Friday, September 30, 2011

W00t! Got to 'preview' MAC Glitter and Ice Holiday 2011 Collection

My freestanding MAC store is like Cheers--practically everyone there knows my name and calls it out when I walk in.  I love those gals and they always find a way to separate me from my money.  At times, having spent all that money comes in handy.

Such as getting an impromptu 'invite' to see the upcoming MAC Glitter and Ice Holiday 2011 collection.

[Photo credit & deetz: MAC Cosmetics via Beauty Insider]

Dropped into my usual MAC f/s store to get some pro palette e/s and was offered a private 'showing' of the Giltter and Ice collection!!!  Needless to say my initial 'buy' list has been shot to hell.
First off, I am loving the packaging on this collection.  Love the white/silver thing going on and the 'snowglobe' on the bags.  I didn't pay much attention to the palettes as I have a crapload of eyeshadows.  And by crapload I mean an IKEA Helmer drawer full of Z-Palettes.
Hells yes, you want, no you NEED the Shimmermint Mineralize Eye Shadow (MES)!  I swatched this on my skin and the MUAs were freaking out about how good it looked on me.  I can't recall any MAC shadow or MES that looks like this.  Very glittery, very pigmented, very much my style.  I swatched all the other MES except for the dark blue one but it's a safe bet I'm getting all of them.  Yes, they are that good.  Planning to get the Mineralize brush set (duo fibre) as well to go with these.
The paint pots are also gorgeous.  Definitely not a repeat of the Champale hot mess.  I was most impressed by Morning Frost and Let's Skate.  Morning Frost is a pretty shimmery light brown while Let's Skate is a frosty version of Painterly (not a true one but a nice alternative finish).  For Effect was okay but as I have MUFE Aqua Cream in #1 (Anthracite) I wasn't that drawn to it.  All three paint pots will serve as nice bases for the MES.

The Technakohl liners are very pretty.  The MUA called them Pearlglides but I think she made an honest mistake.  I'm skipping these as they aren't pearlglides and I'm loaded up on eyeliners from my last NARS haul.
The nail colors are nice.  I will tell you that the press photos of Unconditionally Fabulous do not do it justice.  There is multi-color pastel and bright glitter in it that looks amazing.  I'm definitely getting this.  
Out of the singular lipsticks, Eloquent Air wins hands-down.  It's a gorgeous glaze finish on par with Summer Shower from Fashion Flower collection.  Whirls and Twirls is also a pretty glaze.  Strangely I was drawn to the Soft Sable one but I wouldn't be upset leaving it behind for now. What Joy! is very beautiful but me and satin finishes don't get along.

Now the Dazzlelasses.  I've weaned myself off of these but SheZam and Pleasure Principle are so beautiful.  They would make any existing lipstick you have take on a holiday flair.  Both beauty powders are nice.  I honestly can't decide which one but as I have Briar Rose from VV I'm leaning towards How Beautiful.  May get the other simply for the packaging.

I did also see the palettes, brush sets and gift sets (MAC Ice Parade Collection For Holiday 2011) but none of the little globe & pigment sets (MAC Dazzlespheres Collection for Holiday 2011) and I'll post my impressions on those in another blog post.

Word from my MUA is around October 26th for the first wave to hit the stores.  Plenty of time for you to go find change in the seats of your car or couch for this collection.  

Friday, September 16, 2011

MAC Fall Colour Swatches

of The Collection Otherwise Known As Was Cindy Sherman for MAC (TCOKAWCSFM) ;-)

All my $$$ dropping at my freestanding MAC store has paid off again.  Got to do a pre-order for the Fall Colour collection and managed to get a few swatches:

Top row: Process Magenta & Rich Purple Chromagraphic pencils, Starless Night and Emerald Dusk pigments, Three Ring Yellow e/s
Bottom row: Hi-Def Cyan (hells yes I love this!) & Basic Red Chromagraphic pencils, Tan and Blue Storm pigments, Blue Candy e/s

Thursday, September 15, 2011

MAC Posh Paradise "Swatchapalooza"

To quote one of the characters from 'In Living Color', BAM!!!

From top to bottom:  From Top: Pure Creation, Half-Wild, Genuine Treasure, Nubile, Treasure Hunt, Imaginary

It's da preciousssss!!!!

I'm off to New York City this weekend so hopefully I'll get a chance to swing by MAC Pro for more 'goodies'.

Until next time, stay gawjeous! ;-)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thrill Me (a right and proper welcome post)

Hey beauty peeps!

I've been slacking off hoarding beauty products instead of actually posting things to my blog.  My bad :-(

Over a year ago I got introduced to beauty blogs while hustling to get the MAC Venomous Villains collection.  And since then I know I've always wanted to start my own blog but what would make mine different?  There are plenty beauty bloggers, and plenty of 'brown girl' beauty bloggers as well.  So what makes me so different.

Well, because I'm 'me'.  That's my story and I'm sticking with it. ;-)

Unlike a lot of geeky girls I love makeup.  I mean I LOVE makeup.  As in I keep makeup in my purse, in my house, in my car, in my gym bag, in my get the idea.  I also have expensive taste.  But when it comes down to it a product needs to 'thrill' me.  It needs to get down on its knees and beg me to buy it.  It isn't enough to be Chanel or MAC or Dirt-Cheap-At-Target.  You need to provide something to make me go diving into the seats of my car to scrounge up change and buy you.  The same goes for tech products.

In other words, 'thrill me'.

Thanks to the wonders of Tumblr and Twitter and my short attention span, I'll only write proper blog posts when reviewing items.  Face Of The Day (#FOTD) or shopping 'recon' trips or 'lookie here what Sephora/MAC/Nordstrom/Amazon sent me' stream through Tumblr and Twitter.

I also do quite a bit of drooling over the latest in Tech.  Fair warning: I am an Apple slut...and a Google wench.  I own stock in both so ain't no shame in my game.

So until the next post, stay gorgeous! -- Trish

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Saturday, June 25, 2011