Not too long ago HauteLook.com had a number of items by LORAC on sale. I may have picked up an item or four. You know how it starts. You tell yourself, "Oh, I'm just going to have a quick look but I won't get myself anything." Next thing you know your cart is full to bursting with finds, steals, and amazing deals while your SO and credit card clutch their sides in pain. Then you practically set up camp by the front door waiting for your blessed purchases to arrive. I may have nearly killed my delivery guy from the adrenaline excitement rush that hit me as his truck stopped at my door. Yes I need help, I know.
From Thanksgiving all the way through New Year's Eve this palette will help you tackle every party, date night, shopping marathon, and even day to day looks for work or home. It has it all! Mattes, shimmers, and metallics, usable both wet and dry, to achieve any look your heart can dream up.
So if you're like me and you work in a window-less cave office were cell phones are not allowed, Twitter is blocked, most email sites are blocked, Facebook and YouTube take days to load, then also like me you completely missed out on the annouced release of Urban Decay's Naked2 Palette. Only 5000 of these beauties were available for purchase today with the promise of more to come online next week, per Urban Decay's website. You might want to start updating your Giftmas list and letting loved ones know how badly you need this palette.
I am in LOVE with this mascara! What Benefit's They're Real failed to provide for me this mascara gave me in spades. Lush full lashes with just enough length to be doll baby flutters in a super glossy black finish. This mascara contains 'Come Hither' lashes within and possibly magical faerie dust properties as well.
Oh my sweet duckies how I have missed you all so! I know I know I have been away far too long. I am trying to make a better effort to spend more time with you all. Work ramped up, life ramped up, things with the move and getting unpacked ramped up, le sigh, you know how it goes. I am back, as much as I can be and wanted to share a few items sitting on my shelves just waiting to be talked about. First up Cargo's Fall Chain Bag Kit!
I had one of those 'OMG not Twilight Vampires' moment when I first opened the lid. Vampires do not and should not sparkle, Then Buffy Killed Edward, The End. Sorry I digress, there is some sparkle in this cheek tint and I was worried it was going to be too much. A little sparkle to highlight is a good thing, too much sparkle and it's just disastrous in my opinion, accentuating pores that one would rather keep hidden.
Continuing with the True Blood theme I thought Zoya Sooki nail polish would be a nice add in. Granted it's not part of the Tarte for True Blood collection but who says it can't be a welcome addition? Yes Truebies I know the name is missing an 'E' but look at this luscious color and you tell me it doesn't deserve a place.
As you can see from the picture I still have not unpacked my make-up. Hopefully it will be done this week/weekend. Updates should resume next week. Hurricane Irene set us farther back than anticipated with moving and unpacking. C'est la vie.
This week is the final week in our apartment before we close on the house and move in. We are so excited!! During this time the blog is on a bit of a break. I expect normal blog posts to resume next week and time pending I should be on Twitter and Facebook a bit during the move. Thank you all for being patient duckies! <3
Continuing with our Tarte for True Blood Collection we have the LipSurgence Lip Tint. A yummy glossy red to give lips that 'just bitten' look. Just the right amount of color and shine without being vampy. I know what you're thinking, but Corinne, True Blood is all about Vampires! Yes duckies I know, but True Blood is all about Sookie too and I'm glad Tarte remembered that when making this collection.
I'll admit it, I am an Ultimate Truebie. I was hooked on the novels by Charlaine Harris over 8 years ago, when the show came out it was only natural I would migrate to it. I am an uber nerd for True Blood. I have been waiting for a collection like this for some time! I was really surprised when I found out Tarte would be doing the collection.
I keep hoping Pam shows up in an episode with an outfit modeled after the cover!
I have been playing with this palette almost every day since I got it. (that half explains my lack of reviews lately) I am in love with this palette! I honestly think that this is palette, nay this entire collection is the only collection you every need in your arsenal. It’s just that good!
MAC All Of My Purple Life is the color that the Joker would wear if he was a she and into lipglass. It does not get any more purple than this. It's the perfect shade of true purple, not too red, not too blue, what purple should be! Nay, what Purple demands to be!
Forget mixing lipglasses for tomorrow. I'm pairing Nitro:licious 2046 with Hocus Pocus. Oh yes I am going to be a smokey eyed red lipped vixen tomorrow! Come to mama!
Ahem. Nitro:licious 2046 is the kinda red to make them stop and take notice. We are talking red stop light while going 50 miles per hour kinda notice. Tires will squeal and heads will double take when you wear this. The faint of heart need not apply here.
It's funny but the more I try and experiment with all the pieces in this collection the more I understand MAC's logic behind choosing these colors. All together you sit back and go, hmmm how do all these work together? Should they work together? And my answer, a loud yes! So far two of the eye shadow colors, Hocus Pocus and Sparkle Neely, Sparkle! can be used as eye liners as well as shadows. Pairing them with a base like Jealousy Wakes or Parisian Rain with one of the lipglasses, bingo complete look! Or even do what I did at work and mix Caqui lipglass with Sonoran Rain lipglass to get a hot new color. I know I'm rambling again when I should be talking about the eye shadow. Okay okay I'm getting on with it. Sheesh!
I cannot express to you how utterly excited I am for this collection. Instead I am going to fill this post with pictures and maybe I'll be able to overcome my fangirlish squees of joy enough to comment.
There are not enough rust colors found in eye shadows. Most tend to lean towards the brick red color and not a true rusty brown color. Plus this one comes packed with tons of champagne glitter. What I love is this color can be an eye shadow and also a lovely smudged liner. Brown eyed girls this one is for you! That extra bit of glitz adds something something to this when worn.
Evolution Revolution is a beautiful my lips but better shade reminiscent of oven baked peach pie. There's a comforting sugary warmth about this color. Like all it's missing is a scoop of french vanilla bean ice cream. Course MAC's vanilla scent found in all lipglasses only helps to seal this feeling.
You've never had a coral red like Sonoran Rain. Trust me. MAC literally captured the sunset in a bottle and sold it as lipglass. Never has so much silver and gold sparkle and shimmer been suspended in a luscious shade to grace your lips.
I don't have enough sky blues in my collection. Parisian Skies is one of those almost storm blues. Like the color the sky gets before it goes grey. That in between color where the blue is so vivid and striking it just stands out to be noticed.
I shared a few of these pix last week from my Nordstrom haul and I am IN LOVE! An entire collection devoted to those that wear glasses. How can I not be head over heels for this?
Aren't these lovely? A mix of matte, sparkle, metallic, and shimmer wash shadows. Perfect for any eye color and just the right amount of color for eye glass wearers. Above is the Limited Edition Bronze eye palette. The second shelf slides out to reveal the 4 shadows. When closed up this palette is purse and travel friendly. Bonus!
And this is the lovely Limited Edition Sand Palette. Each palette is designed for your skin tone. The Bronze palette is perfect for medium to dark skin tones. The Sand palette is perfect for light to medium skin tones. Both palettes can be used for work or play, sheered on or dark and smokey, you're choice!
All right duckies, we waited and waited all day. Some were lucky and hauled last night, some were lucky for 6am, and those like me held our breath till near 3pm before we could haul. I grabbed all 9 pieces and can't wait to sample Jealousy Wakes eye shadow, Hocus Pocus eye shadow, and Sonora Rain lipglass.
So spill! What did you pick up, what did you miss, and what will you be trying first?
I've had this palette since last fall so please ignore the brush and finger marks. As always my zeal got the best of me and I couldn't help myself. Maybe that's a good thing, a swatch photo that's all ready messed up shows how much someone enjoys the item. Yes? Maybe? Okay okay I'll get on with it.
Who doesn't love a little pampering in the shower? Or a good sugar scrub to boot? If you're like me you've probably tried those liquid drippy versions and if you're like me hated them. They always reminded me of playing with finger paints. Great for fun time but not so much if you wanted to scrub and go. Well SoothingSuds has my HG of scrubs! All the awesome sugary scrubby goodness in cube form. Who doesn't love cubes?
I'll be the first to admit I'm horrible at staying on top of taking care of my feet. My pedi visits started off on a good note. I was going every 2 weeks but as life infringed it turned into once a month and then once in a blue moon. It's not that I don't love getting my feet done, on the contrary I adore it. I just have a knack for letting something else get in the way of me getting precious foot VIP time. I've been on the hunt for a lotion to fill those gaps for keeping my feet soft and my callouses less scaly. Normal foot lotion wasn't cutting it and powder was causing too much mess all over everything. Enter Butter London Powder Finish Foot Crème, an answer to my prayers.
I talked myself into trying this during one of my I MUST OWN EVERY BUTTER LONDON POLISH ON THE MARKET AND IT MUST BE NOW purchases at Ulta. Spontaneous buy? All my purchases tend to be that way, much to my family's chagrin. Any way, I figured what the hay, if it doesn't work it could make a nice hand lotion. Oh duckies I am in love! This lotion is so soft, spreads evenly with just a small bit, and dries to a lovely powder finish. I slather it all over my feet and toes, toss on my socks, and enjoy soft feet all day. The lotion helps to soften my feet and make my callouses less rough and the powder portion helps keep my feet dry and odor free all day. I don't feel the need to add more lotion to my feet if I need to go from sneakers to sandals nor do I need to spritz my feet to reduce possible odor. I've also noticed my shoes are less stinky. Yes I know gross, but unless you're a Goddess I'm convinced every woman has stinky feet on some level. Granted mine are not and never have been awful, I take pride in taking care of my feet. Butter London is just helping me take care of them even better than I all ready am.
Butter London Powder Finish Foot Creme is available online at Butter London.
I've had this palette for a while and I've tossed around reviewing it or not. Mainly because the palette is no longer available in stores or online, save for maybe E-Bay. Despite its unavailability I felt I should go ahead and review it. Plus if LORAC does another palette similar to this one it might help your feelings on if you should check it out or not. Right? Right! This palette did come with Lorac Multiplex 3D Lashes Volumizing and Thickening Mascara, but I will be reviewing that at a later time. For now we get to the glitter glitter and more sparkle! YAY!!
FTW or Friday's the Win is a play on For the Win and a recurring theme every Friday. Since everyone looks forward to Friday's arrival each week I figured it'd be a good time to share with everyone what made your week filled with extra epic awesomeness! Maybe you can juggle chainsaws. Maybe you can put on a full face of make-up in 5 min flat. Or maybe you just really love grilling and decided to throw a neighborhood block party. Whatever it is that made your week tell us all about it here!
My Friday is Win cause it's Friday and it's the weekend and I'm gonna sit on my porch with a large glass of wine and watch the world go by. Why? Well why not? Shouldn't all Faeries have some me time? Go get yourself some me time too. <3
I lashed this color on Tuesday night with three thin coats just to see what it looked like. I'm not normally a nude kinda girl, I find the colors far too light and they tend to make my hands look sallow. Yet I'm digging Hanging' Loose. There's a blush to the color that really warms it up on my hands. The texture is also insanely smooth and I've been running my fingers over the top of my nails. Yes I'm weird sometimes.
I knew when I put this color on it was going to be very sheer and have a visible nail line. I could have gotten away with 2 thin coats but 3 just brought more of that blushing pink color out. Now the one thing I can't speak on it wear time. First I just put this color on Tuesday night so that hasn't given much time to see how it does. Second, I'm lucky if I can get polish to last on my nails without chipping for 24 hours. In fact I believe I chipped the polish Wednesday morning around lunch time. My nails just hate polish for some reason. That and no matter how careful I am something always happens. Oh well. Given the nature of the polish and what I've read on other blog reviews wear time seems to be average to pretty good. Plus if you're like me wearing a lighter shade will hide defects and chips a lot better. They don't stand out as badly like they do on darker polish colors.
Hangin’ Loose is a Limited Edition dirty pink nude nail polish
MAC Surf Baby is available online at MAC and in stores.
I wanted to love you, I really did. I wanted to love you so bad that I bought you again and kept trying. You smelled okay in the tub and your scent didn't linger on the skin too long thankfully. You applied evenly but your recommendations for a little goes a long way I found untrue. For a while I thought you were working, but then realized my only changes to my routine besides you were application. Namely I applied the cream working in upward direction instead of down on my girls. Kind of a no brainer there, if you want the skin to look youthful you apply up and not drag the skin down. Did my ample bosom appear firmer and more youthful? Not that I could tell nor the critical eye of my man. I thought maybe we were missing something and so I stopped about halfway through my second tub and went back to normal body lotion but kept the application technique the same. Again no noticeable difference. I wasn't expecting the twins to suddenly defy gravity, although that would be a miracle cream if it did but I was expecting something. A little lift, a little toning, a little firming, something that the tub claimed. What I got was just a nice cream, that was a bit too expensive, and just didn't work for me. C'est la vie.
Lovely Jubblies Breast Cream is available online as Lush and in stores.
I've been eyeing this set for a while. Mostly the Teal eye pencil and make-up bag. I wanted a slightly smaller make up bag than the one I'm using and this one might work. Also I figured it'd be a good buy to try a few Cargo items and see how I like them. I was certainly not disappointed with anything in this collection. I tossed together a quick look for work on Thursday which I will try to replicate and put up for everyone. Now on to the review!
The collection contains a full size blush in Mendocino, a full size eye shadow duo in copper and gold, a full size Better-than-Waterproof Mascara, a travel size Swimmables waterproof eye pencil in Teal and a travel size lip gloss in Morocco, all packaged in the beautiful Voyages make-up bag.
Many of you all ready understand my love for sparkle and the glitz of gold always gets me. It just adds that gilded edge to a look. Instead of loading the sparkle on your eyes, swap it. Matte eye with a glitzy gold lip, make your pout the stand out piece in your look. Girl on Board is what you need to achieve this. By itself or loaded over lipstick it's sure to please everyone. Or let the shimmer of your bronze Goddess shine through. Laying out by the pool, perfecting that tan, with Girl on Board on your lips. Shine girl shine!
So the E3 Xbox Briefing was on Monday and I just got around to watching it on the DVR last night. I wanted to share with everyone my thoughts on what was shown during the event. Just wish I could have been there. Oh to be one of the awesomely cool that gets invited. How do I get on that bus? Yoo hoo! Bridget O'Neill! Larry Hryb! I'm cool! Take me with you!!
Any way, now to the cloud!
Most would pass on this shade at first glance. I understand, it's a tube of white lipstick, who would wear white lipstick? But what you don't see is the potential blank canvas that it actually is. Just a bit on your lips gives the lack of pigmentation to let a layered on gloss stand out. Think about it, most glosses get lost on lips based on your level of color. But with a white nude shade like Naturally Eccentric you can give that gloss what it deserves, the ability to stand alone as well as some hang 10 time. Of course you could wear it by itself, but why would you? Go crazy and start layering your gloss on top and see where that takes you.
I'll admit I was hesitant to wear this shade to work. In the tube it reminded me of MAC's Violetta, which is an amplified color (and when I say amplified I mean surround sound base thumping loud). If Violetta is the hard rocking bad girl then Bust Out is her more demure and quiet sister. Don't get me wrong she still packs quite a color punch but in a wearable shade that won't have your boss putting on his sunglasses when he comes to talk to you. The color was rich with full coverage that also could be blotted down to a lighter shade. I found for touch ups I could just tap the lipstick on my lips and then press them together to distribute. If you're tired of red and pink every week, toss in a day with Bust Out! I promise you won't be disappointed.
For days when you just want a tiny bit of color on your lips. You know the days I'm talking about. You wake up, your exhausted, you just don't want to do a full face or even half a face, but you don't want to leave the house without anything on. Good Lovin' is what you need for those days. The soft color of this lipglass adds just the right amount to your lips in a quick wand swish and lip press. Now you're ready for the day. I wore this color over the weekend and loved how it brightened up my face. It also made SonicReckoning want to kiss me more. *giggles* And the beauty of that was I was able to note how very little of it transferred to him. Most guys are afraid to kiss their girls for fear of transfer, well fear not with Good Lovin', kiss away I say kiss away! The barest of color came off and even after all that, it left a good bit of stain still on my lips. This lipglass is another good choice for the emergency make-up kit.
You could say I went a little Crackle Top Coat crazy this past Sunday at Ulta. I just had to have them all! Sadly I was unable to get Turquoise shatter. My store only had 3 and some very unsharing type person who was first in line grabbed them all. But fear not, I will get this color for my collection! I also snatched up Sally Hansen's Crackle Overcoat colors. I skipped on white and black since I have them from OPI. Also have you heard that China Glaze is doing a metallic crackle top coat! That should be out June/July and this Faerie is going to be all over it and possible first in line as well. LOL
From left to right: OPI White Shatter, Blue Shatter, Navy Shatter, and Red Shatter.
From left to right: Sally Hansen Fuchsia Shock, Cherry Smash, and Fractured Foil (silver).
From left to right: Sally Hansen Antiqued Gold, Distressed Denim, and Vintage Violet.
I cannot wait to start trying these out. Which colors will you be snagging and which color should I try first? Oh and what color base coat too? <3
Don't you hate it when you're in a rush and you end up going a little darker on your make-up then you wanted to. Well that is what I did the first day I put on My Paradise. It's not terrible but sheesh I need to pay attention more. I bring this up because of how dark this color is, you really need to use a light hand and watch how much you apply. I only dipped my brush into the peach side cause I didn't want any sparkle and I still got a bit much. I should have just accepted the sparkle and done my traditional one quick light swish around the pan, that always gives me the right amount of color. But no I was trying to go for just peach and got too much. Live and learn. Random side track, you ever notice how we take the time to reduce the amount of red on our face just to go back in with blush and add color. We are odd ducks aren't we?
Hot Mama Monday spotlights one item that I feel is a must have in your beauty bag. If you only pick up one item this week have it be a Hot Mama item!
I am loving this color so much. It is vibrant and a perfect pop of color on my lips. The formula is creamy, rich and feels soft when I press my lips together. The downside is it does transfer to everything that even brushes against your lips. While enjoying my hotpocket for lunch every bite resulted in Hibiscus all over it not matter how hard I tried to avoid it. It's like these sorts of lipsticks just want to be all over everything. I also noticed the barest hint of bleeding, but it was so very minute that only a microscope will pick it up. I did like that Hibiscus left a nice stain behind on my lips. I probably could have gone all day without a touch up but I did my usual lunch time ritual any way. It still packed quite a punch despite fading to a stain.