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FOTD and mini shopping spree!

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So I thought I’d try out the Mai Couture lip gloss I received in my April Glymm Box as well as a makeup look for my date this weekend πŸ˜‰

What I used:

  1. Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation in Light
  2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector (discontinued)
  3. NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (left eye, to compare)
  4. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-1 Light Ivory (right eye, to compare)
  5. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 3 Silver
  6. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 2 Steel
  7. MAC Fluidline in Added Goodness
  8. Shu Uemura eyelash curler
  9. Fairy Drops Scandal Queen mascara
  10. theBalm Hot Mama! blush
  11. Mai Couture Social Gloss in Sake Sunrise 1001

I used Silver on the inner two-thirds of my eye and Steel on the outer one-third. Since my eyelids fold over so much, today I tried something new and applied eyeliner close to the lashline and only from the middle to the outer side of my eye -w hat do you think? I’m sure those of you with Asian eyes can relate.

Then it was off to a trip to Sephora! I wanted to check out the current 500 point perk from Too Faced:

While I liked the two eyeshadows on the left, I didn’t need or want (or hardly ever use) the highlighter in the center, and I don’t like having the two lip glosses on the right in the palette. I don’t like applying lip products from palettes – they tend to dry out much faster than individually packaged lip gloss. The palette was about the size of my smartphone – cardboard and magnetized for closure. Instead of a mirror, the application instructions were on the inside of the palette. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, so saved my points instead.

I did end up hauling from the sale section instead – and boy were there a lot of goodies! I also got my Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum sample – it supposedly has a blend of 28 vitamins and oils to hydrate and prep your skin.

Left to right:

  1. Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum sample
  2. pink Sephora fragrance atomizer
  3. silver Sephora fragrance atomizer
  4. Sephora 2 in 1 Kabuki Flex brush
  5. Sephora Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Glitter Taupe

You cannot begin to comprehend how happy I am with this meager purchase! Simply because I’ve had my eye on the atomizers and the kabuki flex brush since… forever. Since they were full priced. Since they’d dropped to sale prices. Since the sale prices dropped further. I’ve seen them on the Sephora website countless times at slowly decreasing sale prices but have never seen them in stores. Then, they continually sold out before I had a chance to make an online order.

Today, I found the atomizers for $3 CAD and the flex brush for $11 CAD. Oh. My. Three dollars. THREE DOLLARS! I’d like to squeal a little here but that would be unprofessional. I know I hardly wear fragrances, but with these cute little atomizers in my purse, maybe I’ll have more inSCENTive to (Dark, you are rubbing off on me)! Since I have a hard time keeping liner on and hardly own liquid liners, I figured it didn’t hurt to pick up the eyeliner as well for another $3 CAD.

I also made a happy discovery that the Sephora at Toronto Eaton Centre now carries Bobbi Brown! No more having to get to a Holt Renfrew in order to buy Bobbi Brown, with no returns allowed and uppity counter ladies. Hooray for Sephora’s return policy and earning beauty points for purchases!

Other happy news to share, but a bit of background first: I’m planning on doing a huge post about my eye makeup problems sometime, once I’ve found a solution to it all. I have trouble keeping eyeshadow and eyeliner in place, despite the many different brands I’ve tried. I’ve used Urban Decay, Too Faced, NARS, MAC, Smashbox, and Laura Mercier eyeshadow primers with little success. I’ve used low end eyeshadows to high end ones, powdered shadows to cream – none of them will stay in place without fading or creasing after a few measly hours. I’ve been trying oil-absorbing finishing powder pre-primer with little success. One time, my eye makeup was half gone after only 20 minutes (I’m looking at you, Smashbox eye primer). Only the MUFE Aqua Creams are able to withstand the test of time – but still not foolproof, quite yet. Today, one sales associate (SA) from Sephora told me that MAKE UP FOR EVER is soon releasing an eyeshadow primer as well. I’m super excited about this and am looking forward to see what MUFE has to offer – I have high hopes for you, MUFE, seeing as how your Aqua Creams are awesome!

Originally, I had intended to swatch and review the Mai Couture lip gloss, but at Sephora, I couldn’t resist trying on some lipsticks as well. So inevitably, I had to take off my gloss – guess it will have to wait for another day. I didn’t end up purchasing any full-priced items, because I figured that since they’re permanent items, they won’t be going out of stock anytime soon – I may as well wait until I get my first paycheque this summer before I splurge again. But I think I know one thing that will be on my shopping list; here I am with Dark, and sporting NARS lipstick in Niagara:

I went to Forever 21 after Sephora while I was waiting for Dark to pick me up and saw this beautiful cream strapless dress with gold patterns.

I really wanted it, but there were only 3 left and they were all large – which wouldn’t stay up on me for sure 😦 I wasn’t sure if it could be altered one to two sizes down, either, so I didn’t end up buying it. I just checked and they don’t seem to have it online… don’t you hate when you fall in love with that one item and it just doesn’t fit? Oh well.

I did walk by a lovely turquoise-coloured rectangular scarf which caught my eye as soon as I saw it. I have lots of thick woolen winter scarves and one light silky zebra-print squared scarf, but not one right in the middle in terms of warmth and substance. This one is perfect for the in-between Spring and Fall weather. I got it for $11.80 CAD and I love the colour so much, I didn’t care for the more versatile neutral cream version.

Then I proceeded to try on hats. Forever 21 had a lot of hats – small hats, big hats, red hats, blue hats – hats I don’t have names for because I am not a hat person. I’ve never been a hat person. I never looked good in baseball hats which flattened my hair and plastered sweat to my head, and girly hats (my name for any hat that has more coverage than a baseball hat) just looked plain silly on me. And I absolutely refused to be the tomboy who wore a silly girly hat – I’d be the laughingstock of all my friends. The only hats I ever tolerated and actually grew to love were visors. But visors are a a lot of trouble to put on and take off because I had to wear them under the Β half of my hair (does that make sense?) because if it just sat on top of my head, I’d have a flattened groove in my hair around when I took it off. Eventually I gave up and only wore visors on vacation or when I knew I would be in the sun all day.

I began to realize that I am truly aging when over the last few mall ventures, I’ve been looking at girly hats. Because 1) I have grown into myself and am comfortable with my appearance; 2) I no longer dress or act like a tomboy and am slowly but surely changing my wardrobe into that of a young lady; and 3) I want a big floppy hat to help cover my face from the sun – because we all know that sun damage is what ages your skin the most.

So I picked a neutral coloured girly hat that I liked the shape of and would be most comfortable wearing with any outfit. I really like the scarf-like embellishment of this one – and coincidentally, it happened to be marked down to $10 CAD. By the way, if anyone knows the proper terminology for my new girly hat, please feel free to enlighten me, and I’ll promise to stop calling it a girly hat πŸ˜‰

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Outfit: tank top from Dynamite, skinny jeans from Bootlegger.

Granted, I’m still not comfortable wearing a girly hat – I haven’t yet walked out in public with it yet. But owning one has to be the first step, right? I’m not sure I care whether or not my family makes fun of my changing wardrobe, either. I don’t think I will.

And would you look at that? The NARS Niagara lipstick is still on my lips after a dinner of pad thai. Not in full, but I’d say it’s pigmented enough. I need that paycheque!

Tell me: have you had any new things you’ve tried recently? Any that you want to try but haven’t yet had the courage?

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Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

32 thoughts on “FOTD and mini shopping spree!

  1. I purchased the Sephora slim automizer too, and I just got it today:)

  2. OOOH thanks for the description of the 500 point perk! Glad to know it’s small and not very worth it. I don’t like lip glosses in a palette either. It’s very…weird. For some reason, Sephora did not take off my 500 points when I made a haul lol….. Waiting for an awesome perk now.

    I like the eyeshadow! I am still not even close to mastering the skill of wearing eyeshadow on my uber asian eyes, and I’m too chicken to even try bold colors. So tempted to get a MUFE aqua cream now…but must save up money….

    Love the hat!! I’m secretly a hat person, but I don’t own many hats. I’ve been hunting for a straw-fedora styled hat ..still hunting for a nice one that fits my head and looks wearable with glasses.
    That dress is really pretty too! Too bad there weren’t any sizes 😦 I love the gold lace sheer over the white!! ..I’m so addicted to dress shopping now, but I hardly wear dresses in the first place.

    NOOO I don’t have time to go to Sephora, let me know how the primer sample is!! The closest Sephora to me NEVER has anything good in their sale sections 😦

    Thanks for a good read to distract from my boring study πŸ˜€

    • Yeah, there are only two small shadows – a pale pink and a grey-taupe colour. The center shade is a highlighter, not even a blush or bronzer. I went to Sephora intending to use my points for it – it just didn’t impress me in real life though.

      Just play with makeup in your spare time haha. I procrastinate a lot while I’m studying by playing with makeup so that in case I have an occasion, I’ll know what looks okay and how to do the look πŸ˜› Wait for another occasion (15% off, 10% off, GWP) to buy MUFE, they’re pricey at $25 CAD each!

      Yeah I wanted a straw-coloured hat because I figured it was the most neutral. There was one for $17.80 that had more holes in it so it dissipated heat better, but $10 was more enticing πŸ˜‰ A lot of things are wearable with glasses!

      Haha oh my gosh I’ve been buying so many dresses too! And I never wore dresses or skirts until last summer, when I had to dress more formal for work, yet dress pants were just too hot. I’m making it my goal to wear more dresses this summer πŸ™‚

      I have to catch up on my blog reading every day, usually when I’m bored with studying. Which is all the time πŸ˜›

  3. Are your eyes naturally that color? They’re gorgeous! I love floppy hats too. My bf got me one for valentines day last year and I’m so sad that I haven’t used it as much as I could have. Then again there are days when I’ll wear it around the house just because. LOL

    • Do you mean my iris? Yes, my eyes are naturally light brown. Thank you for the compliment πŸ™‚ Haha I think big floppy hats are perfect for beach days! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to incorporate it into my everyday wardrobe though – I don’t think I’m outside enough during the summer to justify needing to wear one between work and the subway station πŸ˜› I love dressing up just because!

  4. I got a similar floppy hat when I went to Cambodia to protect me from the sun. It was weird wearing it with jeans; I wished I was on the beach πŸ˜‰

  5. Wow you look beautiful! that lip gloss helped enhance your full lips and cute smile very nicely; a delicious colour! All those pictures of your eyes before makeup and with eye shadow are great reference material for me drawing cute manga girl eyes. Same goes for you posing with wearing that lovely sunhat! How come you can look so cute, gorgeous, and hot~ and the same time whilst wearing a figure hugging tank top and skinny jeans!? (Hmm maybe coz I like that colour navy blue and your long hair) Anyway your fashionable look is a treat for the imagination and an artist’s inspiration^_^ Nice to meet you~

    • Thank you for the compliments, Bernard πŸ™‚ I just checked out your blog – your drawings are amazing! The manga you draw is much more realistic than mine are – I tend to draw the ones with hugely disproportionate eyes haha. I love DBZ, FMA, Death Note, and School Rumble too! I should learn how to use some image editing software too – right now I’m using MS Paint because I don’t have anything else πŸ˜› Any suggestions on which program would be best for a total beginner? Thank you for dropping by πŸ™‚

      • Aww thanks for visiting my blog too!^^ glad to know that people do read my posts. I do love manga art and I really enjoy drawing like that; DBZ and FMA are epics and my drawings are somewhat influenced by them. I know you like to draw too and you’re really good! You can draw your character in different profiles keeping the look consistent, πŸ™‚ The big round eyes are really cute. I recommend using Photoshop Elements when you’re just starting out doing photo editting and painting with it. You could download a trial version from the adobe website to try and see you like it? http://www.adobe.com/ca/products/photoshop-elements.html
        Hope this has helped, let me know if you got anymore questions. It’s been a pleasure, again it’s nice to meet someone of like mind πŸ™‚

      • I didn’t know there was a trial version – thanks for the suggestion! I’ll check it out when I have the time to play with the program (I’m totally new to Photoshop). Hope I’m not getting in over my head πŸ˜›

      • no problem~ nah it should be fun, take time and play with its many functions and features to discover what it can do. I’ve been using photoshop for over 5 years, I’m still discovering new ways what I can do with it.

      • First order of business: learning how to watermark my images!

      • yahh! have u downloaded the trial now? are we gonna see a watermark in your blog photos from now on? I dunno much about that, i just write the address of my blog and put it over my image, tweaking the opacity level of the words and that’ll be my watermark. I guess if i wanted to get serious about it i’d design a logo or draw a little doodle about myself and use that.. but i’ll just let your beautiful and creativity mind get on with it! happy playing on photoshop.heh~ πŸ™‚

      • No, not yet – my current computer can’t run it (without lagging everything) and I don’t have time to explore it just now. Right now, I can’t change the opacity of anything on MS Paint, so that’s something I look forward to be able to do!

  6. NARS niagara lipstick was the first NARS lipstick that caught my eye! I can’t justify spending 30 on a lipstick… So I guess I will wait till I head to the states and get it for much cheaper!

    You look SOOOOOO cute in that hat!

    • How much are NARS lipsticks in the States? You’re so lucky you’re going on vacation this summer! I feel kind of silly in the hat and refused to wear it on the way home from the mall hahaha

  7. Love the hat so much – it’s the perfect size and style. I’m trying to wear them more often when I’m out in the sun too πŸ™‚

  8. You’re too pretty! I really love the scarf and hat too. Look super good on you! I can’t wear any hats myself. Wacky head shape haha

  9. love the scarf

  10. I just discovered your blog, and I’m really excited to peruse.

  11. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check it out here: http://wp.me/p2gelh-dQ

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