Sale Time!

15 June, 2011

Well, it’s my favourite time of the year-summer sales! I am a summer clothes person through and through, and saving money on all that? Yes please! But it’s not just that.
Victoria’s Secret started their Half-Yearly sale yesterday, and while I did not go and check it out (and I don’t intend to, unless I can get some of the old Heavenly LE fragrances), it is definitely worth a check twice: now, and in two weeks. I have so much bodycare, I’m skipping all the sales so that I can maybe use the equivalent of a bin or two of stuff before I start buying more.

Anthro has a 25% additional off sale items in stores, at least that’s what I thought I read. This weekend is the Sidewalk Sale at the mall that I work at, and I know for that they have Managers Specials ($10 and $20 items).

Nordstrom doesn’t have theirs for awhile-a month, to be exact. I haven’t even heard about any of the beauty specials yet but I hopefully will soon. I just hope for specials on my facial sunscreen (the Clarins one) because I’m running very low.

I Got My MAC Digi-Pops!

21 July, 2010

So I guess that Digi-Pops was the official name for the Anniversary Sale collection-however, I don’t consider it as much only since it’s not how it was in previous years. Sure, counters are now getting some Pro Pans and empty quads, and sure, there are the Dazzle lipsticks. It’s fairly small, but then again the palettes just ended up stinking up the CCO for ages. I think they still might have Novel Twist there…

Anyways, I got two of the Dazzle lipsticks (Liquid Lurex and Naughty You) and two of the Dazzleglasses (You Got The Look and Boys Go Crazy). For now, let me give some thoughts on them.

First off, on the Dazzle lipsticks in general: These are quite high-shimmer, and by that I mean it has a decent amount of frost. These are lipsticks that require you to plan your face around them, because the shimmer without the gloss makes a significantly larger impact IMO. They also, as predicted, feel a little gritty, but I like it. It’s not like rubbing Reflects glitter on your lips-no sir, but you still feel it.

The colours I got? Liquid Lurex and Naughty You. Naughty You is a bright salmon pink-think a midtone pink with enough bright coral thrown in to make it glowy. The colour itself is nice on the lips, and I love the dazzle aspect. It reminds me to break out my Tropic Glow (which I had bought a backup of and never used).

Liquid Lurex is a very, very unusual colour. In the tube, it looks like a frosty olive green. On the lips, it looks more golden, but with a hint of olive sheen to it. Do not let the shade in the tube steer you away, because this is one that would accent a tan quite beautifully. Also, because we are in a period where you can really get away with anything, colour-wise, this is one that is definitely a fun-to-have. By no means do I consider it an absolutely must-have, however it is sheer enough to where it is a colour where some look is warranted, and recommended.

Now the Dazzleglasses-both are completely different. You Got The Look is a pale tangerine with blue and peach shimmer. This is the sort of colour I had hoped for from Utterly Posh (which ironically also came back with this collection), and to me it seems sort of similar to Flurry of Fun from To The Beach. I will do a comparison swatch eventually, if time allows. On the lips, or at least over Naughty You, it’s not overtly pigmented, but I get some colour. And that’s fine with me-I have enough to layer it over.

Finally, there is Boys Go Crazy. This is absolutely insane, this goes in the Top 5 Dazzleglasses Ever for me. It’s a dark, dark purple (very vampy-think a step or two lighter than OPI Black Cherry Chutney) with rainbow shimmer. Literally. I see gold, pink, red, blue, orange! The good news about this? It is very pigmented. However, the bad news is that it does not apply evenly. I am going to try it over Go For It, because I have a feeling that will make a very good fall look. I also am going to pair it over a few others, just to see the effect (for kicks and giggles). Also, it may be pigmented, but you still see the natural lip colour quite a bit. It’s kind of a catch-22. I still think that this is one that deserves a look, though-and I traditionally avoid dark colours, but if I give something a chance, I just may love it.

The Dazzleglasses will only be available at Nordstrom, however I know that the Dazzle lipsticks will be at counters. I believe that they are limited edition however knowing MAC, things always get brought back. (Except for the two Dazzleglasses that I miss the most, Ms. Fizz and Pleasure Principle).

Admittedly, I had avoided the Lippmanns for a long time. One reason was the uber-high cost…it’s hard for me to justify paying $18 a polish all the time. However, with most all my readily-available OPI lemmings in hand and me not buying any new Essies (I may make an exception for the Morticia Addams set), I am starting to branch out. Getting a set of 3 for $40 seemed less painful. Second, when I worked at BBW, she actually had some polishes come to stores-but it was a diffusion line and BOY DID THEY SUCK. They were among the worst polishes I ever used, and I may still have one or two kicking around. A textbook example of bad polish ruined by even worse packaging.

But these? Completely different story.

Starting out with the packaging-the trio comes in a box-no surprises there. The bottles themselves, though, are gorgeous. They definitely aren’t the typical bottles-these are a weightier glass, with a pedestal detail at the bottom. It then goes to a true square, which tapers/curves up a bit at the top. The cap is a black matte plastic, and the entire look of the bottle is definitely more luxe than your typical OPI or Essie. Those, to me, are more utilitarian-but when you’re charging more per bottle you can afford to go a bit more luxe and these do.

The formula on these is B3Free (which is the standard preference; however it doesn’t matter to me and I prefer the chemicals sometimes), but it also has biotin which many people swear by as a fix to help get long, strong nails. Me? Doesn’t matter. My nails are long enough anyways:) I have found that for the glitters, the best way to apply is to lay the bristles on the nail, then smooth out-you get thicker coats that way, and with these you definitely want to do the thick ones.

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This was the first of the two exclusive single polishes for Nordstrom, and well…I never thought I would be paying $18 for a single polish, but lo and behold, I am.

All of the Lippmann polishes are inspired by songs or other pop culture moments-this one? The Beatles song and the craptastic movie of the same name. I am not the type, though, to totally boycott based on influence (it’s typically based on the brand itself, which is why I avoid the American Apparel polishes for promoting a brand aesthetic that I am opposed to, and the L’Oreal company), so this got a pass. Hell, I got the Gaga polish and I avoid anything related to her. The colour was just too pretty.

Anyways, the colour on this one is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a blackened blue jelly with blue and green glitter-both reflects and slightly larger hex glitter. The effect, when this dries down, is gorgeous. It has a multi-layered appearance, which is the one upside to it being a sparser glitter, as opposed to something totally loaded with glitter. It’s very mermaid-ish, which is something that I am fond of.

It definitely takes three coats, and you have to be good with technique: the easiest thing is to lay the brush on the nail, pat the colour on, and then smooth out/add more so that you get the full coverage. Three coats here ensures that you have no bald spots, and besides-it looks cooler anyways with the multi-layer. As far as over another polish? I honestly don’t know the best one to do. Black would be good, but this would totally overwhelm it even if it’s a bright blue like Ogre-the-Top Blue.

The big negative is the price. $18 is not an everyday price. It’s only a very, very special occasion price-and for that reason, I won’t be purchasing a ton unless there is some sort of huge sale. That $18, though, allows for some awesome polish as well as totally luxe packaging, so I can’t complain too much on that front. Still though…I could get three OPI’s for that price during B2G1 at ULTA.

Oh yeah-this is insanely rare, so if you see it and you have the funds for it, then buy it. The Nordstrom that I did my preorders for these from apparently only got 3 of this, Bad Romance, and the Jazz trio. Luckily, one of each went to me:)

I promised this in a separate post-so here you go!

This collection is different from the past, in that there isn’t really a colour collection. No palettes, either. It’s good in a way, but also annoying. Instead…we get brushes, Look in a Box, and Dazzle lipsticks.

First up, there are two brush sets. The first one, the Apply, Line, Define, has SE versions of the 212, 219, 227, 266, and 275. The other, the Apply & Blend, has the 168, 187, 190, and 194. The exciting thing? A super-classy patent look brush roll. When these hit the outlet, I will totally be buying one of them. They retail for $49.50, so no different than usual.

Next up are the Look in a Box sets. I’ll just go down what each one has.
Miss Violet-Mercurial MES, Pretty Baby Beauty Powder, Well-Dressed blush, Nymphette lipglass, and Zoom Fast Black Lash
Tawny One-By Jupiter MES, Refined Golden bronzing powder, Coppertone blush, Love Nectar lipglass, Zoom Fast Black Lash
Frisky Girl-Lovestone MES, Rose Beauty Powder, Desert Rose blush, Lovechild lipglass, Zoom fast Black Lash

Each one is $59.50, and while I would love another Pretty Baby and I have been regretting not getting Lovestone when it first came out, I can hold off on these, considering I would only use a couple of the products in there.

Finally, we have Dazzle lipsticks. These are an ultra-shimmery lipstick, but they don’t feel overly gritty on. These are definitely best worn with a bit of gloss, though. I did not swatch any of these because the testers were 800 kinds of falling apart. I did have Troublemaker and Baby’s On Fire both tried on me, however I didn’t like either. I may retry Baby’s On Fire, though, because it looks, colour-wise, to be passable for Port Red. I did preorder Liquid Lurex (basically Old Gold pigment in lipstick form) and Naughty You, because it was like a bright coral-tinged pink.

The shades:
Baby’s On Fire-A darker red.
Troublemaker-A dark fuschia.
Naughty You-Bright, coral pink.
Liquix Lurex-Green-gold. Yes, it is green.
Hellraiser
Wham
Win-Win
Sweet Bits
Smash Hit
Hot Sass-A great darker orange.
Glaringly Hip
Infused with Glam
Snazzy

It’s certainly a great core set for a launch-I personally like the wide range of colours, how there’s some unusual ones in there.

So today, I went to the big Nordstrom-no, not the flagship, but the arguably nicer one-and I got some preorders done for the Anniversary Sale.

First up, I did a MAC preorder. I fully expected to get a Look in a Box, but then I remind myself: it’s $60, and I might only use one or two products in there. Definitely something that can wait til I get up to the outlets, that’s for sure. However, I did end up with two Dazzleglasses and two of the Dazzle lipsticks. Liquid Lurex is the novelty for the Dazzle lipsticks (a little greenish), and there’s a really dark, blackened-purple Dazzleglass that I got as well.

I don’t need any brush sets, as I am trying to convert to just using full-sized ones for the most part, and they always end up at the outlet.

Then I hopped over to Clarins, where the lady was surprised that I was even aware of the stuff! I told her how I got hooked on what I was preordering, and how it’s an absolute must-have for me. I’m talking about the SPF 40 Day Screen, and it is amazing: it protects, it doesn’t clog my pores, and it mattifys my face, so my makeup looks amazing. I am trying DAMN hard to keep my skin looking young, and when you compare it to many other brands Clarins is actually very reasonably priced. They have a duo for $58, while a single bottle is $42-so yes, it was the right time to buy. I also find that my moisturizer-I use Murad Vitalic-is awesome, but you always want to use a separate sunscreen even if your moisturizer has sunscreen, because the moisturizer apparently can dilute it. It’s one of those “honourable mentions”, but it isn’t a blue ribbon. Also, it takes awhile to absorb in. It can be nice, since I put it on post-eye makeup to sweep away the fallout, but I like to do my face immediately after. Keep in mind, I don’t typically do foundation, but powder is hard to blend on a slick canvas. This makes it easier.

The only other things I intend to order are the Lippmann polishes-all of them. The two singles AND the Jazz set. I might as well-they’re the sort of thing that I could be very popular for at the church manicure sessions that I occasionally do. Part of the main reason why no more? Simple-MAC has In The Groove and Alice & Olivia hitting on the same day, and I already did a preorder for Dare to Wear. I ordered Sassy Grass and Sky Blue shadows, and then Gimme That DTW Glass.

Alrighty, this is one of my favourite times of the year because this means beauty exclusives GALORE. It seems like all the big brands bring out the big guns, and this year is no exception. I’m going to do this by brand, so if you have a particular brand you’re looking for scroll down and you may (or may not) find it.

3Lab
Perfect Eye/Skin Set-$125 (Full Size Shine Stop moisturizer and WW Eye Cream, plus travel sizes of Ultimate Lift cream, Perfect cleansing gel, Super H serum, and Perfect mask)

Ahava
Mineral hand cream duo-$20

Anastasia
Eye Lift set-$68 (eyeshadow quad, mini of Lash Lifting mascara, and Line Erasing serum)
Ultimate Brows set-$36 (brow enhancing serum and shaper/highlighter duo)

Anthony Logistics for Men
32 ounce Glycolic Facial Cleanser-$35
Best Shave Cream Ever duo-$35

Aquolina
Pink Sugar Travel Bag-$35 (1 ounce EDT, and 1.7 ounce lotion, shower gel, and scrub)

Armani
Acqua di Gio set-$70 (3.4 ounce and .16 ounce EDT, 2.6 ounce deodorant, and 1.7 ounce body wash)
Armani Code set-$70 (2.5 ounce sizes of aftershave balm and EDT, 2.6 ounce deodorant)
Travel brush set-$75

Baby Quasar
Infared Light Therapy wand-$399 (This is the sort of thing that may just have to be a Christmas present to myself, because it looks amazing)

Balenciaga
Balenciaga Paris set-$130 (has a 2.5 ounce EDP and 6.7 ounce lotion)

Bare Escentuals
Refillable Mineral Veil brush-$35
In Fashion collection-$49 (Gold Leaf and Steel shadows, Legit liner, Gala blush, Rose gloss, double-ended eye brush, angle brush, and a burgundy bag)

Beauty Society
Enormous Lashes & Beautiful Brows set-$99 (Enormous Lash, Enormous Mascara, Brow Doctor)

Bliss
Fabulous Foaming Face Wash set-$34 (has a 15.5 ounce size of the cleanser, with a mini Best of Skintentions)

Bobbi Brown
Chocolate & Navy set-$75 (Brownie lipstick, Pink Blossom gloss, Caviar Ink gel liner, Everything mascara, and a 5-shadow palette with Navajo, Cement, Copper Cocoa, Gold Bar, and Royal Navy)

By MD Skincare
Double Peel Power Plus set-$120 (Has two 30-application sets of the peel, plus a half-ounce of vitamin C serum)

Carolina Herrera
CH fragrance gift set-$90 (3.4 ounce EDP and lotion, plus a lipgloss with leather case)

Chanel
Quatuor Boutons quad-$65
Coco Mademoiselle Moisture Mist-$45 (also has a rollerball and a mini bag)

Chantecaille
3 Indispensables set-$135 (Pure Rosewater, Rice & Geranium foaming cleanser, Vital Essence)

Christian Dior
Ready to Wear palette-$54 (four shadows, two glosses, a blush, a 3-shade bronzer, and mini applicators)
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