I just got back from a 3-day shopping spree on the mainland. I am experiencing an intense level of spending guilt- but I really do love everything I got. Here goes!

Acrylic False Ear Tapers in "Pink Stars"
$20 (pair); Culture Craze

Before you torture me for not doing the real deal, I do have 14 gauge ear holes, but I am a type 1 diabetic, and healing wounds or scars are near impossible. While I love the idea of how they look now, in my twenties, I won't love the holes they leave behind when I'm a senior citizen,

Benefit Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eye Primer
$26; Sephora

I did a lot of research on eye primers vs price. We had a lot to choose from- Benefit, NARS, Urban Decay, etc. We even went by MAC. The best primer vs price I could find was this one. Not only was this one twice as big (more product) but it was the cheapest. Great about this one, is that it actually has a great color all on its own! :P After a day of wear (12 hours) on one eye, measured against one eye not primed, the difference was pretty pronounced. There was no creasing or smudging on the primed eye, and I have a lot of problems with creasing makeup. Very impressed.

 Make Up For Ever Pigment in "Fuschia"
$19.99; Sephora

Really brilliant colors, applied wet or dry. The display at Sephora contained a lot of tutorials and combination options. I fell in love because I am actually a huge Britney fan, and I wanted to know what the fuss was about when it came to her recent brand affiliation with MUFE. Great products- the colors went on my skin as vibrantly as they looked in the pot, and stayed PUT ALL DAY.

 Make Up For Ever Pigment in "Red"
$19.99; Sephora

I've been looking for red eyeshadow forever. The only place I could find it before was Sugarpill, and I've never actually tried any of their products.
 Mirrored Aviator-Style Sunglasses
$8; Ardene

BellaPierre Mica Mineral Pigment in "Money"
$10; BellaPierre

BellaPierre Mica Mineral Pigment in "Tin Man"
$10; BellaPierre

BellaPierre Mica Mineral Makeup in "Freeze"
$10; BellaPierre

You may have seen many products from Micabella on my blog so far. I have 10 colors with Micabella. But I got suckered into checking out a Bellapierre kiosk while on holiday, we were curious about the competition, or if they were affiliated. Bellapierre has a much larger selection, while some of the colors are very similar, their prices are also competitive (the same). The colors, however, are much more vibrant, and you can tell just by testing application that they make a far superior product. My only word of warning: Their customer service is kinda iffy and their site has very little
information about where to go to buy their products. It's sad that such a great product is backed by such a great army of idiots. Unfortunately I didn't actually get "Freeze" which I wanted. The sales girl screwed up and put in another blue she had said she admired. I was NOT happy, as I couldn't return to exchange it.

Acrylic False Tapers in "Skulls"
$26; Body Modz

This company has a lot of locations but really ambiguous pricing. Through my trip I came across three locations for Body Modz and saw three dramatically different prices for these, varying from $25 each, to $26 per pair.

 Tish & Snooky's Manic Panic Lust Dust in "Infra Red"
$7; Millennium Vancouver

Millennium is closing. :( Their location in Metrotown could not support the rent they were being asked for and they were incidentally forced to close and move. They moved downtown, right next to Golden Age Comics on Granville. Amazing location, but the loss of revenue and the expense of moving meant that they could not afford to advertise for their new location except via facebook- most of their original patrons were not even aware they had reopened. If you love this shop, please go and buy. They could save their business with some revenue. Lots of steampunk fashions, unfortunately, not the kind of prices you expect at a clearance sale.

Manic panic makes a really good product. This smudges out a bit more than I want for a red, and it isn't quite as vibrant. It's a shimmer, and I wanted a red matte. But for $7, Manic Panic does make great products (I have one of their lipsticks as well) and it was worth a try.

Boca Performance Motorsport Fitness Jacket
$15; Sears

Last minute decision. I just randomly happened upon it and fell in love with it at 40% off. Looks really great paired with real clothes and not just a tracksuit.

Other Acquisitions:



Twilight Volturi Labyrinth Loose Eye Pigment in "Beloved"
$4.99; London Drugs (clearance)
Twilight Volturi Labyrinth Loose Eye Pigment in "Lover"
$4.99; London Drugs (clearance)

Micabella Mica Mineral Makeup in "Aphrodite"
$10 (reg. $20, bulk discount)

Micabella Mica Mineral Makeup in "Sunrise"
$10 (reg. $20, bulk discount)

Micabella Mica Mineral Makeup in "Resonance"
$10 (reg. $20, bulk discount)

Micabella Mica Mineral Makeup in "Arrogance"
$10 (reg. $20, bulk discount)

Micabella Mica Mineral Makeup in "Summon"
$10 (reg. $20, bulk discount)

Micabella Mica Mineral Makeup in "Sunrise"
$10 (reg. $20, bulk discount)

Micabella Mica Mineral Makeup in "Diligence"
$10 (reg. $20, bulk discount)

Benefit Shimmer Powder Show-Offs in "Lola"
$12.99; Shopper's Drug Mart

NYC City Duet Eyeshadow in "Bowling Green"
$2.49; Wal-Mart

 Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "I Dream of Greenie"
$4.69; Wal-Mart
Wet 'n Wild Mega Liner liquid eyeliner in ""Blackest Black"
$2.59; Wal-Mart

  Hard Candy Visibly Wet Shockingly Glossy Lip Pencil in "Babe"
$5.39; Wal-Mart
(I saw this and was really angry. So close to dropping $20 on my Lise Watier pencil, this near-identical pencil came out for a quarter of the price. This underlines why I so seldomly dump a lot of money on higher-end makeup. Another company manages to make an identical or even competitive product for a lot less.)

Covergirl Lip Perfection lipstick in "Enchantress"
$10.99; London Drugs
I was in love with both the first edition MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj 'Pink Friday' lipsticks, but I missed both production runs- I've bought a few vibrant pinks looking for something similar, but they were all too dark and too fuschia (great colors anyway- just not quite what I was looking for). This is the closest one I've found. It can go on thick and vibrant or soft and sheer, depending on how generously you apply it. Great find!

Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipstick in "Divine"
$19.99; London Drugs
Worth every penny. Amazing color, really close to the first-run MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga lipstick shade. This one is a bit darker and has more purple than the CoverGirl (above).

Gosh Star Shine Lip Gloss in "Reggae Star"
$2.99; Shopper's Drug Mart (clearance)
... Fades into a nice sheer sand color. Really sultry and sexy looking.

Sally Hanson Hi-Definition Nail Color in "DVD"
$2.49; Wal-Mart 

 Sally Hanson Hi-Definition Nail Color in "Spectrum"
$2.49; Wal-Mart

Wet 'n Wild fastdry Nail Color in "Gray's Anatomy"
$2.49; Wal-Mart

Rimmel London 60 Second Nail Enamel in "Grey Matter"
$3.29; Wal-Mart

I fell in love with the two gray polishes because of Kurt Hummel from Glee. There is one episode where we see his bedroom, and he's painted it Dior Gray, It's also such an unusual choice for nail polish, it just had to be mine!

LUSH Caca Auburn Henna Hair Dye
$20.99; LUSH
My best advice for the use of this brand of henna, is add things to enhance the color. We used lemon juice and paprika. Henna kind-of smells like compost. To make it smell awesome, add cinnamon- it makes the dye smell like ginger snap cookies. I kept my dye on overnight, wrapped in plastic and a towel. They recommend 3-8 hours at the least.

T for Toes Tea Tree Powder
$12.99; LUSH
This stuff is the homemade version of gold bond. Essentially it has tea tree oil, peppermint and antifungals to keep your feet smelling good, and dry. I use a cheap cosmetic brush to spread it evenly between my toes. I occasionally sprinkle it in my shoes. It has a really pleasant lemony smell, too.