I tried something different with my eyeshadow today. I actually like the result except my bushy eyebrows (which are shaped now, lol) were distracting from the look. It was a nice sunny day here, so I went jogging and did this when I came back home :)

Face
Same as usual
Pleasantry mb
Pearl Blossom bp

Eyes
Bare Canvas paint - base
White Chromaline - base for lid
Gesso e/s - lid
Poste Haste e/s - crease
Top Hat e/s - outer v
Bright Future e/s - inner lid
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Barry M purple glitter dazzle dust - with MM to line

Lips
Saint Germaine l/s
Clear l/g

1-30/5/9

2-30/5/9

3-30/5/9

4-30/5/9

8:50 PM

Here's a quick three coat swatch of OPI Banana Bandanna on my nails. I actually like this colour but I still don't think yellow is the best option for me. The problem is that even though my skin is a darker medium (NW30), I have pink undertones which in my darker skin looks more red. So yellow always looks weird on me, as in it makes my hand look extra red. Especially dark and warm yellows (like OPI's "It" colour), look horrible. This one is more of a cooler custard type yellow so it's a bit better but not the ideal! It sucks coz I really like the colour yellow :( I haven't even been able to find a yellow top that looks good one me.

The application was ok. I felt that I needed three coats to make it opaque though. I've heard from various nail blogs that yellow nail polishes tend to be streaky so I was not surprised.

Anyway, here it is. Excuse the messy application. I was in a hurry and wanted to get a picture before it got dark.

yellow

I love MAC's duochromes eyeshadows and pigments. They have this amazing two colour quality so they come alive when paired over a dark base such as black gel liner.

Stars 'n Rockets was my first duochrome eyeshadow from MAC and since then I've been hooked. I constantly look for colours with this quality. To me, when you buy a duochrome eyeshadow or pigment, it's like you bought three colours in one as depending on the base, you can get various affects from it. For example, Blue Brown pigment on it's own it brown with blue flecks. When paired over a black (Blacktrack) or deep blue/teal base (Delft) it becomes this glowy blue with some brown flecks. When put on top of a purple base (NYX purple) it becomes this purpley blue colour with red flecks. Amazing, eh?

I have swatched all of the duochromes in my current collection. I would love to get more so if anyone know of more colours like these, please let me know :)

Here's a picture of everything together on top of Stila's Black Smudge Pot. As always, all my swatches are taken in sunlight on NW30 skin.

all

My duochrome pigments:
duo-pigments
from left to right: Deep Blue Green (PRO), Blue Brown, Green Brown (PRO), Old Gold, Pink Pearl (PRO)

My duochrome eyshadows and one pigment:
duoshadows
From left to right: Lark About pigment (LE, Naugthy Nautical), Gorgeous Gold, Silverthorn (LE, Rose Romance), Stars 'n Rockets

12:49 PM

I did some hauling at a dusty in West Vancouver when I was vacationing there and finally found the holo version of My Priate Jet! I've been looking for this for ages here in Ottawa and hadn't found it so it was a nice surprise. I also picked up Dutch Tulip and Bronzed to perfection.

Then yesterday on my way back from my friends' place I stopped at Trade Secret to checkout the new OPI collections, Colorcopia and Sunbelievable. I ended up getting Venus Di Violet and Banana Bandanna. I hope Banana Bandana will be the yellow I can actually wear.

Here's a picture of them all together:
nails
From left to right: Dutch Tulip, My Private Jet, Bronzed to Perfection, Venus Di Violet and Banana Bandanna

5:56 PM

I was bored waiting for the hubby who's working late to come home so I took my day makeup off and tried a gold look. This is loosely based on xxsgtigressxx look that I watched on YT a couple of months ago. I just did mine a little less dramatic. Here it is:

Face
Studio Sculpt Concealer NC30
Studio Sculpt foundation NW25
MSFN Medium Plus
Sculpt Sculpting Powder
Cantaloupe blush

Eyes
Cash Flow p/p - base
Gold p/m - inner 1/2 lid and lower lashline
Humid e/s - outer 1/2 lid and lower lashline
Old Gold p/m - crease
NYX Black e/s - to deepen crease
Stila Black Smudge Pot - to line

Lips
3N l/s
Gold Rebel l/g

gold1

Gold2

Gold3

Gold4

We're on day 5 of constant cloudy and rainy skies in Ottawa. So I was inspired by all the grayness and did a soft gray smokey eye. I love to wear my Lavender Whip lipstick with grays. I think this is better than wearing it with purple eyes, kinda more unexpected yet so good! lol!

I'm invited to a game night at a friend's place tonight. I'm also taking a newly addict friend to MAC on Sunday. But overall I want to keep the weekend low key; get my annoying eyebrows done, maybe if the sun comes out do some swatches and reviews.

What's everyone doing this weekend?

Face
Same as usual
Stark Naked bpb
Petticoat MSF

Eyes
Greenstroke p/p - base
Silverthorn e/s - inner 1/2 lid
Mink 'n Sable e/s - outer 1/2 lid
Print e/s - crease
Smoke 'n Diamonds e/s - above crease
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Clinique Smokey Gray e/l - line upper lashline
Lise Watier Silver e/l - line lower lashline

Lips
Lavender Whip l/s
Opal l/g

Btw - same as usual for face means:
- Studio Sculpt Concealer NC30
- MSFN Medium Plus
- Sculpt Sculpting Powder

1-29/5/9

2-29/5/9

3-29/5/9

4-29/5/9

12:55 PM

honey
Image courtesy of Specktra.net

Naked Honey full collection info and pictures are up on Specktra right now. This is a collection I had hoped I could skip completely. After reading some reviews I'm getting a little tempted. I'm really getting into warm and neutral colours for the summer so this is a hard temptation to fight. I started to tan gradually and I'm hoping to have the perfect golden glow by mid June.

There are a lot of skin products been released with Naked Honey as well. To be honest I'm not big on MAC's skin products coz I don't like to buy LE stuff for my body so those are easy to skinp. However I'm lemming:

Pollinator e/s - Mid-tone warm reddened peach with pearl
Buckwheat e/s - Dark copper brown with multi-dimensional pearl
Honey Light or Golden Nectra highlight powder - whichever one suits me best
Queen Bee l/g - Just coz I love peachy golden lips :)

What are your thoughts on Naked Honey?

Ok, Here's my funny story of the day:

I woke up a little late today and did my makeup wearing my towel and then just threw some clothes on, including a button down shirt I hadn't worn since last fall. What I didn't realize in my hurry was that the shirt was a little too small now and the top two buttons were a little loose. So I get to the office, pick up some stuff I needed for my site review this morning and quickly drove to the site (which was in the Civic Hospital). So imagine me with my big pink bag around my shoulders, a video camera, a set of drawings and hard hat running up the stairs and the top two buttons coming undone without me noticing :/

I get to the appointment location finally to meet up with the hospital project manager and his team where they were going to be trained on some new equipment. I was supposed to videotape and coordinate the session. This was a tiny room btw and I was standing directly in front of the manager and trying to set up my camera when I notice that he's staring right at my boobs! He was so obvious about it that I noticed right away! I tried not too flush and discretely fix the situation but the spot we were all at was so tight it was hard to turn around and button everything up. Anyhuw, he left shortly after and I doubt anyone else had noticed my situation but I could not focus at all after that! What makes it worse is that I'm like the only woman on my field, it took for ever to gain respect of all the guys and now this!!! And our company has ongoing contract with the hospital so I deal with the same manager every freakin week!!!

Anyway, enough of that, moving on to the look. I hope you had a good laugh!

Face
Same as usual
Eversun bpb
Sunspill loose bp

Eyes
Painterly p/p - base
Golden Lemon p/m - base for lid
Bright Future e/s - lid (I don't think this is yellow enough, I need to get MUFE's yellow e/s)
Heritage Rouge e/s - crease
Melon p/m - above crease
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Stila Bronze Smudge Pot - line upper lashline
UD Baked 24/7 e/l - lower lashline

Lips
Spirit l/s
Gold Rebel l/g

2-28/5/9

1-28/5/9

3-28/5/9

4-28/5/9

12:26 PM

I don't wanna sound like a whiner, but I'm still feeling very blue! It's been raining all day and that usually doesn't help. This look does not show true to colour at all! The lid is supposed to be a lavender colour and the blue brown looks red :/

Oh well, I'm still gonna post it :D I have only two "ok"pics though, damn you rain!

Face
same as usual
Love Thing mb

Eyes
Painterly p/p - base
NYX Purple Jumbo Pencil - base for lid
MUFE #9 - lid
Blue Brown p/m - crase
Embark e/s - outer v
Mutiny p/m - above crease
Your Ladyship p/m - highlight

Lips
VGV VI SE l/s
Magnetique l/g

1-27/5/9

4-27/5/9

9:15 AM

Ok, strange title, I know! I was trying out some warmer colour combinations. I don't even know why, it's actually a cool day here in Ottawa. I was going for three colours on the lid but wasn't too happy with this outcome so added some Bronze in there as well.

My eyebrows need to be shaped again. My hair grows at the speed of light, lol!

Face
SSC NC30
MSFN Med Plus
Sculpt powder
X-Rocks blush

Eyes
Painterly p/p - base
Coppering e/s - inner and outer lid
Gesso e/s - middle of lid
NYX Fanta Pearl Mania - crease and above
Bronze e/s - crease
Solar White e/s - highlight
Spiritualize p/m - lower lashline
Stila Bronze Smudgepot - to line

Lips
Strange Hybrid l/s
She Loves Candy l/g

1-26/5/9

2-26/5/9

3-36/5/9

4-26/5/9

This is two coats of OPI's Bronzed to Perfection from the South Beach Collection. I was inspired by the bronze colour that was in MAC's Style Warrior. This is not really the same colour but I love it on me especially since I got a tan :)

Bronze

This was actually a funny story. We went straight to Victoria when we got to BC and stayed there for 5 days. We returned to Vancouver via ferry on Wedsnday and took a bus from the ferry. We were planing on switching the bus once we got downtone to go to West Vancouver where our friends lived. Guess what? The ferry bus dropped us right in front of MAC Pro store! I told the hubby to watch the suitcases while I ran in and hauled. It was a funny scene actually. Poor hubby on the side walk with all the luggage while I shopped. It was his fault though, I was sleeping in the bus, he woke me up and pointed to the store.

Anyway, here's a picture of all that I got plus my Style Warrior haul.

PRO

From the Pro line I got:
- Cantaloup blush - gorgeous peachy matte blush, I wore this today and definitely think this is HG material
- Salsarose blush -bold matte coraly pink blush, I need to wear this with 187
- Sculpt Sculpting powder - another quick HG, finally an ideal matte colour to contour with
- Pure White Chromoline - self explantory, I plan to use this as a base for bright colours
- Platinum p/m - I'm running low on my sample, this is the most gorgeous metallic colour
- Bio Green e/s - another quick fave
- Lime e/s - lime colour eyeshadow, duh!
- Red Pepper l/s - this was very flattering on and I don't have any brown toned red lipsticks
- E/l mixing medium - will definitely get a lot of use

I also got two pigment samples in Green Brown and Gold (Metal).

From Style Warrior which I was underwhelmed with I got:
- Bright Future e/s - bright sunny yellow
- Gold Rebel l/g - peachy gold
- Liberated l/g - sheer yellow gold, I bought this for my little sister

I had a blast in B.C. We were walking pretty much from early morning to late night to see all the places we wanted to see and do all the things we wanted to do. I actually hardly wore any makeup when I was there. Mostly just liner and lipstick. The sun was out every day though and I got a lil bit of burn plus some tan :)

I feel like not wearing makeup for about 10 days has made me rusty a little bit. The blending is a little off in this look but I shall come back around, lol.

Face
SSC NC30
MSFN Medim Plus
Sculpt Sculpting Powder
Cantaloup blush - I think I'm in love!
BB Apricot shimmer brick

Eyes
Greenstroke p/p - base
Gorgeous Gold e/s - inner lid
Amber lights e/s - outer lid
Bio Green e/s - crease
Deep Blue Green p/m - outer v
Vanilla p/m - highlight
Lise Watier Black Teal e/l - to line
Pure White Chromoline - water line

Lips
Marquise D' l/s
Gold Rebel l/g

3-25/5/9

4/25/5/9

2-25/5/9

1-25/5/9

Hey guys,

Just a quick note to say I'm leaving for Victoria/Vancouver tomorrow morning and will be back here in Ottawa on May 24th. Will update as soon as I get back :)

Cheers....see you soon!!

11:49 AM

I have been reading on ppl's favourite items from MAC Pro as I'm planing on hitting one while I'm in Vancouver. I have only been to a Pro store once (in Toronto) where I picked up some pigments and barely paid attention to anything else. This time I spent time browsing the MAC pro website and want so many things! Lol, too many lemmings and not enough money. This is the list of what I want, we'll see how much of it I can actually get:

White Chromaline - definite as I want a white base
Salsarose blush pan - definite bold blush
Cantaloupe blush pan - I need a peachy matter blush
Sculpting powder - definite, need something other than my Hard Candy bronzer for sculting
Shaping powder - maybe
Biogreen e/s - definitely, I love the swatches for this
Lime e/s - maybe
Clear Sky Blue e/s - maybe
Cobalt e/s - maybe
Platinum p/m - I really want this, I'm out of my sample size one
Gold p/m - hopefully I can get a sample of this
Lightly Lilac loose bp - maybe
Daisy Dust loose bp - maybe

Will post my haul when I get back :)

The Style Warrior Collection seems to be the most exciting collection MAC has had for a while. It's still no Cool Heat or Lure but better than any collection I've seen so far in 2009. I'm still not sure when this collection will be released. My store here in Ottawa says on the 21st. Some ppl on Specktra say that their locations have the collection on the 18th or even the 12th. I'm so confused and annoyed. I like to pick up my goodies on the day the collection is released. Either way, I will be in B.C. when this comes out. I will probably go to the PRO store to get some items from them and at the same time check out Style Warrior.

Here's the collection info and pictures courtesy of Temptalia.

Lipstick ($14.00)

  • Sunsational Sheer frosted beige gold
  • Brave New Bronze Creamy mid-tone pink nude
  • Purple Rite Mid-tone frosty orchid
  • Tribalist Creamy blackened berry

Lipglass ($14.00)

  • Liberated Sheer yellow gold with pearl
  • Gold Rebel Sheer copper bronze with pearl
  • Fierce & Fabulous Bright magenta purple with pearl
  • Style Warrior Blackened bronze brown with pearl

Eyeshadow ($14.50)

  • Soft Force Frosty pale white gold
  • Bright Future Frosty bright yellow gold
  • Tempting Sinfully rich coco
  • Vibrant Grape Bright magenta purple
  • Night Maneuvers Deep charcoal brown with pearl

Eye Kohl ($14.50)

  • Smolder Intense black

Pro Lash Mascara ($12.00)

  • Coal Black Honest-to-goodness black

Beauty Powder Blush ($18.00)

  • Eversun Neutral peach bronze with gold pearl
  • On A Mission Pearly mid-tone plum

Solar Bits ($19.50)

  • Scatterrays Soft metallic peach with gold pearl
  • Bronzescape Clean yellow brown with gold pearl
  • Impassioned Frosty cool taupe

Nail Lacquer ($11.00)

  • Peaceable Pearly pale golden beige
  • Violet Fire Bright creamy magenta purple
  • Mercenary Frosted blackened bronze

Brush ($23.00)

  • 242 Firm fibre Brush with rounded edge for smooth, even application of powder, emollient and concealer products
sw1

SW2

SW3

Here's my tentative wishlist. It all depends on how much I spend on the PRO items I want ;)

Bright Future e/s - this one is a definite, I don't have any yellow eyeshadows
Fierce and Fabulous l/g - another definite, I love purple stuff
Sunsational l/s - depending on how it looks on me and how frosty it is
Liberated l/g - same as above

9:26 AM

I'm loving my Plumage eyeshadow. How did I ever live without it? It's so versatile and goes with everything. I should do a teal smokey eye with it soon. I'm at work though so I had to be more subtle today.

On another note, there probably wouldn't be any updates to my blog until I get back from B.C. (May23rd). I won't take my labtop with me so it will be hard to do updates. I will catch up when I come back though!

Face
Cover FX primer
SSC NC30
MSFN medium plus
Eversun bpb
BB Gold Shimmer Brick

Eyes
Painterly p/p - base
Tan p/m - inner 1/2 lid
Heritage Rouge p/m - outer 1/2 lid
Plumage e/s - crease and lower lashline
Tilt e/s - above crease
Solar White e/s - highlight

Lips
Blankety l/s
Annabelle l/s in Toasted

1-12/5/9

2-12/5/9

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4-12/5/9

My MUFE collection is slowly growing. I started off by buying the ever so famous #92 which is IMO the best purple out there. Ever since then I've been wanting to pick up some more so everytime I went to Sephora, I swatched a bunch but never got to pick up any until yesterday. I found out yesterday that MUFE is cheaper at the Sears counter so I went there and treated myself to some new eyeshadows and a palette.

The Sears counter sold the palettes with three or ten slots. I got the one with ten slots. These palettes come with a magnet and are longer and thinner than the MAC 15-e/s palettes. The MUFE e/s can easily be popped out of their flat container and placed into the palette, no depotting necessary. The eyeshadows are larger than MAC eyeshadows and as quite many of them are very pigmented, they can also be used as a blush. I really like these babies. I've started to like matte eyeshadows more and more and I'm glad that MUFE makes a lot of matte but bright colours. I can see myself going back for more. I have to at least complete my palette, right?

Here's a picture of my current collection:
MUFE1
from left to right: #92 (bright purple), #9 (matte lavender), #26 (bright medium pick), #39 (eggplant colour) and #5 (matte coral)

and here are the eyshadows on my arm with no base. It's a couldt day today, these are much brighter in real life:
MUFE2
same order as above

5:42 PM

I can already tell I will be using my Clarity e/s a lot! This is gonna be my new Freshwater, lol! I tried a semi-smokey look with it yesterday when we went smoking shisha with a couple of friends. I think the look was fitting.


Btw, this is before I had fixed my eyebrows. They look much better now :)

Face
Cover FX primer
SSC NC30
MSFN Medium Plus
Nars Deep Throat blush
BB Apricot shimmerbrick

Eyes
Delft p/p - base
Clarity e/s - lid and lower lashline
Blue Brown p/m - smudged into lashline and wet to line lower lashline
Lark About p/m - tear duct
MUFE #9 - above crease
Blanc Type e/s - highlight

Lips
3N

3-9/5/9

4-9/5/9

1-9/5/9

2-9/5/9

Bonus pic of me smoking shisha!
shisha