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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Should I get full size brushes or a brush set?

It isn’t actually a question of which one to get, but which one will better suit your needs. There is often debate between brush set quality vs. full-size brush quality. In the case of MAC brush sets, they are machine made, while full-size brushes are handmade. These brushes contained in sets aren’t terrible, and they get you good value for the price. They just aren’t identical to full-sized brushes, and it makes sense, because you’re getting the brush set for much less than if you bought the full-sized brushes together.

Value is the number one reason to purchase a brush set over individual brushes. The MAC face brush set contains the SE 187 and the set retails for $49.50 (as of Holiday 2008)–and the full size version retails for $42.00! Say you rarely use the 187, then you really don’t need the full-size version, right? You just get more brushes for your money than you would buying individual brushes. Budget beauty addicts may find brush sets a way to invest in good brushes without breaking the bank.

Finally, those who are new to makeup might find this an excellent opportunity to take advantage of trying out multiple brushes at once. This way they can figure out what brushes they actually will use and how often will they be used. If you love eyeshadow, you might find you just need to have MAC’s 239 brush–and perhaps even a few of them.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Jolie Poupee eyeshadow duo / [unknown] / All Night Long / [unknown] / Caneille

When I was visiting the MAC counter last Thursday, I noticed NARS’ holiday launch was out. I swatched everything on the displayer, but curiously enough… there were more products on the displayer than listed in the details I’ve read as well as NARS’ website. This is why two shades are listed as “unknown” in the above photo.

I’m going to have to wait until I receive my products to give this launch a full review, because some of the shadows (namely Silent Night) did not swatch well at all, but it may have been due to people’s oily fingers mucking up the tester. (Boo!) But I can say that Jolie Poupee duo is gorgeous and richly pigmented! Super Orgasm is quite lovely, and I hope it will work for me! The lipgloss and lipstick were pretty, but they didn’t really connect with me. The multiples always tempt me, but the price tag tends to keep me from taking them home. It’s just a product I know I’d use once or twice and never again! Anyone got some Multiples they want to sell me on the cheap? 😉

More swatches… Continue reading →

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

From Dior’s Black Diamond Holiday Collection, this is what Black Sequins looks like! :) It’s this really intense, dark black with chunky silver glittery bits. It doesn’t try 100% smooth, because the glitter is thick. I think it makes a great sophisticated black polish for the wintertime. It isn’t a creme or matte or just boring black; the glitter updates it and makes it more wearable and just fun.

And Dior’s polish formula? To die for. I wore this on my nails for a week straight, and I barely even saw tip wear.Absolutely no chips!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

  • Palmers’ Butters Go Pink (price varies) Palmer’s will donate proceeds from the sale of pink specially marked Cocoa Butter Formula, Olive Butter Formula and Shea Butter Formula Lotions to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
  • Artemis Woman will donate 2% of profits generated by PINK Heel Smoothers to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
  • Sabon Pink Bath Basket ($90.00) 30% of this basket’s sales will go directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • Verikira Naturals Pink Grapefruit Collection (price varies) 10% to Susan G Komen.

Please consider participating in Temptalia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Project Revamp

If you could revamp OPI Nail Polish, what would you change? What would you keep the same? How would you make it an even better product?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Prescriptives is having their Friends & Family Event today through the 24th!