Saturday, 7 January 2012

Mail arrived: Full of Joy and Bliss!

I'll explain the funky blog title in a moment.  Let me just begin by screaming out HOW EXCITED AND GRATEFUL I am to receiving this box from Tao!  I asked for some custom purchases (yes evil black friday sales) and items from blog sale; but we also kind of did a beauty swap -- I sent her a box of surprises and she sent me even more!!!

Thank you, Tao!  I'm gonna give these make up as much love as I can!!!! And I love you!!! ^.^

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Let me start with the custom purchases first, which I shall elaborate later in separate posts, then the more surprising blog sale/swap things!

I struggled a little which pic to place as the 1st pic, and there it goes, the MAC Dazzlespheres.  I got the Plum and Berry sets.  The reason why I ask Tao to help is because in the States they're selling at USD32.5 each, in my city, the stupid MAC counters are asking for HKD400 = USD51.4 !!!!  No wonder they can't sell!!!! XD XD

Next we have Chantecaille evil black friday sales.  They are giving out a free Les Macarons Face Palette with USD150 purchase, so I picked up 3 base make up to try.  The famous Just Skin tinted moisturiser, Real Skin cream foundation in pan, just the refill, and a New Stick foundation which I think would work as concealer too!

Who isn't eyeing for the Real Techniques brushes?  Seriously, who doesn't want to try!?  Sadly I can't get hold of any in my land, and the UK sites that ship worldwide is asking for too much.  When I saw there's a buy 1 get 1 half price (or something) sales going on ULTA, I asked Tao to help me ordered a bunch of their sets.  I got 2 core collection, 1 travel essentials and 1 starter set.   To qualify for a coupon or free shipping, I also added the below into my list, a back-up Essence blush brush *note: I already got 1*, and a Prestige Total Intensity eyeliner.

You can't imagine how much I saved despite the custom purchase process is much more complicated... I owe you, Tao!

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Then we have the crazy blog sale + swap stash.  WOW...

Let's begin with the eyeshadow family.

MAC Gleeful Mineralized Blush (top)
MAC Pigment in Kitschmas (centre),
Fuschia (top right),
Universal Mix (left),
Teal (bottom right)

Teal's lid unscrewed itself in my box.  It drives me nuts but luckily I think I cleaned everything up alright, except the box of my Chantecaille Just Skin, if you can tell from my pic far above :'(

(from top left) Sleek Eye Dust in Innocence
Fyrinnae Glow Blush in Enchant
Obsessive Cosmetics Company Loose Colour in Glisten
Sleek Eye Dust in Blue Lagoon, Eden, Outrage

Swatch: Enchant on the left, Glisten on the right

Swatch from left: Blue Lagoon, Innocence, Outrage

more MAC pigment in Rose
MAC pigment in Old Gold
Stila all over shimmer eyes in #7
Urban Decay Loose Pigment in X

I am a little bit surprised that the UD loose pigment is Made in China, full stop.  It's my 1st UD eyeshadow, for real!

Swatch: X 

Bobbi Brown Velvet Plum Eye Palette 
(Bone, Naked, Velvet Plum, Espresso)

Seriously, this is the 1st Bobbi Brown eyeshadow I have ever had in my life.  You took my first, Tao!

ColoreScience Colores in Motion Kit
Maybelline Eye Studio in 50 Taupe Temptress
Maybelline Plum Smokes

Stila eyeshadow duo in terracotta, fandango
Stila eyeshadow in indigo, wheat

Brand New Wet n Wild Vanity
Brand New Milani Shadow Wear Eye Shadow Quad in 02 Sedona Sunset

BonneBell LipLites in Cappuccino
Too Faced Diamond Gloss in Canary
Milani Glow Natural in Fair to Light
MAC Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer
Rock n Republic Extremist Mascara in Noir

  I am genuinely excited to see the Glow Natural foundation because it is one of Tao's drugstore favourites and she talked about it a lot in her empties video (pan pxrn) and FOTD blogposts!  And a Rock n Republic Mascara!  People are talking on and on about their blushes and eyeshadows, which I have none, but now at least I get to try their mascara! ;)

e.l.f. Mineral Blush in Joy, Bliss
Sonia Kashuk beautifying blush in Pink
Meow cosmetics LushBlush in Liaison
Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte Foundation in Fairly Light
Everyday Minerals Blush in DVR Saturday

Yes here you are, the title of my blogpost, Joy and Bliss!  The Sonia Kashuk blush looks like my cup of tea, matte light/pale pink... Mmmm...

Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser
Clinique All About Eyes Serum
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
MAC Lip Conditioner
MAC Oil Control Lotion
Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Moisture SPF25

I Love Skin Care!  And I have never tried MAC ones!  Although I can't use the oil control lotion now - no oil in Winter, sorry.  I am already liking the lip conditioner!!!!  And what a co-incidence: the night before I received the box, I was randomly adding all about eyes serum to my wish list (yes I do that almost every day) and VOILA, it is in my box!!!! It is crazy - skin care can make me so excited I'm a bit embarrassed! :")

Ojon damage reverse instant restorative hair serum
Flora by Gucci Eau Fraiche
Play by Givenchy Eau de Toilette
Pink Sugar by Aquolina Eau de Toilette
Bath n Body Works Dark Kiss body lotion
BBW Coconut Mango body lotion

FINALLY, the end of the post.  If I have to bring 1 brand from the States to Hong Kong.  It will definitely be BBW - don't leave behind the SALES though.  (no I don't need Sephora XD)  I am so so so so happy Tao threw in 2 body lotions for me.  ^.^

Last but not least, A Big Thank You to Tao.  I LOVE YOU!  Good luck with your new job and everything!!!!! :D

Read More:

1st Shopping at Tao's
2nd Shopping at Tao's
Our Collaboration: Make-Up Pan-Killing?

Cheers :D


  1. No wonder you were excited! Lucky you, Tao worked at the MAC counter too so you got a whole lot of MAC goodies!

  2. wow u have got a lot of eyeshadows *o*
    I also have that Maybelline Eye Studio eyeshadow , but not that colour

  3. @sugarbumpkin - yea indeed, that could be why she sent me quite a lot of estee lauder family stuff! :)

    @crystal - yes, looks like Tao and I share some similar eyeshadow problems. and I'm glad we share similar taste in colour choices! Which shade of maybelline eye studio did you get? is that good?

  4. Hi Jacq! I'm so glad that your got the package. I was getting worried, LOL! Enjoy all the goodies! :) Can't wait for some FOTDs. Also, the unknown pigment is MAC Old Gold.

  5. I see! So 'old gold' it is! Thanks~

    The last package (with prestige mascaras and etc) also got in!!!

    Have a nice day~



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