Review: Annabelle Hype (Fall 2010, National)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Don’t miss yesterday’s Hype EOTD!

Annabelle Mono Eyeshadows always impress me, as I’m sure you know by now. Not only are they great drugstore shadows, they’re simply great shadows. I’m not saying they’re the be-and-end-all, but I am saying that I’d be a happy camper paying anything up to about $9-10 per shadow… but they’re only $4.25. So, colour me impressed!

Anyhow. I’m sure you’d much rather read the mini-reviews and see some swatches than listen to the ravings of a madwoman this blogger’s innermost thoughts!

  • Fantasy: *Needs* to be foiled — it’s pretty used dry, but it’s really pretty used wet. Foiling really bring out its vibrancy, making it a lot more teal/turquoise and a lot less steely.
  • Lagoon: I’m not sure if anyone noticed in yesterday’s EOTD, but Lagoon goes on a little patchy when foiled — it just doesn’t buff out quite right. But for $4, if you’re on a budget, its so worth the hassle! Lagoon is absolutely gorgeous; super-pigmented with an incredible, rich, blue finish.
  • Ultraviolet: Goes on patchy wet or dry when swatched, but blends gorgeously when used in a look. Note that it is NOT any more patchy than any other matte violet shadows I’ve tried, including the much-adored MUFE 92! Matte violets are just really hard to formulate, I guess :o)
  • Rainforest: A pretty mid-to-light green, but it’s the only shade I’d deem “skippable.” It does a great job balancing out the quad, but isn’t dazzling on its own.
swatched dry / swatched wet

Don’t miss: Fantasy and Ultraviolet. I love them to death; honest.
Possibly pick up: Lagoon, if you’re looking for a great medium-dark blue for less than $5, and/or you’re okay with having to take an extra minute or two to blend it out. (I totally am, and just adore the shade!)
Skip: Rainforest, unless you’re buying the whole quad.

Hype also repromotes the Volumelip glosses. Check out our review here!

EOTD: Annabelle Hype (Fall 2010, National)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sorry for the delay on this one, girls! I guess I was just so busy obsessing over Marcelle that I didn’t have time to play with the new Annabelle collection ;)

Hype is a funny collection — it has two parts, one exclusive to Shopper’s Drug Mart and the other simply referred to as the “National collection,” ie the one that will launch everywhere. Well, I just have the National collection, but so far I’ve been pretty happy with the shadows. I’ll be sharing some swatches and reviewing the shadows tomorrow, but here’s an eye of the day in the meantime. I hope you like it!
Experience the photo overload and find out what I used…
My god, I’m going to miss the gorgeous lighting that summer brings…

Now, I almost never take photos in the direct sun, unless I can help it — it’s so unforgiving and harsh! (Plus, my skin always looks a little funny.) However, it really helps show how CRAZY vivid these shadows are, so I took a few anyways for this look. I did foil the shadows, which made a huge difference, but man! are they pigmented.

P.S. I just love the shadow that these falsies cast!

Products used:
Annabelle shadows in Rainforest, Lagoon, and Fantasy. (The Hype National collection also includes Ultraviolet, which didn’t make it into this EOTD… sorry!)
Revlon Fantasy Lengths lashes in Minx…which were, unfortunately, still speckled with glitter from this EOTD!
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
MAC eyeshadow in Blanc Type
Smashbox eyeshadow in Smoke (for my brows)
NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk

Oh gosh, just kidding. One more thing:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Have you guys seen this new Stila palette yet?

Because… it creeps me out. 
I’m not totally sure why, but I think it might be because — no, actually, I’m pretty sure that it’s just the weird design. It just looks cheap to me, you know? Like… Smashbox managed to put out a massive palette last Christmas, but theirs didn’t creep me out. Urban Decay does the Box of Shadows on a pretty regular basis, but I think they’re awesome. Even from the low end: NYX and elf have both released really big palettes recently, but I think it’s a great thing that they’re making colour so accessible.

However. This one just icks me out. (Can I even say that? “Icks me out”?)

(Whatever, I say lots of things that don’t actually make sense. It’s too late now to start writing like a sane, educated, highly literate person!)

Are you equally icked? Or is there cuteness here that I’m missing? I guess if I tip my head to the left really far — nope, still icking.

Just one thing…

By Terry pressed powders?

Ridiculously pretty.


That is all.

The Body Shop Friends and Family – 20% off!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

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theBalm continues to impress with Stainiac

Friday, August 27, 2010

What it is: TheBalm Stainiac tinted gel blush/lip stain in Prom Queen

The wear: Like many stains, this has a liquid-gel texture — meaning that it’s definitely not moisturizing, but also that it isn’t really drying. It wears for about the same amount of time as any other stain does on me, and as the colour fades, it doesn’t give that telltale ring of colour around your lip line. (However, like all stains, it might catch on dry bits, so don’t forget to exfoliate first!)
The colour: Prom Queen’s packaging is pretty deceiving — the description (“sheer rosy pink”) is spot-on, but the orangey text on the tube had me worried about the colour inside. It’s not too warm-toned, though, as you can see in the swatches!
indirect sunlight / flash
The catch: Also because of the liquid-gel texture, this takes a little getting used if you’re going to be using it on your cheeks. For instance, if you use an oil-based moisturizer (or just straight oil,) it won’t go onto your cheeks well at all — make sure to skip the oils and silicones, or “cheat” on your skincare for a day, skipping the oils and ‘cones on your cheeks altogether. It takes some time to apply, but the gorgeous stain lasts all day!
bare / stained. click to enlarge.

Don’t forget: never try to apply a stain to your lips if you’ve just put on lip balm! Like oil on your face, things like petroleum and beeswax will create a barrier between your lips and the stain, preventing it from absorbing properly for that all-day wear. Instead, put on your lip balm or gloss after staining!

topped with clear gloss.



The verdict? I’ve tried a lot of lip and cheek stains, but I can safely say that this is one of my favourites. It’s most similar to my Etude House stain, but I like the smell/taste of this one a lot more (read: there isn’t one of either,) and the packaging is so much easier to deal with. Plus, Prom Queen is a great colour — very wearable, and sheer enough to give almost all skintones a lovely, subtle tint.

AvailabilitySephora, Apothica, Beauty.com

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