ColourPop came out with a bunch of new products (Pressed Powder Shadows and Ultra Blotted Lips). They also came out with several new collections and collaborations that included newer shades of their pre-existing products.
I really wanted to try out some of the newer items as well as some things that were new to just me (for example their Precision Brow Pencil). I mean, I’ve had my heart set on Baby Talk Super Shock Pressed Pigment (the red one) and Short and Sweet Mini Lip Kit since they were released on Valentine’s Day, whereas Animal Super Shock Pressed Pigment (the broken one) has been in and out of my online shopping cart from Day 1. For some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about Luckfully Super Shock Shadow (the dark blue one) even though it’s clearly not the most easily wearable and I don’t do blue, in general. Also, I was worried I’d miss out on Mwah Ultra Matte Lip (the one with kisses all over the packaging) since it was a collab, and therefore probably limited edition (still not quite sure how ColourPop operates). Then there’s Bumble Ultra Matte Lip which everyone swears by and Tuesday Ultra Matte Lip (which has also been in and out of my online shopping cart more times than I can count) and was the only shade I was really interested in from the Moment of Weekness Liquid Lip Set. After playing around with the other ColourPop products that I’d purchased previously, I also wanted to pick up some neutrals (shadows, liquid lips, etc…) especially Firefly Pressed Powder Shadow (which I was so sure would look super complimentary).
Once the Short and Sweet Mini Lip Kit went on sale, I decided to go ahead and place my order, keeping it under $100. I mean I can afford to go crazy, but I always try to keep it at $100 or lower, for whatever reason, sorta’ like a personal challenge (my total this time was $99.40) Plus, it’s a good way to keep me in check, because it’s so easy to go overboard and not even be aware of it, since their price point is so low. It’s just something that I’ve been doing since my CherryCulture.com days and kept it going with Coastal Scents, BH Cosmetics, E.L.F. and all the other super inexpensive online stores.
Equally as exciting as the Snow Ball (core) Collection (previewed here) is the Snow Ball Kits & Sets Collection! As you can tell from the promo shots, the metallic theme of the Snow Ball (core) Collection is still going strong in the Snow Ball (Kits & Sets) Collection as evident from the sequined bags with disco-ball charms dangling off of them (personally, I’m more partial to the glossy bags because they look so sleek and I find the furry charms to be absolutely adorable), everything being either in Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold. I’m an advocate for Holiday Kits & Sets (from any brand really) because A) great value for money and B) you get to try out and discover different products (that you normally wouldn’t purchase on their own) and finally C) limited edition products/packaging.
The MAC Snow Ball (Kits & Sets) Collection is huge! I’ll be going over everything in this post. Hopefully, you’ll find something that interests you, either for yourself, or as a gift for someone else. If anything catches your fancy, just google it for actual swatches (MAC Snow Ball Collection was released world-wide, in October, meaning everyone and their mother has already swatched the entire collection, at this point). Sorry for not having any proper swatches but MAC Snow Ball hasn’t been released in Kuwait yet (and probably won’t be, for a very long time lawl). Until then, I gotta’ make do with the promo shots and what passes for “swatches”. First, here’s a general over-view (I’ll go more in-depth afterwards) of all the Kits & Sets, and what they include. Enjoy!
I didn’t include the title because that in and of itself is a spoiler. I glimpsed the title accidentally, (while constantly refreshing the website where I stream The Walking Dead) and it sorta’ ruined the whole episode for me (anyone with half a brain could figure it out). That said, I actually liked this episode because it wasn’t as slow as some of the other episodes (from past seasons). It wasn’t crazy eventful but it was suspenseful enough for me. They were laying it on pretty thick (that whole flower thing was a bit much) within the first 2 minutes of the episode (I was all prepared to be in a huff about how cheezy it was and everything) but then everything made sense (it didn’t work on me but I could understand their objective)… much, much later on. Also, Carol got a lot of screen-time, which is always awesome for me, mainly because I love her! Meanwhile Rick and Daryl were having a Bollywood moment (or as we refer to them in Kuwait, Filim Hindi, even though there’s no such language as Hindi…) I mean, I have no issue with suspending my beliefs for a tv show but No, Rick, just… no. You’d think with everything else that I’d let slide, this would be a non-issue but for some reason, this is where I draw the line. I couldn’t help it. I burst into laughter when I saw that part. In fact, I went back and watched it again just to make sure I really saw what I saw. Those who aren’t aware of the classic Bollywood Movie cliches might be more familiar with bad 80’s cop movies. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you watch the episode (maybe?).
Also, where’s Negan? It’s been a couple of episodes already. Are they really gonna’ hide him from us, up until the mid-season finale? :(
M∙A∙C Snow Ball. Find your rhythm. All eyes are on the cool kids, hanging out, swaying to the beat, showing off with a little festive flirtation. You’re the sleighbelle of the ball, dancing until morning, feeling alive, reveling in the new generation. The lights catch a crystal and glitter snowflake adornment, all the bling you’ll ever need – everyone goes starstruck. See you on the dance floor.
Yes, MAC, Yaaas!
The MAC Holiday 2017 Collection is a thing of dreams! From the crushed champagne metallic packaging to the snowflake-embossed design on the actual products themselves (kinda’ like the pretty lids on the Bath & Body Work mini candles, hauled here), the whole collection is absolutely stunning! Not only is the festive packaging the epitome of holiday-appropriate (reflects the Holiday Season oh-so-perfectly), not only is it heartbreakingly gorgeous (definitely a collector’s item), but it’s also very elegant and sophisticated (nowhere near the previous MAC Holiday Collections some of which were quite juvenile)! Whoever dreamed this up seriously deserves a raise (or a big fat bonus, at the very least)! The last MAC Collection that took my breath away like this was the Alluring Aquatic Collection (previewed here), (hauled here), (reviewed here). Even the name of this collection, Snow Ball, is deliciously appropriate! I cannot wait for MAC Snow Ball Collection to become available in Kuwait (it’s already out, world-wide) and I’m definitely going to be picking up a few choice pieces!
My phone has been blowing up with texts from people about the earthquake that shook Kuwait a couple of minutes ago. Apparently, it was a 7.2 on the Richter Scale (which is pretty serious). Thankfully, it seems that everyone is safe (if only a bit… shook, sorry couldn’t resist). We rarely get earthquakes over here, if ever, which is why it’s kind of a big deal for some. I called up my younger brother (literally minutes after people started blowing up my phone) to ask if he felt it and he’s all “Yeah, I felt it. I’m also trying to watch Season 2 of Stranger Things so let’s talk later, bye”. Well okay then. As for myself, I didn’t feel a thing (I happened to be running, at the time) and now I kinda’ feel left out.