MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Focus and Show Gold Review

Duochrome, shiny, shimmery highlighters have stolen my heart so I was actually proud of myself that I only picked up two of the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish powder highlighters: Soft Focus and Show Gold. I hope you enjoy my review. Happy Shopping!

Links:

NARS Pore Shine and Control Primer

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

Tarte Light of the Party palette

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder in Classic Ivory

Gosh Eyebrow Pencil in Grey Brown

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara mini

Tarte 12 HR Amazonian Blush in Paarty (Sephora’s limited edition birthday gift)

Tarte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit (Sephora’s limited edition birthday gift)

Adventures in Glitter

Hey folks, here is a video with me trying on glitter. It’s not quite a tutorial because I this was my first time before but it went pretty well so hopefully you can still pick up some tips from it. Not sure what happened at the end. I remembered filming an ending but can’t find the video so I made it work.

Any suggestions for future Adventures in Glitter videos or questions? Please leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

YouTubers mentioned and worth watching:

Cristine at Simply Nailogical (probably NSFW)

Chelle at MakeUp Your Mind

Products Used:

MAC Good Luck Trolls Glitter in Fuchsia Glitter

Too Faced Glitter Glue

Urban Decay Electric Palette

MAC Toledo Violetwink Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Ivory

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer in Light

Smashbox 24hr Eyeshadow Primer

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua

Lancome Cil Booster XL Mascara

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

December & January Empties

Hey folks! I’m back this week with my very first empties post and I am super excited about it! Doesn’t talking about empties sound so much more fun than blogging about empties? 😉

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So, which of the products have you tried? Which did you love? I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment! Happy Shopping!

Items:

Julep Love Your Bare Face Cleansing Oil

Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Eyeshadow Primer

Benefit they’re real! remover

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

MAC Lipglass in True Tease

 

5 Minute Face #3

Hey folks, sorry I missed my usual day of posting yesterday. Let’s blame it on taking extra time off for my birthday. 🙂

Anyways, today I have my third 5 Minute Face for you. And it’s styled in my favourite colour: purple! I wanted to show that you can have a bright look in under 5 minutes as well.

Hope you like the purple look. Would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

Products Used:

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original

Eyeko Eyebrow Gel (no longer available)

Provici Matte Eyeshadow in Hyacinth

MAC Brush 213

L’Oreal Infallible® The Super Slim by Infallible Black eyeliner

Buxom Lash Mascara

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Fair

Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick in Melted Metal Violet

5 Minute Face #1

Hey folks! Sorry it’s been so long since I wrote a post. My job-that-pays-the-bills was extremely busy during December and between that and Christmas shopping, the birthday parties, the Christmas parties and the quick trip to Ottawa, the month flew by very quickly.

Anyways, welcome to my new series: Five Minutes Faces. I hope you enjoy #1 and I would love to hear any ideas for more five minute faces or any tips you have for getting out the door quickly in the morning.

Happy Shopping!

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Products used in Video (in order they appear):

Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

Eyeko Eyebrow Gel [no longer available]

Maybelline Brights Palette

Julep Eyeshadow Brush

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

MAC 242 shader brush

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Fair

Tarte Light at the Party Palette: Blush in Amazed

MAC Cremesheen in Peach Blossom

Totally Random Friday – Feb 6th

I’m not really big on Valentine’s Day for adults, but I love it for kids, all the cute Valentine’s Day cards and pink and red outfits with hearts. So cute! So anyways,  today I’m just going to show you a bunch of random pink stuff that I like.

1. Cinderella x MAC collab is being released in Spring 2015. I thought I was going to be able to get away with just buying the glosses below and maybe one lipstick but the more times I see it, the more I am crushing on the whole collection.

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Pictures courtesy of Temptalia, read the full article here.

2. Blush is going to be big this season and no one is happier than me. Here’s a couple of blush pieces from Banana Republic that I totally need.

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Banana Republic Blush Moto Jacket and Blush Scarf

3. Kate Spade just launched her monthly collection this week. It’s got dozens of great pieces from purses to dresses and jewellery. This purse is one of my favourites.

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Kate Spade On Purpose Sweetheart pink tote, $128 USD

Shop all the new arrivals here.

3. Valentine’s outfits for kids

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American Apparel V-Day collection for kids

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Gymboree Valentine’s Day collection

What are you looking forward to buying for Valentine’s Day? Happy Shopping!

Mani Monday on a Tuesday – November 4

I went shopping and for drinks last night with my friend instead of posting my Mani Monday, so I hope you’ll accept my apology and appreciate my Mani Monday on a Tuesday.

Over the weekend, I bought the gorgeous MAC polish in Just Jewels. It is described on the website as “light pink over silvery rainbow pearls.”

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Here I’ve layered it over Essie’s Under the Twilight, which is a lovely dark purple-navy.

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Did I mention how gorgeous this is? I think this is going to be my go-to easy-mani look for the entire Christmas season, if not the rest of the winter.

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What’s on your nails this week? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – Sept 5th

I had a comment made to me that my TRF’s weren’t actually random. They were getting kind of predictable. I explained that the only real randomness to the post was the fact that they didn’t have a theme and the items commented on (or shown) in the post didn’t have to connect to each other. I’m basically giving myself free reign to babble about whatever I want. Does that make sense to you? Or would you prefer TRFs to be completely random? I would appreciate your thoughts on this issue.

1. This week I went to check out the Simpsons’ collab at a MAC counter but they didn’t have it, so I will try to make it to my local MAC store in St. Vital Centre (which is actually not really that close to me and the only MAC store in the city) this weekend. But MAC also released MAC Look in a Box this week on the website that look pretty neat. They seem to be three different sets that include lipstick, lipglass, a small eyeshadow palette with three complimentary shadows and an eyeliner. They retail for $47.50 CDN.

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2. I bought some things from Joe Fresh on the weekend. They were having 25% off full-priced items on the website and you know what a cheap-skate bargain-hunter I am. That was too good to pass up. I posted some of the things that I bought in my post, How to Update Your Wardrobe for Fall.

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3. Also Joe Fresh related is their collaboration with four fashion bloggers called Turn Color On that they released this week. It’s only on the US site but it’s still interesting to see the picks for each blogger. I also find the Joe website a little overwhelming sometimes to browse and I think this campaign highlights interesting pieces that you may otherwise overlook. I also keep meaning to check out the blogs of the featured bloggers but it’s been a little busy this week so I haven’t had a chance.

4. We are probably heading out to check out ManyFest this weekend. ManyFest is a block-party, street festival, farmers’ market, fun run/race and kids’ play area all rolled into one that is held right downtown on Broadway. Last year we took Cally and she was too little to really understand what it was all about but this year should be better (this is also the way I feel about her birthday, Halloween and Christmas). I’m looking forward to the Food Truck Wars,  and the Mini-Fest Kids’ Zone. I really wanted to do the Electric Donkey but it just didn’t work out. Oh well, maybe next year.

What are you up to this weekend? Enjoying the last bit of summer that is hanging around? I’d love to hear about it. Happy Shopping!

Mani Monday – MAC Nocturnelle and Julep Avni, Katie and India

So, what’s better than a glitter gradient? A matte, bubble colour gradient, right?! I’ve seen this mani several times in several incarnations and here’s my take on it.

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First, two coats of MAC Nocturnelle which is an excellent, full-coverage, shiny black polish. It is one of my go-to favs.

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Then using the larger of two-sizes of dotting tools, I dotted Julep Avni, Katie and India in lines across my nail and then used a smaller size to fill in the  gaps.

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Then a thick coat of Sally Hansen That’s Matte topcoat and.. Voila! I am seriously in love with this mani. I think I’m going to add more topcoat when I get home to see if I can get it to last another day.

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What are you wearing on your nails today? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – August 29

Wow, did that week ever go by fast! Did it for you too? I recently started a new job and it really hasn’t kicked into high gear as it’s summer but boy, I got a good taste of what fall is going to be like. Lemme tell you, the forecast is BIZZY! lol

Anyways, here are some interesting things I’ve found this week:

1. Luxe Box by Loose Button is finally offering referral credits. If you’ve read my Spring and Summer Luxe Box reviews and you love them and want to sign up, I’d love it if you could use my referral link here. If you want to receive the Fall Luxe Box you have until Sept 7th.

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2. The Simpsons makeup collaboration with MAC is up on the website for sale. It arrives in stores next Wednesday and I will be there checking it out. For someone who doesn’t care about the Simpsons at all, I am really looking forward to checking out the new lipglasses. Check out the reviews by Kandee.

3. Fall fashion is slowly rolling out around us. And does it seem even slower than last year? It’s like even the fashion industry felt the polar vortex from last winter and is dragging their heels into fall. Here’s a couple of cute pieces from Kate Spade that I am just loving!

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4. These boots from Aldo need to be discussed. The colour says beige on the website but do you see that shine?! I am running down there soon to see if these babies actually rock as much as I think they do. I’ll keep you posted.

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So, how was your week? Any plans on saying adios to summer during this September long weekend? Happy Shopping!