Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Seek and Squat: Sephora Boxing Day Sale Haul!

I just got back from the Sephora Boxing Day sale and had a little nap, but I had to share my haul.  For the traditional Canadian Boxing Day, Sephora had one day only in store specials for $12 each.  I had tried previously during the Black Friday Sale to pick up Philosophy Purity Cleanser and other makeup goodies online, but their website just didn't get it together for us Canadian buyers. It is one of my favourite cleansers and given the sale price of $12 for 12 ounces, I really couldn't pass it up.

Amazingly, at an 8am opening, there was a pretty long line at the store. I elbowed and squatted my way through, then grabbed 2 each of NARS Super Orgasm mini blush, Urban Decay Wallpaper Eye Shadow palette, Caudalie Beauty Essentials From the Vine skin care set, Makeup For Ever Aqua Eyes Liner in 0L - black, Philosophy Purity Cleanser and one of the Buxom Sequin Lashliner set.  Yes, I squatted. The tops of the display stands emptied quickly, but just below was extra stock.  As soon as I did that, other ladies did the same, leaving the stand empty very very quickly. I was the third person of the day to check out of the store.  Mission accomplished, I got my cleanser and much more!

For size and colour comparison, I took a picture of the mini NARS Super Orgasm blush beside the regular size NARS Orgasm. It is quite a bit smaller, but given the gold glitter, I doubt I will ever hit pan on it.

I am pretty excited over the Caudalie skincare set.  I've received quite a few samples of their products through Glymm.  Their Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is supposed to help reduce dark circles.  Perhaps some extra sleep and this will do the trick!

The Buxom Sequin Lashliner was a tad dry when I opened it.  I think I will have to rehydrate it before I can really use it, the product had already pulled away from the edges of the glass container. I do like the brush holder for the liner brush.

The Urban Decay Shadow Box has many of their popular eye shadows.  It has Grind, Shotgun, Last Call, Uzi, Asphyxia, Shattered, Smog, Chopper and Midnight Cowboy.

The Philosophy Purity Cleanser was what I actually had lined up for.  Each bottle had 12 ounces, which would have been $52 for the 24 ounce bottle.  Great value!

Who needs more black eye liner??? I really don't but they had the Makeup For Ever Aqua Eyes Liner in 0L - black available.  I kinda had to!  It works well and when it is $8 off regular price, it was great to stock up :)

Each product or set I got today was $12 each.  Amazing amazing value!  I am glad to have gotten up early and got my stuff before the mall got too crowded.  I was in bed by 9 am with a bag full of wonderful goodies. :)  After all of that (and me being good most of the year), I finally got my VIB status. Wahoo, more discounts and a personal consultation!

Well I hope every one has had a merry Christmas and isn't too stuffed to do some shopping!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Loose Button Fall 2012 Luxe Box

Loose Button recently changed their Luxe Box design to showcase more full size products than several sample size products.  This time around for fall, I received two full items, four samples and a few nice to have beauty items.

It arrived all packaged up in a beautiful heavy duty ivory paper box with golden embossing.  The products were then wrapped up in a white handkerchief with a luxurious feeling notecard, once again with the golden embossing and a gold sticker with my first name initial on it.   On heavy paper, much like what you would see for a wedding invitation was printed all of the contents.  I received full size products of Marcelle BB Beauty Balm Cream in medium dark and China Glaze On Safari Nail Lacquer. I received sample sizes of Vichy ProEven Daily Dark Spot Corrector (several sample packets actually),  Benefit Stay Don't Stray, Prada Amber Pour Homme and KMS Free Shape Quick Blow Dry.  Also included was an exfoliating pad.

Unfortunately, as nice as the products were packaged, I only liked the nail lacquer and mens cologne.  I really wanted to like the Marcelle Beauty Balm Cream, but it resulted in breakouts that I am still battling.  I used it for a full week and soon after had acne in areas that I haven't had acne in years.  The Benefit Stay Don't Stray was decent, although I find it to be a bit too liquidy to use compared to Urban Decay Primer Potion or Mary Kay Eye Shadow Primer.  It functions just as well as the rest, however I would rather use what I am used to. The Vichy ProEven Daily Dark Spot Corrector is still a toss up since its so hard to tell if spots are fading in just a month of use.  The KMS Free Shape Quick Blow Dry didn't appeal to me.  My hair is so long and thick, it always takes a long time to blow dry!  I didn't think it added much to my hair in product, but it didn't seem to do much for it either.

What I did like was the China Glaze On Safari Nail Lacquer is a chic shade of deep plum. It is definitely a shade I will be wearing for fall.  The Prada Amber Pour Homme cologne is a sophisticated masculine scent that I know my boyfriend will use.  It starts off slightly soapy but dries down to more amber.

The handkerchief and exfoliating pad are nice touches to the box.  I use the handkerchief draped over my brushes to help keep any dust away.  The exfoliating pad is useful of course.  Great for heels, knees and elbows!

While I like some of the changes (packaging and some full size items), I think sample sizes are beneficial to those who tend to have allergies and breakouts.  (Myself included!)  Oh well, I hope the next one will be better :)


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MAC Cosmetics & Marilyn Monroe Collection Review & Swatches

I haven't gone into an absolute craze over a MAC collection for quite some time. However, the Marilyn Monroe collection hit me with a first glance love for quite nearly everything.  I ended up going to both the MAC Robson unveiling party 10 days prior to the regular MAC counter launch and on launch day.  I picked  up Silver Screen, How To Marry and Preferred Blonde eye shadows; Scarlet Ibis, Deeply Adored, Charmed I'm Sure and Love Goddess lipsticks; Legendary and The Perfect Cheek powder blushes and the Marilyn Forever Beauty Powder.

My favourite item of the entire collection is the Deeply Adored lipstick.  It's my kind of red that suits my NC35/40 skin tone.  Deeply Adored is a matte finished dark scarlet with only a hint of blue undertones to it. My second favourite lipstick was Charmed I'm Sure, followed by Love Goddess and Scarlet Ibis.  Charmed I'm Sure is a matte finished medium blue based red.  Love Goddess is quite similar, just a bit pinker.  Scarlet Ibis is a orangey red.  I realize a lot of other people adore Scarlet Ibis, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of it.  I find it makes my teeth look really yellow!  Charmed I'm Sure and Love Goddess are both shades of red that I can see myself wearing when I dye my hair darker.

While I loved most of the lipsticks and I thought the eye shadows were lovely at first, I must admit they were not the best quality coming from MAC. Silver Screen, How To Marry and Preferred Blonde Eyeshadows have a veluxe pearl finish. Usually this would be one of the better finishes from MAC but I can't say that is the case for these.  Veluxe Pearls are normally smooth, almost satiny finish, well pigmented and blend well.  All three are surprisingly sheer and have a chunkier texture.  The texture really didn't allow for easy blending and what I did get on when I layered it over MAC Bare Study Paint Pot, it was almost too much chunky shimmer for me.  If I were to pick just one to buy I'd go with Preferred Blonde.  It is a pale silvery champagne.  It can be used lightly as a highlighter and possibly for the inner third of the eye on my skin tone. Silver Screen is a pale silver and How to Marry is an icy white.  These two are ones I'd use more so as highlighters to other shades.  I did try an eye look using all three shadows and found it too shimmery for my taste. I would suggest using these would other eye shadows for a balanced look.

While the eye shadows had all of the glimmer, the blushes were quite the opposite.  Legendary is a satin finished pale coral.  The Perfect Cheek is a matte finished pinky beige.  For those who prefer a natural blush shade for everyday, these are definitely ones to look at.  They compliment the lipsticks extremely well without looking too overdone.

Last but not least of the items is the collectible Marilyn Forever Beauty Powder.  It is a very pale pinky peach shade with a hint of pearl to it.  It looks rather ashy on the inside of my arm when swatched heavy.  I was able to use this as a highlighter.  I must admit that the main reason I got it was because of Marilyn Monroe on the outside of the compact.  I really didn't need it, just really wanted it for its collectibility!

I did skip the permanent items promoted in the launch, as well as the Dazzleglass and Nail Lacquers.  At the moment I have so much Dazzleglass and Lipglass that I kind of need to work my way through them before picking up anything new.  Quite similarly I do have a lot of Nail Lacquers and had other nail polishes on my mind to get instead.  (While I love to shop, there is a budget!)

The MAC Cosmetics Marilyn Monroe collection has much to offer for those young and old.  The lipsticks offer beautiful shades of red to suit nearly every skin tone.  The blushes are those that could easily become every day blushes for many skin tones. The packaging of this collection is pretty fabulous.  High gloss black with pictures of Marilyn Monroe and her signature adorn them.  Perhaps they'll inspire a little bit of the silver screen glamour goddess in you! Enjoy the rest of the photo's and lets all channel a bit of Marilyn into our lives :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sorry it's been awhile


Hello my lovely readers.  I'm so sorry it has been extremely long since I've last posted.  Many things have happened since the end of March.  Specifically, my dear grandfather passed away after reaching his 97th birthday.  I was very close to him, taking care of him in his later years, just as much as he took care of me when I was young.  My heart was broken, but I had to see him returned to his home in Binan, Philippines. 

Although I was away for just over 2 weeks, I couldn't quite wrap my head around writing while there or when I got back. I zoned in on taking pictures while I was staying with relatives.  (Including the above, which is the sampaguita jasmine flower.)  As well I took to the gym, reading, cooking, crocheting and crystallizing many shoes.  Now looking back, they were activities that were in some way related to my grandfather.  He enjoyed cooking meals for his large family and any friends who would pass by.  He enjoyed boxing, cycling, martial arts, basketball and almost all sports we could watch on tv.  He had a shoe and slipper manufacturing business in his town.  I can still remember some of the slippers my grandmother would wear that were covered in beads and sequins from their business.  It is no wonder that I love artsy and crafty things.

In my heart and in my mind, the fact that he is gone still hurts, but I know he is in a better place with his wife, my Booker and many other family members who have passed on.  

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Big Big Long and Lean Lashes: MAC False Lashes Mascara Review

One crazy day I some how managed to not put mascara on before leaving home for work.  Yup, I had forgotten.  Of all the days, it was on a date night with my man later that night.  I felt like such a fool.  With no time to go home after work, the best solution was to pick up mascara at the nearest MAC counter. 

I got MAC False Lashes Mascara in False Black along with a MAC eye lash curler.  The mascara brush head is one big giant brush that runs pretty close in length and width to my absolute favorite for big bad lashes MAC Opulash Mascara.  The wand is quite long for easier control.  The opposite end of the wand is pretty cute with its fancy tip.  The high gloss black packaging adds some luxe for one of MAC's more expensive mascara's at $22.50 CAD. 

Besides size, the MAC False Lashes Mascara brush head is significantly denser.  Due to how tightly packed the bristles are, each lash is well defined with mascara without clumping.  The formula thickens the lashes and adds length in an intensely black shade.  Most mascara's that add length and thicken are typically so heavy that they don't hold the curl for much longer than a few minues.  I found that this one was light, allowing my lashes to remain curled oh so nicely. 

Over time, I don't find any flaking or mascara residue on my under eye area.  Just curled black lashes lasting thru the day.  It removes readily with MAC Cleansing Oil, but not so well with MAC Wipes.  Oh well, a good mascara needs the tough stuff to come off!

Well, I'm in love with this one!  I've planted it squarely in my makeup compartment of my purse.  No more running to the MAC counter due to forgetting mascara for me ;) 

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