Friday, October 22, 2010

MAC Fix + vs. Model in a Bottle vs. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Having oily skin, I'm always looking for new products to lock my makeup in for the day. Today I'll be comparing the three makeup sprays:
MAC Fix +, Model in a Bottle and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.
I originally thought MAC Fix + was a finishing spray but after watching EnKoreMakeup's informational video about Facial Sprays part 1 and part 2 I now know better and it's actually a setting spray. Why MAC would name the spray Fix + instead of Finishing + would be beyond me haha.
Basically there are three different types of sprays: a Refresher Spray, Setting Spray, and Finishing Spray. A refresher spray is more or less like water in a spray water and used to moisturize your face throughout the day and used for a quick pick-me-up. A setting spray fuses all the layers of your makeup together and a finishing spray locks in all the makeup and keeps everything in place.
I've originally been using MAC Fix + to lock in my makeup but realize that by mid-afternoon my liquid foundation (although set with a powder) would be half sliding off my face (it costs about $25 CDN for 100 mL/3.4 fl oz. and has a light clean smell to it. It drys quickly).
This started my research and search for a different product. I ordered Model in a Bottle online for $18 USD + $7.10 shipping to Canada (coupon code "FF20" by the way gives you 20% off the product). The bottle is 2.0 fl oz/60 mL and says it's good for 300 sprays. I couldn't use it for more than five sprays! The smell was overwhelming and super perfume-like! The website does warn that it has a smell but I didn't expect such a strong odor. The sensitive formula is suppose to have a lighter scent but I haven't tried it. For the original version, imagine the smell to be like an old bottle of perfume- that was what it smelt like for me. As well when I sprayed it on, it felt like my face was burning! The one perk I would give it is the bottle and packaging of the product. The bottle looks very slim and elegant.
With Model in a Bottle disappointedly rejected, I went to my nearest Sephora store to pick up the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. It cost $35 CDN for 118 mL/4.0 fl oz. I must say this works a lot better for me as a finishing spray. However it claims to lock makeup in place for 16 hours. With my oily skin, I wouldn't say it lasts that long for me- more like 5 to 6 hours. The smell is definitely not as strong as Model in a Bottle and smells "fresher". However for $35, I would have appreciated UD to package it using a prettier bottle than just a standard spray bottle with a label on it. It also feels like the bottle just splashes your face with liquid. A lot comes out of one spray so use two to three all over and you're good to go! If you don't want to wait for it to dry, take a folder or something to fan your face haha.   
After using the three different sprays, my makeup routine now consists of after I apply my powder, I stipple Fix + on and then spray UD's All Nighter spray over top. It seems to do the trick for me and at least helps my makeup last longer than just the morning.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Squishables: Giant, Round Stuffed Animals of Fuzzy Goodness

So my fourth blog post and I've already deviated from Style & Beauty topics. Oops but these little (actually far from it) are the cutest things ever and I just had to write a blog post about them.

They're called Squishables and these big, round balls of fluff is the brain child of company founders, Zoe and Aaron. When they were in Asia, they bought similar plush and didn't think nothing of them. When they got back home, all their friends wanted the toys too so Zoe and Aaron started designing their own and that was how the company was born.

I came across the site by accident via someone's tweet and have since purchased a Squishables Shark. It might be a popular choice because they seem to always be out of stock haha. Typically each plush is $38 USD but some that are a little bigger, like the Octopus or Tortoise cost slightly more at $44 and $42 respectively. Since I live in Canada, I had to ship it via UPS or FedEx Ground for $18 for one squishable (USPS Express Mail would cost US$36). But I believe they have the occasional coupon code and I had used one when I purchased my shark so I think my total came to about $50. I had also purchased the Tortoise for a friend.

The shark is super soft and huggable! Unfortunately he's packed away right now due to home renos but I'll definitely post pics when the dust settles out. I don't want to get him all dusty. Being an Android fan, I'm now eyeing the Android plush. Squishables is on Twitter, as well as Facebook. I know they also have the occasional eBay auction for new arrivals. I'll definitely be waiting to purchase another one as soon as a new coupon code pops up!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

GUESS List Members Event

Like many loyal shoppers, I have a discount card at various stores. One of these companies is GUESS. I'm a big fan of their stuff but depending on the season, find their stuff to be hit or hit- sometimes a little too "urban" for my taste. I received a postcard from them in the mail last week notifying me of a private members shopping event this week: Tuesday October 19 to Friday October 22, 2010.

As a GUESS List member, during those four days you get 25% off full price merchandise (with a $5 donation to Habitat for Humanity) and 50% off sale merchandise. It's free to become a member and they email/send you notices for future sales. This event will open up to new members on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday October 23 and 24). In the fine print, this offer is only available at regular GUESS stores and not at their factory/outlet stores. I haven't seen anything on their website notifying people of the current promotion going on either but they might put a notice up this weekend when the sale opens up to basically everybody.

That said, I went and picked up this awesome hot pink "leather" jacket called "GUESS Scarlett" at the West  Edmonton Mall location. It's a little cropped jacket with an asymmetrical zipper. There's also side pockets, a front zippered pocket and zippered sleeves. Best part it was on sale from $118 Cdn to $108.99 and it was 50% off from the sale price. I ended up getting it for about $55 before taxes. What a bargain!

The jacket also comes in black but I probably already have three black leather jackets so I figured it was time to add a pink one to the mix. I think I'll be pairing it with some neutral pieces and wear this for some pop! If you're a GUESS fan, definitely check out this sale in your area! You just need to present your GUESS membership card or phone number.

Body Shop Baked Eye Colour/Eye Shadows

A couple weeks ago, Body Shop had a promotion: buy 2, get 1 free or buy 3, get 2 free. Being the sucky for deals that I am, I ended up buying 5 of their new baked eye shadows. Normally, each shadow cost $16 Cdn but with the deal, I paid $48 for the 5 which works out to be just under $10 each. I also have their Love Your Body loyalty card which gives me 10% every purchase I make. All in all not a bad haul.

There was 8 shades and the 5 I picked up were: Copper (brown), Jade (dark green), quartz (pink), sapphire (blue) and amethyst (purple).
The other colours they had were: Moonstone (silver/black), Sage (lighter green/black) and Starlight (white/black).

This was about 2 weeks ago and I definitely find myself reaching for the pink and purple compacts the most. The pink is absolutely gorgeous! Colour payoff I would say is alright but when I use a creme shadow underneath, then the colours really pop! I would definitely recommend them when under promotion.

Speaking of- their current promo is buy 2, get the 3rd product for 76 cents (in recognition of their establishment date back in 1976).

Take a look at their site for more info But for whatever reason, they're only selling 3 of the 8 colours online: copper, moonstone and jade (which came out earlier this year). The other 5 are still not online yet so you'll probably have to go to your nearest store for those.

Welcome to my Blog (aka: my first post)

Hi everyone! So I finally decided to start myself a blog. I guess the first thing I should do is to tell you a little bit about myself.
I’m a recent university graduate and live in Edmonton, AB in Canada. For shopaholics, this is probably the Canadian city that’s most famously known for “The Mall”- aka- West Edmonton Mall, currently the largest shopping mall in North America. I’ve lived in this city my entire life but have done my fair share of travelling, including to the US, Europe and Asia. I’m 100% Chinese and known as a CBC (Canadian Born Chinese). I graduated from the University of Alberta with a major in Marketing (guess that’s the norm for those who love shopping and want to make a career out of it) and have been working full-time as a Marketing Specialist ever since.
With studying, finals and papers all behind me, I finally decided to jump on the blogging band wagon and try my hand at it. I’ll mostly be blogging about my personal interests which includes beauty products, makeup reviews and of course shopping. I love a good deal and can often be found at the mall at least once a week. Can’t wait to share it all with you all! Stay tuned!
Disclaimer: I’m not a beauty professional by any means. This blog is simply a reflection of my own personal opinions and interests.