MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches

Hey Everyone! This post features my MAC Lipstick Collection. I am always adding new ones but these are the ones I have thus far. Overall, MAC lipsticks are great. They are nicely pigmented, semi long-lasting (it depends on the finish; some are more, some are less), and smell like sweet vanilla. There are so many colors and finishes to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong!If you want to see my MAC Lipgloss Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6C

Here are the ones I have ( SWATCHES BELOW ) :

Nudes/Browns :

Viva Glam V – nude brown/plum with slight shimmer (lustre) *favorite*

Sequin – semi dark rose gold (frost)

Frenzy – burnt sunny tan (frost)

Pinks/Reds :

Angel – nude light baby pink/plum (frost)

Speed Dial – yellow toned medium pink (cremesheen)

Hot Gossip – nude light plum/pink (cremesheen) *favorite*

BombShell – yellow toned medium pink with gold shimmer (frost) *similar to Speed Dial*

Speak Louder – neutral hot pink with slight red undertone (cremesheen)

New Temptation – glossy cherry/fire engine red (sheen supreme)

Limited Edition :

Whirls & Twirls – sheer baby pink with heavy silver shimmer and gold pearl (glaze) { Glitter and Ice Collection 2011 }

Soft Sable – cool taupe (frost) { Glitter and Ice Collection 2011 }

Glamourdaze – medium plum (cremesheen) { Glamourdaze Collection 2012 } *favorite*

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The Top 5 Nudes You Can’t Live Without!

Hey Everyone! Since I got such a positive response from my last post, The Top 5 Browns You Can’t live Without, I thought I would do another similar post. This one is going to be all about nude/neutral eyeshadows and feature my picks for each category. Again, this is just my opinion in what can help make a collection complete, and what I’ve found helps me the best. These shades can be in the form of powder, cream, etc. Here we go! ( scroll down to read about each color)

#1.The Eraser– This is a color that I talk a lot about in my YouTube videos that should help “erase” any mistakes by blending into your skin tone much like a face powder  does. I find the skin around my eyes is a bit lighter than the rest of my face, so I prefer using a color like Brule by MAC instead of a face powder for that area. This color CAN be used for the same thing as color #2, but I highly recommend getting a different shade that disappears completely into your skin, so that you can’t see it at all.

#2.The Matte Highlight– As the name says, this highlight shade should be matte and compliment your skin tone flawlessly. It is one of the most important neutral shade you can have, and for me it’s Bone by Bobbi Brown. I use this color with almost every single look. The goal of the color is to be able to match everything and everything, and most importantly not compete for any attention. You should able to use this color on the lid, brown brown, and inner corner; and if your’e lucky, you can use this as an eraser if you’re in a pinch.

#3.The Champagne Highlight– A perfect example of a champagne highlight is Candlelight by Bobbi Brown because  it has such subtle highlighting qualities that mimmic being lit from within. Champagne colored highlights are excellent for eyes, but also double as a superb cheek bone highlight for a natural looking inner-glow. This type of neutral shade is great in a collection because its such an amazing alternative to a white highlight or lid color.

#4.The Bright White– For this shade I recommend finding a super bright, stark white color. My favorite is the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk by NYX, which is a cream eyeshadow. This type of product is an excellent base when using bright colors because it grabs ahold of the pigment and makes colors appear brighter. You can also apply it to your inner corner or brow bone and blend it out to create an insanely bright highlight.

#5.The Complimentary Shade– The complimentary shade is an absolute must for every collection because it can be used in conjunction with other shades or by itself. This will be a color that you feel looks best on your skin tone and give a subtle wash of color. For many this is an eyeshadow like Naked Lunch or All That Glitters (both by MAC), or any taupe, tan, or peach color that is more often that not a frost. Because my skin tone is extremely neutral, All That Glitters (possibly the most popular complimentary shade ever) can look a bit too peachy/pink toned on me. Coincidentally, Elle Fowler (AllThatGlitters21) has a pink toned complexion, so its no wonder the color that she named herself after looks so fantastic on her! Thankfully, in the 2012 Hey Sailor Collection, MAC came out with an eyeshadow called Jaunty which was similar but more of a neutral sandy color ,which worked a lot better for me. This is probably the most important color you can acquire on your quest for the perfect collection, so make sure you’re absolutely in love with it; if you’re not, then keep looking. Remember, the goal of this color is to be a “go-to” color that you can throw on your lid with some mascara and feel great.

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Best of Beauty 2012

Hey Everyone! I recently saw a blog post on http://www.temptalia.com asking readers to vote for/nominate their favorite beauty products under certain categories. Of course I filled in the survey, but then I thought that this would be an interesting topic to post on MY blog too. So here you go! These are not all of the categories on Temptalia, but these are the ones I felt were strong winners in my opinion. Let me know what your favorites are of this year!

Best High End Brand: Laura Mercier

Best Budget Brand: Maybelline

Most Overrated Product: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick 

Most Underrated Product: Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Best New Product: Loreal Color Riche Balm

Best High End Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Best Drugstore Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe

Best Cream Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo

Best Powder Eyeshadow: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin

Best Eyeliner: N7 Liquid Eyeliner

Best Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment spf 15

Best Lip Gloss: Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk

Best Lipstick: MAC creamsheen lipstick in Hot Gossip

Best Highlighter: Nars highlighter in Albatross

Best Blush: MAC satin blush in Cubic

Best Bronzer: Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl

Best Concealer: Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation

Best High End Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hr

Best Drugstore Foundation: Loreal True Match

Best Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural

Best Brushes: Sigma

Best Skin Care: Origins

Best Hair Care: Organix

Best Limited Edition: MAC eyeshadow in Jaunty from the Hey Sailor Collection

 

OK, now I am just going to talk about a few products in particular from the list! Lets start with the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick (I have the color #13). I voted this most overrated because although it is very pigmented, smooth, and glossy, i found the staying power was lacking. I’m not sure why Beauty Gurus were loving this because unless you don’t mind reapplying every hour or so, I don’t think it lives up to the hype. On the other hand the most underrated product, Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, was not very well received by most gurus, but I found it to be absolutely fantastic! The coverage is great and it looks extremely natural. I also think it delivers the benefits advertised fairly quickly from the first use. Also, I love the fair color because its very neutral toned and matches my skin perfectly.

I was having a hard time deciding which powder eyeshadow was my favorite this year due to all of the new fun palettes that came out, when I stumbled upon the Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow and I realized that I’ve worn this shade consistently throughout the year. Its a winner for me not only because of the number of times I’ve used it, but because of its incredible versatility. I’ve used Sin as a lid color, highlighter, crease color, blending color, and probably more ways that I am just not thinking of right now.The Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk has been a Holy Grail lip gloss for me every since I got it as a free gift with purchase at Ulta towards the beginning of the year. It is a perfect plumping glossy nude with slight shimmer that looks good with literally everything!

Next I want to talk about MAC’s blush is Cubic. I got this shade after a similar limited edition one was sold out and the lady helping me recommended it as a dupe. If you are fair skinned like me, this is the most natural looking blush you’ll ever find. Its so subtle and feminine, without being bright or glowy (words you would normally WANT to describe your blush). When you look at it in the pan, it looks kind of “blah” to be honest, but once applied, its absolute magic.

Everyone who watches my videos knows that Sigma Brushes are my complete and total favorite, but the stand out of the bunch for me this year was the F84 Angled Kabuki. Its great for foundation, but does a whole bunch of other tricks too. Speaking of foundation,  Kandee Johnson recommended using the Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation as a concealer, and she couldn’t be more right. I picked it up ( I’m in the shade E10) at IMATS in August and the lady told me it was almost 60% pigment, whereas normal foundations are only about 20% pigment. How fantastic is that! Especially for a concealer! Lastly I have to mention MAC’s eyeshadow in Jaunty from their Hey Sailor collection in the summer. I was not thrilled with the collection, or any of their’s this year frankly, but this eyeshadow is a really great neutral for my skin tone. If your fair skinned try to find this on ebay. It’s worth it!

I know this was a long post today, but all the products I listed and or talked about deserved a mention. Thanks for reading and please don’t forget to tell me your favorite products.