Friday, October 22, 2010

Sale Alert: Shopper's Rimmel products

I'm not going to dedicate posts unless I find a sale that's worth it. Truth is, any time you walk into any drug store, you'll see at least 5 sales...but it's up to you to decide if the sale actually has enticed you to buy.

This one is totally worth it.

Shopper's Drug Mart has Rimmel products for $2.99!! 

Not all Rimmel producs, like foundations and mascaras, are included in this, but there's a lot
  • Lipsticks (Kiss & Stay and a few other kinds) (down from $9.99!)
  • Some lipglosses.
  • Eye shadow quads/trios/individuals (I just picked up a nice yellow "sunshine")
  • Pencil eyeliner 
  • Pencil eyebrow liner.
Trust me ladies, it's worth it!
I picked up:
  • 4 Kiss & Stay (I've never tried them before!)
  • 2 Lipsticks
  • 1 Eyeshadow
  • 3 Lipglosses (one wasn't on sale, oh well!)
 All for less than $30? Yes please! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Shopping List: For The Office

The Shopping List: A new feature for my blog for a shopping list for items for a certain occasion/part of your life.

THE OFFICE: Where your appearance matters.

  1. A good black suit -- pants or skirt (your choice, I find skirts much more wearable), this will look great for...
    1. Wearing as a set
    2. Wearing each piece individually with another
  2. A good other-colored suit
    1. Gray
    2. Brown
    3. Navy
    4. Pinstripe
  3. 3 individual jackets/blazers
  4. 4 Bottoms (Skirts or Pants, you decide!)
    1. Gray
    2. Black x2
    3. Brown
  5. Good quality dress shirts (think Brooks Brothers)
    1. White
    2. Blue
    3. Black
    4. Another fun color (Twilight Blue?! YES PLEASE)
  6. Good quality blouses
  1. Black pumps
  2. Beige pumps
  1. Keep it simple! Think: studs, pearls, simple necklaces, don't think: chunky bracelets, dangly earrings.
What to avoid....
  1. Low cut anything
  2. Brand Labels showing (it's a tell tale sign you shouldn't wear it to the office)

Makeup: A guide for the recently addicted

I'd say my Makeup addiction started about 6 months ago, possibly from watching a collection video on youtube and suddenly I was hooked...there was so much more I needed. Now makeup, I think, is one of the easiest things to spend money on.

1) There are, literally, thousands it seems of different shades/finishes for each item (eye shadow, lipstick/gloss/stain, eyeliners, blushes, bronzers..)
2) There can be crazy good sales at drugstores it seems (I picked up Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation for $5! I had to buy 2!)...and that's difficult to resist when you're starting up your collection.
3) You can justify spending lots of money on said sales because you get so much.
4) You can justify spending money on higher quality items, because the quality is better.

Then comes the day, that you're looking at your collection and realizing that you shouldn't allow yourself to buy anymore "neutrals" because you have 2 full pre-made palettes as well as 10 individual well as a 15 palette you made yourself....and you want new blush but you already have 7 and you don't even use them all.

What's a girl to do?

Focus. I think this is the best thing to do when you're starting out a makeup collection if you don't want your wallet to run away with you. Focus.

Look at one thing: I need eye shadows, I need lipsticks, I need lipglosses (FYI, I totally need lipglosses), I need brushes.  I think this is the best thing to do because if you focus on one thing at a time, it won't suddenly amass into a pile of things you're not sure if you want.

I'm off to buy lipglosses.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Young Canadian Worker Bee

So, I've been completely neglecting this blog. The truth is, I've been busy, I got married! I moved (twice)! I went on vacation, I completed school and I started the Canadian Securities Course...and I got a new job. So this blog will probably take a little bit of a professional twist... I have a unique perspective: I'm 22, married, working (I guess it isn't that unique).

I've noticed that being young actually seems like quite the disadvantage in a work place
1) Some people don't take you seriously (not my own team, but other people on the floor...) or assume they can take advantage of you:
  Example: I was at the copier grabbing a few things I had printed off and a new person to the floor asked me if I could copy some things for him, I just stared in wonder and the branch administrator who was right beside me, said that she would. I had no idea what to say, I don't work for you!
Remedy: Just be the best worker you can be! That's the best way to earn respect in my opinion :)

2) People don't genuinely wish you happy birthday.
Remedy: Know that they're jealous that you're so young. I don't know about you, but I'm not upset when someone's jealous of me.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Popular Summer Makeup Trends

I'm talking about the things that are so in this season, and more than just the standards like "big lashes" (I saw one beauty report report this and I'm sorry, but isn't big bold lashes ALWAYS in ;) It's why we feel naked without mascara!)

Colour Wise:

  • Corals (It's such a go-to summer color and there are so many pretty eyes/blushes/lips coming out this summer. Sources: MAC Cosmetics To-The-Beach has a couple cute looks (released May 27, 2010), NYX has some cute ones, and I like Maybelline's Dream Matte Mouse Blush)
  • Purples (Like lilacs, this is mainly because of Alice in Wonderland, and lilacs are totally doable for day looks but then you can go darker for night time. Sources: NYX, Urban Decay, Micabella, MAC Cosmetics)
  • Yellows (I'm seeing a lot of yellow looks this season, it's a great way to brighten up your eyes on the inner lid! Sources: Annabelle, NYX Pearl Mania Pigments)
  • Coppers (As a middle, outer lid color, crease or eye liner or a fun (doable) lip! NYX Pearl Mania)
  • I'm seeing a lot less smokey eye, and a lot more fun combinations with fading on the lid!
  • Metallics (Looks or just eye liner, I'm in love with golds, coppers, and bronzes)
  • The one look I'm seeing consistently is a lot of pale pinks (like MAC's Viva Glam Gaga)
  • Fierce reds (look for Tom Ford's new line to satisfy your needs.) 

Annabelle Eye Shadow Pans

Annabelle Cosmetics is one of those brands that I think is only Canadian. It can be found at: Wal Mart, London Drugs, and some Pharmasaves. Here are some advantages to it:
  1. Highly Pigmented (I have them in a MAC 15 palette and I honestly can't tell a difference in quality beside a similar MAC color)
  2. They fit in MAC palettes! (It's perfect, since I love the 15 palettes (I need more than a quad!)) 
  3. Good staying power (I haven't tried them without a base, but with UDPP, Paint Pots, Shadesticks, Jumbo, etc. etc. they last.)
  4. Price!!!! (duh! They're 3.36 a piece at walmart, that's almost $10 less than MAC!) 
  5. Their quad palettes are more sturdy than MAC.
Now the disadvantages...
  1. They're not sold everywhere.
  2. They only have 16 colors (you could buy the entire collection for less than $55)
  3. No 15 palette :( only quads. I guess that's because of their limited collection
Your choice: They have fun designs (It's more fun to look at, but MAC ones are more streamlined)

Favorite Drugstores for Makeup

These are some of my favorite sources for drugstore makeup:
  1. London Drugs (advantage: prices, they seem to always have awesome sales, there's a lot of them around)
  2. Wal-Mart (I know, I know: but advantage: prices. disadvantage: there's usually only 1 in a city so unless you live right by it, you better be going for other things..)
  3. Pharmasave (it can be expensive but then they can also have really good sales.)
  4. Shopper's Drug Mart (Their sales aren't amazing, and I'm not usually impressed with the selection.)

What's your favorites?

What it means to be Canadian

There are a lot of benefits to being Canadian if beauty is your game (or your hobby).
1) MAC Cosmetics is Canadian
2) We have a couple exclusive brands.
3) We live in a BEAUTIFUL country with every season (we get winter!)

But there are also some downsides..
1) We don't have target, walgreens, etc. and until recently, didn't really have a lot of Sephora (we still don't)
2) Sephora's online prices are inconvenient (they're in American)
3) Shipping gets ridiculously expensive to get it across the border.

SO. This blog is here to be a consumer's guide to Canadian Beauty. I'm not going to talk about things that you can only order online from the US and then will have to pay through the teeth in shipping.

Canadianly Charmed