Monday, June 29, 2009
I was sent this website: http://murale.ca/index.html and to me it looks like we're getting our own version of ULTA... Murale looks like a cosmetics/beauty only story that is owned by Shoppers Drug Mart and there are already two locations in our country (Ottawa and Montreal) and a third will be located in the GTA (Don Mills and Lawrence).
I can't say I'm particularly excited... it's suppose to open up this summer... I wouldn't mind checking out the Bobbi Brown products.... =)
edit: I guess it's more like a sephora... I've never been to ULTA and just assumed that it was similar to sephora as well =P
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Makeup and motorized vehicles seldom go together. Taking your eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel in order to apply lipstick or eyeliner not only requires considerable ambidextrous skills, but it can be downright dangerous. Yet, what’s a gal to do when time is of the essence and she’s got to get to Point B looking good?
Sharona Kesnig of Richmond Hill, Ont. thinks she might have the answer.
When the registered aesthetician heard that a client had a close call while fumbling with makeup behind the wheel, Kesnig began thinking about a device that would allow driving women to apply makeup in a safe, hands-free fashion.
Her solution: the Makeup Tentacle, a prototype invention that holds makeup in place while allowing the driver to concentrate on the commute at hand.
Kesnig says she was actually inspired by the 2004 flick, Spider-Man 2 – or more accurately, the character of Dr. Octopus. The not-so-good doctor had four mechanized metal tentacles that could expand and contract at will and were adroit at holding myriad items.
The thirtysomething Kesnig sourced material that emulated the appendages. But instead of using it to clobber her friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler, Kesnig’s metallic tentacle is utilized to grasp lipstick, eyeliner and any other makeup applicator a woman requires.
One end of the device is attached to the dashboard of her Dodge Caravan while the other end holds in place the required makeup applicator. The end result: the Makeup Tentacle allows Kesnig to keep her blue-grey eyes on the road and her well-manicured hands firmly on the steering wheel.
“It’s all about enjoying the best of both worlds,” she says. “The Makeup Tentacle allows a woman to concentrate on her driving but she can also arrive at work looking like a million bucks. It’s the perfect device for our time-famished world.”
Kesnig says the device is still in the prototype stage and she has no idea when (or if) it will ever be brought to market. (She welcomes input from others and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
“It [Makeup Tentacle] could be the next big thing or it might end up being one of those ‘What were they thinking?’ kind of inventions,” she says with a laugh.
In the meantime, Kesnig says she’s happy to own a prototype device that allows her to put on makeup behind the wheel in a completely safe – and non-distracted – fashion.
article from here
Friday, June 26, 2009
If you are interested in Konad, check out http://www.ocnailart.com/ -- Kathleen is offering 20% (code: joshura) and free international shipping -- awesome!!
base colour: China Glaze (For Audrey)
designed from M57 plate (one of the popular ones i think) with OPI (Yoga-ta Get This Blue!)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Here is an email I received (and those of you who emailed probably got as well):
Ok people, thanks for your communication.
All your emails have been received and forwarded to myself by my Sergeant.
Let me assure you that you don't need to resend the email.
I will try and visit the address over the next couple of weeks to establish
why this has happened and speak with the suspect.
I will keep you all updated via email.
" Fix+ is a standard, but good, alcohol-free toner for normal to dry or slightly oily skin. The mist application is convenient, but don't mist this over your makeup -- nothing in the formula will 'finish' it or prolong wear. Quite the opposite is true!"
I agree with Begoun on this one, I don't know why people feel that this product actually "sets" their make up.... yes it DOES take the powdery look away (which is great)... but I have to say that I use Fix+ as more of a toner than anything... I also like misting it on my face on a hot summer day -- very refreshing... and I really enjoy the scent. Other than that... I feel this is an over-hyped product.
*** If you would like to see a review on a product other than MAC let me know and I'll post it (if it's in the book -- for example she never reviewed NYX or Vichy.. but ELF and QUO are surprisingly included)***
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thank you for your e-mail. I have passed it on to the Lower Calder Valley NPT who cover the area where Zoe Haigh is said to live. They should contact you in due course.
Halifax Central NPT
I am part of an online community that barters cosmetics items sent through postal service. I have recently encountered an individual who had agreed to "swap" or trade cosmetic items with me and we had agreed to send each other's items at the same time. Our communication and agreement took place on Wedneday, June 3, 2009. I sent a cosmetic facial brush (retail $60USD) and a loose face powder (retail $25USD) in exchange for what I thought was going to be 3 of her cosmetic items. To my understanding, there has been many victims who have suffered the same fate and lost many valuable items to her at approximately the same time. She has since deleted her account (username: moschino000).
The information that she provided for me is:
15st Albans Avenue
Although i'm sure that this is quite far fetched and there is probably nothing that can be done, it is reassuring to know that you have this information in the event that this individual takes her actions a step further and commits a more serious crime.
Thank you for your time,
Like I said in my previous post... send in your emails and lets hope that something will and can be done.
what burns the most is that she's sitting at home with a huge haul smirking at all the ppl she fooled... #$*(#$*@#$%(
send your emails!!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
So buzzfuzzbunny told me about a pretty sweet swap she was doing through MUA a couple of weeks ago.... coincidentally I too was in the process of a pretty sweet swap myself...
Now almost two weeks later, she confimed to me that she was swaplifted and that the user had deleted her account... she also sent me her name and address so that I won't fall for it in the future.... lo and behold... the name and address looked rather familiar to me... and I realized -- CRAP! I must've been swap-lifted too!!!!! Both buzzfuzzbunny and I lost quite a bit in MAC products... and we're livid....
Her username WAS Moschino000 -- but she may have made a new account by now to lure new victims... so for all your ladies out there thinking about swapping... beware of sending out anything to this person and address:
15st Albans Avenue
Do me a favour ladies and pass this information around! I personally don't care if I'm violating her privacy, because she violated not only mine but several MUAer's trust -- if you look up her username in the boards.. she's swaplifted MANY ppl.... @!*$#!&@(#*!#!($&!*$&
Monday, June 15, 2009
What I like about Begoun's reviews is that it is not based on her experience with the products but are based on research and formulation of the products based on a product's ingredients. This is a far cry from peer reviews that are on sites such as makeupalley (which is a great site), because those reviews are based on personal experience and as we all know -- not all products work the same for all of us.
By researching and understanding a product's formulation, she "assesses the product's potential for irritation, dryness, breakouts, sensitivities, greasiness, and other issues of texture and performance."
The application, colour selection, texture and whether products contain SPF and/or antioxidants are also all considered in her reviews.
So in other words, consider her reviews in a more "scientific" light.
Of course, do keep in mind that you don't have to agree with all her reviews or opinions. For example, Paula Begoun indirectly claims that anyone who wears eyeshadow shades in colours OTHER than neutrals are whores lol (specifically blues)... I personally don't agree with that, because I don't believe in rules when it comes to make-up... but instead there are situation-appropriate looks.
Begoun uses emoticons to denote approval or disapproval to the products she reviews. Because I don't really know how to make emoticons on this blog (lol) I'm going to improvise:
^_^! : Excellent and Paula's Pick - best of the best products that exceed expectations.
^_^! $$$: Excellent (Paula's Pick but overpriced) - price is the only drawback which doesn't effect the performance of the product.
^_^ : Very Good - highly recommended and reasonably priced.
^_^ $$$: highly recommennded but not necessarily worth the price.
o_o : Average - OK product but unimpressive. Doesn't mean it's a bad product, but could be lacking something that is keeping it from getting a higher rating.
o_o $$$: Average but overpriced -- so why bother?
>_< : Poor - Don't buy!!
Along with her professional review, I will be adding my imput and my experiences of the products (if applicable) and use her emoticon rating system as well.
Feel free to add your reviews in the comment section under any of the reviews done.
Hope you all enjoy this series!
My opinion: I personally hated Studio Fix and swapped mine away. I was not aware, when I first purchased this product, that this was a powder foundation. I asked for a pressed powder, and was given this. I guess the MA just wanted to take advantage of a noob at the time and sell me the more expensive item. Right away I found that it was a little different than the pressed powder -- yes more finely milled and silkier, but it was not what I wanted. I did not like the coverage or the way it sat on my skin at all -- I tried time and time again to make it work for me... applying it dry with a sponge/brush and applying it wet with the same tools -- it was just cakey and nasty on me...
(this is taken from my review of Studio Fix on MUA)
Thank you guys for your support... I wouldn't be running this blog without you... which is why I've been having so many giveaways - to give back to you =]
I started this blog with very little intentions or expectations.... at the beginning I updated once every few weeks or even months... I feel optimistic now to update more frequently, because of all your kind comments and encouragements -- and I love that I'm able to help some of you in terms of reviews/sales announcements etc. A lot of people may not understand or appreciate this make-up community or think that we're "shallow" (or whatever other nasty comments there are)... but how I see it is, it's the little things that count right? And the "little things" can be ANYTHING to anybody... so if a good review can help you make an informed decision... or a certain sale or discount for something can make your day just a little brighter... why is that something wrong?
Why are we criticized for having too much make-up in our collections that we "never use" when there are people with different hobbies such as stamp collecting who accumulate books and books of stamps that THEY never use? Why is that an accepted hobby and make-up isn't? It's just as much a collection as it is for any collection.... right?
Ok I am totally going off on a tangent here... hahaha... really just wanted to take a break from my work and say thank you to my YouTube subscribers as well as my blog Followers =)
PS: I was thinking of doing another CONTEST (different from giveaway) for my YouTube Channel when I hit 5000 subscribers... it may take a while (i'm barely at 2000)... but I decided to choose 5000 because it will give me enough time to think of what to do to challenge you guys with the contest as well as give me enough time to collect items for the prize (since I want it to be good ^_^). What do you guys think?
So I left a msg on their facebook group asking if they have a refund/exchange policy.... they replied within 5min and said that they'd give me an exchange with no extra fees -- awesome!!
I was totally going to just accept that the lenses were defects and wear them anyway... (bad idea I know)... so I hope the new ones will work out for me...
They are currently having several promotions on their lenses so please check out their facebook group .
Also don't forget you get 5% off your order if you use promotion code: Sanderlees
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I am SOOOO excited!!! So I discovered KONAD almost 3 years ago when they had a booth set up at The Ex/CNE... it was decently priced (from what I can remember) and I remember WANTING it... but decided that it would be a waste since I was never into doing my nails because I always bit them off anyway...
Well... I've been making an effort in keeping my nails looking feminine with the help of an amazing nail hardener I've been using for the past 3 or 4 months (review to come soon)... and perfect timing too, cuz KONAD is really getting popular via YouTube... but all the e-stores seems to be a little pricey. Vaughn Mills has a kiosk that carries KONAD but the price is RIDICULOUS... along comes joshura07... who has been making KONAD tutorials for a while now... not only is there a discount code for 20% off (code: joshura), the company that sponsors her is also offering FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is HUGE since we Canadians are often shafted with more expensive shipping prices + we never get "spend x dollars and get free shipping"... WWOOOOOTTT!! I took advantage right away! =P
I did shop around first to compare the prices... good thing is they are either slightly cheaper than other e-stores or the exactly the same... PLUS the free INTERNATIONAL shipping is such a huge bonus... we're saving about $10USD right there already!!
So when my order arrives, you bet I will make a haul on it (i think i got 4 or 5 image plates and the stamper/scraper set)!!
To check out their items visit: http://www.ocnailart.com/
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Use offer code: SUMO to receive 25% off your entire purchase!!!
Make your list and act quick, because this doesn't happen often and items go out of stock really quickly!
Offer code only valid in Canada and the US.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I should really slow down with these and stop spoiling you guys... I'm running low on items to give away! But I love doing it =)
Up for grabs this time is a brand new Red Earth kabuki brush with carrying pouch that I got from the Esprit sale. For your chance to win, follow this blog and leave a comment with your email under this post AND tell me one thing you've done this week to make this earth more GREEN by Saturday, June 6 11:59pm EST. The winner will be contacted the next day.
Background: The city of Toronto has taken a step towards being more green by imposing a bylaw that require us shoppers to pay 5 cents for every new grocery/plastic bag we use, which was in effect as of June 1, 2009. So I'm just curious what you've done ^_^ Winner will still be chosen at random.