December 31, 2011

M.A.C Dazzlespheres!, Glitter and Iced New Years Party Look

Happy 2012! To end this year, I thought I'd do a fun sparkly, simple New Years look.

For more tips and tricks about what I learned at the M.A.C The Art of Contour Class, you can read it here.

December 23, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Giorgio Armani Friends & Family 20% Off

Giorgio Armani had their Friends & Family sale on their website and as it has become one of my favorite brands, I definitely picked up a few things.
  • #5 Beige Violet Sheer Blush: I first read raves about this shade from the black panties blog and so I had to pick it up since I love the other GA cheek products I've bought. It's a light, neutral-cool beige with a satin sheen. It doesn't look anything special but it's a "true nude" blush that isn't pink, peach or brown. I love nude blushes when I'm wearing dramatic eye makeup, bold lips or just going for a minimal makeup look. It could also work as a contour powder on pale to light-medium skin-tones. The texture is velvety smooth with great pigmentation.
  • #603 Plum Rouge d'Armani Lipstick: I love M.A.C's Rebel Lipstick but was looking for a similar shade in the Rouge d'Armani because I love their formula. #603 is a little bit more rosy-er and brighter than Rebel and has a creamy sheen instead of a matte finish. It's a beautiful color that is deep enough for the Winter season and bright enough for the Spring season. I love bright/deep shades like this because it's a great multi-purpose color: dab it on your lips with your finger to wear as a stain, apply straight on the lips for an opaque, intense color or dab it on your cheeks and blend with your fingers to wear as a cream blush.
  • #403 Rouge Gloss d'Armani: This isn't a coordinating gloss to the lipstick but I loved the color when I swatched it at my GA counter. It's a light warm pink-coral with pink shimmer. The pigmentation is a little bit more on the sheer side but still looks pretty on its own. The shade can work with a simple, fresh look or a dramatic eye look, like purples and blues, with a touch of color to the lips.

This was my last Friends & Family haul of the year but I have one Black Friday haul post coming up. What was your favorite F&F haul?

Glamour Girl

December 19, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Friends & Family 20% Off had a Friends & Family sale so I bought a few new things to try.

  • Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst: This is a mask for dry and combination skin that has Apricot Kernal Oil and Algae Extract to hydrate and moisturize the skin. You leave it on for 10 minutes and wash or tissue it off. Origins make another Drink Up mask that you can actually wear overnight but this one works just as well. Sometimes I like to wear it overnight by applying just a thin layer on areas that feels more dry. The next morning, the mask is absorbed into my skin and it feels soft and supple. It has a light, fruity apricot scent with a creamy texture that doesn't feel heavy on the skin and doesn't clog my pores.

  • Blow to Go Travel Kit: I first heard of this brand from missglamorazzi when she showed them in one of her Birchbox videos. I decided to get the set as I thought it would be the best way to trial multiple products.  It includes:
    • Blow Up Daily Voluminizing Shampoo: It's sulfate free that is supposed to add volume and body to the hair without drying it out. I didn't notice any extra fullness but it doesn't weigh down my hair which is good for my normal-fine hair. It doesn't  lather a whole lot and so I use a lot more product because I don't feel my hair is thoroughly clean.
    • Blow Up Daily Voluminizing Conditioner: A conditioner that is supposed to add body and nourish the hair. This also has a lightweight texture and doesn't feel greasy.
    • Heat is On Protective Styling Mist: Detangles, adds shine and strengthens the hair to eliminate breakage. My hair felt smooth, silky and healthy after I used it.
    • Blow Up Thickening Mist: This is supposed to add long-lasting volume without that crunchy texture. It doesn't feel heavy on my hair and I notice the density of my hair is a little thicker.
Overall, I like the fresh floral scent that all the products have and think the quality is decent but it didn't "wow" me enough to purchase full sizes.

I also picked up one product from the site:
  • Boots No.7 Cleanse & Care Eye Makeup Remover: I wanted to find a cheaper alternative to the Lancome Bi-Facil eye makeup remover so I picked this up to try. It's similar to Lancome's where it's oil and water based and it can remove waterproof products. It takes off my eye makeup well without irritating it or leaving a greasy residue. The only thing I dislike about it is the packaging which is a pump dispenser. I normally like that kind of packaging because it's less of a mess but with this, it's difficult to get the product out. You have to pump it quite a few times to get the cotton pad saturated and it can get a little messy. Even the product works well, I would only repurchase it if they redesigned the packaging. Edit: After using this a little longer, I've come to actually liking this product more than Lancome's. The pump dispenser isn't as difficult to use and isn't as messy if I pump it at a slight distance from the cotton pad. The price is a lot more reasonable in my budget and I would repurchase this again.

Did you you take part on the sale? What did you buy?

Glamour Girl

December 13, 2011

Giorgio Armani Festive Floral Look

My holiday look of the year! It has a feminine floral look to it with the rose-y plum shades and a bit of shimmer that's great for parties.

December 08, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Salon Blanc, M.A.C, Bath & Body Works

Couple weeks ago I went to Salon Blanc to get ready for the holidays. Doesn't look much different but I cut 3 inches off (!) and even though I'm thinking of growing out my bangs again, I got a trim so it would grow out properly.

That same day, I went to Bath & Body Works to pick up some more hand-sanitizers as I ran out. There were a lot of holiday editions so I picked a couple to get into the holiday spirit!

I also stopped by at M.A.C to buy a couple of things since I had some credit left from the Master Class I went to a few weeks ago.
  • Brush Cleanser: This is definitely one of my staples from M.A.C that I often buy a back up of to have on hand for cleaning my brushes. I use it for "spot cleaning" right after I use my brushes. I just pour some on one side of a half sheet of a folded paper towel. I swirl my brush to remove product as much as I can then blot the excess moisture on the dry side of the paper towel and my brushes dry quickly for me to use in about 5 minutes. It's a great product to use to keep my brushes clean between a deep cleaning which I try to do twice a month.
  • NW15 Select Cover-Up: This is my favorite liquid concealer that I've tried thus far from any brand. The consistency isn't too thick or too thin and gives medium, build-able coverage.  I often use them as foundation, applying sparingly where I need it for a natural, semi-matte finish. I use the NW shades for under eye concealing because it has a pink undertone that helps correct the dark circles, and the NC or the NC/NW shades mixed together to match my face. I even sometimes use them as an eyeshadow base if I'm in a rush. The small tube lasts for a long time since very little is needed and it's just a great multi-purpose product.

That's it for my small haul. What is your favorite way to clean your brushes? What's your favorite multi-purpose product?

Glamour Girl
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