MAC Custom Eyeshadow Palette (old): Club, Cranberry, Trax, Vex.

Throwback Thursday! I Found My Lost MAC Palette…and Much More

I doubt anyone will recall, but I’ve mentioned on my blog that since I moved over five years ago, I misplaced what I thought was a few eyeshadow palettes, including my old, custom MAC eyeshadow palette with Club, Cranberry, Trax, and Vex. I also knew a few other palettes from Stila (my less-used ones), mark. by Avon, and some cheapies were missing, but the MAC palette was the one I wanted most.

As time went by, I lost hope of finding them, and thought that perhaps they went missing during the move. I even gave up and finally repurchased those four MAC eyeshadows last year (helps that MAC dropped the price of refill pans, so that it was cheaper to buy them now than when I did around ten years ago!).

Weeeeell. Over the weekend, I threw myself into a frenzy cleaning out the kids’ bedroom. Now, we actually use this bedroom as a guest/storage room, since we still have both kids sleeping with us (in separate cribs) in our master bedroom. We all love it this way for now!

Anyway, guests are coming soon for the winter, so I need to get that guest bedroom organized. I decided to do a top-to-bottom overhaul instead of the half-assery I usually do, and ended up donating about half of my old shoes to charity, etc. (After having two kids, most of my old shoes no longer fit my ever-so-slightly wider feet, not to mention I have more weight to lose and I think my feet are currently fatter than they used to be. My right foot has always been larger than my left, and while my left still fits into many of these pairs, the right simply cannot.) So long, my Elizabeth & James heels, comfy Converse, and leopard print flats! Sniff. I am saving some of the niftier pairs for Olive, though. Heh. She’ll have awesome/horrible vintage shoes by the time she’s twelve.

fivezero's old shoes: Elizabeth & James, Converse, Seychelles, Delman, Rockport, Hayden-Harnett, Puma, Superga, Jeffrey Campbell
Elizabeth & James Mazi Pumps / Converse Skidgrip EV Argyle Broken Heart
Seychelles Shimmy Pumps / Delman Sonya Pumps
Rockport Audry Welt Oxfords / Hayden-Harnett Laurel Flats / Puma Caroline Wedge Sneakers
Superga Cotu Classic Sneaker / Jeffrey Campbell Ring-2 Ballet Flats

On the positive side, a few pairs fit me a little better now, since they were a tad roomy before!

Hayden-Harnett Memphis Pumps / Fluevog Dig Booties / Biviel Mary Jane Zipper Pumps

Another positive: more room for handbags!

What was this post supposed to be about again? Oh right. Eyeshadow palettes!

Here we go…

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Tag Tuesday: Lip Lovin’

It has been eons since I did a Tag post, partly because I haven’t been tagged for anything in a while. Sniff! 😦

Anyway, I came across this tag at The Makeup Honey—the blogger, Sian, created the tag herself—and thought it’d be fun to do.

Tag Tuesday: Lip Lovin’

1. What was the first lipstick you ever owned?

CoverGirl in Honeyplum Glow! I can’t remember if my mom let me buy it, or if she gave it to me. Or maybe I just “borrowed” it and she never said anything! I used it all through high school. JUST ONE LIPSTICK. Boggles my mind, now.

 

2. Which lip product has been the biggest disappointment?

Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Lipstick in Berry. Horrid. I also hate all those pastel lipcolors that end up so chalky and showing every line and bit of dry skin on the lips! I’m looking at you, CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat and MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Fashion City! Another two fails I remember well were Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Blackberry and Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Flashing Lights.

CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat
CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat (far right)

3. Which lipstick is your holy grail product?

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Style Matters, swatch

MAC — Style Matters (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Spring 2016, Fashion Pack

I’m not often lured by MAC polishes, even after they revamped the formula so that it’s finally good. But now and then, they do release a color that I simply must have.

Style Matters, from one of their spring collections this year, is a stunning emerald green with a slightly teal undertone. And, despite what MAC think, it’s perfectly shimmery:

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Style Matters, label
Cream…huh‽
(I’ve been dying to use the interrobang, by the way.)

[Incidentally, MAC appear to be discontinuing their core line of nail lacquer, because I don’t see most of the shades online anymore! There are several left, including Style Matters, and they’re listed at US$5.20 / CA$6, so hurry and pick them up if you want them! I’m tempted, but I probably wouldn’t have bought the remaining colors, apart from Style Matters, if they weren’t on sale—so I should pass.]

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Haulage! November, Part II & Christmas

This post has been a long time coming!

I’m sure many of us have been insanely busy over the last month or two, and for me, I’ve finally reached a point where I can heave a sigh of relief and, hopefully, get back on track, blog-wise. I hope you haven’t been terribly bored by my recent non-nail polish related posts on perfume, more perfume, washing your hair in reverse, and handbags! While I enjoy collecting perfume and handbags, I’m no full-fledged perfumista or fashionista.

So, back in late November, I posted Part I of my birthday beauty haulage. In this post, I’ll combine Part II with my Christmas haulage.

I splurged on beauty products for my birthday; less so for Christmas. I tend to receive money for Christmas (our families like do that, including DH and myself simply exchanging Christmas budgets so we don’t have to go through the rigamarole of picking out unwanted gifts for each other), and while I spent a bit of it on beauty products—on sale post-holidays, of course!—I spent a lot of it on two non-beauty products, which I’ll post about at the end.

Unwanted Christmas gifts
Unwanted gifts! Image: gq.com

Without further ado, here’s Part II + Christmas:

November (Part II) & December Haulage

AMOUR & BARIELLE

Haulage: AMOUR June Is Here / MORGAN TAYLOR Mint Chocolate Chip / IBD Dolomite / BARIELLE Jess’ Champagne Toast
Amour Nail Lacquer in June Is Here, and Barielle Shades Nail Color in Jess’ Champagne Toast (yeah, I don’t get the name, either! Purple champagne?). Always like trying new brands! I actually have one other Barielle (Jordana’s Skinny Jeans) that I picked up from Winners some time ago, but it’s untried, so this brand remains new to me.

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Haulage! November, Part I

Since November is my birthmonth and it also coincides with Sephora’s fall VIB sale and seemingly worldwide Black Friday sales, I was a very spendy girl this month!

I do have to admit that it’s really nice having extra birthday money to spend when all the sales come out of the woodwork. I’m also coming off a semi-successful low-buy, so I gotta say the shopping was fun!

I’ll just dive right into them. Here are the items that are in my possession. I’ll do a Part II when the rest of the ordered items show up.

I hope you have fun reading this, and that you’ll comment if you’ve tried anything I got! I look forward to checking out others’ hauls (I always love to read them, even though they make my wishlist grow like crazy!). The prices I’ve added are calculated after sales and eBates cashback.

First off, my Shoppers Drug Mart haul from last Saturday! I redeemed 95k Optimum Points for $200 worth of products. I spent $23 on a gift, and the rest was a nice birthday haul:

Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points haulage, November 2015, Elie Saab Le Parfum, Chanel Distinction gloss, Chanel Singulière nail polish
Elie Saab Le Parfum 50 mL edp ($107; this is cheaper at FragranceX, but then I’d have to spend money…), a perfume I’ve lusted over for a year or two, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction ($42), & Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Singulière ($31).

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (November 30, 2015) Cyber Monday Edition

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Birchbox Canada, Clinique Canada, Forever 21 Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Inglot Canada, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, Lise Watier, MAC Canada, Murale, Nail Polish Canada, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, Well.ca, and Yves Rocher Canada.

You can also check out last week’s Black Friday sales post; some of the deals overlap into Cyber Monday.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Lots of deals for Cyber Monday. See them all here.
  • Cyber Monday: Get 38,000 Optimum Points when you spend $200, online only
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free 3-pc They’re Real! best-selling sampler set with any $60 BeneFit purchase
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free hand and nail treatment cream with the purchase of 2 Clarins products.
  • Cyber Monday: Get 20,000 Optimum Points when you buy any Clarisonic device
  • Cyber Monday: 15x the Optimum Points when you purchase Clinique
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free Bi-Facil Makeup Remover (125 mL) plus 8,000 Optimum Points when you spend $85 on Lancôme
  • Cyber Monday: Rodial (selected) @ 30% off
  • Cyber Monday: Silk’n Flash & Go Permanent Hair Removal Device @ $159.99

Birchbox Canada (referral link) has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 25% off any $45 purchase with the code PARTYON.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Holiday online GWP. 7-pc plus a limited edition Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in your choice of three shades. Plus, at the moment you also receive a GWP size Raspberry lipgloss. If you spend $50+, it looks like you also get a Clinique Happy edt mini.

    Clinique GWP Holiday 2015
    Clinique GWP. Image: clinique.ca

Forever 21 Canada has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 21% off any $21 purchase with the code CYBER21. Free shipping on all purchases.

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 10% off cosmetics & fragrances (excluding Hermès)
  • Cyber Monday: selected beauty deals, including great deals from Carven, Hanae Mori, 25% off MAC Kits, and StriVectin)
  • Clinique PWP: Best of Clinique 8-Piece Set ($190 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase

    Clinique Best Of GWP November 2015
    Clinique PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Burberry GWP: Free Mini Kisses Satin Lipstick (in your choice of several shades) with any $125 Burberry makeup purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Lancome.ca RENERGIE GWP October 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Travel Ready Skincare Collection is $45 with any Estée Lauder purchase (Cyber Monday: $40.50)
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish @ $8.50 (reg. $17.00; this has been going on for months as Illamasqua is clearing out; available shades: Peruzzi).
  • Lancôme PWP: Holiday Blockbuster Set in Warm or Cool ($308 value) is $67 with any Lancôme purchase

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