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Saturday, July 4th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics iPhone Wallpapers

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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 168 Large Angled Contour Brush

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush ($32.00) is a goat-haired bristled rounded, angled brush with a bit of fluffiness. It’s famous as a contouring brush, particularly for larger areas — like the hollow of the cheeks, forehead, and jaw line. It’s a bit oversized for smaller areas like the nose. It’s an incredibly soft brush with minimal shedding (at least, in my experience). Despite being touted as a contour brush, the 168 works well for applying thicker foundatoins like Studio Sculpt, applying blush more precisely, and blending out product. I definitely consider this one of those classic, basic brushes that you can never go wrong purchasing.

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Saturday, July 4th, 2009


Eyeshadows: #5

Let’s dive into some of Make Up For Ever’s orange and yellow 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.

  • #5 is a matte orange-coral. Smooth, pigmented, and easy to use, #5 is quickly becoming a favorite. It’s nice on the eyes, but I love it as a blush. Just be careful, because a little goes a long way, and it’s better to build up than buff out.
  • #10 is a shimmery, true golden yellow. This is the equivalent of Goldmine eyeshadow with a little less orange and less frostiness.
  • #153 is a peachy-orange shade with gold shimmer. When I saw it at IMATS, it reminded me of a deeper MAC Say Yeah eyeshadow (which was limited edition, and I also adore it!). It is definitely similar, but it is a bit more intense. I love this to highlight cheeks on top of #5. It just gives it a nice glow and softness. This also works well on the eyes, too.  And if #5 is a new blush favorite, #153 is a new cheek highlighting favorite.
  • #102 is a matte, pale beige-y color (or off-white, if you prefer). They describe it as “eggshell,” and it’s a rather apt description. It makes for a good neutral matte highlighter when you may already have frost overkill on the eyes.
  • #101 is a soft, pale white-gold with pale gold shimmer. Of the shadows I’ve really worked with so far, this is one of the few that has been more disappointing. I find the pay off to be a bit glittery/chunky and not smooth like I’ve come to expect from the brand. It also seems to be the same when used in application, too. I thought I’d use it as a nice highlighter, but it doesn’t work well for that purpose either.

Which of these are your favorites?

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009

MAC Lightful Collection for Summer 2009

U.S. Launch Date: July 30th, 2009

“INNER” GLOW IS OVERRATED! M·A·C revivifies the look and luminescence of our high-beam brightening skincare formulations, using our own exclusively developed Charged Water technology – boosted beyond breakthrough this season with the new infusion of red tourmaline and silk, to shift skin’s receptivity, shake up its energy level.

Mousse it up and see triple-activate brightening with green tea anti-free-radical extract, vitamin C brightening prowess, tuberose protection from dehydration. Science trumps style…Beauty and the Geek go all the way! NEW POWER, PALE, PRETTY NEW PACKAGING, A NEW LIGHT ON BRIGHT!

Lightful Foaming Creme Cleanser ($24.00 U.S./$29.00 CDN)

Soothing whipped creamy mousse. Cleanses and re-balances skin. Rinses quickly. Leaving skin feeling clean and comfortable. Never stripped or dehydrated.

Lightful Charged Essence ($40.00 U.S./$48.00 CDN)

Concentrated, lightweight gel-like essence, absorbs quickly into the skin. Helps skin look and feel smoother,s ofter, more resilient and brighter.

Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme ($38.00 U.S./$46.50 CDN)

Lightweight gel-like cream. Provides a moisture-locking barrier for long lasting protection. Instantly hydrates the skin for a smoother skin surface. Helps skin look more luminous over time.

Lightful Active Softening Lotion ($30.00 U.S./$36.00 CDN)

Super-hydrating watery lotion. Absorbed quickly into skin. Immediately infuses depleted skin with moisture. Leaves skin refreshed, soothed, soft with a more even-toned look.

Availability: July 30th, 2009 at MAC Retail Stores, 1.800.588.0070, and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Friday, July 3rd, 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 165 Tapered Cheek & Highlighter Brush

MAC 165 Tapered Cheek & Highlighter Brush ($34.00) is a medium-sized, tapered face brush with natural bristles. This was a limited edition brush that was launched with Brunette, Blonde, and Redhead in early 2009. It will be making a reappearance in October 2009, for those who wish to purchase it, too. (As of time of this writing, it is still available via Nordstrom.com.) I adore using this brush to highlight cheek bones. It just works effortlessly and places the highlight perfectly. It is a soft, dense brush, so it picks up color easily, deposits well, and doesn’t eat up product. It works well to blend out color and powder products, too.  This is one of my favorite brushes, so I would definitely urge you to pick it up if an opportunity presents itself!

How do you like to use this brush?

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