Essence 3D Eye Shadow Packs a Lot of Shimmer

Recently I was the lucky winner of a generous giveaway on Batting a Lash, which is a great beauty blog that just celebrated 5 years of blogging! Congrats on the milestone Jill!

Part of my awesome prize were these two Essence 3D Eyeshadow duos, which I have never tried before. The amount of shimmer in these is crazy, I can totally see why they get their 3D name. These look like something from outer space with the sparkly formula and intense shimmer.

Essence 3D Eyeshadow duos in Irresistible First Love and Irresistible Chocolates

Essence 3D Eyeshadow duos in Irresistible First Love and Irresistible Chocolates

The pink duo is 03 Irresistible First Love and the brown duo is 09 Irresistible Chocolates. Both duos are fairly light in colour but when you apply the shadow you can build it up and layer it for a more opaque look. I can see both of these being used individually or with other shadows to create a complex shimmery look. I will definitely be trying out some cool combinations with these.

Swatches of Essence 3D Eyeshadow duos in Irresistible First Love and Irresistible Chocolates

Swatches of Essence 3D Eyeshadow duos in Irresistible First Love and Irresistible Chocolates

At first I thought the shadows might be a little on the sheer side but I was pleasantly surprised to see how opaque the colour is. It’s hard tot ell in photos because of the shimmer but all of my swatches are very pigmented. Overall these eyeshadow duos were a really exciting thing to find in my prize pack, since I’ve seen them on shelves a million times but never tried them out for myself. Thanks again Jill!

Have you guys tried the Essence 3D Eyeshadow duos?

 

The Body Shop 2-In-1 Smoky Gel Liner & Brow Definer Is My New Obsession

I am not an eyeliner girl at all. I have zero artistic skill and cannot manage to draw a straight line for the life of me. Gel liners, liquid liners, you name it and I’ve tried it. I just can never seem to master the simple flick of a cat eye or steady my hand for a swipe of liner. That all changed with the new gel liner from The Body Shop.

The Body Shop 2-In-1 Smoky Gel Liner & Brow Definer is a gel formula that is enriched with Community Fair Trade Marula Oil. It can be used for eyes or brows, but since I never touch my brows I’m only focusing on the liner use. It comes in black and brown, both classic shades. The formula is smooth and creamy, and it applies so easily.

The Body Shop 2-in-1 Gel Liner & Brow Definer

The Body Shop 2-in-1 Gel Liner & Brow Definer

The packaging is really cool too. The brush is hidden in the cap and can be attached to the cap to create a handle. The brush part is actually more of a rounded brush point so it can be used along the side edge for a skinny look or the flat side for a thicker, wider look.

The liner lasts for quite a long time. I love that because once I get it right once it will stay all day and I don’t need to reapply. Although I typically struggle with any and all eyeliner, this one is different. I was able to do a perfect swipe along my lash line with no smudging, no missing spots, no problems at all. It takes me a matter of seconds and the result looks great and lasts for hours. What more could you want in an eye liner?

The Body Shop 2-in-1 Gel Liner & Brow Definer

The Body Shop 2-in-1 Gel Liner & Brow Definer

I can’t believe how easy this is to use. I’ve been wearing it every day and am amazed at how great this product is. I never used to think of The Body Shop for makeup but now I’m pretty enticed. If this was so great then I’m sure there must be other cosmetics I’ll enjoy too. If you want to buy the 2-in-1 Smoky Gel Liner & Brow Definer online or read more about it then check out thebodyshop.ca now.

Sephora Wishlist: Fall 2014

Another season has come along and I have been switching up my outfits to go with the cool weather, but my beauty routine is still leaning towards summer. I have started wearing a few seasonal lipstick shades, such as these beautiful berry picks and these classic nude lipsticks, but that isn’t enough.  I’m ready for some Fall looks and new products to try, so naturally I’ve been browsing Sephora online in my spare time.

I have been eyeing so many pretty products lately and I just don’t know which ones to splurge on. My bank account says none but that probably won’t happen, so I want your help. Here are a few of the beauty products I have been daydreaming about, so if any of you have these items (or other suggestions) please share your thoughts in the comments. I need a full team of beauties to help me pick my next purchase!

Sephora Wishlist for Fall 2014

Sephora Wishlist for Fall 2014

1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Color Stick, $35. First of all the packaging of this is beyond adorable! I can’t get over how cute and chic this looks. I love the little coloured tip to show the shade, and the silver tube is so stylish. I would love to walk around with one of the babies in my purse, but there are nine pretty shades and I can’t decide one which one I want. If you’ve tried one of these which shade do you like best?

2. Make Up For Ever Artist Palette, $48. I recently tried my first Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows and I fell in love, so now I want to try more shades. This palette has some great Fall colours that I could use for day and night looks.

3. Prada Candy Florale, $85. I love the original Prada Candy fragrance and I like florals, so this seems like a combination i would definitely enjoy. Plus I’m ready to switch up my Fall scent for something a little bolder.

4. Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, $26. Chapped lips aren’t cute so a lip polish would be great to gently exfoliate and keep my pucker smooth and soft. This sugar scrub has real brown sugar crystals and shea butter, so it helps nourish dry lips and refresh them.

5. Clinique Cheek Pop, $24. These blushes look so bold and bright, and the floral pattern is so cute. I have heard great things about these so I am definitely interested in trying one out.

There you have it, my wishlist for Fall. You can find all these products to browse at or buy for yourself at sephora.ca so check them out and tell me what you think! Have you tried any of these beauty products? I really want to hear your thoughts, or suggestions for other products, to switch up my Fall look. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my picks!

A $10 Hand Cream You Can’t Miss

Cooler weather can bring some beauty problems that nobody wants to deal with. Dry skin, chapped lips, frizzy hair.. With windy weather and colder temperatures we might require a little extra TLC to stay beautiful but don’t worry, I found something you won’t want to miss. The Body Shop Hand Cream comes in a cute $10 travel size tube and it’s a total skin saver.

The Body Shop Hand Cream

The Body Shop Hand Cream

These hand creams are enriched with Community Fair Trade Shea Butter from Ghana and are super lightweight. They aren’t greasy or oily, and have a gel-like feel. The silky smooth formula comes in eight core scents, including some of my personal favourites like coconut and pink grapefruit.

The scents are light enough that they don’t overwhelm you but they still leave a lovely fragrance to enjoy. The formula absorbs quickly and sinks right into my skin. And the foil tube is great because it gets all the cream out and doesn’t fill up with air like typical plastic tubes.

Oh yeah, did I mention the best part? The Body Shop Hand Creams are only $10 for a 30ml travel size and they seriously last forever. Check out all the different scents here at thebodyshop.ca to find your fave.

NOTD: Thanksgiving Turkey Nail Art

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my Canadian readers! I hope you’re spending the weekend enjoying some delicious food and fun times with your family and friends.

You might not know this about me. but I’m a vegetarian, so these nails are the closet I get to a turkey this season. They’re pretty cute  and for somebody who isn’t very artistic, I think they turned out pretty well.

Thanksgiving Turkey Nail Art

Thanksgiving Turkey Nail Art

For the base colours I used a variety of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polishes. These are great for quick drying colours that are really opaque and bold. The shades I used are Sizzlin’ Saffron (yellow), Pumpkin Queen (orange), Surspice! (red), OMGhost (white), and Moracc-go (brown). I used each of these as a base for one of the nails and then layered the solid colours with a subtle gold glitter.

For the turkey nail I used Misa Nail Art Pens to make the turkey feathers. The two shades I used were 01 Crazy For Bananas for the yellow and 17 Gold Rush for the gold. Once I did a few swipes of the feathers I let that dry. Then I used an eraser on the back of a pencil, dipped in the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri brown shade to create the turkey body. When the body was dry I used a dotting tool in both black and white for the eyes, and orange for the beak.

Thanksgiving Turkey Nail Art

Thanksgiving Turkey Nail Art

He’s pretty cute if I do say so myself. He has a cartoon-like look and I know my little cousins will love him when I see them for Thanksgiving. This is the only nail art I’ve ever done for Thanksgiving, but now it got me pretty excited to look for more ideas for next year.

What do you guys think of these turkey nails?

The Best Fall Scent You’ll Ever Find: Demeter Apple Pie

Apple pie is a classic treat in the crisp Fall weather, and the smell of a yummy pie fresh from the oven is one of the best of the season. What if you could get that delicious scent in seconds, with no oven or baking supplies required? Well good news – you can!

Demeter Fragrance Library is known for incredible singular scents ranging from classic to crazy, and they have the most amazing Apple Pie fragrance ever. I recently posted about some yummy summer scents from Demeter, which you can read about here, but I am now officially into Fall fragrances.

Demeter Fragrance Library Apple Pie Cologne Spray

Demeter Fragrance Library Apple Pie Cologne Spray

Apple Pie smells like a perfect blend of pastry, fresh apples, and spices. I wasn’t sure how well this dessert would translate into a spray, but this one captures it exactly. I can smell the delicious combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, and sugar, and I really can notice each ingredient on it’s own. It comes together in a warm sweet scent that isn’t too strong or overpowering. I was worried it would just smell like apples or have a hint of cinnamon, but if you closed your eyes and spritzed it you would think there was a pie in the oven.

Demeter Fragrance Library Apple Pie Cologne Spray

Demeter Fragrance Library Apple Pie Cologne Spray

There’s nothing subtle about this scent and I am sure it will be a hit when my boyfriend smells it. It’s yummy, sugary, but not too sweet, and has the perfect hit of crisp green apple. It’s hard to explain fragrances but I kid you not, the Apple Pie scent from Demeter is the most realistic and mouthwatering scent. You can read more about it or order it online here at demeterfragrance.com.

I can’t stop spritzing this, it’s so good!

Mascara Monday: Two Products I Love For Perfectly Defined Lashes

This past weekend I did a mini-cleanup of my makeup drawers (yes, all 7 of them) and I came across a few of my favourite mascaras that I recently finished off.  These mascaras are both pretty great and I rotated them throughout my makeup routine until they ran out. Now I have another couple (more like ten) that I am switching around this season, but these past favourites will always have a special place in my heart.

One of the most well-known mascaras out there is Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara, and I can absolutely see why. I had a little travel size tube that I completely ran dry and I fell in love with this mascara. This mascara was my no-fail choice that I reached for so frequently. I knew that I could swipe on two coats of this and get perfectly defined long lashes that looked so good they could be mistaken for falsies. This mascara got me tons of complements and it was perfect for an everyday full fringe. I definitely fell in love with the travel size one and I don’t know what is taking me so long to buy the full size. At almost $30 it is a little steep for my student budget but I love the results so much that I might make the plunge. You can check it out here at sephora.ca for more info.

Two Great Mascara Brushes L-R: Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! and L'Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions

Two Great Mascara Brushes L-R: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! and L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions

The second mascara that I have run dry recently is the L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara. This mascara has a very defining brush and offers precise lashes that are long and defined. This one only costs around $10 so it’s got a price tag that makes my wallet much happier. The brush has 200 bristles so every lash gets coated and lengthened. For a clump-free formula and affordable price tag, this mascara is great option for an everyday lash look. You can check it out here at lorealparis.ca or look for it at your local drugstore.

Both of these are great choices for long lashes that are separated and stylish. No clumps or flaky formulas to be found, these two picks are perfect for defined lashes any day of the year.