Beauty Bits & Bobs
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I’m sure you have noticed that as of late I haven’t been my normal MAC self. I’m normally one for running to the counter to pick up the latest collection (in it’s entirety like the crazy cosmetic demon I am) as soon as it hits the shelf!
However, the last few collections, as tempting as they are, have not made their way into my cart. I promised myself that I’d not buy anything from the last few collections while I was busy with Christmas shopping for others. This normally doesn’t prevent me from throwing caution to the wind and just buying it anyway but I’ll be honest MAC has overwhelmed me lately. Collection upon collection upon collection is difficult to keep up with (and expensive as bloody hell)!
Up to now I haven’t purchased The Stylistics, Metal X, and Finery Collections. It’s not for not wanting them because I honestly want something from each of them however I really can’t justify the cost during the Holidays at the moment so I skipped (this isn’t to say after the Holidays I won’t be nabbing some goodies)!
Anyway…I did indeed throw caution to the wind this weekend and casually strolled around the MAC counter at Macy’s on 34th. You see I had convinced myself that the crowds were so very big that I’d never find anyone to actually help me so I could look but no way was I waiting for a MA to help me and on top of that, wait on the huge line that was reaching all the way across the floor to the Clinique counter. Sadly, my plan didn’t work as well as I wanted and one of my regular MAC MA’s was there to “save the day” and help me make two purchases, one of which I’ll be discussing with you in this post.
A few months ago (I think it’s months. It feels like months!) I had purchased two Beauty Powders from MAC Pro in Manhattan and had them ship them over (I was feeling particularly lazy and decided I didn’t want to walk over and do the purchasing myself! It also saved me from purchasing all six colors as I wasn’t there to actually try them!). You can click here to read my review on the powders I did get.
Anyway, soon after MAC counters got the Beauty Powders and I soon forgot about the collection and was not tempted at all to purchase the other powders in the color story and other items were higher up on my wish list.
On display with the Beauty Powders was the 183 and I fell deeply and completely in lust with this fantastic little brush (I also feel deeply in lust with another Beauty Powder in this collection which I’ll tell you about in another post). When I seen the brush it didn’t look too familiar and it turns out that’s because it’s only available with this collection and will be gone shortly so I highly suggest and recommend nabbing this $40 brush! I actually didn’t know this at the time and was furiously googling the MAC website on my blackberry trying to find out (as most times when you ask an MA they aren’t always 100% positive).
This brush totally makes buffing the beauty powders into your skin a snap! If you’re a mineral foundation user this will be a dream for application. I’ve been using this since I got it on Saturday for my Beauty Powders, for setting powder application on my face, for general blush application, and just for smoothing on whisper set powder under my eyes and it works an absolute treat!
183 is my absolute newest love! The bristles are soft on this with no shedding at all (did you expect anything less from a MAC brush?). The handle is small enough to grasp between your fingers for a nice hold while buffing and it’s just a perfect wonderful brush overall!
I wouldn’t call this a kabuki but maybe more of a glorified version of one. The bristles are more flat and not rounded as compared to a kabuki so it’s quite different!
This is really a keeper for me and well worth it’s $40 price tag!
Grab one before it disappears!
The Muse highly recommends the 183!
Meet my latest obsession:
I was wandering around the Sephora at Herald’s Square on Sunday trying to find some Stocking Stuffers for my sister and came across the Carol’s Daughter display. I’ve passed this display up more times than I can count on two hands but for some reason or another that day a bottle of “Almond Cookie” caught my eye!
Now the first thing to enter my mind when I seen Almond Cookie was Lush’s Snowcake! I was thinking a bit of cherry with maybe a hint of marzipan icing. Mmm…dead wrong. Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Eau de Toilette smells heinous to say the least. I don’t get much of a “bakery scent” to this but just musk and musk and more musk! It’s quite strong and very overpowering. I guess the sandalwood overpowers the sweetness of the cookie and vanilla I’m not entirely sure but I gagged when I took a sniff!
Which leads me to say that I almost walked away but another item caught my eye and I decided to tortue myself a bit more with Carol’s Daughter.
I very cautiously opened a bottle of Jamaican Punch, took a sniff, and soon after fell deeply in love.
Mmmm now this is perfection. It’s quite fruity with a faint underlay of sandalwood and bayberry. It has all sorts of yummie fruits like peach, banana, orange, apple, and raspberry!
It’s tropical yet sweet and fruity and did I mention it lingers like crazy!
My body chemistry doesn’t work well with Eau de Toilette and normally my skin just sucks it up and the linger, throw, and scent don’t last at all. Basically within 30 minutes or less you can barely tell that I squirted myself!
However, two quick squirts with Jamaican Punch had me smelling yummie from 2 in the afternoon all the way to 11:45 that evening when I hopped into the shower!
This has amazing throw and lingering power and well worth the $25 I shelled out for the 2 oz bottle!
I’m now utterly obsessed with this gorgeous scent! I nabbed the shower gel and the Eau de Toilette and I’m lemming everything else in the line!
I highly recommend going into Sephora to sniff it for yourself! Mmmm tropics in the winter! Pure perfection!
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Strawberries and Cream (Brand New Scent)
Perfect Strawberries, Champagne, and Chocolate what more could a girl want?!
All Three for $35 bucks plus they’ll get it to you before Christmas if you order by the 19th!
I feel spoiled already!
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