Years ago I was exploring as much of Soho as I could fit after work (yipeee for retail therapy!) and before having to go home to start dinner… my first of many Manhattan shopping adventures… I found their cute little boutique sandwiched in-between Anya Hindmarch’s and Anna Sui’s. I fell in love with their eyeshadows and one of their nude lipsticks (named Nouveau?) and for the first time did a continuous repurchase of that same color every time I ran out because the formula was so satiny smooth and this particular color was so flattering on me… Totally unprecedented! Since I feel that they are a great company largely overshadowed by some other cosmetic brands but well-deserving of special recognition, I’m featuring them on my blog today.
My recent solution to messy contents sloshing around in my handbag are the helpful and lovely double zip pocket Walker Bags. I love them in metallic mesh for their elegance, though they do come in a range of other playful colors and even in single pockets.
My recent visit to Mrs. Green’s Natural Market brought me also to the cosmetic/toiletries aisle. Was really shopping for daikon and almond milk though ;). Besides carrying the wonderful PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, they also carry an awesome new brand, Primitive Natural Makeup. I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to test their lipsticks; I was solo on this shopping trip and could take my time. I tested their Sahara lipstick and loved the color and color pay-off; also the scent is pleasantly sugary, reminding me of MAC lipsticks. I did end up buying Sahara (to replace a beloved rosy toned Christian Dior; yes, you heard me correctly) but wouldn’t mind going back for a few others next time. I have my eyes on Corsica and Martinique!
Pros: Smooth application, pleasant sugary scent (sugar/butter cookies), non-drying to lips, decent wear time, good color pay-off (ever so slightly sheer as far as Sahara goes, others to be seen), great selection of colors which would flatter most skin tones.
Semi-Cons (if even): Slightly pricy at $17.50 but worth the price for its nice quality, not the most interesting packaging (but I personally don’t care about this).
PNM’s lipsticks impressed me enough to want to give their other products a chance so I hope you will explore their website or visit one of their stockists.
Before venturing to the United Kingdom, I fantasized about what cosmetic brands I wanted to buy. Besides learning about a country or culture through its food & drink, I learn via its cosmetics. The obvious choices were brands that were not readily available in the U.S. I had narrowed the list down to Sleek, Gosh, Me Me Me, and Barry M.
It was off to London’s shopping district! First stop, Boots =) I ended up buying a cute owl necklace and hair scrunchy; surprising not one makeup item. A few Boots associates were kind enough to point me to the right direction. It was really SuperDrug that I wanted. The next morning I happily trotted into Holborn’s SuperDrug and shopped to my heart’s content. This was what I bought…
The Z*Palette seems like a great invention for cosmetic lovers who tend to alter their MAC re-fillable shadow and blush palettes to fit more eye shadows or to make room for a combo of shadows and blushes. I haven’t tried the Z*Palette yet. Would love to receive feedback about its pros and cons… I do notice that when I use my MAC palettes, the color dusts settle onto the palette frame around the color pan; by having the frame intact, it may make it easier to remove the color dusting with a brush or Q-tip. The underside of a MAC palette top/cover also provides a space for color labels (I like to know which colors I’m using for a particular look). I also can see the appeal of having a pretty, easy to identify contents, and highly customizable palette perfect for work or travel. What are your thoughts? Yay or nay?
If you are just starting out in makeup, I highly recommend NYX palettes and products for their awesome color pay-off and prices which won’t hurt your wallet. My favorite palettes are The Makeup Artist Box S106, The Bronze Goddess, and Winter in Moscow (great for smokey eye looks). Please check out NYX’s website for more great products. I’m also loving their blushes; which have more than lived up to their YT high praises. ♥ NYX!
There are two new sources I’d like to share on this topic. Yes, some more wonderful ideas I’ve collected from You Tube. Storables and Sally Beauty. I personally own the large acrylic organizer and love it (purchased it from The Container Store). The acrylic is super thick and sturdy. It will look great on any vanity table. Though these two products may reflect very different sizes of makeup collections, I wanted to post them together anyway. I almost forgot to mention another great idea for storing MAC palettes; try an acrylic DVD holder (measures 10 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 8 1/2″)- it’s not a bad solution and will match any other acrylic organizers you may have. Hopefully your vanity area is more spacious than mine.
I’ve been really interested in this cosmetics brand ever since my trip to Italy and Germany. They have been described as a fusion of whimsical and gothic (reminding me of Urban Decay, Too Faced, and Hard Candy). I wish I had bought even one thing to try from RBR but at the time, I was trying to go on a makeup collection “diet” and had already added Art Deco shadows (Frankfort, Germany) to my list of must-haves. Several months ago I glanced their website and was disappointed to find that they still had no stockists in the U.S. =(. Most recently I heard that Zuneta.com was carrying RBR. The one big problem is the outrageous international shipping costs. I’d rather wait to travel overseas to splurge on RBR but for those of you in the U.S. who can’t wait, you may order the nearly complete line of RBR via Zuneta.
Recently I’ve been obsessing on this subject since I yet again had to do an update. I settled for the typical white Sterilites, being that it was one of the best solutions for my current situation. I transferred everything I had from my Target Castelas to those tiered plastic towers. The Castelas are now housing smaller items e.g. layering camisoles, scarves, stockings, nailpolish etc. I also thought of all of you who have been wrestling with how to organize all your things. You really can get many great ideas off of You Tube, so as an avid YT viewer, I’ve collected a multitude of good and creative ideas (wood, plastic, acrylic, metal) I’ve seen from various gurus, cosmetic princesses and queens alike.
*Photocredit or Sources: Amazon, Staples, Organize.com, The Container Store, Target, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Teen, Lion Star, Walmart, Michaels Craft Store, Rubbermaid, IKEA, Marshalls, USP Home.com, Office Depot (Realspace), TheClearCube.com, BuyInterdesign.com, etc.
A great cosmetic brand from the days I started really loving makeup. I was crazy about their Spice lipstick and Mint Souffle facial cleanser (my sister loved it too). Both these items have been discontinued to my dismay. My recent visit to their site shocked me a little with a shift in their priorities. I was so sad their color lines for both eyes and lips have been nearly done away with =(. The light at the end of the tunnel for me includes Dandelion, Benetint, and Georgia. These three and more are also carried by Sephora (to my knowledge as of today). Check them out =)