Jun 01 2014

Giveaway! MAC Alluring Aquatics Collection (CLOSED)


It’s giveaway time! I recently hauled a few items from the MAC Alluring Aquatics Limited Edition Collection. As you may recall the haul included three products, but I only featured two. I figured that since the collection came to The Bahamas a little later than some other places, I would pick up something extra to share the love. So I grabbed an extra lipstick!

The feature of this collection is the awesome packaging, but there were also some standout products. I think the most popular lipsticks were Mystical and Enchanted One, but I thought Mystical would be the most flattering on the widest range of skin tones. Mystical is a cremesheen, mid-tone rosy-pink that makes a gorgeous everyday lip. Application is smooth and fuss free.


MAC Alluring Aquatics - MysticalGiveaway MAC Alluring Aquatics - Lipstick in Mystical


Oh, and don’t worry the lipstick for the giveaway is not the one pictured here in the sand, that is mine. The lipstick awarded to the winner is brand new, has not been removed from its packaging or opened.

Thanks for stopping by to check us out at Beauty Isles and Goodluck!

Giveaway rules:

This giveaway will run for 18 days, beginning 2nd June, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. EST (midnight) and ending on 19th June, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

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Eligibility: Open to U.S., The Bahamas and U.K. legal residents over the age of 18.

One (1) winner will receive one (1) Lipstick from the MAC Alluring Aquatics Collection in the colour Mystical.

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on twitter and/or facebook and contacted by email (the email address provided during entry) and have 48 hours to reply.

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All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.




Jun 01 2014

Chanel Le Volume de Chanel (Noir): Application and Review.


Le Volume de Chanel

Ah, Chanel’s Volume de Chanel. So beautiful. So coveted. Loved by beauty junkies and enthusiasts, this little number did a number on me. My obsession with getting my hands on it reached a state of frenzy after one of my favourite youtubers, Mrs. Lola Lynn, featured it in one of her weekly favourites videos (link)  back in November and in subsequent videos.  I encourage you to check it out (she gets into the mascara at about the ten minute mark). If that review doesn’t make you want to drop everything and run to the store, I’m not sure what will.

I totally planned on getting it immediately but then the holidays came around and gift-shopping consumed me.

Lucky me, my boyfriend included it in my Christmas gift. No doubt he was sick of me stalking the make-up counters at every department store I walked into, ogling it.

But that was nearly six months ago, you say – it must be nearing the end of its unfortunately short little life (damn mascara rules!).

Well no, not really. Such was my desire to savour every swipe of this mascara against my helplessly sparse lashes that I painstakingly waited, like a good little girl, until I had finished every last tube of open mascara. It took awhile – I didn’t open the damn thing for four months! But when I did, it was magnificent. The application below I think attests to that.

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May 31 2014

Revlon Rio Rush Swatches (Eye-shadow Quad Exotic)


As promised, here are the swatches for the Revlon Rio Rush Collection Eye-shadow quad in Exotic.

There were two eye-shadow quads (Exotic and Wild) in this collection. I chose the Exotic Quad over the Wild Quad as the colours were more appealing to me. There is a Urban Decay Electric Palette kinda vibe to the neon yellow and purple shadows.

Revlon Rio Rush ExoticRevlon Rio Rush Exotic 2


I don’t own the UD Electric Palette but based on what I have seen in the way of reviews, I would venture to say that the pigmentation of these Revlon palettes does not compare. Nevertheless, the Exotic quad may be a nice option for those looking for a pop of colour at a drugstore price tag.

As you can see from the swatches, the colours pick up differently on different skin tones. For example, the champagne colour is barely noticeable in the first swatch, but packs a little bit more of a punch in the second swatch. Despite this, I would say that in general the payoff of this colour in particular is poor and the shadow itself is packed with alot of glitter.

My favourites shade is the neon purple, though I already have something similar in my collection.

In addition to the two eye-shadow quads, this limited edition collection features four lipsticks in the Revlon Super Lustrous formula (Sultry Samba, Brazilian Tan, Carnival Spirit and Ipanema Beach), four nail laquers (Gold Goddess, Copa Sunset, OI Beautiful, and Carioca Crush), a Photo Ready Skinlights (liquid highlighter/bronzer) in Beach Bronze, and a gel eye liner in Rio Blue.

For more details and swatches on a larger selection of the collection check out this great blog post and review by My Beauty Box. She includes a overview of both quads, including eye-looks, three of the lipsticks, the eyeliner and all four nail laquers.

Revlon Rio Rush Swatches Exotic light

Revlon Rio Rush Exotic Swatches dark















  • Pigmentation: Average (brighter colours have more payoff, but vibrancy will depend on skin tone)
  • Price: Low ($10.30 BSD; $7.99 USD)
  • Available Locally: Yes. (Supplies will be limited. Check Lowe’s Harbour Bay)




All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.



May 30 2014

Revlon Rio Rush Collection 2014


Imagine my surprise when I wandered into the local drugstore and spotted this end cap (Revlon Rio Rush Collection 2014 by Gucci Westman):

Revlon Rio Collection


As far as I know, the Revlon Rio Rush Collection for Spring/Summer 2014 landed state-side (U.S.), at the beginning of April 2014. I am not sure if the collection was released state wide or only in a few states. I heard that not everyone could find it. Anyho, we don’t expect to get these limited edition collections in The Bahamas. Well, at least, I don’t . But to be honest with you, I haven’t been drugstore shopping at home for quite a while. Also, I noticed that the major “chain” drugstore (I think there are two or three locations) that we have in the capital (Nassau), recently underwent some renovations/improvements. When I walked in there the only day, for a brief moment I thought I was in a CVS or Walgreens lol.

I was tempted to pick up everything but I held back, mainly due to the high prices. That’s that thing about living in the islands, everything is imported and retailers have to pay duty, plus mark up the product enough to make a profit. Somehow though, this does not apply to high-end products. Often the cost of say, a Dior Lipstick, is the same in The Bahamas as it is in the U.S. and sometimes, even a few dollars cheaper. I am not sure why, maybe because those products are duty-free?

Now that I’ve gone completely off topic…look out for swatches of the Eye-shadow quad in Exotic which I’ll probably post tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.



May 29 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatics (LE) Collection


Better late than never! MAC Alluring Aquatics Limited Edition Collection FINALLY lands in The Bahamas. Actually, I am surprised it came as early as it did, as past limited collections have taken weeks to come if at all.  This collection released online on 15th May and in stores in the US on 22nd May. Apparently, it released at the MAC location in Nassau this past Sunday the 25th.

MAC Alluring Aquatics CollectionMAC Alluring Aquatics HaulHere’s my 5 cents (I know the expression is 2 cents, Bahamians will understand the reference) – I called two weeks ago to find out when they would be getting the collection. I was told Saturday 24th. So on that day, I called again just to be sure…oh no, they hadn’t gotten it after all, check back in another week. Ugh! So I waited a  few days, called back today (Wednesday 28th) only to discover that it actually released in store on Sunday the 25th!  So why couldn’t they have told me that on Saturday when I called?

Anyway, the MAC girls there are always nice. I don’t mean to complain but because I didn’t get there on Sunday (thinking the collection hadn’t come out yet), I missed out on the one thing I wanted: Aphrodite’s Shell! That being said, there was quite a bit of stuff left. The only items sold out as of my visit on Wednesday (28th) were the two regular Bronzers (which I believe are permanent minus the cool packaging) and the Extra Dimension Bronzer in Aphrodite’s Shell (sad face). All lipsticks (5), lip glasses(5), eye shadows (6), ED blushes (2) lip pencils (2), nail lacquers (4), eyeliners (2), brushes and the ED Bronzer in Delphic were still available.

I really, really wanted an ED Bronzer. Delphic did not appeal to me, it swatched  far too orange on my skin tone. After sinking into a momentary depression, I ended up settling for a blush instead and picked up the ED blush in Sea Me, Hear Me. I also knew I wanted at least one lipstick, so I also grabbed Mystical which is a medium rosy-pink colour in a cremesheen finish. I had to swipe the blush with my finger a few times to get a decent swatch, but hopefully it will wear on the cheeks well. For some reason, the lipstick appears far more “glossy” in the second swatch. It could just be the warmth of the skin (my friend who helped me out runs a little warm lol).

Mystical (Left); Sea Me Hear Me (Right)

Mystical (Left); Sea Me Hear Me (Right)

Mystical (Left); Sea Me Hear Me (Right)

Mystical (Left); Sea Me Hear Me (Right)



  • Pigmentation: Blush (Good); Lipstick (Good)
  • Price: Average (Lipstick $16.50 BSD/USD, ED Blush $27.50 BSD/USD) There is a slight mark up for packaging.
  • Available Locally: Yes (MAC @ Cosmetic Boutique/John Bull Nassau)

It seems like a lot of people were disappointed in this collection and demand was driven by the cool packaging more than anything else. Did you guys manage to grab anything from the collection, what are your thoughts?

P.S. As you can probably tell from the pics, the first one shows three products but only two are swatched. Stay tuned for a giveaway! 🙂




All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.