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. :-)

Feb 102013
 

Initially when I heard about Nicki Minaj being this year’s MAC Viva Glam Ambassador…again, I thought “oh, I can’t wait to see what color she’ll have this time.”. When I saw promos and the description, I was actually excited. My favorite colors are pink and purple. Since the color was described as a vivid lavender pink, I thought this would be a gorgeous color and couldn’t wait to see it.

Viva Glam Nicki 2 lipstick tube no flashSo here it is above. Not exactly what I was expecting from the company description.  Check out the swatches below.Viva Glam Nicki lipstick swatch no flashThis is without a flash

Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick FlashThis one is with a flash

After my initial swatches, my thoughts gravitated towards not believing this lipstick would work too well.  See below for what it looks like on my lips.

My expression should give you an idea of how I feel about this lipstick.

My expression should give you an idea of how I feel about this lipstick.

This was without a flash.  I couldn’t get a good picture with a flash. I kept looking like Tyrone Biggums from The Chappelle Show. :-(

Viva Glam Nicki 2 close up Here’s a closer view.  Above pic is without a flash and the below pic is with a flash. 
Viva Glam Nicki 2 close flash
At this point, I’m not at all excited about this lipstick anymore. Now I’ll have to blend it somehow.  I decided to try MAC Magenta Lip Pencil. I really want to like this lipstick and not give up on it.Viva Glam Nicki2 lipstick and Magenta pencil

Viva Glam Nicki with Magenta no flash This is without a flashViva Glam Nicki2 face with flashThis was with a flash

 Overall, I’m disappointed in this color but it’s not a total loss. It’s highly unlikely I would wear this alone or apply it on anyone else alone.  Other options would be NYX Purple Rain lip liner, MAC Dervish, Soar, Whirl, Absolutely It, Vino, & Currant Lip Pencils. Keep in mind it’s for a good cause since 100% of the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS fund.  For example, with the purchase of this one lipstick, MAC can provide up to 4 bags of groceries for 2 people effected by HIV/AIDS.

If you are a huge MAC fan and love getting all of the newest products, just play around with this lipstick until you find your comfort zone.  Also keep in mind the Viva Glam Nicki 2 also comes in a lipglass that’s a whole lot easier to wear.

 

 

 

Sep 102012
 

I didn’t get a chance to participate in the Houston FNO (Fashion Night Out)festivities last Thursday due to me having to work at the MAC Counter. I did want to at least share my FOTD (Face Of The Day) that I wore.

Face:

Isomers HD Primer

MAC Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Dark

MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in C7

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Compact Powder

Cheeks:

MAC Vanilla Pigment for cheek highlight

MAC Style blush on cheeks

MAC Blunt Blush as cheek contour

Lips:

MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipstick and lipgloss

Eyes:

MAC Mineralized Eyeshadows Smutty Green and Blue Flame on lid and bottom lash line

MAC Texture in Crease

MAC Naked Pigment as Brow Highlight

MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner in On the Hunt

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NW35 to carve out brows and under eyes

Lashes:

Ardell #118

Loreal Voluminous Million Mascara

Apr 102012
 

Have you ever walked out of the house thinking your makeup was flawless and got outside only to find out  it definitely was not?   Yeah, this happened to me on Easter Sunday. My first thought was OMG!! This isn’t how I thought it looked?

At first glance, it didn’t seem bad at all.

Both pictures above are with the flash

This was taken without a flash.  After taking a closer look, I could see it wasn’t blended as well as I thought, my lines weren’t straight, and my lashes weren’t close enough to my lash line. :-(

I totally didn’t notice these mistakes while I was sitting at my table.

 Without Flash

I’d planned to do an upbeat post on my colorful FOTD for Easter but had a rude awakening once I got in the car.:-(  The worse part was that I was running late and didn’t have any of the products I used with me to fix it.  I had to just suck it up.  I’ll take it as a learning experience.

 So remember this post I did on my awesome new makeup mirror?

*The picture came from Ulta.com website*

Well the bulbs went out and I’m no longer able to get the great effects while putting on my makeup. I went to Ulta, where I originally purchased it, to buy replacement bulbs but unfortunately there are no replacement bulbs for this mirror, so I’d have to just buy another one.  That seemed like such a waste.  Nothing is wrong with the mirror itself, just the lighting.  For a while, I was sure this wasn’t that big of a deal.  Boy was I wrong.

Anyway, since I took the pictures, I’ll go ahead and tell you what I used. LOL! :-)

Face

  1. MAC Prolongwear Foundation in NC45
  2. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark on forehead, middle of nose, under eyes, and on cheeks.
  3. Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Mineral Powder in Brown Bronze 1 all over
  4. Cargo Blush in Laguna on cheeks
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzing Powder in Ebony Bronze as cheek contour
  6. Elf Blush in Candid Coral as Cheek, Nose, and Forehead highlight.

Eyes

  1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
  2. NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
  3. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette
  4. MAC Fluidline Waveline
  5. MAC Venomous Villains Mineralized Eyeshadow in She Who Dares
  6. Ardell False Lashes #110
  7. Lancome Definicil Mascara
  8. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Heavenly Honey to carve out brow and under eye concealer
  9. MAC Brow Set in Girl/Boy

Lips

  1. MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick
  2. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipglass

I toggled back and forth with the title of this post.  At first it was titled Easter FOTD Failure, but I figured that was too negative for Easter.  I decided to use my mistake as a learning experience and as a helpful beauty tip.  Maybe it’ll prevent you from doing the same thing. Lesson of the day: ALWAYS HAVE GOOD LIGHTING WHEN DOING MAKEUP!!!

Apr 042012
 

The above image was taken from maccosmetics.com 

I’ve been getting a lot of questions and…concerns about how to wear the new MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick.  Quite a few people have complained that the color is too bright or too bold.  In the nicest way possible, I typically respond by reminding them who Nicki Minaj is and I mention that she usually wears a bright and bold lip color, therefore the color is very representative of her style.

I believe that the color can be worn by all skin colors, tones, shades. It’s going to truly come down to the individual’s comfort zone and preference.  If the color is too bold and bright, you can always tone it down with a liner or a gloss.  Below are some ways I’ve paired the MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipstick with other MAC Lipglass colors.

Below I’m wearing MAC Viva Glam Nicki with MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipglass.  So far it’s my favorite gloss to wear with this lipstick. :-)

 

Next I’m wearing MAC Viva Glam Nicki with MAC Viva Glam VI Lipglass.  I really like this look too.  It gives the lipstick a subtle amount of shimmer.

Last I combined MAC Viva Glam Nicki with MAC Viva Glam VI Special Edition (Fergie lipglass)

Mar 302012
 

I haven’t done a Face Of The Day in a while.  Here’s what I wore yesterday. I’ve really grown to love corals.

 Eyes

  1. MAC Constructivist Paint Pot
  2. MAC Naked Pigment
  3. MAC Expensive Pink
  4. MAC Motif
  5. MAC Sketch
  6. MAC Beauty Marked
  7. MAC Blooz Eye Kohl Pencil in the waterline
  8. Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion
  9. Ardell #305 Lashes
  10. Loreal Volumnious False Lashes
  11. MAC Brow Set in Girl/Boy

Face

  1. MAC Prolongwear Foudation NC45
  2. MAC Prep and Prime Recharge under eye and blended to cheeks
  3. MAC Select Moisture Cover Conceler NC45 in spots
  4. Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Brown Bronze 1
  5. MAC MSF Comfort (limited edition) Cheeks blended up to temple
  6. MAC Vanilla Pigment as Cheek Highlight
  7. Cargo Blush in Laguna on Cheeks
  8. MAC Blush in Razin as Cheek Contour

Lips

  1. Sally Hansen Daytime Lip Treatment
  2. MAC Viva Glam Nicki
  3. MAC  Lychee Luxe Lipglass

I’m really liking this lip combo.