Stila at Shoppers

On arriving to my appointment it was a bustle of people and lovely ladies sitting in chairs surrounded by reflective mirrors and beautiful displays of make up. I was excited to meet my make up artist for Stila. Of course she had amazing winged eyes done with the famous Stila liquid eyeliner. I wanted a holiday glam look and was most interested in trying out their shadows with glitter. I know, they had me at glitter too. Holiday and glitter, sugar and spice, apple and cinnamon, bread and butter.  I decided on purple glitter shadow and purple eyeliner. They are great colors for making green eyes pop.

Before my job starting taking up 10-12 hours of my day I was doing lots of research and practice on contouring. I took this as an opportunity to have a professional teach me about contouring. We had about the same amount of knowledge and I think she had more practice but I wasn’t all that pleased with her contouring skills. I ended up purchasing the contouring kit to do more at home practice. That was a least 2 weeks ago and I have not even opened the package.

Overall, I wasn’t blown away by the Stila products and they are pretty expensive not be loving them. I did receive a really nice holiday clutch and a bag of product from Shoppers that I will probably give away.

It is always a good experience when you get to try out a variety of products in a new to you line.

Another great thing about purchasing from Shoppers Drug Mart is you get Optimum points and with the purchases I made this day and the bonus points you received on this particular day I scored $60.oo in free merchandised.

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Stila Cosmetics and Shoppers Drug Mart

11375876_736312156472885_1471966588_nThis afternoon I get to try out a collection of Stila products with reps that will be at Shoppers Drug Mart. I always like an opportunity to try before you buy. Last year I did Benefit cosmetics. I don’t really have much knowledge or experience with this company so i am looking forward to trying out their products and hopefully taking home a few freebies too.

https://www.stilacosmetics.com

Hidden Talents….Man, they are hiding really good.

Do you ever wish you could do somethings just a bit better? I understand that none can be really good at everything but just a little better at somethings would be helpful. Are you following me?

Here are some examples….

I wish I was better at make-up application. Okay, I wish I could do it like the pros. Why can’t I get that dewy, I look 10 years younger look?

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I wish I was better at cooking.  I can cook and it taste good but I really don’t like it. Maybe I should rephrase. I wish I enjoyed cooking. I wonder what it is like to actually enjoy the cooking process. How wonderful would it be to get home from work and be excited about cooking a meal? Actually excited about it, instead of dread and hiding from the kitchen.

I wish I could decorate an amazing cupcake. I don’t need to be able to do the whole cake just one little amazing cupcake.

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Fashion. I have in my head what I want to look like I just have no idea how to do it. I mean I really have no idea. Zero, zip, none.

Painting. I envy people that can paint. Not so much draw but dip the brush and go to town on the canvas. People are incredible who have  this talent.

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Sing. I can sing and if I train my voice on a constant basis I can sound pretty good but someone always sound better, has more talent. God I hate those people.

Sewing. Again people that can sew are amazing. Make a quilt or sew a dress and I am in awe. I have made a few things in my day,  curtains and one skirt. I can hem pants, most times.

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Sure  I have talents, well….maybe not, definitely not around the arts. Honestly, what happened? For goodness sakes people put your children in some art classes.

 

Empties

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Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub. I purchased this product because I was looking for a gentle everyday exfoliant. The “natural” and reputation of Neutrogena hooked me into buying this scrub. Unfortunately, for my skin it was light years away from an everyday scrub. I found the scrub felt like little shards of glass on my face and my face would be red for an hour or so after use.  This product went into category “when my face need a deeper exfoliant” and I used it once a month. I did end up using the whole bottle eventually. I may purchase again to keep on hand when I feel my face needs a good exfoliant. 3/5

L’Oreal Gently Eye Make Up Remover. For the most part I find  oil-free make up removers work well for me. This product is gentle, works well and is not very expensive. 4/5

Eco-beauty Good Day Day Moisturizer. This moisturizer came in an ipsy bag.  Claims: Long-lasting moisturization,ample hydration,fresher & happier appearance,highly natural, biodegradable formula,cruelty-free. Sounds perfect, except I had a big issue with the scent. It just didn’t smell like fresh cucumbers to me. As well, there was something about the formula that made it feel more medical then luxurious. It did melt into my skin and it didn’t feel heavy or greasy but I wan’t sure how moisturizing it was to my skin. I used the whole sample because I was trying to figure out if the product was giving me any real, noticeable benefits. I didn’t observe any and since I can’t get over the clinical smell and texture I wouldn’t purchase this product. 2.5/5

Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Foundation Shade Bare 02 I really liked this cream foundation. This was my second empty of this product. It gave me great coverage, was easy and smooth to apply and my face had a very natural appearance.The downfall is at $60.00 a compact the product doesn’t last long, especially If you are using it for full face coverage. You seem to lose a lot of product in your brush or sponge. The formula itself is fantastic. 4.5/5

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil   Another ipsy bag sample. I really do love getting my monthly bag of goodies.  I was pleasantly surprised with this product and how much I ended up liking it. It tamed some frizz, I could’t feel the product in my hair and it has some sort of glitter or something which adds the luminance to your hair. If,  I used to much of this product at once, it would sometimes cause my scalp to itch. So I had to be careful not to squeeze to much out at one time. Will repurchase should I find it in my travels. 3.5/5

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Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Day Cream. This is my staple face cream. It is light, non-greasy, doesn’t cause breakouts, helps reduce brown spots and has an SPF of 25.  It does a good job moisturizing my face and neck.  Avon also claims it reduces fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t have any wrinkles ( okay, a few smile wrinkles, but who doesn’t?)  so I guess it is working. Thank you Avon and good genes. I have already re-purchaesed this. 4/5

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara. I can get really long lashes with this product and you can build your lashes up as well without a caked on look. I may even like this a bit better than Lights Camera Lashes by Tarte. It is more cost effective. 5/5 Will re-purchase this weekend.

Instand Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle I bought this after all the rage in the blogging world and it didn’t disappoint. What I love most is that it does not crease in those little laugh lines I have under my eyes. Unlike Nars Concealer which was a big disappointment. This will be a staple in my make-up collection and it is a good price point too! 4.5/5

Toss it out!…not so fast.

I am pretty good at keeping clutter to a minimum in my house except when it comes to make-up. I just can’t seem to toss it out. Maybe it is because I am very conscience about recycling and donating items and with make-up a lot is tossed in the garbage. Really, who wants a used lipgloss? ahh, noone!

But here are a few tips to keep somethings from the landfill…..

When I tire of shampoos,conditioners, body washes I put them in my kids bathroom and let them finish off the bottles and then I recycle the empty bottles. You could even offer them to a close friend.

I always toss bottles of nail polish and any unopened product in the good will bag.

Some makeup companies/counters will take items and recycle them for you.

Try to use up all the product.

Try and buy only what you need. ( I know, I know..make up hoarders anonymous..right with you)

Take off tops or break off parts that can be recycled. Collect all excess product in one container and take to pharmacy for disposal.

Support companies that are reducing packaging and using environmentally friendly and non-toxic products. Two of my favourite  retail companies right now are The Body Shop and LUSH.

As I change seasons in and around the house. Here is what I was able to part with from my make-up table. Some of these items will be donated, recycled and a few will end up in the garbage.

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You look disgusting Video

This is powerful! Have you seen this video? The reason I ask is I am sure I have seen the before and after of this same girl on other social media sites promoting the amazing make-up transformation. However, after seeing the whole video now I am quite disturbed. It makes me very sad to know all she has gone through. As well it reminds me of several important things: One snap shot doesn’t tell the whole story, make-up is a personal choice with or without it we are beauty people. Thankfully, the blogging world that I have been apart of has always been a positive, rewarding experience but it also opens you up to hateful people that troll about looking for mean and hateful things to say.

Julie G Nail Polish

If there is one thing to be said for subscription bags and boxes they are a really good way to try out products you have never tried before. Sometimes the sample sizes are great because you are not committed to a full-size should you not like a product or it just doesn’t work for you. Why am I talking about this?  Well, because I have discovered another favourite from my April  Ipsy bag and it is Julie G Nail polish. This is one of those products that I wish I would have discovered sooner. While I am discovering  how great this polish is Jacqueline at A Vibrant Day whose blog I love by the way is doing a three part Mani(cure) on the JulieG’s Candy Shoppe Collection. Go check that out she does really great mani(cures).

On to the Julie G I received in my Ipsy bag, it was in the shade of Damsel which is a mid-tone pink creme. This colour is part of the core collection.  This colour really works for me and is a wonderful colour for Spring and Summer . On the website you can purchase this polish for $3.99. That is a steal and I will tell you why. (However, I am only referring to this colour which is from the core collection because if you read Jacqueline’s series on Candy Shoppe Collection the polish from that collection does not have the wearability as the core colours)

1. There are many colors to choose from

2. They are 3.99

3. This is something about this formula that makes application very easy. I have control over the polish and therefore I make less mistakes that I have to correct. The brush doesn’t appear to be anything special so it must be the formula.

4. I saved the best for last and last it does. This polish has amazing wearability. If you put a topcoat on it lasts even longer. I went 4 days with out a topcoat and had no chips. With a topcoat I can get 5-6 days with no chips. The only time I have had polish last this long is when I have had a professional manicure.

The downside, as per usual I find a great product but I am unable to get it in Canada, shipping to Canada is often very expensive and not worth the cost. I will be adding this to my USA shopping trip list.

Day 4 with no topcoat just starting to get some wear on the tips, use a topcoat for ever best results.

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