Winter Collections 2007

The Ghosts of Christmas Makeup Collections Past

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Every year I have a fun time rehashing Holiday Collections from years past. Sadly, this year, I ran out of time rather quickly and didn’t get a chance to do this post.

However, I surely hope you’ll have fun clicking through The Ghosts of Christmas Past Collections from prior years and also through Holiday 2007, 2008, and 2009 archives. I personally adore re-living my Holiday Makeup Past and I’m positive as a fellow makeup junkie you too will enjoy these past posts!

Happy Readin’!

Please do feel free to share some of your favorite “ghosts” from Christmas Past Collections!

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Aube Winter Collection 2007

At the rate I’m going I could have reviewed Aube’s Holiday/Winter Collection next season! Sorry about the delay getting this out!

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I’ve had this collection for a while and I haven’t yet tried any of it but last night I decided to finally crack it open and take a peek at the colors!

When the collection came onto the scene I wasn’t too tempted but later on I decided that I needed to add some of it to my beauty arsenal!

They released a pressed powder with this that a friend of mine was unable to locate sadly so I missed out on that! Out of all the goodies I only ended up with three items which were the newest Jewerly Shower Eyes and the two loose shimmering powders!

The palette is quite gorgeous although not what I expected. Upon seeing the promo images it appeared the model was sporting a white sparkling baby blue look but upon getting the palette I learned the colors are a tad bit different and it left me slightly puzzling over the best way to get her look but that hasn’t swayed me from loving it!

The main color in the palette is a cream gold sparkle followed by a beige bronze color and a dark chocolate liner color. The Shower part of the palette (and star of the shower in my opinion) is the light blue gold infused cream color! It’s a beautiful shade and it really sparks up the main colors of the palette! I’m not going into detail about application here but if you’re interested in understanding how the palette works do click here to review my main review on Aube’s Jewelry Shower palettes! My sole rant about the palette was the packaging. I was slightly disappointed that the packaging wasn’t the standard shiny metallic style. It seemed they changed the compact to a matte finish instead of the regular shiny metallic compact! I really liked the pretty pink shimmer to the old compacts!

Old Packaging vs New Packaging
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The palette sold very well in Japan from what I understand as my mate had a difficult time locating it upon it’s release!

The other two items I got were the loose shimmering powders which come in a nice glass bottle. I really love the presentation on these and the packaging is ultra cute however application is a bit messy! The powders come in a nail polish style bottle but they do not have an attached applicator. I thought this would come with a spatula applicator or a brush of some sort attached to the bottle topper but that’s not the case sadly. In order to apply you have to tip the bottle while stopping it with a finger tip and then lightly dab the powder where you want it! It’s a wonderful silky, sparkly powder that can used on your face, cheeks, or body however application is a tad bit messy with just a fingertip for applying. I guess you can use a really slim brush to fit into the bottle and take a little powder out at a time but I’m still wishing these came with an applicator of their own! The two shades available were gold and pink and both are well worth getting as they are truly beautiful shimmering shades!

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Overall, I really like this collection and I’m glad I decided to get some of it! I highly recommend at least nabbing the palette if you have the means of locating it!

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MAC The Originals Con Gratis

I faced the demons, the mad rush, and the evil Christmas shoppers and even Joe Torre (Seriously. He was sitting on one of the benches by the water fountain in the mall! To be honest I’d never have known it was him if my friend hadn’t said “HOLY SH*T It’s JOE TORRE!” Hey, a man’s gotta shop right? Even if he’s a New York Yankee!) to head to the MAC counter and explore the wonders and delights that is The Originals Collection.

And I’m here to say…………………..

It’s just as boring as I originally blogged about. Click here to read my first impression of this collection.

So…

I went, I saw, and I conquered.

The good news is I did get some of The Originals Collection because my darling, sweet, lovely, gorgeous MA gifted me with her “gratis” bag of The Originals. I didn’t purchase a single item while I was there but she just handed me her entire bag. I was gobsmacked at her generosity. To be utterly honest I went to the counter for two reasons: 1. To purchase Parrot and 2. To give my MA some truffles I had purchased for her for Christmas.

I ended up not buying anything as she came tearing out as soon as she seen me with the bag full of The Originals.

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The really good news is I did fall in love with two of the items in the bag which was the Antique Gold and Blackened Red glitters! The rest was not so great (I feel so incredibly guilty for saying that as I’m eternally grateful for what a sweetie she is to me all the time).

Beautiful! My favorite in the lot! Blackened Red and Antique Gold Glitters
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Here’s the items that she gifted to me:

I’m not sure how I’m going to make some of this work because some the colors are just not me. To be honest a majority of The Originals Collection just wasn’t Muse friendly! But I am very happy to have some of it to play with!

In the bag was Parrot which I’m properly chuffed to have a 3rd pot of because as I explained 2 pots of Parrot weren’t enough to get me through my lifetime!

Here’s the rundown:

Eyeshadows
Parrot-Gorgeous! Need I say more?
Charred-Quite a nice color for a smokey eye! I can definately make use of this guy!
Daisychain-Kinda blah. I actually though this would be much better in person but sadly it’s just a really meh shade of pale yellow! Good for a highbrow highlighter I guess!
Clue-I don’t even have a name for this! It’s sorta a brownish gray! Not so fab at all! This will be difficult to work with!

Lipglass
Full on Lust-Not so great. It’s a rather boring matte muddy rose color!

Lipstick
Chinz on Chinz-A soft chocolate color that I’m liking! I could make this work I think!
Nouveau Fro-A really awful beige mod color! I’m going to need to do some serious thinking on how to fit this into a look!

Glitters
Antique Gold Beautiful! Wouldn’t have purchased myself but happy to have this!
Blackened Red Lovely! Was definately on my “maybe” list and I’m happy to have a jar!

Overall, this is kinda fun as there aren’t many colors in the bag I’d have chosen for myself so now I’ll have a fun challenge trying to fit these into looks for myself!

The Originals Collection isn’t exactly what I hoped for but since I got some of it free I can’t complain too much icon wink

A big thanks to my MA for spoiling me something awful!

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MAC Originals Color Story

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I’ve been reading so much about the Originals Collection that I’m an absolute walking encyclopedia about it by now! I know the colors, I know what collections they had previously been in, I’ve seen swatches, etc…etc…etc….

This has popped up on everyone (and their mum’s) blog this week! It’s MAC excitement and cosmetic whores (excuse you but I proudly call myself Cosmetic Whore thanks very much!) and junkies far and wide are absolutely rolling around breathlessly in joy that Parrot is back!

How long has it been since Parrot’s been gone? 2-3 years or more? You can read my Ode to Parrot by clicking over here.

Now I’m not immune to the lure of Parrot by any means and I love her just as much as you or anyone else does but I have two pots that are carefully stashed away and guarded by rabid pitbulls in my beauty vault already so I’m thinking to myself do I really need another pot of Parrot and I’m listening to the voices in my head that are screaming HELL YES (I’ve been told it’s ok if the voices speak in my head it’s just if I answer them that I have to worry!).

So…I guess that means I’ll be skipping my way over to the MAC counter to purchase another pot because obviously two pots aren’t enough and god knows I’ll live to be at least 70 or more hopefully and I KNOW I’ll want a vibrant shade of aqua blue in my train case when I’m 60 and freaking hip beyond any means! And two pots won’t get me through this lifetime never mind the next one so best get a 3rd pot as a backup JUST IN CASE. Plus who the bloody hell knows it might just turn into a solid gold piece later on in life when I need to sell it to fund my future child’s college tuition.

Anyway….

It’s not exactly smart to face the Holiday crowds just to nab a pot of Parrot even though we know it’s well worth it. I’m strapping on my bullet proof vest to make my way into Nordie’s to fight my way to the MAC counter and glance at the array of the Originals Collection!

So…

This color story has me saying….

Yawn.

I’m a little bit shocked that nothing aside from Parrot is crying at me to buy it!

I’m somewhat disappointed in everything.

Someone slap me it can’t be that I’m not fawning over MAC what’s wrong with me? Where’s my MAC spirit?! I’m MAC’s biggest cheerleader what’s going on!?

I guess some of the colors are just boring for me. I like more bold shadows and these aren’t doing so much for me! Plus the piggies I already have and the reflects glitter aren’t something I am entirely keen on.

You’ve read it everywhere by now but here’s the low down on what’s out this week:

  • Parrot
  • Ochre Style
  • A Little Folie
  • Daisychain
  • Memorabilia
  • Clue
  • Alum
  • Charred
  • Frisco


Pigment

  • Kitschmas
  • Violet
  • Melon
  • Golden olive
  • Steel blue


Reflect Glitter

  • Blackened Red
  • Very Pink
  • Transparent Teal
  • Antique Gold


Lipstick

  • Sandy B.
  • Rozz Revival
  • Chintz on Hintz
  • Russian Red
  • Twig Twig
  • Supersequin
  • Nouveau-Frou
  • Retrofluid
  • Back to Del Rio
  • Utter Pervette


Lipgloss

  • C-Thru
  • Full on Lust
  • Avarice
  • Real Desire
  • Nico Now


Eye Pencil

  • Ebony
  • Coffee
  • Indigo

Let’s pick this apart a little and see what the Muse is contemplating.

I’m sad that the eyeshadows aren’t all that and a bag of chips. They brought these back because everyone really, really, really, wanted them right? Normally the first thing that catches my eye when a new color story is released would be the shadows but aside from Parrot nothing is yelling at me! Maybe Daisychain?

Ok glosses. I see two that look interesting here those would be Avarice and Real Desire.

Lipsticks I really have to see in person to decide.

Pigments have ‘em all already. Glitters mmm maybe yes maybe no.

Eyeliner and Mascara? Skip.

Wow I’m saving money left and right here kids!

Maybe when I see this in person I’ll have a hard time saying no to it all but at the moment it’s not what I expected at all! I expected more wow!

Oh well!

Money saved for another day and another MAC Collection!

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NARS Dolce Vita Set

I did a CP order for a mate when the Friends and Family Event was taking place at Sephora and of course I couldn’t just go in and buy her stuff I had to dig around for me so I ended up nabbing the NARS Dolce Vita Set.

It’s quite a nice set! I’m in love with the blush and highlighter included with the set and I’m slowly liking the gloss as it’s a bit too natural looking for me!

Overall, it’s a fab set at a nice value $40 ($32 for me as I got 20% off) so if you’re looking for a nice posh gift for a friend this would be something she’d love!

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