I'm glad that I found this in Canada!!! Price: $40 CAD Colours Sassy: satin white Snobby: shimmery pale golden yellow Stubborn: satin baby pink Stand-offish: metallic light peachy pink Selfish: metallic midtone grey Sultry: matte medium warm brown Sophisticated: dark greenish brown with copper/gold shimmers Seductive: pearlescent medium dark neutral brown Sexy: matte burgundy Silly: dark ash brown with reddish sparkle Serious: matte black Sleek: matte blackened brown Pigmentation: full Texture: buttery Wear time: 6-8 without primer The pricing for any TheBalm product is what I call 'middle end' because it's somewhere between drugstore and high-end. The shadows are so smooth and on par with MAC or NARS :) if you can find it, buy it!
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24 hr # 30 Seashore Frosts
SimpleNSexy 5/16/2013 12:29:00 PM
How to even describe this little pit of limited perfection! Sheer Perfection. A great dupe for MAC Paint Pots and BeneFit Creaseless Cream Shadows, not in colours but in texture and longetivity. Price: $7 USD Colours: sky blue based duochrome with seafoam green/light teal/peachy gold/slight palr bronzy sheen/hint of lavender with pinked peach Pigmentation: medium; very buildable Wear time: all day It's an excellent base for powder shadows but it's a shame to cover up this gorgeousness. The colour is unlike anything in my decently sized collection. In certain light and angle, the peachy goldeny colour matches my lid colour bang on, giving it a glowy look. Other times, it's a mix of flattering colours on anyone. For the price, they really are on par with the high-end makeup that cost triple, if not more. It's limited so grab some while you can! Fellow Canadians, we sadly have to go across the border but it's worth it
Mascara -Maybelline - The Falsies Flared Waterproof
SimpleNSexy 5/8/2013 8:40:00 PM
What can I say? I'm a mascara junkie addicted to Maybelline Price: $7 CAD Formula: wet, not really goopy Length: very buildable; falsies effect Volume: after 4-5 coats, dramatic Wear time: all day Extremely waterproof so you'll want a good remover. Very black and not so much your no-makeup look type, if you're into that type. As the formula is wet, let it dry overnight or two for maximum effect.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum Express The Falsies Flared
SimpleNSexy 5/8/2013 8:39:00 PM
What can I say? I'm a mascara junkie addicted to Maybelline Price: $7 CAD Formula: wet, not really goopy Length: very buildable; falsies effect Volume: after 4-5 coats, dramatic Wear time: all day Even the original formula is slightly waterproof, as in, it won't smudge into raccoon messiness upon contact with water. Very black and not so much your no-makeup look type, if you're into that type. As the formula is wet, let it dry overnight or two for maximum effect.
These are all synthetic, and more geared towards cream products in my opinion. The base brush is my favourite as I tend to use cream shadows every single day. Not so great with the 'hard' consistency of certain shadows (Color Tattoos, some BeneFit Creaseless . . . ) Deluxe Crease brush is definitely the best crease brush I've ever used. It deposits the perfect amount of colour and also blends out the shadow at the same time. Eyeliner brush is a bit of a hit and miss since it's not 'pixel point' per se. I use it with coloured liners as I like using thicker lines with non-black/browns. Brow brush is too long for my brows but still works in a pinch. Accent/Detail brush is fantastic for applying cream/powder highlight in the inner corner and also blending out eyeliners
Such lovely collection of purples and pinks for spring and summer time :D Price: $5 USD Colours Left Browbone: shimmery pinked white Left Eyelid: shimmery pale blue-based pink Left Crease: shimmery mid-tone violet Left Definer: pearlescent medium blue-purple Right Browbone: super light lilac with pink duochrome-like frost Right Eyelid: rosy copper with golden shimmer Right Crease: blackened burgundy-plum Right Definer: blackened green with silvery/green sparkles Pigmentation: light to medium Texture: buttery and powdery Wear time: 5-6 hours The medium colours lack in pigm. department but if you have a thick base (NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Cottage Cheese or Lavender will do), the colours show up better. For 5 bucks, you can't really complain ;)
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow
SimpleNSexy 5/4/2013 1:24:00 AM
Sheer Perfection. Also a great dupe for MAC Paint Pots and BeneFit Creaseless Cream Shadows, not in colours but in texture and longetivity. Price: $7 CAD Colours Seashore Frosts (LE): sky blue based duochrome with seafoam green/light teal/peachy gold/slight palr bronzy sheen/hint of lavender with pinked peachy shimmer Bad To The Bronze: dark metallic cool-toned bronze Barely Branded: metallic champagne-beige Sandy Shores (LE): pale frosty yellow with white/pale gold/mint green duochrome Electric Blue: deep pearlescent navy Tenacious Teal: bright turquoise-blue with green shimmer Tough As Taupe: matte warm grey Pomegranate Punk: pearlescent burgundy-plum Pigmentation: opaque (except for SS) Wear time: all day All of them provide an excellent base for powder eyeshadows and they can be worn alone as well. On lazy days, I just pop on BB with BTTB in the crease. SS is such a pretty colour, such a shame that it's LE. For the price, they really are on par with the high-end makeup that cost triple, if not more
This is by far the best bronzer I've ever used! Price: $13 CAD Colour: (Deep Tan) deep warm brown Texture: silky smooth Pigmentation: light to medium It doesn't apply orangey as it may look in the pan. I've tried the NYC Sunny one (which everyone seems to love) but it wasn't deep enough to show on my face. This, however, applies beautifully to give me that chiseled look. Don't use too much as it does have good pigm. HG material through and through
Each package is about $5 CAD and comes with 64 individual falsies. I love the flared ones because they really open up your eyes. I use 3-4 medium flared black and 1-2 short ones in the centre (never go past the iris of your eye). The knots are barely visible once applied so a thin line of black/dark brown liner is all you need to hide them. Much more versatile than full strips and for me, easier to use!
HG gel liner! Price: $5 CAD Pkg: screw-on lid Colour: (Midnight in Paris) jet black (London Baby) blackened bronzy brown Finish: crème Pigmentation: opaque Texture: super creamy and soft I was surprised because the pigmentation is as good as any (good) liquid liner. The gel is super smooth and buttery, unlike other gel liners out there (cough, Maybelline). Glides on smoothly and sets real quick. Stays on forever on my oily lids. When it dries out, just microwave for 10s with the lid OFF. Good as new until the three months are up.
This is as lovely as the black formula Price: $5 CAD Colour: blackened bronzy brown Finish: creme Pigmentation: opaque The Midnight in Paris is already my fave gel liner ever and this is nice if you want a more natural definition :)
Mascara -Essence - I Love Extreme - Volume Mascara
SimpleNSexy 4/18/2013 12:11:00 PM
Price: $4 CAD Brush: huge with real bristles Length: decent Volume: amazing Formula: wet This is a fairly good volumizing mascara but not so much length, which I really need
I love the new collection and this is on par with Maybelline Color Tattoos and BeneFit Cream Shadows! Price: $5 CAD Colour: (Quicksand) metallic browned taupe Pigmentation: full Wear time: 8-10h This is great for a quick smokey eye. My favourite way to wear this is this all over the lid, MAC Satin Taupe on the outer corner and outer crease, UD Tease in the crease, any matte black in the outer V with black liner smudge on the top lash line. <3
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Baby Lips in Peach Kiss
SimpleNSexy 4/10/2013 12:08:00 PM
Best sheer nude for who can't do full on nudes. I seriously live on lip balms. And these are the best moisturizing tinted balms! Price: $4 CAD Colour: peachy nude; smells sorta like peach but not quite Finish: shimmery I don't mind the very sheer colours since I never expected much colour payoff. It nice that these babies are actually moisturizing ;) You will have to reapply after eating though.
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Baby Lips in Cherry Me
SimpleNSexy 4/10/2013 12:05:00 PM
I seriously live on lip balms. And these are the best moisturizing tinted balms! Price: $4 CAD Colours: cherry pink; smells like Cherry Chapstick but sweeter Finish: balmy shine I don't mind the very sheer colours since I never expected much colour payoff. It nice that these babies are actually moisturizing ;) You will have to reapply after eating though.