Sunday, March 28, 2010

March Madness

March has always been a hectic month for me, which is why I've been neglecting my blog. It's when our last round of midterms are and also when all our assignments, papers, projects and presentations are due. It's the time to wrap everything up for the term before our finals begin in April, so naturally I've been swamped! I also put myself on a no-buy ban for the month of March to restrict myself from buying makeup and beauty products. This way, I can use my money towards other things like clothes and skincare instead.

The MAC Give Me Liberty of London collection came out on my birthday so I did make myself an exception with this collection. I had been eying this collection for a while and absolutely adored the packaging, so I placed an advanced order online for this.

The first item I got was the beauty powder in Shell Pearl.

The powder is very soft in texture and it's not overly shimmery.
This makes a very pretty highlighter. Some of you asked me what I was wearing on my cheeks in my last post, and this is what I had on.

I also picked up one of the lipsticks in Ever Hip as well as a lipglass in Perennial High Style. These two go very well together and compliment one another.

Left: Shell Pearl Beauty Powder
Middle: Perennial High Style Lipglass
Right: Ever Hip Lipstick

With flash.

I went to Sephora to pick up my birthday gift. 

I chose the lipgloss set because it looked cute
and a girl can never have too much lip gloss ;)

They must've had these kits sitting around for a long time, because on closer inspection, the gloss looked really chunky and sort of dried up. When I swatched them, they seemed to be fine.

Left: Bronzed Beauty
Middle: Rosy Glow
Right: Precious Pink

With flash.

The colours weren't at all like what I imagined them to be and they are more shimmery than I like. Also, the fact that it's starting to clump up already makes me wary, so I'm not sure I'll be using these :P

I've heard so much about Cellnique products and have been wanting to try them for a while now. So recently, when I was contacted by Cellnique asking if I would like to try out a few of their products, I was very surprised to be asked and super excited too. My skin has been breaking out a lot more lately (probably due to stress) so this couldn't have come at a better time. Thank you Selina for sending me these!

These two are definitely my favourite products out of the rest. They work very well in conjunction with each other. I'll have a full review of everything in a couple of weeks! I want to give these a try for at least a month first :) 

I also got this wallet from my mom.
She got this a while back and had been saving it in her closet so I'm not sure of the model anymore.

I love the signature Coach logo on the buckle and it opens to a soft pink interior. I think it contrasts really nicely with the brown on the outside.
♥ ♥ 
I have just 3 more days to go for this month's no-buy ban! Definitely had some temptations here and there, but I think I've done pretty well in stopping myself from buying things :) I doubt I'll have the chance to go shopping anytime soon even after my ban is over. I'm going to continue to be swamped with school and things are only going to get busier! I have 2 papers, 1 midterm, 1 presentation and then 4 finals to go before the end of April. This is the final stretch before I graduate from university in May, so it's all or nothing! Good luck to those of you who are busy with school as well! :)

♥ Anita


LittoMokaa said...

Hey Anita! Great haul you got there and happy belated birthday!! ;) The Shell pearl powder is absolutely gorgeous! Very tempting XD Thans for sharing and I nominated you for a award in one of my post if you didn't notice. =)

Babybubblz said...

Happy Belated Bday! I was JUST able to forgot about the new MAC collection but here I am trying to resist again! :P Good luck for the rest of the term

Angelique said...

Happy Belated Birthday again!! Good job on the no buying!! I need to follow in your footsteps forreals!

I love that lipglass!! I just bought two lipsticks from that collection. I still want to buy their lipglasses but I don't even own one yet and I want to try one of the regular ones. Any suggestions?? :P I don't really like sparkle though.. so just regular & creamy ones are best.

Anyway... long comment. Good luck again with all the work you have to do! Take care <3

PixyEla said...

Happy belated birthday Anita!! I love the products you got from the Give Me Liberty London collection. I gotta visit MAC one of these days to snatch up a couple of things from this collection. :D The beauty powder looks so pretty on you!!

Good luck with your midterms/finals/presentations and assignments!!!!! Kick butt!! Yay for graduating too this year, I can't wait!!

Take care~
Pam xo

locke said...

Belated Happy Birthday Anita! Great hauls,i love the MAC Give Me Liberty of London collection, the packaging are so pretty =) Do your best in school! and congrats in advance coz you'll finally graduate in MAY,wohoo! blowout! blowout! =D xoxo

chung said...

Happy belated birthday and good luck with all your school work!

I'm always attempting a no buy but it only seems to last for 2 weeks max :(

Hope Chella said...

I love all of these goodies :)

Irene said...

WOW I love the collection by MAC, thank you for the swatches - is the Shell Pearl also from the MAC Barbie Collection??? If so I might have it stashed away somewhere lol

Miss K. You said...

Happy Belated Birthday girly~ and I loove the Liberty of London collection too :) I only bought a lipstick and eyeshadow though, trying to be a *good girl* and since it's not my bday =p

P.S. I haven't forgotten about the awards/tag!

Dina (XYYan) said...

Happy belated birthday Anita! When is your bday? I just realized that so much bloggers are having bday on this month :D
that is one awesome haul. everything looks so great :)


i like the design for liberty of london!!

M.A.C.nunu said...

I LOVE the Shell Pearl powder, it's the perfect blush for me right now whilst I'm still at my winter paleness, it gives me a gorgeous gorgeous sheen! LOVE IT!
I "somehow" convinced myself i didn't need Ever Hip and now i'm regretting it BIG time....T.T

drocks said...

belated birthday and glad you got the liberty of london collection. theyre pretty i still need to get my hands on them

♪mei said...

happy belated birthday!! love love love the mac lippies!!

PetiteAsianGirl said...

Happy Belated Birthday! You picked up some great stuff - I'm in lvoe with the packaging of Mac's LOL stuff.

A shopping ban on makeup so you can spend the money on clothes? Wow, I need to do exactly the opposite!

Catherine said...

Aww, when was your birthday?!? Happy belated birthday though!!

Lovely haul! The beauty powder looks goooorgeous!

Good luck with the rest of your term!! *hugs*

Shop N' Chomp said...

"a girl can never have too much lip gloss"...YES, YES, YES! You rock :D Love love your supa dupa haul! Congrats on doing so well on your no-buy ban and good luck in school, sweets.

Mars said...

I have those sephora lipglosses and they are niceee~ not sure if they'd still be if they are starting to clump (and looking old) already though

but man, those MAC items looks so tempting!!! I must stop myself from buying anymore skincare this month and next :'(

Anonymous said...

your mac haul is sooooo pretty! esp. the lipglosses!

twinsouls888 said...

Belated happy birthday girl. I'm seriously envious on the MAC Liberty hauls, everything looks so pretty. ^_^

I'll be watching out on the Cellnique reviews :)

Sandra - If it comes in pink said...

Wow, I love the patterns :)

Tiffany said...

I've heard really good things about Cellnique...I'll really want to try it! I have the Sephora lipgloss set and I agree they're too shimmery...I hate how they feel on my lips because I can almost feel the glitter.

Miss K. You said...

Anita, first of all good luck with all your school work! I'm excited for you :) so close to graduating.. one month before me hehe. I like the goodies you got for your bday- yay for goodies!! I personally like Coach wallets bc they are classy and sturdy. Btw, I finallyy got to doing the awards you sent me a while back, thanks again girl!

Miss Tiff said...

Happy belated birthday :) Wow... I love the new mac packaging. It's so cute :D I wish I lived in the states so i can go to sephora. Not many nice make up stores in australia :( I buy most of my make up online anyway haha.

Serena said...

Happy belated birthday! Hope it was a memorable one. =]

The packaging for MAC's Give Me Liberty of London collection is adorable! Almost every MAC stand I've been to is sold out of things I was considering buying. Nice haul. I really like the shade of the lipstick and lipglass.
I'm a March baby too! I got a different gift from Sephora for my birthday. I didn't know they still had the lip gloss. I got the liner, mascara and shadow gift.

Let us know how Cellnique works for you! I've seen other great reviews on these products by other bloggers. Never hurts to hear more about others' experiences. =]

Good job on the no-buy ban. I don't think I'd ever make it. There are just too many temptations out there.

<3 Serena.

Cynthia Zacharica. said...

WOW! What a haul...everything looks so pretty! Happy belated birthday Anita ;)


lisa (Makeupandlife*) said...


I so wanted to get the mac but the lipsticks are not lustre finishes =(

I think those color lipglosses look really nice. you got a really nice haul there =)

A happy belated birthday to you Anita and thanks for stopping by, your profile pic is ever so cute =P

speak soon

charlene-ann said...

I totally missed out on "ever hip" lipstick! it was sold out soo fast everywhere!! glad you got to pick it up though :)

Sense Your Style said...

aww now you tempt me into buying a few from the mac collection keke.
I recently purchased something from coach too!

Dose of Sugar said...

hii ! how do you like the ever hip lipstick?
i was going to get it but it seemed a little too bright & vibrant? is it wearable?
i got the blooming lovely lipstick.. its loveee.. you should get it if its still available!!

Angie said...

The Give Me Liberty lippies are SO cute!

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