Sunday, July 31, 2011

July Favorites

Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Cherries PocketBac

You always have to keep some sort of hand sanitizer in your bag, and I love this one since instead of the plane old alcohol-y smelling sanitizer, this one smells like sweet cherries!

Bath & Body Works Pink Grapefruit Body Splash

I love spritzing this on my clothes and hair because it's such a perfect sweet/tangy mixture that's great for summer so I don't have to mess around with heavy perfumes.

MAC Pressed Blot Powder
There is some sort of heat wave going on around just about EVERYWHERE at the moment, so I've been skipping foundation all together and just putting on some concealer with blot powder on top to avoid a total makeup melt down!

Benefit Benetint

Again, with the heat wave I need makeup that's not going to be sliding around my face, so I've been opting for stains. This Benefit one is particularly great because it gives your cheeks a nice little "oh I just ran around" flush and your lips a lovely "I just ate a popsicle" color!

Seche Vite "Dry Fast Top Coat"

This top coat has been a holy grail item this month, I can't stand waiting around for my nails to dry and with this, you literally put it on and about 10 minutes later you can do just about anything!

C.O. Bigelow Apple Rose Salve

Other than the fact that this smells amazing, I've been loving it for the cute summer-y packaging and the great shine it gives to my lips.

Essie "Turquoise& Caicos"

I've been wearing this color on my hands and toes pretty much all month long. Some other nail polishes that are "turquoise" colors can either lean too blue or too green, but this one by Essie is the perfect true color!

Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Rose"

 This blush comes out as a really nice deep pink color with fine shimmer, but isn't too pigmented so it doesn't take a lot of thought to put on and blend out!

Friday, July 29, 2011

e.l.f. Studio Blush Haul & First Impressions

 I placed my e.l.f. order on July 14th and received it on the 27th. I was told my order would take between a certain amount of days to ship, but e.l.f. fails to mention a little thing called order processing! No one informed me that it would take 8 days for the freaking thing to be processed. I mean, I had no idea that I placed my order after the "e.l.f. 7th birthday 70% off" madness, but even so, if you don't have enough people on your team to combat all the orders and get them shipped in an orderly fashion, then what business do you have even owning an online store?!

After the 7th day of no confirmation email saying my order had shipped, I checked my credit card history to see if anything went through, and it was super fishy that I was already charged for my e.l.f. purchase even though nothing had been shipped!

I sent an email to customer service asking what the hold up was and got this very generic email:

"We apologize for any inconvenience it generally takes about 3-5 days to process an order and once it gets shipped out you will receive and e-mail with your tracking information. If you still have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 1800-231-4732.

- Sincerely

The ELF Team "

I can tell someone spent a total 10 seconds copying and pasting that mass email...not impressed!

Though their customer service is less than satisfactory, it put a big smile on my face to see a little package on my porch. I don't know why my products were shipped in a crappy envelope, not a box. Did I not order enough to qualify for a box, or were they just hoping the UPS man was extra careful (yeah, 'cause that's very likely)?!

But anyways, crappy customer service and crappy packaging aside, my 6 little blushes made it to me safe and sound inside their little e.l.f. plastic bag.


 The e.l.f. Studio Blush shades I ordered:
  • Pink Passion
  • Blushing Rose
  • Fuchsia Fusion (which is actually misspelled "Fushia Fusion" on the box...)
  • Peachy Keen
  • Candid Coral
  • Tickled Pink

First Impressions

Pros: I love how sturdy these blushes feel when you hold them, the packaging is great because its not flimsy and seems like it would hold up really well against general wear-and-tear! It's really convenient that the blushes lay flat so you can stack them on top of one another. The colors are so much more gorgeous in person, so much better than drugstore blushes since you get really unique shades!

Cons: The little box these blushes come in don't have any plastic between the actual product and the little window on the box, which results in the see-through part of the blush packaging being a bit scratched, not a big problem if you don't care too much about how your product looks. This always happens when I order things online, but I was expecting the blushes to be a bit bigger! If you take a whiff of the products you'll notice a really plastic-y smell? I don't think that will really matter when you use them with a brush though. I like the nice sized mirror you get on the inside of every blush, but it doesn't make much since to have a mirror if you don't include a brush. The little stickers on the back of each blush which tell you what shade you have is SO SMALL, like you literally will need to squint to see it! I'm a little concerned that the word "fuchsia" is misspelled "fushia" on the box, that's a bit fishy to me.

Overall: I'm SO in love with these blushes, I can't wait to complete my collection with the shades that were sold out on the e.l.f. website when I ordered, and the best part is you can actually get all the shades since they are only $3 a piece! I'm a little put off with the whole customer service issues and lack of protective packaging so I wouldn't advise ordering products off the e.l.f. website, try and find their products in your local Kmart and Target!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NOTD: All Fired Up, Turquoise & Caicos

 Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- All Fired Up

Essie Nail Lacquer- Turquoise & Caicos

Seche Vite- Dry Fast Top Coat

Majorly Delayed Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale Haul Part 2

Sorry the photo is a bit rubbish!

  • Slatkin & Co Scentbug x2
Price: $3.62 each
  • Cherry Signature Vanillas Fragrance Mist
Price: $3.12
  • Cherry Signature Vanillas Body Lotion
Price: $2.62
  • Cherry Signature Vanillas Shower Gel
Price: $2.62
  • Slatkin & Co Cinnamon & Clove Buds Home Fragrance Oil
Price: $7.50
  • C.O. Bigelow Blueberry Rose Salve
Price: $2.00
  • C.O. Bigelow Apple Rose Salve
Price: $2.00
  • Fiji Passionfruit Shower Gel x2
Price: $5.25 each

Sigma F80 Giveaway Winner!

The winner to my Sigma F80 Giveaway is Morphine, congratulations!

I want to thank everyone who entered the giveaway, I appreciate each and everyone one of you who took the time to come look at my blog :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nicole By OPI Kardashian Kolors Collection

Nicole by OPI joins the Kardashian/Jenner family in announcing the launch of Kardashian Kolors, 14 new nail lacquer shades inspired by these six trendsetting women. Kris Jenner and her five daughters – Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner – are known for their head-to-toe unique style, which now includes nails!  

“We are so excited to work with everyone’s favorite TV family – the Kardashians – to share a diverse collection of fashion-forward shades,” declares Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With lacquers ranging from high-shine and sparkly hues to neutral taupe and pinkish coral, Kardashian Kolors offers the perfect accessory for every woman – from teens to moms and everyone in between.”

It's All About the Glam
Shimmering-white glitz for the glamorous gal!

Kim-pletely in Love
Finally! The pink of her dreams has arrived.

All Kendall-ed Up
Powder your nose and get some pink on those toes!

Wear Something Spar-Kylie
Glitter-ly the prettiest pink ever!
Sealed with a Kris
Handle with care: This klassy red is top-of-the-line!

Rainbow in the S-Kylie
Girls just wanna have…glitter in every color!

Disco Dolls
Glittery gold glam gone wild!
Kendall on the Katwalk
A head-turning blue-green with a “sparkling” personality!

Listen to your Momager!
If you don’t, you’ll never see this fabulous blue again!

Follow Me on Glitter
A glittery deep gray that always has something to say!

My Empire...My Rules
This take-charge taupe is always on-trend.

Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam
A deep dark emerald worth falling for.

Hard Kourt Fashionista
This delicious deep brown is the chicest hue in town!

Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi
And this captivating coral looks “fab” on everyone!
Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde.  Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality, with products featuring the Perfect Stroke brush for streak-free, even coverage. Kardashian Kolors will be available Holiday 2011 for $7.99 each ($11.00 CAD). 

I don't know about you, but I've been watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians since it aired and absolutely fallen in love with this family! My mom and I always watch together and our everyday banter usually includes some quotes from the show ;), so I'm super excited for this collection! Some of the names are really cute (Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam) and some are so-so (It's All About the Glam) but I understand where all these colors came from, they definitely fit all the girl's personalities.

I'm bummed this aren't coming out until the Holidays, but I know I will be putting Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam, Hard Kourt Fashionista, All Kendall-ed Up, and My Empire...My Rules on my Christmas list :)!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

China Glaze Metro Fall 2011 Collection

City living boasts excitement, a cool, edginess and confidence that oozes from fashion forward women like none other. City loving celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ivanka Trump, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King have style to spare and their fashion sense trickles down to everyone from working women to college kids. This Fall, China Glaze has captured the big city feel in 12 sexy, sophisticated shades that are on trend, exciting and will be on every fashion maven’s “must have” list. Whether you prefer downtown funk or uptown class, China Glaze’s METRO collection pulls together ensembles and will undoubtedly make heads turn! Colors in this collection include:

  • Skyscraper A sparkling, glitter blue reminiscent of the sky over the city.
  • CG in the City Glittering dusty purple, bronze and silver multi-tonal glitter, perfect for a pop of edge from West side to East side.
  • Urban-Night Exactly what you need for a night on the town – rich purple crème.
  • Traffic Jam Stop traffic with a breathtaking, raspberry pink crème.
  • City Siren The perfect deep, red crème to match any outfit.
  • Loft-y Ambitions Burgundy shimmer and cocktail hour – nothing better.
  • Brownstone Burnt terracotta crème mirrors the quaint townhouses of the city.
  • Midtown Magic Burgundy base with flecks of gold shimmer captures the latest fashion trend.
  • Street Chic This gorgeous beige crème is the perfect go to shade letting your clothes do the talking.
  • Concrete Catwalk Steel grey crème is amazing for a chic mani.
  • Westside Warrior For the trendsetting woman this camo green crème is to die for.
  • Trendsetter Mustard yellow shimmer translates beautifully from hot dogs to nails.

Fall in the City is a magnificent time and China Glaze has interpreted the hues of the urban jungle into their limited edition METRO collection. Escape your everyday and indulge in the city life!

The China Glaze METRO collection will be available in a “Downtown” 6 piece box collection (includes Skyscraper, Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior, Trendsetter, Loft-y Ambitions and Midtown Magic), an “Uptown” 6 piece box collection (includes CG in the City, Urban-Night, Traffic Jam, City Siren and Street Chic and Brownstone), a brand new, amazing 3D 12 piece counter display, a 36 piece rack display, and as open stock colors.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sigma F80 Giveaway! *CLOSED*

I know I haven't done a giveaway in a long time (or even regular blogging, naughty I know), so to get back in the swing of things, I thought a little Sigma giveaway was in order!

The F80 is one of the most versatile and well made brushes I've ever tried, you can read my in-depth review here

Because I love this brush so much, I'm excited that Sigma is allowing me to share one with you guys!

To Enter:

1.  You must be a follower of my blog!

2. This is open internationally!

3. If you're under 18 then, make sure you have parents permission to give out your home address because I will be sharing it with Sigma since they are shipping the brush directly to you!

4. Leave a comment below saying anything your heart desires, but be sure to include your email!

5. Post a link in your side bar or blog about this for one extra entry (two entries total if you do both!), and please leave me a link to your blog in the comments so I can see!

6. The giveaway will end at 12:00 AM on July 20th!

7. I will notify the winner by email (but if you don't respond within 24 hours I will pick a new winner)!

Good luck to everyone, and thank you to each & every person who takes the time out of their day to read my blog :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

got2b Glossy Anti-Frizz Shine Serum

  • Add brilliant shine
  • Beat the frizzies and control flyaways with an alcohol free serum loaded with conditioning agents.
  • Formulated with a UV absorber
  • Glossy provides normal, dry, coarse, or chemically treated hair with a high gloss, super sheen.
 On wet hair, apply a small amount to palms of hands and work through hair from roots to ends. To control flyaways on dry hair, apply a small amount to finger tips and work through hair, concentrating on the ends.

Cyclopentasiloxane , Cyclotetrasiloxane , Dimethicone , Dimethiconol , Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate , Panthenol , Pyridoxine Dipalmitate , Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol , Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) , Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) , Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) , Aqua (Water) , Parfum (Fragrance) , Limonene

Pros: This smells absolutely amazing! It's a mixture of different citrus-y scents like orange and something tangy, such as grapefruit, with a little bit of a sweet note added in there. But don't worry if those types of fragrances aren't your cup of tea, the scent fades to nothing noticeable. If you put this serum in your wet or damp hair, it deffinately helps control the frizz throughout the day. The squeeze-y design bottle is great so you can control the amount of serum you dispence. Because you only need a small amount when applying this to your hair and the amount of product you actually get in the bottle, this will definitely last you a lifetime!

Cons: You have to be really, really careful not to use too much of this serum in your hair, otherwise you will wind up with a greasy mess even if you only applied this to the ends of your hair! I made that mistake the first time I put this in my hair, and even though it was wet, I could tell it looked like I hadn't showered in days when it dryed. No matter how little you use, you'll need to wash your hands after because this product is so stickey! I don't think this serum would suite wavy or possibly curly hair since it has a tendency to weigh your hair down. When I tired to straighten my hair after putting this in and air drying, my straightner was left with a rank sticky film on it, which required some scrubbing to remove! The product is supposed to add shine, but I don't know if their idea of shine is greasy-ness? Because that's only when I see any noticeable difference in how shine-y my hair looks.

Overall: There's too much guess work with got2b Glossy Anti-Frizz Shine Serum, I never know when I use it if I'll end up putting too much in and need to re-wash my hair.
I wish I hadn't purchased this, as I never want to put it in my hair again, but there's so much product left that it's such a waste!
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