Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas & Seasons Greetings




Merry Christmas & Seasons Greetings Readers,Sorry it's been awhile. Unfortunately, some family issues have come around in the last few weeks that have eaten up any time I've had. I've tried to write, but haven't gotten very far. I truly hope that I will be able to write more soon. All the best for everyone,Carla

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cold Weather & Dry Skin Saviour: MAC Studio Moisture Cream Review




Of late, the temperatures have been dipping, snow started to fall earlier than the usual. Going from mild to icy weather than back again soon after. While the snow is delightful for me and my golden retriever, it has been making my normal/combination skin feel down right dry. My nighttime walks with my dog have made my skin begging for more moisture as soon as it hit the freezing temperatures. (Quite a bit cooler than last winter!) On my last venture to the MAC counter, I found myself checking out the moisturizers and picked up MAC Studio Moisture Cream.

MAC describes it as: "A super-rich creamy moisturizer boosted with skin-nourishing extracts including passion fruit, spinach leaf, green tea, algae, wheat germ and coconut. Moistens, feeds, firms and protects the skin. Promotes a healthy radiance. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines. Good for day and night."

MAC Studio Moisture Cream is delectably creamy and only a hint greasy. As a night cream, this works wonderfully in combination with MAC Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme. The Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme digs down deep to moisturize, while the Studio Moisture Cream acts as a barrier to the elements. Same goes in combination with my usual day cream. The usual tightness I've felt during the days prior (with freezing temperatures) have decreased considerably. My skin is loving the moisture!

With makeup, I've found it has held up quite well. It hasn't changed much to wear time, nor affected application in a negative way. I've actually found it makes it easier to apply liquid foundation, but requires very slightly greater usage of setting powder.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Petrol Blue, Black Swan & Lord It Up Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner Review & Swatches


I know this is a tad bit late, but better late than never ;)  MAC A Tartan Tale includes some fabulous new shades of Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners, as well as a few re-releases.  I picked up Petrol Blue, Lord It Up and Black Swan.

Petrol Blue is dark navy blue with silver shimmer.  It is a repromote from the MAC Art Supplies Collection from earlier this year.  I had considered picking it up back then, but never made it to the counter to pick it up.  It goes really well with the blue side of the Venomous Villains She Who Dares Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo.  Am glad to pick this up this launch :)

Lord It Up is dark bronze with golden shimmer.  It is similar to Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 Eyeliner, but not quite as orange as Bourbon is.  Due to the orangeness, I tend not to use Bourbon too much.  Lord It Up is a great alternative to Bourbon :)

Black Swan is black with silver shimmer.  It is similar to Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Oil Slick, but more pigmented and with a hint of blue to it. 

All three apply pretty well.  No issues in tugging or drag on application.  I wouldn't use these directly on the waterline, but along the lower lashline works just fine.  Personally, I wouldn't use these to work, but for a night out, I'd definitely rock these. 

A Tartan Tale also features two additional repromotes: Undercurrent and Blackline.  These are from the MAC Art Supplies Collection from earlier this year.  Checkout the reviews for those here.  HTH and happy shopping :)


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Nailpolish Queens Delight: Sephora by OPI Mega 18 Mini Nail Color Set



















Perhaps you stare at the stand of Sephora by OPI nail lacquers, going man I want a ton of these, but I just can't decide which one to get. Well, here's the answer. The Sephora by OPI 18 Piece Nail Color Set is sure to satisfy a nail polish addict (or Nailpolish Queen, such as myself ;).

The set includes: A True Romantic, Techno Girl, Access 24/7, Ms. Can't Be Wrong, What A Broad, Just A Little Dangerous, Cab Fare, Caliente Coral, Special Request, High Maintenance, Sample Sale, I'm With Brad, Leaf Him At The Altar, Mermaid To Order, Opening Night, Already Famous, Dating The Drummer, and Never Enough Shoes. 

Now I do have a few of these, specifically Mermaid to Order, I'm with Brad and Never Enough Shoes.  It would've been nice to see all new shades, however that would a bit much for any cosmetic to do, when most do only 2 to 6 per season.  














I like that these are small bottles actually since I very very rarely ever go through an entire bottle of nail polish.  I've probably come to about half way on a few before finally throwing them out since they dried out.  The size also lends to portability.  I am sure to be able to pack away a few extra when going on vacation.  Or even taking 1 with me for a touch up for a big event.  


Of all the shades that catch my eye, I think I'll be using Sample Sale for the Christmas parties and Already Famous for New Years Eve.  Never Enough Shoes is an all time favorite, this one is sure to be worn this holiday season.


18 nail of the days with these babies will be coming soon.  My nails will be aching for nail strengthener come to the end of it all!





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Monday, November 15, 2010

NOTD: MAC A Tartan Tale Style Clan Nail Lacquer



















MAC's Holiday 2010 Collection A Tartan Tale features two shades of nail lacquer. The chocolatey-taupe nail polish was to tempting to not pick up.

It's subtle, yet dramatic in chocolatey-taupe with red pearl sparkles. 

It is a bit of a finicky lacquer though.  It requires at least 3 coats, as I've used here.  It applies sheerly and doesn't build up too well.  Perhaps I was too quick applying, but I didn't think I was by waiting two minutes between coats. 

This lacquer also tends to show tip wear easily, so a good thick top coat applied everyday is definitely a good idea. 

To wear, or not wear again?  Probably, but this isn't going to be the one I'll be reaching for come Christmas party time. 


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Midnight Night, The Family Crest and Later. Pigment Review & Swatches


I'm such a sucker for MAC pigments. The lovely subtle sparkle in the MAC A Tartan Tale Collection pigments didn't let me down :)

The MAC A Tartan Tale Collection includes 3 pigments.  Later. (originally from Alice + Olivia earlier this year), Midnight Night and The Family Crest all are black based pigments that are surefire hits for your smokey eye arsenal. 


Later.  is black with purple and pink pearl.  Over a black base or applied wet it is amazing.  Kind of like a grown up version of MAC Young Punk Mineralized Eye Shadow from the MAC Style Black Collection 2009. 


Midnight Night is black with bluish green pearl.  Once again, this one is like a grown up version of MAC Blue Flame Mineralized Eye Shadow from the MAC Style Black Collection 2009, however is is more a hybrid of MAC She Who Dares Mineralized Eye Shadow from the MAC Venomous Villains Collection 2010.

The Family Crest is a black base with golden bronze pearl.  This one is reminiscent of MAC Gilt By Association Mineralized Eye Shadow from the MAC Style Black Collection 2009. Not quite so gold as Gilt By Association, but pretty darn similar enough ;)


Compared to their mineralized eye shadow counterparts, these less glittery and more pearly. Definitely an advantage if you were looking for something more subtle in the sparkle department.  Applied dry, they can work well over a base, but are far better performing wet.  However, wet pigments are always harder to blend, so I would suggest a simpler eye look to avoid doing too much work (both clean up and blending). 

These pigments are amazing.  Hope you check them out before sell out :)



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Monday, November 8, 2010

Comparison: MAC Courting Lilac Lipstick, Bubblegum Lipstick & Aristocat Lipstick

With so many lip products in my collection, I've been trying to pick out shades that I truly did not have. As hard as I try, I still end up with shades similar to ones I own (from MAC of course). Courting Lilac made it into my purse, but upon looking in my overstuffed makeup collection, I realized it was pretty darn close to MAC Aristocat Lipstick from the Fabulous Felines collection.

Aristocat is a little different, being more pigmented and a frost finish.  Courting Lilac is sheerer than Aristocat and has more gold pearl.

Christine at Temptalia also mentions that Courting Lilac is close in color to Bubblegum, but I'll let you be the judges with the swatch pictures. 

In any case, I kept Courting Lilac.  I am sure to give Courting Lilac lots of loving :)

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LOTD: MAC A Tartan Tale Courting Lilac Lipstick & Romancin' Dazzleglass


While MAC Courting Lilac Lipstick was more pigmented than I had expected and MAC Romancin' Dazzleglass Creme being sheerer than desired, paired together it makes for a pretty cool-toned sparkling mauve lip. 
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale Romancin' Dazzleglass & Courting Lilac Lipstick Review & Swatches


I was trying to be as selective as I possibly could, so just two lip products from the MAC A Tartan Tale Collection for me. MAC Romancin' Dazzleglass Creme and Courting Lilac Lipstick are a sweet pair of pinky lilac.  Thankfully both are not too blue nor too light for me.


Courting Lilac Lipstick is described as a lilac mauve with soft gold pearl in a glaze finish.  I'm pretty surprised that this is listed as a glaze finish, because it comes out far more pigmented than a typical glaze.  This darkened shade of purpley mauve with golden pearl makes for a great shade with cooler looks or paired up with neutrals for some

Romancin' Dazzleglass Creme is described as a mid-tone lavender with multi-dimensional pearl. This is such a pretty shade, its similar in shade to Sweet Bits Dazzle finished lipstick.  But the pearl on this is well refined, not chunky.  This isn't anywhere near as sticky as regular Dazzleglass or Lipglass.  On my lips, it comes off a tad sheer on its own. 

Watch out for my next Lip of the Day using these two lovelies.  :)
 



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MAC Holiday 2010 Tartan Tale Mini-Haul

MAC Holiday 2010 collection of a Tartan Tale is chockful of so much product.  Unfortunately, my budget doesn't allow me to pick up everything at once. So I picked out just a few items so far.

My modest haul includes Courting Lilac Lipstick, Romancin' Dazzleglass Creme, The Family Crest Pigment and Midnight Night Pigment.  Reviews and swatches to come shortly :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Urban Decay BoS Vol. III NYC Review & Swatches

Yeah! I finally got Urban Decay Book of Shadow Volume III NYCswatch pictures done!  Unfortunately, I've had far too many colds than I could ever imagine for myself, in addition to overcast and cloudy natural lighting.  Thankfully, I was able to get one not too cloudy day to take pictures of swatches :)  For product pictures, check out this post.

The Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume III NYC includes 16 beautiful eye shadows.  Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money, Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello, Radium, Snatch, Suspect and Psychedelic Sister.  Each is a little different.  Frosty, pearl, glittery, and matte finishes, with a variety of brights and a little more than neutrals.  Here we go, one by one:
  • Perversion: matte black that seems pretty dry, but works well to darken up a crease.
  • Uzi: whitened silver with silver glitter
  • Loaded: pearly deep blue green; much like MAC Deep Blue Green Pigment, but blacker
  • Kush: pearly leaf green with gold pearl and silver glitter
  • Midnight Cowboy Rides Again: frosty champagne with silver glitter
  • Last Call: frosted plum
  • Rockstar: frosted dark grape purple
  • Money: frosted pale grayed green with silver glitter
  • Haight: frosted teal blue
  • Maui Wowie: frosted pale gold with silver glitter
  • Smog: frosted golden brown
  • Bordello: frosted silvery pink-purple with silver glitter
  • Radium: pearly bright vivid blue
  • Snatch: glittery frosted pink
  • Suspect: pearly darkened gold
  • Psychedelic Sister: bright frosted purple. 

These eye shadows work well with the exception of the glittery finished shades.  While I like them, the fall out is a bit of a pain to deal with.  The glitter is great if I'm having a night out, but for daytime, it won't make it into my everyday work looks. I also found with the glittery eye shadows that they are less pigmented and take a bit more patience to apply.















This set also includes 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero and Ransom.  Zero is true black liner that is slightly glossy and works well anytime.  Ransom is a bright purple with a pearl finish.  I have both from previous Urban Decay sets, but since I love purple's and always need a black eyeliner, I am sure to give these some love.

While glittery eye shadows may not be my cup of tea for day to day, am sure to give this set lots of attention for some nights out.  The shades reflect the bright, glittery and colorful nature of New York, with some small doses of neutrals to go from day to night.  Like the two other Urban Decay Book of Shadow Palettes I own, I am sure to have some playing :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fun Stuff: Twist n Roll Tweezer

So I was walking through London Drugs picking up some nail polish remover and cough & cold syrup when this odd little tool caught my eye.  The Twist n Roll Tweezer looks like a huge cotton swab made with a slinky and plastic ends. It claims to be a hair threader that, "gently removes hair at the root," "will not cause breakouts or redness," "will not cause stubble or thicker hair grow out," and, "can be used over makeup without a mirror."

I am a sufferer of the nasty upper lip hair.  I am not a fan of facial hair, it's annoying and can be difficult to remove.  I don't like using wax strips as getting the angle just right is hard and I always feel bad about throwing away the strips on barely used strips.  Tweezing takes forever and painful.  With that in mind, I thought I might as well give it a try.  At the very least, I would've wasted  $9.99 CAD (or a couple of coffee's).

My first trial was fairly unsuccessful.  I was a bit confused with which was to roll the plastic ends and couldn't quite get it to pull any hairs.  This may have been in part due to the moisture left on my hairs, or my cluelessness of how to use it. 

The second time around with some playing, I had great success within a few twists.  Within 10 minutes, I removed all of my upper lip hair.  To my joy, I was able to remove pretty much everything but a few close to my lips.  However, the pain levels were huge, but no where near as much as waxing. 

Overtime, I do find it does get easier to manage the pain.  I guess I've become more accustomed to it. The hairs that grow in don't appear to be darker or thicker.  Am also glad that I don't have the redness that comes after waxing or buffing.  I'd often have to plan waxing on days that I wasn't planning on going out or doing it late in the evening.  As well, has anyone seen those mitts with super fine sand paper that buffs your hair away? I tried those once upon a time and was ravaged with teen tiny ingrown hairs that turned into pimples.  I was not pleased.  Am glad that the Twist n Roll Tweezer does not cause that :)

At the end of the day, I like the Twist n Roll Tweezer.  It has great results, is far easier than regular tweezing and waxing.  It doesn't cause ingrown hairs.  Unfortunately, it can be painful, but it does get easier over time.  For $9.99 CAD each at London Drugs, it beats the price of buying two packs of your average disposable facial wax strips.