Sunday, June 27, 2010

Edmonton’s first Murale opened this past Thursday, and (of course,) it had to be checked out on the opening day.

What makes Murale different from Sephora is partially that they carry different brands and have worked in Optimum points, but mainly that they offer services as well. Ours has a Benefit Brow Bar and (like all Murale shops,) offers makeup lessons and makeovers. Additionally, there’s a station to be shampooed and blown out (or just blown out, for a smaller fee and quicker service,) as well as a table for manicures.

The one thing we really noticed was that on opening day, the Murale store had more staff in it than customers — no joke! It was the middle of the afternoon and mother counted seventeen sales associates just on one floor, which outnumbered the customers by a couple. Talk about irritating: no, I don’t want your help for the fourth time!

For a few quick and (crap-tastic) shots of the fragrance wall, run behind the cut!
(Ooh, plus a photo of a ridiculously pretty Shiseido lipstick.)

A few lines I spied while I was there:
brands in italics are not, for some strange reason, listed on the Murale site

  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Cargo
  • Chanel (fragrances only)
  • Clarins
  • Estee Lauder
  • GOSH
  • L’Oréal Paris (this looks so out of place!)
  • Lancôme
  • Lippmann Collection
  • Memoire Liquide
  • Molton Brown
  • Shiseido
  • Smashbox

    I wasn’t really concerned with the other lines, but check here if you’re wondering what else they may stock!

    The lipstick: Shiseido’s The Makeup Shimmering Lipstick in SL14. Talk about being ridiculously pretty in the tube! 

    Anyone else have a Murale story to share? I’d love to hear it in the comments!

    {inappropriate chandelier placment love}

     photo credit: micasa. via desire to inspire.

    Badgley Mischka // Resort 2011

    Saturday, June 26, 2010

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    Marchesa // Resort 2011

    I really, really love you, Marchsa. Which is why I just can’t understand why in the HELL you would come up with this:

    Or this:

    Or THIS:

    Seriously. I DON’T CARE if you’re having personal issues or one of your designers is now bipolar or even if someone’s dog died. We get it. You’re creative and edgy. Now please, for the love of god, go back to creating lovely, flowing, elegant dresses, before I have to comment on your models!

    (They are wearing really cute shoes, though.)

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    Happy B-Ray Day, Kate!

    Our first B-Ray giveaway has, unfortunately, come to an end. I couldn’t be happier about the results, though! The lucky gal who’ll be sent the listed prize (and a slew of other odds and ends) is very much deserving of it, if you ask me — so have fun with your loot, my dear Kate! (Well, technically, you entered with “Kate and Zena”… but if you try using any of this on Zena, I’m tracking you down using your IP and taking her away. Away!)

    Kate’s favourite blue is Revlon Riviera Blue, a dark navy that’s the closest I’ve found in the drugstore to B-Ray. If I absolutely cannot find a better dupe, I’d recommend trying the Revlon in lieu of B-Ray… but it’s not quite there in terms of epicness, so I’m still on the hunt! (On that note, though I do quite like the Revlon Matte collection on the whole. It’s a lovely drugstore selection, in product, price, and packaging!)

    I love it when good things happen to good people, so I’m over the moon that spat out a “43,” corresponding to Kate’s name on my spreadsheet. Congratulations, dear! Don’t forget (pshh, how could you forget?!) to email me your details asap!

    Saturday morning deals

    I haven’t tried Tart’s kabuki or Park Ave Princess, but I do know that a lot of you have been looking for a matte bronzer!
    Jacob glosses? NOT recommended. However, their fragrance line isn’t half bad! It’s very fresh, quite green apple, and would make a lovely room scent (candle, anyone?)
    It’s $10, but free with a $35 purchase if you put ONTHEFLY into the promo box. Sneaky! Valid 6/22/10 to 7/4/10.

    Have a lovely Saturday, darlings! Make it awesome enough to make up for my terrible one… it’s currently just fine, but I anticipate complete and total wreckage.

    Why is this?

    IT’S THREE A.M. AND I CAN’T SLEEP. This is the third time in a week, so I’m going crazy over here!

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