April 23, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C In Extra Dimension, Reel Sexy, and Tres Chic Collections

M.A.C released three collections all on the same day and so I thought I'd review everything I bought in one post. All three collections had a Spring color palette, some pastel shades with a few brights.

In Extra Dimension:
This collection was about highlighting the face and eyes with a unique liquid-powder formula. They have a slightly damp texture when you touch it with your fingers but glide smoothly like a powder. They all have a high frost-metallic sheen but no chunky glitter and good pigmentation. All are limited edition.
  • Extra Dimension Skinfinishes:  These are the same sizes as the regular Mineralize Skinfinishes but without the dome-shape. Instead, it has M.A.C printed on the upper half and then a wave design on the lower half.  It claims to lasts up to 10 hours and I don't usually have problems with highlight powders wearing off but these do last long on me. I would also use these on the body, i.e. shoulders, decolletage, etc. for a bit of glow to the skin.
    • Whisper of Gilt: pale golden-champagne. The most universal shade of the three but would suit fair skin-tones.
    • Superb: light pink nude-beige. Also a universal shade but will show up more pink on lighter skin-tones and would flatter medium-tan skin-tones.
    • Glorify: light-medium copper bronze. Could be used as a light shimmer bronzer-blush on light-to-medium skin-tones but would look best on dark warm skin-tones.
  • Extra Dimension Eyeshadows: I only bought three of the ten shades. The pigmentation slightly differs between each eyeshadow, some sheerer than others, but they all have the same finish. You can also use these with a damp brush to intensify the colors and bring out the shimmer. All swatches were applied dry.
    • Modern Pewter: light antique-y olive golden-green
    • Warm Thunder: light blue-silver grey
    • Young Venus: pale white-pink

Reel Sexy:
This collection is based on model icon Kristen McMenamy. Although this was a pretty big collection, I only bought the blushes and one lipgloss. Watch Me Simmer Lipstick was a re-promote in the Shop M.A.C, Cook M.A.C Collection which  I have reviewed here. All are limited edition.
  • Powder Blushes: I like that this collection had one neutral blush and bright blush that could work on almost any skin-tone. Both are limited edition.
    • Pink Cult: matte muted neutral nude-pink. It looks a bit dull and grey-ish in the pan but on my cheeks, it actually shows up more pink. It's a great color though that will work both for a natural or dramatic look.
    • Magenta: matte bright berry-red. Very little of this product is needed to show up on the skin. I like to use a stippling brush (M.A.C 188) to barely dab into the blush, then buff onto the cheeks.
  • Star Quality Cremesheen Glass: medium bright red-pink coral. The pigmentation is light-to-medium and shows up well enough to wear on its own. I like Cremesheen Glasses because they have the shiny, glossy finish but without the sticky texture.

Tres Cheek:
This collection consisted of six Powder Blushes, covering all ranges from neutral to bright shades. I only bought one because all the colors seemed like something I already had.

  • Full of Joy Powder Blush: Frost finish, light cool pink-lavender. There aren't many brands that make lavender blushes so I definitely wanted to pick this up. This color is quite cool-toned but adds a bit of brightness to the cheeks. Even though it's a frost finish, it doesn't actually look super shimmery but still has a glow to it that would be great as highlight.

I really the products I bought in all three collections. The colors work great for a fresh makeup look that is perfect for Spring. What were your favorite products from these collections?

Glamour Girl

April 11, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Amazon.com

There have been a bunch of new products that I've been interested to is difficult to get a hold of but was able to find them on Amazon.com.
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate (24-Hour Miracle Cream): A French brand that is very popular among Makeup Artists. It can be used as a face primer, moisturizer, makeup remover and even to reduce irritation after shaving. The texture is thick, creamy, easy to spread on the skin and doesn't feel too rich or heavy. It has natural ingredients including Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Beeswax, and Vitamins A, D and E to keep the skin well moisturized. I have used it before applying my makeup and it helps products apply smoothly but I prefer to use it as a night cream. My normal-dry skin absorbs it really well but people with combination-to-oily skin might feel this is to rich.
  • Bioderma Crealine (Sensibio) H2O: Another French brand that is a must-have in any Makeup Artist's kit. It's a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin that can  remove waterproof eye makeup and makeup on the skin. Water isn't needed, you just simply pour on a cotton pad/ball and wipe away. Makeup Artists love it because they can use it on their client repeatedly when they need to change up the looks and it won't irritate the skin. To use, I simply pour it on a cotton pad/ball and gently wipe my eyes and skin, no extra cleanser or water is needed. The cleanser doesn't sting my eyes and my skin feels clean with no greasy residue. I do make sure to moisturize afterwards though because sometimes it can feel a little dry. I bought the 100 ml size to first try it out and I really like the size of it because it's great for travel and to refill from the regular 250 ml size.
  • NuFountain Fresh Cosmetics C20 Vitamin C Serum: I've been looking for an affordable Vitamin C product because I've learned that it can help protect and repair the skin from sun and environmental damage and prevent wrinkles. I first read about this product on MakeupAlley.com when someone recommended it on the Makeup board. The serum is clear with a water-liquid texture. I apply a 4-5 drops in the palm of my hands, rub them together so they're evenly distributed, then gently pat and rub all over my face and neck. It leaves a slightly tacky residue but once it's dried and completely absorbed into my skin, I don't feel it and I can use my other skincare products afterwards. I only use this in the mornings and make sure to follow-up with sunscreen if I'm going out.
  • Aquage Uplifting Foam: I'm always looking for the right products to give volume to my normal-fine, flat hair. This is a must-have product for Kate who is a professional hairstylist and does hair tutorials on The Small Things Blog. She even did a tutorial on how to use this product, which you can watch here. After just using it once and following her technique, I instantly noticed a difference in the lift and hold it gave to my hair. Other volume mousses I've tried would make my hair fall flat quickly but this one actually lasts for a few hours without having to tease it. It also doesn't feel stiff, crunchy or weigh down my hair, it just has a light texture to it. I also like that it has a small nozzle that squirts small amounts of foam and makes it easy to concentrate it at the roots.

I love these new products I bought and they will definitely become staples. What products do you love that are difficult to get a hold of?

Glamour Girl

April 06, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Saint Patrick's Day

Over Saint Patrick's Day weekend, I did a mini shopping haul at Ala Moana Shopping Center.

From Forever 21, I bought a top and a sweater-dress. The spaghetti-strap top is olive green with beading on the neckline. I thought the color was something different from what I have in my closet. I can wear it casual with a cardigan and jeans but easily dress it up with a blazer.

The sweater-dress is cream colored with a pink floral print. Even though it has long sleeves, the fabric is quite thin and light so it doesn't feel too hot to wear it. The style kind of reminds me of Taylor Swift, a country-girl look and would pair the dress with brown leggings and a denim jacket.

The new "it" product that has all the beauty bloggers talking is YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains. I first read Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge raving about them on her blog and wanted to check them out at Neiman Marcus since my Sephora didn't have all the shades. What's unique about them is that it first starts out as a pigmented gloss but as it fades, it becomes a lip stain. It has a flat, pointed sponge applicator that applies the product smoothly, evenly and fits into the corners and edges of the lips well. The texture glides on effortlessly like a gloss, the finish slightly tacky but is comfortable to wear. They come in a variety of shades and you're bound to find something you like. I bought 11 Rouge Gouache, a bold pink-y red. You can apply one layer for a sheer wash of color or layer it for an opaque coverage. On Fleur De Force's blog, she suggests applying 3 layers: first layer buffed in into the lips to stain, second layer to build color, then the final layer for a glossy shine. I notice the more you layer, the deeper and richer the color becomes. It has a fruity scent to it that might be off-putting to some but I don't really mind it. The product lasts through eating and drinking with minor fading on the corners and inside of the lip. If I completely wipe off the product, there's still a stain of the color on my lips. Overall, I love the formula and it has become my new favorite lip product.

Did you do any shopping on St. Paddy's Day? Have you check out the new YSL Glossy Stains? What are your favorite colors?

Glamour Girl

April 03, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: tarte 20% off

There was a 20% sale on tarte's website back in February and so I took up on this deal by buying 6 Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blushes. I bought and reviewed Exposed before and really liked it and wanted to use them in my kit on my clients. The powder formula is long-wearing, pigmented, and easy to apply and blend. I picked colors that would flatter all skin-tones and would work on various looks. The shades I bought were:
  • Glisten: peachy pink with gold shimmer. "All-rounder" go-to shade.
  • Blissful: matte medium warm peach. Pretty on tan-olive skin-tones.

  • Natural Beauty: matte medium pink-y red. Super pigmented, needs a light hand and very little product. Pretty on fair skin-tones for that "Snow White look"  and dark skin-tones for a rose-y glow.
  • Amused: matte bright pink. Adds a nice girly pop of color to the cheeks.
  • Flush: matte medium pink-y berry. Pretty on fair and dark skin-tones.
  • Blushing Bride: medium-dark plum with silver shimmer. Pretty on dark skin-tones.

Another bonus that I discovered by watching MakeupByTiffanyD's video on these blushes is that you can depot them. The pans are held by a magnetized case and on the back, there is a tiny hole that you stick a pin through. The blush pops right out and there is no need to use a candle or any sharp tools.

As you can see, 7 blushes fit perfectly in a Large Z Palette. I can easily take the whole thing to travel with or pop back the blushes in their respected cases and take them individually with me. The Z Palette holds the pans very securely and I don't worry about them sliding around or breaking.

What are your favorite Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes?

Glamour Girl
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