Coming Soon on Brown Girl Friendly!

March 31, 2012 § 3 Comments

Hi Everyone!! Big huge welcome to all new (& old) readers!! ūüôā

Just a heads up on some posts I have lined up for you within the next week!

MAC Tres Cheek Full Collection Review & Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Full Collection Review & Swatches

MAC Extra Dimension Full Collection Review & Swatches

MAC Prime Future Full Collection Review

How To Choose *Your* Perfect Red Lipstick

There’s a A LOT to photograph, review, & write about with all these collections and my Brown Girl Friendly Red Lipstick Guide, so bear with me ūüôā ¬†It will all be worth the wait! xoxo


MAC TRES CHEEK Colour Story & Product Photos

March 18, 2012 § 8 Comments

MAC Trés Cheek (source)

¬†Everyone loves when you blush. ¬†Go hip in bright red-orange, or add a glorious touch of peach, pink, or lavender – each shade staying as bright and un-beige on the skin as they are in the palette. ¬†With a formula that’s seamlessly sheer and unabashedly buildable, what do you get? A look that says Tr√©s Cheek!


Release Date:  April 5, 2012 / April 2012 (International)

Bluuuuuuuuuuuuuush!!!!! Yes! Not 1. Not 2. ¬†6. ¬†SIX brand spanking new blushes! ¬†I wish they came in pro palettes, but I’m not complaining! ¬†They’re colourful, bright, fun, and scream out “summertime!” ¬†Whether your skin is fair or deep, there’s a colourful blush here for¬†everybody.

POWDER BLUSH | $20 US, $24  CAD | Limited Edition (Permanent in Asia)| 6g

| Pink Tea | Neutral Beige Pink | Satin
| Lovecloud | Bright Mid-tone Pink |  Satin
| Peony Petal | Bright Blue-pink |  Satin
| Modern Mandarin | Red Orange |  Satin
| Immortal Flower | Bright Peach |  Satin
| Full of Joy | Lavender |  Frost

Supposedly, this is Modern Mandarin on the runway.  Yay or nay?

Max Mara Spring 2012

Check out photos of all six blushes below and tell me what you think!

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MAC REEL SEXY Colour Story & Product Photos

March 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

RSVP now for a very private screening starring iconic model Kristen McMenamy where the popcorn is pink, fingernails fierce, and the wardrobe minimal.

Well, it’s been about 2 weeks. ¬†Time for a new MAC collection! lol Hopefully you got to check out the Reel Sexy short film I posted a few days ago. ¬†As promised, here are the official promo pictures and product details for the Reel Sexy launch (source). ¬†Enjoy!


Release Date:  April 5, 2012* / May 2012 (International)

LIPSTICK | $14.50 US, $17.50  CAD | Limited Edition| 3g

| Pink Popcorn | Lavender | Lustre
| Reel Sexy | Light Bright Coral |  Amplified
| Watch Me Simmer | Bright Pink-Orange |  Amplified
| Heroine | Bright Violet Purple |  Matte

CREEMSHEEN GLASS| $19 US, $22.50  CAD | Limited Edition| 2.7g

| Private Screening | Mid-tone Peach
| Cinestyle | Mid-tone Blue Grey Violet
| Colour Saturation | Dark Cool Wine
| Star Quality | Bright Orange Coral

EYESHADOW X 2| $27.50 US, $33  CAD | Limited Edition | 3g

| Dynamic Duo 1 | Coral with Yellow Pearl (Veluxe Pearl)  / Purple (Matte)
| Dynamic Duo 2 | Violet duo-chrome with Pearl (Frost) / Violet (Matte)
| Dynamic Duo 3 | Mid-tone Purple (Veluze Pearl) / Teal Blue (Matte)
| Dynamic Duo 4 | Mid-tone Pink (Satin) / Blackened Violet (Matte)

EYE KOHL | $15 US, $18  CAD | Limited Edition* | 1.457g

| Smolder | Intense Black | Permanent
| Resort | Deep Amethyst Plum
| Heirloom | Highly Metallicized Greyed Lavender
| Hyacinth | Mid-tone Blue

ZOOMLASH MASCARA |  $15 US, $18  CAD | Permanent| 8g

| Zoomblack | Rich Black

MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH| $28 US, $33.50  CAD | Permanent | 10g

| Lightscapade | Soft Candlelit Beige with Multi-dimensional Shimmer

POWDER BLUSH | $20 US, $24  CAD | Limited Edition| 6g

| Pink Cult | Mid-tone Neutral Pink | Matte
| Magenta | Bright Magenta | Matte

NAIL LACQUER | $16 US, $19  CAD | Limited Edition| 10mL

| Screening Room | Bright Mid-tone Teal | Cream
| Vivid Effect | Vivid Orange Coral | Cream
| In the Dark…Purple |¬†Vivid Violet |¬†Cream

Which products are you looking forward to the most? ¬†I’d love to see the lipsticks, cremesheens, and Magenta blush in person!¬† Check out the photos below.

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SWATCH WATCH: Zen Rose, Girl About Town, Lickable, Rebel

March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Zen Rose, Girl About Town, Lickable, Rebel

After reviewing Zen Rose¬†lipstick from MAC’s Too Supreme collection, I decided to do a swatch comparison with Girl About Town, Lickable, and Rebel lipsticks.

These are the 4 lipsticks on white paper, and here they are on brown skin:

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MAC TOO SUPREME: Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick Review, Swatches, Photos

March 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick

Combining the colour impact of a Lipstick with the shine sheen of a Lipglass, Sheen Supreme creates the perfect hybrid – with no compromise. Lightweight, non-sticky, slick to apply and comfortable to wear. This is a must-have for all those who have craved this kind of fusion.


Release Date: March 1, 2012* / March & April 2012 (International)
Available at MAC Cosmetics

Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick

I’ll cut to the chase. ¬†I’m not a huge fan of Sheen Supreme Lipsticks. ¬†The colours are fantastic, they’re very glossy, and the formula applies like a dream… buuuuut… they’re almost¬†too creamy. ¬†So creamy in fact, that they are kind of messy to apply from the tube. ¬†I think I’d love them if they had a smaller applicator tube. ¬†But that didn’t stop me from adoring Zen Rose!

| Zen Rose | Bright Mid-tone Fuschia | $14.50 US, $17.50 CAD | Permanent | 3.6g

Medium-toned pink with a hint of plum. ¬†It’s not retina-burning bright, nor is it too blue, or too dark. ¬†It’s warm and neutral enough in its colour and depth that it looks lovely on every skintone I’ve seen it on so far. ¬†Both Girl About Town and Lickable are more pink, and not as plum.

* The shade is incredibly flattering on a variety of skintones/undertones
* Very, very creamy and smooth to put on; glides on effortlessly
* Great shine, but not as glossy as the Sheen Supreme Lipglasses

*¬†It’s super creamy to a fault, which can make application out of the tube messy; I use a brush for precision and an even application
*¬†Can “melt” and become even softer if it’s kept somewhere too warm

The large tube for such a creamy product is not ideal for me, but the colour is really pretty. ¬†It’s absolutely a¬†Brown Girl Friendly¬†lipstick, and can be worn whether your skin is fair or deep or if you have cool or warm undertones. ¬†It’s definitely worth checking out.

Available at MAC Cosmetics

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March 13, 2012 § 6 Comments

Nowness was lovely enough to globally premiere MAC’s Reel Sexy promotional video/short film featuring “iconic model” Kristen McMenamy (I’ve never heard of her before this). The Reel Sexy collection, scheduled for release on April 5, is inspired by surreal cinema, and asks us the question: Is it better to watch or be watched? ¬†Hmmmmm. ¬†Either way, the makeup in this promo is BRIGHT and certainly not for the wallflowers! ¬†I’ll post the full colour story and promo pics soon, but until then, what do you think of the video? ¬†I’m not quite sure what to make of it, really lol ¬†At best, it’s…. a conversation piece, I suppose.

On a related note, until I post swatches, these are the shades I’m looking forward to the most from Reel Sexy for brown-skinned beauties (source):

Reel Sexy | Light Bright Coral | Amplified
Watch Me Simmer | Bright Pink-orange | Amplified
Heroine | Bright Violet Purple | Matte

Colour Saturation | Dark Cool Wine
Star Quality | Bright Orange Coral

Magenta | Bright Magenta

Making Faces: Kelly Rowland in Tangerine

March 13, 2012 § 7 Comments

Ohhhh Kelly... How I love your face.

Kelly, Kelly, Kelly…who are you? ¬†You, this gorgeous creature with flawless makeup and unbelievable skin. ¬†I’ve been completely obsessed with her makeup ever since I saw this look. ¬†The warm tangerine cheek, the super-subtle lip, the dewey skin… sigh. ¬†Understated glam at it’s best. ¬†I love everything that’s happening here. ¬†Naturally, I had to re-create this look. ¬†¬†Oranges/peaches/corals are perfectly on trend right now in makeup and fashion, and lucky for us, these warm, sunny shades are absolutely stunning on all shades of brown skin. ¬†So, play around with it and have some fun! ūüôā

The cheek was the main focus for me in achieving this look.  If you are like me and have more copper undertones, use a blush that is a true orange, leaning toward the red side, and a golden-orange shade as your highlight.  If you have more golden undertones (NC40+), try a golden-orange blush like Fabulush Cream Color Base or NARS Taj Mahal as your main cheek colour, and a gold highlight instead.

Pics & products after the….. jump!

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