Sunday, December 30, 2012

Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday 2012 Sets: Mini Review



Hey Everyone, 

Having only tried a couple of eyebrow specific products from Anastasia Beverly Hills, I was really looking forward to trying two sets from the brand's Holiday 2012 line. Unfortunately, due to slow mail service during the holidays, I wasn't able to review the sets as part of my 2012 gift guide posts. With that said, I have seen both of these sets at Sephora (as well as on the Anastasia website) in the past week, and wanted to share my initial thoughts on them, so that you can decide whether or not to pick one (or both) up before they disappear from shelves. 





Want You To Want Me Set ($44 CND/$34 USD): 

The first holiday set, "Want You to Want Me", which comes in a luxurious velour 'clutch', features nine super creamy eyeshadows (0.025 fl oz.), a mini jet-black liquid eyeliner (0.12 fl oz.), a mini dual ended eyeshadow brush and a mini clear eyebrow gel (0.085 fl oz.). 




The shadows in this set range in colour from a light creamy pink, to a deep smoky plum, but all have a fairly neutral undertone, making them perfect for both an everyday soft look and a more dramatic smoky look. With a combination of matte and shimmer, the eyeshadows in this palette are all well pigmented, super soft, and crease-free. My only complaint with the shadows is, because they are really buttery, there is a lot of fallout, especially with the more shimmery shades. The 'Want You To Want Me' set comes with the following nine shades: 



Platform Wedges: A creamy, matte, light beige with pink undertones. 

Front Row Center: A shimmering champagne with peach undertones and finely milled silver glitter. 

Ziggy: A shimmering lilac-purple with chunky silver glitter. 

Members Only: A creamy, matte brown with slight orange undertones. 

Power Ballad: A shimmering taupe with pink undertones and very finely milled silver glitter. 

Jellies: A shimmering pink with very finely milled silver glitter. 

Graphic T’s: A matte, deep brown with iridescent pink, green and gold glitter. 

Brass In Pocket: A shimmering peach with copper undertones and finely milled gold glitter. 

Iron On: A deep plummy purple with brown undertones and iridescent purple and gold glitter. 


 Platform Wedges, Front Row Centre, Ziggy

Members Only, Power Ballad, Jellies 

Graphic T's, Brass in Pocket, Iron On

While I am not the most talented when it comes to applying liquid eyeliner, I have found that the mini brush on Anastasia's jet-black liquid eyeliner makes creating a straight line much easier. The eyeliner lasts nicely throughout the day with very minimal smudging.   

Having already owned a large tube of Anastasia's brow gel, I was excited to receive a mini, travel friendly tube. I absolutely love this brow gel as it really helps smooth unruly eyebrows, keeping them in place without any  of that hard crusty 'crunchiness'.




Overall, I am really impressed with this set so far. All of the eyeshadows have great pigmentation, and are super easy to blend. The mini eyeliner and mini brow gel are both great for travel (or for throwing into your purse for mid day touch ups), and are great quality products. While I hate that this set is $10 more in Canada than in the US (what else is new?!), I still think the $44 CND price tag is amazing (to compare, the Urban Decay Naked Palette sells for $60 CND). 



Anastasia Kisses On My List Volume 2 Set ($39 CND/$30 USD): 

The second holiday set, 'Kisses On My List Volume 2', features six matte and shimmer, lighter toned, high-shine lip glosses. Three of the glosses (Sharona, Jolene, and Lola) have a more sheer (but still pigmented), opalescent finish, while the other three glosses (Moi, Roxanne, and Maggie May) are part of Anastasia's new 'Hypercolour' gloss line, which "reacts with your skin's chemistry to stain your lips a custom hue that is all your own". This set includes the following six shades: 




Moi: A matte, nude brown with pink undertones. 

Maggie May: A matte nude pink with peach undertones.

Sharona: A somewhat sheer peach with brown undertones and iridescent silver, pink and blue shimmer. 

Lola: A somewhat sheer, bright baby pink with blue undertones and iridescent silver, pink and blue shimmer. 

Jolene: A gorgeous rosy pink with yellow undertones and finely milled iridescent green and silver shimmer. 

Roxanne: A pretty, neutral pink with red undertones and finely milled gold shimmer.



Jolene, Maggie May, Sharona 

Jolene, Lola, Roxanne, 


All of the glosses, even those that have a more sheer application, are incredibly well pigmented and look gorgeous on the lips (even the lightest gloss looks great on my darker lips). 

While I am not the best judge when it comes to long lasting lip products (I always have to reapply several times throughout the day), I do find that these glosses are longer lasting than most. With that said, it is my belief that they are longer lasting because of their stickiness. While there are far more sticky glosses out on the market (hello MAC Lipglass!), I can definitely see longer hair getting stuck to the lips on windy days. 

With sunflower seed and jojoba oil, these glosses are fairly moisturizing, and despite their sticky texture, don't leave the lips feeling dry. 

The most unique thing about these glosses are their silicone, paddle applicator, which to be honest, I am still figuring out how exactly to use (I find the gloss somewhat hard to spread with  a silicone applicator.





While I do genuinely like all of the glosses in this set, I wish that Anastasia had included some darker, more dramatic shades. The decision on whether or not to purchase this set really comes down to personal preference. If you can't stand more sticky glosses, or want more colour variety, this set may not be for you. If, however, you are looking for a set of well pigmented, long lasting, lighter coloured glosses, be sure to grab this set before it is gone. 

Have you tried either of these Anastasia sets? Will you be picking one up before they are gone? What was your favourite Holiday 2012 beauty product or set? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia


** The products in this post were sent to me for PR consideration. All opinions are 100% honest**


Beauty Quote of the Week #96



"There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion."
-Edgar Allan Poe


Thursday, December 27, 2012

NOTD: Essie 'Sole Mate'


Hey Everyone, 

First, I wanted to wish you all a late Merry Christmas. Unfortunately, my sisters and I don't have internet at our new house (we still have another week before it's installed), so I haven't been able to get online to do any posts. I have, however, made a quick visit to my parents place, so that I can share my latest nail of the day. 


After a week of heavy duty cleaning, packing and unpacking, my nails were looking pretty rough. In need of a good manicure, and a fill (I have acrylic nails), I went to the nail salon this morning with a brand new Essie polish in hand. "Sole Mate", is a very deep, burgundy-brown with plum undertones. This super creamy polish applies opaquely in two coats, giving the nails a vampy winter look. I am definitely loving the colour and think 'Sole Mate' makes the perfect colour for both Winter and Fall (in my opinion, it'sa little too dark for Spring and Summer). Love!


Have you tried Essie's 'Sole Mate' nail polish? What is your favourite winter polish? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gift Guide: Laura Mercier Artist's Palette



Hey Everyone, 

I apologize for the lack of posts as of late. My sisters and I are in the middle of moving into our new condo, and have been busy packing, cleaning and getting ready for the move. We move into our new place this Thursday (5 days before Christmas), so I won't be posting as regularly as usual until after Christmas. 

With that said, I still want to feature as many of the holiday makeup sets and palettes I, personally, feel would make great gifts as I can. One such palette, is the Laura Mercier Artist's palette, a gorgeous eyeshadow palette I received from a friend last month, and have since fallen head-over-heels in love with!




The Laura Mercier 'Artist's palette', which comes in a sleek, plummy-brown, faux snakeskin case, features twelve, gorgeous neutral toned eyeshadows. The top row consists of all shimmer and frosted shadows, while the bottom row is full of creamy mattes. All of the eyeshadows in this palette are incredibly pigmented (seriously, the pigmentation is insane), super creamy (they feel so soft and buttery), and oh so easy to blend. 



With so many beautiful neutrals, this palette is perfect for creating a large variety of looks, and features the following twelve colours: 



Chocolate: A plummy brown with finely milled iridescent purple and gold glitter. 

African Violet: A shimmering purple with finely milled gold glitter. 

Sable: A shimmering taupe with silver shimmer. 

Vanilla Nuts: A creamy, matte beige. 

Plum Smoke: A creamy, matte purple with grey undertones. 

Cafe Au Lait: A creamy, matte medium-brown with orange undertones. 



Guava: A light baby pink with iridescent green, red and gold shimmer. 

Cameo: A frosted peach with iridescent gold shimmer. 

Sunlit: A frosted champagne-beige with iridescent red and green shimmer. 

Coffee Ground: A matte, deep brown with grey undertones. 

Deep Night: An matte, dark navy. 

Rich Coffee: A matte charcoal-black. 


Chocolate, African Violet, Sable, Guava

Cameo, Sunlit, Vanilla Nuts, Plum Smoke

Cafe Au Lait, Coffee Ground, Deep Night, Rich Coffee


This limited edition palette is a Sephora exclusive and can be purchased both online and in stores for $60 CND/$48 USD. 

This palette has truly become one of my all time favourite eyeshadow palettes (if not the number one favourite). I have nothing but love for this palette, as the all of the eyeshadows are of such great quality, and so beautifully pigmented (seriously, I can't think of one bad thing to say about this palette). I recommend this palette for anyone who loves makeup and think this would make the perfect holiday gift. I, for one, would be incredibly excited to see this palette under my tree Christmas morning.

Do you own the Laura Mercier Artist's palette? Do you want to? Will you be gifting this palette to anyone during the holidays? Which of the twelve shadows would you use first? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Giveaway: These Are a Few of My Favourite Things



Hey Everyone, 

With the holiday season finally here, I wanted to thank all of my wonderful subscribers by holding a holiday giveaway. With the year nearly over (can you believe it?!), I have decided to give away some of my favourite products from 2012. Blogging has definitely changed my life for the better and I am so thankful for all of your support and encouraging comments throughout the past year. THANK YOU!!


THE PRIZES



1) Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette: I recently received this palette from my friend Amber, and am completely in love. The shadows are amazingly well pigmented, and with so many great neutral colours, the different eyeshadow combinations are endless. 


2) L'Oreal Infalliable Eyeshadows in 'Ultimate Black' and 'Sahara Treasure': Not only are these eyeshadows incredibly well pigmented, they are super soft and smooth, making them easy to blend.



3) Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in 'Lemon': I bought this very moisturizing lip balm this summer, and fell head over heels. Not only does this feel amazing on the lips, it smells incredible!

4) Benefit They're Real Mascara: This lengthening, curling, and volumizing mascara gets to right to the roots of my short stubby lashes, making them appear fuller and longer. Love!


5) L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick in 'Rose Taffeta': If I had to choose my favourite lip product from 2012, this would be it. Not only are these lipsticks incredibly moisturizing, they come in a variety of very pigmented colours, and give the lips a beautiful sheen. 

6) Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Sweetheart': I am a huge fan of Clinique's Chubby Sticks, so when I saw that Revlon was bringing out a similar product, I was super excited. These minty lip stains, which come in a variety of great colours, feel amazing on the lips. 

7) Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 'Sweet Tart' and 'Peach Parfait': These moisturizing, tinted lip balms were huge in 2012, and I would be lying if I said I didn't own one in every single colour. 


8) essence Stay With Me Lipgloss in 'Kiss Kiss Kiss': With extremely low priced, and great quality, products, essence has to be one of my top 5 beauty brands. Their 'Stay With Me Lipglosses' are super shiny, super moisturizing and last on the lips longer than most of the glosses I own. 

9) MAC Cremesheen Glass in 'Fashion Scoop': I am not a fan of most MAC lipglosses, as I find them to be overly sticky. MAC's Cremesheen Lipglosses are another story. These creamy glosses are super moisturizing and feel great on the lips. 


THE RULES

**Use the rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post to officially enter the giveaway**

1) You must be a subscriber of Funny Face Beauty (no anonymous comments please). Leave your subscriber name in the rafflecopter form. 

2) Mandatory Entry: In the comment section below, let me know the number one item on your holiday wish list. 

3) Leave your email address in the rafflecopter form so I can contact you if you win. 

3) This giveaway will run for twelve days and end on December, 25th 2012. 


EXTRA ENTRIES

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1) Follow me on Twitter (worth one entry)
2) Tweet about this giveaway (worth one entry)
2) Like my Facebook page (worth one entry)

Good luck and Happy Holidays! 
xx
Alicia


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

GLOSSYBOX Holiday Party + Haul



Hey Everyone, 

Last week I had the privilege of attending GLOSSYBOX's luxurious Holiday Party held at the super swanky Marc Anthony Salon in downtown Toronto. The event featured three hair stations, a makeup station, a nail bar, a candy table, a photo booth, as well as the ability to test out products from some of GLOSSYBOX's favourite brands including Maskeraide, Marc Anthony, Beauty So Clean, Vitabath, Macadamia Natural Oil, Jouviance, Elin Blanco, Glam Glow, Anabelle and Marcelle, Nicole by OPI and Skin for Life.

For those who have not yet heard of, or tried, GLOSSYBOX, here is a little more information. GLOSSYBOX, which was founded in Germany and is currently available in eighteen countries worldwide, is a monthly subscription service that provides subscribers with a variety of deluxe and full-sized, high-end beauty products each month. The subscription, which costs $21 CND a month, allows customers to customize their beauty boxes by creating an online beauty profile. 

I attended the event with my friend Amber of Canadian Fashionista (an amazing fashion and beauty blog), and we were sure to hit every beauty station to learn about some new beauty brands, check out new products from some of our favourite brands, and take full advantage of all of the beauty services being offered. 



Glamglow, a company made famous by their mud masks which contain volcanic rock, french sea clay and green tea leaves. 


Vitabath, a 55 year old Canadian skin care company known for their shea butter hand creams and moisturizing shower gels.

Maskeraide, a line of super hydrating and totally chic facial masks that I just happen to be in love with. 

Amber getting her hair braided at the braiding station. 

I was beyond excited that my hair was long enough to finally get a fishtail braid. As I told the Marc Anthony stylist who did my hair, "I have been waiting my whole life to have a fishtail braid". 

Wanting to test out every hair station, I traded in my fishtail braid for an elegant high bun. 

 Amber testing out the newest hair trend, hair knitting! The stylist used  yarn and a dull needle to create different patterns. 

Getting my hair knitted.  


Of course the evening would not have been complete without some treats from the candy table (I tried my best to resist but couldn't help taking some of the sour gummies), and some cheesy photo booth pictures. 


 The GLOSSYBOX candy table filled with candies, chocolates and cupcakes. 


Amber and I in the photobooth. 


At the end of the night, we were each gifted with a very heavy and very pink swag bag filled with goodies from all of the companies at the event, as well as some of the companies who work with GLOSSYBOX on a regular basis. 

All of the swag bags lined up. 

Swag bag goodies

Included in everyone's swag bag was GLOSSYBOX's December 2012 holiday box which contained the following: 

*Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in 'Keeping Up With Santa' (full size)
*Kryolan for Glossybox Blush in 'Glossy Pink' (full size)
*Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner (trial size)
*Vitabath Shea Butter Hand Cream (trial size)
*Curel Hand and Cuticle Therapy Cream (full size)
*Maybelline MNY My Gloss in '185' (full size)





The event itself was great. The venue was gorgeous (I really want to get my hair done at that salon), and I had a great time with Amber exploring all of the different beauty stations, getting my hair done (three times!) and learning about some of the great new beauty products currently out on the market. 

Have you tried GLOSSYBOX's beauty subscription? What were your thoughts? How do their boxes compare to other beauty subscriptions that you have tried? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gift Guide: 5 Benefit Cosmetics Favourites



Hey Everyone, 

While hard to believe, I wasn't always the makeup addict/junkie I am today. Yes, I have always liked playing around with different eyeshadows and lipsticks, however, it wasn't until I discovered Benefit Cosmetics that I became truly addicted to anything and everything beauty related. Benefit Cosmetics perfectly combines innovation, quality, and creative packaging, for a line of cosmetics that I, for one, couldn't live without (I wouldn't dare go a day without their 'The Porefessional Primer'). Benefit recently sent me five of their top products, which after some rigorous testing (it's a hard job, but someone has to do it), I have decided would make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers this holiday season: 




Benefit Perk Up Artist Kit ($34 CND/$30 USD): 
This mini complexion kit features three creamy concealers that help to correct, cover and brighten areas of the face. The yellow toned concealer, labeled 'correct' hides areas of discolouration and redness, while the beige concealer, labeled 'cover', hides blemishes, imperfections and dark circles. Finally, the pink concealer helps brighten the under-eye area, and adds a dewy, soft highlight to the cheekbones. While the kit only comes in one colour (there is no light, medium, dark, etc.), all of the concealers can be mixed and matched to create your perfect shade. With that said, I do wish that Benefit would put out a darker kit, as I feel this kit might be too light for those with a dark complexion. It's small size makes this kit perfect for travel, or for carrying around in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day and, I would be more than a little excited to see this included in my stocking Christmas morning. 



Benefit Powder Blush in 'Sugarbomb' ($36 CND/$28 USD): 
This gorgeous boxed blush features four different coloured powders (a peach, a rose, a light pink, and a soft plummy-purple), each with very finely milled golden shimmer that, when swirled together, give the cheeks a gorgeous peachy-pink glow. Like all of Benefit's powder blushes, 'Sugarbomb' has a great colour payoff, and a super soft texture that allows for easy blending. If you have yet to try any of Benefit's powder blushes, be sure to add 'Sugarbomb' to your holiday wish list, as this is one gift any makeup addict would love. 



Benefit 'They're Real!' Mascara ($29 CND/$23 USD): 
This super popular, jet black mascara features a medium-sized plastic brush designed to lengthen, curl, volumize and separate lashes for a 'false lashed' look. As the Sephora website explains, "staggering bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip lift, define and curl even your tiniest lashes."  This is definitely one of my all time favourite mascaras, as it gives my my naturally short and stubby lashes, a lengthened and more volumized appearance, does not clump, and is isn't easily smudged. This is one product, that in my opinion, lives up to its hype, therefore making it a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer for any age.  



Benefit Speed Brow ($21 CND/$16 USD): 
While I have made some attempts to fill in my brows for that totally put together makeup look, in truth, I can't be bothered to take the extra time, every day, to give myself that 'oh my god, her brows are so perfect' look. It is for that reason, that I am completely in love with Benefit's 'Speed Brow', a lightly tinted brow gel that helps tame unruly brows, and gives them a very natural looking colour (Benefit touts this as the universal shade for any brow colour). If you like me, want a very natural looking, yet 'totally in place' brow look, be sure to add Benefit's 'Speed Brow' to your holiday wish list. 



Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in 'Sugarbomb' ($18 CND/$16 USD): 
I'll be completely honest, when I first saw that Benefit was carrying $18 tubed lip glosses, my first thought was 'what a rip off!'. Looking at the tubes, I pictured the glosses to be very sticky, very sheer, and not at all moisturizing (yes, I judge a book by its cover). While I still think that the price is a little steep, I couldn't have been more wrong about these glosses. Not only are they not at all sticky, they are silky smooth, and give the lips a completely moisturized feel. As for the colour, they have great pigmentation, and apply fairly opaque. 'Sugarbomb', a shimmering pink-toned nude, has become my new favourite gloss (I can't even begin to explain how great these feel on the lips). I love it so much, that I will definitely be adding the other 5 Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss shades to my wish list. Love!



Will you be gifting anyone with Benefit products this holiday season? Are there any you would like to receive? What is your all time favourite Benefit product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia


**The products featured in this post were sent to me for potential review. This is NOT  a sponsored post. As always, I am 100% honest in my opinion**