Hi guys! The post I have today is totally out of schedule, but I was so excited about this find I just couldn’t resist! I was recently able to score MAC’s coveted Spiced Chocolate Quad from the Cult of Cherry Collection!! I “got into” makeup around the end of November 2008 so I missed MAC Cult of Cherry by a couple months and of course Spiced Chocolate was LONG GONE by then. I’ve been interested in tracking it down for what seems like ages now but with it going for ~$80 on Ebay and always so quickly snatched up on blogsales, I had just about given up on ever finding it. My heart almost stopped when I saw it on Tammy‘s blogsale and I seriously couldn’t believe I was the first one to email her about it! It arrived safely a few days ago and it’s everything I wanted it to be. Thank you so much Tammy!!! :D :D :D (All pictures are clickable for the full-sizes.)
|MAC Spiced Chocolate Quad||Swatches: Nanogold, Brash, Sweet Chestnut, Spiced Chocolate|
Here’s a picture of the quad and some swatches. I’m quite impressed by the eyeshadows. I am not a huge fan of MAC eyeshadows and I actually swapped away my MAC 6 Smokey Eyes from Holiday ’08 (incidentally, my first eyeshadow palette EVER). I think Spiced Chocolate is overall much higher quality though. Nanogold is a really light almost-exactly-my-skintone vanilla shimmer. It’s very sheer and kinda chunky, but it makes for a decent brow highlight. Brash is a metallic orangey rust. It has the best texture out of all the shadows – almost as buttery as my Shu Fleur de Source ones. Sweet Chestnut is a dark metallic cranberry. I don’t have MAC Cranberry to compare, but from swatches I think Sweet Chestnut is darker and less bright than Cranberry. It didn’t swatch as well as Brash but it layers and blends well on the eyes. Last is Spiced Chocolate, a matte medium warm brown. It also didn’t swatch as well as Brash, but it layers and blends just fine too.
|Eyes: MAC Spiced Chocolate Quad, UD Baked; Cheeks: LM Nectar & MAC Nuance; Lips: Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura Jupiter Brown|
Here’s my first FOTD with the palette. I wanted to use the whole quad, so I used Nanogold as the highlight and then put Brash almost all over my lid, Sweet Chestnut in my outer corner and crease, and deepened my outer corner with Spiced Chocolate. I did cheat a little and add UD Baked for highlighting my tear duct though. It’s the first time I’ve ever used a warm red/pink, but I actually really like it! It took a few attempts, but finally I figured out I just had to blend Sweet Chestnut out a little above my crease so that I didn’t look weirdly ill (damn my small lid space). I paired the eye look up with warm cheeks and lips. I used LM Nectar and MAC Nuance blushes, and Shu Jupiter brown lipstick.
There’s also a picture of my outfit of the day (OOTD) since I’m wearing one of the pieces I got from the YesStyle store and Innerchild was interested in seeing what I bought (I’m slowly collecting OOTD pics). The navy jacket that I’m wearing is from Dampoppo? I paired it with a light blue grecian style tunic dress which is just barely peeping out under the jacket, a denim skirt my mom got me from who-knows-where which I’ve had since high school, grey thigh high socks and black suede slouchy flat boots from Target. The hat that I’m carrying actually belongs to SO’s mom – she forgot it at our place so we were bringing it back to her on our trip to the Birch Aquarium!
And here’s SO and I outside the Aquarium. (This was on Sunday, the 3rd. And yes, I positively love living in San Diego. :D :D :D) I’ve been wanting to go to the Birch Aquarium forEVER, and SO has been promising to take me there forEVER, so I was so excited we finally got to go!! It’s sort of an outgrowth of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and it’s a pretty small aquarium, but a very nice one. I took a ton of pictures. Unfortunately I don’t remember the names of most of the sea creatures… and I am way too lazy to label the ones I do remember. But if you have questions, feel free to ask them. =)
These were my favorite though:
|How cool is this fish!? It has natural fishnets and polka dots! In the same fish!!!!|
|And HOW CUTE are these little guys?! Love them! LMAO!!! XDXDXD|
Hope you enjoyed the pictures. =)