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MAC Cosmetics Releasing Marilyn Monroe Limited Edition Collection

Photo Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

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.

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.”

MAC Cosmetics VIVA Glam Raises $250 Million For AIDS FUND

MAC Cosmetics announced that their VIVA Glam makeup has raised $250 million for people affected by HIV and AIDS.  The VIVA Glam Campaign began in 1994 to raise funds for the MAC AIDS Fund.

MAC Viva Glam Lipglass

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Every penny of the $14.50 lipstick sales, of the VIVA Glam Lipsticks and Lipglasses go to the MAC AIDS Fund. Eighteen years ago, the bullet in passionate red was the first lipstick created directly to create awareness and go to men, women and children affected by the disease. VIVA Glam spokespeople are provocative and influential in their communities. These celebrities help create an amazing ad campaign that gets the buzz out.

Niki and Ricky

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

The MAC VIVA campaign changes their celebrity spokesperson every 18-24 months. The first face of the campaign was RuPaul, followed by Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Eve, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga and many more celebrities lending their face to MAC.

The current campaign features both Nicki Minaj‘s “scene- stealing” pink and Ricky Martin‘s colourless lip conditioner.  Which can be purchased at any MAC Cosmetics store, MAC makeup counter, or online.

MAC Cosmetics Spring 2012 Collection

I had the pleasure of being invited to a MAC cosmetics sneak preview last night of the new collection. The line to get in the store was wrapped around the mall, all with eager MAC lovers waiting to get the first look at the new spring line. Once in the store amidst the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were flowing and there were stations set up to look, try and see what will be available in a few weeks for everyone.

Photo Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

The new line is called “Shop, Shop, Shop and Cook, Cook, Cook” Spring 2012 Collection.  The color palette is bright, vibrant, fun and will catch your eye when it lines the store shelves.

The Shop, Shop, Shop collection is a Shop ’til you drop with a tongue-in-cheek collection that elevates the everyday into the extraordinary.

The Eyeshadow Quad Palettes are as follows:

  • Call Me Bubbles – cool-n-spicy coral eyeshadows
  • Shop & Drop – violet inspired quartet or eyeshadows
  • Colour Added – a mixture of teal, white, charcoal and yellow.

SHOP MAC Cremeblend Blush is creamy and easy to blend:

  • Optomistic Orange – a bright orange
  • Florida – a bright coral/pink
  • Restore Dazzle – rich plum
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Spring Lips dish it up with these shades of color:

  • Innocence, Beware – light yellow pink
  • Watch Me Shimmer – bright pink-orange
  • Naughty, Saute – bright pepto pink
  • Quick Sizzle – bright pink
  • Dish It Up To Shop – berry pink
  • Runway Red – rich red blue

MAC Kissable Lipcolour has a creamy look and feel in five colors:

  • Enchantee – light blue pink
  • Woo Me – light pinky nude
  • So Vain – muted dirty coral
  • Scan-delicious – blue fuchsia
  • Flaunting It – grey mauve
Photo Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

COOK MAC Collection brings the gourmet glamor.  The recipe for kitchen kouture in savory shades for eyes, lips and dishy nail lacquers.

Fluidline Gel is a simple way to make a gourmet ling with a silkier finish than a regular eyeliner:

  • Midnight Snack – soft black
  • Added Goodness – blackened mauve
  • Wholesome – blackened brown

Tendertone Lip Balm is the next generation of lip conditioner that combines the look of a gloss and lip balm:

  • Tread Gently – soft lime green with yellow pearl
  • Purring – sheer tangerine with pearl
  • Hush, Hush – sheer gold with yellow gold pearl
  • Hot ‘n’ Saucy – soft cherry red

Not Yet Dishy Enough? Nail Lacquer will finish the look of in one of these three colors:

  • Al Fredo – bright acid green
  • Kid Orange – coral
  • Salad Dressing – midtone dirty aqua

As with all special edition MAC Collections these are limited and once they are gone they are gone.  So, if you find one you love don’t hesitate with purchasing, or you may miss out!

Concealer That Does Cover Your Dark Circles

I am constantly looking for an under eye concealer that really will cover the darkest under eye circles.  As a makeup artist I need something that will work on almost everyone, so that I do not have seven or eight products that I have to pick through with each client.  I need one product in several shades that will make my job easier.

While I have worked with and used several different lines and types, I have found that many of them are a yellow based concealer which only makes the circles look gray or darker.  I am also need a product that is not too thick so as too draw attention to what I am hiding.

While I was at The Makeup Show NYC, a trade show of classes, products and fun, I came across a brand line that swears by its concealer.  In fact, it is what has made their line famous.  Eve Pearl Cosmetics founded by Eve Pearl, who is a makeup artist for the entertainment industry.  Eve Pearl Cosmetics has a “salmon” concealer, that is lightweight, creamy and comes in shades to blend in to a variety of skin tones.  I was impressed by Eve and her company as the products are: cruelty free, paraben free, petrolatum free, oil and mineral oil free and fragrance free.

Photo Courtesy of Eve Pearl Cosmetics

I purchased a concealer trio and decided I would use it on all my clients as well as myself this week and really see what this concealer can do.  On myself, I noticed that the concealer blended well covered up my circles and finished off my look.  My clients this week have been impressed with my skills in covering there dark circles.   Which I know is a testiment to the product.  However, the best moment was I had a client this week who is severely sensitive to products and if she has a reaction she either breaks out into hives or her eyes constantly tear.  I used the Eve Pearl Concealer and she had no allergic reaction.
I am so excited with this purchase and who recommend this product to any consumer professional or makeup lover.  I love finding new products that hold up to the test.

Red Lipstick: What Shade is Right for You?

With the holidays around the corner and one of the fiercest makeup trends seen on the runways, television, movies and award shows here are some tips to help you find the perfect shade of red lipstick to rock.

Everyone can wear a red lip it is all about the shade that will compliment your skin tone.

If you have a warm skin tone with brown or hazel eyes, golden or reddish hair tones, golden skin the shade of red that is best for you would be a wine red.  Celebrities that are in this category are: Charlize Thereon and Lindsay Lohan.

If you have a cool skin tone with  rosy or olive skin, blue, green, brown or hazel eyes, and your hair does not have any golden or red tones.   The red lip shade that would look best is a blue based red.  A celebrity that is in this category is: Angelina Jolie.  A  great choice is MAC Russian Red or MAC Ruby Woo.


If you are fair skin or often describe yourself as being pale, then your choice of red is a  Wine Red.  A celebrity that you relate to is Nicole Kidman. A great choice is NARS Tamango.

If you have olive  skin, then your choice of red is a Coral Red.  Celebrities that are in this category are Kim Kardashian and Penelope Cruz.

If you have medium skin then your choice of red is a Scarlet Red.  Both Jessica Alba and Paris Hilton have medium skin tone.  A great lipstick choice is NARS Afghan Red.

If you have a darker complexion burgundy shades and bright red look great.  Jennifer Hudson is a celebrity that wears both these colors well.

No matter what your skin tone or coloring everyone can wear a true red or a brick tone red.  Clarins Joli Rouge or Chanel Passion are two great choices for everyone.

How long should you keep your makeup?

I get asked quite frequently how and when should you discard your old products, or if lipstick has a shelf life. While I understand not wasting products and the money that you spend, your makeup can breed bacteria if you keep it past the expiration date.

Whether you buy top of the line makeup or hit the local drugstore for your products, they all have the same shelf life. Here are the universal guidelines of expiration on your favorite products. However, keep in mind if your product starts to look or smell off, then it is time to toss and have fun shopping.

Face Time: Cream or gel clensers (12 months); Concealer (12 months); Water Based Foundation (12 months); Oil Based Foundation (18 months); Loose Powder (3 years); Pressed Powder (2 years).

The Eyes Have It: Eyeshadow (3 years); Pencil Eyeliner (3 years – sharpen regularly); Liquid Eyeliner (2 years); Mascara (4 months).

Kiss Me: Lip Liner (3 years – sharpen regularly); Lipstick (1 to 2 years – if you notice that it is starting to smell off, then it’s time to toss).

Finishing Touches: Brushes (years with proper care – clean them weekly and the better the brush set, the longer it will last for you); Sponges (wash weekly, discard monthly); Nail Polish (18 months – shake regularly).