Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fafi Event

Hi Bellas,

Wow, I had a longgggg weekend. Currently I'm at work, TRYING to be productive but everyone is out for the day except myself and one other member on my team. Not to mention I'm super exhausted! Not only was it a long weekend, it was an expensive one too! Friday was my roomy's suprise party that we hosted in our apt's club house. We had food catered, decorated, ordered a specialty cake, and got her tickets to the lion king. Luckily I split the costs with my two other friends, but with everything we dropped $150 each, yikes! So after a late Friday night ending around 3am, I had to wake up to be at a bridal shower Saturday at 11am. I will say it was beautiful and so much fun. My table and I won a prize for a game where you had to turn a slice of poundcake into a decorated wedding cake. Fortunately, many of us at my table were avid viewers of the food channel and their awesome cake contests, so we took home the prize. I wish I could have taken pictures. After that ended around 2:30, my crew and I headed out to a warehouse sale. Basically, they bring together a bunch of chic boutiques in the area, and they set up shop in a warehouse and sell all their clothing up to 80% off. I was picking up $250 dresses for $30. I got 2 dresses, 1 shirt, and 2 pairs of bright colored tights for about $100. Pretty good deal for designer duds. After that we had to head over to the "Adult Items" store to pick up some toys for the bachelorette party. LOL, it was definitely an interesting experience. My roomy and I felt slightly uncomfortable with some of the "apparatus'" in the store...in the end we left with a coupon book and some edible massage oil.

From there we picked up food and immediately had to get ready for the bachelorette party in the evening. No time for a nap :( We got to the hotel, played games, there was even a stripper! LOL that was a first for me. Then we went out to the club where the bride to be did a bunch of dares. We ended up leaving early around 1:30 a.m. b/c we had brunch the next day with our roomy's mom. Her birthday was actually Sunday. So the next morning we dragged ourselves out of bed, had a great brunch. Then me and the birthday girl came home, got ready for the MAC Fafi event at 5pm. We got home around 7pm and I took a 5 HOUR nap. I could use another one, but that will wait after grocery shopping tonight. Whewww! Big weekend.

So to the FAFI event. This was my first unveiling and WOW all I can say is WOW. When my roomy and I got there was a line already wrapped around through a hallway. We could hear the loud DJ music blasting outside of the closed doors. We finally got in, signed the graffiti wall after waiting 20 minutes in line, and it was a madhouse in there!

They served beer, finger foods, and all the MAC artists were dressed in their FAFI shirts and had on cute makeup. I'm definitely going to recreate the look from the flyer with the white and black eyeliner. I had to wait for about 30 minutes before I could get some help with the colleciton b/c i wanted to make sure and try everything before I got it. I spent about $210...less than my $250 budget. The makeup artist was super nice, but he kinda sucked on putting makeup on me. I didn't mention it in my you tube video b/c I didn't want to be offensive but I can be honest with you guys. Maybe it's b/c he doesn't do makeup well on Asians? My roomy who's Colombian just looked at me with a grimace after she saw the makeup. In the video you can see how the eyeshadow looks non-existant on me...and I had to wipe off some of the gloss he put on me b/c it was super clumpy. Oh well! I'll do a look tonight and hopefully it comes out a little better.

So all in all...my thoughts on this collection. I was kinda disappointed. I picked up a lot of the items purely because of the packaging and so that I could add it to my collection. The eyeshadows are pretty tame...I guess this is a good look for spring but I was expecting bolder colors like from the C-Shock collection, which unfortunately I missed out on. I picked up Fafi Eyes 2 b/c honestly the colors in Fafi Eyes one looked like a basic white pink and charcoal, and I already had the pink venus e/s which was in that quad. The Irridescent Pressed Powder I got was pretty, I will say. It's my first IPP. The blush I got (Hipness) I also really liked. A lot of the paint pots seemed pretty basic...especially the pinks. I ended up getting Rollickin' (aqua blue) b/c I missed out on Electro Sky from the McQueen collection and they're kinda similar. I also got Cashflow paint pot b/c it's a nice metallic goldish green. I also picked up a few lippies...I will say the bright pink gloss is hot! I really like bright colors and I found it in this lipgloss. One makeup artist in particular rocked it and it was to die for...I think she paired it with a purple lipstick to give it a glossy fuscia/purple sheen. If only I took pictures! I only got 2 lipglasses and one lipstick b/c the rest were so so. Lastly, I picked up a fafi doll and a makeup bag to round out the purchases. I think i'll put the Fafi bag in my purse as a makeup bag and call it a day.

If I were you, I wouldn't go crazy and buy all the items unless you want to collect them for the packaging. You could skip the quads in my opinion. The colors are not all that and could probably be found in other permenent items. Some of the paintpots are definitely worthy, some aren't. The blush I got was really pretty as well as the IPP. Maybe get one or two lip products. All in all, you could end up spending $100 and get more than enough stuff from this collection. I hope heatherette is a little better...

See my videos below part I and II for swatches, my thoughts, and reviews:





I also did a look last night using Fafi Eyes 2 Quad. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of these eyeshadows. I found the colors too sheer and not really going well together. I went for a basic anyone can wear look so I hope you guys enjoy!

18 comments:

said...

Awww man I'm back on the fence again! The look you did looked so cute and work friendly but I couldn't have the audio on since I'm a work so I don't know if you mentioned them not being pigmented in the vid. After seeing your video I wanted to get both quads since I don't have any of the colors but now I'm not too sure. Hmmmmmmmm I guess tomorrow I will see what grabs me.

mayaari said...

Nice review - I could only watch the first vid since I'm still at work (shh!) and it helps to actually see the products on someone's face, even though swatches help out as well. I'm torn about getting one of those iridescent powders or a natural MSF (the non-shimmery ones). I want a nice glow but without looking too shimmery, so it's still work appropriate. Any tips?

(g)ezebel said...

*giggles* i ordered online yesterday, but i'm still taking the day off tomorrow to go to the MAC counter and pick up -- shh! don't tell my hubby -- some stuff in your vids that i didn't get. damn, i'm such a sheep..!! baaaahh!! if you weren't so damn pretty, renren, i wouldn't buy so much shit that you have. :0/

(g)ezebel said...

darnit. now i've got that rihanna song in my head... please don't stop the music, music, music... :0/

Vanessa said...

Looking fab! Yeah I am glad I was able to get a couple of eyeshadows from C-Shock! I love wondergrass and eyepopping!

Xuanie said...

sounds like one busy but yet fun weekend!!! with everyones review of the fafi line i really do not know what i want to get. thnks for your review!!

MakeupByRenRen said...

shawnta: you know i guess it is a work friendly quad...but the green and yellow are lustres so they are NOT well pigmentd...i would swatch them first

mayaari: glad i could help! hmm i really do love my natural msf...it gives a glow indeed. you don't really need the IPP it's more of a huge glitter factor...or u could try using strobe cream under your foundation?

Gezebel: lol i'm a sheep too, it's okay! and u can blame my bf for picking that song, lol, he said it "goes with the look", i had originally picked stevie wonder but he said the music was boring :(

vanessa: sighhhh, luckily i got to pick a few up from cco

xuanie: yah it's hard to decide...just try and see what actually looks good on yourself then decide.

said...

Boooo at your honey for saying stevie is boring! I love me some stevie wonder! Anyway back to FAFI LOL!
I can't wait to swatch everything tomorrow.

Ethereal Prey said...

damn girl you been busy! and you had time to go to the fafi event?! So jealous of you!
The blush I got is from the Balloonacy line like last year i think. Not sure if I'll like it after it get past the shimmer. drizzlegold rules! and NICE HAUL!!!!!

missjaclynrose said...

those dolls are soooo cute... you think MAC will be busy tomorrow? hehe, probably. i want those dolls more than the make-up right now. although I might just pick up cash flow and nice vice. thanks for the vids, girl!

Linda said...

i love the look you did! it's hot!

christianadivine said...

great vids and reviews! too bad i'm too broke to buy mac. LOL! :D

Bliss said...

You have such a lovely haul, and you are totally working the Fafi eyes look, the blush looks great on you, good review, the packaging is so beautiful and i love the clear makeup bag :).

Mrs. Lynne said...

Wasn't the event crazy?! I made out with the paint pots, Eyes 2 and the dolls. I'm don't know yet if I'll dig into the palette. I might just sell it later.

Hope you have a great week hun. Bet you and the bf have a great day in store tomorrow :)

yummy411 said...

lol ren this took me like to days to watch LOL one day to read, another day to read more and watch vids.. but you know i love it!!!

you look great in your vid. i was sure to check out everything you recommended. the rollickin' paint pot i passed up because i have delphic fluidline that i can use as a base. (I WANT SOME MCQUEEN. i hate that i passed it up, only to want some later!) i have belightful which is nice, but the new ones.... i was HIGHLY disappointed in the new IPP's!!! did i say HIGHLY! YES HIGHLY! sheer sheer color and a bunch of glitter that looked like fall out from my eyes!!! the color reminded me of the beauty powders from balloonancy only these had random chunks of glitter (boooo!!!)

the lipsticks i found most intriguing (only swatching them on my hand) i hope they are just as gorgeous on my lips!!

yummy411 said...

i love your fafi look. i will def have to try it!

yummy411 said...

oh sorry lastly (i'm such a comment whore) how are you liking airmist foundation. it's been my fave lately!

Seymone said...

I am so disappointed in Fafi.. BOO. I love the tutorial however. Have a great weekend