Say Hello to MAC’s Goodbye List

Say Hello to MAC Cosmetics Discontinued and the last of Limited Edition products aka the Goodbye List.  MAC is offering free shipping on any purchase. (Sidebar: I am surprised to see Post Haste and the rest of the Matte2s on the discontinued list.  Maybe they will be reformulated.) Some of the items on the discontinued list will be sold exclusively at MAC Pro Stores (and there are not too many of those.) So stock up on these goodies.  Free shipping ends October 22, 2008

MAC Cosmetics Free Shipping Code GOODBYE8

MAC Cosmetics Free Shipping Code GOODBYE8

Happy Haulin’

Mix Maven

Mix Maven Update 9-17-2008

Hey Pumps and Glossy Ones,

Just wanted to update you on some Pumps and Gloss info.

I am sure that you have noticed the changes in the layout (not the final layout) and more changes are coming.  One change, better yet addition is the Swatch Gallery (upper right hand area).  I have placed all the swatches that I have posted in previous blog entries, plus additional Too Faced eye shadow swatches.  (Sidebar: I have new found respect for the bloggers that create makeup swatches for readers….my hats off to you!)

More Hello Kitty finds:

Run to your local Target because the Dollar section is being updated with new products, which means items are 50%, which is 50 cents… cannot beat that with a bat! Here are some of my Hello Kitty finds:

Hello Kitty Black Case

Hello Kitty Black Case

I am totally obsessed with travel makeup storage.  I can never have enough!

So I will definitely be using this case for housing eye shadows (can hold about 5 MAC eye shadows and 2 eye shadow brushes) When I am on the go, this case will come in very handy.

Hello Kitty Case Inside

Hello Kitty Case Inside

Pink, Green and White Small Hello Kitty Tote

Pink, Green and White Small Hello Kitty Tote

The cutest little tote bag.  I will use it for storing non-cosmetics HBAs, so I can easily locate them once we arrive at our destination.  I promise that you will not see me toting this adorable little bag on the streets. 🙂

What are some of your fun, inexpensive finds?

Mix Maven

Birthday Wish List

Hey yall,
Today is my 25th birthday, yes 25! *wink wink* 😉
Everyone deserves to be showered with gifts on their birthday.
Here is my birthday wish list *operative word is WISH*
First on the list is the iPod Touch.  I really like this gadget because I can have access to the Internet without having to get an AT&T mobile phone plan.  I like my current mobile carrier and I do not want to switch.  I also love my smartphone,a BlackBerry Curve *BlackBerry Brigage Unite!!*,

but I do not always have access to certain websites.  On the iPod Touch, as long as there is Wi-Fi, users can have access to the real Internet via Safari, plus loads of games and other fun features and yeah the iPod part too.  I have a feeling that Apple will release a pink iPod Touch next year, so I can wait, but I still want one. LOL
iPod Touch

iPod Touch
I am new fan of Asos, a UK e-tailer, and I found a couple of things on the site that I want:
The Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch.
Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch

Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch
I love baubly jewelry and I enjoy the sound that charm bracelets make.   I like the fact the bracelet doubles as a watch. Cute and functional!
Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch (Another View)

Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch (Another View)

Paul's Boutique Patent Ostrich Twister Bag

Paul’s Boutique Patent Ostrich Twister Bag

This bag is huge and shiny, a great combo in my book. 😉 The older I get, the more accoutrement I need to help me through the day.  Now, I do not like the skull and bones on the purse, but a quick snip should do the job!

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Rose Print Pleated Dress is the cutest!  I do not wear dresses often because I am a top and skirt kinda lady.  One can never go wrong with separates if built differently on the top and bottom.  I am not even sure if the dress hides any sins, but I love monochromatic charcoal grey pattern….whimsical yet elegant design.

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Rose Print Pleated Dress

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Rose Print Pleated Dress

The MAC Palette created by Manisha Arora.  Yes, the colors are dupable and I even own some of the colors, but I love the packaging.  MAC Cosmetics knows how to tug at my purse strings.  lol  The corally pink and gold casing with heart-shaped gems, one word “Gorge” lol
Manish Arora for MAC eye shadow palette

Manish Arora for MAC eye shadow palette (Courtesy of Specktra.net)
I will try to have tons of fun on my birthday, which may include a nap, LOL.  But know for sure that I will be celebrating all week. 😉
Have a great day
Stay beautiful,
Mix Maven

NonPareil Boutique Sale

If you have any money left from all the recent beauty sales or if you have not been affected by the economic turmoil, check out the NonPareil Boutique Sale.  The e-tailer has lowered prices on many popular items, so check them out if you can.  I have purchased from them before and I have been pleased with the processing and shipping times.

Cherry Culture Sale

Cherry Culture has decided to discount some of their popular items, including NYX eye shadows, NYX Ultra Pearl Mania, which I am very keen on and Splash products, a friend’s favorite.

So take advantage of the sale and stock up on some beauty goodies… hmmm maybe for Holiday or Birthday gifts! 🙂

No coupon code needed!

Mix Maven

A Nice Package

Too Faced Cosmetics has revamped its website as well as the packaging for shipment.  The first time I received a package, the goods were in a padded envelope…Glam (Not so much!!!)

Well no more! When I checked my mail, after a day of church and fellowship, I was pleased to see that my Too Faced package finally arrive.  The box has a pink damask pattern, which is design element that exemplifies my personal decor taste, with the logo of a woman with a high mane applying lipstick.   Too Faced Cosmetics has glammed it all the way up!

Too Faced Cosmetics Package

Too Faced Cosmetics Package

Too Faced Cosmetics Package Side

Too Faced Cosmetics Package Side

I love the tag line, “Why be pretty when you can be gorgeous?”

Too Faced Cosmetics Package Inside

Too Faced Cosmetics Package Inside

I love the pink crinkly paper.  It adds fun to the elegant packaging.

Too Faced Cosmetics Inside W/ Products

Too Faced Cosmetics Inside W/ Products

I purchased 2 Foiled Liners in Black Beauty and the Galaxy Glam Baked Eye Shadow in Magenta Moon (a combo of brown and fuschia shimmer).

The foiled liners are creamy helps to frame the eye.  One of the few liners that I love, even though I have more than enough. The liner has staying power! I have had some good liner days using the Too Faced Foiled Liners.

Galaxy Glam Baked Eye Shadow is what MAC mineralized eye shadows should be.  They are smooth and very blendable. I absolutely love them and now have 3 in my collection.  I love their shadows (singles and duos).

Since launching the new Too Faced website, the company is offering 30% off and free shipping on every order (for a limited time). Orders of $75 and more, receive a free gift. The discount codes are NYC1 and DCBEAUTY [No, you do not need to use both codes at the same time.] So check them out!

Keep It Glowing,

Mix Maven

Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow/Liner – Review

Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner Sugar Plum Ice and Midnight Chill
Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner Sugar Plum Ice and Midnight Chill

Since I love eye shadows and base, I decided to check out the Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow/Liner.  I, first, came across them at Ulta.com.  The name intrigued me because I wondered if they were really cooling as the name suggests, so I purchased two, Sugar Plum Ice (deep rose pink) and Midnight Chill (navy).

Well, I am glad to report that the Shadow/Liner is creamy and cool.  The application is smooth on the eye (maybe smoother than NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils) and the colors are pigments.  (I could have worn each of them as eye shadows) I used the Cooling Effect Shadow Liner (Sugar Plum Ice) as a base for my lid.  The moisture of the Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner really allowed the Too Faced shadow  in Heiress (rose pink) to adhere with no problem (not that I have problems with Too Faced shadows adhering!) [Sidebar: I will upload an EOTD or FOTD to show the results of using this product.]  I wore the look for over 12 hours and there was no creasing. (Full Disclosure: I also used MAC’s Matte Gel and L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base.)

I think if I lived in a mostly warm climate, I would stock up on these shadows, the cooling sensation is not overwhelming and made me feel refreshed.

The Pencil does not come with a sharpener. Any large barrel sharpener will do e.g. MAC Cosmetics Large Sharpener works fine and I am sure any other brands will work just as well.

Overall, I see more purchases of the Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in the near future.

Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in Sugar Plum Ice
Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in Sugar Plum Ice
Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in Midnight Chill
Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in Midnight Chill

Overall Rating: 4
Price [Value]: 4 (Check Ulta ($5.99), Drugstore.com( $4.69) or your local drugstore. Prices will vary!)
Packaging Quality: 5
Would you buy this product again? YES

Since I mentioned NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, here are some swatches, including one LA Colors All-in-One Makeup Stick that I have.

LA Colors All-in-1 Makeup Stick and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils
LA Colors All-in-1 Makeup Stick and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Stay Beautiful,

Mix Maven

I Love Your Blog

Recently, I was tagged by Anjela of Blaq Vixen Beauty, a blog I love to read.  When I was informed that I was nominated, I was quite pleased that someone thought of the Pumps and Gloss blog.  Thank you Anjela, I am loving your new layout!

Here are the rules:

1. The nominated is allowed to put this picture on their blogs.
2. Link to the person who hearted you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other people and link to them.
4. Leave a message on those people’s blog to make them aware that they’re nominated.

Here are some of my favorite blogs

  • Clumps of Mascara – I love how she celebrates dupes and colors and looks that some women of color shy away from.
  • Grace Magazine – I love her unique take on fashion and beauty.
  • Socialite Dreams – I love reading about her beauty journey.
  • The Clotheshorse – She has impeccable taste!
  • The Trendsetter – Like her emphasis on the curvy lady.
  • TriniGourmet – Mr. Maven is a Trini, so TriniGourmet gives me great dinner ideas…I love that!
  • YummieBitez – Her swatches alone keep me coming back for more.

Ladies, keep up the great work you do!!

Do subscribe to each of them!!!

Mix Maven

Soap And Glory

I was perusing my local Target when I stumbled on the prettiest pink cosmetic cases from the Soap and Glory Company, started by Marcia Kilgore, founder of Bliss spas.  I noticed that the company sells beauty products e.g. lip plumpers, shimmery lotion, hand creams, and body butter.  The labels are quite busy, so the products did not catch my attention in the display.

The first Soap and Glory case to catch my eye was the Traincase, which is sold for $18.99. The retro-style cosmetic case is made of PVC and the dimensions: 9×4.25×6.25.  (Sidebar: Both cosmetic cases come with detachable mirrors.)

Soap and Glory Traincase

Soap and Glory Traincase

Soap and Glory Traincase Interior

Soap and Glory Traincase Interior

There is something about tassels that make me giddy.

I decided to delay the purchase of the traincase and I bought the cosmetic box instead for $14.99. The dimensions are 9.75×4.25×2.75.

Soap and Glory Cosmetics Case

Soap and Glory Cosmetic Box

Soap and Glory Cosmetics Case Interior

Soap and Glory Cosmetic Box Interior

This case will definitely come in handy to carry my brush cases when I travel.  Currently, I use several Barbie pencil cases that I bought at Target in the dollar section for 50 cents. (Target has the cutest stuff in the dollar area, never pass up the section!)

Barbie Brush Case

Barbie Brush Travel Case

I will also continue to use my trusty Hello Kitty case.  I love this thing and I can carry about 4 pigments and over 10 MAC eye shadows at the same time.

Hello Kitty Makeup Case

Hello Kitty Makeup Travel Case

Be Beautiful,

Mix Maven

Stuff Pregnant Women Need To Do

I have quite of few friends that are pregnant and all of them seem to be due around the time.  So I decided to compile a list of things they will need to do before their babies are born.

  1. Purchase few items before the baby shower.  The shower will gauge what additional big ticket items will need to be purchased.
  2. Sign up to Huggies.com and Pampers.com -for special discounts and coupons.

    Pampers Swaddlers

    Pampers Swaddlers

  3. Sign up Similac and Enfamil special e-mails and coupons. Also sign up to Johnson’s Baby website

    Enfamil Lipil Formula

    Enfamil Lipil Formula

  4. If you do not have one, get a Costco and Sam’s Club memberships.  The price of formula and wipes are much cheaper than buying @ drugstores or discount stores like Target and Walmart.
  5. Remember that coupons can be used at club stores.
  6. Check Target baby clearance section for items
  7. Get hubby/partner to set up the nursery by at least 6 months and 7 months.  No one wants to be caught unprepared as baby can arrive 4-5 weeks before the 10 month (40 weeks).

Happy Baby Stories,

Mix Maven