NARS Attacks

NARS Cosmetics get rave reviews from many beauty addicts.  Prior to a few weeks ago, I only owned one NARS Cosmetic product, Torrid Blush, which I adore.  I usually layer Torrid with MAC’s Refined Beyond Bronzer and Sweet As Cocoa blush….nice combo.

Since, I have been obsessed with pink eye shadows, I decided to see what NARS had.  I checked out Beauty.com because A. I get 5% cash back for every order and B. free shipping over $49, which is not hard to do (especially, if I linger on Drugstore.com)

So I ordered the NARS Duo in Sugarland, but when I got it, the “pink” side looked quite lilac, which is not a bad thing, but not what I thought it would be.  I do think the color is pretty as it has a hint of gold with the lilac.

I was still on the hunt for the pink.  I found a $10 off $60 coupon at Beauty.com. (Coupon expires 12/31/2008 and can be used more than once)  I purchased the NARS Brazil Duo and Pink Panther cream duo, which is absolutely delicious.  The “Pink” side of the Brazil duo is a mauvy red.

In the FOTD below, I used L’Oreal HiP Color Rich Cream Crayon in Unmistakable (Pink) as a base, which is similar to the Pink side of the Brazil duo.  The crease includes MAC Twinks and theBalm ShadyLady Caught in the Act Courtney e/s.  The highlighter shadow is the tan (goldish) side of the Sugarland duo. Liner is Hard Candy Super Slim Eye Pencil. (I love, love, love this liner because the line is not bulky). Mascara is L’Oreal Naturale in Black.

NARS Duo - Brazil (Pink Side)

NARS Duo - Brazil (Pink Side)

I do like the NARS shadows that I have, but I do not think I will be purchasing much more…maybe a lipstick or foundation, which seems to be WOC friendly.  But you never know with me, I can be seduced by NARS.  I will keep you posted. 🙂

I will post the NARS swatches to the Swatch Gallery very soon.

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.

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

Review – Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

I have been enjoying the Milani Color Brilliance Eye Pencil in Green, which I give a 5 out of 5, so I decided to try Milani’s Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer pencils.  The pencils are double-sided and the “eye glimmer” side’s tip is thicker than the liner side. The Glimmer side can be used as a shadow or placed over the liner for a glittery look.  (I suggest, if you are going to use the glimmer side, place it over the liner or creamy shadow for the best effect, otherwise the glimmer side is utterly useless!)

Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

I purchased the Blue and Black Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmers ($4.99/ea at Target.)  The liner sides are very creamy and smooth and easy to apply.  Now, the magic eye glimmer side was another story.  The blue side did not show up too well (looked rather blotchy), while the silver is vibrant and pigmented.    I wiped the Blue Magic side with a tissue and cotton swab to no avail.  I also sharpened the tip, nothing could help the texture.  I do not think I will ever use the blue magic side of the pencil. Milani needs to reformulate the blue glitter because the color is gorgeous.

Milani Black Magic liner and Eye Glimmer Swatches (Blue and Black)

Milani Black Magic liner and Eye Glimmer Swatches (Blue and Black)

I used the Black Sterling liner for a neutral church look.

Milani Black Sterling Liner from Duo Pencil

Milani Black Sterling Liner from Duo Pencil

Overall, the purchase was worthwhile and I, definitely, plan to purchase more.  I am impressed with the Milani products that I have used and swatches that I have seen.  I cannot believe I used to walk past these products in my local drugstore.  Please forgive me. 😉

Overall Rating: 4
Price [Value]: 5
Packaging Quality: 5
Would you buy this product again? Yes

UPDATE -CVS has a special on Milani, buy $10 Milani get $5 back!  *What a deal!!!*

Mix Maven


Review – LA Colors Palette

Recently, I posted a Cherry Culture haul that included a LA Colors palette and Sweetz, a fellow Pumps and Gloss-er, wondered if the LA Colors palette was a worthwhile purchase.

LA Colors Serenade Palette

LA Colors Serenade Palette

LA Colors Tease Palette

LA Colors Tease Palette

LA Colors Palette are very pigmented, but  there was a lot of fall out, which means that a tacky base is needed.  (I was totally frustrated using this product!)   The LA Colors All-In-One Makeup pencil (can be used as a blush, lipstick, eye shadow and/or primer) would be a great base because of the extreme tackiness.  The problem for me is this product makes me crease and that can be quite problematic. (For some people, the tackiness will pose no problem.)

LA Colors All In One Make-up Pencil

LA Colors All In One Make-up Pencil

I have seen people make the palettes work and I applaud them for that, but as for me, I will focus on other discounted brands that have the same pigmentation and little to no fallout that deserve my money, time and attention.

LA Colors Palette

Overall Rating: 3
Price [Value]: 3
Packaging Quality: 4
Would you buy this product again? No

Mix Maven

StarFlash Update

I received my StarFlash package from .com and went to a MAC freestanding store the same day.  *I know I know … Don’t judge me!!* 🙂

I received:

  1. Sunset B. – I am not pleased with the texture …Lustre Lite is what it should be called.. Not smooth like the others. Tried with Fresco Rose and Nice Vice Paint Pots and it looked pretty decent, so all is not lost.  Someone mentioned that it looks great over Perky Paint Pot, but I do not have that one…oh well.  As Timm
  2. Go – pretty and smooth (Definitely Tempting’s unchunky twin or close cousin.)
  3. Grand Entrance – pretty and smooth
  4. Talent Pool – pretty gorgeous and smooth (Has more blue than Shimmermoss and since I do not have Steamy nor Parrot, definitely a worthwhile purchase)
  5. Mink and Sable – gorgeous and smooth (Greener and darker than Sumptuous Olive)  All I can say is delish!
  6. Glamour Check! – pretty and smooth (What BeautyBurst [for Barbie Loves MAC] should have been.

FOTD from the weekend:

(Products used are MAC, unless otherwise stated)

Face

  • Studio Tech NW 43/NC 50
  • MSF Dark
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Soft Ochre Paint Pot
  • Grand Entrance e/s on lid
  • Brown side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Brazen
  • Brown side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Forgiving
  • Tan side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Adventurous (highlighter)
  • Black Ore Solar Bits
  • LA Colors Lash Building Mascara in Black
  • NYX Eye Pen Felt Liner – Black
  • Engraved PowerPoint Pencil

Cheeks

  • Barbie Loves MAC Fab Blush
  • X-Rocks Spaced Out

Lips

  • Pucker Tendertone
  • NYX Thalia l/s
  • NYX Brown l/l

What did you all get from StarFlash, if anything?

Overall, this was a good collection.  I am not sure if I will get back-ups, but I think the collection was definitely more than hype.

Mix Maven

StarFlash Collection Dupes – FOTD

I decided to “Shop My Stash” for today’s FOTD.   I wanted to use the StarFlash dupes suggested on Specktra.net and  Nessasary Makeup Blog.

All MAC products unless noted

I used colors that are supposed to be dupes of certain StarFlash e/s.

Face

  • MSF Dark
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Fresco Rose Paint Pot
  • Mancatcher e/s on lid (is supposed to be a dupe of Lotusland)
  • Circa Plum p/g
  • Thunder e/s on crease (is supposed to be a dupe of Top Hat)
  • Brown side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Brazen
  • Retrospeck e/s – highlighter (may be a dupe of Dreamcatcher)
  • LA Colors Lash Building Mascara in Black
  • NYX Eye Liner – Sapphire

Cheek

  • Fab Blush
  • Warmed MSF

Lips

  • Pucker Tendertone
  • NYX Baby Pink Round l/g

I am totally looking forward to MAC’s StarFlash collection.  I have been looking for a shimmery mid-tone pink eye shadow and I, strongly, believe that Sunset B will be my HG eye shadow.  I got NYX’s Dolly Pink, but the fall out is excessive, which means that I do not have the appropriate base for that shadow and some other NYX eye shadows.  In my humblest opinion, paint pots do not work well with certain NYX shadows.  (Could be just me!!)

I know that I will not get any of the lip products nor kohl pencils.

What products are you getting from the StarFlash collection?

OOh I cannot wait to see the man in brown on Thursday!..woohoo!!

Mix Maven

I am Hip to the Duo

Whoa-wee I have been super busy, which results in super tiredness.  Mr. Maven and I have been taking some classes and we have family visiting.    Then I started Facebook-ing. *Sorry, I am late to that party*  I reconnected with some friends that I had not heard from in years (some years in the double digits.)  Good times.

Being on Specktra.net nor watching YouTube tutorials is not good for anyone’s wallet, especially mine.  I joined the site because I was a huge MAC fan.  Then I was exposed to other department store brands and even drugstore stuff that I poo-pooed. *Don’t judge me* LOL 🙂 .  Most people start with drugstore brands, which I did back in the day e.g. Revlon and Max Factor only, then moved to Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique and  MAC.  I never thought I would go back to trying drugstore brands, except for mascara (never went high-end).

So I decided to get one L’Oreal Hip Duo in Brazen (at the recommendation of Yummy411 aka Kia).  Since she is a big time makeup artiste (She is quite humble), I ask her recs on various non-MAC products.  Anyway, I loved the brown side as a nice crease-creating color.   I will use the pink side soon.   Ok, so I decided to check out more.  Thank goodness, I waited for the BOGO Free at Walgreens and CVS.  I did not want to get too many as I have many dupes of the colors they offer.  (I know I am also late to the L’Oreal Hip Duo scene!)  Recently, I added Playful and Adventurous Duos to my collection.  I like the Hip Duos because they are a reasonably priced and suitable dupes of MAC products i.e. good pigmentation.  There is little fall out and you do not need to use a special base i.e tacky base too apply.  Since, I am a wonderful cousin, I have been getting my cousin, who is a poor college student, the Duos, so she can be extra cute when going around campus.

So here is my FOTD on my way to Costco.  (Who loves the free samples?!?!)

(All products MAC unless noted)

Face

  • MSF Dark
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Painterly Paint Pot
  • Peach side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Playful
  • Expensive Pink
  • Shimmery cocoa brown side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Playful
  • Too Faced Super NovaGlam e/s
  • Twinks e/s
  • Blonde brown side of L’Oreal Hip Duo Adventurous
  • Tempting e/s (lower lashline)
  • LA Colors Lash Building Mascara in Black
  • Too Faced Foiled in Black

Cheek

  • Sweet As Cocoa
  • Nars Torrid

Lips

  • Pucker Tendertone
  • Strapless (Lustre)

I find that I have trouble with orange and corally shadows, regardless of the brand.  This is the first time I made Expensive Pink work.  I promised that I would not repurchase Expensive Pink, but I may change my mind.  I still cannot get the Orange side of Flare to work, maybe all I need is a better base.  I am definitely getting some UDPP (Urban Decay Primer Potion) ASAP!!

Are there any colors that just do not work for you?

Mix Maven

Date Night FOTD

Pumps and Glossers,

The first Face of the Day (well actually Night) on this blog…woohoo let’s have a party! (Ok, maybe not!) 🙂

Mr. Maven and I decided this week was a great week to resume date night (6-week hiatus). Since we both work from home, we wanted to make sure that we leave the house a few times of week  for the purpose is not related to getting the essentials (including cosmetics.) 😉

We did the dinner-movie combo. The Mavens had a grand ole time.  We went to see Hancock.  I love a good action film (more kick assery-less chatter)!! The movie had a little bit of both.  If there is a Hancock 2, I want to see less chatter.. LOL  I loved the scene where Jason Bateman’s character, “Ray”, showed Hancock some clips of him crime fighting on YouTube.  Hancock’s clothes were burned from saving residents from an apartment fire.  The buttocks exposed were definitely looking really good! *Bagel Buns (Yum-oh!!)* 🙂

Makeup Chatter

I do not really plan looks, but since I have been haulin’ lately, I decided to at least use MAC Black Ore Solar Bits some kind of way.  I love Black Ore Solar Bits and I went to minor lengths to get it after being sold out online and in my area.

The products that I used:  (All products MAC unless noted)

Face

  • Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel,
  • NC 50/NW 43 Studio Tech Foundations,
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg,

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Indianwood Paint Pot
  • Hard Candy Disco 2000 #2 e/s
  • Amber Lights e/s
  • Too Faced Shooting Star Glam e/s
  • Black Ore Solar Bits
  • Hard Candy Fringe #2
  • Tempting e/s
  • LA Colors Mascara Soft Black
  • NYX Black Felt Pen Liner

Cheek

Margin Blush

Lips

Pucker Tendertone

Mix Maven FOTN 7-10-2008

Mix Maven FOTN 7-10-2008

Mix Maven FOTN 7-10-2008 #2

Mix Maven FOTN 7-10-2008 #2

Have a super weekend!!

Mix Maven

NYX Cosmetics* Sale @ Nonpareil Boutique

Nonpareil Boutique Independence Sale

I received an e-mail from the NonpareilBoutique.com. Nonpareil Boutique sells NYX Cosmetics, LA Colors, KleanColor, as well as fashion jewelry. The site is having a 20% off everything in store (You will need to use coupon code JULY4TH.) The sale runs from July 2 – July 8, 2008.   So stock up!!!

I have never purchased on this website, but I will say Nonpareil Boutique has some decent swatches (better than other e-tailers.)

Check them out.  I hope you have a wonderful purchasing experience.

Haul on,

Mix Maven