Friday, 31 May 2013

Latest Makeup Look Faves Recap

Hey everyone!

I've been really into creating all kinds of dramatic, colorful looks lately. A lot of them I'm really pleased with so I thought I would do a quick recap of my latest faves!

Let me know what you're favorites were :D

Weee so many colors :D

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Colorfully Dark Makeup Using Darling Girl Cosmetics

Hey everyone! Told you I would be posting looks using Darling Girl Cosmetics! I just cannot get enough of their shadows. I am sooo impressed by the quality. Check out my latest glittery dramatic look if you haven't yet! This one is made entierly using Darling Girl Cosmetics shadows. Scroll down the post if you want to know what products I used to create this look.

Oh, also let me know if you would like a review and swatches of the Darling Girl Cosmetics shadows that I got! I would be happy to do that for you all :)

This time I went for something dark and smoldering with a hint of color. I love how dark it is, but also how colorful it is whenever it hits the light. Anyway, hope you like it!


Blurry Shot to show the amazing red duochrome that London calling gives off!


Products used :

Base

  • NYX Eyeshadow Base - Nude
Eyeshadow
  • Inner corner : Darling Girl Cosmetics - Impervious
  • Outer corner : Darling Girl Cosmetics - Scarab
  • Crease : Darling Girl Cosmetics - London calling
  • Lower Lashline, Inner corner : Darling Girl Cosmetics - Morbid Angel 
  • Lower Lashline : Darling Girl Cosmetics -Sirena
  • Lower Lashline, Outer corner : Darling Girl Cosmetics - Dark Heart
Liner & Lashes
  • Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara
  • Black Liquid Liner (unknown brand)
  • Milani Liquif'Eye Liner Pencil - Black
That's all for this one! Hope you liked it! Let me know in the comment what you think of this one! :)

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Monday, 27 May 2013

Dramatic, glittery Eyes Using Darling Girl Cosmetics Shadows

I mentioned a few weeks back on my Facebook Page that I ordered some shadows by Darling Girl Cosmetics. Well I have been playing with them lately and I am in love! I can't stop playing around with them! I think you'll see many looks inspired by the amazing shadow that they make on here soon :)

Here's the first look I came up with, scroll down the post if you want to know the products that I used to achieve this intense and dramatic look!





Products used :

Base

  • NYX Eyeshadow Base - Nude
Eyeshadow
  • Lid : Naked 2 Palette - Pistol
  • Outer corner : Naked 2 Palette - Blackout
  • Lower Lashline : Darling Girl Cosmetics - Basket Case
  • Crease : Darling Girl Cosmetics - Dark Heart
  • Lid : Personnelle Glitter Liner - Graffias
Liner & Lashes
  • Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara
  • Black Liquid Liner (unknown brand)
  • Milani Liquif'Eye Liner Pencil - Black
Did you enjoy this look? Any ideas of what I should do next? Let me know in the comments :)

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

My Little Pony Series : Princess Celestia Inspired Makeup

Hey everyone :)

Today I decided to go ahead and do a look inspired by Princess Celestia! I had a hard time coming up with a look that included all the colors and that looked nice and not too clowny. I think I like the result after all! I went a little nuts and also did a pastel gradient brow, it's pretty cool looking in my opinion :P Also excuse the lame half picture of her cutie mark. It was a real pain to recreate. I had to make a stencil and even then, I don't like how it turned out.


Base
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil -Milk

Eyeshadow & Brows
  • BH 120 Palette (1st Edition)
  • Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk

Liner & Lashes
  • Ardell Cirque du Soleil Inspired lashes
  • Maybelline One by One Mascara
  • Milani Liquif'Eye Pencil - Black
  • Black Liquid Liner (unknown brand)
Next up should be Scootaloo! Let me know if you have any other requests in the comments, My Little Pony related or anything else!

Check out other My Little Pony Looks : Rainbow DashTwilight SparkleFluttershyRarityPinkie PieSweetie BelleSpike Applejack, Scootaloo, and Nightmare Moon

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Beauty and Accessories Haul : Ardène, Spring, VS, Forever 21 and Drugstore

Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing a little (maybe not that little actually!) haul from my recent trip to Montreal. I hadn't been shopping in a while so I went a little crazy with accessories and beauty products.

Here's all that I got

I didn't get that much makeup, but I went for skin, nails and accessories this time!

- Bag from Spring (30$)
- Wallet from Access (20$)
- Accessories : bracelets, scarf, hair clip and earrings from Ardène, Necklaces from Forever 21
- Skin care : Bioderma, Laroche Posay from Shopper's Drugmart
- Mascara and Makeup wipes from Shopper's Drugmart
- Perfume from Victoria Secret
- Nail polish, base and top coat from Winners

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On an unrelated topic, I'm moving (yes, again!) very soon. If everything goes according to plan, I'll be moving around mid June in a new building a few minutes away from where I live. It's closer to the university and much much nicer! We haven't had confirmation yet, so I'm anxiously waiting to know if we got it. Wish me luck!

That's all for today :) Hope you enjoyed this Haul!

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

My Little Pony Series : Nightmare Moon Inspired Makeup


Products used :

Base

  • NYX Eyeshadow Base - Nude
Eyeshadow
  • BH 120 Palette (1st Edition)
  • Naked 2 Palette
  • Darling Girl Cosmetics Loose Shadow in : Basket Case, Groovology, Dark Heart and Lucky
Liner & Lashes
  • Kiss 05 Lashes
  • Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara
  • Wet'n Wild Gel Liner - Black
  • Milani Liquif'Eye Liner Pencil - Black

Check out other My Little Pony Looks : Rainbow DashTwilight SparkleFluttershyRarityPinkie PieSweetie BelleSpike Applejack, Scootaloo, and princess Celestia 

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Disney Makeup Series : Cruella De Vil Inspired

Today I'm sharing a look that I did inspired by a Disney character. This time around, I chose to get inspired by a villain from the 101 Dalmatians. I chose Cruella De Vil, the frazzled-looking, fur-wearing meanie that tried to steal the dalmatians.

I went for something dramatic with sharps edges to represent her evil personality  I even went for strong arched black brows to complement the look. Anyway, it's something a little different for me, definitely not something wearable, but still fun to do! I hope you like it :)


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I think theses lashes are my new favorites lashes. They're from kiss I think they were 2 pairs for 6$, a real bargain considering my Ardell ones usually cost 6$ a piece. You can't really tell from the image but Cruella has green earrings. She also sometimes wears green shadow. That's where the green is from in case you were wondering!

Products used :

Base
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base - Skin Tone
  • Milani Liquif'Eye Liner Pencil - Black

Eyeshadow & Brows
  • BH 120 Palette (1st Edition)
  • The Balm Nude Tude Palette

Liner & Lashes
  • Kiss 05 Lashes
  • Maybelline One by One Mascara
  • Milani Liquif'eye Eyeliner Pencil - Black

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That's all for today. Did you guys enjoy this look? Let me know in the comments :) 

Disney Series Recap 


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Friday, 17 May 2013

I ♥ Drugstore Tag

Hey everyone! If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you probably know that I'm all about drugstore makeup. So it's only fitting that I do the I ♥ Drugstore tag! I've been thinking about doing it for a while now so here goes!


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The Questions

1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand overall?
I love Maybelline lately for a variety of products.Emoticon

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?
Face : Maybelline Instant Age rewind foundation
Cheek : Rimmel blush
Lips : Maybelline Babylips

3. Least favorite product?
N.Y.C. Lipstain.

4. What is the best makeup bargain?
Wet n Wild shadows and blushes.

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that gets overlooked?)
Wet n Wild Gel liner.

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
Revlon foundations.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!
Don't have any because I don't own much high end stuff.

8. Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?
EOS Lips balm, other than the fact that they are round shaped I just don't get the hype. They're really not very moisturizing and they're waxy. Not my cup of tea.


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Emoticon That's all for this tag! I hope you enjoyed reading it. I tag all of you to do it. Emoticon


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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Beginner Series : Applying False Lashes in 10 Easy Steps

Hey everyone! Today, I'm back with another advice post for beginners : how to apply fake lashes. Many girls (including me) struggle with applying false lashes at first. With a little practice I've developed a few tips and tricks to make my life easier so I'm sharing them with you today!

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What you need
- Tweezers
- Eyelash Glue
- Fake lashes
- Black gel or liquid liner
- An object that you can put glue on. I use a concealer.

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Choosing your lash glue 

Brand : The first thing to keep in mind when buying a an eyelash adhesive is the brand. Not all brands perform equally therefore choosing a high quality glue will give you better results.

Eye Sensitivity : Some brands can be irritating for your eyes. In my experience, the glue sometimes included with Ardell lashes does this, it stings my eyes so it doesn't work for me.

Color : Lash glues come in either clear or black. If you are a beginner, it's easiest to stick to clear to avoid getting black glue all over your lid while you work on getting them placed correctly.

With all of this said, my favorite glue is the Duo Clear Eyelash Glue.  It's fairly around the 6$.

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Applying False Lashes in ten steps

1. Finish your makeup look as you normally would with liner and mascara.

2. 
Apply some glue on your chosen object. Let it sit for ~30 seconds until it becomes a bit tacky.
3. Pick up the lashes with tweezers and apply the glue uniformly onto the lash band.


4. Before applying, hold the lashes in front of your eye and adjust the lashes' placement.

5. Once you have adjusted the placement, stick the middle portion of the lash on the center of your lid as close as possible to your lash line. Then, stick both ends as well.

6. Adjust the lashes while the glue is still wet to ensure proper placement.

7. Let it sit for 10-15 seconds.

8. Using your thumb and index finger, press the lashes with your own natural lashes to ensure that they blend well with your lashes and that they are secure.

9. Let the glue dry for a couple minutes. It should become clear mostly clear, but it may affect the look of your eyeliner underneath. No worries, we can fix it with a little eye liner.
10. Make sure that the lash band is hidden by applying liner wherever the band is noticeable.

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Removing the lashes

The best way to remove lashes is with makeup remover and a cotton bud. I advise against pulling them off since it can damage the sensitive skin on your eyes as well as your natural lashes. 

To remove lashes, I saturate a cotton bud with makeup remover. Then, I hold it at the base of my lashes for a few seconds so that the makeup remover has time to loosen the glue. After that, I carefully rotate the cotton bud near my lash line until the lashes come off on their own. Here is a little video showing the technique I use.

The video quality isn't all that great, sorry about that!
Gotta figure out how to work my camera's video mode.

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Caring for your lashes

If you plan on reusing your lashes more than once (which I usually do), you need to care for your fake lashes in order to keep them nice and in good shape. Here are a few tips to help you make sure that you care for your lashes well.

- Don't pull off the lashes. It can be damaging your your sensitive eye area as well as the lashes.
- Try to avoid putting mascara over the lashes. Apply mascara beforehand.
- Remove any glue that is stuck to the lash band using tweezers.
- Keep your lashes in their original packaging when you store them.

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That's all for this advice post! I hope it helps and that you enjoyed this :) Let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more beginner posts and what you'd like to see!

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Monday, 13 May 2013

Beauty Blogger Tag


Hi everyone, today I'm doing a fun tag I saw on the blog of Emily from Beauty Broadcast! It's beauty blogger tag.  I've been watching her videos and reading her blog for a long time now and I particularly enjoyed this tag. I think the questions are interesting so I'm doing it for your all :)


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Questions
1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally pin straight. It's a bit frizzy sometimes, but other than that it's very straight.

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I don't dye my hair at the moment. I used to try different shades as a teen, but I haven't dyed my hair in about 6 years, probably because most colors I had were a disaster! I think my natural color suits me best, but I would love to try blond again someday.

The reason I don't color my hair anymore

Both pictures are super old (15-16 years old), don't judge :P

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
I either leave it down and straight or I have a pony tail or bun if it's messy. I don't do much to it really. In the summer I like doing a french braid to get it out of the way.
Love doing french braids when it's hot. I miss my summer tan :(
4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I do my own and I'm getting better at making it look nice :D I've only had my nails done at a salon once for prom a couple of years back. 

5. How often do you change your nail polish?
I don't wear it all the time. Sometimes I'll change it three times in a week and other times I won't wear any for a month or more. Depends on my mood and how much free time I have.

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
Only in the summer and if I'm wearing sandals. I don't really see the point in spending time on it if it's going to be hidden all the time.

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
It depends on what kind of look I'm going for, but if I decide to wear eye liner it takes at least 15-20 minutes. For everyday, I opt for a little foundation, powder, blush and mascara and that doesn't take more than 5 minutes.

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Eyes definitely. I often get fallout from the shadows I use so I prefer to do the face last to make sure that it's perfect.

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I guess I'm a collector. I don't have a ton of products, but I do have a few options for every kind of product which is more than just the bare minimum. I also love variety especially in terms of eye shadow so I have quite a few of those.

I guess this proves I'm a bit more of a collector :P

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Almost every time I do a makeup look for my blog. It doesn't look complete without it and it adds more interest to a look. In everyday life, I never wear them. I don't think I've ever worn fake lashes out of the house. It's kind of funny now that I think about it.

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
No, I rarely wear a full face of makeup out of the house. I might go for it if I'm particularly motivated or if it's a special occasion, but otherwise I'm generally more comfortable with minimal makeup.

12. Do you wear makeup when you're home alone or with family?
Sometimes when I do looks for my blog I will. Otherwise if I'm just lounging around the house I probably won't.

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Most of the time I don't wear any kind of makeup when I go out. I do enjoy doing my makeup though so I often do a bit of foundation and mascara, especially if I'm a bit tired that day.

14. How many high-end products do you have?
Very little. I'd say my collection is composed of 95% drugstore and 5% high-end. I have a few shadow palettes that are high-end, but everything else is drugstore.

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you're getting dressed?
I don't really plan my outfits beforehand unless I'm going to a formal occasion. I usually just grab what's clean and comfy. I'm not very fashionable.

16. How often do you change your handbag?
I have one bag at a time usually. It's usually an inexpensive bag so it gets pretty battered within a few months. I change it when it starts showing wear.

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
With school and everything, it's hard for me to keep a regular sleep schedule. I like to study at night so right now for the end of my trimester, I wake up at noon and go to sleep around 5 am. If I have to go to class in the morning, I sleep a few hours go to class, nap 2-3 hours in the afternoon and go to sleep at my normal time.

18. How often or when do you workout?
I am the worse couch potato. I don't exercise much during the school year. I get all my exercise in during the summer time when we go backpacking.

19. Left handed or right handed?
Right.

20. How tall are you?
5'6" 

21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I speak French, English and a little Spanish (not fluently, but I can read it and understand simple conversations).

22. How many pets do you have?
I have three cats :)

23. How often are you on Blogger?
Everyday! Lately I've been working a lot on my blog so I spend several hours a day on here. I also like to keep up with my favorite blogs. I have been preparing loads of blog posts in advance since this is the end of my trimester and things are about to get hectic!

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
I sometimes read them, but I'm mostly read the comments on my own blog.

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Yep, I have a beauty wishlist that I like to keep on Evernote (best note taking app in my opinion). I'm list list maker, what can I say :P

26. How did you come up with your blog name?
I'm not particularly proud of my blog name. At first, I thought it would only be a temporary name until I got a better idea of what to call it. It ended up just staying like that. It's pretty self explanatory, I like to post about things I'm passionate about, hence the "favorite things" part. Luhivy is just my online nickname. (random note : it was the name of my first character on World of Warcraft).

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?

I use a Canon Rebel T3i.

28. How often do you clean your house?
At least once a week, I pick up everything that not where it's supposed to be and clean the surfaces. As far as walls, floors, windows, etc, I usually do it once every six months and spot clean when necessary.

29. What's your favorite color?
Lately I've been really liking pastel peach.

30. Do you swear?
Not really unless I'm really mad about something.

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Studying and I might listen to an episode of Bones (I'm totally obsessed with the series lately).

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Phew! It's a pretty long tag! I hope you enjoyed reading this and I tag all of you to do it :)

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Disney Makeup Series : The Little Mermaid - Ariel Inspired

Hey everyone! Today, I'm back with another makeup look from my Disney Series, it's Ariel from the Little mermaid. It was one of my favorite Disney movies as a child, so I was particularly excited to do this. I even had an Ariel barbie doll that I really loved :D

I thought I would do something unusual for me for this look so I decided to try a colorful brow! I'm not sure it turned out as nice as I wanted it to, but it's still pretty cool anyway :)


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I really love how the look turned out and I'm in love with those lashes. I think it looks particularly good with the different textures in the inner and outer corner. It kind of elongates the eyes too, very pretty ♥

Products used :

Base
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl in Nude

Eyeshadow & Brows
  • BH 120 Palette (1st Edition)
  • Nude Tude Palette (Brow highlight)
  • Stila in the Lights Palette (transition color)
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk

Liner & Lashes
  • Ardell Cirque du Soleil Inspired lashes
  • Maybelline One by One Mascara
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk


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Let me know if you enjoy this new Disney Series and what other characters you'd like to see!

Disney Series Recap 


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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Updated : What's In My Purse (2013 Edition)

Hey everyone! Today I'm doing an updated What's In My Purse post! Last time I did this was last year and I'm carrying another bag now, so it's a good time to do an updated version. Check out last year's What's in my Purse.

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The bag I'm carrying at the moment
I love the hardware details, the color and the material. Unfortunately it has started to fall apart.

 I really want this purse  to switch out the one I have right now.

I love that it is Hello Kitty, but still somewhat classy (at least for me :P). Sadly it's a lot more expensive than what I usually like to spend on a purse. I guess if it's really good quality then it would be worth it right?

What's in my current purse

Let's see, what do we have here?

♥ Tissues
♥ Wallet
♥ Nivea Creme
♥ Advil
♥ Tums
♥ Dental Floss
♥ Hand Sanitizer
♥ Mini Lint Roller
♥ Hand Cream
♥ Gum
♥ Keys
♥ Cards Wallet
♥ Ear Phones
♥ Wet Ones
♥ Phone
♥ Mini Hair Brush
♥ Coin Purse
♥ Pad Lock
♥ Band Aid
♥ Cold Pills

That's all I have in my purse at the moment! What are your essentials when you leave the house? Let me know in the comments below :)

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Beginner Series : Easy Neutral Look with a Pop of Color Tutorial

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for this easy wearable makeup look!

It's a neutral look with a hint of blue on the lower lash line.  It's super easy and uses inexpensive drugstore products. It's great for everyday wear and perfect for a warm summer day! If you would like to know how to recreate this look, keep reading ♥

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What you need
If you want more information, most of these products are featured in my Drugstore Starter Kit.


How to achieve it

1. Pat a light shimmery beige color all over the lid using a flat shading brush.
(Left browbone color from the Comfort Zone palette)

2.
Using a fluffy brush, place a medium bronze shimmery color in the crease using a windshield wiper motion. (Left eyelid color from the Comfort Zone palette)

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With the same brush, apply a darker shimmery brown to the outer corner. Blend into the outer portion of the crease. (Left crease color from the Comfort Zone palette)

4.
Using a small brush, apply the blue color on the lower lash line going all the way in to the inner corner. (Right eyelid color from the Blue Had Me At Hello palette)

5.
Line the waterline using a black pencil liner. Line the upper lash line using a black gel or liquid liner. Add Mascara.

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You're done! It's another super quick and easy look to recreate. I hope you give it a try! Let me know what you think of this look in the comments :)

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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Beauty Review : Soap & Glory Hand Food

Today I have another review for you all! I'm reviewing the popular hand cream by Soap & Glory, Hand Food! If you want to know if it's worth all the hype that it's been getting, then keep on reading :)



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Review

Texture : The cream is quite consistent, not too runny, but not like a butter either.


Application : It spreads easily leaving a silky finish behind. It absorbs almost instantly to the skin. You don't get a silicone or greasy feeling afterwards.

Moisturizing Power : It is pretty moisturizing  but not the most I have seen. It's good if you hands a getting a little dry or to keep them moisturized  but it might not be enough if your skin is very dry. I found that during the winter months this wasn't exactly enough for me, but now that we don't have the heat on anymore (it is very drying for my skin), it is more than enough to keep my hands soft and supple.

Scent : It smells clean and a bit floral to me. At first I was a bit skeptical about the scent since I was picking up mostly the floral side of it, but once you get used to the scent, there is more to it then just the flower smell. It's quite a pleasant smell in my opinion.

Packaging : The packaging is one of my favorite aspects of the products. It's super cute and girly and it looks great on top of my makeup table.

Price : This size (4.2 fluid ounce) is 10$ at Sephora. I think it's a fair price for the size.

Availability : Unfortunately I haven't been able to find this in Quebec yet even though Sephora is supposed to be stocking it. I got mine in Vegas. Even Shopper's Drugmart which carries most Soap & Glory products doesn't have it. So it's not the most easy to come across if you live here in Quebec. Otherwise I think it's widely available.

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Overall : I definitely recommend this hand cream if you can get your hands on it. It's affordable and it does a great job of moisturizing your hands. The silky texture is very pleasant and it doesn't leave a greasy feeling behind which means you don't have to worry about getting everything greasy after you have applied. 

That's all for today's review! Let me know in the comments what other products you would like see reviewed on this blog! ♥

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Giveaway Winner

Hey everyone! I have a super exciting post lined up for you all today! I'm announcing the winner from my Naked 2 Palette Giveaway!

First I want to thank all of you who participated to my giveaway :) It really means a lot to me that you all would take the time to enter and celebrate with my my two years of blogging! ♥ Thanks to all of you who have been reading and commenting, here and on my Facebook page!

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I have chosen the winner randomly using Random.org. And the winner is...Jidel Soto! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the Naked 2 Palette as much as I do! ♥




Please contact me through Facebook so I can get your address for shipping out your prize! :D

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Thank you all again for participating :) Don't worry if you didn't win because I definitely will be doing more giveaways soon! Keep an eye out for future giveaways on my blog and Facebook page! I loved getting to know your favorite products and now I have a ton of ideas for future reviews and products I want to try!

Have a great day everyone! ♥

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