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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

OVERALL, Neo Sci Fi is much more impressive than the initial addict reaction made it seem. I think many people were thrown off (or turned off) by the bright orange packaging, and it definitely felt like there were plenty who were writing the entire launch off. I have to disagree, because I think this collection comes out with many wearable colors that are fun and friendly to consumers as a whole.

Have we seen some of these colors before? Yes, probably, most likely. But at the same time, there are some great colors that haven’t come out or haven’t been out in awhile. I think as dupe-able as some of the shadows are (three of the five), they still make amazing combinations together.

I originally thought I would love the blushes, but they were just so-so to me. Pretty, but I didn’t feel like I had to get them right away, you know? I’ll give myself some time to think about what else I want. The lipglasses had three repromotes, so those could have been more exciting.

The neon orange packaging (truly, day-glo construction orange) didn’t turn me off as I thought it would. It was just kind of sleek and fun. I admit, I’d have loved to see the orange packaging in October and MAC rocking a terrifying Halloween-esque collection, but alas, we get it now.

All in all, I walked out with Evening Aura, Femme-Fi, Sci Fi Delity, Supreme, and Black Ore (more out of curiosity than “omg, I have to have this!”). What did you get? What were your favorites?

Make sure you check out the swatches here.

Read my detailed review for each product… Continue reading →

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Neo Sci Fi, MAC Cosmetics, Swatch

Here are some swatch photos to keep you on the edge of your seats!  Remember, we totally welcome YOUR swatches of the latest MAC launches, too.  Post them in the comments or email them to [email protected].  Or post them on our forum!

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

It’s Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly sale, which means my Nordstrom’s is *gasp* already open (and that means I’m late!).  Time to hop on down to get us some swatches!

But how will I avoid all of the shoes?!

*edit* I totally have swatches, a mini-haul, and now I am FURIOUSLY! cropping pictures.  I’ll post them up as soon as I’m done, and then I’ll get to the review ;)  Ahh, ladies, knowing you anticipate my review?  Makes it SO worth it.  Makes me love what I do!

*edit #2* Done, done, & done!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


When it comes to hauling, do you put a limit on yourself? Do you stick to your limit usually?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

I wore this look yesterday! I think I’d probably make it less pink or throw in contrasting color in the crease or inner lid (maybe a darker color like Cranberry in the crease or Goldmine on the inner lid).

I used Lovely Lily pigment on lid, Hush eyeshadow on inner lid, Da Bling eyeshadow on middle of lid, Passionate eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Stars ‘N Rockets eyeshadow on outer crease, Hush eyeshadow above crease and on brow and lower lash line, Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Maidenchant blushcreme (LE) on cheeks with Don’t Be Shy blush (LE). I had Strawberry Blonde lipstick (LE) with Cult Fave lipglass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Maidenchant = Posey; Don’t Be Shy = Well Dressed; Strawberry Blonde = Skew; Cult Fave = Cultured

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

C’watre is a brand that labels itself as “oceanic skin care,” which does make you think of spas, gentleness, and natural ingredients. They use “molecularly stimulated ocean water” as an essential ingredient in their products. They also mention that they are sure to only use ingredients in such amounts that they are effective. As an interesting aside, the nutrients and minerals found in sea water are incredibly similar to the molecular makeup of human blood plasma and spinal fluid (you learn something new everyday!).

C’watre as a brand embodies a fusion between Japanese traditions and American innovation to create an enjoyable line that is easy on the skin. Whenever I learn or try out a brand that often utilizes scientific terms or special ingredients, like sea water, I get a little nervous about the cost. C’watre isn’t cheap, and while some of their products are affordable, others are more of mid to high range in terms of skin care. They’re no La Mer, but they aren’t your Olay, either.

I tried the Kanreki Wash… was it worth it?  Continue reading →