Sunday, October 25, 2009

Romantically Beautiful....

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this perfume. The scent isn't too strong. It's very feminine, soft and girly! I have worn this since I was 12 and have not looked back since. Nor have I worn any other perfume. I have every item imaginable from this line, from powder, to lotion to body wash to soap, etc... I look forward to getting the gift sets every holiday. This year is no exception. I was passing through the Estee Lauder counter at Macys and was greeted by an SA. I was caught spritzing myself Beautiful on my way. She comes over to talk to me and proceed to show the most spectacular item they are having for the holiday. She shows me this yellow-gold 2-tier box of the Beautiful holiday set. I've had almost all the boxed sets and I've never seen this. Enclosed inside is the best: their largest perfume size as part of the holiday set- 3.4oz!!!! OMG!!!! The largest I've used is the 2.5oz! The set comes with a soap, full size of the body lotion and body wash and pocket/purse perfume! Altogether, the total for the gift set is: $99!!! I'm thinking, what a deal! The 3.4oz perfume by itself is $89! Imagine all those for $99!!! I walked away from the counter all happy. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that my parents give this to me as a christmas present. They don't really give me anything else because they know I love the perfume set.

I've posted a link to Macy's below (this is where I usually buy them).

Let me know if you're getting anything from the perfume holiday gift sets (it doesn't have to Beautiful). What are your faves?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

bareMinerals Matte Foundation

There's only one foundation that I wear. But before I discovered these, I have tried them all. Unfortunately, I have very oily and sensitive skin. I can't wear liquid foundation because it makes me break out and looks cakey on my skin. And after a few hours of wear, my skin just looks really oily. The liquid formula just doesn't last long on my face.
I have been wearing bareMinerals foundation for years now. I give credit for one of my BFF's for getting me hooked on it. Since then, I haven't worn any other foundation. I think it's the ingredients in the foundation that works well for me. I don't look like I'm wearing heavy makeup. I look very natural. And that's just how I like it.

Matte Foundation: new twist locking system (so loose products won't spill)
bareMinerals Matte Foundation (Shade: Medium Tan)

I've worn the Original formula for many years. Recently, bareMinerals launched a Matte version of their original foundation formula. This product works well for my oily skin. The new Matte foundation formula has a new design. When you remove the lid, the loose powder is encased within a twist locking rim. The old formula is different in that once you open the lid, is just a sifter. And when your foundation gets tossed around in your makeup bag, you end up with extra products the next time you open the foundation. With the new Matte formula, the foundation has a sifter as well as the twist lock. That way you control the amount you want to use without wasting too much. I think that it's a great idea. I've used this foundation in the last month and a half and I love it so far.
Does anyone use bareMinerals foundation? What are your thoughts about the foundation? Please let me know if any of you are using the current Matte foundation.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Why Eiffel for this Color...

I was thinking for the longest time what to blog about today. This will be short however. One of my favorite things in the world, other than makeup is nails. I love, love OPI nail colors. They last long and has great color payoff. One of my favorite color is Eiffel for this Color (see below). I was able to try this color when my girlfriends and I went to a local spa. I am so into anything purple that this color caught my eye. It's like a plum-purple shade. It's creamy in texture and the color is just awesome! I like it so much that my friend got the nail polish for me as a gift! Sweet!
Has anyone tried this shade. If so, let me know what you think. If you haven't tried this, I suggest you do. It is such a pretty color- goes well both as a nail and toe color!

OPI: Eiffel for this Color

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

2 Pigments + 1 Lipglass = FUN!

This past weekend I thought I would visit a MAC Store, not a counter but a free standing one. I headed to one just to "browse". Needless to say, "browsing" led to "buying"! Shockers!!! What I really wanted was to re-stock on my Volcanic Thermal Mask which was sold out in every store counter and online. Yes, that's how I justify my being there. Not a loss though because my eye caught the Pigments lurking behind the DSquared collection stand. Not totally obscured from sight but could be easily missed by some. But not me. I made my way around the counter and happily played with all of them. Some names I recognize and others I don't. I picked up 2 pigments: Naked and Heritage Rouge. Naked is a permanent item. Heritage Rouge is from the Make Up Art Cosmetics Collection that came out a couple of months ago. I also bought Steal My Heart lipglass. I don't remember which collection this one came from. I will do a full review of these as soon as I can. Naked pigment is available online at MAC's website: I believe you can find Heritage Rouge there as well. The full line up of the pigments are sold at MAC free standing stores. The counter does not carry the full range. I think Heritage Rouge you can still ask at some counters if it's available. The last time I went, they were not on display anymore.
Below are some pictures! Check back soon for the reviews. Enjoy!

Steal My Heart

Naked Pigment up close

A closer look (sorry for the blur image)

Such a pretty color!

Heritage Rouge Pigment
Small, yet modest haul

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Magic, Miirth & Mischief Haul - Part 1

Just recorded or made a tiny Movie of my small haul from the MAC Magic, Mirth & Mischief collection. As some may already know- it's holiday time at MAC! Yay! The holiday collection comes in 2 parts. I will upload a video or maybe just a pic of the second one. The haul on that one is much smaller than this.

So, my thoughts on these 2 part collection is: I'm overwhelmed! I totally skipped out on the experience last year so I'm at awe this year! I've never bought a holiday MAC collection before. Honestly, I must say that this part (video) is the collection I'm most excited about. I love the mineralize line from MAC. I've found a way to work with them (use Fix+) and the outcome of the color payoff is gorgeous! I can't wait to try all these out!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pretty dangley things...

Could not log on and upload this pic earlier. This is part 2 of my first post. The first pic was the bracelet. This is part of my Macys accesories purchase.

I love this dangling set. So pretty and so girly. Perfect to dress up any simple top. It's just plain pretty.

This is the other pair I bought. Gold tone and dangling as well. It has a red beading at the top. And the main gold part of the earring has a detailed hammered design. And the bottom are 3 small disc of flat shell design. Again, very pretty and party ready. Can't wait to wear these!

What a day to shop...

Here's what I came away with: Gold tone bracelet with gray/lavender pearl
...only because there's always a reason to want to buy something. Even if your intention is to browse somehow you walk away with something. For example, today I was just suppose to "browse".

Browsing turned into a major shopping spree: Dangerous, as the heading above states. The damage technically began yesterday or last night. It's a friday habit for me to head to the mall just to walk around (another word for browsing). Headed to Macys passing through the jewelry section. Decided to take a peak at the discounted bin of jewelry. Just a mish-mash of earings, bracelets and necklaces. Didn't really think I would find anything I would like and especially on SALE!!!! I found 3 items: 2 earrings and 1 bracelet. And I found them for cheap too! How lucky am I? Really was not going to spend but how can one pass up on a sale?

oh, life....a little rant

This last couple of weeks has been stressful for me at work...I totally need another vacation....Really would love to see some beaces right now. Especially since we're heading towards winter. Doesn't help that I'm not loving what I do at the moment...Need to look for another job opportunity. I hope there's something out there for me...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happiness kit clutch

OOppps forgot to post the pic of the hot pink clutch that came with the Happiness Kit!

Bare Escentuals Happiness Kit

Berry Rush Gloss

From the top: Glee Radiance, Hallucinate liner shadow, Euphoria and Happiness eyeshadow

On left: the hot pink packaging. at the top right: Berry Rush gloss, Feather light brush, Double-ended tapered brush and Flawless Definition Mascara

Back cover of the box...with product pics!

Before I go forward with my review and rave for this product, I need to vent first.
Last friday was a hellish day at work. I thought the day would not end. I mean I dread coming in to work this week for fear of another hellish week:( So, after work I decided to treat myself to a little retail therapy. I headed to Sephora to pick up the new Bare Escentuals kit called Happiness! From other posts I read of this product, everyone and their sister seems to love it. I thought, what's the deal? Oh another thing, Sephora has this promo thing going on (until Oct 12)where if you bring in 5 unused beauty products (can be old lipstick, lipgloss, etc.), you get $10 dollars off a $50 dollar or more purchase. Sweet!!!! Brought in some old products and got $10 off of the Happiness kit collection. Original price tag: $54...So yay...sweet deal!

The Happiness kit is a 9-piece collection that includes:
bare Minerals Glee Radiance
Eurphoria eyecolor
Happiness eyecolor
Hallucinate liner shadow
Flawless definitin mascara- Black
100% Natural Gloss in Berry Rush
Feather light brush
Double-ended Tapered shadow brush
Hot pink Happy clutch
NOTE: Each of these items (excluding the brushes) are infused with Happybelle.
So far, I love this the first time I swatched the colors on my hand. I will follow up this post with a proper product review...
Let me know if anyone picks up this kit. It is available on Sephora and Sephora online.


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