Monday, July 28, 2014

Lippie of the Day - Violetta

One of my favorite MAC lipsticks is Violetta.  It's a bright purple-pink, and it's my favorite finish - Amplified.  The amplified formula is creamy so it applies to easily and feels great on my lips. The only slight downside is that if you don't wear a primer or lip liner under it, it will wear off sooner than a drier, more matte formula.  That's something I can easily live with, though. Violetta is in MAC's  permanent collection.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lippie for the day - Costa Chic

If you can't get on the orange train (the orange lipstick trend), you might want to try a pink or red with a touch of orange in it.  One of my favorites is Costa Chic from MAC.  Mostly pink with a touch of orange to give you a nice coral color with a touch of frost.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lippie of the day - Hot Gossip

If you're not lucky enough to live near a store that sells your favorite brand of lipstick, it can be hard to choose one online.  Often the little colored squares don't look like the actual lipstick, and the descriptions don't always match the true color, either.  Then there are variable such as your skin color and the color and degree of pigmentation of your lips.  I have quite a few lipsticks, mostly MAC but some Nars and Urban Decay, too, so I thought I'd share some photos of how they look on me.  For reference, I'm pretty pale most of the year, and my lips are a medium pink color most of the day.  (For future posts I'll get a photo of how my lips look with nothing at all on them.)

Today's lipstick is a creme sheen formula from MAC named Hot Gossip.  It's a nice pink that will look great for work and will work with a variety of eye shadow colors.  The Cremesheen formula is easy to apply and gives a fairly opaque color.  Hot Gossip is a permanent lipstick and is carried in Macy's, Nordstroms, MAC stores and MAC's web site, and may be available at other stores that carry MAC lipsticks.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Fourth! Now let's get ready for Fall

Fall make up and fashion, that is. It's almost time for them to come out in stores, and since it's my favorite season, I'm looking forward to all of it.  Plus the hot, humid weather has been wreaking havoc with my hair and skin.  I hate feeling sticky and sweaty, but I'm also getting tired of hiding inside.  So I'm just over it, and looking forward to some cooler weather.  So now that I'm done venting, here's a little info on some of the upcoming MAC collections for Fall.  I'll try to post some info about other brands soon as well.
At the end of July some new Mineralize eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushes come out.  Technically not a fall collection, but I wanted to mention it.  MAC's Mineralize lipsticks are fabulous- very moisturizing and great color.
MAC's first big fall collection is named A Novel Romance.  The theme comes from "trashy" romance novels, and MAC's employees were treated to a show of hunky men when they got their presentation of the new collections.  Some of them even got to meet Jackie Collins, the queen of the sexy, steamy novels.  The collection has a nice mix of nude, purple, and pinkish colors.  It has lipsticks, lipglosses, eye shadow quads, blush, and nail colors.
**Releases in the U.S.  August 21st.**
Also around that time will be a return of MAC's Electric Cool eye shadows, and a new product, fluid line eye pencils.  The pencils are rumored to be creamy and pigmented, similar to the Powerpoint eye pencils.  They will be in a twist-up applicator like the technakohl liners, though. I'm really excited about both of those products.
There are quite a few collections coming out in September, including a small Simpson's collection, a new Viva Glam Riri (Rihanna) lipstick (a grayish silver color which looks much better than you'd think), a collection of nudes named Artificially Wild, and a return of Casual Colors (creams for lips or cheeks).
October brings a Brooke Shields' collection (mostly nude, natural colors), a highly anticipated Rocky Horror Picture Show collection, and a matte lipstick collection.
There are other releases mixed in as well, but I don't want the list to be too overwhelming.  Suffice to say that there will be no shortage of new products from MAC for fall. Start saving your money now!