August 16, 2010

Chic Shopaholic: Some MAC, Sephora, Forever 21 and Nice SAs

I decided to start a new topic on my blog called "Chic Shopaholic" which will basically be about my shopping experiences of the day, pictures and descriptions of what I bought and some tips on getting the most of your shopping (so it's not just me showing off what I bought :P). I try not to shop too often but when I do, I make sure I really want it and compare it with other products. Hopefully you'll find this interesting and this will fill in time until I can post my next video.

Some of Sawako's purchases!:

* Luxe Nail Spa Gift Card (possibly another girly day outing?)
* M.A.C Pro 4 Pan palette
* M.A.C Rubenesque Paint Pot
So on Friday I went shopping with my friend Sawako, a trip we've been planning for a while as she wanted my advice on buying makeup. She wanted a beachy look, loves the color purple, and something quick and easy. I took her to M.A.C, a good place to start that has variety and isn't too expensive. She likes cream eyeshadows because they're easy to apply, so I showed her the Paint Pots. She picked out Rubenesque which is a frosty peachy-gold color (I'll actually be using it in my next tutorial!). I told her she could also use cream eyeshadows as bases for powder eyeshadows and told her about M.A.C's Pro 4 Pan Palette that you can customize and are easy to take with you. The colors she chose were: Paradisco, a frosty pinky-coral with gold shimmer to go with Rubenesque; Creme de Violet, a pinkish-violet with gold shimmer; Beauty Marked, a matte blackened-red with red shimmer that she could use as an eyeliner; and Dazzlelight which is a pearly neutral cream-yellow color, great as a highlight and one of my personal favorites. She was really happy with her purchases as they are colors that she can wear on its own or together.

There wasn't much I needed from M.A.C (shock!) but I did pick up a couple things and had two Back-to-M.A.C (B2M) sets that I could exchange. (a recycling program that you turn 6 empty M.A.C products and you can receive one free lipstick, Lipglass, Lusterglass, or eyeshadow, excluding Viva Glams or special packaging products). I got:
  • Brush Cleaner, always need a back-up
  • #3 Lashes, planning to layer with another #3
  • Hang Loose Mineralized Blush Duo, a pearly cool pink and a shimmery pale lavender from the In The Groove Collection, last one at the store!
  • Liquid Lurex Lipstick, a frosty goldish-green with pink shimmer from Digi-Dazzle Collection and one of my B2M items. An odd color to wear on its own but can be fun to layer on top of other colors for a fun effect
  • Florabundance Lipglass, a pale milky pinky-peach color and my other B2M item

We also stopped by Sephora since there were a bunch of products I wanted to test out before I bought it. I checked out the much sought after Urban Decay Naked palette even though I knew it was going to be sold out, and I have to say it's a very pretty palette full of wearable neutral shades. Most had a shimmer finish but nothing overly glittery, plus a few mattes. I think once the hype dies down, I may buy it myself. ;) After testing out least 20 things that I had on my list, I ended up only buying:
  • TheBalm Hot Mama Blush, a shimmery peachy-pink color. I recently bought Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter which I'm loving so I wanted to try other TheBalm products. Love the retro packaging!
  • Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush for my mineral foundation. Super soft, cute pink packaging with flowers on it, and just a great tool to store some powder in the brush and take with you for touch-ups.

Some of my makeup purchases and samples...I'm not the greatest at taking photos
so please bare with me!
 Hopefully I'll do better next time. ;)
A nice thing that also happened at Sephora was I was trying to use a coupon thing that I got in an email that you could get a bag full of free samples but they were all gone. Well the Sales Associates (SAs)  that was checking out my items offered to go in the back and make me a little bag full of skincare samples! That was really nice of her and I've never experienced any of the other SAs do before. I didn't get the SAs name but she had really pretty makeup!

I also wanted to try some of Chanel's foundations and so we stopped by the Chanel boutique, even though my Neiman Marcus carries Chanel. We waited about 5-10 minutes before a SA, named Sean, came. He apologized for the wait but he was really helpful and answered questions on the products I wanted to test. I was interested in the Teint Innocence Fluid and Vitalumiere foundations. Teint Innocence was supposed to have the lightest coverage out of all the foundations but the texture was actually kind of thick. Vitalumiere was more liquid-y in texture which I liked and gives medium build-able coverage. He offered to give samples of the Vitalumiere in two shades (Ivoire and Limpide) plus some skincare samples. I'll be trying the foundations this week and if I like them, I'll definitely by it at this boutique just because of the great service I had.

Sawako and I having a coffee break!

Last store we stopped at was Forever 21. They have decent quality clothing to buy trendy pieces at an affordable price. Even their bags and accessories are pretty nice. I was able to find four things, each under $20. Here are some photos of what I got...Maybe I'll start doing an Outfit of the Day post! ;)

Olive green button-up shirt

A simple everyday grey spaghetti strapped dress
Pink, blue, purple, black and white spaghetti strapped top... 
So many makeup look possibilities!

Blue, green floral print dress, 
another pretty outfit to do fun makeup looks with!

Anyway, that was my shopping experience! I'm really happy with my purchases and will try to use some of it in my videos, especially the makeup. I'm also glad I had nice SAs...I know sometimes they can be rude, unhelpful, and push to just sell the products but when you meet nice ones, it makes the shopping experience that much better. Until next time, thanks for reading!

Glamour Girl

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