Thursday, July 31, 2008

MAC Cult of Cherry






Cherry on top. Pity poor Eve, there’s a new
forbidden fruit. With a smouldering eye and a plush, purple-red mouth, she’s a living, sensual pleasure.





The Cult of Cherry is luscious, dramatic, undeniably eroticized. Ripened lips, Spiced Hot Chocolate eyes or Illegal Purple nails, combine to seduce with a sweet-and-shock, way-to-go dark. Separates the bitter from the sweet. This drama just gets more delicious.

Lipstick
Crème Cerise Sheer yellow taupe (lustre)
Lightly Ripe Sheer mid-tone pink (lustre)
Russian Red Intense bluish red (matte)
“O” Intense purplish red with metallic gold (frost)
So Scarlet Clean grape burgundy (amplified)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN

Lipglass
Cherry Blossom Sheer light pink with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Rich & Ripe Mid-tone pinkish red with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Cult of Cherry Clean red with red pearl (frost)
Liqueur Neutral brownish mauve with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Jampacked Sheer grape with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN

Mattene
Rapturous Deep berry red (matte)
Kirsch Blackened cranberry (matte)
Chock-ful Blackened brown (matte)
Bing Blackened eggplant (matte)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN

Powder Blush
Blooming Frosted deep dirty peach (frost)
Plum de Bois Frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearl (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $17.50 U.S./$22.00 CDN

Nail Lacquer
Silverstruck Frosty greyed taupe with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Illegal Purple Creamy blackened eggplant (cream)
Suggested Retail Price: $10.00 U.S./$12.00 CDN

Zoom Lash
Zoom Black Rich black
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00 U.S./$13.00 CDN

Eye shadow X4 – Spiced Chocolate Quad
Nanogold Sheer yellow pink with pink pearl (frost)
Brash Frosty reddish copper (vxp)
Spiced Chocolate Dirty deep reddish brown (matte)
Sweet Chestnut Frosted cranberry (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $36.00 U.S./$43.00 CDN

Eye shadow X4 – Tempting Quad
Next to Nothing Sheer yellow beige with pink pearl (frost)
Sharp Frosty bright yellow gold (satin)
Dark Edge Dirty chocolate brown (satin)
Tempting Rich coco (lustre)
Suggested Retail Price: $36.00 U.S./$43.00 CDN

Eye shadow X4 – Shadowy Lady Quad
Light Fall Dirty light pink (satin)
Smudge Violet Frosty blackened lavender
with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Deep Truth Very dark blue (frost)
Shadowy Lady Darkly veiled plum (matte)
Suggested Retail Price: $36.00 U.S./$43.00 CDN

Available
September 2008 at all M·A·C locations
1.800.387.6707
www.maccosmetics.com
Asia August 2008 at all M·A·C locations
1.800.387.6707
www.maccosmetics.com

MAC Lustre Twins Images and Product Description







Lustre Twins

Not just lip service, we nailed it too! Nine new shades of Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour with new sheer-pigment top coats, and three Nail Lacquer partners with a sheen never before seen. Glossed over a base that offers more long-life hours, and a super-scintillating sexual power! Lustre Twins can’t live without each other. Codependent couture colour and shine is here.





Prolongwear Lustre Extentions
Pink Air/White Top
Lustre Light pink with pearl
Top Coat Clear white with red and pink (lustre)
Ripe and Ready/Soft and Lush
Lustre Clean bright pink coral with gold pearl
Top Coat Yellow pink with gold pearl (lustre)
Custom Rose/Pink Virtue
Lustre Berry plum with pearl
Top Coat Light blue pink with silver pearl (lustre)
Gypsy Rose/Shimmer It
Lustre Berry red with gold pearl
Top Coat White gold with multicoloured pearl (lustre)
Boss and Ready/Slave to Pink
Lustre Chocolate bronze with pearl
Top Coat Champagne neutral with pearl (lustre)
Red Flame/Orange Flicker
Lustre Intense bright yellow red
Top Coat Bright yellow red with gold pearl (lustre)
Red Reflection/Mirror
Lustre Deep berry magenta with pearl
Top Coat Clear with white pearl (lustre)
Coco Lust/Sweet Sexy
Lustre Deep red brown
Top Coat Copper brown with gold pearl (lustre)
Alta Moda/Hip Love
Lustre Deep blackend red
Top Coat Deep plum with red pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $20.00 U.S./$24.00 CDN

Nail Lacquer
$$$$$ Yes Mettallic silver foil
Perplexing Deep blue purple
Firehouse Clean bright chrome red
Suggested Retail Price: $10.00 U.S./$12.00 CDN

Available
July 31st, 2008 at all M·A·C locations,
1.800.387.6707 and www.maccosmetics.com

MAC Starflash Collection Images and Product Information





Starflash Shades for a smooth, creamy, cushiony life, jet-milled with an eye for ultimate luxury, beyond-Tinseltown-chic. But it takes two: Combine with Raven, Feline, Orpheus, or Mystery Kohl Power Eye Pencil for the double-wattage impact that will take you to the new stylesphere!




Starflash Eye Shadow
Dreammaker Frosty yellow gold (frost)
Grand Entrance Frosty neutral peach beige
Bold & Brazen Frosty light copper (frost)
Sunset B. Frosty clean mid-tone pink (frost)
Lotusland Frosted pinky lavender with gold pearl (frost)
Talent Pool Frosty blue green with gold pearl (frost)
Mink & Sable Frosty olive green (frost)
Smoke & Diamonds Frosty dirty taupe (frost)
Go Frosted bronze (frost)
Glamour Check! Frosty reddish brown
Top Hat Frosty dirty indigo (frost)
Star By Night Frosty mid-tone blue (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN

Kohl Power
Raven Intense black with red pearl
Orpheus Intense black with gold pearl
Mystery Rich black with green and teal pearl
Feline Rich black
Suggested Retail Price: $13.50 U.S./$16.00 CDN

Plush Lash
Plushblack Deep black
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00 U.S./$13.00 CDN

Available
August 2008 at all M·A·C locations
1.800.387.6707 and www.maccosmetics.com

Swatches of the eyeshadows can be seen HERE.

Swatches of the kohl power pencil liners can be seen HERE.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The She Space and Pure Anada Look



I haven't used my She Space piggies in months! Here is a look featuring one of the eye kits Heather makes (it's under Kits for Eyes). I used Broken Rules wet using my MAC mixing medium, and applied the rest dry. I didn't know that Broken Rules has pretty nuances of taupey rose and I see some pink thrown in for good measure. It's really pretty, and perfect for school, work or any daytime activity.







I used:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
TSS Broken Rules foiled on lid
TSS Shadows of Doubt on mid to outer lid
TSS Rock & Roll on crease and outer V
Taylormade mineral shadow in Amazon above crease and to highlight
Indelible gel liner in Black Cherry to line
MAC Graphblack technakohl liner on water line

Heather is coming out with an amazing summer collection of color-changing pigments, titled Cinderella Dumped Her Fella, and the pictures and especially the descriptions are absolutely gorgeous. That would be something to look forward to.





I finally got my full size Pure Anada mineral foundation jars! Soooo happy! I really love this foundation. It really lasts a long time and coverage is amazing. I noticed though that when I use Flaxen Field with Golden Harvest, there seems to be a slight whitish cast in the pics because of its clash with the flash. When I use straight Flaxen Field (which is a tad dark on me), the whitish cast considerably diminishes or goes away altogether.





Face:
Camellia Rose skin-smoothing primer v.2
Pure Anada mineral foundatio (75-25 mix of Flaxen Field and Golden Harvest)
Dermablend Quick Fix undereye concealer
Monave concealer foundation in Hyeyeon to spot-conceal blemishes
Bare Escentuals Well Rested
Bare Escentuals mineral veil
Lumiere veena mineral blush in Fresh Roses
Dayna's Glow #1 on top of blush (discontinued)

Lips:
MAC cremestick lipliner in Creamola
MAC lipstick in Twig-twig
MAC dazzleglass in Money, Honey

To show how Flaxen Field doesn't give the whitish cast, here's a look using straight Flaxen Field:



Or maybe the absence of the whitish cast was due to the fact that it wasn't an indoor shot? I took pics inside the car, but sunlight floods the car on all sides, so it's like I'm taking a shot outdoors as well.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Meow Feliner Swatches



I bought some generous samples of beautiful Feliners (mineral liners) from Meow, and I am really loving the colors and the very pigmented hues. I like that they last the whole day and don't budge despite oily lids and the heat of the summer sun. I can't wait to try them out. I have been using fairly neutral-colored, boring liners, and I want to try something vivid.

I have a full size jar of Meow's Feliner in Sweaty Paws, and it's really one of my ultimate favorites. I haven't done a look using this in a while, so maybe it's time that I do. It's a beautiful platinum, and it really opens up the eyes and makes them look much more awake.


Using Meow Feliner in Sweaty Paws

Here are the swatches of the second batch of my Feliners (applied wet with a liner brush). Will try to take pics of the rest soon.


Can you believe how cute the names are?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

MAC Starflash and Colour Forms

For the first time in a loooong while, I didn't make a beeline to the MAC counter as soon as I stepped foot inside Nordstrom's. They were having their anniversary sale, so I headed straight to the sunglasses section where some designer brands' prices were slashed 40-60% off. I was able to score Gucci sunglasses at 50% off the retail price. I am so happy! The trade-off though was that I knew I wouldn't have the heart to buy the new MAC Starflash shadows, because even with the 50% discount, Gucci shades' prices were still prohibitive. Like a magnet, MAC reeled me in notwithstanding the fact that I told myself not to buy anything after my sunglass purchase. However, I contented myself to oggling at the new MAC collections and engaging in a swatching spree.

I was able to do some swatches of the Starflash and Colour Forms shadows and pigments today, and I have a few lemmings. Over-all, I have a lot of MAC shadows that are similar to the Starflash ones and thus can be duped. As been discussed on MAC fan boards, Mink & Sable looks a lot like Sumptuous Olive. Lotusland reminds me of Stars & Rockets and Lavender Sky, and I have both of those. Top Hat and Sunset B. remind me of the pink and eggplant purple shadows from my Heatherette 2 trio (V.I.P. and Cassette respectively), although admittedly, Sunset B. is a lot more vibrant and has better color pay-off than V.I.P. Go! is a beautiful cool bronze, so I will definitely be getting that. Talent Pool is a cool blue that is easily dupe-able (I'm thinking Shimmermoss). Another one that I would be getting but is not in my swatches is Smoke & Diamonds, a beautiful grey with some olive undertones, although, as expected, it also has a near dupe in Sweet Sienna pigment, which I have a whole jar of (so it kinda doesn't make sense to get Smoke & Diamonds). However, I am really drawn to the color, especially since it's in the form of an eyeshadow in a pot, so I will most probably be getting that.

Here are some swatches with flash:




Note: Grand Entrance should read DREAMMAKER.

Swatches in natural light (no flash):





Colour Forms Pigments

I am a self-proclaimed pigment fiend so I am definitely be getting these pigments even if just in 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon samples. I do have full size jars of Steel Blue and Jardin Aires (which I am really loving right now - tip: this pigment is best applied DRY, as it clumps when foiled). I have fallen in love with Circa Plum, Gilded Green and Tea Time. I can just think of how great these would look with the other colors I have.



Saturday, July 26, 2008

Weekend Beauty Reads From The Beauty Blog Network



Here are this week's best beauty reads from The Beauty Blog Network:

The Makeup Divas reviews Mac Solar Bits in Black Ore and Scatterrays.

The Daily Cookie is celebrating her first reader newsletter with a GIVEAWAY! Sign up and enter for your chance to win a Kat Von D True Romance Beethoven palette for you and a friend.

A Touch of Blusher tells you where to indulge in beauty retail therapy in London.

Beauty Anonymous reviews Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine SPF 20 Bronzing Powder.

Elke shares how you can get creative with your makeup. Have the makeup? Now what? Read for her fun solution.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic gets the low down from Makeup Artist Molly Stern on her favorite brushes and makeup items!

The Muse rocks out with the new Bare Minerals Rocker Eye Kit and shares product photos, a review, and FOTD using this great new kit from BE!

Beauty Banter asks the makeup pros all you'll ever need to know about STAINS - how to apply, when to wear, and which ones are the best in this month's A Girl's Guide to Stains!!!

The Beauty of Life is giving away products from Bliss and Farfalla, worth over $80!

Beauty Junkie in SF finally has clear, beautiful, break-out free skin with the help of Jan Marini Skin Research.

What beauty product put Beauty411's glow on? Check out her review of Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair!

What kind of eyeliners should you invest in? Cybelesays recommendsfour you don't want to be without right now.

Beauty Blogging Junkie has identified her holy grail concealer. Find out what it is here.

Can't find the perfect mascara? Makeup Moxie thinks the new Lash Stash from Sephora might be your ticket to true love.

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog sits down with Sarah Jessica Parker and gets the skinny on SJP's newest scent, Covet Pure Bloom.

Listen up, curly girls...for this week's giveaway, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with world famous hairstylist, Ouidad - “The Renowned Queen of Curl." Click here to enter!

Want their favorite combination for gorgeous hair? The girls from Beauty in Real Life deliver the scoop.

StyleBell discovers a long time secret of the stars, Klorane Dry Shampoo!

Beauty and Personal Grooming asks you to trim those ugly dangling nose hairs using nose hair trimmers.

Beautynomics interviews Dr. Jennifer Linder, PCA Head Scientist/Dermatologist and asks all about skin care!

The Mineral Makeup Blog thinks that Mineral Makeup can qualify as HDTV Makeup.

makeup loves me interviews the founder of a new makeup line, noir cosmetics.

Shades Of U shares a fresh, new, refrigerated idea in skincare featuring products from The Body Deli.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Body Deli: Fresh Food for the Skin

Fresh fruit and glacial mud masks shipped with ice packs to maintain freshness. Facial cleansers that contain the heavenly fragrance of authentic citrus fruit and not some chemically-laden artificial scent. Glorious, rich moisturizers that capture the immortal essence of the rose flower. Sounds too good to be true? It's quite good, but it's for real. The Body Deli is one of those few companies that maintain the chemical-free concept for their products. If you are part of the growing population of consumers that want only the most natural and freshest products to touch their skin, free of chemicals that have barely been tested for long-term effects on the face and body, then it wouldn't hurt to take a peek at the products The Body Deli has to offer.

The Body Deli reveals its fresh concept and philosophy to potential consumers via their website:

The best comparison in explaining the difference between The Body Deli’s products and other cosmetic products on the market is to point out the difference between fresh harvested Fruits and Vegetables to canned food. Canned foods can sustain your body, but not in the same wholesome way that fresh, chemical free fruits and vegetables do. The mass majority of cosmetics on the market are “canned food”, meaning that these cosmetics have been processed with heat and treated with heavy chemical preservative systems and other toxic chemicals, rendering the valuable health enhancing elements depleted and/or essentially dead.

“Fresh Food For The Skin” is our focus. This idea includes the use of refrigerated deli cases to store and display our products. The refrigeration aspect further reinforces the perspective that our customers are buying products that are the freshest available.

Research has shown that in the absence of chemical preservative systems, plant derived vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients only hold their potency anywhere from 3 to 12 months from the moment of harvest. Therefore, we have developed our production around the idea that making product in small batches is the best way to control quality, freshness and the vitality of our products. We are certain that the extra effort it takes for us to manufacture and market a consistently high quality fresh product in a time sensitive manner will be rewarded with an ever increasing number of satisfied, loyal customers.


If there's such a thing as made-to-order food, there's also the new concept of made-to-order skincare.



I was able to try their Sage & Grapefruit cleanser specifically for those with normal to oily skin. I have combination skin so I'm smack dab within the classification. The first thing I noticed was the smell. It was a sharp but pleasant citrusy scent that smelled anything but artificial. I never liked those artificial fruit flavors because I already have a sensitive nose to begin with, and the artificial part gives such a cloying scent. This cleanser's scent didn't turn me off at all. Second, it was a creamy cleanser but at the end of the day, it thoroughly cleansed my greasy skin. It left it really feeling clean, but it didn't feel tight on the skin. It thoroughly cleansed yet didn't strip the skin of natural oils. The after-feel is so luxurious too. It really makes the whole cleansing ritual a pleasurable experience. If you have normal to oily skin, I highly recommend this cleanser. It comes in an 8 oz pump bottle for $22. It might be a bit pricey compared to drugstore cleansers, but I really think it's worth it. Besides, 8 oz is by no means miniscule in amount. The company also claims that it has antibacterial properties and will regulate oily skin and breakouts, and it will shrink pores.

About the shrinkage of pores: I used this cleanser together with my Garden of Wisdom glacial clay mask, and I saw a HUGE improvement in the appearance of my pores. The pores are a lot smaller, finer and less prominent. I don't know which of those two products contributed to my smaller pore size, but I tell you, the combination is amazing and I keep noticing a marked reduction in the pore size.



I have been using Creme De La Rose and this is a pretty unique cream despite the fact that its name sounds eerily similar to that of a more expensive, media-hyped moisturizing cream that was originally formulated for burn victims. Maybe the similarity in the two is the absolute richness of the formula. Creme De La Rose is not your ordinary facial moisturizer. It is SO rich that I don't know if those with oily skin can use this. The website explains the product better:

Experience the fountain of youth in this luxurious and concentrated anti-aging treatment. Blended with the regenerating oils of pure Organic steam distilled Bulgarian Rose, Moroccan Rose Geranium and Sandalwood from India. Highly effective Marine Red Algae extracted Amino-Peptide chains help to diminish the depth and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus this cream is synergistically blended with living Bio-Active Fresh Cells of fruits and vegetables that transform this cream into the ultimate anti-aging and regenerating facial treatment.


This cream is as luxurious as the description sounds. It as an assault to the senses: beautiful creamy soft pink color, authentic rose scent, and rich cream that softens and keeps the skin supple even after you have washed it off in the morning. It is rich but not greasy, although, as I said, it might not be for very oily skin. I see this as a great anti-aging treatment for more mature skin and for those with normal to dry skin. I would still use it though because I am not getting any younger, and I would like to reap the benefits of the essences in the product. This is also completely vegan and would satisfy those that want to avoid moisturizers containing by-products of animals.

I have not tried Creme de la Mer but I know that it contains processed sea kelp. Creme de la Rose has, aside from distilled Bulgarian Rose, marine red algae. I also read that Creme de la Mer has seaweed (or algae) extract as well. I'm not saying that these two products contain the exact same ingredients, as obviously, La Mer doesn't contain rose essence, but it may be an alternative for those people who can't afford $125 for an ounce of La Mer. La Rose is $75 for a 2 oz jar.

Did I like the Creme de la Rose? I did, but I would use it more frequently during winter as I know my winter skin would love this. Right now, it is too rich for my oily t-zone so I only use it on my neck and cheeks. However, for those looking for an intense, anti-aging moisturizer, this would be a good product to try.

The Body Deli is a great way to feed your skin fresh, wholesome nutrients. The chemical-free philosophy is also a great way to try naturally healthy products for the skin.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Looks Using LaurEss, Fyrinnae and Dayna's Minerals

Here are a couple of daytime looks from mineral makeup companies I enjoy using. First up is LaurEss. I think my perfect summer shade is a mix of 75-25 mix of Pure Yellow and Soft Yellow. I think I finally have a match! Although in person, this mix is still a tad too dark especially under natural light. In pictures, though, it seems like a great match.


I am using LaurEss mineral foundation in the ratio aforementioned, DreamWorld creme topping in Butterscotch (clay and silica formula), Dermablend Quick Fix undereye concealer in Ivory, Bare Escentuals Well Rested. I am wearing my MAC mineralize blush in LoveJoy (love it!), MAC 3 Pink Lips lip palette, and MAC Comet Blue dazzleglass.

On to the eyes. I am re-discovering my old Fyrinnae shadows, and I am still very impressed by how pigmented they are. I also tried blending it dry (I used to apply it foiled), and I was amazed at how good it blended with the other shadows. Now if only Fyrinnae's turn-around-time for processing orders isn't that ridiculous. Who knows, I might still order one of these days especially since I don't need to get my hands on them immediately anyway.


This looks a lot brighter in person. I used MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base, MAC Summer Neutral shadow on lid and inner lower lashline, Fyrinnae Irish Moss on crease and outer V and outer lower lashline, MAC Club shadow to contour the crease, MAC Modest Tone shadow above crease, MAC Sunday Best shadow to highlight, MAC kohl power pencil in Jealousy to line, MAC Graphblack technakohl liner to tightline and waterline.

I also tried some of Dayna's Minerals shadows, and I was sooo impressed with the beautiful colors and awesome texture. She sent me free samples of these, and I am really planning to order full sizes. They really look pretty and they look polished and professional when worn in the office.




I am wearing MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base, Dayna's Minerals eyeshadows in Showin' Some Skin foiled on lid and inner lower lashline, Empress' New Clothes foiled on mid-lid blending into Showin' Some Skin, and Winey foiled on outer lid and crease and on outer lower lashline. I used MAC shadow in Femme-Fi to highlight, Graphic Brown fluidline, and Brownborder Technakohl to tightline and on waterline.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pure Anada and Joppa Mineral Swatches





Here are some Joppa mineral swatches from the free sample kit I got from them almost a month ago. I just want to mention that I love the texture of Joppa's colored minerals (for shadows and blushes). It is not the usual shimmery minerals, but they really stick to the skin without a base, and the finish has a satiny sheen and not an outright shimmer. I'm loving it. This reminds me to try out some of my Joppa shadows as I am really liking the texture a lot. Blushing Bride can be a great contour shade for lighter-skinned ladies, or a neutral shadow. Spiceberry is a really pretty color too. A little goes a long way with these babies.



Here's my second batch of Pure Anada samples. These are mostly blushes and complexion correctors. I have nailed my foundation shades in Pure Anada, and I have already bought full sizes of two of their foundations which are on their way to me. The foundation samples are pretty generous and will last you quite a bit because a little goes a long way especially with a formula this concentrated. My gripe however is the miniscule amount in the baggies for blushes. Judging from the amount of the samples, I am thinking the blush samples are only 1/16 teaspoon each. I think that is a pretty small amount to really check if the color is right for you. For shadows, 1/16 of a teaspoon may be alright for some people (for me it's kinda pushing it), but 1/16 for a blush sample is definitely not enough for me. I need at least 1/8 teaspoon of product to apply on my cheeks several times (not just once or twice, at least five times would be a pretty decent amount), just to see if it would look great on at least 3-5 different occasions. It's true that $9 for 12 samples with free shipping is a great deal, but I just wished the blush samples were a bit bigger.

Anyways, here are the swatches of the blushes. Take note that they may apply differently on your cheeks, especially if you use the correct blush brush or fiber optic/stippling brush.




Here's a professional-looking brochure that comes with every order. It tells about the company and the different products it carries.
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