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Thursday, November 15th, 2007

MAC COSMETICS | Of Beauty Review

Overall, I adored the beauty powders, but how could I not? (And did you expect me NOT to?!) I adored them so much when they were released earlier at the PRO store (if you didn’t know, Dancing Light, Drizzlegold, and Natural Flare are all permanent in the PRO line, along with several others) that I picked up every single one of them, whew! I find that the texture of these is incredibly silky, they’re luxuriously fine-milled and have such a perfect amount of shimmer in them to highlight the face and body. My favorite was Soft Flame, because it was the most gorgeous deep pink-plum color. I also loved the 183 brush, but with two 182s, I managed to save my pocketbook from that one! Launching Studio Lights alongside the beauty powders is quite genius, because Studio Lights are creamy in texture, they’d be excellent to put on cheekbones to highlight and then set with a touch of one of the loose beauty powders for ultimate long-wear.

P.S. — Don’t forget that Curiositease also came out today, and you can see our full review, swatches, and product photos here.

Beauty Powders

Dancing Light is a gorgeous light white gold with soft yellow undertones.
Drizzlegold is a luxe bright gold color with peachy undertones–more orange than Dancing Light.
Natural Flare is a shade that is bound to be coveted by warmer skintones, because it’s a darling light peachy-pink shade that gives that ever-sought-after “glow.”
Sunspill is such a pigmented beauty powder in a gorgeous orange-coral–definitely fitting in with its name. Very lovely, would give a soft peachy glow for most skintones.
Tenderdusk is a delightful light pink, not cool like Micro Pink, but not too warm, either. It’d make a great highlighter on top of bolder blushes to add both shimmer as well as lighten a touch.
Soft Flame is my new favorite beauty powder (previously it was Peach Haze); it is the most divine plummy pink shade. This is definitely one of the powders you could wear as a blush, not just a highlighter, which makes it a multitasker–always good in my book. I’m just in love with the color itself and the bits of shimmer in it.

Studio Lights

Skin Lure is a peachy, fleshy color that I imagine would be quite lovely on warmer skintones, but probably wouldn’t work as well for incredibly light skintones (just might come out too dark as a highlighter).
Ideal Pink is a pinky color, very creamy, and it’ll be an awesome highlighter for very light skintones for sure; not to say that it wouldn’t be rockin’ on just about everybody. It’s such a subtle color of pink, and the texture is just lovely.
Smoothspice is the deepest warm brown color, and it is definitely not a universal shade by any means. I am positive you could find a way to use it on lighter skin tones if it was incredibly sheer, however I see it as a shade meant for deeper colors like NC45+. But hey, maybe you could use it as a contouring color, even though it’s warmer than I’d personally like in a contouring color.
Frangipan is a pale yellow, and I’d say this one is my favorite out of the bunch, because I find it flattering for most skin tones. It gives you such a lovely golden glow, and I could see it being used on cheeks, browbones, and even body.
Sand is not nearly as dark as Smoothspice, but it does seem more pigmented than the others. When you sheer it out, though, it’s actually very nice. I find it comparable to Natural Flare in Studio Light form, actually!

Brushes

183 Flat Buffer Brush is a ridiculously soft-bristled flat buffer brush with a good amount of firmness to it, making it excellent to apply these beauty powders on cheeks as well as body.
188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush is great for those who want to deposit less to give more–especially if anyone is fearful of too much shimmer, this allows the user to apply and build the shimmer better.
222 Tapered Blending Brush is a brush that many use as a staple brush for crease and blending work, and it is great for those things, as well as highlighting the browbone.

Available at all MAC locations and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Thursday, November 15th, 2007

I attended Nordstrom’s Cosmetics Trend Show this past weekend, and now it’s time to share some of the tips and tricks shared throughout the show with my dear readers. The show was divided into three scenes: Matte Skin, Lined Eyes, and Red/Burgundy Lips.

SCENE 1: MATTE SKIN

This season’s extra-fine matte finish creates a natural yet flawless look. Unlike the heavier mattes of the ’90s, today’s mattes are more lightweight and transparent, offering you healthier and brighter-looking skin without the shine. You’ll feel fresh and rejuvenated in this fall trend.

Product spotlights:

  • Diorskin Extreme Fix Long-lasting Setting Powder | A universal color suitable for all wearers to help set foundation and liquid products for ultimate day-long wear.
  • DiorShow vs. DiorShow Unlimited | Unlimited as a skinnier brush than DiorShow, which allwos for more precision and getting every single lash.
  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Bronzer | Prescriptives recommends ensuring you have both a winter and summer bronzer, rather than a year-long one to achieve great, natural-looking skin.
  • Fusion Beauty SkinFusion Micro Tech Soft Focus Fluid Foundation | With SPF 10, this is a colorless foundation that activates with your skin to match your color flawlessly.
  • Trish McEvoy Brow Builder | Build fuller eyebrows with this brow extension product.

There’s so much more for me to tell you! Continue reading →

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

A feminine twist on the bad-girl image awaits you in this gorgeous Marvin Richards jacket. Every temptress could use a sizzling scarlet red lipstick like Dior’s Addict lipstick in Positive Red–not for the red-shy by anymeans! Pair with several coats of DiorShow mascara for lengthy, voluminous, and pitch-black lashes to bat at whomever you please. This “I Love Dior” Deluxe Holiday palette has everything the bad gal on the go needs: neutral shades to pair with her enviable lips, shimmering gold blush as well as a deep peach for a more flushed look.

1. Marvin Richards Zip Front Lambskin Scuba Jacket @ Nordstrom for $268.00icon
2. Dior “I Love Dior” Deluxe Holiday Palette @ Nordstrom for $70.00icon
3. Dior Addict Lipstick in Positive Red @ Nordstrom for $24.50icon

Alternatively, go with sultry smoky eyes, with Blacktrack fluidline as a base, Carbon eyeshadow to set, and Vex eyeshadow above the crease and on the brow to add duochrome dimension. Pair with pale pink lips with lots of high sheen gloss for an incredibly sexy and dark look that’ll be sure to turn heads!

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

What’s the best way to resist temptation [of the beauty variety]? How do you manage to pass up products that tempt you?

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

JESSICA ALBA MAKEUP

JESSICA ALBA is looking dewy, fresh-faced, and supremely natural (although her lashes make me wonder…). This is a fabulous look for any occasion, any time of the year, because it’s incredibly fitting to her complexion and natural features. I recommend MAC’s Face & Body Foundation for a great finish that is a touch dewy. Using a flat concealer brush, like the 194, use it to put dabs of the foundation on your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Spritz a fluffy brush like a blush or a buffer brush with Fix+ (or flick some water onto the brush with your fingers) and go over the dabs of foundation, sheering them out and giving yourself coverage. With the 188 fibre-duo brush, apply a touch of MAC’s Natural minearlize skin finish on cheeks for just a touch of warm glow. Alternatively, use a subtle blush like MAC’s Springsheen and dust lightly on the apples of the cheeks.

Apply MAC’s Bamboo eyeshadow all over lid with the 239 brush to cover any imperfections of the lid while keeping the eyes naturally beautiful. Use MAC’s Soft Brown eyeshadow in the outer crease, putting just a touch on the outer lid, and blend softly with the 239 brush. Alba’s lashes are a thing of beauty, and whether or not they’re real, you can still get these lovelies with MAC’s #1 lashes, which are a natural length with a clear band. Take the 266 brush and dip it in Blacktrack fluidline and line along the upper lash line to give the illusion of even fuller lashes. You may want to prime your natural lashes with MAC’s Plushlash in Plushblack for extra blackness and volume. Opt for one or two coats of mascara on lower lashes, but avoid lining them.

It is likely that Alba just slicked her lips with lipgloss, because her lips are quite natural-colored. However, MAC’s Fresh Brew lipstick is a great nude lip color, especially when paired with C-thru lipglass. If you prefer using lip liner first, MAC’s Summerfruit cremestick is an excellent choice for any neutral lip product. Smile with your eyes, and you’ll be one stunning celeb-a-like!

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

I am sure there are some fashion forward readers, and no doubt some Project Runway fans. In case you missed it, Project Runway debuted its latest season last night. Bluefly paired up with the show to bring you “Shop This Look” so you can see all the fab clothes and accessories as seen on the previous night’s episode!