Monday, October 26, 2009

Monthly Favourites: October

Ah yes... another month and another set of favourites... I have decided that I will go on hiatus starting the month of November until early December... so this will be one of my last posts (I will post some halloween pics from school when those materialize)...

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

Possible Hiatus?

Hate to say it... but I might be going on hiatus... this is my last semester of school (with only 6 weeks to go) and I haven't been taking it as seriously as I should...

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

Who Inspires You

Please take a minute to visit and vote for Sheryl Ng (PincStuff) and help her remain in first place! ^_^

Also, don't forget to visit her site at (she makes the most delicious looking trinkets!!!)

Harajuku Lovers Fragrance Giveaway WINNER

comment #24 = Ally


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Visit Sanderlees' Shop for the blog sale happening now!

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Did anyone ever notice that you can pull out the end of the greasepaint stick and voila! there exists a sharpener?!?!? I thought I broke it!! Do the MAC MUAs even know about this?! CRAZY!!

Harajuku Lovers Contest [closed]

Hi Everyone!!!

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.

Administrative stuff:

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 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 (“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 (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.
General Conditions of Entry: By entering this contest, all entrants consent to the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information by Sponsor and Host for the purposes of running the contest or for any other purpose to which entrants consent. Once submitted, entries become the exclusive property of The Host and The Sponsor and will not be returned. Personally identifiable information received will be used by the Host only to verify eligibility, ship samples and award prizes. Upon completion of the contest, The Host will destroy any and all entries and personally identifiable information for all contestants. All personal information received by the Sponsor will only be for the purposes of fulfilling the prize and collected, used and stored in accordance with its Privacy Policy, located at:

2. Eligibility:
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.

4. Winners

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.

8. Miscellaneous:
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.

MAC: Halloween Looks 2009

I don't think I've ever been so excited for Halloween before.... =D

FOTD: Purples

So this was the look I did for the MAC collection preview party... I really wanted to cover the dark circles etc from the all-nighter, so I went all out with a full face of make-up and heavy eyeshadow lol... I finally put my MUFE shadows to use and omfg I LOVEEE THEM and I'm gonna go crazy at IMATS for them!!!

*All products used MAC unless otherwise specified

Urban Decay Perfect Complexion Primer
Studio Fix Fluid NW25
Studio Finish Concealer SPF35 NW25
Select Sheer Pressed Powder NC30

Accentuate/Sculpt Powder
Foolish Me blush
Perfect Topping MSF

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Painterly paintpot
Make Up For Ever Matte Shadow no.9
Make Up For Ever Matte Shadow no.92
NYX shadow in black
Vanilla e/s
Fluidline in Blacktrack
Fluidline in Dipdown (brows)
Ardell Demi Wispies lashes

Creme Cup l/s

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Haul: Magic, Mirth and Mischief!


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 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) .

Blue Sorcery

Blue Sorcery

Jingle, Jangle Dazzleglass


I wished the photo captured the brilliance of this dazzleglass.. it's just so damn gorgeous... light pink with baby blue and pink sparkles.. almost like cotton candy...

Poor girl... she was sooooo bored.... lol

FOTD: Masquerade Masks

A good friend of mine was extremely bored yesterday and decided to do two masquerade-inspired looks, in the spirit of Halloween, of course. An aspiring MUA (aren't we all?) and talented hairstylist -- she was demanded to start posting on YT (not just by me).... and our "bet" is that if I can get a certain number of compliments on this post, she will start posting - the bet is in my favour... haha

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

for the first mask - the "mermaid-y" one:

- 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 =]

Sunday, October 04, 2009

FOTD: Photo Realism

My apologies for the lack of posts. I usually don't post on the weekends, but my internet has been out for the past 3 or 4 days and it has been HELL. I should be studying for an upcoming midterm, but I felt that I needed to post SOMETHING and just... browse the net a little because I've been so deprived. How sad is that we live in a lifetime where we can't function without the internet =(
So I rarely wear make-up, especially since school has been so hectic lately and there is just no time... so I took advantage of the fact that I was going out to dinner with my friends this past friday to "doll up". Funny thing is, I was asked "why are you wearing make up?" lol... so of course I bitch back -- "When I don't wear my make-up I am criticized for the amount I own... and when I do, I am questioned of my motives -- WTF!" =P

*All MAC products unless otherwise specified*

Oil Control Lotion
Make Up For Ever HD Primer (green)
Studio Fix Fluid NW25
Select Pressed Powder NC30
Studio Finish Concealer SPF35 NW25

Sunny By Nature MSF on cheeks

Fast Response Eye Cream
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
Greasepaint stick (base)
Photo Realism Quad
NYX black shadow
Fluidline in Jade
Ardell Demi Wispies lashes
L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara

Fluidline in Dipdown on brows

Brave New Bronze l/s
Fushia Fix TLC