Sunday, February 14, 2010

Urban Decay Disney Alice in Wonderland Product Pics















Yea! My Sephora order for the Urban Decay Disney Alice in Wonderland palette finally arrived this last Friday. I'm very excited to receive this since my recent experiences with the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II. I have yet to do swatch photo's and do a full review, however I have been working on a few eye shadow combination's for some fun FOTD. Unfortunately, this palette is sold out online and the two Sephora stores near me are completely sold out. So if you are looking for one of these, perhaps check out Ebay. In the meantime, enjoy the product pictures :)

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Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone had a great day with their loved ones.

May it be full of happiness and chocolate :)

Now I wish I could share with you a red velvet cupcake or two, but alas the web doesn't really allow us to send food. In any case, here's a pic of the ones I made for my Valentine.

FOTD: Taupe & Pewter Smokey Eyes with Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 2



Here's another look using the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II. As I prefer, its about the eyes. This time around I'm using pale silvery beige, taupe and pewter. To balance it out, I used MAC Tippy Beauty Powder Blush from the MAC Hello Kitty Collection. Just goes to be shown that you can use a bright blush lightly and not look like a clown ;) I must say, I can't believe I haven't been using the UD Book of Shadows Vol. II as much as I should. I'm quite enjoying it and extremely excited for the Urban Decay Disney Alice in Wonderland palette. I just got it in the mail this last Friday, so product pictures, review and swatches are on there way :)


What I used:
Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot, Bare Study
MAC Eye Shadow, Chamomile
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol II, Sellout, YDK, Mushroom, Gunmetal
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner, Stash
MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara, Black Fix
MAC Fluidline, Blacktrack

Cheeks:
MAC Beauty Powder Blush, Tippy
MAC Beauty Powder, Shell Pearl

Lips:
MAC Lipstick, Warm Me Up
MAC Lipgelee, Resort Life

Directions:
Apply UDPP to eyelids. Apply Bare Study all over lid with a MAC 249 brush. Apply Chamomile to brow bone with a MAC 252 brush. Apply Sellout to inner third of lid with a MAC 239 brush. Apply Mushroom to middle third of lid with a MAC 239 brush. Apply Gunmetal to outer third of lid with a MAC 239 brush. Apply Mushroom to crease and above crease with a MAC 217 brush. Line upper waterline with Blacktrack a MAC 208 brush. Line lower waterline with Stash. Line lower lashline with Gunmetal using a MAC 219 brush. Apply Tippy to cheeks with a MAC 187 brush. Apply Shell Pearl to cheeks and other desired areas to highlight with a MAC 165 brush. Apply Warm Me Up lipstick and top with Resort Life. Curl lashles and apply 3 coats of Black Fix mascara.

Friday, February 12, 2010

FOTD: A Pink & Purple Valentine's Day with Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 2





















This is a fun pink and purple look I did while patiently waiting for the MAC Spring Color Forecast and the Urban Decay Disney Alice in Wonderland palette. This is something I'd wear for Valentine's Day or played up a little more and it would be perfect for a night out. I also pulled out MAC Milan Mode lipstick that was limited edition last year as part of the Euristocrats II Collection. As best to my knowledge and at the time of writing Milan Mode has made a return on the MAC site. As well, so have Saint Germain, Cockney, Patisserie, Naked Paris, Costa Chic and London Life.

What I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot, Bare Study
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II, Sphynx, Ecstasy, AC/DC
MAC Eye Shadow, All Races
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner, Zero
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner, Ransom
Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara, Black-Black

Cheeks:
MAC Beauty Powder Blush, Tippy
MAC Mineralize Blush Duo, Moon River

Lips:
MAC Lip Pencil, Magenta
MAC Glimmerglass, Blackfire
MAC Lipstick, Milan Mode

Directions:
Apply UDPP to lid and allow to set. Apply Bare Study to lid with a MAC 242 brush. Apply All Races lightly to brow bone with a MAC 252 brush. Apply Sphynx to inner third of lid with a MAC 239 brush. Apply Ecstasy to middle third of lid with a MAC 239 brush. Apply AC/DC to outer third of lid with a MAC 239 brush. Apply AC/DC to crease and just above crease with a MAC 217 brush. Blend out edges with a MAC 222 brush. Apply Zero to upper waterline. Apply Ransom to lower waterline. Apply AC/DC to lower lashline with a MAC 219 brush. Curl lashles, apply mascara. Apply Tippy to cheeks with a MAC 131 brush. Apply Moon River to cheeks with a MAC 188 brush. Line lips with Magenta. Apply Milan Mode and top with Blackfire.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

FOTD: Champagne & Burgundy with MAC Starflash & Warm Me Up




















Here's just another look with a few oldies in my stash that I still love to play with as well as a few newbies that I'm starting to enjoy. In particular, I'm really loving MAC Liquer Lipglass and Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara. Liquer is slightly darker than what I would normally pick out, but it really darkens neutral colors quite nicely. This look is definitely something I'd wear on an every day basis, or darkened up more for a night out.

What I used:
Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot, Bare Study
MAC Paint Pot, Artifact
MAC Eye Shadow, Femme Fi
MAC Eye Shadow, Dreammaker
MAC Eye Shadow, Bold & Brazen
MAC Eye Shadow, Glamour Check
MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Raven
MAC Fluidline, Blacktrack
Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara, Black-Black
MAC Pigment, Universal Mix

Cheeks:
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish, Warm Blend

Lips:
MAC Lipstick, Siss
MAC Lipglass, Liquer

Apply UDPP to lids. Apply Bare Study to inner and middle third of lids with a MAC 242 brush. Apply Femme-Fi to brow bone with MAC 252 brush. Apply Dreammaker to inner third of lid with a MAC 228 or 239 brush. Apply Bold & Brazen to middle third of lid with a MAC 228 or 239 brush. Apply Glamour Check to outer third of lid with a MAC 228 or 239 brush.. Apply Glamour Check to outer third of crease with a MAC 219 brush. Above crease, blend both Glamour Check and Femme-Fi with a MAC 217 brush. Apply Glamour Check to lower lashline with a MAC 219 brush. Apply Blacktrack to upper lashline with a MAC 208 brush. Apply Raven to lower waterline. Apply Universal Mix to tear duct with a MAC 219 brush. Apply Warm Blend to cheeks with a MAC 129 brush. Apply Siss to lips and top with Liquer.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Canadian Olympic Team Mini-Haul




















With only a few days away until the Vancouver Olympics is set to start, I finally caved and bought myself a Canadian Olympic Team Lamb's Wool Sweater (retail $100 CAD). I figured that I had to since the Olympic torch is coming by my work in the upcoming days, as well as going down the street a few blocks away from my apartment. Thankfully at my local Zeller's they had a few left in a size small and one last one in a size extra-small. Unfortunately, these are sold out online. However if you are on the smaller size they still show Girls size 10/12 and Boys size 10/12. As well at a neighboring The Bay store, they had Girls size 10/12 in stock.



















If the Lamb's Wool Sweater isn't in your budget, perhaps a pair of Red Olympic Mittens? At only $10 CAD, they're a well made pair of mitts that are warm and cozy for the winter chill. I got a pair for myself and a pair for my mom. Buying a pair (or two) will support Canadian Olympic athletes :)



















But if you are still craving something close to the Canadian Olympic Team Lamb's Wool Sweater, Aritizia does carry a similar option for only $85 CAD. I believe these are only available at Canadian retail stores only. Aritzia and TNA stores will be carrying a line of various apparel and accessories to go along with the Winter Olympics. Hope that you can get yourself into the spirit too!

















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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

FOTD: MAC Love Lace Warmed Up with By Candlelight & Treasured




















The MAC Love Lace Collection probably isn't sitting at your local MAC counter anymore, but I still love and adore it. The colors that are part of the MAC Love Lace Collection remind me of the winter sunsets I see from my apartment. Starting with the cool dark blue sky fading to a taupey mauve and then to the faint hint of yellow. They're softly romantic and a hint mysterious. Just the right look for a great Valentine's Day ;) PS Mind the flyaways in my hair. It was an exceptionally dry day for once around here. ;)

What I used:
Eyes:
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot, Bare Study
MAC Eye Shadow, Pincurl
MAC Eye Shadow, Hypnotizing
MAC Eye Shadow, Love Lace
MAC Eye Shadow, Femme Fi
MAC Fluidline, Blacktrack
MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara, black
EDIT: *MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Sense of Style*

Cheeks:
MAC Beauty Powder Blush, Tippy
MAC MSF, By Candlelight

Lips:
MAC Lipstick, Treasured
MAC Lipglass, Lap of Luxury

Directions: Apply UDPP to lids and allow to set. Apply Bare Study to lids with a MAC 242 or 252 brush. Apply Femme Fi to brow bone. Apply Pincurl to inner third of lids with a MAC 228 or 239 brush. Apply Love Lace to middle and outer third of lids with a MAC 239 brush. Apply Hypnotizing to crease and above crease using a MAC 226 brush. Blend out harsh lines with a MAC 217 brush. Apply Blacktrack with a MAC 208 or 212 brush. Apply Hypnotizing to lower lashline with a MAC 219 brush. Apply Sense of Style to lower waterline. Curl lashes and apply Studio Fix Lash. Apply Tippy to cheeks with a MAC 131 or 188 brush. Apply By Candlelight to desired areas to highlight. Apply Treasured to lips and top with Lap of Luxury.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NOTD: China Glaze C-C-Courage Review














I love purple nail polish! It's probably not all too evident for my dear readers yet, however I have somewhere in the neighborhood of about a dozen shades of purple. The latest addition is China Glaze Nail Polish in C-C-Courage. It's a medium dark shade of bluish-purple with loads of medium silvery-purple glitter. The glitter is a tad gritty when dry, but nothing that a coat of Seche Vite top coat won't help smooth out. It applies relatively smoothly given that it has a lot of glitter. C-C-Courage takes 2 coats for a semi-opaque finish, 3 coats for opaque. I wore this for 3 days straight with little to no tip wear before I changed up into something more work appropriate. C-C-Courage is definitely worth picking up for a fun girl's night out.

FOTD: Taupe & Gold with Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II



















I am patiently waiting for my Sephora order to arrive with the highly sought after Urban Decay Disney Alice in Wonderland Palette. In the meantime, I thought I'd do a look using the Book of Shadows Volume II. Unfortunately, I don't have any Urban Decay blushes and only one Urban Decay Lipstick. So I had to use some of my favorite MAC staples and a few newbies from my stash. In particular, I do really like this lip combo. Warm Me Up Lipstick and Liquer Lipglass is a delicious combo :)

What I used:
Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot, Painterly
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume II, Half Baked, Twice Baked, YDK
MAC Eye Shadow, Chamomile
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner, Zero
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner, Bourbon
Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara, Black-Black
Benefit Brow-zing, Dark

Cheeks:
MAC Mineralize Blush, Nuance
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, Shimpagne

Lips:
MAC Lipstick, Warm Me Up
MAC Lipglass, Liquer

Apply UDPP to eye lids, let set. Apply Painterly over lids. Apply Chamomile to brow bone with a MAC 252. Apply Half-Baked to inner third of lid with a MAC 239 brush. Apply YDK to middle third of lid with a MAC 239 brush. Apply Twice Baked to outer third with a MAC 239 brush and into crease using a MAC 226 brush. Apply YDK above crease with a MAC 217 brush. Apply YDK to lower lashline with a MAC 219 brush. Line upper lashline with Zero. Line lower lashline with Bourbon. Apply Nuance to cheeks with a MAC 129 brush. Apply Shimpagne to desired areas to highlight with a MAC 165 brush. Apply Warm Me Up to lips and Liquer over top. Curl lashes and apply mascara

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara Review















As always, I've gone ahead to try the newest addition to MAC Cosmetics line up of mascaras. MAC Studio Fix Lash ($15.50 CAD) comes in Black Fix and is permanent. It features a mascara wand with short bristles and a wand length close to that found in MAC Zoomlash. However, far less tightly packed and the Studio Fix bristles are far thinner. In fact it reminds me of Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara's wand.
















The formula itself is fairly black. It suits me just fine, running pretty close to other black MAC mascara's. One of the best things about this mascara is that it doesn't weight my lashes down to the point where I absolutely must use a heated eye lash curler. It saves me a step and time :) It also gives a slight lift to my lashes, drawing them up slightly. As well, the formula doesn't tend to clump easily with two coats. In 3 coats, some clumping occurs, but not overly so that it becomes messy.














At the end of the day, I don't get any flaking or smudging. It removes easily with MAC Cleansing Oil (it's what I've always used as a precursor to cleansing). Overall, my lashes look defined, slightly thicker, lifted, slightly longer and separated.

MAC Studio Fix Lash does a pretty good job of defining and separating lashes. I wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for lots of volume or length though. To see it in action, I used it in this FOTD. Overall, I will probably pick up this mascara in the future for everyday use. Hope you like it too :)