A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!
Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Recommend your favorite book, or tell us what you just started reading; share a great dessert recipe or a photo of your pet (which is sure to be the cutest, yeah?).
First, I’ll share mine!
My last haul was just yesterday! I purchased the four Chanel Rouge Allure Laques I was missing (Dynastie, Imperial, Santal, and Phoenix!). The artist helping me even said I scooped up the last Imperial & Santal! Their stock did look quite depleted, so if you were thinking about it…! The good news is she did confirm they are permanent! After Nordstrom, I skipped over to MAC freestanding, and my favorite artist Melissa R. had my bag ready of Style Black & Dazzleglass Cremes. One of each, please!
This week just FLEW by for me! What about you? I hope, good or bad, you’re excited for the weekend. It’s been a busy MAC-centric week with so many collections debuting in such a short span! (Don’t forget, DSquared launches on the 28th–Monday–now!)
What are your weekend plans?
My birthday’s on Monday, so I’ll be doing some celebrating with the boyfriend and family! The boy and I are actually going to one of my favorite restaurants tonight — can’t wait! Other than that… I gotta study for a midterm and do some dreaded homework!
In just one week, Hard Candy, a colorful, tempting and addictive cosmetic brand will be hitting the mass market shelve at the largest retailer in the world – Walmart. It’s the first time a prestige cosmetics collection has gone mass and features unique, specialty products.
Hard Candy products have formulas that are worthy of the prestige market and ahead of the trends with star products like Painted Lady Manic Shine Intense lip color, Eye Tattoo and Balm Girls Tinted Lip Balms. There is a nod to the company’s storied heritage featuring Just Nails polish (yes, the rings are there!), Eye Candy shadows and Fortune Gloss – complete with a tiny Magic 8 ball.
Unique components and stellar merchandising clearly sets the brand apart from its mass brand neighbors. Hard Candy looks like it belongs in Sephora but the pricing totally defies the product offering. Hard Candy is a collaboration between NuWorld Beauty and Walmart insuring that mass market consumers will have access to an out of the box, forward thinking, fun, affordable, quality cosmetics brand. Walmart’s commitment to beauty has been matched with Hard Candy’s drive toward innovative break though style.
Of course, I’m not going to leave you without lip swatches! I also included side-by-side comparisons of my natural lips vs. the lipgloss — let me know if you like the inclusion of these. I still included the full-size close-ups of each shade, though.
Amorous, Creme Allure, Totally Fab, Do It Up, Perfectly Unordinary, My Favourite Pink, Soft Dazzle, Luscious Spark, Sublime Shine
MAC Dazzleglass Creme Collection: Review, Photos, Swatches
MAC’s Dazzleglass Creme Collection features nine shades of their newest gloss formula–dazzleglass creme. The new formula is kind of like the pigmentation of a lipglass with the texture of cremesheen glass and the shimmer of dazzleglass. It’s non-sticky, fairly thick (but not overly so, just not thin or feels sheer like dazzleglass–more like cremesheen glass, but perhaps touch thicker) and doesn’t feel heavy, and the majority of the shades are more pigmented. I think they deliberately made some shades sheerer than others to offer customers variety, so I don’t knock the sheerer shades for lacking pigmentation.
Amorous is a deep, rich red with subtle gold and red shimmer that applies semi-opaquely. I get a decent amount of color, but I still see my natural lip color peeking through, so it’s not 100% solid in color. It’s very holiday-esque to me.
Creme Allure is a creamy, lightly shimmered hot pink that goes on semi-opaque with noticeably coloring and darkening of my natural lip color. The shimmer is almost a fuchsia-purple.
Totally Fab is a orange-y red with slight gold sparkle and has a creamy look to it (like Creme Allure vs. Amorous). I found this one went on nearly opaque on my lips.
Do It Up is a lighter, slightly more lemonade-y bright medium pink compared to Creme Allure (which has a bit of fuchsia tone to it). This one has a silvery sparkle and goes on semi-opaque.
Perfectly Unordinary is a milky pale pink with pale gold sparkle. It looks milky on lips, but it does show up and pale down lips.
My Favourite Pink is a slightly pinker, but still milky, shade compared to Perfectly Unrodinary, but it has a silver sparkle in it. It’s a little rosy in comparison. When going through the photos, I almost didn’t distinguish the differences between the two.
Soft Dazzle is a softer, paler milky pink compared to Perfectly Unordinary but it has brighter and more shimmer (which is pale gold).
Luscious Spark is an orangey coral with gold sparkle. It reminded me of a less sparkly, less red Lychee Luxe (with a less gritty texture). It applies semi-opaque with some color without being solid.
Sublime Shine is a sheer, peachy-nude with golden shimmer. This is the sheerest shade of the nine, and it looks a lot like Bare Necessity in the tube, but I think it is actually peachier and has more color pay off.
I’m actually VERY pleased with the Dazzleglass Creme collection! I’d actually recommend checking these out if you enjoy dazzleglass or lipglass, because you get enough color and pigmentation that they’re not just sheer shimmery concoctions. They have a lot of the sparkle and oomph of dazzleglass but the intensity of lipglass. There are lots of shades to love, though there are a few that feel too redundant to really merit getting all nine (unless you’re addicted, like yours truly!).
Must-Haves: Amorous, Creme Allure, Do It Up, Luscious Spark Nice-to-Haves: Perfectly Unordinary, Totally Fab Skip: No need to get Perfectly Unordiniary, My Favourite Pink, AND Soft Dazzle — they’re SO similar!
Ease of Use: 8/10
Recommendation: If you like a gloss that’s not sticky, has lots of shimmer, and decent pigmentation, definitely try out a dazzleglass creme!