Sunday, July 26, 2009

MAC & Smashbox haul (incl. Reign Palette)

Here's my latest haul & and initial review:

with flash:

without flash:

with flash:

Eyeshadows from top to bottom with an initial review below. I am also including the prices from ACW here.

* MAC Magnetic Fields - dark neutral brown with some glitter LE Neo-Sci Fi: I love the shade and the packaging - $19.99

* Smashbox Reign Palette: 3 Shimmer Shades swatched. The palette will be released this fall &
comes with 6 eyeshadows: 3 shimmery shades and 3 matte shades: 1 shimmery champagne coloured eye shadow & 1 matte beige eye shadow, a shimmery copper & matte medium brown - shimmery taupe brown & matte dark brown:
First impression: I have to say I love the shimmery shades, the shadows are extremely well pigmented and swatched easily! The texture is velvety soft without any fallout. However their matte counterparts are a big disappointment. Except for the dark brown shade, they don't seem to have any pigmentation. It wasn't even worth trying to take a picture of. - $16.99

* Smashbox Starlit : Is a taupy brown with a purpleish undertone. It's a beautiful shimmery shadow with good pigmentation - $6.49

* Smashbox Eyeshadow Duo in Splendid - warm medium brown & light pink. They're both slightly shimmery . Kinda reminds me of MAC's veluxe pearl texture. $4.99

Another swatch of Splendid, because you couldn't see the light pink in the previous picture.

Overall I am quite impressed with Smashbox's eyeshadows! Which ones do you own? Which ones can you recommend?

allcosmetics wholesale rant

Hi my lovely ladies!

As you all know, I ordered some goodies from For those who don't know them, they're basically a like a CCO (cosmetics company outlet). You can find LE items and products of permanent lines there for a discounted price. Smashbox, Stila, Mac, etc. And the greatest thing is that they ship internationally.

Now, this was the 1st time I ordered from them. The big envelope arrived in less than two weeks. Pretty good - I mean less than two weeks from Washington State to the Middle East - not bad at all!

All the products are in good shape.

Now, here's where the frustation begins:
1. The Smashbox reign palette came without packaging but it was wrapped well - so I shall not make a big deal out of it. But it smells like gross plastic nastyness.
2. No receipt!!! What the...? Am I not supposed to get a receipt? Shady, if you ask me!
3. They sent me a wrong product!!!! I ordered the MAC Moisturecover concealer in NW25 (13.99 USD) and got the MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25 (9.99 USD). THIS is the worst part of course. I have no use for the Studio Finish Concealer. I ordered the MAC Moisturecover concealer and paid for it. I am upset.

So this morning I emailed them, asking them to send the item I ordered, Now, I know I should see what happens first. But, it is obvious if they don't send me the right product or refund me or pay for the shipping back of the wrong product to replace it with the new product, I won't be able to recommend them to anyone and obviously won't order from them again.

End of rant!

Pictures of the haul will be posted once I have calmed down.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

all cosmetics wholesale

Hi all,

have any of you wonderful ladies and gents ordered from this website internationally?

If so, how long did it take for your goodies to arrive?

It's been 14 days since the parcel has been shipped, but it hasn't arrived yet and I am kinda getting worried. I also didn't insure it, so if it gets lost....70 usd will evaporate without anything to show but a heartboken MACaholic.

From my Everyday Minerals & ebay experience it usually doesn't take more than 14 days for stuff to be shipped here from the states.

Does it make much of a difference if the company is located on the east coast or west coast? They are located in Port Orchard, that why it could be taking longer than usual?

Oh, I hope the parcel didn't get lost...or stolen. :(

Thursday, July 16, 2009

new in | MAC & more

It's been a long time again, but I've been so busy with work, that whenever I am home, I just am too tired to do anything. Unfortunately, I get too tired to update this blog, too.

But other than work, I went to MAC quite a few times.

These are the things that I got on my 1st trip a week ago!

Smut eyeshadow

Buckwheat eyeshadow from the Naked Honey Collection

And here a picture of both eyeshadows - taken with flash.

Smut is a gorgeous dark greyish brownish colour with a purple sheen to it.
Buckwheat is a rich brown with golden sparkle to it.

I then depotted these eyeshadows and backed-to-MAC some stuff and received a lipstick. I was a little upset to be honest, because even though our MAC is a freestanding store, I was only allowed to pick a lipstick. Really sucked, actually - since I am not really into lipsticks.

The one lipstick that I wanted to try tho was Blankety, so I picked it.

The picture doesn't do the colour justice. It's a light brownish beige. A Beautiful nude without obvious pink or peach undertones.

Last, but not least, I made yet another trip (3 all together in one week) to see the Color Craft Collection and was not impressed at all. I was gonna get Color Crafted and Improvised, but passed on those and chose Lychee Luxe Lipglass instead, as I was looking for a nice corally lip gloss.

And these are the items that my bf brought back from London. I passed on Gosh and Barry M, as I will be going to London in Fall (fingers crossed) and would rather pick the things in person.

Bobbi Brown Color Corrector in Peach

And my HG Hair treatment: Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor

Hope you've all been doing well.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

sultry neutral smoked out eye look

This is my eotn, from last nite...I decided to go for a neutral, yet slightly dramatic eye look. :)

Products used:
Two Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Shroom
MAC Satin Taupe
88 matte palette (light beige, dark brown, medium taupe)
MAC Blacktrack fluid line - lower lashline and as eyeliner...wing it, baby
L'oreal Voluminous x4 in black - waterproof

Basically, you need to apply your primer, then an all over lid colour (I used Shroom and then the light beige from the 88 matte palette), I place Satin Taupe in the crease fairly generously and blended. Then I blended some more. And some more. I then placed the dark matte brown in the outer crease and blended a little more. Last but not least, I used the medium taupe shade to blend out any harsh lines. Anyway, you get the's all about the blending! I prolly blended for about 10 minutes. Which is a first for me...i am usually not that patient, but I was very pleased with the outcome.
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