Monday, September 26, 2011

NOTD: Chanel Ilusion D'ombre Le Vernis Peridot Nail Lacquer

There are times where a product just makes you stop and stare.  Perhaps its a sequined covered clutch or a fabulous gold dress, but one evening for me it was Chanel Peridot Nail Lacquer.

Chanel Peridot Nail Lacquer is a frosted shade of yellow-green with a tinge of blue along the edges.  That tinge of blue was extremely hard to capture in pictures.  The blue comes out when you are in motion, along the ridges of nails and on the edges of the bottle.  Now, this isn't quite the same shade as what I've seen in actual peridot gemstones.  The gem & rock nerd in me knows that peridots tend to run a little bit more green and without much blue to them. Peridot is a gorgeous and unique shade never the less.  It made it to Vegas on my toes.  Summery yet mysterious, it was definitely the shade for me to wear in Vegas.

Peridot is one of those shades that makes for a wonderful treat :)  It applies smoothly and is only a touch watery in texture.  I found this one dried fairly quickly compared to other brands and many of my other Chanel Nail Lacquers.  It lasts about 3 to 5 days for me with mostly tip wear.  Chanel Le Vernis retails for $27 CAD at Chanel counters at The Bay, Holt Renfrew and Murale.

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MAC Bloggers Obsession Eye Shadow Review & Swatches

Finally got my MAC Bloggers Obsession swatches done! Yes, I know it's been awhile and most of it is already sold out.  There were still a few items available though. I missed out on their first release, but was thankfully able to get these about a month ago.  I got Hocus Pocus, Sparkle Neely, Sparkle, and Jealousy Wakes.

Hocus Pocus is described by MAC as a dark sooty grey with silver pearl in a satin finish.  It reminded me of Fiction, with its dark shade and low level shimmer, however Fiction is a super dark shade of green with gold pearl.  It's my favorite of the collection since my go to look is a smokey eye, either as a crease shade, outer v-shade or outside of the crease shade. This one applies smoothly without much fuss.  It is well pigmented and build-able over an eye shadow base. 

Sparkle Neely, Sparkle is described by MAC as deep rusty brown with champagne glitter in a satin finish.  It kind of reminds me of Saffron without the champagne glitter.  I'm not sure where I'd use this shade at the moment.  It doesn't quite go with my hair color at the moment since it is fairly warm.  Perhaps I just need to find some other shades to go with it and make it less warm. This one is smooth, pigmented and easy to blend. 

Jealousy Wakes is described by MAC as emerald green with teal and gold pearl in a veluxe pearl finish. This is a vivid shade that I like all over the lid or as an outer crease shade.  It's eye catching and will draw lots of attention.  It goes on smooth and rich.  I couldn't ask for anything more out of this shadow!  Jealousy Wakes reminds me of MAC Teal pigment, but not closely enough for me to not get it.

The MAC Bloggers Obsession Collection was unfortunately available online only.  I wish they had it available at MAC stores for us to have a peak at it.  I quite like the eye shadows I did get.  While they remind me of shades that are part of my stash, they're different enough not to be dupes. 


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

FOTD: MAC Semi-Precious Dark Indulgence Gem of Roses Crystal Pink & Warmth of Coral

I love using colorful shades that seem so dramatic in the pan or pot, yet when applied can be made subtle for everyday.  I think I pulled that off with this look.  MAC Dark Indulgence was my dramatic shade of the day.  Unfortunately these pictures just don't do it justice.  It's so much more vivid and sparkly in real life.

I paired up Dark Indulgence with MAC Femme Fi Eye Shadow on the brow bone, MAC Blacktrack Fluidline along the upper lashline and MAC Ivy Fluidline along the lower lashline.  I topped it off with MAC Plushlash, Warmth of Coral Mineralize Blush, a touch of Crystal Pink Mineralize Skinfinish and Gem of Roses Lipstick.  With dramatic shades of green paired up with soft pinks and neutrals, I find it wearable enough without going overboard for work.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

MAC Semi-Precious Gem of Roses Lipstick Review & Swatches

I'm on a bit of a lip product purchasing ban, ok maybe restriction.  I was able to Back to MAC for the MAC Semi-Precious Collections Gem of Roses Lipstick. It is a smooth Lustre finished lipstick.  It is described as a midtone strawberry pink. Gem of Roses is one of those pretty not just a neutral lipsticks that goes with lots of looks.  It doesn't scream look at me, neither is it a shade that quietly hides away your lips. It's just the right amount of pink I can see myself using regularly.

It has a slightly creamy shiny finish with a smooth application.  I like Lustre finishes due to their lower level of pigmentation compared to a Satin or Amplified finish. I like how they can end up blending into the lips more readily (although this can be terrible for brighter shades). While a lip liner is always nice to define the lips, I don't find Gem of Roses really needs it.  Straight from the tube, it works without causing a fuss. 

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MAC 235 Split Fibre All Over Shadow Brush Review

The MAC Cosmetics Semi-Precious Collection included two new eye brushes, a cheek brush and a buffer brush.  After much pondering, I got the MAC 235 Split Fibre All Over Shadow Brush.

The MAC 235 Split Fibre All Over Shadow Brush has two distinct sides.  On the one side is the firmer goat hair fibres and the other has softer synthetic fibres.  The synthetic fibre side allows for a good amount of eye shadow powder to be picked up for an all over lid look. The softer side allows for some blending and smoothing of eye shadow powder over the lid.

The length of the handle is the same as on a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, however the width of the brush is wider than the 239.  The wider width makes it faster and easier to apply and smooth out an all over dry lid look.  This compliments the MAC Semi-Precious Collection with their divine multi-dimensional Mineralize Eye Shadows.

I did try using this brush wet, in addition to being used dry.  Due to the width of the brush, I found it slightly more difficult to control eye shadow placement when wet.  I would use the MAC 239 brush instead for easier control.  The wider width makes this brush a bit difficult to do an eye look with multiple shades.  If you are used to using 2-4 eye shadows in your eye look, this brush probably wouldn't be the easiest one to do that with.  I'd stick with the MAC 239 or Sigma Makeup SS 239 brush instead.

Speaking of brushes.....I was in Las Vegas two weeks ago and I forgot my brushes!  Thankfully, there's a MAC store in the Caesar's Palace Forum Shops.  My picks to get through the weekend were the 239 Eye Shadow Brush, 226 Tapered Blending Brush (this one looks distinctly different from my old one by the way), and a 129SH Powder & Cheek Brush.  Thank goodness for MAC being so readily available :)

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Sparklicious & Vegan NOTD: Sparitual Liquid Gold Nail Lacquer

On my last visit to the salon, I came across mini bottles of Sparitual nail lacquer. It was on my list of things nail goodies to check out, so obviously I had to get a few.  The mini bottles contain 5 mL 0.17 fl oz.  The first to be reviewed is this sparklicious beauty Liquid Gold. Each sells for $6 CAD each at Opus Salon in Yaletown Vancouver.

Liquid Gold is a shimmer finish with gold and silver shimmer throughout. It applies much like any other good quality nail lacquer, not too thick and not too thin.  Being a shimmer, it does not have any noticeable grittiness on first application.  However, on the second coat, it does have a slight drag.  It dries down readily to a shiny golden champagne shade. It wears well for 3-4 days for me with only a few minor chips.  (Do bear in mind that I am very hard on my nails where I am opening boxes and lifting boxes everyday.)  I also have to note that the brush is a little bit shorter compared to your typical OPI, MAC or Chanel nail polish.  It does make it a little bit easier to control brush strokes, especially in reference to the slight drag on the second coat.

It is a great nail lacquer that is DBP, formaldehyde and toluene free. Most notably though, it does have a unique aspect in that it does use vegan ingredients.  I do eat steak and other such animals, but the less chemicals in my beauty products, all the better.  When my mom starts going off about using chemicals on my nails, I can just point out that the Sparitual actually doesn't use the baddies in the old stuff.  The glass of each bottle is made in part of recycled glass.  More points in the environmentally friendly department.  :)  I really like how the handle has ridges up and down the side of it. It does make it easier to open the bottle and hold on to it during application.  I know with a few other nail lacquers, I was unable to open them up with great force, where I've unfortunately had to toss them.  Am hoping that won't be the case here.

Overall, I quite like Liquid Gold.  Three coats results in shimmery sparkliciousness. I thought it would be one of the options to take to Las Vegas.  Unfortunately, it didn't make the cut, but it came in pretty close.  I am very excited to try more Sparitual.  More to come this week. :)

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