MAC Style Black — Excited?????

It never fails. No matter how much I say I will avoid the temptation of a new MAC limited edition collection, MAC has a way of luring me in or at least intriguing me enough to want to see more. This goes for its upcoming Style Black Collection which is set to launch in North America on September 24th.

This promo pick is awesome. I love it. The pink lips and dark eyes. It brings back memories of my fascination with Goth when I was in high school. This collection promises to show us things we haven’t seen before. Here’s how MAC describes it:

M·A·C Style Black enters the NEW GOTH, a hybrid of Fashion and Art, and a fixture on the glamorous, modern gallery scene. No longer a ghoul, but a sophisticated, international creature with makeup that changes the mood to permanent midnight around the clock. M·A·C calls it STYLE BLACK. Lips, nails, eyes, there’s no more dramatic way to declare your desire, separate your sensibility or celebrate your sexual magnetism. Wicked ideas, archly executed with a slash of Greasepaint Stick and a slightly-curled upper lip. Allude to the dark side without crossing over; flirt with a little danger, or simply satisfy a secret craving for a tiny taste of darkling drama…. there’s a Style Black technique for every attitude, and you can take it where you want to.

Sounds cool eh? For a neutral-loving girl like me, who also happens to be a suburban mom, I’m intrigued by this upcoming collection. I admit I can’t see myself wearing the black lipstick to work, but could I pull off and wear some of the products that will be in this collection????? We’ll see.

Stay tuned for more on this collection! I’ve got a few things up my sleeve.

Photo courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Unsung Hero: Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit

Happy Friday ladies! And in Canada, it’s a long weekend! Yahoo!

Ladies, let me introduce you to one of my favorite blushes and this week’s Unsung Hero — Laura Geller’s Pink Grapefruit. If you love using MSFs as a blush, I would take a close look at this and other baked goodies from Laura Geller. I picked it up at Sephora when it was having its Friends & Family sale in the spring and loved it right away.

Here’s how Sephora describes the Blush-N-Brighten products:

What it is:

Rich tones of marbleized pigments swirled together into a radiant liquid that is poured into terra cotta pans and baked for 24 hours into a soft, creamy powder.

What it is formulated to do:
Imparts a glow-giving blush that’s perfect for all skin tones.

Pink Grapefruit is described as beige/mauve/pink shimmer.

To me, it is a very pigmented warm rose shade with gold veining throughout. When applied, it gives you that glow from within look. It is a very smooth powder and goes on beautifully on the cheeks. It gives a shimmer but not so much that it would look ‘inappropriate’ for someone who is, as Grace London once put it so aptly, 30-ahem.

It is a little on the pricey side at about $38 Canadian (OK, why is it $38 Canadian and $29US?! What’s with that exchange rate delta?!). The packaging is cute as there is a tiny mirror when you flip up.

I give this blush a two thumbs up and encourage you to swatch this baby next time you’re in Sephora.

There are other colours available as well as bronzers which I’m curious about. In fact, I’m curious about Laura Geller products overall so I might have to schedule a time to visit the section again soon.

Have you any of you tried these blushes or bronzers from Laura Geller? Yay or Nay?

QOTD: What is splurge worthy?

Years ago when I was in university my sister and I once walked by the Chanel makeup counter where they had a display of the nail polish du jour called Vamp. We LOVED it but being poor students who lived at home with our parents, we thought $30 for a polish was extreme. But the sales associate at the counter knew how to get us. She talked about the polish’s beauty and the fact that it was LE, and then the magic words, “once it’s gone, it’s gone!” You can bet that that day, we came home with our $30 nail polish. Unknowingly, we had deemed the polish, ‘splurge-worthy.’

Those words ‘once it’s gone it’s gone’ sometimes runs through my head to this date, especially when I see beautiful new collections like the Lancome Declaring Indigo fall collection that I’m currently lusting after. Though my sensible self knows that there are such things as ‘repromotes’, I still feel that lure to splurge.

So ladies, here’s our QOTDs, what is splurge worthy in your mind? What has been your biggest splurge item to date? Do you splurge?

I define splurge-worthy items as usually high-end and definite budget-busters. I select them depending on whether the product(s) seems really unique or have a unique texture/look/packaging. I can’t say one product category is splurge worthy or not.

For me, I would say my YSL Rouge Volupte purchases were my most expensive lipstick splurges to date. And I would definitely say, it was well worth it.

Look forward to your thoughts!

1 product, 5 Looks Challenge: Illamasqua Fable lipstick

As many of you remember, I did some major beauty binge-ing with Illamasqua at the start of the summer. One of the products I ordered was a lipstick called Fable, a pretty matte bubblegum pink. I picked it based on the swatch online as I was looking for a pretty light pink for the summer. When I got it though, it wasn’t the colour I expected it to be. The colour is very pigmented and milky. I thought it would be a softer pink.

It’s pretty enough, but I’m not convinced it suits my NC35/37 skintone. On me, it is too blue-based and pale so it looks ‘off’ on my face. Below, I show a ‘sad’ me. LOL.

But I want to make this lipstick work as I do love the quality of the Illamasqua lipsticks.

So, I’ve selected this lipstick to be the next lippie to be featured in my “1 Product, 5 Looks” Challenge.

Stay tuned for the results next week.

On another note, I encourage you to visit Stefanie at the Lip Print who has taken up this challenge as well. Stefanie has been posting different looks you can do with red lipstick. Very cool!

Happy Anniversary! Lessons Learned from Beauty Blogging

It’s hard to believe that it is the first day of September. It is an exciting day for me as my baby boy turns three today. Time is flying by. Next, I’m also celebrating another milestone — my 6 month blog anniversary! It’s amazing to me that this blog has grown so much in the last six months. Thanks so much for reading, commenting and keeping me inspired!

To celebrate this anniversary, I thought it would be a good time to share some highlights and lessons learned from beauty blogging over the past six months:

1) The thrill of gaining my first “follower.” I had an idea to start a blog, did it and told my friend Linda who immediately signed up as my first follower. I remember writing the first few posts, wondering who was out there in blog world and feeling comforted by the fact that I knew Linda was reading my posts. Thanks Linda!

2) Gaining my first comment. This came from the ever so lovely Belle du Jour. I remember telling all my friends that I had a comment from someone I didn’t know. What a thrill!

3) Meeting new online friends like Liparazzi, the Makeup Snob, VexintheCity, Jo, Nadia, Rocaille, Stefanie, Em, Lou, Naomi, Lyndsay, Grace London, MakeupMama, Farah, Witoxicity and all of you who have been following and subscribing to my blog. Everyone that I’ve encountered has been so friendly, kind and generous. A big thank you — I’ve enjoyed getting to ‘meet’ and know you through comments, emails, and via our respective blogs!

4) Realizing that blogging takes time! From thinking of post ideas, writing posts, taking photos to reading blogs and commenting — this “hobby” does take up a lot of time. But it’s time I thoroughly enjoy.

5) Keeping up with the beauty lingo. From MSFs to MLBB to the ever so popular ‘haul,’ it’s cool that our community has its own language. It took me a while to figure out what everything stood for though.

6) Blogging has further fueled my makeup addiction. I was already a makeup fanatic before I started blogging but now it’s taken off to a whole new level.

7) Discovering my blog’s international reach. This to me is one of the coolest aspects of blogging. It’s like virtual pen-pals but in real-time! And how cool is it that we can learn about each other’s makeup brands. And even more cool that some of us are swapping products so we can have the opportunity to try new products!

8) Discovering how difficult FOTDs are to do. I thank all of you for the tips but I am still not thrilled with how my photos are turning out. I guess practice makes perfect!!

9) Realizing that I’m both a makeup collector and makeup user. I love makeup that I can’t get in Canada. From the UK to Italy, whatever isn’t available here is what I want to acquire — and use!

10) Being amazed about how much we can write and talk about makeup. People who aren’t into this community often ask me ‘just how much can you all talk about makeup?’ or ‘how do you keep writing about makeup?’ Well it seems like the possiblities are endless. It’s amazing, no?

Sorry for the long post. That’s it. A bit of rambling but that’s typical of me, no?

So, thank you dear readers – for continuing to read, to comment and showing your support!! It’s been a blast!

Here’s to a future of more beauty buys, reviews and all the things we love to talk about! After all, Lipstick Rules!