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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Caturday Musings: beauty delights and my beauty full adventure

Happy Caturday, Lovelies! Hope you are enjoying the long weekend.This Caturday I would like to share with you some awesome prizes I have won from two wonderful Lovelies who also have blogs that are must-reads for me. Please Check them out!

beauty delights Second Spectacular Giveaway

I have been a big fan of Helen and her blog beauty delights for as long as I've been blogging too. So when she held her 2nd giveaway, I had to tweet my little status off! And I was so surprised I had won first place! She devised a creative way to distribute the prizes as there were 3 winners in total. 

From left to right (yes, those are Hello Kitty lollipops!)

Disney Villains Lip Gloss in Evil Queen
Hello Kitty eye mask: Now I'll truly look like a 'cat lady' with this on, hehe!
Styli-Style Smokey Eyes pencil in Charcoal
MUA Makeup eye shadow palette in Starry Night
Victoria Secret nail lacquer in Signiture Pink
Quo Mineral Matters Eye Quad in Pillow Talk 

Thank you again Helen for the giveaway and the beautiful prizes! And thank you for writing a blog that is a delight to read. Please check out beauty delights!

my beauty full adventure Share the Love 100 Follower Giveaway

Not only am I a fan of Chelsey and my beauty full adventure, I am thrilled that we are blogger neighbours! We live in the same city. I'm so happy to have a local blogger buddy :) I entered her giveaway and shared it as much as I could. It really made my day when I opened up my inbox and found her email for me. The exciting part is, I didn't even know what I had won! The prize was a surprise box full of beauty goodies. And now I'm here to spill the beans! 

Nivea Moisturizing Day Care
Nivea Natural Beauty Beautyifing Eye Care
Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods eau de toilette
Cake Beauty Supreme Body Mousse in desserted island

Clockwise from top left:
Vasanti BrightenUp! enzymatic face rejuvenator
Consonant Organic Body Lotion and Firming Eye Cream
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Cake Beauty milk made soothing hand & cuticle buffer. I have aleays wanted to try this!
Neutrogena Healthy Defense daily moisturizer with SPF45
Vitamin & Sea Brilliant Eye Cream

Cake Beauty Supremely Rich Bath and Shower Bubbles. Now I'm hungry after see the words Cake so many times, lol
Tashodi Macadamia shampoo and creamy conditioner
Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub: my favourite grape! (in wine....)

bellapierre clear lip gloss
Burt's BeesIntense Hydration Night Cream
Sephora Age Defy Moisture Cream SPF15
Almay  intense i-color in 034 trio for greens
Not pictured: Slatkin & Co. Passionflower scented candle

Whew! Thank you so much Chelsey for the giveaway and it was really cool meeting you! Please check out my beauty full adventure.

And the giveaways continue! I will be posting a giveaway for my readers. Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

New subs added! and some kitty pics

Did I just trigger a sub box addict avalanche? hehe.
Lovelies, I've been adding a tonne new subscriptions to the Great Canadian Subscription List so please check them out!

And now some kitty pics!

Onyx is taking a dust bath here. She's an all black cat but after her dust bath, she looks a little tortoise cat!

Mick being formal. Crossed paws and all. :)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

I'm A- Haulin' Away! First ever haul!

Lovelies, I bring the results of my first haul ever! And have learned what a danger me and sales can be! Shall we take a look?

Sephora Haul: Hit 2 Sephoras in one Weekend!

Can I just say that I Love tarte?! I picked up two gift sets with an assortment of products!
The first box set on the left contained the Clean Slate 12hr Perfecting Primer, Amazonian Clay BB Illuminating moisturizer and Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.
The second box set has a Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss, Lipsurgence lip luster and the famous Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush, all in the shade Achiote. The real deal breaker was the blush. :)

OCC Lip Tar primer and shade in Starling. This brand is pretty new to me and are 100% Vegan and Cruelty free. Each comes with its own brush. And a dab will more then do ya! You don't need very much and they are highly pigmented.
Philosophy  purity 3-in-1 face cleanser.
Anastasia Brow Prep
fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. I really like the smell of this and it makes my lips so silky!

I cashed in my Beauty Insider points for some lovely swag!
Bare Minerals Hall of Fame pack which included:Prime Time primer, Small Beauty Blush Small Mineral Veil and Finishing Powder and a mini Well-Rested face and eye brightener. I also cashed in for a sample of living proof's amp instant texture volumizer.

I love Benefit cosmetics and I could not help but pick up the How to Look The Best At Everything kit in Medium. It included a tube of the Porefessional (which is one of my favourites), Hello Flawless Oxygen wow make up, 2 Boi-ing concealers in 02 and 03 and Hello Flawless Powder.
Bite Beauty Discovery set contained 5 cute little lipsticks. I was curious about this brand that uses food-grade ingredients.
fresh eyes Lash Loving Duo which contained Supernova Masara (amazing!) and the Soy Face Cleanser.
Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings: Lashgasm Mascara, Shadow Insurance primer, Glamour Gloss Lipgloss, Lip Insurance Lip Primer, and Primed & Poreless Face Primer.

Trade Secrets Mini Haul!

Walking by a Trade Secrets I spotted a sale bin and was able to pick up 3 Essie nail polishes! From left to right:
We're in this Together
All Tied Up
I Am Strong

The Cosmetics Company Outlet

While outlet shopping on vacation I stumbled into a shop that sold discontinued makeup from brands like Clinque, Estee Lauder, and Origins. I was also surprised to find some smashbox. I also picked up a hair detangler from Ojon.

From top to bottom:
Lip Enhancing Sheer Gloss in Candid
Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black
Camera Ready  BB Cream
Mini Soft Lights in Tint

So a great first haul, eh? :D

Thursday, 21 March 2013

While you were Out!: March 2013 TopBox and Beautylishious Bag and Happy Belated Birthday, BB5!

March TopBox 2013

My TopBox actually arrived the day before my vacay. But I was so surprised to see it I thought I would have to wait until I returned. Apparently not! I decided to go with the regular TopBox this month as I wasn't really interested in any of the Prive choices.

Clockwise from left to right:
 MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask in Pre Party Prep. This is a repeat product but I can't get enough of these! 

L'Oreal Professional Mythic Oil: 2 sample packs. I actually like the feel and smell on my hair. I didn't find it too oily. 

Aveda Carribean Therapy Body Cream: Another new brand to try, hurray!

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Sample Pack: And a cute coin purse to boot! I received Daisy, Daisy Eau So Fresh, and Lola.

All in all a good box. Not a wow, in my opinion, but all these are definitely getting used! 

Beautylishious Bag March 2013

This month's bag marked Beautylishious' first birthday. Cheers! And best of all, members got the gifts! :)


 Bottom left: KonKare Lip Balm in Chocolate Mint. This is also a Canadian Company!

I received a pot of Beautiful Moments Dewey Perfection Finishing Powder. Mine got damaged in transit so I have to wait for a replacement!

 Satsuma shower gel from the Body Shop! This smells so good! Unfortunately, my skin and Body Shop products have never gotten along so this will be up for a grabs.

Betty Hula Shea Butter Moisturizing Cream in Rum & Blackcurrant. I don't know how this do it, but this stuff is amazing. Just the right amount of thickness and goes on silky smooth and absorbs fast! 

 Two sample Packets of Green People Make-up remover and Vitamin Fix Cream. There was also a sample of Bio-Oil too, but it ended up breaking in transit. No biggie. So lots of new brands to try!

Happy Belated Birthday, Beauty Box 5! A year young :)

BB5's one year anniversary was in February.I got my box mid march :( I know they changed shipping companies so the delay is understandable. Let's see what presents I got!

An adorable thank you card! hehe Left then right

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub: I was impressed by the sheer size of this product. Heavy and lots of uses! 

$50 gift card to iTrain: Never heard of this before but I will check it out. I guess you can download music mixes and workouts.

BB5 Foldable Brush Compact: so handy!

H2O Plus Bath Aquatics Shampoo

The Brush Guard Variety Pack
Not pictured: Coolway Boost: I received this sample before.

Someone also pointed out that everything in February's box is blue. How cute :)

A short blurb on Glymm February 2013

Its been done to death so I won't go over it. I, like many other members, am not happy with the new shipping policy. I did however like this bag. It has the most full size products I've gotten from them and useful products too. I'm also own my own UV/LED lamp for gel polishes so I can give it a go. I could also take it to a salon that has it and just bring the polish in myself. On that note. I'm still waiting for my membership to end.....

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

While you were Out!: March 2013 Ipsy bag and SeasonsBox

Hello, Lovelies! I've returned for a much needed week-long Spring Break. It was such a hard time: poolside and happy hours to go to ;)

While I was out, the mail kept piling up! I'm excited for all these new products!

Ipsy Bag March 2013 

This month's theme is the Great Escape (woo-hoo, yeee-hoo!) 

The makeup bag this month had a nautical design. From left to right:

La Fresh Makeup Remover Wipes in a travel size. Perfect for the purse!

juice BEAUTY Hydrating Mist. These will definitely come in handy for those days you just need a little spritz!

GlamRX travel Palette and 2 shadow pots from yaby. I can't wait to put a few more things in!

Another pretty cool bag. 


 This Month's SeasonsBox came a little later than usual but still a very welcomed sight :)

Even Mick was glad the ribbon arrived! This month's box was to help us Spring into St. Patty's.

Left to right:

Natural Incense Cones from Vance Kitira: It has the cutest little dish there!

Ecoverse Compact Umbrella from ShedRain: just in time too, I need a new one :)

Dublin Mint Irish Soap from All Things Herbal: smells so fresh!

Organic Gourmet Tea from Octavia: the tea is loose and even if I don't use it, it will make a great gift! :)

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Caturday Musings

Hello Lovelies!

Happy Caturday!

Today I thought I'd share with you a loveley giveaway prize I won from Rachel at Blush and Brunch. Please go check out her blog! Filled with beautiful pictures of lovely things, like makeup and food! I entered her Asian Beauty Favourites giveaway and was so shocked to learn I had won. Thank you again Rachel! :) I've always been interested in asian beauty brands but I never know what to get. This beauty bag will make a good primer for me I think.

 Everything came in this ultra-cute, and completely functional makeup bag. Look at the bunnies! The zipper also has a cute heart charm as the pull.

I received 2 packs of Tony Moly Snail Facial masks. Now I know....snails. But I like to live on the edge. Haha. I also received 2 Etude House Honey Wash Off packs. Now I've heard of honey's affect on skin. You can use it in homemade masks and stuff. 

Missha blotting sheets. Perfect for my purse! Majolica and Majorca's King Mascara. This is a well known Japanese brand.

Tony Moly Lip Gloss Bar in the colour 01. Its a light pink shade and I love how it looks! I also got a Canmake cream blush in a pink-peach shade. And it goes great with my skin tone.

I'm overall so excited to get to use all of these. Thanks again Rachel! Please check out Blush and Brunch!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

StarBox Special Edition Feb 2013

It finally came! February 2013 StarBox was their 2nd Limited Edition box containing StarLooks products curated by makeup artist Lauren Clark.

Such Lovely pink makeup! From left to right:

Barbie Fluid Blush: Its an HD blush and very pigmented. Blend!

Princess Diaries Infinity Eye Liner: This is a gel line but can also be used as a cream base or shadow.

Lip Liner in Tipsy

Lip Gloss in Pink Oasis

Here are some swatches from left to right: Tipsy Lip Liner, Barbie Fluid Blush and Pink Oasis Lip Gloss.

Now these are bold pinks so I will be bold and try them out. The box also included an insert with some make up tips from Lauren herself on how to create 2 different looks using these products.
A perfect Valentine's box for February! What did you think of your StarBox? Interested in trying them out? Check the link under The Great Canadian Subscription List.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Onyx Bites: My first Take-over post

Hello world. Everyone's gonna know my name. Its Onyx and I'm a beautiful, fierce, female black kitty. I'm not afraid to let the claws come out and lead the charge. I even have my own blog segment on my human mom's blog (which stars me anyway!): Onyx Bites. I also scratch and growl. I don't take anything from anybody. That includes dogs! I am never second banana. I like Mick, sure. He's my big bro. But I will never let him forget that I was here first!

Mom's been a bit busy and hasn't been able to post in awhile, so I offered to write a little update piece for her in the meantime. 

The mailbox has seen lots of action lately. And she wants to share some new products with you when she is done testing them and I approve them. They need my Paw Print of approval before it goes on here.

My mommy brought home a tonne of loot from Sephora and she was excited to write about her first 'haul'. I pouted a little because she didn't get anything for me! No gourmet tuna, no chef prepared treats! Just a bunch of stuff my mommy is so excited to share with you. Lots of new products. Like lipsticks and bb creams and nail polish.

And last but not least:

How does this bow look on me?