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August 18, 2010

Collective Haul (MAC, NARS, Max Factor)

Hi hi!

This is a mini collective haul which I got from various sources!

Firstly, I have the remaining items from In the Groove Collection haul which I ordered with Michelle (icefrost-sprees!).  They are Stereo Rose msf and In the Groove eyeshadow.  If you remember, I already bought Stereo Rose from when it was released in our stores, so this is an extra, which I will be giving to my sister. As for the eyeshadow In the Groove, I got it because the colors go so well together, and also, it is the name of the collection.

Then, I also got MAC Face and Body foundation.  I am not really sure which is my shade, so I went with my gut instinct and picked N1, which thankfully, turned out to be a great match for my skin tone.  I used it today, and I must say I am liking it so far.  It is obviously premature to give any raving reports at this point in time, so do stay tuned for my review of this foundation.  I got this foundation from another MAC spree with Fatin, (twitter _nytaff, or eyelashwish)  Thanks to Dyan for giving us the heads up on this spree!  :)

Shan't go into all the details of each item, since I haven't really got to play with them yet... shall update when I use them in LOTD or in review entries.

Next, are a couple of items which Amy (purplio) got for me when she went to Hong Kong recently.  Can we say, we are waiting to see her haul entry and holiday report??  LOL.

I read about her tweets about the max factor foundation which is rather raved about, so I just told her to get one for me, since we are in the same foundation shade. She also gave me a sample of the NARS Sheer Matte foundation! :)   And then we have the NARS Blush in Lustre, which was what the NARS MA used on me when I was at the NARS counter... but I didn't get it at then.  It is a light bronzey goldy pink color -- "sheer golden apricot" -- which is what the website describes it as.   So, many thanks to Amy for the help!

Let's look at some swatches:

I think you can see the difference in textures of both foundations..... and while the MAC foundation looks darker, it is so sheer, it just blends into my skintone seamlessly.

Shall show this off in a LOTD over the weekend!

And I almost forgot, I also bought from Michelle this MAC nail polish in Dry Martini (Khaki olive green), when she was twittering about selling it away.  This is from the MAC Fall 2009 Jin Soon Choi collection.

Speaking of twitter, everyone should realise there is a whole active world of economy, shopping, knowledge sharing going on in twitter world!  Just last night, I was casually twittering about "who wants to buy eyeko nail polish, I want to buy, but want to get free intl shipping" and almost immediately got response, and maybe 821938918903 tweets and 15 minutes later, I placed orders at the eyeko website for ELEVEN sets of nail polishes from among us, enough for me to put in 3 separate orders to qualify for free international shipping.  That's kind of amazing!!!   So it pays to follow us on twitter (and the pun on PAY is intended) because some of my tweet buddies were like, "here I am laying here eating/ resting/ and what have I just done, shopped???"  that was so funny, and you know who you are! :p

And lastly, the NARS blush.

P/S:  Just want to also say big THANKS to Michelle for gifting me this cute zebra printzzzz purse!!  She really didn't have to, and I thank you very much!

That's about it, and I hope you enjoyed this mini haul entry!

Thanks for looking~

posted by

ahhh!! I want NARS Luster too.. It's sooo pretty!

posted by

i cant wait for the mac face and body foundation review.. hehe

posted by

Ooh should hv read this earlier. SO just pop by Nars to pick up Mounia for me, should hv ask him to get this too. Love your MAC Dry Martini. I love In the Groove too, I am just so attracted to the dirty green.

posted by

Luster looks amazing! I think I need it.. =P

posted by

Can't wait for your f&b review with photos :) Dry martini looks good on you. Am glad that it has found a new owner who loves it :)

posted by

that Mac foundation sounds promising! can't wait for u to feature it in an fotd..

posted by

i am in love with your hauls once again!

posted by

omg...diana here.. :(


@ diana - yea.. i know... I am having the same prob as you when I want to comment on other people's entries! frustrating!

posted by

love dry martini. know of any dupes for it Sophia?


I don't see any dupes for it in my current collection .... hmmm...
think this brand, rescue beauty lounge (so hard to get hold of this brand!) has a dupe, called 'no more war')
OCC nail polish (which is also impossible to get) called 'swamp thing'

posted by

Nice haul! And that indeed is the power of twitter. Sadly I didn't manage to see your tweets about that since it was drowned out by other tweets, one thing about twitter that is annoying. ha, but anyway that NARS blush is so pretty! Like a peachier and warmer version of Madly?

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Hey babe, what does the 'N' represent for the MAC F&B? Is it for neutral tones? Cuz I know there is a C, so I suppose that is cool. Can't wait for your review on this. I've been wanting to try out the foundation as well :) But I think my shade will be C3. (NC25?)


@ pearlicious - I think it stands for Neutral... hehe.. which is to balance out the warm or cool tones in your skin?? I read that some where... I am usually NC 15-20 in their foundie, but sometimes I find it a little too yellowish for me, hence I went for the N shades.

@ Kas - Every NARS blush is preeeeeeety! LOL and you are very welcome!

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i havent open the max factor foundation, not even used the sheer matte too, am trying to at least finish 1 of my many many open ones first...

and we all know how that thing called procrastination works ya :p


@ amy - I am using the MAX Factor today (can't wait already!) though I mixed it with a little of my darker foundie in case it gets too stark all over my face. Love the finish! :0

posted by

oh man, is it as stark as the EL double wear?

i tot this shade was the best match already, heh


@ amy, I am not sure yet, maybe over the weekend I shall try it on its own and check. :)

posted by

Luster(NARS) is so pretty!! OK agree.. all NARS blushes are PRETTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

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That Zebra Print Purse is CUTE! :D

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My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

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I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

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My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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