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5 Makeup Artist Must-Haves from MAC

By Nita J., Virginia, Makeup Artist

Nita J is a strong advocate that true beauty lives in each and every individual. To her, makeup just enhances beauty and should never be used to mask the beauty that a person was born with. With her knowledge of makeup, cosmetic brands, marketing and the beauty industry, Nita J hopes to contribute as much as she can and instill in the minds of others that confidence and true beauty is soul-deep. You can check out her portfolio and her blog!

5 Makeup Artist Must-Haves from MAC

As you can probably guess, a major part of the journey of a makeup artist is the wonderful (and sometimes overwhelmingly frustrating) process of testing out products, falling in love with products, purging products and revisiting products. It sure can get exhausting but in the midst of it all, you come to realize what works and what isn’t so great when it comes to what products to include in your kit. Now, I do understand that we are all not makeup artists, but please keep in mind I am a makeup addict myself and this process also helps me decide what to keep for myself.

On my beauty blog, I am working on a series of makeup products, by cosmetic line, that are great for both personal and professional kits. Since MAC is a universally popular brand, let’s start by looking at five AMAZING products:


MAC’s eyeshadows ($14.50), although they are more expensive than other brands, have amazing quality and minimal fall-out, which I love. Worn with or without a primer, these eyeshadows tend to stay true to shade and pigmentation. The more neutral shades are normally the most popular staples found in many kits such as Satin Taupe, Patina, Espresso, Rice Paper, and Naked Lunch, just to name a few. Their staying power is what has me hooked!


MAC’s pigments ($20.00) are so multifunctional and easy to work with! For simple use, you can take your favorite shade and dust it over your lids for a quick pop of color or use to stain your cheeks. You can even get super creative by mixing with clear lip gloss or MAC’s Mixing Medium to create more artistic looks. The possibilities are truly endless with pigments. I suggest stashing at least one or two in your kit!


This is another awesome product that gets lots of buzz. MAC’s Fix+ ($20.00) is a skin-refreshing spray infused with lots of goodies such as vitamins, green tea, cucumber and minerals that calm the skin and finishes your makeup look to help it last throughout the day. It truly does feel great on the skin and has an amazing, fresh fragrance. For added makeup staying power, I like to spray this product on a client’s skin as a foundation primer when I don’t want the heaviness of a moisturizing cream.

Strobe Cream

MAC says that Strobe Cream ($30.00) “enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight.” That’s exactly what it does!  It gives your skin a quick wake-up call with antioxidants and botanicals that refreshes and rejuvenates the skin. I personally fell in love with it the first time I used it under my Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. It just gives your skin that extra oomph!

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed

I really like that Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed ($23.00) not only controls shine, but it minimizes lines and imperfections. This easy-to-use product can be used as a quick fix on the go, even if you are not wearing much makeup for the day. Us makeup artists LOVE our multifunctional products!

What are some of your FAVORITE MAC products that you can’t live without? What are some that you would like to try? I would love to hear your comments!

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Sneak Peek: MAC for Gareth Pugh Collection

MAC for Gareth Pugh Collection
MAC for Gareth Pugh Collection

Sneak Peek: MAC for Gareth Pugh Collection

Here are a few product packaging photos as well as photos of the lashes. I was not able to buy the Metal-X Cream Eyeshadows, because the stores’ shipments were delayed. They’re not sure when they will have it in stock, so here’s hoping that it’ll be in all stores next week in time for launch. As soon as I can purchase them, I certainly will. I originally thought the larger powder in this collection was a regular pressed powder (so I didn’t see a need to spend $60 on it if it is like every other year’s Mystery Powders, which are very sheer!), but it is a beauty powder, so I will also try to grab that when I am able to buy the eyeshadows. Thanks for your patience!

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Giorgio Armani Holiday 2011 Collection: Madre Perla

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2011 Collection: Madre Perla

An inspiring era… The elegance of the 30s is setting the tone for the season. Pure lines, sophisticated colours, luxurious details… Art Deco in all its glory with one of its iconic materials: Madre Perla. Madre Perla inlaid in a precious case, heralding a must-have product. Madre Perla, too, in Linda Cantello’s colour inspiration, with subtle reflections and iridescent effects.

“Like a 1930s’ boudoir… A touch of lacquer and patinated metals add a sophisticated feel to satiny, pearlescent tones. Delicate shades reminiscent of the silk lingerie of the time.” — Linda Cantello

Madreperla Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

Irresistible… Inspired by Art Deco style, Giorgio Armani’s famous black case is decorated in real Madre Perla. Precision work done entirely by hand in the purest tradition of luxury craftsmanship. Utter refinement: a silver logo adorns this exclusive limited edition case, which just 3,000 women in the world will have the privilege of owning. Decidedly unique… Inside are found three luminous, satiny powders in sand, champagne and aqua. Silky shadows that skilfully combine a featherlight texture with radiant colour. Blended over the eye area, the three shades sculpt and illuminate the eyes. Lightly dabbed onto the facial contours, the sand and champagne tones catch the light to increase the radiance of the complexion. The Face & Eye Palette is also available in Giorgio Armani’s iconic black lacquer case.

  • Harmony 1 (Face and Eyes)
  • Harmony 2 (Eye)

Eyes to Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

Giorgio Armani’s most spectacular shadow is revealed in a limited edition of three metallic shades subtly patinated: a gold, as an echo to antique gilt, a toned down silver plutonium, and an intermediate shade blending gold and silver. Thanks to Colorfil color matrix, these creamy, powder-free shadows adhere to the eyelid like a second skin, without ever fading or flaking. At the heart of their formula is a very high concentration of pigments captured in a supple polymer complex resistant to humidity and heat. The result: a vibrant film of colour, as if cast in metal, which stays true for 24 hours.

  • #17 Silver
  • #18 Gold
  • #19 Blended gold and silver

Gloss d’Armani ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

A play of light and shade for the eyes… while the lips are adorned in vibrant lacquered shades. A real weave of colour, Gloss d’Armani offers comfortable, long-lasting hold, expressed in four limited edition shades: barely iridescent rosewood enhances the natural colour of the lips, while a velvety “amaranth” red and sienna intensely emphasise their shape. And an unexpected choice: a bold amethyst, which is vivid yet so translucent on application that it matches any skin tone.

  • Pink Iridescent rosewood
  • Red Velvety amaranth red
  • Brown Sienna
  • Purple Amethyst

availability: Now @ Nordstrom (you may have to poke around, but I saw them all available!)

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Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipes!

Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipes!

I’m not much of a cook; I’m not disastrous in the kitchen, and I can follow a recipe well, but in the past, I haven’t done a ton of cooking–especially nothing complicated!  I always did love to bake, though.  I’m always at a loss as to what to make, because I only want to spend the time if the results are amazing!  This was totally a spur-of-the-moment kind of post; I have always wanted to do it, because I consider the Temptalia community an excellent source of knowledge!  And it’s Friday, so I think I can slide this post through  🙂

Since this was spontaneous, I jut sent an email over to my mom to ask her if she would share some of her fantastic recipes (now my mom is a fabulous cook!)  I usually look for and use recipes from AllRecipes.com, and sometimes I’ll head over to Food Network as well.  Do you have any favorite recipe sites or collectives?  I’m totally looking to the community to help me find some good things to cook this holiday season 🙂  And maybe you even have a really good recipe for a holiday doggy treat…

Share your favorite holiday recipes in the comments!

And… I am pleased to share two recipes I love that my mom does 🙂

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