Check your names at the door!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I love the good ol adage of "time flies when you're having fun" but as I rapidly exit my 20s, I can definitely see signs of aging through fine lines. However, my biggest skin concern was the fact that I still continued to break out like a teenager.  I have tried almost every single line of skincare possible on the market but nothing seems to offer a cure.  It wasn't until recently that I finally found the perfect solution for my acne-prone, ultra sensitive skin.  Can you guess from the picture below?

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Nail Trend F/W ‘10

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nail Trend F/W '10 officially launches at all MAC counters tomorrow along with the Fabulous Felines Collection.  This collection was created by Jin Soon with inspirations from Imperial China's Forbidden City. These colors are  stunningly beautiful with rich hues of orange, blue, taupe, green, purple, and red with pearl.  I had the opportunity to swatch these at the counters and they are gorgeous!  Here I share with you  press release information on this collection:



Nail Lacquer (Frost)  $13.00 U.S./$15.50 CDN
  • Concubine - Blackened red with sophisticated red shimmer
  • Earthly Harmony- Muted taupe with sophisticated copper shimmer
  • Ming Blue - Cobalt blue with sophisticated teal and red shimmer
  • Rain of Flowers - Blackened violet with sophisticated violet shimmer
  • Imperial Flower - Bright reddish orange with gold and red shimmer
  • Jade Dragon - Emerald green with sophisticated teal shimmer
  • Overlacquer - Clear



YSL Rouge Volupte Pearle Lipsticks Swatches and Review

This fall, YSL released 6 Rouge Volupte Perle Lipsticks leaving the lips with a soft pearl shine.  You can find them at local Nordstrom counters, Nordstrom online, and Yves Saint Laurent website.  Since these are Limited Edition lipsticks, they all have slightly different packaging with a white cover behind the YSL logo instead of the usual hot pink.  Each retail for $34USD - the same price as the original Rouge Volupte Lipsticks. Images from Nordstrom website.



Let's jump to the swatches!

Makeup for Thought I

Monday, August 23, 2010

                                                       Photo by carlosluis (CC)

I confess -when it comes to beauty, I'm incredibly impatient. I want to touch and use the products right away.  I can't stand waiting for the postman to arrive with my order a whole week later. However, despite my need to have the new lipstick/blush/gloss immediately, I'm still a skeptic at heart.

What do I mean?  I simply cannot order any cosmetics/skincare product online without seeing or testing the product first.  I find it important to see the colors, textures, and feel of each product on my own skin before deciding if it's worth purchasing or even recommending on this blog.

What about products I've already tried and love? I'd still prefer to purchase in store so I can see and feel it :) It has to be a really great GWP or sale to tempt me to purchase online.

Maybe it's the satisfaction of "now" but I still feel like a giddy little gal every time I get to pick up a new item without having to suffer through the wait.


What about you?  How do you like to purchase cosmetics?  Online or in store?

Beauty Blogs Backstage: An Interview With Phyrra

Saturday, August 21, 2010

This month, Beauty Blogs Backstage paired me with Courtney from Phyrra.net.  Here's my interview with her:

  1. Phyrra is primarily focused on reviewing vegan and mineral makeup, which is a rarity the beauty blogging community. How did you become interested in vegan/mineral and is it difficult to find cosmetics companies tailored to these categories?
    I became interested in mineral makeup when I became fed up with being unable to find a foundation to match my skintone. I had been wearing MAC NW15 or NC15 (depending on the makeup artist who sold to me at the time), and was tired of it being too dark, so I started looking for alternative foundations. I stumbled across mineral makeup. I explored several different brands and had a friend determine my undertones for me and helped me find a match in Meow Cosmetics. Their Pampered Puss foundation in Inquisitive Siamese is my perfect match. Incidentally I have an odd mix of undertones, a bit of beige, a bit of cream, a bit of peach, and a touch of yellow, with a pink overtone. This is why it can be very difficult for me to find a good foundation match. Meow's Siamese is a Neutral shade, and it works well for me.

    So after being interested in the foundations, I started trying the eye shadows. I was impressed with the color payoff and have been gravitating towards companies that sell these products ever since. Among my favorites are Fyrinnae, Meow, Aromaleigh, Morgana, Spell, Detrivore, Suds n' Sass, Beauty from the Earth, Silk Naturals, Sugarpill, Sobe Botanicals, Evil Shades, Hi-Fi, Beautiful Girl, High Voltage, Glamour Doll Eyes, Shiro, Concrete Minerals and Sassy Minerals.
  1. What is your all time favorite bold/bright color look?
    Probably wearing a bright yellow-green-chartreuse shade with a vibrant blue-teal.
  2. Name one nail varnish color you cannot live without.
    BB Couture Blue Bahama. I've been wearing the heck out of this nail polish since I got it.
  3. If you could only shop at one beauty store for the rest of your life, which would it be? (i.e Nordstrom, Macys, Sephora, etc)
    Ug, that would be horrible. Most of my favorite brands are indie and they aren't sold at Sephora. Uhm, maybe Etsy.
  4. What has been your wildest hair color?
    Probably when I had peacock hair - bright aqua, shades of blue and shades of purple.
  5. Would you say your fashion style is the same or completely different from your makeup style?
    I'm not really sure what style/category I fall into. I have goth / j-rock leanings and I love bright colors when it comes to makeup. For clothes, I tend to lean towards wearing black with bright colors.
  6. Last but not least, I have to ask..Team Jacob or Team Edward?
    Neither! Team Eric all the way! Yum!

To see Courtney's interview with me, visit here!

MAC Fabulous Felines Swatches and Review: Lipsticks and Lipglasses

Friday, August 20, 2010

If none of the other products got your lemming, Fabulous Felines also released an astounding 12 lipsticks and 9 lipglasses. All of these are limited edition.

Lipstick ($14.50 USD)




MAC Fabulous Felines Swatches and Review: Mineralize Blushes, Pigments, and Superslick Liquid Eye Liner

Thursday, August 19, 2010

There are 3 Limited edition Mineralize Blushes retailing at $21USD, 9 Permanent Superslick Liquid Eyeliner for $17.50USD, and 6 Pigments at $19.50USD.

Top Picks: Pet Me and Utterly Game mineralize blushes. These are soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented.  I love the pink and soft peachy coral colors for every day usage. 

Mineralize Blush


MAC Fabulous Felines Swatches and Review: Eyeshadow Quads

There are 3 quads in this collection, each retailing at $36USD with MAC's revamped quad palette.  I like the new packaging but it's a bit difficult to open if you don't have nails.

 
 

NARS Beauty Life and Only You Palettes Swatches and Review

Monday, August 16, 2010

Are you new to NARS? If so, the two newly introduced palettes: Beautiful Life Lip and Cheek Palette and Beautiful Life Lip and Cheek Palette will have your heart skipping a beat.  These are now available  on NARS website and at your local Nordstrom counters.  Both come in compact black zippered nylon cases.  Images courtesy of NARS online.




Let's jump to the swatches shall we?


MAC Fabulous Felines Now Available for Purchase

Want to be the first to get your Fabulous Felines haul?  You got it! The products are now available on Bloomingdales. Images courtesy of Bloomingdales online.

Click on the link below under each name and it'll take you directly to the collection. Happy Shopping. Let me know what you're grabbing :)

Burmese 



Leopard Lux 

 
Palace Pedigree 

Dior Fall 2010 Collection Swatches and Review

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Dior Fall 2010 Collection came out a couple of weeks ago with a mixture of pink, purple, and plums.  There are one 5 Colors Designer palette, one 5 Colors eyeshadow palette, 5 Serum de Rouge, 1 Dior Addict Ultra Gloss, 2 Dior Addict High Color lipsticks, 2 nail polishes, and 2 Colors Edition Collector.

First up are the bright lip colors ranging from mauve to bright red/pink.


Clarins NEW Rouge Prodige

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Say goodbye to sticky, thick lip gloss  this fall and welcome rich, luminous long wear lipstick.  From Betty Draper of Mad Men to singer Katy Perry to burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, retro glamour is defining modern style and bringing back the art of sexily applying your lipstick... separating the women from the girls.  

Rouge Prodige is the new true-hold lipstick from Clarins, with a high performance formula that offers rich colour, stunning shine and long-lasting comfort.  Gone are the dry, long wear lipsticks that made lips look feathered and chapped.  Rouge Prodige stays put from your morning coffee cup to evening cocktail glass.  With a wide range of shades and finishes, there is a colour for every woman to tout her pout all day long.

Enter to win the entire collection of 16 full-size lipsticks on http://bit.ly/bWyhlw. One winner will be chosen every week!


Rouge Prodige is available in 16 shades at clarins.com in August 2010, each retailing for $24USD.

IMATS Toronto 2010

Canadian beauty lovers, IMATS Toronto is coming your way soon!  Anyone planning to attend?


2010 INTERNATIONAL MAKE-UP SHOW NOVEMBER 6-7 IN TORONTO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, THE SHOW IS A TREASURE TROVE OF DEALS

(Toronto, Ontario) -- A dream-come-true for make-up junkies and beauty fanatics, the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) is the only place where the public has access to creative new cosmetics, as well as professional lines, at incredible discounts. Visitors to “The Show,” as it is called in the make-up world, collect hard-to-find products, pick up samples, listen to famous make-up artists offering their and tips and tricks of the trade, and discover the latest trends and techniques before everyone else, without emptying their wallets.

Among the exhibitors are some of the most well-known and sought-after brands including Nars, Make Up For Ever, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and FACE Atelier. Also available are products more familiar among professionals but highly consumer-friendly, including Pari Beauty, Embryolisse, Naked Cosmetics, Naimie’s Beauty Center, and Temptu Pro. Professional make-up artists stand by to give visitors friendly one-on-one guidance, beauty tips and suggestions.

Equally designed with professionals in mind, IMATS is a venue for thousands of make-up artists, vendors, manufacturers and enthusiasts convene for the make-up world’s biggest gathering to discuss, display, discover and collect the best the industry has to offer. Aside from shopping opportunities, highlights include seminars by the industry’s top professionals, fashion shows, body painting and a student competition. Educators from various brands engage visitors in instructive seminars throughout the show.

Additional features include the Make-Up Museum, featuring make-up effects, sculptures,
animatronics and more from some of the world’s best-loved films. During the student competition, advanced make-up students will race to create winning looks in two divisions: Beauty/Fantasy with the theme of Alice in Wonderland and the Grimm’s Fairy Tales themed Character/Prosthetic category.

Make-Up Artist magazine has been producing IMATS since 1997, and the show has grown
tremendously over the years. It takes place in six cities internationally: Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, B.C., London, and Sydney, Australia. The magazine itself is read in 50 countries around the world and was created in 1996 by Emmy Award®-winning make-up artist Michael Key.

IMATS will be held Saturday, November 6 from 8:30 am - 5 pm and Sunday, November 7 from 10am to 5pm at the Toronto Congress Centre located at 650 Dixon Road. Presale tickets are priced from $15-60 and are available at www.imatsshow.com as are details on speakers, educators, vendors and special events.

Battle of the lip balms

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I am not particularly addicted to lip balms nor are my lips constantly dry.  However, when winter rolls around or when I'm highly congested from a cold, I find myself searching for a trustworthy lip balm to alleviate my painful cracking lips.  Here I share with you the 3 lip balms I've tried recently and how they performed in the battle of the lip balms!


Lancome Fall 2010 Collection French Coquettes Swatches and Review

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fall season is all about the classic red/plum and no other brand does it better than Lancome this year.  French Coquettes is created by LancĂ´me Artistic Makeup Director Aaron De Mey.  The collection "captures the spirit of the modern woman at the start of the 20th century, heralding the signature hallmarks of French glamour". I find French Coquettes mesmerizing from the models' looks to the slight shimmer in each lip color.  It's definitely wearable for women of all ages and skin tones. 
                                            
                                                      Image courtesy of Lancome website

Say Meow to Paul & Joe Fall 2010 Lipsticks

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This fall can simply be described by one word: EXCITING.  Every single brand is coming out with new collections to get us back into the mood of fall colors.  Paul & Joe Beaute is no exception by introducing a creative, fresh, and new innovative idea of kitty lipsticks.  All three colors are right up my aisle as a neutral lover. I really give props to Paul & Joe Beaute for thinking out of the box with the lipstick design, although it'll be interesting to find out how to apply these without destroying the cat's ear. I don't know about you, but I've never seen kitty head lipsticks before so I'm definitely intrigued! 


Paul & Joe’s NEW Lipstick C delicately designed a cat into the lipstick itself to incorporate Paul & Joe designer and creator, Sophie Albou’s, favorite animal.  This luscious Lipstick C is available in three head-turning shades, the perfect compliment to your autumn attire.  Packaged in adorable tubes inspired by Paul & Joe’s latest fashion collection, Lipstick C combines beautiful colors with a creamy texture.  Formulated with the perfect amount of Paul & Joe’s Secret D’or formula, combined with several select varieties of champagne gold frost, lips will glisten in the glow of midnight and appear soft with a highly translucent sparkle that lasts.


Beauty Ingredients & Benefits

·          White lily extract                                           Moisturizes; Prevents skin irritation
·          Orange Flower Water                                  Moisturizes
·          Jojoba Oil                                                      Emollient                                              
·          Apricot Seed Oil                                           Emollient
·          Olive Oil                                                         Emollient

Shades


Clair de Lune (066) – A graceful, soft pink that is effortlessly classic with any look.



Over The Moon (067) – A soft orange-hue that is graceful and soft enough for any skin tone.






Moon Shadow (068) – An understated red with a pearl finish.

Price: $25USD

Have you tried Paul & Joe Beaute Products before? What do you think of these new kitty lipsticks?

Weekend EOTD, LOTD

Sunday, August 1, 2010

All my fellow tweeter buddies know I've been whining about not being able to pick up Jazzed or Stereo Rose back when it was released.  To some very fortunately circumstances, I now own both and was super excited to try them out in a look yesterday.  It's probably one of my favorite looks but since I'm camera shy, I'll share with you only my EOTD/LOTD.

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