Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I was feeling lethargic the other day so I headed to CVS for a pick-me-up. I picked up the much talked about Revlon nail polish in Tropical Temptation. It's a lovely coral color--perfect for summer. I don't have anything like it in my collection.
I also found the famed Rimmel Airy Fairy lipstick. It is a soft pinky nude, more pink than nude, but very complimentary. Definitely good purchases. My skin was feeling a bit blah so I got a mask for dry skin (I've already used half of it!). It is soothing and chocolatey smelling. I'm not sure of the name as I ripped the top of the package off and threw it away, but it was around $1 and left my skin incredibly smooth and hydrated. I had heard good things about the Veet hair removal cream so I thought I'd give it a go. It is supposed to leave you with incredibly smooth skin and should last longer than shaving. I have only tried it once and I must say that I am not a fan. I do want to try it again before I come up with a verdict. I'll put up a review when I make up my mind.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I haven't been too excited about the recent collections MAC has released. I keep looking back to just last year at collections I missed out on because I was still a relative newbie to the brand. Previously, my makeup collection consisted of more Estee Lauder, Lancome, Benefit.. brands my mother got me into. I would even venture to say that I hated MAC as a teenager. I always felt like it was too gimmicky. Having come full circle now, I must say I am tickled at the thought of Colour Craft.
I'm hoping to pick up the mineralized quads in Eccentricity and Odd Bits, MSFs in Cheeky Bronze and Porcelain Pink, the lipstick in Colour Crafted, and the 109 and 226 brushes. Granted, these are the ones that I'm almost absolutely positive will end up coming home with me. I can't wait to check out this collection in person!
USA Launch: July 9
What are you planning to pick up?
As I was looking through some fellow bloggers CCO posts, it occurred to me-- quite frankly, my CCO sucks. I paid them a visit last month and was left unimpressed. It is nearly an hour away, the store is essentially the size of my bedroom, and is stocked with the most random products. I consider myself to be a MAC girl above all else, but their selection was painfully limited. Of the products they did have (almost no LE or brushes), all the colors stocked were way too wild. From crazy bright oranges to dramatic brown-reds, their lipsticks nearly sent me running for the hills (ditto for the glosses). They had a few mineralized blushes which are still in stores, so I wasn't sold on them. I was looking for more original products that I can't pick up anymore. There were a few bright colored eyeliners that didn't strike me. For eyes there were a couple of pigments, metal x shadows, and some boring eye shadows. No foundations, powders, MSFs, bronzers...nada. The only purchases I made were a pigment in Gold Stroke (a bronzey gold) and a lipstick in Ahoy There! (a pretty sheer baby pink- the only pink they had). Hey, at least I got something.
Where is a girl supposed to get her NeoSciFi/Moonbathe/Naughty Nauticals fix?
You lucky ladies have me jealous!
Friday, June 26, 2009
I tried to keep relatively mum on the meetings I was going on the past few days but now that I have finished the last of them I can proudly say..
I got the internship!!
I'll be working on the production side of a popular music venue in Hollywood. I'm very excited that I got it (and right off the bat, too!). Funnily enough, the woman I was interviewing with had some people left to see but asked if I wanted to keep one of them as MY intern. haha
Sometimes life makes up for a lot of the bad.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Lets take a look at my recent purchases. First comes makeup!
I picked up a new Blot Powder since mine finished so quickly. It really is a lovely product though--zaps shine without adding any noticeable color. I also love that it doesn't make my face look cakey as I reapply. I got my first Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks which I love. Its a baby pink with blue/purple glitter in it. I got a couple of the NYC sliders that recently came out. They give subtle color and stay on the lips for a decent amount of time. My favorite part, though, is the flavor. They are very sweet and smell like cotton candy! I finally got the Refined MSF even though the MA from my previous post almost put me off from getting it. It really is pretty, though. It gives a great peachy sheen to the cheeks. I also picked up some individual lashes (nothing special, but I use them on the ends of my eyes to get a Twiggy effect). The unmarked container is a sample of the Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer. While I don't use it for tattoos, it is great for concealing under-eye circles. You can only imagine how heavy duty it is if they use it to cover tats.
I got my first MAC eyeshadow palette and filled it with the colors I reach for most frequently. As I had a back2mac, I also picked up Cranberry e/s as I have been wanting it for so long. It is a beautiful warm cranberry that I have been using nonstop since I got it. The shadows in the palette are listed as follows:
Front Row: Shroom, All That Glitters, Wedge, Slip Pink, Girlie
Middle Row: Cranberry, Satin Taupe, Sable, Antiqued, Mulch
Last Row: Shale, Trax, Star Violet, Sketch, Carbon
I also picked up the MAC Just A Pinch gel blush from the Rose Romance collection. I love it. You only need a small amount to get a rosey glow and it is very buildable. I wanted to try the Maybelline Lash Stiletto so I picked that up too. Two coats of this stuff creates beautiful length and considerable thickness. I needed a new liquid liner because mine dried out and I have been dying to add clean, perfect flicks to my eyeliner. I got the Sephora brand liquid liner in black. It works really well for me. I'm by no means new to liquid liners, so I have a lot of control while working with it.
Two new perfumes I picked up are Victorias Secret Sexy Little Things Noir and Dejarose from the Rose Romance collection. Dejarose is a true rose scent and I love anything and everything that smells like roses. SLT Noir is a much deeper fruity/floral. It really does come across as a very sexy scent.
Next up were some accessories from H & M. I got this headband which actually looks quite scary before you put it on (it has massive teeth that grab your hair) but it gives incredible volume in the crown. Helen from HeleSays blogged about the exact same product and loved it.
I also got this adorable bow necklace (did I mention I love bows?). Look at the cute detail at the closure!
Last but not least, I spotted this oversized black clutch with patent detailing from White House Black Market. I believe it was originally $60 but was marked down to$20. Great find!
What have you girls gotten lately?
I finally have my camera back (yay!) and I thought I'd give you some updates. Pardon the poor quality of the pictures..I'm still getting used to this. I'll start off with my first official Outfit/Face of the Day:
I had a meeting this morning in Hollywood with the head of a music venue. Since I didn't want to wear a traditional suit (which is often seen as dowdy in this industry), I opted for a dark, straight leg jean (one of my recent purchases from Express). I topped it off with a blue cotton v-neck, white blazer and black pumps. Its a simple look that fits in with the venue I was meeting with.
Face- MAC Moistureblend Foundation in NC20
MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark
MAC MSF Refined
MAC Tippy Blush
MAC Shroom e/s
MAC Sable e/s
Sephora brand liquid eyeliner in black
Lips: MAC TLC in Pink Fish
What do you think? I have another meeting with the same venue on Friday. Hmmm...what to wear....
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
While I haven't been tagged, I thought I'd join in on the fun!
What's your favourite make up look?
I am most partial to natural looks. Beautiful flushed cheeks, pinky lips and long curly lashes are all I need to feel put together and pretty. I have, though, recently added a little bit of winged eyeliner to this look. I've gotten a lot of compliments on it.
Do you have a beauty vice?
I would have to say my nails. I redo them every time they chip. I can't stand to have untidy nails. I also am crazy about lip balms. I have quite dry lips naturally so I try to keep them hydrated.
What part of your body do you love?
I quite like my cheekbones (thanks mom). While my skin isn't perfect, I only get the occasional breakout. I get quite a lot of compliments on it usually, so I like my skin quite a bit.
Who is your beauty icon?
Audrey Hepburn and my mother. Audrey because she is graceful, innocent and sexy. My mom because she is strong and effortless. She wears almost no makeup and is still as beautiful now as she ever was.
What beauty product makes you feel instantly sexy?
Mascara. My eyelashes are usually very straight and thin. Mascara thickens, curls and lengthens--instantly framing my eyes which are the most expressive part of the face.
How do you look after your skin?
I'm sure I could be better about it. I cleanse twice daily with a myriad of different products. After I get sick of something, I switch it up which is why I have so many cleansers on my counter. I tone when I can be bothered. I do, though, religiously moisturize with Philosophy's Hope in A Jar for sensitive skin. I have very very VERY dry skin and this is the only product I have found that rids me of the itchy, dry feeling and the yucky flakes that go along with it.
What is your signature scent?
I don't have a signature scent. I am a perfume lover but my sister is unfortunately allergic to most perfumes (or so she says) and since we live in the same house, I am not usually allowed to wear any. It is most unfortunate for me, because I have acquired a small collection and I stopped purchasing new ones because they just sit on my dresser. But I love florals for spring and summer and woodsy/spicey scents for the winter. Right now I am loving Victorias Secret Sexy Little Things Noir.
What are your hair care secrets?
I'm not too fussy with my hair. I use whatever shampoo/conditioner is in the shower. Every few weeks, though, I use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any product buildup. I don't use much product to style. I use some Biosilk which I am told is almost exactly the same as CHI Silk Infusion. I let it air dry when I want to keep my natural waves and blow dry it straight when I want a more sleek look. I've weened myself off the straightening iron the passed few years. I only use it when I want to get kinks out of my hair.
How do you pamper yourself?
I give myself regular manicures and pedicures. When I really want to pamper myself, I'll take an entire afternoon off from everything else, and give myself a facial, soak in the tub, use all my lotions and potions--just really relax.
What is your beauty pet peeve?
It really bothers me when people wing out eyeliner wayyy too much. I hate lipstick on teeth. Chipped nails. Excessive glitter. Birds nest hair. Yucky feet. Too many things.
What would your desert island must haves be?
The highest SPF I can find (SPF 100 so far), mascara, a cream blush, concealer, and chapstick.
Finally, do you have a beauty philosophy?
Less is more and highlight your best features.
Sorry for my extended absence. It was in part due to me not having a camera (I loaned it to my brother weeks ago and he has yet to return it) and in part due to my laziness as it is summer break. Anyway, I should get my camera back this evening so another post will come along shortly.
I wanted to let you in on my experience today at MAC. As I was sitting around today, I felt the urge to go shopping. I have been in a blah mood lately and thought some makeup would lift my spirits. The closest MAC to me is a counter inside my local Macy's department store. The closest MAC store is about 20-25 minutes away, and while it isn't that far, my laziness prevailed and I ended up at the counter. I try to avoid this counter at all costs because, in my experience, the girls that work there are rude. Not only are they snotty and do act holier-than-thou, but they don't know much about the products they work around everyday. I know more about them and yet I always feel belittled when I go there. Today I wanted the Refined MSF from the Sugar Sweet collection (before it runs out and I can't get it anymore) and I had a back 2 mac so I wanted to get Creme Cup lipstick. When I asked for the MSF, she looked confused and asked if I wanted the Refined Golden bronzer. I said no and explained that I wanted the Refined Mineralized Skinfinish from Sugar Sweet. She looked at me annoyed and said, "Look honey, what do you want?". She spoke to me like an idiot. When I asked for Creme Cup, she said that nothing like that has ever existed. Um, excuse me? Yes, it does. She was adamant that it didn't and that I must have gotten the name wrong. Again I explained it to her and how I had just seen it on the website. Her response? "Then go order it." I've never wanted to slap someone so much. Total disrespect. And I am always shocked when fellow bloggers and youtubers tell stories about how sweet their MA's are. I have never had a nice one here. She then attempted to explain to me the difference between the counter and a freestanding store, which I had pointed out to her just minutes before. Needless to say, I am never going to buy anything from that MAC counter ever again. I will trek over the 25 minutes to the store where I am treated like a person.
Aside from my rant, I haven't any done major hauling because I am trying to be good during our recession and save. I do, however, have a little accessories and clothing haul. (H&M, Express, MAC, drugstore,etc.) I'll do a nice long post once I get my camera back.
How do your MA's treat you?