My 2013 Beauty Favourites!

With the end of the year comes about a million end-of-year posts. Although I’m away from most of my beauty products and all of my photography equipment, I didn’t want to miss out! So I decided to compile a list of some of my favourites from 2013. This was originally going to be one post, but it snowballed and I’ve decided to make it two: beauty and non-beauty favourites.
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EpicProduct!Review: CoverGirl TruMagic

CoverGirl TruMagic

Please excuse the overexcited title. This product excites me, you see. It’s CoverGirl TruMagic, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen at the drugstore, so it takes a bit of explanation.

Mally Cosmetics makes a similar product, so if you’re familiar with that, feel free to skip over this description. If not, read on!

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Review: Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Hand Food
Today I’m talking about another product that’s become a cult favourite in the beauty community: Soap & Glory Hand Food.

It’s described as a “non-greasy, hydrating hand cream with shea butter, macadamia oil, and marshmallow”.

I’m going to go with the obvious to start: how on earth is marshmallow a desirable hand cream ingredient? Are we talking about the same thing here — the little white bitties you put in hot chocolate? Wouldn’t that make it sticky? And how do you channel that into a hand cream?
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Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Packaging

As I sit, enjoying a Santa’s Secret latte and trying out a new face mask this Christmas Day Eve, I thought I’d write up a quick post about a mascara I’ve been thinking about.

It’s Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. The gimmicky, sex-themed mascaras have been hitting the market lately. First was Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, which I didn’t think was super impressive — any mascara that claims that you’ll get a false-lash effect doesn’t usually meet my expectations, because frankly, my lashes suck to begin with and they’re set up for failure.

Too Faced Better Than Sex makes a bold claim as well, but it doesn’t claim a false-lash effect. Maybe that’s why I’m more impressed with it.
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Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light (+ where the bleep did I go?!)

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

After a brief hiatus (during which I worked the retail pre-holiday rush — it was cray, but that’s another story), we’re now back to our regularly-scheduled programming. Over the next two weeks, posts will come about every other day, just because I don’t have access to my regular equipment and backdrops.

Anyhoo, you may recognize the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light* from my DIY Lavender Curl Refreshing Spray post. I got it as a 100 point perk because I’m a Sephora VIB. I have to say, this is one of the better perks I’ve gotten from this program.

Anyhow, everybody and their cat knows that argan oil is a bit of a hot ingredient when it comes to skin and hair care these days. You find it in skin and body products, hair products, lip balms, cuticle oils, and even makeup. Josie Maran has made herself synonymous with it, along with MoroccanOil. I love MoroccanOil for my hair, but I’m a bit hesitant to put such a fragrant oil on my skin (I have a thing about scents in skincare products — don’t judge). The argan light is supposed to be a lighter version of argan oil that is perfect for oilier or combination skin and for very thin or fine hair. I got it for my skin, and I’ve tried it on my hair and it’s lovely! What I love about argan oil — especially this light one — is that it sinks right in and doesn’t leave my skin greasy.

Now, the full size of this is in the $50 range, so I don’t know if I’d go out and buy it right away once this one is done. I might price out regular, non-Josie-Maran pure argan oil at the health food store, because I’ve a suspicion that when it comes to Josie’s, you’re paying for the name and prestige more than the product itself.

Although I have to say, overpriced or not, the little pipette/eyedropper is awesome and I’ll probably keep the bottle to refill with whatever argan oil I do buy. It makes me feel like a scientist.

Why I Stopped Watching Doctor Who (DW & some Torchwood spoilers ahead!)

This image is not mine. It is 600% owned by BBC.

In a grand return to geekiness after an exam-related TV-watching hiatus, I’ve decided to write up a post I’ve been itching to do for some time now.

Anyone who knows me knows that I went through a serious Doctor Who phase the summer before last. I watched all seven of the seasons that were out at the time. Shortly after that, I watched Torchwood, too. And then I started doodling TARDII (my preferred pluralization of TARDIS) everywhere, cosplayed Martha Jones in a group cosplay at FanExpo, etc.

However, around the time the Ponds left, I realized I had started to force myself to tune in every week. That one episode where the universe like exploded and then they pressed the Giant Reset Button? Yes, that confused and angered me. I don’t think I’ve seen a single Clara episode aside from last year’s Christmas special, I’m not keen on watching this year’s, and I didn’t watch the 50th Anniversary Special. So I’m starting to think this viewer’s feelings about the show — dislikey feelings — have grown strong enough that she ought to acknowledge them. Read more!

New & Exciting Products

As a lover of all things beauty, I keep my eyes open for new launches. I don’t like to buy items right away, because that’s when I tend to regret the products the most. Like some kind of makeup-crazed lion, I like to lie in wait of the inevitable onslaught of YouTube and blog reviews (check the links in the sidebar for my trusted sources!). Nonetheless, I still get excited about the products when they’re launched and in the starting stages of release. Here are a few I’m currently excited about!
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Holiday Nail Art: Frosty Tips!

Snowman Nail Art

As some of you may know, I love nail art. I’m just getting back into it, and the holidays such a fun time for it. Gingerbread men, Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, snowflakes, and snowmen — the opportunities are endless!
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Fragrance Tips from an ‘Industry Insider’

Perfume Tips

This holiday season, I’ve been working in the fragrances department of a major department store. As such, I’ve learned a thing or two (or nine) about fragrances that all perfume-wearers should know!

  • A commonly-asked question that I get is, “What’s the difference between Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette?”. Do be aware of this difference! The short answer is that Eau de Parfum has a higher concentration of essential oils and has a stronger smell, meaning it’ll linger longer, while Eau de Toilette is lighter and you might need more to get the same scent-payoff. The long answer is that while this is often the case, some brands make their EDT and EDP of the same fragrance smell completely different. For example, Givenchy’s Hot Couture EDP is more of a mature, Chanel-Number-5-esque scent, while Hot Couture EDT smells like raspberries and cotton candy. When in doubt, ask an associate! Read more!
  • My First Bronzer: CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer in 03 ‘Ebony’

    CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronzer

    Recently, my complexion’s been looking a little blah. It’s because winter is the worst and despite my MegaBright and Never A Dull Moment usage, I still can’t shake it.

    In any case, I’ve been wanting a bronzer of some sort to warm it up. I needed a bronzer that’s darker than I am, which as it turns out, is not easy to find (even with my pale winter skin). I wasn’t 100% set on it being designated as a bronzer, either; I was willing to use a brown-toned blush, or even a face powder that’s a few shades darker than I am. But I couldn’t find any of those that were reasonably priced, either.

    Then I remembered the CoverGirl Queen Collection.
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