December 06, 2014

Old Almay Eyeshadow Trios & My First Z Palette

This is one of those useless blog posts, because I am going to talk about some old drugstore eyeshadows that are now completely reformulated but not necessarily for better, in my humble opinion. Which means I am not going to recommend the new version for you nor are the old ones readily available anymore; hence "useless".
I have been extremely busy with work and feeling quite stressed out lately. Blabbering about random beauty things that are not sparkly new is all I want to do today, and it feels quite relaxing, actually.

The old Almay eyeshadow trios are probably the last drugstore eyeshadows I was enthusiastic about. For some reason, Almay has tweaked the packaging quite often, and it seems the quality has changed as well, which is a real shame.

These are the first generation of the various Almay i-trio series.
Weirdly enough, these simple ones are the best out of all I've tried.

November 28, 2014

Tatcha The Ritual Discovery Kit

Sorry about the long hiatus!

My business trip to San Francisco was supposed to be only a week long but I ended up staying there for more than 2 weeks. San Francisco is a great city but it would have driven me absolutely crazy if two of the lovely local ladies (Liz and Catherine) had not rescued me out of my hotel room and shown me all the pretty spots. They even introduced me to the Tatcha staffs at Barneys SF so I could receive the most lovely (and much needed) facial. (Elena is a really amazing esthetician. If you're a local, I recommend you rush to Barneys and speak to her.)

I had received the Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit before the trip and of course I made sure to pack it along. This beautiful set turned out to be another sane part of my rather insane trip!

Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit
(+ mini Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream)

November 02, 2014

FOTD - Ruby Woo

As promised, here is a very simple look with MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick.
Please see my overview on the MAC Keepsakes Red Lip Bag for swatches and comparison.

Ruby Woo FOTD

October 31, 2014

MAC Keepsakes Red Lip Bag

I am not a huge fan of MAC cosmetics. I've only bought a handful of things, and my last trip to a MAC counter was years ago - It was to get the limited edition Cyndi lipstick a year after it had been sold out, and the rep gave me that pitiful "you don't know anything, do you?" look. She advised me to search on eBay (and to act faster next time) so I did only to find out Cyndi was sold at $55 at that point. I think that was it for me. I'm quite done with the brand, to be honest with you. I'd rather pay more for higher-ends or buy two of my favorite drugstore lippies.
With that opinion of mine unchanged, I still had a soft spot for MAC Ruby Woo. Infamous for the extremely drying formula, but to me it is such a special red. In fact, it is the Retro Matte formulation what makes this blue toned red so special. I had a stick a while ago, and despite the love-hate relationship that I had with Ruby Woo, deep down I wanted it again.
Then I saw the MAC Keepsakes Red Lip Bag.

MAC Keepsakes Red Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes Red Lip Bag

October 27, 2014

Chanel Rouge Allure Envoûtante + Soft Halloween FOTD

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Envoûtante was introduced as a part of the Spring 2013 collection. I thought it was quite a misplacement. To me it is a perfectly autumnal shade, so I bought it this year as soon as the air started feeling cooler.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Envoutante
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense
116 Envoûtante