Monthly Archives: July 2008

My Favorite Time of Year: Pt. 1

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale My favorite time of year is almost upon us, the fabulous extravaganza that is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Every year Nordstrom asks their different brands to create something special just for them and that is my absolute favorite part of the sale, checking out all of the Beauty Exclusives they will be featuring. Every year I make a list of the things I’ll definitely be picking up and the things I’d like to pick up… the two don’t always get along. Here are my picks for this years Beauty Exclusives from MAC Cosmetics.

MAC Cosmetics Colour Forms Warm Eyes Palette Every year I tell myself I can have one palette from MAC, since I’m a bit of a collector. This year my choice is the their Colour Forms Warm Eyes palette. I’ve swatched the colors in person and they are right up my alley, they are all shades I can imagine using on a regular basis. I was a little surprised that MAC went a little low key with their Anniversary release this year. The palettes and brush sets have a minimal design in comparison to previous releases but sometimes minimal is good. I have to say, I’m still a little confused on this one though… the images make it seems as if the shades are all one big brick of color. When I saw these in person, it didn’t appear that way. Maybe the display versions were just set up that way? Either way, this one coming home with me for sure.

MAC Cosmetics Colour Forms Basic Brush Set This item is not coming home with me but only because I already own all these brushes in their full size. If I didn’t, I’d be snapping MAC’s Colour Forms Basic Brush set. It’s the perfect brush starter set because it contains the essential brushes, the ones every gal should have. It features the 129 SE, 190 SE, 224 SE, 242 SE and 266 SE brushes. What I like about this set is that MAC is finally starting to feature 224 SE brush in their sites, this is a great eye brush. This set also features a trendy little red nylon bag in addition to the bag the brushes come in. When someone asks me about starting to buy their own brushes, I always tell them to wait for MAC to come out with a set.

MAC Cosmetics Colour Forms Richmetal Highlighter This product had me at hello, I am the most excited about picking up these little gems. This is MAC’s Colour Forms Richmetal Highlighter. It’s a metallic cream to powder highlighter that is packed with shimmer. My friend and I swatched these highlighters and were amazed at how rich they were, just a little dab and we had plenty to work with. This product is buildable so you can create a look as intense as you would like. I’m told that these do not crease on you like the cream eyeshadows from Metal X so you can use them on your eyes if you would like. Now my only decision will be which ones to take home!

You can pre-order all of these items now or pick them up in person this Friday.

Havaiannas Giveaway

Haviannas Slim Animals Flip Flops I practically live in flip flops during the summer so I was pretty excited about teaming up with flip flop company Havaiannas to do a giveaway for our readers. Havaiannas has a variety of styles to choose from and you can now win 2 pairs of your very own!

From now until Tuesday, July 22nd, you can enter to win 2 pairs of your very own Havaiannas. To enter, just fill in your name and email address in the form below (please note that leaving a comment is not enough to enter this giveaway). We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, July 23rd. Good luck!

Check out Havaianna’s Facebook page for the latest information on new styles and up to the minute event photos!

Out of This Galaxy

My latest makeup obsession is dark, shimmery eyeshadows. I fell in love with Gallapagos from NARS the moment I saw it and then yesterday I fell in love with a whole new set of eyeshadows from Too Faced. The hard part is deciding which ones to give a home to.

Too Faced Galaxy Glam Eye Shadow Too Faced’s Galaxy Glam Eye Shadows are simply gorgeous and have the potential to create the most stunning smokey eyes you’ve ever seen. These black shadows have opalescent pigments baked right into them to create gorgeous new shades. Don’t get discouraged by their swirly appearance, the result is simply stunning. They wear a lot differently than what their exterior leads you to believe. These eyeshadows are very richly pigments and wear for quite awhile.

If you’re a fan of the smokey eye, you need to check these shadows out. You’re bound to find one you love in Deep Space (black with cobalt blue), Moonbeam (black with laser light green), Shooting Star (black with galactic gold), and Supernova (black with peach and pink). I was leaning heavily towards Deep Space but I want them all!

Economic (Beauty) Stress

Just about every one I know has been affected by our down-turning economy. With gas prices rising, unemployment and homeless rates skyrocketing it becomes a little harder to justify spending half a paycheck on a pair of shoes.

One unique caveat of the beauty and cosmetics industry is that they are able to anchor in customers who would normally never be able to afford the brand. A taste of luxury is offered in relatively affordable perfumes and fragrances. For example, items of Christian Dior clothing/accessories that I own: 0; number of Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara that I’ve gone through: countless.

Diorshow Blackout Mascara Historically, when the rest of the economy was hit, the beauty and cosmetics industries stayed fiscally strong for that reason, but it seems like this time around, we are not immune to the turn of events.

Molly Prior of WWD writes, “In gloomy periods gone by, shoppers continued to seek out little luxuries: a lipstick instead of a designer handbag, or a fragrance in lieu of a gown. This time around, practicality has set in, as consumers begrudgingly absorb the ballooning costs of energy and food prices.”

Personally, I have cut back on a lot to save money. I will rarely treat myself to a manicure of pedicure, and am trying to make my hair cut and highlights stretch. I am also becoming more skeptical about buying the next hottest thing that I read about in Allure magazine, waiting until there is an actual buzz “in the streets” rather than by people who may be profiting off of it.

Have you recently changed your beauty spending habits? In what ways, if not, why not?