Saturday, September 26, 2009

Too Faced Glamour Revolution Palette

Now that it's fall and the holidays are near. Lots of gift sets and palettes are showing up. Too faced has released one called Glamour Revolution. It's a pretty hefty palette with nice packaging and colors. It has 3 mirror mirror lip glosses, 1 blush, 1 bronzer, 9 eye shadows and a mini tube of shadow insurance. There is also a small mirror that can pop out and 3 face cards with looks to try.


Shadows pull out on the right and can be removed from the rest of the palette so if you're doing your make up you can just hold the eyeshadow part and not have to hold the whole palette since it is pretty bulky.

Close up of the shadow pans

Swatches of the glosses, La Vie en Rose blush and Chocolate Soleil matte bronzer

The mirror mirror glosses are really sheer so there isn't much difference between them which is the only part I didn't like in the palette.

Swatches for the eye shadows:
1st row
Milk Chocolate: matte nude taupe, George & Weezie: shimmery yellow gold, Boy Toy: shimmery pale pink

2nd row
Label Whore: dirty plum with blue green sheen, London Calling: Shimmery beige with silver sparkles, Glamazon: frosty champagne beige

3rd row
Dirt Bag: dark plum brown with gold shimmer, Party Girl: shimmery bright purple with blue shimmer (similar to urban decay ecstasy), and Neptune: bright teal with blue shimmer (similar to urban decay minx)

So overall it's a pretty good palette, the only down side for me was the glosses. I would have liked more pigmented lip options. The blush and bronzing powder are nice. The eye shadows are a good assortment. They lasted all day with the shadow insurance and were easy to blend. The packaging is fabulous and it would make for a great present this holiday. Too Faced Glamour Revolution palette is available on

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lunch time visit to Jill Stuart

Ever since I read tidbits on how the Jill Stuart soho store has started to carry beauty items, I couldn't wait to visit the store and see what they have. I walk in the store and it was empty except for 4-5 girls (most who worked there it seemed). I looked around trying to spot a beauty counter. mmh maybe it's downstairs. I walk down the stairs and nope, all very fancy evening wear.

I go back upstairs and walk deeper in the store and I spotted. They had a handful of items in a display case off to the side near the registers-huh? So I stared at it and I could not believe they weren't out in the open-even Chanel boutiques have testers out in the open for you to try out their product. I think you can ask to try the items but what a hassle. Then I couldn't believe how small the selection was- 3 eye shadow palettes, 3 blush palettes, 3 lip jelly, 3 lip glosses out of a collection that has about 19 eye shadow palettes, 10 blush palettes, 26 lip glosses etc. It didn't even have the latest fall offerings. Boo. To see pics of this itty bitty display, please click here. I asked the SA (who were not helpful whatsoever and ignored me for the most part) if that was it for their beauty collection. She said yes and went back to her newspaper. So lame. I hope they do expand the collection and other venues start to carry it since that store's customer service was pretty lacking.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Chanel Jade mani and some polish comparisons

I meant to post last night but I fell asleep and woke up in the middle of the night all groggy and with dry contacts-bah. Anyway I couldn't wait to throw on the Jade polish. I almost wanted to add some konad stamping to it but I didn't want to take away from this awesome color.

Love it! It has a nice green shimmer to it that I haven't seen in any other green polish.

Here's a comparison pic of it next to Illamasqua Milf. I didn't get the Peppermint Patty color from the Mac Sugar Sweet collection since Mac polishes tended to be streaky when I tried them. I also compared Mac Baby Goth Girl and Chanel Feu de Russie since they seem similar in the bottle but on nails, they are very different.

Friday, September 11, 2009

NY Fashion's Night Out~Mac Black Collection and Chanel Jade Polish

Looking at the list of participants for New York Fashion's Night Out, I was overwhelmed and didn't know if I would have the energy to check out too many stores, but I walked around enough to get a feel for things.

My first stop was the Chanel boutique. They were doing a manicure event and doing an exclusive release of the Jade nail polish. It's a really pretty shade of pistachio green with a green shimmer to it. There was also a color called Jade Rose that was a light nude color with a bit of rose shimmer to it (pretty as well but a bit *yawn*). I ran in, bought the polish and ran out. The manicure event had not started yet but a crowd was already forming.

Next stop was Mac, stood on line once again and waited for the doors to open. They were doing a preview of the Black Collection. The mineralized eye shadows were pretty but they reminded me of the Too Faced metallic metor eye shadows which I already have. I actually think the Too Faced shadows have more pigment to them. *Edit* It wasn't the Too Faced shadows I had in mind-the shadows are shimmery but not sparkly like the Mac shadows. I swear I've see dupes of these, I just need to think. The Mac shadows were black based but they seemed dusty, the shimmer in them was pretty though. The glimmerglasses were along the same vein, sheer black base with bright shimmer. I might go back after the official release to re-visit the glosses but eh.

A nice base for the eye shadows was the grease paintstick that was release, it was described as a deep black but I detect a faint purple shimmer to it. The paintstick comes in a shadestick type of packaging. It goes on creamy, but once set its suppose to be smudge proof.

There were also 3 polishes. Baby Goth Girl is a shimmery burgundy color with gold flecks, Nocturnelle is a black cream and Seriously Hip was a dark bronze color. I only picked up Baby Goth Girl, although I will probably go and get Seriously Hip later on. *Update: I added an additional pic of Baby Goth Girl so you can see the flecks more*

Top: Baby Goth Girl (I was hoping the flecks would show up more),
Nocturnelle and Seriously Hip
Bottom: Grease paintstick

Here's the EOTD I had today for work. I'm wearing the Stila Little Black Dress as my liner. I kept the line thin so it wasn't too sparkly. I have the pastel pink color on from the All Doll'd Up palette and a soft grey in the crease (which had faded by the end of the day).

I added on the grease paintsick and made a thicker line

I applied the Bobbi Brown metallic creme shadow in Starry Purple all over my lid. The grease paintstick definitely help the shimmer in the Starry Purple to stand out more. Lined the lower eye line with black liner (which I swear I could not easily fine. I have various colored eyeliner pencils but I could not find a black one) and added Mac pearlglide liner in Rave on top of the black liner. Can't wait for Dsquared collection to come out next month with the grease paintsticks in other colors.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Glam,Sparkle and Pop Necklace + Amore Vintage giveaway

On the theme of girly things. I also received my initial necklace from Julie aka Pop Champagne. She had made one for a friend and decided to sell a few as well. I decided to go girly and picked a pink star with white heart. It's my first initial jewelry ever and I'm super happy with it. Julie was also kind enough to included some super cute matching hair clips and yummy candy.

Thanks Julie!

Go check out her blog and click here to see her other awesome creations =)

On other jewelry related stuff, Amore Vintage is having an awesome giveaway. Go check out the goodies being offered and join!

Jill Stuart 5th anniversary Diamond Sparkle Nail Collection

I had ordered the Jill Stuart Diamond Sparkle Nail Collection from and of course it arrives to work the day I planned to take a day off, but thankfully my co-worker/friend picked up the package for me and I was able to pick it up from her house before the long weekend.

The box was cute, a bit smaller than I thought judging from the outer box since there are 2 foam cushions for padding. It has a decent weight and would make for a cute place to store jewelry, once I clear a spot on my dresser. I've never tried Jill Stuart nail polish before and these 3 were pretty decent. The floral smell that lingers after the polish dries reminds me of the Paul & Joe summer polishes. I haven't worn them for an extended period of time so I can't say how long it lingers or how long the polish lasts but in the future, I'll probably give other colors a try.

Stila Barbie Loves Stila collection

I had seen the promo pics for the Stila Barbie Loves Stila collection and as interesting as the All Doll'd Up palette looked, I wasn't initially sold on it. Colors looked nice enough but I wondered if I might have a lot of similar colors. Also the stila website hates me and I always have problems getting the page to load. Well surprisingly, this collection showed up at my local sephora store and it won me over once I got the chance to swatch the collection in person.

I managed to snag the last All Doll'd Up palette on displayed (woo hoo!). This palette is pretty nifty and a pretty good deal at $28 for 12 shades.

All Doll'd palette, little black dress smudge pot

Top 2 circles (shimmery champagne, shimmery medium brown, pastel pink with bright pink sheen, teal with bright blue green sheen, dark grey with multi colored shimmer, medium purple with purple sheen)

Bottom 2 circles (cornflower blue with blue sheen, black with subtle blue shimmer, pewter grey, pale gold, dark brown with subtle green sheen, mossy green)

This is a very cute palette. My favorite colors are the pastel pink and cornflower blue. The purple on top was the only color that was a bit chalky. The others were very smooth and pigmented.

One item from this collection that pipqued my interested was one of the smudge pots in Little Black Dress. It's described as black with pink glitter. I was super interested in how it would look. It turned out to be quite gorgeous. The glitter is bright pink and stands out against the black base, in part I think because the black isn't the darkest and at first I almost view it is a dark brown, nonetheless a really pretty color and I'm tempted to get a back up =)

I also purchased the lip enamel trio. The formula is a bit thicker than the lip glazes and more like a liquid lipstick than gloss. The set has Happiness (pale pink), Tickled Pink (bright fuschia pink) and Joy (blood red).

Top -> bottom: Happiness, Tickled Pink, Joy and Little black dress smudge pot

After having the lip enamel swatches on my hand for a bit, the red and bright pink did start to bleed a bit so it may be worth it to wear these with a liner.

I was surprised that I did like this collection as much as I did and I am happy I got to check it out in person before writing it off. I do not see it available on the Sephora website but it is available on the Stila website.


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