eos Feel Good Do Good 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

The eos Feel Good Do Good 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection($9.99) is a limited edition set in shades of Breast Awareness’ signature pink that’s really worth getting.

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eos Feel Good Do Good 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

It contains 3 eos products that you will love! There’s a LE Strawberry Sorbet Smooth STICK Lip Balm! A stick! From eos! It’s only available in this collection too.

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eos Feel Good Do Good 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

You also get a Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, and a Berry Blossom Hand Lotion, which has a sweet berry floral scent that’s kind of perfect for fall.

All of eos products are paraben and gluten free, and their lip balms are 100% natural and USDA certified organic.

But the BEST part about the eos Feel Good Do Good 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection is that 100% of net profits are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society! 100%. That means ALL THE MONEY. I love this so much! Most brands don’t do that, so this is a great way to really help the fight against breast cancer.
You can find the eos Feel Good Do Good 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Loblaws, Target, Walmart, Giant Tiger, Rexall, Sobeys, and Lawtons.

I can’t really think of any other breast cancer awareness products that donate 100% of the profits to the fight, can you? If you know of any please tell us!

 

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #746 Golden Shock -Dior Golden Shock Holiday 2014 Collection

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #746 Golden Shock ($61) is the second eyeshadow palette in the Dior Golden Shock Holiday 2014 Collection, and it’s just as stunning as the Golden Reflections Palette.

 

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #746 Golden Shock

Pretty, huh? This is a warm palette, so for those of you that love warm, golden shadows this one’s for you! The eyeshadows are pretty easy to work with, blend beautifully, and last all day over a primer.

Swatchy Time!

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #746 Golden Shock

Yeah, that purple shadow surprised me too! It’s more of a wine shade, which is a bit harder to wear, at least for me. It’s ok used sparingly like in the outer V, but don’t try it on your bottom lash line. On me, it really looks like my eyes are bleeding if I do that, and the same if I use it as a lid shade. If you are darker and warmer skin-toned than I am, I think it’ll look fine though. The light pink shade is a pale, warm matte pink with gold glitter thrown in there. I’d much rather it have been straight up matte, but it’s a pretty brow bone highlight. The shade that’s the stand out for me is that fourth shade I swatched, which is the bottom left one in the palette. It is stunning! A warm gold shade with a pink subtle duo chrome quality.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #746 Golden Shock

Can you see what I’m talking about? I hope so! It’s really pretty, and I have nothing like it in my stash. It’s like a warm version of MAC Vex eyeshadow and looks amazing on the lid. It really glows!

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #746 Golden Shock

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #746 Golden Shock is another pretty palette from the Dior Golden Shock Holiday Collection, and it’ll be available at The Bay here in Canada pretty soon! This week I think! So if you have your eye on this one, I’d be getting it toot sweet!

Which of the Dior Golden Shock Palettes do you like better? Golden Shock? Or yesterday’s Golden Reflections? I prefer the greyer, cooler, metallic Golden Reflections.

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

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections-Dior Golden Shock Holiday 2014 Collection

So yeah. I pretty much HATED that Dior Highlighter from the 2014 Dior Golden Shock Collection. It’s probably one of the WORST products I’ve tried this year. And if anybody else tells you something different? I”VE GOT A COUPLE OF ACRES OF LAND TO SELL YOU NEAR THE ALBERTA OIL SANDS. Seriously.  :P

I’m SUCH a bad blogger. Sorry, no bowing to brands here. Never EVER gonna happen. I don’t sell my soul for free makeup. It’s just not my style.

But, I do have a soft spot for Dior Eyeshadows. They never seem to work for me though, so I don’t understand my soft spot. Maybe it’s just a fleeting, hopeful wish?  I do love their colour combos though. I think the problem I’ve had with them is the formula. WAY too glittery for Tracy. And just kind of meh quality wise. If you’ve noticed, I don’t really hold an allegiance to these designer brands. I truly and honestly think that they ride the makeup train on their whole DESIGNER reputation. And I don’t really care about that rep. I’m a punk at heart, and labels really bother me to be honest. I’m not a brand sheep. Never have been, never will be. I’ll be the old lady in the nursing home wearing camo pants from Army Navy(Canadian, no-name, cheap store) wheeling around in my HAND powered wheelchair(no battery is gonna tell me how to roll) singing NO FUTURE FOR YOUuuuuuuu hahahahaha. It’s a pretty appropriate nursing home song, right?

But since Dior has reformulated their eyeshadows? I’m kinda’ digging’ them. Not completely, cause I can’t be bought THAT easily hahaha. I need a few good palettes in my life before I say YOU GOOD TO GO DIOR. :P And this is one so far…

There are two Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow palettes in the Golden Shock 2014 Makeup Collection and I’m going to show you the one that I think is worth splurging on.

Behold, Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections($61)!

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections

Swatchy Time!

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections

Swatches pretty good for a Dior Palette I have to say! What impresses me is that there is a matte shade in the palette now. All be it, it’s the lightest shade, but at least they tried haha! But that grey shade? The light one? LOVE. It’s kinda’ matte with some fine glitter. And that olive gold? DIVINE. Those two shades are awesome.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections

What makes Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections work for me is the combination of warm and cool. Most Holiday eye shadow palettes feature golds. And reds. And MORE golds. I hate golds. I really do. But this palette combines warm greeny golds with cool greys and I LOVE how they look on my eyes combined together. It’s like makeup colour theory heaven I tell ya’.

Oh, and did you know you can use Dior Shadows WET? Because that’s what I did here:

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections

That glittery gold eyeshadow in the centre of the palette is meant for dabbing on the eyes as a little extra oomph. It’s not full of pigment, so it’s not gonna do anything special for you, so know that. The other shades in the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections are pretty great though! Blend easily, pretty pigmented, I LIKE. Still glittery, but not as bad as before. I like this palette, and think you could get a lot of use out of this one. Even if you’re a punk, 47 year old that still fights the man…one designer eye palette at a time… :P

You can find the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette #046 Golden Reflections at The Bay, and maybe some select Shopper’s Drug Marts too? Not sure. But what I do know is that you won’t find them at Sephora, so don’t bother looking there. Sephora snub oh!

Whaddaya’ think? Worth the splurge? Or not? I like this palette, but Dior is not one of my go-to brands. I really like their lipsticks though! And a few other things I guess, but most of the real colour products? Never been a fan of. How about you? Do you hold an allegiance to a designer makeup brand that can’t be broken?

*product sent by PR for review,and I thank them! But thoughts as always are mine. Makeup doesn’t pay the bills yo’.

Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder From The Dior Golden Shock 2014 Holiday Collection

The Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder made everyone gasp when it was unveiled.

I mean, she really is a thing of beauty. All golden, and sparkly!

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Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder

As long as it’s pristine and untouched, it is one of the prettier highlighters I’ve seen. But let’s be real, most highlighters are really pretty to look at though, right? That inner makeup magpie in us always loves looking at them! We get so mesmerized by the shine!

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Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder

It’s a small, hefty little compact. Feels expensive when you hold it.

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Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder

Stunning hey? But then, you swatch it. Because if you’re gonna buy the Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder, you’re gonna wanna wear it, right? I mean, $82 is a bit much to spend on a product and just look at it forever. Although, I know there are people who do that. Power to you folks, but I’m too old for that business. My home is not a makeup museum. 

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Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder

What the SWATCH????? Where’s all that pretty light gold? Where’d it go? Overspray. Yup.

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Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder

What the freakin’ SWATCHY SWATCH?

It is yellow. REALLY yellow. And full of glitter too. Finely milled, but gritty feeling too because of all that glitter. Applied on my cheek, it looks like a really obvious yellow stripe that’s laced with glitter, not a pretty natural highlight. And that glitter just falls all over the place during application-on my nose, my lips, my chin…everywhere. If you want to look like a golden, glittery christmas ornament, then THIS is the highlighter you’ve been searching for! Dior Diorific Gold Shock 001 Illuminating Pressed Powder just makes me look like I have sparkly jaundice. On darker skin tones, it might be lovely though. Really glittery still, so be prepared for that! But it’s so full of glitter, that you can’t possibly get enough wear out of it to justify that price tag. There’s no way it can be worn during the day without looking ridiculous. This is not a natural looking highlight at all. It’s strictly for parties and night time. So, unless you got a LOT of holiday parties…I’d pass. Sorry Dior. Not so Diorific for me! :P

I don’t know, highlighters in general are something I rarely use to be honest. Plus most of them just don’t really look natural during the day time, and that’s when I’m out and about wearing my makeup. I’m old hahaha- my nights are spent going for walks and watching TV, not clubbing. But maybe I haven’t found THE ONE that works for me yet. Have you? Do you use a highlighter every day?

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

Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks are Matte-Nificent!

I’m telling ya’, matte is where it’s at this fall! Even Avon has jumped on the matte-wagon with their new Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks. I adore the Avon Ultra Color Aboslute Lipsticks, so I knew I’d love this matte version as well!

Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks are available in 6 matte-nificent shades, and I have two of them to show you, Matte Amethyst and Matte Berry.

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Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks Matte Amethyst, Matte Berry

Now, one thing about these Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks are that they look completely different in the tube than on the lips and swatches. They appear much darker in the tube. They have a slight sweet smell to them for like a second, but that disappears pretty quickly.

Swatchy Time!

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Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks Matte Amethyst, Matte Berry

I was expecting Matte Amethyst to be a really dark, plummy shade and instead it’s more of a rosy mauve shade that’s actually really lovely! I usually don’t care for mauves, but this one has a slight purple tint to it that makes it really wearable for me. And Matte Berry I thought for sure I was going to hate, because I can’t really wear berry lipsticks. They’re quite aging on me. But this one is such a bright, cheerful pinky berry that I also can wear!

Now as you can see from the swatches, Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks aren’t exactly matte when you first apply them. They do dry down more matte as you wear them, but never quite fully matte, which is fine with me. Most of these new matte lipsticks everyone has are exactly like this. The difference in them is how dry they become on your lips as you wear them. These, stay comfortable the whole time. Like REALLY comfortable.

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Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks Matte Amethyst

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Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks Matte Berry

They are quite pigmented with 2 swipes, do not feather or bleed, and wear well for 4 hours on me before fading. And that’s a comfortable 4 hours too! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks a lot, and would like to get a few more shades, but I just bought a couple of NARS Audacious Lipsticks and I do like them as well. They are super creamy when you first apply and more pigmented than these Avon ones. BUT, I do find them quite drying as they wear. I need a good lip balm before I wear them. I truly think that the Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks are a superior formula. And the best part? They only cost $10! You can get three of them for the price of one NARS Audacious Lipstick. THREE. Avon has done a great job with these, so don’t miss out!

You can order Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipsticks online at www.avon.ca.

What’s your favourite matte lipstick? Or are you just not a fan of matte lipstick?

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

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20 Helps!

My skin lately. It’s been SO sensitive. No, that’s wrong. Actually I think it’s been sensitized. That’s more likely. What’s the difference you ask? Well, sensitive skin is a genetic trait. It’s something you were born with, and has been with you your whole life. That’s really not me. Most of my life my skin could handle anything and everything I tried. And it lived!

But something happened and it’s been sensitized. Sensitized skin is a growing phenomenon with multiple causes including increased exposure to environmental assaults, stress and chemicals. My skin has been so red and painful, and there are two causes of the extreme redness I’ve been experiencing. It could be because of Immunogenic inflammation, where the immune system launches a cascade of inflammation against an aggressor of some kind. That wakes up the white blood cells and BOOM: redness, irritation, and itchy skin is the result. Or, it could be because of Neurogenic inflammation, which is triggered by the nervous system. And my nervous system is already screwy-lewy thanks to MS. In both cases, the result is pain, redness, itching, swelling and heat from inflammation. And I got it ALL hahaha. Lucky me! Like I said, I think the road trip did a number on me. Most of the time the heat and sun were pretty unbearable and something my skin was just not used to. And because of the trouble I’ve been experiencing, it’s been pretty hard to wear makeup lately. It just doesn’t sit right on my skin. But if I use Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20, I CAN wear makeup.

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Dermalogica Redne,ss Relief Primer SPF20

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20($62CDN) is a new facial primer that addresses redness in the short and long-term. It protects and primes the skin, while providing a base for more flawless application and makes makeup last longer too.

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Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20 has Dermalogica’s proprietary UltraCalming Complex which helps irritated skin recover. With natural botanical extracts of Yeast, Oat and Oat Kernel Oil it immediately calms my redness and feels cooling. It contains Extract of Oat, or Avena Sativa, which is rich in avenanthramides, proven to have natural anti-redness and anti-irritant properties. The green tint also helps to camouflage the redness a bit too.

Now normally as you know, I’m not a big fan of silicones. But when my skin is irritated like it has been? And I want to wear makeup? Yeah, I go for silicone. Why? Because the silicone base in Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20 protects my skin’s lipid barrier from further aggravation. That lipid barrier is what’s been compromised in my skin lately, and I need it to get back in business! It needs to heal! Plus, it’s not a real heavy silicone feel, so I can stand it.

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20 calms my skin, protects it from UVA/UVB exposure (which can further aggravate sensitization) with SPF 20, neutralizes redness a bit, plus primes my damaged skin with a smooth surface for better makeup application. I notice a difference when I use it. My skin feels better when wearing makeup. And I like that. It’s a winner for me!

If you suffer from sensitive or sensitized skin and redness like I do, then you gotta check out Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20. It’s available at all Dermalogica authorized skin centers, spas and salons across Canada.

This is probably the only primer I’ve ever used that I can actually say makes a visible difference and helps me when wearing makeup. Do you use a makeup primer? And do you notice if it actually helps?

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

You Need Make Up Forever Artist Shadows

Whilst I was on the College Road Trip, Make Up Forever celebrated its 30th Anniversary. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY GUYS!

And what did one of my favourite makeup brands do to celebrate that momentous occasion? What else? Release a breakthrough new eyeshadow formula! It took three years to create the Pigment Atomization and Water Blend Technology that’s in the new Make Up Forever Artist Shadows. What that means is that these new eyeshadows deliver 88% concentrated pigment now, the highest on the market of ANY eyeshadow. And the Water-blend technology makes these eyeshadows like NOTHING you’ve ever tried before. They are like a cream instead of a powder and blend all by themselves. I SWEAR.

 

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Make Up Forever Artist Shadows

There are 210 shades of Make Up Forever Artist Shadows in textures of Matte, Satin, Metal, Iridescent, and Diamond finishes. I mean WOW. Can you imagine having 210 MUFE eyeshadows all in a palette ready to use…that would be makeup HEAVEN, right? Oh please God, Let it BE. :D

The numbering system is a bit confusing I know, but there is a method to the madness. The number of each shadow shade indicates the finish(Satin, Matte, Iridescent, Diamond) and the family number that the shade belongs to in the Colour Wheel. Did you know that? Each colour in the wheel has a number! So 3 is greens for example, and 7 are oranges! See, that’s how you really know that MUFE is truly a makeup artist line. And when you know that bit of info, the numbering system ain’t all that confusing anymore. It’s like Makeup Dewey Decimal System. :P

Now you can buy the Make Up Forever Artist Shadows as singles($25), as a Duo($39), or for the most bang for your buck get a trio($50). And those prices include the case. As you can see, you get more for your money when you buy a trio. LOVE that.

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Make Up Forever Artist Shadows, D-750(Diamond), I-730(Iridescent), and M-738(Matte)

Those are the gorgeous Make Up Forever Artist Shadows in D-750(Diamond), I-730(Iridescent), and M-738(Matte).  And if you want to make your eyes look as blue as possible? YOU NEED THEM. Oh, and some of the Make Up Forever Artist Shadows like that I-730 can be used as a blush too!

Swatchy Time!

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Make Up Forever Artist Shadows, D-750(Diamond), I-730(Iridescent), and M-738(Matte)

HELLO NURSE! That swatch folks? ONE FINGER PASS. Can you believe the pigmentation? I couldn’t!

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Make Up Forever Artist Shadows, D-750(Diamond), I-730(Iridescent), and M-738(Matte)

The Make Up Forever Artist Shadows take some getting used to applying I have to say! Each kind of texture needs a different kind of brush dip. Some of them you need so little on your brush like the Diamond finish. But that little bit delivers BAZINGA! Sparkle city! That pumpkin iridescent shade I-730 was the easiest to use, so blendable and creamy! And the matte? Really powerful too if you’re not careful! I used it mainly on my bottom lash line, and bit in the outer corner and crease. All of them though? Blend like a dream. No effort whatsoever.

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Over a primer they last and last with no creasing at all.  I bet if you don’t have oily lids like me you wouldn’t even need a primer with them. All I know is that these are some of the best eye shadows I’ve ever tried. And that means I want more. Oh, and I did try I-730 as a blush and it was pretty amazing! Not a shade I can pull off, but if you are medium to dark skin-toned, then it’s probably something you’d LOVE. PUMPKIN BLUSH DUDES.

Have you tried any of the new Make Up Forever Artist Shadows yet? I wish that all 210 shades were in every store! I want to see/toucha’ toucha’ toucha’ them ALL!! 

*products sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

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