Z Palette Review

Photo Credit: Z Palette)
Photo Credit: Z Palette)

As a professional makeup artist, we carry a lot of products around with us.  The clients see us coming with our big wheelie’s full of goodies and products that help with all of our beauty tricks.  I am constantly trying to get my kit to be efficient as I fly with it as a carry on, no way is this girl going to check a bag and worry the entire flight, that I will arrive for the job without a bag of goodies.

I came across Z Palette at a trade show and thought this could be something in my quest for less containers.  Of everything my eye shadows are taking over, tons of MAC containers.  Z Palette is a customizable makeup palette that is magnetized on the bottom of the rectangular container and a clear window on top.  You can take apart your makeup containers, de-pot, and then put them into a palette.  There are several sizes and of course styles, I went for the leopard print.

I took home my palette’s and went to work on depotting and mixing the brands of products to make neat palettes.  The powders were very exciting as now I have all of the shades in one easy palette and when I am on a job, no more individual containers.  However, even better is the eye shadow’s.  I was able to place 20 eye shadows both circular and square in one palette.  First goal met, less containers and more efficient.

The second and final test, going thru TSA from Miami to DC roundtrip with my cosmetic wheelie and Z palette’s in tow.  Placed them in the container and thru they went with not one question.  I really am a huge fan and purchased a small one for my personal makeup, easy to put in a purse.

If you have not heard of them, you should definitely give it a look, I think that you will find it can de-clutter your makeup bag.

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Garnier BB Cream: Skin Renew Review

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I remember a few years ago when the hype was HD Makeup, and now it is BB Cream.  Everyone seems to make it and it is the must have product.  Many clients have been asking me what is it and do they need it.  BB Cream is actually not a new product it was originally formulated in 1960.  BB Cream stands for Beauty Balm and is promoted as an all in one product that can replace your moisturizer, serum, foundation and sun protection.  

I was fortunate to receive a sample of Garnier BB Cream: Skin Renew to test out.  It is the company’s first BB Cream that combines hydration with tinted minerals and Vitamin C.  I found that the product was very creamy and smooth, reminding me of a moisturizer and tinted to match my skin tone.  The product gives a good amount of coverage and evened my skin tone.  I was surprised that the coverage lasted longer than a tinted moisturizer which I personally am not a fan off, and more like a traditional foundation. 

It is a great option for the upcoming Spring and Summer months, easy to use and not a strong scent.  Skip the tinted moisturizer which does not hydrate as well as a BB Cream and gives minimal coverage if any.  I would still recommend to clients to use a moisturizer after washing your face and a serum based on skin type.

MAC Cosmetics: Archie Girls Collection

Are you Team Betty or Team Veronica?  The classic Archie comics featured a rivalry between the girl next door, Betty and the smoldering Veronica.  MAC Cosmetics is releasing their Spring Limited Edition Collection inspired by the timeless rivalry between Betty and Veronica.  For Betty, MAC created a sugary sweet pink and peach collection to cater to your softer side.  The Veronica collection is dramatic, vampy and caters to your cool, striking side.  Whether you are Team Betty, Team Veronica, MAC has also created accessories that feature the epic love triangle.

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Archie’s Girls: Betty

Betty Lipstick – $16.50

  • Girl Next Door Vivid Blue Pink (Lustre)
  • Betty Bright Light Vibrant Peach (Satin)
  • Oh, Oh, Oh Sheer Brown Plum (Lustre)

Betty LipGlass – $16.50

  • Summer Sweetheart Light Peach
  • Stay Sweet Light Lavendar Pink
  • Kiss & Don’t Tell Bright Coral

Caramel Sundae: Eye Shadow X4 – $44.00

  • Cheryl Chic Light Coral Pink (Frost)
  • Dreammaker Pale Frosty Yellow (Frost)
  • Caramel Sundae Midtone Warm Tan (Satin)
  • Showstopper Dark, Cool-Toned Brown (Matte)

Betty Nail Lacquer – $17.50

  • Comic Cute Bright Coral
  • Pep, Pep, Pep Light Peach Nude

Betty Powder Blush – $22.00

  • Cream Soda Light Neutral Coral

Archie’s Girls Pearlmatte Face Powder – $30.00

  • Flatter Me Golden Peach with Coral Hearts

Betty Pigment – $23.00

  • Cheers My Dear  Light Lavender
  • Lucky in Love  Shimmering Light Blue Green

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner – $16.50

  • Lord It Up  Bronze with Pearl
  • Black Swan Black with Gold Pearl

Betty Opulash Optimum Black – $17.50

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Archie’s Girls: Veronica

Veronica Lipstick – $16.50

  • Daddy’s Little Girl Midtone Pink Violet (Satin)
  • Ronnie Red Bright Red (Matte)
  • Boyfriend Stealer Deep Blackened Plum (Cremesheen)

Veronica LipGlass – $16.50

  • Mall Madness Midtone Pink Violet
  • Strawberry Malt  Bright Red
  • Feelin’ So Good  Deep Blackened Plum

Spoiled Rich: Eye Shadow X4 – $44.00

  • Pin-Up Purple Midtone Orchid (Frost)
  • Spoiled Rich Rich Purple (Frost)
  • Ron Ron Ron Deep Navy (Satin)
  • Gravel Charcoal (Matte)

Veronica Nail Lacquer – $17.50

  • Past Curfew Deep Berry
  • Double Trouble Deep Navy

Veronica Powder Blush – $22.00

  • Prom Princess Midtone Violet Pink

Archie’s Girls Pearlmatte Face Powder – $30.00

  • Veronica’s Blush Silvery Pink Base with Deep Pink Hearts

Veronica Pigment – $23.00

  • Black Poodle Blackened Pink
  • Magic Spells Blackened Teal

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner – $16.50

  • Petrol Blue  Deep Navy with Pearl
  • Designer Purple Violet with Pearl

Veronica Opulash Optimum Black – $17.50

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Archie’s Girls: Exclusives

Archie’s Girls Brush Kit– $49.50

Includes a five-piece brush kit, brushes handles are covered with hearts and in a logo embossed tin case.

Young Hearts Mirror – $25.00

Online exclusive heart shaped mirror with white faux-patent slipcase.

Yours Forever Tote– $49.50

Online exclusive, white faux-patent tote with heart shaped front pocket and red piping.

Jingle Jangle Coin Purse – $33.00

A heart shaped faux-patent coin purse, with a zippered closure and red piping.

Just a Flirt Makeup Bag – $38.00

A white faux-patent heart shaped makeup bag with a red zippered closure and piping.  Ultra chic and portable for keeping all of your essentials.

The National Release of Archie’s Girls is officially February 7th.  MAC Cosmetics did release the collection for purchase online starting today!  If you love a color or an accessory don’t hesitate as it is limited edition and will sell out.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

(Photo Credit: DHC Care.com)
(Photo Credit: DHC Care.com)

I recently received a sample sized DHC Deep Cleansing Oil treatment.   It was sent in a “mom” package with goodies for my son and the Cleansing Oil was my bonus.  The card in the box said that the Oil would give me clean, fresh, glowing skin.  I typically do not use oil products as my skin is combination and the last thing I need is more oil.  However, living on the East Coast in winter, with heaters running everywhere my skin is very dry.

I found that the oil did an amazing job at removing makeup at the end of the day and hydrating my skin.  It even removed waterproof eyeliner and mascara easily, without a greasy feeling.  The oil once emulsifies with water it turns into a lotion that rinses completely and gives you a fresh feeling.  I continued to use the product over two weeks and found that my skin looked better and my complexion had improved.

Try the Deep Cleansing Oil if your skin is like mine or you are looking for a new product to try.

Creating Drag: MAC Makeup Class

I had the pleasure of being able to attend a MAC Cosmetics pro makeup class, “Creating Drag”.  I was so excited to meet the instructor Romero Jennings as he has been a MAC Pro for many years and he has mastered the art of beauty makeup along with editorial makeup you find in Hapers Bazaar, Vogue and other major publications.  I knew that the class was going to be a great lesson in creating contour and highlights in a face not to mention some amazing glamour.  However, I learned more in those 2 hours than I expected, added to my bag of tricks and had a blast.  The transformation was amazing and I thought that I would share some photos so that everyone can see the before and after.

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MAC Holiday 2012: Glamour Daze And Fabulousness Limited Edition Collection

MAC Cosmetics has been full of limited edition collections this fall. However, they decided not to disappoint and continued to release a Holiday collection. The Limited Edition Collection: Glamour Daze is focused on holiday colors from “The glamour of getting ready to step out for the holidays.” The collection features soft pinks, blues and silvers and has a very romantic feel with a splash of shimmer in all of the products. It reminds me of an ethereal winter scene upon look. The packaging of the items is fabulous, with satin boxes, bows and stunning accents that make it superbly girly and a great packaged gift for anyone.

MAC Holiday Christmas 2012 Glamour Daze

Glamour Daze Extra Dimension Eye Shadow – $19.50

  • Ready to Party Pale Lilac
  • A Natural Flirt Soft Peachy Nude
  • Evening Grey Steel Silver
  • Divine Blue Midtone Aqua
  • Stylish Merry Dusty Violet
  • Stolen Moment Dark Taupe
  • Round Midnight Dark Burgundy
  • Tall, Dark & Handsome Black with Pearl

Glamour Daze Fluidline – $16.50

  • Femine Edge Pink Mauve with Dazzle Pearl
  • Catch My Eye Cool Taupe Grey with Dazzle Pearl
  • Little Black Bow Charcoal with Dazzle Pearl

Glamour Daze Kohl Power Eye Pencil – $16.50

  • Feline Intense Black with Pearl
  • Raven Intense Black with Red Pearl
  • Orpheus Intense Black with Gold Pearl
  • Mystery Intense Black with Green Pearl

Glamour Daze False Lashes Mascara – $20.00

  • Extreme Black Black

Glamour Daze Lipstick – $16.50

  • Beauty Pale Cool Pink (Glaze)
  • Innocence Soft Coral (Frost)
  • Outrageously Fun Mid-tone Magenta Violet (Cremesheen)
  • Glamourdaze Midtone Creamy Plum (Cremesheen)
  • Dramatic Encounter Deep Purple (Amplified)

Glamour Daze Lipglass – $16.50

  • Impossibly Sweet Sheer Soft Pink with Pearl
  • Pink Fade Light Creamy Pink
  • Talk Softly To Me Light Creamy Coral Pink
  • Deliciously Demure Soft Cool Brown with Pearl
  • Flight of Fancy Rich Purple

Glamour Daze Powder Blush – $22.00

  • Easy Manner Light Dirty Peach
  • I’m the One Midtone Blue Pink
  • Small Vanity Dusty Rose Tan

Glamour Daze Extra Dimension Skinfinish – $29.00

  • Whisper of Gilt Light Soft White Gold with Shimmery Sheen
  • Superb Soft Peachy Nude with Multidimensional Shimmer

Glamour Daze Extra Nail Lacquer – $17.50

  • Endless Night Pale Grey Pink with Iridescent Pearl (Cream)
  • In the Limelight Creamy Mint (Cream)
  • Girl Trouble Super Glitter Pink (Pearl)
  • Everything that Glitters Black with Multidimensional Glitter (Pearl)

MAC Fabulousness Holiday 2012 Collection

Fabulousness: Holiday Eye Kits – $39.50 A palette of five coordinated colours.

Fabulousness: 5 Warm Eyes

  • Glamour Light Soft Beige  (Satin)
  • Sketch Burgundy with Red Shimmer (Velvet)
  • Honesty Pewtered Bronze (Lustre)
  • Cognac Golden Bronze (Frost)
  • Retrospeck Beached Blonde (Lustre)

Fabulousness: 5 Neutral Eyes

  • Brun Deep Brown  (Satin)
  • Blonde Mink Grey Taupe (Lustre)
  • Enviable Mint Green with Pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Smut Muted Shimmery Black (Velvet)
  • Magical Mist Metallic Taupe (Lustre)

Fabulousness: 5 Smoky Eyes

  • Spellcaster Aubergine  (Matte)
  • Taupeless Lavendar Pink (Lustre)
  • Satin Taupe Shimmery Taupe (Frost)
  • Black Slip Blackened Plum (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Love & Spice Shimmery Rose-Pink (Frost)

The Holiday Collections can be found at MAC Cosmetic stores and online. If you see something you like, make sure to order it as quantities are limited.

MAC Cosmetics Releasing Marilyn Monroe Limited Edition Collection

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Where Old Hollywood meets new beauty.   MAC Cosmetics will be releasing  its brand new holiday limited edition Collection: Marilyn Monroe.  The 30 piece collection “channel’s the legend’s luster and sex appeal in a colour collection distinctively Marilyn”.  The collection will make it easy for anyone to create the icon’s cat eye, as well as the perfect red pout as MAC has created 4 different shades of red so that anyone can achieve the look.  The makeup line is up to MAC standards and if you are a MAC fan then you will love the color pigments and the wear of the line.  However, even if you are not a fan of the makeup the packaging alone is fabulous.  The packaging  features imagery from The Black Sitting.

Photo Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Large Eyeshadow – $21.00

  • How to Marry Soft White (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Preferred Blonde Pale Champagne Beige (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Silver Screen True Silver (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Showgirl Dark Blue Grey (Veluxe Pearl)

Lipstick – $16.50

  • Pure Zen Frosted Warm Nude (Cremesheen)
  • Scarlett Ibis Bright Orange Red (Matte)
  • Love Goddess Mid-tone Pink Red (Satin)
  • Charmed I’m Sure Dark True Red (Matte)
  • Deeply Adored Deep Scarlet (Matte)

Dazzleglass – $21.50

  • Phiff! Sheer Yellow Peach (Frost)
  • Little Rock Soft Sheer White with Pearl (Frost)

False Lashes Mascara – $20.00

  • Extreme Black Black

Brow Finisher – $15.00

  • Clear Clear

Eye Kohl – $15.00

  • Fascinating Intense Matte White
  • Smolder Intense Black

Penultimate Eyeliner – $18.50

  • Rapidblack True Black

Penultimate Brow Marker – $18.50

Lashes – $16.00

  • 35 Lash

Powder Blush – $22.00

  • Legendary Pale Soft Coral (Satin)
  • The Perfect Cheek Neutral Pink Beige (Matte)

Beauty Powder – $28.00

  • Forever Marilyn Sheer Pale Peach Highlighter

Nail Lacquer – $17.50

  • Rich, Rich, Rich Glittery Gold (Pearl) (Online Exclusive)
  • Vintage Vamp Rich Deep Retro Wine (Cream) (Permanent)
  • Stage Red Dark Berry Red (Cream)
  • Flaming Rose True Red (Cream) (Permanent)
  • Kid Orange Coral (Cream)

 

The Marilyn Monroe limited edition collection will be available online starting September 27th and at all MAC boutiques starting October 4th.  And like any good collection, once it is sold out it will be gone.

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