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 262013
 

The MAC Punk Couture Collection was released today.Punk Couture Lipstick Keeping with their post Holiday tradition, MAC released a collection that was bold and full of color. There are bright pigments, bold lipsticks, and lipglosses. Out of all of the products, the Punk Couture Lipstick is what stood out to me the most. The others seemed like repromotes (Particularly from the MAC Style Black Collection from 2009) or were just too similar to other things I owned from other brands. I only bought this lipstick.Punk Couture Label Here’s what it looks like on mePunk Couture with hand swatchPunk Couture looking to rightpunk couture smilingThe two pictures above are with a flash. Punk Couture Looking StraightPunk Couture Silly face I like it. Not sure how much I’ll actually wear it though.  I have a lot of purple lip colors and I can’t say that this is one of my favorites. I wanted it because it was a matte lipstick and I felt like I’d regret not getting it when I had the chance. I do like that fact that I don’t need a liner.  I’m sure it’ll be pretty to layer with other products (lipglosses, pigments, glitters…) I really like that it’s one of the darkest purple lipsticks I’ve seen. Usually to achieve this look, I’d need to mix a really dark lip pencil (like MAC Nightmoth) with something else. It’s cool to be able to achieve this intense dark purple matte look in one step :-)

Nov 092013
 

2013-11-08 23.14.58This product has been out for a while, but for whatever reason, I never tried it. I would see it while working at the counter but I just never ventured out of my normal routine of using either the original Prep and Prime Primer or the newer Prep and Prime Natural Radiance Primer.

I’m a big advocate of prepping the skin before applying makeup so I always prime first. I regularly use Make Up Forever’s HD Primer on my freelance jobs when I’m not working at the MAC Counter. I love it.  It’s always nice to discover new products that work well so I can expand my options in my pro makeup kit.

 

I decided to try the MAC Prep and Prime Moisture Infusion Serum a few weeks ago because I didn’t have the Natural Radiance at my particular station.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well the product works.

20131026_192800 This is what it looks like when you pump it out.

20131026_192813 This is how it looks after rubbing it in a bit.  It’s so lightweight and feels really good on the skin.  It’s a thin consistency so it blends really well without any residue.

The MAC Moisture Infusion Serum reminds me a lot of the MUFE HD Elixer. It’s like a hybrid between a primer and moisturizer all in one. It makes the skin feel hydrated  and allows the makeup to go on more smoothly. I’ve been using it ever since and my customers have really liked how their skin feels. It retails for $40. I’ll be adding it to my pro makeup kit soon.

 

 

 

Aug 172013
 

As much as I love the color of MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick, I can’t wear it alone. There’s something about the formula that makes my lips extra dry. The same thing happens when I wear the Viva Glam Nicki lipstick. Initially, the lipstick will go on smoothly, but about an hour later, my lips will look cracked & chapped. This occurs no matter how much I prep my lips ahead of time. It’s really strange. So I decided to top off the lipstick with a gloss.
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I tried using the Revlon Superlustrious gloss in Sugar Violet on a whim. It wad the closest thing to Candy Yum Yum in my makeup bag at the time. I figured Sugar Violet wouldn’t change the color too much because it’s pretty sheer.  This is the same lip I used for my Make Up Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara Review. :-)

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I think it worked out really well. I’ve been wearing this combo a lot lately.

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Jun 182013
 

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Have you ever done your makeup and thought “hmph that’s really cute”?  Well I was feeling myself a little bit this weekend, LOL, and decided take some pics and post what I used. ;-)

Here’s what I used to create this look.

Face

MAC Prolongwear Foundation in NC 45

MAC Mineralize Powder foundation in Dark

MAC Blush in Blunt for Cheek Contour

MAC Blush in Peaches as blush

MAC Blush in Style and MAC Pigment in Vanilla as Cheek and Nose Highlight

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Lips

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipglass

Eyes

MAC Paint Pot in Moss Scape

MAC Naked Pigment and Gesso Eyeshadow as brow highlight

MAC Eyeshadow in Rule as crease color

MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon as outer lid color

MAC Eyeshadow in Greensmoke as middle lid color

MAC Pigment in Vanilla as inner lid color

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion in Waterline

Wet n Wild Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black on top lash line

MUFE Aqua Eyes Pencil in 20L

Ardell Lashes in #305

 

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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. 
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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.