Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


Amorous, Totally Fab, Sublime Shine

MAC Dazzleglass Cremes Collection Sneak Peek

MAC Dazzleglass Cremes Collection debuts later this fall on September 24th, but we have a little sneak peek for you today, just to whet your appetite.

Dazzleglass cremes are the same shimmery, glittery goodness found in dazzleglass with more color.  Based on the three I tested and played with, they do not really feel like the cremesheen glasses to me. The shimmer in these does seem even more micro-fine than dazzleglass (which I have found gritty in the past), but the formula feels thick (but not goopy), non-sticky, and sheer to semi-opaque (at least, on lips — in swatches they do look fairly opaque).  (Yes, lip swatches to follow… check back in an hour or two!)

With these, I can finally see the buzz around dazzleglasses, and with better color pay off (or any!), I can see myself using these regularly and often!  What do you think? Piqued your interest?  Stomped out your desire?

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 109 Small Contour Brush

MAC 109 Small Contour Brush ($32.00) is designed to be used to blend and contour with powder products, but this brush is quite the multi-tasker. It’s a small face brush with a rounded-dome tip, densely packed bristles. It can actually be a bit too big to contour with, depending on the where and when of your face, but I actually am fond of using this brush to blend out more emollient (e.g. liquids or creams) products, particularly foundation and blushcremes.

This works well with both cream and liquid foundations, and I prefer it to the 187. (Though, I still love the 182 for foundation overall–this comes close, and the bonus is it is easier to wash.) You can also use this to apply powder products like blush and bronzer, too. It’s easy to both apply and blend out all sorts of products, so this is definitely is a brush I’d recommend picking up–plus, it is on the lower end of the price spectrum as far as face brushes go.

How do you like to use this brush?

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft Collection Facecharts

Here are eight face charts designed and created for their upcoming Colour Craft Collection! :)

Colour Craft

Skin

  • Brow Highlight: Passionate Eye Shadow (left eye) with 222 Brush
  • Eyelid: Fresh Green Mix Mineralize Eye Shadow (solid shade)(inner, centre) with 252 Brush
  • Liner: Smolder Eye Kohl (waterline), Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner
  • Liner, Lower: Passionate Eye Shadow with 219 Brush
  • Lashes: Zoomblack Zoom Lash

Design

  • Left Eye: Top circle at brow bone – Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow (orange shade); middle circle at temple; Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow (blue and white shades); bottom circle at eyelid – Deep Truth Eye Shadow with
    242 Brush; Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner (outline)
  • Inner Eye Design (both eyes): Fresh Green Mix Mineralize Eye Shadow (solid shade) with 252 Brush and Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner (outline)

Lips

  • Pencil: Beet Lip Pencil
  • Lipstick: Trimming Talk Lipstick (outer) with 316 Brush and Miss Marble Lipglass and Melon Pigment

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Graphic Garden Collection Facecharts

Baby Blooms

Skin

  • Foundation: Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation with 188 Brush
  • Blush: Dollymix Sheertone Shimmer Blush with 116 Brush

Eyes

  • Brows: Clear Brow Set
  • Primer: Prep + Prime Eye with 242 Brush
  • Brow Highlight: Social Climber Eye Shadow with 239 Brush
  • Eyelid: Botanical Blue and Straight Hedge
  • Eye Shadows with 239 Brush
  • Liner, Upper: Point Black Liquidlast Liner with 212 Brush
  • Liner, Lower: Graphic Garden Eye Shadow with 212 Brush
  • Lashes: Black Dazzle Dazzle Lash

Lips

  • Primer: Prep + Prime Lip with 311 Brush
  • Pencil: Sublime Culture Cremestick Liner
  • Lipstick: Soft Illusion Lipstick with 311 Brush and Baby Blooms Lipglass

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Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush

MAC 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush ($24.50) is medium-sized angled brush with lots of fluffiness. I like this brush for applying concealer around the nose and eyes, and actually do find it can be used to contour small areas like the nose, too. I don’t contour my nose often, if ever, because I guess I’m fairly satisfied with its appearance (it’s a nose — it’s like the foot of the face to me, it’s just there and eh!), but it works better than the 168, which is far too large for the nose area. This also works well to apply highlighter above the cupid’s bow of your lips – just one swipe and voila!

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Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 272 Small Angled Shading Brush

MAC 272 Small Angled Shading Brush ($21.50) is small, angled brush with lots of fluffiness. It’s made out of goat hair, so it is just a little softer than some of the synthetic-bristled brushes, though I’ve found softness to never be an issue with full-sized MAC brushes (they’re all soft!). I find that this brush works in many of the same ways that the 217 does, just that this has a more angled edge to it. It can be used for cream or powder products, depending on your preference, and it should do well with either. For me, it works well to blend out harsh edges in the crease, but I actually prefer it for applying a highlight color on the inner tearduct. It just fits into that little nook with such ease and makes application a dream. The 272 is subtler and blends softly and surely, whereas the 217 can overblend if you’re not careful. If you’ve had that experience, the 272 might be a better match for your style.

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