Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pssst, Sarah — you’re the best! I cannot wait to try everything… I won’t say what’s in the box, though! You’ll all just have to wait for the reviews =D

For shame, MAC.

Charging $23.50 for your “Care Blends Essential Oils“? Really?The Care Blends will be released with the Warm & Cozy collection on the 26th of December in Grapefruit + Chamomile and Sweet Orange + Lavender, but I’d advise you to keep an tight fist on your Christmas money. Here are the two things that may happen:

  • The essential oils are neither essential nor purely oil, and are not dupe-able at home because MAC has added filler substances to reduce cost stylishly take the edge off the delicious grapefruit scent offensive fragrances.
  • The essential oils are just essential oils, and can be replicated using the two essential oils in the name (you can find them in your local Whole Foods-esque store) and an eyedropper. Total cost: about $10 instead of $23.50, plus you can bet on ending up with at least double the product.

I’ll have to see them in person first, but my money’s on option #2 — so get to your local organic store and blend your OWN oils, please!! Don’t cave to the pretty packaging presented by MAC.

D&G L’Imperatrice

Monday, November 23, 2009

You were a disappointment. A damn fine shame.

There is a fruity, sweet opening (but really, that’s not hard to find in fragrance) and for a few moments I almost believe you will lose your sweetness as you dry down, and let me enjoy the fruit. But you never do. You don’t lose your candied edge until right before you are completely faded, and at that point one has to inhale you directly off the skin. (No one wants to treat their perfume like heroin.)For a unisex scent there is too much femininity in you — you smell like youth, with the naiveté but without the innocence. And yes, you should in some way be commended for this… your sweet, fruity bouquet is likely attractive to the large part of modern female society.

At the same time, however, this should shame you. It’s nice, light enough to be appropriate anywhere, and very true to itself. You are, in a way, too true to yourself. There is nothing underneath your exterior or the pink of your bottle, there is nothing surprising or addictive hidden in your formula.

You’re wonderful for occasional wear when I wake up before my alarm clock, already buzzed. Your clarity is perfect when my mind is as well, but there is nothing about you that makes me think. I can imagine your brilliance should you be layered overtop something with depth, but on your own you are the air trapped in the champagne; a fruit without a body and a fragrance without a soul.I would like to smell you on a man, one bold and unabashedly masculine, no vague suggestion of an attraction to males. (It’s nothing personal; rather, if a feminine male wore you, you would continue being just as boring.) Just a light spritz, layered over a scent more masculine… I think it may give you that certain delicious who have you been with?

Or you may just continue on with your syrupy static.

Simple lavender eye

Just a quick, easy, boring lavender eye for you today. This was actually the look that I was doing when I figured out this Blacktrack trick — and that’s all it is. MAC Blacktrack, Senna Fantasy, and Rimmel Lycra Lash topped with Imju Fiberwig. Plus some hilight on the inner corners; a mix of Lancome Crème Lustré and Angora. Besamé Vanilla on the lips, and a super-sheer dusting of Lancome Pink Fresque on the cheeks. All you need is five minutes and two shadows, and ta-da! You’ve got a look.

(Links are to reviews.)

More guest posting

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Here‘s a post from the week before last that I forgot to tell you wonderful ladies about — it’s a review of a cute little gloss/liner duo that’s a total steal! Sorry this wasn’t posted sooner; I totally forgot about it.

Also, this week’s post on lip changes. I have a couple more images that I’ll post beneath the cut; they’re those creepy lip swatches that are wonderful for colour and texture representation but terrible on the eyes. Tried. Failed. No cut for you!

They’re in the same order as they occur in the post on Karen’s site, but I’ll label them anyways:

Paul Dorf Voodoo [unsuccessfully] topped with Aura Science Star Coral.

MAC Dubonnet over Voodoo.

Dubonnet and Voodoo topped with Sephora’s Bronzed Beauty gloss.

So I finally went to the mall yesterday…

I really needed some new clothes — I’m not really a fan of shopping, so I generally avoid it like the plague until I absolutely have to go!

At H&M, I found the fabric that I’ve been desperately hunting down… it’s a thick, stretchy cotton, and I bought a purple tee of said fabric at H&M last June or so, right before I left for Quebec. I never thought I’d see it again, because the next time I got to an H&M, all the tees were in a thinner fabric, with a different cut!

But I did =D So I bought three more of the same tee (black, dark blue, and a backup purple one because it is my FAVOURITE SHIRT EVER) and one more of the same body cut and fabric, but with long sleeves (in a different dark blue.) I also found the perfect black dress shirt, which everyone told me didn’t exist! It’s a slightly stretchy cotton, black, fitted, and with a curved bottom (as opposed to a straight hem.) Even the sleeves fit — sleeves almost never fit me!

Yes, I’m a little bit of a freak. Because now I have, basically, five of the same shirt. And I LOVE IT.

Verdict: success.

Other updates:

  • Re-smelled Miss Dior Cherie. I’m in love! I always though it was a scent I couldn’t wear, but it definitely is. Wearable.
  • Dealt with a lot of really inappropriate sales clerks. Hilarious!
  • Winners -> Urban Decay glosses (for $5!!!), Paula Dorf lipsticks, Bliss “The Youth As We Know It” eye cream, Nicole by OPI polishes… the list goes on!
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