Beauty talk + Contest winner + Blog Resolutions!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hi Ladies,
I can not tell you the last time that I actually wrote whats on my mind. No review...tutorial.. nothing like that.

First off..
Happy New Year!

As you all know I'm in my third year of Blogging with Spiced Beauty and I'm loving every minute of it. I'm constantly trying my best to improve the site and I'm thankful for opportunities like my bloggerversary where I got to here input from you.

Most of the requests were for more reviews! I'm currently working on a template which will streamline my review process. This will ensure I can do more reviews using the products that you know and love.

Also outfits and make up looks were highly requested as well. One of the most difficult things to do is to take pictures of is my outfits! I don't live with my bf and my family are not patient enough to wait until I get the best shot..HAHA!

Lastly, FOTD's (face of the days) were requested. I'm going to try to do at least one a month.Please hold me to that. I think I'll break out my tripods or video camera and get that started up soon. If you have any other requests please leave them below.

Speaking of  the giveaway... I want to congratulate Laisa for being my third bloggerversay winner and Bailey for winning my I love...cosmetics giveaway.

I have several other giveaways coming up for you all. I'm working on trying to get more international ones which can cater to my whole blog audience. Let me know what brands you would like to try!

Lastly, hello to all my new followers.  I'm so excited to see my numbers growing! I don't usually let people leave links on my blog but please if you own a blog please leave your link below in THIS post. I'm looking for more people to follow.

Beauty Blog Link Love

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed thinks size does matter and tests out her theory with Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara - check out her results and see if you agree!

My Funny Valentine is proud to present...A vain person's guide to water sports: how to waterproof your makeup and deal with chlorine.

Nail bling strikes again! Musicalhouses shows you her silver and blue nail art with pearls and hearts!

At Lipstick Musings, Shannon embarks on her first-ever fragrance review with the all-natural artistry of Aftelier Perfume's Cepes and Tuberose.

With the BB cream craze in full swing, Rae takes a moment at theNotice to review (and swatch) the much-hyped Marcelle BB Cream. Find out it if tw wonder-oduct is all it's talked up to be!

New year calls for new product launches! Miss Beauty Nerd tests out Maybelline's newest - their SuperStay Lip Colors and EyeStudio Color Tattoos.

Beauty In The Mirror has been reviewing the very popular OCC Lip Tars. Pop over for some great pictures and advice.

Kajal Couture shares her tips on preventing eyeshadow fallout.

Prime Beauty is dreaming of spring with the Nordstrom Exclusive Dior Garden Party Milly Garden Clutch.

Looking for some double duty beauty products? Check out Krasey Beauty's recs!

Kimberly at Kimmie Karma Love shows her New Years Eve makeup and the day after pictures!

Phyrra presents a variety of lovely lipsticks and pigmented lipglosses from Morgana Cryptoria.

Tracy at Beauty Reflections has a new PRECIOUS called Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Meteorites.



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Join Anita in celebrating reaching 400 followers and win yourself a gorgeous Accessorize Eyeshadow Palette!

The Body Shop Chocomania!

Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm soo excited to show you all the new The Body Shop Chocomania products
that come out on February 6!
We all know Valentine's Day is all about the chocolates, so of course I was all over this collection.
The only Calorie-free treat that has puts a smile on my face.

Check out the six piece collection!


Heart shaped Soap $4.00
These delicately fragranced heart-shaped soaps are perfect for cleaning in the shower or just keeping hands soft, cleansed and sweet-smelling.


 Body Butter $18.00
For when a light touch isn’t enough...a hit of rich, decadent
chocolate and luxurious fragrance, this Body Butter provides
48 hours of intensive moisturization.




Lip Butter $6.00
Soft and silky lips with an intensive, chocolate, creamy balm, it’s almost good enough to eat.


Shower Cream $8.00
Creamy body wash that leaves skin supple, cleansed and moisturized.
 Look at the consistency of the cream *faint*



Body Lotion $12.00
A sophisticated light cream body moisturizer with quick and gentle hydration for a silky, smooth finish. 



Body Scrub $18.00
For a smooth honeyed finish, step into the bath or shower with
this chocolate body scrub which provides expert exfoliation
leaving skin smooth and delicately fragranced.


I cant stop laughing at the picture of the body scrub! I couldn't wait to use it that I forgot to take a picture before.

What product would you like to try from this line?

My NEW Hair Muse Angela Simmons

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Whenever I need some hair inspo I have been googling Angela Simmons lately. She has totally grown into her own. Now I can add her to my list of current style favorites with Rihanna &  Kim K <3

ENJOY!!

Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening System

Monday, January 23, 2012

I've always been self-conscious about the color of my teeth. I drink a lot of tea... up to three cups a day. I'm always looking for a product that will whiten them without sensitivity or pain.

Now that I'm going to start to do more FOTD's, smiling with whiter teeth would be a definite plus. I've heard a lot of good things about Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening System, so I decided to give it a try.

Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Kit. In as little as five minutes, right at home, you can begin to take advantage of the same process dentists use (oxygenating action) to gently but effectively lift away stains. Now with the bleaching power of Plus White, whitening will begin to work with the first application and you will see whiter brighter teeth within days!

Each kit comes with:
  • Plus White Tartar Control Pre-Whitener Rinse 
  • Plus White One Step 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel
  • Mouthpiece


I tried my best to do EVERYTHING right. I have sensitive teeth and I didn't want to make them overly sensitive by a stupid mistake. In case anyone is curious this is what I did.

  1. A cap of the Plus White Tartar Control Pre-Whitener Rinse into a empty container.
  2. Then add three parts water to dilute the rinse.
  3. I swirled the contents around in my mouth for 3 minutes and then emptied.
  4. Brushed my teeth without toothpaste and then rinsed my mouth with water.
  5. Lastly, I put the Plus White One Step 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel into the mouthpiece.
I made sure that the gel did NOT get on my gums. I wiped off the excess with a q-tip. This is a product that has to be used for like a week or two to see results.
I tried it for three days and I didn't see a huge difference. I did not keep it on for more than 5 minutes each session. Although, it claims "for badly stained or yellow teeth, allow 15-20 minutes". I didn't think I fit that category.

I think I'll try it again at a later time to see if there will be a difference.

What do you guys think about whitening products?
Hate or love them?


Bronze smokey eye with a bright pink lip!

Friday, January 20, 2012

*Cue Beyonce* 
Cause we like to party, hey hey hey
 I wore this look for New Years Eve sorry for posting it so late.

I`m so excited that I finally got use to my lit cosmetics glitter in Gunmetal on the outer corners. 
Its very subtle but once it hit the light, it shined!

Face:
Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil
L'Oreal Eyeshadow in 'Bronze Divine'
Lit Cosmetics - Gunmetal 
Lips:
Two faced gloss + plum lipstick

I need to find this lipgloss, so I don't have to continue to make it..lol.
A nude from a Two-faced palette & Revlon wine not was used to make this mix.
I love the fact that it a bright baby pink. NOT ashy or sick looking on my skin tone.

What do you think about this FOTD?
Should I do more?

Canadians Korres Canada wants to hook you up! (CLOSED)

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Did you know KORRES was Chatelaine Beauty Award Winner for 2011.


KORRES is new to Canada from Athens,Greece and is now available in select Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada. Check out the location tracker. Made from naturally derived and organic ingredients KORRES is the perfect brand to introduce into your beauty regime for 2012.

KORRES Canada is offering a set products valued at $196 SRP to one Canadian Spiced Beauty reader!

*Rafflecopter screwed up on me. I will be contacting the people who entered previously 
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How to Enter:
Must be a follower of Spiced Beauty
What is your favorite video on KORRES Canada?
  • In the Beginning
  • The Art of the Harvest
  • The Scientific Method
  • For the Love of Design
Comment Below with your favorite video & Email
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Extra entry follow their facebook page:

ENDS:
January 31 @ midnight

Korres Body Butter is an office hit!

Monday, January 16, 2012

In each office everyone is known for something different. There`s the lady with the best candy at her desk and then there's me....the cream lady. If you come to my desk I have several different creams but one of them has them coming back. 
It`s Korres Body Butter in Lemon Basil!

Yes that my desk with the pear and water and no I didn't stage it..haha
A rich, luxurious cream enriched with shea butter and scented with the fresh scent of green spice and lemon zest.
I've been a big fan of Korres for a while. Dating back to the days when I use to cruise the aisles at Sephora. Truthfully the whole idea of Basil Lemon is not my ideal scent. I`m more of a sweet cream kind of girl but I was pleasantly surprised by this body butter. The Basil Lemon scent was not strong or overpowering. There was a great balance of both scents.

One of my coworkers was very impressed on how moisturizing it was without the greasiness. I think it's because of the great ingredients like sweet almond and sunflower seed oil.

Not only is this perfect for your hands. Its also great for areas that don't get a lot of love in the winter like your knees and elbows.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan  

I'm thinking about taking this tube home because I need it to last me through the winter.
Canadians did you know that you can get Korres at Shoppers Drug Mart?

Have you tried anything from Korres before?

Beauty Blog Link Love

Sunday, January 15, 2012

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella gives Japanese brand Suqqu a try with their Reset Cleansing Oil.

At long last, BB creams are (finally!) hitting it big in North America. Check out theNotice's BB cream coverage, which has only just begun.

polish insomniac shows us how to make a difficult polish look good!

The Pink Sith has FINALLY finished her quest for the elusive L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows! Read about the colors she got and see what she thinks!

Have old dried out nail polish strips and don't know what to do with them? Musicalhouses shows you how to save your dried out nail polish strips!

Miss Beauty Nerd loves nude colours, especially ones by Bobbi Brown. Currently, she's coveting the Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette!

Check out Jenn from Spiced Beauty's current obsession from Sleek makeup.

Phyrra shows you the latest lip product she's been lusting after, new Fyrinnae Lip Lustres.

Looking for a full coverage foundation that doesn't feel like a full coverage foundation? Gouldylox Reviews checks out this one from Tarte and puts it's lofty time promises to the test!

My Lips But Better learns the hard way Tweezerman's nail files aren't nearly as good as their tweezers.

Wishing for Spring like Tracy at Beauty Reflections is? Then take a look at the new Lise Watier Aquarella Spring 2012 Eyeshadow Palette.

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Beauty Crazed is giving away a giant pile of makeup to celebrate the new year! Come enter and decide for yourself just how crazed they really are!

Winter 2011 Beauty: CoverFX - MintTint FX Tinted Anti-Aging Lip Glaze+Swatches

Friday, January 13, 2012

First I have to thank Joy from Makeup Junkie for allowing me to try this out (won it in a giveaway). I fell in love with MintGlaze FX last Fall and finished my bottle in LESS than a month!

Now I have another bottle to burn through this Winter.. Let's see how long this one lasts!

MintTintFX has some amazing benefits for your lips:
  • Protective, volumizing and fortifying glazed tint to maintain youthful lips. 
  • Provides natural looking, non-sticky healthy tint. 
  • Contains lip freshening peppermint.
  • Pout perfecting tint that hydrates & softens lips.
 SWATCHES:
This is such a soft and wearable lip gloss. I know the swatch looks shimmery but it's very subtle.
Perfect for ALL skin tones. Don't believe me?  
Check out this swatch below:

  Simple but pretty!

Have you tried anything from CoverFX before?
If so, what was it?

Giveaway: I love...Cosmetics (CLOSED)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Earlier in 2011 I was contacted by Paradigm Cosmetics to try out some I Love... Cosmetics. This brand can be found in your local Shopper Drugmart.

They come in a 7 different flavors:
  • Vanilla & ice cream
  • Coconut & cream
  • Raspberry & blackberry
  • Strawberries & milkshake
  • Lemons & limes
  • Mango & papaya
  • Blueberry & smoothie
     

     I chose mango & papaya! 
    • Light Scent
    • Doesn't irritate my Sensitive skin
    • Lathers Well
    • Great Texture


     Paradigm Cosmetics is giving one of my Canadian Readers the opportunity to get a giftpack from I love...Cosmetics!

    How to Enter:
    Must be a follower!
    What is your favorite Scent combo from I love...Cosmetics?
     Comment  Below with your favorite scent
    Email 
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    Extra entry follow their facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/ilovecosmeticscanada


    Maybelline Color Tattoo Review (Guest Post)

    Monday, January 09, 2012

    I have been on the hunt for a drugstore cream shadow that can be used as a base (much like a Mac paint pot) for ages. I have tried every cream shadow Shoppers Drugmart has to offer. These cream shadows are okay but they never truly stand up to my day-to-day lifestyle. I don’t live in a major metropolis so when I want to visit a Mac or a Sephora store I am looking at a good hour and a half to two-hour drive.

    Which is why the other day I got very excited when I came a crossed a display in my local Shoppers. This display was very intriguing. Not unlike most of you I hadn’t heard anything about Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows. These little pots looked just like the Benefit creaseless eyeshadow packaging and felt a lot like a Make Up Forever aqua cream. I automatically pulled out my iPhone and Googled this these little beauty, but much to my surprise there wasn’t anything on the Internet that could help me.

    So I did what any savvy beauty-loving girl would do. I bought three. There were nine colours to choose from at my Shoppers Drugmart.

    05 – Too Cool (matte white)
    10- Fierce & Tangy (matte tangerine orange)
    20- Painted Purple (shimmery lilac purple)
    25 – Bad to the Bronze (shimmery bronze)
    30- Pomegranate Punk (shimmery burgundy)
    35- Tough as Taupe (matte grayish beige)
    40- Tenacious Teal (shimmery aqua blue)
    45- Bold Gold (shimmery gold)
    50- Edgy Emerald (matte moss green)

    Left to Right (50 – Pomegranate Punk, 35- Tough as Taupe, 45 – Bold Gold)


    I decided to go with Pomegranate Punk, Tough as Taupe and Bold Gold. When it comes to new cosmetics I like to play it safe. The first thing I can tell you is this product has a nice consistency. Its soft and creamy but dries to a powder-like finish. The colours are in the collection are very wearable and yet Maybelline seemed to have a bit of fun also. For me the true test of any cream shadow is how it applies. With most drugstore shadows you are stuck using your finger for application. Which is fine but if you want a precise look it ends up looking a bit messy. The Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows have the ability to be used with a brush as well as finger application.

    Left side finger swatched, Right side brush swatched

    When it comes down to wearability I put this product to the test at the two jobs I work at. The one was wearability at an office and the other was wearability at a restaurant. In an office setting this eyeshadow worked rather well as a base or as an all over lid colour. There was minimal creasing and the colour stayed true throughout my 8-hour day. As for at the restaurant when I am a waitress, this shadow was only good as a base. As an all over lid colour it started to run and crease near the heat lamps unless it was set with a powder eyeshadow. I also found that the one matte shade (Tough as Taupe) I purchased had a better staying power that the other two shimmery colours.


    All in all seeing as this is a drugstore product that costs $9.99 and I don’t have to take a crazy road trip to get it. I’d give the product 8/10. I deducted a point for the fact that most of the shades are shimmery (I would have liked to see more matte shades and in lighter colours). I also deducted a point for the intolerance to heat (I would not wear this as an all over lid colour to a club).

    Beware online shopping!

    Thursday, January 05, 2012

    About a few month ago I was cruising a blog and I found a hair product that really interested me. It was given a rave review from the blogger and I felt like it could possibly work for me. Even though I searched the internet for more reviews I didn't see any. But I did what any other reader would do.. I purchased a jar of this product.


    After my transaction, I realized that I didn't get a receipt BUT the money was removed from my account.

    Bizarre... but I told myself wait a bit because I really wanted the product. A week with no receipt went by and I sent them an email. I included my name, email, Paypal transaction number and date I purchased. I received NO answer.

    I then sent another email inquiring about the product delivery. NO ANSWER.

    To make a long story short. I filed a claim to Paypal. Paypal sent me a refund because the company did NOT respond back to Paypal.

    They did respond back to me after a month with a sob story about how the website had errors...

    I will tell you the product cost $7.99.. petty cash to some but honestly it's the principal.

    I didn't write this to cause problems.. I didn't even put the bloggers name or company. I just want you all to pay attention to the online companies that you buy from. If something seems wrong please "speak" up. 

    Also always use Paypal if you can! 

    Do you have a story like this online shopping?

    MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Complexion Starter Kit + Unretouched ad campaign!

    Monday, January 02, 2012

    You have heard me rave about my love for Make up for ever's HD foundation before. I have a warm skin tone with yellow undertone with a hint of red. Finding a foundation with the right hint of red was always the hardest. Being a Woman of Color it was a huge deal for me to find a foundation that truly looked like skin.

    I remember the day I walked into for a sample and ended up purchasing my first a bottle of the HD foundation & powder. It was my first big spurge on a foundation that truly matched my skin.

    In Sephora starting today Make Up For Ever has started to carry a HD Complexion Starter Kit ( $89.00 CDN). You get to personalize your kit with your exact foundation color choosing their full range of 26 shades.

    They are  also launching an interactive shade finder tool to help you find your perfect foundation match online. You can find the tool here if you want to try it out: www.hd.makeupforeverusa.com/shadefinder.

    Each kit allows you to acheive flawless skin in three steps: Prep, Cover & Finish.


    Prep: HD Microperfecting Primer
    A lightweight, oil-free complexion corrector that enhances the skin's texture and primes the skin for makeup application.






    Cover: HD Invisible Cover Foundation
    An oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life
    Finish: HD Mircofinish Powder & Kabuki Brush
    A universal translucent finishing powder to be applied over foundation or worn alone. HD Kabuki Brush is a soft-to-the-touch yet sufficiently firm nylon brush designed to easily sweep powder on the face.
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    SWATCHES


    MAKE UP FOR EVER is hosting its first ever open casting call to find the model for their next Unretouched ad campaign.  Women can create their own picture-perfect make up look and then submit it for consideration via their microsite, www.hd.makeupforeverusa.com.  

    All finalists’ photos will be posted on Facebook and the winner will be flown to NYC for a professional photo shoot in late February.

    Here are some pictures that I have taken with Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 178.
    NO PHOTOSHOP or DIGITAL ENHANCEMENTS have been done these pictures.

    This will always be my favorite foundation.
    Have you tried this foundation before?