Monday, November 30, 2009

Random Pet Biz: Baby Guinea Pigs [Betty & Veronica]

(I named them after the Archie comics)

This is random but I just wanted to post about my pets. I've always been an animal lover and had pets my entire life. lol My first pet was a fish (I know typical)....then I got budgies, a cat, rabbits and more year I got myself some adorable guinea pigs. I've always wanted them. There are many types of guinea pigs. I preferred the one that do not shed so much and those are the smooth hair and teddy bear pigs. I got a male smooth hair guinea pig back in September but I gave him away to my little cousin. He was adorable and I named him Barney. I wanted to get female guinea pigs this time and so I got myself two since they tend to be very social and love to be around their own. Also, I got the same sex pigs since I don't want any babies. One smooth haired and the other is a teddy bear pig. They are about two and a half months old and I got them from PJ's Pets.

I actually had built a C & C (cubes & coroplast) cage which is the most cost efficient way to save money on cages. It's the best type of cage you can make and provide plenty of space for them to exercise in. I got the idea from the internet and Youtube also has great tutorials on how to build it. My cage's total price did not cost more than $45. I'll post a pic of mines in the next pet update post. Here's an example: This one pretty much looks the same as mines.

You can get even more creative and make a second floor for them...



Both of them snuggling in a fleece hat.

This is Barney. He's as cute as a button! I adore him.

Do you guys have pets??? or guinea pigs? lol

Saturday, November 28, 2009

FOTD with Chanel Red Dragon Lips!

Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Laque #75 Dragon

Since everyone's been raving about Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Laques...I gave in and bought one. I got myself #75 Dragon. It's this blue base cool red that seems to suit all skintones. I know it's quite pricey but I feel that it's truly worth every penny. This is just SO AMAZING! You do not need a lip liner at all. It's so pigmented and so opaque that you gotta be careful how and where you apply it. You have to apply little at a time in case you make any mistakes and it's a drag to fix the mistakes up if it goes past your lip lines. It applies very richly and does not feel sticky. I love the packaging since it has an old fashion look to it. I even love the stain that it ends with.

If you are a red lipstick lover....this should be your next buy.

Here's the FOTD to go along with it.....

What I used:

Fresh Looks Colour Blends Contacts in Grey
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
MUFE #6 Primer
Mac Studio Sculpt NC 42 Foundation
Mac Select Coverup Concealer - NW 35 & MUFE #10 Full Cover Concealer
Mac Mineralize SkinFinish Natural - Medium Dark
Mac Studio Fix Powder - NC 42/43
Covergirl Loose Powder - Translucent Medium
Mac Espresso Eyeshadow (Eyebrows)

Urban Decay Primer Potion (Eye Primer)
Mac Rubenesque Paintpot (Eye Base)
Mac Flip LE Eyeshadow (Lid)
Mac Romp Eyeshadow (Crease)
Mac Embark Eyeshadow (Darken Crease/Lower lashline)
Mac Shroom Eyeshadow (Highlight)

Mac Blacktrack Fluidline
Urban Decay - Zero Eyeliner Pencil (Waterline)
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara
Loreal Telescopic Mascara
Ardel Demi Wispies Lashes

Mac Refined Golden Bronzer (Contour)
Mac Peaches Blush
Mac Cheeky Bronze MSF

Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Laque #75 Dragon

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sephora Favourites: Lip Service Deluxe Sampler


I started getting fond of Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencils and I saw this great value pack deal at Sephora. It's the Sephora Favourites: Lip Service Deluxe Sampler and this includes a full size Nars Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday (gorgeous frosty pink shade) and this values alone as $32 CDN ($24USD)...I figured WHY NOT GET THIS SET? It's $49 CDN ($38USD) and with all the other gorgeous will totally be WORTH IT! This is a great way to try out different companies without buying the full sizes.

Check this out on the Sephora Website!

This set contains:

- 0.05 oz Duwop Private Red
- 0.12 oz Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Crystal (Clear)
- 0.02 oz Sephora Nano Lip Liner in Radiant Rosy 14
- 0.086 oz NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday (vibrant frost pink sheen)
- 0.06 oz Korres Guava Lipstick in Wine Red (burgundy wine)
- 0.14 oz CARGO Plantlove Botanical Lipstick in Muir Woods (sheer spiced mauve)
- 0.8 oz Tarte Vitamin Infused Lipstick in Hatha (shimmering berry rose)
- 0.04 oz Laura Mercier Lip Coulour-Crème in Pink Champagne (cool rose)

Some of these sizes are sample sizes. Check out the pics!




Duwop Private Red

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday (frost pink sheen)

Korres Guava Lipstick in Wine Red

CARGO Plantlove Botanical Lipstick in Muir Woods (sheer spiced mauve)

Tarte Vitamin Infused Lipstick in Hatha (shimmering berry rose)
Laura Mercier Lip Coulour-Crème in Pink Champagne (cool rose)

Now...check out the size comparisons to a Mac lipstick!

Aww...such a cute mini lipstick! I adore these!


If you check out the area infront of the Sephora Cashier will notice weekly Sephora Bargain Deals. It can be a hair product, skin product or a make-up product. It changes every week. I got this Cover FX foundation primer for only $8! =) I think I also remember seeing Benefit Creaseless Eyeshadows 2 for $14Cdn....hurry and check out your Sephora Bargain Counter now! =D

Friday, November 13, 2009

Collective Sephora Haul with My Thoughts {November 2009}

This will be my last collective haul post for now (I

These products are purchases I made from Sephora in the past and yesterday during their 20% off discount sale. I received an e-mail coupon with a bar code and I had to print it out and show it at the Sephora store to get the discount. This discount ends November 15. If you are an active Beauty Insiders Member, you would've received this e-mail as well.

This is going to be a LONG POST!

Let's Begin...

I hopped on the bandwagon (a bit late) and got myself the matte black nailpolish....What's a Tire Jack? (matte) Sephora by OPI Nailpolish. It's been a common trend for a while now and I really like it. I actually want to get the clear nailpolish that you apply on top to make any nailpolish surface into a matte finish. I can't remember the product name right now....hmmm I would love to do some nail swatches but my nails are pretty short and weird looking right hopefully once I grow them out...I'll post some nail swatches. =)


Make Up For Ever Full Cover #10 Concealer : This is a staple in my basic foundation ritual. I love the pigmentation of this concealer and I don't think I have found another brand that beats it. Only drawback is that they don't have enough colour shades in this product and I have to end up mixing it. I cannot use this alone and I would mix Mac Select CoverUp liquid concealer NW 35 along with it. It works great for me. =) It's expensive but WORTH every penny. =D


The Balm's HOT MAMA! Blush

The Balm's HOT MAMA! Blush: I've been wanting this blush for a while now. I took advantage of the 20% discount so I can explore some new brands. =) It's a gorgeous light peachy pink colour with a gold sheen. The texture is very smooth and pigmented. This can be used as a blush, highlight, or eyeshadow. People say its similar to Nars Orgasm blush but to me, it seems much lighter. Since it is light...many use this as a highlighter rather than a blush to get those glowy cheeks. The packaging is cute with a mirror inside and a magnetic closure but I'm not a big fan of cardboard so I hope it doesn't wear out that easily. Also, many people prefer this over Nars Orgasm blush since it has so much more product inside.

Benefit's Coralista Blush
Benefit's Coralista Blush: Again, I wanted to explore some other brands. I decided on this blush and it's another gorgeous light pink-coral blush. It reminds me of Mac's Dainty Mineralize Blush which I don't have. It has a nice smell to it and comes with a mini brush. I don't really like the brush and I'd prefer just using my own blush brush. This product seems overpriced since it comes in a construction box form, however I do find it to be a sturdy box and I know some may not agree on this at all. I actually find the packaging cute with the animal print but again, I'm not too fond of construction paper packaging.

The Swatch Comparisons

Coralista, Hot Mama, Orgasm


DiorShow Plum Mascara

I actually got this for $13 and it was at the bargain counter at Sephora. It's a nice plum shade but when I opened it at home, it seemed clumpy and dry so I regret buying this product. If I can find the receipt, I'll definitely go and return this junk! =(


NARS!....NARS!....and more NARS!

I bought a ton of Nars products this time around and it's quite hard to resist their magic...I'm becoming a NARS ADDICT!

Deep Throat Blush, Mata Hari Blush, Taj Mahal Blush

Deep Throat Blush: I've become such a fan of peachy-pinks that I got myself another one to join my Nars blush collection family. =) This seems more pigmented than Nars Orgasm and it doesn't contain the gold specks that Orgasm has. Many prefer this blush over Orgasm but I love them equally. I am a blush whore for sure! =D

Mata Hari Blush: This is a gorgeous light rose petal pink matte blush. It's very pigmented so you gotta use a light hand and it goes on smoothly. It doesn't give you that chalky look either. This might be similar to Mac's Dollymix blush. I believe this would look gorgeous on all skintones. =D

Taj Mahal:
I have been wanting this for a LONG time now and I finally got this scary, bright, and intense orange blush! This is SUPER PIGMENTED and you can easily use this as an eyeshadow too. It goes on very smoothly and I love the shimmer of it. It looks pretty orange in the pan but when you apply it, you get this pretty peachy apricot colour. It's very intense so you gotta use a light hand and be alert of the level of application. It's very popular amongst the darker skintones. =D

Taj Mahal, Deep Throat, Mata Hari

The Swatch Comparisons

Deep Throat, Orgasm, Mata Hari, Desire


Nars Mediteranee Eyeshadow Duo Vs. Nars Taj Mahal Blush

The eyeshadow duo seems a bit darker then the can use any of these products in both eyeshadow/cheek application.


Nars Galapagos Eyeshadow (Single)

Nars Galapagos Eyeshadow: An intense deep true chocolate brown eyeshadow with gold glitter. It's very pigmented and goes on smoothly. You don't see too much of the gold glitter once you apply it but keep in mind, although it is minimal, there will be some fallout during application. You can use this shade for lining, on the crease, all over the lid, or outer V. It's a pretty popular shade too.

Nars Night Porter Eyeshadow (Single)

Nars Night Porter Eyeshadow: A GORGEOUS dark emerald green with green shimmer eyeshadow. I've been wanting this forever! I always thought it was the same as Mac's Humid eyeshadow but it's no where near. This will be great for dark smokey eyes and it'll look hot on top of a black base. ;)

The Swatch Comparisons

Nars Night Porter Eyeshadow Vs. Mac Humid Eyeshadow

Nars Strada Eyeshadow (Single)

Nars Strada Eyeshadow: A gorgeous lavender shade with gold shimmer/glitter. Many have complained that it ends up looking like a greyish lavender colour and it doesn't show the same colour that you swatched on your hands....but to get the true colour on the lid, it works best with an eye primer and a white or lavender base. I can't wait to do FOTDs on this beauty!


Galapagos, Strada, Night Porter


Nars Eurydice Eyeshadow Duo

Nars Eurydice Eyeshadow Duo:
This came out this year 2009 in the Nars Holiday collection. It's an eyeshadow duo and it contains two shades. A shimmery grey charcoal colour which is incredibly GORGEOUS! The purple shade stood out to me the most and it was what really caught my eye. It is an intense deep shimmery purple with a blue iridescent sheen. My swatch pictures do not give it justice at all. Please go to Sephora now and swatch this gorgeous purple'll see the magic instantly!

Nars Eurydice Eyeshadow Duo




Multiples are multipurpose and can be used in many ways. These glide on smoothly and lasts a long time. It works great as a blush base or you can just wear it alone.

I already have South Beach and Orgasm multiple.

Riviera Multiple: This is a baby doll pink colour and it does not contain glitter unlike the Orgasm multiple.

Portofino Multiple: This is a coral pink colour with a bit of frost and it seems to have a smoother consistency than Riviera. It basically "melts" on my skin and goes on very nicely and blends in quite well.

Riviera Multiple, Portofino Multiple


Last but not least....

Nars Pop Life
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Pop Life Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: This came out just now in the Nars Holiday 2009 collection. This is a gorgeous red-coral colour and it literally GLIDES on so smoothly on my lips leaving a matte finish. No goes on velvet like! I can't wait to wear it out! =D Now, I'm really tempted to buy more Nars lip pencils...why didn't I discover these babies earlier??? I guess I should buy the lip pencil giftsets which are a much better deal then buying these individually. Hopefully, Holt Renfrew/Sephora will release them this year or I would have to buy the set online.

Nars Pop Life Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Please excuse my dry lips...I should have moisturized before hand. Oh well! lol


Did you guys buy anything yet from the Sephora Sale or have any plans?

I would love to know about your purchases or wishlist.


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