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 :-)

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.

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Oct 012013
 

DSCF0437I was so happy to be invited to attend the Beauty Blogger Preview for The Makeup Show Orlando!!! This is an exclusive event that occurs the evening before The Makeup Show starts to give Beauty Bloggers a heads up on what to look for and what products would be great to review.

DSCF0432It was held in the Orlando Room, which is the same nice ballroom that the keynote speakers were in for the next 2 days.

DSCF0433James Vincent gave a detailed introduction of The Makeup Show and explained why he likes the products that were provided for the Beauty Bloggers to review.  He informed us that there were over 100 vendors in attendance.  He let us know that Orlando is the warmest location for The Makeup Show (literally and figuratively). Because it’s smaller, attendees get to really interact with the business owners, and makeup artists get more time to truly network and build relationships with people. I totally agree with this. I attended the 1st one last year and I made a lot of good connections. A benefit of going to a smaller venue is it’s more intimate, you’re not rushed, and you don’t have to squeeze through everyone to make it down the aisle. :-)

He told us what to expect fro The Makeup Show Orlando.

  • Education
  • Networking opportunities
  • Products at pro discounted rates to help build your kit

DSCF0439Shout out to MUA Bethany Townes who did a fantastic job of helping all of the speakers set up.

Sharon (Mama Makeup) Gault graced us with her presence. She was one of the upcoming Keynote Speakers. I caught a picture of her walking in as James Vincent introduced her. DSCF0438One of the first products he talked about was the Lait-Creme Concentre  Nourishing moisturizer from Embryolisse. For years I’ve heard professional makeup artists rave about this brand. I’m excited to review this product. This cream is for all skin types and has multiple uses.

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 We received cool hair ties from The Science of Fabulous.

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 We received mascara from Ellis Faas. I’ve recently heard great things about this brand. This booth was actually right next to the AJ Crimson booth that I worked at. Their packaging is awesome.

 James Vincent spoke so highly of this mascara. I had to take it out and get a closer look. :-)

James Vincent spoke so highly of this mascara. I had to take it out and get a closer look. :-)

Ellis Faas Booth

2013-09-28 15.54.57Above is a picture of David from the Ellis Faas Booth. They were right next to the AJ Crimson booth that I worked at. He was a ball of energy! Yes, those bullet looking pieces have makeup inside. Ha ha! :-)

Stila gave the Beauty Bloggers a Stay All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm. You know I’m super excited to try this due to me always being on the search for oil-controlling products. James V holding Stila balm 1James V holding the stila balm 2

We received a brush from the new Artisan brush collection from Makeup Forever. Woo Hoo!James V holding MUFE Brushes MUFE Brush from BBlogger Preview *Sorry some of these pics are blurry.   I was trying to take notes, listen, and hurry & take a pictures with my phone. Ha ha! I need to improve my multi-tasking skills.* :-D

Yay! We received the new NARS Eye Paint. My bag had the color Tatar. 2013-09-27 18.33.26 We received a package of Crown Brush goodies that included powder puffs, Eye liner, tweezers.  James said even though he loves brushes, it’s important to still use powder puffs, especially if you are trying to press product into the skin without any traces of brush strokes for HD. Powder Puffs also do a better job of setting powder for a long lasting effect. James V holding Crown Brush Goodies

Below James is holding a limited edition Makeup Forever Palette he put together that has neutral colors that work on everyone.

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He also put together a special makeup artist kit with Makeup Forever products that are essentials for a freelance makeup artist. This is exclusive to The Makeup Show Orlando.

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Below I’m with fellow Beauty Blogger Khia of Killer Lipgloss! So happy to have met her. I’ve followed her blog for a couple of years as well as on different social media outlets.  I spotted her while we were waiting to check in to the Beauty Blogger Preview event. I was drawn to her gorgeous purple lips. I walked over and realized who she was and was so happy. She’s super cool and fun to hang with. :-)

Beauty By LeRenda and Killer Lipgloss BBlogger Preview

Below is everything the Beauty Bloggers received in our swag bag. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity.
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Sep 172013
 

Fall 2013 NYX Purple LipPurple and plum lips are a hot trend for the Fall 2013 season. I wanted my followers to know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve this look. Both of these products were under $5. :-)

I alternate with using either the NYX Purple Rain Lip Liner alone for a long lasting matte finish, or in combination with NYX African Queen to add shine.

Here’s what they look like belowFall 2013 NYX Purple Lip ComboBelow is a swatch without a flashFall 2013 NYX Purple Lip swatched on hand no flashThis is with a flash Fall 2013 NYX Purple Lip Combo swatch with flashBelow, I’m wearing NYX Purple Rain Lip Liner by itself. It’s really pretty.

Fall 2013 NYX Purple RainFall 2013 NYX Purple Rain on lips Next I added the NYX African Queen LipglossFall 2013 NYX African QueenFall 2013 NYX African Queen applicator

Fall 2013 NYX Purple Lip Combo Looking straightFall 2013 NYX Purple Combo on lips 2Fall 2013 Purple Lip Combo on lipsFall 2013 NYX Purple Lip Looking downI’ll be wearing this combo a lot.Fall 2013 NYX Purple Combo posing

I’m so glad I experimented with these two. I’ve been using NYX Purple Rain Lip Liner for a while. I actually keep one in my personal bag as well as one for my Pro MUA kit. The first time I tried it was pairing it with Afrobella’s MAC All My Purple Life Lipglass.  I did a step by step tutorial of a Purple Look of the Day using the two here I think I originally purchased it from my local Beauty Supply Store. I’ve also bought them from H.E.B. I purchased the NYX African Queen Lipgloss from H.E.B a couple weeks ago during a NYX sale. ( I just love Kroger and H.E.B  grocery stores because they both have great cosmetic depts with frequent sales).

What’s your favorite purple lip combo?

Sep 042013
 

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I received this Coastal Scents eyeshadow quad in Starry Night as a free sample with a purchase I ordered earlier this year. I happened to be going through some things and found it so I decided to give it a try.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of Coastal Scents. I truly believe they have great products for such an inexpensive price. I especially love the fact that they have sales EVERY Fri. I wasn’t really concerned about the pigment or quality while trying out this quad. I was more interested in seeing how the colors blended.  Here’s the look I came up with below.

2013-08-30 00.29.17CoastalScents Starry Nights Quad angle view CoastalScents Starry Nights Quad cute pose

I accented the look with false lashes by Ardell (my favorite lash company) in #102 Demi.Ardell Lashes 102CoastalScents Starry Nights Quad One eye openArdell Lashes 102 looking up

 

I’m really impressed with these lashes. They remind me of a more natural version of my beloved MAC #7 lashes. I’ll definitely buy more of these.

 

***Oh and for my Texas beauty lovers, H.E.B. has these lashes on sale for $2.50. :-)***

 

Aug 262013
 

Skinn Orchid Gel TintAs I continue on my quest to find the perfect mattiying/oil controlling products, I will post them on here to keep you all up to date.  I was introduced to the Skinn cosmetics brand by my mom who tried some of the products on either QVC or HSN. She really likes what she’s purchased so far and recommended the Orchid Gel Tint for me to review.

Skinn Orchid Gel Tint Open I know this looks a bit messy. It has a unique creamy and whipped almost liquid texture that’s hard to explain. I’ll show you how it blends into the skin.

Skinn Gel Tint on hand no flashThis is without a flash

Skinn Ochid Gel Tint with flashThis is with a flash

Even though it’s called a Gel Tint, it really doesn’t have a tinted effect on the skin so any skin tone can wear it. See below how I rubbed it into my skin.

Skinn Orchid Gel Tint slightly rubbed inSkinn Gel Tint Rubbed in more

The first picture shows it swatched on my skin. The second picture shows it rubbed in a little bit.Skinn Orchid Gel Tint Rubbed inHere it is totally rubbed in.

I really like it. It feels different from other primers/mattifyers that I’ve used. I was able to make it from 8am to about 3pm without having to blot and that’s pretty impressive. It works for me about the same as the MAC Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone, it just feels different.