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ABS’ Five: Sephora Sampler Sets Are Back With A Vengeance!

June 17, 2009
Get Pink’d Pink Lip Deluxe Sampler ($80 value for $37)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked lip fixations—from a lip exfoliator to a vibrant fuchsia plumping gloss—that will leave you with a perfectly primed n’ pink pout.

This set contains:
– 0.34 oz Laura Geller Lip Strip
– 0.1 oz DuWop Prime Venom
– 0.0676 oz Korres Cherry Oil Lip Gloss in Fuschia
– 0.23 oz Sephora Super Shimmer in Think Pink
– 0.02 oz Stila Cherry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain
– 0.1 oz Smashbox O-Gloss
– 0.09 oz ck Calvin Klein Lipstick in Mesmerize
– 0.26 oz Urban Decay Lipstick in Jilted
– 0.17 oz ck Calvin Klein Plumping Gloss in Bloom

Lashstash Mascara Deluxe Sampler ($96 value for $39)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked mascaras that are sure to fatten your flutter. From a lash base to a rice-bran-enriched mascara, this kit allows you to mix n’ match ’til you create the lush lashes of your dreams.

This set contains:
– 0.1 oz Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara
– 0.1 oz Tarte Lights Camera Lashes
– 0.1 oz Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara
– 0.24 oz Stila Multi Effect Mascara
– 0.14 oz Benefit Bad Gal Mini
– 0.2 oz Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash
– 0.13 oz Too Faced Mini Lash Injection Pin Point
– 0.12 oz Smashbox Bionic
– 0.07 oz Lancome Cils Booster
– 0.085 oz DuWop Lash Venom
– 0.14 oz Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran Mascara

Blink, Winks & Brows Eye Deluxe Sampler ($112 value for $40)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked eye essentials that are sure to deliver a swoon-worthy gaze. From a botanical brow gel to a lock-it-down primer to a tawny eyeshadow trio, this kit allows you to play with your products and create endless eye looks.

This set contains:
– 0.02 oz Sephora Electro Liner Copper
– 0.017 oz Anastasia Brow Gel
– 0.095 oz Anastasia Matte Highlighter
– 0.1 oz Urban Decay Primer Potion
– 0.11 oz Too Faced Shadow Insurance
– 1.7 oz Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover
– 0.25 oz Cosmedicine Opti-mologist Eye Cream
– 0.005 oz Smashbox Mini Cream Eye Liner Palette
– 0.14 oz Stila Mini Smudge Pot
– 0.06 oz Smashbox Mini Eyeshadow Trio in Head Shot

Naturally Gorgeous Skincare & Make-Up Sampler ($111 value for $40)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked skincare products for a complete and flawless look. From a silicone-free face primer to a highlighting blush, you can bet your bases are covered with this complexion-perfecting kit.

This set contains:
– 0.338 oz Korres Silicone-Free Vitamin E Face Primer
– 0.0005 oz Tarte EmphasEYES in Black
– 0.1 oz Tarte Lash Hugger
– 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
– 0.08 oz Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Rose
– 100 Sheets Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens
– 0.17 Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
– 0.1 oz Plant Love Blush in Peony
– 0.13 oz Josie Maran 100% Organic Argan Oil

Splashstash Waterproof Deluxe Sampler ($65 value for $36)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked waterproof eye products that will not budge or smudge. From mascaras to eyeliners, this kit makes sure your eyes stay defined—come rain or shine.

This set contains:
– 0.1 oz Tarte Lights Camera Splashes
– 0.169 oz Too Faced Mini Lash Injection
– 0.1 oz MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Smoky Lash
– 0.85 oz MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens’Eyes Makeup Remover
– 0.025 oz MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes
– 0.03 oz Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Electric
– 0.26 oz Urban Decay Big Fatty Waterproof Mascara

Any thoughts on these? To be completely frank I happen to think they’re a little overpriced for what are essentially boxes of nice samples, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find myself wanting to check out a few, particularly the Naturally Gorgeous Skincare & Makeup Sampler.

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition ‘Foundation Stick’ Compact

March 31, 2009
Bobbi Brown Limited Edition ‘Foundation Stick’ Compact ($22)

For the first time ever, Bobbi is offering her legendary Foundation Stick formula in compact form. These limited-edition compacts feature pans with clear protective covers and can be used individually or popped out and inserted into Bobbi’s customizable palettes. Compatible with Bobbi’s customizable pan palettes.

I recently decided to finally indulge in Bobbi Brown’s Face Palette (see my review and what I filled it with HERE) so that I could have easy access to some form of foundation on-the-go ~ and of course Bobbi Brown goes and releases this limited edition foundation stick compact! I shouldn’t want it but I do =X.

MAC Hello Kitty Tinted Lip Conditioner Swatches on Lips (Popster & Pink Fish)

February 9, 2009
MAC Hello Kitty Lip Conditioners in Popster (left) & Pink Fish (right) ($14.50)

Check out my Hello Kitty reviews and swatches HERE.

The packaging on these is so cute! I’ll definitely be taking Deb‘s suggestion and re-using these Hello Kitty printed tubs!

Popster & Pink Fish

While I must admit that MAC’s Hello Kitty collection has turned out to be quite the stunner, for me the stand-out items have been the tinted lip conditioners–they’re both very beautiful and amongst the most pigmented products in the entire collection. I’ll skip the color descriptions since you can check them out (along with reviews and swatches of all of Hello Kitty) in THIS POST but suffice it to say that you should definitely check these out!

MissTiss had inquired as to whether these have the same somewhat chemically taste (from the SPF) that the other TLC’s do, and unfortunately the answer is yes, but if you don’t mind the taste of these I highly recommend them.,

Popster Lip Swatch

Pink Fish Lip Swatch
(I think I need a back-up of this!)

MAC Hello Kitty Lipsticks Swatches on Lips (Cute -Ster & Strayin’)

February 9, 2009
MAC Hello Kitty Lipstick in Cute-Ster ($14)

Click HERE to check out my review and swatches of MAC’s latest Hello Kitty release!

How cute! Kitty embossed on lipstick.

Cute-Ster on Lips

MAC Hello Kitty Lipstick in Strayin’ ($14)

Strayin’ on Lips

MAC Hello Kitty Review, Swatches & Haul!!! Plus Info On How To Get Yours Now!

February 6, 2009
Snuck a Quick Photo of the Display

My haul!!

Okay so 2/3 of this actually isn’t for me, but for a very special person who couldn’t make it herself to the MAC counter~~so I’ll be babysitting all her Hello Kitty stuff for her!

Hello Kitty Lipstick Swatches ($14)
Top Row: Big Bow, Fashion Mews, Strayin’
Bottom Row: Cute Ster, Fresh Brew, Most Popular


  • Big Bow: A sheer bright pink with fuchsia iridescence. I thought I’d love this one but I just wasn’t crazy about how the fuchsia iridescence looked on my lips so I passed on this one.
  • Fashion Mews: A somewhat sheer lavender shade (a lighter version of Lavender Whip from Cremesheen). I wanted to love this one but it was a bit of a disaster on me and I just couldn’t pull it off.
  • Strayin’: A beautifully-pigmented shade of bright pink. It’s probably the most pigmented lipstick of the bunch and definitely a Hello Kitty must-have!
  • Cute Ster: A sheer peachy pink with pearl which I loved! It’s definitely not the most pigmented lipstick, but it shimmers beautifully on the lips.
  • Fresh Brew: Fresh Brew is quite literally the shade of milky coffee and is probably my least favorite of the bunch.
  • Most Popular: A sheer deep berry that’s very pretty but nothing all that special.

Hello Kitty Lipglass Swatches ($14)
Top Row: She Loves Candy, Nice to Be Nice, Sweet Strawberry
Bottom Row: Fast Friends, Nice Kitty, Mimmy


  • She Loves Candy: A pale blue pink with gold pearl. While I tend to love glosses like this, I skipped this one as it was pretty invisible on me.
  • Nice to Be Nice: Bright coppery orange. I think you all know how I feel about oranges, so I didn’t even bother trying this one on.
  • Sweet Strawberry: Deep raspberry with blue pearl. Sweet Strawberry is y far the most pigmented gloss of the bunch and is really beautiful!
  • Fast Friends: Bright glittery purple in the tube, but a sheer fuchsia/pink once on.
  • Nice Kitty: Frightening neon pink in the tube, but a sheer bright pink with pink and blue pearl once on. My favorite gloss from Hello Kitty!
  • Mimmy: A pale creamy pink with pink and gold pearl. Mimmy is nothing mind-blowing but I loved the prettiness.

Hello Kitty Eyeshadow Palettes x4 ($38)
Top Row:
Lucky Tom Palette (Creme Royale, Paradisco, Stylin, Lucky Tom)
Bottom Row: Too Dolly Palette (Yogurt, Romping, Too Dolly, Stately Black)

Review: I wasn’t really crazy about either of the palettes, but if I had to go with one, I’d definitely go with Too Dolly. The shadows weren’t as intensely pigmented as I was expecting, plus they were a bit on the chalky side. The only shade I really loved was Romping.

Hello Kitty Tinted Lip Conditioners ($14.50)
Left to Right: Pink Fish, Popster


  • Pink Fish: A soft, somewhat milky pink that I really liked quite a bit.
  • Popster: A bright corally pink. I’d seen some lip photos of this on others and thought I’d love it, but it actually looked a little too bright and garish on me–go figure! I still kinda want it though.

Hello Kitty Beauty Powders and Beauty Powder Blushes
Top Row: Beauty Powders in Pretty Baby, Tahitian Sand
Bottom Row: Beauty Powder Blushes in Tippy and Fun & Games


  • Beauty Powders in Pretty Baby and Tahitian Sand: Pretty baby is a super super pale and sheer pink powder that was invisible on me. I swatched and swatched and couldn’t get it to show up! The same goes for Tahitian Sand, which is a sheer beige with hints of peach–it’s pretty much invisible. To me neither of these are worth the money.
  • Beauty Powder Blush in Tippy: A stunning midtone blue pink that I was sooo tempted to get but resisted. I feel like I may need to go back for this though!
  • Beauty Powder Blush in Fun & Games: A soft orangey peach that’s semi-matte, not all that pigmented and rather disappointing.

Hello Kitty Pigments & Reflects Glitters
Left to Right: Deep Blue Green, Reflects Blue, Reflects Very Pink, Milk


  • Reflects Glitters in Reflects Blue and Reflects Very Pink: Reflects Blue is mostly white glitter with hints of blue. Reflects Very Pink is is a rather blah shade of pink. Both aren’t all that smooth since these aren’t pigments but glitters.
  • Pigments in Deep Blue Green and Milk: Deep Blue Green is a rich deep bluish green that looks almost black under certai lighting, and forest green under others. Milk is a pale lavender shade with a nice smooth texture.

Unfortunately Saks won’t be carrying many of the accessories (such as the brush set), but they did have the cosmetics bags in stock and I ended up getting the mini. I know many of you have complained that these are pretty tiny, but I actually love the really small size since I hate big bulky makeup bags.

And I finally (literally just today) got some notification about Hello Kitty in the mail LOL!

So I promised you info on how to get your Hello Kitty now and here it is: order via telephone from Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC!! The Hello Kitty collection launches in NYC today, meaning you can have all this Hello Kitty wonderfulness shipped to your doorstep and have it before everyone else! Plus you won’t have to worry about pre-ordering or getting online to place your MAC order.

If you’re interested in ordering from Saks, call Lindsay Hymson at 212-940-2158. She’s super-sweet and helped me pick out all the stuff for my haul!

And Nicole just informed me that the collection is also currently up on the Nordstrom site, so definitely head on over and place your orders!

Now that you’ve seen the swatches, what will you be getting from Hello Kitty?

Expect to see photos of my haul on my lips within the next few days!

Have You Placed Your MAC Hello Kitty Pre-Order Yet?

January 29, 2009

If you haven’t placed your MAC Hello Kitty pre-order yet and you’re eager to get in on this collection, what are you waiting for?!? The pre-orders are racking up surprisingly quickly, so if you see any items that you absolutely cannot live without I’d definitely stop by a MAC counter during the next day or so to reserve your Hello Kitty goodies for pickup on February 12th!

For more product info click HERE, and for some great images of the products click HERE.

And so you don’t have to go bouncing around the web, here’s all the product info including shade descriptions and prices:


  • Cute Ster Sheer peachy pink with pearl
  • Big Bow Sheer bright intense blue pink
  • Fresh Brew Creamed coffee
  • Fashion Mews Sheer pale lavender
  • Strayin’ Frosty midtone mint
  • Most Popular Sheer deep berry

Lipglasses ($14)

  • Sweet Strawberry Sheer berry with blue pearl
  • Mimmy Light creamy ipnk with pink and gold pearl
  • Nice To Be Nice Sheer bright intense orange with pearl
  • Nice Kitty Sheer neon pink with blue pearl
  • She Loves Candy Pale blue pink with gold pearl
  • Fast Friends Sheer bright intense purple with pearl

Tinted Lip Conditioners ($14.50)

  • Popster Lively coral pink
  • Pink Fish Soft neutral pink

Eyeshadow x 4: Lucky Tom ($38)

  • Stylin Midtone violet blue with multi-dimensional pearl
  • Lucky Tom Dark charcoal brown with gold pearl
  • Creme Royale Yellow wheat gold
  • Pardisco Soft bright pinky coral with golden shimmer

Eyeshadow x4: Too Dolly ($38)

  • Too Dolly Frosty midtone mint
  • Stately Black Rich blue with silver sparkle
  • Yogurt Soft pale pink
  • Romping Rich magenta with pink pearl

Glitter Eye Liner (Not sure on the prices for these as I wasn’t all that interested)

  • Her Glitz Blackened gold with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Glitterpuss Orangey bronze with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Kitty Power Pink with with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Girl Groove Clear/white teal reflects and with multi-dimensional glitter

Pigment ($19.50)

  • Milk Frosty pale silvery pink
  • Deep Blue Green Rich, deep bluish green

Reflects Glitter ($19.50)

  • Reflects Blue Sparkling blue
  • Reflects Very Pink Sparkling fuchsia pink

Nail Lacquer ($11.50)

  • Something About Pink Blue pink fuchsia
  • On the Prowl Light creamy grey
  • Vestral White Creamy white

Plush Lash ($12)

  • Plushblack Black

Beauty Powder Blush ($22)

  • Fun & Games Soft orange peach
  • Tippy Midtone blue pink

Beauty Powder ($22)

  • Tahitian Sand Soft coral peach
  • Pretty Baby Soft sunny pink with gold


  • Hello Kitty Lash Half lash with overlapping hairs to emphasize outer


  • Hello Kitty Tote ($45.00)
  • Hello Kitty Petite Makeup Bag ($22.00)
  • Hello Kitty Makeup Bag ($35.00)
  • Hello Kitty Soft Vanity Case ($55.00)
  • Hello Kitty Purse Mirror ($22.00)
  • Hello Kitty Brush Collection ($49.50)
  • Hello Kitty Mirrored Key Clip ($16.00)
  • Hello Kitty Beaded Bracelet ($34.00)
  • Hello Kitty Plush Doll ($42.00)
What’s currently on your MAC Hello Kitty must-have list?

Too Faced’s Smurfette Collection Now Available Online!!

December 18, 2008

I used to love watching the Smurfs growing up, and of course Smurfette was my favorite. Too Faced’s Smurfette collection features smurfs, smurfs, and more smurfs–I’m loving how they pop against the black packaging! Will you be picking up anything?

So Smurfy Eyeshadow Collection ($32.50)
Too Faced So Smurfy Eye Shadow Collection contains four easy-to-use shades that can be used individually or together to create a signature Smurfette look. The velvety shadows glide on smoothly creating a seamless blend of gleaming color. Your pigment-drenched peepers will be left super Smurf-chic!

So Smurfy Illuminating Powder ($26)
Too Faced’s So Smurfy Illuminating Face Powder delivers complexion perfection. Smurfette’s signature color-correcting shades blend together for the prettiest perfection—you’re sure to be the hottest girl on your Smurf turf.

Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Gloss ($18.50)
An emotionally activated lip gloss that ranges from Smurf-blue shimmer to beautiful berry. Too Faced Smurfberry Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss allows you to wear your emotions on your lips. Depending on your body heat level, the gloss blooms into countless shades of Smurf-berry pink. You never know what shade you’ll get, but Smurfette thinks that’s part of the fun!

Smurfy-Eyed Liquid Liner ($17.50)
The Smurfette Collection Smurfy-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner lets you show off your Smurfette—inspired sparkles as you bat those eyes at every Smurf you see! You can use on the brows, hair, and anywhere else you want a special Smurf sparkle.

I happen to think everything is absolutely adorable, but with the way that I’ve been spending this month I don’t know if I’ll actually be getting anything. I’m leaning towards the illuminating powder and the gloss if anything, but we’ll have to see! And of course if I do get anything I’ll be reviewing it for you.

Bourjois Gloss Bijou Review and Swatches

November 29, 2008
Bourjois Gloss Bijou in Shade Rose Precieux

Bourjois’ limited edition Gloss Bijou is a weighty disco ball-esque pendant that contains a shimmering pink lipgloss with coral tinges enriched with light-reflecting micro-crystals.

The top half of the ball swivels outwards to reveal the shimmery gloss housed within. While not the most practical method of transporting gloss thanks to the fact that the pendant is solid metal and pretty ridiculously heavy, it is rather pretty! As for the pendant aspect of this, I’m not feeling so inclined to weigh my neck down with a heavy metal disco ball–but that’s just me! I would, however, pop the silk cord off this, replace it with a metal ball chain and you’ve got an instant keychain/bag charm with the added bonus of gloss inside.

And the gloss? Nothing to write home about. It’s a very attractive pinky coral shade that’s pretty much universally flattering, but its major detriment is that it has a slightly gritty texture thanks to all of the micro-glitter suspended in the gloss. Also, I’d say this has more of the consistency/finish of a shiny lipstick than a gloss.

Swatch of Bourjois’ Gloss Bijou

Overall I’d say that while this would make a nice holiday stocking stuffer (I can’t seem to find this online at the moment but I swear I saw it at Ulta for $16 or so), it’s not really something that I’d get for myself as it just isn’t all that practical. But that having been said I do love owning this for the pretty-factor and will be getting crafty with it. Stay tuned to see what I come up with!

Related Posts:
Bourjois makes many of their products in miniature, including petite lipsticks, glosses, and mascaras, all of which can be hung from your cellphone! Click here for a review of a few of their products–and I’ll be reviewing more in the coming weeks!

My favorite Bourjois products are probably their blushes; they’re tiny but wonderfully pigmented and come in a beautiful range of shades. Click here for a review and swatches.

Wanted to check out Chanel’s Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows but haven’t wanted to splurge? Try Bourjois’ Shimmer Shine Liquid Eyeshadows instead–they’re half the price and even better!

See my Bourjois haul from Sephora’s clearance event here.

MAC Hello Kitty Collection Photos and Product Info

November 21, 2008


I’ll spare you all of the details from the WWD article, but here’s the nitty gritty you need to know if you want in on this collection:

~The line will arrive on MAC’s website Feb. 10, in North American stores on Feb. 12 and into overseas stores in March
~A waiting list for the items will go live on Jan. 7 at

The Hello Kitty Colour Collection will consist of:
~Six shades of lipstick with names like Fashion Mews and Strayin’ ($14 each))
~Six Lipglass shades ($14 each)
~Two tinted lip conditioners ($14.50 each)
~Two 4x eye shadow palettes ($38 each)
~Lucky Tom quad has violet blue, brown, gold and pink-coral shades
~Too Dolly palette has mint, blue-silver, pale pink and magenta shades
~Two shades of pigment ($19.50 each), and two Reflects Glitters one blue, one pink ($17.50 each)
~Four Glitter Eye Liners ($16.50 each)
~Two shades of Beauty Powder ($22 each)
~Three shades of nail polish ($11)
~A black mascara ($12,) and false lashes ($12)

The (pricier) Hello Kitty Kouture Collection will have:
~Two shades of Dazzleglass ($28) each featuring a reusable silver chain pendant with Hello Kitty outlined in white Swarovski crystals on black with a pink crystal bow
~Sheer Mystery Powder, $90 and available in three shades, packaged in a silver powder compact with Hello Kitty outlined in white Swarovski crystals with a pink crystal bow on a black background

Other Items:
~A plush doll ($42), purse mirror ($22), and three-brush collection ($49.50) will be available at MAC stores, Nordstrom doors and only. A mirrored key clip ($16) and beaded bracelet ($34) will be sold in MAC retail stores and at only, and a tote ($45) and soft vanity kit ($55) will be exclusive to
~Hello Kitty Colour items, a Petite Makeup Bag ($22) and a medium Makeup Bag ($35) will be in all stores, and department and specialty stores in North America including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, as well as online.

I want….just about everything!!! We’ll have to see how my wallet’s doing once February rolls around though. I just hope that MAC has enough products to feed the Hello Kitty frenzy that’s guaranteed to ensue.

Dior Vernis in Black Sequins 905: Review and Photos

October 30, 2008
Dior Vernis in Black Sequins ($19)

What it is: A black nail lacquer with silver flecks. Limited edition and only at Sephora!

What it does:
Dior Vernis in Black Sequins gives nails a celestial shimmer. The raven black lacquer contains silver flecks that make your nails looks like a starry night—they glitter. Dior’s fast-drying, diamond-hard, chip-resistant formula makes sure this limited-edition varnish lasts.

Close-Up of Dior Black Sequins

I hadn’t even noticed Dior’s Black Sequins up on the Sephora site until a couple of readers requested that review it if I had the chance, but since I’m always up for testing out pretty black nailpolishes I was only too happy to oblige! I checked multiple Sephora stores in the city and they were all sold out of this polish (so get on it if you want since it is limited!) so I had to resort to ordering online!

Black Sequins is a true black nail laquer with tons of tiny little silver flecks interspersed throughout. The effect really is like that of a starry night–well if starry nights were actually visible in my area. Since the flecks aren’t chunky at all the overall effect is subtle and definitely more eye-catching in brighter lighting than it is in a dim room, but all in all I love it! The finish isn’t completely smooth due to the glitter, but it’s absolutely and positively not the chunky glittery feeling you get from a lot of glitter polishes. While I don’t get much use out of my Chanel Black Satin, I know this will be gone before I know it!

As for the lasting power, well I’ve only had this on my nails for a night or so, but having been a fan of Dior polishes for well over 10 years I can attest to their great quality. They dry super quickly, have great shine, and best of all are the longest lasting polishes I’ve ever tried. I always manage to chip my manicures in a day or two with other polishes (Essie, Chanel, OPI, etc.) but my Dior polishes last and last.

Okay onto the photos! I did my nails last night in the dark so please excuse the stray marks and messiness (and the not so great photos). I’ll be fixing it up later today!

Click the photos to enlarge and check out the shimmer!

Like I mentioned above this polish is limited edition and seems to be selling out quickly so head on over to Sephora and check it out for yourself if you’re interested!

Related Posts:
Click here to see a nailpolish which creates gorgeous starbursts on your nails as if by magic!