Las Vegas 2011: The Haul/August Favourites!

Hey guys! So this is my last Vegas post unless I can come up with something else (let me know if you want me to talk about anything else).  I didn’t do that much shopping this time around (I made one really big purchase, see the end of this post), but as usual, I bought a ton of makeup.

Like last time I went a little nuts in Sephora at the Venetian, maybe it was because everything is cheaper in the U.S., or it may have been that oversized margarita, but nonetheless I bought a ton of stuff.  Because I didn’t really buy anything in the month of August leading up to my trip I combined this haul post with my favourites, because I liked everything I bought (or I wouldn’t have bought it, duh!)

MAC PRO Eyeshadows in Bottle Green, Electric Eel, and Colbalt From top to bottom: Bottle Green, Electric Eel, Colbalt Alright so the first things I’m going to talk about are from the MAC Pro store at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.  I actually got my pro palette from that store as well as five shades so I thought I would bring it full circle and buy my last three shades there to fill it up. The colours I got are all Pro shades, meaning that you can only buy them at Pro stores or through the Pro hotline. The majority of the Pro colours are very bright, which was what I was looking for.  As much as I love neutrals, I have my Naked palette so I wanted to get some fun colours to spice things up.  I really wanted a bright blue to use on my lower lashline so I picked up Electric Eel, then I saw Colbalt, which is like an indigo colour which I thought would look nice with Beautiful Iris (the purple pictured above, middle colour on the right hand column).  I could also use this colour with Phloof!. The last one I picked up was Bottle Green which I can use as a green smoky eye, the colour itself reminds me of a hunter green, it’s really pretty and something I definitely don’t have in my collection.

MAC Liquid Eye Liner While I was at MAC I also picked up a new liquid eye liner.  Their Liquid Eye Liner is my favourite one so I thought I might as well buy it in the United States because the prices are always cheaper and I needed a new one.  I’m going to make this short but I really do love this liner and it lasts forever.  I bought my last one in the summer of 2008 and it has lasted me up until now and I usually wear it at least five days of the week.  Highly recommend this product.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation So the first thing I picked up at Sephora is the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. I wanted this foundation for a long time because I have only heard great things about it but I have put it off because one, I didn’t need a new foundation at the moment, and two, the price (it retails for $55 CDN at Sephora).  I brought my Joe Fresh foundation with me on the trip but I quickly ran out of it so I thought it was time to pick up a new summer foundation. This foundation retails for $42 in the U.S., which is still expensive, but considerably cheaper than buying it in Canada.   My next post is going to be a demo and review on this product so I’ll save my opinions for that but I really do like this foundation a lot, it is full coverage and definitely worth the hype.

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder Okay this is another one of those products that has its own cult following.  I have heard a ton of stuff about this product.  My thoughts? I think it’s okay. It certainly does its job by setting your foundation.  I think the part that makes it “high definition” certainly comes into play in terms of photography.  I have noticed my makeup looked better in photos, but in real life, there isn’t anything different about my makeup.  Also, I hate that when I open it the product gets everywhere!  The only setting powder I have ever used is the Bare Minerals one and it was similar to their foundation as in you slide open the top, dump some in the lid and then close it shut.  In this one there is nothing to slide open so the product gets stuck in the top if you travel with it. Super annoying.  Other than that it does it’s job. I just started using it so I’m going to reserve my judgements until I have tried it out for a couple more months.

Bare Minerals Original Foundation I was just about out of my Bare Minerals Original Foundation so I figured I might as well buy another one of these guys because of the price difference. I have blogged about this product a ton in the past so I’m not going to go into detail but I highly recommend this product, I can’t say enough great things about it.  For a powder foundation, this really does it job and then some.  It’s super light on the skin, it has an SPF, and provides pretty good coverage to boot!

Thierry Mugler Angel Perfume Purse Spray I have wanted Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume since I was in Grade 9, so about nine years, and yet I have never bought it. Don’t ask me why, I just never have.  So when I looked online and saw that Sephora sold a mini one I knew I had to have it.  I do plan on buying a full size eventually but for now I like the little spray because I can carry it around with me in my purse, so if I need a touch up it’s handy.

As for the actual scent, it’s definitely not for everyone.  I can’t really explain it, it’s pretty unique.  It’s not floral, they describe it as “an oriental gourmand of fruits and honey, kissed with a breath of fresh air”.  I personally think it’s kind of musky.  Anyways, for all you Canadians, I think it is sold exclusively at The Bay (unless they sell it at Holt Renfrew, I’m not too sure) but I don’t think they sell the purse spray, so if you want to grab it, pick it up at an American Sephora or Sephora online.

YSL Rouge Volupte #7 Lingerie Pink Okay you guys should know by now how much I am obsessed with these lipsticks.  Everything from the colour payoff to the packaging to the scent to the creaminess, they are basically the most perfect lipsticks ever.  So naturally I had to pick one up.  I bought number seven (Lingerie Pink) this time around which was the original shade I wanted way back when I bought my first one. I have to say that I am in love with this colour.  It’s a really pretty soft baby pink with a hint of nude.  It goes great with my skin tone, as in it doesn’t wash me out.  I have to say that it’s my new favourite colour, perfect for day or night. I think this is one of YSL’s most popular shades in the line so if you see it and if you like it I would for sure pick it up.  My city doesn’t have a YSL counter so whenever I’m in a city that does have one I make sure to buy one.  I also picked up a YSL Rouge Volupte Perle shade in 108 Celestial Mauve which is a really pretty lavender colour.  I only bought one so I gave it to my mom but it’s a super pretty shade (I’m not sure of the difference between the regular line and Perle).

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Liberte The last beauty product I got was my very first Chanel lipstick.  I chose one of their Rouge Coco Shine products in the colour Liberte, which is a soft coral colour.

Sorry for the clown hand, I didn't have a cloth handy to wipe off the previous swatches

The only ever Chanel product I have tried in the past was one of their powder foundations which I have to be honest, wasn’t that impressed by (plus it was like $50).  So far, I really like this lipstick, they are really nourishing and feel like a lip balm, also the colour isn’t that pigmented; it’s quite sheer which I kind of like.  I shied away from my regular pink and chose a coral because it was a colour I didn’t have yet.  I usually only buy pinks or nudes so a coral is something different.

I got this directly from the Chanel store in the Wynn only because I wanted the shopping bag (might as well right?) and packaging (and to say I bought something at Chanel).  Also, I wanted a Chanel lipstick to put in the next product I talk about.

When it comes down to it though, as much as I do like this product, if it was between YSL and Chanel, I would still go with the YSL, there is something about Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks that make them stick out from the rest.

Chanel Wallet on Chain (WOC) in Timeless Cavier This was hands down the biggest purchase from my trip.  There is a bit of a story behind it but I’m going to sum it up briefly.  I actually paid for this before I got to Vegas because WOCs are in demand right now.  All of the Chanel boutiques were out of them and couldn’t guarantee that they would have them for when I got there so when I called Neiman Marcus and learned that they had some I grabbed the opportunity and charged it about a month prior to my trip so all I had to do was pick it up when I got there.

There is a ton more stuff I can say about this bag but since this post is already so big I’m going to skip it (let me know if you guys want me to blog about it, there really is tons to say).  But basically, the Wallet on Chain is a permanent bag style in the Chanel collection but there are different styles to it with different prices.  The one I got is called the “Timeless WOC” there is also a Classic one with the quilted leather, a Sevruga one, a Camellia one, a reissue, a cambon, a half moon (same as Timeless but a sack shape instead of the rectangle) and a few others.  They also come in a variety of different leathers.  Mine is cavier leather which is the most durable.  Other leathers available are lambskin (which is very delicate and susceptible to scratches) and patent.

I have always wanted a Chanel bag (what girl doesn’t want a Chanel bag) and I thought the time is now or never really.  There really is something so timeless about a Chanel bag and it’s something that I will have forever and never go out of style.  Also, Chanel bags go up in price a few times a year; they really are investment items.  For example, the Grand Shopping Tote (GST) was retailing for $2,350 and then on August 8, 2011 it went up in price to $2,900, crazy hey?

So that is it!  Well aside from a few clothing items and a couple of pairs of shoes.  Let me know if you have tried any of the products I mentioned above or if you want me to do a post on my WOC.  Chanel doesn’t really post anything about their products online at all, the most valuable place to get info is at the Purse Forum (warning though, that message board is seriously addicting and will feed your spending habits.  You have been warned).  I did a ton of info and really for the amount of money a Chanel purse costs, you should really do your research before you buy it.  I know a couple blogs really helped me out with their photos and info.

Las Vegas 2011: The Gambling

Hey dudes! So next up on the list is the gambling.  Up until a few years ago the number one reason people visited Las Vegas was because they wanted to gamble, now I think the number one reason is to shop.

If you are over the age of 21 I think gambling is pretty much mandatory.  Now with that being said, I’m not a gambler at all.  As much as I would love to win a ton of money, the odds are always in the house’s favour, the house being the casino.  I like my money where I can see it, preferably in my wallet. Because we were in Las Vegas, I had a gamble a bit though, nothing too crazy.  All in all, I broke even, I started with $15 and walked away with $15. My friend on the other hand won $300 in one shot.

Okay, here is the thing about gambling, do your research!!  Before going, I looked up the best games with the greatest odds.  I personally would totally bypass the slot machines, sure they are fun, but remember, they are machines.  You can win on some, but the majority of them are designed to take your money away.  I wouldn’t even bother with the penny slots either, they can add up quickly and you don’t really win much on those anyways. According to numerous websites, Craps and Roulette have good odds of winning and so does Blackjack.  The only game I knew how to play going in was Blackjack, I tried teaching myself Craps by downloading apps on my iPhone but I wasn’t comfortable enough to play it.  I did play Roulette (by placing bets on either red or black) and both won and lost.  Same goes for Blackjack.

Okay, if you are like me and don’t ever really gamble, I have two tips for you. One, save your money for Fremont Street.  Fremont Street, located in gorgeous downtown Las Vegas (I’m kidding) is home to the Fremont Street Experience, which is basically a bunch of casinos attached to each other with a canopy over top filled with LCD lights.  Every few hours in the evenings the canopy plays a light and sound show, click here to see what I mean.  They also have entertainment, cheaper souvenirs/drinks, ziplining, etc.  Anyways, the thing about the Fremont casinos is they have lower table minimums. The majority of the Strip casino table mins are $10, on Fremont they have $5 tables (maybe even lower, the lowest I saw was $5).  I don’t really want to lose $10 on a hand in Blackjack, but I don’t mind losing $5. Another tip I have, and I cannot stress this enough, is sign up for the casino player card!  Aside from awesome offers (as well as comped rooms, buffets, shows, etc. if you play for a long enough time), some of them also offer perks when you sign up like free slot play.  Basically what that is is a voucher for free money, now with that being said, you can’t just put the voucher in the machine and cash out, they work like credits but whatever you win you keep.  My friend and I went to the Golden Nugget and got $5 in free slot play. The free slot play machines usually have a sticker on them so we went to the first ones we saw.  Those turned out to be $5 machines, which are like “high roller” machines.  We didn’t realize this until we already put in the promo codes etc.  Well, lucky for my friend, she won $300.  Yes, $300 off a free slot play, something that cost her nothing to play.

I cannot stress enough the importance of getting the casino player’s card. After she won I kid you not, we went to every casino on Fremont and signed up for player’s cards.  Not all of them offer free slot plays (for some of them you have to spend money first), but a lot of them do.  Plus they are kind of like souvenirs in their own rights. I myself won $5 off a $5 free slot play, so I basically got $10 for free.

Well those are my tips for gambling in Vegas.  I hope this post helps some of you out there, I know when I was doing research ahead of time this information would have been really valuable to me.  Like I said I’m not a gambler, but hey, it’s Vegas right?  And just like anything else, there are little tips and tricks to actually winning.

Leave me a comment if you have any advice, or even the highest payout you have ever gotten!  And don’t forget to subscribe :).


Las Vegas 2011: The Nightlife

Hey guys! So next up is all about the nightlife in Vegas.  Las Vegas is home to some of the most extravagant clubs in the world and let me tell you we definitely went to some of them.  In total went went to four nightclubs, some better than others, and they were all different in terms of layout, crowd, music, etc.

We went to JET Nightclub at the Mirage our first night because it was in our hotel and we got passes when we checked in.  JET will be closing on September 5 and rebranded in something else, hopefully something geared more towards women.  They market the club as “Three rooms, three sounds”, when we were there only one room was open and they were playing good stuff, mostly top 40.  As for the crowd, I would say it was 60/40, the 60 being guys.  Everywhere we went we got creepy guys hitting on us, and not in a good way, it was actually too much.  Even when we left after about 45 minutes this weird guy wouldn’t leave us alone.  The decor of the place was nice but if you want to meet creepy guys, then go there (although you don’t really have too much time left to do that).

The Beatles Revolution Lounge

As we were walking through the casino we passed by The Beatles Revolution Lounge, which is a smaller nightclub associated with The Beatles LOVE show.  The only reason we went in there was because I saw a woman with a water bottle and asked where I could get one (I was dying of thirst), she took us into the club so we decided to stick around for a bit.

Now the outside of this club is kind of deceiving, it was very hip with white furniture and smooth sleek lines, but then when you go inside there was graffiti on the walls.  I’m not sure if those were projections or what, but it was kind of weird.  They were also playing rap music which I’m not really that into.

The line up outside Tao

The next night (Friday) we decided to go to Tao Nightclub, I really wanted to go there because it’s always on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.  I really had high hopes for this place, however, reading the Yelp! reviews ahead of time kind of made me nervous about going here.  On Yelp! a lot of people said that it was just hip hop music and a ton of people. They were exactly right.  We got guestlisted plus wristbands for open bar between 10:30 and 11:30 (always plan ahead, the promoter I got in touch with was Shella) but still had to wait in line for about half an hour.  The line was huge at 9:45 p.m. (they open at 10).  Just a tip, if there is a group of guys, make sure you have a ton of females with you, there was a group of about eight guys and three girls and we heard the bouncer tell them “maybe if there was the same amount of girls as you, but otherwise you are going to have to wait.”

Once we got in, the place was packed.  It’s not that big of a space to begin with but man that dance floor gets crowded.  The whole place is Asian inspired, the main floor is the Tao Bistro and the upper floor is the club.  On the roof I believe is Tao Beach (which was closed the night we were there).

Tao Nightclub

Just like what I read on Yelp! they were mainly playing hip hop, but it wasn’t even good hip hop, it was stuff from early 2000’s to like 2008, really disappointing.  If you are into that kind of music then I recommend this place, otherwise I would say to skip it.  The space was nice, they had female dancers in bathtubs with flowers on their lady parts, so that was kind of cool because you don’t see that at home.  Also, I found the ladies washrooms on the second floor balcony really cool.  The doors are glass but then when you lock them they fog up, I thought that was super cool.

Would I go here again, probably not. Would I recommend it?  Only if you like hip hop and crowded places.  It was cool to go and now I can say that I’ve been there, but that will for sure be my first and last time at Tao.

We ended up leaving Tao around 11:30 p.m. and still had time to browse around the Christian Louboutin store, Herve Leger, and Barneys.

Now on to the best club… XS!! I heard a lot about XS prior to going to Vegas and it was the one club that I really wanted to go to.  I made sure we were guest listed ahead of time (we got in touch with Anthony Connolly, I got his info from the Jack Colton website).  XS is located inside Encore at the Wynn and when we got there we thought for sure we were going to stand in line for at least an hour.  The guest list line was huge and the regular line even longer.  With that being said though, we actually got in in about two minutes.

This place is hands down the nicest night club I have ever been to. The inside was dead as everyone was out on the patio (if you could even call it that).  The outside area had a pool, a huge DJ booth with light show, blackjack tables, cabanas, and so much more.

Inside XS

The guest DJs the night we went (Sunday) were Manufactured Superstars, whom I have never heard of but they rocked!  The whole night was house and techno, so I had a great time.  Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson were even there just to party, if that’s not Vegas I don’t know what is!

By the time we were all sweaty from dancing we decided to hit the pool where there were beach balls, floaties, etc.  It was such an awesome time, I mean what kind of nightclub has a pool?

Drinks were quite expensive, a vodka cran cost me $12 plus tip, so I only got one, but honestly I was on such a high from pure excitement and having a good time that I didn’t even need the drinks.  That’s how good XS was.

If you only plan on going to one nightclub in Vegas, definitely make it XS, if you don’t like the music, then you will love the ambiance, it’s just such an experience being there.  Everything about it was excessive.

So that’s it!  We were on the guest list for Rain at the Palms but we didn’t make it out that night.  Oh well, another time!  Like I mentioned earlier, if you plan on going clubbing in Vegas I highly recommend doing research beforehand and get on guest lists.  You do get accosted by promoters as you are walking down the Strip, but I have heard stories of those passes not working.  The people I got in touch with have been proven to work by other people so I knew I was in good hands.  Also, because we were on lists we didn’t have to pay cover for anywhere we went (we even got free drinks at Tao).

Have you been to any of the places I listed?  What were your thoughts?  Do you have any tip or tricks?  Leave me a comment below!

 

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