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Look:  Neutral Eyes + Vampy Lip

Look:  Neutral Eyes + Vampy Lip

And the third look I did to test out MAC’s new Pro Longwear eyeshadows! 🙂  I don’t know what’s going on this week, but I’m already exhausted!  Can you believe it’s already Wednesday?

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by laying down your eyeshadow primer all over the lid and until the brow.  Apply Carefree eyeshadow on the lower two-thirds of the lid with the 239.  In the crease, gently brush Legendary Black eyeshadow with the 222 and diffuse above the crease.  Apply Make Your Mark eyeshadow in the outer corner and lid to add warmth with the 239.  Use Black Black eyeliner on the lower lash lin, then soften with Carefree eyeshadow.  Finish lashes with Film Noir mascara.

For face, apply Matchmaster all over face with the 193.  Add color to the cheeks by gently dusting Natural blush near apples and blended out towards temples with the 116.  Lightly dust on illuminator with the 165 or 188 on cheek bones.  Set with Les Violettes with the 134.

For lips, apply Soulfully Rich onto lips.

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Open Letters, Vol. 002: Write Yours!


Open Letters

We’ve done this before (see volume one), and I loved how it went last year so let’s try it again! 🙂  An open letter is something that is written to a specific person/brand but is posted for the public to see, hence why it’s open.  Sometimes they’re uplifting, thank you-esque notes, other times they’re more critical.  Feel free to write as many as you want — I have always found writing cathartic, and you never know, you might find a reader or two who understands your perspective.

I’ve written a few myself…

Dear Guerlain,

Thank you for creating beautiful and creative powder products with design and quality in mind.  I love that most of your designs go all the way through, and they’re functional and pretty look at.  I’d also like to put in a request for more Rouge Gs but even more important than that is refills, please!  Those cases shouldn’t be tossed.  [Editor’s Note:  I actually requested the same thing last year…]

Dear Illamasqua,

How is your Nail Varnish formula so spectacular?  I absolutely love the formula and wear–like iron!  I hope you’re able to bring more of your color range to the states, because there are so many more colors and shades that we’d love to try without having to order overseas.

Dear MAC,

My mom used to tell me, “Quality over quantity.”  It’s not always a statement I follow well, though I do try to slow it down and remember to put quality first when I remember!  I’m not opposed to regular launches and more than just the expected seasonal collections.  I just think that with 40-50 collections per year, you might be stretching yourself thin.  Between the quick sell outs/low product stock, last minute launch changes, and some product flops this year, I’d love to see more edited collections that really bring us the best in trends and classics.

Dear Urban Decay,

You can do a really amazing palette, but sometimes it feels like too many repeats or more recently, too  many palettes one after another.   I loved the idea behind the 15th Anniversary Palette, where we saw new and exclusive shades–except that many of them were repeated in subsequent palettes released just a a month or two later.  I’d also like to say I am in the camp of the Book of Shadows palettes are just too big!  They feel bulky, heavy, and I’d rather have a slimmer palette like the Naked palette, which is more travel friendly.

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Laura Mercier Holiday 2011 Collection


Laura Mercier Holiday 2011 Collection

Baked Eye Color Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sienna Rich, chocolate brown
  • Terracotta Warm bronze, copper
  • Ballet Pink Soft peachy pink
  • Pink Petal Pale baby pink
  • Lilac Smoky lavender violet

Eye Portfolio ($98.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes 12 eye colors (0.05 oz. each): Rich Sienna, Morning Dew, Black Coffee, Pink Crystal, Sable, Royal Gold, African Violet, Mica, Golden Cream, Fig, and Sparkling Night. Three travel brushes: Ponytail, Crease, and Smudge.

Color Portfolio ($98.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes six eye colors (0.05 oz. each): Primrose, African Violet, Merlot, Truffle, Topaz, Stellar. Three Tightline Cake Eye Liners (0.04 oz. each): Ground Espresso, Black Ebony, and Burgundy Wine. Two Second Skin Cheek Colors (0.12 oz. each): Rose Petal and City Pink. Three travel brushes: Ponytail, Crease, and Flat Eyeliner.

Travel Brush Set ($85.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes: Double-Ended Secret Camouflage Powder Brush, Double-Ended Allover Eye Color Ponytail Brush, Double-Ended Flat Eyeliner/Smudge Brush, Double-Ended Brow Definer/Brow Grooming Brush, Finishing Brush.

Mini Kohl Eye Pencil Set ($32.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

5 x 0.04 oz mini Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper (coppery brown), Antique Jade (metallic deep green), Black Turquoise (black with turquoise pearl), Black Violet (black purple charcoal), Purple Sapphire (bright eggplant)

The Nudes Mini Lip Glace Set ($38.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

4 x 0.1 oz Lip Glacé in Bare Blush (deep champagne taupe), Bare Naked (beige champagne), Bare Pink (light pink), Bare Beige (light neutral brown)

availability: Now @ Nordstrom; Sephora exclusives at Sephora

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