Thursday, November 25, 2010

Marc Jacobs Bang Fragrance Review & Surprise GiveAway [Closed]

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BANG!

BANG!

BANG!

 The talented fashion designer released Bang by Marc Jacobs this year along with very attractive, sexualized perfume ads and magazine spreads where he poses half-naked on silver aluminum foil. The word "Bang" is quite self explanatory as the ads can explain it all. After seeing him in this way...I agree that he can definitely be a hot male model too. (*rawr*) Apparently, no other model would've done it better.
Check it out for yourself!
I was sent the 50ml Marc Jacobs Bang eau de toilette spray for myself to review and experience. The fragrance scent itself has been categorized as "Wood Spicy" and has very strong opening black pepper notes to it. It's very very spicy! At first, it can be very overpowering, however, it does tone down as it becomes a woody spicy with cedar scent at the base. Unfortunately, I don't think this is long lasting as I could not smell it much after two hours. 

To be honest, I would NOT recommend it to people who are sensitive to the peppercorn scent.
I also asked my friend Bobby to sample this fragrance out for me. 

Sorry Bobby...that's the only decent pic I had of yours.... =p
I actually agree with Bobby's thoughts. I guess we can somewhat conclude that it may not be targeted to the younger generation as it's more spicy which is  liked by the older generation. Then again....everyone is different and have their own preferences. 
The packaging seems to be in a gorgeous avantgarde bottle and I'm very much impressed by it. I think I prefer the bottle more than the fragrance itself. It felt very unique in my hands.  It seems like a heavy weight metallic iron object...maybe something that IRON MAN would use as part of his gadgets? lol
WHY NOT HUH?
Now back to BANG!

I think Marc Jacobs did a great job with the "manly" packaging of the fragrance bottle but the scent itself....you will either like it or you won't. It really depends on your preference and your liking of spicy pepper scents. The price range starts from $60+ Cdn.

Now for the Surprise Giveaway!  

A chance to win Bang by Marc Jacobs eau de toilette spray 50ml bottle

Please follow and comment below:

What is your favourite fragrance on HIM?
Yes....on our Man!
(Include your name and email address so we can contact you)

One lucky winner will be randomly picked...hurry as this giveaway will end tomorrow!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Face Front's Closet Product Review & EOTD

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The lovely Meredith from Face Front's Closet sent me some products to review a while back. Face Front's Closet is a company working under Face Front Cosmetics. It is a good idea to purchase Face Front Cosmetic products from the Closet since shipping is known to be much quicker and the prices are cheaper there.
Face Front Cosmetics: Paint Me Perfect Eye Pigments
These gorgeous pigments are all purpose so you can mix it with almost anything. 
No Animal Testing/Vegan Products
 TOP:  Kept Coral, Morganique, Little Gremlin
BOTTOM: Weekend Warrior, Pennied Mulch
I removed the swifter lid above so that the colours can be captured better.
The colours are SUPER INTENSE!  
Please remember that all of the Face Front Pigments come in SWIFTER jars so that there is no mess.
Retail Price: $10.50 USD
Face Front's Closet Price: $7.50 USD

Kept Coral: A Gorgeous Coral Pink ( I can definitely use as a blush! YAY )
Morganique: A Very Shimmery Light White Gold
Little Gremlin: An Intense Bright Magenta
Weekend Warrior: An Intense Bright Violet Purple
Pennied Mulch: A Rich Penny Orange


Each and every shade I received are all HEAVILY PIGMENTED
These pigments are meant to be worn for everyday, bold/dramatic and special effects
There is no need to apply them wet since the shades are that intense. However, these can still be used wet or dry. . As I applied them on my eyes...they seemed to be very opaque and I'm glad to see that they can be worn alone or without a base. You  don't even need a base for these....YEH! YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! So Intense Baby!

In the past, I had bad experiences with loose eyeshadows from other online brands. I had some fade and crease so badly on my eyes even with a good base on. What a HORROR!
e used wet or dry
Lucy Lauren Cosmetics
These are loose mineral eye shadows. That are around $2.99 USD each. 

No Bees, No Honey: Super Glittery Gold
Beckah: Light Lavender Purple (Almost Pastel)

I liked the colours and texture of these. I would prefer it to have a swifter top because it did get messy when I opened it the jar. As you can see from the above picture, the shadow has gotten all over the place and around the surface of the jar. As I applied these on.....they had the same intensity of the Face Front Cosmetics Pigments. 


Face Front Fresh Ink Eyeshadow in Metal Revolver $7.99 USD
Metal Revolver: It appears to be a steel grey brownish shade infused with silver reflects. It's nice that it's in eyeshadow form and not loose.  I don't even have a colour like this. It's quite intense. I can't wait to try out smokey eyes with this colour. I'm sure it will look  HOT!

Design Sticks: Tattooed Nude Lipstick $ 8.95 USD
This lipstick is a nude colour which is perfect for smokey eyes. It's texture reminds me of Mac's lustre finishes. 
I had to layer it a few times to get it to cover my pigmented lips. It would look much better with a lipliner since I do have pigmented lips.  The lasting power is the same as Mac's lustre finishes....so it isn't so bad. 



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I did an Eye Of The Day today...using Face Front Eye Pigments!


What I Used:

Mac Espresso Eyeshadow (Eyebrows)
Urban Decay Primer Potion (Eye Primer)
Mac Layin Low Paintpot (Eye Base)
FF Morganique (Inner Half Lid)
FF Little Gremlin (Above Crease)
FF Weekend Warrior (Crease/Bottom Lashline)
Mac Beauty Marked Eyeshadow (Darken Crease/Bottom Lashline)
Mac Blacktrack Fluidline (As Liner)
Mac Feline Eyepencil (Waterline)
Ardell 105 Lashes
Morganique: A Very Shimmery Light White Gold
Little Gremlin: An Intense Bright Magenta
Weekend Warrior: An Intense Bright Violet Purple









Thanks for Looking!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hail Cougar Boots! [ A Review ]

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What do I keep in mind when purchasing winter/rain boots?
My main focus has always been getting into comfortable, strong gripped soledwarm and waterproof boots. Especially when it comes to our very chilly, winter weather of Canada. Can the boots take the slushy icy puddles we have on the streets? How about the - 30 degrees cold weather for the winter boots? You gotta be careful as to what you pick.  In the past, I have bought boots where they ended up leaking in water and sinking into my socks. It was not a pleasant experience at all! I had to walk in my water leaked in boots to class. =( I've also been in really cold temperatures just waiting for the bus while having my feet get so cold and numb that at one point...I could not feel them anymore. No Joke !

Recently, I was sent Cougar Boots from Matchsticks to try out their Ravishing Black Winter Boots and Regal Black Rain Boots

When it comes to Cougar Women's Winter Boots....

"There’s no beauty secret for cheeks reddened by a chill winter wind. Whether you’re sledding down snow-capped hills or playfully chasing the kids across the yard, with the right pair of our warm winter boots you’re sure to have a rosy glow all season."
Quoted from Cougar Boot                                                                

Cougar Regal Black Rain Boots.



When I wore these boots, they come slightly just below my knees.  It has a circle ring on both sides of each boot and has the green and white Cougar Logo at the back. They felt quite comfortable when worn. These black rubber boots come in polar fleece linings while also being waterproof and having perforated insoles....which simply means that you won't get the stinky sweat smell since these boots are anti-sweat proof while eliminating odour.  It is aligned with fabric to always have warm, dry feet.  These are guaranteed to be leaked proof for at least six months which is awesome for the price as it goes for around $75.00 Cdn. 

I've worn this out on a wet day last week and I purposely had walked through the wet parking lots just to test them out and I even stomped around in the wet puddles. LOL   I also felt protected in the chilly fall weather during that time. It claims that it can go to Rated 0°C to -24°C / 32°F to -11°F. Also, the rubber soles seemed to be non-slip and had strong grip on the wet surfaces of the parking lot. I would say these are quite durable and tractable. 

When I first received these rain boots, they did have have the strong rubber scent but if you leave them out for a while....it goes away. It's not really a negative thing, I think it's just very typical for all rubber boots to have this sort of scent.

Cougar Ravishing Black Winter Boots


I find these winter boots to be SO CUTE and COZY
The material is of a Stylish Black Suede, Nylon and Polar Plush lining that is removable. It comes along with a cord lock lacing system which makes it adjustable as to how tight you want it. I'm really liking the cute pattern and the fur top...it's TOTALLY ME!

Even though winter has yet to come....I wore these "cozy cuties" last week during the super chilly days. The days when my ears were hurtin' from the cold while my feet remained very warm and cozy. These babies can also stand extreme cold Canadian weathers with Rated -10°C to -30°C / 14°F to -22°F.  The soles are thick with a strong, non-slip  grip and anti-sweat proof. The price ranges from $150-175 each. 

These are Guaranteed Waterproof!

They felt super comfortable and cozy on my feet as the insulation of these boots are set for cold temperatures.  I wanted to wear them all day long since they kept my toes so warm.  These are PVC free which is safer for all of us environmentally without the use of toxic plastics.  How Cool!

Later on, I decided to...
As T.I would say....(lol)



As for blog experimenting...

I decided to pour water and capture if they truly are waterproof. 




This experiment was successful. As you can see the water is not leaking/sinking into the boots instead it is actually sitting on the surface. 


I will be definitely be rocking these for the winter season. I shall be recommending Canadian Based Cougar Winter Boots to everyone as they will be keeping our toes warm and cozy for the nasty cold weathers. Whether you are taking a stroll in the park, hiking on a mountain or just jumping into puddles...Cougar Boots are mighty and shall always protect! 

Thank you Matchsticks for introducing me to Cougar Boots.
I'll always be TEAM COUGAR!



I shall leave you guys off with a very cute picture.


This cutie is also telling you to TRY COUGAR BOOTS TODAY!

Can you resist? 

Monday, November 8, 2010

IMATS Toronto 2010 - Part Two (Haul & Swatches)

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 The IMATS HAUL!
 I will be keeping this bag forever and ever....lol

I've been wanting to start a make-up kit in a while now. I figured that the IMATS was the best place to start with some basic essentials so I got the Graftobian HD Foundation Palette in Warm and Neutral. Each palette contains 24 shades. These palettes were also suggested by MakeupbyRenRen and GossMakeupArtist on Youtube. I already own many product/brushes as well that would work well for my kit. I'm super excited to use these palettes!




I got these for my kit as well. 
 

Crown Brushes
The lineup for this booth was CRAZY! We had to wait so long just to pay for the brushes. It was super busy. I don't know why they didn't have more than one check-out spots. 


Royal Brushes


I love me some cute chubby brushes!
Size Comparison
I got these brushes from another stall which had cheaper prices. 

NYX
The NYX booth was like heaven! They had everything there and it was the largest booth that was right in the middle of the hall room. Many NYX products tempted me but I resisted. I only got a few lip/eye liner pencils.  







Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
I got Pageant Lip Tar!
I'm loving the texture of this lipgloss...super pigmented and not sticky at all!

Finally Make Up For Ever!
This was the first booth I went to on Saturday morning. I thought I would also have to face the 1-2 hours famous long wait but I went at 10am and I did not even wait 5 minutes for my chosen products. YAY! 
Great job MUFE!

I got these HD blushes for my friend. 
# 12 and # 4
Metal Pigments in # 1 and # 3
Swatches
Swatch Comparison
MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks 
in Matte Formula
# 4, 5, 6, 7
 Swatches
Swatch Comparisons
I love matte formula lipsticks so much! I guess especially because I do have pigmented lips and the matte formulas are heavily concentrated which results in great colour payoff and staying power. If you're a person who thinks that Mac's Satin formulas are too drying then I would not recommend MUFE matte formula lipsticks as they are more dry. They don't apply smoothly so you need patience since it is a matte finish. It's really up to what a person likes and is comfortable with. 

# 4 Antique Pink (Matte)

# 5 Violet Pink (Matte)
Comparable to Mac Pink Plaid Lipstick and Nars Sex Machine Lip Pencil

# 6 Dark Raspberry (Matte)

# 7 Burgundy/Bourdeux (Matte)
This is comparable to Mac Diva lipstick but Diva has deeper red tones. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this haul!

Did you guys go to the IMATS this year? What have you hauled?

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Disclaimer:

This blog is of my own personal experience with products that was purchased only by me. I am not affiliated with any company or product. This blog is based on my honest opinion.

Should I ever receive products to review of any kind it will be stated along with my honest opinion.