A bouquet of lashes: CoverGirl Lashblast Full Lash Bloom mascara

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TITLEA cult favourite has another sister coming to town.

Launching in December, CoverGirl Lashblast Full Lash Bloom mascara promises a full lash look that’s soft to the touch.  The pink brush “creates volume from root to tip and combs and coats cases evenly for full separated volume”. Different from other Lashblast versions, this one has a soft mousse formula made with natural beeswax to provide “volume that stays soft to the touch all day”.

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I have tried a few versions of Lashblast, including the original and Clump Crusher, which is one of my favourite mascaras in general, so I was super pumped to try this one out.  The mascara is the same size as the other versions, but this one is housed in a pink casing with flowers on it (swoon!).  The brush is made up of short and long bristles, but not angled like Clump Crusher.

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Overall, I thought this mascara was alright.  I much prefer Clump Crusher if I had to choose between that one and this one.  My lashes did feel slightly softer, however, I could still feel some mascara on them.  This mascara does give you nice lashes, but nothing show-stopping (for example, no one asked me what mascara I was wearing).

Are you excited to try out CoverGirl Lashblast Full Lash Bloom mascara?

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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Sugar + spice: Too Faced Everything Nice holiday set

TitleWhat’s sugar and spice and everything nice?  Well, Too Faced’s 2014 holiday set, of course!

This is the third year where I have received Too Faced’s holiday set, which always includes a palette and some sort of goodie.  Two years ago it was an eyeshadow brush and a full-size of Too Faced Shadow Insurance, all housed in a tin; last year it was a mini of their fab Better Than Sex mascara and Lip Injection Color Bomb! in Bee Sting with a chevron envelope bag; and this year it’s a couple brushes, Better Than Sex mascara, and a pink sequin clutch.

Along the same lines of their past two holiday collections, you get 20 eyeshadows, two blushes (a pink and a coral), a bronzer (their yummy Chocolate Soleil – smells like chocolate), and a highlight (which was the only thing missing from last year’s set).  In addition, you get three brushes – an eyeshadow brush, an angled eyeliner brush, and a contour brush.  Also, don’t forget about the travel-sized Better Than Sex mascara (a personal fave) and the gorgeous pink sequin clutch (one side only, it also doesn’t fit the palette for some strange reason).  Always a staple in their holiday sets, you also get a little pamphlet with different looks to recreate.

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Like I said, Too Faced basically releases this set every year, just switches the colours up and the additional products it comes with. This one is very similar to last year’s A Few of My Favourite Things set, but slightly enhanced, as that one had two bronzers, as opposed to this one which has the one, plus a highlight.  I always find these are great value for what you get, as this retails for C$68, with a value of C$545.  The quality in the products is also fabulous, I did a smoky eye using this set (see below) and there was virtually no fall out, which is great considering I used the darkest shade, Chocolate Moon, which also contains glitter.

Since this is a holiday palette, I chose something dark and festive, perfect for a Christmas party.  There are a variety of colours in this palette, everything from mattes to shimmers to glimmers, which makes it a great set to have on hand, but especially so for travel because of its sleek size and its contents (it has basically everything you need in terms of shadows, blushes, bronzer, and highlight).

FinalSteps1. Fill in your brows and lay down an eyeshadow primer (I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance to keep it in the family).  Then with Turtle Dove, apply this on your brow bone as your highlight.

2. With a fluffy crease brush and Fawned of You, lightly work this into your crease, acting as your transition shade.

3. With a black cream shadow (I used this one from Yves Rocher), apply this all over the lid area, it’s okay if it’s sloppy, you just want to place the colour down. Try not to get it into your crease.

4. With Chocolate Moon and a dense flat shader brush, pack this only on your lid over the black cream shadow, try not to get it into the crease.

5. Using a clean fluffy crease brush, grab Be You and blend this into your crease, making sure to blend out the black so there are no harsh lines.

6. Curl your lashes, apply a few coats of mascara and if you wish, pop on some falsies.

7. With a brown cream shadow, apply this along your lower lash line.

8. Using a mix of Girly and Chocolate Moon, lightly place this over the brown cream shadow we used along the lower lash line. Curl your bottom lashes and you are complete.

I used Chocolate Soleil as my contour, Papa Don’t Preach as my blush and Inner Light as my highlight.

I know this set is sold out online, but if you were interested in it, check your local Sephora store.  I loved last year’s Too Faced palette and I feel like this one is so similar, but has the addition of the highlight, which makes it more complete in my opinion.  The set from two years ago was housed in a tin, which is pretty for gift purposes, but not for storage and travel, so this year’s set is a far improvement compared to that one.

I think this is the perfect gift for any girl, and one of my best friends will be finding one of these guys under their tree this year.

Is the Too Faced Everything Nice set on your wish list?

Please note, product sent by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Brushes + bags: The perfect holiday gift for anyone

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So you’re looking for a great gift for a friend or family member.  Sure, a lip gloss set, moisturizer, eyeshadow palette, etc. all make wonderful gifts, but sometimes I like just keeping it basic.

I give my friends makeup all the time.  In fact, I single-handedly built up a few of my friend’s makeup collections.  Great makeup is always good to have on hand, but it takes the proper tools to actually make the stuff work. You know those sponge applicators that always come with eyeshadows, I seriously just toss those right away because let’s be real here, those are not going to give you an amazing eye look.  You need some proper tools to really create a masterpiece #blendblendblend,

So, this brings me to brushes.  Just like palettes, the holidays are great for picking up brush sets.  In fact, this is really the only time of the year when most makeup stores and brands release brush sets for a good price.  The mecca of all holiday stores, Sephora, has some great offerings in store for those you want to up their brush game.

Big brush set

My favourite set, the Pure Luxury Antibacterial Brush Set is a seven-piece collection encased in a fold-out black and gold faux-leatherenvelope. These brushes are treated with antimicrobial technology that keeps the brushes fresher for longer and is suitable for sensitive skin.

Retailing for C$75, this set includes a powder brush, foundation brush, angled eyeshadow brush, eyeshadow brush, concealer brush, flat eyeliner brush, and brow comb.

little brush set

If you are looking for something more travel sized, the Gold Star Skinny Brush Set is a five-piece set housed in a sleek gold fold-out envelope.  This set includes a powder brush, foundation brush, crease brush, shadow brush, and liner brush.  At a price of C$49, this set is more affordable than the other one, but keep in mind these are travel-sized brushes.  I have a similar set from fall and keep it in my purse, and trust me, these really come in handy.

Sephora also has a few more sets, but the two I mentioned are definitely the more affordable ones.  I have many Sephora-brand brushes and I do find they are really great quality.

I also want to mention the Sephora Collection Multitasker Mini Complexion 45.5 brush (shown above). This little guy (C$18) is a travel-size version of the Classic Multitasker Brush #45, designed for applying loose and compact mineral powders in limited-edition champagne gold.  Although the sets do come with a “foundation” brush, I prefer a brush like this one to buff the product into my skin.  You can also apply blush, bronzer, concealer, you name it.  I always keep this guy in my purse cosmetic pouch because it’s so small and comes in handy for touch ups on the go.

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If you prefer something a little more versatile, try gifting a makeup pouch (make sure you also throw something in there!).  These always come in handy, and yes, I know that every gift with purchase includes one, but a nice, well-made, roomy makeup pouch is an essential for anyone. The Voyageur (C$35) is a medium sized cosmetic bag that could double as a clutch. The zipper top opens to expose the pink lining inside and is perfect for those that don’t have a ton of makeup.  If you are looking for something more heavy duty, try The Weekender (C$48), which is a fold-open case which includes a little hanger.  Both sides contain zippered compartments so you can store a number of things without making a mess.  Both sets come in the limited edition gold and black holiday print.

Yes, a makeup bag or a brush set may be considered a boring gift, but seriously, they are such staples that overtime, whoever you are gifting them to, will get the most use of. We all started somewhere, it’s time to give that push to invest in quality products that will give the makeup the effect that it’s meant for (started from the bottom, now we here).

Will you be gifting a brush set or makeup bag this holiday season?

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