I was recently able to attend a makeup class called “MAC technique” conducted by the MAC Pro store. It was a basic class to show you how to take your makeup look from day to night.
Before this month ends, I wanted to get a post in about where/how I want my “look” to evolve in 2014.
Unfortunately, we are not all Beyonce. We don’t just “wake up like dis” (and neither does she for that matter, but i’ll leave that for the Beyhive to debate ). However, that does NOT mean we can’t all be “flawless”.
Often times I save the days when I “dress up” for a special occasion, or when I feel like I am going somewhere than warrants a cute outfit, but from now on I’m going to think a bit differently. I’m gonna challenge myself to get all dolled up
everyday, well lets be real not every single day….there are just some days where your trip to the grocery store requires nothing more than comfy sweats and a tee. But, you get the picture, more often than not. I can think of at least four idioms, cliches, phrases to support this new rhetoric.
If you saw my previous post about MAC’s new Retro Matte collection, then you know how juiced I was to try these lipsticks out. So juiced that I bought two of the colors online, the first day they were released.
I decided to try Flat Out Fabulous, described as a bright, plum color and Fixed on Drama, described as a rich wine color. I have similar colors in non-matte versions so I knew the colors would complement my skin tone.
Unfortunately as I opened up the first lipstick, Fixed on Drama, and tried out the color on my lips, I noticed that this color lacked a certain punch I was expecting from a matte lip.
There were no oohs or ahhs. The texture was definitely matte but the color on me was lackluster. I took this color lipstick off and tried on Flat Out Fabulous….
and I had the same feeling. The color just wasn’t doing much for me. Although this has made me a little less excited about this collection, I am determined to make these lip colors work for me.
In the meantime, I will be taking a trip to the MAC store to try on the rest of the collection in person to see if I can find any other winners. (I’m most excited to try All Fired Up, described as a bright fuchsia color)
From the moment I tried on MAC’s Ruby Woo red lipstick, I immediately knew matte lipstick was it for me. The texture and look of a matte lip just makes the color pop and look absolutely perfect on my skin. I have become seriously obsessed with all things matte since then…lips, nails, even cars.
(Once you go matte, you never go back.)
This is why I was literally ecstatic to learn that MAC would be coming out with an entire collection of matte lipsticks of the fall!
Each lipstick will be accompanied with a Pro- Longwear Lip Pencil. The lipsticks will be available online week of Sept 3rd and in-stores Sept 12th.
Lipstick Colors ($15):
Steady Going Light pink matte
Runway Hit Light nude matte
Dangerous Orangey red matte (New, Permanent)
Relentlessly Red Bright pinkish coral matte (New, Permanent)
All Fired Up Bright fuchsia matte (New, Permanent)
Flat Out Fabulous Bright plum matte (New, Permanent)
Ruby Woo Very matte vivid blue red (Repromote, Permanent)
Fixed on Drama Rich wine matte
Lip Pencil Colors ($19.50):
In Anticipation soft yellow pink
Staunchly Stylish pink beige
Shock Value bright pink cream
Dynamo bright peony
High Energy bright orange red cream
Trust in Red bright cool red cream
More To Love intense bluish pink
Fashion Boost bright purple cream
I cant wait to try these out, especially Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up, and Fixed on Drama!
They are actually part of MAC’s Ruffian collection!
“Cult New York designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian bring their infamous swagger to M·A·C in three EXCLUSIVE Ruffian Manicures and Lipsticks. Each ready-to-wear set includes 24 nails that are pre-glued and in assorted sizes to ensure a couture- worthy fit. Touch and go with Spectator ovals, an inky spin on the classic French manicure; turn everything to gold with gilded tips à la Demilune; or push buttons in five-alarm Demoiselle talons. For the power pout: Ruffian Red, Ruffian Naked, a creamy beige and Ruffian Gold, its 24-carat kin. A triple-threat of colour, texture and style.”
LIPSTICK $14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Ruffian Red Classic rich blue red (matte)
Ruffian Naked Pale peachy nude (matte)
Ruffian Gold Gold glitter metallic (frost)
RUFFIAN MANICURE $25.00 U.S./$30.00 CDN
Demilune Matte black with chrome gold half moon (matte)
Demoiselle RUFFIAN red with white half moon and black French tip (creme)
Spectator Cream with black half moon, black french tip and black Ruffian ensignia (creme)
Woo hoo, I am juiced! This collection will be available exclusively online starting THIS MONDAY, June 18, 2012 through July 16, 2012. Get ’em while they are hot!
Hey guys! I decided to start a summer beauty series on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be featuring one of my favorite beauty products. This week I’m gonna start off with my go-to, #1, can’t go without beauty product…eyeliner! If I was on a deserted island and I had to choose one product to bring, eyeliner would definitely be it!
I use L’oreal Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Carbon Black.
It is seriously the best thing ever made! It lasts all day and I love it because it is super dark and actually provides some contrast for my dark skin tone. Its perfect for a quick winged eyeliner look and is a great alternative to liquid or gel eyeliners and brushes, especially if you need something to take on the go. I am seriously gonna rant and rave about this product because it has never failed me! Go out and try it!
Note: I was a little perplexed at first about how to use it, I thought it was twist up but you will need a pencil sharpener.
Me before application:
Rating: 5 stars
I would also like to give an Honorable Mention to another L’oreal product.
L’oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner
Its a cool product and is really dark when worn alone. But…it doesn’t last nearly as long and doesn’t work as well over an eye shadow. Its great for a smoky eye look or can even double as a black eye shadow. Also, since the pencil is so large, you will not get as much precision as you would with a smaller pencil.
Rating: 3 stars
Hope you guys enjoyed my first Makeup Wednesday!
P.S. Let me know if you want me to do a post about any specific beauty product and I will see what I can do. =]