Annabelle

Annabelle CC Colour Control Instant Perfecting Base Review

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Ingenious multi-tasking perfecting base that primes skin perfectly and evens out skin tone. CONTROLS skin colour by neutralizing redness,dull and uneven complexion. CORRECTS instantly by reducing appearance of pores,fine lines and leaves a flawless anti-shine finish. PRIMES skin for makeup and improves foundation wear. Oil-Free.Paraben-Free. Perfume-Free. Non Comedogenic. Hypo-allergenic and dermatologist tested.

Seriously? That sounds pretty much 100% of what I am looking for and was very happy to be given the chance to review this product. 

BB & CC creams are all over the market now and I have tried quite a few BB creams but this is my first CC cream that I have used. I was confused at what the difference was between them but an easy way to think of it is: BB cream is like tinted moisturizers it will give you some coverage,colour and some might even have skin care benefits in them. While a CC cream will help the appearance skin issues like redness,uneven skin tone, so they kind of correct the issue-hence the name!


THANK YOU Annabelle for giving us the pump packaging!! Absolutely love that. The packaging is simple and practical. This gets a major thumbs up in my books!


This CC Cream is in Natural Finish, for all skin tones which makes it really nice instead of playing the guessing game. I am very fair and when you pump this out you think okay wait there is a bit more colour then I expect if it is for all skin tones, but it blends very nicely.

My skin type is combination and very fair, freckles and probably too much unevenness. 
 I never ever ever use a primer on my face. (other then eye shadow primer-that's a must!) I never have liked the thick feeling of silicon type products on my skin. I know they might be really useful but I just don't like heavy things on my face. If you are anything like me and usually only use powder or BB cream sometimes then I think you would really enjoy Annabelle's CC cream. This is really light weight so it isn't masking your skin it is just helping cover some flaws. It did even out my skin tone and make it feel more alive.
I mostly just use this on it's own or with a powder over top to help keep the shine away.




You can see how sheer this is but you can always layer it if you need more coverage.



It blends so well without that heavy caky feeling of a primer you would normally get. I couldn't get a shot of my face with the lack of sun the past 2 weeks and the actual up close and person with my skin scares me lol.
I haven't worn any foundation in months I would say, and even then I probably have used foundation 10 times in my life so I am not the one to be able to tell you if this makes your foundation last way longer. BUT I did try this with BB cream and set with powder and my face stayed covered for most of the day (8 hours give or take)

Pros:
*Lightweight
*Blendable
*Evens out skin tone
*Hides most redness
*Feels like nothing is on your skin
*Has a pump!!!
*Great for anyone to use
*Can be used on it's own or with foundation

Cons:
*If you have oily skin you need to set this with powder


I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone who doesn't have flawless skin. I think it's a great option compared to most of the primer/bases that are out there. Annabelle is cruelty free and we all love that!!

Think you will give this a try?

Annabelle is a Canadian company that does not test on animals! That is one of the nicest things most people love to hear.A little nice, a little naughty and lots of style! They have been a part of Groupe Marcelle since 1999. To learn more about new products, info on the company as well all the social media and blog click HERE!


Benefit

May 2013 Empties!

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TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray | Benefit Moisturizing Prep Toning Lotion | Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser | Clear Root Boost Shampoo | It's a 10 Miracle Leave In | Seaweed Clarifying Toner | Vaseline Total Radiance Cocoa Body Butter


*TRESemme Heat Tamer- Who hasn't purchased this yet? It lasted a really long time,maybe because of my fine hair? It's your typical heat protectant. Why everyone on YouTube gives it such hype is beyond me? I just don't find it to be so shockingly great..maybe it's just me?

Would I repurchase? Yes because it's fairly cheap but it's not my favourite by any means.

*Clear Volumizing Root Boost Shampoo. Okay I was fairly shocked at how much I liked this drugstore shampoo. I like to buy salon shampoo but this was great, it smells nice and didn't dry out my hair. It did not volumize but does any shampoo really volumize?

Would I repurchase? Yep!

*Benefit Moisturizing Prep Toning Lotion- This was from a monthly subscription box and it took me FOREVER to use it up. It was really different from any toner I have ever used.It was thick and moisturizing. It wasn't amazing to me despite all the good reviews I read but I was glad to try it out.

Would I repurchase? Negative.


*It's a 10 Miricle Leave in Product. <3 this product. How handy is it to have everything you need for your hair all in one bottle? It did help condition and volumize my hair, I would use this everyday if it wasn't for the price. I can't justify regularly spending almost $30 for a teeny tiny ass bottle of product that doesn't last that long. 

Would I repurchase? If I was rich I would always repurchase!!! 

*Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser. AMAZING! This stuff is my all time favorite cleanser! I received this in another monthly subscription box and am so impressed. My skin felt soft clean and refreshed! It removed my eye makeup as well so it was really awesome.

Would I repurchase? I guess I need to see the price...but again if I was rich HELL YES I would purchase.


*Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner- This stuff smells amazing to me, I really liked this toner! I am one of those people that doesn't notice much when I am using toner but if I had to pick any that I have tried I really liked this one. I felt it did help control oily skin slightly, nothing shocking but I did notice when I wouldn't use this my skin was more oily throughout the day.

Would I repurchase? Yes

*Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiance Body Butter- This is my absolute favorite body butter I have ever tried actually. The smell is incredible! I could eat it. I have since purchased the regular cocoa radiance lotion and pretty much love it. This is fairly moisturizing, but the smell wins me over the most.

Would I repurchase? Oh yeah!

Have you tried any of these? What's your recent empties?




Annabelle

Annabelle Expandable Mascara Review

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Call me Miss Mascara. Love it, NEED it, have to have it!! Nothing beats beautiful lashes to me so I was VERY excited Annabelle let me give this a try! 


This mascara isn't your average everyday mascara. It's more complex and offers a 2 in 1, pretty cool huh?

Annabelle Expandable Mascara features a unique polymer brush that changes with the turn of a dial:Expand the brush for maximum volume,retract it for length + definition. Volumizing, lengthening, anti-clumping, separation + defining lashes,fast drying and east to remove with Eye Makeup Remover Lotion. All the volume and length you crave in one mascara!


Dial all the way up



Dial all the way down.

I don't know if it's my horrible eyes or what but at first I couldn't see the brush changing in front of me lol. But clearly you can see the difference in the brushes after turning the dial up and down.

Okay on to the fun stuff....

How good does it actually work.

This formula applies really nicely, I thought it looked more wet but it's pretty dry which helps prevent clumping and holds my curl in my lashes.

The Results:

The Dial turned all the way up
No Mascara|One Coat|Two Coats





The dial Turned all the way down
No Mascara|One Coat|Two Coats

It's not a dramatic difference but I do think the second set of pictures looks more natural. I am sure if you layer on the coats you will achieve more of the mascara look that I adore.

PROS:
*Drys Quickly
*Holds Curl
*Adds Volume & Thickness
*Nice Packaging
*2 for 1 Product
*Brush isn't poky like some of the plastic type bristles out there
*No Clumps!
*No Flakes throughout the day-that is important!!


CONS:
*Might be a bit too dry of a formula for me


I actually didn't have anything negative that stood out to me with this mascara, I think it does add a nice amount of volume and with the 2 options it is nice to get either look you are looking for. I personally wouldn't use the more natural look since I love lashes and mascara but I do think this is a unique option in a mascara!

Do you think my lashes stand out with this mascara?


Annabelle is a Canadian company that does not test on animals! That is one of the nicest things most people love to hear.A little nice, a little naughty and lots of style! They have been a part of Groupe Marcelle since 1999. To learn more about new products, info on the company as well all the social media and blog click HERE!





ASKholes

ASKholes.

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Okay if you don't like my rants please look away!! I don't want to offend anyone but I find rants super amusing and I kind of think I can be good at writing these sometimes. But truly this is all in good fun and I hope you get my humour =)



This is my number ONE biggest pet peeve I can think of other then chewing  no wait inhailing your meal like you haven't eaten in days like a complete slob, that's just nasty lol.
I started writing a book once about ASKholes and I kinda forgot about it and recently I have re read it and I cracked myself up. I don't know if I should share that post or just go with what I am saying now,we'll decide at the end!

Ok so for those of you that don't know what an ASKhole is here is the definition: Somebody who you think possibly has some kind of smarts up there but we don't know for sure. They ask you for advice repeatedly and never ever EVER even consider actually taking it.It's just a vicious cycle. Effing annoying if you ask me.

Senario number uno. Very common.very generic.We probably all have at least one in our lives.
You have a friend who is in a horrible relationship. He does the typical things a shitty boyfriend would do. Cheat,lie,lie and oh lie some more. He is verbally abusive and maybe even a little physically abusive. You constantly spend hours on the phone consoling her because she's your friend right? You need to think of a plan and help her get out of this situation. She lives in your city or another province or state but you need to help her so you send her money to get her own place. You search for women's shelters to get her out of his unsafe place. You talk and talk and cry and listen to her hurting.. So this probably goes on and on and on. Lots of phone calls and lots of crying.
You don't hear from her for a while and she never returns your calls. She wanted help didn't she? She did need my shoulder to cry on didn't she? 
ASKHOLE.
I talk to her a month later and she's all lovey dovey with that asshole she's dating STILL.
round 2 happens then 3 then 4 then wow I can't even count the rest of them.
Years go by.
Same steps continue. Yep that is an Askhole.

I have quite a few ASKholes at my work and have some pretty funny stories that if anyone wants to hear these posts let me know! 

I am totally writing this all in good fun and if my friend even saw this (she has no clue about my blog) she would laugh and be like fuck yep im an ASKhole lol. I just like to try to be funny and make people laugh =)  It is my favorite thing to do!


Okay tell me your latest ASKhole rant!!! I'd love to hear it =)



Annabelle

ANNABELLE Biggy Zebra Bronzing Powder Review

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Bronzer is such a hit and miss with me that I actually stopped trying to find the perfect one since I felt that was just a dream.You all know the orange or dirt looking kind oh to well and it can be so frustrating to find one that works for you. It has to be just right! I was stoked to get the chance to review Annabelle Biggy Zebra Bronzing Powder in Haute Gold.



Bigger Size!Get Sun-kissed radiant skin in seconds!The powder contains 3 perfectly coordinated shades and a soft texture in harmonious of bronze and gold to create a natural glow of summertime tan.All the glow you want without the damaging effects of the sun. Paraben Free, Fragrance free,Gluten Free.Hypo-allergenic and dermatologist tested.




Love the over size of this product, it's perfect for the bigger body brushes to blend down your neck and chest if you are looking for an even all over glow.

The colors blend perfectly together to create a beautiful bronzed look. Not only do you miss the muddy orange look but it awakens my white as snow like complexion without it being too harsh or too intense. This product is nicely blendable and brings a great glow to my skin.



There is a slight shimmer in this bronzer but it is fairly subtle. 

You can pile this up as well to make a more intense bronzer for contouring or just keep it simple for an extra glow.

I have been playing around with this product for the past couple weeks and I am very pleased to be able to recommend this as well as use it on a daily basis!

Annabelle is a Canadian company that does not test on animals! That is one of the nicest things most people love to hear.A little nice, a little naughty and lots of style! They have been a part of Groupe Marcelle since 1999. To learn more about new products, info on the company as well all the social media and blog click HERE!

What is your favorite Annabelle product?



Favorites

My Favorite YouTubers

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I have been super addicted to YouTube lately and love finding new channels to watch no matter what type of channel they are if it's interesting I will watch! 
I was reading Mrs.Makeup's post on YouTubers she likes watching and I thought I would do another one of these posts and introduce you to some I have been watching and hopefully you can fill me in on some you have been watching!

First up:




I love her style and she seems super sweet and funny! Def check out her channel.





She is seriously hilarious and talented like you wouldn't believe!! She is different and I like that!


Goss Makeup Artist Aka Wayne <3<3<3



I LOVE him!!! He is my ALL time FAVORITE makeup artist on Youtube, he is incredible! His different ways for doing everyday things just blow my mind, he's really worth checking out if you are into beauty.





She's gorgeous funny and real! I have been watching her channel for a while now and I just adore her!




You HAVE to watch this video, I was laughing pretty good and she's SO RIGHT!!! Love her humour and her videos are always interesting.


Those are the top YouTubers I am loving right now, who do you recommend? 

Click HERE to see my first post.



DIY

Operation Hair Growth

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Image from Weheartit
I look at that picture and cry on the inside!! I recently decided after a LOT of thinking I would chop my hair off and try a new look. Man I REGRET that fucking decision. I absolutely HATE my hair. Can't stand it. 
I have done a bit of searching around the internet to see what I can come up with to "grow" my hair quicker... not even sure if these are completely true but when you are in this boat you will try what you can!

Basic Things to do:

*Less heat the better
*Drink a ton of water
*Eat healthy, lots of vegetables,fruits and good proteins
*Exercise
*Biotin
*Fish Oil
*No Brushing when hair is wet

Easy Basic Hair Masques to try:

*EGG YOLK & OLIVE OIL
2 Egg yolks
2 TBLS Olive Oil
1/2 Cup of Water

Mix Ingredients together,apply by massaging into scalp, allow mask to sit for about 20 minutes, rinse out, shampoo if needed and your done!

Sounds sick hey? Probably smells disgusting but I would add a few drops of peppermint oil or maybe some lemon to take the smell away.

*BANANA MASK
1 Ripe Banana
A splash of Olive,Almond or Coconut Oil
Add conditioner if mixture is too thick

I couldn't be bothered with mashing up the banana with a food processor but mash it up good, add a little bit of oil, apply to hair. Use a hot towel or shower cap to lock nutrients into hair.(blow dry with the shower cap) Let mixture sit on hair for 20 minutes and rinse out.

*ALMOND OIL

Apply almond oil to scalp and hair for 15-20 minutes, rinse with cool water then shampoo as regular.

I can't seem to find almond oil for some reason in my area but maybe I am looking in the wrong area of the stores?
These are just a couple Quick hair masks I have found online and am in the middle of trying, fingers crossed something works for me because I cannot stand my hair being this short.

What are some easy ways you have learned to boost your hair's growth rate?




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