Friday, April 27, 2012

MAC Fashion Sets- Wow!

Ever wished that your fave lippie from MAC had a matching gloss? Or Nail polish? Or lip-liner?

You wish might just have been granted with the new collection!



MAC Fashion Sets Collection for Summer 2012

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Permanent)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Permanent)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Permanent)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Permanent)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Permanent)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Permanent)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Permanent)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Permanent)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Permanent)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Permanent)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Permanent)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red (Permanent)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Permanent)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Limited Edition)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Limited Edition)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Limited Edition)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Limited Edition)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red (Limited Edition)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

Luckily I'm not much of a liner/nailpolish girl so this collection isn't as tempting! And while I love gloss, I'd pick a clear gloss any day over coloured ones. I prefer lipsticks and I pretty much have most of what's on this list. But this really is a neat concept for a collection (although MAC seems to be running out of ideas if this is just based on what's part of the permanent line)

Who's buying?



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Haul- MAC, IMAN, Bobbi Brown, etc. and some GREAT News!

As I alluded to in my previous post, here are the foundations that I've purchased recently along with a few bits from MAC and NYX. I've given up saying that I need to go on a no-buy. Who the hell am I fooling?


 IMAN: Iman Cover Cream and Luxury Loose Powder in Sand Medium (got this as a set...great deal!), Iman Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation in Clay 1
 Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation Compact in #5.5 Warm Honey, Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish Compact #6 Golden
 Iman Cover Cream and Luxury Loose Powder in Sand Medium, Iman Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation in Clay 1
 Bobbi Brown #6 Golden and Iman Clay 1
 MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Whisper of Gilt (lurrrrve); NYX Matte Bronzer Deep Tan
  MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Whisper of Gilt 
 NYX Matte Bronzer Deep Tan

 I also got a beauty blender dupe from Mehron :)
I'd love to get my hands on the Iman Sheer Bronzing Powder in Afterglow but I can't find a seller on-line who'd ship internationally! Feel Unique has some but my last two orders from them hasn't arrived as yet (it's been 3 months) and they've had to refund me so I'm not sure I want to take that chance again. Until one pops up on ebay, I'll have to keep searching but it's such a pretty product! If you guys see one, grab it up!

And the good news? I received my letter of acceptance to pursue my LLM in London from September 2012!! Happy does not begin to describe it! :)

Will keep you updated!

xoxo

Jen


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dear MAC: I am NOT an NC45

Far from it. I'm probably an NC44 or an NC44.4 but definitely NOT an NC45 and I am tired of MAC Artists matching me to this color 'just because'. I am of mixed race (east indian, african and irish) and my undertones (to me at least) are a bit weird. I have olive (ish) undertones with the inner part of my face being more red and the outer part being more yellow. I realized recently that my NC45 foundation are way too dark/orange giving me that different color face body look. I decided to do some experimenting with foundations and these are the colours I've found that match me really well.



Iman Second to None Stick Foundation in Clay 1: By far the most perfect match ever. Iman's website compares their NC45 to a Clay 3 which is very RED. The Clay 1 is definitely a good match for NC44s.



Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation compact in 5.5 Warm Honey: Great match as well but needs to be buffed in and bronzed up for it to look natural


Images from Google 

Bobbi Brown Oil Free Cream Foundation 6 Golden: A bit 'orange' but blends in well. Does not oxidize so I can see me using this when I get a bit tanned in the summer. This would be perfect for true NC45s though.

I must say that I'm loving Iman's products and placed an order for her cream to powder compact, luxury liquid foundation in Clay 1 and her blot powder in Medium Deep. I also ordered her cover cream (concealer) in Sand medium to use ah an under-eye highlight so pictures and swatches will follow along with reviews on all her products! I can tell you now that I have lots of good things to say :)



Wearing Iman's Clay 1

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I did it, I did it!

I dyed my hair black :) 

Me likey :) Me likey a lot!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Beauty Blog Link Love- 21/4/12

Check out these "Lust, Caution" inspired custom OCC Lip Tar mixes on My Funny Valentine, packaged with a lip brush applicator!

Phyrra does a wearable bright pink video tutorial with BftE Cosmetics.

A product that applies like a gloss, wears like a stain, and pH-adjusts like a grade school chemistry experiment is too good to be true - right? Find out if it is (or isn't) on theNotice.

With spring in the air, it's time to invest in a gorgeous coral lipstick! Amy Antoinette reviews the beautiful new Clarins Joli Rouge Pink Coral Lipstick.

Is OPI Just Spotted the Lizard really a dupe fore Chanel Peridot? Read polish insomniac's post to find out!

Prime Beauty tests out Laura Mercier's Limited Edition Belle Nouveau, a "new beautiful" diversion from the neons so popular this spring.

How do the Sleek Eau La La Eyeliners hold up against other famous brands, like Urban Decay and MUFE? Musicalhouses puts them to the test, and pits them against each other!

Ever undertaken a seemingly hopeless hunt for that elusive limited edition product that you just had to have? Lydia proves that good things come to those who wait after finding Guerlain's Cruel Gardenia Meteorites Illuminator.

Tracy at Beauty Reflections finally has Mediterranean light every day thanks to Guerlain Meteorites Perles d'Azur by Emilio Pucci!

Take a look at BUXOM's new Color Choreography Eye Shadow in Tango over at Makeup, Beauty and More.

If there's anything better than new Dior lipstick, it would be new Dior lipstick and nail polish! Join Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed in admiring the beauty of the new Dior Addict Extreme Lipsticks and Colour Blocked polishes!


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Want to update your hair colour this spring? Miss Beauty Nerd is giving away two Nutrisse Mousse Nourishing Colour Foams for wannabe redheads and blondes!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Rihanna's Foundation Secret

I've been trying for ages to figure out what she wears on her face. Her skin always looks so flawless and then I saw he use Iman in a behind the scenes video and immediately started checking the net for any mention of it. The search proved futile until now! Here's what  I found in Cosmo UK





Girls and guys alike both rate Rihanna as hotter than a Scotch Bonnet chilli so we were fired up by chance to meet her makeup artist and discover what products she uses on her famous face and how.
The secret it seems is IMAN Cosmetics, the US makeup line (now available here) principally created for different skin tones.

Karin Darnell used to make up the Sugababes’ faces before meeting Rihanna and needed a brand that catered for varying complexion tones. She discovered IMAN, which is based on three groups of foundation shades; sand, clay and earth, and never looked back.
Fresh from working on Rihanna’s latest video shoots for California King Bed and Man Down as well as her latest red carpet look at the Billboard Music Awards (pictured), she explained that this summer the star’s looks are very natural, with luminous skin being the focus. “It’s simple-sexy, not too ‘try-hard’ - we’ve done that!”

The hero product she’s using the new Luxury Radiance Liquid which is mineral-based giving sheer coverage with a glow. To find your right foundation shade she recommends you match it to the outer edge of your face and to find your perfect concealer colour (they shouldn’t be the same unless you want to look two-dimensional) is to match it to the skin on your chest or inner wrist.

To get that A-list look Karin says it’s all in the covering and highlighting. Use the Concealer Cover Cream under the eyes and blend it upwards and out. Apply a highlighting eyeshadow at the very top of your eyelids to enhance your brow shape, and highlight the bridge of your nose and your cupids bow with a pressed powder in a lighter shade to your foundation.

You can find video masterclasses, a foundation shade-finder and your nearest stockist on imancosmetics.com. Get ready to rival Ri-Ri!

Cosmo UK

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tag: My First, My Last, My Everything!

I saw this tag on Lauren's  blog and decided to do it as it seemed a bit fun. The rules are simple:  choose 3 beauty products - the first one you ever bought, the last product you purchased and your 'everything' (your can't-live-without-it product) - and tell us all a little bit about them.

Go!

Here's mine....
 
First major beauty product I ever bought 
 
 Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Toast. I love this! It cam pretty close to Holy Grail except that because of my obsession with makeup, I am always trying new things and have found other foundations that I love more than this one. If i'm ever in doubt though, I'd go back to this everytime.
 
My Last: 
 
 
L'oreal HIP Flawless Liquid Makeup in 814 Sepia

Such a perfect colour match and extremely long lasting butthe finish??? OMG. I hate it. Maybe I'm only supposed to use a pin prick amount of this and blend it out quickly? Never again 



My everything:
MAC MSF Natural. I have this is Medium-Deep, Dark and Deep Dark and I love it! I'd have a one woman protest if MAC ever stopped making this. It sets every foundation I've used perfectly, works well on it's own for light days and I use the darkest shade as a contour and deep brown shadow for my eyes. Love love love this!

I tag everyone who wants to take part!
 
Have a great weekend loves


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Caribbean Fashionweek 2012 Launched in London




Taken from: Trinidad Express

Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW), the Caribbean's premier fashion and style event will be held this year at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston, Jamaica, June 7-11. The event was informally launched in the UK during London Fashion Week last month, where some of the region's best fashion designers showed collections at the first ever International Fashion Showcase, organized by the British Council and the British Fashion Council as part of London Fashion Week.

Pulse, CFW producers and presenters, used the opportunity to engage the international fashion community and to promote wide participation in the 2012 event which will incorporate a number of new features. The event has already been endorsed by several regional industry players, including Caribbean Export Development Agency, which included a CFW feature in the Look Book for the Caribbean Collections in London. Most of the designers who showed in London will also show collections at CFW.
European and African industry heavyweights such as Federico Poletti of Vogue Italia, David Pun Buying Director of Harvey Nichols, Toccara Jones winner of America's Next Top Model and star of TV One/Donald Trump's The Ultimate Merger, Stefan Seigal of Not Just a Label, Giorgia Catarini of Italian Glamour and Regina Jere-Malanda of New African Woman, have either confirmed their attendance at CFW, or expressed a keen interest in attending. Confirmed UK designers for CFW include emerging designer Jhaniel Smith and CFW fave and Vogue designer Gavin Douglas.

Caribbean Fashionweek takes another giant step forward in 2012, as Pulse redoubles its efforts to take Caribbean fashion to a place of enhanced respect, recognition and profit, at the centre of world fashion. This initiative continues to be executed in partnership with Caribbean stakeholders, including the Caribbean Export Development Agency, the Caribbean Fashion Industry Association, Jampro, the Jamaica Tourist Board, various related Governmental and non-Governmental agencies, as well as other regional stakeholders and industry professionals.

CFW is the largest, most far reaching and strategically important fashion event in the region. Pulse has developed an event of a high international standard to showcase the best of the Caribbean's designers, as well as other world regarded stylists from various parts of the globe. Approximately 50 designers from 20 countries participate each year. The CFW Business Forum, Exhibition, superstar concert performances, supermodels, after parties, tours and fabulous experiences will all continue in 2012.
Since its inception in 2001, Caribbean Fashionweek has been the main catalyst for Caribbean fashion industry development. An ambitious project, CFW has brought the world of fashion to the region, as it seeks to focus international attention on what the Caribbean has to offer, while working with stakeholders to build capacity and generate business for Caribbean stylists.

In the process CFW designers have been featured in Vogue, The Associated Press, The Independent, Fashion TV Paris, The New York Times, i-D, The BBC and a host of other media around the world. The event has received a number of awards and has been recognised by no less an entity than British Vogue, as an important new development in world fashion.

The challenge remains to effectively assist our Caribbean designers in their efforts to build their businesses, so that they can take full advantage of the marketing that the event creates, utilise the experience gained, the international press generated, the buyers marketplace provided and the business forums presented: in short the full CFW experience. Fashion week continues this process in 2012.

Reppin' Barbados

The band/group Coverdrive. Discovered them last night and I know that a song is good when it gets the repeat button!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Beauty Blog Link Love- Easter Edition

Beauty's Bad Habit Blog goes a little wild with her loud and proud 80's inspired make-up look!

 Musicalhouses takes a look at Sleek Blush by 3, the three-in-one blush compact that's set to be a hit!

 Phyrra builds, swatches, and reviews her own Build Your Own Palette by Urban Decay!

 This week at theNotice, Rae talks Viva Glam - but she's not alone. Don't miss her Viva Glam V swatches, FOTD, & review, and be sure to check out the shade on the rest of the Lipstick Bandits as well!

 At Musing on Beauty, Mariella falls in love with Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer - a first for a foundation addict like her! Find out why she's liking it so much.

 The Pink Sith weaves a fairy tale around Rouge Bunny Rouge Color Burst Lipstick in Word Of Mouth, but is it a happy ending?

 K from Beautifully Addicted To has a go at her first BB Cream with Missha BB cream.

 Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed takes the Essie spring collection out for a test drive - will the delicate lights and vibrant brights help bring on the warmer weather?

We can only hope! Looking for the perfect ballerina pink lipstick? Amy Antoinette has found it with L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate Lipstick.

 Need some help with your shadow blending? Kajal Couture shares her fave blending shadows that help achieve a perfectly blended eye look.

 Is Tracy at Beauty Reflections turning into a gloss girl? Check out her Sephora Volume Booster Gloss Serum review.

 At Eyelining Obsessions, Claire explores her love/hate relationship with Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation.

 Has Shannon at Lipstick Musings finally found the perfect eye shadow in Fyrinnae's Te Amo? Stop by for swatches and an eye of the day and see what you think!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Rihanna Goes Back 2 Black

Does she ever do anything wrong when it comes to her hair? Ok maybe she does. I didn't like that red do she had when she's first died it red and was growing her hair out but I really can't fault her on anything else. She looks stunning!



Whatcha thing guys? I'm tempted lol

Monday, April 2, 2012

Skincare Routine: Update

Hey Bellas! I've been changing/tweaking my skin-care routine and decided to share it with you. For the past 3-4 months I've been using the Clinique 3 step system along with my Clarisonic and I must say that while I loved it initially, the end result was extremely disappointing.

The Clarisonic is awesome. I'd recommend it to anyone BUT I'm not sure that it's for daily use. I've been using mine twice a day along with the Clinique stuff and while I didn't break out I realized that I was over exfoliating my face!!! What ended up happening is that the darker area on my chin started to clear up BUT left behind some dreadful marks that looked as if I was burnt (they actually hurt too).  I'm also pretty sure that the clarifying lotion from Clinique contributed to the over exfoliation so i decided to give Clinique and my Clarisonic a break and try Clarins (the products are in my recent haul post).

Here's what I'm currently using (and loving)

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel

I've wanted to try the Oil Cleansing Method for a while now but (1) I'm too lazy and (2) It sounded a bit messy. The pure melt cleansing gel is genius in that it comes in the form of a gel that turns to oil once it comes in contact with your face. As you rinse it off it turns to a cleansing milk and leaves your skin feel super soft and smooth! Your skin has this 'glow' after and from what I've noticed there is no oily residue. I use this in the morning as I've noticed that it doesn't get rid of all my make-up in one go and I use another cleanser to take the make-up off that works well. This is a definite re-purchase for me.

Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster

I follow up the Pure Melt Cleansing Gel with the Wake-up Booster. Clarins refers to this as Essential morning skin care for young skin that refreshes and enhances skin radiance. I apply it with my hands and pat it into my face. I haven't noticed any 'boost' to my skin but I have noticed that my skin is firmer and tighter and I love that this is gentle and does not burn my face (I'm talking to you Clinique). It smells great too! This is a possible re-purchase but there is also another toner by Clarins that I'd love to try.

Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion SPF 15

I moisturize with this moisturizer and this is HG for me. It does what I need it to do. Moisturize, protect and it does not make me sweat (Thank you Jesus!). That's been my problem for a while. The sweat resistant moisturizer don't contain SPF which i cannot live without. I apply this to my face while it's still wet and it absorbs quickly into my skin. LOVE!

NIGHT CARE

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

This stuff removes makeup like nothing i've ever used before. I double cleanse at night: once to get all off and another to make sure it's really clean. It does the job and does it well. But then again Neutrogena has never disappointed me where their cleansers are concerned. Their oil free cleanser is the truth when it comes to getting rid of breakouts

Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream

Initially i was using too much of this and woke up with an oil slick of a face and wanted to write it off. i then decided to cut back on how much i used and I must say that this is a great night cream. I wake up with glowing skin and my face feels 'balanced'. I'm still on a hunt for my Olay night cream though. Used it a few years ago and LOVED the results. Will get back to you when my search is successful!


So that's about it. For the burn marks I've been spot treating with a fade cream that I picked up in the pharmacy after I got desperate (read: wanted faster results) and they are almost completely gone. I'm not an advocate to bleaching the skin but the pharmacist advised that it help to gently remove the darker skins cells to reveal the new skin beneath and it wasn't a 'bleach'. I do a review on that separately or link the name in a comment below.


Have a great Monday guys! And let me know what you've been using on your face (skin care).

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Designer Spotlight: Rachel Roy

My bestie tagged me in a post on Face-book today about Rachel Roy. Up until that point I had no clue who she was or if I should really care until I saw her clothes. And then found out that she's of Vincentian heritage. I thought 'Wow, gorgeous!'. She has amazing style to boot. She was also married to Damon Dash (they divorced in 2009) and they have two beautiful kids together.