Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


A while back I wrote about an event I attended introducing you all to Pari Beauty (click here to read all about them).  Well I'm back with an new and exciting offer for all my fabulous readers just in time for the holidays!  

Until December 30th all of you will be able to purchase the following palettes at 
15% off!

Limited Edition "Black Tie" Full Face Kit
Retail value: $150.00
Reg Price: $38.25
15% off Price: $31.50

- Mirrored tri-fold travel compact
- 10 Blendable Eyeshadows
- 1 Full Sized Lip Gloss
- 1 Contour/Bronzing Powder
- 1 Highlighting Face Shimmer
- Applicators

Limited Edition "Tricks of the Trade" Kit
Retail value: $200.00
Reg Price: $69.00
15% off Price: $58.65

- 8 Richly Pigmented Eyeshadows
- 1 Full Sized Customer Favorite Precious Glow Illuminating Shadow Primer
- 2 Luscious Lip Gloss Shades
- 1 "Perfect Flush" Blusher
- 1 Highlighter
- 1 Mineral Highlighter/Bronzer
- Duo Illuminating Powder
- 1 Double Ended Applicator

This offer is exclusive only for my readers and through my site and is NOT available in stores or at any Pari Beauty locations.  

If you'd like to purchase any of the palettes please email me at makeupbydonnmarie[at]gmail[dot]com with:
- Your Name
- Quantity of which palette(s) you'd like
- Shipping Address
- Phone number
- Email address

Remember this offer is only valid until Friday December 30th!

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner Review

I'm always on the lookout for new eyeliners to add to my makeup collection and makeup artist kit.  So when Marcelle was handing these out at The Beauty Premiere I was ecstatic!  I like that there's a pretty wide range of colours to choose from.  I especially love that they are waterproof and resist heat and humidy.  I've yet to try them in extreme weather but so far in this cold weather we're having I must say that they do hold up to my watery eyes.  Ever get that cold wind in your eyes that it makes you tear? Not to worry cause your liner won't smear!

The formula is smooth and creamy so it glides on seemlessly.  I like to use these as either a base or liner.  My favourite colour is Blue Lagoon which is a good dupe for Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Flipside.  Check out the pic below for a comparison.

L: Urban Decay 24/7 Flipside  R: Marcelle Blue Lagoon
(UD is slightly lighter in colour)

Wondering how it compares to UD 24/7 liners?  I'd have to say they're pretty close in my experience.  Both are smooth and creamy but I'd say Urban Decay is a tad more creamier and pigmented than Marcelle's.  With that said the Marcelle liners seemed to dry a lot faster than UD's. I guess that's because they UD is creamier.  As for lasting power I'd have to say they are pretty close.  Both last a really long time.  I have oily lids and after about 7 hours both begin to to crease and smear on my greasy lids.  So if your lids are anything like mine it's best to wear a primer under these.  If you don't want to dish out 20 something bucks on the Urban Decay liners then Marcelle is a good alternative for about half the price (suggested retail price $10.50).

L - R: Blue Lagoon, Green Metal, Bronze, Fairytale Pink, Mulberry, Imaginary Mauve
Suggested Retail Price $10.50

Friday, December 9, 2011

Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil Review

If you read my post on The Beauty Premiere then you know that Annabelle was handing out their Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil's on a silver platter.  I've managed to grab 6 of them been using these for a few weeks now and all I can say is that they are amazing!

I love that these pencils are so versatile.  You can use them as eyeshadows, eyeliners, or an eye base.  One thing I should mention is that if you plan on using this as an eyeshadow you have to work pretty fast. I found that they dried pretty quickly making blending somewhat difficult.  But blending with a warm finger usually solved this problem for me.

As for application and colour payoff these Smoothies applied so smoothly and are packed with pigment.  They are extremely creamy but not messy.  Unlike Stila Kajal liners these liners stay put and don't crease!  An eyelid primer isn't necessary, trust me I'm an oily lid sufferer!  I am so impressed with the colour payoff one swipe and immediately you can see how rich it is .  If you're a makeup artist like myself I'd keep a few of these in your professional makeup kit!  

L-R: Absinthe-Minded, Mokamirage, Cocoaloco, Acaidasian, Blubomb, Licoriche

All in all Annabelle's Smoothie pencils are worth getting.  Lichoriche a rich black is my go to pencil as I love using it for a smokey eye and lining my waterline.  And can you believe this did not budge on my waterline either?  Ah-mazing right?!  I promise you these won't disappoint!
Suggested retail price: $8.95 CDN

Monday, December 5, 2011

This Is My Grownup Christmas Wish...List!

Every year I put out a Christmas Wish List to family and friends.  Here's what I want this year that is beauty and related.  Check it out!

I loved the original palette so much that I just have to have the 2nd one too!

What's not to love about this?  It's just gorgeous!  I'd love this for highlighting.

I really like that this has different shades of blush and a highlighter and bronzer.  No need to take out  several different compacts to create a look for your cheeks when it's all here!

I'm on a hunt for a new eye cream cause the one I'm using now isn't working for me.  I'm hoping this one does!

I need a new skin regimen for my body especially since my skin has been going through some wacky changes due to post pregnancy and the weather.  Hoping this kit works out for me.  Plus it's all organic which is a bonus!

What's on your grownup wish list?!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream

If you've ever seen me without makeup on one thing you might notice is the dark circles under my eyes.  What can I say?  I don't get much sleep mainly because I have an 8 month old who still likes to wake me up a couple of times a night.  I decided that it was time for a change and it was time to get rid of these dark circles!  I came across Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream at Sephora and because I love Benefit products I knew this would work for me...or so I thought.

Benefit claims that It's Potent "fades dark circles & helps smooth fine lines for brighter, younger-looking eyes. Contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness, a blend of hydrating botanical extracts 
including apple extract, known to help boost collagen, & loquat extract, known to help protect the skin from free radical damage." 

Now, did it fade my dark circles? Nope.  I've been using this for a few months now and it has done nothing for my dark circles. 

Do my eyes look younger?  I guess but I never really had any fine lines or wrinkles around my eyes so I can't really tell.

Did it restore elasticity & firmness?  Again I can't tell as I don't really have puffiness under my eyes.  But I did feel that it was hydrating.  So any dryness I had around my eyes went away. 

All in all I feel like I wasted 30 something dollars on this and am on the hunt for a new eye cream.  If you know of a really good eye cream that gets rid of dark circles feel free to let me know!  If you've reviewed one leave a link and I'll check it out!

Friday, December 2, 2011

And the winners of my Holiday Giveaway are...

I am so excited to announce the winners of my Holiday Giveaway.  First off I want to explain how I chose the winners.
  • First I had to check if each of you followed the rules of the giveaway.  
  • I then plugged your names onto a spread sheet on excel.  If you entered 5 separate times I entered your name 5 times (i.e. you were entered in cell's 1 through 5).  
  • I used the True Random Number Generator on and entered the minimum number and maximum number of cells I had.  
  • I then hit generate and chose the 1st winner and then repeated the process until I had 4 winners as there are 4 prizes to be won!  

Without further a do here are the winners randomly chosen in this order...

Since you were the 1st winner you picked MAC EYES as your prize and so you shall have it!

Elaine A (TO Beauty Reviews)
You picked MAC LIPSTICKS and now they are yours!

Danielle Thompson
Your first choice was MAC EYES but I already have a winner for that.  But since MARCELLE was your 2nd pick you can have that!

And lastly...
I know you picked MAC EYES but the prize has been chosen by another.  But don't worry you get the ANNABELLE prize!  Two of those lipglosses were CUSTOM MADE by Yours Truly!  I hope you like them!

Congratulations to all the winners!
Please check your e-mails.  You will have 48 hrs to claim your prize!

Thanks to everyone who participated.  If you didn't win don't fret!  I have another giveaway coming up in the new year in February...hint that's my BIRTHDAY month! ;)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Help! I'm addicted to Makeup Brushes!

If there's one thing I'm totally obsessed about or that I cannot get enough of it's makeup brushes!  My collection ranges from different brands that I've come across either in stores or online.  I don't know what it is about brushes that makes me wanting more.  In my collection are 128 brushes that I've collected over the years.  My collection does not stop there.  Everytime I hear about a new brand of brushes I just HAVE to try them!  Next on my list...BDELLIUM!  

My face brushes


Eye brushes

My personal collection as well as brushes I use in my kit

What are you makeup obsessions?  Are you as addicted to brushes as I am?  

Friday, November 25, 2011

'Tis the Season of GIVING: A Holiday Give Away!

'Tis the season of giving and I'm giving away some goodies just in time for Christmas!  This is my very first give away so I hope you all have fun!  This give away is open Internationally.

Prize #1 MAC EYES
Eye Shadow: Lustre Leaf
Mineralize Eye Shadow: Sea & Sky
Pearlglide Eye Liner: Fly-by-Blu

Prize #2 MAC LIPS
Lipsticks in Hipster & Bubbles

Smoothie Pencil: Blubomb
Glitterama Liquid Eyeliner: Solar Flare
Two Big Show Custom Made Lipgosses by Me

Lux Eye Dust: Vegas & Illusion
Lipstick: 702 Attitude
Waterproof Eyeliner: Blue Lagoon

This give away is simple all you have to do is the following:
1.  Follow my blog by clicking "Join this Site" on Google Friend Connect (Right side column)
2.  Tell me which prize you'd most like to win (If you want them all you must comment separately or it won't count!)
3.  Leave your e-mail address below so I can contact you if you win

1.  "Like" me on Facebook  (leave a comment when you have done so)
2.  Follow me on Twitter (leave a comment when you have done so)
3.  Subscribe to my blog by email (leave a comment when you have done so)
4.  Tweet, Blog or update your Facebook status about my give away and leave the link in the comments section 

Winner will be chosen on Thursday December 1st, 2011 and announced on Friday December 2th, 2011 at 8:00 AM.  Winner will have 48 hrs to claim their prize.  If prize is not claimed a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Beauty Premiere: A Marcelle and Annabelle Party!

The Toronto Beauty Bloggers have been waiting for this event for weeks and it had finally come!  Tonights event wasn't your typical sit down and listen to the speaker event but a chic and hip party located at the Toronto Thompson Hotel's Rooftop Lounge.   We were able to get a sneak of the Spring 2012 Collections which I am so excited for!  Check out my pics below of the night for a sneak peak into the collections and all the fun we TOBB's had!

I had been in contact with Isabelle (Social Media & PR Director of Groupe Marcelle Inc) because she needed a makeup artist to do her makeup and hair for the night.  I was lucky enough to glam her up! Isn't she stunning!  (Thank you so much Isabelle for allowing me to do your makeup and hair.  You were wonderful to work for.  I had a fab time at the party!)

Back of Isbelle's hair

Side shot

I also had the opportunity to Isabelle's colleague makeup as well.  Gorgeous girl!

Our view from the top!

Annabelle and Marcelle hors d'oeuvres served on a platter!  How cute is that?!

Glitter Liners

Big Show Lipgloss

Swatches of some of the glosses which are non sticky by the way!

Smudge Paints...LOVE these!  I have it in black and it lasts all day long!

These are a must have.  I will do a separate post reviewing these!

BB Creams are all the rage in Asia.  And Marcelle will be introducing it to Canada and launching it this February!  I can't wait!  I used this on Isabelle's face and it is wonderful!  

Marcelle ladies posing with the BB Creams

New Mascara I can't wait to test out!

Rubber brush head which is popular these days

Anti-aging skin care

Check this out.  We got to custom make our own lipgloss!  How cool is that?  

These are the colours we got to mix and match

My finished product!  I'll call it "Donna Marie"

Custom made gloss by Lisa Marie (Beauty Crazed)  She calls it "Slutty Beauty Crazed Coral"! Haha!

Tess and Kelly from Glitter Diaries says "Don't mind if I do!" 

Anjali (Rock That Look), Fiona (fionaman) and Jill (Batting A Lash) catching up

Me and Isabelle our hostess of the night

Elaine (TO Beauty Reviews) and Tess (Makeup By Tess)

Me and Fiona

Fiona having fun swatching the Smudge Paints

Arianne (Glitter Geek) and Tess

Me and Makeup Artist Lelo

Fiona & Makeup Artist Mariana 

Last minute goodies to take home! 

End of the night with gift bags!

And there you have it.  Be sure to check out your local drugstores to pick up the new 2012 Collections launching this February!

A special thanks again to Marcelle and Annabelle Cosmetics for such an amazing event!  Looking forward to the Spring 2012 Collection!