Friday, September 28, 2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe Swatches

As promised I ordered two lipsticks from the collection and wanted to show swatches. In addition to swatches I took pictures of the packaging as well. I purchased Scarlet Ibis which is a bright red/orange and pure zen which is a rosy nude.

So without further ado here it is.....

Thursday, September 27, 2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

Recently MAC released its Marilyn Monroe collection to MAC Pro members. I was so excited for this line to be released but I am honestly let down. Most of the colors look as it it just won't work with my coloring. I will be so glad when MAC decides o make a collection with dark bold colors. A Halloween collection would be nice. But I digress.

Here is what MAC says about the collection:

The fascination goes far beyond her beauty. With a persona as enigmatic as it is warm, Marilyn Monroe has forever captivated the collective consciousness as a brilliant and charming comedienne (Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) or femme fatale with a secret in her heart (Niagara). She is her own work of art, forever the obsession of artists, photographers and filmmakers.

M A C Marilyn Monroe, a colour collection in shades and formulas distinctively Marilyn: Lipsticks in rapturous reds and gleaming Dazzleglass, a dramatic 35 Lash,False Lashes in Extreme Black and Large Eye Shadows in shimmering metallics and diamond tones. Along with Nail Lacquers destined to be a girl’s best friend and Beauty Powder to evoke that flawless MM skin.

The packaging features images from The Black Sitting,the famous series taken by photographer Milton Greene. These black and white photographs reveal Marilyn with an intimacy seldom seen.

Now I can honestly say I like the packaging. MAC kept it simple, classy and timeless! What I do not like in addition to the colors offered is that the collection contains so many permanent/repromotes. Now I for one like repromotes sometimes because it allows people to either restock up on an item or purchased a missed out on item. What I don't like is that almost the entire collection is permanent. I was thinking new colors or more Marilyn inspired names or something.

Needless to say I almost purchased nothing....and the only reason I did was 50% packaging and 50% because I like the colors of the lipsticks. I purchased Pure Zen and Scarlet Ibis lipsticks. A nude and a red/orange color. I will be sure to put swatches up just as soon as I receive my order this Friday.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ELF Cosmetics HD Blush

ELF Cosmetics has come out with a HD blush! This blush is suppose to be compatible to Makeup Forever HD blush. Since I don't have their cream blush I can't compare them. I can tell you that I LOVE these blushes!

The only con I have is for some reason I thought they would be bigger. Other than that I live them. I only purchased 5 of the 5 available. I did not purchase headliner because the swatches made me think the blush would be too light on my skin. I just might pick up an entire set for my kit though.

So the colors I purchased were Superstar, Diva, Encore, and Showstopper. For the remainder of this post any pictures will be posted in that order.

Superstar is a pinky peach color. On my NC50/NW45 skin I would say it leans more peach. When blended it gives a more orangey peach appearance but I love it!!

Diva is a purple pink color on me. Magenta like. I was afraid it would be too pink but when sheared out it's a wonderful magenta.

Encore is a doll baby pink. Lol. That really is the best way to describe it. It is pink and does not yield any other color on my skin.

Showstopper is a plummy purple. I thought it would look awful on me at first because of its deep purpleness but it's lovely.

All of these colors wear well. I did not have any problem with transference I will say that when sheared out all of the colors have a slight gold sheen to them. Not glitter or sparkle, just a sheen.

You do have to be careful when dispensing product as one full pump is more than enough for both cheeks. I applied the blush with my fingers.

On to pictures....


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Urban Decay Vice Palette

Urban Decay just released their new Vice Palette. This palette is selling for $59.00 and contains 20 new shades. I dont know about you but I plan on getting one!

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cosmetics 101

Have you ever purchased cosmetics that didn't live up to its claim? I know I sure have. Too many duds to name. About two years ago I got the notion to start my own cosmetics company. I wanted to specialize in eyeshades that were so pigmented that it could be seen on the darkest of dark shades of people. I went as far as to get a business tax ID and looked at companies that could help me develop the line but I quickly got discouraged at how much money it would take.

I am going to start the process again! I am more excited this time around than I was last time. I plan to do ALOT more researching and developing. I'm going to have to write a list of all the things I will need to do along with the estimated capital needed to start.

If you or anyone you know has ever started a business then any advice would be great! Stay tuned for more to come... I just might have a contest for a brand logo where the winner would get to try some products out!

Can you tell I'm excited just thinking about it!!!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Night Time

Here is a simple look I did for a night out on the town with friends. We were going for drinks and dancing so I wanted to go with a more sultry look. For this look I used my urban decay naked 1 palette. I also have on falsies but the were actual extensions and not the kind you glue on with lash glue.