Thursday, September 27, 2012

September Starbox Review

The pastel shadows over a black base


The palette - When I first opened the palette I was a little shocked because at first glance it looked like 5 white eyeshadows. Upon swatching, I fell in love with the subtle pastel glow that each shade gave. I am bummed that these shades aren't named on the back of the palette so I don't know what to call them. There is a shimmery white, pastel icy blue-violet, pastel pink, pastel green, pastel yellowish gold. I tried doing a look with all 5 colors and I think it might be pastel overkill, but using one or two with other deeper shades would look stunning. I wasnt big on the texture of them, I felt like I needed to use a lot for it to show up.

The primer - The primer made a huge difference in how the colors showed up on the skin. They glide right on with the primer. It felt a lot creamier than most primers I've used. The one downfall is how small of an amount you receive, I think I will go through it very quickly given the size and how creamy it is. We tend to use more the creamier it is.

Even still, for $15, this box was a GREAT value.

Bright Purple Lip FOTD

Bright Purple Lip FOTD
MAC Magenta Lip Pencil, Goes and Goes Pro Longwear Lipcreme, and Funtabulous Dazzleglass
And my hair! Excuse the stragglers on my neck!
Products used:
  • eyes
    • MAC Blanc Type and Soft Brown eyeshadow
    • LORAC Front of the Line pro liner
    • MAC Haute and Naughty Lash
    • MAC Corduroy eyeshadow used under eye
    • MAC Spiked brow pencil
  • Skin
    • MAC Face and Body Foundation C2
    • MAC Hyper real pressed powder medium
    • MAC Strada blush to contour
    • MAC Prism blush
    • MAC lightscapade to highlight
  • Lips
    • MAC Magenta Lip pencil used all over
    • MAC Goes and Goes Pro Longwear lipstick
    • MAC Funtabulous dazzeglass
Just a side note about the lips. If you bought MAC Yung Repunxel Lipstick and aren't sure how to wear it...try wearing it with magenta lip pencil as a base under it. It will brighten it up! Funtabulous dazzleglass will look great on top of it as well!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Quad FOTD

Products used:

  • Eyes
    • MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NC30 as a base
    • MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage eyeshadow quad. (substitute shroom, bronze, and carbon)
    • MAC Haute & Naughty mascara
    • MAC Dipdown fluidline for brows
    • MAC Blacktrack fluidline on waterline
  • Skin
    • MAC Face and Body C2
    • MAC Hyper Real Pressed Powder
    • MAC Blot powder in light
    • MAC Tenderling Blush
    • MAC Taupe blush to contour
    • MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish to highlight
  • Lips
    • MAC Have to Have It Lip pencil (substitute Subculture)
    • MAC Persistent Peach Pro Longwear Lipglass

Monday, September 17, 2012

Braided Side Updo and FOTD

Products used:

  • Eyes:
    • MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NC30 as a base on lids
    • MAC Brun shadow
    • MAC Dazzlelight eyeshadow
    • MAC Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara
  • Skin
    • MAC Face and Body c2 foundation
    • MAC Blot Powder
    • MAC Dainty Blush
  • Lips
    • MAC Nicki Minaj Viva Glam Lipglass applied sheerly

New MAC Face & Body sizing and pricing and how it's NOT a rip off.

Photo Credit: SaraMay from
Hey Everyone.

I know there was this big uproar when MAC released their smaller sized Face and Body (F&B) bottle that was less than half of the original size, but not half off the price tag.  On the surface, it seems MAC is ripping us off.

But here's why they're not.

The original 4oz F&B bottle is $33.
The new one is 1.7oz and is $27.

EVERY other MAC foundation is only 1oz - 1.3oz and ranges from $27 to $33.

This makes the new Face and Body 1.7oz bottle CHEAPER per ounce than every other MAC foundation. If you think the new F&B is a rip off, then you must think that all of MAC's foundations are a rip off. The new F&B is not a rip off, it is priced as normal per every other foundation's pricing. It just means the larger bottle is more of a deal.

The reason they made them smaller is because the average consumer will never use 4oz of foundation before it goes bad. The original Face and Body foundations were geared toward the professional makeup artist who will easily use 4oz of makeup before it goes bad.

If you insist on getting the larger bottle simply because it's the better deal, then be prepared for it to go bad before you can even use up half of it. Ultimately, you'd be wasting money with the larger bottle and getting more product for your money with the smaller one because you will likely use it up (or at least most of it!) before it has gone bad.

Something else to consider that's really important. Let's say MAC did half the price of the bottle and made it $16 for the smaller foundation. How weird would it be to have every other foundation be $27-$33, not to mention every concealer be more expensive than a bottle of F&B foundation? What sense would it make that a 1.7oz foundation cost about the same as an eyeshadow?? Most consumers buy what's cheapest. So many people would start buying F&B and stop buying their Studio Techs or whatever they used to buy, then ultimately MAC wouldn't be selling enough of the other foundations and need to discontinue the less popular colors if not the entire formula. It doesn't make sense for them to NOT price the new bottle the same as their other foundations.

The new bottle is not a rip off. It's simply priced as the other foundations, and the bigger bottle is a better deal. Simple!
Hope this all made sense!

xoxo Lauren

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Natural FOTD with Coral Lip -- OCC Grandma Liptar

products used:
  • Eyes
    • MAC NC30 Studio Sculpt Concealer all over lid
    • MAC Barestudy Paint Pot all over lid
    • MAC Jeté, Soft Brown, Corduroy Eyeshadows
    • MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara
    • MAC Spiked Brow pencil
  • Skin
    • MAC Moisture Infusion Serum, fix +, and Strobe Cream to prep skin
    • NARS TM in Alaska mixed with Strobe cream
    • MAC Hyper Real Pressed powder in medium
    • MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush
    • MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
  • Lips
    • MAC Subculture Lip Pencil
    • OCC Grandma Liptar

Thursday, September 13, 2012

MAC Heavenly Creatures FOTD

Products used:
  • eyes
    • MAC Water Mineralize eyeshadow (from heavenly creatures)
    • MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara
    • LORAC Front Of The Line Pro Liner
  • Skin
    • MAC Studio Fix Fluid
    • MAC Warm Soul Blush
    • MAC Strada blush to contour
    • MAC Light Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to highlight
  • Lips
    • MAC Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
    • MAC Fire Sign Lipstick
    • MAC Meteoric Gloss