Stila Smudge Pot Collection for Holiday 2009

With the four miniature smudge pots, this set is like getting two full-size smudge pots for the price of $32.00, which is about $8 in savings, so I’m liking it as far as value goes. The pots are also on the small size, so they’re easy to travel with or keep one in your purse without adding much weight.

I like Smudge Pots in general, because they’re easy to use, have great pigmentation, and they stay on well throughout the day with no creasing or smudging. I personally prefer to use my Smudge Pots for lining rather than as eyeshadow bases, but they’re up to meet either challenge head-on. I love me a multi-tasker!

Bottom Line: The only reason I’m not ultra excited over this set is because the shades themselves just don’t grab me as much as I thought they would. I think I’d have preferred a more distinctly purple shade, rather than a very blue-based violet and a navy blue together — it’s a bit too much blue, you know? Also, if you already own Kitten and/or Black, this set isn’t so high in value any more, either. It’s a blessing for those who haven’t yet tried them, and a curse for those who want to collect ’em all!

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Build a Quad: “The Tropics”

Build a Quad: “The Tropics”

One of my all-time favorite color pairings is green, teal, and blue. There’s just something so fun and youthful about it–it’s a combination I find myself going back to over and over again. The quad includes MAC Freshwater Eyeshadow (a medium dark blue frost), MAC Shimmermoss Eyeshadow (a shimmery dark teal), MAC Juxt Eyeshadow (a summery yellow-green), and MAC Shroom Eyeshadow (a soft, lightly shimmered highlighter). But… but… if I had my way, I would do away with Shroom and bring in MAC Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow.

You can always mix it up, too — if you have similar shades, whether they’re limited edition, another brand, or what-have-you, there’s nothing wrong with swapping in a yellow-green substitute for Juxt. You could easily add a brighter pop of green like MAC Sour Lemon Eyeshadow if you so desire. It doesn’t really change the theme of the quad, but you can change it up and make it your own.

A few combinations to try with this…

  • Juxt on the inner half of the lid, Freshwater on the outer half of the lid, Shimmermoss in the crease, Shroom as a highlighter
  • Juxt all over the lid, Shimmermoss on the outer corner and crease, Shroom as a highlighter
  • Shroom all over the lid, Juxt slightly layered over, Freshwater in the crease, and Shroom as a highlighter

A few looks I’ve done that can be replicated with these shades…

Build a Quad is a feature focusing on creating different eyeshadow palettes that are both beautiful and functional using permanent shades of eyeshadow. We invite readers to suggest their own build-a-quads — just leave your ideas in the comments! Don’t forget to name your quad! :)

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The Scarlet Season: MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a retro red if I ever saw one. There’s something about it that’s elegant, timeless, and always gets images of blonde bombshells dancing in my head whenever I pull it out. Can you believe Viva Glam I has been available for fifteen years? It was the first shade launched for MAC’s Viva Glam campaign. So, not only are you getting one stunning, classic shade of deep red, you’re doing good while you’re at it, because “[e]very cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass is donated to the M·A·C AIDS Fund to support men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS.” Viva Glam I is a creamy red that’s incredibly matte without being flat.

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Look: White Gold & Teal with MAC Mystic Cool Eyeshadow Palette

I wanted to try and do a look that used some of MAC’s new holiday palettes, and of course, I really wanted to use Hold My Gaze from the Sorceress palette. As much as I like Hold My Gaze, I don’t really love it with the other shades in the palette, so I decided to use it alongside the Mystic Cool palette instead. And you know me, I have to try and incorporate as many new goodies as possible — so I used this look to road-test Smashbox’s Wish Eyeliner (which I just reviewed below–loved it, by the way) and paired it with some holiday lips by Guerlain.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Cool Incantation eyeshadow (pale white-gold), Hold My Gaze eyeshadow (dirty sage green with gold), Blue Enchantment eyeshadow (frosty teal), Bottle Green eyeshadow (matte dark teal-green), Smashbox Wish Eyeliner (dark teal-green), Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara (black)
  • Face:  Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer
  • Cheeks: Enough Said blush (bronzy), Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (bronzy highlighter)
  • Lips: Guerlain Gems Rouge G Lipstick (pink coral), Guerlain Perle de Lune KissKiss Gloss (shimmery pearly white)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Cool Incantation = Nylon, Hold My Gaze = Flourishing + Goldmine; Blue Enchantment = Shimmermoss; Enough Said = bronzer

Directions: Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, pack Cool Incantation eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Hold My Gaze eyeshadow to the middle and outer portions of the lid. Darken crease with Blue Enchantment eyeshadow using the 226, then deepen with Bottle Green eyeshadow with the 219. Sweep Cool Incantation eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Smashbox Wish Eyeliner on lower lash line. Apply Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Enough Said blush using the 129, then highlight with Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Guerlain Gems Rouge G lipstick to lips, and then top with Guerlain Perle de Lune KissKiss Gloss for color and shine.

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