MAC: Viva Glam Gaga II

Casey B >> 4/26/2011 >>
Gaga II is such a pretty shade! Described as a light warm beige, it is an amplified lipstick.  The ad for this lipstick left much to be desired regarding the colour of the lipstick. In the ad I find that it seems much more brown than it is. Now that I’ve seen it, in my opinion, it is the prefect nude.


The cost for this lipstick is $14.50 US and is available online and in store for a limited time. So if you have this lipstick, or if you get it and love it, you might want to grab a back up because it won’t be available for long!

One hundred percent of the proceeds are going to the MAC AIDS fund. It is also available in lip glass (or lip gloss)







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Happy Easter! :)

Casey B >> 4/24/2011 >>
Hoppy Easter everyone! Here is a colourful eye look for spring! The colours reminded me a lot of when you dye and egg at Easter, so I decided to make it a Happy Easter tutorial! If you don’t celebrate Easter, that’s fine too! It’s a pretty spring theme as well!






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Nail Polish Collection

Casey B >> 4/20/2011 >>
I often get asked if my nails are real, and a lot of people comment on my nail polishes. I thought it would be a nice change of pace to show you guys what's in my collection!


This collection has been building over time. I have thrown some older ones away to make room for new ones. Recently I have been big into cheap drug store finds for nail polishes as you can see my latest binge in a post here. 



Click on an image to see it full size


Zoya Utopia Collection L-R: Suvi, Irene, Akyra, Juno, Rea and Lael


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Candy Yum-Yum is a matte neon pink lipstick (think the colour magenta-on fire!) It is one of the new lipsticks from the Quite Cute Collection that MAC has just launched for the Spring Campaign.

I adore the matte finish for this shade. It feels so smooth on the lips, almost weightless. It feels softer on the lips than I expected it to. Because the formula is matte, make sure you exfoliate those lips!

It lasts a really long time without reapplication. If you took this out for a night on the town (and how could you not?) you wouldn't need to reapply more than say maybe once. The brightness of this neon pink lipstick is unmatched by any other.

The only word of warning I have is that there is a slight bit of staining. But I happen to think that the stain it leaves behind is almost natural like, so it isn't that terrible! 

The cost is US$14.50 and it is a Limited Edition colour. I really hope that they see the high demand and make it permanent though! This colour has been flying off the shelves and all the MACs in Toronto sold out in the first day!

Thank you to StaceyBrennan for picking this up for me







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Green with Envy Nail Swatches

Casey B >> 4/17/2011 >>

Hey Everyone!

Here is a quick nail swatch post about one of the new polishes I picked up. This one is Green with Envy from Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear collection. If you want to read more about this polish check out the original post by clicking here or on the photo. 





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New Polishes!

Casey B >> 4/16/2011 >> ,
Hey Everyone!


I went to the store earlier and picked up three cute nail polishes in colours that I really wanted.  I have a huge nail polish collection and it is the one thing I look at every time I go to the store. The best part is they are super affordable and nail polishes usually last a long time!  

This weeks shopping trip I found two colours by Wet n Wild. One is a matte baby pink called “Tickled Pink,” and the other is a royal blue called “Saved by the Blue.” This one is from the Wet n Wild Fast Dry Collection.


The third colour is by Sally Hansen from the Xtreme Wear Collection and it is a matte pastel green (perfect for Spring!) and it is called “Green with Envy.” 


Name: Green With Envy
Collection: Sally Hansen  - Hard as Nails XTreme Wear
What is it? A matte pastel green with great coverage! Matte colours with a shiny finish are my favourite polishes.
How much is it? $3.49 (Zellers) for 11.8ml



Name: Saved by the Blue
Collection: Wet n Wild - Fast Dry
What is it? A shimmer royal blue with a fast dry application. This is a new colour for the line and is a really popular colour this season. It is a really deep royal blue with almost a prism like effect to it.
How much is it? $2.54 (Wal-Mart) for 13.5ml



Name: Tickled Pink
Collection: Wet n Wild - Wild Shine
What is it? A matte baby pink with a super shiny finish. I have a few of the colours from the Wild Shine collection and they always look wet when they dry! If you are a fan of shine, this collection is good to check out.
How much is it? $1.87 (Wal-Mart) for 12.7ml


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Hey Everyone!

This FOTD doesn’t really have any sort of direction or inspiration other than it’s bright and colourful! I barely use bright colours anymore and thought these ones were perfect! With Spring and the pretty blooms, this is a great eye look to stand out from the crowd!







Eyes:

Red Earth Eye Primer
NYX Jumbo Pencil – Milk
Ben Nye – Azalea E/S
88 Shimmer Palette – Shimmer Black E/S
28 Neutral Palette – Champagne E/S
MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – Carbon Black



Face:
Annabelle Skin True Foundation – True Beige
Aveda Concealer – Inner Light
NYC Translucent Powder
Annabelle Zebra Bronzer – Haute Gold
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish – Soft and Gentle



Lips:

MAC Viva Glam – Gaga



Brushes:

(click on the brush to explore it)


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The Perfect Lip Brush!

Casey B >> 4/04/2011 >> ,


Hey Everyone!

If you are looking for a great lip brush that gives you complete control over the placement of lip products, here is a great one!

Sigma’s L05 Lip Brush has the perfect shape to give you the ultimate control over where you place those bright lip colours for Spring.

I have a Tutorial and Post showing you how to get a Fresh Face and Bold Lip that is perfect for Spring.

This brush is compact and protected by a metal cap, which fits on the bottom of the brush and works as a handle! The cap is perfect for taking some product with you on the go because you can pick some up with the brush, and protect it until you need it with the cap!



The L05 Lip Brush is synthetic and great for the application of lip stick, lip gloss and lip balms.


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Whiter Teeth in Seconds!

Casey B >> 4/03/2011 >>

Hey Everyone!

If you're looking for a fast, effective way to make your pearly whites a little whiter, without breaking the bank, and without doing damage to the enamel of your teeth, this quick tip will work!

You've probably noticed that certain lip colours can make your teeth look brighter, while others bring out any yellowing on the teeth or in the skin tone.

For a whiter smile, stick with cool tones (like blue-base reds, pinks or purples) and steer clear from warm shades (such as brown or orange based colours which enhance yellow)

For example, even whitening commercials use this tip.




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Hey Everyone!

Here is a new video in my Basics series on how I contour and highlight. In the video I discuss some neat tricks and tips to help you get the most natural looking application for your skin shade.  For convenience I have also written them out here for easy reference :)

Remember that you can use whatever products you want. I am simply showing you the technique with the brushes and products that I use everyday.  The majority of what I use, including brushes, is inexpensive. There is the odd pricy product here and there. Generally my collection consists of affordable things that you guys can get too :)

I hope that this helps you guys out! For a complete video how to, watch below :)




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