Huge MAC giveaway! Win a curated 30-pan palette

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Whether you are new to makeup or just starting out, there’s no doubt about it, MAC eyeshadows are a staple in anyone’s makeup collection.  I got my first Pro palette a couple years back and although the shadows are quite pricey, they are well worth it for both texture and colour payoff.

Since one shadow can cost close to $20, building up one’s MAC shadow collection can be quite the process.  Well, lucky for one Canadian/U.S. resident, a team of us beauty bloggers from Canada and the United States have partnered together to give away one 30-pan MAC eyeshadow pro palette, filled with all our favourite colours!

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It was hard to narrow it down to one shade, but I had to go with Phloof! (the perfect highlight/all-around lid colour), which is included in the prize.  The other shadows are Sketch, Vibrant Grape, Fig 1, Club, Shroom, Orb, Omega, Aquadisiac, Copperplate, Woodwinked, All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Cranberry, Steamy, Naked Lunch, Blanc Type, Nylon, Cobalt, Brule, Haux, Carbon, Retrospeck, Stars & Rockets, Expensive Pink, Brun, Electra, Satin Tape, Honeylust, and Brown Script.

The contest is open to Canadian and U.S. residents over the age of 18 and ends on August 6, 2014. Enter in the Rafflecopter below and make sure you check out the other bloggers and YouTubers participating in the contest!

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Row 1 (L-R): Angie (Vanity Rouge), Noelle (XO Noelle), Dee (Liner Glitter Gloss), Sandra (Moms Makeup Stash), Jenelle (Nelle Creations) & Deanne (My Fash Avenue)

Row 2 (L-R): Michelle (A Lovely Allure), Marcia (Beauty Info Zone), Iva (Falling in Style), Niki (Hello Miss Niki), Rica (The Office Chic) & Bree (The Urban Umbrella)

Row 3 (L-R): Amber (Canadian Fashionista), Krystal (Beauty by Krystal), Lauren (The Fashionista’s Diary), Justina (Justina’s Gems), Stacey (Stacey Brennan YT), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews)

Row 4 (L-R): Maria (AMother World), Marissa (Chic Darling), Kelly (Glitter Diaries), Cheryl (Beauty by Cheryl H), Chelsea (Olive & Ivy) & Chrissy (Some Velvet Morning)

Row 5 (L-R): Shayna (A Pop of Colour), Cecilia (Dearest Lou), Janna (Gloss & Glitz), Mina (Mina Slater), Cindy (Prime Beauty) & Katelyn (The Skinny Blonde)

Open in the USA and Canada.
Ends at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.
 
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TERMS & CONDITIONS: this giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ages over the age of 18 and ends at 11:59pm EST on August 6th, 2014. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Only one winner will be selected. This giveaway is a group buy, which means the bloggers/vloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. Winner will be chosen at random from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. No prize substitutions allowed. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary.
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Brow-zing! Chella brow products

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I’ve always been that girl that has been blessed in the brow department. When I was younger, I had the bushiest brows (never a full unibrow though, phew!), and after years of getting them waxed and plucked, they are finally a shape that I can maintain.  I do my own brows and usually will just tweeze them for upkeep.  I like the shape of them and for the most part, they are pretty low maintenance.

Because I don’t have thin brows I didn’t really think about ever filling them in, I mean why would I?  Well, a year or so back, after I started blogging, I thought I would just start filling in the top parts where it is a bit sparse at times.  Also, my left brow’s tail is a bit shorter than my right one, so I would extend it out a bit to make it even.  I started off with powder (love Buck from the Urban Decay Naked palette) and gradually I started playing around with other formulas like pencils and gels.

I was obsessed with the Sleek Brow Kit that I picked up in London, but then at the London Drugs Beauty Event last month there was a company there that I had never heard of. Chella is a company based in the U.S that specializes in brows, lashes and skin care.  We got a goodie bag of their products at the event (the brand will be launched in LD stores soon!) that included their eyebrow pencil, gel, highlight, pencil sharpener, and a heated eyelash curler.

I’m all for trying new products, but usually after a couple tries, I graduate onto something new and it gets lost in my makeup collection. Not these products.  The pencil, gel, and highlight have been my recent go-to brow routine ever since I got the products in the middle of June.  In fact, in the past month, I think there have been only a handful of days where I haven’t reached for them.

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As you can see, my brows don’t need too much help.  I just fill in the tops, apply the highlight pencil on top and below to sculpt (this thing is serious a must-have, use it as an inner-eye highlight as well!), blend it in, and then use the gel to set it all in place (my brow hairs can tend to get long and messy), and that’s it.

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Through my years of blogging, I have come across many different brow products and although I would definitely recommend some more than others, the ones from Chella are seriously a force to be reckoned with.  I was even thinking if you had to pick just one, I can’t even choose.  Obviously the pencil would be first priority, but I seriously have been loving the three products together, they make such a nice combo that if brows are a major issue for you, give these a try, you’ll love them.

What are your must-have brow products?

Please note, these products were provided by PR.

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OMG! Sally Hansen releases Miracle Gel, cure-free gel polish

SH titleI have a love-hate relationship with gel polish.  I love the shiny look of gel nails, the fact that they harden my natural nails, and obviously the long wear time on them.  The hate part is that it’s quite a process and let’s not forget the dreaded removal process.  Acetone remover, plus tinfoil, plus scraping equals a pain in my side.

It seems like the trend right now with a lot of different brands is cure-free “gel” polish.  Revlon has a line, CND has a line, CoverGirl has a line, and now Sally Hansen will be releasing their line next month.  Available in over 45 shades, Miracle Gel is billed as the only true two-step gel manicure with no light needed. This line consists of colour and the special topcoat (which comes in a black bottle, apparently you know it’s a true gel topcoat if it comes in a black bottle) and promises a 14-day wear.  Best of all, you can use any polish remover to get rid of it, AKA no more tinfoil!

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I received the topcoat, as well as the colour Electra-Cute, a summery orange shade, to try out before it launches next month.  I’m already a huge fan of Sally Hansen polishes so I was super pumped to get my little hands on this.  I painted my nails last Thursday and so far, they have held up quite well except for my right thumb and right index finger, both of which chipped.  With that being said, I have been having issues with my nails peeling lately, so I’m pretty sure my nail just peeled, taking the colour with it, I don’t think it was the polish’s fault.

I didn’t quite get to the 14-day mark with perfect chip-free nails, instead, it held up for six days, which isn’t too bad, and much longer than your regular polish.  Do I like it better than gel?  No.  If I was looking for longevity, I would still stick with a gel polish, and most of all, if I was looking to grow my nails out, which is often why I paint a gel on, I would opt for that route as well. I find that gels harden my nails, and as I mentioned, my nails have been peeling, so if I want them to grow, I often will paint a gel.  Sure, the removal process is a pain, but I often can have them on for a week and a half to two weeks, so it makes it worth it.  I also love the glossy finish they leave my nails, and let’s not forget the fact that you are out the door in no time flat, since there isn’t any drying time.

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I do think the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a great product, and perfect for those who want their polish to last more than a few days.  I have a couple at-home gel kits, which are usually quite pricey to buy, so if you were looking for a great alternative, I would give these a try. A lot of people have compared these to CND’s Vinylux products, which bill a 10-day wear, and I have tried that line, but I have to say, I like the Sally Hansen version more.  I find Vinylux to be a bit thin and it usually chips on me by the next day.

As mentioned, with over 45 shades to choose from, there are more than a couple that have caught my eye, and no doubt anyone can find a shade that will impress them.

Are you excited to try Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel?

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

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