Misa Nail Polish Swatches Part I

I was finally able to swatch my twelve shades from Misa. I love the colors, and although I knew I picked somewhat neutral or safe shades, I am already looking forward to my next order of some more colorful shades. I love the texture of this brand, although some did tend to run streaky, but I was able to fix it with a few additional swipes of the brush. Here are the first six swatches. I will be posting swatches of the next six in another entry.

Jasmine is a beautiful lavender color in a cream formula without shimmer. I love cream formulas so this is such a gorgeous shade to me. This reminds me of my China Glaze polish in Spontaneous, although the latter is a deeper purple.

I love purples so these two shades will get a lot of love from me. If you are wondering how these shades are different from Parlez Vous OPI? from OPI's France collection, Jasmine is lighter than Parlez Vous but the latter has some grey undertones, and Jasmine is a clean lavender shade. Spontaneous is deeper than Parlez Vous with no grey undertones.

I love Sugar Peach Beige. It is a shimmer polish that does look like a marriage of beige tones and the color of brown sugar with peach undertones. It looks great on my skin.

Pink Champagne
was one of those lacquers that streaked. I was able to hide most of the streaks, and it looks like opaque milk color with pink undertones. I love the color because it looks very clean on the nails and looks classy. This would be great to use at work; it looks chic and professional at the same time.

I am on the fence about this color. It is probably the boldest color from my Misa haul, and it is a very strong gold color. It might be a great color for the toes but I'm not so sure on the tips. On the right skintone, this would be absolutely gorgeous.

Deluxe Honey Ice
is also another great color. This is beautiful on my skintone. It is a cool taupe with shimmer but I can see warm undertones as well. This is cooler than Sugar Peach Beige but they are somewhat similar.

Teddy Bear
is one of my favorites from my Misa haul. It is a beautiful taupe-bronze with shimmer and gold undertones. It is wonderful on my skintone and I believe one of the more popular Misa shades. I can't wait to wear this color. It is neutral enough for work but bold enough to stand out.

Watch out for Part 2 of the Misa swatches!

My MAC Birthday Haul

I turned a year older today so I'd thought of treating myself with some MAC stuff (haha, what else is new ;P ). Anyways, before I went to the MAC store, I was in another store when I overheard a lady bragging to her friend about the MAC Hello Kitty tote that she got as a freebie. I knew that some MAC stores do give those away, but I wasn't sure that that was the case in all stores. So when I was inside MAC before I paid for my items, I asked the MA if I could have a tote, and she said of course!

It's so cute!

I noticed that I have a lot of limited edition MAC shadows, but I don't have much basic, neutral shadows from the permanent line. I was eyeing some MAC permanent shadows but was never able to get them. I finally snagged them today in convenient Pro pans so it's easy to place them in my 15-pan palette.

I don't have any plans of getting the Too Dolly palette from the Hello Kitty collection because I already have Romping (the bright purplish pink) and I have a bajillion mint greens in my makeup stash, so I just got a pro pan of Yogurt. It's a beautiful matte light pink that would be great as an all-over lid color. I was interested in Shale as well, a smokey dirty purple with sheen, and the MA said that it would go well with Yogurt (the latter on the lid and Shale on the crease), so I got Shale as well. And Wedge, well, I'd been lemming for it for ages, so I got that too.

Here is my new 15-pan palette with the newly depotted shadows. I still have space for the 100 Strokes, Rose Blanc and Brule, and that completes my 9th shadow palette. I get requests to feature my MAC eyeshadow collection, but I have already featured them in a previous post. Click the link below for detailed photos and information on the rest of my palettes.

My MAC Eye Shadows: A Reference Guide

London Fashion Week '09: MAC Face Charts for Saturday, February 23rd

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DreamWorld's Dreamy and Creamy Cream Toppings

EDITED to add: I noticed some of you were trying to click the link to the cream toppings but it was broken. I finally fixed it; go ahead and click away! :)

I recently got my finishing powder order from Dreamworld Minerals. This is a small mineral cosmetics company that doesn't have a big machinery for ads and all that, but I really believe that Ellie (the owner) makes excellent mineral foundations, shadows, blushes and even lip glosses. Some of her best products in my opinion are her finishing powders. She doesn't have just one or two colors or formulas, but she has a wide spectrum of different colors of finishing powders with different formulas to suit different kinds of skin. The names are very scrumptious and whet the appetite too! Dreamworld has finishing powders called "cream toppings", which is an apt term to describe a creamy finishing powder that you apply on top of your foundation to set your makeup. These can also be used as primers applied before foundation.

The different kinds of cream toppings can be seen HERE, and the names are delicious: Angel Cream, Banana Cream, Peanut Butter Cream, Butter Scotch Cream, Peach, Cocoa, and even Iced Cream! The Cream Toppings come in three different formulas to suit different skin types: With Silk, With Clay and Silica, and With Clay but No Silica. The Silk formula is good for dry or more mature skin, while the last two formulas are for oily skin because kaolin clay soaks up excess oil. I most often get the Clay and Silica formula because I have combination skin, and the clay mattifies my skin while the silica diffuses light and makes my pores look smaller, and basically just make my skin look flawless and immaculate.

Here are some samples of the cream toppings I got from a previous order. These little baggies actually hold a generous amount of product and each baggie is good for several uses.

DreamWorld's Glo Worms are amazing as well. So gorgeous! These are highlighters that can be used over blush or by itself to create a dewy, youthful sheen on your skin.

Going back to my most recent order, I got a full size of Whipped Strawberries, Creams-To-Go in Angel and Butter (both Clay/Silica formula), Illuminizer in Dark Yellow and I got a free pigment, a lovely rosey bronze-salmon color named Snap-Apple. I am using Whipped Strawberries everyday as a finishing powder and I am loving it so much. It is not under Cream Toppings but it is called Whipped Cocoon. It is a play of words from Ellie because Whipped Strawberries is made with silk powder, and silk is the fiber from the cocoon of the silk worm moth. Whipped Strawberries is a light pink colored finishing powder but it doesn't make my face abnormally pink; it gives the prettiest radiance and a flawless finish to my skin. It also helps seal in moisture. To check out the Whipped Cocoons, click HERE.

I got a fullsize jar of the illuminizer in Dark Yellow, and it's not really dark at all. It operates more like a highlighter for the cheeks and temples, whenever you want a little bit of radiance to make the skin look dewy and younger. I can't wait to use this for my looks.

If you like all these products, wait till you try Dreamworld's foundations!! Oh my, they are really some of the best I've tried. My shade in DreamWorld (Theia) has tiny specks of sheen that don't really make my skin look like a discoball, but it makes it look radiant, not shiny or glowy, mind you, but there's a radiance in my skin that is just gorgeous. I mix Theia with Amenti to come up with my perfect shade.

Don't feel intimidated with DreamWorld's website; it is a great escape to the land of enchanted fairies, goddesses and muses, and you will learn a bit of Greek mythology, ancient folklore and the like, while shopping for gorgeous minerals. If you find it a bit tricky, DreamWorld's Vox Site is easier to navigate and has a lot of pictures and descriptions of the products.

London Fashion Week: MAC Face Charts For February 21st

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