Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Makeup Tutorial: MAC In the Groove Purple Look

Here’s the tutorial on how to achieve this bold look!

You will need the following…

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Just Playing:  MAC In the Groove & Togetherness

I wanted to do something quick using the new In the Groove products for something for lip swatches (which I didn’t end up using, LOL), and this is what I ended up with.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Togetherness (lilac) eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Fresh & Easy (pink) eyeshadow on the middle of the lid with the 239.   On the outer lid, apply Togetherness (gray) eyeshadow with the 239 and blend into the crease.  Next, apply Togetherness (violet) eyeshadow into the crease with the 226.   Lightly blend Togetherness (lilac) eyeshadow on the inner tearduct and above the crease with the 239.  Blend Brule eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #11L eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Haute & Naughty Lash mascara.

For cheeks, apply a swirl of Band of Roses blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116, then lightly pat By Candlelight mineralize skinfinish on the cheekbones.

For lips, apply I Like It Like That lipstick first, and then layer On the Scene cremesheen glass for a complementing lip.

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Lipsticks: Call My Bluff, Creme d’Nude, Go For It, I Like It Like That, All Styled Up, Jazzed

MAC In the Groove Collection: Cremesheen Lipsticks

In the Groove also includes five new and limited lipsticks (plus one repromote–Creme d’Nude). All six of the lipsticks have a cremesheen finish, so they’re on the more pigmented side with creamier-looking color (less shimmer/frost), but they have less moisture in them (though I don’t find them drying).

  • Creme d’Nude is a creamy, nearly opaque pink-toned fleshy nude. It’s part of the permanent launch, and I know that many Temptalia readers love it as a go-to nude.
  • Call My Bluff is a lightly warmed up mushroom-y brown. It reminds me of Shitaki, except warmer. Like a cooler Touch, maybe. It’s semi-sheer on lips and has a soft silver shimmer.
  • Go For It is a semi-sheer red-toned purple with violet shimmer.  It’s a lighter, less intense version of Violetta–not nearly as shimmery, opaque, or vibrant.  More distinctly purple than Up the Amp, but it has that same subtle muted color.
  • I Like It Like That is a cool-toned, blue-based opaque pink. It’s a little darker and cooler than All Styled Up, but they’re pretty close. This shade is very close to Viva Glam Gaga, but a little brighter; it’s darker than Snob.
  • All Styled Up is a blue-based bubblegum pink with a slight glossy sheen and semi-opaque color. It actually doesn’t feel like a true cremesheen finish to me – almost like a little lustre-ness snuck in (though more a cremesheen than a lustre finish!). It does look a little streaky when applied, so make sure to smoosh lips to even it out. This shade is pinker and darker than Viva Glam Gaga, pinker than Snob. They’re all in the same family, though.
  • Jazzed is a nearly opaque, glossy coral-peach. It’s like a cross between Ravishing and Vegas Volt–not as peach/orange as Ravishing, but not as bright as Vegas Volt. It’s not too warm, so I think cooler skin tones can wear this well. This is not like Ever Hip–this is peach, orange, but not pink, which Ever Hip most definitely is. This is not like either lipstick from Pret-a-Papier, particularly since the finish is completely different, Jazzed is incredibly pigmented, and much brighter.

I really don’t why I Like It Like That and All Styled Up are so similar and in the same launch–they’re completely redundant. Yes, there is a difference between the two, but it’s incredibly small, and given they’re in the same launch? Boring! (Not to mention, this collection is obese–why six lipsticks at all?)

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