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Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Must Have

Sooo I love waterproof make-up for the hot melting days of summer.  I recently came across these MUFE Aqua Cream eyeshadows.  I love MUFE ever since getting my flash kit so when I saw these lil babies I just about died.

What it is:
An ultra-pigmented, long-lasting waterproof eye cream shadow.

What it does: 
Aqua Cream combines the highest-quality pigments with mother of pearl particles to give immediate rich color payoff with a luminous finish in just one application. It's long-lasting formulation will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions and its creamy and elastic texture allows for easy blending.

Wear em on your eyes, cheeks or lips and watch how they stay on through any of your summer activities.

Swatches and reviews comin soon.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Smashbox--20% off your order.

What a wonderful way to end a long weekend.  All week until May 28th Smashbox is offering 20% off your entire order from Smashbox.com.  Simply type in the code FF2010 at the checkout to get your 20% off. 
Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy Friday Monsters.

Check check check it. The long weekend is here and what better way to celebrate then going on a makeup madness spending spree at CherryCulture.com

Cherry Culture is offering 25% off all NYX items if you enter the code NYX25 at the checkout.  Cherry Culture has hard to find NYX products and they offer fairly good shipping prices to Canada.

Happy Friday Makeup Monsters!!
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Packaging Fail: When Perfect Products Have Horrible Packaging

Offender #1.  Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Collection Shea Cashmere Body Lotion.  This has to be my favourite moisturizer of all time.  The product is flawless.  It smells gooorgeous, like vanilla, but a little different then most vanillas.  The lotion is light but super moisturizing with African shea butter.  With such a perfect product there has to be a catch....and it's the package.

I love any product that comes with a pump.  The pump helps to control the amount of product used, and from a germaphobe perspective...it's far more clean to pump then to dip your fingers in a jar.  I'd say the first month of using this product was great..no problems what so ever, but once the product began getting lower and lower in the bottle the pump started to fail on me :(.  The first problem was that the lotion seemed to get thicker over time, which wasn't really a problem until it was almost too thick to get up to the pump.  The second problem is that the lil straw lookin thingy that brings the product up to the pump wasn't long enough to get the precious bits of lotion at the bottom of the bottle.  I'm the type of gal that likes to use every last drop of product if I love it..so there I was trying to find a way to cut the bottle open to reach the bottom.  The bottle is more of a hard plastic so it couldn't be squeezed.  So much frustration over a lotion...but still well worth it.

Love love love love love this lotion and for $16.50 you can bet that I cracked that sucker open to get to the very bottom. :D

Right now this lotion is available on SAAAALE at  Bath and Body Works , normally $16.50 but now available for a limited time 2 for $20.  You can bet I'm stocking up.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's My Look in a Box

Soooo...as soon as I heard the title of Look in a Box of course my brain travelled back to that fantastical SNL skit...ya know the one I'm talking about :)

MAC originally released the Look in a Box idea earlier this year...but it was only available in Duty Free stores and Travel Retail locations.  I diiiiied when I saw the Gothette Look in a Box, and I still want it badly..but there's a new collection being released at the Bay (July 8th) in Canada and at Nordstroms (July 16th) in the US.

The collection will be packaged similarly to the other Looks in a Box, with an image on the outside showing

The one I'm most excited for is the Look in a Box: Frisky Girl ($59.50 US/ $61.50 CDN)
This collection contains

Pretty Baby Beauty Powder..previously found a home in the Hello Kitty collection.

 Powder Blush in Well Dressed

Mineral Eye Shadow in Mercurial

Lipglass in Nymphette

Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara

Soooo gorgeous. Me want!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Venomous Villains--Mac+Disney=ME WANT!

oooh gosh. MAC must tease me so..check out the teaser video here for MACs new collaboration with Disney.  The Venomous Villains collection is due out in September and this is the only little peek that MAC is willing to give us.

From WWD:
MAC Cosmetics is teaming up with Disney to create a limited edition color collection, intended to launch globally in late September in all MAC locations. The products will feature four Disney characters, on which the brand is keeping mum at the moment — although with a collection name of Venomous Villains, it is assumed that we’re not talking Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse here. Lipstick, powder, lip gloss and blush shades will be sold, ranging in price from $12 to $29.50.
This is going to be huge.  I'm getting excited and it's more than 3 months away. Le sigh.
Monday, May 17, 2010


Vibrating mascara on a budget...just shake ya face!!
Friday, May 14, 2010

Oh MAC you make my heart skip a beat

Helllllloooo Alice + Olivia for MAC.
This tiny collection of perfectly picked colours is due out on July 8th.

Dazzleglass Creme  ($18.00 US / $21.50 CDN)  If It’s Pink… – Hot pink with soft multi dimensional pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
 I.Want.Candy. – Hot yellow with soft multi dimensional pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
Sparklicious – Creamy pale pinky white with soft multi dimensional pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)

Pigment  ($19.50 US/$23.50 CDN)
If It Sparkles… – White with transforming pink pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
Later. – Black with transforming purple pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
Partylicious – Turquoise with silver pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)
Morning.After. – Creamy turquoise (Cream) (Limited Edition)
So Rich So Pretty – Bright purple with pearlized pigments (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Military – Black matte with silver suede pearl (Matte with Pearl) (Limited Edition)

All limited edition....all need to find their way into my hands.
Thursday, May 13, 2010


ohhh my gaga.  The mama monster herself stepped out this evening at the Almay Concert to Celebrate the Rainforest in NYC.  I am lloooving the gray hair even though combined with that outfit she looks slightly grandmaish..although she makes for a very stylish grandma.  What do you think...love it or leave it?

Mr. Sun Sun Mr Golden Sun

If you're like me and you can manage to get a sunburn sitting by a window, then this is the product for you.  Hopefully Summer is just around the corner and this product should be on everyones must have list.  Usually I'm not a fan of any type of sunscreen on my face because of the stink involved, the breakouts and worst of all..the dreaded sunscreen in the eye!  The new Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid is the lightest feeling sunscreen I've ever experienced.  This sunblock offers a non-shiny finish that works beautifully under make up and doesn't leave you with that gunky too much product on my face feeling.  It's oil free, PABA free and is both sweat and water proof.  I think the SPF of 55 and 70 are a little extreme, but good protection with a light weight feel is hard to find. Scoop it and love it :)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

the eyebrow gods have answered!

I reallllly am obsessed with eyebrows.  Maybe it's because I was not blessed in the beautiful brow department (mine seem to stop where most people have an arch...horrible...I know), that's why the Smashbox original brow tech has been a favourite of mine for years and years. So there I was checking my hundreds of emails when my favourite weekly dose of Smashbox introduced me to this fabulous find.  Brow tech to go?! AHHHMAZING. 

I know right...freaking amazing.  The one end has an angled brow pencil, that never has to be sharpened (genius!!) and the other end has a soft holding gel to help tame the most unruly brows.

Me and my sparse straggly eyebrows haaave to have this!  A review will follow as soon as I get it in my hot little hands :)

Drugstore find of the week

I'm a poor poor student, so whenever I can find a quality product at a fantastically cheap price I scoop em up as fast as possible. While drugstore diving I discovered these great brushes by a company called POSH. POSH offers great synthetic brushes at an equally great price, giving you tons of bang for your buck.

There are many brushes from POSH to choose from. I started off with the 5 Piece Mini Brush Kit with Zipper Pouch. This mini travel brush kit includes a powder brush, purse foundation, conceal & touch up duo brush, brow & eyeliner duo brush, smokey & angle eye shadow duo brush in a zippered travel purse.

Cheap cheap price. I think I ended up getting mine on sale at Pharma Plus for under $10.
Brushes are great quality and offer excellent blendability.
Very easy to clean and dries quickly.

The foundation brush is way too huge for a flawless application. It's the only brush in the set that I don't use.
The brushes are a tad shorter then regular sized brushes so it makes for an awkward application.

All in all I'd say that I'm completely happy with these cheap but cheerful brushes and just might be one of my most favourite drug store finds of all time.
Sunday, May 9, 2010

I effing love Michelle.

So..as I try my best to tread through the useless tutorial videos for make up found on youtube...my all time favourite has to be Michelle (s2pandaapple). She has the best selection of videos on things from a different hair style for everyday to product reviews and tutorials. I'm lucky enough to have Michelle in my program at school, so I dig through her brain of make up wisdom all the time. So! Check her out. Watch her videos. She really is fantastical on every possible level of fantasticalness :D


We have to wish a Happy Mothers Day to Mama Monster herself..Lady Gaga! :D If my own Mother would allow me to post silly pictures of her all over the internet then this tribute would be to her..because clearly she is the best moshmosh in the world...but instead I pay tribute to the Mama of all the little monsters. Lady Gagas fans made the cutest video in the world for her, wishing her a Happy Mothers Day. So Happy Mothers Day to all you Mamas out there. Without you...there would be nothing :)

Happy Mother Monster's Day From Gaga Daily from Gaga Daily on Vimeo.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Loving it.

So ever since I cut my hair from short to shorter I've been loving weird eyeliner and what I guess could be classified as the "mod" look. Think Twiggy or Edie Sedgwick. I still haven't travelled into the world of lining the crease quite so heavy, but I love love love the effect it gives.

While looking for ideas and inspiration I found this ahhhmazing picture of Christina Aguilera.

Normally I find her make up to be borderline hideous but she looks amazing painted up proper.
Thursday, May 6, 2010

I have a sick obsession with this stuff...

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. It comes in lots of different formats, but my personal favourite is the Skin Protectant. This miracle balm can get rid of the nastest, driest chapped lips over night. You apply a nice coating right before bed and vamoosh..wake up with the softest lips ever. I must admit this stuff has a slightly medicinal stank to it and for some reason reminds me of earwax..but I still slather it all over my lips, cuticles, elbows and heels every night when I go to sleep. When I'm sick, I schlop it on my nose to prevent that dreaded crusty rudolph not so cute look. With this stuff a little bit goes a long long way. I gave some to my grandma for her birthday..apparently she puts it all over her face as a moisturizer and I swear to you she is over 70 and her skin is glowing!

From the Elizabeth Arden website...8 great ways to use 8 hour cream

Eight great ways to use Eight Hour Cream

1. Alleviate dry skin.
2. Great gloss for lips.
3. Highlight eyelids, cheeks and shoulders.
4. For after shaving or waxing.
5. Shape brows into place.
6. Soften rough, dry cuticles.
7. Antidote for rough heels and soles.
8. Best in-flight moisture booster.

#5 shall be tested tomorrow...my two sick obessions will collide...8 hour cream and eyebrows! ha.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

oh em gee. want of the week.

soooO...Since it's payday this week (finally) it's a double duty want of the week.

I love Tokidoki. I can never afford Tokidoki so I head to Pacific Mall and buy all the fake bags a true Tokidoki lover can handle :) I also love liquid liner in pen form...lately I've been rocking the NYX Jet Black..but then...my two loves collided and came up with this!

When I first came across this I had to take a moment and pick my jaw up off the ground. Fantastical liquid liner annnnnd Tokidoki. The make up gods are reading my mind. I must have all of them. Every single one. So..it goes on the list that`s already 8 miles long but I think I'm excited enough to put it at the top.

16 dollla at Sephora.

Liquid liner AND bling bling for my lippies? What a wonderful week.

MACs new Superglass lipgloss is here. $21.50 for lipgloss...ouuch. I still want want want though. I love Dazzleglass...so Superglass just has to be the be all end all of glitterglosses right? :)

A lip gloss blended with small, medium and large pearls to create three distinct dimensions of jewel-like flash and overwhelming dazzle. Provides sheer medium coverage. Adds sexy shine and lustre to the lips. Helps lips stay smooth and hydrated. Features M∙A∙C’s vanilla flavour. Limited edition.(of course!)

Check check it.

So if I finally cave and buy something off this 8 mile long want list..I will test it like it's never been tested before and let you know if it's worth the buckaroos.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Everyone needs to take a minute...

to appreciate miss thang Beyonce in her new video for "Why Don't You Love Me?"

the blue nail polish...
the heavy brows...
the fantastical winged eye liner...

i'm dddyyying as i watch this over and over.

"Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I've tried...

for so very very long to love this mascara as much as everyone else does. I am a self proclaimed mascara addict. If Dr. Drew had a show about make up addiction, my drug of choice to kick would be mascara. Expensive mascara, cheap mascara, mascara that curls, plumps, extends and volumzies. I love it all. They all have a place in my heart. All except for the one that is world renowned for being make up artists number one choice. That mascara is the Maybeline Great Lash. The classic hot pink and lime green tube draws me in every time. Every time I purchase it, I think to myself...Maybe, just maybe this time will be different and it'll blow me away. It never happens. I always end up poking myself in the eye with the little brush, not getting enough volume, or smudging it all over my eyelid..which if you're in a rush in the morning could be considered a criminal offence.

That being said, the Maybeline Great Lash original comes with the big fat verdict of leave it. I'll glady leave it to all those people that can get it to work for them, but for me..NO. I will never buy a tube again. I put my hand on the beauty bible and promise that.

The brilliant minds at Maybeline came out with this! The Maybeline Great Lash BIG! At last..they listened to my cries about the horrific original brush and came out with this fat honkin, hot pink and green masterpiece. This brush has an official place in my heart as my go to "I'm way to broke for Dior Show" mascara. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

Oh Maybeline..you have restored my love in the old classic Great Lash. I thank you for that :D

Just 25 days to go...

Yes yes, I understand that MAC comes out with a new collection of some sort allll the time, but nothing has brought such joy and anticipation as the MAC Summer 2010 Collection: To The Beach.

The Eye Shadows ($14.50 US/$17.50 CDN)Italic
  • Sand & Sun - a matte light peach (matte)Limited Edition
  • Firecracker - a frosted mid-tone red orange (veluxe pearl) Limited Edition
  • Sweet & Punchy - a pearlized bright yellow green (veluxe pearl)
  • Shimmermoss - green with green pearl (veluxe pearl)
  • Humid - intense green with shimmer (frost)

Lipstick ($14.00 US/ $16.50 CDN)
  • BeachBound - sheer frosted pale peach (glaze) Limited Edition
  • Lazy Day - light dirty blue pink (lustre) Limited Edition
  • Thrills - rosy copper with gold pearl (frost) Limited Edition
  • FunBathing - mid toned Bronzed plum (cremesheen)Limited Edition

Mac Lipglass ($14.00 US/ $16.50 CDN)
  • Easy Lounger - light baby pink with multidimentional pear Limited Edition
  • Flurry of Fun - sheer sparkly peach Limited Edition
  • Splashing - mid tone blue pink with soft gold pearl Limited Edition

High Light Powder($26.00 US/$32.00 CDN)
  • Marine Life - Multicoloured pressed powder

Lip Pencil($13.00 US/$15.50 CDN)
  • Life's A Breeze - soft pink Limited Edition
  • Temperature's rising - loudmouth orange Limited Edition

Eye Kohl($14.50 US/$17.50 CDN)
  • Float on By - dark green turqouise Limited Edition
  • Rosemary and Thyme - mid-tone olive gold with shimmer

Cream Bronzer($25.00 US/$30.00 CDN)
  • Beach Bronze - golden glow with a soft gold finish Limited Edition
  • Weekend - mid-tone deep orange brown with soft pink pearl Limited Edition

Bronzing Powder($22.00 US/$27.00 CDN)
  • Golden - muted golden tan-beige with gold shimmer Limited Edition
  • Refined Golden - finely spun golden with a soft pearl finish Limited Edition

Now I have my list of must haves...what are yours?

Thanks for the photos
Saturday, May 1, 2010

Summer's just around the corner...

With the weather finally warming up I thought I'd share some of my favourite go-to products for summer. I tend to lighten my make up routine through the warmer months because there's nothing worse then the make up melt down that can occur once the humidex starts rising.

In place of foundation I like the Cover FX Skin Tint.

The Cover FX Skin Tint FX Moisturizing Treatment and Tint with SPF 30 is a great product to replace that overly heavy full foundation. The tint helps to accentuate your own natural skin tone, giving it a sun kissed appearance using pearlized minerals. The forumla is WATER RESISTANT, which is amazing for those days on the beach or by the pool.

My second favourite summer product is one that I just came across recently. I love love love the Smashbox original Halo Powder, so when I found out it was available as a bronzer I just had to scoop it up.

The Halo Hydrating Bronzer is made with real goooold, 48 minerals, and powerful peptides, that all work together to make your skin look like it's glowing from within. All you do is twist the shaver to get the perfect amount for each application. I do a quick swipe down my nose, across my cheekbones, and along my forehead, pretty much putting it anywhere that the sun would naturally hit my face. The great thing about the Halo Bronzer is that it has more of a matte finish so you don't look overly sparkly or shimmery..just beautifuly bronzed.

Using these two products together give you that beautiful summer glowy skin, without all the goopy makeup meltdowns.