Friday, September 5th, 2008

In my excitement to tell (and show!) you all about my new hairstyle, I totally overlooked how important a before and after shot would be! So, here it is :) I was completely overwhelmed by the response to the cut, so thank you all so very much! I agree I could go as short as the original inspiration cut, I love that I have the illusion of length, but the perks of shorter hair. It’s not fear holding me back to go shorter, it’s how much I love this modified cut and how well it reflects me! Thank you all for your assurance the cut worked out and I could go short :)

Monday, September 1st, 2008

You know what’s fun? When I started to create my autumn wishlist, I thought it would be neat to go back and see what I was drooling over during summer–and see how much actually made it into my stash.

From my first summer temptations set: Clinique Almost Powder and Ojon Tawaka “The Ball.” From my second set: MAC Electroflash products (still don’t love MES), MAC Dainty Mineral Blush, MAC Studio Tint SPF15, and Kiehl’s Brightening Mask. Finally, from my third set: most comfortable shoes ever aka Nike “Free Prima” Mary Janes, Philosophy Purity Made Simple, and MAC Colour Forms Powder in Suncentered.

Not bad, I would say. I snatched up a few items I longed for, but I resisted a fair amount, too! I gotta tell you, those Nikes are amazing. I keep meaning to get a second pair, actually. I want to stock up in case they get discontinued, as things I love often do.

There are twelve products that I’m just dying to try this fall! Have you tried any of these? Help me stay clear of poor products, and make it easier for me to succumb to the ones that are worth it. What are your fall cravings?

First Row

  • Laura Mercier Lip Velvet ($22.00) looks like a sexy liquid lipstick formula. Something about Cassis speaks to me! It’s supposed to be a moisturizing, long-wearing lip color. It also has plumping ingredients, which I don’t mind so long as they’re subtle and don’t sting!
  • Guerlain “Meteorites” Travel Touchicon ($50.00) is a smaller version of Guerlain’s coveted Meteorites. The only one available (from what I could tell) is Mythic, which is one I have in pressed form, and love. It’s very subtle, though, so it’s hard to spend another $50 on it.
  • Lancome ‘La Base Pro’ Perfecting Makeup Primericon ($42.00) makes me curious to see how Lancome’s face primer performs. I’m really trying to get into more primers lately, so I’d love to try this!
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKateicon ($85.00) has always gotten rave reviews. I just started trying out my first Kate Somerville product (her Oil-Free Moisturizer), and obviously, I want to try out her much-coveted exfoliating treatment.

Second Row

  • Yves Saint Laurent “Rouge Volupte” Lipstickicon ($34.00) pretty much speaks for itself. Do you see that packaging? Something about it just draws my eye to it. Don’t know if I could bring myself to buy it just for the packaging, though.
  • NARS Body Glow Seticon ($98.00) is something I have been tempted by for ages. I’m not usually a bronzer/tanner kind of person, but I seriously want this so bad. I just imagine looking super hot on a night out. Sigh!
  • Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($27.00) is a seriously funky looking mascara, right? So of course, that means I’d love to try it out and see just how fabulous it can be.
  • Calvin Klein Runway Radiance Illuminating Cream ($25.00) is supposedly a light-diffusing and long-wearing cream. I loved MAC Strobe Cream and what it did for me, and I’m intrigued by the Golden Glow version of this.

Third Row

  • Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Airbrush ($45.00) is always a temptation, because Kevyn Aucoin is such an industry legend. I’ve never tried any of his makeup line, but it’s definitely something I’m considering!
  • Nude Skincare Intense Moisture Mask ($60.00) is a brand I first was introduced to on my trip to Barneys in Las Vegas. I’m curious to see whether it outperforms less expensive skincare products. I’m always drawn in by masks, because you can never have enough of those!
  • Ojon Detox Recovery Cleansericon ($24.00) is a cleanser formulated to help deep clean hair, to rid it of hard-water minerals, chlorine, styling products, etc. I’m trying to get more into hair care, and if I do, I’ll definitely need a deeper cleanser from time to time.
  • Fekkai Coiff Defenseicon ($25.00) will help protect against any heated tools I use on my hair, should I ever learn how to use tools well enough to style my hair.
Monday, August 25th, 2008

I’m sure most of us have a problem of overpacking, right? I’m no exception! I took far more makeup to Hawaii than I needed to! In total, I took about 115 products/items with me that were beauty-related (this doesn’t include sunscreen!).

And of all of that, I didn’t use

  • Mystery kohl power
  • UD Yeyo 24/7 Liner
  • Go
  • Red Flame/Orange Flicker
  • Red Romp
  • Fashionably Fuchsia
  • Queen’s Sin
  • Rockocco
  • Wild ‘Bout You

I have to say… that is pretty good, right?

Read on to see what I brought! Continue reading →

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Aloha, all! For the next week, I am in Kauai (an island of Hawaii), vacationing with my family. (The boy is staying at home, and he gets to be on Mellan-sitting-duty!) Now, don’t run off thinking this means the blog will be at a stand still. No, no, NO! I have plenty of content geared up to post, and I expect to make plenty ‘o posts about what I do, learn, and see in Hawaii when it comes to beauty. And I have no doubt I will learn a lot about water-resistant and heat-resistant makeup! I also tend to be much better at applying makeup everyday while on vacation, so I’ll be showing you regular looks. You won’t even know I’m gone. In fact, you’ll probably wonder if I ever relaxed at all! ;)

It’s my first time in Kauai – I’ve only been to Honolulu a few times in the past, and probably not for a good ten years since my last visit. If you have any spots or things to do to recommend, feel free!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

SUBMIT YOUR PUPPY PICTURES! I want to meet your furry friend, so go ahead and submit up to five pictures of your doggy/puppy.

Also… thank you to all of you for giving me well wishes when Mommy & Daddy thought I was going to die on them. I keep telling them I’ll be around F-O-R-E-V-E-R, but they don’t seem too convinced. But things are A-OK at Mellan HQ these days!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Going to Barneys was like a fish-out-of-water experience for me, because I have been primarily a MAC girl, which is still on the lower end of most mid to high end makeup brands. I’ve always been hard-pressed to purchase brands like Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, etc. because the prices are steeper than I want to pay. I suppose with more disposable income, I feel less awkward about getting an item or two here and there, though. The service at Barneys is incomparable, because everyone is incredibly knowledgeable–not only about their line, but the other ones carried at the store. David (Counter Manager for Cle de Peau) took me on a beauty tour of the department, going over the different brands, telling me tidbits about them, and showing me his favorite products. He made me feel welcome, when I knew I didn’t quite belong.

So while you won’t see me purchasing a lipstick for $50.00, I can see why those who might have plenty of money to spend would. I also think that an item or two from one of these luxury lines may make a nice to-self present for that job promotion or graduating school. Additionally, I can at least tell you this: every luxury brand I swatched tended to leave a stain behind. The eyeshadows took more than just a tissue to remove, and the lipsticks were so pigmented that they stained my hand after being on my hand for no more than an hour tops. What this tells me is that they are probably richer in pigmentation than the average lipstick. This doesn’t mean the lipstick will stay on your lips better necessarily, but I expect that it would fade less noticeably (especially deeper colors), since there would be a stain left behind.

What do I have to show for my experience? I purchased one lip gloss from Cle de Peau. With tax, it was just over $50. Because of the price tag, I feel it deserves its own write-up and entry, which I’ll post sometime later this week. I’ll leave you to guess what color family I went for!

Are you a fan of any of the luxury lines? Do you make regular purchases? Are you completely shocked?

You can read more about what products, brands, and the like I found at the store (plus more photos)… Continue reading →