Monday, August 25, 2008

The "Bzz" on Max Factor

NO, I didn't misspell Bzz -- that's how it's spelled according to, the leading word-of-mouth media network. What that means is BzzAgent is hired by companies who want to get the word out about their product or service and gets people like me (a "BzzAgent") to spread the word after receiving samples of said product. I recently received samples (actually, full-size products) of some items from the revamped Max Factor line. I was pretty darn excited -- in the past I've gotten air freshener and coupons for free yogurt from BzzAgent, which was cool -- I love free anything, but to get free makeup?! AWESOME!

This is what I received in my BzzKit: MAX Factor ColorGenius Blush, Volume Couture Mascara, a Blush Brush, and Lipfinity Lustres Lip Color. I have tried the first three items. I have not tried the lip color yet only because it's really not my shade (based on the color in the tube. Since it is supposed to last for up to 16 hours and I'm pretty sure I'm going to like the color on me, I figure I'd better test it when I know I won't have to leave the house in case it really isn't my shade at all!!). I review that later - I really want to see just how long it lasts.

The MAX Factor ColorGenius Blush I received is a three color blush that you swirl together with the Blush Brush. My blush shade(s) is Peaches (when responding to the "invitation" from BzzAgent to join the Max Factor "campaign," I had to chose between Peach and Rose shades, and I picked Peach). I like the blush, nothing extraordinary about it, but it's nice and I like that you can swirl all the colors together, or use them individually. The lightest shade is a nice highlighter, and the deeper shade allows you to, uh, contour (I know, that's such an 80's thing, but sometimes you just need to do it). I really like the Blush Brush. It is not small, like the ones that come with blush (think CoverGirl), and it's not big like a bronzer or powder brush either. It really is the perfect in-between size, and lets you apply just the right amount of blush just where you need it. It's a natural hair brush, too, and at, it was only $4.09!! That's an incredible price for a natural hair brush - or even a synthetic one. Or any brush. That's a good deal.

The Volume Couture Mascara is also nice, but also not extraordinary. Certainly not "couture" makeup, in my book (though it does come in Auburn, which I think could be fun to try). I thought it was funny that the Max Factor ads these days have a very dramatically made-up Carmen Electra, and yet this mascara is more one that I would use for daytime. It went on smoothly, and did give me quite a but of length (even though the name has the word Volume in it). I put my glasses on right after applying, and had to wipe the inside of my lenses off because my lashes were hitting them! I like it, but I don't see it displacing my L'Oreal Voluminous as my everyday mascara.

All in all, I'm glad I got the opportunity to try a few of the Max Factor products. While I have lots of respect for all that Max Factor has stood for in the history of makeup and Hollywood glamour, I pretty much had written this line off as "stuff my mother would have worn." I can't promise I'll be stocking up on Max Factor products, but I won't pass them by in the cosmetic aisle without looking at them anymore, either.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Rant - No Refill Pads For You!

Recently, I ran out of pads for my Shu Uemura eyelash curler. You know, the curler that it seems every makeup artist and beauty guru recommends. And for good reason - it gives great curl. So I went on a mission to obtain more curler pads, only to find out, you can't get replacement pads, other than the one refill pad that comes with the curler when you buy it. What I'm saying here is that in order to get new pads for your Shu Uemura curler, you have to BUY another Shu Uemura eyelash curler!! I was astounded! In fact, on the Sephora website, it states that you should replace the pas every three months (I'm down with that, they start to crack, and that's bad for your eyelashes), and you should replace the curler itself EVERY SIX MONTHS! Are you kidding me?! I have read numerous articles by makeup artists who say that they have had their beloved SU eyelash curler for years. So where do they get refill pads? And I can't believe that the SU is so shoddily made that it would have to be replaced after a mere six months of use. I mean, come on, even if you curl your lashes everyday for six months, I can't believe it would tax the curler so much that you'd need to buy a new one. Now, I get it - companies need to make money, and if they make something that lasts for 20 years, then we're only going to buy one every 20 years. No money to be made that way. But, really, Shu Uemura, you want me to by a new eyelash curler at $19 a pop every six months? I don't think so. That said, I plan on getting a Shiseido eyelash curler - at Sephora, you can buy refill pads. Though, they are temporarily out-of-stock at the moment...However, I found that you really can get almost anything on eBay, and there are people selling Shiseido eyelash curler refill pads. And here's the best part, it seems that one particular style of Shiseido refills pads will fit the Shu Uemura curler. How's about that? I am going to buy some of the Shiseido refill pads on eBay to see of they will work in the SU curler, but I'm so annoyed with SU and their obvious attempts to get my money by telling me that I should replace my curler every six months (unless someone out there can validate SU's claim), that I will still get the Shiseido curler. Shiseido also has a mini curler that I am interested in trying. Of course, that's a whole other set of refill pads to worry about!
P.S. I wanted to mention that in the course of trying to locate more pads for the SU curler, I bought a Revlon curler to tide me over. I had a $1 off coupon and got the curler for less than $3. Well, I got my money's worth. It's terrible. The pad is small and doesn't give a nice bend to your lashes. Pass this one by.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Beauty on eBay

I love a beauty bargain (hence, all my Free Shipping posts), and as with other types of items, you can try to get a good deal on beauty products on good ol' eBay. Now, sometimes, you don't get such a good deal. I just thought this was interesting -- a few posts back, I wrote about a cool mascara sampler from Sephora called The Lash Stash. Looking on eBay under the search word "Sephora," I found someone auctioning off The Lash Stash set. On the Sephora website it retails for $28. This auction started at 99 cents, with very low shipping ($2.50), so I bid. The auction is ending today in a few hours and the bidding is up to $34.00!! Uh, if you go to Sephora, you can get it for $27 -- so not a good eBay bargain there! I'm guessing that these (over) bidders either 1) do not have a Sephora store near them, or 2) don't have a credit card and therefore, can't purchase from and need to use PayPal and have the purchase price taken from their bank account or will send the seller a check/money order. Because darn if I can figure out why else you would bid a higher price for something from someone you don't know when you could get directly from Sephora! Unless, someone just got into a bidding frenzy and couldn't help themselves - they just have to win the auction, regardless of the price! Do you think there is an eBayers Anonymous out there?
UPDATE: The Lash Stash on eBay sold for $41 plus $2.50 shipping!! How crazy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Additional 10% off Bliss Blowout Sale

In addition to the already amazing discounts Bliss is offering for their current Blowout Sale with savings up to 70%, just enter the code 088920 at checkout, and get an additional 10% off!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Bliss Blowout Sale!

Bliss is at it again with their awesome blowout sale!! Save up to 70% on beauty/body products, and also on some great clothes and accessories, too -- they have Ella Moss and Rachel Pally ON SALE. Select MBT styles are discounted, also. Sale ends 8/21.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mascara Mania!!

Check out this fantastic mascara sampler called The Lash Stash from Sephora! For $28 you can try out all these mascaras, and then pick out your favorite(s) to buy in full-size:

0.14 oz Benefit A Little Bit BADgal Lash in Black, a 0.02 oz Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in Black, a 0.15 oz LORAC Publicity Stunt Lashes in Black, a 0.12 oz Smashbox Bionic Mascara in Black, a 0.24 oz Stila Multi-Effect Mascara in Black, a 1.0 oz Sephora Brand Lash Plumper in Black, and a 0.17 oz Too Faced Lash Injection in Black.

Try a new one every day for a week - how fun!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

You Don't Know Jacques! About Fingernails...

I hardly ever paint my fingernails. Especially dark colors. Toenails, on the other hand, ur, foot, yes. Love the pedicures. Dark, light, bright, pastel - don't care what shade. But I cannot be bothered with getting my nails painted. I try to keep them neat and filed, but it seems like such a waste of my time to sit and pay for someone else to paint my nails when they just chip the next day! ARGHHHH! It makes me angry just thinking about it.

However...I was in ULTA the other day, and checked out their OPI display of new fall colors, and fingernails, look out! You are going to be painted in the near future, when the air turns cooler, and the leaves start to fall. I fell in love with OPI's nail color called You Don't Know Jacques! It is from their "La Collection de France" and this collection has many beautiful deep, rich colors perfect for fall, but You Don't Know Jacques! was my hands-down (ha-ha, get it?!) favorite. It is so different than any color I would normally consider putting on my short, stubby fingers (i.e. not pale pink). Plus, since I am not 14 and not Goth, I steer clear of the black and navy shades (works on many who are over 14, but not me). But this soft brown is so pretty - not edgy, like dark shades can be. On the OPI site, You Don't Know Jacques! is described as a "trendy taupe," but it is a little darker than taupe, but I would not consider it chocolate, though it should look very pretty with all the chocolate-inspired fall lines coming out, ex. Estee Lauder.

Get ready fingernails! You're getting a makeover this fall.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Help!! I Hate my Computer!

Hi there! I have not been posting because my computer hates me back! I have lots of beauty news to report, but my computer has been acting up, making it very difficult, and very annoying, to create posts, especially if there are pictures involved. Sorry for the break in the blog, and I hope to be back up and blogging any day now!!!