Saturday, October 29, 2011

My First Luxebox from Loosebutton

A little while ago, I got my first Luxebox in the mail.  The Luxebox is from the company Loose Button where the Luxebox is available on a monthly subscription for $10 Canadian per month.

Each Luxebox contains a few deluxe sample size beauty products based on surveys that I filled in on the Loose Button website.   The box arrives enclosed in bubble wrap inside a cardboard mailer box.  Enclosed is a card of what is included in the customized October Luxebox.

My box included:  Seche Vite Top Coat mini, Chloe Eau de Parfum mini, Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex, Moroccanoil, Lise Watier Flash Light Radiance Vial and a Dealuxe coupon for $25 off a $75 purchase.  I absolutely love Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.  It is one of my favourite long lasting and hard wearing nail polish top coats. The  mini size is going to be perfect for my purse! The Chloe Eau de Parfum is extremely cute.  It is a sweet light floral that I can see myself wearing for a special night out.  The Olay Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex may be the trick for my dark undereye circles. The Lise Watier Flash Light Radiance Vial maybe just the trick come holiday season.

Unfortunately, my dearest hair stylist and loving cousin has vetoed the Moroccanoil that I got in the box. She prefers I stick to Redken and gave me some Redken Argan-6 Oil samples on my last salon visit. (Yes, a review will be on its way :)  I gave the Moroccanoil away to a friend for her to use since she doesn't have coloured hair.

So far, it's 4 hits and only 1 miss.  Here's hoping for some new goodies in the next Luxebox :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Purple & Gold Loving: MAC Posh Paradise Imaginary Half-Wild Hyperviolet Genuine Treasure Paint Pots Review & Swatches

Oh how I love MAC Paint Pots.  They are so easy to use, they enhance eye shadow color and they increase the longevity of powder eye shadows.  I was so excited to see more Paint Pots being released in the Posh Paradise collection that released just recently.  I picked up four beautiful shades: Genuine Treasure, Half-Wild, Imaginary and Hyperviolet.

Genuine Treasure is a chockful glitter packed antique gold.  It is definitely not something I'd recommend to someone who likes matte eye shadow! However, I can take that glitter and match it up with more glitter-goodness.  How about topping it with MAC Tempting, Mythology?  Yes, it is gorgeous :)  It's sticky texture allows for less fall out of your favourite golden or bronze glittery eye shadow. :)

Half-Wild is a creamy medium purple.  It goes really well with MAC Vibrant Grape, Plum Dressing and Shockaholic. (Probably not all of those shades together though, that would be a very intense look!)

Hyperviolet is a rich plummy purple. This one is a cross between MAC Violet Trance and Shock-aholic.  While similar to Half-Wild, it is deeper in shade.

Imaginary is a deep bluish indigo.  MAC calls it a blackened navy, but it has a slightly purple feel to it.  So of course between blue and purple comes indigo :)  This goes well with many of the darker blue and purple eye shadows that MAC has released.  I'm thinking of using it with blue toned pigments and old love MAC Blue Flame Mineralize Eye Shadows.

The formula for all of the Paint Pots that I picked up (except for Genuine Treasure) were creamy and smooth. Well pigmented and buildable, they appear dreamily rich as an eye shadow base.  Genuine Treasure on the other hand did not build up well and had a texture that was gritty due to it being chockful of glitter. (Oh well, it's still pretty gorgeous!) My only other complaint is that MAC Paint Pots do dry fairly quickly.  So I try to do one eye at a time so that the second eye does not have the base dry out too quickly.

I don't tend to use Paint Pots as a cream eye shadow without powder eye shadow to set it.  My eyelids tend to be too oily to do so most of the time.  I did try it with Half-Wild over the lid and Imaginary in the crease.  It didn't too much after 4 hours and it had a slightly moist appearance that I thought would be interesting to wear out one evening.  Genuine Treasure didn't hold up well to being used without a powder eye shadow to set.  It moved around too much within a few hours.

Overall, these new release Paint Pots are a great addition to my collection.  If you want some additional eye shadow bases to add to your collection, these are definitely ones to check out.  I contemplated the remaining Paint Pots, but the only other one that really jumped out at me was Pure Creation.  It's a beautiful shade of sky blue that I am sure would look great on others, but perhaps on others. Oh well, you never know I may end up picking it up on my next visit to the MAC counter ;)  Enjoy the pictures for now :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

MAC Ultra Darling Sheen Supreme Lipstick Review & Swatches

I was craving a little something different in my lip product routine while at the MAC counter a few weeks ago.  The one product line I had yet to try out was the spring release Sheen Supreme Lipsticks.  Their black glossy package instantly attracted me.  I picked out Ultra Darling with its soft glossy pink shade.

Ultra Darling is described by MAC as a mid-tone yellow pink. It is certainly a go to shade for me.  It isn't a shade that will dominate a look nor will it be too pale or neutral to be too neutral on my NC40 skintone.

It is fairly soft and light on the lips.  It does apply smoothly over freshly buffed lips.  So hint hint, don't forget to exfoliate as this formula does tend to show any flakes or unevenness on the lips.

It delivers a semi-sheer coverage, much less than your average Satin, Frost or Amplified Creme finish lipstick. It is much more similar to a Lipglass. Or even a Lustre or more pigmented Glaze formula MAC Lipstick.

Unfortunately, the wear time on these is rather short.  A few sips of a drink or a meal will surely do it in.  Otherwise with no eating or drinking, I found it lasted about 3 hours.

Given the wear time and pigmentation, some may think I would pass up this formula up altogether.  However, in this shade as well as other softer, neutral or pink shades I think it works well. I would be less inclined with a deeper or brighter shade of lipstick that requires a lot of work to maintain.  Those would probably drive me mad with checking if it was even if I had a drink and needed to reapply every half an hour.

The glossiness and lightweight non-sticky texture are great for those who like the look of a Lipglass but less drawn to it due to stickiness.  I think on a windy rainy day this would definitely be something I'd be more inclined to reach for than other glossier lip products.

HTH! :)  MAC Sheen Supreme Lipsticks are available at MAC counters and stores for $17.50 CAD each.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Little Gems: Chanel Illusion D'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Epatant Ebloui Illusiore Reviews & Swatches

One of my favorite products on my makeup counter right now is the Chanel Illusion D'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows in Epatant 84, Illusiore 83, and Ebloui 86.  They are smooth and shimmery pots of all in one easy to use eyeshadow from the Chanel Illusions D'ombre de Chanel.  (BTW, my apologies for the group shot with the touched Epatant and Illusiore.  I didn't realize my settings were a bit off when I took my initial group shot... oopsies!)

I was only able to get three of the six from the collection (must stick to budget!).  Epatant 84 is a taupey silver shade.  It is my favorite.  Illusoire 83 is a mauvey purple shade.  Ebloui 86 is a dark maroon shade.

All 3 shades are very frosty but are very easy to use. It has a slightly springy and moist feel in the pot when I pick it up with a brush.  It kind of reminds me of freshly baked cake in how it springs back. I don't have anything else in my makeup collection that resembles it. The texture is smooth, even with all the frostiness. I found I got a bit of fall out with these, but that varied on the type of brush I used. Each shade can be made sheer to full coverage, depending on your taste.

Included with each eyeshadow is a small flat edged brush that resembles a larger travel lip brush with a wide and slightly rounded tip.  It picks up the eye shadow nicely, just be careful not to dig into the eye shadow since a little bit of product goes a long way!  I also tried using a MAC 239 and MAC 242 to apply the eye shadow.  The 239 allowed for a sheerer application, where the 242 was easier to pack and smooth on the eye shadow for a denser appearance.  Overall I prefer the 242 for application.  I like a longer handle than the included brush from Chanel.  It does work well for travel and if you care to toss it in the makeup bag with you for touch ups.

Epatant, Illusoire and Ebloui make for a sure-fire smokey eye look without any guess work. Just match it up with your favorite highlighter shade, your choice of crease color, and you are set.  I found that I got about 8-10 hours of wear with these before they started to crease on me.  I find most eye shadows will crease on me within 4 hours without any base.  I was really pleased with this since I could skip out on using a base, making it extra handy for keeping in the makeup bag for date nights after work.  Of course a base makes your lids smoother, so its still a good option, but not a necessity for the Illusion D'ombre Eyeshadows.

I absolutely love these, but despise the price.  At $37 CAD each, I kind of held my breath and didn't listen to the total when I handed the Chanel makeup artist my credit card.  That was my first time ever to spend that much on single eye shadows. I must say that have been very worth while for their beauty and longevity.  I probably will  not be getting the remaining three Illusion D'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows from this collection, mostly due to budget.  Sigh, no backups for me, but I will enjoy every last little bit of these beauties as long as I possibly can :)

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Monday, October 3, 2011

NOTD: OPI Miss Universe It's My Year Nail Lacquer

I was wandering through London Drugs grabbing some nail polish remover and almonds, I happened to see OPI It's My Year Nail Lacquer ($10.99 CAD) catch my eye.  OPI It's My Year Nail Lacquer was part of the limited edition Miss Universe Collection.

It's My Year is a cool purple with huge amounts of golden shimmer. It foils over the nails and draws loads of attention.  The shimmer in this is so dazzling, that I only needed 2 coats to really get full coverage.  It lasts a good 3-5 days for me, with a lot of tip wear.  I am hard on my nails though, so you may get a bit more wear than me.  It applies smoothly without a fuss.  It isn't overly thin or thick, just right.  It's one of those nail polishes that I can't complain much about, except that it is a bit of a paint to remove.  Glitters & shimmers are prone to that, but who doesn't love sparkly nails?  ;)  Until next time, enjoy the pictures :)

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

More Than Black: MAC Me Over MAC Avenue Fluidline Review & Swatches

The second of my MAC Fluidline purchases from the MAC Me Over Collection is Avenue.  Avenue is a deep blackened brown with gold micro-shimmer.  It's definitely one I'm reaching for on a regular basis.  The micro-shimmer is so subtle but adds that extra oomph when you may want to reach for good old Blacktrack.

Even with micro-shimmer lacing through Avenue, it is smooth and glides on with ease. It is well pigmented and only requires a bit of extra work compared to Blacktrack.  While it is smooth, the shimmers need a few swipes over just to lay the product flat and evenly.

Avenue reminds me of NARS Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in shade, however it has very different textures.  In addition, I find MAC Fluidlines to have much more versatility and longevity.  Avenue holds strong and doesn't smudge for hours and hours on end.  I have no problems wearing it all day in the rain or in hot humid weather.  It could also be used as an eye shadow base.  I tend not to do this because I do have a rainbow of MAC Paint Pots, Cream Color Bases and Greasepaint Sticks in my stash that I am more than happy to use instead.  But in a pinch, it does the job.

Unfortunately, Avenue is sold out.  I truly hope they repromote it one day for all the MAC Addicts that didn't get a hold of this one.  These were available at MAC counters and stores for $18 CAD.

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Gorgeous Shimmery Forest Greens: MAC Dark Envy Fluidline Review & Swatches

The MAC Cosmetics MAC Me Over Collection included four limited edition fluidlines. I picked up 3 of the new releases, but you can check out the review for Dark Diversion here when I originally reviewed it for the Stylishly Yours collection.

The first of the three for review is Dark Envy. Dark Envy is a vivid dark forest green that has a hint of blue and subtle shimmer.   It is quite unlike Ivy, which is more of an emerald or grass green.  Hence, Dark Envy is more wearable as a pop of color  for everyday.

I find Dark Envy to be fairly smooth and quick drying.  It builds up well for complete coverage.  These last all day for hours and hours.  I can put this on and no worries if it rains or if it is hot and humid.  Fluidlines just last until the MAC Cleansing Oil hits them.  Dark Envy is a winner at only $18 CAD each at MAC counters and stores.

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NOTD: Loving the Shimmer & Sparkle of Chanel Le Vernis Graphite 529 Nail Lacquer

When I first picked up Chanel Le Vernis in Graphite, it didn't seem to be anything special. But let this sparkling shimmery silver pewter grey hit the light and it hits you like a giant sparkling pave diamond ring that it's here and wants to be looked at.  But I digress... ;)  

This is definitely one that Chanel nailed in naming.  When I think of graphite, I think of of the material that is oh so close to diamond but isn't.   I also think of old wooden pencils that somehow sparkle when they catch the light. Chanel Le Vernis in Graphite is much like the mineral, silvery pewter grey that dazzles away in the light, yet is subtle and chic for anytime.  

It applies fairly smoothly, only a touch gritty.  My guess is because of the shimmery glitter through out.  It dries relatively quickly and does not have any tendency for drag marks.  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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