5 Minute Makeup: Dior Misty Mauve

5 Minute Makeup:  Dior Misty Mauve

Just a quick look using the lighter shades of the Dior Misty Mauve palette.   No tutorial for this one, sorry!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply icy white eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend icy pink eyeshadow on the outer two-thirds of the lid with the 239. Next, apply the plummymauve eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Brule eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Cassic eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Supernova mascara.

For cheeks, apply Angelika blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply La Belle lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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MAC Cleansing Tips Review, Photos

On-the-Go Makeup Fixers

MAC Cleansing Tips ($14.50 for 30) are my absolute favorite when it comes to easily fixing any minor application mistakes.  They’re basically dual-ended cotton swabs that have been soaked in makeup remover and are individually packaged (though each sheet has ten, you just tear them off individually).  One side is the usual rounded swab, while the other is tapered and more precise.

I actually really, really love these.  They work so well for cleaning up under the eyes when you work with shadows that have fall out, but they’re great for touching up during the day if you happen to be testing one smudger of an eyeliner, too!  They remove everything without a fuss.  Since they’re individually wrapped, you can just toss one into your purse when you need to (e.g. a special occasion), too.

So, I did not pay attention to how much these run you when I originally purchased them.  These wonder-swabs don’t come cheap!   They end up costing about $0.50 a pop!  Even the small package of MAC Wipes are cheaper ($0.40), while the bulk package of MAC Wipes are half the price ($0.26).  This is so saddening for me!    This is a great product, but it’s not something one should use often at that kind of cost.

They do work incredibly well to clean-up any faded or smudged eyeliner if you’re out and about.  I’ll continue to purchase them as I need to, but I will make myself only use them when I’m on the go or traveling–no more using those at homes.  Gotta go the extra step and use my own swabs and separate makeup remover, LOL!

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 4/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you use them sparingly, they can be an excellent time-saving, space-saving tool to have in your evening bag when you want to look your best. Just don’t use them by the dozen!


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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #035

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul: I bought a few things online, though nothing has arrived yet.  I have my girl @pursebuzz grab me one of each of Make Up For Ever’s new Lab Shines (plus a few eyeliners!) when she was at IMATs.  I think they were missing two at the show, and that should arrive today.  *fingers crossed*  I placed orders online for Bobbi Brown’s Denim Ink Gel Eyeliner, MAC Haute & Naughty Lash, and Mario Badescu Drying Cream (I’m out!)–that was Wednesday night.  On Thursday afternoon, I bought some Burberry Beauty off of Nordstrom, too — three eyeshadows, three lipsticks, one lip gloss, one liquid foundation, and two blushes.  I had to really, really RESIST! the buffer brush.  I am a sucker for gunmetal packaging, seriously.  I figure this is permanent, so I can grab it later on down the line.

Excited for: Fourth of July!

Friday plans: Try to get caught up on some stuff I’m behind on!

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Dior Misty Mauve Eyeshadow Palette (Fall 2010)

Dior Misty Mauve Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of two new-for-fall eyeshadow quints (the other being Pink Design #808). It contains a soft, sparkling icy lilac; satin-matte gray purple; deep black-purple with silver shimmer; frosty white with just a hint of yellow; and muted pink-mauve with a shimmer sheen.

The pigmentation was decent overall, but the icy lilac was on the sheerer, powdery side while the gray purple definitely needs to be layered for a smooth, even look. The center shade–the blackened purple–is the most intense and will easily smoke out any look you desire. I see this quint working best on those with cooler skin tones, and I do see paler skin tones rocking this easier than darker ones, just because of the lighter, shimmery shades.

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