Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam

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

It is always a good day when a package arrives from Annabelle HQ.

This time was no different. Because there were a lot of fun goodies, I wanted to split them up…so today I’ll be sharing the Metal Glam TwistUp’s.

Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam TwistUp

Back in the beginning of September, I was in SDM when I noticed the Metal Glam display. Of course…that meant I had to swatch.

I thought they were pretty, but a little too metallic-y for my own taste.

That thought remained when I received them.

The thing is, once applied…it was game over…in a good way.

Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam TwistUp
Consisting for 4 LE colours, we have Heartbreak, Heavy Petal, Rock & Rose, and Nude of Fame. A good range of colours, as we have the bold and the nude.

Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam TwistUp
I told you they look pretty XD

Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam TwistUp
So pretty…*gets lost in the shimmers…*

Now, as I said, they look a little metallic-y/frosty. It does diffuse a little though.

(I actually read a tweet that said frost was coming back for 2015?! I don’t like frosts in my lippies -___-)

Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam TwistUp
Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam TwistUp

Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam TwistUp

They apply quite nicely, and are more sheer than you would have initially expected. Yet, there is still enough of a colour payoff. I passed on Heartbreaker to my mother, who is a diehard fan of reds. I kept the others :P

Have you seen the collection in stores?

Annabelle Cosmetics Metal Glam

Tag! You’re it!…Lipstick tag

Lipstick Tag

Tagged by Kelly @GlitterDiaries (You can see her original post HERE)

For my purposes, I don’t use lipstick exclusively, so “lipstick” here will mean general lip products (but not including clear balms. Cause that’s another story)

How many lipsticks do you own?
Way too many for a gal who doesn’t use lipsticks as much as she should -__- For sure under 100, but over 50. But that includes glosses, tints…hmmm…maybe it is over a 100…oh wow…

What was your first ever lipstick?
I was about grade 5 or 6, and I got this black lipstick from Wet n Wild, for the Halloween party at school. We were forced to come with a costume, so Mom and I rushed to Pharma Plus so I could buy a Witches hat. I paired it with a black dress that I had. Then when I got to school, a girl I knew said it was too plain, so she said I could buy her lipstick from her. I paid a dollar lol. Then there was a Bonnebell Mocha tint balm that my friend gave me…that I dropped on to the tracks at St George Subway station. That was a sad day.

Lipstick Tag
What is your favourite brand for lipstick?
Hmm…this one is hard. I would have to narrow it down to Innisfree, and Revlon. Since my budget doesn’t really allow me to buy expensive ones frequently…but if I did, it would include the YSL, Shiseido (I get them when I can at the sale in Markham) or Guerlain (Mom loves them). But I also do love my drugstore ones a lot, like Marcelle and Annabelle, as the formula is just right for me.

Lipstick Tag
What is your most worn lipstick?
Benefit Lady’s Choice (I think its DC’ed now but still have one in backup. I hoarded it), Revlon Kissable Balm Stains in Crush, Revlon Berry Couture, Vasanti Sweden, and I am trying to wear the YSL one a lot more too…while trying to save it at the same time lol

What is your favourite finish?
Cream..tint? As long as it isn’t a glittery mess, I’ll wear it.

Lipstick Tag
How many lipsticks do you currently have in your handbag? (Including balms and glosses)
I got two balms, Revlon Raspberry Pie, YSL Volupte Sheer Candy #4, and Stila Pomegranate Crush Stain. Not too bad :)

Lipstick Tag
Lipstick Tag
How do you store your lipsticks?
In a Fererro Roche container, for the ones I don’t use as often. I have this 24 slot container I bought from BIC for the ones I do use more regularly. Then I have a container from Dollarama (love these) that I store off season ones.

Lipstick Tag
Lipstick Tag
(Covergirl on the Left, Vasanti on the Right)
What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
Vasanti USA, or Cover Girl Seduce. I like darker reds, and yet I like these even though they aren’t as dark as I like them normally. USA is a little dry at times, but still very pretty.

What lip products are you currently lusting after?
I’m not allowed to lust after more products! Haha…but really, I don’t. I think because I have so many, and it has finally registered, I don’t really have lemmings. If I had to say, then it would be the new products that Joe Fresh came out with in the spring. However they aren’t expensive, so it isn’t like I can’t pick them u right now.

Tag! You’re it!…Lipstick tag

How do you like wearing your lipsticks?

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lip Color in Bombshell is gorgeous.

Just gorgeous.

That is the only word that comes to mind when I saw it first on Gerry over at PbunnieP.

So of course I needed to try it out.

That meant pulling it out of the box…and overcoming my fears of bright colours.

Different Way w CoverGirl Bomshell

If you are like me, and easily intimidated by bright colours, maybe these tips that I’ve picked up over the years will help.

Different Way w CoverGirl Bomshell

First is the “I Just Ate a Lollipop” that Asia seems to love. I see it on every Korean Beauty Blog. You take your lipstick, and pout. Then dab the lipstick on the inner part of the lips. Use your finger to diffuse the edges so that it looks smoother. You could use a nude colour to blend it out, but I just use a balm.

Second is the “Lip Balm Slip”. Apply a balm that has a bit of slip on to the lips. Then apply the lipstick over it. Because of the slip, the colour ends up being more sheer, and can ease you in to the transition. This is the one I used the most for red lips. But you need to be careful, the slip might make it go nuts, so keep an eye on it.

Third is the “Dab Away Your Tears”. Dab the lipstick on to the lips until you achieve the pigmentation you like. You can build it up a bit, or let it be a bit more sheer. But this gives you a little more of a matte look, and because it sheers it out a bit, gives it a less powerful look than the next one.

Lastly we have the “Full Kablam!”. Apply the lipstick on to the lips for full colour. Use a lip brush to lightly diffuse the edges for a softer look, or to define it even more.

Anyway this was just a follow up post to the swatching I did the other day here.

How do you like wearing your lipsticks?

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour <3

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour

I first came across these lipsticks because Sparkled Beauty asked me to do a CP for her awhile back (I think it was a BOGO deal). And usually anything she wants CP’ed is worth having.

However I was more in to glosses, so I didn’t bother buying them for myself.I am kicking myself for not trying these out sooner, as they have been quite the delight to have in my collection.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour

I got a chance to use these babies thanks to Beauty United, and have been trying to use them as much as I can.

I actually had Red Hot as well, but forgot about it as that was stolen by my Mother. She loves red lipsticks :)

What does CoverGirl have to say about the Lip Perfection Lip Color?

Bright, gorgeous colour that can transform your day and your lips. Enriched with silk moisturizing complex, our formula helps sustain moisture levels and helps create soft, smooth, beautiful lips in just 7 days.*
-via website

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour
I know my skin looks off, but on my skin this was the best I could do to make the colours close to what I get.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour
From the upper left corner, clockwise:
Seduce 307, Eternal 350, Bombshell 327

Seduce is a recent addition to the line (I believe), and is a lovely colour. Not too bright so it looks odd on me, but not too dark that it is too vampy for everyday wear.

Eternal is one that I have used quite a bit of, since receiving it just before the holidays. As a deeper dark pink, it made life fun.

Bombshell but then Bombshell came along, and has completely taken over. I know that my lips are a little wonky in the picture, but that is my fault for not taking care of my lips, not the lipstick.

One of the reasons why I like this line, at least for these three, is that they go on with such ease. I mean, I don’t have to fight it. They apply to smoothly. I do find that some are a tad more drying over the hours than others, but for the most part, I don’t have issues. I like that they last long, and are pigmented in one swipe (though I found my Bombshell needed just a bit more help than the others I’ve tried). Finally some do stain a little, so keep that in mind. You will probably want to add this to your makeup bag, if you apply it in the morning.

You can find these at Well.ca, Walmart.ca, SDM, Rexall etc for about $8-$10. Though a lot of the stores have sales on CoverGirl frequently so you can always wait for those. Also there are $1 off coupons hanging about at P&G BrandSaver.

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour <3

Week 3: It’s gotta be about the lips

Hello Lovely Readers :)

EDIT: Jan2814
Hello Readers, My Winner is Jenn Scarlet Beauty! I have just emailed her.
Thank you so much for entering this Birthday giveaway month :)

Welcome to the third week of the giveaways I am having this month (and I believe my last).

This is my birthday month, and I just wanted to share a bit of love with my readers.

So up for grabs is your choice of 3 Annabelle TwistUp lippies (though I would HIGHLY suggest you check out Royale as one of those three choices :P).

Annabelle Twistups are one of the products I have been fond of from the brand.

Annbelle TwistUp
Royale

Annabelle TwistUp
Vamp – Monroe – Cherry
(These three were provided for review purposes HERE)

To enter, which one is the shade you need to get? You can check them out on the website HERE

Unfortunately this is limited to Canadians, and this giveaway will end next Sunday at midnight. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email, where, if I do not receive a reply, I will then draw another winner. In participating in this giveaway, you agree to provide a shipping address, as I will purchase and have this giveaway shipped to you.

Lastly, this giveaway is sponsored with my own funds, as I wanted to share something with my readers. I’m thankful for those who have checked out this blog, not merely for the giveaway opportunity, but have followed me throughout this entire journey :) I do hope to get to know you more, if you choose to be cool and stick around~

Anyway, it is Monday, so I hope that you have a great one.

Week 3: It’s gotta be about the lips

Holiday Nails: Lipstick & The Art of Seduction

I did a mini series of holiday nails last year, and well, I figured I would try again this year :)

I should also mention that Nail Polish Canada has their 2nd annual Holiday Nail Art Challenge which you can check out and enter HERE.

Anyway, to start things off…
I wanted to do something red, and with glitter. I think I did okay with what I had planned out.

Holiday Nails 2013

Holiday Nails 2013
I used The Face Shop Lovely Mix Nails PK103, which is similar to another brand…which I posted HERE. I applied two coats to just the upper half of the nail of my middle and ring finger.
I then applied two coats of American Apparel Lipstick on my index and pinky, then applied it to my middle and ring finger in a curved shape. I then applied two coats of Color Club The Art of Seduction to the middle, ring, and thumb. I attached these plastic rhinestones along the curve of the Lipstick polish (so even if the curve wasn’t drawn well, it doesn’t matter too much, as you will be covering it up a bit with the rhinestones). I sealed everything off with a coat of Gelous, and then a coat of Seche Vite.

Holiday Nails 2013
I know the post title doesn’t really fit with the Holiday Theme, but I do like how it turned out in the end. I didn’t want it too over the top, but just enough bling that it stood out. It does seem a bit, Valentines-y, but the red glitter makes me think of Christmas more than Valentines. So I think I’m safe :P (But I may recreate it for Valentines as well…)

Well that is the end of the first post for the Holiday Nails 2013 Series. Can’t wait to show you what else I have in store :)

I will hopefully be posting one a day for every weekday up til Christmas Day. I am trying myself to be creative, but have also relied on Pinterest to help me with inspiration. Seriously. Thank goodness for Pinterest and other fabulous Nail Art Bloggers :D

*all products in this post wee purchased with my own funds*

Holiday Nails: Lipstick & The Art of Seduction

Transitioning my lip colours for fall…

*The products in this post have been purchased by me, or has been provided for review purposes. Those products are noted with “**”*
The other day I shared on Instgram that I was sanitizing my warmer weather lip products.

Well that would mean that the little box that holds my colours needs to be filled with something else right??

Well that, my dear Readers, is the purpose of the post today.

Generally there isn’t much that is new, but I have been eagerly awaiting to try out some of them since I packed them away last spring.

Fall Lip Colours

On a side note, the purples do show up more purple on my lips. On my arm…they seem to act a tad rebellious in nature :T

Fall Lip Colours

Loreal Wet Shine in Berry Persistent
Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge in #10 Raspberry Red
Annabelle TwistUp in Royale
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Crush
Clinique ChubbyStick Intense in Grandest Grape
Annabelle TwistUp in Cherry **
Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Euphoria **

Fall Lip Colours

Anyway the two I was excited about was Annabelle’s Royale, and Clinique’s Grandest Grape. Pure Love :D

What are you excited to transition to? A particular favourite lippie?

Transitioning my lip colours for fall…