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. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

FOTD: Urban Decay BoS Vol. III Mauve & Pink with MAC Briar Rose Beauty Powder & Hot House Lipglass

Finally, I get to do a face of the day post!  Unfortunately, I've been sick on and off for the last 3 weeks. As soon as I got well, it seemed that I would catch something else. Clearly, cold and flu season is here, it is insanely frustrating! 

Besides being sick, I did get the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume III NYC.  I got to playing with it a little bit and came up with this look.  To round it off, I used an old favorite, MAC Angel Lipstick with a few lovelies from MAC Venomous Villains. 

What I Used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Bordello, Last Call, & Rockstar
MAC Eye Pencil, Coffee
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner, Ransom
MAC Opulash Mascara, Bad Bad Black

MAC Beauty Powder, Briar Rose

MAC Lipstick, Angel
MAC Lipglass, Hot House

Apply UDPP to lids from lash line to brow bone.  Apply Bordello to inner third of eyelid with a MAC 239 brush.  Apply Last Call to middle third of eyelid with a 239 brush.  Apply Rockstar to outer third of eyelid with a 239 brush.  Blend Last Call and Rockstar to above crease with a MAC 217 brush.  Define crease with a blend of Last Call and Rockstar.  Line upper lashes with Coffee.  Line lower lashline with Ransom.  Line waterline with Coffee.  Apply Briar Rose to cheeks with a MAC 129 brush.  Apply Angel and top with Hot House.  Curl lashes and load  up on Bad Bad Black mascara.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sweet Sephora Treat: Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III UD New York City

I wasn't supposed to go to Sephora after work yesterday. I had told one of my friends that I wasn't in the mood to go shopping or hang out.  I had just wanted to go to the gym to de-stress. (On top of the fact that I hadn't gone to the gym in over two weeks due to being sick, so I felt I owed the gym a visit). But something deep down inside, I thought, I must go stop at Sephora!

Earlier that day I  had attempted to order the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume III online, but to my dismay it was sold out.  To my pleasant surprise, on the display stand there was one lonely palette left.  It was partially open and thankfully not swatched.  There was no way I was letting this one go :)

The Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume III is an ode to New York City.  Bright color, lots of sparkle and fun.  It has 16 eye shadows, as well as a miniature size Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion, 24/7 Eye Liner in Zero and 24/7 Eye Liner in Ransom.  The eye shadows included are: Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money, Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello, Radium, Snatch, Suspect and Psychedelic Sister.

I have yet to play with this, but I had to do a post ASAP on at least some product pictures.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

NOTD: MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer Review & Swatches

MAC Venomous Villains  Mean & Green Nail Lacquer is one utterly amazing shades that any nail polish addict must have a look at. It has a cool green base, with red pearl that turns gold depending on the angle you are looking at it.  In certain light, it appears that there is purple and blue pearl.  However, on removal there doesn't appear to be any blue or purple. 

It is a bit sheer compared to other nail lacquers.  I needed 4 coats to get full coverage.   There was still a it of my natural nails showing through though, so pictures are of 5 coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. 

Unfortunately, it's a bit of a diva to photograph. (It didn't help that it has been pretty cloudy and rainy as of late.) I must have taken about 200 photo's to try and get it to appear true to color.  I couldn't just pick out two pictures, so here's six! 

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

FOTD: MAC Venomous Villains Cruella De Vil Darkly My Dear

While I vetoed most of the products from the Cruella De Vil portion of the MAC Venomous Villains Collection, I do quite like the Darkly My Dear Blush. Paired up with a neutral lip and strong eye, it works well for daytime.

While I don't have Sweet Joy or De-vil (but I do have Carbon. ;), I did my best at a Cruella color story look.

What I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot, Bare Study
MAC Eye Pencil, Coffee 
MAC Eye Shadow, Creme de Miel
MAC Eye Shadow, Antiqued
MAC Eye Shadow, Carbon
MAC Opulash Mascara, Bad Bad Black

MAC Blush, Darkly My Dear

MAC Lipstick, Cherish
MAC Dazzleglass, Utterly Posh

Apply UDPP all over lid.  Apply Bare Study to lids with a MAC 242 or 217 brush.  Apply Creme de Miele to brow bone with a MAC 217 brush.  Apply Creme de Miele to inner third of lid with a MAC 239 brush.  Apply Antiqued to middle third and outer third of lid with a MAC 239 brush.  Apply Antique to crease and outer crease with a MAC 226 brush.  Apply Carbon to crease with a MAC 219 brush.  Apply Carbon lightly to outer third of lid with a MAC 239 brush.  Tightline upper and lower lashline with Coffee.  Curl lashes and apply mascara.  Apply Darkly My Dear Blush to cheeks with a MAC 129 brush.  Apply Cherish and top with Utterly Posh.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil Review & Swatches

Perhaps you're down to your last bit of MAC Feline Kohl Power and no back-ups. I know I've been there! See the second pic in this post and you'll see my tiny one inch long Feline Eye Kohl Power.  (I don't think I was being a miser, but just trying to get my money's worth ;)  What now???  No Feline left til the next release in a few months time.  There are the usual MAC suspects: Blacktrack Fluidline, Graphblack and Engraved.

But for some, something blacker is desired.  Here we have MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Black Black. ($17.50 CAD)  It's a rich intense shade of black that doesn't have any tinge of gray.  (Personally I find Graphblack and Engraved to do so, but that may differ for yourself.) 

Black Black stayed in place on my upper lashline and waterline. I didn't find it smudged or faded much.  If it did, it wasn't noticeable.  I didn't have a problem removing it either, just a bit of MAC Cleanse-Off Oil and most, if not all of it was gone.

Only down fall is that is a Pro product.  Counters and regular MAC stores will not have this available, but can be ordered by visiting your nearest MAC Pro store or calling in to place an order.  At the moment, they are shown on the MAC website under MAC + Fashion Pros' Picks, however Pro items are usually not shown on the regular site for too long. 

Overall, I think I like the Black Black Chromagraphic Pencils more.  I'm liking the intensity of the black, budge-proof and the definition achieved.  Heheh, I think I'm a convert and will give up on getting tons of back-ups at the next Feline Kohl Power Eyeliner re-release :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

FOTD: MAC Naked Dark Pigment & Defiantly Feline Superslick Liquid Eye Liner

This look isn't overly exciting, but I did want to show MAC Naked Dark Pigment in action with a few other recent MAC releases.  I won't go through detailed directions, but I basically used Naked Dark all over the lid, with Gold Stroke in the crease and slightly above the crease.  Lined with Defiantly Feline, applied blush, apply Mouth-Off liner, Jazzed Lipstick and top with Infused with Glam.

What I used:
MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner, Defiantly Feline
MAC Pigment, Gold Stroke
Rimmel Glam Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara, 003 Kohl Black

MAC Mineralize Blush, Utterly Game

MAC Lipliner, Mouth-Off
MAC Dazzle Lipstick, Infused With Glam
MAC Lipstick, Jazzed

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More MAC Venomous Villains Wicked Ways Lipglass & Briar Rose Beauty Powder Review & Swatches

One of the makeup artist at the MAC counter saw me coming. I swear she must have a tracking device on me!  As I swatched my last couple of lemmings to confirm I definitely wanted them, she approached. I guess she knows my buying pattern. ;) Pick up stuff at early launch when available and come back for lemmings. This time around I bought MAC Venomous Villains Wicked Ways Lipglass and Briar Rose Beauty Powder.

MAC Wicked Ways Lipglass is a cherry red that leans a bit blue.  It is well pigmented given that it is a lipgloss.  It has some slight shimmer to it, that is very subtle and almost unnoticeable until you look very closely. 

Briar Rose Beauty Powder is a cool toned pink with very light pearl.  I like beauty powders since they are a little lighter in texture and are less pigmented than your average blush.  For those who can be a little heavy handed with blush or are just starting out with blushes, beauty powders are definitely ones to check out.  They allow for a much softer application of blush that is much more easily attained. 

Briar Rose is quite a bit more cooler than I would normally go for, but it is a brighter shade that can accent a neutral look or balance out a stronger eye and lip look.

I think that will be it for Venomous Villains for me.  I thought about the Magically Cool Liquid Powder, but it still didn't quite draw me in to buy.  But who knows, I may just change my mind again ;)  For now, enjoy the swatches.  I will definitely be posting looks with Venomous Villains products soon. :)

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