Monday, September 26, 2011

Dupe this Look: Nicole Richie

I loved this Mod 60's inspired look Nicole Richie rocked on the Oscar's red carpet in 2010. If anyone knows mod inspired style, it's Ms. Richie. The twist on this version of the smokey eye is the great little wing at the end. It really draws a nice line from your eyes to accentuate that sexy feline look. I started by separating my eyelids in half by drawing a black curved line with an angled brush and MAC's Carbon eyeshadow. Next, I patted the lower lid with Sugar Pill's Tako eyeshadow and blended it in an upwards sweeping motion. With my trusty MAC 266, I blended the Carbon line I drew with more black eyeshadow pulling upwards as well. A thick black  line of cream eyeliner is key to this look. I used MAC's Fluidline gel eyeliner in Blacktrack. Don't to wing it out at the end as well. The rest of my look is fairly simple, using Rock and Republic's Foreplay blush and MAC's Angel on my lips, topped off with Chanel's Insolence lipgloss on top. And of course, no Mod look is complete without a dramatic set of false eyelashes (mine are Miss Adoro #5- my current favorite!). Below is my Nicole Richie inspired look. Do you rock the Mod inspired cat eye? Leave your thoughts in the comments. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Buzzworthy: MAC Seasonally Supreme Sheen Lipstick in Fashion City

I've been sitting on this little gem for a while now and decided to share this delightful lipstick with all of you. MAC's Seasonally Supreme Sheen lipsticks came out a few weeks back and I picked up this baby immediately after seeing swatches of it online. Fashion City is what I would consider a true peach lipstick. The lipstick is a frost finish with strong and beautiful pigmentation. Fashion City goes on so creamy and slick it really makes your lips look soft and lush! Fashion City would really look great on my girls out there with warmer skin tones that lean towards medium and dark shades. Although the lipstick does not get a particularly long weartime, I dont really mind that because that's not the point of these, is it? (I leave that to the longwear lipcremes!) Moisturizing, pretty and shiny, Fashion City takes its place along with the other Supreme Sheen lipsticks which are THANKFULLY apart of the permanent line. Along with Bare Again, this is absolutely a must-have lipstick for me! Bottom Line? Medium to darker toned girls who pull more warm would look amazing in this!!! Below is my LOTD along with the Fashion City Swatch. Which Supreme Sheen Lipstick is your favorite shade? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Shop Your Stash: MAC's Up the Amp Lipstick

I happened to come across another oldie but goody while shopping my stash the other night. MAC's Up the Amp lipstick has been a favorite of MAC lovers and beauty bloggers for so long that I almost forgot what a beautiful shade it was. A flawlessly blended combination of lilac and pink, Up the Amp really lights up any face that so chooses to wear it. The best part of this lipstick? It looks just as gorgeous on fair skinned ladies as it does on women of color. The lipstick is an Amplified finish and has been a classic standout shade in MAC's permanent lipstick line. It's creamy and soft and hydrates the lips beautifully. If you are looking for a bold color that will keep your look soft and feminine, shop your stash for this beauty classic! If you don't already own it, run out and pick one up as it is (THANKFULLY) a part of MAC's permanent collection. Pictured below is my face of the day using MAC's Up the Amp. Do you have Up the Amp in your stash? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

the Look for Less: Wet 'n' Wild's Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette

Top: Right Column Botton: Left Column
Boy do I love a good deal! Wet 'n' Wild has always been a fan favorite when it comes to getting a bang for your buck. I got lucky and stumbled up the Comfort Zone 8 eyeshadow palette when shopping around my local CVS. Retailing at just $4.99, W&W's Comfort Zone palette is packed with 8 very pigmented shades, each labeled to direct the user in where to place and blend the eyeshadows. They really nailed it when naming this palette Comfort Zone since most of these colors are the neutral everyday colors I usually find comfortable wearing. The colors are richly pigmented and shimmery, with one standout duochrome- the definer color in the left column. The red, brown, green combo of this eyeshadow is very close to a MAC all star eyeshadow Club. This is a great palette to grab and travel with as you could pull several looks from just the one palette including soft and neutral looks as well as dramatic and smokey looks. The best part is that it will only set you back $5! Pictured below is my FOTD using the left column of Comfort Zone. I actually used the lid color (light limey green) on my lid, the definer color (duochrome brown) in my crease and the crease color (dark chocolate brown) in the outer V of my eye for some added drama. I also lined my lower lashes with the definer shade in the right column (brown with burgandy glitter flecks). Bottom line? If you see this at your local drugstore, don't hesitate to pick it up as it has been selling out like crazy! Great eyeshadows for an even sweeter price! Were you able to pick up Comfort Zone? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Buzzworthy: MAC's 226 Blending Brush

Ah, the 226 brush, or as I like to call it- the things legends are made of. Typical MAC (and their sneaky ways) have managed to create such a versatile, highly effective crease blending brush only to make it limited edition. Why do they always do this with their best stuff? The 226 is a densely packed, tapered blending brush which has been repromoted with MAC's Summer 2011 collection, MAC Me Over. Far more tapered than the 217 and a lot shorter than the 224 ( all three pictured below together), the 226 is also packed a little less tight than the 219 pencil brush. This brush is ideal for girls with smaller eyes, hooded lids, or anyone who thinks the 217 takes eyeshadow too far past the crease of their eye. The quality of this brush is that like any other MAC brush- excellent color pickup, very minimum to zero shedding and soft luxurious bristle hairs to boot. The brush retails at a mere $24.50 but grab it while you can as this bad boy is flying off the shelves! COME ON, MAC! Make this a permanent already! Did you pick up the 226 this weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments.