Review: MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

Hey guys!

 

A few weeks ago, I stayed up in great anticipation to grab some items from the MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection!

 

I changed my mind about 15 times as to what items I was going to grab. It didn’t help too that the launch was plague with issues. MAC was supposed to release this collection on Sept 29th. Then word on the internet was that it wouldn’t be out until the 30th (so some people wound up staying up 2 nights in a row). Then MAC tweeted a statement saying it would be out around noon. They missed this deadline as well and when the collection finally launched, they were missing one of the most anticipated items – Frank-N-Furter lipstick. Rumor on the street is that there was a problem with one of the FNF batches, which is why the entire collection was delayed.

Anyway, once I was FINALLY able to place my order, I went as quickly as I could. This was no time to look around. I felt like I was that crazy person during Black Friday that just throws EVERYTHING in their cart and runs to the register. lol.

 

The packaging on all of the items that I got is amazing! The picture below is of the inside of the blush box, but they all have this image of the characters inside!

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I grabbed the Crazed Imagination limited edition blush because it was a pretty purpley-bronze shade on my monitor. When I swatched this, I was VERY disappointed. I was aware that it was sheertone but there is literally almost NO coor payoff on these, even though I am super pale. It was also more on the brown/bronze side than I had been hoping for.

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My sister and I happened to stop at a MAC store the day of the in-store release and while I was there I showed her how poor the pigmentation was. The sales woman snarkily told me (because I had just swatched it with my finger and got nothing as far as color payoff) that since people had been rubbing their fingers all over it all day that of course it wouldn’t have any payoff since the oils from everyones hands were all over it. I understand this may be somewhat true, but I replied back that even my BRAND NEW item that I was shipped had poor payoff as well and I walked away. I was a bit irked by it however.

Moving on, the next item was the pigment. This shade was another limited edition shade called ‘It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time’. Again, I’m not sure if I have a monitor issue or not, but this looked like a beautiful plum with a bronze shift. This turned out to be a bronze with a reddish shift. Not bad, but also not something   I was crazy for or would use all the time like I would have had it been the shade I thought it was!

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I grabbed some of the blue base red lipsticks since I have pink undertones. The first is ‘Oblivion’ which is very bright and has an almost satiny finish.

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Next is ‘Frank-N-Furter’ which is the one that was much waited on and had the potentially botched batch haha.

This one is a pretty matte and looks like a great go-to fall blue red.

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The Formidable nail polish was the one item that I got because the histeria, lack of sleep, and the craziness of the sale got the best of me. I paniched and picked the shade I liked better, only to find out right after I placed my order that this color in particular is part of their permanent collection and was just shown in the fancu packaging. The only other polish shade was one that was a repromote or limited edition so Bad Fairy is the one that I left behind in the chaos.

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The products are all the same quality that we have come to know and love from MAC. I also love that the RHPS graphics on the packaging are on there really well. They aren’t like a cheap sticker that is very easy to scratch off.

Below are some swatches of a few of the items. We have Frank-N-Furter at the top, Oblivion in the middle, and then the Crazed Imagination blush at the bottom. The top photo is in direct sunlight. The one below is the same swatches but in indoor lighting.IMG_2395

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Giveaway: Independence Day

It’s time for another giveaway!

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Prize #1 is a makeup bag filled with:

-Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray

-Shea socks

-Smashbox trial primer

-La vie est belle sample

-Living proof sample

-benefit face wash and polish samples

 

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Prize #2 is a bag filled with:

-Burberry Brit Rhythm sample

-shea socks

-Living Proof sample

-Color Club polish in Pardon My French

-Shimmer Bomb in Pink Chiffon

-$10 Victoria’s Secret gift card

-benefit face wash and polish samples

 

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Haulin’: Ulta -March 2014

Hi there guys! Hope you are all enjoying your St. Patrick’s Day! I made this haul at the beginning in the month and thought I’d share now since ULTA is having some great deals right now! They also have their 21 Days of Beauty that is currently going on with a new promo every day for 3 weeks, so make sure you check that out!

 

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OPI TXTure Effect -$9.99

This set comes with a limited edition liquid sand polish in My Current Crush and a base coat. Liquid Sand and other texture polishes are meant to be worn without a top coat. The liquid sand is a really pretty purple shade with a hint of glitter that will peek out from the texture. It was $14.95, but I got it on sale for $9.99 which I thought was pretty good since they are 2 full sized bottles.

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Stila Color Me Glossy -$28

This set was not technically on sale, but is a huge bang for your buck! It comes with 9 click pen glosses that are a little smaller than the ones you would buy individually (.05 oz vs .08) but the individual ones run $2 EACH, so this set is a steal. Inside it also has the pens packaged in smaller sets of 3 so you can give a set or two as a gift and keep a few for yourself if you wanted to! The colors are a nice range too of shimmers, sheers, and bold colors.

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NYX Glam Eye Shadow in Sable- $2.49

This is a really pretty dark chocolatey brown shade with a bunch of silver glitter. Originally $4.99 but purchased for  $2.49, Sable is a great and inexpensive addition to my makeup bag! I always forget how much I really like NYX especially considering how much I can get for so cheap!!

 

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The New Black Demi Lavato Studded 3 Piece Kit – $9.99

I picked this up because it was on sale (originally $14) and I wanted to see how it compares to the Ciate set that I bought that is very similar. They both come with silver balls to cover your nail in after you put on some polish, but the ones in the Ciate kit appear to be a bigger size than the tiny ones in this kit. I’m interested to see how the size affects the wear time of each.

 

 

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NYX BB Cream in Light -$12.99 

I had to include this picture of my cat, G (aka G Lady) trying to assist me with my photos for the blog :). Below is a cat-less photo. I just purchased a $40 BB cream from another brand at Sephora literally minutes before I  went to Ulta and found this (I know, I have a problem). This is a very similar texture and when using the tester it seemed like their light shade would be light enough for me which is usually impossible to do. If it is a tad darker in other lights, I can also just sheer it out if I’m looking for less coverage, or I can add a powder over it.

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Here it is without the box. The product inside is very big for only being about $13!

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ULTA Nail Polish in Love Fern -$6

In person, this polish looks like shamrock green and turquoise had a baby. I love that I can’t quite tell if it’s one or the other (or neither for that matter). It’s glitter in a clear base, so I like that it’s a bit different than anything else that I own (and I have a LOT of nail polish!).

ULTA Blush in Afterglow -$7

I’m assuming that this is Ulta’s version of NARS Orgasm and is meant to be a dupe. I have not used this long enough yet but it seems very similar and with the MUCH higher price-point on the NARS, this might be a better option even if you do need to build the color a bit more!

ULTA Lip Crayon in Coral Kiss -$8

I was hoping that this would be more nourishing on my lips than it actually is. I like the color and I would wear this over a balm, but I really would prefer to get a tinted lip butter next time in a similar packaging since I like the ease of putting this on and the twist up style. (Clinique has nice ones)

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China Glaze in Whirled Away -$4.99 

I was much more excited about this when I bought it than when I actually used it. I’m hoping it will grow on me. I really like the hex glitter in white and black, but there are also long skinny bar like glitters in black that I did not see int he bottle that I am really not a fan of. I’m hoping to find a color that this will look really nice over, but again I was much more excited about it when I thought it was just 2 different colors of hex glitter.

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BONUS: Ulta Spring GWP (retail of $88)

Now I would never pay $88 for the bag and its contents, but I did think this was a very nice (and generous) GWP. I got it for spending $15+ on Ulta brand items.

You get the bag itself along with all kinds of items inside. The brushes that are shown wrapped in plastic in the picture are honestly throw away brushes. I will probably give these to one of my cousins to use with their kid’s play makeup.

The super shiny lip gloss in Illusion is a smaller tube but a very pretty, girly color.

Next is a dual ended liner in Deep Brown and Black. This liner is a little smaller as well and would be great for travelling when you don’t want to being both a brown and black full sized liner.

A full sized Voluptuous Volume mascara is next. While I have not yet tried this, it looks on the outside like the packaging for Covergirl’s Lash Blast, but thinner. I’m wondering if this is on purpose and therefore if they have similar formulas (and results).

Sweet Cheeks cheek color comes in the set and it is a cooler toned pink blush with a lot of silver shimmer to it. I’m excited to try this because while I like the shimmer in Orgasm and After Glow, I like silver much better on my cool toned skin!

Super Shiny Lip Butter in Vienna is not my favorite color, but more what I was looking for in terms of nourishing to my lips. It’s still not as effective as a balm would be, but it is much better than the crayon. I really wish they would have included a color like Rome instead, but free is free so I’m not complaining!

Flawless Prime primer and a small polish in Fuchsiamania are in the bag but these are pretty self explanatory and nothing too crazy.

3 eyeshadow quads were included as well:

-Chic Quad – Sahara Sand, Sunkissed, Mosaic, and Glittering Sand – a mix bolder primary colors and one taupey neutral

-Classic Quad – Seashell, In the Buff, Silk, Social Climber – shimmery and satiny champagnes and browns

-Dramatic Quad – Iceland, Twilight, Lock & Key, After Hours – shimmery purple, grey, and white with a matte grey to pull the quad together

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my little haul and don’t forget to checkout the 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta and share what you are hauling this month!

Giveaway: Short and Sweet V-Day Giveaway!

Short and Sweet Valentine’s Day Giveaway
**UPDATE: Kat Stays Polished hit 10k on her Facebook page! She has added a $10 online retailer gift certificate to the mix! THIS PRIZE is international so everyone can enter now! For every additional 5000 she gets on FB from now until the giveaway ends, she’ll add $5 to the International prize.**

Woo hoo! It’s time for another giveaway! A few of us ladies want to give back for Valentine’s Day. Whether you celebrate it or not, you can look your best! Take a look at who’s sponsoring a prize and visit their sites! Sorry International ladies, this one is a US ONLY giveaway! Good luck!

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Kansas Nail Graffiti

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Closet Beauty Junkie (that’s me!)

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The Sparkling Hoard

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TO ENTER: Go to the Rafflecopter giveaway on our gracious host Kat Stays Polished‘s Facebook page! Also, the more ‘Likes’ she has on there, the bigger the prizes from her will be!

 

GOOD LUCK!

How To: Remove Gel Polish

Hello loves!

I’ve been MIA for a few days because I am packing up my house! My husband and I are moving so you’ll have to bear with me and some sporadic posting for a bit! The goal after we move though is to get a room set up where I can do my blogging and hopefully branch out into some vlogging as well!

 

Anyway, on with the show.

I LOVED my first trek into gel polish! Regular polish always seems to chip so quickly on me so I get acrylic nails. With those I was going to the nail salon at least once a week because I would break one. Not the easiest thing to do when my salon is half an hour away!

Gel has staying power which is great until you want to take the damn things off! Here is what I learned along the way.

Grab cotton balls and cut them in half. This will make the rest of the process much easier.

Cut a bunch of foil into strips before you start the rest of this. It’ll make things much easier as well. I ran out part way through and it wasn’t pretty.

Take your half cotton ball and soak it in polish remover. Put it on top of your nail and then wrap the foil over it to hold it in place against your nail. Repeat with the rest of your nails.

Try to do this when you won’t be doing anything and can just sit and relax for about 15 minutes. I just put on a timer and then watched tv for 15 minutes. 

Now take them off one by one and use a cuticle pusher or something similar to push the weakened gel off of your nail. Mine would not come easily, so I took off what i could, then re-wrapped the nail I had been working on and moved on to the next. That way they can keep soaking while I keep working!

I also recommend roughing up the surface of the gel with a coarse file before you start and before each time that you have to rewrap you nails. This will help the remover to penetrate the gel better, especially if you have a pretty in tact top coat on still. 

Please remember that you NEVER want to just chip your gel polish away! This can rip off the top layer of your nail as well and damage your nail beds!

Any other tips for removnig gel polish? Leave them in the comments below!