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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.

Lady Gaga’s Fame Perfume Hits Shelves In September

From the Haus Laboratories in Paris, the first ever black eau de parfum compounded by Lady Gaga. “Black, like the soul of fame, but invisible once airborne”.  Fame hits the shelves in September, however you can pre-order yours from retails such as Nordstrom, Sephora and Macysand it will ship to you on September 1st.

The fragrance is built on three main facet’s: dark facet, sensual facet and feminine facet.  The dark facet includes poisonous flower Belladonna and incense, which evolve into the sensual and opulent wave of honey drops, saffron and apricot. A floral veil of Sambac jasmine and tiger orchid embody the feminine facet.  Lady Gaga was very hands on with the fragrance and the packaging as well as the color of the fragrance in the bottle.  This black fluid exudes a lustful, floral, fruity essence for “fabulous little monsters”.lady-gaga-naked-fame-perfume

The 1.7 oz bottle will retail at $55 and the larger 3.4 oz bottle will be priced at $79

Lady Gaga who is on the cover of September’s Vogue did mention in the article,  “The fragrance is called Fame. It must be black. It must be enticing. You must want to lick and touch and feel it, but the look of it must terriffy you.”

Make Up For Ever: Black Tango Palette

black tango makeup forever

(Photo Credit: Makeup Forever)

Experience the sultry side of Argentine Tango with Make Up For Ever‘s new Black Tango Palette.  Founder and Creative director Dany Sanz‘s took her love of Argentine Tango dancing and turned it into a makeup palette that everyone can enjoy and re-create the sexy look.

The limited edition palette features Makeup Forever’s Aqua cream shadows, which are smudge proof cream eye shadows that do not crease or fade.  The four shades are a black with red highlights, black with green highlights, black with blue highlights and ivory.  The shades are ultra rich jewel tones that can be warn this fall and turned into an incredible smokey eye.

Smokey Eye Application:

Photo Credit: Sephora

-Apply a dark shade across the eyelid and blend.
-Using the same shade, line the lower lash line and lightly smudge.
-For an added highlight, apply the ivory shade to the browbone.
-Finish with Aqua Eyes OL and Aqua Smoky Lash mascara for a completely smudge-proof look.

This limited edition palette can be purchased at Sephora for $45.

MAC Cosmetics: New Heavenly Creature Limited Edition Collection

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July marks a new MAC Cosmetics Color Collection: Heavenly Creature Colour.  On the surface these colors look marbleized, however, on the skin they blend in for a stunning “celestial” effect.

As with any beginning to makeup application it starts with the skin, and the Heavenly Creature Collection has a Creature Skincare to start with. The trio features a Super Duo Charged Water Technology with a eye cream, moisture gel, and a water cleanser. The limited edition brings back an old favorite with the Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator.

The Mineralize Skinfinish has a high-frost metallic finish in four gorgeous shades: Light Year, Center of The Universe, Star Wonder and Earthshine. It is the perfect product to add color and cheek highlights or over all color to the face like a bronzer.  Perfect for a lightweight summer option.

MAC Heavenly Creature Collection Mineralize Eyeshadow

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The Mineralize Eye Shadows have baked minerals refined into a powder that is light yet, still has the amazing signature MAC color pigments that can be applied in light layers to get the color effect you are looking for. Finish off your eyes with False Lashes mascara.  This mascara’s feature is to give you the volume and curl of a false eyelash without actually using false eyelashes. The formula is matched by its unique double-lush brush.

MAC lipstick

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

The five new lipsticks add color and texture to the lips that stand out on the runway or on the streets. Add the Cremesheen Glass over the lipstick to amplify the color or use alone. The Glass is a non-sticky, creamy lipgloss that has a fantastic sheen.

Hit MAC online or play in your MAC Cosmetics store as theses colors will be gone soon.

Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener Review

(Photo Courtesy: Smashbox)

As a makeup artist I know the importance of making my clients eyes look brighter as well as using the tricks on my own eyes especially after a long night.  While a white eye pencil is a great trick to use in the corners of your eyes or to rim your lower lashes.  I do find that at times white can be a little to bright or the white pencil becomes noticeable and instead of it being a great trick everyone notices the white liner.  I came across Smashbox’s Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener and was intrigued by the product.  What I immediately noticed is that the two sides are slightly different shades, but more of a flesh tone color.  I decided that I would test it on myself before adding it to my kit.

The inner rim side of the pencil is perfect for lining the lower inner rim of your eye.  The texture of the pencil is soft so as not to irritate your eye and adding a brightness look without looking white.  It brightens your eyes in a subtle way that people will notice you look more refreshed without knowing your secret.

The other side of the pencil is labeled Highlight and can be placed in a couple of places to get the bright eye affect.  The first option is to apply on the inner corners of the eyes.  It also can be used underneath your brow to make your eyes appear bigger and wider.  Smashbox also states that you can apply the product to help with dark circles and use it as a concealer.  I do agree that you can use the pencil this way however, if you have very dark circles it may not give you enough coverage and be better to go with an under eye concealer.

I am a fan of this pencil and have been using it on my clients and brides as a new option for brighter eyes.  Ditch the white pencil for the Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener worth the $22 investment.

The Make-Up-Matte Review

I am always looking for great new makeup products to share and to make life a little easier.  I was recently made aware of a new product that was designed to keep your counter tops clean and make doing makeup easier.  “The Make-up-Matte is a mineral and powder workspace solution and portable carryall for your cosmetics and brushes when you are on the go.”

While a cosmetic bag can carry all of your products, I do not like them as a brush carrier as the brushes tend to get bent and are not always in great condition after long term use.  With the matte I noticed immediately after unrolling mine that the brushes have their own pockets and rolled up they do not smooshed or bent.  For those gals who use loose mineral powder or loose glitter, then you know the second you open the lid there is always the chance of getting some on the counter, your clothes, the car, wherever you open it.  With the Make-Up-Matte, if you get some on the micro-fiber no problem.  The Matte’s  are machine washable for easy-care convenience.  I took my Matte out on the road with me, as I am always on the go, and that is what the Make-up-Matte advertises.  It rolls small enough to get into a handbag, diaper bag, suitcase, or whatever you carry with you.  I loved that when I opened the roll everything was visible and I could get immediately to my brush and product that I needed versus digging into a cosmetic bag.  I also was pleased that I didn’t get loose glitter and powder all over myself or anything.  I would recommend the Make-Up-Matte ($22.95) as a time and space saver as well as a clean way to keep all of your makeup.  It comes in a variety of stylish styles and could be a great gift for your mom or girlfriend.

Homemade Fall Pumpkin Face Mask

You know that it is fall when you walk by a coffee shop and can smell the aroma of pumpkin infused into the coffee or in the loaves of bread fresh out of the oven. However, what you may not realize is that pumpkin is a great skin ingredient. It has natural exfoliating acids and anti-oxidants that are great for resurfacing and re-texturing. Pumpkin works on calming breakouts down, brighten your skin and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Here is a great homeade recipe that I came across a year ago and it is a favorite of mine and can be used for all skin types.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond milk (if you have dry skin)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey (if you have dry skin)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (if you have oily skin)

Directions

Puree 1/4 cup of fresh pumpkin into a thick paste then add the egg. If you have dry skin add the almond milk and honey.  For oily skin skip the milk and honey instead use apple cider vinegar. Mix well and apply the mask and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Get Selita Ebanks Red Carpet Look

  Model Selita Ebanks rocked the red carpet at the Cirque de Soleil opening of “Zarkana” in New York.  Celebrity Hairstylist to the stars Ricardo Rojas styled the Models tresses in a sleek and chic hairdo.  We were lucky enough to get the tips on how to create this look on  your own and be red carpet ready for all your events.

 

How to Style:

  1. Apply a pea size amount of KeSari Indian Oil Hair Serum on the ends of slightly damp hair to keep your hair frizz free.
  2. Blow dry hair with a medium-sized round brush
  3. Once hair is dry, define a dramatic side part starting at the front of the forehead and smooth hair down.
  4. Once hair is completely slick, finish the look by applying the KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum throughout the hair for all-night shine and manageability.

How To Achieve A Hot Summer Makeup Look

(Photo Credit: She Knows)

With this summer’s record-breaking heat and humidity at an all-time high, what is a girl to do to keep her makeup from melting away? Here are some tips to achieve a hot summer look that is gorgeous, fashionable and sure to be a hit at the summer parties.

1. Start with a primer both for your eyes and your face.  There are some great products out there, one of my favorites is the Smashbox Anti-Shine Primer. It mattes your skin and then helps your foundation stick.

2. Next I apply eye makeup, before foundation.  To get a great smokey eye try using Lorac’s 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils. The color is fantastic and they go on smooth and don’t budge so your smokey eye stays smokey.  And it has a smudger on the end, to give you a little smoke in the corner.  For shadow try Make Up Forever’s Aqua Cream. It goes on creamy, dries into a powder that is waterproof and does not crease.

(Photo Credit: Make Up Forever)

3. When it comes to foundation for a hot summer look, less is more.  Think about using a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation. However, you will need to find one that still has strong coverage for even skin tone and longevity.  My personal pick is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Tinted Moisturizers.  They are thin enough to feel light, but thick enough to look like foundation in pictures.

4. Instead of blush, I go with a bronzer to get the sun kissed look that reminds me of summer.  Add it to all the places the sun naturally hits your face: forehead, cheeks, bridge of nose and chin.  use a light touch and if needed you can add more than one layer.

5. Lips is a matter of taste, however, with a great smokey eye, I go light on the lips so as not to look overly done.  One option is to use a waterproof lip pencil, so that you are not constantly reapplying at the party.  A great option is Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Pencil, which you can color the entire lip with and add a touch of color without the hastle.

6. Finish the look off with MAC Fix +, it is a great spray and will set your makeup.

Stay cool and beautiful!

August 2011 Cover Of Vogue: How to Get Sarah Jessica Parker’s Makeup Look

 

(Photo Credit: Vogue.com)

If you are like me, then the cover a magazine is all about the look that the model is wearing.  I also always look to Vogue magazine for the season’s next look and then look to the makeup to see what is trending and how to get the cover look.

Sarah Jessica Parker is the American Vogue August 2011 Cover Girl.  Her look is classic both in clothing and makeup: flawless skin, a heavily lined eye and a natural pink lip.

Here is how to get SJP’s look for yourself.

1) Start with prepping your skin with a great moisturizer and a primer.

2) All about the eyes.  First what sets her eyes off is the well shaped and shaded brow.  Use a brow brush to shape and then a brow pencil or powder to define the brow.  Pick a light neutral shade of shadow and apply below the brow.  The eyeshadow on the lid that was used is ExpertWear Eyeshadow in Night Sky by Maybelline, which is a shimmery dark shadow.  However, you could use a chocolate brown to get the same effect and use a light hand on application as the lid is not heavily shadowed.  Line both the upper and lower with a black.  In the picture, the makeup artist used Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx.  Mascara is an important feature and use the darkest black you can find.

3) Sarah Jessica Parker’s skin looks flawless and a great way to get yours to look the same is to choose a matte foundation.   To get the great shimmer that is seen in the photo use a product like MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight. It is a silky gel that reflects and diffuses light to give you a natural but radiant skin.  I mix this with the foundation so that the skin looks flawless and a great finish.

4) As for cheek color with this look go very light both in color and application.  It is really gong to be more to contour fabulous cheekbones. In this photo no cheek color was used, just foundation and lighting.  However, you can add a little if you would like to add some glow to your skin.

5) Her lips are in a lip color shade that is very close to her natural shade with a light pink color.  If you want to amp this color add a lip liner in a brown to add a little bit more color.