Limited Addiction: Daphne Guinness Collection {From January 2012}

19 Sep

This is the first glimpse into the palette and colours imagined and created by Daphne Guinness. Daphne is her art. This is part of her discovery and evolution. “This collection is a window into my imagination.” — Daphne Guinness

The imagery alone is badass right!  What I was most excited for in this collection though was the blush ombre’s.  I don’t own any, as I missed out on the Spring Colour Forecast Collection which was released back in 2010.  Initially I wanted them all because a. everyone went CRAZY over them and b. well… just look at them!  They’re gorg!

Fortunately, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m past that phase in my collecting where I’m getting stuff just because I want it, rather it has to be a must have… for ME.  With Spring Colour Forecast I wanted all four blush ombre’s, (Azalea Blossom, Ripe Peach, Vintage Grape, and Springshine), but after I saw the swatches, only three worked for me.  Wow 3/4… big cut right, lol.

Anywho, Daphne Guiness only repromoted two of the four anyway, and of the two, one was what didn’t work for me, Azalea Blossom.  While it’s a beautiful color, its just way to light for me, which translates as a waste of money.

After all of that… what I DID pick up was the absolute gorgeous and extremely pigmented Vintage Grape.

Blush Ombre Vintage Grape

Blush Ombre Vintage Grape

MAC Blush Ombre Vintage Grape

Blush ombre’s are described by MAC as, “A powder blush featuring a shade wave of gentle ombre hues. Ultra-fine formula provides the cheeks with flawless, medium-buildable coverage and lightly pearled, natural-looking radiance.”   Basically its three shades of the same color ombred from lightest to darkest.  You can use each color individually (using a smaller brush) or swirl all colors together with your blush brush.  Thats four different possibilities!

On to the swatches…

Blush Ombre Vintage Grape w/Flash

Ummm… do you see the pigmentation!  This is all with just one swipe of my finger! I’ll have this powder forever.  So as you can see, there are literally four different colors in this ombre.

Blush Ombre Vintage Grape w/o Flash

I absolutely friggin love it!!  I will be getting a lot of wear out of it this fall/winter season.  Bring on the vampy looks please!!

P.s. I’m hoping at some point they’ll repromote Ripe Peach and Springshine sometime soon… I’ll be the first in line to scoop them up!

Pink Panties & Leopard Lipstick Rating: A+

Epiphany!

19 Sep

Well “Epiphany” may be a little strong, as its more like a light bulb moment, but lets not burst my bubble and kill my momentum!

As I lay here in my hospital bed, sometimes pain free, sometimes not, one thing has never left me and always remains in my mind… my thoughts of makeup, smdh.  You know you have a problem when you’re laid up and you’re thinking about the latest collections you’re missing out on and the the many looks you want to beat on someone’s face.  But hey, thats me and that’s my passion.

Not a day goes by when I don’t think, “I really need to post something today.”  With my last post going live October 11th, I know that may be hard to believe, but its the God’s honest truth.  When I began this blog I had all hopes of being the next Temptalia… but with a twist as makeup and beauty aren’t my only passions, fashion is as well.  With all of that, and a few personal opinions on current affairs (celebs, movies, music, tv, news, and perhaps a lil gossip from time to time) I’m more likely to be the urban Temptalia… turnt up. Lol

My intentions were to report and review every single collection I got my hands on, and to be honest, those are STILL my intentions.  But what I noticed is I ended up becoming so back logged with things to post and a had draft list that got so out of control that my  result was an overwhelmed blogger and a neglected blog.  Not to mention the ridiculous amounts of makeup I have stored (and stashed in my closet) in their original bags, that I haven’t touched and haven’t been able to enjoy because I don’t want to mess it up before I get to photograph them… smh.  Really and truly… its just a mess.  Something needs to change and quick.

Insert my epiphany/light bulb moment here!

I said Myisha, just forget all that crap!  You’ve let too much time go by, neglected you’re talent and blog, you’ve missed out on posting great ideas because you want to post “the stash first and get it out of the way,” and you’re missing out on enjoying your collection and for what?!!  Just take pics of everything, post them all in order and forget the reviews!  Because really, NO ONE CARES!! LOL

So yes… that’s exactly what I’m going to do!  Mind you, as I’m posting all this stuff, if there are any stand out products that I feel I just HAVE to review and give my thoughts on, then thats exactly what I’m going to do!  Only this time, in its own separate post and AFTER everything has gone up!

So now I’m amped and ready to get this thang poppin!  Oh right… gotta get that surgery out the way first… #FML  At least now I have something to look forward too.

So thats it!  Honestly this post is more for myself than anyone else.  You know how you have to just get it out sometimes? (Or type it out rather…)  “Speak it into existence,” so to speak, and thats exactly what I’ve done! #ExcitedMuch

Til Next Time. xx

**This was written back in February (2013) – I’m absolutely fine now and loving life!**

Limited Addiction: MAC Hey Sailor! Summer Collection – June 2012

11 Oct

“Set sail this summer with a colour collection inspired by the glam of vintage pin-up girls. Go overboard with the never-ending colours of Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, Zoom Waterfast Lash, Lipglass and more!” -MAC

As a girl who’s obsessed with anchors (my next tattoo actually) and all things nautical, imagine how GEEKED I was when the news of MAC’s Hey Sailor! Collection surfaced!  Especially since I completely missed out on 2008′s Naughty Nautical’s Collection.  What makes Hey Sailor! more special to me however, is the limited edition packaging.  I love it!

Isn’t it absolutely gorg?!  At first glance, I thought I was in trouble, ie. would want everything, but as usual once the swatches hit the net, I was able to narrow it down… a LOT!  I took home wayy less than what I anticipated, but we’ll get to that later.

MAC Highlight Powder in Crew

Crew, of course was the alleged star of the show… but I took a major pass!  She’s clearly just nice to look at and I’ve passed that phase in my makeup life

Hey Sailor! Lipglass: Blessedly Rich, Cut Loose, Orange Tempera, Riviera Life, & Send Me Sailing

Lipsticks: Red Racer, Sail La Vie, Salute, & To Catch A Sailor

Nail Polishes in Gold Knot Brass, Touch of Red, and Vestral White

MAC Official Collection Images Photo Credits: Temptalia

So!  On to what I got…

MAC Hey Sailor! Collection Love the packaging!

As you can see I only picked up five products.  I won’t lie, there were a couple more items I wouldn’ t have minded getting, but I’m really trying to get in the habit of buying only what I deem as a MUST HAVE before I fall in the trap of hoarding products I’ll never or very seldomly use.  It’s hard… but I’m making it work.

Fleet Fast Blush

Fleet Fast Blush

Fleet Fast Blush is absolutely GORG!  I’d describe it as a darkened coral/pink color with some reddish undertones that is very complementary to my complexion.  Fleet Fast is quite pigmented, so I suggest using a light hand so you don’t end up looking like a clown.  I love to use this color as an eyeshadow as well, mostly as a crease color.  I must say tho, if you want to use this as a shadow on the lid you’ll have to be a little heavy handed as it’ll come off a little sheer, but thats only if you’re my complexion or darker.

Sail La Vie & To Catch A Sailor Lipsticks

Sail La Vie & To Catch A Sailor Lipsticks

Sail La Vie lipstick is… BRIGHT!  There’s no better way to describe it.  It definitely isn’t a true red color, as I see lots of orange undertones in it.  I would imagine it’s comparible to Lady Danger or So Chaud, but I don’t own either, so I can’t confirm.  I do intend to pick then up eventually, and when I do, I’ll be sure to make a comparison post.

To Catch a Sailor lipstick is a light brown nude color with a frost finish.  Now frost is my absolute LEAST favorite finish in a lipstick, but something about this color had me curious and I had to give it a try while in the store.  First let me say its far from gritty, which is my major grievance with frost lippies.  The rough glitter particles usually tears my lips up and dries them out, major turn off, but To Catch a Sailor just glided on nice and smoothly.

My other major grievance with frost lippies is the “Golden Girl” effect.  Which means basically all I need is some pale powder blue eyeshadow and I’m ready for my bridge tournament on the veranda. I’m good.  The frost level on To Catch a Sailor is pretty low, so its completely tolerable since I love the color so much.

Blessedly Rich Lipglass

I’m sorry, this swatch does it no justice whatsoever!  But you guys are going to have to just take my word for it when I say it ‘s absolutely gorgeous.  One of the reasons I truly love Blessedly Rich is that it can be worn alone.  It is a beautiful dark peach color with subtle shimmer that glides on smoothly and has great staying power. I find with a lot of my lip glosses, as much as I love them and enjoy wearing them, sometimes alone, they aren’t really saying much and I buy them to enhance the color or finish of my other lip products.  Not the case for Blessedly Rich though… she’s the bomb.com!

Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Shore Leave

I just HAD to have this pencil.  When I saw the swatches for Shore Leave online and then swatched it myself in the MAC store, I was like YES! A perfectly bright true pink coral… right up my alley… has me written ALL over it.  Then I tried it on my lips…

Don’t get my wrong, I still absolutely love the color and don’t regret buying it.  But damn!  Could it be any drier!?!?! I suppose thats what makes it “Pro Longwear,” because it grips your lips, but gosh! I’m def going to have to put in a little extra work to make it work for me.  Once I find the perfect combinations to make it work, I’ll be sure to do an updated post for those who had the same issues as me.  I refuse to believe I was the only one!

Anywho… that tis all!

Lata Lovahs!

My MAC Beauties Alicia, Shayla, and Kylah!

Shout out to my favorite MAC girls!  Especially Kylah who makes sure I get everything I want and think I need, as well as keeping my pockets on E! xx

Limited Addiction: MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection {January 2012}

11 Oct

MAC’s Tour de Fabulous Collection is one of those collections I wish I got more of.  The collection consist of 11 lipglass glosses and 8 lip pencils. I was only able to pick up one of the glosses unfortunately because I didn’t get a chance to send in my list like I normally do and by the time I showed up… they were all gone.  *WOMP*

Sooo, all I was able to get my hands on was Style-Packed lipglass…

Style-Packed Lipglass

Style-Packed is a GAWGEOUS bright fuchsia pink color with blue undertones that is to die for!  For a lipglass it has an excellent opaque color payoff, and it applies easily, has great lasting power, and doesn’t settle into fine lines.  It’s absolutely perfect!

I wasn’t really interested in any of the pencils.  They were nice and all, but nothing worth doing back flips over.  The other two lipglasses I wish I got my hands on were the collections namesake, Tour de Fabulous and Real Posh.

Photo Credit: The Beauty Is A Geek

Tour de Fabulous is a beautiful coral color (right up my alley) and has been compared to Strange Potion, from Venomous Villians and later Surf Baby collections.  I already own Strange Potion and I LOVE it!  I don’t have a back up for it, so being able to scoop this would have been great.  Maybe one day I’ll find it at a CCO.

Real Posh is a sultry deep purple color that I really wanted.  At this point I’m sure its dupable, but the name alone has me sold!  It kinda sorta reminds me of Rebel Lipglass from the Fashion Sets Collection, which I’ll be reviewing shortly, but not as rich.  So technically I’m fine without it, but like I said, the name had me sold!

Pink Panties & Leopard Lipstick Rating: A+

Nails of the Week: Essie’s Mojito Madness

10 Oct

Essie’s Mojito Madness

Essie’s Mojito Madness is another polish from Bikini So Teeny summer collection and in my opinion another must have and basically the star of the show.  This bright and creamy grass green polish is the business.  Mojito Madness is one of the few polishes that I have ever owned that after one coat it was good to go!  I did do two coats though, because it just didn’t feel normal not doing so, lolll.

Mojito Madness’ staying power was amazing as well.  I actually went about a week before I even saw one chip!!  This never happens with me, so to say I was impressed  is an understatement.

You know, Essie is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite nail polish brands, which is odd to me because I never used to like it at all.  I feel they’ve really stepped their game up formulation wise and the color selection is massive!

Pink Panties & Leopard Lipstick Rating: A+

Nails of the Week: Essie’s Bikini So Teeny

4 Oct

Essie’s Bikini So Teeny

When one of Essie’s summer collections, Bikini So Teeny hit the net, blogs went wild.  The one polish that was deemed the star of the show, was the collections namesake, Bikini So Teeny, and it is absolutely gorgeous!

To be completely honest, we all have a similar color in our collection.  It’s a beautiful sky blue, pastelly (yes, pastelly) kind of color… very Easter, very spring/summer appropriate.  It’s also a cream finish, (no shimmer, no sparkle), which is one of my FAV finishes.

In my defense, I only own one other polish in its family, Color Club’s Factory Girl, which is slightly lighter and really pretty, but the quality… meh.  So why not jump on the bandwagon!  I swear it took for ever to hit these streets in Bermuda and I literally stalked the pharmacies waiting for it to stock the shelves.

So was it worth the hype?  Yes!  But not at first.  After I applied the first coat, it was super streaky and blotchy, and the color just didn’t seem to suit my complexion AT ALL!  I trailed on however and slathered on the second coat… voila!  It was beautiful… I absolutely loved it!  Especially the way it popped off my summer tan.  What made it even better was the fact that I wore it for about four days before I saw the first chip.  To me… thats amaze-balls and absolutely unheard of!

In the end, I’m glad I picked it up and I’m pretty sure I’ll be whipping it out again as soon a spring hits… but I’m in no hurry for that, as I’m super excited and looking forward to the sexy, sultry, deep dark, and vampy vixen colors fall and winter will bring!

Pink Panties & Leopard Lipstick Rating: B+

Limited Addiction: MAC’s Shop MAC Cook MAC Collection – February 2012

3 Jul

“Try and Buy a delicious, delovely, delectable, divine, degorgeous, de-with-it, degroovy assortment of Eye Shadow x 4 in wearable brights perfect for Spring. Treat yourself to Lipstick in heavenly hues, mouthwateringly Kissable Lipcolour and Cremeblend Blush. This Spring, shop ‘til you drop with a tongue-in-cheek collection that elevates the everyday into the extraordinary. Whether it’s detergent or diamonds, produce or Prada, everyone loves to shop, shop, shop!” -MAC

Obviously the imagery got me!  How fun!  And bright… and cool!  Not sure how they come up with these concepts, but whatevz… I love em, lol.

Shop MAC Cook MAC is a fairly decent sized collection, EVERYthing at first glance looks like “I Must Have That…” but then you delve in, read reviews, see swatches, and you’re bought back down to earth, as was I.

There were quite a few repromotes in the collection and that’s always good because usually that means its one, two, or three things less you have to buy, but unfortunately for me, that wasn’t the case.  Unfortunate because the things they repromoted, I didn’t have… and wanted.  And fortunate because… well because I want them!

The collection consisted of lippies, Kissable Lip Colors, Tendertones, eyeshadow quads, nail laquers, Cremeblend Blushes, and a few other items.

What excited more than anything were the lip products… big surprise here!  If I could have, I prob would have bought them all, well almost.  There were six lipsticks, five Kissable Lip Colors, and four Tendertones.

Innocence Beware, Naughty Saute, Watch Me Simmer, Quick Sizzle, Dish It Up, & Runaway Red

Kissable Lip Colors: Enchantee, Woo Me, So Vain, Scan-delicious, & Flaunting It

I really had to hold myself back a carefully choose the items I felt I could not live without.  Here’s what I narrowed it down too…

Don’t you just love the packaging!  The one thing I don’t love about it is its not the actual box you’re looking at… they’re inserts.  So inside of this wonderfulness is the regular black boxes.  If they really wanted to make my day, they would have put these gorgeous springy looking designs on the products themselves, as I’m a suck for that ish and they probably would have gotten a few more dollars out of me.  But, oh well!

Kissable Lip Colors in Enchantee & So Vain

Kissable Lip Color in Enchantee & So Vain

Enchantee is a soft blue based pink that glides on very opaque.  That’s the thing I like about these Kissable Lip Colors, to be honest, they’re like liquid lipstick, but it’s the texture that disturbs me.  It’s really hard to explain!  They just feel… weird! They don’t grip my lips like a lipstick or hold on to them like a lipgloss, they’re just… there.  I enjoy the shades way to much to let that stop me from buying or wearing them, but I just needed to get that off my chest.  Does anyone else feel the same?

So Vain is a deeper orange based coral which also glides on very opaque.  I would personally keep the eyes very simple when rocking this color and its kind of in your face.  Add a soft peachy/pinky cheek (or coral if you’re feeling a bit monochromatic that day), and you’re good to go.

Of the five that were available, the only other one that was unique to me was Woo Me, but I already have it in my stash from its original debut in 2010′s Peacocky collection.

Shop MAC Cook MAC Lipsticks

Lippies: Watch Me Simmer, Naughty Saute, Quick Sizzle

Watch Me Simmer, Naughty Saute, & Quick Sizzle

Watch Me Simmer is a super intense, creamy, opaque coral pink, with an Amplified finish.  This color is BRIGHT ya’ll!  I’m talking neon, you seem my lips coming before you see me bright and I absolutely love it!  I will def be rocking this with a super soft face either on the beach, on a boat, or in a club!

Quick Sizzle, Naughty Saute, & Quick Sizzle

Naughty Saute is another one of those really pretty blue based pinks that MAC is famous for.  It’s very pretty and I absolutely love it, but I’ll be honest and admit that its not that unique.  I really could’ve skipped it, but I “Backed 2 MAC” all the lippies in this collection, so it didn’t really cost me anything.  Naughty Saute has a cremesheen finish, is super creamy and opaque, and easy to work with.  This color can be word at its full intensity or toned down by blotting it on and layering with a lip gloss for the office.

Quick Sizzle is a deep blue based fuchsia color and has a matte finish.   I wouldn’t call it a traditional matte though, as it has a slight sheen, its very creamy, and isn’t drying at all.  I LOVE that, because even though Ruby Woo is my most coveted red lippie, my actual lips hate it… SO drying!  I deal with it tho!

I absolutely LOVE these colors!  As I said, they’re all super opaque, so if you don’t think you can handle the full color… I suggest you blot it on and build it up to the level you’re comfortable with.  Another thing I can say about these colors is that they’re pretty long lasting and Quick Sizzle actually stains my lips a bit.  I just have to be sure I wear it on a day when I’m sure I will want to wear it ALL DAY, as I’m known to switch up my lipsticks sometimes depending on my mood.  I get over stuff pretty quick… It’s the gemini in me, lol.

Tendertone Hot n Saucy

Hot n Saucy is my first tendertone… ever!  They’ve been around for awhile and very rarely make an appearance.  Honestly I was tempted to scoop them all, because only God knows when they’ll be repromoted again.  But I decided to be good and just pick up the one that appealed to me most.  It was between this red one, and the orange one called Purring, which was equally bright in color.

This sheer balm smells of juicy watermelon, is super glossy, and is pretty moisturizing.  I don’t regret picking it up and am looking forward to MAC releasing some more as I really enjoy the product.

Whatever you do, don’t let this swatch or how it looks in the pot fool you.  You’re only really seeing it like this because I’m so light.  When I say it has a slight tint, I mean slight… in every sense of the word.  I don’t mind that though.  I can see myself using this product at the beach (it also has a SPF of 12!) and throughout my day when I don’t have time to or just don’t feel like reapplying lipstick.  You know how it is in the summer… one really can’t be bothered.

After seeing more swatches and a few YouTube tutorials, I caved in and ordered two more products, smh… I know.  Unfortunately I can’t show my own swatches of them because I had them delivered to a different address where I haven’t been able to pick them up from yet.  They are the eyeshadow quad, Call Me Bubbles, and cremeblend blush, Florida, which is my first cremeblend blush ever, so I really can’t wait to get my hands on it.  I’ll be sure to update the post later once I get my hands on them.

In the end, I’m very happy with my purchases.  This was a great collection and I don’t regret anything I picked up.

Lata Lovah’s,

xxxo

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