Friday, 5 November 2010

NARS Holiday Collection, Project Ten Pan and a little confession

It's a horrible rainy Friday night here, so I thought I do a short post.

I said in my first blog post about Project ten pan, that I will buy something from one Christmas/Holiday collection. Initially I thought I'll want to get something from MAC, but I decided not to buy anything from their A Tartan Tale collection after seeing the products in store. Also I think reading reviews from made me realise that there's not many products that are must haves from that collection.

After a lot of looking at reviews, pictures, checking out products, I decided to get something from NARS, instead of MAC, Chanel, Dior, etc... I don't know what it is about NARS, but it's just so unique and everytime I buy/use NARS products, it makes me feel modern, sophisticated and different.

Anyway, I placed my order yesterday, I have got the Melusine Eyeshadow Duo from the holiday collection, along with a Mini Multiples gift set. I will post swatches, reviews and maybe an EOTD once I receive the products.

Now, a little confession, that is not all the things I got from NARS, last week, I also placed an order, and I thought that was going to be my order for Christmas, but then I saw a really good review for Melusine and just couldn't resist. This is really not good, my P10P is a bit of a failure, but I will stick to it and I will keep going, and I think I have got a good way to control my spending and obsession.

Last night, after I placed the NARS order, I felt really bad, failing at P10P again, and spending so much money in a short period of time. So I decided I'll add up the money I've spent on makeup, I didn't add the prices of all my makeup, but just the ones I purchased from the summer till now, and I can tell you, it's SCARY!!! It really is, I was so shocked, and I don't own anything designer, and I always thought designer bags are too expensive and all that, but the money I've spend on makeup since this summer, could actually cover a nice designer bag, if not more. This really is a wake up call for me, and from now on, everytime if i'm tempted to buy anything, i'll look at my notebook, look at the calculations, and control myself!

I  hope this is a helpful tip for you guys as well, if you want to control your spending, this is quite effective, let me know how much you've spent on makeup recently.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Holiday 2010 Collection! - Avaliable on the UK website now!!

Just a very short post to say that the Tartan Tale collection has finally launched on the UK website.

I'm not quite sure if I will get anything from this collection, since the reviews and swatches have been quite disappointing so far. I'm not a huge fan of the packaging either. Initially, I really wanted the brush sets, since I don't have any MAC brushes, and always wanted to try out the 187. But according to several reviews, the brush sets are not of very good quality... really disappointed.

Anyway, I was just browsing the MAC website, and not really interested in anything but the exclusive mineralized kits. There are 3 in total - The Swining Violets, My Scottish Fling and Glamorous. The each include one paintpot, one mineralized eyeshadow duo, one lipgloss and a mascara. I am most interested in The Swining Violets kit, but still not sure... nothing really jumps out and says I'm a must have...

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

First post! Project Ten Pan

This is my first post and I am very excited. I have been really enjoying reading other people’s blogs and also watching make up gurus on YouTube, I have learnt so much and also found these very useful, especially when I am considering buying a product or looking at tutorials to see how other people use the products I have got.  So, I feel that maybe my opinions on certain products would be useful for other people as well, and that’s why I decided to start this blog.
There is also another reason… I have been trying to start Project Ten Pan (P10P), which originally was started by lollipop26 (she is such an amazing blogger and YouTube guru that really inspires me a lot!). Anyway, P10P is basically, you need to use up ten products before buying any new makeup products. It’s a great way to use and enjoy the products you own and also save a bit (or a lot) of money. I wanted to do this ever since I’ve heard about it, but I kept failing… So I am writing it down that I am starting this project, it’s official now. It’ll be really tough, but I will try my best!
Okay, some rules first:
·         Only Cosmetics products count – some people included shower gels and face wash and things, I normally use these up quite quickly, so I wouldn’t be including these. And also I don’t have a problem with buying too much shampoo or shower gels, it’s makeup that I’m buying too much.
·         I can have a little haul from a holiday collection (MAC, or Nars or …, but just one collection, and limited to two products)
·         Normally people list the ten products they want to use up, but I don’t think I’ll do that, since I want to use all the makeup I have, not just ten products, and I want to be able to wear different looks, so limiting to ten products and using the same thing every single day takes the fun out of makeup. Therefore, this will take a long time to do, but I feel it’s worthwhile and it will really identify my absolute HG and favourite items.
·         Start date: 22-08-10 I will take this as my start date, since that is when I told myself I will start. But as mentioned before, I have made some purchases, they will be listed below. I wanted to use my original start date, since if I keep changing the start date, that doesn’t really show how long it took me to use up the products and also I can’t change the start date every time I buy something, that kind of defeats the purpose of the whole project.
Anyway, here are my ‘cheat’ purchases: (hopefully no more from now on, except a xmas purchase)
19-09-10 - x Shiseido Eyeshadow Trio – Snow (Fall 2010 collection)
This is a really nice trio, the colour in the middle looks grey, but when applied, it’s a really gorgeous navy silvery blue, it really surprised me. I really like this trio, and Shiseido shadows are really good quality and I think they are definitely underrated.

Shiseido Automatic Fine Liner- my first and only liquid liner and I really like it, haven’t used it too much yet though.
26-09-10 - x Urban Decay Naked palette – A must have, I bought this when I was on holiday, I think it was before it came out in the UK, so I was so excited and had to get it. I do think this lives up the hype, it’s sooo great, and I have been using it pretty much all the time since I got it. LOVE LOVE LOVE
M.A.C Viva Glam Gaga lipstick – got this on holiday too, I didn’t like it much when I just got it to be honest, but I have just started to love it about two days ago. I feel that applying little is better than more, so I just apply a sheer layer and use a clear lipgloss over it, then it’s a very nice wearable pink.
07-10-10 - x Nars Pleasures of Paris palette + (Nars Nico) – I gave my Nars Nico to my mum so I had to get one for myself, but I did pick up NARS Pleasures of Paris palette as well, which I probably shouldn’t have. But I do love this palette, I have used it a lot and I just love NARS, it’s like my favourite makeup brand, every time I use NARS, I feel really sophisticated for some reason… Also got a free NARS Orgasm nail varnish with purchase, don’t know if this polish yet, still  need more experiment I think.
15-10-10 - x Clinique Cream Eye Shaper – Chocolate Luster – basically an eyeliner, I don’t know why they used eye shaper, anyway, I do really like this, I have a lot of eyeliners, and only got this because it was Clinique bonus time, and I only needed one skincare item, so got this to get the free gift… I always fall for advertising or offers. Anyway, I am glad I picked this up, it’s really nice, creamy, stays all day long, and have the right amount of glitter/sheen to it. Totally wearable and I have been using it every day for like a week and a half now.
If you want me to do any reviews or swatches, please let me know. Any comments are welcome; it’ll make me really happy. Thank you!!