Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Annabelle madness!



Annabelle is a Montreal cosmetic brand with a number of new products every season. Their products always bring surprises! The smokey nudes is my go-to for work. 
I am absolutely in love with their eyeshadow palette. Its extremely pigmented (both light and dark shades). Whether you're going out at night, or working during the day, you can add the darker shade as the hours go by. This palette is small and compact, fits into almost all cosmetic purses (unless you have a tiny one). It has 10 shades to choose from along with a twin tip brush. The spongy and bristle duo can be used interchangeably. 
The dark colors can be used as eyeliner with a few drops of water. I've incorporated a number of dark colors to build up the smokey effect. Annabelle Eye Ink 2 Liquid Eyeliner Duo was also applied. Would you use it for work or a night out?



Under regular lighting
Under darker lighting



Under white light.




Monday, December 28, 2015

Olay Aquaction: Long Lasting Hydration Gel



This product was heavily advertised through Asian media and TV shows.

At first I assumed this was available in the North American market. After doing a search in the local drugstores, I had no luck in finding this. The Olay product that best resembles this was Olay Cream- Sensitive. The cream came in a similar size container with high ratings (provided from a mature audience population).

So I got my friend to buy one from Hong Kong to try it out. I have oil/combination skin thus thick creams will clog my pores and end up with annoying zits. I have tried a number of different creams and moisturizers, but haven't come across one that fits my skin. Possibly because due to the weather in North America, companies produce thicker formula to trap moisture inside the skin during chilly weather.

After the first few nights of applying the moisturizer, it replenishes my skin with watery sensation and highly moisturizing during the cold, dry winter months. I started using it during the fall season. Usually its not as dry but the windy months tend to make my skin dry. I use it as a part of my routine, roughly about 2-3 times per week. Frequent (6-7 times per week) usage for me leads to "white heads". When the white heads appear in certain parts of the face, it can be challenging to remove.


Have you tried this product before? Are there any other ones you find effective?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015 Holiday Makeup!

Christmas is almost here! Its a season of endless parties, dinners, and wonderful get togethers. Its the perfect time to glam up, look pretty, and kiss under the mistletoe <3

Products I've used to obtain the holiday look

Eyes
Eyeshadow . NYX: Lovers in Florence . Urban Decay BASICS
Eyeliner . L'OREAL Paris Carbon Black Lineur Intense- Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
Mascara . Make Up For Ever: Smoky Extravagant

Face
Primer . Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion & All Nighter Setting Spray
Foundation . RIMMEL Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation: 200 Soft Beige
Powder . RIMMEL Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder

Before Makeup




















After Makeup
Eye Shadow

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Gatherings!

 

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! 

Lots of get together with friends and having a blast. This year, I volunteered my friend's place to organize a Christmas dinner. I made mash potatoes for the first time. Its surprising how many additional things go into the dish itself. We had turkey, cheese & crackers, lots of alcohol, and yummy desserts. Definitely a night to remember!





In another gathering.. we had white elephant! Food is a must in any party. It was Charles' birthday so we celebrated altogether. We had pool, ping pong, and played poker for the first time. Of course, I was the first one out :)

    

 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Freebie Mondays: Social Nature

I came across Social Nature while scrolling away on my Instagram one day. Social nature is one of the many companies who specializes in providing the potential market with the opportunity to try new products before they buy. Below are the products I've tried this month:


Happy Water WaterBox 5L

Happy water has really cute packaging. With the need for larger sizes, the 5L waterbox packaging is very durable and user friendly. Its perfect for camping, using it at house parties, and any outdoor events for both summer & winter times! 

With a price tag of $7.19 at London Drugs, it definitely serves the purpose of convenience, functionality, and health. 

GURU Energy Drink

It was one of the hardest energy drinks to spot at the store! I went to IGA, Price Smart Foods, and Esso.

Wasn't able to get try it out till the 2nd coupon which came in the mail with a longer expiry date. 2nd trip I went to Save-on-foods and had to pay $0.15 extra as the coupon didn't cover the full price. I tested the drink out in the morning before I went to play beach volleyball. Then continued my night at a fundraising tournament. The caffeine didn't last me the whole day. I do question the amount that they claimed on the bottle. For the price of $3.59 /can, I would purchase an alternative brand.

The first sip of the drink, it tasted like cough syrup. Not an flavourful taste. Was hard to gulp down the whole can."

Friday, December 11, 2015

Favorite Lotion: Jergens Green Tea

One of my favourite scents: Green Tea


This time of the year, Jergens has produced a new product that allows moisturizer to be applied on wet skin. The new formula will blend with water when your skin is most receptive to moisture. I did an experiment and tested it for 2 week's time after every wash. My skin feels smoother when compared to using the regular lotion (after drying my skin off). 

Jergens has produced 2 new scents for this line of moisturizer. They come in green tea oil & coconut oil selections. I've chosen the green tea oil as my go-to flavour. Its not a particularly strong smell once applied to skin, which is ideal. This allows you to apply perfume without the concern of overpowering the smell. The texture itself is not a thick mixture, making it easy to blend in with the water and thus absorbs into skin quickly. 

Its a good value for the size, lasting for the whole winter. Have you gotten yours yet?


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tweezerman has tools for face & nails too!



Tweezerman is known for its amazing brow tools. They help sculpt your brows with precision and perfection. The tweezer I have is from them and have been using it for years. Loved it since!

They have extended their line of tools for face and nails. They make cute and fun stocking stuffers!

:: Neon Filer ::

The neon nail filer trio makes the perfect gift for the nail addicts. Its neon color makes it visible in the cosmetic drawer and acts as a good decor on your makeup desk. Not to mention the colors help makes the sanding more noticeable. As someone who loves neon color materials, this is my go-to piece.

:: Grip & Snip Spiral Spring Cuticle Nipper ::

The nipper is made from stainless steel. The blue swirly handle design fits the curve of your hand. Making it easy to hold and apply pressure for those tough cuticles. They have also a cover for the sharp metal portion, safe for storage especially with those little ones around. I personally like the weight of the tool, the heaviness makes it easier to hold and use. (As opposed to ones that are too light and can't hold it in place without shaking).

::  Slant tweezer ::

This is similar to the Cuticle Nipper with a sharp edge and both blades touch when clipped together. The hardest in finding a good tweezer is to check if the blades close fully.

:: Shaping brush ::

The last one is the shaping brush. The bristles are very delicate and gentle to the touch on the skin. It can be easily cleaned with baby shampoo. If your man needs something delicate, here's a suggestion ;)