Saturday, April 30, 2011

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mac fashion flower review and swatches

*I will be doing a few Fashion Flower FOTDs today and tomorrow to show you different ways to use these products! stay tuned!*


This collection really excited me...everything about it. The lip gelees appealed to me b/c I love using them on my clients, and MAC had discontinued their lip gelees, so I felt this was a good opportunity to stock up on a few. I was also excited about that brown eyeshadow, groundcover. I ended up buying everything from the collection, because there wasn't a single thing that I didn't want.

The Lipsticks -

  • Mlle (light lilac/pink)
  • Summer Shower (clear w/ aqua and blue shimmers)
  • Growing Trend (light brown/taupe)
  • Ever Hip (coral)

 I really loved these, as well as their texture. They were very supple feeling. My favorites were Ever Hip, and Mlle. Summer Shower goes on clear, just with some aqua and blue shimmers. Perfect for layering overtop another lipstick to give it some pizzaz. If anyone remembers the "Fun n Sexy" lipstick from the FAFI collection in 2007, Fun n Sexy was a hot pink lipstick with aqua/blue shimmers in it and it was SO pretty. So you can achieve that same look with any of your lipsticks by layering this one over top. Growing Trend is a light-brown/taupe, and is a perfect nude looking color for me (nc25)

The Lip Gelees -

  • Now In Season (sheer with light gold shimmers)
  • Budding Beauty (sheer coral with gold shimmers)
  • Fashion Flower (sheer pink with pearl shimmers)


Lip Gelees are perfect for anyone who hates the "stickiness" of a typical MAC lipglass. I was reading on Temptalia that she said the "Now In Season" Lip Gelee was much stickier than the other 2...I really disagree with that. All three of the colors felt exactly the same to me, and they all felt the same as previous lip gelees that I have. All the colors are sheer with a LOT of sparkle. If shimmer isn't your thing, then stay away. I like using these on my brides, though. Just a little bit over top of Pro Longwear lip colors.



The Eyeshadows -

  • Lucky Green (permanent shade) (shimmery green with yellow undertones)
  • Free To Be (permanent shade) (matte coral/red)
  • Aqua  (permanent shade) (matte sky blue/aqua)
  • Groundcover (matte greyish brown)
  • Bows and Curtseys (satin black w/ metallic green undertone)
  • Fresh Daisy (frosty white with yellow undertone)
I loved all of these shades, but I was most excited about the brown one because I can't think of a similar color. The only thing I didn't like, and it's the same thing that I don't like about some of mac's other collections, is that they promoted permanent colors as well. I think it's really cheap to do that, but they must have a method to their madness. Lucky Green, Free to Be, and Aqua are all permanent colors. Either way, all are nice shades with nice textures. Reading other reviews, I've read that some feel the mattes are "chalky". Well...that's the nature of a matte. 

The Beauty Powders - 
  • Alpha Girl (coral)
  • Light Sunshine (light pink with iridescent shimmer)
ANNOUNCEMENT -- BEAUTY POWDERS ARE NOT BLUSHES !!  So many people have been complaining that they're not "pigmented" enough. Yes, exactly! They're not overly pigmented because they're meant to be used all over the face to provide a nice warmth or glow. If they were more pigmented, then your face would look like a pink ridiculous mess. The colors, however, are buildable, so if you decide that you DO want to use Alpha Girl as a blush, then you can. I really love using Light Sunshine as a highlight as well. But the best way to use these is by  lightly dusting using a 187 or similar brush all over your face after your foundation and setting powder.



I swatched the beauty powders heavier than they actually go on.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Day-to-Evening Summer Bronze FOTD

I love summer makeup. I'm a sucker for dewy makeup and sun-kissed skin. While this look may be too dewy for you, it's easy to tone down. I mixed quite a bit of Careblends Oil and a gold shimmery lotion in with my foundation for extra dewiness, but you can easily use less shimmer. I will say though, when my husband got home from work, the first think he said was how hot I looked and that he loved the makeup :)

At the end of the day, I applied a simple product all over my lids to take it from a day look instantly to an evening look. Read on for what I used...

Day Look:




Products used:
  • eyes
    • MAC shadows:
      • Woodwinked (lid)
      • Shimpagne MSF (brow highlight)
      • Ground Brown (crease)
      • Ricepaper (tear duct area)
      • Mulch (lash line & under eye)
    • MAC Studio Fix Lash
  • skin
    • MAC Moisturegleam (a goldish version of strobe cream..use under foundation & mixed w/ fdtn)
    • MAC Careblends Oil (mixed with foundation)
    • MAC Studio Sculpt foundation NC25
    • MAC Refined Enriched Bronzer
  • lips
    • MAC lipstick "Tanarama"
Evening Look:

Product added:
Bobbi Brown Ivy Shimmer Ink Gel Liner ...that's it!

All I did was took my 217 brush, dabbed a little in the gel liner, and applied all over the lid. Then took a 224 brush to blend it out. I used 2 layers. I am in LOVE with my new Bobbi Brown liner :)



Thursday, April 21, 2011

a Shu Morphium FOTD

I visited the Shu Uemura website today and came across this GORGEOUS picture!

I immediately went to do this inspired look as a FOTD.



Eyes
  • MAC select cover up concealer nw20 as a base
  • MAC paint pot "otherworldly" as a base on lid
  • MAC cream colour base "madly magenta" as a base on inner and outer lid and under eye
  • MAC shadows: Dazzlelight, Parfait Amour, Violet Trance, Stars n Rockets, Wondergrass
  • Wet N Wild shadows: "blue had me at hello" palette - bright teal and deep shimmery blue
  • MAC shadow: Espresso for brows
  • MAC studio fix lash
Skin
  • MAC Pro Performance HD Airbrush Foundation
  • MAC Sheer Mystery Powder
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
  • MAC Blush in "Coygirl"
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light for matte highlight
Lips
  • MAC Lip Pencil "Girlfriend" and "Cranberry"
  • MAC Lipstick "Lazy Day"
  • MAC Lip Gelee "Lu-be-lu"

Monday, April 18, 2011

a few EOTDs for the non-believers of the Quite Cute Quad :)

I've heard nothing but negativity about the new eyeshadow quad that came out with the new MAC collection, Quite Cute. Most people have said the quality suck, or the pigmentation isn't good. Ladies (and gents), it was INTENDED that way. Given that MAC has literally hundreds of other very well pigmented shadows, it's safe to say they know how to make pigmented shadows. The Quite Cute shadows are meant to be very soft. If they wanted them more pigmented, they would have done it.

With that said, if you're looking for more color out of this quad, it is easily attainable by using a colored cream base underneath. You can also pair with other darker colors. There are endless ways to use this quad.

concealer as a base
Moshi! Moshi! - Inner Lid
Boycrazy - Outer Lid & Under eye
Goody Goody Gum Drop - Crease
Dazzlelight - Highlight
Blacktrack fluidline
Concealer as a base
Moshi! Moshi! - Inner Lid & Crease
Bottle Green (pro) - Crease
Boycrazy - Under eye
Dazzlelight - Highlight
Blacktrack fluidline
Madly Magenta Cream Colour Base on lid
Boycrazy - Inner and Outer Lid
Goody Goody Gum Drop - Center of lid & Outer Under Eye area
Azuki Bean - Crease & Under eye
Blacktrack fluidline
Blacktrack fluidline as a base on the lid and crease
Boycrazy - Inner Lid and Inner Under eye area
Azuki Bean - Outer lid, Crease, Outer Under eye area
Goody Goody Gum Drop - Crease
Concealer as a base
Moshi! Moshi! - Center of lid
Goody Goody Gum Drop - Inner, Outer, Crease, and Under eye area
Ricepaper - Highlight

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Heading back to Vegas :)

2 weeks ago I went to Vegas to take a MAC Master Class on airbrushing, it was an all day lab and I loved it. Aside from the class, I LOVED being in Vegas. Even though I went by myself, I had such a blast! It's not the type of place I'd want to live in (even though I DID live there when I was in elementary school), but it's definitely fun for visits. The fact that it's only a 4 hour drive from where I live makes it very accessible and cheap to go.

It's only been 2 weeks and already I'm itching to go back. I decided I definitely want to go again, this time with the family, before I have my baby in June. I hopped online to see if MAC was offering any other master classes between now and June, and sure enough, there are a couple. Going to make our trip a little longer this time so that we can really enjoy our stay. This time we're staying in the Luxor...ever since I was a little girl I've wanted to stay there because when I was 9 and 10 I used to live in Egypt. I know the kids will love the bright lights of Vegas, and of course I'll go back to my favorite buffet -- the Rio Carnival World Buffet.

Probably won't haul as much as last time :) but I'll definitely be hauling. I'd like to go to a different CCO this time as well.

If anyone has any suggestions on what we should do on the strip with a 5 year old, please let me know!

xoxo LC

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tone Grey Quad FOTD

products used:

  • eyes
    • mac tone grey eyeshadow quad
    • studio fix lash in black
    • mac charcoal brown shadow for brows
  • skin
    • mac studio sculpt foundation
    • mac mineralize skinfinish natural MSFN in light-medium
    • mac "taupe" blush to contour
    • mac "pink cult" blush
    • mac shimpagne mineralize skinfinish msf
  • lips
    • mac culture clash lipglass

bold purple fotd

products used:


eyes

  • -mac otherworldly paintpot as a base on middle of lid
  • -mac madly magenta cream colour base on inner and outer lid and under eye
  • -mac shadows:
  • --idol eyes (inner lid, middle under eye area)
  • --moons reflection (middle lid, inner under eye)
  • --violet trance (outerlid, outer under eye)
  • --stylin' (crease)
  • --charcoal brown (brows)
  • -mac studio fix lash in black
  • -mac blacktrack fluidline
    skin
  • mac pro performance hd airbrush makeup (airbrushed on)
  • mac mineralize skinfinish natural light-medium
  • mac shadow "motif" as cheek highlight
  • mac blush "coygirl"
    lips
  • mac lip pencil cranberry
  • mac lipstick plum-like
  • mac plushglass bountiful