Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights

Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette($15) is a new product from Avon. At least for me! I can’t remember if the True Color shadows have ever come in a bigger size than a quad, but if someone out there does, then let me know. There are three Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palettes available: Not So Neutral, Plum Essentials, and this one called Starry Nights.

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Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette

Kind of ironic that I took this picture of Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights in FULL SUN actually. But I wanted to make sure you could see the sparkles in some of the shadows! You can’t see that at night! No sir. Not even on a starry night. :P

Swatchy Time Top Row!

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Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights

Swatchy Time Bottom Row!

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Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights

It’s not a spectacular palette, but it’s not horrible. It’s kind of mediocre. The shadows actually remind me of Revlon’s drugstore offerings, because I just tested a couple of those last week. No, actually I take that back. These are a bit better. Man, Revlon makes eyeshadows that kind of …well..suck? But that’s another story!

Most of the shadows in Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights are matte based, with various degrees of glitter dispersed throughout. I really like that there are some mattes, but I do wish that there was one or two with a sheen to them or even a metallic, because then the palette would have been loads better. The whole premise of the Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights(and the other two as well) is that this one palette can take you from day to night. Now, if you go for that sort of thing, I guess so. Although, I think this palette is better suited for evening wear if you subscribe to those rules. Me? I got no rules, so the look below is how I’d wear the palette-day or night!

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Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights

I used the brown shade all over my lid, and then used the grey shade in my crease, with the dark navy shade also in the outer v. I used the matte lilac shade on my bottom lash line, and used a navy eyeliner to line my water line.

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Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights

Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights makes a decent smoky eye with a navy twist. I love navy smoky eyes, and this palette delivers a pretty easy and wearable version. You do need to use an eye primer though, that’s for sure. And I think if I had used a stickier one like a MAC paint pot, I would have got better pigmentation out of the shadows. It’s a workable palette, if you’re willing to put the effort in. And it’s also good for those who like their shadows on the sheerer side. You know, like some Bobbi Brown shadows. THAT’S what this palette reminds me of! YES. It’s like some Bobbi Brown eyeshadows! Took me long enough, hey?

I can’t say if the other two palettes are better or not, as I don’t have them. I might try to get my hands on them to see if they are, especially that neutral palette. Shades of browns and taupes are usually much better in quality across the board for any brand.

You can order the Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette Starry Nights or the other two right now on www.Avon.ca.

What’s your favourite eye shadow shade for a smoky eye? I think navy looks really chic!

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

New At The Drugstore! eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres

There’s some new eos Lip Balms at the stores! eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres($3.99)!

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eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres

The swirly pattern is cute, huh? eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres have a new formula that nourishes your lips and makes them so soft that you can actually FEEL the difference. With hyaluronic acid, eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres improves your lips moisture level. They also contain Vitamin C to help stimulate your lips’ natural exfoliation to make them smoother. And they’re packed with shea butter, natural conditioning oils, and vitamin E too.

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eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint

The eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Sphere in Coconut Milk is a new flavour and it’s my fave! Smells good, but more importantly makes my lips FEEL good. It’s in my purse right now. There’s nothing worse feeling than that first time your lips get exposed to the cold air without protection! HURTS REAL BAD. Always have a lip balm handy to prevent that from happening! The swirly blue one is Vanilla Mint, and it’s just as good. You can’t go wrong with either of them! They are 99% natural and petroleum, paraben, and gluten-free too! A lot of people with gluten allergies will appreciate that I think!

Pick them up wherever eos Lip Balm Spheres are sold like Shopper’s Drug Mart, Walmart, etc. I really like that they decided to incorporate a pattern onto the sphere finally. I hope they keep doing that! Kinda’ hoping they come out with a Christmas/Winter design now-wouldn’t that be cute? I think so! Snowflakes please!

What ingredients do you look for in a lip balm? I always make sure Vitamin E is in mine, as my lips LOVE that ingredient a lot. 

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat

There’s really not much that I can say about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes that you probably haven’t already heard. You all know that they combine Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powders with blush shades to give a radiant, natural finish. It’s been almost a year since they were released, and I finally decided to give one a try!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat is described as a poppy blush combined with the ambient lighting powder Diffused Light.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat is a really, pigmented coral blush! You can see the sparkle that Diffused Light adds to the bright coral shade in the swatch.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat

I do like the blush a lot! The powder is finely milled and blends seamlessly onto the cheeks and gives a pretty glow that’s not too overboard. It’s hard to believe that it’s a powder because it really does melt right into the skin. And it does last all day long too.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat is a little too pigmented for me though! That is the tamed down picture up there, plus it was taken in cooler light. I took my Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Heat(which is great for under the eyes to set concealer btw since it’s yellow) and dusted it over my cheeks to calm down the colour. Hourglass actually even recommends that you do that. Really pigmented blushes are hard to wear when you are fair, because you can’t really build up the colour like other people can. When I first applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat to my cheeks, I applied way too much. But with that overzealous application and in the sunlight, it actually looked more orange on me which was kinda’ cool. Take a look!

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat

Alas, I can’t walk around like that though haha! Give me a few years until I’m old and wheeling around the nursing home, THEN it’ll be ok LOL. Plus I’m not a huge fan of orange blushes now, as they are kind of hard to wear with my grey hair.  “Way to clashy” as Marky used to tell me. And no, it’s not because of the pink lipstick I’m wearing. I did try it with coral lipstick too, and it still didn’t suit me. Most of my orange blushes I passed on to Marky because they really look good on her. Orange blush and red hair are a match made in blush heaven! Grey and pink hair-not so much. :P

I think I might actually pick up the Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette when it becomes available again, as I think the shades in that one would work better for me and my grey hair. The shades in there look more peachy pink, which is the best shade of blush for me anyways. I’m also thinking of trying the Ethereal Pink one, since most people found that one way too pale for them. I think it would be perfect for me haha!

I know you all probably have one of these by now! Which is your favourite?

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts and orange clashing are mine!

Mark Passionate For Plumberry Bath Products

Something’s wrong with me.

I used to not care for berry and plum scented products, but lately? I’m really digging them! I don’t know why, but I guess my nose is changing. Maybe when you go through hormonal changes, your nose changes too? Could be! Who knows. Because Mark Passionate For Plumberry($6 to $14) is a scent that in the past I would not have smelled twice.

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Mark Passionate For Plumberry

But now? Fall in a bottle I call it! With notes of plum, blackberry blossom and passion flower, it’s not overly sweet, but the perfect kind of fall sweet. Berry sweet! It’s really quite lovely.

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Mark Passionate For Plumberry

I think berry and plummy fragrances smell so good when the weather starts to cool, and I think that’s why I really like Mark Passionate For Plumberry. Mark’s bath products are pretty stellar too. The body butter leaves skin soft and moisturized, and the hand cream is awesome too. If you’re looking for great fall bath products, then check out Mark Passionate For Plumberry! Find them on www.avon.ca!

Do you like berry and plum scents in the fall? What are some of your faves? I need to sniff some more!

*products sent by PR for review, thoughts and this new love for berry are mine!

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara($6.99 right now on sale) promises big bold lashes with 5X the volume.

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

I love the packaging actually. It’s quite chic with the bordeaux tip. Fancy! Gives it that little bit of somethin’somethin’, ya know?

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara has a unique formula with collagen, amino acids, and proteins, in a micro-emulsion crème-gel. It’s plumping technology to make your lashes BIG. DARING. :P

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

I love the curved brush with multi-level wedge-shaped bristles. I really like curved mascara brushes as I find they do a great job of lifting up my lashes. I don’t really use a lash curler truth be told. Sometimes I do, but I forget most days. And I really can’t be bothered as I find it doesn’t really make much of a difference for me. I can usually get my lashes to lift up fine with mascara. Guess I’m lucky!

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

The formula of Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara is wet, and slightly buildable. You can’t keep piling it on like I like to do, otherwise you can get lashes sticking together. But it does a pretty great job at making your lashes BIG & DARING, hey?

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara is a 24-hour wear mascara, meaning it’s great if you need to have your mascara on forEVER. It would be a great vacation-to-a-hot-humid-place mascara, because WOW this stuff doesn’t budge. It’s definitely ZAMB material(Zombie Apocalypse Makeup Bag-in case you forgot LOL).If you’re gonna wear this mascara you definitely need an oil-based remover and plenty of cotton pads handy. If it wasn’t so hard to take off, I’d actually use it more. But because my eyes are so sensitive to eye makeup removers, especially all oil-based ones, it’s a no-no for me. If you need a mascara to last and last, you might want to check it out.

Find it now on www.avon.ca!

Do you use an eyelash curler every day? 

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014

If you’ve never tried a Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick, then now’s the time! The Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 come in 6 gorgeous shades. The limited edition packaging is just out of this world gorgeous.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014

I have three Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 to show you: Orange, Beige, and Maroon.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 are a lipstick experience! If you’re into sheer, easy to wear lipsticks, then you must try one! I know they’re pricey at $36 each, but dudes-Treat Yo’ Self! They are worth it!

Swatchy Time!

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014-Orange, Beige, Maroon

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are sheer, but buildable in pigmentation. You can really get quite a pigmented lip with a couple of swipes as you can see.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014-Orange, Beige, Maroon

What makes Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks so different from other sheer lipstick formulas like say the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, is that they last longer. I get 3-4 hours of wear, and they fade to a pretty stain too. And unlike some sheer lipsticks, they don’t leave your lips dry as they wear off. In fact, my lips feel better after these lipsticks wear off. That’s pretty rare for me. Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are really smooth, buttery, and moisturizing. If you aren’t a fan of lipsticks because you don’t like the way they feel, then you’ll love these. If you can’t stand having to reapply sheer lipsticks often, then Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are also made for you!  Heck, they’re for everybody!

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 Maroon

Maroon is a pretty, sheer red with a hint of berry. It’s an easy wearing red and great for fall especially if you are scared of red lipstick. It’s not my fave shade on me though, as I think it makes me look older. Most red lipsticks do that to me.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 Orange

I thought I was going to HATE Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Orange because the swatch was so yellowy orange. I thought there was NO way it was going to look good on me. But with the pigment of my lips, it turns darker and is my FAVOURITE of the three!

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Beige you’ve already seen on me. It’s what’s on my lips in my post on the Satin Radiant Sticks HERE. It’s a really great nude that’s not too nude, with just the right amount of peach and pink in it. A neutral nude! It goes with any smoky eye look, and also goes with any of the palettes from Brave Beauty too. It’s a great purse lipstick since you can put it on and not fear that it doesn’t go with your makeup.

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 are another hit from the collection for me! You can find these lipsticks at some Hudson’s Bay counters, at Holt Renfrew, and even some Sephoras(not sure if this collection is there, but the Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are).

 What’s your favourite sheer lipstick formula? As you can tell, this one is mine!

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks From The Brave Beauty Collection

Cream Blush and me are BFFs. Ever since the MUFE HD Cream blushes entered my life, I barely use a powder blush. It’s the truth. I love those blushes and forget the 99 others I have in my stash. Cross my makeup-loving-blush-fiend-heart. And P.S.S: YOU NEED ONE OF THOSE IN YOUR LIFE, right Larie? :P

Here’s a snippet of my inner makeup junkie dialogue every morning, in case you’ve ever wondered. Truth be told, it’s probably EXACTLY what you thought it would be. Here’s what a crazy blush fiend hears in their mind every am. I know you’ve always wondered and let me warn you: IT’S GRAPHIC.

“What blush shall we wear today Tracy?”

“Oh, I don’t know. Something easy? Something that blends like a dream? Lasts all day? LOOKS PRETTY on them cheeks of mine? “

“Oh, you mean the MUFE HD Cream blushes then. Take THIS one. (I have 4, so one of them usually ends up on my cheeks)

Yup. That’s it. That’s what I go through every morning. I know, it’s all-consuming, right? :P

BUT NOT ANYMORE. I have a new cream blush love!

THESE. These Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks from The Brave Beauty Collection. They are beautiful!

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Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks

Screw NARS Multiples. They suck compared to these!

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Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks

Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks are so creamy, so pigmented, so LOVELY.

Swatchy Time!

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Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks-Light Pink and Pink

 

Swatchy in the sun!

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Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks-Light Pink and Pink

There’s some really fine glitter in the Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks to warn you, but do not be afraid. Those glitters just become awesome, glowiness on your cheeks I swear. I hate glitter as you know, but I LOVE  glow.

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See the glow? I hope so! I’m wearing both Light Pink and Pink Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks. They blend so easily and last all day. And they just melt into the skin giving a seamless glow. Like for reals. All day long my cheeks glowed like this! I rubbed my Real Techniques Stipple Brush on the Shu Uemura Sticks(yeah, that bit of sentence is all kinds of wrong right there) and then applied them, and it worked like a dream! Actually, that RT Stipple Brush is probably my favourite cream cheek brush for application right now. I use it all the time and have forgotten about my Sonia Kashuk one!

Yup. I never tire of the cheek products. Never. I could live without eyeshadow, mascara-even foundation. But Blush. HUSH YOUR LIPS. And I know, I only have 2 cheeks to wear them all. BUT I DON’T CARE. 

What’s the one makeup product YOU can’t live without? 

*products sent by the lovely PR for review, crazy blush fiend thoughts are MINE as always. Which just proves once a blush fiend, ALWAYS a blush fiend. Yup. To the grave dudes.

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