Sunday, March 28, 2010

MAC Liberty of London & Spring Colour Forecast

I haven't posted in a while but thought I'd share my small haul from the MAC Studio Talk class I went to the other week.  The focus was eyes and lips.  I bought some things from the Liberty of London collection as well as a few items from the Spring Colour Forecast collection that I didn't pick up before.

Some of the items that I already purchased included: Spring Colour Forecast Crushed Metal Pigments Stacked 1 and 2, Blush Ombre in Ripe Peach, and the Colour 4 e/s quad. Most of the items are becoming sold out so buy them now if you want them! You can still get some at MAC and some at Nordstrom or other higher end dept stores / online.

Colour 4 e/s Quad

Liberty of London Collection e/s

Spring Colour Forecast e/s
(I don't know why the picture is showing up sideways, its not saved that way!)
Liberty of London Blush - LOVE THIS ONE! It's my new fave, may have to get a backup. Love love love it!

I also bought a black traincase from Sephora the day before I went to the Studio Talk class.  This fits some of my makeup.  I still have 80-90+ MAC eyeshadows that I have to depot. This doesn't include much drug store makeup.  It basically has my fluidlines, concealers, Fix+,  some pigments, my NYX eyepencils, mascara, and palettes.  It fits a lot of palettes in the bottom section. One thing I don't like about the train case is that its hard to take out the dividers.  The inside is also made out of a foam like material and if you put the dividers in the wrong place, the foam will dent. Don't like that....

I didn't do any swatches, but let me know if you want any! I really liked the Liberty of London collection even though at first I really thought I wasn't going to like any of it.  I would definitely recommend Prim & Proper blush if you are considering anything from the collection.  I think it could complement any skin tone. I normally only like peachy type blushes, but this one is goooorgeous!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tagged by Serenie!

I read a lot of blogs... or at least look at a lot of them as you can tell from the ones I follow.  In fact I have some bookmarked but am not following yet.  Idk how to follow ones that aren't on blogger?  Anyways here are some of my faves!  Some are about makeup, nails and crafts! Forgive me if their actual name is not on the list, but for the life of me I don't know it!

1. Post the logo on your blog
2. Pass it to 12 bloggers that inspire you!
3. Link the bloggers and let them know.

1. Serenie 
3. Eki 
4. Joyce 
5. Kristen 
6. Janis 
10. Erin 
11. Cheesie 
12. Florence 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Clinique Acne Solutions

For the past 3 years I've had acne on and off.  I think it got progressively worse after I had my daughter in June of 2008.  Your hormones go crazy, stress and bam! Acne.... your own worse enemy.  Like the normal teenager, I have had some acne problems in high school, and at the time I had gone to the dermatologist and had been prescribed Retin-A and some other cream medications. I used to hate them at the time, because they used to dry my face so badly, that I'd have peeling skin on my cheeks and nose. NOT pretty.  To make a long story short, most recently I have had some acne on my cheeks.  I do not have oily skin, at all!  I'm pretty pale so the problem areas would be red.  I use concealer to cover it up. It works pretty well to conceal, but you can still tell that I have some.  Some of the skin care products that I have been using include Clean & Clear face washes (still do), Neutrogena washes, Clean & Clear acne gels/creams, anything cheap and from the drugstore.  None of these things have worked in the few years!  My pimples would disappear for a while but reappear later on.

I considered buying Proactiv b/c I was getting desperate. However I went to Sephora to see what they had and bought Clinique Acne Solutions.  I bought the cleansing foam ($18 for 4.2oz), clarifying lotion ($13.50 for 6.7oz), Clearing Moisturizer ($16.50 for 1.7oz), and Emergency Gel ($13.50 for 0.5oz).  I've been using everything twice a day since last Wednesday, with the exception of the emergency gel.  That item is for "breakout emergencies" and I haven't had one yet.  (Sorry for the 'stock' picture.... it wouldn't look any better if I took it with my own camera.)

The products seem to be clearing up my acne, slowly but surely. It has not dried up my face at all!! :) I like the fact that Clinique is 100% allergy tested and fragrance free.  I don't care for scented facial products b/c I have headaches easily.

The active ingredient in the Cleansing Foam and in the Clarifying Lotion is salicylic acid.  The Emergency Gel's active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide.

Based on my 1 week of use, I really like the product thus far.  I will definitely keep using it so I can give you an update on my acne status!

PROS: Relatively inexpensive, easy to obtain, fragrance free, non-drying.
CONS: Not an "immediate" fix, shouldn't be used as a makeup remover so you actually need to have a separate MU remover (this is not recommended for use by eyes)

While shopping Clinique I also picked up All About Eyes ($28.50).  I have some pretty dark undereye circles so I wanted to test it to see if it could help at all with the discoloration.  It is definitely a great moisturizer under the eye area.

For my eyelashes, I picked up Fiberwig mascara ($24) and the Sephora brand heated eyelash curler ($16).  I debated b/t that e/l curler and the Shu Uemura, but the sales associate recommended the heated one.  I had been wanting the Panasonic one for a while after watching Eki's youtube video, and I was so excited when I saw Sephora carried their own.  Now I haven't mastered it yet, so I will review it in the future once I learn how to make it work.  

And last but not least, I will have another MAC haul soon.  My friend should have picked me up more items including some e/s and blushes to add to my arsenal collection.

xoxo & tty soon