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Saturday, May 29, 2010

MAC To The Beach: Part 4- The Look

I posted a video on YouTube to show you what I feel this collection looks like. Its a simple look focused on glowing skin and a simple colored eyeliner. I wanted the look to be something you could actually wear to the beach without looking too fussy. Here are the products you can use to achieve that look. Watch the video for dupe ideas!

Neutrogena Sunscreen SPF 50
Hard Candy Sheer Envy in Light
MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel (mixed in)
MAC Fix+

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
MAC Eyeliner Pencil in Float on By
MAC Eyeliner Pencil in Rosemary and Thyme
Maybelline Volum Express Mascara in Glam Black
Covergirl Exact Eyelights in Black Sapphire

MAC Glaze Lipstick in Beachbound

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Summer Breeze- Green and Blue Tutorial

Here is a look that is colorful and fun- perfect for summer!

Products used:

Hard Candy Tinted Moisturizer in Light
MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel (mixed in tinted moisturizer)
Sephora Mattifying Compact Powder R15

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
Wet'nWild ColorIcon Palette in Pride
MAC Orb/WnW Color Icon in Lust (beuge shade- can use either for highlight)
MAC Lash Zoom
Cover Girl Exact Eyelights in Black Sapphire

Sephora Maniac Liner in #12 Miel
MAC Lustre lipstick in Lazy Days
MAC Glaze lipstick in Beachbound (tiny bit)
N.Y.C. Lippin Large clear gloss

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

MAC To The Beach - Preview Haul

So tonight I went to the MAC To The Beach preview party. It was from 7-9pm at MAC Montague. The store was packed when I arrived (along with my friend) at 7:30pm. The ladies at the door were dressed in - surprise!- black. Each person had gorgeous makeup, though most of the ladies had some kind of green incorporated into their look. There were two model-esque guys in tiny, tiny orange bathing suits standing near the front door. They were covered in glitter (presumably from the new bronzing spray) and their job was to make sea shell necklaces for everyone. There were also two 'models' serving cocktails, which were sponsored by Ciroq, and canapes. The store was absolutely packed. It took ages to walk from one end of the store to the other. I decided that I was only going to purchase items from the To The Beach line, since I could purchase permanents anytime. I had saved and set aside about $100 to spend (I started saving when I got the invite). I bought 5 products and spent $94.16.

Here's what I got:

Marine Life Highlight Powder - $26
Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel - $18.50
Lustre Lipstick in Lazy Days - $14
Frost Lipstick in Thrills - $14
Glaze Lipstick in Beachbound - $14

I already posted a review on YouTube titled "MAC To The Beach: Part 3- The Makeup". You can check that out for swatches. I hope to have swatch photos on here within the next few days. The line launches May 27, 2010. Until then, check out my videos! Part 1 & 2 from this series show the invitation and expectations as well as the party itself. Keep an eye out for a summery look using these products! I'll probably tape it over the weekend. Thanks for reading/watching!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Recession Special #1: Wet'nWild ColorIcon Palette in Lust

Wet'nWild has always been known for its ultra cheap makeup- both in price and quality. The shadows were powdery, lipstick waxy, and everything had some odd smell I could never quite put my finger on. A few weeks ago, I was watching a video on YT and chuckled when I saw someone using a WnW palette. However, when I saw the results, I was shocked. There was actual color! I quickly searched reviews and found that WnW had reformulated a lot of their products and had actually made better quality products.

I headed out to Walgreens and bought a ColorIcon palette in Lust, the palette with the best reviews on MakeupAlley. It was $4.99 for 6 shadows, 3 matte and 3 shimmer/glitter. The colors range from a deep, blackened purple to a shimmery cream. They are all higly pigmented and blend exceptionally well. I recommend using a primer, particularly Urban Decay's Primer Potion for Eyes. I used a paint pot from MAC and found that the darker colors didn't blend as well. I generally use the darker colors in the crease, pink on the lid, and cream as a highlight. The steele color is great when mixed into a liquid liner. For a little more fun, add some glitter or shimmer over the matte colors!

Despite my initial doubts, I really do love this product. I have used it many times and love the results. I will definitely go back and buy more of these palettes.

Stay beautiful, babes!

Recession Special Beauty

So lately, makeup junkies have been getting what I like to call the 'recession special.' Every beauty magazing has featured cheaper drug store products in order to make readers feel that they can access beauty without breaking the bank. While their intentions are good, often their choices often leaving us wasting more money than we save. After buying a few products at the drugstore that a magazine promised would be amazing *cough*N.Y.C. lip liner*cough* I felt a longing for the quality of the pricey stuff. I turned to YouTube, a haven for junkies craving a haul, tutorial, or just a quick fix. I watched review after review and finally found a few d/s products worth trying. In the next few weeks, I'll be posting videos and reviews of these products so that you can shop smarter. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Designer Discounts!

As promised, here are the invites to the three designer discount sites mentioned in my video. At this time, I have only purchased from Hautelook (though I can't wait to buy from the others!).

Make sure you mark your calendars for the Hautelook POP beauty sale on May 6th, 2010. The sale begins 11am EST/8am PST. POP beauty has such adorable products, including dramatic and fashionable false lashes. I can't wait!

Sign up now for an exclusive sale on Burberry Shoes! Check out Gilt later this week for Just Cavalli Accessories, Seven for All Mankind, and other great finds!

RueLaLa is currently featuring classics from Hanky Panky. Come back tomorrow and Thursday for Monique Lhullier for Doulton, Oakley, and Badgely Mischka Footwear.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, May 3, 2010

e.l.f. Haul from Target

Products Purchased/Reviewed:

Complexion Perfection Tone Correcting Powder $3

Studio Line Blush- Candid Coral $3

Tone Correcting Concealer- Light Beige $1

Foundation Brush $1

Eyeliner Brush $1

Concealer Brush $1

Eyeshadow Brush $1

Blending Brush $1

Defining Eye Brush $1

Face Kabuki Brush $5

Mineral Eye Shadow- Natural $3

Hypershine Gloss- Flirt $1