Spending time in Canada means M.A.C hauling for me because in the U.S. the closest store is 3 hours and $30 away that I just won’t sacrifice. Sure, I could use the online store but it’s just not the same as spending an hour going crazy with swatches and feeling like a kid in a candy store. So my first trip to Toronto led to the M.A.C store too and that means Eszter cannot say no to lipsticks and other make-up items. This time I really went out and spent a lot of money. Mainly I was thinking ahead to autumn and winter and purchased products on that color scheme.
The only exception is a bold lipstick that I’ve been eyeing for months now, M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up. It’s part of their Retro Matte line so it is really drying but the COLOR!!! A beautiful, deep, fuchsia pink! Deeper and with a warmer touch than NARS Carthage (post about my pink and fuchsia lipsticks here). It looks gorgeous with a tan or darker skin tones. It is not advisable for chapped lips. Use with caution and a lot of lip balm!
My other two lip product purchases are definitely for the colder weather: M.A.C Cremesheen Lipstick in Cream In Your Coffee and Matte Lipstick in Chili. Creme in my coffee is a mauve brown, a darker neuter color for everyday make-up. Cremesheens have a hydrating, opaque formula though if I have to choose I’m more of a Lustre fan, because they glide better during application. It’s a good addition to my collection, while Chili is a deep brick-red, perfect for my darker bold cravings for autumn/winter. It is a matte but really not as drying as the retro matte formula. It has a subtle sheen to it that makes it into a semi-matte in my book.
This time around my other indulgence was in eyeshadows. It was long overdue really. I have two 4-pan palettes that I liked to transfer into one place since I bought them, so I purchased their 15-eyeshadow palette and truthfully it never stops there… I also purchased four new shadows: Shroom – a stronger highlight color, Patina – a subtle old gold, Coppering – a brick-red with subtle shimmer and Smut – a dark grey, said to be created for Kate Moss’ preferred smokey eye-look. More on my palette when I can join them with the rest of my shadows.
I was lucky enough to get invited to join one of my friends friends Pampered Chef Party and I was impressed.
Pampered Chef is a company selling high-quality kitchen and grilling tools through the Internet (mainly Canada but they ship to the U.S. too) and independent consultants. It reminds me a little bit of Avon. The consultants are invited to house parties with a bunch of women and they present the products by showing them in use. You can try the kitchen and grill tools and you chat with the girls… It’s all very relaxed. You are among friends so you are not awfully pushed to purchase, or else… Also the hostess shares in the proceeds in form of major discounts. I find this an everybody-wins situation and the quality is really top notch.
We were treated to a Margherita cocktail and a garlic dip with all kinds of veggies all the while she was talking about the brand and showing other favorite items. I had fun and in the end spent money on only one item (I am on a budget…), a pastry blender. I loved making cookies at home and can’t wait to start baking pies but I hate the chore of working the flour into the cold butter. There were countless other inviting and clever tools to make your life as a Master Chef much easier and enjoyable but I really restrained myself!
If you haven’t heard about this yet I’ll spend the whole summer in Canada with friends and my sister. In this series I will talk about shopping experiences and stores that are rare or not available in Pennsylvania or the U.S. See past Canadian shopping tours in this post.
In the first installment I wanted to write about thrift shopping in Value Village. I know there are thrift shops in the U.S. too… I’ve been to Salvation Army before but the two cannot be paralleled. Value Village is one hundred times better:
Better quality for clothes and accessories
Clothes are less smelly
The home ware and book section is paradise with beautiful things that are all in good shape
My old and trusty mascaras (Maybelline Colossal Volume Waterproof Mascara review here and Clinique High Impact Mascara) both dried out at the same time. I loved the two: the Maybelline was my everyday mascara and I wore the stronger Clinique for special occasions and with evening or eye-heavy make-up. This system worked out quite well so now I’m in search for two new mascaras.
Did I find the perfect matches? Not exactly, I now own one good and one okay in a pinch (such a shame!) and the search is still on.
Today I went out shopping to Square One, Mississauga. It’s not Toronto but they offer everything under the sun and does look a little bit more metropolitan with all the sky-scrapers in the center. I also like the mall because it carries all the brands and stores I love and even some that I sorely miss from Hungary, like Zara and H&M or Topshop that I fell in love with during my stay in England. I’m on a student budget but I still squared out some bucks to spend even though I came home with barely anything. Luck was not on my side but I still wouldn’t call the day a total wast either. Here’s how it went…
I love Sephora and their skincare and cosmetic lines and I know how hard it is to decide what to spend your money on when you step in that huge place. My first time was 3 HOURS long!!! Also buying in the store is a lot of times not an option for a poor student like me (I use the website a lot). Buying on the internet is quick and easy but it is kinda hard to find the best when you are deprived of the real experience of the senses (touch, smell, sight mostly). So I read and research before buying and still have misses and overlooked products while I’m on the mission of looking for the best. In this context even if it seems over-crowded in the blogging world, writing reviews is something important. You cannot have enough information (especially if you don’t have copious amounts of money) so I will do my best to give a good, solid opinion and tips for usage whenever I decide to mention and photograph a product.