Tuesday, June 24, 2008

trying to get back on track

A long overdue haul post!

My Everyday Minerals haul:


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I was sooo surprised at how short the EM flat top brush is. It is seriously tiny! Its almost half the height of my Coastal Scents' Italian badger brush. But it doesn't shed at all, and dries faster than natural hair brushes. Its even shorter than the MAC 187SE. Great for travelling though, I brought it to NYC with me !

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I also got two finishing powders:

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Haven't tried the Silk Dust yet. I hope its as good as Silk Naturals; perfecting powder that I'm hooked on. The Sunlight dust gave me a cakey look the only time I used it; it might be due to the cornstarch formulation but I"ll give it another go sometime.


Some swatches:

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I've already used Bubble Tea eyeshadow and found that the colour payoff kinda sucks. But the good news is that its a bit similar to MAC Mutiny pigment once applied, though with less shine/frost.

Soft Touch blush is the perfect hint of soft pink, I used it last weekend for the wedding and it was great :) Its more for lighter skintones though, if I'm flushed or if I got darker, it won't show up on my skin. And as you might know already I LOVE EM's blushes :) so more swatches of Everyday Minerals products can be found filed under the Everyday Minerals label :)

Also, a review on the Lavender concealer is upcoming for Jejuney who requested it - sorry about the wait!


Madame Madeline order:

I ordered this AGES ago...when I went off my ban in the beginning of May. Somehow due to a glitch in Paypal I never got my order until 3 weeks later.

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Andrea Modlash 53's (I ordered two but they gave me 2 more as part of the free lash code I guess...)
Elise lashes #79
Elise lashes #55

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I actually haven't been able to try any of the Elise lashes yet. But they look a bit too long for me :( I was hoping from the pictures that they would be more like Missha/asian-style falsies: [edit: in terms of length i mean :)]

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This Missha pair is my favourite, but I have no idea where to get a back up of it :( I picked it up in a random store while on vacation last year.

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DUO surgical adhesive - just a backup in case I misplace my regular clear DUO adhesive.
Ardell Growth Accelerator - the second one the bottom is my first tube that got all clumpy after 2-3 months :( I never got around to replacing it til now.


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Old one on top, new at the bottom - the old one has white specks on the brush = clumpy gooey product :( I wish the shelf life for it was longer. I can't find it in stores, so I've always had to order it online. Note that I use it more as a lash conditioner. I don't find that it makes lashes actually grow longer, but it helps protect my lashes from breaking off as easily.

Speaking of lash conditioners/accelerators, I noticed Talika Lipocils is now sold in Sephora stores in Canada - it wasn't previously. But the price is a bit expensive, I think it was over $30? If you live in Toronto you can get it for $25 in Bloor-Yorkville at Pir Cosmetics on Bellair Street. I found out about the store when searching for MB retailers in Toronto. They have some MB products, but sadly they don't carry the infamous MB Silver Powder so I'll have to ration mine carefully.

And more on the subject of lashes, apparently there is a product (not yet FDA approved) that really does make your lashes grow longer. Unfortunately the side effect is darkening of the skin around the eyes....-.- which to me seems pointless. Why swap one problem for another? I'd rather deal with short lashes by using falsies, than have to apply loads of concealer to hide the darkened eye area.

P.S.
To Anonymous from my LORAC fotd post, yep I have on contacts, I'm wearing Freshlook Colourblends in Amethyst :)

Also, thanks Fiona and Starry x2 for your feedback!

As a result, I've put up a poll to see if there would be enough people interested in buying samples in baggies. I'd appreciate it if you let me know what you think :)

19 comments:

N a b i said...

I also have bubble tea eyeshadow, and I Love it :D

jie jie said...

I like that EDM brush short..being so near-sighted, it's easier to get close to the mirror. Both EDM Silk Dust and SN works well with me, only with SN being slightly more mattifying.

I've been wanting to use eyelash accelerators too, but I've read about the side-effects. In the first place, it just sounds too good to be true. Plus it's sooo expensive. i have a friend who has been using it, she was so happy she could finally use an eyelash curler. I almost bought one, but then after doing a bit more researching.. found out about the case on brand she was using, Jan Marini. Hey, falsies looks fun to play with.

jie jie said...

RYC: About lorac cd palette, I don't like lip products on a palette anyway. I haven't even tested any of them. I notice her palette are usually for warm toned gals.

Nic Nic said...

Nice EDM haul! The brush looks really cool.

I'm back to Talika's Lipocils again lol. I'll let you know how it's working out for me soon :)

ohh ive tried the Volcanic ash scrub, i like it very much also :D

fuzkittie said...

Hehe, it's always great to get back on track with a haul post! =) That flat top brush IS short! Bubble tea looks very cute~

Christiana Divine @ Memoirs of A Shopping Addict said...

whoa, i didn't even notice that EDM had a sunlight finishing powder?! LOL. i haven't been on that site in ages. :P

Gee said...

Great haul!! I was surprised how short the EDM brush was too :P

You're right about Bubble Tea too~ I like Soft Touch!! I may have to try it!! I love blush!!

P.S. Your "Another Lorac FOTD" is goregous!! And your contacts look sooooooo pretty. I've been getting into contacts lately and those look awesome on you girly!

Christiana Divine @ Memoirs of A Shopping Addict said...

Hello. :)

I haven't used the Calamine Soap in a long time, but I know for sure that Jen's Soap have more Shea in it than other companies and she also uses glycerin in her soaps as well. Both of which are humectants. :) I think it's definitely worth a try. You could try messaging her and ask her which soap she would recommend for your specific skin type out of all of the natural soaps that she offers. I believe she's offering three different types right now. She's REALLY helpful and nice. :)

Fiona said...

Nice EM haul! How much is shipping to Canada, and did you have to pay customs?

Incandescent said...

ooo I've been wanting to make an edm haul recently too. The brush looks tiny but is the head big enough to apply fndt without being annoying? lol does that make sense?

Alyssa said...

Wow! That's contact in your "another Lorac FOTD". It looks so natural and I wouldn't have known unless someone mentioned it. It's gorgeous on you! :)

Thanks for visiting my blog! :) I like your blog! :) You got nice hauls. I really like the Missha false eyelashes. I can't wait to see it on you! :)

psychoexgirlfriend said...

LOL, I love it: Bubble Tea is the most awesome name for an eyeshadow! Soft Touch is gorgeous but definitely won't show up on my skin.

Grayburn said...

I would love to know about the silk powder. I've used SN's products but they break me out (maybe the silk?).


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Fei said...

Duuuuude, I'll let you know if I see those Missha lashes here. There are plenty of Asian shops that carry that brand.

Lily said...

i got EM's "long" handled kabuki brush and it's like the same size as your flat handled one!! lol. they shouldn't advertise it as long cuz it's tiny!

Bliss said...

OOoo i love your madame madelline haul, i really want to dry the duo glue and all yr lovely lashes heheh

Emilee @ GMM said...

I was surprised by the length of the brush as well, but I find that it works out better for me because I have a habit of leaning into my mirror when I put on foundation, and the handle of my brushes almost always hits the mirror!

p.s. there's a Missha near me...if you want me to pick up a pair of those lashes for you, let me know! :)

theChas said...

Oh man ARDELL!! I wannntsss iiiittt but I can't find it anywhere! D:

Lorvina said...

How does the Italian badger one compare to EDM flat top?

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