The MAC Punk Couture Collection was released today. 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. Here’s what it looks like on meThe two pictures above are with a flash. 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
This look is featuring Magnolia Makeup’s Purple Matte Lip color. If 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 MatteThis is a makeup look I wore with it below. I also used Magnolia Makeup Highlight Powder in Glo. It’s gorgeous! 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.
I 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.
James 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.
- Networking opportunities
- Products at pro discounted rates to help build your kit
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. One 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.
We received cool hair ties from The Science of Fabulous.
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.
Above 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!
We received a brush from the new Artisan brush collection from Makeup Forever. Woo Hoo! *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.*
Yay! We received the new NARS Eye Paint. My bag had the color Tatar. 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.
Below James is holding a limited edition Makeup Forever Palette he put together that has neutral colors that work on everyone.
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.
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.
Below is everything the Beauty Bloggers received in our swag bag. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity.
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.
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?
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.
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. :-)***
As 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.
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.
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.