Posts From July 2007

MAC Paint Pots Review with FOTD

Little bit of a review on MAC’s new Paint Pots plus an FOTD! Yay!

Sooooooooooooooooooooo I ended up purchasing one of the Paint Pots yesterday! This is just an early release from Nordies basically! The rest of the colors will be popping up sometime in August from MAC!

I only got one as a I said and that color was Delft which is an ocean green teal color!

Not a big fan of cream shadows but I was curious so I went ahead and grabbed one!

Mmmm…..I imagine people will love these…I don’t.

The texture is a bit hard and I just couldn’t work well with it. For one thing I really had to pull at my eye area to apply it which isn’t such a great idea when your 30th Birthday is in a few short months!

I applied a rather medium size amount to my finger for application and it went on somewhat sheer. I guess you seriously have to work your finger in and layer it on thick to acheive the desired look!

I do give it props for adhering pigment well! I applied Teal pigment on top of it and it really stuck to the paint like glue which is slightly impressive and may make me consider purchasing one or two more for that reason alone!

Overall I guess they are alright. They aren’t great or even good in my book but I’m sure some people will adore these as they have been eagerly anticipated a long time coming!

The good news is I used Quick Frost on my highbrow and it deserves a back-up! It’s a fantastic pigment! It’s much like Frost with Gold Shimmer to it plus it’s not nearly as grainy! Easy, 1-2-3, application with it!

Face of the Day for your viewing pleasure! Kinda looks like a similiar look I’ve done before but I guess I was a bit rushed this morning and didn’t take much time to do it and thus it came out rubbish!

What I Used:
MAC Pigment in Teal
MAC Pigment in Deep Blue Green
MAC Paint Pot in Delft
MJ Mascara
MAC Technakohl in Black
MAC Pigment in Quickfrost
Bnever Loose White Shimmering Powder

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Present Green

As promised, a green look for today!

I got a little snap happy this morning with the camera!

Used:
Urban Decay Shadow in Urb
Urban Decay Shadow in Mildew
Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Eyeshadow in
T’estimo Frame Impact Eyeshadow in 01 Green
Bare Escentuals Glimmer in Envy
Bourjois Paris Maxi Frange Mascara in Vert Honolulu 53
MAC Technakohl in Black

I’ve started linking pages to some items I use because a few people have e-mailed me asking where they can locate the items used! Now it’s easy! Just click and you’ll be at the page where you can view the details for the shadow, mascara, etc…!

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Past Green

green look tomorrow ;)

In preparation for tomorrow’s green look I bring you green looks from the past!

Enjoy!

(For some reason I’m looking quite shocked here! No idea why!)

(If you’re wondering why I’m looking slightly wet around the neck it’s because my sister had just splashed me with a cup of water! Still got that shocked look on my face! Imagine I was still reeling from the dose of water to the chest!)

Used:
Unknown (Photos are a month or more old so clueless what I used! See some of my other green looks for a clue ;))

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Aube Shower Eyes

Hello World!

Been a while hasn’t it? It’s good to be back! Today is a blog of review! After a rather long and lengthy conversation about the new Abercrombie & Fitch (If you’re lucky you’ll catch the wonderful insight of this on PJ’s Blog! PJ had a ton to say about the store and I enjoyed every little morsel of the e-mail) that’s opened in London (I’m quite eager to have a nosy around myself and see how they’ve done with it! Perhaps on my trip over!) I ventured very randomly into a short reply about Aube Shower Eyes! Very weird how my mind works, hops from fashion to make-up in a heartbeat! Well, to make a rather long story short Haru from Rougue Deluxe had recommended that I purchase the Aube Shower Eyes palettes! Now you can’t really go wrong when it comes to what Haru recommends, she is the expert and guru! I bow down to her greatness! We can only ever hope to achieve her heights of make-up stardom hehe (she reads this so thought I’d add in how great she is to give her a giggle or two)!

This blog is for PJ whom wrote to me, “I am very interested in knowing more about what you think about Jewelry Shower Eyes. I was on the verge of ordering one of them.” I’m right there with you! I was on the verge as well! I’ve been eyeballing these for a while and skipping over them each and every time! I’ve only ever seen the photos on Aube’s website and really those aren’t appealing in the very least!

Upon Haru’s rec I decided what the heck I might as well dive in and grab two! And now I want the rest of the colors! The palette is quite awesome!

The palette in general is an absolute steal! It retails for about 3572yen but you can get it as low as 2072 yen as it discounts at 30%! Really it’s as good as giving it away! You can’t get this kind of high quality make-up for such a price! Japanese brands make some of the most wonderful, appealing, pigmented, gorgeous, (I’m running out of adjectives here), and affordable make-up around!

I know you want the review! You’re getting impatience with my babble!

I ended up purchasing 32 and 33 I wanted EX01 very badly but it was sold out! Utterly crushed here! I did manage to find it online but had to sell another a kidney to get it (at this point I’m running out of organs to sell!!!) Sheesh I hate how people mark-up stuff! Anyway!

32 is a brown/gold palette, perfect for the fall in my humble opinion, as I wouldn’t wear any of it in the summer. 32 is a blue palette and perfect for summer wear and possibly you can get away with in the fall and most definitely the winter!

Each palette contains 1 creamy glitter base/shadow, one shimmering shadow, one matte shadow, and a liner (personally I don’t use it as a liner but a contour shadow but hey whatever floats your boat and tickles your pickle! I’m always somewhat confused (Yes even I get confused about make-up application sometimes) why so many Japanese brands always include the creamy base shadow! MJ has a quite a fondness for including a creamy base in their palettes, Shiseido in general actually does! I’ve failed numerous times in succeeding with the creamy base! I applied it prior my shadow and layered my shadow on top! It came out quite the mess for me! I’ve finally settled on using the creamy base as a highbrow highlighter and that works perfect really! Upon receiving these shadows I asked Haru’s advice about what she does with the creamy shadow and she replied that she uses it in several ways. As a base (tired that and I don’t like it), as a highbrow highlighter (already do this and like it but not love) and finally, a most interesting suggestion, she applies it in the middle of the eye after her she’s used the other shadows! My word what a great idea! I read something similar on MUA and I haven’t yet tried this but I am eager too give it a go! I never considered applying it after my shadow was on! The girl on MUA had suggested patting on the creamy glittery shadow onto your eye after shadow application! Hmmmmmmmm I like this ideal and must attempt it for myself!

I did get off track with all that didn’t I? The moral of the story is, my dear friends, the Aube Shower Eyes get my hearty approval! These are something you must consider adding to your collection! I am curious where the “shower” part comes into play and I’m somewhat hopeful it means that the glittery creamy base I was discussing earlier will create a wet shadow look which sounds very dramatic! Please do keep in mind, prior to purchasing these, if you’re expecting as much shimmer as you’d get from T’estimo palettes these are not what you seek! They pack shimmer but not the punch that T’estimopalettes pack!

If I recall correctly Haru said new colors are coming out for the fall! Joy! Something more to add to my ever growing want list!

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Majolica Majorca Madness

Before I lay me down to sleep..I’ve decided to blog about my other true love (by now you realize who my first one is)….Majolica Majorca.

Majolica Majorca is Shiseido’s little sister but don’t let the word “little” fool you, she packs a mighty punch in her own right! I’ve blogged about her briefly before this, you can read about her by clicking HERE.

I fell in love with MJ (asian girls call Majolica Majorica, MJ for short) when I was living in Japan for a short time. She’s probably one of favorite brand of cosmetic! I think my interest in her borderlines on the obssessed at times as I have that sweaty, greedy, selfish need to own every little thing thats put out in the line! I’ve since learned some control over myself and I only buy the items that I know will work for my face! I know I even amaze myself sometimes with the amount of will power I’ve been practicing as of late!

I’ve been somehow lucky enough to nab the Majewel palettes that were released in 2005 (don’t quote me on that I believe it was 2005). Again, these are some of the most prized pieces in my collection! A lovely friend of mine that blogs as well had mentioned that packaging is a very important factor whenever purchasing cosmetics and I couldn’t agree more! I think cosmetics sell themselves by not only what resides in the pot but the actually pot, case, compact it comes in! I’m a visual being. I love cute items! MJ is girlish to the max and maybe it’s my ultra girl side that finds the packaging and the actual cosmetic so very appealing!

The cuteness of the Majewel Collection

This year MJ put out some amazing palettes and yours truly found it very hard not to purchase every single one they released. And you know what? I went ahead and did just that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My little stack of insanity:

MJ puts quite an interesting shadow out, they are sheer yet pigmented. Even for someone like me who always reaches for bold, bright colors, can appreciate MJ’s sheer beauty! These are really perfect layering shadows and you can build up as little or as much intensity as you want. I love the fact that almost all japanese shadow palettes include some sort of liner, really, sometimes, the little things matter most! You’re literally getting the all in one package here!

Now I can talk MJ shadows, blushes, liners, etc…until tomorrow morning. But really the star of this show is MJ’s amazing 15X mascara! I’ve tried plenty of fine posh mascara and MJ is by far my favorite. It reminds me of Bare Minerals brushless mascara but is ten times the mascara that Bare Minerals hopes to be when it grows up!

This season they released a most flattering blue color you ever did lay your eyes on! STOP! Don’t even think it! It is not the “Oh my god blue mascara from the 80’s”! It’s just a brilliant deep ocean blue color that is divine with blue shadows! Blue mascara has been making it’s come back very slowly and honestly if you’re brunette or blonde it’s so for you! It makes your eyes brighter and they POP when you wear it!

MJ Mascaras

MJ Splashing Blue Mascara

MJ Black Mascara

MJ is not available stateside or within Europe. You can purchase a majority of the MJ line from JPMon,E-bay, and a few other places. It’s not difficult to locate and with a little quick typing and some google you’ll be right on track to locating it! Most of my product comes from my a dear friend that lives in Japan and ships them over to me! If you head on over to Make-Up Alley chances are you’ll find someone nice enough to do a purchase for you or as I said google!

One important thing to remember about MJ and other wonderful Asian brands is that they are truly limited in quanity. All the palettes released are almost always limited edition! Really the concept of Limited Edition starts to mean nothing as of late in the US. The market is oversaturated with the promise of Limited Edition cosmetics but really it’s just not the case. I can remember a time when MAC color stories would sell out quickly and it was difficult to locate a particular color for years after. No longer. Really anything that becomes stamped with the coveted Limited Edition seal ends up being easy enough to locate on E-bay!

Asian brands are truly defined as Limited Edition. Once they are gone, they are truly gone. It’s very difficult to locate palettes once they are sold out! I guess really the moral of the story is when you see it and you really want it, buy it, or else tomorrow it’ll be gone..for good..really…truly…no joke!

I hope you enjoyed learning/reading/listening to me babble about MJ! She’s truly a special brand of cosmetic that’s near and dear to my heart!

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