Pretty Wink

So if you read my post on the December 2011 LuxeBox by Loose Button, you would know that I got these fab lashes by Velour.  These were hands down the most impressive thing in the box for a number of reasons. One, that they alone cost $35 (the box is $12 CDN a month); two, that they are mink; and three, that they are from a Canadian brand.

Velour Lashes were started by two best friends Mabel and Angela and are based out of Toronto, Ontario.  Each pair of lashes are handmade with 100 per cent authentic mink fur. Because the lashes are made from real materials, they can be worn at least 21 times (more if you take really good care of them).

The pair I got in my LuxeBox is called Lash In City and are described as “Girls just wanna have fun! These lashes perfectly compliment a dark smokey eye. Designed with extra fur on the entire band to provide a dramatic and full look. This style also adds a touch of “wing” to the corner of the eyes. Shoes and martini’s shouldn’t be your only accessory.”

Lash in City retails for $34.99 (regular price is $64.99) and you can buy them online.  I believe that they are only sold online, but they offer free shipping worldwide.

I have to say that I am really impressed by these.  Granted, they are quite expensive but for mink, they are definitely something special. The hair on these are so soft and they actually feel like real eyelashes which is the best part.  Okay, so I know, like who would touch your eyelashes anyways, but seriously, the look of these beauties when they are applied looks so pretty.

Since they are mink you have to take special care of them.  Don’t apply any mascara to them and don’t soak them in any liquids.  In the application video online, they show you to apply the lashes and then take a eyelash curler to fuse them together but to be honest, the lashes were too long that it moved the placement of them on my eyelids, so I don’t really recommend doing that.  As for the length of the band, I actually had to cut off a bit at the ends because they are quite long.  I’ll use those extra bits for more definition on the outer corners of my eyes when I don’t want to apply the full strip.  And, speaking of the strip, it’s quite flexible and fit the natural curve of my eye perfectly so that was another thing I really liked; they were simple to apply.

They are a splurge but if you have a special event (like a wedding or something), I highly recommend these.  If you take really good care of them they can last at least for 21 applications which is great since regular falsies last for less than 10 (at least for me, I was told at MAC that their lashes last three to four applications).

Have you tried Velour Lashes?  What are your opinions on mink eyelashes?  Are they worth the splurge?

NOTD: Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies

New year, new nails!

I got my very first Deborah Lippmann polish for the holidays and it’s this gorgeous vampy red colour called Single Ladies.

The colour (from her 2011 fall collection)  is very glossy and honestly reminds me a lot of Chanel’s Vamp.  It’s like a blood red burgundy colour, perfect for winter!

Excuse the band aid!

I had to use three coats to accomplish the above finish. I did find that this polish isn’t as creamy as Stormy Weather.  As for the chip resistance, it’s been holding up pretty good, I had to repaint half of one nail but that’s it!  For my base and top coats I used OPI’s top coat and Seche Vite’s base coat.

Have you tried Deborah Lippmann’s Single Ladies?  What are your thoughts?

A Year in Review: 2011 Favourites

Happy New Year!  Hope you all had a fun New Years Eve and are excited to start 2012!  I’m not a fan of new year’s resolutions so I typically don’t make any, but hey, if you have some, all the power to you :).

Since we are starting a fresh new year, I thought I would list off my favourite products from 2011.

Beauty

Best Foundation: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

Best Concealer: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye

Best Eyeshadow: MAC Satin Taupe

Best Palette: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Best Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte #7 Lingerie Pink

Best Lipgloss: NARS Turkish Delight

Best Blush: MUD Rose Beige

Best Bronzer: NARS Laguna

Best Mascara: YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils in Black

Best Eyeliner: MAC Liquid Eye Liner in Boot Black

Best Nail Polish: SpaRitual Knowledge is Power

Spa Ritual Knowledge is Power

Best Top Coat: Seche Vite

Best Shampoo: Pureology Anti-Fade Complex Hydrate

Best Conditioner: Pureology Anti-Fade Complex Hydrate

Best Hairspray: Farouk Royal Treatment Ultimate Control

Best Hair Product: OSiS Dust It

Best Fragrance: Angel By Thierry Mugler

Entertainment

Best Reality Television Show: Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Best Sitcom: Whitney

Best Drama: 90210

Best Song: Mr. Saxobeat by Alexandra Stan

Best Album: Femme Fatale by Britney Spears

Best Novel: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Best Movie: Don’t have one but if I had to choose maybe Breaking Dawn: Part One  (Don’t hate!)

Best App: TuneIn Radio

So that’s it, those are my favourites of 2011!  Some of them didn’t necessarily come out in 2011 but they were my favourite thing in that particular category for the year.  Feel free to answer this tag!

What were your favourites of 2011?  Leave me a comment below!


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