Mascarararara

10 Days of Favourites #10: All about lashes

If I’m dashing out the door and only have a minute or so, the products I always take time to slap on are blush, lip balm, and mascara. I love mascara. I don’t have long or thick lashes so I love the extra oomph a couple swipes of mascara provides. I am lucky enough to have curly lashes (curly hair = curly lashes) so at least I don’t have to use a curler. Easy peasy.

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Right now there are three mascaras I reach for regularly. Benefit’s They’re Real!, Maybelline Great Lash, and Covergirl Clump Crusher. I’ve talked about They’re Real! before (something about pillowy cheeks and yada yada yada), but it’s worth saying again that this is a fantastic, buildable product that will give you lashes out to here.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is a complete classic. It’s a great product at a total bargain price point. I like the teeny brush for itty bitty bottom lashes. This is the one I always recommend to anyone who asks about a good drugstore mascara.

Covergirl Clump Crusher is my newest mascara and it’s great for everyday. It gives good definition and really doesn’t leave any clumps behind. I like the applicator a lot. It’s kind of rounded and I find it easy to work with. I prefer smaller applicators because I have small eyes. I tend to get a bit stabby with bigger brushes.

What’s your pick for mascara?

So, tell me true lovers – have you enjoyed this series? Would you like to see more like this? Are you so sick of me that you can’t even believe I’m still talking? Do you like stuff? Share!

Birthday Suit

10 Days of Favourites #9: The Naked 2 Palette

I like eyeshadow palettes, especially when they have numbers or instructions right on the shadows! Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette doesn’t have numbers but it does have a beautiful selection of neutral shades that can be mixed and matched  endlessly to create a bazillion different looks.

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I don’t want to go on too much because this product has been reviewed so many times already. It’s definitely worth the hype. The shadows are buttery soft and a total dream to apply. The really great thing about the Naked 2 Palette is that the shadows are so incredibly long lasting. They look great even after 12 hours of wear! 

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As you can see, I’ve put a good dent in most of the shades! My favourite is called Half Baked and it’s a beautiful shimmery gold. I won’t list the all the shades because that’s easy to find online.

Loooooong story short this is a great palette. I use it at least 3 times a week. I scored mine on eBay, but I do think it’s worth buying even if you have to fork out the full price (I won’t say how much it is because I almost died when I saw the it).

Do you like paint-by-numbers eyeshadow like I do?

Faceics

10 Days of Favourites #8

I used to be all about BB cream, but lately I’ve been loving a light foundation. Maybe it’s because it’s getting cooler or maybe it’s because I’m fickle, but I’m over BB cream these days.

For clear, clean, and, most importantly, natural looking skin I’ve been reaching for three products.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (typing all of that exhausted me) provides light, even coverage. The gel formula is very similar to the consistency of BB cream. It’s easy to apply with a brush or with your fingers.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is something I’ve talked about before, but it’s such a fantastic buy. It’s a great long-lasting powder that helps keep me matte a little longer. This is my third pan!

Benefit’s Erase Paste sat in my kit unused for a long time. I don’t often need concealer; however, when I do this stuff is my go-to. This concealer will cover anything! You only need the teeniest amount and it always works well. Lately I’ve been using it as an eyeshadow base and it’s great for that too!

What’s your formula for a flawless face?

Say it again

10 Days of Favourites #7: Chocomania

Ok. I know I’ve already talked about this twice. I can’t help myself though, I’m addicted. You know what I’m talking about. The Chocomania line from the Body Shop.

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It bears repeating. This. Stuff. Is. Amazing. I love it. I want to eat it, sleep in it, bathe in it. It smells so good. It may be my favourite product scent of all time… and that’s saying a lot because I am a yummy scent junkie. Oh yeah, and it works well too.

Have you tasted tried anything from this line yet?

Eyes Knows

10 Days of Favourites #6: Cream Eye Shadow

I like cream eye shadows. A quick slick, and you’re done. I’m not very good at doing eye shadow (although I’m getting much better), so I like anything easy.

I purchased a Maybelline Colour Tattoo a while ago and I do believe I’ve worn it every day since. Dare I say I like it more than my M.A.C. paint pot? I do. The formula is just a bit creamier and easier to work with.

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I have the shade Bad to the Bronze and I lurve it. It’s so easy to apply. I use a cream shadow brush or even just a finger if I’m running late as usual. The colour is great because it goes well with all kinds of different blush and lip shades. 

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Have you tried a Colour Tattoo?

Don’t be a tool

10 Days of Favourites #5: Brushes

Your make up is only as good as the tools you apply it with. That’s an expression right? I’m pretty sure someone important said it. Marilyn Monroe, or Ghandi, or someone. I’m positive.

Anyway, I don’t actually believe that, but not all brushes are created equal. For ages I used the Quo Brushes, which can be purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart. They are not cheap, and they are not nice. The bristles are kind of prickly and they don’t hold their shape well.

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For some time now, the beauty world has been abuzz about Real Techniques Brushes. They weren’t available in Canada for the longest time. Then one happy day I found them at London Drugs! They’re an absolute steal at about $20 for a kit of three or four. I grabbed the Travel Essentials Kit and a fluffy blush brush. Sold. These brushes are fantastic. Soft, easy to clean, and they hold their shape really well. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get yourself some great tools!

Have you tried Real Techniques?

Nailed It

10 Days of Favourites #4: Nails

For years I never bothered to paint my nails. It just seemed like such a hassle. Now, for some reason, I do it about once a week.

My favourites nail polishes are from Essie for the simple reason that they last the longest. They can be a bit hard to work with; it’s hard to achieve the same opacity on each nail, but it’s worth it to persevere.

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From left to right: Mademoiselle, Cute as a Button (my favourite), Play Date, Mint Candy Apple, Chinchilly.

Are you a polish person?

Born Lippy

10 Days of Favourites #3: Lips

I have a lot of lipsticks, balms, glosses, stains, etc. It all started with Lip Smackers when I was a teenager and 100 20 some odd years later the addiction continues.

Lately I’ve been loving Revlon. I’ve tried a lot of different brands, high end and drugstore lines, of lip products and I have to say that Revlon kills it. I’ve yet to buy a Revlon lip product that I don’t like.

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I have two lip butters, in the shades Sugar Plum and Wild Watermelon. I love both but reach for Sugar Plum more often because it’s an easy, goes-with-everything shade.

I have one Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Lovesick. This is a lot pinker than I thought it would be, it’s pretty bold, but I still use it fairly often. The formula of these is really cool. They go on like a balm but, as the glossiness fades, you’re left with a long lasting stain. Neato.

I have one Revlon lipstick. The formula is called Super Lustrous and the shade is Fire and Ice. It’s an orangey red and I love it as a statement lip with just mascara and light blush.

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Left to right: Sugar Plum, Wild Watermelon, Lovesick, Fire and Ice.

Have you tried any of these?

Stoooop! I’m blushing…

10 Days of Favourites #2: Blush

I love me some blush. I think that blush may be my favourite type of make-up. Maybe.

I’m completely addicted to my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush. I have the shade Fearless.

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It’s peachy pink and it’s a great everyday colour. There’s no glitter and it’s really well pigmented. The really great thing about this blush is that it’s a long lasting formula. They say it lasts for 12 hours and they’re not lying. I put this on in the morning and by 8:00 pm or so, when I get around to washing my face, it looks the same as it did when I put it on.

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What’s your favourite blush?

10 Days of Favourites

I’ve been thinking about doing some sort of theme week or something like that for a while. I ended up deciding to do 10 Days of Favourites. 10 because I got tired of taking pictures after taking that many. Obviously I am methodical when it comes to blogging.

So, my pets, welcome to the first post of my 10 Days of Favourites (do you think I can blog 10 days in a row?)!

Day 1: Hair

I just downloaded a new photo app for my phone so prepare yourselves for some tackiness slickly edited pictures.

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I’ve been a devoted fan of Sebastian’s Potion 9 for some time now. This is a fantastic product for evil curly hair. It provides hold without crunchiness. You can wet it and rework the product throughout the day if your hair starts to frizz, which is the best thing about it. It smells divine. DIVINE. You know how when you visit your hairdresser they always have shampoo that smells amazing? Potion 9 smells like that. Light, fresh, yummy.

L’Oreal Evercreme Nourishing Leave-In Spray is new to my arsenal but I really like it. I ran out of my AG leave-in conditioner last week and didn’t want to break the  bank replacing it. One of my favourite bloggers, Essie Button (www.essiebutton.com), raves about this line and I’ve been keen to try it. I’m converted. For a drug store product this stuff is fantastic. It tames frizz, gives curls definition,  and isn’t too heavy. It smells like caramel. Yum.

What are some of your favourite hair products?