Lashing out: Arbonne It’s a Long Story mascara

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Okay, so you know how some makeup brands you just associate with an older generation?  I hate to admit it, but I totally typecast brands.  I really shouldn’t because more often than not, when I try out products from a brand that I think is more geared towards my mom, I usually end up loving them.  Arbonne is one of those brands.

You may know Arbonne from the many makeup parties they hold, but basically the brand is sold through independent consultants, similar to Mary Kay or Avon.  I have tried many products from the brand, heck, I even used a ton of them in one of my Valentine’s Day makeup looks, and I have to admit, their stuff is good.  Sure, you can’t buy it at Sephora or the drugstore, but the products pack some serious punch.

I had the chance to try out their mascara, and since I am a lash freak, I was so excited to put it to the test. With it’s cheeky name, It’s a Long Story mascara is a high-performance lengthening mascara that creates the look of ultra-dramatic lashes with major longitude. Retailing for C$40, the product is exclusively designed with revolutionary polypeptides to promote the appearance of longer lashes.  It includes bamboo and pea extracts and pro-vitamins B5, C, and E pamper and nurture for a lavish, high-gloss look.

According to their press material, based on a clinical survey of 30 individuals, 97 per cent agreed that their lashes looked longer; 97 per cent loved the look of their lashes; 97 per cent were satisfied with the mascara’s overall performance; 100 per cent were satisfied with the overall condition of their lashes; and 100 per cent agreed that the brush helped define the look of their lashes.

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I personally love the brush on this mascara because it’s thin and flexible, making it easy to really get to the base of your lashes and wiggle your way up.  The wand glides on to create long, luscious lashes.  It’s also perfect for layering, which is how I’ve been using this mascara for the most part.

Swatches

Overall, I did like this mascara, and it worked great, but for C$40, I have tried better.  I do think it’s a bit overpriced as it’s not the most amazing, holy grail mascara out there.  YSL Faux Cils Shocking retails for around the same price and I personally think that’s a better mascara then this one.  I feel like I get the same effect with CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Clump Crusher, which I would say would be a good dupe for this mascara and you can buy that one for under $10.

Overall, I think It’s a Long Story does a great job; my lashes looked long, so it lives up to its claims, I just feel that at C$40 it’s a bit overpriced.

Have you tried Arbonne’s It’s a Long Story mascara?  If so, what were your thoughts?

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Catwalk colour! Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Designer Collection Spring 2014

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Limited edition colour + fashion designers + Sally Hansen?  Yes, please!

I’ll be the first to say that I have lots of nail polish (some may say it’s a problem…) in a wide range of colours from many different brands.  I’ve said it before, but I used to be a nail snob; I only wore shades from salon brands like OPI or Essie.  Well, Sally Hansen has quickly become my go-to brand for polishes because the colours are stellar and the formulation is fab. The Complete Salon Manicure line in particular is my favourite from the brand, as well as one of my favourite formulations in general. The colour goes on so nice and I absolutely love the brush, it paints the colour on perfectly.

Because Sally Hansen makes great polishes, Tracy Reese, Prabal Gurung, and Rodarte teamed up with the brand for their spring/summer 2014 shows during NYFW last year.  I actually found out about the collections in September 2013, but lucky for us non-models (aka regular folk), Sally Hansen will be releasing the Complete Salon Manicure (CSM) Designer Collection Spring 2014 in June 2014, available for one month only, so we can all have runway-worthy nails!

The collection is composed of eight colours, three for Prabal Gurung, two for Rodarte, and three for Tracy Reese.

Inspired by Afro-Cuban culture, the Tracy Reese Spring 2014 collection incorporates fabrics full of detail, textiles with geometric laces, and tribal embroideries, with prints ranging from gingham and window pane to tropical floral.

The nail collection consists of Batbano Blue, a pearl barracuda blue; Carnivale, a vibrant orange; and Mojito, a mint green.  For the NYFW show itself, the three bright colours were painted to reflect a window pane pattern.

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For the second season in a row, Sally Hansen teamed up with Rodarte to create two limited edition colours that reflect the texture and colour combination of a tortoise shell, creating a multi-dimentional effect.

Both of these colours, I feel, are more appropriate for fall and winter as they are both muted, dark neutrals.  There’s Clay, a terracotta brown shade; and Cinnamon, a deep brown.

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Finally, the three shades from Prabal Gurung are chic pastels that are infused with modern elegance. The nail look from the runway highlights a contrast of matte and glossy textures, as seen in the fabrics Gurung used in his designs.

The three colours in this collection are very on-trend for spring and summer.  There’s A Wink of Pink, a nude-pink pearl; Lady Lavender, a pearl lavender; and Mint Condition, a pearl mint green.
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All the colours go on quite opaque. For the most part, I did two coats for each colour, aside from Clay and Carnivale, which used three coats.  I do have faves from each line.  If you had to pick one colour from each, hands down it would be A Wink of Pink (this one is a must, I’m actually obsessed), Cinnamon, and Mojito.   I feel like each of the colours can be easily duped but CSM is such an amazing formulation that if you can pick up some of these colours, I highly recommend them.

I used a couple different topcoats and base coats with each of the swatches, including Sephora FORMULA X and Poshe, and for the most part the colour stayed put a couple days before it started to chip.

In case you guys don’t know Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish is 5-free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). The formula is designed to serve as base coat, colour and top coat. It also has ingredients to help promote growth, strength, extended wear and high shine.

Are you going to pick up any colours from the CSM Designer Collection Spring 2014?

Please note, I was sent this product from PR.  All opinions are my own.

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Pastel paradise

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It’s spring, it’s spring! Although we have been having cold weather (again!) here in Winnipeg for the past week, the snow is slowly melting and my mood is picking up.  I absolutely love spring because that means that summer is coming (patio season!) and colour is making a comeback.  Pastel is all the rage right now and although it’s an easy shade to sport on your nails, it may be a bit trickier to add to your makeup routine.  I wore this look this past Saturday and was totally digging it because it’s something different and totally on-trend.

With that being said, it’s not just about the makeup! I’ve been keeping my hair looking fab and fresh with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series’ ColorFinity Shampoo and Colorfinity Smoothing Cleansing Conditioner, which keeps my colour looking fresh and my locks silky smooth.  I don’t usually wear my hair straight, but I wanted to keep it all natural, so after my wash, I put in some rollers for volume, letting them set while I did my makeup.

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Steps

1. Starting at the brows, fill them in (I used my Sleek Cosmetics Brow palette in Dark), and then with a white colour, apply this to your brow bone to highlight.  I used the shimmery white shade from the CoverGirl Coffee Shop quad.

2. With a matte tan shade (the one I used is from the Sephora Color Anthology palette; Naked from the UD Naked palette is a good dupe), apply this under your brow highlight, but above the crease, acting as your transition colour.

3. With a purple shade and a crease brush (MAC 217), apply this in your crease.  I mixed two purples from the CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Shadows in Dance Party.

4. With an orange sorbet colour (mine is from the Sephora Color Anthology palette), apply this on your lids.

5. Because I wanted the purple in my crease to be a bit more pronounced, I went over it with a neon purple from the Sephora Color Anthology palette.  Make sure to blend!

6. Line your upper lash line with a black eyeliner, winging it out. I used CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner in Black and then went over the line with CoverGirl Ink It! liner in black because I wanted it a bit darker.  After, apply your favourite mascara.   I doubled up CoverGirl Lash Blast with CoverGirl Flamed Up mascara for super-flirty lashes.

7. With an orange sorbet liner, apply this along your lower lash line and on your waterline.  The liner I used is by Yves Rocher, which is doubled ended with a grey shade on the other end.

8. With that same neon purple, apply this with a pencil brush on the outer corners of your lower lash line.  After, apply mascara to your bottom lashes.

9. For the lips, apply a nude lipstick.  I used CoverGirl LipPerfection lipstick in Creme (obsessed with this shade!).

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And that’s the final look!  For the face, I used CoverGirl Tru Blend foundation in L4, Tru Blend concealer in the lightest shade, CoverGirl Spices bronzer for my contour, Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush in Darling (from the Off The Cuff palette), and for my highlight I used CoverGirl Tru Balm The Luminizer.

To finish off the pastel look, I painted my nails with CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Bon Bon, and then on the tips applied L’Oreal Paris Top Coat in The True Gold for an ombre effect.

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What’s your favourite way to incorporate pastels in your makeup?

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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