Another Dose Of Glamour

Happy March everyone! Today I have a review of my February Glam Box. I was sent this box for the price of shipping to review for you. This is my third box from this service. I really love the large variety of products that you get inside this box. I was so excited that I was actually quite angry at Canada Post when they decided that they would rather I pick it up at my post office than have them deliver it. I was actually home all morning but CP decided to take it back to the post office.

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This box is very well packaged. It feels a lot like Christmas while I’m opening up my box. When I opened my box, I considered doing the review right away but I wanted to try out a few of the products first so that this would be a little more than an initial unboxing review. Continue reading

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An Ugly Bar To Make You Pretty

Oh wow it has been a while! Life has been busy lately. Who would have thought that the dregs of winter in Canada would be so busy. In past years, I remember this time being slow and boring. The weather has been just as all over the place as my mind has been these days. One day it’s sunny and warm, the next day it’s cold and snowing. This has thrown my skin for a bit of a loop. It’s not as bad as it has been in past years and I think I know who’s helping me out with that. So, I’ve decided to share my dirty little secret with you. It’s not a pretty one to describe but it’s one that I hope will help others having battles with their skin as well.

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A Box Filled With Glamour

This is my first subscription box review. I’m not really new to subscription services but they’ve mostly been things that I kept to myself before now. My first experience with beauty subs specifically was the Canadian Glossybox. I found that to be a huge disappointment month after month. It was usually products that I didn’t want or wouldn’t use. Then when they upped the price in November of 2012, that’s when I jumped ship. That service is no longer with us. Americans and other companies still have Glossybox. The Canadian on just never lived up to the standards set by those boxes. After Glossybox, I tried Topbox for a while. I liked it but never loved anything that I received. I actually ended up giving away most of my samples for free to other people. This led me to take a hiatus from subscription boxes around my birthday last year.

At the end of last year, I decided to join up with Ipsy due to my extreme jealousy of the boxes that girls in a Facebook swap group that I am in were getting. I like Ipsy, for $15 per month, I get a lot of stuff and it’s better than what I was getting for the same price from Glossybox. I think I’ll keep them around for a while. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stay loyal to only them though. In December, I signed up for a brand new subscription out of the US!

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This review is for the January Glam Box. I loved my December box but there was no review because as soon as it came in, my mother pillaged half of it. I figured there would be no sense in doing a review that only included half of a box. It’s a big box after all. That’s one of the things that I like most here. Before jumping into the box, I want to talk price. For my first box, I paid $15 including shipping. When it was first launched, it was $10 for the box and then $5 for shipping to Canada. Not long after that, it went up to $10 for the box and $10 for shipping to Canada. I’m pretty sure that’s what I paid for this box. Recently, I received an email saying that they won’t be doing the recurring subscription anymore. So, it will be $15 for the box and $10 for shipping to Canada. It’s a little high but on par with what Glossybox Canada was charging when they jacked up their prices. I think what you get out of here is also better than what I was getting out of that service. when you consider shipping prices, it really helps me get on board with this service. The shipping for this box to get to me cost Glam Box $13.35. Continue reading

The Seven Deadly Sins Makeup Edition

It feels good to be back and in the new year. I’m feeling a little fresher and more pulled together than I was at the end of last year. That’s why it was so nice when the lovely Ginger from Ginger Loves Makeup tagged me with her Seven Deadly Sins Post. As some of you may know, I have a little bit of an obsession with makeup. The looks that I wear in the daytime to work are what a lot of other people consider to be “evening” looks. I have no problems with a  dark smokey eye or a super bright pop of colour during the daytime.

Greetings from chilly Vancouver!

Greetings from chilly Vancouver!

So, I’m going to start the post and I hope you enjoy reading it!

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Bright Lipsticks Make Me Feel Like A Model

Now that I’m feeling back into the swing of things on this blog, I’m going to attempt some makeup blogging again. Over the holidays Llarowe had a crazy sale on Model’s Own Makeup. I was actually yet to try out anything from the brand Model’s Own at the point of this sale. I couldn’t turn down 80% off though. So, what I picked up was 5 lipsticks, an eyeliner and a cream eye shadow. I paid just over $20 for all of it including shipping from Llarowe. For any wondering, that was $1.90US for each of the lipsticks instead of $9.50 each. The cream eyeshadow was $1.60 and the eye pencil was $1.30. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve had non buyers remorse. I wish I had picked up more of the line. I probably will pick up more in the future. Fingers crossed that I stumble across another sale like this one.

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L-R Baby Pink, Annalise’s Pink, Pink Hawaiian, Coral and Deep Fuschia

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A Happy Home Is An Empty One?

At the beginning of the year I looked into my shower and my makeup area and thought to myself “Oh wow! How did I get to having this much stuff?”. At that point I went onto a no buy for makeup, bath, and body products until my birthday rolled around. Slowly, as the year has rolled on, I’ve managed to finish a few things. This month marked some mass finishings for me though. So, instead of throwing things out as I finished them, I decided that I wanted to do an empties post for all of you.

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A Smashing Introduction To Smashbox

I’ve never been a person who has loved shopping at Winners before. It always felt like a lot of effort to sift through the amounts of clothing to find that one article that happened to be on for a good price. I’ve found a few things over the years at winners but nothing I had brought previously screamed high quality to me. Winners has been stepping up their game lately.

I went into winners a couple times throughout the summer and to my shock discovered that they were carrying brands like Ciate, OPI, Smashbox, Becca, and even some Nars. I’d never owned any smashbox eyeshadows before. My introduction before this was in the form of a gel eyeliner pot that was included in a Sephora set last year. I loved the liner so I figured I’d give some more smashbox a try.

How could I say no with prices like this?

How could I say no with prices like this?

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A Quick Update & A Devious New Plan!

I’m here to officially apologise for my lack of posting this morning. I had intended on writing it last night before going to bed nice and late. This is because I had Monday-Thursday off work this week when I was making these plans. Silly me should always know that you really shouldn’t make plans for things like “late night writing”. While running errands yesterday, I got a call from work and all of a sudden I had to be at work at 7:00am both today and tomorrow. I’m not complaining about having to work. I enjoy being busy and could definitely use the extra moolah! This is what got in the way of writing the would be brilliant morning review of Rainbow Honey’s “Fire Spring”

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A Super Way To Delve Into Makeup blogging!

When I started my blog, I wanted to post about all things beauty related. I love makeup, beauty products, and nail polish all fairly equally. Somehow as the last month has moved along, my blog posts have solely rested in the land of nail polish. I feel as though I have been neglecting the rest of the land of beauty somehow. Well, no longer will that be the case. This is the first of what I am sure to be many makeup related blog posts going forward. I plan to squeeze in at least one makeup post each week. If I don’t, feel free to hold me to it and send me nasty “where’s the makeup?” messages! With that said, I’d love to dive right into a review of a company that I’m trying for the first time.

At the beginning of this year, I had a lovely friend introduce me to the word of indie makeup. She had these amazing loose eyeshadows from brands like Fyrinnae, and Shiro Cosmetics, Glamour Doll Eyes. At this time, I’d never used a loose eyeshadow before. I had become quite interested in makeup by this point and owned a lot of main stream makeup. I simply didn’t know that I was missing out on a whole amazing world of makeup by only buying in places like Sephora, The Bay, Sears, and Holt Renfrew. My friend was amazing enough to lend me a few of her shadows with the tip to use a flat eyeshadow brush and pat the shadow onto the lid over primer. I can’t thank this friend enough for this advise. She knows who she is and I hope that she reads this and glows a little knowing that she helped shape my view of what I love in makeup.

At this point, I can’t even remember what shadows I borrowed from her. They were amazingly pigmented, blended beautifully, and refused to crease on a full days wear when put over primer. I was immediately in love. For my birthday, I ordered a whole slew of sample baggies of shadows from Shiro Cosmetics. I got the entire Hobbit Collection and the entire Tributes Collection. Reviews on both of these will be coming sometime in the next month hopefully. At this point, I noticed a shift in my makeup habits. I was using my naked palette and other palettes much less and reaching for the little baggies of amazing colour much more as each day went by.

The same friend that got me into loose shadows also fed my new addiction at the end of this summer. Glamour Doll Eyes was having a flash sale and my friend was putting in an order. She wanted to know if I wanted anything. I jumped right up at this opportunity. I’m sure the people on the bus looked at me like I was crazy when I read the text from her. Immediately, I told her that I wanted the sample jars of the Super Collection. She also ordered me a tin of the vegan “Control Freak” eye shadow primer that Glamour Doll Eyes Makes.

The Super Shadows Collection includes 10 amazing loose eye shadows in the cutest little jars!

The Super Shadows Collection includes 10 amazing loose eye shadows in the cutest little jars!

My friend was in the process of moving. So, the shadows were delivered to me. When my Canada Post delivery man came to my door, it took all the restraint I had not to rip the package out of his hands and run gleefully inside to start swatching and playing. Thankfully, I like the delivery man that brings my packages and as a result would never actually do such a thing to him. Swatching and playing was so much fun. I even snuck some play time in with the shadows that my friend bought for herself.

L-R "Ancestry", "Light Speed", "Schizophrenic", "Mighty Maiden", and "Recruit"

L-R “Ancestry”, “Light Speed”, “Schizophrenic”, “Mighty Maiden”, and “Recruit”

Except for “Recruit”, this is the light half of the collection. I probably should have swatched “Cajun” in this half if I was going for a light and dark swatch sets. I think all five of these colours look amazing together. It definitely feels like a collection that would play well together in terms of mixing the colours on the eye for different looks. The shadows were a breeze to apply and went on very pigmented. I did these swatches over a base of “Control Freak” primer. The only one that I had any trouble with was Recruit. There was a small amount of fallout from it but that could be blamed on my application.

L_R "Bird? Plane?", "Vigilante", "Femme Fatale", "Spider-Sense", and"Cajun"

L_R “Bird? Plane?”, “Vigilante”, “Femme Fatale”, “Spider-Sense”, and”Cajun”

Oh wow the dark shadows here come across as pigmented and amazing. I thing the primer played a huge role in the ease of application for these shadows. You can see in the picture how the swatches fade out at the end. That’s not just my terrible photography skills. As my swatches moved off the primer everything sheered out just a little bit. Because of this I would highly recommend using a primer with all these shadows. The Control Freak Primer is a different texture than what I’m used to but it seems to hold my shadows in place well and keeps it vibrant all day.

I did a couple makeup looks using these colours as the focal points. I would have done entire looks with them but I’ve been using them in my everyday routine and didn’t want to go too crazy on them.

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This look uses Estee Lauder’s “Tea Biscuit” as a highlight on both the brow bone and inner tear duct. Then on the lid I used Lorac’s “Serenity” on the lid with “Recruit” blended into the crease and outer lid. I finished up the look with some Sephora brand liquid eyeliner and a coat of mascara.

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This look uses also Estee Lauder’s “Tea Biscuit” as a highlight on both the brow bone and inner tear duct. Then on the lid I used “Light Speed” on the lid with “Spider-Sense” blended into the crease and outer lid. I finished up the look with some Sephora brand liquid eyeliner, a coat of mascara, and a dab of blush.