Monday, November 05, 2012



I've had quite an unintended long hiatus from my blog. Apologies.

 I have been going through a MAC binge lately. I have bought something from each collection this past Summer & Fall season - which is unfortunate for my wallets but I couldn't pass such hyped up items including this year's Holiday Glamour Daze/Fabulouness Collection which is my opinion has been the prettiest package I've seen in a long time (seriously, what was with the crap Marilyn Monroe stickers...hmph.)

There wasn't much swatches to go buy in the 2012 Collection prior to my purchase a few weeks ago but I knew I wanted a palette and a few lipsticks unique to my collection.

($39.50) Fabulousness - Neutral Eyes
($19.50) Extra Dimension Eyeshadow - A Natural Flirt
($16.50) Outrageously Fun Lipstick
($16.50) Dramatic Encounter Lipstick

For the most part, I feel the collection in a whole embodies the fall/winter color scheme. Cool, dark and vampy shades with an exclusion to some bright colors here and there. I love the Fabulousness Eyeshadow palettes - very Victorian and something worth displaying on your vanity. The casing is a soft, plush fabric that I had planned keeping in my daily makeup bag but with the material being easy to stain I might refrain from that.

The lipstick and extra dimension casings are all shiny, which at first I didn't realize until I compared to the regular MAC items (I say this because I was a little bit disappointed that they didn't add a cute design to those packaging as well) but nonetheless nice packaging overall.



A Natural Flirt - At first the shadow didn't catch my attention until I saw a swatch. It's a soft, peach champagne shade - the peach is more noticeable in person and such a gorgeous shade. I'm happy I picked this one up. Not the biggest fan of metallic finishes but I know I can play with this shade in various neutral looks.

Blonde Mink - It's a nude shade with silver/grey undertones, frosted finish. Not my favorite out the bunch - could look ashy on darker skintones.

Magical Mist - A Taupe shade, reminiscent of MAC's Taupe but more silver. It blended well as the color didn't turn muddy but fallout does happen.

Brun - Dark Brown, grey undertones. I actually don't have this shade in my collection. I can describe it as muddy brown (I like saying muddy... muuuddd ah I'll stop) because when blended it looks just like that so it would make a great brown smokey look. With no shimmer and a light hand, you can use it for brows as well.

Enviable - Dirty Sea/Mint-Green. This shade is really gorgeous, perhaps the sole reason why I purchased the palette because I had nothing like it in my collection. I'm a sucker for minty-cool looking shadows.

Smut - Dark Brown, Red undertone. I also don't own this permanent shade and it's a lovely shade that also has a muddy effect (the more you blend the more you're able to see undertone shades).


Outrageously Fun - Pale but Bright Magenta shade. I have a lot of bright fuchsias shades and this is from that same category but I would say the uniqueness of this shade is that it isn't as overpowering as the bright pinks MAC has released. I love creamsheen formula because the first swipe is always a tint-like look and the more you layer the more intense.

Dramatic Encounter - Deep Purple/Berry color. I have some vampy colors but none with the right mixture of wearable without looking ridiculous. I like the berry undertone in this, paired with a right lip liner and look - it's very neat. It's in the same family as Rebel, if Rebel were to go emo you'd have Dramatic Encounter haha.

Where any of you fortunate enough to pick up some items - thoughts on the collection or other palettes?


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

NOTD: Wet N Wild's Everybody Loves Redmond

Wet N Wild's FastDry - Everybody Loves Redmond

2011 Limited Edition item but I have seen some older LE FastDry randomly at local drugstores.

Suggested Retail Price: $1.99

Have not done comparable swatches.

I hardly ever do manicures because of laziness and last night I decided to paint the nubs and just randomly selected from my FastDry stash because I couldn't be bothered with waiting on them to dry.

Everybody Loves Redmond is a bright tomato-red, but at times can appear a red-coral. I didn't think much of it when I selected it but upon wearing it, I've grown to really love the shade. Especially in the sunlight when it takes on the red-coral appearance. The formula is jelly and very thin. Application was semi-opaque and easy to layer on, I only applied two layers and there was still a bit of nail-bed visibility. With perhaps three or four layers it would achieve maximum opaqueness but I was personally satisfied with two.

I put no base nor topcoat on my nails so for chipping time, on my dominant hand, I saw chipping on the corners within a day. On my non-dominant hand it's been going strong for two days. Topcoat is definitely needed to prevent chipping.

As for the drying time, I say it dried fairly fast - around 5 minutes with both layers on (I have had other polishes within the FastDry line take a long time to dry) and I let them be for another 15 minutes. The first coat did dry up pretty quickly, the layering did slow down the drying process though.

All in all, a really beautiful shade for this Spring & Summer time for one on the go.


What do you think of the FastDry line - any personal favorites?


*DISCLAIMER: Products provided were sent for review consideration to MakeupByCelly. This does not alter my personal opinion on said products.

Monday, May 07, 2012

BIRCHBOX: April 2012 - Natural Wonders

Only ships to United States territories & APO boxes in the beginning of each month.
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Pricing: $10 monthly recurring payment or $110 for an yearly subscription.

My Pretty Pink Box (out of business), Glossy Box, MyGlam Box - to name a few.

MARCH 2012

I'm pleased with the items I have received in the April box but unfortunately I found out there was a setback but it doesn't deter me from not liking their service and the products I have received as a whole. I did receive the box around mid-April (guess I should get these reviews out sooner to post exact date lol) so it was a little better in delivery than March's box. You can read product description in the photo below.

*Sidenote: I actually always liked that they add the information card with product details and pricing, it helps me out because some products come with no word of what it is. Yummy looking candy can actually be shower bath bombs. Oh, happy memories...

The scent itself is decent - I can definitely smell a citrus scent, like grapefruit but it's not a fruity, sweet scent. It reminds me of men's cologne, masculine, but with a citrus flair - it would be nice if it went less on the blood orange note so it can be a unisex perfume. I don't like perfume samples much just because they can be attained for free at any beauty department but I wouldn't mind so much, I just detest perfume samples coming in those hard to open vile.

I don't even know how to pronounce that, haha. The smell for this hydrating oil is pretty strong. Comes in a spray tube, the oil is very thick feeling but not greasy. I would use this to hydrate my cuticles after manicures as I do like the texture. Better than this other oil brand I received from BirchBox.

...all these brands I can't pronounce. I have not tried these because I keep forgetting but I'll update this section for when I do. I've read they were pretty good so I'm excited to see how they taste.

Daily Moisturizer & Gentle Cleanser
The box came with 5 sample packets - pretty generous amounts, 2 cleansers and 3 moisturizers. I have yet to try them but was going to try one each until I looked up Makeuptalk's BirchBox thread about the moisturizers being expired. I checked my packets and they were - expiration date... 2010. Nice. I've read the cleanser doesn't have a nice smell to it. BEFINE are pretty shady for trying to get rid of these expired products. I was too late in doing their survey to receive 100 points for the mess up but BirchBox has been really good in customer service when it came to things like this. Last time I was sent an item I received the previous month already and without a beat, BirchBox emailed me with the mess-up and sent me an extra item.

What actually made the box was this .46oz/13g, multi-use product. When I first saw the color Sunkissed, a muted-bronzey coral, I thought it wouldn't look nice at all. It had a weird condensation going on - as if it wear melting, totally thought it was going to be a dud until I swatched it. A really gorgeous shade that glided on easily and blended just as easily too and I'm no fan of creme-blushes so I was really happy with this. Don't know about it's claim about using it on the lids too (*side eyes*) but it'd make a really pretty lip tint with those of fairer skins, otherwise as a blush - most suitable on medium, olive, tan to dark skin. If it weren't so pricey, I'd purchase more of these!

[Left] Two-layer swatch // [Right] Single layer blended

What do you think of the April Box - what? did you get