Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MAC: Surf Baby Collection Haul

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a great long weekend! Mine was filled with family & friends...which is always the best way to spend my holidays :)
I was able to run by the MAC store and pick up a few things from the Surf Baby! Collection...
So this is what I got:
  1. Mac eyeshadow Saffron
  2. Mac eyeshadow Sun Blonde
  3. Mac lipstick Hibiscus
  4. Mac Powerpoint eye pencil Gilded White
  5. Mac Cheek Powder My Paradise
Now that I have had a few days to play with the products, I can give you my opinions on them!
Recommendations: Pretty much everything I purchased, I actually enjoyed for a change. But the items I really liked were the cheek powder, the eye pencil and the lipstick. The cheek powder is the perfect orange/coral with a hint of gold colour for the summer, I have been receiving numerous compliments on how my face looks like it's glowing :) The eye pencil in Gilded White, is a nice alternative to lining your waterline. I have been using Stila's nude pencil and Mac chromographic pencil in NC15 regularily. But I like to use this for a change! And the lipstick is a perfect coral red colour for the summer. I usually like to stick to nude lippies, but I am venturing out this summer!!
What did y'all pick up? Do you like the quality of the products in this collection?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

NARS: Summer 2011 Collection Haul

Hi Everyone! Here is my NARS Summer 2011 Collection Haul! The products I got: *New Order Highlighting Blush *Dogon Eyeshadow Duo *Wonder Lip gloss *Blush/Bronzing Trio LE I was really excited about this summer's NARS collection. I did not get all of the products from the collection, only the items I felt were right up my alley! I can't help but purchasing any new blush that NARS comes out with. What can I say...I'm just a blush junkie!! The Dogon duo has great colour payoff and the product goes on with ease. The swatches of all these products are below. Double click on the photo if you wish to enlarge it to get a closer look. Bottom line: I love the LE blush and bronzing trio from Sephora...it has my favorite 3 products on the go. I just throw it in my purse and I am ready for touch-up's anytime!! The product I was not satisfied with is the Wonder lip gloss, I was never a fan of the consistency of NARS lip gloss. And even though I like this colour, it reconfirmed my dislike of the product!!
Are y'all planning to purchase anything from the collection? If you already have, what do you think about the products?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Storage & Organization: Pigments

Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to show you my updated storage for my pigments. I needed a way to store them so that they wouldn't take up too much space. Most of these pigments were purchased from TKB Trading. You can by rather large samples as well as old mac style pigment jars for pretty cheap. They have an amazing selection of colors as you can see.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Self Tanner Series: Neutrogena Micromist Sunless Tanner

Hey Everyone!! I've been having a great week so far! Hope y'all are having a fabulous one as well. As most of you know I am doing a self tanner series and this is the 3rd product that I have reviewed thus far...

Monday, May 16, 2011

MAC Goes mobile!

Hey Everyone! If your always on the go and have been wondering when MAC will make it easier to shop from your mobile device...you lucky day has arrived!! The people over at MAC have made it easy for you to stay in the loop of all things MAC and to be informed of their VIP events and upcoming promotions. What you have to do: Text JOIN to MACTXT (898622) and start shopping @ m.macosmetics.com now!
Are any of y'all inclined to using this app??

International Makeup Swap!

Is there anything from the United States that you have been DYING to try??? I know that I've been wanting to try so many UK and Asian makeup brands and I just can't get my hands on them!!
Barry M, Gosh, Nails Inc., Canmake, oh my!!
Wanna do a makeup swap? If you are interested in doing a international makeup swap with me, email me! makeupismymedicine@gmail.com I would be so excited to do one!
Have a great day!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Self Tanner Series: SEVIN NYNE Tanning Mist

Hi Everyone!! This is a continuation of the self tanner series! So here goes:

What it is: A star-quality sunless tanner.

What it is formulated to do: Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist brings you a red-carpet-ready glow courtesy of tanning expert Lorit Simon. This easy-to-use, airbrush-style formula creates a natural, caramel-infused kiss of color. You will fall in love with your flawless tan and the delectable fragrance that comes with it—forget the typical spray tan scent.

What else you need to know: This brilliant bronzing essential provides a dose of antioxidant-rich goji berry extract, for healthy, gorgeous skin. It comes in a recyclable aluminum can, does not contain CFCs, and is not animal tested.

My opinion: Other than very few fortunate areas, my overall results were pretty splotchy and extremely fake looking. Part of me was tanned while other parts of me were not. Because of technical problems with the spray, some areas were more splotchier than others and to add insult to injury the instructions prohibit rubbing the product in once applied. Basically, wherever the tan lands, it stays. The directions state that the splotching will even out over time, but this unfortunately did not happen for me. Another thing that bothered me was how the tanner stuck to the hair on my body, which made it worse since your not suppose to rub the product in. I was nervous about how it would turn out on the face, so I did not even test it out. In fact, it was mostly the application on the arms and legs that caused trouble for me. In terms of drying time, they claim that it dries in 5-10 minutes, which was about right. Several hours later I went to bed and, in the morning, I awoke to a brown residue where I slept. And if this wasn't bad enough, it did not wash out completely from my favorite cream sheets.

To summarize, for $35 I would expect a little more ease of use and much better results from this product, so it was disappointing in that there were so many problems. While they may not have the popularity of Ms. Lohan, there are many cheaper, easier to use options available at any drugstore. In the future, I'm inclined to save my money...and go with something that works!

Have y'all tried this product? Opinions are encouraged!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beauty.com: Friends & Family 20% off

Hi Everyone! Beauty.com's friends and family sale has already begun...it's from now till Friday 5/13 @ 11:59pm. There is no promo code necessary. The discount will be applied at checkout. Free Shipping off orders over $25
Discount exclusions include: Jane Iredale products, gift cards, and certificates.
What are y'all planning to get?

MAC: Magically Cool Liquid Powders

Hey Everyone! The Magically Cool Liquid Powders from MAC are back, and for good! They made their first debut in the Venomous Villains collection that came Fall 2010, and have now decided to make them part of the permanent line. There are 3 colors Truth & Light, Cajun and Honey Rose. The only new color that was added is lovely looking Honey Rose.
Overall description: A silky, feather-light powder, formulated with 70% water, dusts onto skin as a cooling mist to set and enhance the look to any foundation. Beyond sheer: light reflecting and translucent. A virtually invisible way to add luminosity and a soft radiant glow to the skin.
Magically Cool Liquid Powders ($29.50) Truth & Light- sheer shimmer that reflects silver and pink Cajun- sheer bronze shimmer that reflects gold Honey Rose- sheer rosy beige with multidimensional shimmer Available: Now in MAC stores and on maccosmetics.com free shipping code: COOL
Can't decide how I feel about them...what do y'all think??

Monday, May 9, 2011

MAC Collection: Surf Baby

I'm having mixed feelings about this collection. My obsessive shopping addiction says that I need to buy it all, but then my brain says that this collection is not that great. I definitely love the packaging. So summer! Makes me wanna put on a swimsuit and drink a pina colada.
Any thoughts? Where are ya'll??

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy Birthday COVERGIRL!

Hi Everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend :) I went out of town this weekend for my cousin's engagement and just got back this evening. It was a fun filled and extremely hectic weekend! It was nice seeing family, but I am just glad to be back home...
COVERGIRL is celebrating their 50th birthday, and in a very big way! Animal Print inspired compacts ($4-$8 USD)!!
Covergirl wants to celebrate this memorable occasion by bringing some African-inspired designs to their clean pressed powder compacts. They are limited edition and have partnered with Children's Safe Drinking Water. Each adorable limited edition Clean compact purchase will provide a week's worth of clean drinking water for the children in Africa, for a donation of up to $50,000. I love when the 2 things I love merge: Helping those in need and beauty! :) So grab theses adorable compacts while you can, and know that you are doing a commendable thing for the children in Africa. The Clean Compact is available now at grocery stores until they run out or June 2011, whichever comes first...
I love the cheetah compact! Which one is your favorite??

MAC: Flighty Collection

Hi everyone! MAC Flighty Collection is not yet available in-stores, but is now available on maccosmetics.com; Free Shipping code: FLIGHTY I'm not too interested in the eye shadows...but colored mascara always draw me in :)
Anyone planning on purchasing anything from this collection?

NARS: Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself

What the website says:
Introducing Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, the new book by Francois Nars.
This book brings together Francois two passions- makeup and photography- to spectacular effect. Taking the before-and- after concept to the next level, Francois turns the lens on real women and men revealing the powerful role of beauty in personal transformation.
Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself transcends the scope of basic manuals by providing an array of inspiring looks that showcase the limitless possibilities of makeup. The book not only provides insider knowledge from Francois himself, it also encourages people to be who they are and express their individuality through makeup.
What's the cost?
$45 + Complimentary Shipping
Do y'all think this would be a good read?

Sephora Trend Report: Spring 2011

Hi everyone! This post is regarding the trends that are current for Spring 2011...Sephora has come out with a spring trend report. Here is the link for the video: Sephora spring trend.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Makeup Brush Organization

Hello there!
I recently was looking for some additional organization for my makeup brushes. Despite their depiction, I do not store my makeup brushes outside in the backyard. ;P
I asked my husband to take a couple of pics of my new toy and he decided to make it an outdoor shoot. I luv him :)
I had originally seen this pampered chef tool turnabout on XSparkage's channel on youtube.com. It seemed pretty practical and better equipped to store my brushes. I am a brush collector. Correction. I am a makeup brush hoarder. This isn't even a quarter of the brushes that I tried to store in glass jars on my vanity. You can imagine how many glass jars crowded my counter top!
This tool turnabout is very useful. It has dividers and it's most important feature is that it turns! I found this baby on ebay, since I wasn't too familiar with pampered chef and I really didn't know any friends who sold this brand. There were many listings for this item, either in white or black, on ebay.
Hope you found this helpful! I'll be bringing you more organization ideas soon :)

MAC: Fashion Flower Swatches

I hope y'all are having a fantastic weekend! I am!! I'm actually off to the beach today :)
Here are the requested swatches for the products I purchased from the Fashion Flower Collection! If you click on the picture it will enlarge the image and you should be able to see the swatches more clearly...
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