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 312013
 

Ofra bag My 1st time hearing about Ofra Cosmetics was at The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012.  I remember seeing Ofra giving a presentation as I walked by.  I intended to go by their booth, but for whatever reason, I just never got back around to doing it.  Fast forward to this year at The Makeup Show New York.  While working with AJ Crimson, I got the opportunity to meet the owners David and his wife Ofra. They are wonderful people. Super friendly and they love meeting makeup artists.  I was amazed at how many products they had and couldn’t believe I’d never heard of them before.  They have skin care, tools, education materials, and of course lots of makeup.  To learn more about Ofra go to ofracosmetics.com. I’m going to do a series highlighting some of my favorite Ofra Products so stay tuned.

In this post, I’m going to show you my Face Of The Day (FOTD) featuring Ofra cosmetics and Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.  I’ll walk you through how I completed the look.Ofra and Naked before pic

First I primed my skin with the Ofra Primer Ofra PrimerI decided to do my face first so I could test out my new Elf shadow/mascara shield.  Here’s what I used on my face below.  I applied the Cover Girl Queen Collection 3 n 1 Foundation except under my eye area.  I used my Black Opal Foundation stick under my eyes as concealer and set it with Ben Nye Banana Powder.  I also used these two products down the middle of my nose and middle of forehead as highlights.  Ofra and Naked 3 Face products

Then I went to my eyes.  These are the products I used

Ofra and Naked 3 Eye Products I used the Maybelline clear mascara on my brows to shape them and hold them in place.  It’s a great alternative to MAC’s brow set.  Elf has a good dupe as well. Next I used the Black Opal Foundation Stick to clean up my brows.  Then I applied the Ofra Eye Primer Gel from my lash line to brow bone. Afterwards I began to apply the Naked 3 Shadows, the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion, Rimmel Mascara and beauty supply lashes.  See below for the steps I tookNaked 3 Darkside I used Darkside in my creaseNaked Darkside blended in crease Next I blended limit right above my crease as my transition color. Naked 3 LimitNaked 3 Limit blended above creaseNext step was adding Strange as my brow highlightNaked 3 StrangeNaked Strange blended as brow highligh For my Lid, I used Dust.  This color has quite a bit of shimmer and has big specks of color so I used my Elf Shadow/Mascara shield to reduce fall out. Naked 3 DustNaked 3 Dust with Elf Shadow Shield Here’s what my eyes look like so far.  There was still some fall out, but a lot less than if I wouldn’t have used the shield. Naked eye look before eyelinerNext I added Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion as well as Rimmel Volume Flash MascaraOfra and Naked 3 look b4 lips and lashesNext step was lips.  I used Ofra Purple Haze lipstickOfra and Naked 3 look with mascara and lips done I added  #43 false lashesOfra and Naked 3 lash application 1st step Ofra and Naked 3 Lash application 2nd step Ofra and Naked 3 Lash Application 3rd step Here’s the finished look! Ofra and Naked 3 finished look 1Ofra and Naked 3 finished look 2Ofra and Naked 3 Finished Look 3

So, I’m absolutely in love with Ofra Cosmetics. I’ve enjoyed using everything I have from them so far.  I also really like the Naked 3 palette.  I can definitely see myself using this one more than the 1st on.  I honestly forgot that I had the 1st one until people started talking about the 3rd installment of the palette. LOL!

Dec 172013
 

This is the 3rd installment of my Favorite looks from 2013 series. To see part 1 click here and part 2 click here.

This look is featuring Magnolia Makeup’s Purple Matte Lip color. MagnoliaMakeup Purple Matte topMagnoliaMakeupPurpleMatteIf you follow me on FB, Twitter, or Instagram, you already know how much I love Magnolia Makeup! They have THE BEST pigments I’ve ever used. Their lip colors are amazing as well.  Below is a swatch of the Purple MatteMagnoliaMakeupPurpleMatte SwatchThis is a makeup look I wore with it below. I also used Magnolia Makeup Highlight Powder in Glo. It’s gorgeous! MagnoliaMakeupPurpleMatte Looking at an angleMagnoliaMakeup Purple Matte Right faceMagnoliaMakeupPurpleMatte Looking down rt  On my eyes, I used Magnolia Makeup Pigment in Ella on my lid. I used an olive green color from my Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette in my crease. I used an orange from the same Coastal Scents palette above my crease. I used MAC Lithe Pigment with a white from the Coastal Scents palette on top of Lithe (to tone down the shimmer and lighten it up) as my brow highlight.  On my cheeks, I used MAC Extreme Dimension MSF in Glorious. I used Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as my contour.  With Magnolia Makeup Highlight Powder in Glo as my highlight.

MagnoliaMakeupPurpleMatte front face

Aug 202013
 

Weekend Full FOTD 2I usually don’t keep the same looks but it was something about my smokey green eyes and the bold pink lip with glowing bronzed cheeks that made me do an instant replay from Saturday to Sunday.

WEekend FOTD close with flashHa ha! This picture was taken with flash. I promise in real life my lips weren’t quite that bright. Whew! The flash made them look neon as if they’d glow in the dark . LOL! :-)

Weekend FOTD Full view no flashWeekend FOTD sideviewAbove are more  pictures without a flash to give you a better idea of how it looked.  After reviewing these pictures, I just realized I didn’t do any close ups of my eyes. My bad. The picture below was the only close up picture I took. Not sure how that happened.

Weekend FOTD close up

Here’s what I used below:

Brows

  1. Elf Clear Brow Gel

Eyes

  1. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand under brows to add shape
  2. MUFE Aqua Eye Cream in #23  blended from lid to crease
  3. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette (fave e/s palette ever!) : White as a brow highlight, dark blue in outer crease/lid, orange above crease, yellow in inner crease, light lime green on inner lid.
  4. Kryolan Liquid Eyeliner in black upper lash line
  5. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Mildew for lower lash line
  6. Beauty Supply False lashes (Blue & White plastic container for $1). Sorry don’t remember the #.
  7. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand for under eye concealer.
  8. Ben Nye Banana Powder to set under eye concealer

Face

  1. Nurturing Force as a primer (review coming soon). Learned about this product from the ladies of Magnolia Makeup.
  2. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Rich Caramel on certain spots/blemishes
  3. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in C7
  4. MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Glorify as a bronzer
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronzer as Check/Nose Contour
  6. NARS Albatross highlighter blush as cheek, nose, & forehead highlight
  7. Cargo Blush in Laguna on apples of cheeks for a pop of color
  8. MAC Prep and Prime loose Powder used all over before & after makeup to control oiliness and give a smooth matte finish.
  9. Urban Decay De Slick Spray Before and After makeup to control oiliness and to keep makeup on without having to touch up as much.

Lips

  1. MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum
  2. Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Giggle

 

Feb 282013
 

I tried something a little different this weekend for my makeup.  I’ve heard several makeup artists combining more than one lash to create dramatic effects but I’d never done it.  I figured I’d give it a try.

FOTD Double Lash Look full faceFOTD Double lashes looking down and rt

FOTD Left side with double lashesI used Ardell #120 Lashes, which are currently my favorite lashes.  If in Texas, you can get them from H.E.B. I’ve seen prices range from $2.35-2.60.  I also see them at Kroger’s grocery store for $2.67.

FOTD 2-23-13 left side viewHere’s what I used to create this look below:

Face

  1. Maybeline BB Cream in Dark
  2. Loreal Magic Perfection Base
  3. MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Before and after makeup)
  4. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Rich Carmel (certain spots)
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder in Golden
  6. MAC Vanilla Pigment as cheek highlight
  7. NARS Exhibit A Blush on Cheek Bones
  8. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as Cheek Contour
  9. Skindinavia No More Shine Finishing Spray

Eyes

  1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
  2. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand (used to carve out brow and under eye highlight)
  3. MAC Naked Pigment mixed with white from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette as brow highlight
  4. Orange shadow from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette in the crease
  5. MAC Grease Paint Stick in Purple on the lid as a base blended to crease
  6. Clinique eyeshadow in Royal Rush on inner lid
  7. Dark Purple shadow from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette on outer lid
  8. Elf Cream liner in Black as top liner
  9. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes pencil 20L on lower lash line
  10. Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion in Waterline.
  11. Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
  12. Ardell #120 Lashes 2 pair on each eye

Lips

  • Make Up Forever Aqua lip pencil in #11C
  • Wet n Wild Matte Lipstick in Don’t Blink Pink in the center
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    Jan 202013
     

     I’m always experimenting with inexpensive products to see what alternatives I can recommend to my readers and clients.  I recently purchased four eyeshadows and two more foundation sticks from Black Opal.Black Opal Purchase Now if you’ve been following me or if you’ve ever had a conversation about makeup with me you already know how much I adore Black Opal Foundation Sticks.  They’re an absolute staple for my personal use as well as my professional kit.  HOWEVER, I was not pleased at all with their Oil Blocking Powder. Click here on my thoughts.  It was a risk when I decided to try these new eyeshadows.Black Opal EyeshadowsHere’s the look I created with these colors. Even though they’re pretty bold, I wanted a softer effect.  Now, it’s very important for me to point out that I did NOT use a primer or base before applying the Black Opal eyeshadows.  I wanted to see exactly how pigmented they were. I have to say I was very pleased with the results.  I didn’t have to build up the color a whole lot either.  Quite impressive for $5.LOTD 1-19-13 Close eye picI decided to try them out with some other inexpensive products such as Elf, NYX, and Cover Girl Queen Collection to complete my look. Below is everything I used.  Even my brushes were inexpensive.  They’re a combo of Coastal Scents and Crown Brush. :-)LOTD 1-19-13 makeupNow granted I did still incorporate some MAC, Clinique and NARS but overall my look was pretty cheap. LOTD 1-19-13 Looking to leftLOTD 1-19-13 Looking StraightSo to answer the question “What Happens when you use inexpensive products?” My answer after using these would be that you get great results.

    I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve a pretty makeup look.  This look validates my belief that technique and quality trump prices. ;-p
    Do you only use expensive products or do you venture out and try drugstore brands?