Monday, July 6th, 2009


Make Up For Ever #304 Eyeshadow

If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of green eyeshadow. So is it really any surprise that I have five more green/teal shadows to share with you?

  • #304 is a shimmery, chartreuse-y green. It’s very much like #171, and at the time of purchase, I was a bit frazzled and quick in scribbling down the shades I wanted, but if I had been thinking, I would have skipped this one (or skipped the 171). They’re both incredibly similar. I’d say this one runs a little more green than the other, maybe. This one has a little more shimmer, and it is a smooth, well-pigmented shimmer shadow to boot. It does remind me of MAC Overgrown eyeshadow.
  • #34 is a soft, pale green with a little yellow tone. It has a slight sheen, but it isn’t really shimmery, though it is definitely not matte. It reminds me of a more subtle MAC Juxt eyeshadow, particularly with a lot less frostiness.
  • #302 is a medium teal shimmery shade. It seems to run a little bluer than green, and it isn’t as pigmented or smooth as many of the other Make Up For Ever eyeshadows have been for me. In comparison to #168, this is a disappointment, so I would definitely skip it and opt for the #168.
  • #168 is a bright pop of teal with a little bit of shimmer and sheen. It does remind me a lot of MAC Shimmermoss eyeshadow, but I think this is a tad brighter and a bit more of a green-teal. It also has less frost in its finish. As a fan of teal, this is a must-have for me!
  • #93 is a matte, green-teal. It is fairly pigmented and feels smooth when applied. This color works better when you build it up intensity by layering the color over, rather than grabbing a bunch at once and hoping that will pack on the color. The layering allows you to build-up the color smoothly and gives you much more color that way. It does remind me of MAC Melody eyeshadow, which is a long-discontinued color.

Which of these are your favorites?

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Monday, July 6th, 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 187 Duo Fibre Brush

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42.00) is a brush made famous by mineralize skinfinish fans everywhere. It is a large, densely bristled brush packed with a blend of both goat and synthetic fibers. It also better known as a stippling brush. I originally used this brush primarily for applying liquid foundation (Studio Fix Fluid), and I loved the results! It was really soft, light coverage spread everywhere and gave a soft finish. I personally found the 182 to give me even better results, so the 187 is no longer my go-to for foundation. One of the reasons I preferred the 182 is sometimes the 187 would give me a few streaks that I’d have to work a bit more at blending out; the 182 doesn’t give me any streaks at all. Though for a cream-based foundation, I much prefer the 187 over the 182 — the 182 is a bit too dense for that purpose.

I do like the 187 for sheerer application of blush and highlighters. If you’ve ever owned an ultra pigmented blush, you might struggle, as I do, with applying just the right amount. The 187 is amazing at picking up just that right amount of blush and lightly depositing it on your cheeks. For using them with mineralize skinfinishes, I’ve found the result is a softer look; kind of like a subtle glow rather than a super shiny or glittery cheeks. I do often use other brushes for my mineralize skinfinishes, often treating them as I would a regular blush. It definitely depends on the mineralize skinfinish and preference, though.

The 187 does shed a bit, particularly in the beginning, but after a few washes, it seems to stop shedding. It is a pricey brush, but it’s one of my favorite brushes. I also like its smaller twin, the 188, and if I had to buy only one, I’d probably go for the 188, just because the smaller size lets you do everything the 188 can do, but also the 187 (it’ll just take longer). Though if you’re in the market for a brush to use for your liquid foundation, you’ll likely want the 187 for the time-savings from the larger size.

How do you like to use this brush?

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Monday, July 6th, 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 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush

MAC 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush ($22.50) is a blend of both synthetic and goat hair fibres to create a flat, fan-shaped brush. It’s incredibly soft, lightly fluffy, and it doesn’t shed at all for me. It is a PRO only brush, but maybe they’ll bring it to freestanding stores someday. I like fan brushes like this one to apply a light dusting of loose powder or highlights (like an all-over highlight) to face and forehead, especially. I also find this useful in removing any product fall out under eyes. (One great tip is sprinkling loose powder underneath your eye, and then sweep it all away.) This brush isn’t in my top ten, but if your budget allows, it is definitely a handy and worthy-of-your-purchase kind of brush.

How do you like to use this brush?

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Sunday, July 5th, 2009

This summer, YSL launched a new shade of Everlong Waterproof Mascara — Ever Peacock Blue ($28.50). It’s described as a “luminous blue,” though I would say it’s more like a rich navy blue with just a hint of green in it. The above photo used a primer base (MAC Prep + Prime Lash), and then a few coats of the Everlong. This was actually my first time trying a YSL mascara, and I was pleased with the length, natural curl (these lashes weren’t curled!), and thickness. I felt like the formula didn’t give into clumping at all, which has always been an issue for me as I tend to pile on more mascara than the average person, I’d say!

I liked using this colored version of Everlong, because it felt lightweight, fun, and minimalistic. It’s like a twist on sporting colored eyeliner on a lazy day. If I’m lazy or out of time in the morning, a few coats of this blue-hued mascara makes the whites of my eyes look a little whiter and opens up my eyes just a wee bit more. For me, the only downside to this mascara is the price tag, which is a bit steep for a mascara that is more of a novelty than an everyday staple. (In black, I could easily see myself using this regularly, so then it’d be worth it to me, since I’d get through on a tube in a couple of months.)

Are you a colored mascara fan? Why/why not?

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Sunday, July 5th, 2009


Make Up For Ever #80 Eyeshadow

For today, let’s talk about a few of Make Up For Ever’s green eyeshadows! Personally, I skipped on some of the more intense, straight yellows, just because I tend not to look good in those shades (Chrome Yellow, anyone?), so I need more time to swatch and play with them in person before getting any of those.

  • #80 is a deep, shimmery forest green. It’s described as a “peacock green,” but it’s still quite dark. It’s almost like a dark green with a bit of blue-teal in it. It has good color pay off and goes on smoothly.
  • #310 is a diamond shadow in a dark, forest green shade with a gold sheen and brown tone. I like this one more than #80, though the two aren’t identical. I just think #310 has more depth, goes on a bit smoother, and has a touch more pigmentation.
  • #53 is supposed to be a “forest green” from the description, but it’s definitely not to me. It’s more of a teal-based green, and it’s near-matte. It feels and looks a bit more like a satin finish shadow, because there is a light bit of shimmer/sheen, but it’s not at all frosty or as noticeable as in #80 or #310.
  • #91 is described as an “apple green,” and I’d describe the exact same way. It’s a bright pop of matte green with a yellow tone to it. It’s like bright green grass. It goes on smoothly and packs a lot of pigmentation. You can easily soften the color by using a more neutralizing base.
  • #171 is a shimmery chartreuse green. It’s got a very pretty goldish-green sheen with subtle iridescence. It’s pigmented, but it’s not quite as opaque as I’d like. It doesn’t seem like the iridescence shadows have as much color pay off as their matte shadows do–at least they’re more finicky and some are great, some are okay, and some have little color pay off (like #101).

Which of these are your favorites?

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Saturday, July 4th, 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 182 Buffer Brush

MAC 182 Buffer Brush ($45.00) is large, densely-packed dome-shaped brush with dyed-black goat hair bristles. My photos are of the limited edition release of the 182 brush from MAC’s Couture Collection (I believe these retailed around $54), and I fell absolutely in love with it so much so that I purchased a second one. I actually really love the square handle on it, but the round handle works just as well.

The brush is extremely dense and full, but the most amazing thing about it is how flawless it makes your face look. No matter what powders, liquids, or blushes you use, the 182 is always there to soften your look and eliminate any harsh edges or unevenness. I also LOVE it for applying liquid foundations like Studio Fix Fluid (moreso than the 109 and 187). I do find this is a high quality brush, so I personally believe it is well worth the cost.

This ranks amongst my top five must-have brushes if you’re on a tight budget! However, if this is just too expensive for you, I recommend putting it on your wishlist for birthdays/holidays. Everyone should have at least one buffer brush, though — MAC or another brand!

How do you like to use this brush?

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