Haul: Warehouse Cosmetics Sale

Hello hello! It has been a while! 🙂

Today I finally got a chance to check out a warehouse cosmetics sale that Shawna from On A Chalkboard blogged about here. I’m happy that I was able to look before it closes in 8 days!

Here are the things I picked up:

1. Sally Hansen Salon Effects French Mani

 

Price: $2 CAD

I’ve used these Salon Effects before and I thought they were really great quality. I’m excited to try these cause of the sparkly tips. Gotta love that sparkle.

2. Essie nail polish in Parka Perfect and In Stitches

 

Price: $3 CAD each

The nail polish was kind of a hit or miss. Some bottles seemed really messy but others looked okay. They had Essie, Nicole by OPI (specifically saw the Selena Gomez line), and Sally Hansen. I don’t have any colours similar to these, so I thought it was worth it.

3. L’Oreal Color Riche Nail Lingerie

Price: $3 CAD

Another set of nail stickers. I thought these looked super pretty and they can be layered over any colour. Excited to see how these nail stickies will wear!

4. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

 

Price: $4 CAD

Funny enough, I don’t actually love love these wipes. I always seem to either find them on sale, or get samples for free. They work well enough though so decided to buy another pack. :p

And there we have it! I didn’t buy any makeup really, I didn’t see anything that I loved. I’ve been eyeing one of the palettes from the new Jason Wu for Lancome collection, so maybe it’s for the best that I save my money. 😉

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#NailsOfTheDay: Ocean Waves

Hello!

So I decided to try using a sponge to create a gradient effect for my nails. Haha it definitely didn’t turn out the best, but I think it’s a noble first attempt.

The sponge looked pretty nice though!

Here are some things which I hope to keep in mind for next time!

1. Use scotch tape to make clean up less of a hassle. My cuticles are a mess!
2. Not only think of the colours, think of the opacity of the nail polish. I just picked 3 colours that I think looked good together, but when applying, it was really splotchy.

The colours I used were:

(Left – Right)
Essie – Naughty Nautical  : Super beautiful. Very opaque and has a nice shimmer to it.

China Glaze – For Audrey : Very popular China Glaze colour for good reason. I think my bottle is getting a little old though and is not applying as nicely as it once used to.

OPI – Gargantuan Green Grape : Not very green anymore! I remember when I first bought this green it was a more minty, but it seems to have lightened a lot. Very VERY streaky polish. I like the colour, but you need 3 solid coats to get it opaque.

Well, live and learn right? I hope to try this technique again!

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Haul: Target Canada has e.l.f!

I read on Smart Canucks the other day that Target Canada has e.l.f now! Can I get a what whattt?

My friend and I hit up our local Target yesterday and lo and behold, they had it!

I wish I had gotten a better picture, but I was just so excited to see this!

For those that don’t know, e.l.f is an American makeup brand with the craziest prices ever ($1-$10 for most things). Back in the day, you used to be able to ship e.l.f to Canada semi-decently priced, but not any more. My friend and I were gonna make an order around Christmas time and the shipping was just insane. For $20 worth of product, we had to pay something like $20 worth of shipping. Um, no thanks.

The selection in Target isn’t as vast as on their website (as expected by me). Some people might be disappointed to see that Target isn’t carrying the $1 products and only the Studio Line things (more pricy items). This was fine with me though, because they had products I’ve been eying for a long time.

Everything I saw on the display was either $4 or $8, so not as great as the States, but I still think they’re a great price.

Here are the things I picked up:

1. e.l.f Eye Refresh

Price: $4 CAD
This is a roller ball tube that you use underneath your eyes to lessen the appearance of dark circles. I honestly don’t know how well (if at all) this will work, but I thought I would give it a try. I have pretty gnarly dark circles so anything that might help right?

2. e.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder

Price: $4 CAD
I finallllyyy got it. The most touted dupe for NARS Orgasam/ Laguna. I’ve never actually tried the Orgasam or Laguna duo, but this will probably be good enough for me. It has very fine glitter in it, which I wasn’t expecting, but it’s nothing over the top. I tried it today and already really love it!

3.  e.l.f Lip Exfoliator

Price: $4 CAD
This was something I’ve been looking to get for a very long time. I love the idea of it being in a lipstick tube so in my mind that means easier application. I’ve been looking to try some different lip scrubs for awhile, but the ones at Lush just seem over priced. Hopefully this one delivers, we shall see.

4. e.l.f Kabuki Face Brush

Price: $8 CAD
This was the only thing in my haul that was over $4. I have no idea why Kabuki brushes are always more expensive than other brushes. More hair I guess? But I actually don’t own a Kabuki brush so I thought I would give this one a try. I have all of the e.l.f studio line brushes so I think this will make a nice addition to those. 🙂

5. e.l.f Blush in Tickled Pink

Price: $4 CAD
I was really drawn to this colour and I think a lot of other people were too because there were only a few left of these! A really soft pink with no sparkle. I’m excited to see how this will wear.

And there we have it! I’m super excited with everything I got. I’m so so glad e.l.f is in Canada now and even happier that I didn’t pay for that ridiculous shipping from the online store.

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#NailsOfTheDay: Merry Mint + Nail Polish Removal

Coming at you with another Nails of the Day!

This one is super simple, but I can’t get over how much I love the colour.

This is a Joe Fresh polish in Mint. I got this colour a long long time ago and have no idea if they still make this one. Joe Fresh polish is okay. I wouldn’t say they are as good as other higher end brands, but for the price of Joe Fresh, I would say they are worth a try.

On another note, I thought I would blog about how I’ve been removing my nail polish lately. In either a Boxing Day or a Black Friday Sephora kit, I got these Josie Maran Nail Wipes

I have been loving these at the moment! At first when I used them I found them a bit greasy. They are cotton pads soaked in an oil. After using them, I loved how effective and convenient they are. They have a pleasant scent and I find removing nail polish so easy. Depending on the what I have on my nails (sparkles or not), I can sometimes get away with using one pad for one hand. Not too shabby considering I always use a million cotton balls when using regular nail polish remover.

They sell this at Sephora so if you wanna try a new way to remove your nail polish, I recommend that you give this a try!

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ChickAdvisor Show Case 2014 – A Makeup Lover’s Dream!

I feel like it’s been so long since I blogged! I’ve had a lot of ideas swirling around my mind, and then I heard about the ChickAdvisor Show Case. I instantly knew I would have something to blog about after attending this event!

For those that don’t know ChickAdvisor is a rating website where you can judge anything from makeup to baby toys and everything in between. Last year I attended another event of theirs called Shop Crawl and I had an amazing time. I got an amazing swag bag full of incredible stuff. Once I got notification of the Show Case, I knew I had to check it out.

Luckily I bought my tickets when I did for my friend and I cause about 2 days after they went live, the Toronto location was all sold out!

The premise of the event was fairly simple. Get a bunch of like-minded ladies together to review some makeup and food items and submit reviews to ChickAdvisor on the spot. Oh, and did I mention it was held at the swankiest hotel in Toronto, The Ritz Carlton?

My day started out pretty hectic before the event. I had run a 5k in the morning, and when my friend and I were driving to the Ritz, the traffic was crazy. We arrived late to the event, but thank goodness, we came right on time to jump into the reviews.

Here are the things we tested out:

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme Plump Collagen Lip Shine

No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer

GOSH Bronzing Shimmer Powder

Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters Milk Chocolate

Rocky Mountain Soap Organic Sugar Scrub

Kleenex Expressions by Isaac Mizrahi

Soap & Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream

Skinny Cow Greek Frozen Yogourt Salted Caramel (all munched up my me. :))

No Bleeding Lips Secret Lipliner

Bourjois Paris Color Boost Lip Crayon

Let me just say this event was amazing. Super well organized, the setup was great, and the food was amazing. I had such a great time with my friend, and it was something I would love to do again.

Here are some other pictures of the event that I could snap:

Thanks to ChickAdvisor for putting this altogether! I look forward to coming to more events in the future!

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#NailsOfTheDay: Cranky Crackle

Coming home from work I ran into the most cranky woman. Okay so I know you had a bad day, but you don’t have to take it out on me. You know when you run into those types of people that just need to voice off about everything? She seemed like that type.

I came home pretty upset about it, and I think the best medicine is a good dose of blogging.

Here are my nails of the day:

I painted these yesterday. I’m really happy how they came out. I know crackle nails seem so two-thousand and late, but I still like the effect. The pale pink underneath I think adds a really subtle touch compared to the harsh crackle sparkles.

Funny enough, the pink colour is Eternal Optimist by Essie. My boyfriend got me the crackle polish for my birthday one year, I’m not sure the colour or brand.

Hope you’re having a great day!

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Elle Canada Beauty Box – Spring 2014

Recently in the mail I got the best surprise.

I don’t subscribe to any beauty boxes (thinking about Ipsy though) so I’m not really used to surprises in the mail. I had no idea, but my mom had signed up for the Elle Canada Beauty Box. She had actually already opened it and when she found out there was nothing she really wanted, she gave it to me. 🙂 Thanks momma.

Here is what’s inside!

A little booklet filled with style ideas.

Very beauty box-esque booklet with all the products listed

Can always use some more white strips. 🙂

Coupons. Meh. It was free I guess haha.

Full size mascara! It’s funny, one of the best things in the box, and I’m probably not gonna use it. My lashes make it extremely hard to use mascara (waterproof or not), so I think I’ll give it to my friend.  

Shave gel with Olay. This one I’ve already tried and it’s pretty good. All shave gels seem the same to me though…

Little baby samples of Pantene.
I hope they have more these free boxes, cause they are the cutest things! 🙂
Hope you’re having a great day!

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Drugstore Delights: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colour- Swatches + Review

While I was at Wal-Mart with a friend recently, she recommended I try out these Wet n Wild lipsticks. I was hesitant, but the price was VERY appealing at around $3, so I thought I would try some out.

Overview:

Amazing matte lipsticks with a price that can’t be beat.

Price:

Each one cost around $3 CAD at Wal-mart

Rating:

9.5 / 10

Would I Buy Again?

YES! I’m going to be looking for more colours to add to my collection.

Rambling Review

I cannot rave about these lipsticks enough. I should have been tipped off by the practically empty display and the recommendation from my friend, but I had to try to believe it. And boy, now I believe!

I purchased 3 colours:

910D – Red Velvet

     

905D – Smokin’ Hot Pink

      
904B – Rose-bud
     
The colour I’ve been wearing the most has been Rose-bud. The lipsticks go on matte with HUGE pigmentation. That’s the thing that surprised me the most. This is definitely not a glossy balm and shows up true to colour. 
Here are some swatches:
These swatches were done with one swipe, which I can’t believe. Some things I did note were that they were a bit drying, but nothing more than other matte lip products I’ve tried. Actually I would say these were less drying than others! Another thing I noticed was that after wearing for an entire day, they started to bleed a bit. Nothing that a touch up couldn’t fix, but I might have to invest in a lip pencil.
Anyways, I can’t rave about these enough and hope to get some more soon! 

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Confessions of a Cake Face

Is it sad that while this was happening, I was thinking of blogging it? Probably.

So today at work we had a end of term event for all the interns leaving for the semester (I’m staying though, so for me it was an afternoon of free food. The best kind of food). Mostly for work I don’t do full makeup or anything just cause I’m so dang lazy. Today though I did full face makeup (brows, highlighter, the works). 

Half way through the event as I’m sipping on my free Ginger Ale (did I mention I love free stuff?), my friend looks over at my face and says “Um, I think you have something on your face.” As I look at her with a puzzled look, two other people in the conversation look over with a slightly disgusted look. “Yeah, it looks like an orange streak on your face”. “Wow must be your makeup”. I didn’t even know what to say. One person actually said “It looks like you put it there”. Wow, nice.

What could I have said? Nothing much to make me feel any less embarrassed. All I could do is partially laugh it off as I scrubbed at my face with my hand. It’s funny, cause as I was scrubbing I was thinking “They must be seeing things, I deff checked my makeup just recently!”. #denial

As the title of my blog states, I’m Not a Beauty Guru, but I’m trying and learning!

Moral of the story, don’t let a streaky face get you down. You go Glen Coco.

Have a lovely long weekend everyone!

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