February 26, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Neiman Marcus Beauty Event

It's time again for Neiman Marcus's Beauty Event! Last year I listed all GWPs that the brands were offering and fortunately for me, NM listed it all on their website here, so I don't have to do the tedious work. The event ends on March 6 so make sure you go to your local NM, or shop online, to get the gifts as they are available until supplies lasts.

Like always, when you spend $100 during the event, you get a tote bag of the color of your choice, plus samples. This year the samples are relatively the same but also less, if that makes sense. For a couple of them, you bring in the card to the brand's counter so to get a free consultation but then you spend on more things. I would rather have skincare samples or little makeup products but I guess they need to do whatever they can to bring in customers. Anyway, this is what you get from NM:
  • 0.25 oz. Kiehl's Rosa Artica Rehydrating Reactivation Cream
  • 0.03 fl. oz. Si Lolita de Lolita Lempicka EDP VOC
  • 5 Sheets Cle de Peau Beaute Le Coton (bring the box to the counter get a complimentary facial)
  • 0.1 fl. oz each. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Double Packette
  • Fekkai Advanced Haircare Packettes:
    • 0.3 fl. oz. Ageless Rejuvenating Shampoo
    • 0.3 fl. oz. Ageless. Reconstructurizing Conditioner
    • 0.24 fl. oz. Ageless Reconstructurizing All-Day Hair Plump
  • Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee Cologne Absolue Blotter
  • Bra-fitting consultation at NM

Of all the cosmetic brands, Bobbi Brown seemed like they had the best gift to offer and I've been wanting to try some of their products, so here's what I bought:
  • 6-pan palette; you can customize any combination of eyeshadows and blushes and so I decided to make a matte-blush palette but didn't fill it up completely.
  • 4 Powder Blushes; each blush comes in its own individual casing and to put them in the palette, you push the pan from the back and it'll pop out. They're kind of difficult to push out and I actually nicked one of the blushes. -_- The quality of the blushes are very nice though; silky powder and very pigmented, you just need a small amount and a light hand to apply.
    • 1 Sand Pink: matte medium rosey pink
    • 6 Apricot: matte bright warm pink
    • 16 Peony: matte bright bubblegum-pink
    • 5 Plum: matte medium pinky-plum
As I was pre-ordering my NM haul, I tried out BB's concealers at the counter as I've heard great things about it. After the Makeup Artist applied it, I noticed a huge difference in how it brightened my under-eye area. Even though she settled it with powder, it wore off a bit and smudged my eyeshadow and liner that I was wearing underneath, so I think I need to make sure to really set it well with powder. Anyway, here's what I got:
  • Light Bisque Corrector: This product has a peachy-pink shade that is meant to cancel out, or "correct", the dark blue-purple tones that are under your eyes. You could use this on its own or if you have heavy dark circles and need more coverage, you would apply this before using your regular concealer. It has a very creamy, emollient texture.
  • Creamy Concealer Kit: This contains a concealer on top and loose powder on the bottom. It's great for travel and comes with a soft mini puff to be used to set the powder. The MA used a brush to set the powder which is why I think the concealers wore off and so I may try to use the puff to press in the powder to set it better.
    • Warm Ivory Creamy Concealer: A yellow-based concealer to match your skin-tone. You could use this on it's own under your eyes if you don't have heavy dark circles or over the Corrector if you do, as well as on your face to spot conceal blemishes, post-acne marks, etc. Like the Corrector, it has a creamy, emollient texture.
    • Pale Yellow Sheer Finish Loose Powder: BB believes yellow-toned powders warms and brightens the skin better and that translucent powder makes you look ashy. Either way, when it's on my skin it doesn't look overly yellow and the powder is finely milled.

For the gift, I got the Bobbi to Go Set which contains an eyeshadow palette and lip palette They are about the size of a credit card.
  • Velvet Plum Eye Palette: I've only bought limited edition eyeshadows and they always have a smooth texture and nice pigmentation, and these are no exception. All colors are available to purchase individually.
    • Ivory Eye Shadow: matte vanilla
    • Woodrose Eye Shadow: matte light taupe-beige
    • Champagne Quarts Metallic Eye Shadow: metallic champagne-pink
    • Velvet Plum Metallic Eye Shadow: metallic deep plum-brown
    • Smoke Eye Shadow: matte dark brown-black
  • Pretty Pink Lip Palette: I've never tried BB's lipsticks before but these are very creamy, pigmented, and have a subtle dewy sheen to them. All colors except Uber Beige, are available to purchase individually.
    • Blondie Pink Lip Color: pinky-nude
    • Pink Lip Color: bright warm pink
    • Uber Beige Lip Color: caramel nude
    • Pretty Pink Metallic Lip Color: light pinky-brown
    • Ruby Metallic Lip Color: medium ruby red
Overall, I'm happy with my BB purchases and the GWP but the Neiman Marcus gift could've been a little better. Have you bought anything during the Beauty Event?

Glamour Girl

February 25, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: MAC, Sephora, Forever 21, Aldo

Recently I did a little shopping at the mall and picked up some makeup, clothes, and jewelry.

I first stopped at MAC to check out some eyeshadows that I've been interested in. I've discovered YouTube Channel Vanitymark, Makeup Artist's Brett Freedman cosmetic's line, that does little makeup tutorials on celebrities such as Katharine McPhee and shares beauty tips like how to shape your brows. He mentioned a couple of MAC colors that he seems to use often and that I didn't have (shocker!) and I also picked up some other neutral colors that I've read on makeupalley.com's Makeup Message Board as must-haves. Colors I bought were:
  • Brule: Matte cream-beige; all over base color, lid color, or matte brow bone highlight 
  • Haux: Satin muted rosey-brown; lid color, crease color
  • Quarry: Matte muted plum-brown; lid color, crease color
  • Copperplate: Matte medium grey; lid color, crease color, soft smokey eyes
  • Idol Eyes: Shimmery silvery-violet; lid color on its own or applied wet over a matte eyeshadow for a metallic sheen

I also needed a new sharpener since my Urban Decay Grind House was old and getting dirty. I picked up the dual-ended sharpener, which may be limited edition as it isn't on the website. It has a a small hole for regular slim pencils on one end and a larger hole for thicker pencils on the other pencils. The middle area is where all the shavings go and that's where you open it to dump it out. I tried out the sharpener and for some reason the smaller end doesn't sharpen but the larger side sharpens just fine, it even works on slim pencils. I think I'll just repurchase the UD sharpener next time.

There's also a Master Class called Creating Drag taught by Christopher DelCastillio, coming up in April. I already bought my seat (I know it's way in advance) and I'm really excited for it because it's going to be all about drag makeup! I'll post about it on my Facebook page a couple weeks in advance so you can leave any questions that you want me to ask during the class. :)

There were a bunch of new products that I wanted to check out at Sephora but some of it haven't arrived yet. Fortunately, the new NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils were in and I bought it in Club Mix, a red-tone plum color with iridescent shimmer. The pigmentation varies depending on the shade but this one has sheer-to-medium and has a nice glossy sheen. The texture is slightly sticky but comfortable to wear, sort of like a sticky lip balm. The Beauty Look Book has reviewed the rest of the colors if you want to check them, here.

I'm a huge fan of the show GLEE so when Sephora by O.P.I had a GLEE Collection, I definitely had to check it out. All the colors were pretty but the one that was most unique was Mash-Up (Will Shuester). It has a mix of purple-grey and green sheen to it, sort of a duochrome effect when you look at it at different angles. Tried my best to show the color in the photo but it's better to see it in real life.

For my 100-point Beauty Insider gift, I picked Cover FX Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-aging Serum. I've heard great things about it and have to say I really like it. It has a light yellow tint to it but as you blend it onto your skin, it doesn't show. It has a nice smooth texture to it and feels silky on my skin but not greasy.

I haven't shopped for clothes in quite a while so I stopped at Forever 21 and bought a couple dresses and a few tops.

Red Knit Dress
Navy Knit Dress
Cream & Dark Grey Lace Top
Mint Beaded Top
Lavender Tunic Top

Last store I stopped at was at ALDO, one of my favorites for accessories. I surprisingly found a ring for my small fingers (I'm about a 5-6). It has black heart on one side and a red heart on the other.

Whew! Haven't done shopping like that in a while...But of course, I still have another haul to share - the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event! I just picked mine up today and have tons of photos to edit but will post it soon. :) Have you done any shopping sprees lately?

Glamour Girl

February 23, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: MAC Wonder Woman Collection

MAC recently came out with their much anticipated Wonder Woman Collection, which of course was inspired by the drawing. I've never read the comic book or watched the show so I wasn't so eager waiting for it. I know many were very vocal in the packaging; some hating it, some loving it. Myself, my reasons for buying a product doesn't really reflect on the packaging, unless it's impractical then I wouldn't buy it, but more on the quality of the product itself. That being said, I don't really have any strong opinions on this design. Even though this was a huge collection full of lipsticks, lipgloss, blushes, and pigments, I only picked up 3 things.

I picked up both Blush Duos, as I'm really into blushes at the moment. Mighty Aphrodite has a light shimmery golden-peachy shade on one side and a satin finish red-coral on the other. Amazon Princess has a matte bright pink on one side, and a sheer satin-shimmer plum-burgundy on the other. Even though these are called duos, the proportions are more like a third-to-two thirds. The size of the compact is not like their usual blushes but more of like the Beauty Powders. In the photo, I swatched the colors individually and then at the bottom, I blended the colors together to give you an idea of how it would look, as you could mix the two shades and vary on how you want to wear the colors.

The last product I bought was Reflects Bronze Reflects Glitter, a sparkle-y coppery-bronze. This is a Pro color so I could actually get it any time but since there isn't a Pro Store near me, I like buying Pro products when they come out in collections. The Reflects Glitters are a fun product to use, especially on the eyes or on the lips, as it gives a different effect to the look. It can sometimes be messy to apply and gets all over your face so it's best to apply with a damp brush and over a cream base so the glitter has something to adhere to.

Overall, with so many products in this collection, I'm surprised I only bought 3 things. But then again, lately I haven't been really "wowed" by recent MAC collections...I haven't even really touched my Venomous Villains stuff. O_o Did you buy anything from the Wonder Woman Collection?

Glamour Girl

February 22, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Urban Decay

This should probably be under my Christmas post because I was given a Sephora gift card but since I bought this later, I thought I'd do a separate post. Urban Decay's Naked palette has been super popular since it launched and was sold out for the longest time, so when Sephora finally restocked, I thought I'd pick one up. To be honest, I wasn't that eager to get it when it was first released. I mean I love neutral shades and UD's eyeshadows are generally very smooth and pigmented, but since this is a permanent product in their line, I felt like I didn't need to rush out and get it right away.

Anyhow, I'm sure most of you know about this product. It contains a mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion, 12 full-size eyeshadows, and a dual ended eyeliner 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil. UD has recently repackaged it to instead of the eyeliner pencil, you get a full-size Good Karma Eyeshadow brush. The whole set costs a few dollars more but they did this because they couldn't produce the eyeliners quick enough to sell the palette. I bought this before the repackaging so that is what my review will be based on. Colors include:

  • Virgin: Satin-shimmer off-white
  • Sin: Shimmery pale champage-pink, permanent shade in the line
  • Naked: Matte light beige
  • Sidecar: Shimmery beige-taupe with silver sparkles
  • Buck: Matte medium taupe
  • Half Baked: Metallic warm gold, permanent shade in the line
  • Smog: Metallic medium golden bronze, permanent shade in the line
  • Darkhorse: Shimmery dark green-pewter
  • Toasted: Metallic pinky-beige brown, permanent shade in the line
  • Hustle: Satin-shimmer dark brown
  • Creep: Shimmery black
  • Gunmetal: Metallic blue-grey with silver sparkles,  permanent shade in the line
24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil:
  • Zero: Matte black
  • Whisky: Matte dark chocolate brown
The eyeshadows are of great quality, smooth and well pigmented. The shades are neutral and wearable but with the shimmer, it adds a little fun. You can also easily go from a day-time school/work look to a dramatic night look with it. The eyeliners are creamy, waterproof, and just a nice product to have in the palette. The velvety cover is nice and even though I think the length of  it is a little long, I'd prefer if it were more square and compact, I still think it's great to travel with. I also wish there were a few more matte finish eyeshadows, as using all shimmer doesn't give enough depth to the eyes. Overall, I think this is a really good deal for the price.

Another Urban Decay product I picked up was the Dew Me Moisturizing Makeup Setting Spray. There are different setting sprays for each skin type and are originally made by Skindinavia. Since on the back of the bottle it says it's by Skindinavia, I guess they let UD license it. I've gotten a sample of the All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Spray from Sephora's Beauty Insider points before but thought the Dew Me would be better for my normal-dry skin. Dew Me says it's best for combination-to-dry skin, supposed to keep the makeup lasting for 16 hours, and lower the skin's surface temperature with Encapsulated Cooling Technology. It sets the makeup without drying out the the skin and gives a dewy finish. Compared to the All Nighter spray, which  left a light tackiness finish on my skin that I didn't really like, Dew Me did not. To be honest, I'm not sure if I notice a huge difference in how well my makeup lasts with or without this spray. I've never really had a problem with my foundation wearing off but sometimes my cheek products fade a bit, and so I've noticed that it seems to last better with the spray. Overall, I'm not sure if I would repurchase it.

Have you grabbed the Naked palette or do you think it's overrated? Have you tried any of the makeup setting sprays and do they make any difference for you?

Glamour Girl

February 18, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Josie Maran Cosmetics QVC TSV

Josie Maran Cosmetics is now being sold on QVC and recently had their first TSV, Today's Special Value, so I ordered a few things. The 5-Piece Argan Oil Color Collection is sort of a starter kit if you haven't tried her products. I picked the Fair set, which includes:
  • 1.7 oz Argan Oil: You can Google or go to the JMC website to read about the benefits of 100% organic argan oil but basically unprocessed argan oil, like this product, supposedly can fade spots, repair the skin, and treat acne from reoccurring. My grandma has started using it and has noticed her spots fading and either my eyes are playing tricks on me, or my post-acne marks don't seem as visible as before. Hopefully overtime, I'll notice more of a significant change. You can use this prodyct as a lightweight moisturizer for your face and body, smooth fly-aways and split-ends on your hair, and soften nail cuticles. On my skin, it feels moisturizing but not greasy or heavy and absorbs fairly quickly.

  • Creme Argan Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30: I mainly wanted this set to try this product as I was looking for a tinted moisturizer to use on days when I don't want to wear foundation but still even out my skin tone a bit. Creme matches my skin tone really well and just like any other tinted moisturizer, it gives a dewy natural looking finish. I do lightly powder over it to set it and even though I have normal-dry skin, after 4-5 hours my skin does get a little shiny. It might be because of the argan oil or because I live in a topical humid environment, but I do use a primer underneath and blotting sheets or pressed powder to touch-up the shine. The texture of this is a bit thick but easy to blend, and offers a bit more coverage, sort of like a sheer foundation. Also, you might think the product has gone bad if it comes out runny but sometimes the oil and pigment can separate, so all you have to do is shake the bottle before every use and it'll be good as new.

  • Creme Full Coverage Argan Concealer: I don't know if this is just exclusive to this set, a new product or a repackaged regular product as the other concealer JMC makes is different from this one. The packaging is is similar to TheBalm Time Balm Concealer, which I'm kind of disappointed because it doesn't have the pink-champagne metal looking casing like her other products. The product itself is quite nice - the texture is creamy, easy to apply and doesn't really feel like you're wearing it. I wouldn't say the coverage is full though, more like medium-to-full. It matches my skin tone nicely and covers blemishes and dark spots decently but not as well as my Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. For under the eyes, it covers well and doesn't crease or cake up but I think for people with heavy dark circles, they may need a corrector concealer underneath.

  • Pink Peony Argan Color Stick: I'm not much for cream stick blushes as the ones I've bought, I don't reach for. This is a rosey-pink shade cream stick product that you can use on your cheeks and lips. The texture is creamy, very easy to blend and wears for a descent amount of time. Like most cream stick products, the pigmentation is quite sheer and just gives a very natural dewy finish. The scent is a little off-putting to me though, kind of menthol-y.

  • Pink Peony Natural Volume Lip Gloss: Same shade as the Argan Color Stick and has a brush applicator. The pigmentation is on the sheer side and the texture is slightly tacky but comfortable to wear. There's a subtle sweet coconut-y scent that I don't really like but I don't like coconuts so that's my only issue with this product.
Overall, I'm happy with this set and hope JMC will have good deals like this on QVC. The Unknown Beauty Blog has also purchased the 5-piece set in Light, if you want to check out her review.

My mom had also ordered something, the Magic Brows Universal Argan Brow Pen but didn't really like it so she gave it to me. I wouldn't say it's a bad product exactly, but it does have some minor downsides. Basically it's a dual-ended brow product, a pen on one end and a powder on the other.

The pen is a light taupe brown shade that has a felt tip applicator to draw the "hairs" and create the brow shape. It's easy to use the pen but to blend it with an eyebrow brush, the product kind of flakes off a bit. On the opposite end, the powder is in the cap and is a light grey beige-brown shade. To apply the powder, you use the sponge tip applicator to set the brow pen and fill in the sparse areas of your brows. I find the sponge applicator a little too big and not pointy enough, especially to set the tail of the brow. I think maybe a smaller applicator like even an angled brush, would work better to apply the powder and blend the brows. 

It's called a universal brow pen because the color is meant to be wearable for any hair color. I don't find this really true as when you layer the pen and powder together the color becomes more of a grey taupe brown. I think people with warm-colored hair or like a warmer brown brow color, would not like it. On the plus side, the product does stay on really well. Overall, I think it's an ok product. If the brand came out with more color options, I might try it again.

Top swatch: pen
Middle swatch: pen + powder
Bottom 3.swatch: powder

If you ordered these products or anything else from the JMC QVC TSV (that's a lot of acronyms!), let me know what you got and what you think!

Glamour Girl

February 15, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Beaute Cosmetics

Beaute Cosmetics offers Facebook fans 20% off with the code beautefacebook on their website, beaute-cosmetics.com, and I've been interested in trying their products so I thought I'd order some things. The brand is created by Makeup Artist Beau Nelson, who's done makeup on countless celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively.

First up, I bought Luminous Volume Gloss in If, a sheer-to-medium, light creamy salmon-peach shade. These actually have lip-plumping ingredients that is also supposed to help moisturize the lips but I don't notice any tingling sensation or my lips looking fuller. The texture is smooth with a slight tackiness to it but definitely not as sticky as M.A.C Lipglasses. The taklon brush is quite small and pointy but it's nice for a precise application, especially for the corners and cupid's bow of the lip.

Next, I bought 2 Weightless Lip Cremes which are liquid lipsticks so they have a pigmentation of a lipstick but with a shine of a gloss and without the stickyness. Wanted is a light nude-beige and Trace is a light pinky-beige, both with no shimmer. They have a doe-foot applicator and have a very smooth texture.

Lastly, I bought Liqui-Gel Stains which are sheer but build-able cheek and lip stains. I was most excited to try this product as the cheek & lip stains I've tried, I've never really liked but I have heard great things about this one. In the tube, Flouron looks like a bright orange but when worn, it's actually a hot pink. These have a doe-foot applicator and the texture is liquid-gel like, which makes it very easy to blend and don't go on streaky. On cheeks, I just dot a small amount with the applicator and then blend with my fingers. On lips, I apply directly onto bare lips and use the applicator to sheer it out. As you layer the product, the color becomes more intense and has a slight dewy sheen to the cheeks and lips. Even after eating and drinking, the color is still on so it's a great product that you don't need to touch-up.

Overall, I'm really happy with these products and would try more from them. The only down-side is the pricing, which is a bit expensive but for good quality products, I would say they're worth it.

Glamour Girl

February 12, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Christmas 2010

Clearly I'm behind on my blog, but here's a quick post on some of the beauty things I had gotten for Christmas last year.

Suqqu is a little hard to find to buy online but my sister found a website, http://ichibankao.com, that sells it as well as other Japanese brands. Unfortunately, they don't sell the brushes but she did buy me a Blend Color Eyeshadow palette in 05 Sakurakaba. The texture is smooth and not too powdery but the pigmentation is more on the sheer side. The shades are very wearable which makes it great for people who don't want strong colors and just want a simple everyday look. The colors aren't labeled but consists of:
  • Iridescent pinky-peach, pretty inner corner or lid color
  • Shimmery peachy-brown, adds warmth to the eyes
  • Matte dark brown, the most pigmented eyeshadow of the 4 and nice for the crease or as a liner
  • Matte vanilla, all over base color

I've been wanting Make Up For Ever's 12 Flash Color Case for a couple years now and it was sold out during the Sephora Friends & Family sale but my mommy got it for me for Christmas! :D lol. It has 12 cream products that are multi-purpose for  the eyes, face, and lips. You can buy these colors individually but what's great about putting it into a palette is that it's convenient for for Makeup Artists who need to mix colors on the spot or for people who like to experiment with colors. The packaging isn't air-tight (it just has a clear cover lid) but I'm hoping the creams don't dry out so I'm not too worried. The colors are:
  • Gold 004, Coral 002, Turquoise 000, Fuchsia 005, Yellow 013, Brown 023
  • Silver 003, White 010, Red 017, Bright Blue 014, Leaf Green 008, Black 011

My mom also got me Josie Maran Beauty in a Box: Orglamic Revolution, a limited edition set (you can now purchase products individually at josiemarancosmetics.com) that contains 6 products to create a smokey glam look. In the box you get:
  • 0.5 oz Argan Oil
  • Argan Eyeshadow Quad:
    • Partaga: shimmery deep brown with gold flecks
    • Cloak: matte black with silver sparkles
    • Valencia: shimmery copper
    • Cinnamon: shimmery pinky-champagne
  • Birthday Suit Argan Infused Lipstick: peachy-beige nude, very creamy and pigmented.
  • Raven Argan Infused Eyeliner: matte black, smooth and easy to smudge out for a smokey liner.
  • 0.11 oz GOGO Instant Natural Volume Mascara: black, water-resistant. GOGO, or Get One Give One Campaign, is a cause in which when you buy a full size GOGO mascara, one will be donated to cancer patients/survivors and profits from the mascaras will be donated to City of Hope for cancer research.
  • Optimism Argan Natural Volume Lipgloss: sheer light beige with gold shimmer, non-sticky texture and with a slight sweet coconut-oil scent.
This wasn't included in the set but I got Natural Lip Liner, also by Josie Maran Cosmetics, a beige nude shade. It has a creamy texture and the color is similar to M.A.C Stripdown Lip Pencil.

I've heard great things about Makeup Artist's Rae Morris makeup books, who also has a YouTube Channel, and my mom got me a couple of them. Makeup: The Ultimate Make Guide is actually used in some beauty schools as required curriculum. It contains detailed information from basic makeup like brushes and foundations, to more advanced applications like contouring and highlighting. Beautiful Eyes: The Ultimate Makeup Guide actually has some of the same photos as in the other book but it goes into more step-by-step how-to of achieving the eye looks.

The last beauty item I got was from my sister, The Show Must Go On Nail Lacquer from O.P.I's Burlesque Collection. It's a shimmery bright pinky-red that flashes coppery-red at different angles.

Well, that's it for what I got for Christmas last year...Did you receive any fun beauty gifts? Let me know in the comments below!

Glamour Girl

February 09, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Josie Maran Cosmetics

Recently I've been on a huge Josie Maran Cosmetics kick. It first started with the Argan Oil that I bought in my Sephora Friends & Family haul, which I've using almost everyday as a facial moisturizer and on other areas of my body when my skin is dry. The brand is created by model Josie Maran and about 80% of her products have a key ingredient, Argan oil. It comes from a tree in the deserts of Morocco and has many skincare benefits (Google for more info). I love the brands message which is "Luxury with a Conscience", meaning you can buy great quality products without using harsh chemicals that would harm yourself or the environment. To be honest, I'm kind of a skeptic in organic products because although the ingredients are natural, sometimes the quality doesn't perform as well as I hoped it would be. Anyhow, there was a free shipping code on josiemarancosmetics.com at the time I ordered and I thought I'd try the makeup products.

First item I bought was the My Favorite Argan Powders palette. All shades are permanent and the mirrored-compact contains 5 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and 1 bronzer. The pink-champagne metal looking packaging is biodegradable and is actually made corn! The size of the palette, and the products itself, is quite small but is meant to fit in their Makeup Bag with Brushes set. The quality of the shadows, blushes, and bronzer are great: smooth, pigmented, slightly powdery but doesn't have a lot of fall-out when applied to your face. The shades in the palette are:
  • Chianti Eyeshadow: shimmery dark burgundy-plum brown, my favorite out of the 5 eyeshadows.
  • Valentine Eyeshadow: shimmery pink, a bit sheer but a wearable pink.
  • Cinnamon Eyeshadow: shimmery light pink champagne, best-selling shade and seems to be in most of their palettes.
  • Embrace Eyeshadow: shimmery golden copper-bronze, adds a nice warmth to the eyes.
  • Maple Eyeshadow: matte medium grey-brown, could also be used as a brow color in my opinion.
  • Fever Blush: matte rosey-beige natural flush (click here to see it worn on a client).
  • Beach #1 Bronzing Powder: light golden bronze with slight shimmer but appears matte on the skin. I thought it would be too light and barely show up but it does and looks very natural.
  • Passion Blush: matte light pink, looks cool-tone in the pan but gives a nice pop of color to the cheeks.
I think the blush names in my palette was mislabeled or the pans were switched because the description on the website were the opposite of what it actually looks like, if that makes sense. Overall though, I love this palette. The size is small (a little bigger than a business card holder) but I actually like it as it's sleek enough to carry in your purse for touch ups, switch a look from day to night, or if you're in a rush and need a go-to palette. If you want to try out Josie Maran Cosmetics eyeshadows and blushes, I would definitely suggest starting with this palette.

After coming back from Japan, I felt the need for looking for a travel brush set. I shouldn't actually be buying any more brushes after buying Suqqu's but I realized I didn't have a travel set that I could use on the plane, in the car, etc., so I wanted to be prepared for next time. ;) I was kind of particular in finding the right brush set though: I didn't want something too long or bulky but have all the right tool necessities that were multi-purpose and good quality to do the job.

The Makeup Bag with Brushes by Josie Maran Cosmetics seems to fit my tall list. The material of the bag is made up of a blend of silk and hemp and has 2 mesh pockets to hold their palettes (the My Favorite Argan Powder palette fits perfectly to give you an idea of the size of the bag) or other makeup products. The brushes aren't labeled but contain:
  • Lip Brush with Cap: could double as a concealer brush
  • Angled Liner Brush: could double as a brow brush
  • Small Eyeshadow Brush: could be applied on the lid, brow bone and inner corner highlight, and be used as a smudge brush
  • Crease Blending Brush: similar to M.A.C 224, could also be used to apply a sheer wash of color.
  • Powder Brush: Could be used to apply powder foundation or setting powder, blush, and bronzer.
I also bought the Eye Love You palette, which you can read my review here. I'm really happy I discovered this brand and hope you'll check it out. I actually have more Josie Maran Cosmetic products to review so hopefully you won't get tired of it. ;)

Glamour Girl

February 07, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Sephora V.I.B 20% Off

At the end of last year, Sephora gave V.I.B members an extended duration of using the Friends & Family discount code. V.I.Bs, Very Important Beauty Insiders, are people who spend $350 in one year...I don't know if I should be ashamed or proud of myself lol. Anyway, I posted my first Sephora Friends & Family haul and wanted to share some other things I picked up during the sale.

I've used and loved Sephora by O.P.I Nail Colours before and picked up the 18 Piece Mini Nail Colour Set. The bottles are about half the size of the regular Nail Colours and I actually prefer the small size because you can get about 2-3 uses out of them and change up the colors, without worrying about the product drying up. If you're someone that likes to paint your nails often, I think this is a fun set to have or nice to give as a gift. The colors are all permanent and include:
  • A True Romantic, Techno Girl, Access 24/7, Ms. Can't Be Wronged, What a Broad, Just a Little Dangerous
  • Cab Fare, Caniente Coral, Special Request, High Maintenance, Sample Sale, I'm With Brad
  • Leaf Him at the Alter, Mermaid to Order, Opening Night, Already Famous, Dating the Drummer, Never Enough Shoes

Next up are a couple of blushes and lip products. I've wanted to try Korres products and picked up #15 Natural Blush, a shimmery warm light bronze-nude shade. The quality is great for being a "natural" brand; it's pigmented, smooth texture, and the finish has a subtle sheen without the shimmer being frosty or glittery. After being happy with this product, I'll definitely check out more products from them.

The next blush is by TheBalm, which I've bought a few products from before and loved. Cabana Boy is a medium dusty rose color with a satin finish that mainly appears matte on the skin but gives a natural rosey flush. It's very pigmented so very little product and a light hand is needed. What's great about TheBalm blushes is that you can also use them as an eyeshadow, which I've tried myself and have to say it works well.

The first of the 2 lip products that I bought is Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, which I've read great reviews for. I bought a set that was on sale and it came with 2 lip balms, one in Natural Mint & Shea Butter, the other in Vanilla & Lavender. The texture is nice, smooth and kind of reminds me of Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment that I used to use but it's not as thick. The scent of these are really strong though, especially the Vanilla & Lavender - the lavender is a bit overpowering and lasts for quite a while. As nice as the texture is and has a high SPF, I don't think I'll repurchase them.

The next lip product I bought simply because I lost my M.A.C Portside Cremestick Liner while I was in Japan (sad face here) and I've been wanting to try Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencils. I bought it sight-unseen and untested in the color Matte Dark Raspberry 11C and would say the shade is pretty close to M.A.C's Portside but leans a little more on the plum side. The texture is similar to the Aqua Eyes Eyeliner, smooth but kind of a dry texture, and it's pigmented and does last long on the lips.

Next product is a limited edition eyeshadow palette by Josie Maran Cosmetics, a brand that I've been becoming obsessed with and will post more about later. The Eye Love You palette was made for Fall 2010 but I bought it on sale. It contains 8 eyeshadows, all are shimmery or have a bit of sparkle to them. The shades compliment each other and can be worn for a multitude of looks but I do wish there were a couple of matte shades to give the eyes some depth. The quality is smooth and has a good pigmentation but it would appear stronger with a cream base underneath. Sephora.com doesn't have it anymore but you can still purchase this on josiemarancosmetics.com. The shades consists of:
  • Radiance: shimmery white-cream
  • Crown: shimmery silver
  • Cinnamon: shimmery pinky-champagne, one of their most popular colors and the only permanent shade in this palette
  • Cabernet: shimmery dark plum-brown
  • Feather: shimmery warm-pink
  • Adorn: shimmery medium plum-purple with gold sparkles
  • Royal: shimmery medium indigo blue
  • Cloak: matte black with silver sparkles

Last but not least, I picked up my "500-point perk" Beauty Insider gift which was Fusion Top Picks, 5 must-have Fusion Beauty products. It contains:
  • In the Flesh LipFusion Infatuation: beige nude lip-plumping lipgloss
  • Illumifill Line Filling Luminizer: a roll-on product that has light reflecting properties to fill in lines and brighten the face. I haven't tried it and actually gave it to my mom, as I don't think it would really work on me (not yet anyway).
  • LipFusion XL: mint-flavored lip plumping treatment to be used at night
  • LashFusion XL Micro-Technology Instant Lash Voluminizer: lengthening mascara
  • Crave LipFusion Color Shine: warm pink with gold shimmer

Glamour Girl
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