Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beauty Dupe Battle: Urban Decay Perversion Vs. MAC's Feline

If you're anything like me, black eyeliner is a must and coming across a really good eyeliner is like hitting the jackpot. I've been a long time fan of MAC's eye kohl in Feline, the smooth and creamy black eyeliner pencil. The only problem? It's a limited edition item and is far superior in quality when compared to its smudgey, messy permanent sister MAC's Smolder. It's been repromoted a few times and every time it is, I stock up. It was hard to find an eyeliner as black and creamy with that kind of staying power... UNTIL NOW. Enter Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion. First introduced as apart of Urban Decay's Anniversary Eyeliner Set, the folks over at UD decided to release it individually and introduce it as a PERMANENT item. I have never come across a blacker eyeliner than this! The surprising thing about this eyeliner is its staying power. As creamy as it is, I was expecting it to smear and smudge but as the day wore on, Perversion stood strong on my waterline! So how do the two eyeliners stack up? 
  • Pigmentation: Both eyeliners are as black as they come, but Perversion goes on a few shades darker. Winner: Perversion
  • Price: Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils retail for about $19 while MAC's Eye Kohls go for about $15. Winner: Feline
  • Staying Power: Feline gives a solid 4-5 hours of weartime on me, but tends to get smudgey as the hours pass. Perversion will give me around the same amount of weartime (4-5 hours) but stays put. Winner: Perversion.
  • Availability: Though Feline is often repromoted, Perversion is permanent. Winner: Perversion.
  • Packaging: Both designs are your basic black pencil, but MAC's .05 oz has a leg up on Urban Decay's .04 oz. Winner: Feline
Pictured above are comparison swatches of the two eyeliners. As my stats prove, Perversion has the edge in this Beauty Dupe Battle, winning with a solid 3/5 over MAC's Feline. Do you own either of these eyeliners? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Winter Trend Alert: Dark Dramatic Lips

After seeing Rihanna perform at the Grammy's last night in leather shorts and almost black lips, I had to post about this winter trend popping up everywhere. These days, women are going bolder with their lip colors and nothing is hotter than the dark, vampy lipstick statement. As seen on starlets like Miranda Kerr, Megan Fox and the aforementioned Rihanna, this trend is all about making a sexy statement. I know a lot of girls will be hesitant to try this trend out because of its high drama, but isn't that where all the fun is? The dark lip has  also been seen up and down the runway at fashion week and is pure decadence. The look is versatile, ranging from deep purple violets to black cherry reds as well, and is flattering to all skin tones. To interpret this trend, I lined my lips with MAC lip pencil in Brick, filling in my entire lip. Then, I carefully filled in my lips with MAC's amplified lipstick in Dark Deed and topped it off with MAC's Richly Revered cremesheen lipgloss for that black cherry glossy finish. Keep the look dramatic and vampy with dark winged eyeliner and loads of black mascara. Pictured below is my dark and vampy LOTD. Have you tried out the dark lipstick trend? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Buzzworthy: Shop MAC Cook MAC for Spring 2012

This last Tuesday, I was treated to a preview of MAC's Spring 2012 line, Shop MAC Cook MAC (Shop Shop Shop Cook Cook Cook), before it's released to the public on February 16. The collection is mostly made up of limited edition and repromotes consisting of lipsticks, Kissable lipcolour, Cremeblend blushes, eyeshadow quads, Fluidlines, Tendertones, and nail polishes. I missed out on the amazing cremeblend blushes released with MAC in Lillyland, Optimistic Orange and Florida so I took the opportunity and snatched them while they were available in Shop Mac Cook Mac. These reformulated cremeblend blushes go on like a dream- rich in color and creamy in consistency. Optimistic Orange and Florida are a little intimidating in the pan, but both colors go on beautifully if you use your fingers or a stippling brush. What I also love about these two colors is their versatility- you can use these blushes as a blush, a nice colorful base or a vibrant lipcolor. I love these blushes and highly recommend you try these out! Both Watch Me Simmer and Quick Sizzle were SOLD OUT by the time i was able to get to the counter, but I did snag Kissable Lipcolor in Woo Me, a lovely matte nude. The consistency of the Kissable lipcolor is that of a liquid lipstick and the wear time I get on these is fantastic (a good 4-5 hours!). I also love the tiny hint of pink in this nude to prevent it from looking like concealer lip! Pictured below are my goodies from Shop MAC Cook MAC and my FOTD using Optimistic Orange cremeblend blush and Woo Me kissable lipcolour, along with the swatches (including Florida). Are you excited for Shop MAC Cook MAC? Leave your thoughts in the comments.