Birthday weekend, and NYX is 20% off at Rexall!


Picked up these two lovely jumbo eye pencils from NYX yesterday! They are only $5.99, but were 20% off! I’m heading out to a roller derby game this evening, and a lady’s got to look her best! I must say, these pencils are extremely creamy and soft going on. The two colours I got were Dark Brown and Purple.

A Facebook friend informed me that NYX products are gluten-free. I’ve confirmed this with a Google search; I found a blogger who contacted them regarding this manner, and posted NYX’s response. How fabulous is that?! To have a brand that is cruelty-free, and gluten-free! On top of this, I’ve enjoyed their products for quite some time. I’ve yet to try their nail polish – but it won’t be long before I do.

Mayhaps I will take some photos of the look I do for this evening and show you all! I love having a beauty blog – the perfect excuse to look ridiculously glamourous at any given time.

Check out the swatches for these goodies!

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A Fall of Colour

With September well on it’s way to its end, and October close by, I thought it was high time to embrace (albeit reluctantly) the fall season and all of the colours that make me think of all things fall! Browns, reds, oranges, yellows, and everything in between!

There are a few products in my collection that really stand out to me as great colours for the fall season, and in this entry I will be showcasing these products to you in all of their glory! I’ve got two nail polishes, one blush, and an eyeshadow that I will be raving about today.

Nicole by OPI's The Right Thing

Sephora by OPI's Rumba Romance

Our first polish is a Nicole by OPI nail polish in The Right Thing. This bright orange polish has a slight shimmer to it with a tiny hint of pink to it. This colour reminds me of squash, and vegetable gardens, and has a kind of harvest feel to it. Okay, so maybe I’m reading way too deep into this nail polish colour, but I’ve worn it many times and this is the feeling I get from it. It’s colours like this that help me enjoy fall!

Second, is a Sephora by OPI shade that screams cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. Rumba Romance is its name, and to be honest I am not sure if it’s available at Sephora anymore because I did buy it on clearance. The colour is a beautiful bronze-pumpkin-esque shade with small shimmery bits! Hello, pumpkin pie! I don’t even care for pumpkin pie much, but this shade makes me want to dive right in!

Nyx blush in Terra Cotta

Onto our blush! The particular blush that gives me fond memories of fall is a blush by Nyx in the shade Terra Cotta. Nyx is most definitely one of my favourite makeup brands that constantly surprises me with new and exciting products that are great quality and also cruelty-free. This particular shade is a shimmery light brown with a pink-hue to it. I love this shade for fall because it reminds me of the colours of leaves you crush under your feet as they fall from the trees. It is subtle, can work relatively well to define and contour, and the shimmer adds that little extra oomph to your look!

Annabelle's monoshadow in Brown Frost

Annabelle has some delightful products, and the product in particular that I’m including in this entry is their mono eyeshadow in Brown Frost. I brought this mono eyeshadow because I had been tempted to try out their products from a Beauty Guru on YouTube. This eye shadow is so versatile. It has a shimmer, but it is very subtle when applied to your eyelids. It blends beautifully, and is a lovely rich brown that is gentle enough for day to day, but can also be used to intensify an evening look. Browns, bronzes, and oranges are my favourite colours to wear on my lids for fall, and Brown Frost compliments them so well.

There we have it! Colours that inspire me during the fall season! I hope this helps ease you into the fall season and inspires you to try out some of the products mentioned!

Underrated! Nail polishes that you will love!

I’ve had a mild nail polish obsession (I say mild because I can usually talk myself down to buying only two or three if there is a big sale) for the past few years or so. I remember when it began. I was searching for a pretty colour or two, and stumbled upon my old dried up and stale nail polish collection from my teens. None of it was wearable, and most resembled old trends (but crackle polish is back!), and I preferred to begin anew.

I have tried many brands, from low-end to high end. I definitely have my preferences, and today I would like to reveal to all of you my absolutely favourite brand of nail polish. They are my favourite because for several reasons: price, their polish consistency, ease of application, how long-lasting they are, and choice of colours. And of course, the most important thing: they must be cruelty-free!

There is much debate over whether it is okay for us cruelty-free supporters to buy from companies that used to test but no longer do, or if they did not test for most of their history but were recently bought out by a company that does, or if they have constantly gone back and forth with regards to their animal testing policy. I will support a company who used to test, and has changed their ways, but do not feel I could trust a company (Essie, for example, whose colour selection I absolutely love!) that was bought out by a company that is well-known for conducting animal testing. In that case, the company simply can no longer be trusted to maintain their test-free policy. Here is some information about L’Oreal’s purchase of Essie that I found on Fashionista.com. I do love Essie’s colour selection, as I mentioned, but am not a big fan of the nail polish it self (at least on me). It isn’t the easiest for application, and at $11.99 here per bottle, I definitely expect something better.

my humble nail polish collection (which includes Revlon, Essie, OPI, Orly, Nyx, NYC, GOSH, and Seche) - some polishes are from brands I no longer support, but did at the time because of their animal testing policy.

The brand I am currently raving about, and have been raving about to my friends and family since I started using it is not OPI (who I recently discovered was bought by a testing company – at this lovely blog), not Spa Ritual, not Revlon, not Zoya, but GOSH Cosmetics!

I purchased my first GOSH nail products from Shoppers Drug Mart (they are in their own section away from the other polishes) several months ago. There was an awesome sale that lasted for about 2-3 weeks ($5 per polish!), so I got my pick of polishes. I don’t have a ton of them yet, but I definitely took advantage of the $5 sale. While GOSH does not have a massive collection of colours like nail giants Essie, OPI, or Revlon, the colours they do have are gorgeous, and really stand out. Their polishes often only require one coat of polish, at most two! They dry very quickly, and and since I only have to apply one to two coats, I definitely find the polish stays on longer and is less likely to chip!

my GOSH polishes from left to right: #594 Miss Grey, #571 Wild Lilac, #60 Lambada, #550 Purple Heart, #540 Ocean, and #567 Metallic Green

I tend to prefer cream polishes over shimmer or glitter polishes, but GOSH has some unique shimmer colours. #540 Ocean, for example, is a majestic swirl of greens and blues, and really does remind me of the ocean. #550 Purple Heart reminds me of an oil slick. It has tones of purple, blue, and green, depending on how it is reflecting the light! My least favourite of the bunch would be #567 Metallic Green. It is a good quality polish, but I have not had the same urge to use it like I have the others!

On top of GOSH’s polishes being my absolute favourite, they are also formaldehyde, and toluene-free!

This picture really doesn't show how amazing the colour actually is..not to mention my sloppy nail painting job. LOVE THIS STUFF!

Thanks, GOSH! 🙂

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A simple Easter-and-Spring-inspired look

My mother insists I go to the Easter Vigil every year at her church, and while I am not a Christian, I don’t mind getting dressed up all pretty and making her happy at the same time. Plus, there’s always an awesome after with wine and other goodies. Love it!

I thought I’d take pictures of the makeup look I did, although I wish my lighting was better so you all could better see my eyeshadow colours.

The colours were much more bright in person. I’ve got to figure out how to get my lighting right. I used these purple and pink-ish colours because of the pastels that come with the theme of Easter. Spring also makes me think of pinks and purples, and the weather has just been getting really nice, so I felt in a pinky purple mood.

It is just a very simple look. Here’s a breakdown of the products I used. Moisturizer: Origins VitaZing, Primer: TooFaced Primed and Poreless, Concealer: ELF’s All Over Cover Stick in Apricot Beige, Foundation: Revlon Photoready in 007 (ha!), Blush/Bronzer: ELF’s Blushed/Bronzed compact, Eyeliner (tight-lined and water-lined on upper and lower lashes): Buxom Lashliner in Suede, topped with Nyx pencil liner in Black, Mascara: Nyx Doll Eye Mascara (Volumizing), Eyeshadow: Stila’s poetic (lid), chiffon (inner corner), and flamingo (crease and outer corner). On my lips I’ve got Smashbox’s lip enhancing gloss in Tease.

I had so much fun doing this look; I hope to be able to show off more, and get my lighting worked out so that the colour can be shown off. I swear it looked better in person. Thanks for reading!

One mascara, two mascara, three mascara, four..

Alright, ladies. Let’s get real here for a second. Have we not searched high and low for the perfect mascara? Brands in drugstores and higher-end department stores all claim to give us that super-glam-volumized-lengths-to-the-max look, but how often is it that we find ourselves disappointed with our purchase? While I would consider myself to be somewhat fortunate with regards tthree great mascaraso my natural lashes, I definitely am not one of those people who enjoy a minimal look when it comes to mascaras. If you prefer a more natural, low-key mascara, not all of these products are for you.

I was initially planning on reviewing four mascaras, but decided only to review three of them, since I had found out that the fourth does not make it clear whether it tests on animals or not. Ironically, this fourth was my least favourite of the bunch in terms of performance.

The three I will be reviewing are the Bare Escentuals Buxom Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, Nyx Doll Eye Volumizing Mascara in Black, and Physician’s Formula Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara in Ultra Black Organics.

Beginning with the  Buxom Lash Mascara, I purchased this for buxom buxom lasharound $23 Canadian at my local Sephora. I had been curious about the product for awhile, and was willing to spend a bit extra to try something new. Prior to this I had been using Maybelline’s The Falsies, and to my ignorance, wasn’t aware that Maybelline(who I learned is owned by L’Oreal) was not cruelty-free. I was also looking for a product that was more natural, and would not cause my eyes to water.

This mascara makes some extremely grand claims about its product. First off, on the front of the package, and on Sephora’s website, it says that this mascara will volumize your lashes up to 300%. Yes, that’s right. It also claims that with the mascara’s patented brush technology, the wand (which is pretty huge and awesome) delivers the ideal amount of mascara evenly so lashes reach their full Buxom potential. It also comes with a small pamphlet that details how you should apply the mascara, and says that Buxom Mascara is a healthier alternative to false eyelashes, which can potentially damage your real lashes. It claims it can mimic the false eyelashes look because it is easy to apply multiple coats without clumping.

The verdict on this product: 3 out of 5. This mascara is the one of the best mascaras I have ever found for lengthening. It makes my lashes long and pretty and separates them very well with the first coat. It also doesn’t make my sensitive eyes water. I took off 2 points because it doesbuxom lash on my left eye not volumize all that well on my lashes, and it does clump a little. It lengthens great, but when I attempt to volumize it with the method they specify in the pamphlet, my lashes don’t really gain any extra volume, they just stick together and begin to look wirey. To the left is my eye with the Buxom Lash Mascara. Overall, it gives great length, holds a curl well, stays on all day, but it does not layer so easily. I still love to use this for length, and rely on other mascaras for volume.

Our second mascara to review is the Nyx Doll Eye Mascara designed for volume. This product retailed for $9.99 at my local Rexall Pharma Plus. I wasn’t expecting much good to come from this product, but I was pleasantly surprised. Nyx Doll Eye MascaraThe brush is very similar to the Buxom Lash Mascara, except it is about half the size. When I apply the Nyx Mascara, it goes on very smooth, but it applies a lot of product at once. It does volumize like it says, though it is great if you’ve got a lash brush to brush through and help separate after you’re done applying the mascara. The formula does not irritate my eyes, and it lasts a long while. This mascara holds a curl better than the Buxom Lash does, though I prefer to have volume and curl, than length and curl.

Nyx Doll Eye MascaraThe verdict: 4 out of 5. This mascara is not only volumizing, but it holds a curl, and stays on all day. It does what it claims it will do, which is provide volume. The only draw back is the need to brush out your lashes after application. If this isn’t a big deal for you(it only takes a second), I would recommend this product. Not only is it all of the above great things, but it is cruelty-free, and totally affordable at $9.99 Canadian.

Physicians Formula MascaraI was walking through Rexall Pharma Plus one day, and stumbled upon a new mascara from Physician’s Formula. I had never purchased anything from them before, but I was always intrigued because they are organic and cruelty-free. I usually avoid them because of the price, but was totally convinced to at least try their new mascara because of the FULL-PRICE rebate offered on the package, plus the mascara itself was 25% off, so I paid just under $12 for it and am expecting the rebate in the mail shortly. The full price was $15.29, so definitely a mid-range mascara. The first thing I noticed about this product was the cute design of the mascara tube; it looks like a leaf, ha! Now this mascara basically claims that since its contents are 100% natural, the product therefore is not only better for you, but it also performs better in terms of not clumping, lengthening, volumizing, and separating lashes. This is the product I was most surprised by.

The wand is extremely unique, and I was quite put off by it when I first pulled Physicians Formula on my lashesit out of the tube. The bristles are unlike any other mascara wand I have used. Regardless, this mascara is extremely easy to apply, it separates your lashes effortlessly, lengthens, volumizes, and does not irritate my eyes one bit. This also lasts all day, and holds a curl wonderfully. The verdict: 4.5 out of 5. This mascara is so versatile. You can apply one or two coats for a more natural look, but you can also layer it to create a more dramatic look. In the picture, I have 2 coats of mascara on. While I like a dramatic eye, I also like it to look as natural as possible, and at the same time be able to layer on further coats to intensify it if I am going out in the evening. At about $8 less than the Buxom Buxom Lash, I would totally re-purchase this  mascara, even without the rebate.

There you have it, my review of three great mascaras. As you can see, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have great lashes. Keep your eyes out for those rebates and sales, you might get lucky! Happy mascara hunting!