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FOTD: Essence 3D eyeshadows

This is a look I wore in the weekend with two Essence 3D eyeshadows - Irresistible Caramel Cream and Irresistible Purr-ple. One neutral, one colourful, we can make the best of both worlds :)
On the face:
- Moisturizer: Yves Rocher Anti-age Global day cream and eye cream
- Primer: Annabelle CC Instant Perfecting base in Luminous finish
- Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind the Eraser Dark Spot treatment corrector in Light/ Medium
- Foundation: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind the Perfector powder in Light/ Medium
- Brow liner: Annabelle Skinny brow liner in Universal Medium
- Blush: The Body Shop blush trio in Warm Sunset
- Lips: Quo Jumbo lipgloss stick in Nectar.
I was experimenting with skipping liquid foundation and going with only powder and concealer. Flaws were more visible, as expected :)
On the eyes:
- Eye base: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
- Eyeshadows: from Irresistible Caramel Cream - champagne as brow bone highlight and warm brown as transition colour, from Irresistible Purr-ple - silver in the inner half, purple in the outer half
- Eye liners: Sephora + Pantone Universe Foiled waterproof eyeliner in Purple and Annabelle Smudgeliner in Foxy Grey
- Mascara: L'Oreal Double Extend mascara with Lash Boosting serum in Blackest Black.
Like I mentioned in the review, I love the purple with teal shimmers in Irresistible Purr-ple, so I didn't mind spending a bit of time building it for intensity. If you are in a rush, I would not recommend it. Irresistible Caramel Cream is easier to work with and blend well too.
I enjoyed pairing these two duos together. They support each other well, colour wise, like a good quad. I secretly wish that we had a different colour than silver in Irresistible Purr-ple though :) I'll definitely play around more with the other duos.
Lasting power wise, some fading did happen after about 5-6 hours of wear, with a base (see above). However, at the end of the day when I took off the makeup, the eyes still looked presentable. So I'll say again, the neutrals win in this set of products :)
It was freezing yesterday, felt like another April Fool's joke.
I couldn't be happier to get home to stay in the warmth and even went to bed early, ignoring daily chores. Hope things are going well at your end....

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Essence 3D eyeshadows

I finally got around to swatch the Essence 3D eyeshadows from my Weekend finds a week or two ago.
As I mentioned, Canada gets 6 shades in this Spring release.
First row, from L-R: Irresistible First Love, Irresistible Purr-ple, Irresistible Mermaid Kiss.
Second row: Irresistible Caramel Cream, Irresistible Chocolates and Irresistible Smokey Eye.
A quick look on Essence website shows that they have 9 colours. We are missing Irresistible Green, Irresistible Blue Sky and Irresistible Vanilla Latte.
Here they are again, with the lids off :) Six duo eyeshadows, left side has 3mm-high raised wavy designs that offer a 3d look in the pots, right side is flat. Sure is pretty to look at.
First off, these eyeshadows all have shimmers without a buttery soft texture. They are hard pressed eyeshadows, minimal fallouts. It took about three swipes of the brush to get the pigmentation you'll see in swatches below.
Surprisingly, I prefer the colour combinations of those in the second row. The first row has more exciting and bright colours but pairing them with a silver or a lighter shade in the same family seems to be too safe of a choice.
Check out the swatches, first row first, to see my points. Note that the flash did bring out the shimmer effect a bit more.
Irresistible First Love and Irresistible Purr-ple both have a silver/ off white shade, just slightly different in finish. Main colour wise, Irresistible Purr-ple has a purple with visible teal fine shimmers, more unique among the bunch, vs. a baby pink in Irresistible First Love. Irresistible Purr-ple gets my vote for colours, and I'll save Irresistible First Love for highlights.
Irresistible Mermaid Kiss is sadly a repeat, as the two shades are too close to make a difference. The left colour might have a bit more teal, but you won't be able to tell on the lids. 
The second row, same order.
Irresistible Caramel Cream is a safe neutral duo, a sheer white highlighter and a warm brown, good for everyday looks.
Irresistible Chocolates is a step up from Irresistible Caramel Cream, with daytime smokey looks type of effect. The highlight colour has a warm undertone, quite close to my skin tone. The darker brown has grey tint, swatches a bit patchy.
Irresistible Smokey Eye is the winner in my book, because of the intense black which has the best pigmentation with only two swipes. The grey needs some building up to show up nicely, but not too bad.
So, for colours, I would suggest Irresistible Purr-ple and Irresistible Smokey Eye. For neutrals, Irresistible Caramel Cream. These 3D eyeshadows get the look/ packaging right, just need some work on colour payoff, except the black....

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Lush Easter

Squirt had a really great Easter this year getting all the treats she asked the Easter Bunny for. The Lush Bunny also sent us some Easter treats that we really enjoyed.
Lush Easter This Carrot bubble bar (120g, $7.95) looks good enough (for the Easter bunny) to eat lol. And in the water, it is the coolest thing ever. You hold it by the green top, swish it around the bath to make as much bubbles as you desire.
It is reusable, so you can set it aside for another 9 baths or so. I just wish it comes with a carrot container to make storing more fun :) Scent wise, it smells citrusy because of the fruity oils and carrot oil in the formula.
Besides the bubble fun, this carrot makes the skin feel soft and moisturized, always a bonus with Lush's bath products.
Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Fragrance, Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Buchu Oil (Barosma betulina), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Limonene, Linalool, D&C Orange No. 4, Polyester-3, D&C Red No. 28, D&C Orange No. 5.
Moving from orange to pink, this is a Fluffy Egg bath bomb (130g, $6.95).
Smells sweet, similar to Creamy Candy bubble bar or Snow Fairy, with a candy flower as decoration, half of this egg is good enough for one bath.
Just drop it in the tub filled with warm water and see it sizzle and turn your water pink. And you won't be able to complain about how the skin stepping out of this bath :)
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Synthetic Musk, Benzyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, D&C Red No. 27, D&C Red No. 33 , FD&C Red No. 4, Candy Flower (Sucrose, Corn Starch, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 5 & FD&C Yellow No. 6).
New this season, and limited edition, is the Brightside bubble bar (200g, $8.95).
The colourful swirls are just a cheer to any mood, and so is the citrusy scent (again), but you have to bring yourself to crumble a bit of the bar under the running water to make bubbles. Such a hard thing to do :)
Like with the first two products, I keep the rest of the bar in a Ziploc bag (outside the bathroom) for next time.
This bubble bar's "side effect" is to tone and brighten the skin, but I don't think we can confirm it unless we go through a bunch of them in numerous baths.
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus Nobilis), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Fragrance, Limonene, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Linalool, FD&C Red No. 4, D&C Orange No. 4.
Hope everyone had an awesome Easter or just a relaxing long weekend. This is the mother - daughter NOTD for you :) Me - a few colours from Orly Sweet collection and others, Squirt - Revlon "scented when dry" pastels, topped up with glitters :)
The very rare 4-day long weekend has come and almost gone and here is me finding I still don't have enough time to do what I planned. How does that work lol? But Squirt was very happy this Easter, I guess that's all that matters. She said she felt bad for me not having a holiday to eat chocolate, and I told her adults get the day after Easter to indulge when stores put chocolate on clearance lol....

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NOTD: NCLA AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree

This is NCLA AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree from the Spring 2013 Life's A Beach collection. The name is cute and it definitely speaks to me (about the shopping part, not much beauty sleep around here) lol.
This is two coats to the sheer opacity I want for a cream nail polish, not too thick on the nails.
The colour is pretty interesting. On me, the mint green tint was so light that in certain lighting, it looks very close to white, and seems to have a subtle glow/ iridescent effect to it, which makes it more interesting in my book.
I see AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree as a sophisticated modern safe-for-work type of colour.
And it makes an awesome base for glitters, if you decide to add some afterward. Yes, you had seen this colour in my St. Patrick's Day NOTD :)
The elongated rectangular cap is easy to hold, the brush is of standard size. The cream finish did require a bit more time during application but the polish was not streaky or patchy after two coats. It wore well on me too, no chips until I removed it on the third day.
This closeup shows the colour most accurately. I enjoy it more than I thought I would.
My first experience with NCLA is a good one. Though I had seen this brand on nail blogs, can't say that I know Canada has access to it until I was sent two shades to try.
NCLA nail polish is available at Nail Polish Canada for $16 a pop, in different collections, singles, sets or nail wraps. The price does land above drugstore range, but I'll give it a fair chance. We'll see how the second shade performs before making a conclusion, but I am happy with AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree.
I have some good product news to tell you in tomorrow`s flyer deal post, so make sure you come back for it. Have a great day!...

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FOTD: Avon Ideal Flawless

Alright, a FOTD featuring Avon Ideal Flawless foundation in Medium Beige. As mentioned in my review, this shade is a bit dark on me even though it does not look like it in the pics :)
The regulars for the face:
- Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF60
- Moisturizers: Yves RocherAnti-age Global day cream and eye cream
- Primers: Annabelle CC Instant Perfecting base in Natural and Luminous finish
- Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot treatment corrector in Light/ Medium
- Brow liner: Annabelle Skinny brow liner in Universal Medium
- Blush: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy
- Lips: Joe Fresh matte lipstick in Bubble Gum.
The Annabelle CC creams are now a natural step in my makeup routine. Maybelline Color Tattoo as a blush is not new, but Fierce and Tangy requires a bit more blending and is easy to look overdone in photos. Self reminder :)
On the eyes:
- Eye bases: Maybelline Color Tattoos in Tenacious Teal and Electric Blue
- Eyeshadows: L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows in Goldmine (to add shine to mid lids) and Eternal Black (just a tiny bit in the crease, an awesome black with silver glitters)
- Brow bone highlight: Annabelle eyeshadow in Aura
- Eye liners: Annabelle Smoothie eyeshadow pencils in Absinthe-Minded and In Mauve-tion
- Mascara: Lancome Hypnose mascara in Black.
In sharpening my Smoothies one night, I realized that I had forgotten to use In Mauve-tion, as it is now the longest pencil among the Smoothie bunch in my drawer. Correcting that now, as no Smoothies should feel left out :)
I like Joe Fresh matte lipsticks, as they are pigmented and not drying. Bubble Gum is not a colour I reach for often, however. Its blue base tends to make me look washed out. It'd look gorgeous on fairer skin toned ladies. Maybelline Vivid lipstick in Pink Pop is a similar case that comes to mind.
Near the end of the day, my face got a little oily but like I said before, the foundation last quite well. All in all, Avon Ideal Flawless foundation is a pretty good medium coverage foundation. I just need a lighter shade for the time being or mix Medium Beige with a lighter colour to match.
We made it half way through the week already, and 4-day long weekend can't come soon enough. I am frustrated with April travel arrangement to Toronto (seat sales are terrible right now), summer care for Squirt above everything else. Times like this, I wish I had a family member living with us, so I can get some extra help in a pinch. Hope your day is going better than mine :)...

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Avon Ideal Flawless foundation

Heard about this foundation quite a bit on youtube, I finally went and got myself a bottle - Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage liquid foundation SPF15 (Broad spectrum) in Medium Beige
Advertised as having complete coverage that looks and feels 100% natural, Ideal Flawless is lightweight and oil-free, suitable for all skin types.
To me, it is a buildable medium coverage foundation, as I do have a lot to cover up and need concealer after but love the natural finish. If you have fewer flaws, this would work great for you.
Excuse the colour inaccuracy here, blame it on my camera :) The 2 pics below are true to colour.
Bonus points for the pump dispenser. Here is Ideal Flawless, with the cap off, next to my MAC NC35 (no pump). The shades in the bottles look pretty close right? Not really :)
Since we have to order Avon products based on catalogue pictures, I unfortunately picked a shade that was a bit darker than my match shade, but other than that, I have no complaints about how this foundation performs.
It last quite well (with a primer) for a work day, some fading near the end but by that time, I don't really care if my foundation fades anyway :) The skin feels light and I didn't suffer from any breakouts using it. SPF15 is a bit low in sun protection department, but I do use sunscreen on my face all the time, no biggy.
Avon Ideal Flawless foundation
Swatches of Medium Beige (on the left) in comparison to MAC NC35 (on the right). See the difference now? Ideal Flawless has thicker consistency too, which I prefer.
I am holding off this foundation till the warmer months when my face gets a little darker, but I did do a FOTD with it on, for blogging purposes lol. Stay tuned tomorrow!
Ideal Flawless retails for $15 for 1oz/ 30ml from your Avon lady, but is often on sale. Note that the three darkest shades of this foundation (Earth, Dark Cocoa and Rich Espresso) have no SPF....

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NOTD: W7 Metallic Venus

It has been a while since I got a bunch of W7 shades in the Nail polish haul last August. Thought it was time to pull one out to try.
This is W7 Metallic Venus, a purple blue duochrome. I was feeling a dark mood one day, and this fulfilled it. Dark but with a coloured kick. The world needs more duochromes with gorgeous shimmers like this :) I feel bad neglecting these W7 colours, they are great, just a bit hard to come by.
There is an important appearance/ hidden review of Wet n Wild Fergie nail polish in this post as well, stay tuned!
Here I did two thicker coats of Metallic Venus for full opacity, 3 thin coats would do as well. No application issue, and the brush is just the right size.
Talking about application and brush, Wet n Wild Fergie nail polish offers a totally different story.
I was excited when the WnW wall display at Walmart has these and bought Dutchess by the way it looked. It is a beautiful teal blue with different sizes of glitters (fine, round, hex) in blue, teal and hot pink.
Right? It looks super gorgeous in the bottle. When swatched, it was sheer, so I layered two coats of it on top of Metallic Venus on the ring finger.
It dried semi matte, which I didn't expect but I loved a surprise anyway. It would have been a perfect pairing between Metallic Venus and Dutchess (well, they looked awesome together here) if the brush did not give me such a hard time.
The bottle of the Fergie line is taller than normal WnW design, and someone decided that a wide brush is needed for that. Wide brushes do offer faster application but when they are too wide to fit through the bottle neck, we have a problem!
Yes, there is the solution to decant this into a different bottle with a good brush, but I shouldn't need to.
Here are the 2 brushes side by side - W7 on the left (same size as China Glaze brushes) and WnW Fergie on the right.
The WnW Fergie brush was huge! It was too wide and thick, makes it hard to not touch your cuticles while painting your nails (mess #1), and hard to dip the brush back in the bottle for the next swipe without flaring it or a few bristles getting caught by the bottle neck (mess #2).
I can't imagine the shape of this brush after about 3-4 mani, if it doesn't fall apart, at least it would look like a dog had gone at it (not that a dog would eat a nail polish brush, but you get my point). I love Dutchess as a colour but it is probably not worth fighting with the brush for.
So Metallic Venus is a good nail polish, and Dutchess is a so so. Have a safe day out there fighting with travelling after a snow storm, Haligonians....

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FOTD NOTD: St. Patrick's Day

I hope everyone had a fun St. Patrick's Day. I wasn't out partying or drinking green beer, but I did have some green on, for the occasion :)
Thought I should do a quick look of the day, focusing just on the green products used, to change things up.
On my eyes were:
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Edgy Emerald as base
- Annabelle Custom Quad eyeshadows in Fantasy (outer corners) and Rainforest (mid lids)
- Annabelle Hawaian Hues palette: champagne for brow bone highlight and gold for inner corners
- Annabelle Smoothie eyeshadow pencils in Absinthe-Minded and Down 2 Earth on lower lash line.
I even had my green skinny jeans on but missed the free David's Tea offer for the day. So no drinks for me!
On my nails was 2 coats of LA Girl Glitter Addict in Purge on top of a pastel mint colour base.
Some of you might recall that I tweeted about not wanting green on my nails after wearing different shades of green the whole week. Trust me, I did go for a mint cream colour, but Purge was just St. Patrick's Day in a bottle, with green glitters of different sizes in a clear base, I couldn't resist. I'm not a rebel after all lol.
All in all, St. Patrick's Day is just an excuse to wear lots of green without anybody complaining about it :) I just need more days for other colours to be featured.
2 winter storms are expected here this week, so no Spring is not coming just yet, no matter what the calendar might say. Stay safe, guys!...

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NOTD: Layla Meringue Pie

I have been testing out a few Layla Bubbly Effect shades, mixed results. I am showing you one today, it is Meringue Pie, a while colour.
The base for this mani in Sinful Colors Why Not, a beautiful pigmented one coater aqua blue. You see, I had the image of the blue sky and white clouds in my head but did not want to do any stamping or free handing. So this was what I came up with :)
Why Not applied pretty true to the bottle colour but since we put a white nail polish over it, the end result looked a bit lighter. Note though, it slightly stained your cuticle during removal.
The trick to Layla Bubbly Effects is to apply one very very thin coat. Wipe almost all the nail polish off the brush, leaving a tiny dollop at the tip and paint the whole nail with it, over the base of course. Any more than this and the bubbly effect would not happen.
And when it did happen, it was pretty random. Some days, it really bubbled up, showing spots (in different sizes) on the nails. Some other days, we see this - mostly stripes with a few spots here and there. On day 2, cracks even appeared on my middle finger (see closeup below).
In the 3 - 4 times I wore Layla Bubble Effect, this was the first that it cracked, with Meringue Pie. It was a bummer, but at least it was only visible when you looked closely. Also worth noting that after day 2, the white layer seemed to rub off a bit around the edges somehow.
All in all, I am not fully in love with Bubble Effects. Though this blue and while combination does look pretty on the nails, with the Layla price tag (between $10 - 15), I would expect a bit more quality control. I bought mine on clearance but still have expectations. Well, on to the next experiment, I guess :)
Have a good Thursday, ladies!...

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FOTD: Annabelle CC Luminous

Another test run on Annabelle CC Instant Perfecting base, this time I only used the Luminous finish.
It is totally fine to use the Luminous finish by itself, as it only adds subtle glow to your face without being overly shimmery or unnatural looking. I save Luminous finish for days that I wake up with boring and dull skin, it gives that extra boost to the look.
Other products on the face:
- Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF60
- Moisturizer: Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Acne care
- Foundation: L'Oreal True Match foundation SPF17 in Sun Beige
- Brow liner: Avon Ultra Luxury liner in Dark Brown
- Blush: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty sheerest cream blush in Sunrise
- Lips: Elf lipstick in Classy and Dior Rouge lipstick in Rose Paparazzi.
Elf Classy is supposedly a dupe for MAC Angel, I'm happy just to own the more inexpensive version :) Rose Paparazzi added a bit more pink frost to the lips.
I did not use a concealer on my dark spots in this look to see if the glow from the CC base will overwhelm them :) Well it didn't entirely but I ignore a concealer when I was on the go.
On the eyes:
- Eye primer: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Electric Blue
- Eyeshadows: Jesse's Girl baked eyeshadow in Moonbeam and Annabelle Hawaian Hues palette (champagne on the brow bone, grey as transition colour to blend out the blue)
- Eye liners: Annabelle Smoothie eyeshadow pencils in Licoriche and Blubomb
- Mascara: Almay One Coat Get up & Grow mascara in Blackest Black.
Electric Blue is an awesome dark blue base. Anytime I reach for it, I end up with a smoky eye look :)
A little behind-the-scene secret. This look was done on Sunday, the morning after the time change. I fell asleep early Saturday night and woke up around 1am. I was on the laptop for a bit and witnessed the magical moment when the time jumped from 1:59 to 3. I lost an hour just for sitting there lol. The result of all this was a tired looking face in the morning. So yeah, Luminous saved me.
Have I been persuasive enough that you decide to try out a CC Instant Perfecting base? And I have sales to pair with this too :)
Those who don't have a London Drug can grab one at Shoppers this week for $12.99. Those who do and can wait until April 26 will be able to get it for $9.99 (part of the 6-week Annabelle promotions at London Drugs only).
And don't forget the $2 coupons for the CC line on the display or near the regular wall shelf....

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FOTD: Annabelle Jasmine

Sparkled Beauty has gone all "princess Jasmine" for a day, and a Canadian Jasmine at that when most makeup used is from Annabelle :)
I love so many Annabelle products lately, wanna count? :)
- CC Instant Perfecting base in Natural finish, followed by Skin True Natural Lightweight foundation in Soft Tan
- Zebra bronzing powder in Haute Gold on forehead, cheeks, jawline and both sides of the bridge of the nose
- Skinny brow liner in Universal Medium
- TwistUp Retractable lipstick crayons in Bubble and Absolute
- Roll-on eyeshadow + liner for Brown eyes - the eyeshadow in the middle of the lids and the liner on the upper lash line
- Hawaian Hues palette - the blue and aqua in the inner corners, the bronze as brow bone highlight and the light gold on the bridge of the nose
- Expandable mascara in Black.
The inspiration is from this jewel toned Jasmine look done with Sephora Jasmine palette, hence the tittle.

I even tried to include the side braid (which you can't see very well), flower on my hair, and jewelry. I hardy ever wear my hair any other way than straight, so braids is already a lot of work. Don't laugh :)
Other products used:
- Moisturizer: SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Deep Hydrating serum and facial cream
- Concealer: Hard Candy Glamouflage Heavy duty concealer in Medium
- Eyeshadows: L'Oreal Infallible eyshadows in Burning Black (outer V and lower lash line), blended out with Bronzed Taupe.
I did not use a blush in this look, to keep with the sun kissed colour tone, achieved fully with the bronzer.
Happy to say I don't feel the urgent need to purchase the Sephora Jasmine palette anymore, now that I realized I had all the colours needed. Great save, Annabelle, great save!
It never occurred to me to use a bronze colour on my brow bone to warm up the look and the eyes, like what a bronzer does to your bone structure. I would definitely wear my highlight this way more often in the summer.
Also, adding colours to the inner corners instead of mid lids is new to me as well, I normally go with white/ beige colour family, for brighten up effect. I love makeup, you can use colours anywhere, in any nontraditional way you could think of. And you can wash it off at the end of the day and start fresh the next day.
I hope you like the look, one of my favorites so far. Annabelle's Spring 2013 products are fabulous and pack a few surprises. Call me bias (because this is a Canadian brand, not because the products were sent to me as I have already bought a few myself), I concur :)...

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