Annabelle BIGSHOW Lacquer Lip Lacquers

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Today we are talking about one of our favourite Canadian beauty brands, Annabelle Cosmetics latest releases for Spring 2016. We have posted a few reviews of their products on the blog previously (see stories here & here) and their new releases do not disappoint.

Annabelle has released 6 stunning shades of their new BIGSHOW Lacquer Lip Lacquers. The colours are all so pretty & vibrant – absolutely perfect for Spring!

We have always really liked Annabelle’s lip products and have tried many of them over the years. However we do have to say that these new lip lacquers exceed some of their other previous lip products. We absolutely LOVE them and know they are going to be our go-to lip staple all Spring/Summer long.

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BIGSHOW Lacquers ($9.95) provide the colour pigmentation of a lipstick, long-lasting colour similar to that of a lip stain and of course, they leave a beautiful glossy finish. They give you the benefits of 3 different lip products in 1.

We were pleasantly surprised to discover how pigmented these glosses are. They offer quite a bit more colour pigmentation than a regular gloss which is nice. The formulation is quite impressive for the price. 

BIGSHOW Lacquers apply smoothly, are NOT sticky and provide a nice even colour. They also have a sweet but subtle fruity scent.

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Fun fact:
Annabelle’s original Big Show Lip Shine actually won the 2014 Elle Canada award for Best Lip Gloss Under $20.

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Laura’s favourite shade is Adore Simply – the lightest shade available in this collection. It’s a beautiful natural nude, light pink shade. Really easy to wear and flattering on all skin tones.

Natasha’s favourite is Caress Tenderly – a vibrant coral orange with subtle shimmer.

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NEW WATERPROOF LIQUID EYELINERS ($8.95
3 Shades Available: Black Star, Bronze and Blue Spark.

Another new release for Spring 2016 is Annabelle’s new Waterproof Liquid Eyeliners. These eyeliners are ultra-pigmented & long lasting. No flaking, smudging or having to reapply it throughout the day. We really like that the application tip is skinny – makes it easier to apply and create different looks.  

Where to buy:
Available online, at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart & Walmart stores across Canada.

Connect with Annabelle Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

Have you tried Annabelle’s BIGSHOW Lacquers? Let us know!
Natasha & Laura xo

Annabelle Cosmetics Fall 2015

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Nude eyeshadow palettes, double-sided eyeliners, lipsies, blushes and more!

We are in the middle of an early summer heat wave here in Vancouver. Not even joking. Considering it’s only late June, the extreme hot weather has been breaking all kinds of records. Apparently British Columbia hasn’t seen heat like this, at this time of the year, in over 100 years!

Needless to say, we feel a tad bit weird talking about Fall already. Like, can’t we just enjoy summer already? Right?! But if you’re anything like us and love cosmetics and what’s new, it’s never too early! We wanted to give you all a quick preview of what’s coming this Fall from one of our favourite Canadian brands Annabelle Cosmetics.

So while we sit here sweltering, melting, wiping the sweat off of our brow, we will chat all about Fall colours. Before you know it, Fall will be here. (Sorry! Enjoy your summer first!)
When you think Fall picture deep rich berry lips, intense bronzed smokey eyes with black kohl liner (in a variety of interesting ways) and an over all flushed healthy glow. So Fall-y!

Annabelle Cosmetics will be releasing a variety of new products for Fall 2015 that will have you looking gorgeous in a snap! We’ve included snapshots of various makeup trends that were spotted at the Fall 2015 runway shows. These runway looks can easily be recreated with this new Annabelle collection. Let your imagination go wild!

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NEW SMOKEY NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE 

Considering this nude palette is not expensive at all, we are very impressed. Proves yet again that you don’t always have to spend a fortune to get a quality product.

This Smokey Nudes Palette features 10 beautiful, neutral shades to transform your look from dusk to dawn. This is a collection of very wearable and flattering shades that will look gorgeous on every skin tone & eye colour. You can create a variety of different looks from a quick neutral eye to a more dramatic smokey eye. The options are endless and it’s so much fun to try out all of the new ‘on trend’ techniques. This palette is extremely pigmented and blends easily.

Tip:
We always recommend applying an eye lid primer before using any eye shadows. This prevents the shadow from creasing, wears longer and also makes the shadow colour more intense.

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The palette itself is very petite in size and can easily fit into your purse for a quick touch up. 

Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette will be available in late August 2015.

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This look can easily be recreated with Annabelle’s Smokey Nudes Palette. Bronzed and beautiful is always on trend!

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NEW ANNABELLE EYEINK2 – LIQUID EYELINER DUO & EYELINER+CORRECTOR

Along with their nude palette, Annabelle Cosmetics will also be releasing a variety of double-sided eyeliners for Fall 2015. Annabelle is the leader in the eyeliner category in Canada due to their high quality yet affordable liners. 

Pictured above are 2 of their upcoming releases. The EyeInk2 Liquid Eyeliner is a double-sided eyeliner: one side features an ultrafine tip to create thin precise lines. The other side features a fine tip to create thicker lines

The EyeInk2 Mistake Proof Eyeliner is similar to the Liquid Eyeliner in which it features a fine tip on one side. However where they differ is the Mistake Proof Eyeliner has a magic eraser to correct small makeup smudges. How cool is that?! We’ve tested it out and it reduces the appearance of any small eyeliner mistakes. 

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Dramatic black Kohl eye liner is back full force this Fall. Take a look here at some of the ahh… interesting black eye liner looks that were rocking the 2015 Fall runway in New York. Okay, perhaps they’re a little exaggerated for some of us, but it’s fun to see the creative flair of the Designers and Make Up Artists!

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NEW KOHL DUO EYELINER

Annabelle is the #1 Kohl Eyeliner Brand in Canada. These new Kohl Duo Eyeliners live up to the hype and do not disappoint! You get double the colour in one eyeliner.

Available this Fall, Annabelle is releasing 3 hues of their new double-sided Kohl Duo Eyeliners.

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STAY SHARP WATERPROOF KOHL EYELINER in Ultraviolet & STAY SHARP WATERPROOF LIPLINER in Glam Red ($9.95)

Annabelle Cosmetics recently introduced their Stay Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eyeliners. Annabelle is actually the very first cosmetic brand to mass market self-sharpening liners! The liners feature a built-in sharpener that twists to create an ultra-fine point. We absolutely love these no mess, no fuss liners.

In addition to the eyeliners, Annabelle also released self-sharpening lipliners. Available in 6 shades.

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Lining your lips is a must when it comes to dark, bold lipsticks.
Annabelle’s Glam Red lip liner will be perfect for creating this strong red lip look!

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ANNABELLE BLUSHON in shades Hibiscus & Spring Petal ($7.95)

These blushes were released in Spring 2015 and are not necessarily new. However we love them so much we just had to include them in the post! We’ve actually written about the shade Spring Petal previously, which you can read here

Annabelle’s BlushOn‘s are extremely long-lasting, easy to apply, blendable and greatly pigmented. They are available in 10 beautiful natural shades which range in matte to subtle shimmery finishes.

I tend to prefer bronzers over blushes because I have very fair skin. However, I do wear and love BlushOn’s because the colours are all very wearable & flattering. -Natasha-

These blushes definitely rival some of the bigger name blushes like MAC in quality and are available at a fraction of the cost! We really can’t say enough good things about these blushes. They are one of our favourite products from Annabelle.

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We love this simple, fresh faced natural look. Everything is neutral except for a pop of colour on the cheeks. Recreate this look with Annabelle’s BlushOn in the shade Hibiscus.

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Where to buy:
Available online, at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart & Walmart stores across Canada.

Connect with Annabelle Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

What beauty products are you most looking forward to this Fall? Let us know! 
Natasha & Laura xo

Annabelle Cosmetics Spring 2015

IMG_0607hAnnabelle Cosmetics has launched some brand new shades to some of their existing Top-Selling products. They’ve added 2 new shades of Biggy Bronzers (a 2x Award Winning Bronzer!), 5 new pretty hues of BlushOn, 4 new Pressed Powder Bronzers and permanently added their ever so popular Lipsies Lip Balms to their line!

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IMG_0557gAnnabelle Lipsies in Cherry & Lychee ($4.95 each)

It’s no secret that we are big fans of Lipsies. You can read about some of our Lipsies Love here and a little more here.

Lipsies are tinted lip balms that are surprisingly pigmented. They are non-sticky & keep lips soft, smooth and moisturized. They are the perfect balm to put on when you want just a touch of shine and colour.

We (and lots of other Canadian gals!) were so happy to hear that Annabelle Cosmetics had recently released 12 Lipsies Lip Balms to their permanent lineup. You can now buy Lipsies all year round, not just in their Limited Edition collections. With 12 new sweet and delicious flavours such as Cupcake, Cotton Candy & Lime (to name a few), there’s a Lipsies Lip Balm for everyone!
You definitely can’t beat the quality for the price. Now you can be guilt free when buying in multiples!
They are a great addition to any makeup collection and at that kind of price you can afford to have one in your purse… in your car… your desk… your other purse.  😉

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IMG_051g9Annabelle BlushOn in Spring Petal ($7.95 Cdn)

Every Spring/Summer I am on the lookout for a new pink blush. But it has to be my version of that ‘oh so perfect’ pink blush. That specific pink tone, you know, the one you have pictured perfectly in your own mind. The one that you’ll know it when you see it?  Well, Spring Petal is that perfect tone of pinky-pink

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Get your BlushOn this Spring with 5 brand new shades to choose from. These micro-milled blushes provide beautiful natural long lasting colour, blend easily, and are gluten and paraben free. We have used and worked with countless brands of blushes and Annabelle never ceases to amaze us with the quality of their products. These blushes are very reminiscent of other high end brands but at a fraction of the cost.

IMG_0547gIMG_0593gAnnabelle Zebra Bronzing Pressed Powder Biggy Bronzer in Matte Gold ($11.95 Cdn)

Annabelle’s 2-time award winning Biggy Bronzer is now available in 3 shades! The 2 new shades that were just recently released are Dark Gold (for darker complexions) & Matte Gold (like the original with no shimmer/sparkle – pictured above). 

Biggy Bronzers create a really beautiful soft, natural-looking glow. It has a silky-smooth mineral based formula and is completely Paraben and Gluten free. The compact lives up to its name and is very large and lasts a long time.

The original Biggy Bronzer was one of our Top Bronzer Picks for Summer 2014, (read about that here & here).

Tip for applying Biggy Bronzers from Annabelle:

Sweep over the face, shoulders, neckline, décolleté and even on bare legs for a subtle bronzing shimmer! Apply locally on the cheeks, following the hairline on the forehead, then ultra-lightly on the nose bone and chin; they’ll think you just got back from a few days’ vacation… day after day!

IMG_0523ggAll of Annabelle’s latest releases are now available online at Annabelle.ca, in pharmacies and mass retail stores (Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs etc).

Annabelle Online: Shop Online, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

*Products were provided by PR for review. All opinions and views are our own.*

What’s your favourite Spring 2015 release from Annabelle Cosmetics?

Natasha & Laura xo

Annabelle Lipsies Holiday Collection 2014

IMG_833g055We’ve been known to get a little ahead of ourselves when it comes to celebrating occasions. Okay, maybe a lot. But lets face it, there are worse things in life then wanting to celebrate even the little things in life. Don’t ya think?  It’s October and we haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet and here we are showcasing Holiday Makeup! 
In our defense, it’s the store’s fault! We were innocently walking down the aisle in our favourite drug store and there they were… Annabelle Cosmetic’s Holiday Lipsies packages. Sitting there so pretty, just screaming our names!

We have purchased Annabelle Lipsies before, (you can read our first review here). And yes, we have made mention in previous posts that our makeup collection, namely our lip products is well… out of control really. But we just couldn’t live without these Holiday Lipsies! Now that’s just silly talk. We can definitely live without them. We just don’t want to. 😉

Annabelle’s New Holiday Lipsies are Limited Edition and come in 6 beautiful colours. The price is unbeatable for the quality of the product, the balms actually moisturize your lips and they provide a nice sheer colour which we love. The smell of these Lipsies are absolutely delicious as well. Gingerbread, Cinnamon, Hot Chocolate, Candy Canes… YUM!IMG_8317g3rgIMG_8370g5IMG_8396g22With limited edition flavours such as Flirty Candy Cane, Yummy Gingerbread, & Grandma’s Peppermint to name a few… who could pass by these adorable lip balms? And the price was irresistible at $7.95 Cdn for 2. (Hello Stocking Stuffers!) So we got all 3 packs! We’re planning on sharing. Probably. Most likely. It’s the right thing to do.

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Laura’s Favourites: Flirty Candy Cane, Grandma’s Peppermint
Natasha’s Favourites: Hot Chocolate, Cinnamon Candy

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Swatches:

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Yummy Gingerbread, Flirty Candy Cane, Grandma’s Peppermint

Bottom Row (from left to right) :
Roasted Marshmellow, Hot Chocolate, Cinnamon Candy

Natasha applied the balms generously without any primer/moisturizer/or liner beforehand to show you the true pigment and colour of the balms.

We both thought that the Hot Chocolate colour would be our least favourite but were surprised and both agreed that Hot Chocolate looked the best on Natasha! Not too dark, not too light. Beautiful colour for the Holidays.
All of the Lipsies smell amazing but we think the Hot Chocolate smells the best. It really does smell like a warm, tasty cup of cocoa!

IMG_8450vrrrHere’s our ever-growing Annabelle Lipsies Collection including the colours Strawberry & Fruit Punch from previous releases.

Annabelle Online: Official Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

Have you tried Annabelle Lipsies before? We’d love to hear what you think!

Natasha & Laura xo