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Sunday, June 21st, 2009


My “haul” — haul seems too tame of a word for this!

I’m sure what you’re most curious about is what I ended up buying at the show! Personally, I knew I wanted to try out Make Up For Ever, so I put aside some money once I knew I was going to be going to IMATS.  Pictured above is my Make Up For Ever haul, which is, yes, a lot! I’ve been saving up for it :)

I believe I ended up with 47 eyeshadows, 5 Star Powders, 1 Pure Pigment, 2 HD Concealers (new and slated to launch in September), 1 HD Elixir, 6 10-pan palettes, and 3 Aqua Eyes Liners. They also gave me some samples of their HD Primer, Pure Water, mascara, and lip gloss. I’ll definitely review, photograph, swatch, etc. soon :) They were out of a few things I had put on my list, particularly some liners I really wanted, but still plenty to play with, yeah? Ha!

OCC Makeup was super generous and gave us their two new Lip Tars in Vintage and Plum to try out, plus a few of their glitters and nail polishes. Koren also hooked us up with Naked Cosmetics’ Urban Rustic Collection of mineral makeup (six colors in total).

I did so much damage at Make Up For Ever (totally planned, though!), so I didn’t spend too much elsewhere. It turns out the MAC booth was already selling the Euristocrats II Collection, which is a bummer, ’cause I totally would have bought those. Oh, well — now I know, will have to at least peruse their booth myself next year ;)

Sunday, June 21st, 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 227 Large Fluff Brush

MAC 227 Large Fluff Brush ($30.00) is large, domed-shape brush. When I say large, I really do mean large. Like the 225, this brush is really beyond the size needed for the majority of the population–at least for eyes! If you’re particularly artistic with your makeup and like doing face masks or designs like that, you might find this a nice alternative to the smaller-sized eyeshadow brushes.

To me, this is a super-sized 239 brush. It is extremely dense, soft, and packs on the color well. I do feel it is a bit more rounded than the 239, but otherwise, they’re very similar in how they can be used (just think outside the eye, err, box!). The 227 is also nice for highlighting cheek bones and collar bones! If you were on a budget and could only choose a few brushes, this wouldn’t make the must-have list. It’s just a nice brush, but some may not find it useful enough to merit a purchase.

How do you like to use this brush?

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Rant & Rave


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Sunday, June 21st, 2009


Entry into the “Gothic” competition

Here are a few more photos from yesterday’s IMATS! :) Mostly body painting/avant garde shots of the various models at the show. Fairly work-safe, the worst one being a model in bikini bottoms! Continue reading →

Sunday, June 21st, 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 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush

MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush ($24.50) is small, slightly tapered, dome-shamed brush designed for crease-work. This is an absolute must-have brush for me, and while it was limited edition in MAC’s Brunette, Blonde, Redhead Collection, it will make a brief reappearance in the much anticipated Colour Craft Collection, due out July 9th. (I will be purchasing a second one–and perhaps even a third, when it does!) It reminds me of a mix of the 219 and the 222. It is about two-thirds the length of the 222 and 224 brushes. It is shaped more like an extended 219, but a bit fluffier and not quite as firm.

While you can certainly use this for the same things as other crease brushes like the 222 and 224 (highlighting, blending, etc.), I really love using this to apply color to the crease. I use it first to apply a “base” crease color, so it applies softly and more evenly from the get-go. I then follow up by defining it with more intensity using the 219, and I’ll go back with the 226 to blend everything together. Really fabulous brush, and I am hoping they will make it permanent someday!

How do you like to use this brush?

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC She’s A Star Lipglass!

We’re giving away one (1) MAC She’s A Star Lipglass, from the limited edition Naked Honey Collection. Submit your entry by leaving a comment in this post and telling us your summer plans.

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