Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Generally Rambly Update Post

t’s been a while since I’ve really written about any new products on the blog. I have to admit that since sometime around August, I have just not been that interested in buying any new make up. I have been unwilling to try out anything new for a couple of reasons. My make up drawers are beyond full, so sometimes it is hard to even imagine a scenario where there is some sort of void in my stash. Actually, there are plenty of voids, but because I am consistently drawn to the same shades again and again (hello, coral pinks!), but where there is already so much in there, it’s hard to think of anything new. I am trying to clear out a bunch of products by having a blog sale. Take a look and see if you want to get some cheap MAC, Tarte, and Philosophy!

I have also been spending so much time travelling and not wearing make up, that I have hardly had an excuse to think about new products. I have, however, really loved the make up that I do have. I took the Urban Decay Naked Palette home last week for a wedding, and was able to put together the most beautiful shimmery, lightly smoked neutral eye that made me feel gorgeous all night. I’ll be recreating that look soon for the blog, as I also had a lot of fun with the shimmery highlighting effect from MAC’s By Candlelight.

However, with fall really in the air, I’m starting to feel the draw of new products. This time last year, I was madly in love with MAC’s Style Black collection and hard core smoky eyes with a pretty pale pink lip. I was also falling for a bright lip with bare face. This year, in line with the clean, polished clothes coming off the catwalks from the likes of Celine and Chloe, I can feel myself being drawn towards grown up neutrals and minimalist polish. This isn’t bare faced minimalism – it’s highly thought out lady-like looks. There are a couple of products that have really caught my eye this year.

LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain

Tarte's LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stainlook unbelievably amazing. A gorgeous matte stain in a moisturizing jumbo pencil? Is that even possible? I had a great time with their original lip pencil this summer, so am going to try and limit myself to just two pencils to get me through the fall. I’m thinking a pale pink (Lucky) and a gorgeous matte raspberry (Lively).

With perfectly polished comes the requirement for perfect skin. For those who haven’t got it, it’s possible to fake it. I’ve spent the last couple of months using a tinted moisturizer I’ve mixed myself using foundations I’m trying to use it, but now it’s time for me to splash out on a new product. Two foundations have really caught my eye for trying out – the NARS Sheer Matte and Sheer Glow (which to choose?), and Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation. Both are available at Sephora now, so I guess I’ll have to get a couple of days product to try out before making up my mind. Does anyone else find buying foundation the most stressful part of make up?

Matte, polished neutral eyeshadows always have a place in my heart, and I’m currently putting together my list of must have shadows for the fall. I’m loving shadows like Soba, Bamboo, Rule, Wedge, and Brule from MAC.

One area where neutrals are completely out the window for me are nail varnishes. There have been so many amazing collections recently released that I don’t even really know where to start. Orly’s Cosmic Collection has the most fabulous shimmery, glittery, gorgeous finishes that I don’t think I can pick between them. China Glaze’s recent twenties theme shimmer collection also features some real beauties that I’m dying to pick up, like a beautiful shimmery camel, and a gorgeous dark green. I have far, far too many colors in my collection at the moment, so must clear out (another blog sale!) before adding to my stash, but I can see shimmers will be playing a big part in my fall nails.

Of course, being the lover of all that is new and MAC (In the Groove and Fabulous Felines excepted!), I have of course put in an order for the Villains collection from MAC, and am eagerly awaiting my “shipped” email. I’ll also be stopping in store tomorrow to check them out, and can’t wait to see whether the products live up to the serious hype. Full report coming soon!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010



I've been clearing out my drawers so now you've got a chance of snapping up some bargains as I need some more space.

Shipping: $2.50 for the first item and 0.50 for each item after that within the US. $5.00 for the first item and $1.00 for each item after that for international shipping. Items will be shipped first class. Some

Payment must be made through paypal. If you are interested in an item, leave a comment in the box with an email address. I will be in contact and will send an invoice. Payments must be made within 24hrs.

I will also be doing a nail varnish sale in the next couple of weeks so look out!

Okay, here we go!

MAC Eyeshadows:

Night Manoeuvres - used less than 5 times: $9
Crystal - 90% left: $5
All Races - used twice: $8
Swimming - used twice: $8

MAC Eyesshadow Vibrant Grape - used less than 5 times: $8

Urban Decay Box of Shadows pans - these have been pried from the Box of Shadows (various) and have a magnet attached to the back.

Gunmetal: $4 (used twice)
Midnight Cowboy Rides Again: $4 (never used)
Sphynx: $4 (used once)
Sin: $5 (used twice)

Half Baked: $5 (used less than 5 times)
S&M: $5 (used less than 5 times)
Mushroom: $5 (used less than 5 times)

Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash (8oz). Brand new, unopened. $12
Hope in a Jar (2oz) Brand new, unopened. $20
Hope in a Tube. Brand new, unopened: $15
Hope in a Tube. Used 5 times. $10

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (no lid! - 80% left): $10
MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (2/3 left): $8
MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask (1/2 left): $5

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (1/2 left): $10

Urban Decay DeSlick Oil Control Setting Spray (used less than 5 times): $15

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil Deep Red (used less than 5 times): $1
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil Chaos (used less than 5 times): $1
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil Nude Rose (used less than 5 times): $1

Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful (used approx 10 times): $15

NYX Glitter Eyeliners each swatched once

Pink $1
Blue $1
Silver Disco $1

MAC Shadesticks in Cuddle and Nurture. Each swatched once. $8 each

MAC lipgloss mini in Morning Glory (never used): $5
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess lipgloss (used less than 5 times): $8
MAC Lipgloss in 3N (used twice): $8
MAC Lipgloss in Liquor (swatched once): $8

Benefit Boing (used 10 times): $5

NYX lipsticks. All swatched once, never used. $1 each

Louisiana, Rose, Hero, Snow White

Lipsticks, all used less than 5 times.

Lipstick Queen Saint Berry: $8
MAC Creme D'Nude: $10
Rimmel Coral Gold: $5
MAC Myth: $8

Eye Pencils, all used less than 10 times

MAC Minted: $8
Sephora Turquoise: $5
Sephora Shimmery Blue Crayon: $3
Sephora Shimmery Green Crayon: $3
NARS Aigle Noir Crayon: $12

NYX Glitter Jars - all never used. $1 each

Ultra Pearl Mania
Blue Glitter, Pink Glitter, Neon Pink Glitter, Gold Glitter

Korres Mascara, never used: $5
Stila Violet Smudge Pot - swatched once (mini size): $5
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess (used once): $8

NYX Chrome Powder never opened: $2 each

Stila Lip and Cheek Crush in Pomegranate swatched once. $5.

Comment please to let me know what you'd like!

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Ways to Wear Series: Bronze

Last Bronze set - this one is my favorite. A pop of teal makes any neutral look hawt hawt hawt.

Base: Elf Shadow Primer
Lid: Bronze all over
Crease: Carbon
Liner: UD Flipside used wet.

If I was doing this again, I'd like it to be a bit more blue teal rather than green teal.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Ways to Wear Series: Bronze

You may have noticed from last week's posts, I'm a big fan of Cranberry eyeshadow. It was only going to be a matter of time before I worked it into a look with Bronze for a super rich fall look. Can't you just see the leaves turning and the crisp air?

Inner Lid: Soft Force (try Nylon)
Middle Lid: Cranberry
Outer Lid: Bronze
Highlight: Ricepaper
Lower outer lid: Bronze

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Ways to Wear Series: Bronze

I had a lot of fun discovering old favorites when playing around with Bronze, and have been wearing it a lot since I started thinking about the looks for it. This one was a dinner trip with friends.

I really like how Feline gives it a dark edge without being too over the top.

Base: Elf Shadow Primer
Inner Lid: Shroom
Middle Lid: Soft Force (try Nylon)
Outer Lid and Crease: Bronze
Highlight: Shroom
Liner: Rich Ground Liner
Liner: Feline

All products MAC unless otherwise stated.


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