Elf

July Favorites!!

11:43 AM

Summer is always feeling like it is over when July ends were I live... we haven't had much of a summer and didn't go over 26'C this year which is odd but there isn't much to do in the heat anyways around here =/
Here were my July favorites:


I Absolutely Love this Elf powder Brush, I did a make up swap with Mercedes and she got me this brush =) Thank you so much I LOVE IT!! I also am loving the Makeup Forever HD Powder.It is a light finish that makes my skin look really nice.


Sun Laboratories Ultra Dark Self Tanning Lotion is my love! I have been using this so much this summer since there hasn't been much sun and its much safer then real tanning.
SoftSoap Body Butter Strawberry Scrub-OMG I could EAT THIS!! well not literally but I fricken LOVE this smell!! I smell it every time I go into Walmart and always say noo I don't need another Body wash just yet but last time I caved and bought it... I am glad I did it is so yummy smelling!


This is Elf's Glitter Gloss in Glam Guava (This was another Makeup Swap Item =)  ) It is a very pretty color and not too glittery once applied, no stickyness either.


Okay okay I SUCK at taking pictures,I could not get this to work out in the photo but the color is beautiful! This is Elf's all over color Stick in Pink Lemonade, you can use it for lips,cheeks or eyes and its really pretty! I prefer to use it for lips at the moment.


Elf's Blush in Pink Passion. This is crazy pink but I think its really pretty.. the color looks slightly brighter then when you apply it so its not like WHOA what is on that girls face! ;)


Water is SOO Important especially in the hotter weather. Sometimes I do feel like I need something more then just water so I really like using these Tetley Infusions Liquid Iced Tea Mix once in a while. I am currently liking the Greentea and Green Tea with Mango Flavors. These aren't good if you have them all the time, they are 50 calories each and 12.5g of sugar but it is better then cracking open that Monster I would prefer =)

What were some of your July Favorites??

Mail

Mail!!! =)

8:14 PM

I absolutely Love getting mail especially when it isn't bills or junk mail...
Here is what I got in the past couple days!


I was very fortunate to receive these products to review from the awesome Farleyco.ca . Very very kind staff there =) Thank you!
Here is what I got:
*Montagne Jeunesse Moisture Miracle Hair Masque
*Montagne Jeunesse Volume Miracle Hair Masque
*Montagne Jeunesse Cool Eyes Anti wrinkle
*Montagne Jeunesse Lip Healing Balm with Aloe & Spearamint
*Plus White one Step 5 minute speed whitening Gel
All of these look really nice so I am very happy to try them out =) =)

I will hopefully be doing the review in the next week or so. 

AND!!!!! My Bathing suit from Vodaswim that I won from Gabys Voda Swim Give away! I was super excited to win this, as I honestly can never find a bathing suit I like so this will replace my Super store one I currently have lol... I am cheap! Thank you so much to Gaby and Voda Swim!!!


I know the picture is weird, my camera is being lame.. I will do better pictures and a review about this swim suit later on too.
As well my Sample from Monster Energy of their new energy shot- WORX Energy.
There is my mail for last week.

BTW this week might be slow for posts since it looks like another crazy week..I am taking care of my little sisters kitty and she is not enjoying my two cats so its a bit much for the next week trying to divide them up and give them all the attention they need..they are my kids so they require a lot lol.
I hope every ones having a good summer, and not melting away!

Garnier Fructis

Garnier Ultra Long-Lasting Shiny Colour Review

10:43 AM

 Garnier Ultra Long-Lasting Shiny Colour
316-Pure Purple
Cost $9.99 at Zellers



I am a huge fan of getting a good dye job from a hair stylist but it just isn't in my budget right now so I have been trying out some box dyes for the past few months. Like I say every time I dye my hair it will not compare fully to a good salon dye but it works for me.
Do you ever just get bored with your look and need some kind of change? I ALWAYS do but I am so lame I don't ever change it up too much. I used to when I was really young but now i'm to nervous for anything drastic! lol. But when I am itching for a new tattoo,piercing or change up my hair color a bit I just have to! 
I like dark hair on me the best and I am a little sick of black so this pure purple looked great.



The usual that comes in an at home hair dye kit.
*Gel Creme Colorant
*Colour Releaser
*Shine Enhancing Deep Conditioner
*Gloves


You might need to use:
*Vaseline around the hair line(It seriously helps so much).
*Rat tail comb to section hair
*Dye Brush to brush in the dye(I hate dying my hair with regular dye without this brush!)
*Any kind of clips to help section your hair
*Bad towels is a must! This stuff drips.
*Wear bad clothing!


It looks crazy purple! But I think its really pretty


Processing time is 30 minutes
Applying time took roughly 25 minutes (i'm a little slow with this kind of dye)


I'm not going to lie I didn't like the consistency of this dye. It was so runny! I am so used to using the foam dye that this was kind of dripping all over. 
Look how purple it looks! =D

Final look:

NOT THAT PURPLE!! what the heck! This was the best picture I could get in the sunlight to actually see some purple. It basically looks black in dull lighting =/ I assumed that I would be getting the color that was on the box. It even showed the same purple color when you have black hair but it didn't show up much in my hair. 
My blogging friend Thisisalx was telling me that this was maybe a 2 tone type dye where you will only see the purple color in the light, so if it is then that would make sense!

Over all so far I do like this dye. My hair wasn't completely straw like after, I did use my K-Pak conditioner after. I don't find the box dye's conditioner all that moisturizing.
I honestly think the mousse/foam hair dyes are the way to go if you are a beginner. They are easy to apply on your own and less clean up. These kinds of dyes are okay if you are a newbie and have patients to be able to section your hair and brush the dye in. I would repurchase this dye as well as recommend it. There are more color selections with this line as well compared to the past mousse/foam dyes I have reviewed. You can read those HeRe and HeRe =)

I am always on a mission to find the best dye within my budget! What are some that you have tried and liked or didn't like?

Thank You

wHoA!!!

11:47 PM

I have Finally made 100 aweSoMe FoLlOwErs!!!!!!!!
I have been blogging for just over 6 months now and I am absolutely loving it! I have met the coolest & sweetest people through blogging and I think it's really awesome!!
There  are so many wonderful & amazing blogs out there so I understand I cannot get a ton of readers but to those who have followed and read this lil old blog...
THANK YOU SOO MUCH! It really means a lot to me. Blogging is such a away to get out of the normal everyday stressful reality. It is such a fun hobby so thank you =)



 

 
 

Essie

jULY lUXE bOX

7:07 PM

iS IT ME OR DOES IT FEEL LIKE I AM THE LAST PERSON TO RECEIVE MY LUXE BOX? i FEEL LIKE I ALWAYS AM THE LAST ONE TO BLOG ABOUT IT ='( LOL.

hERE IS MY jULY BOX!




nOW TO THE GOOD STUFF =)
essie-SASSY SATCHEL-tHIS IS GORGEOUS!


pROCLAIM-hAIR oIL tREATMENT
i LOVE ANY HAIR PRODUCTS TO TEST OUT SO I THINK THIS ONE IS GREAT


sTELLA- sTELLA iN tWO pEONY fRAGRANCE
i HAD A SAMPLE OF THE OTHER sTELLA AND LOVED IT! tHIS SMELLS PRETTY NICE TOO =)


tRUCCO- pRO lIP lINER
tHIS DOESN'T INTEREST ME SINCE I DO NOT USE LIP LINER BUT I WILL FIND A GOOD HOME FOR IT =)

tHERE WAS MY jULY BOX, WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR lUXE bOX/bIRCH bOX? 
hAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS?

Angels and Airwaves

Older Songs I LOVE!!

9:28 PM

Since I am going to the Blink 182 concert I always listen to them like crazy before I go and make sure i know all the lyrics to the sounds, i'm a die hard fan! lol  I LOVE THEM!!
So this made me also listen to a couple other bands that Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker have made. Boxcar Racer is one of my favorite albums in my whole life. LOVE IT and I have for years and years and years. I thought I would share my favorite song from the only album they created =.(


There is:
 
 
Lyrics:

This vacation's useless
These white pills aren't kind
I've given a lot of thought on this 13-hour drive
I miss the grinding concrete where we sat past 8 or 9
And slowly finished laughing in the glow of our headlights
I've given a lot of thought to the nights we use to have
The days have come and gone
Our lives went by so fast
I faintly remember breathing on your bedroom floor
Where i laid and told you, but you swear you loved me more

Do you care if i don't know what to say
Will you sleep tonight, will you think of me
Will i shake this off pretend its all okay
That there someone out there who feels just like me
There is

Those notes you wrote me
I've kept them all
I've given a lot of thought of how to write you back this fall
With every single letter in every single word
There will be a hidden message about a boy that
loves a girl

Do you care if i don't know what to say
Will you sleep tonight, will you think of me
Will i shake this off, pretend its all okay
that There's someone out there who feels just like me
There is

Do you care if i don't know what to say?
Will you sleep tonight, will you think of me
Will i shake this off, pretend its all okay
That there's someone out there who feels just like me

Do you care if i don't know what to say?
Will you sleep tonight, will you think of me
Will i shake this off, pretend its all okay
That there's someone out there who feels just like me
There is 
 
 
And the other one is also from Tom DeLonge. Angels and Airwaves is his other band and I absolutely LOVE  this song!

RITE OF SPRING:
 

Lyrics:
 
I was locked all day in the summer heat,
In a small brown house in suburban streets,
The skateboard and my shit guitar,
I dreamed all day that they would get me far,
My dad would ask me about my grades,
The asshole sports that I never played,
And then I'd ask about the girls he'd date,
Behind our backs when mom would stay up late.

It was near when I turned sixteen, got kicked out of school,
And so it seemed, that things were closing in
And ready to blow,
My dad moved out about that year or so,
It took an hour to start a punk rock band,
To offset my fucked up family land,
And as I held my mom would start to cry,
I swore ourselves a better life.

If I had a chance for another try,
I wouldn't change a thing,
This made me all of who I am inside,
And if I could thank God,
That I am here, and that I am alive
And everyday I wake,
I tell myself a little harmless lie,
The whole wide world is mine.

The summer's gone, the years have passed,
My friends have changed, a few did last,
The smallest dreams got pushed aside,
The largest ones that changed my life,
And all I wish for has come to past,
From rock and roll, to love and cash,
It's all success if it's what you need,
Do what you like and do it honestly.

If I had a chance for another try,
I wouldn't change a thing,
This made me all of who I am inside,
And if I could thank God,
That I am here, and that I am alive
And everyday I wake,
I tell myself a little harmless lie,
The whole wide world is mine.

Yo oh oh oh
Yo oh oh
Yo oh oh oh
Yo Oh Oh
Yo Oh Oh Oh
Yo Oh Oh
Yo Oh Oh Oh
Yo Oh Oh

If I had a chance for another try,
I wouldn't change a thing,
This made me all of who I am inside,
And if I could thank God,
That I am here, and that I am alive,
And everyday I wake,
I tell myself a little harmless lie,
The whole wide world is mine.
(x2)
 
These are the two songs I have been listening for years and years and always will. I <3 them!
what are some of your old songs you like to listen to?
 

Have you ever heard these songs? What did you think of them?

Batiste

Batiste Dry Shampoo-Black Review

9:35 AM


I love Dry shampoo's....Well ones that actually work. Batiste is the kind that actually works! I have been searching everywhere to find the kind for black hair. I finally found it at Winners! There was 3 cans left and I snagged 2 of them. They were $5.99 each, can't go wrong at that price!


This basically works the same way as the regular ones but have some coloring in it so it should blend better for darker hair then the regular kind.
If you are a dry shampoo lover then you will know what I am talking about with the whole gray colored looking hair. 
When I first got home I spray a little bit in the cap to see how dark the product really is and I was pleasantly surprised it was pretty black...


The next day I decided to give it a try and I was kind of disappointed that it doesn't spray fully black! I had this image that it would just spray a black spray and I would comb it out a bit and be good to go. But unfortunately it does have SOME gray. =/

This picture is before brushing it out, this is just to show the grayish color instead of what I thought would come out of the can,it should be black if it says black I think.

But it can be brushed out fairly easy so you don't have old looking hair ;) 
I also use a shine spray once I am finished using any dry shampoo just in case there is some left over  color showing in my dark hair.

Over all I would for sure recommend this product as well I will repurchase it. The quality is better than even the expensive salon brands as well their selection is so large that there is something for everyone.

If you want to read more about this product I did do a full review on a couple from their line, you can read that HeRe . 

What is your favorite Dry shampoo? What was the worst one you have ever tried?

Blink 182

Up All Night

10:10 AM

FINALLY!!!! Us BLINK fans have been waiting and waiting and waiting for a new album to come out for YEARS!!!! The last self titled album BLINK 182 was released on November 18,2003. I still remember heading over to Future Shop after work to buy this, I was so excited!!!
I thought 2 years ago when they FINALLY toured in Canada that there would be a new album released for sure in the up coming months but i was wrong =( what a WICKED show they played that concert! Travis did an amazing drumming solo at the end it was unbelievable!

SOOOO here is the new song that was released last night, I guess some people have heard it on radio stations before it was really released but my city has the worst radio stations and they really don't play Blink, or if they did it would be "All the Small Things" and nothing else =(



I like it, I need to listen to it more to really love it but it sounds slightly AVA like...which i wasn't a massive fan of =/ but I am so pumped for their show in August!!!!!!!!!!! As well as when they do release the new album.
What do you think of it ??

Annabelle

ThiS Vs ThAt!... Part 3!

11:19 AM

Here we go for round 3!


JOHN FRIEDA LUXURIOUS VOLUME
Lavish Lift Blow Dry Spray
Creates Lift by Thickening strands for all-around dimension with a silky soft feel
Vs
GOT2BE FAT-TASTIC
Instant Infusion Collagen Root Boosting spray Mega-lift


I haven't had the best opinions on volume sprays. I don't really get much lift with them but I usually always will try any drug store kind when they have a good sale...you never know what could work with your hair!
Both of these were around $7 and I didn't have anything omg wow moments with them but I would have to say I like the John Frieda slightly better... Would I buy either of these again? probably not.

CHI SILK INFUSION
Silk Reconstructing complex
Vs
JOICO K-PAK
Color therapy.Restorative Styling Oil


This was a tricky one! I rate both of these products high in my books. I recently just started using the Joico oil, it was in June's month of Luxe Box and it is really nice. I Love Chi they smell soo good and it just feels silky on your hands.Chi silk infusion is ranged anywhere from $15-$20 I got this bottle in a set of a travel pack so the pricing isn't what it would be. I didn't purchase the Joico in a regular size but I believe the price is around the same. I just tried to find a price online but it varies so much I am not really sure =/
SOOO I pick Chi Silk Infusion =)

CARGO
Water Resistant Bronzer
Vs
ANNABELLE
Zebra Bronzing Powder in HAUTE GOLD


I purchased this Cargo bronzer last year I believe..and you can see I have tons left. I paid around $25 so it was pricey!!That is the most I think I have ever paid for a single little makeup product. And you might be able to guess it wasn't my best purchase. I think the color might be too dark for me, I like just a bit of bronzer since i'm pretty fair. But I do like the formula, it isn't too shimmery but not super matte.The Annabelle bronzer is really nice because it's not just one color, so it work's if you are more fair. I paid around $10 for this bronzer.
The better of the 2? I would say Annabelle's for sure. More affordable and is a really pretty color!

What is the latest products/makeup that you have tried that promised the same result but delivered way differently?

What Do You Think?

11:55 AM

Clearly I am not creative... I have been playing around with the look of my blog since I have started and I am so unsure of what I want it to look like... I had an awesome Blogger friend help me yesterday with banners and trying to redesign everything and this is what we have so far...
I change my mind too much sometimes but this is what it looks like for the time being. I don't know if its too dark or to childish? But I love stars and my fav colors are black,pink and lime green!
SOOOO what do you think? I like honesty, so even if it's not positive i'm cool with it =)

Batiste

Winners & Walmart Good Crap I got =)

10:45 AM

If you follow me on twitter you might have seen me talking about good crap that you buy at Walmart or Target or where ever you might find it =) Here is what I got at Winners yesterday...

My FIRST ELF THINGS EVER!!!!!!!! I am currently waiting for some Elf goodies in the mail from my lovely blogger friend but when I saw this at Winners I had to buy it! So forgive me if there is any similar in the package you are sending me.. I will use it i promise =)

  Elf Summer Ready Best Sellers Collection:

*Eyelash Curler
*Lengthening & Defining Mascara
*Liquid EyeLiner
*Eye Shadow Trio -no color names =(

I found this at Winners and I honestly have yet to find an Elf product anywhere near where I live in Canada.. I didn't even think it was sold in Canada.The selection was small there, just kind of sets like this and their eye shadow books. So this was $9.99 and I am so curious if any of you American  bloggers or readers have purchased this or seen the price of this?

Next:



Everything here is from Walmart except the Joico and Batiste Dry Shampoo.
The Joico was purchased at Winners and I got the K-PaK Reconstructive conditioner just like the one from my other post and honestly these suckers are regularly like $42  or higher at some salons so when I saw this I had to have it. It is a Liter and will last me such a long time.Now the best part about all of this is that it was $19.99! I was stoked so I had to buy it.. then no more hair products for a while =) I am set!
I finally found my Batiste Colored Dry Shampoo in Black. This is usually around $9.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart and at Winners it was $5.99 so I bought 2.

These were purchased at Walmart:                                                   

*L'OREAL Ever Pure -Sulfate Free,no harsh salts,Natural Botanicals-It sounds good so hopefully it will be kind to my hair =)This was a little pricey $9
*Next is the usual Clean&Clear makeup dissolving cleansing wipes. I had a $3 off coupon and this was just under $6 so I paid 3 dollars for it =)
*Montagne Jeunesse Mask Apricot Mango scrub - $2
*L'OREAL Total  Repair Night-This ranges anywhere from $4-$7 but it was on for $3.96 and I had a $2 off coupon so it was super cheap!

And my last picture is from my very bestest friend Shari =)
She recently went to the states and she knows what a gumaholic I am and that I love to try every single kind ever!! So she was kind and bought me a few we don't have in Canada.. or not at least where I am living. Thank you =) =)

*Extra Dessert Delights gum-Key Lime Pie Yummy!
*Extra Desserts Delights Gum-Strawberry Shortcake YUMMMM
*Extra Fruit Sensations- Sweet Tropical my FAV!! 

Since I have had a couple days off this week and I think I am shopping WAY too much for my bank account =/ so I need to slow down soon on that =( 


Have you tried any of these products? What was the last thing you bought that you didn't overly need?


Best TV Shows

REALLY GOOD SHOWS!!

11:16 AM

I have mentioned this in the past but maybe it was when I had like one person reading my blog ;)
I like watching tv shows too much.. I am always really excited when a new season is starting of shows I like and these two you should really check out!!

The Big C- No one I know really is watching this and they are into the second season and I think more people should give it a try. It is kind of sad if you have had anyone in your life have cancer but it is supposed to be funny too. Cathy is diagnosed with melanoma and doesn't have a lot of options to help cure/ or prolong her life. She is positive and strong. I really like this show!


 My next is my favoritest show EVER!!! Breaking Bad will be starting Season 4 on July 17 and I am excited!!! When my friend first told me about it I wasn't all that excited to watch it but by the first episode I was hooked. Walter is a chemist teacher who is diagnosed with Lung cancer.. he also doesn't  have a lot of options with treatment, has a child and a baby on the way so he needs to make money for his family so when he is gone they aren't screwed. He starts to cook meth and sells it.. It seriously is such a good show with lots of different things happening in it that will keep you interested. I have watched all three seasons like 5 times. Love it!!

 Have you watched either of these shows? What are your favorite shows right now?

Dior

DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum & Primer Review

9:08 AM

To prime lashes or not to prime? That is a question I have tried and tested over the years and I always end up having a love hate relationship with most lash primers. 
I have to be honest I haven't actually used one in over a year and when I ordered my Naked Palette from Sephora.com I got it as a free sample and I was hesitant at first but now my opinion has changed.


DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum & Primer


"What it is:
Dior's first lash primer that combs, curls, and coats each lash to create a smooth, even mascara base, while acting as a nourishing serum treatment that promotes long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality.
What it does:
The newest addition to the family of legendary Diorshow Mascaras, DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum & Primer instantly primes, plumps, and lengthens lashes with an ultra-light and quick-drying formula. The first "active serum" mascara primer also contains a unique cell-conditioning complex made up of hydrolyzed soy proteins that promote long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality."

That was a way better description then I could have thought of myself so I borrowed it from Sephora.com

I received the 4ml tube and I am sad to say I am running quite low =(

*This formula does not make lashes feel hard or clumpy like I have found with other primers. 

*The no clump brush glides on easy for an even coverage.  

 This does dry fairly quick so I only prime one eye at a time then follow with mascara before it dries. I don't know if it is best to let it dry or not but I feel it looks better with mascara right after the primer. 

I have been trying to take a before and after picture all week but I am not photogenic and I have not been able to come up with a good close up of my lashes.. hopefully I will get one soon because I think the results are great.

I honestly think this product does pretty much what it says and if I was rich I would continuously purchase this.... but I am not. So I will not be buying the $28.00 regular size of this product =/ I just cannot justify the $$ on that but it is really a good product!! It probably would last a decent amount of time but I am not sure if it follows the mascara rule and throwing it out after a few months.

What is your favorite lash primer?

 **btw I think Blogger is being funny again because I didn't add all those "jump/page breaks" in my post and they won't go away! =(  **

Deep Conditioner

Joico K-Pak Moisture Intense Hydrator Review

8:37 PM

Let me start off by saying WOWWWWW!!! LOVE THIS!!!!!

I have dry blahh hair and I have tried everything I can think of under $30 for deep conditioners and honestly I never am very satisfied with my result.

I have eyed this numerous times but always backed away from the price tag. I have seen this ranging from $22-25 for 250ml bottle. Pricey yes! Worth full price? That would be a more difficult question since I got this bottle on sale for $9.99 at London Drugs. Worth every penny, I probably would pay the $20 but that is damn expensive in my books for 250ml of product that doesn't put extra hair on my head ;)


This product is intense hydrator treatment for dry,damaged over processed unhealthy hair!


You can find this in all of Joico products - Quadramine Complex ,my stylist described it as something in healthy hair that is needed to repair damaged/fried/dyed hair. The key structural component of hair is keratin protein in the form of 19 different amino acids.The best way to fix the damage is to replace it with a type of Keratin that is naturally found in hair.

I love the consistency of this product, it is thick but not too thick. 


I love the smell, I find most of Joico products have a really good smell. Salon type smell but not  a chemical smell.

I use this as  my deep conditioner a couple times a week and maybe once a month I will put this in my hair, braid my hair and sleep in it. My hair is CRAZY  soft after I wash it in the am!!

I absolutely love this product for my hair type.I think it would work with all hair types. I would recommend this product and repurchase it again.

What is your favorite deep conditioner??

8:48 PM

THaNK YoU!!!!!

I have been blogging for more then 6 months now and i just wanted to say thank you to the people who have been reading this blog!!
It might not be the typical "beauty" blog.. I might not have the latest and greatest stuff but I have been having fun doing this.
I have met so many great people through blogging and I am thankful for that :) :) :)





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