Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, December 05, 2010
The next few items are a little bit jumbled and all over the place -- I clearly didn't organize it really well... but there will be explanations under each pic =)
This was from the mac warehouse sale in September, picked up for me by Susan... I could've gotten it myself, but I passed on it then regretted it...
This was part of the $5 Charity package from the most recent MAC warehouse sale
This was ALSO part of the $5 charity package at the most recent MAC warehouse sale... that's right... 188 brush, a pigment from an unreleased collection, a shadow from the newest collection AND my FAVOURITE brow pencil (not pictured) Impeccable brow pencil in Taupe, all for only $5!!! Beyond a steal!!
Pictured above was only $10
farthest left pink: swirled from the blush ombre
middle pink: darkest part of blush
right pink: lightest part of blush
the silvery swatch is the White Gold Pigment
and the brown is Gilt By Associaton
Yes the charity package that I got from the most recent sale is awesome... but it is by no means unique -- this is the type of charity bag that i remembered from 2 years ago... a full sized brush in every bag... and 3 or 4 different bags to choose from on the spot.... ALL with brushes in them... there was no such thing as a "crappy" charity bag... so the only reason it seems to be a big deal right now is because they haven't had a charity bag like this for two years now....
with that said... sorry I am not doing any swaps with the bags... it's the holiday season afterall, and the extras were bought as gifts -- thanks for understanding.
None this month
Stila Smudgepot (Grey): This stuff is awesome -- I have yet to use it as a shadow or a base, but only as a liner -- it does not budge for several hours. My all time fave is still MAC's Fluidline, but smudgepot is a close second behind (even though it lasts longer than fluidline). I love the grey colour - it's dark enough to line, but not so dark that's it's harsh for the day time. I rarely line my eyes black for a daytime look now -- I like to reserve it for night time for more drama. I also have the Smudgepot in Bronze, but I have yet to try it out yet.
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach): I have moved away from the "two shades lighter than your foundation" method of concealing under eye circles. Peach is the perfect shade for me to neutralize the blue under my eyes, but also warm enough to really brighten up the area. It's nice and creamy, but can get cakey and crease if too much is used. Using just enough in the blue-est area of the eye has been the best method for me, then set with my regular pressed (studio select) powder -- voila!
Vaseline: Tried, tested and true -- use it every night before bed and wake up to nice soft lips. Especially nice, now that the air is so dry... ugh... which is why i have no favourite face products this month... the dry air has really dried up my skin, making all foundation/face products gross looking...
Model 21 sent me two styles of lashes to review... they actually sent it to me over a month ago, but I haven't had the opportunity to wear lashes in a while... so this is just a preview... when I have given them a try, I will provide a full review~
Thanks to Model 21 False Eyelashes for the opportunity to try your products out!
Pictured are: #24 (top) ad #27 (bottom)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The second annual Toronto IMATS was held on the weekend of November 5 and 6 this year. I went on both days, but surprisingly enough didn't spend that much at all! I was in good company this year (not that I wasn't last year =P) and had a lot of fun with the girls, including Jennifer (jdomakeup), Fiona (Fionaman), Sheryl (Pincstuff) and Michelle (s2pandapple).
Jennifer (jdomakeup) and Michelle (s2pandapple)
I love her -- she is so real and really spoke her mind during her lecture... when I approached her she was all like "I love my asian ladies, especially when they have my asian book! It took me so long to write it!" Then she complimented me on my make-up and lashes..... then tried to sell me a pair.... lol
She has uber messy writing and I have no idea what it says:
___ 2 play! or ____ + play!
Much love always,
#38 on bottom
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Anyway... enough rambling...
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC30): I was skeptical... which is why I gave it a good month-long trial before I decided on how I felt about this new product that MAC has pumped out (along with the partnering concealer and lipsticks).
Pro Longwear touts a 15-hour budge and smudge proof wear time -- pretty big claim if you ask me. It has a medium coverage (for me), and the only foundation I have used that does not require a finishing powder (which I always used no matter what). I can say that I have worn it for 18 hours once and it was still pretty flawless -- very impressive. What impressed me most, though, was that it grabbed my blush and kept it on my face the entire 18 hours as well -- with very little fading -- WOW! Dare I say that this is HG material??
Oh, oh, oh!! and another thing! I have a fairly oily t-zone with very dry cheeks... I generally need to blot a couple of hours of wear with other foundations... my ENTIRE 18 hours with Pro Longwear not only kept my t-zone oil-free... it stayed relatively MATTE! WTF?? =D
Shell Pearl Beauty Powder (Liberty of London): I LOVE this product... I sweep a layer of this over any blush I use to give myself a light sheen... makes my face glow... I need a back-up!
Blinc Tubing Mascara: I've had this for a long time.. I never really liked it because it did nothing for my lashes... it didn't add length or volume. It does separate the lashes really nicely though... so I use it now as a daily, no-drama mascara... it doesn't flake or smudge, and it's waterproof/resistant... and what I appreciate most about it (especially on no-makeup-days) is that I don't need a special eye-makeup remover for it and that simple warm water and light pinching gets the stuff off cleanly.
Perennial High Style (Liberty of London) Lipglass: A milky and slightly muted bubble gum pink that adds a nice tint to the lips that is not super bright. It's just a very pretty (neutralish) colour -- I love my neutrals.
Crosswires (cremesheen) lipstick: The cremesheen formula is always a hit or miss with me... some of the shades glide on really smooth and buttery and other ones are really uneven and patchy... Crosswires is one of the better ones for me. It's a gorgeous coral that makes my lips look plump and full -- like that just "bitten" look.