Canadian beauty spotlight: Marcelle’s Fall shadows (review)


At the end of July, I was given an opportunity to get a sneak peek of some products from Marcelle’s Fall Collection. Marcelle is a Canadian makeup line that is part of Groupe Marcelle, which also owns Annabelle Cosmetics.

The Marcelle Wet & Dry Eyeshadow quads include Blue Moon, a gorgeous set of four matte shades including a white highlight, greyish blue, light blue and dark blue shadows; and Nude Attitude, a very pretty neutral palette. The eyeshadow duo in Chic Plum is Fall-friendly containing a pink and dark purple, both with a hint of shimmer.

I must admit that I haven’t paid any attention to this Canadian brand at all in the last few years. As I mentionned previously, I was focused on MAC and other department store brands. But I think that based on my experience with these shadows, I will have to take a closer look at what else is available from this line as I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked these. Here’s a summary:

PROS
- matte shades were smooth and not chalky. I LOVED the blue palette as I thought the colours in this palette were not typically the shades I go for in the fall. The navy blue was amazing used as a liner when wet (apologies for not doing a FOTD, camera has been very finicky lately)

-very pigmented
-when the shadows were applied wet, they were even more pigmented
-price points are affordable $14 (Canadian)
- long-lasting – even with my long days, the colour stayed put all day especially when used wet
-creasing was minimal when used with a primer

CONS

- while the Chic Plum was pretty, I didn’t think the combination was that unique
- not necessarily a con for others but for me the Neutral palette tended to blend in with my skin tone (NC35 in MAC terms). I used the palette mainly as a base.
-I would suggest using a primer or other eyeshadow base to limit creasing

SWATCHES


Swatch – Chic Plum duo


Swatches – Blue Moon Duo (my favorite of the three)


Swatches (Nude Attitude Quad)
Marcelle’s Fall line-up is expected to be in Canadian retail stores this week if it isn’t already.
For U.S. readers, you can order Marcelle/Annabelle products by calling customer service at 1 800 387-7710, extension 352 or 353. Visit the web site at http://www.marcelle.com/ for more information. For my other international readers, at this point, these aren’t available online but I would ask for them in any swaps you do with Canadians.
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Oh my GOSH!

I have a confession to make ladies. I bought two new lippies this weekend…I couldn’t resist. Operation Lipstick Love was out the window. The reason? Aside from wanting more lip colours, GOSH was 15% off at my local Shopper’s. I nabbed Gosh Darling finally and a Soft N Shine lip balm in Mocha.

I won’t go into too much detail about Darling since it’s been talked about so much. The one thing I will say is that it is creamy and pretty. BUT, I need to add a pink or peach liner to it…otherwise guess what? Concealer lips!

OK, next up is the GOSH lip balm in Mocha. I love this colour. It is a pretty neutral with a hint of berry. It is so moisturizing and soft on the lips. I absolutely LOVE it. The product and the packaging reminds me of MAC Slimshines.
The Pros: very moisturizing, soft, and great pigmentation
The Cons: need to reapply throughout the day
To see the other colours in the collection, visit http://www.goshcosmetics.com/
Have any of you tried these lip balms from GOSH?

RANT: Product reviews and honesty

There’s been a lot of talk in recent days about honesty in reviews especially if it involves products sent to you from a company. Some are questionning people’s ‘honesty’ given they were given free products to test. I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting products for free to review and I don’t think people should be slammed for getting these opportunities.

The negativity really bothers me. For my blog, I will let you know if the products were sent to me or ones I bought myself. But, whether the products are ones I bought myself or ones that I have been sent, I will always give you my opinion on whether it worked for me or not. I strive to give a balanced view in my reviews but if the product doesn’t work for me at all, I will let you know. This is my approach which may be similar or not to others in our community.

I feel that no matter what the blogger or Youtube person posts about the products they are reviewing, it is up to us as a consumer to decide whether a) to continue to read/watch and b) purchase or not based on that review.

I don’t think the content creator should be slammed for what they are or are not doing. It’s up to us to decide how or if we’re going to act on the information.

That’s my rant for the day.

Let me know what you think.

How often do you…..

I was staring at my makeup brushes today and thought, “I should really clean those.” I can’t remember the last time I washed them thoroughly. That’s bad. I know that. Made me think of a blog post though. So now, it’s question time.

How often do YOU….

1) clean your makeup brushes
2) put sunscreen on
3) pluck/tweeze/wax your brows
4) get your hair cut
5) purge ‘old’ makeup

My answers:

1) not often enough. I used to clean with brush cleaner once a week and deep clean every two weeks. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t done it at all.
2) not often enough. I need to get in the habit and use everyday.
3) get them waxed every three to four weeks.
4) should be every 6 to 8 weeks but I haven’t had a cut since Feb! I need to go. Soon!
5) not as much as I should. I am a pack rat. Terrible habit.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

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I’ve been tagged!


So many tags to catch up on — thank you everyone for thinking of me. For this, I was tagged by the ever so cool Lyndsay from Robert Smith’s Mistress Makeup Wonderland.

The Rules…

1. Open your first photo folder.
2.Scroll down to the tenth photo.
3. Post that photo on your blog and tell us the story behind it…
4. Tag 5 or more other people to do the same!

This photo was taken two years ago while I was on maternity leave. It was the summer and my son had just started to learn how to ‘cruise’ –which means he could pull himself up, and then ‘cruise’ around by holding on to things. After we saw the series of photos like this, my husband and I finally agreed we need to cut our son’s hair as it was so long and stood straight up. It was kind of funny.

After you have kids, you take lots of photos of them. Now that I’m doing this blog I find it a bit funny to take photos of myself. Still not used to it.

In any case, I look forward to seeing pictures from:

Laura – Liparazzi
Ida – Naturals & Minerals
Cat – Reaching for the Stars
Nefertari – Nefertari Sparkles
Deborah – DvoraDivine
Maya – Pretty Things