First day of Winter is ... Spring?

Now that I've introduced myself and my intentions, I want to share a quick heads up to those of you looking for Spring 2013 collections (funny how today is the first day of Winter, and the Spring 2013 collections are hitting the counters). I went to my Nordstrom counters yesterday to pick up a Bobbi Brown Deluxe Travel Kit,

and lucky me ... my Guerlain SA (Sales Associate) found me and excitedly showed me her shipment of the Spring 2013 collection. And what a beauty it is! I had been eyeing it online for a few weeks. So, I immediately knew what I wanted ... the PUFF!! hehe ... yes, I wanted the Meteorites Perles du Paradis.

Who can resist that cute powder puff (look at that ribbon bow)!! I absolutely love my Meteorites Perles du Dragon from the Holiday 2012 collection. Now, my Dragon tin has a buddy named Paradis :). Is it strange that I'm slightly addicted to just the sound of swirling my brush in the pearls? **contented sigh**. As you can see from the pictures below, the Perles du Paradis container is larger than the normal-sized Meteorites tins. Also, the Perles du Paradis come in a cardboard "tin," which opens differently from the metal tins (pull the top and sides together like a sliding cylinder, instead of just popping off the top lid).

I managed to swatch most of the Spring 2013 collection at the display, and I was surprised how much I liked the 501 Attrape Couer palette. Seen below, it is a cool toned palette of purples and should compliment my brown-eyed ladies beautifully!

That's it for now. I expect to get my Chanel Spring 2013 shipment soon. Like the Guerlain collection, I'm starting off slow. I only bought two items from the Chanel Spring collection. I still have a hoard of holiday collection items that I'd like to blog and post on YouTube.

Till the next post (assuming the world isn't ending today) - keep it classy and 20% cooler.


Hello (Beauty) World!

Welcome to my MakeMimiUp blog. Like many of you beauty lovers out there, I wanted to give my beauty "enthusiasm" (euphemism for addiction/obsession/compulsion/mania/infatuation/crush) an internet voice. I owe many thanks to the numerous beauty bloggers and YouTubers who have both inspired and informed me. For many of us, makeup is more than just stuff you put on your face; it's art. Now, I'm not saying makeup is life or death, but it does inspire and excite us to create and express.

So, what can you expect to find on this blog? My goal is to just share some of my (mostly high end) makeup adventures ... hauling, swatching, reviewing, etc. For all my high end makeup ladies (and gents) out there, I send you my **cyber hugs**. I know high end makeup isn't for everyone. I certainly don't think pricier = better. I own my share of Revlon Lip Butters and Maybelline Color Tattoos just like every other girl. I became interested in the high end brands when I started really looking into the fashion world more. Makeup doesn't live in a bubble, and trends can influence across all art mediums.

The question remained: are these self-proclaimed, self-important designer brands really that much better than my drugstore dupes? And like Alice down the rabbit hole, I found myself in a high end wonderland of beauty belles like Chanel, Dior, Burberry, Guerlain, and Tom Ford (just to name a few of my favorites). Still, are they better than drugstore brands (e.g., the infamous case of L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows vs. Armani Eyes to Kill) ... well, yes and no. Yes, the high end brands are expected to perform better (e.g., higher quality ingredients, longer lasting wear, more finely milled powder), and many times, they do. No, the trade-off between price and function is not usually as favorable as the drugstore alternative. If you're like me, however, you are willing to: 1) invest your money into the high end products that do perform better than your average makeup alternative, 2) research which products stand out and which are duds, 3) keep up with trends, and 4) accept that you're the kind of kid that buys the cereal for the toy inside (i.e., you understand you're paying a premium price for luxury packaging).

With that understood, knowledge is power (when purchasing). I don't just throw my money at every "pretty face" logo at the cosmetics counter. I like to pick and choose the makeup products that suit my beauty aesthetic and ... well, work. I do my best to research the products ... on YouTube, blogs, and the actual makeup counter. And, if I do get a dud, I try to return, re-purpose, or redress it before counting my losses and learning my lesson (case in point - Ellis Faas - ughhh). At the end of the day, I like to enjoy my purchases, both in function and in packaging, and not worry about whether or not I paid too much.

All right, enough pontificating over high end vs. drugstore. I love all makeup. Can't we all just get along? ;)

Okay, a few disclaimers before I continue:
- I am NOT a professional makeup artist.
- Unless expressly stated otherwise, I buy all products reviewed with my own money and provide genuine, and unsolicited, opinions.
- I'm new to blogging, but eager to learn and keep improving.