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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

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Pink Eye Shadow Swatches

I decided to post some Pink e/s swatches, so you can compare.  (I also updated the Swatch Gallery, so you can see more pink eye shadow swatches)  My favorite non-Too Faced pink e/s is Nouba 51 (Bright Pink).  I am not sure if the picture gives it justice, but the color is sharp and the texture is smooth.  Definitely worth checking out.
Nouba 51

Nouba 51

I found out that the Nouba brand uses similar or the same ingredients as MAC products and the prices are very similar, actually Nouba is slightly more expensive than MAC, while the e/s packaging is similar to NARS, same rubber exterior and interior mirror.
If you want to check out online, here are some stores.
  • Bebeautiful – Offers Nouba at a discounted rate.
  • Beauty Encounter – Has great photos of these products, since I have already some, I can tell you the colors (images) are pretty accurate.
MAC Sunset B, NYX Dolly Pink, Urban Decay HotPants, Nouba 51

MAC Sunset B, NYX Dolly Pink, Urban Decay HotPants, Nouba 51

Too Faced Steel Magnolia Duo Eye Shadow

Too Faced Steel Magnolia Duo Eye Shadow

REMEMBER to check out the Total Beauty – Total Cure campaign.  You still have time to support.

Mix Maven

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

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

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

Here Kitty Kitty!

I love Hello Kitty, since elementary school when Mummy Maven bought me a Hello Kitty pencil case.  I kept that thing as long as I could. LOL  Now, that I am older and do not have a daughter, I buy Hello Kitty stuff, especially barettes, little purses, stickers and such for 2 of my little cousins, both under 6 years old.

Now, I have a limit to my Hello Kitty love.  I will not wear Hello Kitty apparel (including underwear), shoes.  I do not and will not buy Hello Kitty wallets, jewelery, nor purses. (I will get a tote bag!)  Now, I am all over notepads, mugs, bowls, ziplock bags, ice packs (which come in very handy), pens and pencils.   FYI, check your local Target for Hello Kitty paraphernalia in the Dollar section.

Last year, when it was time to order checks, I ordered Hello Kitty.  Now, I had to check with Mr. Maven because since the account is joint and I did not want him to feel bad about presenting a Hello Kitty check.  Well, he was cool with the idea because he rarely uses checks, especially since I am the Home CFO, so I placed my order.

Hello Kitty Check

Hello Kitty Check (1 of 5 Designs)

Recently, I was in the bank doing a transaction and I gave the teller my Hello Kitty check for deposit. After the transaction, she showed me a Hello Kitty debit card.  Whoa-wee, I was very excited.  The card is too cute. As soon as I got home, I called up my bank and ordered my Hello Kitty check card.

Hello Kitty Debit Card

Hello Kitty Debit Card

There is buzz on Specktra that Hello Kitty and MAC will collaborate for MAC’s anniversary collection. That sounds better than good to me.   Someone cracked me up by saying (paraphrasing), “How can Hello Kitty promote lip gloss when she has no lips?”  Too funny LOL!!!  *Good point* I cannot wait to see the  products and colors that will result from the collabo.  The launch is slated for early 2009.

Mix Maven