Ivory Avenue Art | Small Business Saturdays

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ivory Avenue Valentine's Day

One of the things that I get excited about, like most beauty writers, is when beauty bloggers branch out. Sometimes they branch out by starting their own beauty brand (hello, MIYU), but sometimes it’s not quite as beauty-related, as is the case with Natalie of Ivory Avenue.

I’ve been a fan of Ivory Avenue for a while, and there’s no question as to why: Natalie is kind and funny, with a great eye for design and a frankly adorable obsession with her puppy. So when Natalie announced that she was planning on opening her own Etsy shop full of original watercolour paintings… well, I knew it was going to be something pretty special.

Small Business Saturdays Ivory Avenue Art

Rosie and painting No. 1 from the Valentine’s Day collection

Ivory Avenue Art

Natalie started painting to express her feelings and stay positive, and she decided to open her Etsy shop in order to share that happiness with others — something that I find to be particularly beautiful. There are a lot of us in the beauty community who struggle with mental illness and physical limitations, and I like to think that each of us feels a little less alone knowing how many of our friends and favourite bloggers experience similar struggles.

Ivory Avenue Art showcases one collection of six paintings every month, and a different charity is chosen for each collection to receive 10% of the sale price of each order. Available right now are the Winter’s Morn and Valentine’s Day collections (in green & grey and coral-pink, respectively,) and the current Ivory Avenue charity is the Samaritan’s Purse!

Natalie Heather Ivory Avenue Art Etsy

I’m particularly fond of Natalie’s Valentine’s Day Collection Painting No. 1, with its beautiful gold detailing and coral-pink ombré (directly above), but honestly, her entire shop is just gorgeous.

If you want to support a small business (and a local Canadian blogger!) this Valentine’s Day, make sure to check out Ivory Avenue Art — and use code LOVEYOU until February 29th for a whopping $30 off your order! 

All images are from Natalie’s Etsy shop and Instagram

The best Black Friday/Cyber Monday beauty sales *Updated 2:00pm Nov 30th

Sunday, November 29, 2015

shu uemura art of hair Maison Kitsune, Silk Bloom

Wait! Before you get started… don’t forget to shop using Ebates for up to 10% cash back on your orders at Sephora, Amazon, The Body Shop, and more! Sign up using my referral links here: Ebates/Ebates.ca.

Beauty deals

AHAVA (US) – Nov 24th-28th: BOGO free, plus free shipping over $50 & free samples on all orders. ⇒ See my favourites from AHAVA here!

ANNABELLE COSMETICS – Nov 27th-30th: 40% off + free shipping over $40 CAD! See my product recommendations

⇒ Current favourites: Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Ebony (review), Blushon Powder Blushes (review), Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (review), and the Glitterama Liquid Eyeliners.

BIRCHBOX – Nov 27th-Dec 1st: 25% off all subscriptions and all orders over $35. Free shipping over $25. Use code BIGDEAL. See my product recommendations

⇒ The 25% off also applies-Birchbox’s full-sized products, so here are some of my must-haves: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (review), everything Clinique Chubby, Klorane Dry Shampoo, and the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color. The Charmed Life gift set looks really cool, too — it would make an amazing already-done gift box for your best friend!

CLARINS CANADA – Nov 23rd-27th: 15% off of five full-sized sets. / Nov 30th-Dec 4th: Get a 5 piece gift + 2 bags with any order over $75. Use code CYBER15! 

CULT BEAUTY – Nov 27th-30th: Use code MERRY10 for £10 off £60, MERRY20 for £20 off £100, MERRY45 for £45 off £200, or MERRY75 for £75 off £300. 

***DHC – Nov 30th: 10% off sitewide! / Dec 1st-31st: Get $15 off orders over $60!

foreo

FOREO – Nov 27th-30th: 25% off on all devices + Free Shipping! This is Foreo’s biggest discount of the year, so if you were holding out for the best deal possible, this is it! 

⇒ My FOREO LUNA Mini review (& giveaway!) here.

INGLOT – Nov 26th-Dec 2nd: 20% off all products; 10% off Freedom System palettes. Free US shipping over $50.

***JURLIQUE – Nov 23rd-29th: Up to 50% off sitewide. / Nov 30th-Dec 8th: Get 25% off orders $50+ and 30% off orders $100+ with codes CYBER and CYBER30. Plus, only on November 30th, The Iconic Collection set will be marked down to $81. 

***KATE SOMMERVILLE – Nov 30th: Receive a $25 e-gift card with all orders over $150 with code CYBER.

L’OCCITANE (CA) – Nov 26th-29th: Exclusive gift sets at marked down up to 65%! Use code NOIR for $16 sets with any $45 purchase or NOIRPLUS for $35 deluxe git sets with any $55 purchase. / Buy any 3 stocking stuffers and get a 4th one free! / Deluxe gift sets up to $85 off for a limited time. / Nov 4th-Dec 25th: Get a Magic Key for $5 with any 150ml Shea Cream with code MAGICKEY. / Nov 26th-29th: Use code DELUXE for a free deluxe holiday essentials kit with all orders over $145. / Nov 23rd-Dec 1st: Free shipping on all orders over $25, no code needed. 

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MARC JACOBS – Nov 30th: Limited edition Blacquer and brush sets; free shipping on all orders with code SHIP / Free shipping over $50 / Four free mini makeup products with code MARCDAY.

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Are you shopping these Black Friday weekend deals?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

September 2015 Birchbox review

My Black Friday sale roundup was kind of hellish to compile, and I can’t help but think that it must be hard to get through, too! So, for anyone out there who wants to shop Black Friday without all the sifting and picking, here are the best of the best beauty sales to indulge in this weekend (Nov 27th to 30th).

See you Monday for an updated list of sales!

  • ANNABELLE COSMETICS: 40% off + free shipping over $40 CAD! (Also applies to Marcelle.com)
  • BIRCHBOX: 25% off all subscriptions and all orders over $35, plus free shipping over $25. Use code BIGDEAL!
  • DECIEM: Save up to 60% on DECIEM bundles! Bundles start at $21 CAD and worldwide shipping is, as always, free.
  • FOREO25% off + free shipping on all devices. (This is Foreo’s biggest discount of the year!)
  • MAC: 25% off all holiday kits and pre-made palettes. This is the best deal that I have EVER seen for MAC, so don’t miss it!
  • NARS: 20% off + free shipping over $50! Or, use code YEARNNOV15 to get a free mini Orgasm Multiple & Audacious Mascara with all orders over $60 until Nov 30th.
  • SHU UEMURA CANADA: 20% all orders over $50, 25% off all orders over $100.

Give the GiftofGOLD with Kérastase

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kerastase Gift of Gold

I like to get all of my holiday shopping done before, if possible, the second week of December. It’s a great setup: you start planning in July, finish up in November, and then you have all of December to bake cookies, hang tinsel, and pick a tree.

That being said, “like to” and “actually do” are two very, very different things. So, if you’re just starting your holiday gift acquisition right now, here’s a little something to help you get started!

Kerastase Bain Densité shampoo review

Kérastase PARIS is running a great promotion in all Kérastase PARIS salons and on the Kerastase.ca website right now: buy a styling product and conditioner and get the corresponding shampoo free!

They’re calling it the Gift of Gold promo, and it’s a haircare lover’s dream. The gift sets start at $83 CAD, and there are eleven sets available, including:

Kerastase Densifique Masque Densite review

There aren’t a ton of silicone-free Kérastase PARIS products, but I’ve been testing some of the Chronologiste and Densifique ranges this month.

Densifique comes packaged in simple, pretty, champagne-beige packaging, and the Mousse Densimorphose, Bain Densité (shampoo), and Masque Densité (conditioner) are all ‘cone-free. I’d like more hydration for my already-dry prairie hair, but a little goes a long way with this range! I use about 1/3 of my normal amount of shampoo with Kérastase, and it’s still more than enough.

Kerastase Chronologiste Scalp Exfoliator

The coolest product that I tested from the gift sets, however, was definitely the Chronologiste Revitalizing Exfoliating Care Rinse-Out Pre-Shampoo treatment. The Chronologiste line is gorgeously packaged to begin with (that black! That gold!), and the treatment is silicone-free.

To use, you take a large dollop of the Revitalizing Exfoliating Care, work it through your hair in sections, and massage it onto the scalp for five minutes before rinsing out. It’s a little hard on the arms, but quite unique overall: the product is flecked with gold and red for a great sensory experience, and it does a great job of exfoliating away any little scalp-flakies that the winter has “gifted” upon you!

Kérastase Chronologiste review scalp and hair exfoliator (more…)

Stila Waterproof Brow Colour review, swatches, & dupe (Marcelle Eyebrow Pen)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Best waterproof brow pens review

I’ve made a lot of big changes this year, but the most important of them all has been getting my brows in order. (Yes. Definitely.) For the longest time, I had to mix shades and layer powder and pencil products to get my brows just right, and for all of my efforts, the silicone content in the products would still leave me with awkward brow breakouts.

No longer.

At the start of the year, I found the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium, AKA my Holy Grail of brows… and then I found the Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark, which does everything the Stila does, except faster and for half the price.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour review swatches Medium

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium ($21 USD/$27 CAD)

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium (which has since been re-packaged) is pretty much perfect. It’s fine-tipped, sheer, and cool-toned, and I can finish my brows in under a minute using this pen.

The formula wears all day long and can be used to either create fine, hair-like lines or a brow “shadow” (my preferred method), and the shade itself is really well-suited to those with dark hair who don’t want warm “Instagram brows” for their everyday life.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour review Medium

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour brush tip

My only problem with the Stila brow pen is that it’s pretty expensive at $27 CAD, and while I’m not out of product yet, most reviewers say that it only lasts 1-3 months with regular use. Enter: the Marcelle Eyebrow Pens.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour ingredients:

Water, Acrylates Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Honey Extract, Propylene Glycol, Matricaria Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder. +/- Yellow 5, Red 33, Blue 1.

Marcelle Universal Light, Dark, Stila Medium Brow Pen swatches review

Swatched L-R: Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Light, Universal Dark; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen review swatches Universal Dark

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark ($13.95 CAD)

It’s been a little while since I’ve fallen hard for a Marcelle makeup product, but these brow pens have me swooning. They’re half the price of Stila’s version and double the size, and because I always go for a “shadow” brow rather than drawn-in hairs, I can apply and smudge this one faster and more easily than I can with the Stila.

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen review swatches

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark felt tip

Universal Dark isn’t quite as perfect as Stila’s Medium, but the cost difference more than makes up for it. With the Marcelle brow pens, you still get easy application, a silicone-free formula, and all-day waterproof wear, but you trade off a small degree of control for a quicker application.

I think the felt tip is a more versatile format (the broad side for quick application & the tip for drawing hairs), but it really does just come down to personal preference!

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark ingredients: 

Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate. +/- Red 40, Green 5, Black 2, Yellow 5 Lake

Stila Waterproof Brow Colour dupe

The verdict?

If you like a natural brow, these are the only brow game in town anymore. They’re essentially North American versions of the Suqqu Liquid Brow Pen that Lisa Eldridge loves so much, and they are perfect for anyone who finds most brow products too warm for them.

When I run out (and can I just mention that I went to an actual store and bought the products pictured here), I will definitely be re-buying the Marcelle. Which isn’t to say that there’s anything wrong with the Stila; it’s just a little pricey to be re-buying every 3 months! (Assuming 0.02 fl oz will last you 3 months, the Stila comes out to $108 CAD/year; the Marcelle, just $27.90 CAD.)

Availability: Stila (0.7 ml) – $21 USD/$27 CAD at Shopper’s Beauty Boutiques and Murale. Marcelle (1.4 ml) – $13.95 CAD at Marcelle.com (US & Can shipping) and drugstores across Canada.

What’s your favourite brow product right now?

Sephora sale, Commodity perfumes, & niche skincare innovations | New 17/04/15

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was browsing the Sephora app from my bed the other day (dangerous, I know) and there were SO MANY cool new things that I absolutely had to put together a fresh New This Week post for you guys.

“Products like what,” you ask? Like the Bite Beauty Watercolor Lip Gloss Library ($49 USD), which features five absolutely beautiful pastel lipglosses and seven pretty (and entirely wearable) shades. Or products like the new Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes ($21 USD) — I want Heather Pop so bad. Or the AERIN and Commodity perfumes that are now available on the Sephora site. (I need AERIN Lilac Path and Waterlily Sun in my life, like, yesterday. They’re amazing.)

But most importantly, I wanted to share these product launches with you guys today because (!!!) Sephora is currently running their Beauty Insider Spring Salewhich is 10% off for BIs until the 20th and 15% off for VIBs and VIB Rouges until the 21st!

» Use codes BILOVE, VIBLOVE, and ROUGELOVE at Sephora for your discount, and don’t forget to use Ebates or Ebates.ca to save a little more.

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