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Annabelle Wants Us to Stay Sharp

*Products in this post were provided complimentary for review purposes. Views and opinions about the product are my own*

Annabelle Stay Sharp

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Gotta love when a brand you love, puts out a fun new product.

I read on Steph’s FunSizeBeauty’s post HERE that they are cheaper cousin of the Smashbox ones…so I was excited to try out the Stay Sharp line.

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Go Black, Cappuccino, Glam Red, Java

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Still, I was SUPER confused with the Stay Sharp pencils. I mean, I tried to twist it up so I could get more product…but you can’t do that. Well, not in the traditional sense. You also don’t sharpen it. As the name suggests, this is a stay sharp pencil, meaning that it is self sharpening. When you close the product, by twisting on the lid, it seems to push up the pencil and sharpen it. The sharpening are stored in the tip of the cap.

Have you ever accidentally broke the tip of your pencil, since you pressed too hard? Well, since this pencil doesn’t dispense too much, you can’t really break the tip. But depending on the amount you need to line (like a friend of mine draws a thicker line since she has monolids like me), then you may need to sharpen once to get the daily job done.

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Go Black on the upper lash line, and Cappuccino on the lower lash line.

Now, wear time…
For me, oily skin, monolids, hardly touches the skin around her eyes…it lasts just half a work day. about 5 hours for me…which I can’t say makes it the best for me to use. I can see it start moving about the 4 hours mark, but a slight clean up allows me to continue with it. That, is when applied to the upper lash line.

On the other hand, I really REALLY enjoyed the lip liners.

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
They are dry on their own. But they give off such a lovely look, that a slap of gloss makes it wearable (no gloss in the pictures). They are also persistent, which you would want in a lip liner. These sell for $9.99, but with the coupon they have available on the Annabelle Website it brings the cost down a lot. Making them easily collectable :P

Changing up my blushes…

So, I had come across Vicky’s post over at Blush and Simplicity on her fall blushes.

Season Transition Blushes

It made me want to share what I am look forward to using in the fall/winter. So here are my lovelies…

Season Transition Blushes
Season Transition Blushes
From Left to Right:
(Keep in mind that I did heavier swatches here. I don’t actually apply them at full power)

  • NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Red Cheeks
  • APIEU Nature Lip & Cheek Pot Rouge in Raspberry
  • Sally Hansen Carmindy Blush in Fawn
  • NARS Blush in Mounia
  • NARS Blush in Dolce Vita
  • La Femme Blush in Pinkr
  • La Femme Blush in Golden Sunset
  • Annabelle Cosmetics Blush in #18 Rosewood

It took me awhile to warm up to NYX Red Cheeks. It is too Bozo the Clown. But when I did, I liked the flush it gave me. As a cream, I need to be REALLY careful when I apply it. I don’t actually apply it like the swatch, but lightly dab the product, and then dab my cheek three times. Then I attack my cheek with a brush. Also, if you go too thick, I find that it leaves a faint stain.

Okay…so the Apieu really need to be retired. I know, but I want one last season out of it! Blended out, it is really pretty, which makes it really hard to let it go, despite it being past its prime.

The Sally Hansen Carmindy blush was a purchase from Dollarama, since we didn’t get the line. Basically, Beauty So Clean has been my friend for those powders. Lets me keep them longer. Anyway, has a bit of shimmer, which is how I like my blushes.

NARS Mounia was a Shiseido Warehouse sale purchase. Because it looked so vampy in the pan, it HAD to come home with me. It is a little heavy looking for summer, so I reserve this one for the colder weather. Looks shimmery brick red-ish.

NARS Dolce Vita is like its lighter toned cousin. A very fine sheen to it, and easier to work with, as it is on the sheer side. That means I can take my time, and not end up like I stamped my cheeks.

La Femme Pinkr, is a thrown in, since I need something…fun. A deep but fun pink, I use it when I need to take my cheeks out on the town. I kid. These babies are really cheap though, and you only need a little to go a long way.

La Femme Golden Sunset reminds me of a red version of Mounia. Like its Pinkr sister, a little goes a long way.

Lastly we have Annabelle Cosmetics Rosewood. One of the first Annabelle Blushes I bought. It was relatively cheap, and back then, I needed a darker blush. Formula is a little harder than the others, but it gives off more colour than the contour like products that I have.

Last week on Instagram…

I’ve been addicted to Color Match on Android. I mean, the 2048 is fun, but I like the colours more. Plus its a great time killer on the subway, unlike many internet needed games.

Sweet Potatos and Green Tea. It has been a relaxing sweet treat for me to eat during this last week. Then Mom went on a drying spree with these babies. I’ll post about that soon.

Did you see my post about the Kiss Instawave. As long as you read the instructions, most people shouldn’t have problems with this. Like I said, I’m addicted. If you have troubles, lmk. I will do what I can to trouble shoot for you…or if I know you, come on over :D

Egyptian Magic seems to have made its way to Costco. This set was 39.99CAN. Not bad cause it seems that some stores here sell it for $40 for the large size alone. Haven’t used it yet, since I’m not 100% sure if I want to keep it…but if I do I shall update :)

Got my passport renewed. I hope that it comes soon. I was surprised that I was in and out within 20 minutes. Got to love when you don’t have to wait as long as you would normally expect.

I had the opportunity to meet the Pixiwoo ladies, Sam and Nic! It was pretty fun. Thankful that Farley Co Beauty gave me a chance to come hang out with the Real Techniques crew :D

Musical Friday…Rather Be

Last month, I attended the wedding of a dear friend from high school. It was the first time I would be going to a wedding where I wouldn’t know anyone at the table, as the two people I did know, would be sitting at the head table. So I was pretty stressed…as I get a little…anxious.

The thing is, I was so happy to celebrate the occasion of one of my good guy friends being wed to the love of his life, that I had so much fun.

They also did have some decent music, though I cannot say that the DJ and Company were all that great themselves…as they did something questionable at the end, I did like the music that they selected.

Clean Bandit’s Rather Be, was one of the songs that caught my ear.

What caught my attention was the strings element of the song. Plus, it was just so crisp.