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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Feeling Under The Weather...

Hi guys! I'm so sorry but I won't be able to post for awhile. The first reason is that at the moment I have a 102 degree fever...and the second is that I'll be taking a trip in a few days, that lasts for a few days and I won't have internet access.

I hope to be posting as soon as I can, maybe coming back in a week. For those of you who read my blog daily, I'm sorry that I won't have any new material for you to catch up on.

Again, I'll be back as soon as I can!

Ti_Amo

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bobbi Brown To Be Discontinued

Thanks goes out to the lovely KarlaSugar who posted this on MUA. This is all her's---I'm just putting it out there.

Smooth Skin Foundation Walnut
Smooth Skin Foundation Chestnut
Smooth Skin Foundation Espresso
Smooth Skin Foundation Porcelain
Smooth Skin Foundation Warm Natural
Smooth Skin Foundation Warm Almond
Smooth Skin Foundation Warm Sand
Smooth Skin Foundation Warm Beige
Smooth Skin Foundation Warm Walnut

Pot Rouge Summer Tan
Pot Rouge Calypso Coral
Pot Rouge Blushed Rose
Pot Rouge Stonewashed Pink
Pot Rouge Pink Raspberry
Pot Rouge Raspberry

Nail Pale Pink Sheer
Nail Pink Ribbon Sheer
Nail Tutu Opaque
Nail Cotton Opaque
Nail Velvet Opaque
Nail Tomato Opaque

Nat Brow Hair Touc(?) Sable

Lip Sheer Peony
Lip Sheer Pink Berry
Lip Sheer Black Plum
Lip Sheer Plum
Lip Sheer Cranberry
Lip Sheer Ruby
Lip Sheer Rosy
Lip Sheer Peach Nectar
Lip Sheer Bare
Lip Sheer Natural Beige
Lip Sheer Black Raspberry

Long-wear Cream Shadow Bellini
Long-wear Cream Shadow Suede
Long-wear Cream Shadow Sand Castle

Tinted Lip Balm Baby Pink
Tinted Lip Balm Citrus
Tinted Lip Balm Champagne
Tinted Lip Balm Pink Popsicle
Tinted Lip Balm Rose Petal
Tinted Lip Balm Hazelnut
Tinted Lip Balm Desert Bronze

Eye Brightener Medium to Dark
Eye Brightener Dark

Lip Liner Tulle
Lip Liner Tulle Brown
Lip Liner Hot Cocoa
Lip Liner Rich Cococa
Lip Liner Cocoa Berry

Eyeshadow Ivy
Eyeshadow Malted

Shimmer Lip Gloss Sand Sugar

SPF 15 Lip Shine Blush
SPF 15 Lip Shine Claret
SPF 15 Lip Shine Mauve
SPF 15 Lip Shine Brandy
SPF 15 Lip Shine Toffee
SPF 15 Lip Shine Naked Pink
SPF 15 Lip Shine Blackberry

Gel Eyeliner Cobalt Ink
Gel Eyeliner Hunter Ink
Gel Eyeliner Bronze Shimmer Ink
Gel Eyeliner Sapphire Shimmer Ink
Gel Eyeliner Indigo Ink
Gel Eyeliner Mahogany Ink

Creamy Eye Pencil Walnut
Creamy Eye Pencil Smoke
Creamy Eye Pencil Midnight
Creamy Eye Pencil Pine
Creamy Eye Pencil Black
Creamy Eye Pencil Dusk
Creamy Eye Pencil Taupe
Creamy Eye Pencil Dark Brown

Lip Color Burgundy
Lip Color Tea Rose
Lip Color Warm Apricot
Lip Color Clove
Lip Color Mango
Lip Color Scarlet
Lip Color Putty
Lip Color Tulip

Lip Gloss Honey
Lip Gloss Heather
Lip Gloss Raisin
Lip Gloss Chocolate
Lip Gloss Nectarine

Shimmer Lip Tint Twilight Shimmer
Shimmer Lip Tint Posey Shimmer

Lip Tint SPF 15 Tea Rose Tint
Lip Tint SPF 15 Blossom Tint
Lip Tint SPF 15 Maple Tint
Lip Tint SPF 15 Cherry Tint
Lip Tint SPF 15 Black Cherry Tint
Lip Tint SPF 15 Lily
Lip Tint SPF 15 Punch
Lip Tint SPF 15 Peony

Extra Balm Rinse Tube
Brightening Essence
Brightening Facial Water
Brightening Moisturizer SPF 25
Exfoliating Cream Wash
Rich Cream Cleanser

Lash Glamour Bark
No Smudge Mascara Brown
Everything Mascara Dark Brown

Smooth Skin Foundation Warm Ivory
Smooth Skin Foundation Sand
Smooth Skin Foundation Beige
Smooth Skin Foundation Natural
Smooth Skin Foundation Honey
Smooth Skin Foundation Golden
Smooth Skin Foundation Almond

Danng Bobbi! I want to try alot of that--anyone else who does had better move fast! I wonder what'll be left of her line after all this is gone?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

MAC Good-Byes

No!!! Here's the annual list of items [both pro and regular] getting the boot from MAC! Half the Slimshines are going, can you believe that? The ones I want too! Haha. Check out the whole list:

LIPS:

Jest Lipstick
Delish Lipstick

Mousse Slilmshine
Ultra Elegant Slimshine
Gaily Slimshine
Think Tan Slimshine
Voile Slimshine
Missy Slilmshine
Grenadine Slimshine
Rock Out Slimshine

Cocoafix Pro Longwear Lustre Lipwear
Alta Moda Pro Longwear Lustre Lipwear
Lustrebloom Pro Longwear Lustre Lipwear

Nico Lipglass

Little VI Lustreglass

Cushy White Plushglass
Plus Luxe Plushglass

Pink Lipmix (Pro)
Ochre Lipmix (Pro)
White Frost Lipmix (Pro)
Gold Lipmix (Pro)
Bronze Lipmix (Pro)
Tan Lipmix (Pro)

Quartz Lip Liner
BBQ Lip Liner

Gingerroot Cremestick Liner
Raw Refined Cremestick Liner
Naked Rose Cremestick Liner
Creme Shery Cremestick Liner
Cranapple Cremestick Liner
Sweet Brown Cremestick Liner
Honey B Cremestick Liner
Plum Royale Cremestick Liner
Plum Soft Cremestick Liner
Caramellow Cremestick Liner


EYES:

#10 Lash (Pro)

Duo Lash Adhesive - Dark (Pro)

Deep Damson ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Vibrant Grape ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Indian Ink ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Soot ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Cobalt ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Atlantic Blue ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Blue Calm ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Sky Blue ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Kelly ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Aqua ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Bio-Green ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Line ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Canary Yellow ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Sour Lemon ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Bright Sunshine ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Goldenrod ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Coral ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Ground Brown ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Red Brick ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Rose ES (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Symmetry ES (Pro)
Red Violet ES (Pro)
Newly Minted ES
Flourishing ES
Clarity ES
Graphology ES

Moss Scape Paint Pot

Lavender Pencil (Pro)
Light Blue Pencil (Pro)
Light Green Pencil (Pro)
Blue Pencil (Pro)

Shade Fluidline

Classic Cream Liquidlast liner
Dress Khaki Liquidlast liner

Antiquity Technakohl Liner

Charcoal Brown Pro Lash Mascara

#37 Lashes
#38 Lashes


FACE:

Select Cover-Up Colour Corrector - Green (Pro)

Studio Stick Concealer (all remaining shades): NC20, NC30, NC45, NW20, NW25, NW45

Full Coverage Foundation: W55 (Pro)
Full Coverage Foundation: W25 (Pro)

Hyper Real - Pressed: All shades - Extra Light, Light, Medium (Pro)

Blot Powder - Loose: Medium Dark, Dark (Pro)

Drizzlegold Beauty Powder Loose (Pro)
Dancing Light Beauty Powder Loose (Pro)
Peach Haze Beauty Powder Loose (Pro)
Natural Flare Beauty Powder Loose (Pro)
Daisydust Beauty Powder Loose (Pro)
Lightly Lilac Beauty Powder Loose (Pro)
Micro Pink Beauty Powder Loose (Pro)
Paperwhite Beauty Powder Loose (Pro)

Burnt Pepper Blush (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Flame Red (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Salsarose (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Apple Red (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Rhubarb (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Full Fuchsia (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Azalea (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Clove (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Devil (Pro) - Only the pot form is being DCd
Dirty Plum (Pro)
House Wine (Pro)


MULTI-PURPOSE:

Suntan Pro Gloss (Pro)
Sparkle Gold Pro Gloss (Pro)
Copper Pro Gloss (Pro)
Blue Brunette Pro Gloss (Pro)
Fuschia Shock Pro Gloss (Pro)
Rosy Coral Pro Gloss (Pro)
Demi Red Pro Gloss (Pro)
Violet Pro Gloss (Pro)
Duo Rose Pro Gloss (Pro)

Burnt Burgundy Pigment (Pro)
Clear Sky Blue Pigments (Pro)
Cool Pink Pigment (Pro)
Dusty Coral Pigment (Pro)
French Violet Pigment (Pro)
Nocturnal Plum (Pro)
Polished Ivory (Pro)

French Violet Paint Stick (Pro)
Clear Sky Blue Paint Stick (Pro)
Polished Ivory Paint Stick (Pro)
Cool Pink Paint Stick (Pro)
Dusty Coral Paint Stick (Pro)
Pink Vivid Paint Stick (Pro)
Burnt Burgundy Paint Stick (Pro)
Nocturnal Plum Paint Stick (Pro)

Movie Star Red CCB (Pro)
Reel Red CCB (Pro)
Greensmoke CCB (Pro)
Orange CCB (Pro)
Red Clay CCB (Pro)
Brown CCB (Pro)
Rich Spice CCB (Pro)
Plumed Violet CCB (Pro)

Burnt Burgundy Chromacake (Pro)
Clear Sky Blue Chromacake (Pro)
Cool Pink Chromacake (Pro)
Dusty Coral Chromacake (Pro)
French Violet Chromacake (Pro)
Nocturnal Plum Chromacake (Pro)
Pink Vivid Chromacake (Pro)
Polished Ivory Chromacake (Pro)

Glycerin Spray


NAILS:

Abstract Nail Lacquer
Gee Whiz Nail Lacquer
Rocker Nail Lacquer

Under Lacquer


SKINCARE:

MAC Shave Cream


TOOLS/BRUSHES:

#174 Brush - Large Contour Brush
#192 Brush - Cheek/Face Brush
#272 Brush - Small Angeled Shader Brush
#311 Brush - Lip Liner Brush

Oval Tweezers (Pro)

All I can say is DAAANG MAC! What put you in such a bad mood? If any of these are your favorites, better stock up!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

EOTD: Bright Purples

This particular EOTD was using a long time lemming--MAC Grape pigment [pro], and subsequently got alot of positive feedback on Makeupalley! Check it out!

What I Used:
UDPP
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner [Black]
MAC Shore Leave [inner corners]
MAC Lovely Lily pigment [Lid]
MAC Grape Pigment [crease ish and nearer lashes]
Imju Fiberwig
Shisiedo Majolica Majorca Mascara Base





Comments are greatly appreciated!

NOTD: China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic

This is one of the colors I got in a mass China Glaze haul a few months ago, and I only got around to wearing it this week. It's from their Fall 2008 collection and I LOVE IT. Great quality and check out this color! Gorgeous, and rumored to be a dupe of the HTF MAC Whirlwind.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Simply Stila--Stila's New Drugstore Line

Link to original article here.

[taken from link]
"Lynn Tilton, who recently took over as CEO of luxury make-up brand Stila, recently announced plans to introduce an inexpensive line called Simply Stila to help consumers look great during the credit crunch. It’s obvious in pretty much every industry that consumers are being quite a bit more frugal with their cash, so this is a no-brainer move by Tilton and Stila.

According to Tilton, “I’ll be creating a new mass line, called Simply Stila. Of course this won’t be a $2.99 brand, but we think we can definitely retail for, say, $7.99 or $8.99. My dream for Stila is to become a base for a larger cosmetics platform. It is right out of the gates at this point, but everything we are doing is with the consumer in mind. It’s all about reaching the consumers, especially in this economy. We want to reduce the middleman and retailers and go directly to the consumer.”

Meanwhile, Lynn says the main collection - which has a host of celebrity fans, including Katherine Heigl, Kate Hudson and Lindsay Lohan - is going from strength to strength. “It has a great name, it is a superb brand and it has a tremendous talent pool. My favourite Stila product is the Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer, I think! Although everyone asks me that question I’m still getting to know Stila. I also love the 24k Lip Gloss and I use the Smudgepots all the time on my eyes.”"

What do you think? I'm not so sure about this. I'm afraid it might 'cheapen' the brand image, and if you're going to sell at 7.99-8.99 prices, what about the ingredients? Will you be coming out with seasonal collections too?

What's your take on the sitch?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Review: Besame Classic Line Lipstick



It's a real pity that the Classic Besame line is no longer available. There were so many fantastic products, and, while I know the line isn't sold at their website anymore [but their new lipsticks are up!], apparently you can still find them at some brick and mortar stores. Of course, there's always the chance of Ebay and Swap, so I thought I'd do a review anyways.


Firstly, I have to say that these retailed for 18$ apiece. But look at them! It's TINY! It's barely the length of my pinky, and it's shorter than a MAC lipstick! Jeez. So far, not so good for Besame lipsticks, that are so tiny. But I LOVE the packaging, as it comes in a lux red velvet pouch and the lipstick container itself is made of weighty golden metal, embossed with red designs. Here is a link to the lovely Karlasugar's blog which has guest swatcher Rina's swatches of all the Besame Classic lipstick: Here. There is also a MAC / Besame lipstick size comparision.

Packaging:


More Size Comparision:


The color I have, Besame Red, is a gorgeous, retro blue matte red. I really liked it, but as it is brighter than MAC Port Red [which I already consider very bright!], and more blue-based, it really didn't look good on me in my opinion. I however, LOVED the vanilla scented formula that was weightless, not drying at all and so comfortable to wear. I wish I could get my hands on Potrait Pink, as the rest of the colors don't suit me!
Comparisions between the 3 red lipsticks I own [above].

As you can see, these lipsticks are BRIGHT! They are PIGMENTED! Besame Red is a great red but not for the shy! They fade evenly and last a long time.

How Besame Red looked on me:


Overall, I really hope to get my hands on another Besame lipstick, as I loved the formula and pigmentation, but swapped away Besame Red because I didn't feel comfortable with the bright color. I would recommend these lipsticks for people looking for full coverage and lasting lipsticks. I advise you to go on a hunt for these lipsticks as soon as you can, as who knows what the new ones are like, and you may never see these again!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

NEW: The New Besame Site Is Up!

View it here. She only has put up a set of three lipsticks, and I don't think you can order them yet, but the new site looks great! I have to say I prefer the old packaging though.

You probably can't read the descriptions--they are:

Red: A sophisticated and vibrant warm red with a satin finish. Perfect for day or night.

Pink: A soft and luminous pink with a glossy finish. Flatters most skintones.

Champagne: A modern and sensuous neutral with a touch of shimmer and a warm buttery base. Glossy finish.

More info [taken from the Besame site link above]:

Our Voluptuous Lip Colour Set contains everything needed to create gorgeous, sensuous lips. Each lipstick delivers smooth, feather-proof coverage and contains a mineral stain that locks in colour for extraordinary long-lasting wear. At the heart of the lipstick's formula is a special mix of rose waxes and flower essences that provide a unique silky softness to the lips. A proprietary blend of ingredients promotes cell renewal and natural fullness. Aloe, green tea and botanical oils add antioxidant protection and soothing qualities to the lips. When used daily, your lips will stay incredibly healthy, moisturized, and strikingly voluptuous.

Each Voluptuous Lip Colour set contains:

  • A pigment rich Voluptuous Lip Colour lipstick encased in a high gloss enamel tube
  • A velvety travel sleeve for the lipstick
  • A matching automatic lip pencil
  • A hand crafted lipstick brush ergonomically designed to fit perfectly between your thumb and forefinger for a precise application.
  • A detailed lipstick application guide
Our Voluptuous Lip Colour Set may be used in a variety of ways:
  • Use the lipstick in combination with the lip pencil for perfectly shaped, feather-proof lips.
  • Apply the lipstick alone for soft, healthy, moisturized lips.
  • Use the pencil in combination with a clear gloss or lip glaze for shiny lips with a long-lasting touch of colour.
  • Wear the pencil alone for lips with a deep stain of colour in a matte finish.

Infused with natural ingredients to protect and nourish the lips; paraben and petrolatum free. Voluptuous Lip Colour lipstick delivers the exceptional color and long-lasting wear you expect from Besame. It’s quite simply the perfect lipstick.

Sounds very cool! What do you think? Prefer the old line, or new? Will you be indulging in Besame's new lipsticks?

EOTD: Slightly Smokey Golden Olive





What I used:
UDPP
LM Black Caviar eyeliner
MAC Golden Olive pigment
MAC Night Light pigment
and a random black shadow

Monday, May 11, 2009

New Additions

Hey guys! I've added some stuff to the blog over a couple of weeks or so--here's just me pointing 'em out if you haven't noticed already.

Firstly, there's the DISCLAIMER to the right, underneath those two polls! Take a look at it if you want, it just says that I don't get free stuff from companies and I write what I think, even if I got it free or not, etc etc.

Then, there's the new CHATBOX right under 'MY FOLLOWERS'! [By the way, my followers have hit 25, yay! Thanks to everyone who reads my babbles!] You can leave anything you want in the chatbox, comments, questions...etc.

Next, there's a TRANSLATOR!! I'm not exactly sure if it works all that well, let me know though! I want to hear feedback and if I should change it--and if I do, what program to change it to!

There's also alot of various blogs that have made it onto my blogroll, but that's pretty much all the changes I've done. What d'you think of them?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Comparision: Berry Lipgloss

When MAC Quick Tease came out in the Brunette Blonde Redhead collection, everyone was saying that it was a dupe for the hot seller Jampacked [Cult of Cherry]. I didn't have Jampacked at the time, so I couldn't verify that, but now I do!

MAC Quick Tease on the bottom, Jampacked on the top [first pic




The last one shows the differences more accurately; Jampacked is more red and pigmented while Quick Tease is more wearable and has gold shimmer. Hope that helps!

EOTD: Featuring Zonk Bleu!





What I Used:
Imju Fiberwig
MAC Dazzlelight [top left]
MAC Zonk Bleu! [top right]
MAC Plumage [bottom left]
The other color in the quad is Blue Pigment.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Review: Kose Cosmeport Softymo Medicated White Cleansing Wash

Super long name eh? This latest skin care review is courtesy of Kose Cosmeport Softymo, a drugstore brand widely available in Japan. The face wash is supposed to whiten and clear skin of acne. Does it live up to it's promise?

No.
But not to start the review off on a depressing note! (Haha). This face wash is packaged in a generous 190g or 6.7oz for about 8USD. [Keep in mind though that I got this at my Mitsuwa, which jacks up the prices of everything notoriously]. So far, so good. It's hygeinic--love the little insert thingy in the cap that prevents the product from exploding if accidentally squishing the tube.
There's the back! Made in Japan, obviously.

The texture of this is liquidy cream. It's white with some luminescence--I'm not sure why! Maybe to help with the 'whitening'? It's a bit thick, but easily lathers up. Once I wash it off, it leaves no residue but a tight feeling. Yuck! It can also remove some makeup--not hardcore mascara or eye shadow though.

I don't feel that my skin is whiter [I didn't buy this product for that claim anyways], and I regard such products as a load of bogus.
With water--lathered.
So why don't I like it? Well, the tight feeling for starters. But I've put up with the Shiseido FT citrus wash that left a tight feeling, so that is actually OK with me. It's the fact that after I've used this for a few weeks, I've started to get bumps. They aren't pimples--in certain light you can't even see it--but it's under my skin and I can feel it. People have suggested that they are clogged pores or milia--either one, I'm trying to get rid of it now. I do NOT recommend this, as it seems to have damaged my skin, not cleared it up.

Steer clear.

PSA: MAC Mineralize Shadows Repromote?

I was at my MAC store at the other day, and in the Mineralize shadows displays was Sea & Sky, Play on Plums, Engaging, and Fresh Green Mix! Weird! These were released in July last year--they can't still be there as they're already at CCOs! What's the deal? I also saw a huge box labeled Fresh Green Mix & Play on Plums in a cabinet. Are these being repromoted? I have no clue. I was dying to get out of there as the ladies paid me no attention at all and I was very irritated. I can't think that they are being repromoted so soon, and because there is Color Craft this July!

What do you think?

I've Been Tagged!

By Innerchild! View her blog here.

So I'll go along with it!

Rules:
1. Respond and rework: Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag eight other people.


What is your current obsession?
Makeup [obviously] and clothes/shoes. I probably am not the best at making them flow together but I love going shopping!

What is your weirdest obsession?
The color yellow! I have yellow shoes, eyeshadows, nail polishes, tanks, and am currently looking for a nice yellow bag. People always look at me oddly! :D

What are you wearing today?
A tank top and dark slim jeans.

What's your favorite comfort food?
Japanese udon noodles!! For the win!

What would make today special?
If I could magically come up with a few hundred items I need to donate for a charity!

What would you like to learn to do?
To become more creative, how to sew, properly understand men [ = . = ], to text really quickly, create makeup!

What's the last thing you bought?
MAC Prep + Prime Refined Zone.

What are you listening to right now?
Secret Crowds - Angels & Airwaves.

What is your favorite weather?
Sunny, but enough wind that it doesn't feel too hot. No rain!

What is your most challenging goal right now?
Struggling to live up to my family's over the top reputation; this includes academics, out of school work, hobbies, etc.

What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Innerchild is so sweet! She also has a great personality and awesome taste in makeup! :D

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Either Tokyo...or London...or Paris...Maybe San Diego...or possibly Chicago? New York? I can't make up my mind, I love traveling so much!

If you could swap lives with anyone for one day who would it be and why?
A celebrity, so I could see if it was really all that!

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Taiwan! I'd first eat, then go crazy shopping and swatching!

What would you like to have in your hands at right now?
As I said before, a LOT of items for donation!

Which language do you wanna learn?
I want to properly learn French, my verbs are totally messed up [I blame it on the teacher, but I should attempt to learn it on my own]. I would also like to learn Spanish and Japanese, and properly learn Chinese as well [American born Chinese...it's hard for natives to understand our sayings when translated directly from English so I usually just don't talk at all!]

What do you look for in a friend?
Loyalty above all. Also, they have to be able to trust me and me them, and a great sense of humor.

Who do you want to meet in person?
This is hard! I think I would like to meet President Obama, the Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit, and J.K. Rowling. My mind just went blank!

What's your favorite type of music?
Alternative, Rock, catchy dance floor songs, hip hop, and a bit of country [Taylor Swift!]

What's your dream job?
I think my dream job would to be an author.

If you had $100 now what would you spend on it?
Makeup! And maybe a new top from Abercrombie & Fitch.

Things you wish you could change in the past?
I think that if I changed anything, it would be so different to me now, that I should just move on from those.

Fashion Pet Peeve?
Really short shorts. I think they just make the girl look like they work the corners!

Do you admire anyone's style?
Not any particular person. I would mix a few up though.

Describe your personal style.
I'm always wearing tank tops, skinny jeans, some shorts & nice tops. More formal wise, I prefer dresses that give off a more 'fresh' vibe.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Baskin Robbins Cherry!

What's your favorite makeup brand?
Shu uemura! And also MAC, just because of all the variety.

What makeup do you use a lot?
Mascara, always.

Do you get enough beauty sleep? Yes or no? Why?
Yes, I stay up late but I make up for it when I wake up at 11 AM :X.

Why did you start your (beauty) blog?
I had a bunch of swatches that I wanted to put in one place. Also, the facts about Makeupalley's administrators tightening the nooses on so much made me not want to post my reviews there anymore.

What do you think is the best feature about yourself?
I've gotten alot of compliments on my eyes and lips. I wish I had a crease though [I have a monolid]. I would have to say my height.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I have to say...the Caribbean! It's always so beautiful there and amazing weather, as well as super friendly locals.

What do you like least about yourself?
I
think I should lose a bit of weight!

I tag...

KMbirkel [Sasquatch Swatch]
KarlaSugar [The Next Best Thing To Going Shopping Yourself]
AlyHeartsYou [The Gloss Menegarie]
Jojoba [My Makeup Reviews]
Padmita [Padmita's Makeup Blog]
DarthWolk [PinkSith]
Kenoki [Okay Philistine]
&&...
SNOWKEI! Most of you will not be able to read her blog as it's in Chinese, but I have to tell you her looks are GORGEOUS. Her blog links here.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Review: Jill Stuart Eye Jelly

I'm sure many of you had spotted the initial pictures / preview swatches of Jill Stuart Eye Jelly in Amethyst Mauve 19 many weeks [months?] ago. I mentioned then that I was on the fence about it, but I suppose I have decided to keep it, after some deliberation. And here is the full review!
First off, the packaging. Jill Stuart is famous for having ultra-cute, princessy packaging, all clear and mirrors and elaborate designs. As you can see above, Eye Jelly comes in a clear pot, embossed with 'Jill Stuart' on the side in 3 places, and is covered by a mirrored, faceted lid with a cursive J in the middle. The lid has 8 sides, but the top is cut so it looks like a jewel. Can you say pretty? Definitely an item you can leave out on your vanity. Clear labels on the bottom so you can see the color & name if you choose to store this upside down!

This is a really unique product in terms of texture. It is indeed like jelly--you can probably tell from the picture above--as it's like squishy, but firm. Weird! I really love it though. But one downside is that the formula is a bit hard to control--one little blob of jelly is ultra pigmented, and you need to blend well or it'll look goopy!

The Eye Jelly lasts well, and it doesn't crease over a full day. The one thing that's making me reach for this less is the ultra shimmer. You can see them in the swatches below. Seriously Jill Stuart, I do NOT want my lids to look like a Disco Ball! [they do anyways when I wear this!]. It would be bearable if the glitter stayed put, but it falls all over my face, mostly when I use powder shadows over this [even though it performs as a great base].

Swatches/ Comparisions:



In the last picture, you can see how the formula tends to 'goop up' at the top of the swatch. Then I sheered it out, so that's how sheer it can go.
It's good that I can layer these [even at risk of looking like I'm going clubbing...the shimmer builds up!] because I can make it look more brown [sheerer] or more taupey silver [more layers].

A note: When using these, to have most success and less wastage of product, use your fingers. And don't swipe--pat them on, or you'll be left with the glitters! And, like all Jill Stuart products [well, some of them have a fruity scent], this is scented with rose. I can't detect the smell upon application, so it vanishes quickly.

Jill Stuart Eye Jellies retail for roughly 23$USD, and come in 16 shades, with two limited edition ones for spring 2009. But they are being revamped for Summer 2009 and will then come in 10 shades. I will write a new review when I purchase the new ones, as there seems to be a rather tempting purple coming soon!

Haul: Some Long-Time Half Dead Lemmings

Hi All! So, to continue from my Cosmetics Company Store post yesterday, here's what I got. Usually I buy the things that I sort of liked when they were released but then got pushed to the back of my mind at the CCO. Those are:

So Ceylon MSF [Mineralize, October 2008]
Li' Hot Pepper Lipglass [Electroflash, July 2008]

View the pics [they look so perfectly summery!]:



I also got a Mother's Day gift for my mom! I decided to make a quad out of:
MAC Shore Leave [Naughty Nauticals, May 2008]
MAC Illegal Cargo [Naughty Nauticals, May 2008]
MAC Time & Space [Neo Sci-Fi, June 2008]
MAC Magnetic Fields [Neo Sci-Fi, June 2008]

No pics for this one because I wrapped the quad before remembering to take pics! I will though when Mother's Day has passed : )

And then, I went and bought Prep & Prime Refined Zone and B2M'ed for MAC Plumage!

Cosmetics Company Store: Report!

Again, this CCO is the Aurora one in Chicago Premium outlets. I only went to the Estee Lauder ones, and I only really look at MAC, so please bear with me!

MAC:
Heatherette trio 1
Color Forms blue and green packaged palettes
Fafi Eyes 2
No more trip eyes
Royal Assets [2008 holiday] cool and warm palettes
Royal Assets Look Book [powder, fluidline, brushes]
Tempting Cult of Cherry quad
Shadowy Lady quad
Blushcremes--like 6-7 of them
Gleeful & Warm Soul MSB
Metal X [2008 version..] blue and gold cream shadows
Red She Said Blue/Gold glitter/bronze MES, & blue, silver glitter/ light blue MES
Red She Said l/s, Her Fancy lipstick, Immodest mattene, Brown & Beige Neo Sci Fi lipsticks, the purple one with blue duochrome from Fafi, Fab & Dash from Fafi [name?],
Molasses & Miss Fortune pearlglides
Silverstroke, uppity, fluidlines
Paint pots--variety
Flammable paints, I also saw beige & Chartreuse
Electroflash eye shadow duos: Fresh Green Mix, Play on Plums, Hot Contrast, Polar Opposites, Sea & Sky, Engaging [all from electoflash]
Petticoat & So Ceylon MSFS
Studio Sculpt NC25 & NC45, NW25 powder
Duo Mineralize Powder [released with Electoflash], really light & really dark
Dame Edna BP [peach]
Emanuael Ungaro BP Flower Dew/ Flower Mist or something like that
Eyeshadows: Warming trend, illegal cargo, meet the fleet, submarine, pandomonium, shore leave, Magnetic fields, time & space, femme fi, evening aura, passionate, post haste, signed, sealed, surreal, cool heat, Lotusland, Mink & Sable, a whole bunch!!! Must be like 5-6 more that I didn't name.
Pigments: Vintage gold, reflects blackened red, reflects gold, cocomotion/copperized, steel blue, aire de blue...Wow, I am missing so much, like 9!
Lipglosses: Saw the brown one from Neo Sci Fi, Li' Hot Pepper [electroflash], Snowgirl, and a LOT more.
Tendertones--4 pinky ones.

Clinique:
Black Amethyst [gorgeous!] eyeshadow, and like 8 others, all super pretty!
Cream liners -- All perm shades I think
Asia Exclusive fresh bloom powder
Color Surge Impossibly Glossy set

Bobbi Brown:
Pink Raspberry eye set
Gold Shimmerbrick
Gel liners - ivy, black
Shimmering nudes
4 greyish neutral eyeshadow round pot shades

That's all I can remember for now, sorry! I hope this helps anyone in the area :) It's really great now!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Makeup Storage

Alot of people have asked me how I store my brushes, lipsticks, etc. So I thought I'd do a post on it and include my pictures. I use sterilite drawers that I found at Target.

All of it:
Pigment Storage [Got it at Michaels, craft organizer...under 20$] Closed:

Pigment Container Open:


Brushes
Lip Products miscellaneous, samples, MAC blush 6pan:

Eyeliner & Eye products miscellaneous:


Face products miscellaneous:

What about you? How do you organize your stash? Let me know!

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