Friday, September 27, 2013


Opening this box today was one of the most exciting moments of my adult life. I seriously felt like I was five years old on Christmas morning. I've read about swaps from makeupalley and other blogs, along with seeing them on YouTube and desperately wanted to participate in one, at least once. A couple months ago I was contacted by a reader of my blog and we have been emailing back and forth since. I consider her a dear friend and can't wait to meet her one day!
In case ya didn't know: A swap is when two people agree on a budget and purchase each other makeup/cosmetic items or trade items that may not work for them.
I wanted to share with y'all the lovely items Azza sent me all the way from Malaysia! :)
Isn't this the cutest box ever?
An adorable note written by one of her children :)
All makeup items from Malaysia! I'm so excited to try them all!!! There is a list below of everything that she got me :)
A swap wouldn't be complete without MAC :)
Azza sent me some AMAZING items!
Dame Blush
Raspberry Swirl Lipstick (LE)
Embrace Me Lip Pencil (LE)
Picture Pink Lipglass (LE)
Gold Mode Pigment (LE)
Reflects Bronze Glitter
She's Got Class Crushed Metallic Pigment
Rebecca Moses Makeup Bag (LE)
She also sent nine eyeshadows by a brand called Elianto. I glued magnets on the back and placed them in an empty MAC palette I had laying around. They are so buttery and pigmented!!
A present for Mason's first birthday! This touched my heart... so sweet of her to think of my little one :)
I don't know why, but I'm obsessed with the packaging on this headband!
My gorgeous new MAC makeup bag :)
A couple swatches of the eyeshadows that she sent.
Drugstore Makeup Items:
  • Silkygirl BB Cream
  • Ronasutra Mineral Makeup
  • Elianto Eyeshadows in: Fallen Purple, Coral Rose, Mustard Brown, Silky Brown, Green Spirit, Sunlight Copper, Misty Purple, Henna Brown, Burgundy Purple
  • Elianto Blush in Tangerine
  • Elianto Lipgloss in 04
  • Elianto Shine Ups in Earthy Brown and Dusty Rose
  • Two Elianto Nail Polishes (no colors shown)
  • In2It Lipsticks in Loud Pink and Orange Fizz
  • In2It Lipgloss
  • Nail Accessories 
  • Lashes
  • Beauty Headband
THANK YOU AGAIN AZZA! I love it all! :)
 I hope you enjoyed seeing my swap and have a great weekend my dears!! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Top 10 MAC Eyeshadows for Fall

Hello my darlings!
It's been kind of a crazy week so I haven't been able to update my blog much, and to make matters worse the weather has been total crap today so my pictures aren't the best. I rely on natural light for true to color swatch pictures, but these are the best I could do under the conditions. I hope you understand ;)
I think of jewel tones, berries, and orangey tones when I envision Fall makeup. Although I typically wear neutrals on a day to day basis, I will always reach for one or more of the beauties shown below when I want to step it up.
On with  the eyeshadows!!!


(l-r) Coppering, Cranberry, Humid, Plumage, Twinks
Texture, Sketch, Club, Contrast, Nocturnelle

Coppering (Veluxe Pearl) -- orange copper with shimmer
Cranberry (Frost) -- red plum with pink shimmer
Humid (Frost) -- intense green with shimmer
Plumage (Matte) -- dusky peacock
Twinks (Veluxe Pearl) -- deep plum with pearl
Texture (Velvet) -- peachy brown with shimmer
Sketch (Velvet) -- burgundy with red shimmer
Club (Satin) -- red brown with green pearl
Contrast (Velvet) -- purplish blue with blue pearl
Nocturnelle (Frost) -- pinked up chrome purple

(l-r) Coppering, Cranberry, Humid, Plumage, Twinks

(l-r) Texture, Sketch, Club, Contrast, Nocturnelle

I hope you liked my picks for Fall! What are your favorites?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top 5 MAC Lipsticks -- Fall Edition!

Hello my dears! Today I wanted to do a quick post about my favorite MAC lipsticks for Fall!

Typically I associate Fall with berry, red, or vampy lips. Because I don't have the fullest lips in the world I try to stick to a lighter lipsticks in that color palette. The darker the lipstick, the smaller your lips appear!

(l-r) Syrup, Plumful, Craving, Rebel, Viva Glam I

Syrup (Lustre) -- Syrup is definitely a "my lips but better" lipstick with a plummy twist. Because it is relatively sheer, I find this one to be the easiest to wear and most flattering on a variety of different skin tones. Syrup has a permanent home in my handbag and I consider it a must have item, especially for Fall!

Plumful (Lustre) -- Plumful is Syrup's racier, sexier older sister. They are similar in color but Plumful is just slightly darker and more purple/plum. I love to wear this with cool toned eye looks and every time I wear this lippy I get a compliment. That has to mean something, right?!

Craving (Amplified) -- Craving is a gorgeous mid tone pinky plum with outstanding pigmentation and staying power. Because of it's Amplified finish, Craving isn't a throw it on and go kind of lipstick. You definitely need a mirror and perhaps a brush, but totally worth it!

Rebel (Satin) -- One of the newest additions to my collection and I am in love. Rebel is described as a berry red by MAC. This lipstick can be swiped on for full opacity, or patted on the lips for more of a stained effect. Rebel is bright yet dark at the same time... quite an interesting color if you ask me! I think this is one of those lipsticks that will look good on just about anyone, regardless of how fair or deep their skin tone is.

Viva Glam I (Matte) -- I already have a full review up on Viva Glam I so please check that out for lip swatches, etc. VGI is a burgundy red that I think is well suited for Fall. Because it is slightly deeper and richer than your typical red it borders on vampy while still remaining wearable.

Have you tried any of my favorites? What are your favorite lipsticks for Fall?


Sunday, September 15, 2013

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush -- Review, Pictures, Swatches

I decided to treat myself to a high end highlighter and went to Sephora this past weekend to purchase Dior Amber Diamond. I had a $20 store credit so I figured it would soften the blow of the hefty price tag. Much to my dismay, they were sold out. Rather than sulking, I quickly set my sights on NARS Albatross ($29) and we've been besties ever since.
Albatross is not your mother's highlighter. This baby packs a punch! It has a white base color with golden sheen. I am quite fair with a strong yellow undertone and I think it works nicely on my complexion. As long as Albatross is used over a blush I don't think the white base will appear ashy on deeper skin tones. It lasts about 7 hours before fading. I have been applying it with a MAC 188 stippling brush to the tops of my cheek bones. It is quite shimmery so I have to be careful not to over apply.
The highlighting blush is housed in typical NARS packaging -- a rubberized compact. Even though it does get a little grubby with fingerprints and the like, I happen to love NARS packaging. It looks sleek and the rubber helps protect the product if you happen to drop it. At least that's what I tell myself! :)
Overall I am very pleased with my purchase! I still plan on getting Amber Diamond, but there's no rush now. Unfortunately, Albatross has fueled my NARS obsession and now I'm looking to purchase Deep Throat, Madly, and Sin.


Have you tried Albatross? What is your favorite highlighter?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick Review and Swatches


Hello my dears! It's been quite a while since I've posted but I'm going to try to get back into the swing of things with this beaut -- MAC Viva Glam I!

Currently MAC is repromoting VGI with the original spokeswoman... the one, the only, Ru Paul!!! I've been meaning to review it for quite some time but after seeing the promotional images I decided to get on it!

Viva Glam I is a matte burgundy red. It has the slightest amount of brown which makes it a bit more vampy, yet wearable at the same time. I find the formula very creamy for a matte, but I have no issues with bleeding or feathering. The wear time is superb at around 6 hours without eating. I typically wear it without a lip liner, but MAC Brick pairs beautifully with VGI, while MAC Burgundy Lip Pencil will create a more vampy look.

100% of the purchase price of all Viva Glam lip products go to the MAC Aids Fund!

(l-r) Viva Glam I, Ruby Woo

Have you tried Viva Glam I or any of the other Viva Glam products?