Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Last minute gift ideas for women

In case anyone out there is desperate, I thought I'd rattle off a few ideas:

- of course, gift certificates to a favorite store, restaurant, music service, movie theatre, spa, etc.
- camera (small or large, depending on your budget)
- lipstick or lipgloss
- pajamas (luxe, soft, warm ones!)
- jewelry
- music in any form (whatever way the recipient likes - digital, vinyl, etc.)
- Hand lotion (women can ALWAYS use that)
- nice smelling, beautiful candle (think Pier 1, not Wal-Mart)
- Picture frame, preferably with a picture she'll love in it
- an IOU for something she wants or needs (i.e., fixing something on her car or around the house)
- Cookies if she's not a baker
- Supplies for one of her hobbies

I can probably think of a few more after I get some sleep!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Parting with vintage items

I am forcing my logical mind to triumph over my sentimental heart and therefore I'm selling some old things.  Most of it will be clothes, but I'm also selling an old make-up compact.  I've read that it's very rare and hard to find. It's from MAC's 2005 Sunshrine collection.  This was a great time in my life, when I lived in Southern California and life was good.  I'm tempted to hold onto it for that reason, but I tell myself that this compact doesn't really represent my life.  It's just a compact.

Unfortunately E Bay took the listing down because they said it was used cosmetics.  I had listed it in the category of collectibles, and had written the title to be just the compact for sale, but they pulled it anyhow.  So now I'm trying to decide if I should even bother listing it on E Bay or check out other sites like Etsy or Poshmark.  I'm also considering just asking people who have messaged me about it what they would offer.  If it becomes much more difficult I'll end up just keeping it.

A Unique Style on E Bay

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A book for the MAC Cosmetics lover

If you have someone on your gift list who loves MAC cosmetics, this book might be the perfect gift. Miles of MAC is a new "coffee table" book for the cosmetics lover, especially for the MAC lover.  Specifically, it's photos from photo shoots that were conceived by Miles Aldridge and MAC, along with some narrative by various people associated with MAC.
Now I don't have to feel bad about throwing away some of the postcards that I got from MAC with promo pictures from the campaigns.  This book doesn't have all of the campaigns, but most of the more recent ones are here.
Miles of MAC is available at Amazon and BN.com, approximately 31.00.

My favorite image from MAC campaigns

Miles of MAC book cover
Forgot to rotate the photo, oops

Friday, December 12, 2014

Swatches from the MAC x Nasty Gal collaboration

As I mentioned last week, MAC and Nasty Gal collaborated on a small collection of 3 lipsticks and 1 nail polish.  I couldn't pass up Gunner, a rare blue-based purple lipstick in the matte formula.  Once I saw some friends swatches of Runner, I decided to give it a try as well.  It's described as a burgundy, and I have enough of those, but I find it's actually more red than most of my burgundies.  It's gorgeous.  Some other blogs said it was patchy after it was applied but I put it on my somewhat chapped lips and it went on smoothly and looked fine to me.  It did leave a stain on my lips after I drank and ate.  Last, even though Stunner is a pink-based red, and I do have a few of those already (Glam, MAC Red) I went ahead and ordered it last night, just to have all 3.  I'll post swatches of that one when I get it.
I have to say, this is my favorite release from MAC since the Matte Lip Collection in September.  They're beautiful colors, and Gunner is truly unique.  Gunner is, of course, already sold out, but Runner and Stunner are still available on MAC's web site and probably are still on Nasty Gal's site as well.  I expect Runner to be the next one to sell out, probably sometime in the next week, so if you want it, get it soon!

Gunner, left, and Runner, right


Gunner on my lips (no primer or lip pencil)


Runner, no primer or lip pencil

If you look close there are a few darker patches, but if I exfoliated, used primer, or used a lip pencil that wouldn't be an issue
And I had to make the trio complete and buy Stunner, even though I knew it would look similar to some of my other reds (like Glam from last spring's By Request collection).  And it does, but it's still gorgeous! And it's the only one that's still in stock.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Shop my closet and my vanity

Since I've been into fashion and make-up for most of my life, and since my weight has swung from low to high a few times in recent years, I find myself with A LOT of clothes that no longer fit and more make-up than I will likely ever use.  I also have an urge to purge. Therefore I'm trying to sell clothes and make-up on E bay.  I've always taken good care of my things so all of the clothes that I'm listing are in good shape. Most of them were work clothes (for office work), but I also have some never worn jeans and evening clothes and eventually I'll get some of my barely worn shoes listed.  The make up is mostly limited edition things that I bought a "back up" of so they're brand new.

If you're interested in checking anything out, my E bay shop is named A_Unique_Style.  Have you ever bought or sold clothes or make-up on E bay or another site? I'm curious how sites like Poshmark and Threadflip are for selling clothes.

MAC x Nasty Gal

Under the category of things that will probably sell out is this collection between web site Nasty Gal and MAC. It's a small collection - just 3 lipsticks and a nail polish. The lipsticks come in purple, red, and burgundy, and the nail polish is red.  Although they're not extremely unique in color, these colors are popular in winter, and these are all a matte texture.  Then there are the names - Runner (the burgundy), Stunner (the red) and Gunner (the purple).  I'm lemming for the red just because I love the name Stunner.
The lipsticks went on sale on Nasty Gal's site already, and will probably be up on MAC's site today (Thursday).  I don't think this one will be available in stores, so check it out online.