Happy Labour Day everyone! Easy watching today, with another collection video!
It’s that time of year again, where the leaves start to turn, the nights get cooler, and The International Makeup Artist Tradeshow comes to Toronto. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center on the weekend of October 1st, it’s bound to be a place where faces are a competition, art is appreciated, and sales are scoured.
This years participants are listed below, and you can click on their names to check out their products! See you there!
- AJ CRIMSON Beauty
- Alcone Company
- Bare Minerals
- Bdellium Tools
- Beauty D
- Benefit Cosmetics
- Bio Seaweed Gel
- Blur Makeup Room
- CiCi Fashion Brush
- Crimes of Beauty Apparel and Accessories
- Dermablend Professional
- Dhemys Cosmetics
- Dose of Colors
- ESQIDO Mink Lashes
- EVE PEARL Beauty Brands
- Eye Kandy Cosmetics
- Golden Devon Beauty Supply
- Jordane Cosmetics
- Kat Von D Beauty
- Kryolan Professional Makeup
- Lady Moss Beauty
- LASplash Cosmetics
- The Lip Bar
- Lit Cosmetics
- London Brush Company
- Makeup Forever
- Melanie Mills Hollywood
- Morphe Brushes
- Naked Cosmetics
- Neveen Dominic Cosmetics
- Niki Garret Cosmetics
- NYX Cosmetics
- Royal & Langnickel Brushes
- Saint Cosmetics
- Sleek Brows Canada
- Veil Cosmetics
- Velour Lashes
- Violet Voss
- Virtzu Distribution
To start, if you prefer the video versions of unboxings please CLICK HERE for all of your video delights.
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That being said here are the items I received in this months Boxycharm. They are also improving their shipping times to Canada, and I received my box well before the end of the beginning of the next month.
Makeup Eraser AmpliMascara
My thoughts- After first use I am really not even 100% sure what this is supposed to do. It states it is a serum that will build up your lash to a full and thick natural look. When I applied it this morning it was like putting a clear coat on my lashes. However when I used it and then used another mascara on top I noticed the second mascara applied significantly better and definitely worked better than without the Amplimascara. Will have to continue use an report back!
2. Aloette Time Repair Serum
My thoughts- I really love receiving some really expensive skincare. You may think that reason is based on wanting to get stuff for cheap, but it truly isn’t. I am always curious to see if the expensive items are as good/better/not good compared to something for a fraction of the price. My skin is having some adult acne challenges recently, while still combating fine lines and frown lines. I am interested to see what this can do for me.
It is said to refine fine lines and wrinkles and is best to be use
d morning and evening. Once I have used up the rest of my Skin Inc from Toronto Gen Beauty I will have to give this a go.
3. Beauty For Real Shadow Stx
My thoughts- No joke people, I am, as a rule, not a fan of shadow sticks. The only one I ever can ever make work and not crease like a silk shirt, is the Nyx milk pencil. Which really just goes under other shadows. This however… I LOVE. It is a beautiful shade, a bronze taupe, comes with a sharpener on the bottom, and is send with a precise tip instead of just some dull bowling ball looking applicator. If you have never tried applying make up with a bowling ball, I assure you. It’s not easy. I fell asleep with the swatch I had done during the video on my hand. I slept all night with that little swatch, and he was dedicated. It wasn’t a one night stand. Not even a smear. Stayed put. I wore it today with a little bit of dark brown in the crease from the trusty old Naked Basics palette and wow…what an easy look. Huge win, recommend 10/10.
4. Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick
My thoughts- I have been loving any kind of long wearing red lip the last few weeks. This swatch also went to bed with me, and had to be removed with makeup removing oil this morning. I am VERY about anything that needs to be pried off. I run around all day at work and don’t have a mirror handy. Who wants to be worried that there will be a big red smear all over your face? This isn’t war ladies, it’s just an office job. The formula dried quickly on the hand, however I have not had a chance to try it out on the lips yet. I didn’t think it would be a fair go considering I had basically the same shade with a similar formula on yesterday. That price point though… what lipstick is $10 anymore?
5. Coastal Scents Blush + Bronzer Mini Palette
SRP- $13.95+ $6
My thoughts- Full disclosure I did not use this yet. The swatches were pigmented and I do appreciate the shade range available. The brush is soft and felt nice to the touch. I needed a travel contour brush so I am happy with that. I am not sure I would use any of these bronzers to contour as they are all fairly sparkly, but for travel and something you aren’t too worried about I would definitely take it away with me for a few different options in an easy compact place. I also l really liked that the shades are SIGNIFICANTLY different. So help me god, if I got another contour kit that the bronzers are essentially the same on the skin I might have flown off the handle.
All in all this was an EXCELLENT box and I am very happy with my subscription with Boxycharm thus far. We will have to wait and see how Ipsy fairs this month. I have traded in my points, because I have decided if this bag is a let down that I will be discontinuing my relationship with them. Its been a good run, but sometimes it is just time!
If you are interested in subscribing to Boxycharm please hit the link HERE and it will take you right on over to their website. The subscription is about $35 a month 🙂
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Who’s ready to get more organized? Me. That’s for damn sure. I literally have so much going on in my life right now that I can’t keep my brain functioning. I swear it is just shutting down and doing random blackout…. And then it’s seeping ooze onto the table. AND THEN I HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE OOZE.
I currently have two smart phones, one for personal and one for my real job. Between real job, blog, youtube, weddings, birthdays, showers, baby’s, and general chaos of life. I needed something more cohesive. So I am trying this on for size. Then hopefully my goo brain can at least slip into it instead.
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I got married in 2013 at the Grand Bahia Principe Akumal in Riviera Maya, Mexico. It was probably one of the best weeks of my life. However, trying to choose a make up artist was one of the hardest decisions I had to make. I had no interest in most of the wedding details. I was so far from a bridezilla I think it might have been more irritating for the people who were trying to plan it than if I had been overly controlling. I only cared about hair, make up and the dress.
It took me 8 months to pick between getting a makeup artist and doing it myself.
I love my makeup, I love the act of applying it, trying different looks, and making sure it lasts as long as possible. I like being in control of what is going on my face, the shading and colours etc. I am not a neutral natural make up kind of girl. That being said, I had concerns about making sure that I didn’t sweat everything off. I didn’t want to be worried about my false lashes falling off if I applied them myself. I just can’t get a handle on false lashes on a regular day, never mind something so high pressure as my own tropical nuptials.
Then I came across Fernando at the Makeup Pros. I fell in love immediately. The looks he does are beautiful but not neutral. The women he worked on looked amazing. There was not one photo in his gallery/portofolio that I didn’t love. He works out of the Riviera Maya and I STRONGLY recommend him.
He took exactly what I wanted and replicated it. He didn’t tell me what I should have chosen that would have been better, or how he could have made it better. He did EXACTLY what I asked for. He was sweet and so talented. I have never had such a positive experience with an MUA in my life.
He was attentive in hearing what I wanted, and completed myself, my mother, grandmother and cousin, in about an hour and a half. I have never seen my grandmother look so amazing. She was fabu granny with her falsies and perfect contour. Those falsies stayed on that lady for another two days afterwords because she just loved them so much she refused to take them off. I am fairly certain she has them in a wedding scrap book somewhere.
My baby cousin, who isn’t really baby at all, she’s 20 but will always be a baby to me is a very beautiful girl. Stunning blonde hair, blue eyed, tall fun California type girl. She wears minimal make-up on a daily basis and he did wonders on her as well.
Fernando and I had some good jokes about the products and contour and I was very impressed with his kit. He really knew his stuff and made sure we were all happy and he kept everyone calm, cool and collected. The gage of the contour was how many pounds lighter I wanted to look in photos, obviously my response was 20. The camera adds ten pounds right? Plus that extra ten we all wish would just bugger off on a regular basis. The final results…. Photo Credits to Lisa Kopp Photography, she is out of British Columbia, Canada.
Price$17.00 Weight 1.1 Oz/ 31.2g
This is the brush cleanser I am currently using. I have washed about 40-50 brushes through this so far and there is still more than half of the puck left. This is also my first experience with a solid brush cleanser. So far I do really like it, I also really love that it comes with the little scrubber disk because it makes washing my brushes a lot easier on my hands and I don’t feel like I am wasting so much cleanser because I am able to get a pretty good scrub the first time.
The description on their website states “This solid brush and sponge cleaner removes even the most stubborn makeup, dirt, and germs. Great for travelling, this compact cleaner is formulated with soothing argan oil to condition gently as it rapidly breaks down excess residue and germs. It is lightly scented, free of dyes and other skin irritants, and can be used daily without harming your brushes. It is the ideal cleaner for makeup artists and travelers alike.”
I like the scent a lot, just a light fragrance of coconut however it is not actually strong enough that you can smell it on your brushes after. I also like that it doesn’t take much to store it. The packaging is fairly sleek and it doesn’t matter if you just toss it in a drawer and you don’t really care if it is standing upright or not. My only recommendation is to make sure the puck, container and pink cleanser pad are all completely dry before you put this away. I find this is the only cleanser I am able to get a complete clean of my Sigma F80 brush every single time.
Price $18 Weight 7.9 Fl oz
Recommended: Not particularly
I have probably gone through about 5 of these bottles. Back in the day when I was die-hard Mac everything. Mac can do no wrong, and everything they touch is golden nuggets. Plus side is they can at least be accumulated towards the Back to Mac program. I think I would probably get about 2 months out of this bad boy, if that.
I find that more of this cleanser went down the drain than onto my brushes. I also really felt like it didn’t clean the brushes as much as it could have. I could re-wash a brush with a regular bar of soap and the bristles would come up cleaner looking than using this cleanser. I don’t know what that says about the soap I am using or what, but damn… for this price I would assume this brush cleaner would you know… clean my brushes.
From their website: “This one product will clean, disinfect and condition the brush fibers so that brushes will last longer. It is convenient to use and is specifically designed to extend the life of high quality brushes. Brush Cleanser leaves your brushes smelling fresh and clean, and helps shorten their drying time”
I don’t know about these claims of faster drying times this was not a feature I noticed. I know this is a liquid product so the packaging is standard to that, however I don’t really prefer this size, it was big and took up a considerable amount of space in the cupboard.
Price $10 2 oz.
My biggest gripe about this? The packaging. I hate it. It is a gel formula cleanser which is totally fine, but they put it in this strange pump that pumps out very little at a time. I found myself wasting product and having no idea why brush cleaning was becoming even more of a chore than it already was. I didn’t love or hate the formula, it did what it was supposed to do. It just made a tedious task a chore.
From their website: “Keep your brushes in tip-top shape with Sephora Brand Purifying Brush Shampoo. Prevent gunky buildup and prolong the life of your prettiest tools by treating them to a weekly detox”
This was the only cleanser that when I didn’t rinse the brush 100% after I could feel a bit of stiffness in the application of my makeup. Very strange.
Price $3.00 for 2.02 fl oz.
I picked this up recently, and I am really struggling with it. I loved the packaging considering it is a drugstore product. (Purchased from Target Canada) It was in the cardboard packaging but still vacuum sealed as well which is amazing for making it difficult for tampering hands. I also am a fan of the price.
From their website: “An anti-bacterial daily brush cleanser for quick cleaning in-between makeup applications. Disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time. Cleaning brushes after each use with the Daily Brush Cleaner helps to keep your brushes last longer for extended use. New and improved leak-proof design for easy travel when you’re on-the-go!”
Here are my issues with this product. IT SMELLS SO STRONGLY. My sweet baby Jesus… I sprayed three sprays on my foundation brush and I actually started coughing because it smelled so strong. I can’t say it smells bad because it doesn’t. It is just so strong it’s out of control. My other issue is that it doesn’t actually get any product out of the brush to “clean” it. I am sure it probably disinfects as it says with that intense smell. Hell, it probably kills the germs with the stink alone. I will continue to use it and see how I feel and figure out if I am just doing something wrong, but I am fairly certain this will be going in the bin.