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Lancome Ombre Magnétique in Black Macadam Review, Photos, Swatches

As I visited a nearby Lancome counter I saw the three Lancome Ombre Magnétiques on display for testing and was instantly sad because I had not ordered online before they sold out …TWICE. However, I happened to look into the glass casing and noticed there were some boxes of the Ombre Magnétique! 😀 So of course, I had to get the black one because it was most versatile.

This product (along with Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow I presume) has quite the fascinating texture. It may be just me, but I got into beauty merely 2 years ago, and only since last year have I actually been buying quite a lot of makeup/beauty for a student. 🙂

Regardless, Ombre Magnétique feels “gritty” when handling little chunks but when it is applied, it is very smooth and retains a somewhat gel-like consistency. Essentially, it is as though Lancome mixed loose eyeshadow (or pigment!) into an eyeshadow with some binding product to create this.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. On my fingers, it leans slightly blue, and you can see it in the above photo as well. The sparkles are all white, yet there is dimension because the sparkles are capable of reflecting colors in its vicinity (I think). Thus, in this picture, my lighting was natural sunlight and maybe some of the green scenery outside to give it a greenish undertone. However, under the fluorescent lighting indoors, I only noticedthe sparkles reflecting white, because the lighting is white and my ceiling happens to be a plain white! Sounds reasonable, no?

Yes there is fallout, so be cautious when applying but other than that, this is a product that looks great by itself on the eyelid. (Especially for a Korean girl like me, who has no crease to speak of 😦 Therefore, using more than 2 colors is uncommon LOL)


I wonder what the 03G means…


I took a picture of the ingredients if anyone was curious

I really like the sleek, cool-to-the-touch packaging. Its made out of glass and is not a fingerprint magnet. 🙂

I laughed when I saw this plastic barrier/covering sitting on top of the eyeshadow. Totally unexpected.

Hehe, here I became too eager to play with the texture of this “ombre magnétique” rather than preparing myself to photograph my new buy LOL. Quite a common occurrence these days, really… XD

Below: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Bourbon, Lancome Ombre Magnétique in Black Macadam


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon Review, Photos, Swatches

LOL I have not posted a single thing on WordPress all of November! Sorry about that, was very busy (still am! …my lovely procrastinating self…sigh) with college applications, essays, finals and whatnot.

Therefore, I am totally backlogged on new products I have bought in the past 2 months. Lots of good things to come 🙂

So, I bought my first Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil from Ulta while picking up a replacement UDPP in Eden as my first one cracked after I dropped it from my clothing drawer. 😥

[I apologize about the bulgy-ness my pictures consist of… I am hoping to get my hands on Panasonic’s GF2 (releasing January 2011) but I will not ask my parents about it until I receive college notifications about my application. Until about March? I will continue to post horrible, fishbowl-esque pictures… yay! ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

PLUS, I apologize about the relative blue-cast of these photos. These were taken around 4-5pm so the sun was beginning to set… Plus, I DO have Adobe Photoshop, but its on my desktop; this is my laptop.]

I love this particular brown shade as it reminds me of chocolate! 😀 But I did not like how it was too soft as I feared creasing and/or shifting on my eye lid. I do not appreciate the chunks of silvery glitter interspersed with the eyeliner.
Verdict: By the end of the day, I had some glitter specks below my eye. I was not pleased.

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo Review, Swatches, Photos

As I read the major beauty blogs on the net rave about how much they loved NARS Rajasthan, how it was such an unexpected(?) hit… I could not help but go buy one for myself! 😀

1 Word, WOW. They were definitely NOT kidding.

direct sunlight

not as direct sunlight

I love both shades of the eyeshadow duo. Excellent pigmentation, non-existent fall out and even in the pan, I don’t “scuff” up excess eyeshadow! 😀 A big plus for NARS this fall 2010 season.

Swatched on my bare arm (with NARS Orgasm and MAC Stereo Rose just for fun haha)
Sorry about the visibility of my arm pores LOL. I have a bit of arm hair so pigmentation is slightly so-so in some areas.

Swatched on a makeup sponge (sold in 15-packs from CVS)

As soon as I had my hands on Rajasthan, I took it out of its packaging and simply admired the duo. The taupey-bronze paired with the darkened-teal-black seemed to underscore the brilliance of this duo. However, when I got home and swatched Rajasthan on my arm, I was dismayed as the teal color was muddy, sheer, and flat. 😦 Thus, I was quite surprised to see all the shimmer and pigmentation shown on the sponge above, gleaming in the light.
On the other hand, I was not surprised at the left-side’s overall excellence in pigmentation, payoff and wear. Applied on top of Urban Decay Primer Potion, the taupey-bronze color lasted approx. 9 hours!
Overall, I really love this duo, and will continue to use this for years to come ❤ In addition, the packaging of my particular Rajasthan Duo is quite curious. In the second picture of this post, along the center, there is a weird bronze discoloration. At first, I thought that it was the taupe color, but upon closer inspection and cleaning/rubbing, it did not disappear, and I have concluded that it is just… part of the palette. :O Albeit this strange feature, I must say that, for those of us who are unsure whether or not they should take the plunge to grab this duo, I SAY GO NOW! NARS’s “limited edition” products DO remain in stock for a long time after, but in case Mr. NARS does pull this product, you will have your own Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo, right? 😀
As a bonus, here are sponge swatches of NARS Orgasm and MAC Stereo Rose, respectively.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in 13 Warm Beige

When I went out to buy my friend’s birthday gift, I also picked up one of Make Up For Ever’s new Aqua Creams while hitting up Sephora 🙂

I selected number 13, also known as Warm Beige. Applied on both the eyes and the cheeks, 13 has a very smooth and creamy texture. It blends well, but when I applied too much of 13, I looked somewhat tacky?



Overall I think this is a fun product to play with and wear time is amazing, but I don’t really like something about it. Perhaps its too warm for my skintone? The other day I played around with Shiseido’s Hydropowder Eyeshadows which became a powder once it dried down. I’m not too sure yet if I like colors that aren’t neutrals to pinks hehe 😛 as of yet, so when I swatched H11 Rose Tulle, I thought WHOAAAAA! 😀

H3 reminded me of a really sheer lipstick… So I’m not sure about this color, and whether I would look like I bruised myself? …Idk.

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes in 03 Amber Glaze Photos and Swatches

Today I visited SOHO for the first time! 🙂 Although it was my first visit to this south-west part of Manhattan, my friend and I were wandering around aimlessly haha.

I managed to find Jill Stuart around 11:07am? and the door was still locked at the time so we moved on. Around lunchtime, we stopped by Sanctuary Tea and reveled in the joy of fellow Americans (in nearby restaurants) as USA scored a goal against Algeria! Wow, what an experience. I have never shared the excitement of a goal with so many people (particularly with the older crowd of 20s-40s, some drinking away but importantly, cheering)!

Regardless, as I had hoped, I purchased my first Jill Stuart product! :D♥

Sorry about the color of the packaging! In real life it is almost a rose-pink rather than this borderline-nude pink.

The material of the case surprised me. I expected a more luxe, cool-to-the-touch, metal packaging, but was rewarded with a metal-plastic casing. Compared to a tube of Chanel Rouge Coco, I expected this palette to be somewhat heavy, but was happy that it was not as big of a burden to carry.

Besides having the Jill Stuart protective film here, I used my camera’s Sunny white balance.

Here is the camera’s Cloudy white balance setting.

Hopefully these last two pictures did not totally confuse anyone, but I’ll say that the 2nd picture produces better color for all the shades in the palette except for the gold. The gold is a lot lighter in real life, not that tan-bronzey? gold color that is shown.

Here are swatches of my first Jill Stuart palette! 🙂

The texture is DIVINE as countless others before me have said, and the shimmer has such a maturity to it that it is really pleasing, haha. Overall, I am extremely ecstatic about my purchase and I am eager to get my hands on a Jill Stuart dress sometime soon!

P.S. Girls’ Generation (SNSD) also loves Jill Stuart dresses, specifically Tiffany. During Factory Girl, a reality-TV type of show that had the girls working or interning? at Elle Girl Korea. Four of them, Tiffany, Jessica, Sooyoung and Yuri flew to NYC and visited Clinique Headquarters and Jill Stuart herself! 😀 Tiffany proceeded to gush to Jill Stuart about how she (they?) LOVED Jill Stuart LOL!

BTW, there were two girls at Jill Stuart, but sometime after my friend and I approached the Jill Stuart makeup, the other employee left… Anyway, she wrapped my purchase in Jill Stuart tissue paper and sealed it with a sticker.

Chanel quad in Plumes Swatches

So here are the swatches for the Chanel quad in Plumes

I took these pictures on a cloudier day so, sorry about the blue-toned background. Colors 3 and 4 are off, as 3 is much darker in life, and 4 is more brown-grey than blue-black.

The 1st color is a pearlescent/frosty kind of red shimmer which swatched pretty well, the 2nd color has the most shimmer of all 4 colors. I’m not exactly sure how to describe the sparkly specks of pigment, hehe, but this swatched best. The next two colors had bad to worse pigment pay-off. Color number 4 resembles MAC Eyeshadow in Antiqued. This color was actually matte in real life, not too shimmery? Although I can’t really tell as there is shimmer everywhere in that palette (not willing to clean it up) and none in the swatches… I’ll reswatch sometime soon. Color number 3 is similar to MAC Grape Pigment the most, and it took forever to pat down that much pigment onto my arm. UGH

Bonus pictures of Liz Claiborne Makeup, “distributed by Innovage, Inc. Foothill Ranch, CA 92610” wherever that is. (website is supposedly this crappy site at http://www.innovage.net)

Didn’t bother swatching this “SHIMMERING EYE COLOR KIT”

Goodbye to the 1st Half of June

Wow I have come to an end of my Junior Year.

Like upperclassmen before have said, Junior Year is definitely a challenging time, yet it seems to fly by. Now that I am at the end of my time as a Junior, I seem to reflect on what I’ve done successfully and what I’ve failed.

I am at a point where deciding who shall be the teachers I use for recommendations has brought my mood down but I am anticipating Field Day, my friend’s birthday party and the end to a relatively short year.

I must admit, this year felt the shortest in comparison to freshman and sophomore year :O Very strange.

Moreover, I made a lot more friends and developed more self-esteem and confidence even if I gained more weight. From freshman year, I gained 17lbs. due to exercising (which managed to tone specific muscle groups) and by not playing these days, I lost the muscle mass which, for the most part, converted to fat 😦 Except in my legs… I think.

Now here are some of my pictures that I have taken so far 🙂

Lemonade at Houston’s

Delicious freshly squeezed orange juice


My mom, my friend, my other friend & her mom went to Houston’s to sort of celebrate my other friend’s 18th birthday. Although at school, we ate a cake and had a great time as this big group of Juniors, the 3 of us were secretly treated to an expensive and tasty meal at Houston’s haha. I hope to visit Houston’s with my friends more often next year!

BUBBA burger is so freaking amazing

Hey look, funky-shaped burgers!

Cooking; it was still sizzling but the photo made the burgers look as though they were done cooking and lolling in their own oil but they were still cooking away…

Mom threw the buns in a separate pan to become firm, crisp and browned


Supposedly a Chanel quad; found in Mom’s drawer. Will ask sometime if it is real because I looked it up online and there is no palette called,


Soon enough, I will post reviews of items in my makeup collection and new items such as my MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in #13 which does not suit my skintone.