Thursday, September 29, 2011

MAC Fall Colour Collection Haul + Review


Hey Guys!
First of all, let me start off by saying the campaign photos of Cindy Sherman TERRIFY me. I'm glad I ordered offline because honestly, if I went into the store I probably wouldn't go near the clown display...seriously. Anyways, I ended up ordering a few things online and thought I would post my haul, plus some swatches since the collection launches in stores in North America TODAY! Despite the campaign photos, I was really excited for the products in this collection. I already owned quite a bit of product that was repromoted for this collection so I've decided to include pictures of those products as well and links to swatches I've done in the past.

What I ended up ordering:
(all prices in CAD)

Angel Flame Eyeshadow Quad $45
Royale Eyeshadow $18
Blue Candy Eyeshadow $18
Ash Violet Fluidline $18
Lightscapade Mineralize Skin Finish $33.50

Lightscapade Mineralize Skin Finish

Lightscapade MSF

Lightscapade is described as a soft candelit beige with multi-dimensional shimmer. The closest MSF I have to Lightscapade is Perfect Topping so I decided to do a side-by-side comparison. Perfect Topping is a mixture of pink, peach and lavender and is probably a little more wearable/versatile than Lightscapade. Lightscapade is very light/white and the pinkish glow to Perfect Topping looks more flattering on my NC30/40 skintone. I have to use a rather light hand with Lightscapade because it gives a whitish cast. With that said, I still think Lightscapade is absolutely gorgeous and I've been waiting quite some time for this to be repromoted. I was ebaying old MSFs a while back when I was really into collecting them, but did not want to spend the outrageous prices ebay sellers were auctioning these bad boys off for. In the end it's a great addition to my highlighters and it will be getting much love. 

Lightscapade MSF vs. Perfect Topping MSF

Lightscapade MSF vs. Perfecting Topping MSF

Angel Flame Eyeshadow Quad



The Angel Flame Eyeshadow Quad was one of the items I was looking forward to most. Rarely, actually, NEVER have a come across a quad which I wanted to purchase. Usually there is one or two colours that steer me away from making the $45 purchase, but I can say now that I absolutely love every colour in this quad and can see myself using all of the colours. The quad comes with Chamomile (LE, Repromote), Angel Flame (LE), Feather Pink (LE), and Gravel (LE). Chamomile is described as a creamy pale yellow with a "Satin" finish. Angel Flame (LE) is a coral that flashes pink/yellow, kind of like MAC's Melon Pigment, but not as pigmented. Angel Flame is a "Frost" finish. Feather Pink is a mid-ton pink with a "Satin" finish. Finally, Gravel  (LE) is a blue-grey with a "Matte" finish. All the colours are soft, blendable, and well pigmented. Feather Pink I have found to be the hardest to build up and work with. Gravel has the best colour payoff and probably the best texture and application of the bunch.

From left to right: Chamomile, Angel Flame, Feather Pink, Gravel

Single Eyeshadows 



As soon as I saw the single eyeshadows I intially was attracted to Blue Candy and Passionate. I knew Passionate was a permanent colour because I remember wanting it a long time ago, but never got around to buying it, so I decided to skip out on it because I could just pick it up later, for cheaper, in pan form. Blue Candy and Royale are extremely pigmented, smooth, and apply easily. Some of the best eyeshadows MAC has come out with in a long time, in my opinion. I had Shock-a-holic from the previous collection when it came out and I found I have not used it much because the texture is terrible. Shock-a-holic is a bit chalky and you really got to work with it which you shouldn't really have to for $18, in my opinion. The colour is definitely gorgeous once you spend the time to make it work though. Royale is described as a clean violet and has a "Matte" finish. Royale looks blue to me, but I'm colourblind. LOL Blue Candy is described as a clean blue and has a "Satin" finish. Shock-a-holic is described as a deep purple and also has a "Satin" finish.

From left to right: Shock-a-holic, Royale, Blue Candy

Ash Violet Fluidline 



Ash Violet Fluidline is described as blackened purple and it has a obvious sparkle/glitter to it which MAC should put in the description, in my opinion, as it is quite apparent. Ash Violet isn't as pigmented as I would like. It took me a few swipes of product to get the line as dark as I would like. I've been wearing this the past couple days and it really makes my green eyes pop. It is longwearing, like all of MAC's fluidlines, and won't smudge or budge until you want to remove it. I like that this is a blackened purple, not an "in-your-face" purple because it makes my green eyes stand out subtly, without it being that obvious that I'm wearing a coloured liner. 

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (released with this collection) vs. Ash Violet Fluidline

Products Repromoted with Fall Colour Collection  


 Pictured above: Blacktrack Fluidline, Neon Orange Lipstick, Tan Pigment, Violet Pigment, Dim Lip Erase, Shock-a-holic eyeshadow, Solar Riche Bronzer

A lot of products were repromoted for this collection that were already permanent items or have been released previously. I took it upon myself to gather the products I have so that I could share swatches. I love all these products, but my favourites are Blacktrack fluidline and Solar Riche Bronzer. I plan on doing a full review on Solar Riche Bronzer in the near future. Not pictured is Show Orchid Lipstick which was also released in this collection and can be found at Pro stores. You can see swatches of Show Orchid in a previous post by clicking here. To see swatches of Neon Orange lipstick, click here. To see swatches of Tan and Violet Pigment, click here. To see MAC 36 lashes, also released with the Fall Colour Collection, look below, or click here.

MAC 36 Lashes


Wearing: Angel Flame Eyeshadow Quad, Ash Violet Fluidline, Solar Riche Bronzer, Lightscapade MSF

What did you get from this collection? 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September Luxe Box by Loose Button

Hey Guys!
I received my second Luxe Box in the mail last week. You can check out the contents of my August Luxe Box by clicking here and read what Luxe Box is all about. This post will strictly be on the samples I received this month as I have already discussed the Luxe Box service previously in the August edition.

The packaging was just as nicely presented as it was before, expect, BETTER because it came with a little hershey kiss. LOL It was actually the cookies and cream kind so I devoured it right away because that is my FAVOURITE hershey kiss. As always, the box came with a card describing all the products, the prices for full sizes...etc.


The Goods

 

Moroccan Oil The Original Oil Treatment: This product is specifically designed for hair that has been damaged by chemical processing and stripped of its natural moisture and elasticity. Repair luster to sun-ravaged hair with this nutrient rich treatment. The results are instant and outstanding and will leave hair hydrated with a lightweight, silky texture. Retail value: $42 (100 ml)
I was really excited to see Moroccan Oil in this months Luxe Box because I already own a full size bottle and know I love it. This little guy will get full use once I finish my full size. If you were curious about trying this product, I have one recommendation: get the light version if you have thin hair because this stuff will weight it down and be too moisturizing if you use too much. My hair is relatively normal in thickness and I only need such a small dab for my entire head of hair, which is very long!


Pur Minerals Mineral Glow: Get that radiant, sun-kissed look all year round. This micronized mineral powder with golden undertones is infused with antioxidants to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing. Does not contail oil, alcohol, fillers, fragrance or chemical dyes. Mineral Glow is pur-fect for all skin tones and types: Tip: Use with Pur Mineral's 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup. Full- Size Retail Price: $24 (12g)
The sample they sent is fairly large. I absolutely LOVED the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup I got to try in last months Luxe Box, but my skin is allergic to Mica so I got a minor breakout on my cheeks. Sadly, I ended up giving the 4-in-1 away to a friend despite how good it made my skin look, and I plan on giving this product away too as the main component is Mica. Seriously though, my skin has never looked so good with a powder before so I'm upset I can't continue to use the 4-in-1 because I would have bought the full-size hands down if it didn't irritate my skin.


Laura Mercier Perfecting Water - Rich: Also known as Perfecting Water Moisture Mist, this hydrating fluid temporarily over-hydrates skin allowing deeper penetration of ingredients, moisturizers and serums in further treatments. Contains Deep Sea Water, an ingredient that enhances metabolic reaction within the skin and helps cell renewal. Keep your skin looking soft and supple all day. Full-Size Retail Price: $38 (200ml)
I've only ever tried Laura Mercier Foundations so I'm excited to try this hydrating water. It sounds interesting and hopefully will allow me to get better use out of the many skin care samples I have laying around in addition to my other facial serums and moisturizers.


Mereadesso Face + Neck Toning Gel: This face + neck toning gell is like dipping your skin in nourishing supplements. With 16 botanical extracts, 7 minerals, a complex of vitamins and enzymes and over 20 different antioxidants, your skin is going to love you for it! Experience a cooling and tightening sensations with a slight twist of citrus. Full-Size Retail Price: $120 (50ml)
Have you tried any of these products? 

Make sure you check out Luxe Box by Loose Button by clicking HERE!

Monday, September 26, 2011

HAUL: Fall 2011 Clothes and Boots

Hey Guys!
I've been doing a little bit of online shopping this weekend and thought I would show you some of the items I decided to pick up. I played an order with MAC last night for a few items from the Fall Collection and I can't wait to try them out! I will have swatches and a haul up later this week when it comes in the mail. As for clothes, I ordered a few things from Forever21 and picked up a couple pairs of boots off of HauteLook! I just recently got into shopping off of HauteLook and you can find AMAZING deals on designer goods. I will probably do a seperate post on my experience with HauteLook once I receive my items.

Forever21

Biker Vest $33.80
Chiffon Blouse (I didn't get the magenta, but I picked up the white, navy, and blush!) $16.50
Textured Knit Top $27.80
Lace Vest $18.80
Seam Tights $6.80
Contrast Herringbone Tights $9.80
Lace Print Tights $6.80
Wide Leg Pants $23.80
Wool Blend Mini Skirt $23.80
Pearlescent Rose Ring $4.80
Brown Combat Books (not pictured)
Rose Print Knee High Socks (not pictured)
Tanks (various colours - not pictured)






I plan on wearing lots of skirts this Fall with different patterned tights underneath. I really like sheer clothes which you can layer over top of tanks. I'm in loveee with Chiffon, especially blouses. There are several other items that I need to pick up still. I wouldn't mind getting a couple more pairs of boots, a cape, more skirts and pants.
HauteLook


Coconuts by Matisse Helena Boot $29, regular $85
(my fave purchase!)

Coconuts by Matisse Salem Boot $49, Regular $134
 
What are your favourite Fall trends?


Sunday, September 25, 2011

FOTN: From Day to Night Makeup


Hey Guys!
My go to look is always the MAC quad I created with these four eyeshadows: Blanc Type, Wedge, Espresso, Carbon. I wore this look on my wedding day, and I wear it most days when I don't feel like thinking about what eyeshadow combo to do. To kick up my day-time makeup, I went a little darker in the crease (used a little more Espresso), and then darkened up the outer V with carbon. I also lined my waterline with Stila Kajal Eye Pencil in Onyx to give my eye a more sultry effect. I was in a pinch for time so I got home, showered, and basically just added more black to my eye makeup and voila, party ready. This look is from last weekend when I celebrated one of my BFFs bday.


FACE:
Origins VitaZing Moisturizer SPF15
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
Estee Lauder Double Wear in "Tawny"
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25
ELF Powder (to set undereye concealer)
CARGO Blu_Ray Pressed Powder #30 (used very lightly to warm up the colour since Tawny isn't a perfect match for my skintone)
Chanel Soleil De Tan/Bronze Universel
Chanel Soleil De Tan Fluid Illuminator in "Sunkissed"
NARS Madly blush
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

BROWS:
Make Up For Ever Waterproof Brow Corrector #3


EYES:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Blanc Type e/s (entire lid up to browbone)
MAC Wedge e/s (crease)
MAC Espresso e/s (Outer 1/3, crease)
MAC Carbon e/s (set eyeliner, darker outer V)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in "Zero"
Stila Eye Kajal in "Onyx" (waterline)
Cover Girl Lash Perfection Mascara
Eylure Lashes


LIPS:
OCC Lip Tar in "Hush"

As some of you already know, I have a new puppy! I am quite behind in blogging at the moment because she has been taking up all my free time. I do have a ton of post ideas, so hopefully I can get a routine worked out between puppy training and working 6 day weeks. Hera is sleeping at the moment, but as soon as she wakes up I have to get to her in time before she takes a leak on my floor LOL. The joys of puppy training.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

100% Pure Cosmetics Giveaway Winner!


 And the winner of the 100% Pure Cosmetics Giveaway is...

#14
Congratulations to Kristina! I will be contacting you shortly to arrange shipping details. Thank you to everyone who entered!




Sunday, September 18, 2011

OOTD: My Brother's Wedding

 Paparazzi shot LOL

Hey Guys!
Just thought I'd share with you what I wore to my brother's wedding last weekend. It was up North and was the perfect location. The wedding itself was very intimate, with only 40 or so guests, and we all went swimming, tubing, canoeing...etc between the ceremony and the reception! A handful of cottages were rented out for the guests to stay at, and the cottage I was at overlooked the lake and was beautifully decorated inside. If I were to do my wedding over again I think I would choose something like this...low-key, inimate, and FUN! I ended up doing my brothers' wife's makeup along with taking several photographs during the day/evening. I had so much fun and I LOVED my dress so I had to share it with you. It was a little bit pricey, but I figure I could splurge since it was my brother's wedding after all.

 Click to enlarge.

Purple Dress - Le Chateau $225
Nude Heels - Forever21

 Families together!

 My mom took this photo and I HAD to share it. This IS NOT photoshopped! This is how beautiful the sunset was!