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I just love a good drugstore find. With the price of some palettes these days getting pretty hefty, I love having a combination of luxury and more budget-friendly picks in my makeup bag; it helps to keep both my wallet and my makeup-loving self happy. The COVERGIRL truNaked Jewels palette ($12.97 CAD) definitely fits into this category, and I’ll tell you why.

First of all, I love a palette that has a bit of colour in it – bolder shadows are always great for mixing into eye looks and for having a bit of fun. This palette has a selection of 8 shadows, including a range of matte, shimmer and sparkly shades. It has a few lighter shades (that are perfect if you’ve ever wanted to be a unicorn princess; hell, who hasn’t?), two bold, pigmented hues (blue and purple), shimmering gold and green shades and a sparkly black.

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I really wish that I could have more accurately captured the first shade; it’s hard to see here, but it has this beautiful iridescent look to it with splashes of light pink in the light. It’s a gorgeous highlighting shade that I will definitely be using with other palettes and looks.

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The shadows have nice pigment to them, and several shades that make for great highlighting (see the 1st, 3rd and 7th shadows). They are really blendable and build up to heavier colour if needed. They do tend to fade a bit throughout the day, so I suggest starting with a primer and finishing with a setting spray to ensure longer wear.

The shimmer in a few of the shadows is gorgeous – nice and soft, bringing a bit of a multi-tone look to them, which I love. The boldness of the purple and blue shadows also make them favourites for me; I can definitely see myself using them to add depth to many different looks.

What do you think of the COVERGIRL truNaked Jewels palette? Do you have any other jewel tones you like?


Disclaimer: This post contains samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo


The new Lise Watier Pastel Power Collection for Spring 2013 is everything you could want in a spring makeup line – fun, fresh and pretty.  The shades included in this collection are so light and delicate.  This gorgeous new collection will be available in February 2013, and includes everything you need for a fresh new spring look – eyeshadow palettes, lip gloss, lipstick, nail polishes, blush, eyeliner, lipliner, and illuminating face pearls.  Read on to see more of some of the included products!

Lise Watier Pink Power Blush ($30) – I have to say this is my favourite item in this collection – the new spring lines seem to have a focus on gorgeous blushes, and this is no exception.  I was almost too scared to use this because I didn’t want to ruin it!  The colour is a really nice peachy shade, with a little bit of shimmer.

Lise Watier Quatuor Pastel Power Eyeshadow Quartet ($36) – This is one of the palettes included in the Pastel Power Collection – these earthy, neutral shades are very light and perfect for creating a romantic daytime look.

Lise Watier Power Kiss Gloss ($21) & Lise Watier Rouge Plumpissimo Lipstick in Corail Punch ($21) – These two are the perfect shades for spring – I love a coral lip and these are perfect.  The gloss is really light, not too thick or sticky, and the lipstick applies very smoothly.  They also complement each other really nicely – the gloss looks really pretty over the lipstick.

Lise Watier Nail Lacquer in Power Punch ($13) – Another product that fits perfectly in with the rest of this collection.  This polish is a really pretty light pink with a hint of coral.  I did find that it applied a little streaky, but after a couple of coats I couldn’t tell.  The neat thing about this polish?  The cap has a light in it so that you can better see how you’re applying the polish.

Lise Watier Eye Shine in Vert Sarcelle ($19) – I love Lise Watier eyeliners – they go on so smoothly and last for hours.  This liner comes in a beautiful jungle green which goes really nicely with the above palette.

Lise Watier Illuminating Beads ($29) – These are fun – to apply, simply swipe a brush across the top the combine the shades, and sweep on areas of the face you want to highlight.  They go on really light, and leave you with a slightly shimmery, light glow – really nice for giving your face a little perk.

What do you think of Lise Watier’s new spring collection?


With Christmas coming up, I’m going to try to share some great Christmas ideas with you.  The first of these comes from Anastasia Beverly Hills – they have two amazing sets which are sure to put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas.

First up is Kisses On My List ($30!) – a collection of their popular HydraFull lipglosses in 6 beautiful shades – ranging from a tan, to peach, to pretty pink.  I love these glosses – not sticky, thick enough to last and perfectly glossy. There’s something in here that everyone can love – a combination of  matte and shimmery glosses.  The matte shades are actually hypercolor glosses – they pull double duty and act not only as glosses, but as stains as well. The only thing I had trouble with at first was the applicator – it’s not a sponge or brush like I’m used too, but rather a silicone applicator – so easy to master, and it sets Anastasia glosses apart from others.  I swatched all 6 shades so you can take a look:

From L to R: Moi, Maggie May, Sharona, Lola, Jolene, Roxanne - named after some of music's most popular ladies in a tribute to '70s glam

The other set I want to share with you is all about eyes –  Want You To Want Me ($34.00) – their new holiday eye set.  Last year’s set, All Eye Want sold out so if you want to get your hands on this one I’m going to suggest taking a run into Sephora in the near future as I’m sure this one will do the same.

Anyways, this contains all you need to create a gorgeous holiday look – and it comes in a beautiful clutch like outer case.  This kit comes with a palette containing 9 gorge shades, as well as mini versions of their Clear Brow Gel (which I can’t get enough of) and Jet Black Liquid Eyeliner, and a dual-sided eye shadow brush.  The shadow palette can be taken out of of the clutch if you want to bring it along on it’s own.  These high pigment shades can be applied dry for sheer colour or wet for more intense, bold colour, which is fun to play with.  Take a look at the shades:

From L to R: Platform Wedge, Front Row Center, Ziggy, Members Only, Power Ballad, Jellies, Graphic T's, Brass In Pocket, Iron On - keeping with the '70s glam theme

2 gorgeous sets – which will you ask Santa for?  Both sets are available at Sephora.


A little over a month ago (I know, I know, super late.. I’m sorry! I was getting ready to post this when my site went down, and I couldn’t let this go to waste) I was invited to attend Annabelle/Marcelle’s Beauty Unveiling (aka Heaven), where they introduced many of their new products – think BB Cream innovations from both Marcelle and Annabelle, anti-agin skincare, fab eyeshadow and lip shades.  Being in a room full of makeup is honestly enough to give me a heart attack, but I soldiered through because I had to share this with all of you!

I got a chance to take a peek at all of the amazing new products they  have come up with  (including the new TwistUp Lipstick Crayons which have me all in a frenzy) – take a look for pics and check it all out!