Thursday, September 29, 2011

Birthday Haul

Yesterday was the day I turned another year older. It's crazy how fast time flies.

The one thing I received this year was not beauty related, but it is the best present I have ever received!


A brand new car of my own! My parents-in-law made a generous down payment for me as a birthday gift. My husband and I are obviously paying the rest off.

It's seriously the new love of my life! =)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sephora & MAC Haul

I don't know why I am always drawn to limited edition palettes. Is it the hype? Is it the packaging? Is it because they're unattainable after they're gone? Who knows? Maybe it's all the above.


Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette - the packaging is impractical, but the eyeshadows are to die for!


Tarte for True Blood palette - I think the main reason why I bought this is because of my love for True Blood. The packaging and colors look lovely, but I haven't had the chance to test these shadows yet.


Also included:
- eyeshadow primer
- lights, camera, lashes mascara
- eyeliner

Since my husband and I went to Gilroy Outlets, I decided to stop by the CCO. I was a little disappointed with the selection of makeup they had, but I did pick up one thing:
MAC Cocomotion pigment

That concludes my haul. I've finally caught up with all of my purchases, so what you can expect soon are product reviews!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

TJ MAXX & QVC Haul

I stopped by TJ MAXX the other day in hope of finding a nice pair of shoes for work. I didn't have any luck in that department, but I did find some steals!


Who would ever thought you'd find The Balm products at TJ MAXX?


When I first saw the Shady Lady Vol. 2 palette, the first thing I did was look at the price tag. It was 50% off the retail price! Surely, I couldn't just put the palette back down...


The Balm and the Beautiful palette was too unique to give up (at least the packaging was). It was also the last one, so it made it that much more desirable! 

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From QVC, I purchased the Glow Your Way to Gorgeous Kit. This set is great for minimalists!



This set includes:
- Lip Pencil - shade: Sweet
- Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
- Concealer - shade: Medium
- Pencil Sharpener
- Waterproof Liner - shade: Fig
- Cream Shadow - shade: Shimmering Taupe
- AC Blush - shade: Peaceful

Not pictured:
- blush brush
- shadow brush


I was surprised to see these included in the package:
- Pure Maracuja Oil
- Park Ave Princess Bronzer (deluxe sample size)

Overall, I'm very happy with my purchases. I'll probably stop buying eyeshadows for a while, but it's all good. =)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Drugstore Haul

This is a collective drugstore haul. I haven't had the chance to try everything just yet...

- Rimmel Glam Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara
- Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara
- Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner
- Physician's Formula Gel Cream Liner - Glam Brown Eyes
- Physician's Formula Gel Cream Liner - Brown Eyes


- Wet N Wild - Walking on Eggshells
- Wet N Wild - Silent Treatment
- Wet N Wild - I'm Getting Sunburnt
- Wet N Wild - Gilded Age
- Maybelline Eyestudio Color Explosion - Caffeine Rush


- Super Blender (from Ulta)
- Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder

And that's it for my drugstore haul! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sleek Makeup Haul

I have always been interested in Sleek Makeup products, but the expensive shipping fee always made it harder for me to pull the trigger. Sometime in the month of August, I received an email stating that US costumers will receive free shipping if they spend $75 or more. Well, that was easy!


Let's start with the cheek & lip products:
From left to right:
- Life's a Peach
- Rose Gold
- Flamingo
- Pout Polish - Powder Pink
- Face Contour Kit - Medium

Swatches:
life's a peach, rose gold, flamingo, face contour kit (contour & highlight shade)
lip pout: powder pink 

Next are the eyeshadow palettes. These palettes are so "sleek," chic, and compact!
 

Storm


Original


Sunset



Oh So Special


Out of all the products I bought, the pout polish is my least favorite purchase. I don't know why I keep insisting on buying these kind of products when I have never really enjoyed using any of the ones I have owned, but I keep hoping that the one I buy would be different. *shrugs*

The "Oh So Special" palette is probably my favorite product that I purchased. If I were to travel tomorrow, I would be able to just bring and use this palette alone.

Have you tried any Sleek products? What are your favorite products from them?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chanel Haul

I have been working really hard lately, so I decided to spoil myself with Chanel. I bought these products sometime last week.

The boxes are so sophisticated and chic.

- Chanel Recourbe Cils De Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler (LE) - This fits my eye-shape a little better than the Shu Uemura eyelash curler.
- Chanal Vitalumiere Aqua (shade B30) - I am really loving this foundation so far!
- Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color (Paradoxal) - I haven't had the chance to try this yet, but the color is to die for.

My wallet hates me, but I am very content with my purchases. What are your favorite products from Chanel?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

{Review} Too Faced Matte Eyeshadow Palette


When Too Faced released their Matte Eyeshadow Palette, I lusted for it, but was hesitant to buy it. Good quality matte shadows are hard to find. Usually, the ones I've tried (from high-end to low-end) are either chalky or hard to work with (ie: hard to blend, won't go on evenly, etc.). When I spotted this palette at my local Sephora and finally got the chance to swatch the colors, I didn't just want the palette... I needed it!


From left to right:
- Tufted Suede is a lovely soft tan. It works well as an all over color or as a highlight.
- Chinchilla is a soft warm brown. It's perfect for the crease or as a transition/blending color.
- Coffee Bean is a nice dark brown. I usually use it for the outer-v or smoke it out in the crease on a night out.
- Velveteen Bunny is an ivory color. It really brightens up my eyes when I apply it on my inner tear duct.
- Pebbles is gray.
- London Fog is a blackish blue. I'm not too fond of it.
- Fresh Linen is a soft pink.
- Vintage Violet is a dusty violet.
- Midnight is a charcoal gray.


Unfortunately, I didn't have good lighting when I took this picture. It really doesn't do them justice.

With flash:

These eyeshadows are phenomenal! They go so well together and are not chalky! How often can you say that about an all matte palette?! Probably not much since there aren't that many matte palettes around, but still. You can go for a soft classic or natural look or you can go smokey without all that shimmers and glitters. Although I usually mix my finishes when applying eyeshadows, I can use the palette itself without looking flat. This is my favorite Too Faced palette that I own.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

{Review} Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes

Last month (August 2011), Tarte had their 30% off Friends and Family Sale. 30% off plus a free natural lip sheer/balm and free shipping over $40? Of course I couldn't turn down this great offer!

I had the opportunity to buy all the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes I didn't own. You probably think I'm crazy for that, but these blushes are that amazing.


From left to right:
- Tipsy is a pretty peach.
- Amused is a bright pink.
- Blushing Bride is a plum.
- Natural Beauty is a pink red.
- Flush is a berry.


These blushes are amazingly pigmented! The textures are so easy to work with and the wear of these are endless. I never have to worry about my blush fading in the middle of the day like I do with other blushes.

And to make my collection complete, I'll add the three I already owned at the time:


- Exposed is a nude soft brown.
- Blissful is a warm coral.
- Dollface is a pale pink.
~ I also own Peaceful, but I'm only posting about permanent colors.


Out of all the Tarte Amazonian blushes, exposed is what I use religiously. It's the color I use whenever I'm in doubt because it goes with practically everything.

I highly recommend checking these out if you haven't done so. They may be on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way, so you do get your money's worth. I am sure there is a color out there for everyone.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Products I've Used Up/Tossed ~ August, 2011

I know I'm not the only person in this world who feels ecstatic when he or she hits pan or uses up a product! Well, at least I hope not. Anyway, here are the products I've used up so far:


1. The Body Shop - Vitamin E Body Butter
2. Lavanila Laboratories - The Healthy Deodorant
3. Covergirl LastBlast Fusion Mascara


I am on my 6th body butter this year. This is the only body lotion/butter I've used on my body since the end of 2009! HG material? Yes, yes, yes!

Will I Repurchase? Yes!


I've used it up as much as I can, but I just can't do it anymore. If you take a look at the top left on this picture, you'll see that there's not much left... but it just doesn't work for me; it never has! I'll stick with my drugstore deodorant, thank you very much.

Will I Repurchase? No!


This is one of my favorite mascaras! It separates, holds my curls, and looks very natural! To be honest, I do not see a difference between Lash Blast & LashBlast Fusion... It all pretty much comes down to which color tube you'd prefer.

Will I Repurchase? Yes, but not right now. I have too many mascaras I have to go through.