Friday, November 21, 2014

Liquid Gold LOTD

I recently bought a few pigments from You Tube Guru, Makeup Geek's website. I had been eyeing her Liquid Gold pigment for a while, I don't own anything like it and I had to have it!

The color is absolutely beautiful! The color is described as true metallic gold. The camera doesn't photograph the pigment and the look nearly as good as it looks (thanks to my camera phone) here's how it came out.





Brows 

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Auburn
-Mac Select Cover up concealer NC45

Eyes

-Lorac Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer
-Mac Ricepaper e/s as highlight
-Mac Saddle e/s as bridge color
-Mac Embark e/s in crease
-Makeup Geek liquid gold pigment on lid
-Mac Engraved powerpoint eye pencil on upper lash line
-Too Faced Better than Sex mascara

Face

-AJ Crimson cream foundation #4
-Mac Careblend pressed powder dark
-Mac Sweet as Cocoa blush

Lips

-Mac Beet lip liner
-Mac Heaux l/s

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Lips: Using Black Dahlia Lip Tar

Hey Dolls,

Since Fall is here, I thought it was time to pull out my fall appropriate lip colors like the deeper berries, plums and rich reds. Yesterday, I wore Black Dahlia metallic tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC), it's such a beautiful color for this time of year. It's described as a blackened burgundy with red pearl. I wore the color alone but I can't wait to use it with a deep berry liner to vamp it up. Here's how it looks:


With flash...

Without flash...

Duck lips in full effect...

OCC lip tars retail for $18. Lip tars can be purchased from OCC, Sephora and Camera Ready Cosmetics. The color Black Dahlia is available in the original matte finish and the metal finish. I'm partial to the metal finish because it applies like a gloss and dries to a metallic finish.  Also, the metallic colors have these gorgeous sparkles in them that are so eye catching and beautiful on the lips.

The color is so gorgeous. 


What fall colored lippies are you rocking?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mac Pro Class: Highlighting and Contouring Recap



Hey Dolls,

I had the opportunity to take a Mac Pro Class this year! There were two in my area this year, I took the highlighting and contouring class at the Pentagon City Mac store in Arlington, VA; a few weeks ago.

FYI, the classes are cheaper now; this one was $25 for two hours and non redeemable in product. The price used to be $100 and fully redeemable in product.

The class was taught by Mac Senior Artist, Regan Rabanal. He taught us his tips and tricks and he did two demos on two women with different skin types and complexions to show how he uses a variety of techniques and products based on the client's needs.




Here are a few tips that I learned:

1. One contouring technique doesn't fit all. Consider the face shape and texture of skin. Someone who already has a slim, narrow face will not need as much contouring as someone who has a round face. It also helps to observe the skin to see where the natural highlight and contours are already forming. On some clients, you can already see the darkness on their jawline where the natural contour is already
formed.

Regan used all cream colored bases to highlight and contour on this model.


2. Highlighting and contouring doesn't have to be a full on beat. Regan brought out in the class that you really want to see the effects of highlighting and contouring. On the other hand, there are some who like the full on beat and others don't; whatever you like or feel comfortable with it...do what suits you!

You can see a subtle contour that he used on her cheeks.

3. A lot of people experience grayness when contouring on darker complexions; to combat this, use warmer colors like reds, yellows and oranges. In the demo, Regan used a touch of warmer colored correctors and mixed it with concealer to add warmth and to combat any grayness.


Regan used concealer and correctors to highlight and contour on this model. 




4. Don't be afraid to use a variety of products to contour and highlight. In the class, he used the Mac creme colored bases (never thought of using those to highlight and contour), powders, foundations, concealer and correctors. He mentioned that the Mac Studio Conceal and Correct kit is great for contouring and highlighting. The kit features four concealers and two color correctors to conceal and correct the skin. He used the orange corrector,on the model above to highlight her skin.


My Haul

Since I did a big haul last month, I really didn't want to get a lot or anything but I couldn't just walk out of a Mac store without buying something! I don't have that much self control...yet.

1.I picked up the full sized Studio Moisture cream moisturizer. I have the trial size version of it and I really liked it, it's one of the few moisturizers that my skin doesn't drink up instantly.

2, I bought Flat Out Fabulous lipstick (bright-plum matte).

3. I bought  Love Nectar lustreglass, which is an old faithful gloss that looks great alone and adds an extra oomph to any lipstick.
.
Left to Right: Studio Moisture Cream moisturizer, Flat Out Fabulous l/s and Love Nectar lustreglass



Left to Right: Love Nectar lustreglass and Flat Out Fabulous l/s

Overall, I enjoyed the class. It really reinforced the old adage, "less is more." I see so many pictures on social media with the  obvious, heavy, sculpted faces (nothing is wrong with it) but it helped me to appreciate that all of that is really not needed for the every day woman like myself. Also, I learned to further enhance my technique by using a variety of products to highlight and contour.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Latest Haul: Urban Decay, Too Faced, Lorac and more!

Hey Dolls!

I have got to do so much better, these sporadic posts are for the birds. I did a nice lil haul for myself last month. I haven't purchased makeup since The Makeup Show (that was all for my professional makeup kit) so; I guess a haul for myself was long overdue. My hauls have no rhyme or reason, I just buy because of sales, my moods and the pretty colors! Here are the deets:


Urban Decay and Too Faced Cosmetics

Ulta had their 21 days of beauty sale last month. I had been eyeing the Urban Decay Shadow Box, I purchased it for a little over $30. It comes with 12 shades, 11 shimmer and 1 matte shade.

Urban Decay shadows have never disappointed me and neither does this palette. It's small, so it will be great for traveling. The color ranges are good for creating a neutral, colorful or smokey eye. I also received a mini sample of the Urban Decay Perversion mascara, not bad at all.



Ulta had a deal that if you by $50 in product, you cold get a free Too Faced mini cosmetics beauty set that retails for $47. I added the Anastasia Dip Brow pomade in Auburn to my cart (which I have been hearing so much about) along with the shadow box and it came to $50.

The Too Faced set came with a mini shadow insurance primer, a mini lipstick in shade dolly (nude), a mini Better than Sex mascara (my new fave mascara!) and a tinted beauty balm.



Mac Cosmetics

Of course, I had to hit Mac up. I needed an eye cream, so I figured I would try their Mineralize Charged Water Moisture eye cream. I've been using it for a week and I'll have to use it for a while longer to give my thoughts on it. 

I also bought a travel sized Strobe cream. I wanted something to give my foundation a more dewy look the Strobe cream is supposed to help give your foundation a dewy, moist look. I bought a Mac Spiked brow pencil (which is a staple for me) and a the Pearlgide liner in Petrol blue (navy) and Oyster Girl (freshwater pink) lip glass. 





Lorac Cosmetics

I had been wanting to try some other brands and a friend recommended the Lorac Pro Palettes 1 and 2. I saw the first pro palette and it reminded me of the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette so I chose to get the second one. I actually bought two of these. The first one I bought directly from the Ulta store and I chose to keep that one for my professional makeup kit. 


I bought the second one from HSN. I read a post on Instagram from Nouveau Cheap that HSN had the Lorac Pro palette along with the full sized Lorac mascara on sale for $42. Of course, if you follow Nouveau Cheap; you know she always has a coupon or discount code.

I used the $20 off code for new HSN customers, plus the palette  had free shipping. That brought my total to $22. I was stoked! I love a good deal...all thanks to Nouveau Cheap! Needless to say, I kept this palette for myself. I love the feel of the shadows, they are very easy to blend and the colors are beautiful!



Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Revlon

OCC had a 30% off sale that was only valid for a few days. I bought the Black Dahlia (blackened red) metallic lip tar, which is a great color for fall and the lip tar primer for moisture and seal.

I also received the Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara in my Onyx box (beauty box subscription) for the month of September. I've received so many free mascaras that I haven't had an opportunity yet to try the Revlon mascara.



Real Technique Brushes

Lastly, I bought a Real Techniques eye starter brush set. I saw this on sale at Rite Aid. I feel like I can never have enough eye brushes. It comes with 5 brushes: the base shadow brush, deluxe crease brush, the accent brush, fine line brush and the brow brush. 


Do you own any of these items? If, so what do you think?