Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review: MAC Club

MAC Club Eyeshadow has been on my wishlist for awhile now.  Santa left it in my stocking!  I've read reviews and saw tutorials, I knew it was a duo-chrome shade.  But I had no clue there were so many shades to one eyeshadow. I always reach for Silver Ring, I wanted another silver to choose from.


In the pan, it looks like a silver-ish green.  I just put it in my palette, I never swatched it or really tested out the color.  This morning, I put it on with no base (only primer), it went on my lid as a light reddish-brown.  I double checked to make sure I grabbed the right eyeshadow. I already had a little bit of Carbon eyeshadow on, I hate brown and black together but I was too lazy to take off my eyeshadow and start over.

I did more homework on the eyeshadow and it depends all on what color base you use.  The picture below proves that. Most people prefer a green base, I do too.


After about 5 hours of wear, the red-brown shade turned to more of a gray color (closer to the pan shade.)

Overall, I don't love it, I don't hate it.  If you like a versatile color and using different bases to achieve a look, then this is for you.  For neutral lovers and everyday wear, it isn't one of those colors you can just throw on and expect it to look just like it does in the pan.


FOTD: Eyeshadow - MAC Club, Carbon, & Shroom.  Eyeliner - Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes #10.  Mascara - Eyeko Mascara.  Bronzer - NARS Casino.  Lipstick - MAC Thrills.


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Monday, December 27, 2010

Boxing Day LUSH Haul

LUSH Boxing Day Sale 2010
I went to the last year sale mid-afternoon, most everything was gone, I purchased a few things just to buy them. This year, they opened at 7:00 am, I was there at 7:30 am (It was kind of nice shopping early, not crowded, at all, and I parked right by the door.) I made my mental shopping list the night before; I got everything I wanted!

The sale was buy one get one free on holiday gifts, holiday items, gifts and soap made before November 1, 2010 (they were randomly "mark"ed throughout the store, which was kind of weird, they could've grouped the sale items together. My stash was running low, plus I didn't purchase any holiday items before Christmas (with the exception of three Christmas Eve bubble bars) so I stocked up...


$220.70 worth of products for a little over a $100, the SA was nice and paired items of equal value, (ie I paid $6 and got the $6 item free, instead of paying $6 x5 and getting all the $4 items free) like most stores do.

I got the Stardust, Happy Christmas, Christmas Candy Box, and Viva LUSH Vegas Gift sets and then a lot holiday bubble bars and a few bath bombs.

My little sister loved opening more presents the day after Christmas.

Here are all of the products:


Bubble Bars
Bearded Lady
Candy Cane x2
Christmas Eve x5
Gingerbread House
The Comforter


Bath Bombs
Avobath
Butterball
Cinders
Dragon's Egg
Sex Bomb
So White
The Boog
Twilight

Soap
Angel's Delight
Honey I Washed the Kids
Mandarian's Tea Party
Rock Star
Sexy Peel x2

Body
Play Your Cards Right Massage Bar
Sugar Plum Fairy Sugar Scrub

Shower
Iced Wine Shower Jelly
Joy of Jelly Shower Jelly
Snow Fairy Shower Gel x2

Lips
Bon Bon Lip Scrub
Bubble Gum Lip Scrub
Snow Fair Lip Tint

What a massive amount of products! I had to purchase a few mini tubs for storage. hah. I was mainly after the Christmas Eve Bubble Bars (obviously.. I purchased a total of 8 this holiday season!)  There was only one remaining this morning.  There was only one other woman there - she purchased about 20 Lil Pud Bath Bombs - am I missing out? - Overall, extremely successful LUSH trip, and I managed to get everything on my "want" list.

I will probably be having a blog giveaway soon with a few of these LUSH items so they can be used sooner, than later. I also sell (eBay) and swap (MakeupAlley) samples if any of you are interested in trying any of these items out before purchasing the full size - especially to those of you who have to order online.


Sally's Beauty Supply & MAC
...from one extreme to the other, I'm not sure why I pictured these together. hah.

Poshe Top Coat - In a previous post and on MakeupAlley I was ranting about how glitter polish never stays on. A few people recommended this, so I thought I'd give it a try. You can apply it on wet nails, which is definitely a plus.  (Review to come if anyone says they're interested!)


MAC Cham-Pale Collection 2010
The collection was released yesterday.  (Originally, I was after the three things... I was considering getting Soiree Nail Lacquer, but decided to pass, spending more than $10 on nail polish just doesn't seem right.) I didn't get anything from the Tartan Tale Collection, so I figured picking up two was okay! hah.

Dangerous Cuvee Paint Pot - It's not as pigmented as Paint Pots from the permanent collection (this is now my 7th one.. problem.) It is buildable and extra shimmery. A lot of reviews said they thought this would be the star of the collection.  It's pretty enough to be worn alone. *below

Feline Eye Kohl Pencil - My Fluidline is drying up so I thought I'd try out a pencil (I usually stick to Technakohl.) Technakohl is thicker and blacker, but the Pencil seems to have better staying power.


FOTD: (sorry, poor quality webcam pic)
Eyes: MAC Dangerous Cuvee Paint Pot, MAC Feline Pencil, L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara. Blush: NARS Oasis.
Lips: MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick

I decided to skip out on the Bath & Body Work Semi-Annual Sale 2010 (I wasn't impressed with anything online) and on-sale Christmas decorations to save up for clothes (and probably more makeup) for an out-of-town shopping trip in a week!

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Friday, December 24, 2010

December Favorites

Merry Christmas Eve!

"Favorites" posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) "rediscovered" items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month."

I know favorites posts are usually due at the end of the month/first of the following month. But I was afraid I would list all my new Christmas items as my favorites just because they were new and in the spotlight.  So to be fair, I'm doing this a little early...



Bath & Body Works - Aromatherapy Sleep - Lavender & Chamomile - I mentioned the pillow mist awhile back,  I purchased the lotion and a candle this month. I'm becoming obsessed with the line.  I know the two scents are relaxing, but I need to do some research and see if this product really works.  Maybe it's all mental, either way, I'm sleeping like a baby, and plan to purchase the rest of the line. (*Fingers crossed* for the Semi-Annual sale having some deals!)

LUSH Christmas Eve Bubble Bar - (not pictured, all crumbled up in Tupperware, already.)  Another relaxing scent, it's pretty girly though (Jasmine) that gives mountains of bubbles.  I wish this was a permanent scent (or just more products!); I only purchased 3, I should probably go get some more to last me the rest of the year.


MAC Bare Study Paint Pot - With my tan, I was loving Indianwood, (I'm getting paler by the minute...no, for the first time in six years I am not tanning.  So it's an excuse to buy lighter shades of makeup.)  this is such a pretty color to wear under any eyeshadow or alone.

MAC Bisque Eyeshadow - Another pale shade, I wanted a matte color because I'm tired of a shimmer overload, I've been wearing this every day. (see previous FOTD the post here.)

iPhone Case - I ditched my Otterbox for a clear case that cracked a million times; I randomly came across this one on eBay for dirt cheap, it looks pretty sleek, it's a keeper.

For the holidays, I've been loving glitter polishes.  My only complaint is staying power is awful!  No matter what base coat, top coat, or normal polish that is combined with these next two polishes didn't help.  At least two nails would peel off the following day.  Most people can't get glitter polish off;  I can't get it to stay on! Any suggestions?

OPI Bring on the Bling - I'd say this was the star of the collection, it was always sold out at my Ulta so I ended up swapping for it on Makeupalley.  There are plenty of reviews and raves on this already!

Nicole by OPI Spark my Mistletoe - I was disappointed by one thing about the burlesque collection.... there wasn't a red glitter!  Luckily, I bumped into this instead.  Over Sephora by OPI Sample Sale, I feel extra Christmas-y!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 Beauty Favorites


Here are my favorites for 2010! I encourage you to copy and paste this list and share your yearly favorites, too! Kind of a tag post, I guess?

The items marked with - mean it is a type of product that I do not use, not that I could not pick a favorite. Some I had to pick two products because I went back and forth between the two of them all year. Warning, my list is pretty MAC heavy.

These are all products I use at least weekly (some daily.) I have repurchased most of these or I will in the future. I have recommended them to friends and family, and I recommend them to you.

Body
Bath Product: LUSH Christmas Eve Bubble Bar & LUSH Sex Bomb Bath Bomb
Body Exfoliator: -
Body Lotion: Olay Quench
Cuticle Cream: -
Fake Tanner: -
Foot Cream: Shea it isn't So
Hand Cream: -
Perfume: Stella by Stella McCartney
Shower Gel: Softsoap Nutriserums
Soap: Dial
Teeth Whitening - Crest 3D White Advanced Seal

Haircare
Conditioner: Pantene Brunette
Electrical: Clairol Hot Rollers
Hair Dye: -
Hairspray: TRESemme
Mask: Joico K-Pak Hydrator
Miracle Product: -
Shampoo: Pantene Brunette & LUSH Big

Makeup
Blush: NARS Deep Throat & Clinique Fig
Bronzer: MAC Mineralized Skin Finish
Brush: MAC 239
Concealer: MAC Select Cover Up
Eyebrows: MAC Espresso & Model in a Bottle Eyebrow Sealer
Eyelash Curler: -
Eyeliner: MAC Technakohl in Graph Black & MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Eyeshadow: MAC All that Glitters & MAC Bronze
Eyeshadow Primer/Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion/MAC Indianwood Paint Pot
Foundation: -
Highlight: NYX Pearl Mania in Nude Pearl & Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator Loose Powder
Lipgloss: MAC Love Nectar Lustreglass
Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam V
Mascara: L'Oreal Telescopic & Clinique High Definition
Nail polish: OPI Black Onyx & Sephora by OPI Sample Sale
Powder: -
Tool: -
Top Coat Polish: Barry M 3 in 1

High-end Brand: MAC
Drugstore Brand: L'Oreal

Skincare
Exfoliator: LUSH Ocean Salt
Eye Product: Clean & Clear Morning Morning Glow Eye Brightener
Cleanser/Makeup Remover: MAC Cleanse Off Oil
Facial mask: Freeman Cucumber Peel
Lip Treatment: LUSH Mint Julips & Chapstick Medicated
Moisturizer: Clean & Clear Morning Glow
Toner: -

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Friday, December 3, 2010

November Favorites

"Favorites" posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) "rediscovered" items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month."

Monthly favorite posts and videos are my favorites to read/watch! Happy 25 Days of Christmas! I will hopefully get a wishlist and decorations posted soon. On to the favorites for November...


ELF Studio Brush Set - I found a half off code, so 11 brushes and a case for only $15.  Not to mention, they're pretty! (I got the limited edition glitter ones.)  I purchased a few of these individually already, a few broke,  others I wanted two in because I'm tired of cleaning them constantly.  They're good, not the best quality, but who can spend a ridiculous amount of money to purchase all the MAC brushes you need?

ELF Complexion Perfection - I hate wearing foundation and powder.  In the winter, I'm faced with a lot of redness, this tones it down greatly.  It's great for spot treatment or just dusting it all over your face.

ELF Shimmer Pencil Eyeliner in Gunmetal - Originally, it was a little darker than I wanted it to be, but I found myself wearing this and MAC silver ring to school, often this month. It is a pretty dark gray silver with flecks of silver glitter.

Gigi's Brazilian Shave Gel - No bumps or redness left behind, doesn't dry my skin out either... which always happens with shaving creams and gels.

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow - this has been on my wishlist forever, I finally purchased it. I used to wear bronze every day, but now since I'm a little paler, I have been reaching for this instead.

 OPI The Show Must Go On - I want all of the burlesque colors! hah. I couldn't decide which one(s) I wanted most, so I just purchased the mini set, and this was my favorite out of the four.

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