Feeling nostalgic: MAC's Real Doll

Wearing MAC's Real Doll while getting my best Barbie/Skipper/Stacie face on

Wearing MAC's Real Doll while getting my best Barbie/Skipper/Stacie face on

*sets scene*

When: April 2007

En route to Vegas with the latest issue of In Style magazine -- these were the days when blogging pretty much only existed on Live Journal, Makeup and Beauty Blog wasn't yet a part of my life, and reading magazines was a necessity in order to learn about upcoming seasonal makeup releases.

Tucked in the last quarter of the magazine (somewhere between healthy recipe ideas and diet ads I undoubtedly flicked past) laid a makeup editorial featuring a model whose hair and skin were true glow-y perfection, and those lips, well, they were sporting MAC's Real Doll. As our Jet Blue flight flew 30,000 feet over Lake Michigan I earmarked the corner of the page, shut off my overhead light, and envisioned Real Doll adorning my very own lips.

News Flash, pervs: Get your mind out of the gutter!

My latest lemming eluded me. The hunt from Las Vegas' Town Square with P-Cakes and Grammy, all the way back to Braintree's South Shore Plaza left me weary, and eventually forced me to throw in the towel. In a last ditch effort I even went as far as calling the indexed telephone number for MAC in the back of In Style with the hope Real Doll would turn up somewhere, alas.

Eight years later and a world away from my humble beginnings, Real Doll popped back on the scene as part of the MAC is Beauty campaign. The lengthy wait didn't kill me, it only helped to fuel my obsession with makeup. This creamy baby pink/lilac lippie will forever hold my heart. 

MAC's Real Doll

MAC's Real Doll

MAC's Real Doll
Swatch of MAC's Real Doll

Swatch of MAC's Real Doll

Wearing Mac's Real Doll

Wearing Mac's Real Doll

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for MAC's Lipstick in Real Doll:

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 10 out of 10 bags — Despite my darkish features Real Doll refuses to wash my out complexion. Tho, it does little to brighten your teeth.

Would another purchase be on the horizon?:

  • Sadly Real Doll is limited edition. That said I better track down a back up, fast!

Love my dress? I know I do! I'm wearing Gorman's Wing It Dress. It's got pockets, it conceals the presence of food baby, and it's made in the softest corduroy.

    A change of scenery

    "Words and things and stuff," that's what I say to Scott when I'm at a loss, whether it be in thought or you know, words. To be honest, I've been lost for a while now in this big, wide world of blogging and I fear I'm beginning to grow resentful of the thing I love, makeup -- I tear up at the thought of despising something that once gave me joy.

    Right now I don't possess the words to talk about makeup, and I don't ever want to review something for the sake of it as it's a disservice to everyone. Put simply, I will not put my name to something that looks and smells like crap.

    So, where do we go from here? Well, Bagful of Notions will remain live yet quiet, and the format will change. It's going to take me a few months to get the ball rolling with this next big idea. Let's just say the local makeup market is lacking something I think a lot of women could benefit from, and for me to become that conduit it's going to take loads of research, a business plan, and education.

    Thank you for your continued support of Bagful of Notions. If you ever have any makeup-related questions, I'm only a message away.

    Spahhh time: Red Carpet Face Spa

    Wander behind the black curtains

    Wander behind the black curtains

    I burst off the tram and ran a block, I was ten minutes late. "Great," I thought, "way to make a first impression" -- huffed, beet red, and slightly sweaty from an unexpectedly warm Fall day. Despite my tardiness Neelu (Neelu Ameen, Owner of Red Carpet Face Spa located in Armadale) was super welcoming, she even opened her arms to give me a hug; I took this as a no judgement, I'm ready to bring my A game. Prior to getting me settled into one of the beds tucked in the back of the salon, Neelu sat me down for a chat to find out what I wanted to get out of my visit, and asked me to express my skin concerns. This mini getting to you know you put me at ease and excited me all at once. I was ready for glowing skin.

    With facials I like to chat and ask questions throughout the whole process; I realise my yammering on makes it difficult to remain in relaxation station, but I find if I don't talk or ask then I'll always wonder. My mind is overactive and curious in that regard, and thankfully Neelu happily obliged by figuratively holding my hand. During the 60+ minute facial my skin was treated to a cocktail of cosmeceuticals from Medik8 and natural Aryuvedic products, and an introductory treatment to microdermabrasion (no ouch/redness factor whatsoever) was thrown in for good measure.

    Overall the experience felt personal, informative, and precious thanks to Neelu's care, knowledge, and fastidious touch. If I can entice you to visit her at least once, I can promise you won't be disappointed -- fresh skin (the kind you want to touch again and again, but shouldn't), and glorious head massages (the snore inducing sort) await.

    For more information be sure to visit Red Carpet Face Spa.

     

    *This facial was kindly provided as a complimentary service in preparation for this review. Thoughts and ramblings written here are completely my own.

    Troubleshooting Hourglass' Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

    Hourglass' Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity

    Hourglass' Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity

    So, you've handed over a wad of moolah for Hourglass' latest release, now what? You've read the reviews, watched the how-to videos, stared at its uncharacteristic features -- its ripples and rolling waves, while trying to wrap your head around the fact that the pan lacks dividers. Or is it just me and the fine line of OCD-like tendencies I steadfastly walk along?

    I, too, read the reviews and had my reservations regarding performance issues. Would my experience dissolve into a moment of frustration and regret? Let's delve into the Modernist eyeshadow's formula, and tailor your application.

    The Formula

    It's mighty soft, and finely milled to help reduce the amount of guess work for you. Hourglass has dumbed down these palettes, and I for one do not feel insulted. The eyeshadows lend themselves to mixing and melding for that sultry, smoky, editorial look (how very Nina Garcia of me).

    The Colours

    They're natural. Elements derived from the earth to intensify the colour of your eyes. I was drawn to Infinity for its rich chocolate-y browns and plummy/tea rose undertones. It's worth noting four of the five shades featured in Infinity are matte, whereas the fifth shade (centre) is the magician with its shimmery, metallic come-hitherness.

    The Brushes 

    Now, this is purely based on what I personally own, but I'll do my best to offer similar brushes based on affordability and accessibility.

    Application Tips

    1. Before applying your eyeshadow, prime the eye area.
    2. Set out your brushes in a handy spot for easy access.
    3. Curl your lashes first to prevent unnecessary smudging.
    4. Ok, we're ready to apply. When you bring the brush to the pan gently dab the surface to agitate and lift the product onto the brush. Sweeping back and forth will only lead to a messy situation.
    5. Next, dab (again) excess eyeshadow onto the back of your hand in order to reduce the risk of fallout. Tapping your brush over the basin works, too.
    6. Follow the order of operations (my method) >> Base > Contour > Shade > Line > Define > Mascara.

    You'll notice there's a bit of dabbing involved prior to bringing anything near the eye area. This gentler approach means you'll be wearing eyeshadow instead of it wearing you. Does that even make any sense? In other words, your eyes won't be reduced to a powdery mess.

    Swatches of Hourglass' Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity 

    Swatches of Hourglass' Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity 

    Wearing Hourglass' Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity on my eyes

    Wearing Hourglass' Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity on my eyes

    Tinkerbell (lower right) approves!

    Tinkerbell (lower right) approves!

    With your palette in one hand, and a few key eyeshadow brushes clasped in the other get ready for a strong eye game, I know you can do it!

    The Bagful breakdown:

    Total amount for Hourglass' Modernist Eyeshadow Palette:

    Value for money spent (performance and quality):

    • 8 out of 10 bags — Work with it, and it'll work for you. I can't speak for the six other shades' performance, but I am pleased as punch with Infinity.

    Would another purchase be on the horizon?: