Saturday, April 30, 2011

Just a Couple of MAC Lipsticks..

If we're being honest here, I should admit that it's been some time since any of the MAC limited edition collections have wowed me. I try so hard--swatching and contemplating; but for the last few, they've come off as just a bit...meh.

No need to fear. There are always 3,000 good MAC lipstick choices to rummage through. So recently I did just that, choosing two that happen to always be placed next to each other.

The first is Impassioned--a bright coral/watermelon pink. This one packs a starbursty punch of color..almost so much so, that it can prevent you from wearing it. Chatterbox is the second pink. It's much more wearable, with slight blue undertones. Surprisingly, either of them look very daring when swiped next to each other. The true difference comes through on the lips, and I will update with lip swatches soon.

In other earth-shattering, ground breaking news..we celebrated a family birthday a couple of weeks ago. I prepared an orange chocolate cake (what can I say, I'm a Jaffas addict)--and I thought these little birthday candles topped it off nicely. You know, just in case any family members were confused as to what we were celebrating...

Speaking of about that Royal Wedding? I was glued to the television for a good 7 hours straight. Absolutely stunning!

What is your favorite MAC lipstick? Err..any other Jaffas fans?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Nails!

This week has seen only pastel painted-egg shades on the nails.

Starting with China Glaze's For Audrey as the primary color, I then dripped a bit of Island Girl's Island Volcano from the base.

Last night, they were switched out for China Glaze's Lemon Fizz. Yellow nails have been popping up everywhere this Spring, and although this guy has sat in my collection for the past year, it never really felt like the right time to use it. Perhaps Easter has made it feel more wearable.

And on that note, for those of you who celebrate--Happy Easter! What are you wearing on your nails this weekend?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fairy Drops: Scandal or Not?

So, up until recently I've been pretty reliant on one brand when itcomes to Japanese fiber/tube mascaras. They're not an every day product for me--they're a funeral/very-warm-weather/sad movies type of mascara. At times, it can be a lower lash product as well.

When I started hearing the hype surrounding Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Mascara (longer, curlier, waterproof lashes), I figured it was time to test out a new fiber mascara. This one comes in a very pretty tube--shiny and metallic. I'm pretty sure it was the wow factor of the tube that pushed me to pick it reminds me of a design you'd find in old Las Vegas.

There are five essences contained in the formula: squalane (emollient), jojoba oil (balancing), panthenol (humectant), collagen (strength & elasticity), and sodium hyaluronate (hydration). The curved wand consists of three poofy bulbs, which are said to increase length and volume. The formula is quite wet--not overly so, but definitely has a moisturizing appeal. I've had a few issues with using the brush on my lower lashes--it's quite wide, so smudging can occur easily.

The verdict: It does a fine job lengthening, but the effect leans more to the natural end of things. When it comes to volume, I much prefer a mascara such as Lancome's Hypnose--even if it does risk a little rub-off under the lash line. If you have trouble with keeping a curl, this one may be a good pick..but you're using a lash curler anyway, right?

In other news, I've been having cravings for caramel frappuccino, boba tea and sushi. Is it the weather? This is another favorite creation from SushiSamba, which leads me to believe there ought to be at least one more SushiSamba holiday before baby arrives...

El Topo roll: salmon, jalapeno, shiso, melted
mozzarella & crispy onion

Are you a fan of Japanese mascaras? Which are you favorites?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Inglot: Freedom of Choice!

Inglot is a cosmetics line based in Poland that gets very little recognition in the States. Reason being, there isn't a lot of access to it and there are only a handful of storefronts across the country. Of course, all of this makes a girl want it even more.

I was over the moon when the lovely Rocaille Writes gifted me with an Inglot eyeshadow trio, after having returned from home after a visit. The shades were very pigmented and buttery, and I could imagine the line had quite a bit to choose from, given the slight differences in the silver shadows. I like to think of it as my initial warm-up.

So about a month ago while in Miami and shopping at Aventura Mall, you can imagine my reaction to the Inglot stand alone store. I ran in, the hubby defeatedly plopped down on the couch (knowing it would take a while), and I began perusing through the hundreds of shadows, varnishes, concealers, and lip lacquers. A visit to the shop indicates that your choices are vast, yet there are several different systems for organizing your selections. You can also buy items solo.

With so many vibrant colors there was a definite overwhelming factor, and I took the safe route. The intention was to choose shades that could be thrown into my bag for travel--a bit neutral, yet something that would complete a full face if need be.

This included an under-eye concealer:

A lip paint:
and three shadows which would work for a simple, understated eye:
At the last minute, el hub piped in and stated that I needed a brush to add to the palette (baby steps), so we added that as well. It completed the palette, but I've yet to use it.

A few more glosses caught my eye--the AMC Lip Paint in 66, as well as the Sleeks Cream in 96 and 89. All three have quite a bit of pigmentation, wear very well, and are not overly sticky (the creams being the least sticky). They each carry a sweet vanilla-y fruit like scent, while the packaging on the creams are my favorite. They're slim and test-tube like, fitting easily into a clutch or small cosmetics bag.

Above: AMC Lip Paint 66

If you're curious as to where you can find an Inglot store, check the listings here. Otherwise, you can now order items via their website. I've noticed that not everything is listed, but you have a wide selection nonetheless.

Are you a fan of Inglot? Is there something I missed--what's your favorite product?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Barely There...

I've professed my love for Estee Lauder's Peach and Plum Nuance blushers before, so when I received word that there was a brown version by the name of Nude Nuance, I was pretty sure it was time to round out the collection. The Cosmetics Company Outlet (CCO) was the answer to my search.

You may be able to find the version that does not have the ombre effect at counters, however my interest lay in one that moved from the lightest to darkest shade. This is only slightly obvious on my skin, as it is very similar in color while imparting a slight sheen. It's most useful for the days when you want to skip bronzer or blush, and fake an "I'm fresh like this every day" look. Come to think of it, this would have been most useful during early pregnancy.

While browsing, I came across a peach eyeshadow and also the much-raved about Tea Biscuit shadow (a light skin-toned nude with a bit of shimmer) that Tina over at All The Vanity loves. Then something caught my eye. It was the Spiced Peach quad, including a peach shade, another similar to Tea Biscuit, and two additional flattering neutrals. This quad is perfect for a weekend away during these warm(ing) Spring months. They can be worn alone, or combined for a neutral warmed-up eye.

Have you stopped by your local CCO lately? It's usually a hit or miss for me, but when I do find something, I try to share it right away. Timing is key, and these two are available now!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Pacific Blue Has Me Dreaming...

Blue is not my favorite shade for nails. Depending on the tone, it can really make my skin look a little blah. However, this is one that I've had in my polish collection for some time, but only decided to try this week. I'm loving it! My guess is that I'll be reaching for it time and again throughout the next few months, and I don't think I'd mind wearing it to a slightly dressy event either.

It's a creme formula, which can be a bit unusual with blues, as I find many to have a bit of shimmer or sparkle in them. This one may be a bit difficult to find in stores, but I've seen quite a few for sale online.

Which is your favorite blue nail polish? Let me know your recommendations!
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