Goodies from Italy! Swap with Lyd (Alice in a New Wonderland)

Hello blogesses,

My weekend started off on a high note yesterday. When I got home, I was thrilled to see a package waiting for me from the gorgeous Lyd from Alice in a New Wonderland.

This summer, Lyd and I agreed to an Italy-Canada swap. Lyd was interested in getting her hands on Urban Decay and a chance to try Canadian brands — and I was interested in Italian brands like Pupa and Deborah.

I LOVE everything Lyd picked out and am excited to add to my daily makeup arsenal. Here’s a summary of what she sent over:

-Deborah lipstick in Rosetto Light Creator (01): a beautiful raspberry pink with shimmer. This is GORGEOUS. I thought I had every lipstick colour possible but Lyd I can say for a fact that I have NOTHING like this in my collection. I love it. It adds a great pop of colour to my face.

-Deborah lip liner #198: pretty pink that is very smooth to apply

-Pupa baked eyeshadow duo: very pretty champagne and neutral highlight colour. Again super gorgeous and smooth to apply

-Pupa Velvety Baked Blush: very pretty raspberry colour that reminds me of MAC mineralize blushes. So pretty on when I swatched. I can’t wait to try it out.

-Deborah glitter eye pencil #5: this speaks to my new-found love of all things navy. This pencil is has a hint of glitter and is a deep navy colour. Love it!

-Deborah Wild Jungle gloss in Tangerine Tiger: I wouldn’t say it’s a tangerine colour but more on the raspberry side. It’s got great pigmentation, is not sticky and looks fabulous on top of the lipstick Lyd sent. I love the name of this too!

-Valentina by Kejal pigment: a gorgeous green pigment that is so finely milled. I can’t wait to try this out. Will work out great I think in combination with the Photo Realism quad from MAC that I just picked up.

-And an assortment of samples from Vaglia d (facial masks) and Collistar

I’m already LOVING the Deborah lipstick — it has this beatiful shimmer but is such a sophisticated pinky red colour. I put the Deborah gloss on top and it is just gorgeous. This could be the start of a Deborah lippie addiction (watch out Lyd I might be contacting you again to get my hands on more of these!)

It gets better. On top of this, Lyd was so sweet to include candy for my son and a pretty pink charm necklace for my daughter (she wore it right away and I heard her tell my husband, ‘daddy this came from mommy’s friend in Italeeee.”)

I’ve done a number of swaps since I started blogging and I must say that the the best thing about swapping for me is not the goodies. These to me are a bonus. For me, it’s the opportunity to get to know such wonderful and thoughtful people like Lyd, learn more about their lives, and what they like. It’s so much fun shopping for another person too, and the fact that it is another beauty fan, it makes it even more fun. I’m constantly amazed at how friendly and kind everyone is in our community. Gives me warm fuzzies ;-)

Thank you Lyd — I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better through this swap and look forward to our continued ‘online’ friendship.

As you always say:

kiss, kiss,

Michelle – Live

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Apologies for any confusion!

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Makeup Advice: What do you say?

I don’t know where my love of cosmetics came from. My mom wore a bit of makeup when I was growing up but certainly was not a collector. So when I did discovered ‘beauty’, it was with my friends reading teen magazines. But my real love of beauty came when MAC walked into my life in the late nineties.

So I didn’t have anyone really in my life who gave me makeup advice. Clearly my daughter will have a different experience having a mommy like me. LOL.

So today, I thought we could chat about our best beauty tips. If you could give advice to someone whether it’s your daughter, friend, mother, co-worker – about beauty, what would it be?

Here are my thoughts:

- my daughter said to me the other day, ‘makeup makes us beautiful.’ I actually corrected her and said, ‘you are already beautiful. Makeup is meant to be fun! You can have fun with colours. Just like painting!’ This is how I want her to see makeup — something that is enjoyable and enhances the already beautiful you.

- never sleep with makeup on!

- use a good moisturizer and sunsreen

Look forward to hearing what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

FOTDs: How do you do it?

When it comes to FOTDs, so many of you do such beautiful shots — such as Em (Too Much Blush), Stefanie (The Lip Print), Sara (The MakeupSnob) and Laura (Liparazzi). Forgive me if I didn’t include everyone but again there are so many of you that do this so well. I on the other hand, struggle with this which is why I don’t do it very often.

For me, when I try take my FOTDs, it’s like a comedy of errors. Figuring out how to hold the camera for one is a constant challenge. Do I hold with one hand, two hands, above my head or below, or at eye level? Then it’s deciding whether to tilt the head, look straight ahead, big smile with teeth, little smile/no teeth or no smile at all. You can imagine that a LOT of photos are deleted. And dear god, I hope they are permanently deleted — and don’t come back to haunt me one day. LOL. I can just hear it, ‘mommy why are there so MANY pictures of you on this computer? And why did you take so many pictures of your eyeballs and mouth?’ LOL.

So bloggettes, blogesses — can we share our ideas on how to get a really good photo of the day.
I want to learn!

Here are my questions:

-What kind of camera do you use?
-Do you use a tripod?
-What’s the best lighting?
-Do you crop/edit your photos?
-How do you take a good photo of your eyes?

Look forward to hearing from you!!

Getting to know each other!

When I started blogging, I always loved to read tags and blog awards. And I’m thrilled to bits that people are now thinking of me and nominating me/tagging me for various tags/awards. I hope this doesn’t sound obnoxious or anything – I don’t mean to be. The challenge now is keeping up with these along with other posts — and life! I am behind but I will try to get to them. And if you think I’ve forgotten, please drop me a note. I am still a sleep deprived mommy. Anyway, I ramble as usual.

This tag came from the ever so cute Sofia from MakeupStained. Here it goes:

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:30 a.m.

2. How do you like your steak? Well-done. I know I know — the flavour is all gone when it’s done this way but what can I say? I like it this way.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Ice Age 3 with my offspring. Before that, Star Trek

4. What is your favorite TV show? True Blood!!!!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Canada. I don’t want to be anywhere else

6. What did you have for breakfast? Coffee & Muffin

7. What is your favorite cuisine? I love all cuisines! My top faves are Indian, Italian and Vietnamese and Japanese

8. What foods do you dislike? Pickles!

9. Favorite place to eat? Hmmm. I love so many restaurants.

10. Favorite dressing? Balsamic Vinegrette (I know I spelled this wrong)

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Mazda tribute

12. What are your favorite clothes? Jeans, fun top with great accessories

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? the UK!

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Half full.

15. Where would you want to retire? Canada

16. Favorite time of day? Early evening

17. Where were you born? Manila, Philippines

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Figure skating during the Olympics

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? I don’t get this question. Moving on!

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? Weird question. Moving on.

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? All my readers!

22. Bird watcher? Not really.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? I’m more productive in the morning.

24. Do you have any pets? Nope.

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? I’m going to plan my 10 year wedding anniversary trip (it’s not until 2010). I think I finally convinced The Husband that we should go on a trip. I’m thinking London/Paris! Or maybe Italy…we’ll see.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A fashion reporter.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Eating an entire jar of peanut butter with my cousin.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Neither.

29. Are you married? Yes, very happily!!

30. Always wear your seat belt? YES!

31. Been in a car accident? No.

32. Any pet peeves? Ignorant people.

I just realized I didn’t finish the rest! Here it is:

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Pepperoni

34. Favorite Flower? Peony

35. Favorite ice cream? Vanilla

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? McD’s

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? passed!

38. From whom did you get your last email? Sara.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? The Bay

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? MAC binge

41. Like your job? yep

42. Broccoli? yep

43. What was your favorite vacation? My honeymoon

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? family

45. What are you listening to right now? nada

46. What is your favorite color? red

47. How many tattoos do you have? zero

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? All my readers!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? Just now.

50. Coffee drinker? Yes

That’s it! I tag Su-pah, Madame B Fatale, and Tastes like Glitter and any of you who want to do this!