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Jan 23, 2010

China Glaze Up and Away NOTD

Here is my attempt to recreate my favorite NOTD: polka dots!!  I used two varnishes from the China Glaze spring 2010 collection Up and Away.  I've always loved reading nail blogs and this is my attempt to recreate Steph's Closet famous polka dotted NOTDs.  She is seriously the queen of polka dotted manicures.  Go check out her gallery!
For the base I used Grape Pop and Light As Air for the polka dots.  I haven't had a chance to go to Sally's to pick up a dotting tool so I had to use a tooth pick.

My polka dots aren't uniform in shape which bothers me.  With more practice hopefully I'll become better at polka dotted mani's.

Battle of the Book of Shadows

adies and gentleman: may I present to you a swatch comparison of two Urban Decay Book of Shadows!

Volume 1 vs. Alice in Wonderland

In the corner to my left we have Book of Shadows Volume 1 

And in the corner to my right we have Alice in Wonderland

All swatches on the left are from Volume 1 and swatches on the right are from Alice.  All swatches were done without a base. Please click on the pics to enlarge.  The swatches look better this way :)

Here are the same swatches in the sunlight.  You can see the gold shimmer in the greens in this shot.

These last three swatches are from Alice in Wonderland.  There aren't any colors that I can compare them to in Volume 1 so I swatched these so you can see how pretty they are.  I love how taupey Mushroom is and White Rabbit would be perfect as an inner corner color.  

 Overall I love Alice in Wonderland.  The payoff is great and there are a few more original colors that were released in this book that we haven't seen before in previous palettes.  I think this palette is worth the splurge if you don't own any other Urban Decay Book of Shadows.  I hope these swatches helped you.   xoxo

Jan 22, 2010

Urban Decay and China Glaze haul

Hello my lovelies!  I have a really exciting haul to share with you today!  My Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows arrived in the mail!  UD began selling it on their website last Friday, Jan 15th so I ordered mine right away.  It sold out online in one day!  It hasn't hit Sephora shelves yet however they are taking phone orders at 1-877-SEPHORA or (1-877-737-4672).

It comes with travel size Eyeshadow Primer Potion, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Flipside and Zero.

The China Glaze Up and Away spring 2010 collection also became available to purchase last week so I placed an order with Head2Toebeauty.com.

From L-R: Peachy Keen, Lemon Fizz, Re-fresh Mint, Four Leaf Clover, Something Sweet, Light As Air, Grape Pop, Heli-Yum

I've been so excited for this collection to come out ever since I saw promo pics around Thanksgiving last year.  These colors are perfect creamy pastel shades for spring and I can't wait for the warm weather!

So now I'm off to do my nails with Four Leaf Clover since it's a shade I sadly cannot get away with at the office. :( 
Next week I think I'll rock the Re-Fresh Mint or Peachy Keen for work.   I hope you all have a lovely weekend!  Ciao for now XOXO

Jan 18, 2010

China Glaze Up & Away Collection


I just placed my order for the China Glaze Up & Away Collection!  I'm so stoked.  It's available at Head 2 Toe Beauty and will be available at Sally's Beauty Supply soon.

These are the colors I ended up getting.  (click to enlarge)

You can see beautiful swatches over at Scrangie's blog <-- click it!
I can't wait for spring and these gorgeous creamy pastels take my winter blues away.   Will you get be getting anything from this collection?

Jan 7, 2010

MAC Give Me Liberty of London


I'm so stoked about the Give Me Liberty of London Collection by MAC!  The packaging is super cute.  I really hope they're not just stickers.  This Spring 2010 collection will be launched in the U.S. on March 11, 2010.  The international launch date is April 2010.

I want it all!  I'm such a sucker for cute packaging.  What are you lemming from the collection?

Image & info credit: Temptalia

Jan 5, 2010

Daily Makeup Survey


Hey guys!  Happy new year!  I saw this over on ChefCaffy’s blog and it looked like fun so here it goes!

1. What time did you do your makeup today?
7:00 AM

2. What's the least expensive beauty item you used?
Either the Maybelline Dream Mousse concealer or Dream Mousse blush in Rose Petal.  I’m not sure which one is cheaper but they’re both under $10.

3. What was the biggest problem you needed to correct?
My eyebrows need a little attention at the mo

4. Did you apply false eyelashes?

5. Did you do anything while applying makeup?
I always listen to Elliott in the Morning on DC101 while I get ready for work.

6. Biggest makeup mishap today?
No mishap.  Makeup looks good today 

7. Did you have a makeup inspiration in mind?
Nothing specific I just went for something neutral and pretty.
8. What's the most time-consuming part of your makeup routine?
The application of face serum, moisturizer, eye serum, foundation & concealer takes up the most time.

9. What's part of your routine is the most fun?
Choosing the eyeshadow, blush & lippie combination.

10. What part of your makeup makes the biggest difference in the way you look? Eye makeup

11. Neutral or colorful eyeshdaow?

12. Liquid or mineral foundation?
Liquid BB Cream

13. Do you do your hair or makeup first?

14. Did you pack a makeup bag to take with you for the day?
Everyday!  As a matter of fact I was going through both of my makeup bags when I got to work (yes, I pack two bags!) and I was appalled at how many lip glosses I take with me on a daily basis.  *runs off to take inventory* Currently I have 3 lip balms, 3 lipsticks & 12 lip glosses in my makeup bag smh.  TWELVE!  Seriously?!


15. When did you finish your makeup?
7:30 AM