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Editor’s Note: This is a look done for Carnival, which is why it is so fun and out there!
Eyes | I used cream concealer (NW40) with a dusting of Medium dark powder as the base. I applied Parrot over it (using 239 brush) and blended it up into the crease ( with 217 brush). I used LA Splash pigment in french vanilla mixed with a light gold eyeshadow to highlight the brow. I used a matte brown shadow to fill in her brows. Red Cherry brand lashes in #28. Clinique creamliner in True Black to finish.
Face | I mixed together chanel and MAC to create a custom foundation color and applied it sparingly with the 187 brush. Then lightly dusted on MAC medium dark loose powder. I’m a real fan of ‘skin’ showing through makeup if possible. I used chanel bronzer in sahara to contour and Elizabeth Arden Topaz blush on the apples of her cheeks.
Lips | A lightly pigmented nude gloss (sacha cosmetics gloss in Skin) completed the look.
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Happy Valentine’s Day all! Very subtle eye for me
I used Rose Blanc eyeshadow on inner lid, Up-do eyeshadow on middle of lid, Soft Brown eyeshadow on outer lid, Bronze eyeshadow in outer crease, Gleam eyeshadow above crease and on brow, and Blacktrack fluidline on lower lash line. I had Don’t Be Shy and Margin blushes on apples of cheeks with Daisylight beauty powder to highlight and Sculpt sculpting powder to contour. I wore Sweetie lipstick with Squeeze It lipglass on my lips.
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The Makeup Show Miami is an event that brings industry exhibotrs, brands, and artists together in a single forum. It is a two-day event that includes educational opportunities in the makeup industry on Sunday, February 24th, and Monday, February 25th. It is presented by The Powder Group and Metropolitan Pavilion. You can see a list of exhibitors that will be presenting at the show (including many brands talked about here, e.g. FACE Atelier, Kryolan, MAC, MUFE, Stila, and Three Custom Color). There is a host of seminars available on both days, and you can check out the ones here you may want to attend–seminars on high-def to special effects! It’s pretty chalked full of beauty fun, and a two-day ticket is only $45 (one-day ticket is $30). Get more details about purchasing tickets at The Makeup Show Miami!
I’m unable to attend, but I hope some of you will consider going! And if you do, I insist you share all the juicy details with us!
Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo & Conditioner (each $2.99 for 12 oz.) is part of Herbal Essences line of new products devoted to protecting and caring for long hair. Me? Yes, totally long hair, and I have always been a fan of the Herbal Essences line (really, I think from the beginning nearly!). I switch shampoo/conditioner often, but it was good to try their newest release.
I love the scent, which is red raspberries, because I am a raspberry addict. You know what’s great? I use these products, and I find myself compelled to match with philosophy’s raspberry sorbet shower gel! I digress… the scent is subtle, not overwhelming, and I found my hair was soft smelling throughout the day. It isn’t an overly sweet or cloying scent, so I think most people will enjoy it.
While my hair is far from fussy, I did notice that I could go longer between washes before my hair would seem oily (3 days versus usual 2). And these products do not do anything for drying time, I swear my hair dried faster since starting to use these (10 minutes versus 15, with a regular, aging blow dryer). I even asked the PR rep about the drying time, and she said it doesn’t–but it did for me!
Check out MAC’s Question & Answer sessions with James Gager (SVP, Creative Director of MAC), Jennifer Balbier (SVP Product Development of MAC), and Fafi (the designer who inspired the line).
Q&A with James Gager, Senior Vice President & Creative Director MAC Worldwide
Q: How did the collaboration with FAFI develop?
A: Ironically, Fafi wasn’t in my mind when we first began.
I was working with photographer, Richard Burbridge, and we started shooting photographs of this beautiful Asian woman with a renegade spirit and style, playing with makeup, different fashion accessories, and a video camera. It really conveyed the feeling that captures the spirit of youth today in terms of dressing up, experimenting and using technology as a form of expression. I then worked with Jennifer Balbier to shape it into a spring collection, elaborating on the playful idea behind the Barbie collection, but in a way that reflects this new generation. After doing research, we came across the work of Fafi, and from there we got the idea to merge illustration with photography. We are using art as a vehicle — merging photography with animation, and then integrating it with fashion, trends, colour, and forwardness.
Q: What makes FAFI a good fit for MAC?
A: MAC has its pulse on fashion, trends, art, the youth culture and what’s happening on the streets and in the world. The Fafi collaboration embodies our connection with the world of art, and fuses MAC’s philosophy that makeup
should be about play, experimentation, and making the customer feel good and have fun. When we met with Fafi, she was this amazing, young carefree hip person who also happened to be a true artist, so the collaboration ended up being a perfect match. We’re also about All Ages, All Races and All Sexes with the Fafinette characters representing that as well.
Q: Who will FAFI appeal to?
A: Everyone. They will certainly appeal to a younger generation, but I believe the world of Fafi is one that all ages will enjoy. Everyone wants to escape into a world of fantasy and imagination, and that’s what this collection offers. Customers want to feel young, so I think it’s likely that say, a soccer mom would be as intrigued by this collection as well as a younger consumer.
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What was your best drugstore beauty find? What product did you find in a drugstore that is beyond amazing?
P.S. – What is everyone doing for Valentine’s Day?