Monday, November 24, 2014

EVENT: IMATS Toronto 2014 + Mini-Haul

My first ever IMATS (International Make Up Artists Trade Show) experience... I attended IMATS on Saturday, November 22, which was sold out by the time I had gotten there. Thanks to the tips from IMATS veterans, I arrived at 7:40AM. There was already a huge line of 100+ people. I picked up my pass and walked in at 8:30 AM. Popular booths like Make Up For Ever (40% off discount), MAC (20% off discount), and Nigel's Beauty Emporium (with Too Faced, Anastasia, Kevyn Aucoin, and a ton of lashes) were crowded upon opening. 

I didn't really plan on "going" with anyone in particular but met up with a ton of Toronto beauty bloggers. The list is quite long... Upon walking in, I spotted the flawlessly grey hair of Zubie's Musings who introduced me to Laura of Lipstick and Laura and Shawna of Spill the Beauty. I also spent quite a bit of time walking around by myself and with Jenn of A Beautiful Zen, Jenn of Vibrant, Vivacious, Veracious Beauty Blog, and Meg of Meg's Makeup Bag. Shoutouts to Stephanie of theFantasia, Aleeza of Stylish & Literate, and Tess of Makeup By Tess who I hadn't seen in a while, as well as Arianne of Glitter Geek (whom I had just met for the first time!). I also met up with Julie of Swatch & Review, Jenn of Scarlet Beauty, and Chelle of Make Up Your Mind to take a CBB Network photo! 

In addition to all the wonderful beauty bloggers, here's a few snaps of the sights of IMATS.... 

Amazing body painting...


Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Winter Flush: #NYCBeautyPro Challenge #4

Snowfall means... Sweater Weather! Fittingly, this month's New York Color NYC Beauty Pro Challenge theme is "Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Center". As such, I've put on one of my fuzziest winter sweaters and a makeup look to match the colder weather. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sephora Formula X Paint Party

The Sephora Formula X Paint Party ($47 CAD, exclusively at Sephora) is a set of 24 travel-friendly press-pods full of Sephora's best cream and pearl nail polishes. Although don't own any of the Formula X polishes, I'm already a huge fan. I always swatch them in-store but I'm extremely indecisive so I never decide on which colour I want. The Paint Party set is a great way for indecisive people like me to get a feel for what colours look best on my fingers. 

The Press Pods come in a paint-can shaped container. I think the packaging is pretty ingenious and I'll be re-purposing it into a makeup brush holder later on. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kat Von D the Star Studded Look Set

Holiday value sets are making their way into Sephora. If you like mini (aka fun size) beauty products, then right around now is the perfect time to try out a plethora of brands and products without the commitment of full-size. That being said, I've been playing around with the Kat Von D the Star Studded Look set ($24), which contains three deluxe-size Kat Von D favourites - the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, and Kat Von D Immortal Lash Mascara

The Kat Von D the Star Studded Look retails for $24 CAD for $32 in value per the Sephora website. I've taken the liberty of calculating values for this set of minis and the $32 total value is accurate (I'm studying accounting. So I kind of like this stuff... except when it's on an exam).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hello Kitty the Red Bow Beauty Diaries // Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

Holy Moly. Sephora has gone wild with the limited edition Hello Kitty sets. This time around it's The Red Bow Beauty Diaries ($65 CAD, exclusively at Sephora). The set contains 15 exclusive Hello Kitty cosmetics and collectibles. Here's the lowdown... 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Benefit 3 Scoops O' Sexy Limited Edition Set

No. Prior to this post, I hadn't tried the widely raved about Benefit tints or balms. Shame on me. I'm a terrible beauty blogger. Slap me now because after trying three of each I'm kind of regretting not ever testing these on my face before. This holiday season, there's the Benefit 3 Scoops O' Sexy Limited Edition Set ($50 CAD, exclusively at Sephora) featuring Benebalm, Benetint, Posiebalm, Posietint, Lollibalm, and Lollitint. 

Packaging is in typical Benefit fashion. Adorable. Each tint and balm set is individually packaged. The Balms are full-size (regularly $22 CAD)  and the Tints are deluxe samples (full-size regularly $36 CAD) meaning that the set is valued at about $100. While at $50,  the set seems a bit pricey, $50 in savings is not half bad. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliners in 156 Rhone, 138 Silver, 172 Curacao, 159 Milky Way & 124 Taupe

Eyeliner, eyeliner, eyeliner. Yet another impressive eyeliner offering from Annabelle Cosmetics. With 26 shades, the Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner ($5.95) range has the most colour selection out of Annabelle's 5 different eyeliner formulas. I first reviewed the Annabelle Smudgeliner (see here). 

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliners in Rhone, Silver, Curacao (metallic), Milky Way and Taupe

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colors #3 in Spiked with Rum, Sugar Plum Fairy, Stoplight Red, Cinnamon Spice, Cherry Bomb & Vamp It Up

This is the third and final installment of the Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colours! This time it's "the Darks", very appropriate for the cooler weather. As a recap, I've split the 18 lippies into 3 vague groupings - (1) the Neutrals (2) the Brights (3) the Darks

I've said this before and I'll say this again. The good: super pigmented, semi-matte, long wearing (~6+ hours), very reasonably priced (~$3). The bad: slightly drying and these darker shades (especially the last two) are particularly staining (but all is forgiven because they're bad ass lipsticks). 

915B Spiked with Rum, 908C Sugar Plum Fairy, 911D Stoplight Red, 917B Cinnamon Spice, 918D Cherry Bomb, 919B Vamp It Up

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sephora Collection All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette

The Sephora Collection All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette ($19, exclusively at Sephora) is yet another one of Sephora's limited edition holiday palettes. This one is a pretty golden package with 8 eyeshadows, 4 blushes, 1 highlighter, and a large mirror. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colors #2 in Cherry Picking, Don't Blink Pink, Dollhouse Pink, Pinkerbell, 24 Carrot Gold & Purity Persimmon [The Brights]

More swatches of the Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colours! I've dubbed these six lipsticks as "the Brights". As a recap, I've split the 18 lippies into 3 vague groupings - (1) the Neutrals (2) the Brights (3) the Darks

The good: super pigmented, semi-matte, long wearing (~6+ hours), very reasonably priced (~$3). The bad: slightly drying and these bright shades are harder to remove than the Neutrals.  

965 Cherry Picking, 966 Don't Blink Pink, 967 Dollhouse Pink, 968 Pinkerbell, 969 24 Carrot Gold, 970 Purity Persimmon