Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Gold & Pure Gold Review & Comparison- ♥♥♥

I like these pencils mostly for the color selection. They come in just about every shade you could imagine which gives you some great options for your eye looks. While MAC Paint Pots color selection is quite small and offers colorful shades only on a limited edition bases. Unfortunately, NYX Jumbo Pencils pale in comparison to MAC Paint Pots quality. After I took the swatch photo to post here. I waited for about 30 min. and then took my finger and wiped it across the swatches to see if any would smudge. The MAC Paint Pots stood strong with no smudging at all. However the NYX Jumbo Pencils both smudged. Now, there is a way to fix this. When I use the Jumbo Pencils I always use a primer such as UDPP under the pencil. This helps to prevent creasing and smudging. Also, don't use the pencil by applying it directly to the eye. This can cause a build up of product and it will surely crease. Apply the pencil by rubbing it on your finger first, and then apply it to your lid with your finger. This insures that you don't use an excess of product and that it is evenly applied. I always apply them this way and I have never had any problems with creasing or smudging. It's an extra step that you have to take, but I would say that it's worth it. Especially if you are on a beauty budget. MAC Paint Pots are $16.50 ea. US and NYX Jumbo Pencils are $3.50 ea. US on the Cherry Culture website. That is a $13.00 US savings!

As far as the two particular shades go, I don't think that you need both. As you can see from the swatches they are both very close in color. The Pure Gold is slightly more golden were Gold is slightly more bronze. Being that NYX also offers a Bronze Jumbo Eye Pencil I would suggest skipping the Gold one and get Pure Gold and Bronze.
Just a little FYI- Skip the Black Bean Pencil as well. There is nothing you can do to keep this sucker from creasing. BTW- My lids aren't oily either.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

MAC Rubenesque & Indianwood Paint Pots Review and Compairision- ♥♥♥♥♥

My best friend just asked me what I thought of MAC's Rubenesque and Indianwood Paint Pots, and if she needed both. So, Tracy this one is for you girlie.

For those of you who have never tried a MAC Paint Pot go get one now. You'll love it. MAC Paint Pots can be purchased in MAC stores, counters, or at for $16.50 US. There are 9 regular line shades, and MAC releases LE shades periodically during the year, looking forward to the Cham Pale ones. MAC Paint Pots serve as a primer and base all in one. You will not need a separate primer to prevent creasing. Paint Pots start out with a creamy texture, but dry pretty quickly so that you can also wear it as a smudge proof cream shadow. I love to use them as a primer and base, because they add so much drama to the eyeshadow you use on top of it. It makes the eyeshadow POP!

As far as Rubenesque and Indianwood go. In my opinion they are not similar enough to just get on or the other, especially if you love wearing gold tones, like I do. Indianwood is more of a brown toned golden bronze where as Rubenesque is a peachy gold. To me Indianwood applies more opaque and Rubenesque applies slightly sheerer, but you can easily build it to get the coverage you like, and it still won't crease.

And just a bit of extra info...No, I don't think that Rubenesque and Indianwood are anything like the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Prue Gold or Gold. Please check out my review on those Wednesday.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Makeup Forever HD Invisible Coverage Foundation- ♥♥♥♥

This is my fall/winter go to foundation. I can't wear this one in the spring/winter simply because it does not stand a chance in the hot, extremely humid weather that we have here in Louisiana. But when the weather is cooler this is my favorite foundation. I like it because it gives a flawless look to the skin. As you know I'm getting verrry close to 30 yrs. old, and though I take good care of my skin, time just does things to your skin that you would rather not let everyone see. That is what is great about this stuff, it is so build-able, and has great coverage, but it doesn't make you look like you're wearing a mask. It leaves a flawless healthy looking dewy finish. The price is a little steep to me. I bought mine at Sephora for $40 US, but really it is a bargin. I have had my MUFE HD foundation for almost 2 yrs. now, and I haven't made a dent in the bottle at all. It still looks brand new. This is because all you need for great coverage is 2 squirts. This foundation comes with a pump which is always great! I pump once on my hand and apply that to one side of my face. Then I pump again, on my hand and apply to the other side. I always use a brush to apply it with. I think this helps with not needing so much product.

Another great thing about this foundation is the color selection. If you are a lady like myself and have a horrible time getting your exact foundation match this is a great foundation. The color section is huge! The Sephora website offers 26 shades ranging from the palest to the darkest shades with every undertone imaginable. My advice when picking out a foundation shade is to always get 3 samples. Get the shade that looks like your perfect match. Then get one shade lighter and a shade darker. Apply each one and go outside and see what each on looks like in natural light. The lights in department stores always suck. After you have picked the one that suits you then go buy the full size bottle. This way you can be sure you have the best match possible.

This is really great stuff and if you have been wanting to give it a try and just didn't know whether or not to splurge on it. You really should. Plus, if you buy from  Sephora their return policy is great so you won't be stuck with it, if  you are not satisfied. Actually, I returned my first bottle in #119 because the shade was a bit to light for me, and got my perfect match in #125. The SA's were great about it and I had no problem exchanging it for me.

I hope you enjoyed the review. I will be reviewing more MUFE soon. I have the HD Microfinish Powder and Black Aqua Eyes Eyeliner Pencil on the books already. I would really like to try to get the MUFE Face and Body Foundation as well. I think it would be a great spring/summer foundation since it is water proof. However, there is not as many foundation shades to choose from as the HD foundation, and finding a match is not going to be as easy. I'll still give it a go, and let you know.
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Drugstore Product of the Week- Wet n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single- Nutty- ♥♥♥♥

 I was having a bit of trouble deciding which drugstore product to feature this week, and then it hit me. I have been wearing this gorgeous shade of eyeshadow for over a week straight, and I absolutely love it. The shade is so versatile and can be worn with many different shades and for both day and night looks. It is a warm/red based, smokey/ashy, shimmery taupe-ish/ brown tone. I know, I suck at color descriptions. The color reminds me of a brown toned MAC Smoke and Diamonds or even a brown toned MAC Satin Taupe. It's not as golden as Woodwinked.  The texture is top notch and is a breeze to blend out, and the pigmentation is great as well. This shade is great for a nice wash of color but is also very build-able for a more dramatic look. This item will always have a place in my collection because of it's great quality, affordable price, and the gorgeous color. Wet n' Wild is really surprising me with the Color Icon Eyeshadows, they are great quality. I will be posting more reviews on the Trios and 6 color palettes. If there is a certain one you would like to see first let me know I have them all! : D

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MAC Cham Pale Collection Information- 12/26/10

Release Dates:
December 26, 2010- US & Canada
January 2011- International

Info Source: Specktra 
Picture Source:

Quiet, Please- Sheer frosty pale beige (L) (LE- Re-promote Red She Said '08)
Gel- sheer pale gold (F) (Permanent)
Flustered- frosted pale bronze (F) (LE)
Tanarama- soft pale golden beige w/ gold shimmer (F) (Permanent)

Bubble Lounge- sparkly pink peach
Luxure- off white with pink pearlized pigments 
Sin-Tillation- sparkly pale icy pink
Straight To The Head- sparkly brown bronze

Et, Tu Bouquet?
Caviar Dreams- midtone frosted pewter

Chilled on Ice- frosted white gold
Dangerous Cuvee- frosted cool grey
Let Me Pop- frosted light copper 
Vintage Selection- frosted midtone peach

Black Fix

EYE KOHL- $14.50 US
I Get No Kick- metallic nude



Chez Chez Lame- soft gold with silver shimmer
Rose Ole- soft pink with gold shimmer 

Soiree- sparkly light bronze gold
Very Important Platinum- midtone platinum

Calm Mode- light neutral beige




My Initial Thoughts

I'm really liking this collection for it's natural beauty. Lately I've really been drawn to more natural looks and this collection has really got my attention. I'm concerned that the lipsticks will give off a dead pasty look being that they seem to be so pale, but only swatches can tell. The lipgelees will not be on my wishlist as well, just for the simple fact that I tend to steer away from MAC's lip products unless I will be B2MACing for them, so that I can save money for more important items.

My favorite items from this collection will definitely be the Paint Pots. I love Paint Pots almost as much as I love blush. It will be so hard for me to decide, but if Let Me Pot is similar to Indianwood I will past on that one, and if Vintage Selection is similar to Coral Crepe I will pass on that one as well. However, if the similarities aren't there they will all be mine!!

A must have for me will also be the Lavender Fix +. I was lucky enough to have gotten the Rose Fix + from my CCO a long while back, and I have been using it ever so sparingly, afraid that I would run out. After using the Rose Fix + I could never imagine going back to the old plain Jane Fix +. So, I'm so happy to see another scented one being released. This will be a back up item for me, which is very rare.

Now, the Palette, Special Reserve Highlight Powders, and the I Get No Kick Eye Kohl Pencil all interest me. But, I will have to see swatches and see what my bank account says before I decide on these items. My concern with the palette and Special Reserve Highlight Powders is pigmentation and texture. Thank goodness for swatches and testers. We shall see. Comment below and let me know what is catching your eye or if this collection will be a skip for you due to the lack of color. I love hearing from everyone! : )
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Request a review here!! : )

If you have a product that you would like me to review please post it as a comment here. If I already have the product I will post my review asap. If I don't have the product I will do my best to get it if it's available. The return policies at all of the stores in my area are very lenient, so even if it's a bust no big deal. I can always return it. I thought that this would be a great way to get closer to my readers and see what everyone else is finding interesting. This is going to be so much fun, so everyone please participate! : )

This portion is only for my readers and subscribers. It is not for companies or businesses. I do not / will not affiliate my blog in any way with any company or business.
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I'm back!!

I'm so sorry for such a long absence. I'm thankful to see that my faithful subscribers are still here waiting for me. My personal life has been quite stressful over the past few months. You know just when you think everything is straightened out something thing else falls apart. In one way or another it just seems like lately there is no rest for the weary, and sadly I had no choice but to put my blog on the back burner. But no matter what I will always come back to my blog. I love blogging and I love sharing all of my built up info with you guys. So, everyone get ready cause here we go again!

I would like to share some wonderful news with ya'll. During my absence I was getting everything together to apply to the Aveda Institute to study esthiology. I'm so happy to say that I was accepted and will start Feb. 6, 2011. So, look forward to me posting about everything I'm learning and my experiences there. I'm super excited!!! : D
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