Monday, April 29, 2013

MAC Art Of The Eye Swatches

MAC Art of the Eye Collection

MAC Art of the Eye Shadows: Parrot, Hajar Karim, Gameela, Banafsaji, and Farasha

MAC Art Of  The Eye Swatches, From left to right:
Chromagraphic Pencils Hi-Def Cyan, Landscape Green, Process Magenta
Individual Shadows: Parrot, Hajar Karim, Gameela, Banafsaji, and Farasha

MAC Art of the Eye Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad:
Shroom, Soft Brown, Beauty Burst, and Najm el Lail

MAC Art of the Eye Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad swatches:
from left to right: Shroom, Soft Brown, Beauty Burst, and Najm el Lail


Individual Shadows

Parrot - This shadow is a well loved shadow of mac fans for about a decade. Parrot first appeared in 2004 with the Salsabelle Collection, and was re-launched in 2007 with the Originals collections. It's a beautiful teal color with a frost finish and a decent amount of pigmentation. Try using it overtop the Hi Def Cyan chromagraphic pencil for more intensity.

Hajar Karim - is bright matte Kelly green shade. I find it very similar to Sassy Grass that came out with Dare To Wear. You'll need a couple layers of this shadow to get the the bright green shade.

Gameela - A bright matte pink. Too similar to the new Embrace Me shadow, as well as the recently discontinued Passionate eyeshadow. I've never been a pink eyeshadow fan, so moving on...

Banafsaji - Is a gorgeous deep frosty blue with a violet undertone. This one (and Parrot) are the must haves from the group.

Farasha - Bright golden orange, matte. Need a couple layers to get it that bright.


Rimal Danabia - The disappointing thing about this quad is that it features two perm shadows: Shroom and Soft Brown. However, both shades are a must have regardless. The good thing about this quad is that it's a great throw-in-your-purse quad because it's very neutral, you can use it for any occasion.

Masat Al Lail - *sad trombone*...this quad is actually the "Gentle Fume" quad from the Smoke Signals collection, just renamed. Same exact shadows and everything..including the permanent Carbon *yawn*.

Chromagraphic Pencils

All of the chromagraphic pencils offered in the Art Of The Eye collection are permanent shades with MAC Pro

In addition to using my chromagraphic pencils as liners, I like to smudge them out on my lid to use them as bases.

I like using process magenta on my lips (over a thin layer of Painterly paint pot) for a bright, matte, perfect hot pink lip)

What's your favorite from the collection?

Friday, April 26, 2013

NARS The Happening Palette Swatches with FOTD

The Happening Palette
Nars The Happening Palette Swatches left to right: Orgasm Blush, Night Star, Kuala Lumpur, Gstaad, Coconut Grove eyeshadows, and Laguna Bronzer
The Happening Palette

FOTD With NARS The Happening Palette and Boys Don't Cry Blush
Eye look using The Happening Palette

This is a fairly new palette that serves as a great throw-in-your-purse palette. Night Star (the lightest shadow) could afford to be slightly more pigmented, but overall, the palette is great. I'm displeased that Orgasm is in this palette, it seems NARS throws Orgasm into EVERY palette..but that's's a great blush that looks good on just about everyone. The cost is $65 and is a great value.

Products used

  • eyes
    • NARS The Happening Palette: Night Star on highlight and middle of lid. Gstaad under eye and lightly to the left and right of Night Star on the lid, also lightly used in the crease. Coconut Grove used on inner and outer corners of lid and into crease as well as under eye.
    • MAC Dipdown fluidline
    • MAC Haute and Naughty Lash
  • skin
    • MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation nc25
    • MAC Mineralize skinfinish natural light plus
    • NARS Boys Don't Cry Blush
  • lips
    • MAC Etcetera Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
    • MAC Dazzleglass creme in Soft Dazzle

NARS Pierre Hardy Collection with swatches

Nars' new collection with shoe designer Pierre Hardy hit Barney's and about a week and a half ago. I was gushing over one of the blushes, Boys Don't Cry, and had to have it. I ended up with a few other items as well.

This collection only offers two blushes and I think about 8 nail polishes, that are sold in sets of 2.

The blushes are HUGE. For those of you who are familiar with the Nars Foreplay palette, these new blushes come in a compact the same size...except it's one solid blush. That makes it .45 oz of blush versus the normal .12 oz. Needless to say it will last you a life time.

NARS Boys Don't Cry blush, Rotonde Blush, and Ethno Run Nail Polishes
On to the pics.

NARS Pierre Hardy Ethno Run Left and Ethno Run Right polishes

NARS Pierre Hardy Rotonde and Boys Don't Cry Blush Swatches
There is a beautiful overspray patter on the blushes, but after one swipe, say goodbye to it! That was a big let down. Luckily, the colors are beautiful and pigmented enough for me to love it without the gold overspray.

Rotonde is a bright orange color. It's so pigmented, so use it with a light hand!

Boys Don't Cry is between a pink and a coral, which is what attracted me to it. Also very pigmented. A little goes a long way.

Ethno Run Nail Polishes are nothing special, and I don't like the colors together. I liked them on the website and how they looked in the bottles...but on me, together, I don't like them. These are also my first Nars polishes. I wasn't thrilled with the quality. They're certainly very pigmented even with one stroke, but I had a few chips in my nails on the 2nd day :(

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Making a switch to this blog's address!

My new blog address is, please take note! The old address will still work, but I think the new address is easier to remember :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Plum Smokey eye FOTD

I did this fotd a couple of weeks ago, so I'll try to remember as best as I can what I used :)

products used:

  • eyes
    • MAC Madly Magenta Creme Colour Base as a base on lid blended into the crease
    • MAC Sketch on lid
    • MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide liner under eye
    • MAC Feline eye kohl
  • skin
    • MAC Mineralize moisture foundation
    • MAC Refined Golden Bronzer
    • MAC Lightscapade MSF
  • lips
    • MAC Just Wonderful Lip Pencil
    • MAC Mall Madness lipglass

MAC Baking Beauties Swatches

MAC Baking Beauties Pearlmatte Powder In For a Treat (left) and Pink Buttercream
MAC Baking Beauties Pearlmatte Powders In For a Treat and Pink Buttercream

MAC Baking Beauties Swatches -- Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms in Glace, Cheery Cheery, and Sweet Tooth.  Lipstick swatches in Raspberry Swirl and Lavender Whip
 MAC Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms are a somewhat new formula that first launched a few months ago in the Apres Chic collection. It is a lipgloss/balm that is enriched with a nourishing 77-mineral complex that truly is moisturizing. The shades are fairly sheer.  To me, they feel a lot like the previously discontinued Lip Gelees, so if you were a lip gelee fan, you will most likely like the new mineralize tinted lip balms!

The Pearlmattes can be used to highlight the face. They're a little too light to function as a blush, and I'm thinking they might be too chalky on skin tones darker than about an nc40 unfortunately. The white in the powders are oversprayed, but the design is not.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Lime Crime Velvetine

Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine

Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine

Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine

What a lovely product! A liquid lipstick that adheres to the lips and dries very matte. Wear time is a good 8-12 hours. Only 2 cons I can think of: 1) there are only 2 shades, but given how popular they are, I would imagine that Lime Crime would produce more colors soon. 2) applies with a doe foot applicator. (hence, my wonky lip shape, because I didn't use a liner, only the doe foot applicator). Pretty hard to get such a bold color on your lips with precision with just a doe foot applicator. It's ok though, the quality of the product itself makes up for it! It also smells nice, like vanilla.