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MAC Love Lace Collection for Winter 2009 + Added Photos

MAC Love Lace Collection

MAC Cosmetics Love Lace Collection

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2009

Every couturier has forever had a fascination with the mysterious and alluring qualities of Lace. From Evita to Marlene Dietrich to some of the best-dressed of our red-carpet modern screen stars, it’s a long love affair. This salon-intimate collection is all about a dramatic, intense, smoky eye, with shadows that flash frosty grey to deep blue. Kohl Power is brought back for a limited time in favourite shades plus a new blackened marine blue. And naturally, 44 Lash adds the depth and desire. Lips stay pleasingly pale and Nail Lacquer in Light Affair adds a hint of danger. If ever there was a moment to do away with the winter doldrums and add some instant intrigue, this is it.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S.)

  • Pretty Please Pale pink pearl (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Intricate Frosted cool icy taupe (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S.)

  • Icescape Sheer pale pink with pink pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Utterly Discrete Sheer frosted cool icy mauve (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S.)

  • Pincurl Dusty white (Frost) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Hypnotizing Frosted grey mauve (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Love Lace Frosted mid-tone greyish blue (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Suave Intentions Light frosted silver blue (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Kohl Power ($14.50 U.S.)

  • Sense of Style Blackened deep marine blue (Limited Edition)
  • Raven Intense red with black pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Feline Rich black (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S.)

  • Light Affair Creamy pale grey taupe (Cream) (Limited Edition)

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MAC in Lillyland (Lilly Pulitzer) Collection – Information & Photos

MAC MAC in Lillyland Collection

MAC in Lillyland (Lilly Pulitzer) Collection

U.S. Launch Date: January 7th, 2010

When M∙A∙C meets the lore and legend that is Lilly Pulitzer, you get a fabulous and funky fun new chapter: a bit of Mar-a-Lago, some well-to-do winky-wink, and a dash of retro-modern pop culture mayhem in prints and colours that make it hip to be in permanent happy land! A collaboration that feels like the best tongue-in-chic resort retort, with all the wonderful prints and Key West colour combinations Lilly has done so beautifully since, well, forever! Fly down to South Florida, with M∙A∙C in Lillyland!

Lipgelee ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Lush & Bright Bright pink yellow-coral with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Preppy Blue-pink with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Shift to Pink Light violet with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Resort Life Off-white with pink pearl (Limited Edition)

Pearlmatte Eyeshadow ($19.50 U.S. / $25.50 CDN)

  • Three shades (white, green, pink) in a flower pattern (Limited Edition)

Pearlmatte Face Powder ($27.50 U.S. / $32.50 CDN)

  • Four shades in a flower pattern (Limited Edition)

Cremeblend Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Joie-de-Vivre Peachy coral (Limited Edition)
  • Florida Bright fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Optimistic Orange Bright coral (Limited Edition)
  • So Sweet, So Easy Light yellow pink (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Coconut Ice Light yellow peach pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Steamy Hot N Steamy pink (Cream) (Permanent)

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The Scarlet Season: MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick
MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, deep shade of red with more of a brownish tone. It’s not really a blue-based red, nor an orange-based red–it’s truly one of those shades that works well on many skin tones. (Kind of like MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick!) It has a redder, richer look than VGI, plus it has the glossy sheen (though no shimmer). It applies opaque in just one layer, and it clings to lips without being drying. It holds up and wears for a good four or five hours and afterward, it does leave a slight stain behind. Definitely one of MAC’s must-haves!

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches…

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World AIDS Day 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

Today is World AIDS Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, but it also remembers the people who have lost their lives to the spread of this pandemic. This year’s theme of the campaign is Respect and Protect. Learn more about the campaign, as well as HIV/AIDS at http://www.worldaidsday.org.

In support of the effort, some beauty brands have joined in to raise awareness and support the cause…

  • Kiehl’s will doante 100% of net profits from each sale of Hand Care for a Cure, which is a limited edition version of its Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, to stemming the loss of life from HIV/AIDS. Kiehl’s has been committed to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS since 1996, and this year they’ve partnered with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
  • MAC Cosmetics is supporting World AIDS Day with a company-wide effort volunteer initiative. Hundreds of MAC artists from New York will be spending their time and sharing their skills with God’s Love We Deliver Facilities dedicated to improving those residents affected by HIV/AIDS. The New York City store will have a special one-day in-store promotion where 100% of sales for all Viva Glam Lipsticks and Lipglasses will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC has a year-round HIV/AIDS awareness initiative with their Viva Glam product line-up. 100% of all sales of Viva Glam Lipsticks and Lipglasses go towards fighting HIV/AIDS. MAF has raised over $150 million through the sale of the VG line.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will be donating 100% of the selling price of their NSFW Nail Lacquer to National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities, Inc.

The Scarlet Season: MAC Rockocco Lipstick

MAC Rockocco Lipstick
MAC Rockocco Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: MAC Rockocco Lipstick

MAC Rockocco Lipstick ($14.00) was a limited edition shade of fiery orange-based red with a creamy texture, semi-matte finish, and a subtle sheen. It’s definitely one of my favorite orange-based reds, and I love the way it clings to lips without drying them out. This is probably one of my top three red lipstick shades I wish MAC would repromote, because it really just has something extra about it that nothing in the permanent line brings to the table.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches…

MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection: Lipgloss & Lipstick Lip Swatches

MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection:  Photos & Swatches
MAC The Lap of Luxury Lipgloss

MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection: Lipgloss & Lipstick Lip Swatches

As promised, here are lip swatches for the new, limited edition lipglosses and lipsticks from MAC’s Baroque Boudoir Collection. My lip swatches are always done trying to use what the “reasonable” user would use — so I’m not in the business of spending ten minutes layering a lipstick on nor will I goop on gloss just to get it to show!

I mentioned earlier, in the individual reviews, but D’Nouveau was the most pigmented of the lipglosses, and all three lipsticks were fairly opaque.

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