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I know it's a little late... it's more like post-weekend wishlist lol.  But I keep finding new things that I put on my wishlist.  So I thought I'd share with you currently on it.

Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye And Cheek Palette

This has been raved about on the beauty blogosphere... I just have yet to see it in store. (maybe I just missed it?)  It comes with a blush, a bronzer, a highlighter, and 6 eyeshadows.  It's a perfect way to try out their product (or if you're like me, try more of their products lol).  They claim that it's waterproof, but we'll see about that!

Weekend Wishlist Vol.2 | Tarte, Too Faced, OCC, YSL, ZARA, & Forever 21

May 27, 2013 • 9 comments
Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm
I have never been a gloss girl, in fact, I ALWAYS pick lipsticks over lipgloss.  But I didn't mind the new Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm* (CA $8.95).  Coming in 10 gorgeous shades, this moisturizing lip care formula is hitting the drugstore in Canada in July 2013 (it's already available in the U.S.).

The Non-Gloss Girl is Glossed Up with Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm | Review & Swatches

May 24, 2013 • 7 comments
Benefit The Rich Is Back! Makeup Kit Cover Art
In celebration of Sephora's 15th Anniversity, Benefit Cosmetics teamed up with British Fashion Designer Matthew Williamson to create limited edition The Rich Is Back Makeup Kit* (CA $40 / US $34) that is exclusive to Sephora.  Being a master of colour and glamour, Matthew Williamson featured some of his "favourite iconic prints" with kaleidoscopic colours on the design of the palette.  I absolutely love the cover art, inside and out.  It is just so much fun and colourful.

Be Glamourous Day & Night with Benefit Cosmetics + Matthews Williamson The Rich Is Back! Makeup Kit | Review, Swatches & GIVEAWAY!

May 23, 2013 • 42 comments
Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Single Face Brushes
Who's a fan of Pixiwoo on YouTube?  (One hand up).  Who's a brushaholic?  (Both hands up).  So Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman brushes seem like must-tries for me.  Many people like to try their brush sets out, but I opted to try the single brushes out.  I have 5 single face brushes here to share with you.

First of all, let's talk about what they all have in common.  The make of the brushes are excellent.  The bristles are made with hand-cut synthetic taklon, which are 100% cruelty free.  They are quite soft, but not the softest that I have felt.  What I like the most about the bristles is that they don't shed.  The worst thing is when you have to pick hair out of your face when you're already in a hurry in the morning.  Each brush comes in an aluminum handle that covers about 2/3 of the whole handle, and the remaining 1/3 is plastic with flat bottom.  The flat bottom comes in handy because your brush can actually stand up on its own, so it's quite good for storage.

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Single Face Brushes | Review & Photos

May 22, 2013 • 14 comments
L'Oreal Caress Shine Stains, from L to R: Eternally Nude, Pink Rebellion,
Pink Resistance, Infinite Fuchsia, Lilac Ever After
Earlier this year, L'Oreal Paris has a launched a new line of glossy lip stains — L'Oreal Paris Caress Shine Stain (CA $12.99 / US $9.99), that is said to be a dupe for the luxurious YSL Glossy Stains I first got a sneak peek of this product at the L'Oreal Paris Holiday Party last year, and I immediately wanted all of them.  Dupability aside, let's talk about the product on its own.

Perfect Blend of Gloss and Stain: L'Oreal Paris Caress Shine Stains | Review & Swatches

May 21, 2013 • 8 comments
Benefit x Matthew Williamson The Rich is Back Makeup Kit
The Rich is Back!  Benefit Cosmetics have collaborated with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson to create a limited edition high fashion makeup kit (CA$40).  Being the queen of makeup kits, it is actually their first fashion collaboration and this kit is debuting in store and online on June 10, 2013.  But us Torontonians got a sneak peek last week at the One Day Flash Sale at Sephora in the Toronto Eaton Centre.  Being a fan of Benefit for years, I couldn't miss it (plus I work close enough so it works out perfectly).

One Day Only Flash Sale on May 10 with exclusive Benefit bangle as gift with purchase

The Rich is Back! | Benefit Cosmetics x Matthew Williamson High Fashion Makeup Kit | Flash Sale

May 17, 2013 • 4 comments

When I think of Montagne Jeunesse, I think of their Cucumber Peel Off Face Masque that I have used and repurchased for numerous times since I was a teenager.  Their extensive selection of masks always draw my attention whenever I pass by their stand.  It's such an easy way to get a little at-home facial that will not make a dent in your wallet.  Thanks to Farleyco, I got a chance to preview their new skincare revolution.  Low and behold, they have developed a range of new masques that makes at-home pampering even easier and provides greater results but less mess — Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spa*.

Montagne Jeunesse Join the Revlolution Clay Spa Launch | Product Launch

May 16, 2013 • 3 comments
Almay Smart Shade CC Cream complexion corrector in 100 Light
By now, you probably have heard and read a lot about BB Creams.  What about CC Creams?  Almay is launching their own version called Almay Smart Shade CC Cream Complexion Corrector* (CA $16.95) in June 2013 in Canada (I believe they're already out in the US).

Almay Skipped the BB,and Jumped Right Into the CC Cream | CC Cream Review & Swatches

May 15, 2013 • 12 comments
L'Oreal Paris Red Carpet Nail Art Workshop work station
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a nail art workshop with L'Oreal Paris Celebrity Manicurist, Tom Bachik.  Tom's work has been featured on numerous red carpets and magazines.  Some of his celebrity clients include Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Mila Kunis, and Zooey Deschanel, just to name a few.  So it's natural for me to get SUPER excited about this workshop.

Hugo (left) and Tom (right).  HI TOM!!!!!
Tom introduced himself by telling us a little bit about how he turn from a skateboarder/graffiti artist into, what he likes to refer himself as, MANicurist.  I love hearing about his stories and humour.  He is just a lot of fun and very nice! 

During the interactive workshop, we got to try out some of L'Oreal Paris's new products to test them out.

L'Oreal Paris Nail Art Workshop with MANicurist Tom Bachik

May 14, 2013 • 5 comments
Happy Mascara Monday!

Being a beauty blogger, or a beauty junkie in general, I rarely repurchase mascaras because there are so many out there for me to try.  But L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes* is a mascara is one of the 3 mascaras that I have repurchased more than ones over the past few years (I shall review the rest in other Mascara Mondays).

Mascara Monday is a irregular series of reviews about mascaras that are posted on Mondays.  For your information, I have pin straight lashes that don't hold curl properly.  They are also thin and not quite long.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara | Mascara Monday

May 13, 2013 • 14 comments
How did we get to Mother's Day already?  I never know what to get my mom because for the past few big holidays, whatever I got her she made me go return it.  She just doesn't like me spending money on her, especially when it's not something she picked out herself.  This year, instead of the usual dinner that we have, I'm going to try something different - DIY at-home pamper... and then dinner lol.  Here are the steps I'm taking...

Step 1 — Facials

From L to R: Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion
and Bioderma Sensibio Solution Micellaire
Let's start with cleansing by using the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion* and just to be safe, we'll use the Bioderma Sensibio Solution Micellaire to cleanse once more..

From L to R: Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask,
Beauty Diary Peruvian Sunflower Mask,
and REN Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
There are 3 masks that I'm using for deep cleansing, moisturizing, and radiance enhancing.  These include the new Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask*, Beauty Diary Peruvian Sunflower Mask, and REN Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.  I'm hoping after all 3 masks my mom is going to look glowing!

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift and DIY Guide

May 10, 2013 • 12 comments
The queen of cute packaging and makeup kit is back!  This time it's a collaboration between Benefit Cosmetics and Matthew Williamson - The Rich is Back.  This limited edition high fashion makeup kit features 4 eyeshadows, Gimme Fever cheek powder, a lipgloss in Inferno, and the award winning They're Real mascara!

This kit will be available in June 2013 exclusively at Sephora.  BUT there's an advance pre-sale tomorrow at Sephora at the Toronto Eaton Centre from 12pm to 7pm!  So you get the chance to check it out before everyone does!  Also you'll have a chance to meet with Benefit Makeup Master Jose Rivera to learn more about the tips and tricks in using the palette.  See below for more details about the Pink Carpet flash sale event!
I'm gonna be popping by during lunch time to check it out.  Will you?

Don't forget to enter my blogaversary / 100th post / blog makeover GIVEAWAY!  I'm giving away a Too Faced Boudoir Soft & Sexy Eye Collection!

Until next time,

x Rica

Flash Sale Alert: Benefit Cosmetics x Matthew Williamson Rich is Back kit [Tomorrow May 10 @ Sephora Toronto Eaton Centre]

May 9, 2013 • 6 comments
Revlon Nail Enamel From L to R: Cobalt, Topaz, Rose Gold, Tanzanite
During the Revlon 2013 Product Launch event, we spotted their Chroma Chameleon collection.  It is now out in the counter and I see some shades are flying out of the shelf fast.  The Chroma Chameleon collection consists of 8 jewel tone duo-chrome nail polishes.  I have four of them here to share with you.

My nails become Chameleon: Revlon Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel collection

May 8, 2013 • 10 comments

Last night I got an exciting news that the Canadian own Annabelle Cosmetics now has a online shopping site!  Hurray!  To celebrate their new shopping site, Annabelle is have a promotion for its customers for a limited time (online only)!
  • Spend $25 and get $5 off your orders
  • Spend $50 and get $15 off your orders
  • Spend $100 and get $40 off your orders
Now, you don't have to be a Mathie like me to figure out the discount (of course, the $40 off $100 is the best deal).  If you are new to Annabelle and not ready to commit, no worries, Annabelle is also offering free shipping on all orders until May 12!  So for those of you who have been wanting to try their Smoothliner but don't have Annabelle near you, now its time!

If you're ready to try Annabelle out but don't know what to get, let me help ya.  To get you started, let me share with you a few must-haves from Annabelle...
Also, my wishlist...
I feel like I'm like an infomercial guy, but there actually is more. To add a cherry on top of the sundae, if you're one of the first 100 people register your online consumer profile and benefit from free shipping, you will get free shipping for life!

Don't forget to enter my blogaversary / 100th post / blog makeover GIVEAWAY!  I'm giving away a Too Faced Boudoir Soft & Sexy Eye Collection!

Until next time,

x Rica

Annabelle Online Shopping is Up and Running, and They're Taking Orders for Canada and the U.S.

May 7, 2013 • 2 comments
Revlon Lash Potion Volume + Length Mascara by Grow Luscious (CA $9.95) is one of the latest offerings from Revlon.  I have been itching to try it but I waited until I saw that a lot of people want to know more about it, I know I had to review it.  Long story short, I love it (as you know it made it to my Spring/April favourites).  For those of you who likes the long story (and see the before and after), here we go!
Mascara Monday is a irregular series of reviews about mascaras that are posted on Mondays.  For your information, I have pin straight lashes that don't hold curl properly.  They are also thin and not quite long.

Revlon Lash Potion Volume + Length Mascara by Grow Luscious [Mascara Monday]

May 6, 2013 • 4 comments

I thought I'd share with you how the Maybelline Color Whispers perform on my lips after my review... So here we go!

Some Like It Taupe is a peachy shimmery colour on my lips

Lust For Blush gives my lips a little pinky blush colour

Lippie Swatch: Maybelline Color Whispers

May 3, 2013 • 7 comments
Spring/March-to-April 2013 Favourites!
It has been so long since I have done a post on my favourite products at the moment, so since I did discover some goodies in the past few months, I thought I'd share what they are!

First up, face makeup.  Since the weather has been nicer lately, I've been reaching for my dear friend — Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup in B20.

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup in B20
I think I've mentioned it a couple times in the past, and it's safe to say that it's probably one of my all time favourite because it's the only bottle of foundation that I am finishing up.  It gives a skin-looking finish while providing good medium coverage (for me anyway) with a subtle satin finish.  It is moisturizing yet light-weight, and it does a quite decent job staying put on my oily skin.

Since Summer is coming up, I have been changing it up with my blushers.  I was obsessed with Benefit Box O' Powder in Hervana for the entire winter, but recently, I have using her older sister, Bella Bamba, pretty much exclusively.

Benefit Bella Bamba Box O' Powder
It is a watermelon colour with fine gold glitter.  The shimmer is very subtle and it gives your cheeks a very nice healthy glow.  It is also very pigmented, so I usually take a stippling brush like MAC 187 to apply it or I will use a blush brush like MAC 168 to lightly dab into the powder and pounce it on my cheeks.

My Spring/March-to-April 2013 Favourites!

May 1, 2013 • 13 comments