Dec 112014
 

MAC and Nasty Gal collaborated to provide makeup lovers with a bold December collection.  It includes Lipsticks and a Nail Lacquer.

 Here are the lipsticks below.BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Lipsticks with flashFrom Left to Right Gunner, Runner, Stunner.

I didn’t get the nail laquer because I have plenty of red polishes that I never use.  I’ll swatch all 3 lipsticks in this post to show you what they look like.  First up is Stunner.

BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Lipstick BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Hand Swatch BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Looking LeftBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Looking down It’s a pretty Red.  Not much different from Ruby Woo and Riri Woo.  (I’ll compare it to other reds in a later post)  Next up is Runner. BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Lipstick swatchIt’s a nice burgundy matte lipstick. 20141208_185410BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Duck LipsBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Lipstick smiling

The last lipstick is Gunner. BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner Lipstick with flash

BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner Hand Swatch with flashBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner looking rightGunner is my favorite out of the three.  It’s a true dark purple and yep, It’s a different shade than Smoked Purple ( I’ll do a comparison in a later post)BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner SmirkBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner smiling I like the texture of these lipsticks.  MAC has them labeled as Matte, however they glide on more like Satins.  This is a good thing.  It means, my lips don’t feel as dry and uncomfortable throughout the day.  :-)

Dec 032014
 

image In the previous post, I showed you how I used my my beloved Magnolia Makeup Primary Infinity Lip Palette to create a beautiful burgundy lip on model Keneice during our Photoshoot with Ambient Noir.  In this post, I’ll show you the red lip look I did on model Keneice using this same palette.

imageimageThis is my All-Time Favorite Red to use on clients. The name of this color is Patriotic, and it’s theeeeee perfect shade of red and works on everyone I use it on. image For this look, I didn’t even use a lip liner. The color is just that perfect!! :-)

image Here’s the full breakdown of this makeup look below.

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Face:

AJCrimson Creme Foundation

MUFE Mist n Fix Spray

Ben Nye Mojave Powder Palette

MAC Mineralized Blush in Warm Soul

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Loose Powder

Eyes:

MAC Brow Pencil in Strut

AJ Crimson Creme Foundation 1 (under brow)

Coastal Scents 42 Matte Eyeshadow Palette Brown in the Crease

Magnolia Makeup Loose Pigment in Big Easy on the lid (a must have)

Elf Creme Eyeliner in Black on top lash line

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion on bottom lash line

Ardell Lashes in Wispies

Here’s one of the professional photos by Ambient Noir

IMG_1723.JPG Annnnnd here I am. A few Behind The Scenes Selfies at my work station. ;-)

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Dec 022014
 

I’m going to start right off by saying “Go Get This Lip Palette!!!” No…really…you should purchase this palette.

image(The top of my palette is stained from me spraying Beauty So Clean Sanitizing Spray over time.  It started off clear)  The Primary Infinity Palette is an absolute staple in my Professional Makeup Artist Kit. I can create all kinds of looks with this one palette.  These colors are very vibrant, not at all sheer, and easy to blend.  They are just the right creamy texture; not too thick.  They apply well to the skin without being too greasy.  Even though it’s a lip palette, the Primary Infinity Palette can effortlessly be blended into pretty cheek colors.

Below, I’ll show you how I created a gorgeous burgundy Fall lip on model Keneice for our photoshoot with talented Houston photographer Ambient Noir.

imageimageFirst I used my spatula to scoop out some red, purple, and black.  Then I mixed those colors together until I got the color burgundy that I wanted.image I later added MAC Cremestick Lip Liner in Velvetella.

Here’s what it looks like.imageimageimageModel Keneice did a fantastic job werkin the camera! It was such a pleasure doing her makeup. :-)

image Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll use the same Magnolia Makeup Primary Infinity Lip Palette to create a pretty red lip on Keneice.

Jan 262014
 

The newest installment of MAC Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass was released this week. The newest Viva Glam Spokesperson is Rihanna.

2014-01-03 10.18.091390806106815I purchased the lipstick and I love it. It’s a different red than the other MAC lipsticks.  It’s a pretty red frost. Here it is below.Viva Glam Rihanna ContainerThe box has Rihanna’s autograph

Viva Glam Rihanna LabelViva Glam Rihanna Lipstick TubeI Love this red packaging! The texture of the case feels really smooth. Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick Here’s what it looks like on my lipsViva Glam Rihanna lip applicationViva Glam Rihanna on lips close

Wearing VG Rihanna Lipstick 1Viva Glam Rihanna looking downViva Glam Rihanna Head shot tiltedViva Glam Rihanna holding tubeViva Glam Rihanna Head Tilted Yep, I’m very happy with this lipstick! Rihanna and her team did a great job picking this color.  I know a lot of people dislike frost textured products, but this one is really pretty and isn’t overly shimmery. Somehow it has just the right amount of sheen.  I worked at the counter today and sold quite a few of these Rihanna Lipsticks and Lipglasses.  I can honestly say I haven’t seen it look bad on anyone.  It’s a very wearable red.   It also has great staying power.  There’s not an official guaranteed time frame as far as how many hours it will last, but this is my 3rd day wearing it and I don’t have to touch up throughout the day until I eat.  Even when I drink water, the color stays true.

I’ll be buying more of these before they’re gone.  As a heads up it’s only available for a year. Also keep in mind all proceeds of MAC Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglasses go to the MAC AIDS fund.   You’re doing a good deed by purchasing these products so go get you some. :-)

Dec 282013
 

Sticking with my purple lip colors, here’s another one I happened to see when I purchased the Cover GIrl Queen Collection 3 in 1 Foundation.

CGQ Jumbo Gloss Balm

I see that balms in pencil form have become extremely popular. Just about all of the brands are making them now. Here’s my review of Soaked in Wine.CGQ Soaked In Wine Label CGQ Jumbo Gloss Balm without top CGQ Jumbo Gloss arm swatchCGQ Jumbo gloss balm on lips no flash

The above picture is without a flash and below is with a flashCGQ Jumbo Gloss Balm on lips with flash

It’s not what I thought it was going to be, but that’s my fault. I saw the purple top and got excited to try it.  I never did read the packaging that clearly states it’s sheer.  (Gotta be more careful) I didn’t want sheer.  It comes off more burgundy than actual purple.  I will say that my lips felt hydrated and the color lasted a few hours until I ate. After eating, I could still see a bit of the color, it’s just that the shine was gone. My lips still felt good too. Not sure if I’ll buy any more of these.  I like a lot of color on my lips.  However, if you’re looking for an alternative to a lipgloss you may like these new Cover Girl Jumbo Gloss Balms.

May 232013
 

RiriWoo lipstick

If you’ve been paying attention to the makeup world, you already know about the release of MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick. There was an extreme amount of anticipation for this limited edition which was designed by Pop Superstar Rihanna.  I have to admit that I got caught up in the hype as well. It was only available online 5/2/13.

It took me about an hour but I was finally able to place two separate orders to get my two tubes of lipstick. (MAC only allowed you to order one at a time .) I ordered two for two reasons.  #1 If I really liked it, I wanted a backup. #2 I’m almost out of Ruby Woo (staple in my makeup bag) and needed a replacement.

 Below is my comparison of the two gorgeous red lipsticks

RubyWoo vs RiRiWoo

 You’ll notice that there’s a very subtle difference between them.  Riri Woo is a tad bit darker.  If you’re anything like me, the fact that they’re so close doesn’t really matter because I LOVE red lipstick. However, if you’re not that big on red lips, you’ll probably be okay not getting it when it’s relaunched next month.