Dec 112014
 

MAC and Nasty Gal collaborated to provide makeup lovers with a bold December collection.  It includes Lipsticks and a Nail Lacquer.

 Here are the lipsticks below.BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Lipsticks with flashFrom Left to Right Gunner, Runner, Stunner.

I didn’t get the nail laquer because I have plenty of red polishes that I never use.  I’ll swatch all 3 lipsticks in this post to show you what they look like.  First up is Stunner.

BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Lipstick BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Hand Swatch BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Looking LeftBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Looking down It’s a pretty Red.  Not much different from Ruby Woo and Riri Woo.  (I’ll compare it to other reds in a later post)  Next up is Runner. BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Lipstick swatchIt’s a nice burgundy matte lipstick. 20141208_185410BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Duck LipsBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Lipstick smiling

The last lipstick is Gunner. BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner Lipstick with flash

BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner Hand Swatch with flashBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner looking rightGunner is my favorite out of the three.  It’s a true dark purple and yep, It’s a different shade than Smoked Purple ( I’ll do a comparison in a later post)BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner SmirkBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner smiling I like the texture of these lipsticks.  MAC has them labeled as Matte, however they glide on more like Satins.  This is a good thing.  It means, my lips don’t feel as dry and uncomfortable throughout the day.  :-)

Dec 032014
 

image In the previous post, I showed you how I used my my beloved Magnolia Makeup Primary Infinity Lip Palette to create a beautiful burgundy lip on model Keneice during our Photoshoot with Ambient Noir.  In this post, I’ll show you the red lip look I did on model Keneice using this same palette.

imageimageThis is my All-Time Favorite Red to use on clients. The name of this color is Patriotic, and it’s theeeeee perfect shade of red and works on everyone I use it on. image For this look, I didn’t even use a lip liner. The color is just that perfect!! :-)

image Here’s the full breakdown of this makeup look below.

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Face:

AJCrimson Creme Foundation

MUFE Mist n Fix Spray

Ben Nye Mojave Powder Palette

MAC Mineralized Blush in Warm Soul

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Loose Powder

Eyes:

MAC Brow Pencil in Strut

AJ Crimson Creme Foundation 1 (under brow)

Coastal Scents 42 Matte Eyeshadow Palette Brown in the Crease

Magnolia Makeup Loose Pigment in Big Easy on the lid (a must have)

Elf Creme Eyeliner in Black on top lash line

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion on bottom lash line

Ardell Lashes in Wispies

Here’s one of the professional photos by Ambient Noir

IMG_1723.JPG Annnnnd here I am. A few Behind The Scenes Selfies at my work station. ;-)

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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. :-)

May 232013
 

RiriWoo lipstick

If you’ve been paying attention to the makeup world, you already know about the release of MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick. There was an extreme amount of anticipation for this limited edition which was designed by Pop Superstar Rihanna.  I have to admit that I got caught up in the hype as well. It was only available online 5/2/13.

It took me about an hour but I was finally able to place two separate orders to get my two tubes of lipstick. (MAC only allowed you to order one at a time .) I ordered two for two reasons.  #1 If I really liked it, I wanted a backup. #2 I’m almost out of Ruby Woo (staple in my makeup bag) and needed a replacement.

 Below is my comparison of the two gorgeous red lipsticks

RubyWoo vs RiRiWoo

 You’ll notice that there’s a very subtle difference between them.  Riri Woo is a tad bit darker.  If you’re anything like me, the fact that they’re so close doesn’t really matter because I LOVE red lipstick. However, if you’re not that big on red lips, you’ll probably be okay not getting it when it’s relaunched next month.

Feb 072013
 

Black Opal Heatwave lipstick

Black Opal Heatwave Lipstick closeHere’s a swatch on my hand with a flashBlack Opal Heatwave lipstick swatch with flashDSCF8463I really, really like this lipstick. I’m happy with both the color and the texture.  I couldn’t tell from just looking at it, but there’s a bit of shimmer but not enough to make it frosty.  It glides on really smooth and feels hydrating on my lips. I know I’ll have to get a full size soon.  Sending this free sample was a good idea from Black Opal.

Feb 292012
 

Today is the last day of Black History Month so I decided to go all out with my make up and do a dramatic FOTD(Face of The Day) with colors that are usually associated with the continent of Africa and also Black History.  Here’s my Black, Red, Green, and Yellow look.

All but one of the shadows I used came from the Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette that I love.  For my brow highlight, I used one of My Favorite 13 MAC Eyeshadows in Arena.

Other products I used for my eye look were:  MAC Girl/Boy Brow set, MAC Paint Pot in Moss, NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk, MAC Superfine Liquid liner in On the Hunt, MAC Graphblack eye liner, NYC False Lashes and Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara.

Above and below are pictures without the flash to give you a more realistic idea of what this FOTD really looks like.

For my face I used: Black Opal Foundation Stick in Truly Topaz (as a concealer for certain spots).  MAC Mineralize Loose Powder Foundation in Dark, Ruby Kisses All Over Glow Bronzing Cream in #01 as my cheek highlight, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Comfort (limited edition) as bronzer, Cargo Laguna Blush on apples of my cheeks, and Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzing Powder in Ebony Bronze as my cheek contour.

I have to admit, I’m loving this lip combo.  I acutally didn’t even use a red lipstick.  I used MAC Morange, which is a bold orange.  I paired it with Clinique Lip Liner in Tawny Tulip, and MAC Lipglass in Wonderwoman (limited edition)

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If you look in the middle of my lips, you can still see a hint of orange.

What look are you wearing today?