0 MAC A Tartan Tale - eyeshadow palettes

I wasn't planning on gettin anything from Tartan tale at first other than one of the brush sets (For the pouch)... But i was kinda attracted to the combination of colors in 2 of the palettes 6 Twists of Tartan and 6 Reelers and Rockers eye palettes. I love love love the tartan print packaging of this Holiday collection. In fact, I would have to say that the packaging for this holiday collection is the best ever packagin. . . .

Packaging of the 2 eyeshadow palettes - it has some sort of a classy feel about it.

The first time i set my eyes on this palette, i was instantly attracted to the 2 goldish shades in the palettes. I find this to be a pretty versatile palette. The following are just 2 tips for using this palette. Of course, there are many other ways to using this palette. It's all about playing around with the colors and placement of colors =) Generally, I love the textures of most of the eyeshadows in this palettes (4 colors are of the veluxe pearl textures!!! Smooth, pigmented  and blendable!).The only exception being Carbon e/s. I find it a tad chalky .....

 For a smokey look:
1. Use #1 as a base color
2. Apply #3 on the eyelid and slowly blend it upwards
3. Using MAC #217 or #275 brush, apply #6 jus below the brow bone and in the socket area to contour the eyes and blend the black shadow together
4. Use MAC #219 to apply #2 to the inner V of the eyes to brighten the eyes
5. Apply brow bone highlighter

For a day/neutral look:
1. Also use #1 as a base color
2. Apply #4 all over the lid
3. Apply #6 on the outer 1/3 lid and blending it inwards and upwards
4, Apply #5 on the inner corner of the eye and lower lash line
5. Finish off with brow bone highlighter...

Comments on the individual e/s
White Rabbit: A nice basic base color but easily dupeable
Melt my Heart: Kinda reminds me of MAC's electra e/s but just a tad more silvery. Electra has more blue undertones in it. Great texture and pigmentation
Carbon: Never did like Carbon e/s. It's pretty chalky to me
Family Treasures: Love love love this color and texture. Reminds me a bit of MAC's goldmine e/s just that goldmine has more orange undertones to it. Definitely different enough from goldmine e/s to own both e/s
Gaelic gold: I also love this color and texture.Hmmm can't think of anything that's close to this color though. Definitely a must have shade if u like goldy kinda shadows like me
Crown & Sceptre: Reminds me a bit of coppering e/s... I do like it. But it's not terribly unique though.

All in all, I love this palette for the combination of colors even though some colors are not unique. I cannot be luggin my MAC 15 pan palettes every time i go out or travel. This is a useful palette to have. Well, at least for me.

I am usually a sucker for palettes with interesting combination of colors (I didn't purchase the purple palette and the brown palette cause they were like very common..and every christmas, MAC is bound to release a purple and and a brown palette and i think i have more than enough purple and  brown shadows to last me a lifetime. However, if u are new to MAC, I do think it's worth gettin the holiday set as a start. They are value for money). Here was what i did with this palette:

1. Apply #1 as the base color all over the lid
2. Apply #2 up to the socket area and slowly blending it out
3. Apply #3 on the crease area
4. Apply #6 on the outer 1/3 corner of the eye and outer v of the eye
5. Apply #4 as a eye contour color on the socket
6. Apply #5 as a lower lash line color

It is POSSIBLE to use all the colors at one time... =) I am loving this palette especially the #3 green eyeshadow

Comments on the individual eyeshadows:
Lady's Prance: It's slightly greyish when applied...very unique color, but i won't recommend it to be worn alone. Definitely to be used in combination with other colors
Rolled Gold: Reminds me of sumptious olive, but sumptious olive has more brown undertones in it.
High spirits: Love love love this green. Great color payoff and texture. Doesn't look similar to MAC's swimming e/s if u are wondering. This is a tad brighter than MAC's swimming e/s and is definitely easier to work with.
Vainglorious: Nice texture and color payoff. Easy to blend
Set to Dance: A bit on the chalky side...but still workable
Bows & Curtseys: I like pairing this with high spirits and roll gold to give a semi green smokey look

Well, that's it for now....... Happy Holidays to all =)

2 Shu Uemura Face architect liquid foundation

Ever since i bought it about 3 mths back, i've been faithfully using it almost everyday (It was only about a mth ago when i bought MAC's face n body foundation, that I sorta neglected it for a while...but now i'm back to it...).

Pros: Texture is smooth and feels pretty light on the skin although it's definitely not as lightweight as MAC's face and body foundation. It provides medium coverage (So if u are looking for full coverage, i dun think this is the foundation for ya...) and lasts pretty much on me the whole day without oxidising much.

Cons: Not much oil control.

Would repurchase this again and again. Have not broken out from this foundation and it evens out my skintone nicely while giving it a smooth feel. Good for days when i want some coverage... Would wear MAC's face n body foundation on days when i'm in the mood for really
"sheer" make up.

0 MAC Venomous Villains part III - Lipglosses

Continued from the previous post... (Many apologies for the lack of updates as i'm currently having some problems with the internet connection on my own PC)

Pictures and swatches of the lipglosses from venomous Villains..

Strange Potion lipglass If u are a coral sorta person like me, you will like the color of this gloss. It's pigmented and applies smoothly and evenly. Shimmers are relatively subtle as compared to Devilishly Stylish.

Devlishly Stylish: Looks peachy in the tube, but comes out pretty sheer on the lips, with shimmers that are more obvious than its counterpart Strange potion.

Revenge Is Sweet: Looks really dark and purple in the tube but when applied, it turns into a nice sheer pinkish-fuschia kinda gloss. Definitely not as pigmented as it looks like in the tube. Reminds me a little of She Booms! Lipgelee from C-shock collection launched donkey yrs ago. hee hee

From left to right: Strange potion, Devilishly Stylish, Revenge is Sweet lipglass

0 MAC Venomous Villains part II - Lipstuff

From Left to Right: Innocence Beware, Violetta, Toxic Tale and Heartless. Click to enlarge

Reminds me a lot of MAC's hue lipstick when i first saw it, (refer to last picture for comparison swatch), just that it's just slightly more pinky peach than Hue lipstick

If Rebel Lipstick (Berry color) and Show Orchid (Bright Fuschia with blue undertone) had a Baby, this would be the color. Being an amplified creme, Violetta is pigmented, creamy and smooth with satin like finish. Suitable for both people with both fair and tanned skins

My favourite color from this collection. It's texture is so smooth and creamy (unlike some of other MAC's satin finishes i've tried) that I almost thought it was an amplified cream. I'm totally in love with this coral red color. It's the perfect face brightening coral lippie for me. Many have compared this to Vegas volt (an amplified creme), but they are not really similar, Vegas volt has slightly more orange undertones than toxic tale. (Refer to last pic for comparison swatch).

Honestly speaking, I don't like red lipsticks on me. But this red lipstick is still wearableto me and i like it better when i dab it out with fingers leaving a red stain on my lips. It's not the really bright one like Ruby Woo or Russian Red which nobody will ever catch me dead in.

Comparison swatches

2 MAC Venomous Villains Part I - Blush, Beauty powder and Mineralized e/s

Knowing how MAC's limited edition collection sells out like a hotcakes, I rushed down to the counter before it open to purchase my items.. And not surprisingly, there were many people waiting outside for the store to open. And oh boy was it a madhouse,  once the door opened at 10am sharp...everybody rushed in. And it was chaos. There were only 2 MAs on duty, so i was lucky to have bought whatever i wanted. And my friend wanted a nail polish...but omg, it was OUT OF STOCK EVEN THOUGH THE STORE JUS OPENED. So i had to rush to another counter to buy for my friend, but they were out of stock too...finally @ the 3rd counter i managed to grab a Bad Fairy nail polish for my friends. Judging from the amount of items  i bought ( 3 bps, 3 blushers, 3 lipsticks, 3 lipglosses and 2 Mineralized eyeshadows), I think this has to be my favourite MAC collection of the year.

I have divided my Venomous Villains product swatches into 2 parts. Without further ado, here are the pictures. Will edit post for review of the products @ a later time once i start using them
Packaging for the beauty powders
Packaging for the blushers & mineralized eyeshadows
Bite of An Apple vs other MAC blushers

Briar Rose Beauty powder vs Summer Rose Beauty powder from Rose Romance collection

Her Own Devices vs Tenderling blush (regular)

Oh So Fair vs Blush of Youth & Alpha girl

Review of :

Her Own devices Beauty powder: May look a bit brownish pink in the pan, but once applied it gives a pretty natural peachy flush. Texture of powder is smooth as with most MAC's beauty powders. For fairer to medium skin tones, two layers of this is enough to suffice as a blush color. For tanner skin tones, this would act more like a finishing powder for the face. Am loving this so much that i've been wearing this almost everyday now. 

0 OPI nail polish in Elephantastic Pink

Bought this wonderfully neon rose pink nail polish at  the nail salon where i did my mani and pedi today. The first time i saw this color being applied on me, I fell instantly in love with the color so much so that i bought one bottle so that i can still use the color even if i'm not visiting the nail salon.
It brightens up my otherwise dull and sallow looking hand... haha...

0 MUFE Kabuki Brush

I swear by this Kabuki brush.
It's the softest ever brush i've ever used. Honestly, when i first saw it at the local Sephora store, my reaction was like wth... SGD$84 for a brush?? But i decided to give it a try anyway, since at that time i didn't own any kabuki brushes (unless u count the mini 181 SE brush as one). So i bought it, and ever since i've been using this EVERY single day without fail for my loose powders, powder foundation and MAC MSFN. It buffs the powder nicely and evenly into the skin giving a very even and flawless finish. Most importantly, it remains soft after multiple washes and has not yet shed a single hair on me. (I have this brush with me for almost a year now). For those who are curious what's this kabuki made of...yeah it's synthetic...but it works really really well in pickin up the powders. My Holy Grail powder brush. Oh and it comes with a small cute pouch which is really helpful for travelling so that the brush will not get damaged. =) 
Highly recommended!!! MUST buy

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