Recently Stashy from Stashmatters held a giveaway to celebrate her blog’s one year anniversary and I was fortunate enough to be counted as one of the giveaway winners! Congratulations on your one year anniversary Stashmatters! I look forward to the next year of great blog posts from you!
Let me take a moment to wax poetic about Stashmatters before we get into the pictures. This really is one of my favorite blogs and I’m not just saying that because Stashy was way too generous with her giveaway goodies. If you aren’t reading her blog you definitely should be and I’ll give you a few reasons to check it out immediately:
- Stashy just completed a full 365 day no buy. That’s right, an entire year. Basically she’s my hero.
- She has one of the most organized blogs I’ve seen. It’s divine and soothing and again, pretty inspirational.
- Stashmatters covers everything from makeup to skincare with thorough, thoughtful and well researched blog posts.
- Her “About” page is titled “Aboot”. Because Canada. (Now she claims to not actually say “Aboot” but I’m not sure I’m buying it).
- Seriously, why are you still reading this? You should be reading Stashmatters!
I also recommend checking out the actual giveaway post because it is, after all, filled with Stashy’s favourite things along with links to her reviews.
Onward to copious amounts of goodies!
The Salux Beauty Skin Cloth – I am so intrigued by this thing! I haven’t tried it yet but I’m really looking forward to testing it out!
Slice Slanted Precision Tweezers – I’m actually thrilled about these because I bought into the hype of the Tweezerman tweezers several months ago but the dang things just end up CUTTING hairs rather than plucking them. No bueno. Hopefully these will be what I was hoping the Tweezerman would be.
Life Brand Brightening Facial Sheet Mask – I do love a good sheet mask and I’ve been really into brightening products lately so I look forward to using this one!
Annabelle Single Eyeshadow – 127 Brown Frost – (I just want to point out that I am not reviewing any of these products yet since I’ve only had them for a short time. This is more like a first impressions kind of write-up). There is another photo later in this post of this shadow swatched in natural light but the indoor lighting (while very yellow) shows the really lovely sheen that this eyeshadow has. It’s a cool shade in that it’s difficult to define. In the pan and swatched, it looks like a very dark cool toned brown but on the eye (at least in this look) it’s almost a gunmetal shade. It is very pigmented and blended very well with fairly minimal fall out. I’m really impressed! Plus, Annabelle isn’t a brand that is readily available in the states so it’s fun to get a chance to try a brand that’ I’ve heard about but haven’t been able to get my hands on!
MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow – Uninterrupted – Dude. This eyeshadow is the freaking bees knees. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if you are into warm tones at all, go ahead and get this eyeshadow IMMEDIATELY because you really don’t need any other transition shades once you have this eyeshadow. It’s gorgeous. It also looks great as an all over eyeshadow but I really love it as a transition shade. This is one of those eyeshadows that basically blends itself. Also, if you have a shadow that is giving you a hard time in the blending department, blend it with Uninterrupted and your life will be much easier. Just trust me, I’m from the government. (not really). This is the eyeshadow that was used in both eye looks that are in this post.
MAC Sheertone Blush – Tenderling – I haven’t previously tried a Sheertone blush but if the texture on this formula is the same across the board, I need to try more of them. This is an incredibly fine powder with a texture reminiscent of the Veluxe eyeshadow formula. It’s like silk. So nice! Also, for a blush that looks so pale in the pan, this actually gives amazing color pay off. I’m not sure it really translates on camera, but in real life, this is a gorgeous blush!
Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil – Cocoaloco – If these two Annabelle products are good indicators of the overall brand quality, I’m really bummed out that it isn’t sold here! This pencil is amazing! The eye look I did with this is one of my favorite looks that I’ve done in quite a while. The pencil is smooth and doesn’t tug the skin on application, it’s pigmented and doesn’t blend away into nothing (or worse, into some other color like some eyeshadow pencils tend to do). It also sets almost immediately (you do have to work quickly to blend) and then stays ALL DAY. It’s wonderful!
Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer – This primer is a really interesting consistency. If I had to compare it to something I would say it’s incredibly similar to Urban Decay Primer Potion. The one for your eyelids. In fact, I had to google to make sure I wasn’t just confused but this is indeed for use on the face. For face products I have a difficult time formulating any sort of opinion until I’ve used it for a good long time but I CAN say that this does seem to extend the wear time of my foundation. It also mattefies my foundation so for me, it might be better suited to the summer months when my skin isn’t resembling the Sahara.
Nicole by OPI Oil To Go for Cuticles – If you’ve ever see one of my nail polish swatch posts, you probably noticed that my cuticles are…well, they need some help. And I’ll gladly take all the help I can get! Right now, my skin is so dry that my cuticles actually start aching. This cuticle oil is already at my office, living on my desk and so far, I really dig it. It’s a thicker consistency, more like a gel than an oil when I first apply it which is great if you’re going to have to carry on using a keyboard after application. Also, it smells like every clear lip gloss you ever owned as a child. Kind of a strawberry bubblegum sort of scent.
Liplicious Wild Madagascar Vanilla Golden Glow Lip Butter – I not so secretly wish that every lip product came in a vanilla option. Wouldn’t that be great? Then when you get a standard flavor that drives you bonkers (I’m looking at you Rimmel) you could just opt for the vanilla option. That’s my campaign platform when I run for president. Back to lip balm! This is a similar consistency to Aquaphor which is a plus in my book. It’s a great staple to keep handy for me in the winter months so I’m super happy to have this in my arsenal.
Quo Blending Sponge – I want to marry this sponge. Seriously, it is so freaking soft! It’s really delightful! I was a little skeptical at first since I haven’t had the best of luck using other blending sponges but this one is really nice! It feels great on my face which is much more than I can say for other sponges I’ve tried. Now, if I can just find the optimal level of water to add without making everything go all patchy, I’ll be all set!
Can you even handle how cute this pin is?! It made me chuckle and then it also promptly got this song stuck in my head.
Can you believe how generous this giveaway was? Thank you so much Stashy! 🙂
- This is the reality of life with cats right here
- The Boy installed a cat door yesterday so Thing Cat and Gray Cat are SUPER excited about life and their new found ability to quickly elude White Neighbor Cat and his huge (possibly panther) thug of a sidekick. (They aren’t normally too bad but they do like to yell obscenities at each other)
- I have binge watched the first four seasons of Haven and just started season five. So that’s where I’ve been all week, not being productive at all. Also, now I’m craving a re-read of The Dark Tower series.
- I just bought a new cocktail shaker so I’m blaming all nonsensical run-on sentences on my new friend Martini. Also, Gin is weird. But olives are delicious!