Friday, March 6, 2015

First look at MAC Bao Bao Wan collection

I haven't been this excited for a MAC collection since the Matte Lip collection in September.   It was certainly quite the ordeal to get ahold of these things before they sold out. I haven't gotten to swatch things yet, as my poor Scully had some sort of an episode again on Monday and lost her vision.  Cats do adapt to being blind an learn to navigate around quickly, but for the first few days she was scared and unsteady on her feet.  She has gotten better about that, but seems more restless and meows A LOT while I'm sleeping. I'm worried that something else is wrong so I keep waking up to check on her.  As a result I haven't slept much for 4 nights and I am EXHAUSTED.  I've just been too tired to get swatches in good light, but I have photographed things so I can at least share those.  The collection has beautiful packaging.  Unfortunately, it has sold out fast here in the U.S., so if you haven't already gotten something you probably it may be hard to find.

Burmese Kiss lipstick

The eye shadow palette named Bao Bao's Jewels.

Forbidden Sunrise lipstick

Lavender Jade lipstick

Summer Opal beauty powder
I'll also have some photos from the Cinderella collection soon and some swatches.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MAC x Toledo collection

So I know that I'm posting about this well after most bloggers, but when the collection first came out I didn't have the money to buy what I wanted. But I finally was able to get a few things, and now I'm finally posting about it. I've been so busy lately! I've been trying to sell a lot of my old clothes on eBay along with some make up and that really eats up my spare time.
So, finally...  My first impression was that the packaging was much nicer than I thought.  The illustrations are fun and this is the first lipstick I've gotten that came in a sleeve.  Most of the lipsticks are reds, and although the swatches look very nice, I have quite enough red lipsticks already, so I made myself skip those. I bought Sin, which I already have in regular packaging. This way I can use my regular one and keep the one in the Toledo packaging for display.  "The" lipstick to have was apparently Oxblood, which sold out very quickly. Although it's pretty, it swatches very much like Kinda Sexy, which of course I already have.
The item that I wanted the most was the Chloraphil mascara.  About 9 or 10 years ago MAC made a green mascara that I wore and loved.  So I couldn't resist getting another green mascara for nostalgia's sake. I also wanted the Chloraphil liner but it was sold out by the time I could buy it, so I ended up getting the Technakohl liner in Sourpuss, which I like quite a lot.
Last I got the Kindergarden Red ombre blush.  I thought about Azalea Blossom, but it looked so much like Sunset Beach from Proenza Schouler.  I haven't tried it yet. It's so cute I kind of hate to use it.  Yes, I'm turning into a packaging whore.

The packaging and sleeve for the lipsticks
Packaging for Toledo lippies
Sin lipstick
The wand for the Chloraphil mascara

Kindergarden Red ombre blush

Sourpus Technakohl liner

Swatch of the Sourpuss pencil.  I love it!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Is Fitbit worth trying?

In a word, yes.  I knew that I wasn't getting enough exercise, but I thought seeing exactly how little I was getting each day might be motivating.  It definitely is.  I find myself looking for things to do  every day just to get my number up.  If you're not familiar with what a Fitbit is, it's a rubber watch-like band that you wear on your wrist (or in older versions, just a rubber thing that you hold or something like that).  It measures how active you are each day and converts your activity to the equivalent of steps walked or stairs climbed.  Newer versions also monitor your sleep and tell you how long you slept, how many times you woke up, or how often you were restless and therefore not sleeping deeply.  That's been really surprising for me.  I thought I was sleeping 9 - 12 hours each night, but it turns out many nights I'm only actually getting 5 - 6 hours of sleep each night.  Now I understand why I feel tired so much of the time.  It's actually pretty rare for me to have a night where I sleep straight through the night.

If you're ambitious enough, you can also keep a log of what you eat each day and it will tell you if you're burning enough calories to work off what you ate.  That can be tedious, but the nice thing is that once you start typing in a food, it goes to a database of foods that match what you've typed in, and you can choose yours from a list (if it's there).  It then fills in the calories and nutritional information.  If what you ate isn't there, you can type in that information yourself. It then stores it and the next time you eat that same food, you can just choose it from your page and tell it how much you ate.  I find the food section most informative in showing me what percentage of my daily diet is carbs, protein, fat, etc.  It's made me much more aware of how many carbs I eat (too many).  This is a good and bad thing, of course.  It does take the enjoyment out of some of my favorite foods when I think "I've eaten too many carbs, I shouldn't have this".

Sadly, I still haven't gotten to the gym to see what it does during an actual planned workout, I'm guessing it just notes that it's a higher activity level.  The newest models monitor your heart rate which is probably great for people who do cardio on a regular basis.

Also, if you're a competitive person or you're motivated by working out with a buddy, you can invite other people to share their information with you so you can see who was more active. There are even groups on the web site that you can join to find like-minded workout friends.  You can also choose what information you want to share and what to keep private.  So far I've chosen to keep my information private so I can't say how that works.  If I had a good friend who had one I would share information with them, but alas, I don't have any good friends that have one.  For that matter I don't have any close friends who go to a gym.  Odd.

Honestly, the only thing that I don't like about it is that it falls off sometimes.  For how much it costs I think there should be a better way of securing it to your wrist.  I've been lucky that when it has fallen off I've seen it or someone else has and they pointed it out to me. I'm afraid that sooner or later I won't be so lucky and then I'll just be out of the money and my band.

If any of you have one I'd love to hear what you think of yours.