Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Select Sheer Pressed Powder (NC30): Tried and true -- this is the only MAC product that I've ever hit pan and repurchased 3 or 4 times now. This is a great finishing powder that is lightweight and not cakey at all.
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer (#8): Best concealer for scars and blemishes. Hands down. I tend to only buy/use concealers for my undereyes because I have been blessed with fairly flawless skin. However, my being impatient with my occasional acne has caused scarring which irrates the hell out of me. It's a slightly thick and full coverage concealer that sets nicely without looking cakey on the skin and just covers sooooooooooo well. Shade 8 is perfect for my complexion but a tad too dark for my undereyes. I use very little (pinhead size) and can't see myself run out of this any time soon -- but if i do I can see myself repurchasing it.
Diorshow waterproof mascara: This is one of the best mascaras I've used in terms of volume and length, however, I did have one problem with it and that it smudges like mad =( For a waterproof mascara, I don't appreciate that at all. I haven't tried it without undereye concealer though, because I think I am beginning to see a pattern when it comes to my waterproof mascaras and concealer -- and that if i wear concealer ... my mascara will smudge -- dunno why O_O
Make Up For Ever Sens'Eyes: This is a cream/lotion based waterproof make-up remover that is meant for sensitive eyes. This stuff is awesome and if it weren't so expensive, I'd be using it more often! I often avoid wearing waterproof make-up (mascara) because I really hate using oil-based removers... but this stuff is so gentle and does NOT leave a sticky/greasy feeling afterwards!
Crazy Haute lipglass: This is the marbalized lipglass from the Colour Craft collection this past summer. I got this at the last MAC warehouse sale (that I did not blog about) and omg... I LOVE it! It's a great pinky/coral shade that is semi-sheer, but packs just enough punch. The lipglasses from this collection was lovely and I regret not getting all of them (I think I have half of them) -- they are all so smooth and the colours so delicious!
Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 (mint): This is a vaseline-based lip balm with spf4 and is really soothing (probably because of the menthol). I have mint, but it comes in a bunch of flavours such as coconut, vanilla, mango, etc etc... I've been carrying it around with me since I got it and it's just so much more convenient when it's in a tube (vs. the Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm that's in a tin) and definitely more sanitary.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I got to hold one of the olympic torches that was part of the relay as it passed through Toronto!! That was really cool!! The gentlemen who brought it in is the grandfather of one of the students at the school I work at. After the assembly/presentation, the kids all whined how "boring" it was to me... it was so funny. Once lunch started and he was packing away the torch in the office, ALL the teachers ran to the office to get a glimpse of it... then someone asked if they could take a picture holding it... which led to EVERYONE requesting the same thing! The adults and teachers were definitely more excited about it than the kids were =P
As for make-up related news.... I filmed a BUNCH of videos including tag videos and haul videos... but I deleted them all by accident >_< and now I'm too lazy to re-film...
I hauled a lot since my last post... both MAC and Sephora... so much that it's too much to post in pictures and to make a new video about.... so... I'm just gonna scrap it o_o sorry ladies...
I DOOOOOO have a contest coming up!!! both on YT and on my blog.... I have made partner with YT for a while now.... but I don't have a banner yet... and I don't know how to make one lol... so the contest will be revolved around that... and I've accumulated lots of prizes for it. As for the blog, I am thinking of a new layout... again... I am illiterate when it comes to anything like that... (which is why I've stuck to the standard blogspot template)...
Thats it for now... I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday!
Monday, December 07, 2009
I still need to post the IMATS pics that Kristine sent me too >_< baahhh
This has got to be the most stressful semester of my university career.... and I cannot wait until it's OVER!!!!!
To take the stress off a tad... I was daydreaming up a list of items I want for Christmas (and most likely will end up getting for and from myself rather than from friends lol)... here goes:
in no particular order....
* George Foreman Grill
* Conair Sound Therapy Relaxation System
* Mall/MAC/Sephora/Holts/Chapters Gift Card
* CHI Hair Straightener
* Jurlique Hand Cream
* NARS Funny Face lipstick
* YSL Rouge Volupte #9 and #13
* MUFE Flash Palette
* Gym membership
* Complete Sex and the City DVD Box set
* Micro SD Memory Card (4gb)
* WASGIJ Puzzle
* Lush: Bathbombs, emotibombs, shower jellies
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This month has gone by slowly (unlike the past several months) and I can't wait for it to be OVVEERRRRRR...
Volcanic Ash Exfoliator: I don't use exfoliants as much as I should -- I simply just don't remember. Don't even get me started with masques. As much as I would LIKE to use these extra products on top of my regular/daily skin care regime, I simply don't have the time. With that said, when I DO remember to use an exfoliator, I reach for either the MAC Microfine Refinisher or the Volcanic Ash one. I think I'm going through this faster than I should though... lol.. I'm already half done and it's a LE item =S I really like the sugar granules and the way it dissolves as I work it in, although I do feel it dissolves a little TOO quickly. Leaves my skin super duper smooth afterwards (definitely a noticeable difference from the microfine refinisher).
NARS Mekong eyeshadow: I've been wanting this for a while, but could never justify buying it because of its pricetag. I picked this up with Sephora's VIB 20% discount a few weeks ago. It's a beautiful shimmery DARK chocolate brown. Some have described it as a black with gold glitter -- it is definitely not. I love this on my crease/outer V... it is soooooo pigmented and sooo easy to work with/blend. I've used this every single time I've put make-up on my face this month.
Show Orchid Lipstick: WOW. That is all I can say about this lipstick. I've wanted it since it came out with the Colour Ready Collection in April, but never picked it up and really regretted it when it was taken off the shelves and (I thought) sold out everywhere. Wendy found out that they still carried it at my closest mall, but I kept forgetting to pick it up whenever I was there. When I finally DID remember, they only had THREE left. Phew. I had never officially worn it out, but I admired it a lot. It's a hot hot in your face fuschia pink (I'm a nude lip girl). I finally wore it to the IMATS and OMG I have never received so many compliments for what I wear on my lips lol (I topped it with flashmode lustreglass) -- I even got a compliment from pursebuzz!! Like one commenter (who saw me) said... the pictures really do no justice to what it actually looked like in person. GORGEOUS~
Saturday, November 21, 2009
(The MUFE booth was right by the main entrance)
I look so awkward lol
Cool and realistic looking busts
This baby was so creepy!!! This pic doesn't show how big it is, but it was the size of like.. a 42inch TV (the old school boxy kind!)
SOOOOO scary looking but soo cool
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Prep and Prime Face Protect SPF 50: I bought this based on AMAZING reviews on Makeupalley, but I still wasn't convinced and kept this on my vanity without using it for a couple of months. The reason I wasn't convinced is because generally I hate SPF on my face -- it is ALWAYS sticky, no matter the product claim of "oil free" etc etc... The consitency is thick and creamy, further deterring me from wanting to try this product, especially during the summer (when I originally bought it). I've finally got around to using it and of course, I was wrong. The thick cream absorbs quickly and leaves a smooth and velvety canvas and actually keeps me relatively oil-free throughout the day. It performs superbly as a primer as it keeps my foundaton fresh all day and the bonus for me is definitely the high SPF count, since I know I don't use nearly enough SPF on my face as I should. This is a winner for me.
On a Mission blush: This blush came out with the Style Warriors collection -- turns out I really like a lot of what came out with that collection! It's a beautiful plummy colour that's great for the fall.
*Just a heads up -- every MAC store has a drawer that stores a lot of stuff from the past several collections, but no longer displayed. If you missed something from 2009, ask the MAs to let you take a peak in the drawer, or even just ASK if they have a certain product -- you just might be surprised.
MAC Greasepaint Stick: I am so glad that this is a permanent item. I typically don't use bases, even though I have a lot. I usually just use my primer (UDPP/TFSI) and layer my shadows on top. This product reminds me how important it is sometimes to use a great base. The name of the product turned me off but I was intrigued nonetheless and picked it up when it was first launched with Style Black. I'm soooo glad I did, because it's sold out everywhere now... who knows when they'll restock for the permanent collection, again. Once set, this thing doesn't budge or smudge -- an amazing formula that cannot be compared to the traditional shadesticks. The hidden sharpener at the bottom is nifty, too!
MUFE no.9 and no. 92: I absolutely love these two Make Up For Ever shadows... they are the softest, most pigmented/vibrant matte shadows EVER -- they are super easy to use and incredibly easy to blend... I've used them a lot this month ... and it helps that they're purple... i LOVVEEE purples =P
No Favourites this month =(
Monday, October 19, 2009
This blog will probably not be neglected for the entire 6 weeks... but I probably will only be posting if there is somethinge exciting to post about... =(
As always... we'll see how it goes and play by ear....
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Also, don't forget to visit her site at http://www.pincstuff.com/ (she makes the most delicious looking trinkets!!!)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I would like to announce a giveaway that is generously being sponsored by Matchstick!!! ONE (1) Lucky winner will receive the entire Harajuku Lovers Fragrance set valued at $250CND.
1. To be eligible to enter, follow and subscribe to this blog and my YT channel.
2. Comment under this post and tell me which of "Love, Angel, Music, Baby or Gwen" do you think you relate to most and WHY?
3. Include in your comment your EMAIL -- I can't stress this enough!!!
4. One entry per household.
5. Winner chosen at random with random.org number generator.
6. Contest closes October 17, 2009 11:59pm EST and winner announced the next day.
This giveaway is open to Canadian Residences only (minus Quebec).
Please read the official rules and regulations.
Official Rules & Regulations
The Contest will run from October 8, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) [ET] to October 17, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. [ET] (the “Contest Period”).
The contest is sponsored by Coty Canada Inc. and Matchstick Inc. (the “Sponsor”). The contest is hosted by http://www.sanderlees.com/ (“The Host”).
1. To Enter:
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Limit of one (1) entry per household, per person, per email address. Enter online: Go to http://www.sanderlees.com/ (the “Contest Website”) during the Contest Period, complete the fulfill contest entry specifics and submit as instructed. Any attempt or suspected attempt to enter more than once shall be deemed as tampering and will void all of your entries. Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or entry methods not authorized by these rules will void all entries affected by such methods and shall also be deemed as tampering and will void all of your entries.
To enter and be eligible to win, an entrant must be a legal resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) who is over the age of majority in their province or territory of residence. Employees of or those residing with an employee of Coty Canada Inc, the Sponsor or Host, their agents, representatives, parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and dealers, advertising and promotional agencies, sponsors, suppliers of prizes, materials or services related to this contest, including the independent judging organization are not eligible to enter this contest.
This contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.
Each entrant is only eligible to win one (1) prize during the Contest Period.
3. Prizes to be awarded:
Entrants are eligible to win one (1) Harajuku Lovers Fragrance prize packages with an approximate retail value of $250.00 each.
The Sponsor reserves the right in the event that a Prize or any component of the Prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason, to substitute another Prize of equal or greater value, without liability.
Any costs or expenses incurred by the winner in claiming or using his/her prize will be the responsibility of the winner. Winner is responsible for all taxes and expenses which are not included in the prize description above.
In the event of a dispute, entries shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Illegible entries, bulk drop-offs, mechanical reproductions or facsimile entries are ineligible.
A random draw will occur on or about October 18, 2009 on or around 12:00 p.m. EST at Toronto, Ontario.
Odds of being selected/winning are based on the number of entries submitted. Selected entrants will be contacted by telephone and/or email at the Host’s and Sponsor’s discretion. Only the selected entrants will be notified.
A winner for the contest will be selected by The Host and announced October 18, 2009 on or around 12:00 p.m. EST.
Selected entrants will be contacted by telephone and/or email at the Host’s discretion. Only the selected entrants will be notified. Before being awarded the prize, selected entrants must first correctly answer without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question with the Sponsor. If an eligible entrant is selected but cannot be reached after four (4) attempts and the skill-testing question is not administered within 20 business days of the selection, the selected entry will be deemed void and an alternate entrant may be selected.
Only upon signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form described below in Rule 5 and correctly answering the skill-testing question, will a selected eligible entrant be declared an official winner.
5. Release Forms:
The selected entrants of a prize will be required to sign and return, within the time stipulated by the Sponsor, a full release and indemnity form (“Declaration and Release Form”) stating that he/she has read and understood these Official Rules and Regulations (“Official Rules”), grants all consents and authorizes the Sponsor to broadcast, publish and disseminate his/her name, address, photograph, likeness, sobriquet and voice, in connection with any promotion or publicity, and/or for general news, entertainment and information purposes relating to this Contest at no additional compensation, beyond the awarding of the prize. Selected entrants must also agree to accept the prize as offered.
The Declaration and Release Form also releases The Sponsor, The Host, its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, and all their respective directors, officers, employees, shareholders, representatives and agents, successors and assigns from and against any and all liability, claims of damages and causes of action, of any kind whatsoever, whether at law or in equity, and including but not limited to death, personal injury and loss or damage to property, that the winner or any of the representatives, heirs, next of kin or assignees (collectively, “Representatives”) may have or which may hereinafter accrue to the winner’s Representatives as a result directly or indirectly from their participation in the contest or receipt or use or acceptance of the prize.
In the event of non-compliance with these requirements (as applicable) or with these Official Rules, or if prize notification is returned undeliverable, Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify the potential winner, and select an alternate potential winner and shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard.
6. Limitations of Liability:
Neither The Sponsor nor The Host will be liable for: a) any incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, whether caused by the Contest Website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of entries; b) the theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; c) any problems with, or technical malfunctions of, telephone networks or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, viruses or bugs; d) any failure of any email to be received by or from Sponsor for any reason including but not limited to traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof, interrupted or unavailable networks; e) damage to a participant’s or other person’s system occasioned by participation or downloading of materials in this Contest; f) late, delayed, damaged, misdirected, destroyed, lost, illegible, incomplete, incorrect, fraudulent, stolen, postage-due or wrongly addressed entries which will be deemed void.
7. Right to Terminate:
The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion to terminate, suspend or modify this Contest, without notice, at any time should i) any electronic messages or any other materials used in this Contest be tampered with, mutilated, altered, forged, reproduced, not legitimately obtained; or ii) other types of fraud are suspected; or ,iii) entries are illegible or contain or reflect printing, production or other errors; or iv) virus, bugs, technical failures, human, printing or distribution errors or any other cause beyond the control of the Sponsor corrupt the administration, security, safety, fairness, or proper conduct of any element of this Contest as described in these Official Rules. Without limiting the foregoing, if, for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as originally planned should any error, whether human, electronic or otherwise, or any other event interfere with its proper conduct as contemplated by these Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the online portion of the contest and conduct the draw from all other previously received eligible entries.
By entering, entrants agree to abide by the Official Rules and agree that the decisions of The Sponsor and The Host are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest. The prizes must be accepted as awarded and no transfer or substitution of the prize, whether for cash or otherwise, will be permitted except as expressly provided in these Rules or at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prize may not be exactly as shown on Promotion publicity or promotional materials. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute this prize with a prize of equal or greater value if for any reason the prize cannot be awarded as contemplated in these Official Rules.
Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify, from this Contest and any future contest, sweepstakes or other Contest conducted by Sponsor, any individual that it finds or believes to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or Contest Website; to be acting in violation of the Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Michelle (s2pandapple) invited me as her guest to go to the Magic, Mirth and Mischief! Holiday Collection launch party. You can check out the full collection at http://www.temptalia.com/ with photos and complete information on each product. Personally I was quite disappointed with it... the mineralized shadows were (surprisingly) the highlight of the collection (in my opinion)... the colours were beautiful and unique -- the only con is the random patch of unnecessary silver glitter.... i have yet to try it wet... maybe it'll work better that way O_O...
Anyway... I was a good girl and only walked away with 3 items (2 new and one back up: picture and swatch of boy bait cremesheen glass here) .
Poor girl... she was sooooo bored.... lol
Anyway... here they are... leave your thoughts... which one is your favourite? I'm sure she wouldn't mind constructive critism, either...
btw... products listed is copied and pasted verbatim of how she sent it to me... haha
- i used some no-name cream stick in a baby blue and copper for the base
- any shadow used in mask was from the 88 palette
- outline done in mac fluidline uppity
- the shadow outline was apres-ski from... mac
- and on the lips i used revlon eyeliner in 01 teal flash, uppity and the yellow in the flamboyant loreal hip duo
- oh! and the lashes! wet n' wild fantasy makers. feather fetish
- mascara was my beloved lashblast waterproof
for the second:
- on the eyes i used yogurt from mac and the rest was all the 88 palette
- my trusty maybelline liquid liner - waterproof, of course
- the pink in the mask was part of the 88 palette
- blue outline was deep blue green (yeah i already know what you're going to say.. and yes it was worth it) and star by night by mac
- lashes were ardell fright night lashes in #114
- lips were bonnebell blank ink for outline, star by night and 88 palette
- same mascara
jewels care of my mother's drawer =]