Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rebel's Smoother Sister: MAC Fashion Revival (Matte Lip Collection)

[Product was purchased by me.]

Ah, another MAC The Matte Lip Collection lipstick; (I also bought Pander Me and Living Legend). I originally wanted Fashion Revival too, but when blog posts surfaced, I decided that it wasn't matte enough and passed. Then I went to a counter, and finally decided to buy it after all. Yeah, yeah, no one cares, Larie, PHOTOS.

It's a deep berry. I know everyone loves Rebel, and I planned to get it, but swatched side by side...I preferred Fashion Revival. The difference in finish is everything. Rebel looks like an Amplified to me (and kind of feels like one), even though it's a Satin finish. DOWN WITH THE AMPLIFIEDS.
MAC Fashion Revival on lips, Shiseido Beach Grass on eyes. I, uh, don't remember what blush that is. 

I don't really own many in this color family, so here, my pathetic comparison shot. Seriously. That's all I had that was similar. And they're not, really. Point, Larie.
L-R: Marcelle Cleopatra, YSL Forbidden Burgundy, MAC Fashion Revival, Maybelline Divine Wine.

Marcelle Cleopatra isn't even close, but I threw it in there for pinkness. YSL Forbidden Burgundy is glossy and creamier and brighter (and lately YSL lip products make my lips tingle oddly, so I think I'm ditching it soon), and Maybelline Divine Wine is redder.
It is a bit dry, but it is a matte. So, kind of goes with the territory. This is after a few hours of wear.

It's also the lipstick I wore in the FASHUN post. I really like it. BERRY MUCH.

Okay, I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Bad puns are inexcusable. BUT if you don't have Rebel yet and like the idea of a matte version, this one is still available! I have one more matte to show (Living Legend), but I want to know if anyone is rocking Styled in Sepia - it's so cool, but I could never pull it off. Did you pick anything up from the matte collection? 

(Have you entered my Mont Bleu giveaway? You should.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Giveaway: Mont Bleu Glass Files

I don't talk about nails much on the blog, because I find it tiresome to take and edit photos of my not-beautiful nails. I do keep them painted regularly, though, and trimmed for climbing. To help keep them in shape, these glass files from Mont Bleu are my favorite; they're so sparkly and also very effective (you can find my original review here).
Mont Bleu is sponsoring a giveaway of one set of three glass nail files (pictured above); you'll need a Facebook account to enter, as you are required to like their Facebook page, but it is open internationally! You'll need to also leave your email so they can contact the winner. Use the widget below to enter. Good luck! (Giveaway ends on October 31 at midnight, PST).

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(Mont Bleu is sponsoring the prize for this giveaway.)

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Perfect Fit: Eshakti Custom Clothing

[Features a PR sample.]
It's still warm here, but I could also see pairing this dress with tights and booties for colder weather, and adding a cute cropped cardigan over it. I'm going to have fun - I love dresses. I'm taking this to Seattle with me at the end of the month for our mini vacation, and will pair it with colder weather fare then.
Don't laugh, okay? I'm not a fashion blogger, so I don't know what to do with my hands and my feet and my face and my posture is terrible. But I am really delighted with this eShakti dress that I was able to pick out and customize to fit my measurements - it fits perfectly. Not too tight, not too short or long or awkward. It's made out of comfy jersey, and has pockets. The detailing at the bottom of the skirt is also super cute.
This dress would also go perfectly with brightly colored pumps, like fuchsia or red. Unfortunately, I don't own any, ha.

Being, er, vertically challenged, it is sometimes hard to find adult clothing that fits properly and doesn't drag or fall in unflattering folds/bulges. With eShakti, for a small fee ($7.50), you can submit all of your measurements for a customized outfit, or just select from a sizing chart (0 - 36W). It's nice to see the wide range of sizes available. I think the prices are comparable with buying an off-the-rack item and having it tailored, so if you have an occasion - or just want a few flattering staple pieces for your wardrobe, I would definitely check them out. Especially if, like me, you hate trying clothes on at the store.
Dress: eshakti
shoes: Vince Camuto
clutch: gifted
earrings: Kendra Scott
bangle: Kate Spade (gifted)
lipstick: MAC Fashion revival
nails: Dior Electric Blue
If you are interested in shopping for yourself, I have a coupon code: "eyeheartit" - get 10% OFF until 11/07/2014. You can find a ton of cute items on the website (they're based in WA!) here: eshakti.com and find them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Inspired By: Keira Knightley (MAC Amorous)

[Products marked * were gifts from friends.]

I really loved this recent look on Keira Knightley:
[image source: beautygeeks]
But I'm a red girl and I didn't have a lot of berry/pink lipsticks. She's wearing Chanel L'Adorée, a Rouge Allure Velvet, but I don't have a Chanel counter near me any more and I've never quite gotten along with Chanel lipsticks. So, while on my MAC spree, I asked the SA if he could think of anything that matched this (whipped out my phone and everything, he was excited) and he came up with this:

It's MAC Amorous, which is part of the permanent line and a satin finish lipstick. It ends up being quite a bit darker and more plum on me than Chanel L'Adorée, which is lighter and brighter on Keira above, but you know, I quite like it. And I have nothing like it. It's dusty.

I did a look loosely based on Keira's; I only used soft colors below the lashline, instead of black on the lower line because: 1. lazy, 2. I don't own a black pencil liner any more (or gel), 3. putting crap directly on the lower lashline makes my eyeballs angry and I try not to piss off my eyeballs.

Also, I'm not going to movie premieres - just walking the dog, ha - so I toned everything down. And I don't own a fuchsia blush, so I made do with lipstick.

Other makeup:
MAC Lingering + MAC Brow Finisher
MAC Mineralize Concealer (NC20)
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Eye Roll-On (Light)*
Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous*
Marcelle Cleopatra (as blush)
Laura Mercier Rose Gold Caviar Stick
Bare Minerals Power Neutrals
Eyeko Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner
Attack eyebrows! 
I've been having fun exploring MAC's permanent line, lately. There are some real gems there! What's your favorite lipstick from the permanent line? 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Ultimate Mask: Tatcha Deep Hydration Lifting Mask

[Product was a PR sample.]

(We're taking a break from our lipstick run today.)
Ugh, I love Tatcha's packaging. So beautiful.

Let's address the elephant in the room, first. Yes, these masks sell as a 4-pack bundle for $95. That puts a single mask at $23.75. But! Put your eyeballs back in their sockets and hear me out.

This is the best mask I have ever put on my face.

You peel open the mask, follow the instructions (it comes double-backed and you peel off each side - sounds complicated, but it's really not; the directions are clear) and then treat yourself to a fabulous indulgence. It's cooling but feels very comfortable. After 15 minutes, I peeled it off, massaged the residue into my skin, and inspected my face. I was doubtful, yes, but that radiance cannot be denied. The next morning, it was like ZING! So smooth and plump and pretty, you guys. (Dumpling face! I always think "dumpling" when I think plump. Do not ask me why.)

The mask is made of "coconut-derived biocellulose." Biocellulose is a microbial cellulose (produced by bacteria) that is often used to dress wounds, as it can absorb a lot of water and creates a nice barrier on skin (source, source). The mask is infused with red algae, silk, ginseng, and green tea, which are much-touted in Asian skincare. I gather that the algae is for helping skin retain water (helping with firmness), as well as supplying the cooling sensation; green tea is a source of antioxidants, silk supplies proteins and amino acids, and ginseng is believed to improve skin's elasticity and barrier functions. Whether all of that happens, I cannot say. But I do like the effects of this mask.

I know it's an investment, and I was trying to think of ways to justify it. I would say, before an event (make sure you test it once first, though!) would be an excellent time to use one. Or, right after you return home from traveling (airplanes wreak havoc on all the faces). Or just if you have a really bad day; pop open that bottle of red wine and lay back with your mask (don't take your contacts out first, though, or else you can't do anything else for 15 minutes. Which isn't terrible, sometimes. Except when it is).

The Deep Hydration Lifting Mask can be found on Tatcha's website, here (full list of ingredients is also available there, hurray, Tatcha!). While you're there, scope out one of my other favorites - the Rice Enzyme Powder, which also comes in adorable mini sizes and different formulations to suit different skin types (I use the Gentle version, for dry skin). Personally, I've got my eye on the gorgeous little travel kit, which is a great way to try out new things.

Have you tried Tatcha before? What are your favorite masks, and when do you use them?