February 11, 2016

Peanut Butter made me do it.... Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar
I stood at the Too Faced section in Sephora for 20 minutes hemming and hawing which palette to get. Swatches galore...Chocolate Bar Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Semi Sweet…. Aggghhh.

In the end, Peanut Butter made me do it.  The smooth orangey brown matte shadow was the kicker in this decision. I loved it so much that I decided I had to try the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette ($59 CDN) first.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar

I say first because I was so impressed that I am going back before the end of the month to pick up the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. Gots to get me some more chocolate!!
Can you believe this is my first Too Faced palette? What the what?

As are most Too Faced palettes, the packaging on this one is very cutesy. The chocolate scent that accompanies these palettes is so heavenly but that is just one factor in this why this palette is so awesome. The durable tin casing looks like a giant milk chocolate candy bar and it feels solid enough to travel and is light enough to just toss in my purse (which I have done). 

The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette comes with 16 eyeshadow shades that are in a nice variety of matte, satin, and shimmer finishes. This is largely warm neutral palette but there are a few cool tones to satisfy most Makeupnuts.
The pigmentation of most of the shades was pretty intense. There were 2 shades that weren`t so pigmented; Pink Sugar,a pink glitter overlay, didn't really have an opaque base colour so it is pretty much a glitter topper. Blueberry Swirl came out like a blacken metal blue. Unless packed on in layers or applied wet it was on the sheerer side. The formulation of these shadows made me do a little giddy dance, they were so good. Most of the swatches below are just one swirl in the pan. The mattes are probably some of the best I have tried to date. The only matte I was a little meh about was Coconut Crème because it was a little chalky. But it is one of my most used shades. I use it as an all over eyelid shade. It needs to be built up to be opaque but it works well and has no fall out.

The Shadows:
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar
The Swatches:

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar

Unlike the original Chocolate Bar palette, the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette came with all the names of the shadows printed below each shade. It also included a Too Faced Get the Look insert. Which I promptly lost. I am pretty sure Sami has it stashed under the bed. Perhaps the start of a Too Faced nest?

I simply loved the formula and the cocoa smelliness of this palette. When I first got it I just kept sniffing it. I don’t really notice it too much anymore. The smell is still there but I think I have become nose blind to it.

I think this may be the start of a love affair with Too Faced.... 

January 29, 2016

January 2016 Topbox

Hi there I am back and up to posting again. For the past few months I have been fighting a flare up and an infection which really knocked me down for the count. Luckily, I am on the mend and excited to get back to life. 

Today on Themakeupnut is the first regular Topbox for 2016.  The majority is skin care with polish and a beautiful kohl liner.  I had initially seen my friend's Topbox. It included Make Up For Ever, Teeez Trends and ModelCo. After viewing that box, I couldn't wait to get mine.  Then I got it a few days later  and to my disappointment it was not the same. So sad.  

January 2015 Topbox
January 2016 Topbox

Skin Republic Face Mask             one mask
One mask $8
This is a Korean face mask that will ‘cleanse’ the skin. It's Anti Spot + Blemish Pore Refining. Unfortunately, this one may be too drying for my skin right now. The Salicylic Acid, Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil may be too strong for my skin right now. I am not really acne prone but I could use a good pore cleansing. Actually, I really need something super moisturizing right now.

Cuccio Nail Lacquer – for the Love of Colour         full size
Full size: $4.21
I am not really into French manicure colours. Plus I am kind of tired of trying out Cuccio all the time. New brands please.

Sea RX Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion         deluxe sample
Full size: $42.11/ 118ml
Okay first impression - based on the label, this lotion is a little scary.  Not to be used by children under the age of 18. Not to be used by women who are pregnant or are nursing. What? I am a little freaked out. Do not get into your eyes – rinse thoroughly. GULP! It does smell nice though. 

OFRA  Cosmetics Eyeliner - Tourquoise         full size
Full size: $18.15
This pencil liner is my favorite thing about this month's box. It is a lovely turquoise colour and it does have staying power. My arm swatch lasted all day with no smudging. I need to use this right away! 

So as you can probably tell I am not really impressed with this month Topbox. If Canada Post was going to lose one of my Topboxes, I could have done without this one. O_O

Yeah I didn’t get a December Topbox. I was supposed to get the Benefit box according to my shipping email but it got lost in the mail. All I got for December was a refund. It wasn't Topbox's fault but damn I was really looking forward to that Benefit box. 

Get your own Topbox and sign up for $12 a month at Topbox.ca. It does ship within Canada only though.

What a negative post for my first post of the new year! Sorry about that. Hopefully February's box will be grand. I already opted for the regular box so I am crossing my fingers!

December 08, 2015

November 2015 Topbox

So what do we have in the regular November Topbox?

There are a few goodies in here.

November Topbox
November Topbox
Benefit air patrol             deluxe size
Full size: 4ml/$38
Air patrol BB cream eyelid primer contains an EnviroDefend complex known to help guard your eyelids against sun and pollutants. It also extends the wear of eyeshadow for long lasting colour that won’t crease fade or smear.
It seems pretty yellow tones and I am more a pink toned girl. I only tried this once and I didn’t notice anything to really warrant the $30 price tag. There are better or just as good primers out there for less. Sorry Benefit.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Skin Care Lip Balm         full size
Full size: 9.9g/$6.95
Our Lip Care is created using 100% natural ingredients and contains 93% organic materials. Apply as needed.
This has become my new night-time lip balm. My lips feel so great the next day. I have electric heat and some days my lips are shardy little messes. The Nova Scotia Fisherman has really helped. Plus I love the 100% natural part. The packaging is a bit masculine for my taste but it is simple and it works.

Revlon Professional Style Masters Modular Hairspray   deluxe sample
Full size: 500ml/$19.95
Spray Modular hairspray on dry hair. For best results, hold about 30 cm, away from the hair. Medium Hold Hairspray, perfect for everyday use.
I like this hairspray just fine. It held my hair for a few hours. It certainly smells like hairspray. Again $20 is a little pricey for me for non salon. Maybe I am being a snob?

TheFaceShop Character Brightening Mask           one mask
3 masks/$9
Wash face. Pull out the mask and carefully place it on the face. Remove after 10-15 minutes and tap lightly to absorb the remaining essence into the skin. 
I haven’t used this mask yet. It looks pretty cute.I am saving it for a Sunday night pamper ritual. I still a few masks to get through. 

My favorite item would have to be the Nova Scotia Fisherman Lip Balm. It’s the item I have been using every day. Next month I did opt for the Benefit Prive Topbox. Fingers crossed! 

Get your own Topbox and sign up for $12 a month at Topbox.ca. Ships within Canada only.

Soooo Yeah…I am alive. Sorry I was MIA. I have been trying out a new medication for the arthritis and the change threw me into a pretty bad flare up, including some more neck fusion, YAY. Pain=Misery so I thought I would keep my negative energy to myself. Basically I stayed in bed for 2 months. But all is good at the moment so I will take it. On the bright side, I am still walking and talking right?

July 28, 2015

Annabelle Fall 2015 | Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow palette

Annabelle Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Annabelle Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
This August, Annabelle Cosmetics is launching their Fall 2015 line. I was pretty excited to get a sneak peak at some of the goodies coming this fall. Nude is the word for this fall and no Beautista should be caught without the perfect smoky eye! Annabelle’s Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow palette will meet that need. 

Annabelle Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

The Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow palette comes with 10 warm and cool tones shadows. The majority of the shadows are shimmer with 3 matte tones. The case is small and compact making it a good travel companion. The Smoky Nudes also comes with a dual ended brush; one side has a small blending brush and the other has a curved tip sponge brush. 
Annabelle Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
natural light
Top Row (L-R)
  • Light matte pink
  • Rose gold shimmer
  • Taupe shimmer
  • Medium grey shimmer
  • Matte black
Bottom Row (L-R)
  • White shimmer
  • Yellow Gold
  • Bronze shimmer
  • Black with red undertone with gold micro glitter
  • Matte dark brown
Annabelle Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
with flash
I swatched theses shadows over an eye primer as that is how I would normally wear any eyeshadow. While these shadows were not buttery, they were soft and didn’t have a lot of powdery kick up. Some swatched better than others but they were overall nicely pigmented. The pink shadow totally blended into my skin tone so it was very hard to get it to show up. That makes it the perfect blending colour for me. The two dark mattes didn’t swatch that great and were a little patchy but I was still able to blend them on my eyelids with no problem. I just had to build up the intensity. The gold was the only real disappointment for me. It swatched a  bit powdery and seemed to turn into a matte. I wanted it to have more pizzazz. 

Annabelle Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

But some of these shades are pretty awesome and are reminiscent of the some other shadows from some very well known Naked palettes; like the black glittery shadow on the bottom row instantly reminded me of Naked 3’s Blackheart and the bronze (bottom row) is a good dupe for Naked’s Smog. Excited yet? Yep me too!

The rose gold, taupe and bronze shimmers would look great on any eye for a daytime look.  Overall, I think this is a great drugstore alternative to the very much pricier natural palettes that are out there and maybe a better option than the more recent palettes from L’Oreal and Maybelinne. 
Annabelle Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Since this is a smoky eyeshadow palette, I created a night time smoky eye using the grey shadow all over the lid and into the crease as well as smoking it out under the outer 2/3 of my lower lash line. Then I darkened the outer V with a mixture of the black and dark brown. I used the pink to blend out the outer edges of the grey and finished up with some of the gold (wet) and a bit of the white in the inner eyes. I then lined my eyes with the Annabelle InstaGlam Kajal liner and added about 3 coats of the CoverGirl SuperSizer mascara.

The Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow palette ($12.95) will be available in August at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart and online

July 21, 2015

July 2015 Topbox

July 2015 Topbox
July 2015 Topbox
Hello Makeupnuts, the July Topbox is here! When I saw the Instagram pics of the July Topboxes, I really wanted the Alex Fashion Beauty one. It had a really cool pink Ceramic Glaze polish in there that I wouldn’t have mind getting. Then I realized I already have all the items in the box with the exception of the Ceramic Glaze polish. So I guess it is better to try something new.

I am pretty happy with the one I did get though. It included almost all makeup so that is always a big hit for me.

Let’s see what I got;
July 2015 Topbox

So Susan Rose Quartet Lip and Cheek Cream      full size
Full size $12
A richly-pigmented hydrating lip & cheek pomade that delivers 12 hours of continuous wear without dryness, creasing or smudging.
These cruelty-free lip creams are pigmented, I can confirm that! Such pretty colours! Plus they are very moisturizing. Almost like a balm. I am already sporting the nude peach. I couldn’t wait. 

July 2015 Topbox

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil              deluxe size
Full size 150ml/$69
Multi-use elixir that moisturizes and protects with intense nutrition. Rapidly absorbed into hair fiber, it rebalances the moisture level of dry hair. The soft- sleek velvety oil creates a supple touch with high shine and provides UV protection. Formulated for daily use. Safe on color-treated hair.
At first I wasn’t too excited when I saw this. I was like What? $70 for a hair serum? But holy crap, once I put one little pump into my hair I was hooked. My hair felt so smooth and hydrated. Almost like I just did a hair mask. Even my coworkers tried it out and loved it. It smells great and works like a dream at fixing dry dehydrated hair. I hope this 30ml bottle last me forever. $70? I don’t know if I can go there for a hair product.

July 2015 Topbox

Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner in Beyond Brown   deluxe  size
Full size 1.4g/$27
It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner, the closer line, the bigger the eye!
I have the full size version of the black They’re Real! Push Up Liner which I do enjoy using. I did a review on it here. This AccuFlex Tip does have a bit of a learning curve with it though. I really liked the black liner because it was the blackest matte liner I have. All other gels have a bit of shine to them. From the swatch below, you can see this is a really dark matte brown and once it on and sets, it does not budge.

OFRA Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil         full size
Full size $13
Can be applied directly to the eyebrow area then smudged gently with a small brush or brow wand applicator. Use a light hand with soft feather strokes for blonde/fair skin and heavier hand for darker brows till you see the color darken with more strokes. The more you apply the brow pencil the darker color you will get.
I have received this before in an Ipsy Glam bag and I was pretty Meh about it. The colour is a dark brown. Of course with a light hand any color will appear lighter but I do not think blondes or red heads will like this pencil.  Plus it smudges. I forgot one day and scratch my eyebrow, then scratched my cheek and had brown eye pencil on my face. So this one is a pass for me.

July 2015 Topbox
L-R: OFRA Eyebrow pencil, Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner, So Susan Rose Quaretet Lip&Cheek Cream
I have to say the stand out item this month would be the Shu Uemera Protective Oil. Oh My God! It’s amazing! Like I said before I cannot see myself spending $70 on hair oil but from how great my hair feels right now, I don’t know... That’s a haircut, bed, toys, food for my dogs, groceries, a pair of shoes, gas money. Yikes! There I talked myself out of it (for now). This is the dilemma I go through each time I think I see something I need. Anyone else need to do this too? Talk yourself in from ledge? No? Just me?

Anyhooo, how did you like your Topbox? Were you one of the lucky ones that got the Alex Fashion Beauty Box?

If you are interested in getting your own Topbox, go to Topbox.ca and sign up. It is $12 + tax.  Ships within Canada only.

July 16, 2015

Bioderma Sensibio Goodness

Bioderma Sensibio

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Miceller Water. I was totally enthralled by this cleansing water. I Loved It! So when I had the chance to try out some more from the Bioderma Sensibio line, I jumped at it.

All Bioderma Sensibio products are:
  • Fragrance-free formula
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Surfactant-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Non-comedogenic

Bioderma Sensibio 3 in 1 Milk
Bioderma Sensibio 3 in 1 Milk
Sensibio 3-in-1 Milk  $18.95/250ml
Sensibio 3-in-1 Milk perfectly cleanses and removes make-up from the face and eyes and does not need to be rinsed off. Like a real treatment featuring the Toléridine® patent, it biologically strengthens the skin's resistance to attacks and increases the tolerance threshold of sensitive skin.

A new biological breakthrough for sensitive skin, the Toléridine® patent, boosted by the D.A.F. (Dermatological Advanced Formulation) patented natural complex, inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory molecules and thus makes the skin less reactive.
The 3-in-1 Milk has the consistency of a thin lotion. It is not runny but isn't heavy either. There is no discernible scent and it truly was non-irritating on the eyes. I followed the instructions and put some of the 3-in-1 Milk on a cotton pad and wiped it over my face. I had to use quite a few cotton pads to get the makeup off and it took a few wipes to get all my mascara off.
I felt that it left behind a bit of residue on my skin so I ended up using another pad with the Sensibio H2O to see if there was anything left on my skin. There was still traces of foundation. Hmmph. But after a few minutes that residue-y feeling did go away and I felt like I had freshly cleansed skin. It left my skin feeling soft and hydrated.  But did that residue feeling go away because I used the H2O? At any rate, it seemed like I had to use a lot of product to remove my makeup (4 pads both sides). But I also didn't need to use face wash, toner or a moisturizer afterwards. I did put a serum under my eyes because ...well ... I am old and I gots me some baby wrinkles I am trying to kill.
I think the 3-in-1 Milk would be great for someone who wears light makeup and wants a low maintenance nighttime routine. I am going to continue use the 3-in-1 Milk for my 'light' or non-makeup days.

Bioderma Sensibio Tolerance+
Bioderma Sensibio Tolerance+

Sensibio Tolerance+:  $26.95/40ml
An expert in skin biology, BIODERMA research has innovated and created Sensibio Tolerance+: the dermatological treatment which durably increases the skin’s tolerance level while respecting the skin’s natural biology.
At the heart of this treatment is Neurocontrol®, an exclusive complex made up of a tetrapeptide and a combination of soothing active ingredients*. Neurocontrol® reduces the hyperexcitability of the skin's nerve fibres and regulates the biological mechanisms responsible for the intolerance. The feelings of tightness and discomfort are soothed. The skin regains its original comfort.
Enriched with Sodium PCA, Sensibio Tolerance+ fortifies the skin's barrier function and provides optimal moisturising.
This is a skin life saver. Bible. Last week, it was 30°C and super sunny here in Winnipeg, Yeah I know weird right?  But I burnt the tops of my cheeks. I was doing a bit of yardwork and was only out in the sun for maybe 20 minutes pulling weeds. Later on I noticed that my cheeks were still hot. Burned! I did have sunscreen on when I went out but I probably sweated that off in the first 5 minutes. It was seriously hot. Later that night,  after I cleansed my face with the Sensbio H20, I applied the Sensibio Tolerance+ and for the next few days. I tell you my skin drank it up. There was no itching, no peeling, just moisturized skin. I was impressed. I even used this right over my eyelids, which is awesome for me. My eye area is super sensitive to SPF, eye and night creams. The only other lotion that I have found close to being as soothing is La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense serum. Both are meant for sensitive irritated skin.

So if you have irritated skin crying out for help, I would suggest trying out Bioderma's Sensibio line. Especially the Tolerance+. The Bioderma Sensibio line is great for people with fickle skin. Like me! Really impressed.

Bioderma can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and online at Murale.ca.
**product provided for review. All opinions are my own.


June 29, 2015

June 2015 Topbox

June 2015 Topbox
June 2015 Topbox
Hey there, I am back from my little vacay to NW Ontario. Nothing too exciting, I was just visiting family but it was good times, lots of food and very little sleep. I think me and my dogs need to nap for a day or two in our own beds to recover. The long drive and nights are what killed me.

While I was gone, my June Topbox arrived. There were a few Prive boxes to choose from for June but I opted for the regular Topbox once again. I love suprises...as in presents, not fees or unexpected car bills. Those kind of suprises I hate.

I have to say that the regular June Topboxes were pretty good. Let's see what I got in mine this month; 

Physician’s Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer
Full size: 11g/$20
Exotic bronzer treats skin with ultra-nourishing ingredients and delivers a sunlit glow as if you’ve escaped to Morocco. Improves skin’s brightness, tone, texture and elasticity.
This bronzer is sure pretty to look at. The golden compact. The golden spray overlay. All beautiful. But on my skin tone, I find this bronzer to be more of a highlighter than a bronzer.  It doesn’t really show up other than the golden sheen. To me, that is a highlighter. There is a lot of golden shimmer in this bronzer and you do get quite a bit of gold glitter from the spray overlay.  
My real problem with this bronzer is the Argan Oil. Normally I love Argan Oil.  But seriously, how much is the Argan Oil going to benefit my skin? It is not like I am going to powder my whole face with this bronzer. Not unless I want to look like C3P0.  Plus  I find the Argan Oil scent overpowering. While very pretty, I think I will have to pass on this.

June 2015 Topbox

China Glaze Nail Lacquer – New Birth
Full size: 14ml/$10
I am smitten this polish. New Birth is white crème polish that has a slight hint of blue in it.  New Birth was from last year’s The Giver Collection. At first I thought this was a light grey polish but it leans white. When I am inside, I can see a hint of blue. I did find that you need to work in thin coats to get this one to look good at full opacity. I needed three coats.

June 2015 Topbox

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Full size: 118ml/$26
Shrink enlarged pores with this 2% liquid salicylic acid leave-on exfoliant that removes old skin cells both on the skins surface and inside the pore.
Ohhhh if this shrink pores, I am going to be in love.

June 2015 Topbox

Fruits & Passion Face Mask
1 mask $2.50
This refreshing Face Mask contains an essence specifically formulated to improve the appearance of your skin. Your skin is moisturized, softened and more luminous.
I do enjoy me a good face mask. It has become a Sunday night ritual for me. As I wind down for the evening I will put on some PVR’d show and then I slap on a mask and relax for 10 minutes. The mask I received was Cucumber, which has hydrating and soothing properties.

Okay I was more thrilled with the skin care than then makeup, which is unusual for me!. This will be the first time I will be able to try a Paula's Choice product or a Fruits & Passion face mask. Sunday night is going to be so fun! It is too bad that the Physician's Formula bronzer was a dud, it was so pretty. The scent was just way too much for me. I kind of wish I had gotten one of the Benefit's liners instead.
What did you think of this month's Topbox?
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