What’s in my makeup bag?

I’m travelling back home to Newfoundland later this month so I thought I’d put together a little what’s in my travel makeup bag for you guys!

travel-makeup-bagMakeup bag | Dior BB cream | Big Sexy Hair | Make Up For Ever mascara | Bobbi Brown eye cream | Philosophy Hope In A Jar | NYX blush | Jouer bronzer | Philosophy perfume | MAC concealer | target brand q-tips | Shu Umera eyelash curler

What key items must you bring when you’re travelling? It doesn’t have to be makeup related at all. I need to bring my iPad because if I don’t, my nephews ask where it went. That, and my blackberry.

Happy travels!

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Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

My all time favorite mascara is the Make Up For Ever smoky lash. Sometimes I pair it up with the Bare Essentuals Buxom lash to make my lashes even crazy longer than they already are, naturally. I know, be jealous. But now my favorite mascara company ever: Make Up For Ever, recently launched their summer collection which included new items called Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks.

I’ve been playing around with a lot of lip products with actual color to them, for a couple of months now. I don’t know why I never used any lip products before. But I think it’s because I never really focused my makeup to my lips. Sure they’re not as gargantuan as I would like them to be. But I do like them, and would never want to be as mouthy as Angelina Jolie’s lippies.

I was always a lip balm kind of girl until I was first introduced by all of the lip stains and glosses found in my beauty sample boxes that I subscribe to each month. What a great marketing ploy on their part. So because of that, I’ve now gotten into putting a dash of color on my lips on a regular basis and quite liking it! I’m branching out of my makeup routine and even layering stuff on my lips to see what kind of effects I can get out of it. It’s fun! Why did I wait so long?

Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks.Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in shade N5 and N10.

I’m so glad I got pinky nude colors to work with. Though, I’m sure with the formulation that these are made out of, that the bold colors wouldn’t be that hard to work with. They glide on so easily, almost like lip butters or lip balms do on the lips.On the left is N5 Nude Beige, on the right N10 is called Iridescent Copper Pink.

Here they are swatched in natural light outdoors, I was a little goose-bumpy. On the left is N5 Nude Beige, on the right N10 Iridescent Copper Pink.

I know this a bit weird to just show my lips but I didn’t’ want anything else distracting from it. So here are the colors on my lips: On the left is N5 Nude Beige, on the right N10 Iridescent Copper Pink.

I’ve been sportin’ these bad babies a number of days of the week and bringing them to work with me to re-apply. People have been comparing these Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks to Revlon’s Lip Butters but better. I haven’t purchased any of the Revlon lip products but what I can say for sure about these  Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks, is that they’re not drying on my lips at all. It was something I was a little worried about at first, because I tend to think that all lipsticks dry out lips. Not these ones. You can either apply them sheer, or add more layers to give a deeper color.

N5 Nude Beige. So natural looking right? It’s a lighter, more peachier toned than my lips.

N10 Iridescent Copper Pink, is just like I had eaten a pink popsicle. That’s what kind of color I would describe it as. It’s a great color if you don’t want to wear nude.

They have a great shine but sometimes I also put a gloss over top to make my lips look extra shiny. The colors themselves aren’t super sheer, as they may seem when swatched on my arm.

Check them out on my lippies for yourselves! I think these lipsticks are great for newbie lipstick wearers such as myself. Not too out of the box, but right smack in my comfort zone. I have lip color on, but it’s a nice natural color. However, there are some pretty bold colors in the collection.

Check out the 50 shades available on Make Up For Ever‘s site.

The Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick retails for $22 CDN or $19 USD and are now available at your local Sephora. They are part of the Make Up For Ever Spring/Summer launch but they’re not limited edition so it will continue to be available in store after the summer!

Which color do you think you’d pick, out of the two that I’ve shown? Did you know, you can win 3 of them on my Birthday giveaway? :)

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My Birthday Giveaway!

H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y  T O  M E ! !

H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y  T O  M E ! !

H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y  T O  M E ! !

Omgomg it’s my birthday. It’s finally here!

I think my birthday and Christmas are my favorite times of the year. Probably because I get presents on both of those days. But you know what? Today isn’t going to be just about me. Sure it’s my Birthday but I as I stated a few weeks ago, I wanted to share my birthday love with all of you guys out there!

I’ve been busy the past month, talking with my favorite companies and brands out there and they’ve donated so many wonderful things for you guys. I am so very appreciative of my loyal readers, people who leave sweet comments and of course, my lurker friends.

So, I’m giving back today. I’m giving you all a chance to win something! Not to each and every one of you because I have only a limited amount of things to give! But you know how it goes. Let’s get right into it because hello that is the most fun part of this post, right?

Look at all the goodies you can choose from!

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Prize rundown:

  1. Burt’s Bees — Sensitive Skin products: Facial Cleanser, Eye Cream, Daily Moisturizer. Canada Only.
  2. Rubbermaid Glass containers. Two sets, six containers in total.
  3. 2 winners will receive a Glymm box for June 2012 Canada Only. (Items shown aren’t necessarily the items you will be receiving).
  4. Philosophy — Birthday Girl gift set.
  5. Kerastase Cristalline shampoo, conditioner and hair serum.
  6. Marcelle $50 basket with Xtension Plus Mascara, Essentials Eye Make-up Remover Cloths, Renforcils Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover, Essentials Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover Gel, Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes, Essentials Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion – Oil Free!
  7. 3 Make Up For Ever Lip Sticks and 1 Smoky Lash mascara.
  8. Leopard print two tone long scarf (See my review about it here).

Enter away in the form below! I’ll leave the contest open until Sunday, May 13 and will do the draw that following Monday. As you may realize, there are 8 prizes but there will be 9 winners. The first winner will have first pick of what they win, second person has their pick, and so on.

I will give 24 hours for the winner to get back to me with their mailing address. Otherwise I will do a re-draw.

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