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Thursday, December 31, 2009

AutumnMasquerade?

Hey everyone, have you all noticed that the AutumnMasquerade blog is now private? I loved reading her blog with all of the gorgeous pictures and frequent reviews. Does anyone know why it's now private? I tried to email her but so far no response.

Please leave a comment if you know why!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Haul: MAC, Dior & Sony B&C Labs

And also an amazing RAOK from a lovely member on MUA! You know who you are :)

RAOK:
Dior quint Flowermania [old]
Stila blue e/s trio
Revlon creme blush berry
NARS Hot wired lip lacquer
Yves Saint Laurent baum d'ete 06
Estee Lauder palette :)










haul:
dior smokey crystal quint
gift: EL palette
MAC naughty nautical n/p
MAC perfect topping msf
sony b&c labs lemon lip / hand cream









Sony B&C Labs Fruits collection:



Whew! Been a good mail week for me!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Phenomenal Swag: Nordstrom & Outlet Sales

Phenomenal Swag is now taking the place of the Sale category :)

Check ir out here! Find tons of holiday items on sale! Mostly 20% off, covering brands like Philosophy, Laura Mercier & MAC to Jo Malone.

Also, the DF&CCO [otherwise known as the Lancome outlet] will be having an additional 40% off tomorrow according to one poster on MUA. It'll continue until the 31st--unless DF&CCO decide to end it early because of stuff flying off the shelves.

Knock yourself out!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas & have a Happy New Year!

Majolica Majorca & Shu Uemura Spring 2010!

From Rouge Deluxe. (pics in the link) Majolica Majorca is releasing a limited edition foundation case, pore primer, 2 new eyeshadow palettes [that look quite meh in my opinion], a couple of nail polishes and lipglosses, a new mascara and mascara primer.

Shu Uemura--It looks promising. Not like I'd buy the entire collection but it does look pretty.
Japanese website update here.

Collection consists of 3 variations of a duo cream eyeshadow (not packaged like Fall 2008 was, thank god), colors in taupe and light blue, gold-pewter and a lighter white, and a silvery color with purple. New false eyelashes, metallic black and silver gel liners [not sure if this is new or just repromo'ed], what looks like a twist up cream complexion product [a la Shiseido's rouge sticks] in a silvery highlighting color and a cooler raspberry color, 2 glow ons in M31A and M43B [they look like cooler colors], 3 lipsticks [of which one is PK322] and 3 nail polishes; light blue, light pink & a black with silver sparkles.


What I'm looking at: Complexion product in the highlighting color, the eyeshadow duo in taupe+light blue or silver + purple, & the black with silver glitter nail polish!
I'm looking at

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Smokey Brown & Bronze EOTD

Used:
Kanebo Kate bk3 gel liner,
Mac soft force, (inner lid)
MAC museum bronze pressed pigment (lid and into crease)
MAC goldmine, (lower part of lid)
MAC mystery (outer crease, smoked on lower lash line)
UDPP
EL doublelash mascara
Shu Uemura Seal Brown Hard Brow Pencil







Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Oh my god! New MAC info!

Oh MAC you old dog....

From Temptalia:

Wow!! I have to say the thing I'm most excited for is the Art Supplies collection, which includes lipstain markers and these!

Greasepaint Stick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Greengrease Blackened forest green (Limited Edition)
  • Zinc Zone Dark gunmetal (Limited Edition)
  • Slick Black True carbon black (Limited Edition)
  • Dirty Blackened taupe with pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Brown, Now Blackened burgundy (Limited Edition)
  • Below Ground Blackened bronze (Limited Edition)
  • Uniformly Blue Blackened navy (Limited Edition)
  • Charred Mauve Blackened violet (Limited Edition)

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

An eye pencil that provides rich, luxurious colour with a touch of shimmer and sparkle. Soft, smooth, creamy formula glides on for a perfectly intense line, yet its soft texture allows you to blend. Long-wearing, smudge-proof.

  • Almost Noir Dirty plum (Limited Edition)
  • Designer Purple Iridescent violet (Limited Edition)
  • Petrol Blue Deep navy (Limited Edition)
  • Undercurrent Blue teal (Limited Edition)
  • Industrial Periwinkle grey (Limited Edition)
  • Black Line True black (Limited Edition)
I'm also really looking forward to Give Me Liberty Of London, and I love the concept of Riveting but the collection sounds blah...

Quick Info On New Alice In Wonderland Releases

Source.

Urban Decay is coming out with an Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows release, Sephora exclusive on December 28th! The shadows are UD best sellers renamed for this release, with 2 24/7 eyeliners and a mini Urban Decay primer potion. Please click the link for a photo.

Source.

OPI is coming out with four shades in an Alice in Wonderland themed collection. The shades are: Absolutely Alice (dreamy blue glitter); Mad as a Hatter (multi-coloured glitter); Thanks So Muchness! (shimmery red); and Off with Her Red (sizzling hot red).

What say you?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Quick Note

I'm very sorry for the lack of posting the past two weeks or so. Finals has just finished for me so I was studying the entire time--I really hope I did well. Rest assured, after I finish re-doing my room (I'm about 70% done at the moment) I hope to be hauling and blogging again!

Cheers! And Merry Christmas & have a happy New Year!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thoughts on Chanel Spring 2010

I must admit that I have no photos for you today because when I was at the mall it was already very dark outside : /. However, Lina at The Beauty Look Book has beautiful photos that I will link you to here.

Lets start with the much talked about quad 18, Kaska Beige. It's DEFINETLY worth all the talk you've heard! It's gorgeous, not too shimmery, pigmented, silky. Soo pretty. It's got a creamy beige [more satin I think], a golden sand color, a plummy medium brown and an absolutely beautiful chocolate brown color. It might actually make me cross some MAC things off my list and go for this instead.

The new Jous Contraste blush Imprevu reminded me [before I saw it] of the one they released last spring, Fandango. Wrong! Imprevu is more peachy/tawny, where Fandango is more rosey bronze. I thought Imprevu was very shimmery and could go a bit dirty on lighter skintones, but for medium skins it should work perfectly.

The next much talked about item was the new face powder, Empreinte de Chanel Poudre Eclat Illuminatrice. It's very pretty and has a nice design that doesn't fade for quite some uses, but I found that there was a bit of glitter [not even that big, but I love my shu uemura barely noticeable glow ons] that I didn't like. It's golden!

The two single eyeshadows are all so pretty and great quality. There was Trace, a dark warm brown, and Sillage, a lighter pinky frosted nude.

There is also a new Ombre D'eau, liquid shadow in Torrent. It's a beautiful smokey olived green, leaning to the warm side. Chanel describes it as khaki.

The new glossimers were pretty but also very sheer. I have my eye on Maline though, a gold shimmer. The other one is Futile, the pink counterpart to Maline.

I didn't see the lipsticks or the nail polishes as I went by very quickly, but this collection is really tempting me to pick up my first Chanel!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

New in Hair Care: Conair Release & Fekkai News


I was listening to the radio the other day and heard about this, Conair’s Infiniti Cord-Keeper Styler, whose big selling point is the retractable cord of the hair dryer. (I think this is interesting, but haven't hotels already been a big pioneer in this field with all of their wall mounted, retractable cord AND folding hair dryers?? The handle of one I've seen folds inwards towards the dryer part, in case anyone was curious.)

In addition to saving space, it's supposed to fight frizz and reduce static electricity.
Quick facts:
Cool shot

3 heat/2 speed settings

Removable filter

Concentrator

Diffuser

Limited three-year warranty

Unit weight: 2.75 lbs


Fekkai News:
First reported by Specktra:

"Frédéric Fekkai parent P&G announced today that the Fekkai "classics" consisting of the Glossing, Full Volume and Technician Color lines will be merchandised at Walgreens and Target stores starting next year. The prestige Fekkai Advanced line will still only be available through high end stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

When the announcement to move to mass market with the Classic line was made by P&G Sephora immediately issued a statement that they are dropping the brand from stores and will carry it for a short time as a courtesy to customers. Shoppers will be able to purchase products through March 2010 in stores and then online only through September 2010 after which the brand will be phased out completely from Sephora."

Buying 20$ plus hair products at the drugstore? Are you sure, P&G, that many women will take the plunge? And no more Sephora? I'm not sure that you made a smart move...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Paul & Joe & Maquillag, Ipsa, Shiseido Spring 2010

From A Touch of Blusher:

Maquillage & Paul & Joe. Ipsa & Shiseido.

The Paul and Joe face powders in my opinion look quite blah and I'm not feeling the gloss lacquers, even in the cute pot packaging. A collection I can safely skip, with the rest of the special packaging pieces very expensive.

Maquillage 2010 looks decent, with a little extra sparkle embossed onto the shadows, though I do wish that they'd stop including creams in their eyeshadow palettes....They're launching more lip liners, eye liners & lipsticks. Pretty average Japanese spring collection.

IPSA looks very prettily packaged, and those bright nail colors are calling to me.

Shiseido looks promising, with new shades of eyeshadow, 2 new lines of lipstick, lipgloss and blush. The eyeshadow in my opinion is nothing special though.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Guerlain Spring 2010 Pics/Swatches

From my new favorite blog to browse [its a shame I can't read it]: Yuki's Lazy Channel!

Very nice blogger and pics :) Anything catch your eye?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Good & Bad News For MAC 2010

From our leading MAC experts at Specktra:

"

Let's recap what we know first:

Warm and Cozy is a two part collection releasing in just three short weeks on December 26th, also releasing that day are Love Lace and Studio Fix Lash.

Now for what 2010 is bringing MAC fanatics:

In January MAC babes and gents usher the new year in with All Ages, All Races, All Sexes and MAC in Lillyland both making their debut on January 7th.

February is a month that many have been openly speculating will host a large anniversary collection. We're here to give you the straight dish. Now this may hurt a bit, especially if you were looking forward to what the rumor mill was circulating. There will be NO anniversary collection, our source has it that the Anniversary collection (rumored to be HK revisited) has been nixed and will be replaced by a month long Spring Color Forecast which is a 4 part collection that will have a release a week for entire month.

Also releasing in February (a short, but important month that seems to be packed full) are Mineralize Foundation (cream compact) and Riveting sharing a counter on 2/18 with Tabloid Beauty launching later in the month on 2/25.

March brings spring weather and an exciting mix of collections with Too Fabulous launching 3/4, Give me Liberty of (or?) London on 3/11 - and the collection we are DYING to see high resolution promo images for - Viva Glam New Camp aka From Our Lips featuring Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper making a flaming debut on counters 3/18. While we wait for those images to surface, here is a description of the shoot based on an excerpt from an interview - while describing her busy schedule in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, author Brian Hiatt said: ”… [In New York] she’ll shoot a M.A.C. Cosmetics campaign with [Cyndi] Lauper…” Later in the article, he describes a photoshoot where “…Marilyn Monroe is singing Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend on a photo-studio sound system, and Lady Gaga and a youthful-looking Cyndi Lauper are straddling giant pink lipstick tubes as flashbulbs pop.” They’re wearing near-matching Jetsons-style red dresses. Ohh, so exciting!

April continues to excite with Art Supplies a two part collection starting the month off right on 4/1, Prep for Colour launches on 4/8 (either of the former two collections MAY be the "pop" collection that has already leaked online). My sisters birthday 4/22 celebrates two collections with intriguing names Pret-a-Papier and Opulash. Oooh lala I can't wait to see what those two reveal. Opulash sounds like a new mascara formula or fabulous falsies.

The last month we have initial information for is May, which only has two collections that we know of so far, Superglass (a new gloss formula perhaps?!) on 5/6, and a two part summer spectacular called To The Beach launching 5/8.

What we don't know:

There is no word yet on if there will be a MAC Disney Villains collection. Right now there is no supporting information what so ever that this collection will happen in the first half of the year. Of course, since we have no idea what's happening after May yet is IS possible that something could happen with the rumored collection in the second half of the year.

Also an unknown at this point is the rumored Vivenne Westwood designer collection. HOWEVER don't give up hope as Designer collaborations have historically launched in the Fall.

That wraps up the latest dish from Specktra HQ. We hope that you will enjoy speculating on what these collections bring us MAC addicts with us. You can definitely imagine how exciting it is to await the release of these beauties as 2010 moves along and we see what they have in store for our vanities.

If you'd like to participate in collection discussions, or simply stay up to date on the latest dish join us in Specktra's own Color Collection sub-forum!"

WAIT WAIT WAIT...WHAT? Oh my GOD, no MAC for Disney villians? There goes all the money I've been saving up! This has got to be the most disappointed I've been in awhile for MAC. It's okay though because the collections to replace it sound average-good..

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Preview: RMK, Beaute De Kose & Visee Spring 2010

Wombat at Blushed Wombat has got the scoop and press released pics of RMK 2010! It looks pretty but also a bit bland, boring...

Kose is focusing on beige themes this year, sounds boring but I don't think so! Beaute de Kose is going to be releasing three new beige shades to Eye Fantasist this spring and Visee is coming out with new palettes! Hit up Haru at Rouge Deluxe for deets!

What are you looking forward to?

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