Sunday, December 29, 2013

Winter Madness

Damn the holiday season for all the irresistible collections and new makeup products released. Damn that holiday spirit and mindset that tis the season to splurge and spend a ridiculous amount of money on gifts. In addition, while you're doing your Christmas shopping one must always treat yourself to a little something as well right? Problems of a shopaholic and makeup addict. Facepalm. My lovely ladies, I present to you a collective haul from December and sneak peak of upcoming posts. I apologize for the lack of posts even though I should have more time in the holidays without school work in the way, but I've been working like crazy to make up for the amount of money I've spent. Sigh.

Yves Saint Laurent: My most recent purchases from this holiday season. These two lippies are just regular lip colours from the permanent line of Rouge Volupte Shine and Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain. The shades I bought are No. 15 Corail Intuitive (Glossy Stain) and No. 7 Corail Aquatique (Rouge Volupte Shine). The packaging of these YSL lip products are to die for and is precisely the reason why I would even consider spending so much on a lip product. Although, of course, the colour must also suit me.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: The rose gold theme is too pretty to pass up. I know a lot of people are passing up on this for various reasons (similar colours, not getting much use out of previous naked palettes, expensive etc...) but in my opinion I think I'd actually get more use out of this palette than the previous ones because the pinky gold tones are more suitable for everyday wear. There's not a shade in this palette that I don't think I won't be able to wear or enjoy.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach: I don't think I need to give an explanation for this, it's my third time repurchasing.

NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette: I think there's no better description for this but "If you love something, let it go. If it comes back, it's yours. That's how you know" - Christina Aguilera. I was pretty upset at myself for not getting this during the Sephora 20% VIB sale but I'm so happy I got my hands on it! I got pretty lucky that it was restocked on the Sephora website a week or two later. YAY! I've been using this every day (if not every other day) since I got it. I now completely understand the hype behind the Laguna bronzer. 

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection: A proud announcement that I finally own something from MAC I think this may be the start of another unhealthy addiction. I picked up the 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette, Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in Cockiness (sparkly rose gold), and the Matte Lipstick in Bad Girl RiRi (a neutral red brown).   

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm & Lacquer Balm: These were on sale at Superstore for $8.49 so I picked up a few, and I must say I enjoy them much more than the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I think these new ones have a better shade collection than the other ones.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polishes: These glitter polishes were released as part of the holiday collection but I returned them already. I didn't expect Midnight Glitz to have a clear base when it appears to have an opaque black base. I was also expecting it to be a nice dark emerald green with gold sparkles but I was deceived by the lighting in the drugstore. I anticipated Twinkle Toes-ty to be a beautiful glitter madness if I layered it over top of a dark base or if I use it alone but when I was testing it out, the glitters did not apply evenly over my nails. It was very hard to maneuver and I can only imagine the frustration of having to layer endlessly to get my desired result.

Maybelline Colorshow in Lavishly Lilac: My love for this polish can be seen here.

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in Jet Black: I picked this eyeliner up on a whim to try because I am running low on my regular Annabelle one. There's not my expectation for this eyeliner aside for serving as an easy-to-use base for my daily eyeliner routine (I usually use a pencil eyeliner to line my eyes and then go over it with a gel eyeliner). It's not as smooth and as creamy as the Annabelle Smoothliner but it does the job okay.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

New Holiday Favourite

I was on a stroll during my break from work and I didn't expect anything when I walked into the drugstore; I just wanted to kill some time after running a few errands. After buying The Twenty Two by Formula X I keep telling myself that I don't need to buy anymore nail polish - especially when I haven't even worn half of those minis yet (I actually only wore two of those polishes....) but when I saw Maybelline's new holiday collection (Brocades) my jaw dropped. I struggled and caved. I wasn't even sure if these Color Show nail polishes were any good but the little thing just looked too damn gorgeous to pass up and I don't regret it one bit. I may even consider going back to pick up one or two more and perhaps a back up of Lavishly Lilac.

Maybelline Lavishly Lilac is a phenomenal festive glitter polish. It is opaque in two coats and goes on streak free. It has larger hexgonal purple glitters with small purple, magenta, and turquoise glitter specs on a gold-silver shimmer base. All of these different coloured glitters put together gives this polish a multi-dimensional look and a duochrome looking effect. Under different angles, the glitters reflect off the light giving different colours. At times you will see it as a gold polish with purple glitters, other times a silver polish or as seen in the pictures above, an all over purple glitter polish. It's absolutely stunning and you can never capture a picture that is enough to give it justice. I swear, don't to get these limited edition polishes.