Monday, February 23, 2009

Review: MAC Penultimate liner in RapidBlack

I had really high hopes for this product. I haven't had much practice applying liquid liner, and thought this would be a great way to get that liquid liner look with the ease of applying like a pencil. My thoughts on this:

  • The felt tip is great, it makes it much easier to control the line of colour than the itty bitty liquid liner brushes
  • I didn't like the long, pen-shape. I found that to do my left eye, I couldn't hold it properly to get the angle I needed. I had a similar product from Avon with the same felt tip years ago that had a very short handle and it was so much easier for me to work with.
  • The colour payoff really isn't very good. Trying to apply overtop any eyeshadow left me with a very dull line. I had to keep wiping the pen on a tissue to get the colour flowing again.. but even so, the payoff left a lot to be desired.

So all in all, you can tell that I wasn't happy with this product. Too bad! I ended up swapping it away. I have heard a lot of people absolutely love it. For those who want anoher option, I still love my MAC Fluidline's. They give an amazing dark line that is so easy to control.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Elizabeth Arden GWP at Shoppers Drug Mart

I just picked up a really great Gift With Purchase from Elizabeth Arden at Shopper Drug Mart. With the purchase of $38 in Elizabeth Arden products, you will receive:

Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara in Black (3ml)

Deluxe Compact containing: Bronzing Powder Duo (3.6g), Aura and Topaz eyeshadows (1.4g), Pink Champagne and Mandarin Shine lipglosses (.9g)

Ceramide Plum Perfect Lipstick in Perfect Bronze (3.5g)

Mediterranean Eau de Parfum (5ml)

Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules (7 capsules)

Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser (50ml)

PREVAGE Anti-Aging Formula (5ml)

PREVAGE Anti-Aging Night Cream (7ml)

Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (15ml)

Now this is a heck of a bonus!!!! To get this, I purchased:

So I will make sure to post reviews on everything once I start using them!

Product Review: Aveda All Sensitive Body Formula

I have been using Aveda's All Sensitive Body Formula oil for several months now, and it is a wonderful product with so many uses. It is colour and fragrance free, which is wonderful for sensitive skin. It is light enough for me use on my face as it contains Vitamins A & E. My skin feels so bright and soft since I have started using this every night under my moisturizer.

Also, it is wonderful for when I have an ezcema flareup and need to moisturize my "hot spots". It is also great for general moisturizing anywhere on the body.

It also seems to have really wonderful healing properties. I am currently having laser hair removal done and ended up with a couple of small burn spots on my bikini area after my last treatment. I have been using the oil to treat the burns and they are healing up beautifully with no scarring.

I highly recommend this product to anyone. I think it would be great for any skin type. Also, a little goes a very long way. So even though I have been using it for a few months, I am only a quarter way through the bottle.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hello Kitty "Cute-ster"

BeneFit "that gal" primer
Studio Fix Fluid NC30
BeneFit Lemon Aid
Smashbox PhotoOp under eye brightener
Clinique Blended face powder
Mark Face Glow - Pebbles
Desert Rose blush

Perky paintpot
Paradisco e/s
Llama e/s
Pinky Wink glitter liner
LashBlast mascara
BeneFit High Brow

Dervish liner
Brave l/s
Flash of Flesh l/g
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Hello Kitty "Paradisco"

I didn't actually buy anything from the Hello Kitty collection, so I have been paying around with the looks using subs from what I already have.

Studio Fix Fluid NC30
BeneFit Lemon Aid
Smashbox PhotoOp under eye primer
Clinique Blended Face Powder
Rose Quartz blush

Pollen e/s
Rich Purple creamliner
Au Contraire e/s
Paradisco e/s
Look See e/s
Blacktrack f/l
Lashblast mascara

Pink Treat liner
High Kickin' l/s
Icescape l/g
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

FOTD February 18th, 2009

MAC StudioFix Fluid NC30
Clinique Finishing Powder
Tenderling Blush

Golden Olive pigment
Rosemary & Thyme e/k
Teddy e/k
Swiss Chocolate

Auburn liner
Avon Buttered Rum l/s
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FOTD February 11, 2009

Another look that I didn't write down what I used.. but I was really happy with how it turned out. I love using peaches and blues together.
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FOTD February 4th, 2009

My purple and pink look ... I forgot to write down what I used!
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Clarisonic Cleansing Brush Review

I received the Clarisonic Cleansing Brush as a gift for Christmas and have been using it ever since. I only use it at night as I like to use an AHA cream or a physical exfoliator in the morning and don't want to irritate my skin.

I use eye makeup remover as normal, then take my cleanser and rub a little bit all over my face, then I dampen the Clarisonic and turn it on. It has two settings for time, one minute or two minute. The one minute is long enough for me, so it runs 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds for the chin, and 10 seconds for each cheek, beeping in between so you know when to switch.

My skin is very dry and flakey with an acne prone t-zone. This thing is *amazing*. The flakey's are buffed away leaving healthier skin, and my chin has never been clearer! When I use my toner after, there is not a trace of makeup left!! I can rarely find a gentle cleanser that will do that with using hands alone. I have used a foaming cleanser, a cream cleanser, and MAC's Cleanse-Off Oil, and all with fabulous results and a very clean face.

It is expensive, but worth every penny in my opinion and I highly recommend it to anyone!