Friday, May 28, 2010

Marine Life FAIL

Oh man.... such hype... it's seriously pretty to look at and that's about it. It's extremely pigmented and more pinkish than anything I own. My skin is NW25 and it just does NOT work. I'm pretty happy I got it for free.

Here is a funny pic of me and my kids... goofing off, as usual! I just noticed in the pic it looks like my son Owen is strangling my daughter Lydia lol eek!

I can't in good conscious post a serious FOTD today. I'm completely disenchanted. I have Thrills on my lips too... not all in love with that either. Everything I've tried from this line has been a total bust. I should have went with my first instincts when I saw swatches and just passed on all of it.

Making The Grade:
Marine Life - D+
Thrills Lipstick - C
Flurry Of Fun Lipglass - C

I tried Flurry Of Fun last night over Thrills and it looked like crap. Then I washed my face and had the green glitter from Flurry all over my face... like a green disco ball. No thanks.

I also bought Life's A Breeze lipliner and Easy Lounger lipglass... I'll rate them later when I get a chance to try them.

Let's put it this way... even if I feel like my makeup looks like crap I never wash my face because i'm too lazy... I'm washing my face today.

Now the question is... do I swap Marine Life or do I keep it just because?!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

MAC Marine Life vs MAC Ripe Peach

As some of you may know, I help out the swapping world by being on the the lovely Admin of SwapTawk.

On the boards today someone mentioned they heard Marine Life (To The Beach) and Ripe Peach are dupes. Personally, I don't think they are. I took some photos/swatches so you could all make your own determination.

I will throw my 2 cents out there, dear readers, and let you know that this will more than likely come out in a second wave to counters and the sites. Keep your eyes peeled and save your hard earned money! Do not spend $50 plus on ebay for this blush.

Side note, before we get to the swatches, I had a pre-order of Marine Life bought at Nordies and they oversold the pre-order! However, Nordies felt SO bad they gave me the Marine Life tester for FREE! I didn't even have to ask! The manager was beyond wonderful and the Nordies MAC counter now has a special place in my heart! <3

On to the swatches!

Ripe Peach (LEFT); Marine Life (RIGHT)

Ripe Peach (TOP); Marine Life (BOTTOM)

First Pic is with flash.. second is without

In the pics they look similar. They only photograph about a shade off of each other, but the blurry pic shows the difference a little more. Marine life is much more peachy pink on my fingers than in the photo. Ripe Peach is totally peach on me without a hint of pink at all. I believe Marine Life to be more pigmented as well. The pics were also taken without the overspray on Marine Life, since it was my Nordies tester freebie lol.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FOTD ~ Dior Ready To Glow

The Christian Dior Ready To Glow 5 Colour Irridescent eyeshadow ($58 at Dior Counters or Sephora) is really beautiful. Don't let the product photos fool you! I was NOT impressed with this based off of blogger swatches or the pics on the websites.

From Shades include: grey shimmer, silvery taupe shimmer, bronze, iridescent pale pink shimmer, and iridescent peach shimmer plus two double-ended sponge applicators.

The bronze is unlike any other. It's the main reason I bought the palette. I am the queen of browns and bronze eye shadow and I have nothing like this. They're all smooth and blend like a dream. I've used this quad almost every single day since I've bought it in every way imagineable.

FOTD w/ Dior Ready To Glow

I used the middle bronze color for the outer V and crease, the silvery taupe color for the middle of the lid, and the pink shimmer for the inner corner and the highlight. The grey shimmer was used as a top and bottom liner.
MAC Opulash was the mascara (click pics to enlarge)

Lips - MAC Patisserie
Cheeks - MAC Prim & Proper Blush & Summer Rose BPB
Face - NW25 MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer and Foundation, Lancome Duel Finish Powder

Sephora by OPI ~ Rumba Romance

From the Havana Nights Collection ($9 each at Sephora stores or Rumba Romance is a gorgeous Bronze Shimmer. I got a lot of compliments on this one, it's perfect for a summer bronze nail.

This was REALLY my NOTD a week ago and I just took it off yesterday lol but it's a new one from Sephora by OPI and definately beautiful enough to be post worthy! Plus reader and Australian BFF Natalie wanted to see it!

MAC Opulash Review

ok... I did this like a week and a half ago and I'm so sorry I haven't posted before now. We've been taking advantage of some pretty nice weather here (FINALLY) plus my MIL has had to have surgery on her foot so we've been trying to help out there as much as possible. I also have a FOTD to post as well, which will be done seperately. (I also used Opulash in the FOTD).

Since MAC Opulash will be released in stores tomorrow with the To The Beach Collection I wanted to pass on my two cents on the mascara. (FYI I got mine early at Nordstrom because it has been there since April).

Basically... if you love MAC Plushlash... you will REALLY love MAC Opulash. Thank God it's perm. Opulash does the SAME thing as plushlash but it's not as clumpy. It seperates like a dream and lasts all day. (Though I don't believe it's waterproof). The brush area of the wand is quite big, but surprisingly easy to use. I used to be a diehard Plushlash girl but I've moved my loyalty over and am now Opulash for life! If Plushlash gets an A then Opulash gets an A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ and so on!

FYI - I do NOT use an eyelash curler or a mascara primer. Opulash is just THAT good. I've used Plushlash for every other FOTD, so check out previous FOTD's for the comparison!
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