Wednesday, November 30, 2011

what to wear to a holiday party + vote for your favourite!

i can't believe tomorrow is the first day of december! is another year really about to go in the books? december is always a busy month... filled with shopping, food, and holiday parties. hooray! in the spirit of the season, i decided to show eight different looks to hopefully inspire some ideas for what to wear at various holiday parties... using the theme of a little black dress... i am ready to celebrate! :)

(music credit: sound jay)

so what look do you think i should wear to the boy's holiday party? his work party is always a lot of fun - tons of dancing and imbibing. let's just say i won't be recording any videos at that party. :) anyway, i am trying to decide between looks 6 and 8... please help!

// look 1 - office //

lbd: shift dress (h&m)
shoes: strappy sandals (manolo blahnik)

// look 2 - office //

lbd: low cut shift dress with brocade texturing (club monaco)
shoes: black pointy toe pump with gold detailing (guess)

// look 3 - understated //

lbd: fitted strapless dress (sisley)
shoes: leopard heels (walmart)

// look 4 - understated //

lbd: short party dress (h&m)
shoes: relika in grey suede (christian louboutin)

// look 5 - fun //

lbd: flowy grey party dress with black velvet detailing (h&m)
shoes: black suede chunky heel pumps (kimchi blue)

// look 6 - fun //

lbd: short strapless dress with gold detailing (h&m)
shoes: black sandals (aldo)

// look 7 - glam //

lbd: sequin dress (forever)
shoes: black patent leather pointy toe pump (lauren by ralph lauren)

// look 8 - glam //

lbd: strapless tiered party dress with sweetheart neckline (betsey johnson)
shoes: black heels with bow detailing (joey)

happy partying!

(photo credit: the boy)

Monday, November 28, 2011

mac eye shadow & brush review

in this video, i review the following products:

mac matte eye shadow in carbon versus annabelle matte eye shadow in ebony #58
mac matte2 eye shadow in handwritten
mac matte2 eye shadow in blanc type versus annabelle matte eye shadow in #225
mac 219 pencil brush
mac 239 shader brush versus elf brush eye shadow brush from dollar store
mac 217 blending brush
ecotools line of brushes - travel size

(music credit: sound jay)

lots of photos below! the boy usually takes my photos for me but he was at work when i recorded this video so i did the photos myself this time. :)

my eyes look so freaky in this photo!

i'm not being crazy in this photo - i'm actually smiling at lulu!

a few requisite photos with lulu - she loves being in photos! our bunny truffle does too but he doesn't let me hold him for long enough.

finally i wanted to post a few black and whites that i thought turned out nicely:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

{sunday roundup} battle of the beauty boxes

UPDATE (April 2013): Please read my most recent post on Glymm before ordering from this company.

every once in a while, i go through the phase. or should i say, the dreaded phase... when all i want to do is spend money. in trying to understand my spending patterns, i recently reviewed 5 years of my finance spreadsheets. yes, i'm anal and will painstakingly record every single expense no matter how minute. i'll even record picking up 10 cents off the ground. i categorize it as "income - other" - really, i do.

so i looked at 5 years of spending - specifically on clothing, accessories, and beauty products. while overall, my spending has been very haphazard, there were 2 patterns that emerged:

1. in most years except for 2011, i spent the least in the winter months (i.e. january to march). i typically hole up in the winter so i don't go to a whole lot of stores... however, this year, i spent a lot of money shopping online, purchasing big ticket items. either i like the convenience or i like getting mail. probably both.

2. in all years, i spent very little in january and september. january is easy to explain - that's the month for new year's resolutions. but why september? i don't have an inkling.

anyway, in an attempt to simultaneously satisfy my urge to shop online, have convenient access to new stuff on a regular basis, and receive packages in the mail, i signed up for a couple of beauty sample subscription services. i actually had more goodies to share on this {sunday roundup} but the post got so long that i decided to save the rest for another sunday.

first, a little bit about how i came across these subscription services.

as i was looking for reviews of the urban decay naked palette, i came across a youtube video featuring a november birchbox. i had never heard of birchbox so i contemplated not watching the video but i clicked it anyway and was astounded by the concept.

for $10 a month, including free shipping, birchbox will send you 4 or 5 samples of high end beauty products. you never know what you're going to get but the boxes are customized according to a beauty profile that you fill out online. at first, i thought the concept was a little cheesy... i mean, you can get samples for free from sephora or the bay. however, the samples you get from birchbox are "deluxe" size and are occasionally full sized products. slowly i became more intrigued.

as i explored the birchbox website, i lamented to the boy about the subscription service not being available in canada. until i googled "birchbox in canada" and, lo and behold, we have three different subscription services available to us! i did lots of research and eventually decided to subscribe to topbox and glymm... read on for my rationale:

// price //

topbox - $10 per month
glymm - $10 per month or $110 per 12 months
luxe box - $12 per month or $120 per 12 months

all include free shipping but we canadians need to add a little to the list price for the tax man. i decided to subscribe on a monthly basis because i want to be able to cancel my subscription at any time. luxe box is the most expensive on a monthly basis. i don't mind paying a little extra but based on the other points of comparison, i didn't feel the price differential was justified.

// brands //

the following brands were listed on the company websites:

topbox - benefit, stila, deborah lippman, lise watier, etc.
topbox is the newest company so it does not seem to have agreements in place with very many brands yet. topbox is very secretive about upcoming brand partnerships; however, the company prides itself on delivering only high end samples. you'll see why this is important as you read on. in addition, topbox does not include fragrance samples... this is a good thing for me but may not be for others.

glymm - beauty blender, butter, borghese, la roche-posay, lise watier, o•p•i, orlane, oscar de la renta, etc.
tons of brands on this site and they all look to be reasonably high end. i didn't recognize a lot of the brands listed (i only named the ones i know) but, in a sense, that's exciting because you can try a wide range of goodies. i'm a little nervous reading that glymm included an annabelle smudgepaint in the november box - while i like annabelle products (been using the eye shadows and lip liners for years), they are definitely not high end. it would not take a significant investment to go to my local drug store and pick up a few products to try. i am looking for high end products from my subscription but i know others don't mind full size samples of drug store brands.

i am also really excited about glymm for men! my hubby would love this!

luxe box - lancome, benefit, stila, shiseido, bobbi brown, clinique, nars, etc.
when i initially saw the brands listed on the luxe box website, i almost started drooling. that is, until i watched some youtube unboxings and read some reviews. the november luxe box included brands like essie and elf... while these products may be very good, i wouldn't classify them as high end. also, from the reviews i've read, it seems that luxe box includes the same brands month after month (i.e. lise watier three months in a row). personally, i would prefer to receive different brands each month to try a wider range of samples.

// number of samples & size //

topbox - 4 deluxe samples per month
glymm - 4-5 deluxe samples per month (the faq show 3-5 but i am pretty sure it is 4-5)
luxe box - 4-5 deluxe samples per month

upon initial review, it seems that you actually get less with topbox. however, as i did more research, i found that topbox included 2 full size products in november! the caveat to this is that a whole bunch of free november topboxes were sent out to bloggers so they could "review" the company... so it will be interesting to see whether topbox will continue to include full size samples.

i also came across this really interesting review comparing the regular stila lip glaze to the "deluxe" samples provided in glymm and luxe box... just scroll down to #4 for the stila comparison. glymm appears to have provided the size included in the stila holiday pack (which is the perfect size for me). the sample provided in luxe box was considerably smaller. basically, this means that "deluxe" samples can mean very different things!

// availability //

topbox - february (december and january are sold out)
glymm - december
luxe box - december

i had actually decided to only sign up for a monthly subscription to topbox but then i found out that december and january are already sold out. i didn't want to wait that long so i decided to sign up for a monthly glymm subscription to cover december and january. depending on the glymm boxes for these months, i may choose to keep both subscriptions.

update: apparently topbox is now sold out until march!

// packaging //

topbox - cardboard tube with no logo
my favourite packaging is topbox. not only do i like the concept of an environmentally friendly cardboard tube, i also love that there's no logo so i can re-use it for a variety of different things.

glymm - bright pink glossy box with logo
upon first glance, i did not like the glymm packaging; however, it got rave reviews from bloggers so maybe it is more striking in person?

luxe box - black and cream/white box with logo
luxe box has very nice packaging - it has changed recently but still remains quite classy looking. i think luxe box has the best marketing materials in terms of graphic design (such as beautifully designed cards describing the samples). very clean and sophisticated.

// customer service //

it is refreshing to see that all three companies appear to have excellent customer service!

topbox had an issue with the shipment of the november topbox. frustrating for sure but it seems as though the company is keeping subscribers updated about the status and will include a 5th sample in the topbox to smooth over the delay.

i love that glymm includes a little jar of jelly bellys every month. super sweet! there is also a really cool points system. you earn points every time you review a product or refer a friend... and you can use the points towards the beauty shop on the glymm website!

luxe box
luxe box seems to be the most personalized in terms of packaging, which definitely adds to the cost of producing the box, but it's nice to not feel like an anonymous subscriber. starting in november, luxe box included a personalized sticker within the box. these types of thoughtful touches may sway me to subscribe if i end up cancelling either topbox or glymm down the road.

i recently read that luxe box included a full size sample of moroccanoil styling cream in the november box but it was expired. eeps! but apparently luxe box will be sending out replacements plus a little bonus... so the issue is being addressed.

// web presence //

all three companies have excellent facebook and twitter presence.

somewhat of a bare bones website. i filled out the beauty profile but i could not access it again to make any changes... instead, i'd have to fill out the whole survey again. there is no points system or beauty shop set up yet; however, there is a referral program via which you can earn a free box for every friend you refer. not bad!

excellent website - the best of the three. my beauty profile was saved plus i can access it and make changes. i love that i can easily see how many points i have. there is also an extensive beauty shop where you can buy full size products of the samples you love. if not doing so already, glymm should definitely use this competitive advantage to negotiate more exclusive samples.

luxe box
website seems pretty good. i haven't signed up so i'm not sure what type of member login site is available. there does not appear to be any beauty shop in place yet.

// summary //

part of the fun of birchbox is that people receive different samples according to their beauty profiles... this makes the youtube unboxing so interesting to watch because you can see someone else's birchbox, which may contain entirely different samples! however, in canada, these types of subscription services are still in relative infancy so it seems like everyone receives either the same box or one of two boxes. i think it will be a lot more fun once the samples start to diverge... however, it will be difficult to maintain "fairness" in the eyes of subscribers.

while i've elected to start with monthly subscriptions to topbox and glymm, luxe box appears to be the most popular sample subscription service at this time. as i continue to watch more unboxings, perhaps i will be tempted to subscribe to luxe box as well... however, i would not be surprised if more companies start offering this service so i am going to draw a line in the sand right now to only subscribe to a maximum of two. after all, i'm trying to reign in my spending!

i think the key success factors for beauty sample subscription service companies will include the following:

1. attract and retain subscribers by negotiating exclusive partnerships or exclusive samples (size or colour).
2. entice beauty companies to participate by supplying them with data based on subscriber reviews of their products.
3. meet the needs of subscribers and beauty companies by facilitating online purchasing of full size products.

once i start receiving my boxes, i will post some unboxing videos. i have a feeling it will be difficult, if not impossible, to compare the boxes on a monthly basis... especially since different people expect, want, and value different things... but i will do my best to let you know once i get a sense of which i like better. :)

p.s. if you are interested in ordering topbox and don't mind me sending you a link so i can get one month's box for free, please let me know. :) also, if you use this link to subscribe to glymm, i will earn 50 points!

Friday, November 25, 2011

mini kensington market haul & steaming suede boots

in this video, i share a mini kensington market haul. i only picked up four pieces... note that one of the items was not from kensington market but i wanted to share anyway...

1. new // oversized olive green top // c'est moi // winners // $16.99
2. new // cute bunny print dress // f.s.t. // kensington market (sorry, i don't know the name of the store - will update when i find it) // $24.99
3. thrift // biscuit coloured oversized cashmere cardigan // banana republic // vintage depot // $23.00
4. thrift // black suede over-the-knee boots // kenneth cole // king of kensington // $39.00

king of kensington is currently my favourite store in kensington market, even overtaking courage my love. this store has a really wide selection of great clothing, accessories, and shoes at very reasonable prices. the store is easy to navigate and smells great - really! plus the shopkeeper was super nice to me. :) he gave me a great tip to steam my suede boots, which worked like a charm - in case you are interested, i demonstrate this in the video at around the 7:30 mark.

(music credit: sound jay)

// shopping at kensington market //

i typically thrift shop at goodwill (at 50% off, no less!) so i am wary about overpaying for thrift items. while i love going to kensington market, i don't often purchase anything because i feel that a lot of the items are inflated in price. here is my relatively simple thought process when i find something i like at kensington market:

- is there a high likelihood that i can find this item at a lower price at goodwill? if yes, i put it back.
- if the item is a piece of clothing or shoes, will it be a staple in my wardrobe? if no, i put it back.
- if the item is a handbag or jewellery item, is it unique enough to warrant the price? if no, i put it back.
- is the item in relatively good condition? if no, i put it back.

as you can infer from my thought process, i do not buy a lot of clothing or shoes from kensington market that i would classify as "experimental" or "fun" - i typically stick with staples. i tend to purchase my "fun" stuff at goodwill because of the lower prices. i've purchased way too much thrift clothing that i never wear so i am really careful in this regard.

that being said, if i find a "fun" piece of clothing at kensington market for $10 or less, i will still consider buying it.

on the other hand, i will purchase a "fun" handbag or jewellery item if it meets the criteria of (a) being unique, (b) appealing to me, and (c) being priced within reasonable limits. it's all about balance. i purchased a small clutch recently that was priced on the high side at around $32 but i fell in love with it and could not let it go. i knew i'd never be able to find anything like it at goodwill so i bought it.

anyway, i purchased the sweater and the boots at relatively high prices but i have already worn both numerous times. the sweater is sooooooo soft and the boots keep my legs warm when i am out on chilly days. hooray for great buys!

// steaming suede boots //

i used my steam iron to do this and it was so easy! just keep the steam at least 6 inches away from the suede and steam until slightly damp (although i didn't have to go to this extent). i read that you can use a regular kettle - just hold the boot above the kettle once the steam starts going. i should have taken a before and after of the boots... there was a noticeable difference. the only place it didn't work very well was on the foot of the boot - i think taking the steam to that part of the boot a little longer would have worked better.

oh gosh, my hair looks so brown in the below photos and it totally doesn't suit me... makes me what to dye it darker.

(photo credit: the boy)

(photo credit: the boy)

{ootd} casual chic

oversized olive green top - c'est moi - purchased at winners
black tights - lululemon
black suede boots - kenneth cole - purchased at king of kensington

{what's on my face} purple smokey eye

i know you can't see my eyes very well with my fringe covering them but here are the shades i used from the 88 original palette to achieve the look. i'm also wearing the stila lip glaze in apricot. :)


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

look of the day & coastal scents update

just a quick video to show a second look with the coastal scents palette. this time, i did a very neutral eye using a couple shades of green.

(music credit: sound jay)

update: after a weekend of playing with the 88 original palette, i noticed that i may have gotten an allergic reaction from one of the colours! my eyelids (close to my lashline only) had some redness and dryness after my first few days of experimenting with the palette. afterward, i did swatch all the colours i used on my arm but no redness so i can't be 100% sure it was the palette. i did use a colour from the mirage palette one other time after that and no reaction. i'm hoping it was not allergies because i am really loving these palettes...

(photo credit: the boy)

{ootd} super comfy casual look

grey ribbed tank top - brand tbd - purchased at winners
light oversized sweater - brand tbd - purchased at winners
light blue jeggings - romeo and juliet - purchased at beyond the rack
orange statement ring - simons

{what's on my face} a neutral green eye look

here are the shades i used:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

coloured tights pairings

at long last, i'm posting my coloured tights episode!

since i normally wear neutral colours (my favourites are grey, black, and olive green), i find coloured tights tricky to wear. a few months ago, i picked up two pairs from dollarama - bright red and bright bright purple - but i tucked them away and soon forgot all about them. then i saw the anthropologie catelog and realized that the coloured tights trend has not gone away. not only that but they can be oh-so-stylish and fashionably-fun. i hope i can rack up the courage to wear them one day... the colours are too vibrant to be tucked away in my closet.

(music credit: sound jay)

in this video, i experiment with three ways of wearing the coloured tights.

// look #1 //

i wanted to ease into the trend slowly so i wore a long skirt over the tights and pinned up one side. i initially pinned the skirt up to about knee length on one side. but, as i continued to wear this outfit, i found that i wanted to see more colour. so i tucked the skirt out over the waistband and the skirt was essentially "pinned up" to thigh length on one side. the photos probably do a better job of explaining this!

(photo credit: the boy)

(photo credit: the boy)

grey sleeveless turtleneck sweater - benetton - purchased at goodwill
long striped skirt - gold phil - purchased at goodwill
grey booties - chinese laundry - purchased at beyond the rack

// look #2 //

this look is quite loud yet i think it could work at the right event. am i too late for hallowe'en? in all seriousness, i love the boldness of this look but i would probably never wear it. except on my balcony. great, my neighbours know i'm nutters now.

(photo credit: the boy)

(photo credit: the boy)

okay, how much do these black pumps rock?! i am so glad i picked them up. i actually contemplated not getting them because i was not into chunky heels this past summer. now i luuuuuuurve them.

80s style sweater - woodward's - purchased at courage my love
black shorts - h&m
black suede pumps - kimchi blue - purchased at urban outfitters

// look #3 //

when i was in high school, i used to wear coloured tights with fishnet stockings. i was less of a pear shape then but it was still a great way to tone down the coloured tights and also achieve a slimming effect. i thought i had fishnet stockings at home but i couldn't find them so i tried the look with black pantyhose. the colour of my tights is toned down quite a bit but i'm not sure i look any slimmer.

(photo credit: the boy)

(photo credit: the boy)

black tank top - h.i.p. - purchased at winners
black blazer with rolled cuffs - h&m
black shorts - h&m
black booties - wal-mart

hope you enjoyed the looks!

Monday, November 14, 2011

eye make-up haul & 88 original review

make-up haul!!!

(music credit: sound jay)

i picked up the following items recently that i am super excited to try:

coastal scents 88 original palette
coastal scents mirage palette
mac carbon eye shadow (matte)
mac plumage eye shadow (matte)
mac royale eye shadow (matte)
mac blanc type eye shadow (matte2)
mac fig. 1 eye shadow (matte2)
mac handwritten eye shadow (matte2)
mac 217 blending brush
mac 239 shader brush
mac 219 pencil brush
nyc high definition volumizing mascara - orange tube
nyx eye pencil in velvet
nyx eye pencil in silver
nyx eye pencil in white
nyx jumbo eye pencil in dark brown
nyx jumbo eye pencil in slate

i also picked up a coat from old navy during the outerwear sale. i wore it to dinner last night and LOVED it.

this weekend, i tried a few eye shadows from the coastal scents 88 original palette and i was really happy with the results. i did a relatively neutral look using shades of violet and blue. here is a photo of the daytime look. it's pretty subtle...

(photo credit: the boy)

{ootd} my go-to errands look

grey ribbed tank top - brand tbd - purchased at winners
chunky cardigan - brand tbd - purchased at urban outfitters
jeans - miss sixty - purchased at goodwill

{what's on my face} a neutral blue eye look

the arrows below point to the shadows i used. for my evening look, i also used the silver shadow (top right corner) on my inner corners and the off white shadow (top left corner) as a highlight.

do you have the coastal scents 88 original palette? if so, what are your favourite colours?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

{sunday roundup} lash extensions, lighted mirrors & diy pore strips

welcome to the first installment of {sunday roundup}! this is where i'll be sharing a handful of my favourite things for the week. YAY! just a little post to end the week... or start the week... depending on how you classify sundays.

// lash extensions //

last week, stephanie of blush pretty (who was the make-up artist for my wedding - highly recommend!) sent out an invitation to a lash extension info shop. i first heard about lash extensions last year - in fact, i had plans with a friend to go get our lashes done but our plans never materialized. i soon forgot all about the extensions... but my interest was piqued again when i saw stephanie's invitation.

i asked titi to check out the info shop with me so we headed over to stephanie's studio today for a demo by sommer dunsmuir of flirt custom lash studio. stephanie got a half set of lash extensions put on as we chatted and asked questions. the lashes looked AH-MAZING and i was in awe at the difference... here's stephanie with one eye done. again, this is only a half set! sommer said that she only extended approximately 50% of stephanie's adult lashes.

watching stephanie's reaction when she saw the results was priceless. titi and i immediately made appointments for december 4 and i will be sure to post before and after photos. i can't decide if i want a full set or a half set - i love long lashes but i'm not sure i want such a dramatic look for the everyday. titi requested the first appointment and is getting a full set so i'll make up my mind after i see her. seriously, i CANNOT wait until my appointment. :)

// lighted mirrors //

i've been wanting a lighted mirror for a little while and, after the lash info shop, i decided to finally purchase one. oddly enough, we couldn't find any at the beauty supply store or at sephora... but sears and the bay had a small selection. at first, i thought 10x magnification was a bit much - i was actually frightened when i saw myself.

after thinking about it, i purchased the 10x lighted foldaway make-up mirror (danielle by upper canada) from sears for $59.99 plus tax. this mirror was the best choice for me in terms of size (it folds up nicely), light settings (there are both high and low light settings), and price point (the mirrors at the bay were at least 50% more expensive).

i used the mirror immediately when i got home to pluck my eyebrows. yikes, i can't believe i went out in public with my brows looking like that. i LOVE this mirror. the combination of the light and magnification makes it much easier to see tiny details and i can't wait to use it tomorrow morning to apply my make-up.

// diy pore strips //

of course, when i was using the mirror, i noticed all my unsightly blackheads. months and months ago, i watched michelle phan's youtube video on how to make your own pore strips. i tried it but i wasn't sure there was a big difference. i decided to try it again today since i'd surely be able to see the difference in my super duper magnifying mirror. i didn't watch the video again but i read the instructions online to refresh my memory. i thought i'd share them here so i can also refer back to this post next time i'm grossed out by by nose.

1) in a small bowl, mix 1 tsp gelatin with 1 tsp water (michelle phan uses milk but i rarely have any milk at home).

2) microwave the bowl for 10 seconds (i can't remember if michelle phan's video included this but i put a glass of water in the microwave beside the bowl - not sure if this is necessary but i'm old school so i tend to do this when microwaving a small amount of someting).

3) make sure the stinky mixture is warm - but not hot - and brush onto your nose with a make-up brush.

4) wait approximately 10 minutes for the peel to dry - you will feel your nose tightening up.

5) i like to take this time to wash the bowl and make-up brush.

6) carefully remove the peel from your nose.

7) rinse off any remaining residue with warm water.

this works about as well as the pore strips you buy at the drug store - but this is more fun to peel. full disclosure: i used to cover the palm of my hand in elmer's glue just so i could peel it off... so my definition of fun may not be the same as your definition of fun. anyway, my nose looks and feels a lot cleaner and smoother. success!

Friday, November 11, 2011

coastal scents palettes

a number of years ago, when titi (my bestie) and i were deep in our weekend routine of clubbing hell, i had this uber cheap make-up palette that contained the most beautiful vibrant shade of teal green eye shadow. the palette was one of those gillion-colour, cheek-eye-lip palettes that you can find at any drug store during the holiday season. this teal green was one of my favourite shades of eye shadow but i didn’t realize it until i had tossed the palette (it was getting cruddy). i figured i would just buy an individual pot of teal green instead. good idea, right?

well, it’s been 6 or 7 years and i still haven’t found the perfect shade of teal green. i’m beginning to think the colour exists only in my imagination.

very recently, i decided to bite the bullet and purchase another palette. during my short battle with pinkeye, i started watching a whole bunch of videos on how to clean make-up brushes properly, which of course led to me watching make-up tutorials, shopping hauls, and pairing episodes... but i digress.

i noticed that a ton of gurus on youtube own (and use) the 88 original palette by coastal scents. in hopes of finding my perfect shade of teal green, i ordered a couple: the 88 original ($18.95) and mirage ($24.95) palettes. they arrived a couple of weeks ago and i was so excited to receive them! i haven’t used them yet as i wanted to photograph them first. i will post a review with photos when i devirginize the palette.

// 88 original palette //

i love the vibrancy of the eye shadows and i have read reviews that most of them are very highly pigmented. i also like that most of the eye shadows are matte as sparkle and shimmer do not really work on me.

GAAAH! look how fun these colours are!

// mirage palette //

i was attracted to this palette because the shades seemed to be more neutral and wearable. when i took a closer look, however, i noticed a lot more shimmery shadows in this collection... so we'll see.

the rightmost three rows are my FAVE! i'll give it a go this weekend and post the result.

both palettes include a tiny mirror and two eye shadow applicators... but i'd recommed using your own mirror and eye brushes instead.

and in case you’re wondering if the palette contains my coveted teal green... upon first glance, i don’t think so... but i'll have to try on a few shades to confirm.

note: coastal scents changes its prices all the time. the above prices are what i paid and what is on the website as of today. for my canadian readers, i also paid shipping ($10.68) and duty ($14.33) so the price per tiny shadow was about $0.40 assuming our dollar is at par. meh, i guess that’s still not bad.

please let me know if you come across any coastal scents eye make-up tutorials you can recommend! i generally like a smokey eye and i like that you can mix and match these shadows to create your own shade. maybe i'll be able to mix that teal green colour i remember so fondly. :)

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