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Monday, December 29, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 7:57 PM (Pacific)

I was going to wait to post this as I'm not done with my makeup shopping yet. Still have a gift certificate to use up. Here goes anyway. This whole thing cost me a big fat buck.

-Benefit eyeshadow in Me, Myself & I: boyfriend gave it to me for Christmas. Looked pinker in the store. As it is, it's a lovely shimmery champagne colour. About the same depth as MAC Brule but shimmery like MAC Shroom. I like it better than both Shroom and Brule.

-MAC eyeshadow in Nocturnelle: Christmas gift from in-laws. I've loved it ever since my makeover at MAC. It's a beautiful shimmery pinky reddish purple colour. Plum, I guess. Would look great with green eyes. See explanation further down...

-MAC mascara in Twisted Tulip and MAC shadow in Melton Mauve: got them with a gift certificate (this is where I spent the buck). The Twisted Tulip is a dark purply pink colour. It doesn't look like too much colour. The MA had put it on me during the makeover (as well as the Melton Mauve). The Melton Mauve I got because of the MAs suggestion. I was hesitating between Greensmoke, Melton Mauve, and Laven-dah. The MA said that the redder one (i.e. Melton Mauve) would look best with GREEN eyes. Ahem. My eyes are hazel. NOT green. By the way, I was wearing Nocturnelle that day... I let you draw your own conclusions...

Raphaelle




Friday, December 26, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:52 AM (Pacific)

I promise we're not going to be putting up bigger and bigger and more and more ads. This is the only ad Beauty.com has for the offer, and it's a good offer.

Besides, it expires soon so better to put it here (i.e. I won't have to change it on the other side in five days, heh heh).
--J.





posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:49 AM (Pacific)

B.com Free Ship $25

This actually expires December 31, according to the site.

--J.





posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:39 AM (Pacific)

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They haven't put up the links for these yet.




--J.




Monday, December 22, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:13 PM (Pacific)

Hey! :)

I just got my scentiments.com order. Hummm......everything seems to be in order. I got 3, what turned out to be huge bottles of scent for about $90.

As far as the quality...it's too soon to say. Arabella told me that the discount places are selling stock that's likely to be one year old, or older.

So I am going to be trying the stuff out over the next few days to see how it goes.

--J.




Monday, December 15, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 12:44 PM (Pacific)

This has been extended to run while supplies last:


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--J.





posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:44 AM (Pacific)

Well that's good to hear. :)

scentiments also ships to Canada, I'm fairly sure I saw that. Too bad they don't have an affiliate program. :(

Heh heh...that makes sense. You should take all the "universal colors" and put them together in a palette. Why not? Isn't that the most logical reason to even have a palette?

And yellowy green eyeshadow...is actually, imo, one of the most flattering forms of green. Try it out in the crease with the peach, orange, rose or pink lid.

In fact I'm game to try my green--Silly Goose--out with purple now. I've been dying to try purple and green together.

Lmk how the Kenzo smells...and what you think of the L'Interdit.

--J.





posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 10:30 AM (Pacific)

Your scent order sounds great! Hope you get it soon.

I just got my Sephora order. May I rave about Sephora's service to Canada? Like I said before, they work with Borderfree so that the amount Canadians pay is in $CAN with taxes and customs fees included. And they send the package through good old mail (USPS and Canada Post). As soon as my package crossed the border, I got an e-mail from Sephora with my tracking number for Canada Post. Verrry nice touch. Gotta say too that regular mail is always less expensive than Fedex or UPS. Those two last always charge huge fees just for taking your package across the border. Regular mail doesn't. Anyhow, excellent company to order from.

Now for the haul. I got quite a bit because I wanted free shipping :) Mainly, I tried brands that I'd never seen here in Montreal.

-Urban Decay Face Case in Sell Out: This has eyeshadows in Midnight Cowboy, Polyester Bride, X, and Roach, blush in X, lipstick in Gash, lip gunk in Biker and Shotgun, and XXX shine gloss in Carney. These are apparently UD's best selling products. I've tried some of them on already.

Midnight Cowboy is a lovely champagne with silver glitter. The glitter does tend to fall all over your face but I managed to brush away most of it. Wouldn't wear this shadow during the day though (Polyester Bride has the chunks of glitter too but in more of a white-silver base). X is a lovely pink-rose-golden colour, frosty. Very wearable. Roach is a frosty dark warm brown. Absolutely gorgeous. X blush is a lovely rosy-pink. Shimmery but less than Nars blushes. Quite pigmented too. Very pretty. Of the lip products, I've only tried Biker lip gunk but I love it. It's a sheer beige with glitter (but it doesn't show up too much, just enough for sparkle). The other colours look lovely too and I suspect I'll love them.

All in all, the Face Case may be my favourite purchase of the bunch. It comes with two brushes (not all that useful but will do in a pinch) and the inside of the lid has a mirror. Very handy to carry around in a purse and the colours are neutral enough to go with everything.

-UD lip gunk in Gash: I've always wanted to try this colour but was afraid it would be too dark or too red for me (I have thin lips and a small mouth that kind of disappear when I wear dark lipstick). Turns out I was wrong. It's a gorgeous red and I could possibly even wear it to work. I was also afraid the scent/taste would disgust me but I actually like it.

-Vincent Longo Spectralite shadow in Vertiki: These looked really cool so I had to try one. One end of the shadow is a lightish yellowy green and the other end is a darker and greyer version of that same green. The colour just progressively changes from one end of the shadow to the next. The shadow feels silky and the colour is very pretty but I'm not quite sure how to use it. I'll figure it out...

-Passport eye pencil in Moscow/Istanbul: This is a two-sided pencil with a dark purple on one side and a medium purple on the other. Got this because I've been wanting a dark purple and had a hard time finding what I wanted. Thought I'd give this a try and it's exactly what I was looking for.

-Pout eyeshadow duo in Miss November: Had to get it just for the name! Turns out it's not something that I would have bought on my own but it looks really really nice on. Very Fall-ish. One colour is a very light peach. Kind of like MAC Orb but more luminous. It's not frosty or shimmery. Just luminous. The other colour is a medium also luminous brown. Warm brown. The effect of the two colours on the lids reminds me of a leaf in the Fall. Very very pretty.

-Three perfume samples in Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey for men (for the boyfriend who loves this scent), L'Interdit, and something by Kenzo (Parfum d'Ete or something like that?): they were free with the order. Haven't tried mine out yet...

-Deluxe sample of Philosophy 3 in 1 wash in Pumpkin Pie: I'd gotten a coupon code from Sephora for this. It smells delicious (I love Pumpkin Pie scents). It's a shampoo/conditioner/body wash. Will most likely use it as a body wash.

All of this came in a very cute pink satiny pouch. I'm very very satisfied with this order.

Raphaelle




Saturday, December 13, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 1:57 PM (Pacific)

Girls!

I am a little bit excited. I just placed an order at scentiments.com. I was actually still dawdling over it, but today I saw that the Sublime I was considering, has sold out. (They will get it back in but there's no telling when.)

So I decided to go ahead and get the original scents I wanted. Since L'Interdit is also out of stock, I am going to have to do two orders anyway.

Here's what I got:

Azzura 3.4 oz EDT spray by Azzaro - $18.84
Samsara 3.4 oz EDP spray TESTER by Guerlain - $34.53
Organza 3.4 oz EDP spray TESTER by Givenchy - $31.53

The Samsara TESTER is gonna come without a cap but, I'm not paying $8 for a cap. Let it never be said that Josephine paid $8 for a cap.

I did as Nancy suggested, a board search on MUA to see others' experiences with scentiments. It's overwhelmingly positive.

Of course while I was there, I stumbled across a bunch of other online perfumeries to drool over. :) scentiments has the best overall prices but, it depends on what you're looking for. perfumebay.com, for example, got a bunch of raves too. Higher prices, but better selection and more availability.

Maybe in the meantime, I can get hold of some "B & M" Sublime to try out. It's been ten years, roughly, since I've tried it.

Loads of other stuff to drool over but the facts are as follows:

1.) I am cheap. Ergo, the Vera Wang is out. I think I smelled it at Macy's (there was a ton of hard sell going on so I couldn't hang around that long). It smelled great but not $50 great.

2.) There are very few perfumes I really, really like. I've always been that way.

3.) What I'm getting, this time, amounts to what I've been thinking about getting for years. i.e. Samsara, Sublime, Azzura... L'Interdit is the only "new" scent I've thought about buying. Organza, has been my signature scent for at least three years (it really slips my mind when I bought it).

4.) Going back to being cheap. I like the new Amarige D'Amour, but for me it is not strong enough. Now I don't care for perfumes that are extremely strong, but what I end up buying, has to work with a few spritzes, once a day. (Okay this falls under both "cheap" and "lazy.")

In other news...the Trader Joe's Soy Milk shampoo worked perfectly. I used it exactly twice and the build-up is gone.

I also touched up my hair...2 parts 10.x beige blonde to 1 part 9.x intense gold blonde.

Hum. It is always a bit different each time I do it, since I am essentially using up all the Feria components I bought before.

The last remaining color liquid is the 9.x intense gold blonde. I put a good dent in it this time. Interesting...the color is not as golden as I'd thought it would be. It's quite nice actually. I miiiiight settle on this as my "official" hair color only with less 9.x (it's a tad too dark). I'm thinking 3 parts 10.x beige blonde to 1 part 9.x.

As far as makeup...forget about it. I'm not buying anything new in the foreseeable future. I've got plenty of stuff to play around with. It's possible I won't get anything until I do the Back to MAC thing...I'm in it three containers already (MAC Rizzo--wrong color, Delish--lovely, dried out, and the ill-fated Cream Colour Base in "Pearl").

Unless any of you guys wants Pearl...I could not make it crease-proof but maybe y'all have better ideas...it's going to become my highlighter. And then my Back to MAC container.

--J.





Wednesday, December 10, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:53 PM (Pacific)




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--J.





posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 2:36 PM (Pacific)

Hey! :)

Hummm...trying out Trader Joe's Soy Milk shampoo.

I'm now at the end of my second bottle of Rosemary Mint, and it's starting to build up on me. So I thought to buy a clarifying shampoo.

What to buy? The Soy Milk is $2.50 for 12.5 oz. (I think...it's 12 oz.-something). Since I don't intend to use it regularly, just occasionally, I really didn't feel like paying a lot for it.

I used it this morning and most of the build-up seems to be gone.

--J.




Tuesday, December 09, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 10:26 AM (Pacific)





Okay here are my findings so far.

MAC Blot pressed powder. Why did I wait so long?

I tried it yesterday. Completely superior, if you have oily skin or oily T-zone. Best pressed powder (or powder, generally) I've ever tried. Well. well worth the $16 price tag (0.42 oz.).

This is "medium" and it fits. I just asked the SA what shade I'd be. As always, she had just the right answer.

Did Blot make the Cream Colour Base, creaseless?



I tried putting a layer of Blot before applying this from lashline to brow.

Answer: no. My eyeshadow stayed uncreased longer, and creased less. But at the end of the day--definite creasing.

Conclusion: Cream Colour Base ...I would not buy it unless you can wear cream eyeshadows.

It's also possible the MAC Paints would work as a base under it, but that's another expense and more work. Imo too much work. It's possible a regular eyeshadow base would do the trick.



Silly Goose is an interesting shadow, the more I look at it. It's green, of course, but it has a lot of gold and brown in it too. Good if you want green without a lot of blue.

It is very nice with a peach/orange lid. Today I'm trying it with a rose lid, MAC Swish. It's surprisingly good. I did the crease first and then the lid.

--J.




Monday, December 08, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:33 AM (Pacific)



Hummm...it works.

My eyes do look very green. So--it's true. You can take a green eyeshadow and put it in the crease. This is MAC Silly Goose shadow...it's quite sheer so the effect is subtle. I put some in the crease and blended it up above the crease.

The lid color is MAC Samoa Silk--that same orange.

I think this would work with any green and any orange or peach shadow. I have not tried it with pink or rose yet, that's for tomorrow.

sigh I checked out the other MAC greens while I was at it. Now I want all of them.

Humid...it is very dark. It might be too dark for this look. There was Juxt. Similar to Silly Goose but shimmery and actually less yellow.

I think you could get a more intense effect by using a stronger green actually. The key is just that. Put a peach color on the lid to "buffer" the green shadow from your eyes.

Another thing I'm trying...I finally got MAC Blot. Worth it?

So far, yes. It's finer than my Almay Oil Blotting, much finer. Seems to work better too.

The experimental part is trying to keep my MAC Cream Colour Base from creasing. I put down a layer of Blot before putting down the base. I'll know by this afternoon...

--J.




Sunday, December 07, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 8:00 PM (Pacific)

Some assorted beauty-related ramblings...

I got the green today. *The* green. It's MAC Silly Goose, the new Veluxe one.

I also, finally, got MAC Blot powder. I have not officially tried either yet.

And...there is really a lot of good perfume at Costco this year. The display is a complete and utter mess, but...I saw Hana Morae there. 1.7 oz eau de parfum, I think. And lots of other stuff. I'm really looking now for either Azzura or the Samsara spray...the parfum version of Samsara smells good, but it's also softer than the spray? More musky, less spicy-sharp.

I think I will get L'Interdit, after all. It was hard sell at the Macy's counter today. I don't blame the reps...everyone has to make money. But I can't plop down $62 under pressure either.

Givenchy comes with a set of 5 mini perfumes...those sets are good, they last for years. It was L'Interdit, Organza (I think), Ysatis (eh...), the new Simply Irresistible one, and something else that slips my mind.

I'll post about Silly Goose tomorrow...I'm dying to see how the pink lid/green crease, peach lid/green crease thing works out.

--J.




Saturday, December 06, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 11:12 AM (Pacific)

Hummm...I think I will get that Blackberry, after all. It just crossed my mind last night, that I haven't lemming'd anything in...months? a year?

I am going to wait for a Revlon sale though. I just checked our flyers and there isn't one this week, but I'm sure there will be, soon.

As far as the green shadow...I'm thinking apple green with gold shimmer. Or just warm, apple green without shimmer. The key is the golden quality. Blue green is too harsh on me.
This look, if it works, should work with my MAC Samoa Silk or Swish, or TBS Clover Pink.

If it doesn't work, oh well. I'm a slave to science. I have to find out.

--J.




Thursday, December 04, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:43 PM (Pacific)

Hummmmmmmm...not sure if Blackberry would work for me. I like the price tag :) because I don't wear red lipstick often enough, it seems to me, to justify buying a spendy one. It would just go bad before I could use it up.

I will check it out in the tube though, next time I get the chance.

Still contemplating the green/pink or green/peach eyeshadow look. Wondering if forest green would be best. I have not owned a forest green eye product since...? I had one when I was fifteen.

I went to MUA to read reviews of MAC Humid...since the MUA post mentioned UD Mildew, and Humid is mentioned as similar to Mildew. Humidity causes mildew right? *g* Anyhow both described as deep forest greens with varying degrees of shimmer.

It's either that or, grey-green...or apple green. :)

--J.





posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 3:11 PM (Pacific)

I bought Revlon Blackberry today.
Its a nice, respectable red. Pretty. Reminds alot of Bobbi Brown Cranberry Stain but not anywhere near as sheer.

Compared to Deep Chili, its several shades cooler. I'd also say its got a pinker more berry base than DC. Its less intense in your face red as DC, subtler yet still very red. Cool but not screamin' bright cool. DC is a strange color on me. Its obviously brown based in the tube and when I first apply it. Yet after its on my lips for a few moments the brown base disappears and I'm left with an intense rich, deep, dark almost blood red. Fresh blood red, not old blood red. ACK! Thats kinda a nasty comparison but its true.

The more I've worn Blackberry today the more I like it. I can't wear it alone w/o other makeup it. Once I applied TM, mascara and eyeliner I liked it better. I've also rediscovered how well green eyeliner and red lipstick go together. Blackberry also wears down quite prettily. After I'd eaten lunch I checked my lips and it had left a lovely pinky, rosey reddish stain.
Do I like it? Yes.
Do I need it. No.
Am I glad I purchased it? Yeah. I don't know how often I'll wear it, but it was only $5.96 at WM and I've been wanting to try it. My curiosity is satisfied.
~carol m.




Tuesday, December 02, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:30 PM (Pacific)

Hummm...I have used blush as eyeshadow. I have no idea if you're not supposed to do that. :)

The Milani blush duo I bought to use as eyeshadow...yup...the problem is that blushes tend to be too bright or strongly colored to be worn as shadows.

As far as combining pink and green...it might well depend on the green at hand. I wasn't thinking of screaming green. More like a grey-green.

MAC Vex? I've never tried Vex but always thought it sounded interesting. From all descriptions, it's greenish-grey with pink shimmer. Sorta green, grey and pink all in one.

Would that work????? Hum. Then there is also a Nars duo that has a green and a rose shade. I think. Dain reviewed it on FOL. Wondering about that.

The theory sounds fine. The green in the back...the crease...makes the pink, rose or peach in the front...the lid...appear stronger. The stronger pink, rose or peach, makes the green in your eyes look greener.

Hum. MAC Mildew? What a name. Wondering what that looks like. I've never seriously looked at green MAC shadows. I'm clueless.

--J.





posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 9:51 AM (Pacific)

Green has never worked on my eyes, no matter what I pair it with.
Purple, orange and pink are really what make my eyes snap. And gold, anything with gold in it really works on my eyes as well. My eyes are predominantly green, brown and gold with a smidge of grey. I've never experimented with greys, maybe I should.

I'm now wondering if that Milani blush would work as an eyeshadow. Can one do that? Wear blush on your eyes? I'd thought I'd read somewhere its a no-no? That blush is a peachypink w/gold shimmer, it might be way to pink for shadow though. I don't need that dead bunny look.
~carolm





posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 9:34 AM (Pacific)

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--J.




Monday, December 01, 2003
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 3:32 PM (Pacific)

Hmmm...got this from MUA (username cybelle72):

"I agree with the other ladies, green shadows do little to enhance green eyes, however, ro

if , like me, you are determined to wear them, I've found that by using them as a crease color(esp mildew) with either a peachy pink like UD X or MAC Jest, or a pink like Prestige Flushed, or really rosey color, the green accents the peach or pink, which really makes the green in my eyes pop! I never would have guessed it until i saw it on a model and the combo of green and pink looked really good..."

Wow! Not that I need another eyeshadow, or an excuse to buy a green one (true, green alone never did jack for me).

Just intrigued by the combination.

--J.