C.O Bigelow Ultra Mentha Lip Shine

EDITED May 24 08:
Okay, so I’ve known this for awhile, but kept forgetting to post it. Actually thanks to those who keep viewing this post, cause you reminded me :)
Anyway for those in Canada…HURRAY! You can find them at the cash register of Club Monaco. Club Monaco of all places :P Anyway they have the white tubes, and the light green ones from what I could tell. Normally I only see the white tubes. Can’t remember what they are…But they are there. 7.50 each I believe? So a bit pricer, but they are there for those who are desperately need to get their fix of CO bigelow^^

If you’ve seen them any where else, do let me know~!

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I first came across this through a friend.

She always, and I mean ALWAYS had this on her. Actually she had the regular Mentha Lip Shine, but she would frequently get questions on it, and rave about how much she loves this product. Now you might think, why would she get questions on it? Simply answered…

You could only get this, if you hopped the border.

Yes, it was exclusive to the States.

Which was really unfortunate for many. We would always miss out on the Bath and Bodyworks sales 3 for 15 on these (seeing as they only ship within the US). So the only way we were able to get our hands on these, were through ebayers, or getting them on a trip over the border.

Eventually, I just put in an order on Ebay. I found someone who was selling 5 of these for 20 bucks. With shipping, it wasn’t too bad. The hard part was waiting for them to arrive (nearly 3 weeks on their cheapest method).

I was hooked from day one. It packed the glossiness that I loved, into a mega minty taste which I also loved. It is a tad sticky, but I personally found it to be less sticky then my MAC lipglass’ so I had no problem with these.

The Ultimate Mint-Infused Balm.

We super-infused our classic Mentha with more intense flavor and longer lasting breath-freshening to create the ULTIMATE balm. It provides the same glossy high shine with an even greater refreshing, cooling sensation.

I have come to depend on these, espeically when I choose to eat street meat with some onion on it. I love the cooling sensation on my lips, and find that they are also very hydrating for me. I wrote my own review on it on Makeupalley.com, and found that some didn’t find the product to be as moisturizing as they would have liked. But like most products, it is dependent on your skin, as to whether or not it will be completely compatible. So I found those to be very legitamite cons’ to the product. I however did not find that those who conned the mintyness to be quite ridiculous. Did they not read the product discription?

Anyway I haven’t written something…in a day…haha…so I figured I’d write about this, seeing as its my one must have for tackling the cold winds in Toronto.

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Online Review: bookcloseouts.com

I heard the promotion that they hosted through 96.3fm Toronto’s Classical music station.

They were offering 50% off your final total purchase.

It was their boxing week sale. I have frequently found myself checking out the stuff that they had, but never really putting an order through, mainly because I couldn’t make a decision, and wasn’t sure if I really needed them. But at their prices, how could I go wrong?

The site is quite simple to navigate, and easy to place your order. When I received my email, confirming my transaction, I was surprised to read that it would take as long as 21 days! Which wasn’t something I was expecting…but lo and behold, I got my order (the one I placed on Boxing day 26th) on the 29th! I had no idea that they even deliver on Saturdays! So that was a wonderful surprise. They do have promotions going on quite frequently, and as long as you aren’t very anal about your books having been marked with permenant marker (which I had problems with >_< cause I am quite anal about my books…but I still love them!) Then this is DEFINITELY something worth checking out!

Bookcloseouts.com

E.L.F products Review…Long awaited…


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I paid $8.95 for shipping…
Originally uploaded by Rasilla


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Haven’t actually tried this out yet. But it feels nice and full, and soft!


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I was pretty impressed with this product. I used it first dry, but it wasn’t all that great. I personally found that it worked best wet. For $1 it was very decent for my uses. If I were to recreate this brush though, I would design a brush with a smaller width. I found that it was harder to line, so I used more of the ends of the brush instead of using the whole brush to line the eye. (Does that make sense? :P )


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Just to show the comparison of the two
Originally uploaded by Rasilla


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I read in makeupalley.com that these were a tad sharp. And as I received them, that is what I realized as well. But I quickly fixed it by dulling them on sandpaper. So otherwise I have no problem with them as a backup pair, one that I can stuff into my travel makeup kit, for emergencies. It felt pretty nice while I was handling them as well.


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Feels just like a normal gloss. Didn’t feel any “pumping” action, though I think I would have been quite surprised if I did. I’ve tried the Duvo* venom, and now that was awesome stuff :)


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I enjoyed the smell to this gloss. It isn’t as sticky as my Mac’s. I would have liked more pigmentation in the gloss, but meh, can’t really complain about it.


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Pink Ice: I bought this mainly as a highlighter. I wanted to see if it might be as good as Ivory (the one that I wasn’t able to get cause it was out of stock)
Dusk: repurchased this because I happen to like the pigment in it. For me it seemed to blend well, and seem to last a decent amount of time.
Sage: ditto what I wrote for Dusk.
In general, they aren’t bad for the price, and you get what you would expect to pay. I found that if you use a decent primer, they colour lasts fairly well through the day.

Overall…

Con:
– Shipping to Canada is WAY too expensive. As you can see, it states 2.50 dollars on the envelope, and I realize that you have to pay for materials, and for handling, but come on! (Plus they increased their shipping since the summer of 2007)
– They don’t let you know that their items aren’t in stock. It isn’t real time obviously, but I wish they had the option to let us know, cause I its annoying to have paid the shipping charge only to find out when I receive the package that they didn’t have several in stock. (but they do rectify in a very minor way…more in pro)
– They could be more economically friendly? (ok maybe I’m reaching here, but I thought packaging my items in a bag, in another plastic bag, then shipping it in an envelope of 4 times its size…seems wasteful.)
– Their website coding is a little wonky. When I put in my credit card number, and confirmed the order for the amount, the next page on the site told me that I was charged a new amount of 2 dollars more! So basically it charged my shipping to Canada (the extra fee) TWICE! Because I had problems with their Customer Service last time, I sent an email to every section so that I would get a speedy reply. (I got two, One was quite rude, as if it were my fault, the other was apologetic.)
– It is a Con for me, but I guess a Pro for the company, a lot of the stock I wanted to get, were OUT of stock…so I missed out.

Pro:
– Regarding the items that aren’t in stock, they sent me a notice this time around letting me know that they apologized, and THIS TIME they credited my account back for the items that weren’t available. They hadn’t done it last time, so I’m not sure if it was only a one time thing.
– I was pretty satisfied with the items that I chose to purchase.

All in all, do some research, as with all online shopping, before you buy a product. Find some reviews on the stuff you are interested, and then give it a go. And if you don’t like it, pass it on to a teen or someone else who might enjoy it^^ in the end…at least it was only a dollar each :P

Ah Seh Fashion Closing Sale

EDIT March 15, 2008:
So a few weeks back, I walked down Spadina. And I passed by Ah Seh. Except this time, the signs were taken down (the ones that said closing sale,) and it was open. HUH?! So my friend and I walked in, cause I had told her that this store sold some decent bags.
I walked in. No person to be seen in sight. She checked out the bags. The prices were raised, and the bags were the virtually the same ones I had seen back in December/January. I looked to the back of the store, and saw a guy sticking his head out the back room.
All I can say is that I hope to God that they did sell their business to someone else, otherwise I will be pretty pissed that they “didnt” close, and used that line as a gimmick.
Well for those who are interested in bags…they are still open. The bags are sold at the original prices that I didn’t like before. So good luck.

Ah Seh Fashion Closing Sale

Originally uploaded by Rasilla

Ah Seh Fashion

Originally uploaded by Rasilla

Refer to Post…

Digital Camera’s

A few years back, our family invested in our first digital camera.

A Canon Powershot S60. I was EXTREMELY annoyed by its size, but enjoyed the features that it provided us. Sure they might have been a bit too complicated for me personally, but the rest of the family managed to make full use of them. Since then, I have tried Kodak, Sony, Nikon, and newer Canon point and shoot cameras, and I would still have to say that as far as point and shoots go, I definitely love the Canons before anything else.

Yes I might be just a tad bit biased because I am so used to the interface that comes with the Canon, but it just feels so right when I switch from one feature to another on the camera. Everything just seems to flow. I tried out a Sony Cybershot DSCW55 which was nice in terms of just a simple point and shoot, but using the other features was a definite pain. Nikons, well in terms of film photography and DSLR’s, they excell in, I love Nikon for them, but for the simplistic digicams, they seemed to lack. They tried to expand into a more common market for consumers, and yet seemed to disappoint the diehard fans. Kodak. At the bottom of any list that I could possibly make. I guess for a reall cheap camera, its fine, but seeing as the price of all cameras are falling lately, its just not worth it. I would rather shell out an extra 50-100 bucks and get something that was more suitable for my needs, or rather any need.

So if i were to buy a DSLR today, I would pick a nikon over a canon (thought canon is a close second) I would pick a canon over a nikon in terms of simple point and shoot, or compact cameras go. Everything else, I wouldn’t even consider…

So my recent list was…

Canon Powershot SD750 (which a few of my friends have bought and RAVEd about…)
Canon PowerShot SD800 IS (a step up with the IS)
Canon PowerShot SD950 IS (of shell out the big bucks for 12MP…though really I don’t need it…)
THAT is…

until I saw the Fuji FinePix Z10.

I normally wouldnt have even bothered to look at this camera, but a blog I was watching mentioned this camera. About the unique blogging features that allow complete ease in transition from camera to computer, the wonderful colours that it comes in (Red and Classic black are my fav’s :P) and well they advertise a 3 year warrenty, which is good, though makes me a bit wary at the same time. Only cause well, you know what they say about Warrenties :)

Anyway its a really nice and sleek camera that provides pretty decent output, when I looked up some real world shots that current users have posted up.

Now I heard that some people were getting this for free from the company! How awesome is that?!

I mean I would love to have a free camera, but that would all depend on whether or not it really lives up to all that it is, otherwise it would be a complete waste to get it…no?

Anyway Attn: Canon!

I love your products, but they are quite pricey, though in your defence they have proven to be quite durable, especially when it comes to playful nephews who accidently drop it a few too many times, in his eagerness to take some awesome shots! Any one of those Camera’s up there that I have listed, would be nice to receive in my mailbox! haha…no…really…it would make my year 2008 complete, (despite it having only started!) plus my birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and what girl doesn’t love to take a gazillion pictures of her friends and herself?!

Attn Fuji!

I’m sorry I ignored you for all this time. I’m sorry that it took the wonderfully colour spectrum of your cameras to capture my attention! Seems as though you have gotten some decent reviews for me to consider your product in my future purchases…though as some famous photog bloggers have gotten for free…I can only hope the same :P

Ah well.

Not like they would read this and really send me something, but it doesn’t hurt to try right :P

now for some other ranting reviews on the retail world! haha…

ps, if you own any of the cameras listed, or have another suggestion on a camera, would you mind sharing?

Retail Review: Ah Seh Fashion

On Spadina, just before the Queen street TTC stop, there is a little store tucked away within the many string of stores.
I have passed by, and checked out the store many times, but unfortunately for me, despite having loved a lot of the bags, was unable to purchase them cause they were a tad bit expensive for me. So I’ve passed up a few bags that I loved (and which I were unable to find even yesterday.)

I wasn’t actually gonna stop by, but I saw the dreaded “CLOSING SALE” sign in their window, and walked back from the Queen St stop. I walked in and was greeted by a younger female who seemed really nice, and really into the conversation she had with another male child. So I just occupied myself with the bags.

There are two sides. The Free standing shelf by the exit doors is all $15, while the wall shelves are $20. They had a few of the “I am NOT a plastic bag” bag, though I have no idea if they are real. Still the point is that these bags are pretty kickass for their prices. I bought two $15 bags. White and Black, as the pics I will post later will show. They are kinda large, so I really like them. Latey, despite the fact that oversized clutches are all the rage, there are so many little bags. Just doesn’t suit a big like me, who isn’t little at all! They do have a selection of shoes (sandles, boots, mules), and clothes, jackets…Just gotta find a size~

Anyway I think its worth a check out, even if you don’t find something, I’m sure you will find something along Queen St, which isn’t all that far away.

Ah Seh Fashion
206 Spadina Ave
Toronto Ont
M5T2C2
416.703.4248

They will officially close on January 15th I believe, so do try and check it out.

The Golden Compass Movie

To sum it up…

I’m so not interested in following with the movie rendition of the series.

I did enjoy the books, though I may not have loved them like a friend of mine does, but I did think that they were an interesting read. Yes there are the those who say to ban them, but being myself a believer of Christ and the Father, I think its not really just about the views of the person, but putting the focus on the children. To educate them about why you think that this goes against your belief etc etc etc.

I personally think that banning them might be out of hand…

BUT!

That’s not why I’m writing about this Movie.

I was pretty disappointed from the beginning. They gave away things that you would have otherwise found out on your own, after a tiny bit of thinking, and basically told you the whole secret before the story even began. The whole idea of the intrigue that existed within the novel was outed even before the characters came into play. Secondly It was so happy looking. Fine, I’m sure they were going for the surreal effect that the ideas and the book had, maybe to emphasize the world that Lyra lived in. But personally I found that when you read the novel, Lyra seemed more different. I did like how they played out the Iorek parts, but the CG was way too…cheesey looking. And then, in the end…well lets just say that in the end, you will be like…WTH? cause you wouldn’t have expected them to end it there.

It started off weak, gained a bit of strength, then ended really poorly.

It had potential…

Still I didn’t feel like I completely waste my money on watching this in the theatre…but that may have been contributed by the fact that I didn’t use my money, per se, but used a gift ‘admit one’ ticket.

Overall, I wish we had gone to see Sweeney Todd, cause at least I could have drooled over Johnny Depp’s voice.

In the end, this one was movie that the reviews I had read, were accurate about.

**/*****