Quo – Back to Basics Eye Shadow Palette

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

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I lost my Urban Decay Naked palette about 5 month ago. I was sad for a while but I just moved on because I figure I had enough eye shadows to use in stead of the Naked palette. But the other day, I saw a blog post about this fabulous “Back to Basics” palette comparison to the Naked palette here.

Quo is a Shopper Drug Mart exclusive cosmetic brand. I’ve used their makeup brushes and they are great. However I have never purchased their makeup so I was just really motivated to buy this palette. This palette is CA$25 + tax (CA$28) and the Naked palette is CA$60 + tax (CA$67.20). The colour range looks very similar to the Naked palette.

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I do not have the Naked palette any more so I can’t do the comparison, but you can see the swatch comparison in the blog post I linked earlier. I tried some shades on my finger and I think they are not as pigmented as the Naked palette. The Naked palette eye shadow has more of smooth and almost moist feel to it and Quo eye shadow is more powdery. On top of that, it does not come with primer potion and it contains less product, but I still think it is a great buy for CA$25. If you live in Canada, I recommend checking this palette out in store.

 

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Clinique GWP at the Bay

September 20, 2012 § 3 Comments

Hi lovelies,

Today I want to share Clinique Gift with Purchase promotion at the bay with you. I found this promotion online and thought it is a really nice gift set. You can find details on The Bay Beauty page.

Clinique Gift With Purchase The Bay

The gift set includes some of their newer and popular products like mini size Chubby Stick and sample of All About Eyes Serum. You get to choose the Chubby Stick and Eye Shadow/Blush palette from 2 different shades. The pink variation comes with Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon, Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge, and Blushing Blush in Cupid. The nude variation comes with Chubby Stick in Mega Melon, but I’m not sure about the names of the Eye Shadow Duo and Blush because I chose the pink variation. (It’s not written in the pamphlet nor on the website…) Both variation comes with colours that are actually useful and pretty. I had hard time deciding because I wanted to try both Chubby Sticks. I chose pink variation in the end because I have more nude colours than pink shade in my make-up collection.

Clinique All About Eyes

All you need to do is purchase more than CA$28.50 (before tax) at Clinique and you automatically receive this fabulous gift set! Your purchase can be make-up or skincare product. I purchased All About Eyes, which I reviewed on this post, for CA$37.00 + tax because mine is running out soon. I would be buying the eye cream anyways when it runs out, so I figured why not buy it when I get a gift set. I’m pretty sure you can find something that’s CA$28.50-$35.00 easily at Clinique. (Even Better Makeup SPF 15 for CA$33,  All About Eyes Serum for CA$34 etc.)

Maybelline – One by One Volume Express Mascara Satin Black Review

September 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Official Website

Finally, bold without the bulk! Instant clump-free volume.
The lash catcher brush makes every lash count
3 bristles per lash catch, coat and de-clump

I purchased this in the States like I said in my Mini Haul, but in case you didn’t read it, it was US$5.96. Considering the regular price for these in Canada is like $7.99 (I heard it goes on sale for $4.99 sometimes but I’ve never seen it that cheap yet), I say it was great deal.

So the brush of this mascara looks like below:

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It is not the biggest brush, but the middle part is pretty thick. My eye sockets are not so deep, so the brush does touch my eyelid a little bit if I’m not careful. Still, it is a easy to use brush and I can coat my lashes without clumps like what they say on the website. Here is how it looks on my eyelash:

Maybelline_OneByOne_Mascara_Swatch01

I bought the waterproof version in Satin Black. I know I can always count on Maybelline’s waterproof mascaras to hold my lashes curled all day. As you can see in the photo above, it looks exactly same after 3 hours. When I got home after 5 hours, it still looked the same.

I haven’t been wearing much make-up lately so I only applied 1 coat, but this mascara is definitely buildable. The brush really works great so you can at least get 2 coats without combing your lashes. The colour Satin Black is very deep matte black. It is not glossy or does not have any shimmer in it. It is not particularly volumizing nor lengthing  but it is good enough for daily/casual look. If you have naturally full lashes, I think it will work amazing. The only thing that concerns me is that it smudges a little. After 2-3 hours, I can see moderate raccoon eyes… I can prevent this by applying mattifying powder under my eyes, but it might be a concern for some people.

Pros

  • Affordable and easy to find at any local drug store
  • No clump, separating
  • Keeps lashes curled all day (waterproof version only)

Cons

  • Smudges a little (If you have oily skin)

My Final Rating: 4.5/5

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