October 21, 2010

Chic Shopaholic: Birthday Gifts, MAC Venomous Villains

This is a special "Chic Shopaholic" post, sharing some of the beauty gifts that I received for my birthday. Some of it I have been wanting, some were from exchanges, and some were surprise gift. :)

I have been wanting to get a CHANEL eyeshadow quad for forever but couldn't decide on which one. Well, my sister got me the Smokey Eye quad and although it was very pretty and just a basic black-grey-white palette, I don't really do smokey eyes that often. I also tend to like warmer colors more as I think they're more flattering on most people. So when the Winter collection came out with the new limited edition Tentation Cuivree quad, I exchanged the Smokey Eye palette for it.
As you can see in the photo, the colors consists of  a warm medium bronze-brown, light ivory-cream, pale pink, and a dark chocolate brown, all shimmery but not in an overly glittery or frosty way. They're nicely pigmented but you dampen your brush to saturate your product more and have it appear more vibrant on skin. You can do a variety of looks with it from a simple daytime look to dramatic for night.

The same day I exchanged for the palette, I also picked up Rouge Allure Laque in Ming 76. They have the pigmentation  of a lipstick, with the shine of gloss and they are very comfortable to wear, not sticky at all. The shade is a pretty neutral pink that I think can flatter most skin tones. It's pink enough that it adds color and brightens your face but light enough to go with a dramatic eye.

A beauty product that I have been wanting for a while, although kind of boring, is the Trish McEvoy Large Planner that my mom bought for me. :D I have the older version for at least 4-5 years now, but wanted the newer design as it has two zippered sections so I can fit more products. The size I got was Large and it's actually being discontinued but you may still find it at your local Trish McEvoy counter. I'm in the middle of deciding what makeup to bring to my Japan trip but as you can see in the photo, it can hold quite a bit of stuff. I mainly keep my necessities like current face products in the pouch, eyeshadows in a Large Planner Page (not included in the Planner), and eyeshadow brushes.

One of my best friends lives in Japan and she sent me a birthday package with some Japanese makeup!

The Coffret D'or palette has a shimmery white, glittery pale silver, shimmery lavender, and a shimmery dark purple. The pigment is more on the sheer side compared to the Shiseido Maquaillage 3D Eye Creator palettes but the silver glitter is sparkly but subtle.
I also got two Jeweling Eyeliner Pencils in a dark brown with gold glitter and a dark blue with silver glitter, as well as a liquid eyeliner in a dark navy blue, both by Majolica Majorca. I have the liquid liner in a burgundy color and I really like the brush applicator as they are firm but come to a nice point, perfect for winging out the liner.

Last but not least and not birthday related but MAC came out with Venomous Villains Collection which features the evil characters in various animated Disney movies. I only got a few things but am happy with my purchases:
  • Her Own Devices Beauty Powder: matte pinky-nude
  • Bite of an Apple Powder Blush: really pretty bright but sheer matte coral.
  • My Dark Magic Mineralize Eyeshadow: shimmery black-base pink and shimmery black-base purple, can be applied with a damp brush for a more vibrant look.
  • Mean & Green Nail Laquer: greenish-pink duochrome, so pretty and unique and got many compliments on it.

Well, that's it for the birthday gifts I got this year! I'll be away during my Japan trip but when I come back, I'll definitely share all the cute Japanese makeup, clothes, jewelry, etc. that I bought plus a little video diary of my trip. I'll be missing Halloween but hope everyone has a safe, fun, and Happy Halloween! ;)

Glamour Girl

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