October Favorites & Happy Halloween!

Hello everyone! Before I start I'd just like to wish you all a Happy Halloween! :) It's pretty yucky out over here, sadly. Also, if I have any readers that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy I hope you've been staying safe!

Anyway, here are my favorites for this month:

Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush was probably my most worn lip color this month. While I don't completely love the product itself I really love the color!
I'm also still loving my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment for my lips. I'm going to be a bit sad when the tube runs out because I can't see myself shelling out almost $30 for a full size.
When I'm not wearing my Prada Candy I was wearing the Kim Kardashian fragrance. Really don't love her but really love her perfume..!
Most worn nail polish for October would have to be Prey Tell by China Glaze! I love this dark and vampy polish! I wore a few other colors during the month but I always went back to Prey Tell when I got tired of them.
And my last favorite product of the month is CARGO's Mendocino blush. It's a lovely blush for the fall and it was the only blush I wore during the month (until I got my theBalm Cabana Boy blush, another lovely fall blush).

OPI The Man With The Golden Gun

Celebrating 50 years of James Bond, OPI has come out with this new, special topcoat with real 18k gold leafs. My mom knew that I was excited about this polish so she was kind enough to pre-order it for me with the beauty suppliers! It arrived today and I'm excited to share some swatches and my first thoughts.

The Man With The Golden Gun comes packaged in a box - and it's a pretty heavy duty box! I apologize for the quality of this photo.. The bottle is gold mirrored so the flash kept bouncing off of it.

Here's the back of the box with a little information..

And here's the box opened.. It was quite the hassle to finally get that bottle into my hands! I definitely think that this was overpackaged. I know it's special and quite expensive but come on..!

And finally, here's the bottle itself! As I said before, it's a reflective, mirrored gold bottle. Everything else is the same as their regular polishes.

This polish is going to be about almost $40 in Canada.. So how does it look? The bottle and all is pretty snazzy, but what about the product inside?

From left to right is The Man With The Golden Gun alone, over Sally Hansen's Black Out, and over OPI's I'm Indi-a Mood For Love. Each swatch is with only one coat, but you can of course apply as many as you like until you're satisfied.

The flakes are beautiful! Application.. You won't get that many flakes if you paint this on normally, and they'll be more far apart as the brush just sweeps them off. Instead I kind of dab the flakes on where I want them. Unfortunately it can get a bit 'gooped' up that way if you're not careful, but simply painting it on normally frustrated me.

If you'd die for gold leafs, or are an OPI or James Bond fanatic you would probably love to have this.. If not, I don't think it's worth almost $40, to be honest! It is nice but it had been hyped up and I was expecting magic to be inside that bottle! I do like it, though..! It's really up to you on whether you think you need it or not!

Save 10% on Revlon & La Roche-Posay Skin Care

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know about these specials going on this week on Well.ca! They both end on November 4, 2012.

The first special I want to share is 10% off of Revlon products! I recommend getting some of their lip products! And if you're interested in their Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains I really love the shade Crush! I wrote a review of it here if you want to check it out!
And the other special is 10% off of La Roche-Posay Skin Care products! I haven't tried out any of their products myself, but I have heard good things about them!
I have a few new posts planned so please visit me again soon! :)

Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

I needed a new eyebrow pencil as my current one is too warm and red for my brows, and it's also not as thin and precise as I would like. I decided to pick up a new one before I go to Boston in November so I ended up picking up this one by Maybelline.

I never really noticed before but once it was something I was specifically looking for I noticed that my Wal-Mart didn't have that great a selection of brow pencils. The ones I found were too thick or just not to my liking.. I had gone in with a few certain pencils in mind only to find they weren't carried there! So it ended up being between Maybelline's Define-a-Brow and a brow pencil by Annabelle. I went with Maybelline since it was cheaper, hehe. I'd also heard good things about it before so that was a plus.

Define-a-Brow comes in six shades: Light Blonde, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, Dark Blonde, and Soft Black.

I have the shade Medium Brown as it was the only shade available.. It's a pretty good match though, and is much cooler and dark then my current pencil.

So this pencil is a twist up, which I like. It comes with a comb on the end but I would have preferred a spoolie! The actual product isn't too waxy nor too dry.. I quite like the formula. It's also very thin and precise so I have no problems filling in or defining the ends of my brows. It applies quite easily and blends well into the brows.

It's not an exact or perfect match for my brows but it's pretty close! With my old pencil if you looked up close you could see it was too warm, but looking up close with Define-a-Brow you really can't see a difference. I think the Dark Brown shade might be an even better match for me but either way I'm very pleased with this product..!

OPI I'm Indi-a Mood For Love

Here I have OPI's Indi-a Mood For Love - which is from their India collection for spring of 2008, I believe.
I picked up this polish because I've been wanting to wear some Effie Trinket (Hunger Games) inspired nails and this polish looked like a great pinky, fuschia to use! Here's a swatch on a nail wheel:
Fun and bright, right? I apologize for Niall Horan staring into your soul, by the way. Anyway, I like it!

10/21/12 FOTD

Hello all! I just thought that I would put up a FOTD while I'm trying out a new product and waiting to get together my monthly favorites and empties. So, this is what I wore to church on Sunday!

I usually just wear a bit of concealer, mascara, fill in my brows and just wear whatever lipbalm to church but this Sunday I wore a little bit more..! So here's what I used:
- Smashbox BB Cream mixed w/ Garnier Moisture Rescue Lotion
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation as concealer
- theBalm Sexy Mama Pressed Powder
- theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
- theBalm Cabana Boy Blush
- The Body Shop Brow & Liner Duo
- theBalm Overshadow in No Money, No Honey as brow highlight, inner corner highlight, and a little to highlight the center of my lid
- Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in Black Coffee, slightly smudged out
- Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara
- Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon
And off I go! :)

Review! theBalm Cabana Boy

"Nothing is more satisfying then being indulged. This pink dusty rose rouge will ensure that you have all the boys attending to you. The subtle shimmer catches the eye while the warm undertones provide a glow that is oh-so-natural regardless if you are pool-side, beach-side, or bed-side. Talc and paraben free and no strings attached, this shadow/blush is the perfect companion."
Cabana Boy is the last product I ordered with my last Hautelook order and I'm in love. It's $21, but I purchased mine off Hautelook for $10.50! I purchase all my theBalm products there because the deals are just so good! They're also on sale quite a lot! Anyway, let's take a look at this beautiful blush!
So Cabana Boy is described as a pink, dusty rose.. I'd say it's a pretty good description. I see a bit of berry in it as well, though. Either way it's gorgeous!
Like Frat Boy this blush is wonderfully soft and smooth and finely milled. As always, theBalm does not disappoint!
Here is Cabana Boy swatched on the inside of my wrist.. It's not totally blended out but it's also not a completely heavy swatch.
It's nicely pigmented but not as much as, say, Frat Boy in my opinion. It almost has a sheer quality to it if that makes sense! It's absolutely gorgeous worn and you only need a little product. It's quite easy to blend out and it leaves you with a beautiful, natural glow! I really love it! It's a perfect blush for the autumn and winter time. I love my blush and I can see myself wearing Cabana Boy quite a lot!

CARGO on Hautelook

Hey everyone! Just making a quick post to let you know that CARGO will be on Hautelook Monday, October 22!

Also, mini Orly polishes will also be on sale the same day!

theBalm Overshadows, The Sexpots Series

Today I have theBalm's Overshadows/Sexpots. I'd always been kind of interested in them so I got two of them from theBalm's last Hautelook sale. Here's what theBalm's website says about them:

"The first finely milled all mineral shimmer designed to go over your eyeshadow."
They're $15 from their website for 0.57g, but I got them off Hautelook for just $7.50 each!

The shades I got are No Money, No Honey and Work is Overrated. They come in these cute little plastic jars - each with a pin-up girl. I've mentioned this a few times with other products, but the pin-up girl for No Money, No Honey looks like Mary-Lou Manizer or the pin-up girl on the Sexy Mama powder!

The backs of the jars show the shade names, ingredients, and some other information. You can also see the actual product -  which are loose, mineral shadows that can be used both wet or dry.

No Money, No Honey came with one of those impossible to remove barcode stickers that leave behind an ugly residue much to my displeasure. Work is Overrated didn't have one, though, thank goodness..!

Anyway, these come with a sticker over the three, small openings to the product to prevent any mess. I removed the stickers completely and find that they don't get too messy at all, but you can just peel it off only half way if you like. So first I'll show you swatches of these applied dry and then wet. I just used a small and short, dense shadow brush to swatch.

So here they are just swatched dry. On the left is No Money, No Honey and on the right is Work is Overrated.

No Money, No Honey is described simply as a shimmering gold and Work is Overrated is described as a shimmering pink champagne.. I kind of see it as a light almost taupe-ish color, though.

Swatched dry you can hardly tell a difference between the two, but if you really look there is a slight difference. Dry they're also mostly just shimmer and seem more appropriate for layering. These are described as 'overshadows' though and "designed to go over shadows", keep in mind! Anyway, let's look at these swatched wet..

(Swatched wet and then blended out to the sides)

Swatched wet you can definitely see the difference between the shades better. I've never actually used shadows wet, neither pressed, loose, mineral, or anything, so please excuse the poor application!

I'm still playing around a bit with these, but for the most part I like them! I really like to use them in the inner corners of my eyes or right in the middle of my lid to bring some light to my eyes. I'll keep experimenting with them, though! I've yet to try them over a separate shadow, so it will be interesting to see the result! :)

Review! theBalm Balm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

I reviewed another of theBalm's lipsticks here, and didn't like it all that much. I purchased another shade when there was a Hautelook sale, though, and I have a much different opinion!

When I had ordered my other Balm Girls lipstick I was stuck between that shade and this one.. I went with the other as it was more suited for the summertime. Even though I didn't like the last lipstick this shade stuck in my mind.. So I decided to get it and hope for the best!

As always, theBalm has super cute packaging with that retro-vibe. These particular lipsticks are a charming parody of James Bond films - each lipstick featuring a different 'Balm' girl. The shade I have here is Mai Billsbepaid.

The shade is described as a 'velvety nude' on theBalm's website. I see it as a soft, pinky beige if that makes sense, haha.

The lipsticks come packaged in a sleek, silver bullet. It does catch a few fingerprints as you can see in the photo. I think it's a nice twist, though, as most lipstick tubes are the usual black.

Here's Mai Billsbepaid swatched on the inside of my wrist. It looks like a really lovely shade, doesn't it? And here's a lip swatch..

It looks a little odd in this cropped photo, but it's a really nice nude that doesn't wash out my skin! It could very well become my go-to nude.
It has a kind of yummy scent with a hint of mint, and no taste.. Where with the other shade I tried had both a minty scent and taste.
The other shade I tried was also on the harder, drier side and dragged a bit on my lips.. Mai Billsbepaid was nice and creamy and applied like a breeze, though! There's no shimmer, and it doesn't accentuate on any dryness or fine lines on my lips.
So, while I didn't quite like the other shade I have I think that Mai Billsbepaid is a lovely and pleasant lipstick! I suppose you can't entirely judge a line on only one product.
The Balm Girls lipsticks are $17, but on Hautelook they usually sell for only $8.50! My mother commented that this looked like a nice shade so I might just get her one next time it's on Hautelook! :)

Avon Concealer Brush

Here we have Avon's concealer brush. It has nylon bristles and is $5.99CA. Sadly, mine came with a scratch on the handle (and it drives me crazy everytime I look at it).

Here's what Avon says about this brush in the campaign book..

"Firm nylon bristles for flawless coverage. Use the flat side for overall even blending and the tapered point for precise spot application."
I think that it's a pretty decent little brush.. I only like to use it with liquids, though. Cream or stick concealer and this brush do not go together well. So, I'll use this brush when I double up my liquid foundation as concealer.
So.. for the most part I like it.

Urban Decay on Hautelook

Hey everyone! Just popping in to let you know that Urban Decay will be on Hautelook tomorrow starting at 8AM Pacific! Last time they were on sale I was able to grab an XL All Nighter Setting Spray for just $18!

Also, LORAC is still on sale as well until tomorrow! A few things are already sold out, but there's still lots of goodies left!

Including these items and more! So make sure to check out both sales!

I'll be posting again soon with some more reviews for theBalm products (which I got during their last Hautelook sale!).

m.powerment Gift Set by mark.

m.powerment by mark. is Avon's philanthropic initiative dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence. All funds raised are donated right to the initiative and go towards education and prevention programs across the country.

Here I have the m.powerment gift set which includes a brand new Lipclick shade in 'm.powerment petal', specially chosen by spokesperson Ashley Greene, and a bejeweled compact. The set is $24 with all taxes included. 

My beautiful mother, Margaret, is actually the one who purchased this set and agreed to do a little review for me to share with you all! So before she does let me show you the swatches of the lipstick:

'm.powerment petal' swatched on mom's wrist.

And mama rocking it on the lips!

It's a very pretty rosy nude with a kind of glossy, satin finish. My mother said she's not sure she likes it on her but I think it looks really nice on her! Anyway, let's see what she has to say about it:

"I like that it goes on smooth and kind of creamy, and that it has just a little shine but not too much. It feels nice and it stays on pretty well. It has a very slight almost peppermint taste and scent. I love pink so I love the special packaging and I love that these lipsticks snap shut with a magnet."
So mom likes it! As I said, she's unsure of if she likes the shade on her, but I think it looks super nice!
So if you're interested in this set or simply want to help with the cause, contact your Avon or mark. representative or go online!

Avon Speed Dry Nail Enamel in Mink

I've never tried the Speed Dry polishes from Avon, but I wanted to try out the shade Mink for the fall. I didn't see a difference between this and the regular Nailwear Pro polishes, though. Anyway..

Mink is a deep, dark chocolate brown with very fine and subtle golden shimmer. It's quite nice.

Pictured here is just one coat. I find that you can get it almost fully opaque with a generous coat, but I recommend using two! Upon closer inspection I noticed a few small spots that weren't as opaque as the rest of the nail; so next time I use this color I'll be using two coats. The formula, like my other Avon polishes, is very nice - but I didn't notice a difference in the drying time between this and the regular polishes.

Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes

Maybelline's The Colossal Cat Eyes mascara is something I've lusted over solely for the packaging and mention of cats. I'm a crazy cat lady so when I first saw it I knew that I had to get it somehow (this was when it wasn't available in Canada or US).

When I was buying my Revlon Kissable Balm Stain I noticed a new display in the Maybelline section as I was leaving - The Colossal Cat Eyes. I was more excited then a normal person should be.. So I grabbed a tube and that was that. I was surprised to see it since I hadn't heard anything about it coming here yet and thought it would appear in the US first as Canada can be a bit behind with new products..!

The packaging is pretty much the same as the original Colossal except the writing and such is in bronze instead of purple and the cap has leopard print. Maybelline products are horrible for having their names rub off so I'm being extra careful opening this and don't put it into my makeup bag - I want the leopard print to stay!!

Another thing to note in packaging is that the Japan/Australia version had a tapered, kind of pointed cap while this one is the same as the original Colossal.

And of course the other thing different then the original Colossal is that the Cat Eyes comes with a "claw" brush - ooh, cat like..!

I've never actually used a curved mascara wand..! I've only ever used the standard or tapered/pointed ones so this was something new to me. I like to rotate the wand and use all angles/sides of the brush to apply this.

I find that the formula of Cat Eyes isn't as dry as the original Colossal, but it's also not too wet (and you know I hate wet mascara formulas!). So I don't really have an issue with the formula.

I also didn't experience any smudging or flaking with this mascara but I've never ever had that problem with any of my mascaras..

Anyway, here's a quick look at how Cat Eyes made my lashes look..

I don't think it made my eyes look exactly cat like but whatever..! I find this offers more separation then the original Colossal and I almost want to say perhaps more length as well, but I don't find it has as much volume. I don't love it or hate it, I think it's just alright. I can say that I do prefer the original, though (it's my favorite mascara!).

So have you tried Cat Eyes? And if you tried the original Colossal which do you prefer? And also if you've tried the Australian or Japanese version are they the same as this version?

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush

When Revlon came out with their Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains I wasn't all that interested even with all of the hype surrounding them. I kept seeing the shade 'Crush' being swatched and such though and thought it looked like a great fall color. It also wasn't like any other lip colors I currently own (at least I don't think so, lol). I'd been wanting to try out a deep berry or vampy color this fall so I decided I'd  try this out and see what the hype was about for myself. So obviously, I got the color Crush.

The Kissable Balm Stains have been compared to other higher end products such as Clinque's Chubby Sticks, which I own one of. I prefer my Chubby Stick but I'm really loving the Revlon for the shade..!

The Kissable Balm Stains are packaged almost exactly like Clinique's Chubby Sticks except Clinique is a bit shorter and has a silver cap.

I love the shade Crush but I'm not in love with the actual product and don't think that I would purchase another shade.. These have a minty scent that I'm not very fond of and it's also a bit harder and doesn't apply as nicely as my Chubby Stick. It's also not as moisturizing whereas I can get away with replacing my lip balm with my Chubby Stick. 

It's a really lovely shade, though, isn't it? It's a great autumn shade and I see myself wearing it a lot this season. 

Another problem is that it can settle into fine lines on the lips, though.  It can also look a bit patchy, so be sure to moisturize and even exfoliate your lips if you need to. I don't have this problem with my Chubby Stick, but perhaps it's because the shade I have isn't as dark as Crush? Anyway, here are some lip swatches..

This is one of my six kitty cats, Sophie! ^-^

I applied the balm regularly in these photos.. You can wear it sheer as a light wash of color or you can build it up more heavily. I like to wear it all three ways! 

I can't get over what a gorgeous color Crush is..! I really love it. I wish the formula was a bit more to my liking, though! It does stain just as it says, and the stain it leaves behind is quite nice. I find myself preferring to reapply it, though.

The Clinique Chubby Stick isn't a stain product, but it's quite similar to the Kissable Balm Stains so I may do a proper post comparing them in the future. I'm also going to have a look through my collection to see if I have anything similar to this shade..!

I purchased my Kissable Balm Stain from Wal-Mart for around $8-9, but they're also available here on Well.ca if you're interested. If you're Canadian they also offer free shipping on all Canadian orders!

So have you tried these out? If so, let me know what you think and if you've tried out any of the comparable products as well (such as the Chubby Stick)!