Monday, March 29, 2010

Bargain Alert! Revlon Fantasy Length Lashes

If you've got a Walgreen's nearby, then have I got a great deal for you! In Walgreen's April coupon book, they have a coupon for $5 off Revlon Fantasy Length Lashes. These retail for $5.99, so after the coupon they come to $1 per pair! I picked up this style:


Kinda fun yet natural looking. And the best part is, no glue is required for these lashes-- they've got a self-adhesive strip on the lash! This is perfect for me, because the glue is always the hardest part! So, if you've been wanting to try these lashes, head over sometime this month. It is 1 per customer, per visit, but if you have a nice boyfriend that wants to come along... :)

PS- The coupon book can be picked up in the front of any Walgreen's store, so it should be waiting for you when you get there. :)

NOTD: China Glaze 'Light as Air'

Sometimes I wonder if I should just have a nail polish blog, since half of the entries have been polish lately. :) But anyways, I picked up this polish from Ulta the other day. And, since they were having a B2G1 on China Glaze, I also got 'Peachy Keen' and 'Lemon Fizz', which are also from the Up and Away collection. As always, please ignore my crap polish job. :)


Anyways I really like this color, it's very soft and pretty, and I would say it's office-appropriate. What do you think?

On another note, I have been a bit MIA lately but not because I haven't been buying makeup; I think I've been spending a little TOO much at Walgreen's on drugstore makeup. Sigh. MAC, bring out some more collections for me to drool over! :) Oh but I am in North Dakota this week (!!) and there's not so much as even a MAC counter in the state, so I have to wait to grab Art Supplies 'til I get back to civilization!

Anyways, I'm sure I'll have some stuff to share with you this week. But as for you, what are you lemming lately?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review: Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer


I got this primer a few months ago during Urban Decay's 30% friends and family sale. I am a huge fan of my Tarte Clean Slate, but I'm always open to new primers, and this was a new product when I got it, that boasted a nice matte, shine-free finish- so how could I resist?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

EOTD: Liberty of London Part II


This is just a really quick look I did one day with some of the Liberty of London eyeshadows (btw, yes, I ended up going back for Free to Be and Dame's Desire e/s- and Shell Pearl bp!). It's not the best FOTD ever but I loved the fun, vivid eyeshadows- very springy!

-Dames Desire (inner crease/outer lid)
-Free to Be (upper/outer crease)
-Nanogold (lid and highlight)
-Beauty Marked (inner crease)
-Blacktrack fluidline
-Maybelline Stilletto Mascara

Did you get any eyeshadows from Liberty of London? What were the must-haves for you?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Products I'm Currently Lemming

-Sugarpill Cosmetics- I am drooling over these absolutely intense, high-payoff shadows! I don't think I've seen anything like these ever.

-Redken Gut 10 (credit for this lemming to:

-MUFE Duo Mat Powder Foundation (thanks the very honest review at

-Lime Crime lipstick in "Cosmopop"(Temptalia did a review today!)

- UD Alice in Wonderland Box of Shadows (if you know where I can find one of these, lmk!)

What are you lemming lately? Or, what other products should I add to my list? 

Review: Tarte Toolbox for Brows


I picked up this brow kit a few months ago during a Tarte sale. I'm always looking for new brow products, and this kit was intriguing. For $18, the Tarte Brow Toolbox contains the following:

-Brow Gel
-Brow Pencil
-Brow Brush
-Brow Powder
-Brow Wax
-3 Brow Stencils
-How-to Instructions

Sunday, March 21, 2010

NOTD: MAC Blue India Polish

Ok finally a good look at MAC's Blue India nail lacquer! I love this color, it's just so unique! Sometimes it looks blue, then grey, then green. Love it (please excuse my sloppy application as usual)!

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(different lights change the look of this polish!)

Anyways, what do you think of Blue India? Is it your style?

PS- Blue India is still available on!

Review: Revlon Colorstay Foundation


Lately, I've seen/read a lot of great reviews about Revlon's Colorstay foundation. Since my Bare Escentuals mineral foundation was low and I'm always looking for a better foundation, I figured it would be a good time to test out this Revlon foundation. Plus, $9.99 is a steal compared to BE's $25 price tag. And, although I'm not usually big on liquid foundations, so far, I have been pretty impressed with this one.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

NOTD: St. Patrick's Day with China Glaze

Happy St. Patty's day! I didn't have anything green to wear today, so I figured this would be a perfect time to try out my new polish, "Re-Fresh Mint" by China Glaze! Sorry it's so sloppy, I did it pretty quickly, and CG's consistency is a little different from MAC's, so I kinda need to get used to it. :)


What do you think of this color? Would you wear it? 

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Haul: Nail Polish!!

I've been a nail polish hoarder lately! Never mind that I barely have time to change my polish, but I just can't get over all these awesome colors. :) I picked up these three yesterday:

l to r: China Glaze "Refresh-Mint", MAC "Blue India" and China Glaze "Solar Power"

I believe "Refresh-Mint" and "Blue India" are both LE, but "Solar Power" is permanent. It's funny because although I didn't intend it, these all kind of match, in a weird way. :) Now, I've got to decide which one to use first, but when I do, I'll be sure to post a NOTD for you all! :)

PS: I've found that MAC polishes last the best when the nails are completely dry (no lotion, and just after using polish remover), and no base or top coat is used. They tend to last a good while. Other than that, do you have any nail polish tips? What are your favorite colors out of these three?

Friday, March 12, 2010

FOTD: Liberty of London!


Hey guys! Ok, so I didn't expect on doing an FOTD today- as you can see, my hair is super ratty today, my brows are wacky, and well, I've been traveling all day! So needless to say, I kind of feel bad subjecting you to such a scary image of me, but at the same time, I'm so excited about my new Liberty of London goodies, particularly Petals & Peacocks lipstick! It is the most effortlessly awesome hot pink lipstick!

Products (all MAC unless otherwise noted)

Bough Grey (outer crease)
Awash (lid)
Beauty Marked (inner crease, deep v)
Vanilla (highlight)
Blacktrack Fluidline
Maybelline Stilletto mascara

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (just bought this yesterday, and so far so good!)
MSFN- Light
Prim and Proper Blush (probably quite faded at time of photo)
By Candlelight MSF

In Synch l/l
Petals and Peacocks l/s

So needless to say, I was a little afraid to try on Petals and Peacocks, because usually intense colors like this can be a little high maintenance, but this one is an exception. It is so easy to apply, and can be worn with an assortment of looks. :) 
More Photos:



What do you think of Petals and Peacocks? Would you wear it?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Review: MAC Give Me Liberty of London Collection


Hello lovelies! Well, I am back from the mall with all of my Liberty of London goodies that I scored today. :) Ready to see and hear all about it?

So, I always joke that I spend all this time making a list and then when I actually see the collection, the list goes out the window. Luckily, today I stayed pretty true to my list. I nixed a couple items off my list (Free to Be and Dirty Plum) in exchange for other equally-priced items (English Accents l/g and Prim and Proper blush), but otherwise I managed to avoid most temptations and got only what I came for!

I ended up with:
-Peachstock l/s
-Ever Hip l/s
-Blooming Lovely l/s
-Petals and Peacocks l/s
-English Accents l/g
-Frankly Fresh l/g
-Perennial High Society l/g
-Prim and Proper Blush
-Bough Grey e/s
-Blue India n/p

These were the highlight of the collection for me. For almost the past year, I have been trying to avoid lipsticks because I have so many, but lately MAC has been releasing so many beautiful colors! This collection is no exception. These colors are vibrant, bold spring colors. The finishes are also pretty solid, either being Satin, Amplified Cream or Cremesheen, so the color pay-off is true to the color in the tube.
l to r: Petals and Peacocks, Blooming Lovely, Ever Hip, Peachstock


Blooming Lovely ^^ is a mauved version of Lavender Whip. I am a huge violet lipstick fan; I don't know what it is, but I love the cool colored lipsticks. It has a bit of a pink undertone though, so if you can't pull of super cool lippies, this one is saved by its pink hue. Great color payoff as well.


Petals and Peacocks ^^ is a blued hot pink. It is pretty much identical to Gladiola from the Dame Edna collection, but it is going to have more shine, unlike Gladiola' matte finish. I think this Amplified Cream gives it more depth. If you are like me and you love hot pinks but most don't look good on you, try this one, because I think the blue in it really helps out.


Ever Hip ^^ is a bright coral. It has a little "oompf" or brightness that most coral coloured lipsticks don't have. I am a little disappointed with the color payoff; being that it is a cremesheen, it tends to be a bit sheerer than the other lipsticks in this collection. I think that is the one thing that prevents it from being my all-time favorite coral, but it is still very wearable, and with a lipliner underneath (Mouth Off lip liner, for example), it will be vibrant enough. It reminds me of a less-pigmented Vegas Volt l/s.

Peachstock ^^ is a browned neutral/nude. It is an "oldie but goodie", as it has been a PRO color for a while. In fact, I purchased this last year at the PRO store, but it didn't do it for me, so I ended up selling it. However, this time, something clicked and I am really excited about this color. It is going to look amazing under Frankly Fresh l/g, so I have a good feeling about it. :)

These were the runners-up in this collection. I bought 3 of 4, and the fourth (A Different Groove), was also pretty awesome but I had to draw the line somewhere, right? :) But these really complement the lipsticks, and seem to be wearable on their own too.
l to r: English Accents, Perennial High Society, Frankly Fresh

Frankly Fresh ^^ is a browned neutral nude. Its lipstick partner is Peachstock, though I think this could be easily worn alone, without lipstick. It is a basic nude so if you have something similar (I hear 2N l/g is similar), then you probably don't need this.

Perennial High Society ^^ is a pinky coral, which complements Ever Hip really well. This is reminiscent of Sock Hop l/g from Heatherette, but seems to be more pink. I can't wait to pair it with Ever Hip!


English Accents ^^ is a milky pink with a hint of mauve. It is less mauve than Blooming Lovely, so if Blooming Lovely is too purple for you, maybe add this on top and see if it makes a difference. I know it definitely changes it for me. This color also seems like it will be good alone, or on top of Viva Glam Gaga l/s.

I skipped all but one eyeshadow: Bough Grey. It was really the only one with an individuality, and since I was so enamored by all the lipsticks, I didn't bother with eyeshadows that looked similar to others I owned. Bough Grey is surprisingly pretty; it has a lot more green in it than I imagined, and that's what sold me on it. I wouldn't say the pay-off is extraordinary, but it's also not horrendous. With a good brush it should be fine.

Bough Grey 


I also had Free to Be e/s on my list, but I was greatly disappointed by it. See, the one in the perm line with standard packaging is awesome; I swatched it a while ago and was so amazed by the vividness and color payoff; However, the special packaging one has a strange film on it, and didn't swipe at all. And the tester was brand-new. I had been warned of this on Specktra, so I made sure to check at the store and sure enough, it was disappointing enough to skip. I will pick up the regular one at a later date. It is a cool color.

Birds and Berries is lovely, but I have Strike a Pose; Dame's Desire is cool and I would like to eventually pick up a red violet eyeshadow, but I am over purples at the moment; and Give Me Liberty of London was a standard pale pink- nothing I hadn't seen before.

I fully expected to pick up Dirty Plum in this collection. It's been on my list for how long now? But when I saw Prim and Proper, I was torn. Prim and Proper is not as shimmery as I thought; in fact it has a subtle sheen but that's about it. It is a soft peachy bronze color, and I felt that it would get a lot more love from me, whereas Dirty Plum, though pretty, would probably just sit in my stash forever.

At one point, I asked my husband which one he thought I should get. His reply: "Well, I like Dirty Plum in the pot, but on your hand it looks a lot more clownish...which I guess is the look they're trying to achieve (points to promo image)" LOLz!! I like the promo image but it is definitely editorial (or as a man eloquently puts it: clownish, haha). So I got Prim and Proper, but Dirty Plum will definitely be on my mind! It's tempting.


Prim and Proper Blush

Beauty Powders:
I skipped both of these; neither screamed "I'm worth $25" to me. Summer Rose didn't swatch quite as deeply as I had hoped. It was better than the Rose Romance version but still not good enough. And Shell Pearl was kind of pretty, but I have so many shimmery products, and realistically, shimmer can only go so far before it starts looking greasy or really starts enhancing all the imperfections on my skin. So I skipped out on these.

Nail Polish:
Blue India is a very cool color! I was tempted to skip it, reasoning that I didn't want to pay $12 for a nail polish when I have heard there are cheaper dupes. However, it is a pain in my ass to go searching for these alleged dupes, and this color is so unique to me that it won me over. It's like a teal color with some dirty blue and green. It will no doubt sell out quickly.



Vestral White looks like white-out so that was a pass.

Overall, this collection was really excellent! I love the packaging and the bright spring lipsticks (that will take the place of my Fleshpot for a bit!). Everything is fun, and it's just a matter of deciding what colors you like the best!

What do you think of Liberty of London? What did you get?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Review: MAC Too Fabulous Liners


They're here, they're here! I have been waiting for a good while for these liners, and I'm so excited to have gotten my hands on them today. I picked up:

-In Synch Lip Liner
-Naked Lip Liner

And if you've read my blog enough you know that my swatches generally suck, but to show that I tried, here you go:


Top: Naked; Bottom: In Synch

I've been looking for liners like these for quite some time. I've always imagined a pale nude pencil, and have searched high and low for one, without success. In fact, a couple years back I picked up Mother Pearl cremestick liner, hoping it would help me out with that nude look but it was horrid, hence the reason it is now discontinued. But I've been trying to sell it for forever, without any luck. But that's okay, because these liners are worth the wait.

I also love how these apply. They are unlike older MAC lip liners that are a little stiff and take some work to apply. These are creamy, soft and apply like lipstick. I am wondering if they are a formula designed to replace lipstick, since a bunch of cremesheens were also released with this collection, and look like they're intended for use right over the pencil. Regardless, they have amazing pigmentation, and apply like a dream.

In Synch


In Synch is a pale pink. It is like Underage l/g in liner form, except with a little more pink to it. I have always dreamed of a satin lipstick in this color, and still hope that one day the MAC gods will deliver. VG Gaga was close but no cigar, unfortunately. But this liner is as close as I'm going to get to that so far, so I'm satisfied. 

Naked Liner


Naked Liner is a pale nude. It is just like Lip Erase. It actually surprised me how much this really DID erase my lips. I was expecting it to kind of soften my natural, very-pigmented lips, but this took away all color and replaced it with its flesh tone. I have long used Fleshpot lipstick as somewhat of a lip erase; I will dab it on my lips under most colors so that they'll show a little truer to color. I think this pencil is going to take most of Fleshpot's brunt work. This should be applied with a light hand, because it takes just a little to get the desired effect. Too much, and it looks like foundation lips!

Here is a swatch of all the liners:

l to r: Naked, In Synch, Mouth Off, Trimmed in Pink, Chestnut, Boldly Bare

As for the rest of the Too Fabulous collection, none of it really stood out to me. The other liners were nice (see above), and I wouldn't mind grabbing a few more as they are good staple liners, but I had to keep the purchase small, to get ready for Liberty of London next week! Then, the mineralize blushes are kind of played out in my mind. There were a couple that looked pretty but not overly unique. Rhapsody in Two, though pretty in the pot, is very frosty. And finally, the cremesheens. Well, let's just say I'm over cremesheens and dazzleglass, and dazzleglass cremes or anything else that comes overpriced in a ridiculously small tube. I am all about lip gelees though, and will be happy to pick up more of those when MAC decides to release them again. :)

So, what about you, was anything "Too Fabulous" to resist in this collection? Or will you be skipping it all?