Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chanel 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d'ART Show

omg...did you guys see the gorgeoussss makeup, hairdos, and accessories for the Chanel 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d'ART Show???


credits to talkingmakeup.com

the red liner really draws out the eyes..! but we'll probably get weird looks if we go out like that :) also loving the flawless skin and light blue eyes... *goes to buy some circle lens* .. :D

Nails, Nails, Nails!

just thought I'll post some more pictures of my nails in the past.. :)

i think for christmas...2 years ago

lol didn't really like this one..but i got lazy

for my brother's grad dinner!
tbh, looking at these pictures make me a little sad...as i miss painting and decorating my nails :( i haven't really been painting my nails since what i study doesn't really allow me to have long/painted nails. sighhh.

Dressing Up Gadgets

Do you guys like to decorate your gadgets? I certainly do!
Although many cameras, phones, and other electronics now come in pretty colors, from baby pink and sleek black, I still like to decorate mine, or at least slap on a pretty case!

Here's my NDSL ..
just a skin, but looks so much better!

I think I probably spent the most on my iphone though...

the last one is the one i currently have...lovesss it :)
I also have many more but unfortunately I don't have pictures of them anymore..
I have some plain cases too...for future deco den projects ^^ i already amassed enough little bows, rhinestones, donuts, and all things cute!
>> How do you like to decorate your gadgets?

I'm back! and ELF haul

Wow I haven't blogged in a long time! ... last time was in the summer lol.
haha actually I think I was considering deleting my blog...since no one reads it anyway :) but i suppose there isn't much content...so my bad.
i can't guarantee i'll update consistently but i'll try! harder..! lol

I actually do have a lot to blog about though..from my haul from Lisa Cosmetics Warehouse, to my Sephora hauls, to now...my ELF haul :)

So if you want to read about my FIRST ever ELF haul...keep reading!

I am extremely happy today to come home from the last day of exams to my ELF package! I have been waiting for this since forever (~3 weeks?) and almost gave up on it..when my bf picked this up for me today ^-^ i know that Canadian orders take longer to ship, but according to google, it normally should only take 1.5-2 weeks! i actually emailed ELF about it, and they told me I can file for refund lol. but yayyy I got it...
Onto my first impressions when I opened the package (sorry no picture of unboxing) ... umm..talk about dirty + dusty? I mean it was ok though, cuz everything was packaged individually in boxes etc.. but my hands felt so gross when I sifted through the contents... and thats my excuse for not having swatches for this post!! lol. i'll post them up later..

ok I think I rambled too much... so here's a picture of my first haul:

excuse the poor lighting + iphone quality..my camera died on me when I tried to take pictures. the blushes and lipsticks are actually much lighter in person.. will take more pics when I have better lighting!
What I bought: Eyelid Primer (x3), Beauty Encyclopedia (Basic Eye Edition, Everyday Eye Edition), Blending Eye Brush, Flat Top Powder Brush, Lipsticks (Rosy Raisin, Runway Pink, Pouty Petal, Natural Nymph, Nicely Nude), Blushes (Peachy Keen, Candid Coral, Blushing Rose), Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder (x2)

Packaging: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (out of 5)
Ok it wasn't horrible, but wasn't great either. I mean I'm impressed that a lot of the items were packaged carefully (comparable to MAC almost) with lots of cardboard in the boxes. But okk..I noticed a lot of typos! some of the packaging/casing feels really plasticky/cheap too. haha ok I make it sound so bad...but I mean the items were only $1-5...so you get what you pay for. Thankfully nothing was shattered in transit!

Quality: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I haven't tried out the items yet, so this might change over time. I did swatch the lipsticks (I'll do a more in depth review on them later) and they were very moisturizing..very impressed! I also like the flat top brush, much firmer than my Quo duo fiber brush, so maybe I can stipple with this. Everything seems great, except I took off one ♥ because....of the damn Blending Eye Brush!!!! Honestly when I took it out to feel it, I was already like "wtf". It's so rough with random coarse brush hairs sticking out!! and I'm supposed to put that on my eyes?? I'll give it a thorough washing later though and plucks some hairs out...and see how that goes. disappointing because I've been wanting a cheap but good blending brush!

Price: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Need I say more? Products range from $1-5. I took advantage of the 50% off sale, so the most expensive items were the Studio Lipsticks, which were $2.50 (orig $5). My total came to less than $40 CAD including shipping...for 17 items!

Shipping: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I was charged the US shipping ($6-8?) because I used the Paypal checkout trick...that I wish I discovered earlier! (reason why I never ordered until now) .. for 17 items, it was ok.
Shipping took kinda long though, 3 weeks like I said. But ELF was pretty nice and replied my email immediately the next day, provided shipping date, and offer of refund in case if I don't receive it in 30 days.
Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Will I purchase from ELF again? YES! It's so cheap, how can you not? Although I probably won't be needing more makeup for a couple of years! haha. oh and I'll be careful when I buy the brushes though.. and be more patient w/shipping time! other than that, ELF is awesome!
>> What are your favorite items from ELF? and least favorite?

Friday, May 7, 2010

long time no post! sorry sorry ..been so busy with school, exams, life... but it's summer time now so i'll try to update more often! =]
anyway here's a picture of my current nails...

i tried to do fuzzy leopard print lol. 2nd attempt at doing leopard print nails, but i can't tell if i improved -_-
but either way..i loveeee doing my nails. sadly school doesn't allow me to do that.. (im in health care) so i haven't been doing much to my nails this year
i'll share my past nail art though :) below are a few..

that's it for now...my next post will be on BB creams, so stay tuned!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tarina Tarantino & Nicol's Giveaway

Wow I'm surprised I'm getting comments on my first blog entry! =]
As a thank you I'm posting up a swatch for the MAC Lady Gaga lipstick ...

It's a true light pink color..and actually the lasting power is pretty good too! I finally got the lipstick off my hand after lots of rubbing under the tap. The only down side is that the lipstick is a bit on the dry/matte side for a MAC lustre lipstick.


Btw..have you guys seen the new Tarina Tarantino line at Sephora yet? The packaging is cute with rhinestones and all, but I expected more from this line. Like cmon, I can stick rhinestones on my makeup pans myself...like below.. =P

As for the products themselves, I have no idea what they're like as I haven't even seen them in Canada yet. Sephora reviews gave most products pretty high ratings though! What do you guys think?
* Some of the products I liked... just looking at the pictures

haha pinkness overload *_*


btw Nicol has reached 200 followers (congrats ^^) and is doing a giveaway!

10 pairs of criss cross lashes ♥ (click above picture)
a girl can never have enough fake lashes yes? =P

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

First Blog Entry ^-^


I finally decided to start a blog, mainly to keep track of all my purchases..but also to have a place for me to ramble, rave, and review beauty related things =]

Just a mini introduction - my name's Natalie and I'm currently residing in Toronto (I'm from Vancouver/Hong Kong really) for studying purposes. Oh, and I loveeee shopping of course! =P

Ok that was the boring stuff. Now onwards to the more interesting things!

I fell in love the moment I saw this......

Yes, this is the Limited Edition Viva Glam Lipstick featuring Lady Gaga. Besides the pretty box with Lady Gaga's signature emblazoned on it (and on the lipstick), I loveee the gorgeous light pink color (despite the slightly matte finish)! Being a fan of Lady Gaga and just anything pink in general, I HAD to get it.
There is actually another Viva Glam lipstick out right now...featuring Cyndi Lauper, but it's in bright red and to be honest, I don't think I can pull it off -_-

Another thing I bought yesterday is Essie's Matte About You. It's basically a top coat that gives any nail polish a matte finish! I initially wanted to get the OPI one, but it's $20! (essie one only $10!)
There are lots of matte polishes out now, but I thought...why not just get the matte finisher? Isn't that even better? You can make ALL your polishes matte hahaha =P
Anyway I was excited to try this out, so I finally pulled out my CG in For Audrey...and this was the result:

I'm still not sure if I like the matte or the shiny..what do you guys think? (edit: ok I'm not sure if you can even tell that it's matte in this picture -__-)

I decided to drop by AE because I heard that the sales are better in store than online atm..

I ended up buying this

I was eyeing this before the sale...and omg it was $80!!! wtf. since when is AE so expensive??

Anyway yesterday when I went, a lot of stuff was on sale, with additional 40% off! So this bling sweater came to $21 =] ~$60 off...good deal?

I also bought a Winter Olympics 2010 bath towel today with Muk Muk on it =] But that's not really beauty related and I'm too lazy to take a picture...so that's it for now!

Thanks for reading and subscribe if you want to know what else I bought! =P