Last Friday I was invited to a beauty raffle held by the lovely Lena at Listen to Lena. As an in-demand blogger, she has accumulated far more make-up than she can ever review or use – so rather than letting all the amazing *new* products go to waste – she held a raffle and donated the funds to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
It was a small event so it had a casual and friendly atmosphere. I finally got to meet Shauna from Kindergarten Confidential (her blog is a MUST read if you need healthy school lunch ideas) as well as her lovely sisters (and sisters-in-law). I also met some of Lena’s high school friends and THEIR sisters too – they were all SO sweet! After the raffle, there was lots of swapping and donating between us…so we all ended up VERY happy with what we won (and the Sick Kids Hospital is a cause that is close to my heart, so even if I hadn’t won anything, I would have still been happy!)
Here’s what I came home with:
Vasanti Gloss in Caribbean/ FACE atelier lipstick in Revenge/ Dalton lipstick in Shy/ Lancome L’Absolu Nu lipstick in Rose Subtil
Bodyshop Bronzer shade 03/ Marcelle blush in Timeless Charm/ Laura Mercier Perfecting Water/ L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Eternal Black/ Skinn Fiber-Optic Mascara
Sephora by OPI in Only Gold for Me/ Mini-Seche Vite/ Magique Ongles Nail-drying drops
Sephora foldable hair brush/ Body Shop White Musk Libertine Spray/ Jennifer Aniston perfume/ Weleda Buckthorn Body oil/ Pink Sugar soap
THOUGHTS SO FAR:
-I’m really loving the Vasanti lipgloss. I had heard about Vasanti make-up before but I just thought that it was blogger hype (I’m a little cynical!). This lipgloss has changed my mind – it feels more luxurious and hydrating than any other lipgloss I’ve used. It’s pigmented and glossy (like a Juicy tube) but without the stickiness. It adds a subtle yet noticeable flush of colour that lasts a long time.
-The Face Atelier lipstick provides the perfect ruby lipstain for fall.
-The Sephora glittery topcoat will be perfect for the holiday season.
-I was super-excited about the Jennifer Aniston perfume because I was actually planning on buying it from Sephora – the smell is so fresh and sweet!
So that’s my mini-beauty haul – I feel very lucky 🙂 Thanks so much to Lena for holding this event (and feeding us such yummy food! I can’t wait to serve the PC brownies at home!) And if any of the other attendees are reading this – I loved meeting you guys!
p.s. I’m trying to improve my blog photography and I found the MOST helpful and easy to understand post by Makeup Savvy. Click here to read it if you want to improve your blog photos.