Stayfree Challenge

Stayfree Challenge Box
Everyone’s seen the pad commercials with the blue liquid test. Every company uses them but I’m pretty sure once the commercial’s over you don’t think about it much. When Stayfree offered the chance to do the test ourselves my curiosity won out.
Stayfree Challenge Box Open
They provided everything. A package of Stayfree pads, two competitor pads, vials of the famous blue liquid, blotting sheets and three five pound weights.
Stayfree Challenge Step 1
The test was easy enough. Put the pads on the placement sheet.
Stayfree Challenge Step 2
Add the blue liquid and wait 30 seconds.
Stayfree Challenge Step 3
Add the blotting paper with the weights over them.Wait 5 seconds and voila! Results!
Stayfree Challenge Results
I don’t know what the pad in the middle is and I kind of wish I did because that’s pretty gross in comparison. The Stayfree and Competitor #2 who is almost definitely Always were basically neck and neck for spots. The main difference was that Stayfree kept them in the middle and Competitor #2 had them a lot more spread out.

It was pretty cool playing scientist for the day and the results were pretty surprising. Stayfree is also trying to get rid of granny panties and bring back the cute ones. Their Panty Party website is running a contest and you can also follow them on Twitter. The cutest part of the whole thing is this little video.


Let us know if you’re on your way to retiring your granny panties and what you think of the results of our test!

Shenae Grimes Shares Her Beauty Secrets


Canadian actress Shenae Grimes has come so far from the halls of Degrassi and Beverly Hills. This beauty has taken the next step in her life, marrying model and musician Josh Beech last year. The pair started a blog together, Two Halves, that explores all of their interests from music, to fashion, and beyond. Along with writing and directing music videos, Shenae Grimes has taken on the role as the face of Canadian beauty brands Annabelle. We caught up with Shenae to find out about her love of beauty and her favourite products.

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?

Discovering a liquid eyeliner pen and leaving the memory of my smudgy raccoon eyes in my old high school hallways.  I always had a thing about never leaving the house without a heavy dose of black eyeliner pencil, but I never really knew how to apply it well.  Discovering an easy flick of the wrist liquid eyeliner pen was a beauty. Godsend!

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?

I always cleanse, tone, and moisturize my face thoroughly before bed and in the morning.  I’m not one of those soap and water kinda gals.  Washing my face makes me feel so clean and refreshed and when I maintain that routine well I can usually forego makeup for the daytime.  I like getting dolled up at night, but unless I have a meeting or daytime event, I like to stay fresh-faced during the day if I’m feeling good about my skin.


What is your budget friendly beauty secret?

Annabelle makeup is an affordable but incredible quality line that makes up my entire makeup routine these days.  I know, as the ambassador, I’m sure you think I’m supposed to say that, but since being reintroduced to the brand since I moved away from Toronto years ago, I’ve fallen in love all over again.  It shocks me how much money I wasted on a makeup routine when their amazing range of products are swimming around all over Canada at 1/3 of the cost or less!

Do you have a signature scent? What is it and how did you fall in love with it?

The only perfume I’ve ever worn is the limited addition holiday scents Escada brings out every year. They’re fruity and delicious.  My mom got me my first bottle for Christmas years and years ago and I wore it religiously so she’s gotten me the new one for Christmas every year since. Thanks for keepin’ me smelling good Mama!

What is your latest beauty obsession?

A fun hair color… I haven’t yet committed but for months I’ve been itching to try something a little out there and fun.  Just booked a hair appointment with my go-to gal in LA so we’ll see what happens next time I’m there!


What are 5 products that are always in your makeup bag and you can’t live without and why?

Annabelle’s BB Beauty Balm – It’s like a tinted moisturizer; light creamy consistency with SPF in it but still gives you that little bit of all over coverage we gals like to have!

Annabelle’s Eye Ink – It’s the best liquid eyeliner I’ve tried on the market and trust me, I’ve tried ‘em all!

Rosebud Salve – I’m not very big on lip color day to day but I do always like to keep my lips moisturized.

Shu Uemera eyelash curler – It’s the staple product that all makeup artists I’ve met use because it really does the trick. My husband hates the fake eyelash thing so this is a perfect tool for natural lashes.

Marcelle’s Xtension Plus Mascara is my absolute number one must-have.  This product is magic, makes my eyelashes look 50% longer than any other mascara I’ve tried.

Anna Sui Most Wanted and Giveaway

There’s nothing I like more than great makeup that comes in gorgeous packaging and luckily Anna Sui has combined her makeup and perfumes with absolutely stunning packaging. Our most wanted is a mix of things we already love from Anna Sui and what we want the most.

Anna Sui Loose Compact Powder
Anna Sui Protective Loose Powder
Once you figure out how to use it, this powder is super silky and smells great. It feels like a throwback to the way powder used to be.
Anna Sui Secret Wish Caravan
Anna Sui Secret Wish Limited Edition Caravan
The perfume itself is a really nice fruity floral perfect for warm seasons but really, look at that caravan! It’s so pretty and detailed and would make a perfect addition to any countertop. You can also fill it with all your Anna Sui goodies. Too bad it’s limited edition.
Anna Sui Beauty Tray
Anna Sui Beauty Tray
I don’t have this yet but it’s probably going to be one of the next things I buy. It’s the perfect size for powders and eyeshadows and I could look at it for hours.
Anna Sui Limited Edition Lipstick
In keeping with the Anna Sui theme of rose in packaging, these limited edition lipsticks are vibrant shades of pink and coral and the rose covered cases are just as nice.

The lovely people at Anna Sui have generously given us a prizepack to give to our readers!
It includes:
Lipstick in shade 600
Lip Balm
Lip Crayon in shade 301
Liquid Eyeliner in shade 500
This giveaway is valued at $110!

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Ipsy June 2014 Sneak Peeks

A new month means new spoilers for this month’s Ipsy. If you haven’t used Ipsy before it’s a monthly beauty subscription box. For $10 you get 4-5 samples or full size beauty products. The theme this month is Pretty In Paradise. For more information on Ipsy you can go here.
Ipsy June 2014 Spoiler 1
Sneak Peek #1: NYX Butter Gloss
Ipsy June 2014 Spoiler 2
#2: Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
#3: Nicka K Shimmer Eyeliner
#4: Ofra Cosmetics Eyeliner
Ipsy June 2014 Spoiler 3
#5: MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme Sunscreen
#6: DermaDoctor DD Cream
#7: Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara
#8: Laneige BB Cushion
#9: Ole Henrickson Truth To Go Cleansing Wipes
#10: Skinn Olive And Enzyme Rich Balm Cleanser
#11: Ofra Absolute Brow Pencil
#12: Clarisea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant
Ipsy June 2014 Spoiler 4
#13: Marc Anthony Beachy Wave Spray
#14: Dove Pure Care Dry Oil
#15: Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Styling Cream
Ipsy June 2014 Spoiler Bag
Rebecca Minkoff designed the bag this month.

We can’t wait to see what’s in our bag this month! Glam rooms open Tuesday June 10th. Let us know what you’re getting.


CND Vinylux Paradise Collection

CND Vinylux Summer 2014
I love the idea of gel nail polishes like CND’s Shellac but I just can’t commit to one colour for more than a few days so I love that they released a weekly polish you can do at home with the same shades. The Paradise collection is their summer edition and the colours are the bright neons you’d expect. You use these without a base coat which scared me a little since I always use one and once you add the Vinylux top coat the polish dries in minutes. It might not be as quick as getting Shellac at a nail place with the UV light but it’s a lot faster than most at home nail polishes. All of the swatches are two coats and the Vinylux top coat.

Bicycle Yellow
CND Vinylux Bicycle Yellow
This was the first shade I tried and it was also the one I liked the least. I don’t know what it is about yellow shades but they never seem to work properly, the added shimmer probably didn’t help. This was streaky and clumpy and definitely not a flattering shade for me, it looked like I painted my nails with mustard. I imagine it would look a lot better on a darker skin tone.

Cerulean Sea
CND Vinylux Cerulean Sea

This shade went on a lot smoother. CND definitely knows how to name their shades, this is a perfect cerulean. It’s a creme and had great coverage.

Electric Orange
CND Vinylux Electric Orange
Another creme, this one had more of a squishy, jelly feel to it only with more pigmentation. I’m still trying to get into orange nail polish and this one was just a little too much for me. I’d like it better for a pedicure.

Lush Tropics
CND Vinylux Lush Tropics
I love all blue and green shades and this is a shade of green I don’t have. It’s pretty much the exact shade of grass. It was really pretty while I was wearing it and a couple people grabbed my hand so they could look at it.

Sultry Sunset
CND Vinylux Sultry Sunset
This was the other shimmer in the collection. It’s a really pretty dark rose shade, almost fuchsia but not quite. It was a lot easier to work with than Bicycle Yellow but unlike the others, it chipped really fast.

I might not be able to commit to a full week with one nail polish shade but I would definitely use most of these shades on a regular basis. I love that you get the option of the full commitment of Shellac and the at home ease of Vinylux in the same shades.

Mascara Most Wanted

If there’s one makeup product I won’t leave the house without, it’s mascara. Although my eyelashes are a pretty decent length, on their own their basically white. These are my most wanted mascaras (and a primer) right now.

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara
Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara
This is my go to for daytime when I don’t want to up the drama too much but still want great lashes. It really separates and defines my lashes without going volume crazy. I’m not sure anything feathers but as long as it works I don’t care what it’s called.

Cargo HD Picture Perfect Mascara
This is the most recent addition to my mascara collection and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites. I get volume and length and it looks like I have way more lashes than I actually do. It has a little ball on the end of the brush meant for bottom lashes but I use it to catch all my tiny lashes on top instead. Since my previous favourite mascara has been discontinued, it seems like this is going to be the one replacing it.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
Benefit They're Real! Mascara
This mascara is a classic for a reason. It really gives you great definition and length. I don’t get as much volume as I would necessarily like but with the tiny ball on the end that you use vertically my lashes look amazing when I use it.

Maybelline Volume Express Pumped Up! Mascara
Maybelline Pumped Up Mascara
If I’m buying mascara at a drugstore it’s almost always going to be Maybelline. Their mascara seems to always make my lashes look fantastic. The newest part of their Volume Express Line, Pumped Up! is no exception. One coat and I have crazy length and volume. Two coats and it looks like I’m wearing falsies without the work.

Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
Although it’s not technically a mascara, if I’m going to be wearing more than a basic coat then I’m definitely using this primer first. It helps my lashes from getting dried out and clumpy and it’s definitely made some not so great mascaras work a lot better. If you wear a lot of mascara you definitely need this.

I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list constantly as I’m always on the hunt for my new favourite mascara but let us know what your fave is!

Pureology Strength Cure Collection

Pureology Strength Cure
There are so many hair products out right now that use the terms rescue, damage or repair and I’ve used a lot of them without noticing any kind of difference. So I was skeptical when Pureology’s Strength Cure collection showed up. I’ve never used Pureology before and I don’t have particularly damaged hair so I didn’t have any kind of expectations. I don’t colour my hair, don’t use a lot of heat on my hair, but my frizz is unmanageable in any kind of humidity. Pureology claimed my hair would be 97% stronger after one use of the system.

The first thing I noticed was how much thicker the shampoo is compared to others. It still couldn’t be mistaken for conditioner but the texture was definitely different from what I’d been using. By the time I was done with the shampoo and conditioner I noticed a huge difference on how strong my hair felt wet.

I used the Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths on it’s own as a styling product just to see how my hair reacted in general to the line. It was pretty easy to comb through, no knots or tangles and when it dried it wasn’t crunchy and my hair ended up in pretty nice waves. It didn’t however get rid of the frizz so I’ll probably mix it with something else next time.

The only thing I didn’t like about Pureology’s Strength Cure line was the scent. It’s a weird powdery banana/coconut scent, probably meant to be somewhat tropical, but it really doesn’t work for me. If my hair is going to keep feeling stronger, I can get over the scent. It’ll be interesting to see how strong my hair can get.

ImPress Press-On Manicure Review


Unlike some people, I don’t always have nails that are the perfect length and strength. Working every day, cleaning my house, playing sports and everything else tends to make me break my nails on a regular basis. This makes all of my nails be different lengths.

When I got my Influenster box with two boxes of imPress Press-On Manicures, I was glad that for a few weeks I could have perfect nails. I was a little disappointed with the designs. The one package was a lovely metallic purple from the Disney Villans line, but the other one was white and pink black. It had feathers or leaves on it. I could picture trashy strippers wearing that design. I figured I would save those ones for Halloween.


I followed the steps to put them on my cleaning my hands, prepping them and then applying the nails one at a time. I have to say, it was pretty simple to get perfect nails. I had them all pressed on my fingers before the next commercial break of my show. The only downside that I could see about applying them is that  the more nails you have on, the more difficult it becomes to pull the plastic off of the back.

Once they were on though, they were perfectly pretty!

They do have a few flaws. First, the ends of some of the nail have little plastic tabs like they didn’t file them properly. I ended up filing them myself so they were smooth. I didn’t mind, but I thought I was getting fake nails so that I didn’t have to file anything.

Second, hair products are their archenemy. Water didn’t seem to affect my nails after a day of wearing, but when I styled my hair the gel got under my nails and made my imPress manicure start to fall off.

Wearing fake nails isn’t my thing on a day to day basis. Typing this review was more complicated than ever thanks to my nails, but for a special event I will definitely get a pack of imPress nails so I can look great!

Win A Girls With Curls Survival Kit

The hot humidity of summer is approaching and our hair is already feeling the effects. Anyone will curls will feel the pain of summer frizz. Dippity-do’s Girls with Curls line is made with shea butter, coconut oil, aloe and vitamin E to calm your curls in the heat of summer. The best part is that this collection will give you beautiful curls without breaking the bank like some other salon collections.

We want to share the joy of soft beautiful curls all summer long by winning a Girls With Curls Survival Kit. Makeup Most Wanted is giving away the complete Dippity-do hair care collection featuring Curl Shampoo, Curl Conditioner, Curl Shaping Gelee, Leave-In Curl Defining Cream and Curl Deep Conditioning Treatment.


To win, we want to see your most unruly hair! Head to Twitter and use the hashtag #DippitydoGirlswithCurls when you tweet a photo of your crazy hair to us @makeupwanted showing why you need this Dippity-Do hair care line!

This contest is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) until Friday, June 27, so make sure to show us your worst hair day!

Read our review of Dippity-Do’s Girls With Curls collection now.

Witches of East End’s Rachel Boston Talks Makeup


Beautiful Rachel Boston won us over as Ingrid Beauchamp on the first season of Witches Of East End, and we can’t wait for season two to bring back all of the drama and mystery this summer. Rachel fell in love with acting when she was 7 years old and is finally getting her chance at starring roles in this show and the Hallmark special ‘A Ring By Spring’, In preparation for the return of Witches Of East End, we spoke to Rachel Boston about how she stays looking so gorgeous. Learn her secrets now:

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?

My grandmother sold Avon for over 30 years and my first memory related to makeup is going down to her basement to look at all of the boxes of makeup and skin care products. At the time, I didn’t know what was inside but it all seemed very exciting.

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?

When I’m filming, it’s really simple. I wash my face, put on Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer, add a little argan oil and rose oil and head to the studio.

What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?

Moisturizer, and I just started using coconut oil. It’s such a great moisturizer for the body.

What is your budget friendly beauty secret?

Cetaphil face wash works great for me.

How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?  

I eat a healthy diet and keep it natural when I’m not filming. It goes through so much during the week, so I will let it air dry and wear it up my head when I have a break.

Do you have any products or treatments that you splurge on?

I love pure essential oils. My bathroom looks like an apothecary.

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What are 5 products that are always in your makeup bag and you can’t live without?

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer keeps my skin happy, Josie Maran Argan illuminizer adds a glow, DiorShow Mascara lengthens lashes and it lasts all day, Yves Saint Laurent Toche Eclat is great for early morning eyes, and Terry Baume de Rose for my lips because I love all things roses.