Friday, March 29, 2013

Starlooks Lauren Clark Signature Set Swatches and FOTD!

Hi Everyone!

For those who don't know, I had a great opportunity to collaborate with Starlooks (an awesome makeup company!) to create a "Signature Set". This meant I picked out my favorite products and shades and bundled it all together to bring you the Lauren Clark set.

Since I'm obsessed with Coral...everything in my set is bright coral! Everything can be sheered out or worn vibrantly to create an array of looks.

One note before I get into this...there are only 4 sets left :(. They are seasonal and won't be restocking. So, if you like what you see, run to starlooks.com and grab  a set! If the sets are sold out, they will still be offering my signature lip pencil. It's so creamy and pigmented you'll fall in love immediately...

On to the swatches!


Lauren Clark Signature Set by Starlooks...Can you see my cute signature on the packaging??

Swatches of my Lauren Clark Signature Set by Starlooks. Lipstick, Lip Pencil, and Lipgloss in Tipsy, and HD Fluid Blush in Cheeky Luscious. Outdoor with no flash on top, Indoor with flash on bottom. I'd say the bottom pic is more accurate!!

The Review

Is it even fair to review my own products? The bottom line is I wouldn't have chosen these babies if I didn't stand behind them. But I'm going to break down each product so you can have a description.

Tipsy Lipstick - Very pigmented, goes on smooth, has a satin/creamy finish. Can be worn alone for a more subtle look, or paired with the Tipsy Lip Pencil and Gloss for added drama!
Tipsy Lip Pencil - The lip pencils from Starlooks are probably my favorite product from them. They are incredibly creamy and pigmented. Adore!
Tipsy Lip Gloss - This one is a lot more sheer than the first two. It's like the shy one out of the bunch. I did about 2-3 layers of the gloss in my swatches so you could see the color, but if you wear this gloss alone, you'll have a subtle hint of coral and it's extremely versatile.
Cheeky Luscious HD Fluid Blush - What is an HD Fluid Blush? Well it's really not fluid. It's actually very pasty. It's so thick and pigmented, you need the smallest dot for your cheek. That being said, this will probably last you a life time. Although it's so pigmented, it can be sheered out. The finish is a little more on the matte side, definitely more matte than what you're typical cream blush would look like. I like using my middle finger to tap the color on. I don't like using a brush for this particular product.

The FOTD


FOTD Using my Lauren Clark Signature Set - Tipsy Lipstick, Liner, and Gloss. Cheeky Luscious Fluid Blush.

Lonjure false lashes that I used

Products used:
  • Eyes
    • Starlooks Brown eye pencil
    • MAC Wedge shadow
    • Starlooks Almond shadow
    • Lonjure Lashes
    • MAC Spiked Brows
    • Starlooks "Fancy" Diamondline Eye pencil (the green under my eyes)
  • Skin
    • MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation
    • MAC Mineralize skinfinish natural
    • Starlooks Cheeky Luscious HD Fluid Blush
    • NYX Taupe to contour
  • Lips
    • Starlooks Tipsy Lipstick
    • Starlooks Tipsy Lipgloss
    • Starlooks Tipsy Lip Pencil

Here's the tutorial! Remember, check out starlooks.com to support me and buy up my sets and lip pencils!
xoxo LC

Thursday, March 28, 2013

MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Eye and Lip Palette Swatches


MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Eye Palette

MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Eye Palette Swatches : Oyster, Rustic Red, Scarab Green, Oil Slick Black, Smoked Indigo, and Purple Fusion

MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Eye Palette 

MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Eye Palette Swatches : Oyster, Rustic Red, Scarab Green, Oil Slick Black, Smoked Indigo, and Purple Fusion

MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Lip Palette

MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Lip Palette with Au Naturale, Rich New Mood, This Is Autumn, Red Statement, Style Apparent, and Fashion Noise


MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Lip Palette

MAC Fall 2013 Forecast Lip Palette with swatches of Au Naturale, Rich New Mood, This Is Autumn, Red Statement, Style Apparent, and Fashion Noise


MAC Fashion Sets Swatches and Comparisons

MAC Fashion Sets!

MAC Fashion Sets Lipsticks in Ablaze, Embrace Me, Heroine, and Silly

MAC Fashion Sets Silly, Heroine, Ablaze, and Embrace Me Lipglass

MAC Fashion Sets Ablaze, Heroine, Embrace Me, and Silly Lip Pencils.

MAC Fashion Sets : Embrace Me, Heroine, Silly, Ablaze Swatches. Lipstick, Lip Pencil, Gloss from left to right in all swatch sets.


Comparison Swatches

MAC Lipstick in Ablaze, Sail La Vie, Hibiscus, Flamingo, Vegas Volt, and Watch Me Simmer.

MAC Lip Pencils in Ablaze, Lasting Sensation, and Temperatue Rising

Ablaze - Closest to lipstick would be Watch me simmer, but honestly it's not close enough to be a dupe. Same with Ablaze Lipliner...Lasting Sensation Liner is pretty close, but doesn't cut it.
As far as Ablaze Lipglass goes, the closest shade is Lychee Luxe, but Lychee Luxe has more sparkle.

MAC Lip Pencils in Heroine, Magenta, and Grape

MAC Lipsticks in Heroine, Seductive Intent Mattene, Rebel, Strong Woman, and  Violetta
Heroine - Seductive Intent and Strong Woman are very close to Heroine. And although Violetta looks similar to it in this picture, in real life Violetta is a tad more shiny and more sheer and just has more of an electric color about it. 
For the Heroine Lip liner, Magenta is super close to it, which is really disappointing to me. I was hoping for a true purple liner.
For Heroine Lipglass, I honestly have nothing even remotely close to it, so I wasn't able to do swatch comparisons of it.

MAC Lip Pencils in Embrace Me, Trimmed In Pink, Cranapple, Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil, and More To Love Pro longwear Lip Pencil.

MAC Lipsticks in Embrace Me, Girl About Town, Pink Pigeon, Quick Sizzle, and Show Orchid.
Embrace me - Lipstick, from the permanent line Girl About Town would be pretty close, just with more sheen. Pink Pigeon and Quick sizzle are both close too, I feel like mac puts so many of these bright hot pinks out.
Lip Liner, nothing close to it except MAYBE the Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil
Lipgloss, There's quite a few pink lipglosses that I don't own, so I couldn't do a fair comparison, but I'd imagine that it's similar to the Girl about town gloss and there's one from the Pro Longwear range but the name escapes me.

MAC Lip Pencils in Silly, Cranberry, In Anticipation, and the Make Up For Ever Lip Pencil in 15c

MAC Lipsticks in Silly, Saint Germain, Chatterbox, and Viva Glam Nicki

Silly - Lipstick...if I had to pick, Viva Glam Nicki..but to be honest, I don't own any lipsticks that are close to Silly. Nicki is kind of in the same color family, but is a tad lighter, has more of a sheen, and doesn't go on as buttery smooth as Silly. I feel like Silly is more of a true girly girl pink.
Lip Liner , nothing close to it, period.
Lipgloss - I personally didn't have anything close to it, but you may want to try it against Pink Poodle Lipglass.


USING MY PHOTOS

You are MORE than welcome to use my photos, so long as you link back/give credit to me! I know I have super awesome swatches, but I see my pics all over the internet and people aren't giving the credit to me. Come on, mang!



Classic Red Lip FOTD


Estee Lauder Coral Doublewear Lip Pencil and MAC Driven By Love Pro Longwear Lipglass


Classic Red Lip FOTD

Estee Lauder Coral Doublewear Lip Pencil and MAC Driven By Love Pro Longwear Lipglass

Products used:

  • eyes
    • MAC Lightscapade MSF all over
    • MAC Black Superslick liquid liner
    • Starlooks Brown Eye Pencil in waterline
    • MAC Cork shadow in crease (barely) and under eye
  • skin
    • MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation
    • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural 
    • MAC Lightscapade MSF
    • MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush
    • NYX Taupe to contour
  • lips
    • Estee Lauder Coral Doublewear Lip Pencil
    • MAC Driven By Love Pro Longwear Lipglass

Starlooks March 2013 Starbox review, swatches, fotd

Starlooks March 2013 Starbox
Starlooks March 2013 Starbox
Starlooks March 2013 Starbox
Starlooks March 2013 Starbox 
Starlooks Lengthening Mascara wand
Starlooks March 2013 Starbox Swatches L to R: Disarray Eyeshadow, Flutter Lipstick, Black Lengthening Mascara
Starlooks March 2013 Starbox FOTD using Disarray Eyeshadow and Flutter Lipstick


The FOTD

Products:
  • Eyes
    • Starlooks Disarray Shadow
    • Starlooks black Lengthening Mascara
    • MAC Spiked Brows
  • Skin
    • MAC Studio Fix Fluid
    • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural MSFN
    • MAC Sculpting Powder in Bone Beige and Shadowy
    • MAC Shaping Powder in Warm Light, Emphasize
  • Lips
    • Starlooks Flutter Lipstick

The Review

Not my favorite box. Sorry :( It's mainly a matter of personal preference. I do not like copper and frosty lipsticks. I do however, love navy shadows, which is what this box includes. The one problem with the shadow is that it's not super pigmented. It goes on a lot more pigmented on the eye lid than it does if you just try to swatch on your arm. I didn't use a primer, but I imagine that you'd have no problem with the pigmentation if you ended up using a primer. The shadow is a navy shade with a slight violet undertone and is between a satin ad frost finish. I love the finish of it. The mascara has a nice fluffy brush. I have some very stubborn lashes that don't really like any mascara, and this one didn't do a whole lot for them. Nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't amazing. It would be a good mascara to throw in your purse for touch ups. All in all, when I look back to my FOTD, I feel like it goes together and looks nice on me (pardon my tired eyes!) and the more I look at it, the more I really like that shade of eye shadow.

*edited to add*



I wanted to add that 45 minutes after applying this shadow, I looked in the mirror and this is what I saw. No, I did not use a primer, but I usually don't use one and have never had this problem. I've never had this issue with a Starlooks shadow either, so I'm not sure if there's something in this shade that would cause breakdown to happen quicker or what...but typically this should not be happening before 6-8 hours.

Make sure to use your primers!

Friday, March 1, 2013

New MAC Mineralize Rich Lipsticks Swatches!

MAC Mineralize Moisture Lipstick



Swatches of: MAC Mineralize Lipsticks. MAC Moisture Rich Lipstick in: Luxe Naturale , Posh Tone, Glamour Era, Dreaminess, Divine Choice, Elegant Accent, Style Surge, Lady At Play, Everyday Diva, Grande Dame, All Out Gorgeous, Lush Life Swatch.


These lipsticks are so moisturizing, soft, and feature a 77-mineral moist complex that will provide the lips with nourishment, hydration as well as awesome color.

Why the bigger and different shaped bullet?? Well, this formula is lightweight and soft, so they had to make the bullet a little bigger so that it was strong enough to withstand breaking from the soft formula. It's odd shape is to help apply lipstick in one single stroke.

How do these compare to other formulas? The formula feels harder than a Sheen Supreme. The way it feels when it glides on is more like a Lustre, but provides more color than a lustre, and slightly more color than a Sheen Supreme. These are supposed to have a 6-hour wear, which is great for such a soft and glossy lipstick. I have yet to test that claim out yet.

New MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation Swatches and Comparisons

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation
MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation Swatches
Two different lightings
Comparison Swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Sculpt NC15, Studio Fix Fluid NC15,
Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC15 
Comparison Swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Stick NC25, Studio Sculpt NC25
Studio Fix Fluid NC25  Mineralize, Moisture Foundation NC25, Studio Tech NC25
Comparison Swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Stick NC30, Studio Fix Fluid NC30,
Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC30 
Comparison Swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Sculpt NC35, Studio Fix Fluid NC35,
Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC35 
Comparison Swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Sculpt NC40, Studio Fix Fluid NC40,
Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC40 
Comparison Swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Stick NC42, Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC42
Comparison Swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC45, Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC45 
Comparison Swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Sculpt NW25, Studio Fix Fluid NW25,
Mineralize Moisture Foundation NW25
Comparison swatches between L to R: MAC Studio Sculpt NW45, Studio Fix Fluid NW45,
 Mineralize Moisture Foundation NW45

*Please note, Studio Stick is discontinued, but I included it for reference for those who might still have it.


Also, for those concerned that their is no NW15 in this collection. Here is how the Mineralize NC15 compares to SFF nw15, Sculpt in nw15, and SFF nw10. 

 I think it's safe to say that NC15 is light enough, and neutral enough to accommodate someone who normally would wear an NW15 or even a little lighter.

Studio Fix Fluid NW10, Mineralize Moisture NC15, Studio Sculpt NW15, Studio Fix Fluid NW15 Comparison Swatches