and Precision Facial Hair Trimmer.
I have used a lot of Panasonic items in my lifetime. Vacuums, Cameras and Camcorders.
I'm interested in how these products will perform.  

What is your favorite spring/summer lip color?

I'm so excited to break out my spring/summer colors!
Last year I fell in love with MAC Romancin'. Perfect blue based lipstick for my skin tone.
What colors/shades have you been wearing lately?

I've been duped! Sephora & Make Up For Ever glosses

It's so easy to get duped. You go out shopping you see something that catches your eye and once you get home.... You realize that you have 50 other products that look the same.

Does this sound like you? 
Well..That's totally me!

I originally was gifted with the MUFE Lab Shine Diamond Collection from Fabdiva20, sometime last year.
On one of my trips to Sephora I picked up a "similar" pretty pink gloss.

MUFE Lab Shine $18- $20
SEPHORA Lip Gloss $3.00 (on sale)
Can you guess which gloss is which?
They look VERY similar! 

Beauty Blog Link Love 16/06/12

Read about how Beauty Reflections got her Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate for a great laugh!

Check out a gorgeous taupe and violet eyeshadow duo this week on theNotice - and make sure to give the accompanying look a read, too!

The Pink Sith reveals what was in her June Birchbox and if this was it's third strike or a home run!

Is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil a more convenient form of their best selling gel-liner? Head over to Makeup, Beauty and More to find out!

Get beauty schooled, with Krasey Beauty and Make Up For Ever.

This week, Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the wonders of Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture - check out her swatches and see if you agree that the polish looks just as nice as the bottle!

Phyrra has over 25 reasons for you to be happy this summer with the Meow Joys of Summer Collection!

Gouldylox discovers a hair treatment that is nothing short of a miracle. The shampoo and Leave In Treatment work so well, my hay-like hair isn't missing a traditional conditioner!

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Glosses have become Prime Beauty's best friends!

Don't know why your hair is perpetually flat and greasy? Silicones could be your issue! Here are a couple of tips to prevent silicone buildup on The Beauty Nerd, so that you can put some volume back into your hair!

Hellcandy introduces Bex Londoner, a luxury range of unisex fragrances that capture the many distinct scents of London city.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Deep

BB cream movement was something that I "wished" I could participate in. As several brands started to roll out their versions, there never was a color that fit me. Even though there was a"dark" was in some of the lines, they were way too light.

I can't even tell explain to you my excitement when I found a "deep" at the Maybelline Fall Trends event.

So far I have been wearing it straight for almost two weeks. I'm in love!

8-in-1 Skin Perfector:
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Brightens
  • Evens skin-tone
  • Smoothes
  • Hydrates
  • Enhances
  • Protects with SPF 30
  • Oil-Free

I may be getting too personal but it's a great feeling to be included. YES.. I said it. I love when brands incorporate a good range of skin tones in their lines. 

I am not just talking about dark tones. I spoke to a few ladies who actually found their perfect shade in the line (light/medium & medium/deep).

Here is a shot of me wearing the BB cream. 
Doesn't my skin look amazing!
Hopefully, this post will inspire someone out there to try it out. Regardless of what color you I know you will find a match. If you have any questions leave them in the comment box below.

Do you like BB creams?

The secret to long lasting heat-less curls!

I'm the type of girl who loves to change her hair style up regularly.
Whether it straight one week or curly another, it's a process that I put a lot of effort in.
I'm wearing Bella Dream Hair Extensions in Brazilian Curly
    There is one process that I do that can last a full week and requires little maintenance!

    I wear them over night to keep the curls.
    You do not need extensions to use flexi-rods.
    It also doesn't matter what your hair type is, there is a rod size that will suit you.

    Have you ever tried Flexi-rods before?

    Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Stain Gloss in Refreshing Red Review

    I can't believe that two years ago I would not be caught dead in red. I felt like it made me look to "old".

    Now that I reflect back, I think I was wearing the wrong shades. Since you all asked for my favorites I will start highlighting them. Maybe I will inspire someone to go out and buy their first red lipstick. Let's get started  with one of my favorites Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Stain Gloss in Refreshing Red!

    The Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour stain glosses comes in 10 different shades. Ranging from brown to red. The finish is very different compared to your typical lip stains because they are moisturizing and glossy.

    Great for anyone who wants to try to find their perfect red because they are buildable.

    Think about it this way: One swipe of color suitable for the office. While three swipes of color is suitable for a night out.

    In this picture I was wearing three wipes of color. The formula is very light and has a pleasant smell.

     Overall this Stain Gloss is at the top of my list because of its versatility. You can eat, drink, talk you head off and the stain will still be there once the gloss is off. Perfect for someone like me who has to run to meetings and often forgets to apply before I go.

    Are you feeling this red?

    Lise Watier: Havana All Over Baked Bronzer + Swatch

    For years I stayed away from bronzers because of my skin tone. I felt that because I was "bronze" I didn't need a bronzer. Years later, I realize that I was totally doing it wrong!

    Now I know the capabilities of a bronzer/highlighter. I also know mattes or cool tones don't work for me.

    When I get a good bronzer, I rejoice! Okay... I know the word rejoice is a little dramatic but trust me! This one is gorgeous.

     Lise Watier: Havana All Over Baked Bronzer!

    The no-mess, no-fuss secret to getting that deliciously luminous summer tan in a flash? Ssshh. It's Havana All Over Baked Bronzer. These four gloriously marbled shades of the stone blend marvellously on your skin to imitate the sun's delicious kiss with none of its harmful bite. Marvellous!
    I love this bronzer! 
    It's a warm tone which compliments my skin tone. I apply it as a highlight on my t-zone and cheeks.
    I could also add this to my chest and shoulders for a warm glow.

    Do you have a favorite bronzer?

    Camille McDonald Talks Beauty & Fashion at ANTMLiveCanada

    Camille McDonald competed in America's Next Top Model ALL STARS (cycle 12). Her vibrant personality and confidence made her my favorite contestant on ANTM. Being that we are both born to Jamaican parents, I have always identified with her passion.  At America's Next Top Model Live Canada, I asked Camille to share details on her favorite beauty products and signature style!

    Photo credit: mendesphotography

    SB:What is your favorite must have product?
    CM: There is a company called Revive sold at Neiman Marcus. Naomi Campbell swears by it! I think she uses it on her tights to prevent cellulite. The Revive face wash, toner and moisturizer are amazing!

    SB: What are two beauty products can you not live without?
    CM: The YSL liner is amazing. The navy blue is hard to find but it's great. Also there is a blush called Taj Mahal from NARS. It has a little bit of shimmer in it and it's orange, really great for woman of color. Highly pigmented so you use a very little of it.

    SB:What is your signature style?
    CM: My signature style is definitely sexy. A little bit of high fashion mixed with Caribbean cool.

    I loved talking to Camile! She was sweet and definitely knew her beauty products. I wish her all the luck in the future. 

    Lise Watier Summer Sunset Collection

    This is the first time I'm featuring Lise Watier on Spiced Beauty! Another great Canadian cosmetics brand. One of my favorite products from them is their Professional Corrector for dark skin.

    Currently, I am in love with their limited edition collection: Summer Sunset.

    I want to share some of the new products from there Summer Sunset Collection!

    Swirl these colors together to create a nice glow. This bronzing powder can be used on various skin tones. Slips easily into your purse!

    Long-lasting wear and available two palettes: Warm & Cool (Tropical & Paradis). 
    Same sleek packaging as the bronzer above. 

    Did you know that it can be reused as a wallet or a clutch?

    CRYSTAL DROPS Ultra-Shine Lip Gloss
    Do you like the wet glossy look? If so, then this gloss is for you. 
    Three colors to choose from smoothie, tangerine & dragon fruit.
    Enriched with vitamin E for its moisturizing properties. 
    Applies easily with a beveled applicator tip.

    Did you know that this nail polish is the 1st in Canada?
    The light up cap makes for easy to do your nails at any time.

    Lise Watier creates a new sensual and sparkling feminine fragrance! The freshness flowers and the cheerfulness of summer colours inspire its summery composition! The fragrance opens with a bouquet enriched with the vitamins and subtle tartness of grapefruit blossoms, bergamot and luxurious red fruit. The scent then reveals its femininity with touches of jasmine, lily of the valley, honeysuckle and apple. It finishes nicely on creamy, enveloping background notes that are woody and musky.

    SUN SMART Écran UV universel teinté FPS 30
    Silky to the touch and extremely comfortable, 30 SPF, it leaves the skin velvety-soft without any oily film…All SUN SMART benefits in addition to tan! Contains no paraben and filters the sun?s rays with no chemicals. Applied after regular daytime skin care or before going out into the sun, Tinted SUN SMART is your skin's best friend!

    3-in-1 Miracle Primer has a translucent base which instantly matifies, corrects your skin, and minimizing the look of pores and fine lines. A coloured base corrects skin tone and illuminates your complexion. I wear this alone. Colors: Bronze, Abricot and Banane.

    DUO GLAM ROUGE INFINI Lipstick Duo- Rose Ombre Glam
    Water-based liquid lip stain and a high pigment lipstick in our Duo Glam Rouge Infini Lipstick Duo. With its specially selected waxes, Vitamin E and a unique complex known to stimulate ceramide synthesis, the lipstick provides instant colour release without feathering. Its creamy and full coverage texture provides ultimate comfort and a silky matte finish. Use them together. Use them separately. Use them as you choose. 17 colors.

    Lisa D'Amato Talks Beauty & Fashion at ANTM LiveCanada

    Lisa D'Amato was the winner of America's Next Top Model ALL STARS. Her wild personality and amazing photos made her one the most "memorable" contestants on ANTM. At America's Next Top Model Live Canada, I asked Lisa to share details on her favorite beauty products and signature style!

    Photo credit: mendesphotography
    SB: What are you must have beauty products?
    LMD: My must have beauty products are the things I have in my purse at all times. Pressed powder because I live in California and of course it gets really hot outside. Of course I love lip gloss and  lip stain. Also lotion because you want to keep your skin feeling soft and moisturized. At the end of the day that's really important.

    SB: What is your signature style?
    LMD: I would say my signature style is a bit of a eclectic mix because I live in Hollywood, California. It's Lady Gaga, meets Mickey Avalon and Katy Perry. I always like to challenge myself with fashion. At the end of the day I'm daring and I know I can pull something off! Other people will then hopefully be inspired to take bigger chances.

    SB: What do you love about Toronto?
    LMD: Oh my god! What I love about T dot? It's the people, the spirit and the energy! It's amazing! I love it. I've been welcomed with such warmth.

    I loved taking to Lisa on the pink carpet. She was fun and really friendly! Look out with my interview with Camille Mc Donald coming out later this week.

    MUST HAVE: Hawaiian Tropic® Sunscreen Lotions

    I'm going on a vacation for my birthday! I'm excited.

    One of the most important things to bring with me will be sunscreen. As a WOC I am still prone to sunburns and skin cancer. For the past three weeks, I have been trying out brands to bring with me.

    I am looking for a brand that has a few things:
    • Pleasant scent
    • High SPF
    • Light weight
    The Hawaiian Tropic® does it. 
    Plus they have something for everyone!

    Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect SPF 30
    Uses mica mineral shimmer to highlight skin tone, allowing you to look your best while keeping your skin safe from the sun.
    This one is the most glamorous of the bunch. Did you know that gold shimmer is the perfect way to hide skin imperfections! Try it on your stretch marks and scars.

    Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Lotion
    The unique hydrating ribbons replenish moisture for up to 12 hours, allowing you to pamper your skin while providing protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
    If you find sunscreen dries out your skin, try this one!
     The moisturizing swirls really helped my legs from not drying out through out the day.
    I should add that the hydrating ribbons are infused with silk protein and shea butter.

    Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 85 Sunscreen Lotion
    To ensure maximum protection from the sun’s intense rays, this surprisingly lightweight sunscreen provides photostable UVA and UVB protection while seducing senses with its signature tropical fragrance.
    I'm bringing this one for sure because it's light weight, waterproof and grease free. 
    A little bit goes a LONG way.

     I'm happy that these have that signature Hawaiian Tropic® coconut fragrance.
    Prices range from $9.99 to $11.99 CDN.

    Do you wear sunscreen daily?

    Beauty Blog Link Love

    Looking for a bright lippie to wear this summer? Be sure to check out Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick over at Makeup, Beauty & More!

    Were there any colours in the Dior summer collection other than orange? While viewing the swatches of Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed, one would think not... check them out and see if you agree that orange is the awesome-est!

    Phyrra shows you her newest lust, the Sugarpill Heart Breaker Palette. She compares it to some of her other favorite shadows and shares some looks, too!

    At Eyelining Obsessions, Claire sums up her review series talking about 6 high street BB Creams.

    Rae tries out a bright, summery, colour-blocked makeup look at theNotice. Find out what fuchsia and coral lipsticks she picked to create the lip!

    Bun Bun Makeup Tips reviews some good quality eyeshadows from Makeup Geek! Shimma Shimma and Shimmermint are her favorites!

    Love nail polish? Check out Krasey Beauty's review of the Zoya Beach collection!

    Shannon at Lipstick Musings has found the perfect way to fake the sunny with Chanel's Soleil Tan de Chanel in Sable Rose from the Summertime de Chanel Collection. If you're a fan of bronzers, you may just need this one!

    Jumping in on the BB Cream Craze, Pammy Blogs Beauty is determined to find one that works for her! Find how how she likes Clinique's Age Defense BB Cream.

    Find out which OPI polish is a wallet-friendly dupe for Chanel Peridot on My Lips But Better.

    Miss Beauty Nerd is opting for Maybelline's Dream Nude Airfoam as her go-to foundation in this muggy weather.

    K from Beautifully Addicted To gives you a look at L'Oreal Rouge Caresses in Dating Coral.

    Christina the Glitterholic welcomes her makeup sensei Lisa in a guest post reviewing the new MAC Collection, Casual Colour Lip and Cheek Pots. Check out her swatches and read her review.


    The Pink Sith reviews the Exclusive to Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Cebu and she is giving away a mini lip palette from Le Metier de Beaute. Enter for your chance to win today!