MAC Oscars 2011

Hi everyone!

It's the end of the year and always around December I think back and ask myself what really stood out to me from the past MAC collections.

So ladies and gentlemen, here are my

MAC Oscars 2011

Best new product 2011:
Studio Careblend Pressed Powders

Best Lipstick: Gem of Roses (Semi-Precious Collection)
Best Eyeshadow: Unflappable (Peacocky Collection)
Best Palette: Valiant (Wonder Woman Collection)
Best Blush: Mighty Aphrodite (Wonder Woman Collection)
Best Mineralize Blush: Pressed Amber (Semi-Precious Collection)
Best Cremeblend Blush: Brit Wit (Cremeblend Blush Collection)
Best Cream Colour Base: Movie Star Red (Stylishly Yours Collection)
Best Bronzer: Lush-light Bronze (Surf Baby Collection)
Best Beauty Powder: How Beautiful (Glitter & Ice Collection)
Best MSF: Goldstone (Semi-Precious Collection)
Best Lipglass: Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman Collection)
Best Dazzleglass: Pleasure Principle (Glitter & Ice Collection)
Best Lipgelee: Bubble Lounge (Cham Pale Collection)
Best Paint Pot: Dangerous Cuvee (Cham Pale Collection)
Best Fluid Line: Dark Diversion (Stylishly Yours Collection)
Best Nail Polish: Unconditionally Fabulous (Glitter & Ice Collection)
Best Brush: 234 (Semi-Precious Collection)

Favorite Collections 2011
Wonder Woman
Glitter & Ice

Most loved Product 2011
Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Lush-light Bronze

Least-liked Collection 2011
Flighty (Big Bounce Eyeshadows)

Biggest Disappointment 2011
Big Bounce Eyeshadows

Honorable Mention (product that I really liked as well)
Kissable Lip Colours (Peacocky Collection)

So these were my very favorite MAC items 2011!

If you want to check out my MAC Oscars 2009, MAC Oscars 2010, please do so!

What were your favorite makeup items in 2011?

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Battle of the Nail Polishes: MAC vs. Essence

Hi ladies,

I painted my nails with different nail polishes today!

On the left:
MAC Nail Lacquer "Get Noticed", topped with MAC "Unconditionally Fabulous", both from this year's Christmas collection

On the right:
Essence Nail Polish "So Glamorous", topped with Essence "Space Queen"

Now the difference is...

...the price, yes!

MAC Nail Lacquers cost 12,50 euros (10ml),
Essence Nail polishes cost 1,25 euros (5ml).

Colorwise they differ a bit in that the red Essence nail polish is a bit deeper and leans more toward maroon. The Essence sparkly polish has smaller glitter particles. In the picture, the flash hit one nail a bit differently than the other. In real life I can't see much of a difference between the two polish combinations!

Essence combination:

MAC combination:

To make the swatches I used:

Base coat: Essence Nail Art Protecting Base Coat
Then, on each nail:
2 coats of red polish
2 coats of sparkly transparent polish
No top coat

These nails definitely get me into Christmas mood!

Take care!


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What I bought at the Beauty Flea Market...

Hi girls (and guys)! :-)

This is what I bought at the Vienna Beauty Flea Market on Sunday. We all didn't just sell things, we were treasure hunters as well:

MAC Royal Assets Cool Eyes Palette
(Antiquitease Collection)
It contains eyeshadows:
Shadowy Lady, Silverwear, Modern Heir, Queen's Jewel, Medallion, Trophy Pink
Eye Brush: 213SE

MAC Nail Lacquer Seasonal Peach
(Sugarsweet Collection)
Essie Nail Polish Tart Deco

MAC Nail Lacquer Illegal Purple
(Cult of Cherry Collection)

MAC Brushes 217 (back) and 252 (front)
(Adoring Carmine Collection)

MAC eyeshadows:
Snappy (left) - Femme Noir Collection
Memorabilia (right) - Pret-a-Papier Collection

Mini-version of Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Oh, and a Lush soap, "Honey I washed the kids", but that's already in use in my bathroom! :-)

Hope you all got great things to try out too!

Take care!

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Vienna Beauty Flea Market: Impressions and Confessions...

So now it's history, the first Vienna Beauty Flea Market, that took place last Sunday!

We were overwhelmed and more than surprised to see that so many people came to to buy our stuff. It really wasn't a flea market, it was an invasion! Just like when MAC launched the Style Black Collection, you MAC-lovers know what I'm talking about :-) It was just like that. Our tables were raided!

Not only us bloggers who sold things were there, other blogging friends stopped by to visit us, like Michi, Mel and Chamy, Michi even baked Muffins for us, which was so sweet!

It was definitely a memorable day, it goes down in the book!

As for the guests, we had all different kinds of visitors: people who stopped by because they had seen the signs outside, people who dropped in after mass (the flea market was held in a parish hall), people who had come because they had seen the Facebook page or read our blogs, all sorts of very lovely people. One girl had even taken an early train from Lower Austria to be there, her hair still tousled because she had gone to a prom the night before...

And the funniest thing:
At some point a girl from MAC was standing there in front of me, and - roles reversed - I was selling HER stuff, MAC stuff. That was hilarious!

And there was this little girl, she was very young, must have still gone to school, she was looking at everything really carefully and then picked out a little palette. She left and came back after an hour and bought another palette, left again, came back again. I only realized after the third time that it was still her who came back and bought these little palettes. That really touched my heart. It reminded me of when I was young, it wasn't about makeup then, but it sure was little money and careful spending. I wanted her to come back, I would have given her something she liked, but she didn't return after the third time...

So there I was, with a humongous amount of makeup for sale. One girl, who had seen the sign outside and come in, asked me indcredulously, how come I had so much makeup. She couldn't quite grasp the idea of amassing so much makeup and asked if it was a hobby of mine. She asked twice! She didn't, or couldn't understand my answer the first time around! :-)

I guess yes, it is a hobby. I mean, when I saw all my things displayed there on the table, I asked myself how come I had so much stuff. But makeup is something I love, have always loved. It's instant transformation and instant change, and so easy to get off. It's something that gets me through the day, it's what I start my day with in the morning, and the last thing I take off before going to bed. It makes me feel better on a bad day.

So you're asking: (and my boyfriend is asking too) ;-)
Have I learned anything from the experience?
Will I still be going to MAC each month to check out their new collections even though I have so much stuff at home? Uhhhhhm... yes I will! :-)
Will I still be going to the drugstore and buy Essence and Catrice when they come out with new things? Sure, why not!

Makeup is changing all the time, new things come out all the time, and they do have an impact on a little part of my life. There was a time, when mineral foundation was not readily available in Europe, and where would I be without my beloved MAC Mineralize Satinfinish foundation today? There was a time when we had no eye primers and walking around with creasing eyeshadow was just a way of life. And there was a time when powders were so drying that I couldn't use one at all.

So yes, I guess I will still buy makeup, I will try out new things and purchase stuff I know I will probably like! And hopefully pass some of it on to you if it didn't work for me.
Maybe next year, at the Second Annual Vienna Beauty Flea Market?


But there is one thing I have learned for sure:




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MAC Warm Snowglobe Eye Palette

Hi there!

As promised, the look with the MAC Warm Snowglobe Palette that just came out with the Glitter and Ice Collection.

I tried to use all the colors and nothing else!

Here is what the palette looks like:

The colors are pretty basic and neutral, the look turned out neutral as well.

You could definitely make it more intense by using a golden or brown base.

Here is how I used the colors:

And here is how I placed them on the lid:

Have a great day!


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1st Beauty Flea Market in Vienna

Hi there everybody!

I have exciting news if you live in Vienna:

Three beauty bloggers are organizing a Beauty Flea Market next Sunday, November 13!

They are:
Mirela from Coral and Mauve
Claudia from Claudia loves... Fashion
Jen from Goldmarie

Here is the flyer:
I will be there with Lilly from Lillith's Dark Tower and we'll be selling our stuff as well! :-)

The location is:
Martin-Luther-Kirche (kleiner Pfarrsaal)
Martinstraße 25
in the 18th district

How to get there:
Hop onto the brown subway line, U6 and get off at station "Michelbeuern - AKH"

Here is the Facebook link for the event:
Vienna Beauty Flea Market

The following Viennese bloggers will be selling their stuff as well:
Anonymous Beautyholic
Good Lack, Nail!
Miss Leichenblässe

Claudia loves…fashion and swarina will sell snacks and coffee!

I just made a list of stuff that will be for sale, it's looooooooong! :-)
We'll be selling eyeshadows, brushes, perfumes, nail polishes, just about anything you could think of!

So be there, or be square! :-)


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MAC Glitter & Ice Collection

I love special edition packaging, I just love it. If it was up to me, every MAC collection could have special packaging. Especially with lipsticks I find it very helpful, because I instantly know what packaging is what shade. When I have to read the labels of my black packaged MAC lipsticks at 6 o'clock in the morning to find a specific shade, that's when I often start swearing in silence...

Okay, getting back on track :-)

I went the the preview party for the MAC Glitter & Ice Collection on Wednesday and it was great fun because lots of Viennese bloggers were there and I got to talk to some of them.

To name all that I could recognize and talk to:
Lilly, Nyota, Trey, Chinda, Kirschblüte, Guinevere and Michi.
Am I missing anyone? Please shout! :-)

It was so crowded I could barely make it to the testers, but I finally managed, with Michi. They didn't have the eyeshadow palettes that I wanted but I got to swatch what interested me most eventually.

I went to Douglas the next day to get the palettes, because they had them there.

So here is my haul:

MAC Snowglobe Warm Eyeshadow Palette

*edit: here is a look with the palette:
Find out how I placed the shades in this post!

MAC Snowglobe Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Beauty Powder in shade How Beautful

MAC Lipstick Soft Sable
MAC Dazzleglass Pleasure Principle
MAC Nail Lacquer Unconditionally Fabulous

I already tried out the warm palette, look is coming soon!

Next thing I am looking forward to?

The Beauty Flea Market that is coming up next Sunday in Vienna! Post about that is also coming!
Hope to see you all there, my Viennese beauty blogging friends!



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MAC "Bad Fairy" Nail Lacquer

To finish up my sparkly red blogpost series, here is
MAC Nail Lacquer in shade "Bad Fairy"

I thought it goes well with my shoes (post here and here) :-)

Bad Fairy was released with the Venomous Villains Collection in 2010, it was part of the Maleficent section of the collection, together with two other nail polishes. Colorwise it's a sparkly ruby red that changes color depending on how the light hits it, most often turning yellowish/golden. I had to use 3 coats for an even finish.

Products used:
Base coat: Essence Nail Art Protecting Base Coat (love it)
3 coats of MAC "Bad Fairy"
Top Coat: Essence Better Than Gel Nails

Now I'm waiting for the MAC Christmas Collection Glitter & Ice, there are two nail polishes in that collection that I like, the sheer sparkly one with glitter in it and the red one! I also kind of like the purple one...

We'll see if Santa Claus puts enough money into my wallet :o)


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My new red Mary Janes

Shall we talk about shoes? Ladies? Anyone? :-)

Yesterday I was browsing through the Humanic web site (that's a shoe store in Austria) - I was looking for a pair of black killer heels, because I had seen some stunning ones on a girl the other day. Before I could even get to the women's shoe section, an ad was popping up that led me to these Mary Jane style pumps by Guess.

I was extremely interested in getting my hands on them so after work I went to the Humanic store on Stephansplatz to check them out. The saleslady there told me that they did not carry Guess, which I found weird, but she told me that the shoe store Dominici next door did. So I went there and found them. They were available in three colors, black, nude and red. I opted for the red ones, since black and nude shoes are much easier to find, and pretty red ones are kind of rare, I find.

Tried them on and loved them. They are pretty high, 11 cm/4 inches, which will make me want to wear them on a "sitting night" out, a nice dinner or something. I would probably die if I had to wear them one day straight.

To sum it up:
Shoes are patent leather pumps, Mary Jane style, by brand Guess, bought at Dominici shoe store here in Vienna, heels are 11 cm/4 inches, size is 37 and they cost 155 euros.

If you want to see what they look like in nude and black, I will link you to the store here.

So long my dear fashionistas! :-)


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Kiko Nail Lacquer Swatches

Hi there!

I promised swatches and here they are!

As you know from my recent post, I went to a Kiko store in Italy and bought some eyeshadows and nail polishes.

Here come the nail lacquer swatches. The polishes don't have names, only numbers:

I used:
Base Coat: Micro Cell 2000 Nail Repair
Two coats of Kiko Nail Lacquer
Top Coat: Essence Better than Gel Nails

Kiko Nail Lacquers vary in price, these here all cost 3,90 euros. They contain 11 ml/0,37 fl.oz.


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A Wash of Purple

Good morning makeup lovers!

As the season changes so does the makeup, at least mine does, colorwise. I have replaced corals and bright pinks by muted berry tones, the gloomier the weather, the darker the colors... :-)

That's the fun when the weather changes, the makeup changes, too, and you can mix and match choosing colors from a completely different range! I'm all for a bit of change once in a while!

So anyway, purples and brown is what I paired today:

Products used:
UD Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Purple (all over lid)
MAC Eyeshadows:
Crystal (inner half of lid)
Knight Divine (outer half of lid)
Haux (crease)
Blackberry (to deepen crease)
Mylar (highlight)
Urban Decay eyeshadow Mayhem (lower lashline)

Do you guys adapt your makeup to the season or do you stick with what simply works best for you, with a fixed routine?


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Kiko Haul and Swatches

Hi there!

I went home to South Tyrol, Italy recently and while I was there I visited the Kiko store in Bolzano/Bozen.

Since it was my first time at Kiko, I thought I'd try what I like best: brown and taupe eyeshadows. So basically I got all the brown shades that caught my eye. :-)

I haven't tried them yet, but I made swatches:

(click to enlarge)

Here is a picture of the shades with their numbers:

I also got a couple of nail polishes, I put their number on the picture:

I might post nail swatches soon and attempt to do an eye makeup look with the eyeshadows soon!

*edit: please find swatches of the nail polishes here.

Take care!


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MAC Gem of Roses Lipstick

MAC Gem of Roses is easily my favorite lipstick that MAC has released this year, 2011. Actually, it's a tie between Gem of Roses (Semi-Precious Collection) and Oh, Oh, Oh (MAC Me Over Collection). Both are gorgeous and easy to wear, both are in my handbag (and - between you and me - I got backups of both!) :-)

Even though Gem of Roses doesn't look that spectacular and unique on the lips, it's a shade I don't quite have yet. I was suprised myself! ;-) It's so wearable and always appropriate. It just goes with anything. 

The color is a little hard to describe, I have often seen it described as strawberry pink... I don't know, it's definitely a fresh looking pink, warm toned, with a nice sheen. Finishwise it's a Lustre.

I am officially nominating it in the category Best MAC Lipstick of 2011!

Someone please hand me the Oscar!


Have a great day!

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Blusherine goes Rainbow :o)

Inspired by Leesha's post I decided to get a little crazy in the eye color department...

I am clearly nowhere near her skills but I love watching her turorials on youtube and so this morning I decided it was time for a rainbow color look...

I must admit that it looks better in the picture than it does in real life... :o))

Anyway, I used the Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette, and these were the colors I picked out:

1) inner part of the lid
2) center part of the lid
3) outer part of the lid
4) very lightly, in the crease

As liner I used the Essence gel liner in Berlin Rocks.

Hope you like it and that you try going wild with colors once in while, too! ;-)


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Essie "Chinchilly" Nail Polish

Essie Chinchilly is a grey creme polish that I have been loving lately.

It's a warmer grey, meaning it leans toward taupe, but it's more grey than taupe. In the bottle it looks more taupe, though. It's very complicated ;-)

I used:
Base Coat: Micro Cell 2000 Nail Repair
Two coats of Essie Chinchilly
Top Coat: Essence Better than Gel Nails

Excuse the scratchy nail polish surface, I forgot to wipe off my hand cream really well... :-)


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Catrice Absolute Eye Colours

Catrice launched new eyeshadows recently and of course I had go and check them out ;-) (of course!)

Catrice makes some pretty decent eyeshadows, they only cost 2,79 euros a piece and if they ever come out with a customizable empty palette and provide the shadows as refills, I am so there!!

For now I am just collecting the shades until I depot them all.

So anyway, two of the new eyeshadows really caught my eye:

1) C'mon Chameleon (on the left, similar to MAC Club)
2) My first Copperware Party (on the right, similar to MAC Satin Taupe)

I tried them out right away and here is what I came up with:

Because I used whatever was within my reach, I had to take pictures of the shadows, in order to remember :-)

So here we go:

On the lid, lower lashline and in the crease:
My first Copperware Party (right)

On the outer lid and outer lower lashline
C'mon Chameleon (left)

To warm up the brow bone:
Top right color from my ELF Warm Bronzer

As highlight:
Bottom left color from ELF Warm Bronzer

To deepen up the crease and create an outer v:
Matte black color from Sleek Storm Palette, sure any black will do...

Hope you enjoyed my little... uhhmm.... colorstory! :-)


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