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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Marie Claire Magazine

So, I basically just wanted to talk a little about a magazine I love right now--Marie Claire.  I love all the beauty articles and features and I like their non-beauty related articles as well. 

I recently got the October issue with Katie Holmes on the cover.  The first thing I absolutely love is their mini book inside.  It's called Marie Claire Fall Fashion A to Z.  It's great because it features trends from letters A to Z and I love stuff like this. 

This month also features a piece on eye liner and how to work with different ones.  They talk about creams, liquids, pencils.  They have tips and pointers. 

I just love all of their beauty artices and features!  They feature higher end brands like MAC and drugstore brands like Covergirl in magazine, so everyone can find something pretty that they can afford. 

I also really love their Career section called The Careerist.  There's something new they touch on each month and I get a lot out of it. 

Just a note, I am in no way being asked to blog about the magazine.  I just wanted to share my fondness :)

So, check it out.  Here's a link to the website and the new issue is available now!

Golden Eye (makeup tutorial)

Here are some photos of the finished look!  All names of products used can be found in the bottom bar of the you tube video :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

MAC Review blog :)

Hey people!  So this is going to be a review blog.  I was going to do a video but haven't had time to get one up :( 

Sooo, here we go!

The first product I want to review is MAC haute & naughty lash mascara.  Ok so this is the one with the two mascara wands.  One has pink at the end of the wand and the other has purple.  The color of the mascara is black.  I kinda really love this!  I'm still very happy with my voluminous macara by loreal, but this is such a great product.  It gives real drama to the lashes and defines them well.  I love it!

The next product I want to review is the 194 concealer brush by MAC.  I do like this.  It blends nicely.  I'm not obsessed with it, but I use it daily and it does the job well.  I like that it gets in small spaces to blend the concealer. 

Next is my kit from Nordstroms from the MAC counter which contained 4 products.  A reminder on those--prep + prime lash, zoom lash mascara, graphblack technakohl liner, and a mini eye makeup remover.  So I guess I'll start with the prep + prime.  This is a great prodcut.  I don't have long, lush lashes so I need this.  It gives a great base for the mascara to go onto.  Next, the zoomlash--I haven't really been using this since I just recently bought the haute & naughty.  I haven't opened it cause I don't want it to try out.  However, I used it before in the store and I used my mom's the other day (she got the same kit I did) and I was happy with the results.  It gave great length.  I really like the technakohl liner.  It stayed on.  It wasn't too creamy that it ran, and it was easy to work with.  The eye makeup remover--I do like this but I have dry skin and the eye area is no exception, so I will probably stick to my ultrabland or 9 to 5 by Lush.  For me they just do a little more for my dry eye area.  It removed makeup just fine, though.  And my mom really likes hers.  She has oilier skin than I do.

Last is the Pro Longwear concealer--I forget what color I am, but I cannot stress enough how much I enjoy this product!  I work hard at covering undereye circles and this product does all the work for you.  It stays on just like it says it does and really covers up my circles.  I looooove it!  I shall not cheat on my color supplement from Lush, though.  I still use that for anything else I need to cover up. 

So, that's my little review blog.  I hope you enjoy.  Sorry I don't have time to put up a video. 


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Grey smokey eye tutorial using Too Faced Naked Palette

Seriously, this is the image still?? OMG, well anyway.  Enjoy a tutorial on a smokey grey eye look using Too Faced Naked Palette.  There are photos of the finished product below. :)

Date Night makeup tutorial

Hey everyone!  Enjoy this fun little tutorial on a date night look.  I used the Lucky Tom palette from Hello Kitty by MAC. 

Here are some possible dups for some of the colors.

**Paradisco is not limited edition and can be purchased at MAC stores and online. :)

Creme Royale-this is the lightest color in the quad.  It looks like rice paper to me, which is not limited edition.

Lucky Tom- to me this looks like it could be a match for notoriety, smut, or showstopper.  It is not an exact match, but it would work just as nice.

Stylin'-Hmmmm.  I wish I knew of a good dup for this color!  I really don't but I think any  purple/blue color would work. 

Here are some photos of the finished product :)

(And yes, I'm aware there's less mascara on one eye...I fixed it afterwards)


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Trip to Nordstroms--Best MAC value EVER!

The set I got for $35!!


Technakohl liner in GraphBlack

Zoom Lash mascara in Zoomblack

Monday, September 20, 2010

MAC and Sephora Haul feat. Haute and Naughty mascara

Here are some photos of the items:

MFS by MAC.  From right to left: MFS natural in medium and  MFS in Perfect Topping

MAC Haute and Naughty mascara

Haute and Naughty Lash 1st photo is the bigger brush (Purple top); 2nd is the smaller brush (pink top)

Lighter colors in palette from left to right: albino, holy bible, slayer (cream), and glock

Colors from Kat Von D Palette Love & Fury

Darker colors in palette are from left to right: crucifix (cream), bloodletting (cream), ace of spades, and odd fellow

MAC eyeshadow in Smut

Colors from CCO by MAC.  From right to left: Bough Grey and Birds & Berries

Sunday, September 19, 2010

MAC eye makeup look of the day

Makeup look of the day!

Just some photos of the finished product.  Hope you enjoy.  Watch the video for more info :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Burmese Beauty/Humid MAC eye shadows

Hey everyone!  So I got a lot of compliments on this particular eye look.  I used the Burmese Beauty quad and the single color Humid from MAC. 

Here's what I did:

First I put down the green color from my Revlon Moonlit Jewels cream eyeshadow quad.  Then, I put Humid (a darkish green color) all over the lid up to the crease. See Photo.

The green color is the one I used as a base.

The above photo is just of the base.

The above color is Humid by MAC.  I got it from the To The Beach collection, but it is a permenant color.

Then I took a blending brush and blended the color burmese beauty (a green/red/brown mix color) into the crease and slightly above. 

Then I mixed the two ligher colors together for the highlight color.

I then took my 219 pencil brush by MAC and used showstopper (the brown color) in the outer corner and underneath the eye to use as a liner.  See Photos.

Then I blended anything that needed to be blended. 

Here are some photos of the finished product:

**Burmese Beauty is a limited edition palette!

Here are the names of the colors in the Burmese Beauty quad:
Prized, Burmese Beauty, Skintone 2, Showstopper --The two lighter colors are Prized and Skintone 2.  The darkest color is Showstopper and the greenish color is Burmese Beauty.

Here's some more info on the palette from

Prized is a soft nude beige with pale white micro-shimmer with a satin finish.

Skintone 2 is a slightly neutralized gold with a frost finish. It’s not a cool-toned gold, but it doesn’t have really strong yellow undertones either.

Burmese Beauty is a duochrome of teal and red-based deep brown with a lustre finish. This is very much like Blue Brown pigment except less intense (the brown base isn’t as strong, nor is the metallic finish). It’s a lighter, more pigmented version of Club eyeshadow as well.

Showstopper is a dirty, cool-toned dark matte brown. It works well when used with a brush in actual application, while it doesn’t swatch very well. 

Check out their swatches: