Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MAC's Matte Lip collection

I am so behind on posts! I've been so busy with other things, like taming wild cats (more on that shortly) and Dr. appointments. But I had to share my beautiful new lippies. I love creamy lipsticks, but I'm beginning to like mattes more and more. I've been a fan of them ever since I first tried MAC's Ruby Woo.  It's the perfect "pin-up girl" red.   In the past year I've discovered a new reason to love the matte texture - it doesn't bleed outside of your lips. Something that only older women will appreciate.  So when I heard that MAC was doing a collection of matte lipsticks I typed it in my date book.
This collection has something for everyone as far as colors.  It has a bright pinky red, Damn Glamorous, an orange-red, La Vie En Rouge, a to die for raspberry wine, Fashion Revival (my absolute favorite, it's very similar in color to Rebel), a gorgeous peachy-mocha, Pander Me, a dark plum, Living Legend, a grayish-brown, Styled in Sepia, which looks much better than it sounds, and a very nice rose-pink, Nouvelle Vogue.  Heroine is also in this collection but it is a permanent lipstick, a nice purple that people went crazy for when it was first brought out as a limited edition lippie.
NONE of these are sold out online, which is amazing, and they're also available at select stores like Nordstrom's and Macy's.  I decided to try out Styled in Sepia, Pander Me, Fashion Revival, and Nouvelle Vogue. I absolutely love all 4 of them. Here are a few swatches, etc.

Fashion Revival is my absolute favorite of the bunch.  If you like MAC's Rebel, you'll love this color.

Fashion Revival, no liner or primer

Swatches of Styled in Sepia (top) and Fashion Revival (bottom)

Styled in Sepia, also no liners or primer used. On some people it may look more gray, but on me it's exactly like a sepia toned photo
I really, really like this lipstick. I don't have anything else like it.
Nouvelle Vogue

Nouvelle Vogue looks like just another pink, but it's got that rosy hue like Hoop had.

Nouvelle Vogue (top) and Pander Me (bottom)

Pander Me, another interesting color
Mattes do tend to show dry, cracked lips, so if you're going to try this be sure to exfoliate your lips or apply a primer before the lipstick. Then you'll look fantastic!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2

Are you a daring kind of girl or woman? If you are, you should pick up the new MAC Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick.  If you haven't seen it yet, the newest Viva Glam lipstick is probably the most unusual one yet.  It's described as a mauvey silver frost.  It looks more like a brown with silver frost.  In the right light I can see the mauve, but for the most part you can't.  It looks like a grey brown.  So, it's not for everyone, but I love it.  I have SO MANY pinks, reds, oranges, purples, and nudes.  This is something that I don't have, and because of that I like it.  I will admit frosts are getting a little harder for me to wear without a primer or lip liner because the frost finish can accentuate lip lines.  But I don't mind using lip liner.

The best way to change up the look of this, however, is to layer the gloss on top of the lipstick.  It looks fantastic!  I haven't seen this combo look bad on ANYONE.  The gloss itself is stunning, a gorgeous lilac with red frost (MAC describes it as a "cool mauve with red frost").  When you put the gloss on over the lipstick it changes it into a more purple, less brown shade that is uniquely beautiful.

And of course all of the proceeds from this go to helping people with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.  That in itself was a reason for me to buy it.

Here are a few snaps I took of the lipstick and gloss.

Just the lipstick
The lipstick with gloss layered over it
The gloss itself is stunning. A must have in my book

Friday, September 19, 2014

Coming Soon -Fall fashion and make up collaborations and collections

Sept.  Scandal/Olivia Pope's wardrobe recreated with The Limited.
Big shawl collars, neutrals, whites, black. Sophisticated but tough clothes. What better way to celebrate the next season of Scandal! It's supposed to launch sometime this week, and be available until next May. I have a few things on my list...

Sept. 14   Target x Altuzzara
I looked at this online and was rather disappointed.  The only thing that I thought was unique was the golden-hued python dress.  Other dresses were nice and if I were working in an office right now I might buy 1 or 2.  I'm not interested enough to go to Target to look at it.

Sept. 26th,   Kohl's x Eli Tahari New York inspired
I looked at the preview online and I AM excited for this collection.  I love the shirts with the New York scenes/inspiration, and the pants and leggings look unique.  There are some nice dresses for work, and I ADORE the black flared skirt with the cityscape at the bottom.  I loved Catherine Malandrino's collab with Kohl's last fall, and this one looks equally good.  Plus Elie Tahari seems like a genuinely nice person.  Can't wait!!

Oct. 2nd, MAC & RHPS
If you liked The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this collection may be your thing.  I've seen it but it was a midnight showing with very few people, so we didn't get the crowd participation thing going.  So I'm neither here nor there with excitement about the movie.  Maybe that's why I'm not excited about this collection.  The packaging is just meh for me, it's the red lips with the movie title by them. To me it looks like they slapped a sticker on it.  There are lipsticks for this one, at least.  All are some shade of red, though.  There are also some gorgeous glitters and pigment, blushes, and nail polishes

Oct 2nd, MAC x Brooke Shields
Sophisticated packaging with a fairly large variety of products.  Specifically a huge neutral eye shadow palette.  Lipsticks in square gray tubes with orange accents.  If it weren't for The Matte lip collection, I would get something from this one. I'm also holding out for the cool black packaging of the Ultimate Collection.

Oct. 2nd, MAC The Ultimate Collection
Gorgeous lipsticks and powders in equally gorgeous black packaging.  Pricey but it will be perm, so no rush.  I've got my eye on several of these.

Oct. 9th, MAC The Matte Lip Collection
A variety of colors, from greige (gray beige) to dark purple to pinky-red.  And all are the beloved matte formula.  I've had my list made for weeks!

Mid-Oct., MAC x Nasty Gal
A smallish collection with three lipsticks. One red, one burgundy, and one purple.

November, MAC x Prabal Gurung
If you follow Prabal on IG you've probably already gotten some glimpses of these.  Beautiful gold packaging, lipsticks, bronzer...  High pricing to cover the cost of the nice packaging...  I'm undecided on this one.

MAC Heirloom Holiday Collection
I'm not sure of the date yet.  There was a great presentation for this during their fall employee updates. Think cameos, pearls, white, black, and samples of lipsticks, pressed pigments, regular pigments, Viva Glam I - VI, brushes, and probably more that I'm forgetting about.