June 30, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C All About Orange Collection

It's been a few months since I've bought from a M.A.C collection. All About Orange Collection was released for the Summer, consisting of various shades of orange for lipsticks, lipglosses, blushes and nail polishes as well as eyeshadow quads in grey tones to contrast with the warm colors.

Despite the large collection, I just bought one lipstick called Flamingo. It was actually previously released in the Iris Apfel Collection back in January of last year but I missed out in purchasing it then. Flamingo is a  medium, slightly milky pink-y coral, it's not too bright but adds a touch of color to your face. It's a Lustre finish which means it has a light-to-medium coverage with a natural glossy-balm sheen.

This shade is perfect for the Spring-Summer season You can pair it with a bronze-y glowy skin look or for something more dramatic like a smokey navy or grey eyes. If you're just getting into corals-orange tones but don't want it to be too strong, this color is a great shade to start with and is very wearable.

What products did you buy from the All About Orange Collection? What are your favorite ways to wear orange?

 Glamour Girl

June 25, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: Viggle with Sephora

Did you ever want to win stuff just for watching TV? Well, now you can with Viggle. It's a phone app where you check in each time you watch a show/TV movie and redeem your points with some cool prizes and gift cards. They even have Sephora $10 gift cards for 20,000 points which I've accumulated into $50 worth and recently spent on a mini haul.
  • Bumble and bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse: A creme-mousse that sculpts, holds styles and add volume to the hair. Works on all hair types, especially fine hair, and is safe on color-treated hair. To use, I section my hair vertically all around and deposit the mousse at the roots, work it in with my fingers, use a comb to distribute the product evenly, then finally blow dry with a round brush. It has a denser texture than other mousses I've tried but once it's blown dry, it doesn't feel stiff or crunchy on the hair. With almost any hair product that you apply at the roots, it can feel a little greasy after a day or two. My hair does look fuller though and gives a really nice, touchable hold. It's a pricey product so this is something I probably would use on special occasions if I want my hair to look perfect.
  • LORAC Touch-Up to Go: A foundation and concealer pen in one. Formulated with Vitamins A and E, acai berry, and white and green tea as well as being oil, paraben and fragrance free. I bought this online site unseen and chose CF2. It's a pretty close match to my skin-tone but with a slightly strong yellow undertone. It has a semi-matte finish with medium coverage but you need  To dispense the product, you push the bottom and it comes out through the brush. It takes about 10-15 times at its first use, then with just a couple clicks it deposits a small amount of product each time which is good because it won't be wasted if too much comes out. Even though it has a flat synthetic brush, I don't like to use it on my face because it hoards bacteria which isn't good for your skin, and is hard to clean the brush. Instead, I like to transfer the product onto the back of my hand, then use a separate brush to apply it to my face. The sleek, gunmetal tube can fit into almost any makeup bag for travel but is hard to tell how much product is left because of its opaque packaging. I would mainly use this if I was traveling since it would probably run out quickly if I used it everyday.

  • AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel: This was a 100-point reward that I picked from their Beauty Insider program. A botanical-based exfoliator to help brighten the skin with no harsh chemicals. It has papaya enzymes to eradicate dry, dull surface cells and toxins to reveal a smoother complexion. It starts out as a powdery texture then mixed with water, it becomes a creamy paste. This is one of the most gentle exfoliants I've ever used but it still does its job of making my skin feel soft.
What rewards do you like to redeem with your Viggle points? What are your favorite TV shows to check in?

 Glamour Girl

June 15, 2013

Beauty Budget: L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray - Extra Strong Hold Unscented

It's not just Makeup Artists that use drugstore products but even Hair Stylists, too. A product that I've seen in many pro kits is the L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray. These come in different formulas: Strong Hold, Extra Strong HoldExtra Strong Hold with UV filter for Color-Treated Hair, and even a travel size Extra Strong Hold.

I bought the Extra Strong Hold Unscented Hair Spray as I'm usually quite sensitive to fragranced products. It's a brushable hairspray, meaning if you're styling your hair but need to redo it, you can easily brush it out. At the same time, if you really want to keep the style in place, it will hold all day.

Even though this is an extra strong holding hairspray, it dispenses a fine mist that you can build but doesn't leave any flakes in the hair. I use this mostly on updos such as high buns and top-knots, smoothing frizz or baby hairs at the hairline, as well as for teasing/backcombing since it will really hold the volume. I don't particularly like using it when my hair is down, holding curls for example, because I like it to feel touchable. If you want light hold, use short spurts at 8-10 inches away, just where you need it. The more you spray, the more it holds. It can feel a little stiff and crunchy if you use too much, so try not to over do it.

Another bonus to this product is that it's easy to use. I hate sprays that need to press really hard or even have to use both hands to press down. The large can will last for a long time, too.

For a drugstore product, this is a really good quality hairspray. I would probably buy it even if it was sold at a salon. I was able to find this at CVS, although it was actually sold out for a while.

What are your favorite drugstore hairsprays?

♥ Glamour Girl

Chic Shopaholic: theBalm at Hautelook

Hautelook.com is one of the best sites to buy theBalm products since they're often sold at a great discount. Recently they had a 50% deal and so I bought a few things that I've been wanting plus a couple of products that I was interested in trying.
  • Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette: A palette containing 9 matte eyeshadows. It's sort of the sister palette to the original Meet Matt(e) Palette which seems to be discontinued. It has a mix of browns and greys that can be used as base, crease or liner colors and a white shade that can be used as a highlight. The tones are more on the warmer side compared to the original Meet Matt(e) and the sizes of the shadows are at least twice the size. This doesn't come with a brush like the other theBalm palettes but it does have a nice sizable mirror. Shades include:
    • Matt Johnson: dark grey
    • Matt Garcia: dark red brown
    • Matt Malloy: white
    • Matt Rosen: medium chocolate brown
    • Matt Wood: dark espresso
    • Matt Singh: medium peachy brown
    • Matt Abdul: medium grey
    • Matt Lombardi: medium yellow beige
    • Matt Hung: medium plum
For matte eyeshadows, the quality is great. The texture is smooth, easy to blend, and most of the colors are pigmented with a few that need to be built up a bit. Overall, it's a useful palette to use on its own or to incorporate with other palettes, especially with shimmery eyeshadows, to give more depth the eyes.

  • Eye Believe Powder to the People Brush: I bought another Powder to the People Brush after liking two of their multi-tasking eye brushes that I've already bought.
    • Eyebrow Brush: Angled, stiff brush. Can be used with powder brow products to fill in brows but also for eyeliner with powder eyeshadows.
    • Eyeliner Brush: Medium pointed, tapered brush. Can be used for eyeliner as well as defining the crease.

  • Sexy Mama: Anti-Shine Translucent Powder has oil-absorbing spheres to mattify the skin. You can use it set your makeup or as a touch-up powder to blot shine throughout the day. The translucent shade works on any skin tone without making it look ashy. The slim compact comes with a mirror and can fit in any purse or even your back pocket, for easy travel.
  • Liquid TimeBalm: Spot Concealer with Tea Tree Oil treats blemishes while covering them. Tea Tree Oil is know for its natural antibacterial and soothes the skin. Fair is the lightest shade out of the colors they come in and matches well on my skin tone. Since this product is only used on blemishes, you might be able to get away with whatever shade is closest to your skin tone. It has a sponge applicator but I don't like to apply it directly on the blemish as it will hold bacteria. Instead, I apply the product on the back of my hand then use a separate brush to apply on my face. The texture has a creamy consistency that doesn't look cakey or feel heavy. It has medium coverage with a slight dewy finish. Sometimes it doesn't completely cover the redness or wears off after a few hours so I like to apply a full coverage concealer like M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 on top and set it with loose powder or a powder foundation.
  • Overshadow Mineralize Eyeshadow: Shimmering All-Mineral Eyeshadows are loose pigments that can be used on top of other shadows for a shimmery effect. I like to apply it over cream shadows just on the center of the lid to highlight. Work is Overrated is a shimmery pale pink-y beige with silver shimmer. You can apply it dry or with a damp brush for more of a frostier finish. 

What deals have you gotten recently from Hautelook?

 Glamour Girl

June 13, 2013

LORAC PRO Garnet & Gold Eyes Tutorial

My first look using LORAC PRO products that I bought recently. It's a soft smokey eye using garnet, gold and espresso browns with rosey cheeks and lips.

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