March 31, 2012 § 3 Comments
Hi Everyone!! Big huge welcome to all new (& old) readers!! 🙂
Just a heads up on some posts I have lined up for you within the next week!
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 🙂 It will all be worth the wait! xoxo
March 18, 2012 § 8 Comments
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 Trés Cheek!
MAC TRÉS 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?
Check out photos of all six blushes below and tell me what you think!
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!
MAC REEL SEXY
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.
March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 16, 2012 § 2 Comments
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.
TOO SUPREME: ZEN ROSE SHEEN SUPREME LIPSTICK
Release Date: March 1, 2012* / March & April 2012 (International)
Available at MAC Cosmetics
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
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
March 13, 2012 § 7 Comments
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! 🙂
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!