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Pink and Purple Tutorial from a Ghost……..

Do you hear the crickets? I do! It has been over TWO WEEKS since my last post! I am such a slacker. I am going to have to re-work this blog thing. It’s not as easy to keep up with it as it is to do a video. Writing about EVERY product as well as posting a pic of each one is a challenge, just being honest so I think I am going to concentrate more on my YouTube channel and I will pop in here to talk about a specific product that I like or to talk about my videos or whatever suits my fancy. But I am not dead so don’t count me out!

Anyhoo, I just uploaded a tutorial to YT and it was a PAIN in the neck because it took FOUR tries to get it loaded! The first time the computer powered down in the middle of loading it, the next time my son closed the lap top lid and that stopped the video processing, the third time the Internet browser stopped working, and the fourth time was the charm! WHEW! Maybe there is something to this Friday the 13th stuff.

So let me stop yammering, here is the video:

Face:

Benefit Porefessional Face Primer

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”

M.A.C. Concealer in “NW 55”

Makeup Forever HD powder

Eyes:

Nyx Eyeshadow Base in “Pearl”

M.A.C. Eyeshadows in “Sushi Flower” and Vibrant Grape

Nars Eyeshadow in “Daphne”

Milani Baked Eyeshadow in “Lily White”

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in “Zero”

Anastasia Hollywood Mascara

Brows:

M.A.C. Retractractable Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked”

Maybelline Clear Mascara

Cheeks:

La Femme Blush

Benefit Moonbeam Highlighter

Lips:

M.A.C. Lipstick in “Playtime”

Tarina Tarantino Lip Gloss in “Barette”

Brush Cleaning Day…..

It was that time again. When I needed to stop being lazy and really deep clean my brushes. I am such a procrastinator but, now that I do my makeup on camera, I need to be a little more dilligent about keeping them pristine since they are now subject to public scrutiny. I am not really going to tell you how I do it or post a video on it. It’s futile, I have no new info to offer. I am rather going to link to a video that is pretty much the method that I use.  I mean, cleaning your brushes is not rocket science, but it is nice to know how to best remove product from your brushes.

 Why clean your brushes? I am so glad you asked! You need to clean your brushes because, like any other beauty tool, they can develop bacteria which can lead to breakouts and all sorts of gnarly things. Secondly, think about your hair. When your hair is dirty and you can tell you have product build-up on your tresses, it just doesn’t perform like it would if it was clean. Most brushes are made of natural animal hair and the same rule applies. Plus it can taint the outcome of your makeup, especially in the case of shadow brushes, if you have colors left over from previous applications.

 Now the video that I am posting is for deep cleaning your blushes (like I did today) and you only have to do that about once a week. For everyday cleaning just a little bit of brush cleaner (I use MAC’s) on a paper towel does the trick beautifully.

Here is the link, It’s a video by Marlena from MakeupGeek (LOVE her!):

And here are a few photos of my brushes drying, you can see why I dread doing this, I have quite a few…….

Sephora Ad “Orange Lips” Tutorial

Here is a video of a tutorial I did based on a Sephora “Orange Lips” ad in the latest issue of InStyle magazine. I will also include a photo of the ad itself. In my March Must-Haves post I talked about some orange lip products that I got at Sephora and I thought that I need to do some kind of look with the lips so folks would know how to actually wear orange lips in real life. When I stumbled upon this ad I HAD to recreate it. They did a phenomenal job! Anyhoo, on with the show!

Here is the ad:

And here is my take:

Link to the tutorial video:

Product List:

Face:

Revlon ColorStay Foundation in “Mocha”

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in “NW55”

MAC Fix+ Spray

Eyes:

Urban Decay Prep and Prime Potion

Urban Decay “Naked” Palette: “Buck” (lid and crease). “Naked” (brow bone) & “Sin” (inner corner)

Nyx Eyeliner in “Sapphire”

MAC Eyeshadow in “Contrast”

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in “Zero”

L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara in “Black”

MAC Retractable Brow Pencil in “Spiked”

Cheeks:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Tipsy”

Nars Illuminator in “Orgasm”

Lips: (The STARS of the show!)

Sephora Lip Rouge in R06 “It Girl”

Sephora Lip Gloss in “Shimmery Orange Juice”

M.A.C. “Quite Cute” Collection Review

What up, folks? I’m back with a review of the newest M.A.C. collection, “Quite Cute”. I was really excited for this to come out after I saw Leesha from Xsparkage’s video, especially the “Candy Yum Yum” lipstick so when I got the email that it had released I BEGGED and PLEADED with my husband to let me get some products ASAP so I could get an early review in. He said yes and I hauled butt to the M.A.C. store in my local mall to check it out. Here are the promotional photos and a photo I took in the store:

And here is my YouTube video:

As you can see the collection is very bright, and bubbly and, well, cute! I love vibrant and funky, cutesty, girlie things so this was right up my alley.

The collection includes:

Zoom Lash Mascara: “Zoomblack”

False Lashes #7

Penultimate Liquid Eyeliner: “Rapidblack”

Cutie Eyeshadow Quad: “Moshi Moshi” (pale white, green gold frost), “Goody Goody Gum Drop” (very pastel pink), “Boy Crazy” (pale lavender with a silver frost), “Azuki Bean” (ashy gray/purple frost)

Nail Laquer: “Mischievous Mint” (opaque mint green-LOVED it), “Little Girl Type” (opaque light lavender-also cute), “Ice Cream Cake” (opaque Barbie pink-bought it)

Lip pencil: “Naked Liner” (light peach), “In Synch” (carnation pink), “Boldly Bare” (light pink/brown)

Quite Cute Mineralize Blush: “Miss Behave” (light beige with a pearly mint green heart), “Giggly” (light pink with a pearly plum heart), “Sakura” (lavender with a pearly magenta heart)

Plushglass: “Bubble Tea” (creamy pale nude). “Fashion Fanatic” (creamy pale pink), “Girl ❤ Boy” (bright light blue pink), “I ❤ You” (creamy midtone purple)

Lipstick: “Playing Koi” (creamy white peach pink, satin), “Quite Cute” (creamy bright whitened lavender), “Saint Germain” (clean pastel pink), “Candy Yum Yum” (matte neon pink-bought this, VERY popular), “Playtime” (creamy intense violet-bought this) 

Whew, what a rundown! Here are some photos of swatches that I took in the store. I couldn’t get every item because I was on a time crunch and some of the artists’ were using them but I got most:

Lipstick: (top to bottom) "Playing Koi", "Quite Cute" & "Candy Yum Yum"

Lipliner: (top to bottom) "Boldly Bare", "Naked Liner" & "In Sync"

Eyeshadow: (clockwise from top left) "Moshi Moshi", "Goody Goody Gum Drop", "Boycrazy", & "Azuki Bean"

Mineralize Blush: (left to right) "Miss Behave", "Giggly" & "Sakura"

Plushglass: (left to right) "Fashion Fanatic", "I ❤ you" & "Bubble Tea"

Nail Lacquer: "Quite Cute" (left) and "Mischievous Mint" (right)

OKAY! So what do I think and what did I get? I liked the marketing and the concept but the actual products themselves were kind of blah, hate to say it. The shadows were not very pigmented or original and, being african-american and of a darker skintone, were way too pastel for me. Pastel colors have a tendency to make me look ashen so I steer away from them. As for the Plushglass’ they were all too light for me and didn’t have much color as you can see from the swatch on my hand. The two on the right almost look exactly the same on me. I really liked the blushes and specifically wanted “Sakura”, the lavender one, but it was just too frosty for me. I am sure it would be gorgeous on a more fairer skintoned person but I don’t fit in that category. The BEST products in the line are the lipsticks and nail polishes. I wanted all of the nail colors, they were so opaque and the colors were so pretty, my two faves being “Mishchievous Mint” and “Ice Cream Cake” (which I bought). As for the lipsticks there were three that I loved even though I only got two. I am FOR SURE going back for “Playing Koi”, it was such a nice color and had a pretty finish.

So here’s what I bought and photos of swatches:

Lipsticks: “Playtime” and “Candy Yum Yum”

"Candy Yum Yum"

"Playtime"

Mineralize Blush in “Giggly”

Blush on the left, little heart color on the right (love that shade)

Nail Lacquer in “Ice Cream Cake”:

Well, that’s my two cents. Definitely grab those lipsticks to be “in” with this season’s BOLD LIPS trend and the polishes are TDF. Let me know what you plan on or have gotten from this collection if there is anyone out there, LOL! And now for a bit of randomness, I saw the most GORGEOUS rainbow on the way home from the mall after I went shopping. I absolutely love rainbow anything and had to take a photo, budding photographer that I am, haha!

Flirt Cosmetics “Flirtatious” Palette Tutorial and Review

I went to the San Ysidro Las Americas Outlet shopping Center last week and stopped at The Cosmetics Company Outlet to see if they had anything worth getting excited about. They did! I purchased two items: A Flirt Cosmetics “Flirtatious” Palette and a M.A.C. “Solar Riche” Bronzing Powder.

First I’ll talk about the Bronzing powder. It has come out in two different collections, once in the Solar Field Collection and again in the Style Warrior Collection. In each collection the compact it came in was different, here is a photo of the one I picked up:

And open:

I am in love with this color as a blush for me. On a fairer skinned person it is a great bronzer but for me it adds such a peachy warmth to my cheeks, it just makes them glow. It takes a little working up to get the color to show but it’s worth it. Here is a swatch of it on my hand:

Now for the Eyeshadow Palette. I always go straight to the M.A.C. section when I hit up the CCO but since I am blogging about makeup now I need to be open to other brands as well so I did something a little different and actually looked around the store at the other brands they carry! I’m SO glad I did, too, because I found this little gem of a palette for only $10.

Now what won me over is the second shadow from the left. Mind you they all are lovely shades but the second shade is called “Glamorazzi” and it looks EXACTLY like “Trax” from M.A.C. I even took it to the M.A.C. counter and compared them side by side and you could NOT tell the difference between the two. I used to own Trax but I left my M.A.C. 15 shade palette in a hotel room in LA, discovered it too late to retrieve it, and just hadn’t gotten around to replacing that shadow. It’s such a gorgeous color and I am VERY happy to have an identical comparison plus three other pretty shades at less than the price of one M.A.C. shadow. Here it is open:

and on my arm:

They are such pretty, well-pigmented shades and the texture is great. The first shade is called “Peach Champagne”. It is reminiscent of MAC’s “Shroom” but it’s a little warmer. The second shade is “Glamourazzi”. The third shade is “Bronze Splash” and it is almost identical to MAC’s “Amber Lights”, it’s a very pretty dark gold color, not quite bronze in my opinion. The last shadow is “Goody Goody” and, to be honest, I couldn’t find a MAC shade I would compare it with.

Anyhoo, on with the tutorial. Here is the look I came up with and a full product list will be located underneath the photos and video. Hope you like. You can also purchase the palette here at Kohl’s.com.

Here’s the video to the tutorial:

Face:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”

Makeup Forever HD Translucent Powder

MAC Fix+ Setting Spray

Eyes:

Urban Decay Prep and Prime Potion

MAC “Constructivist” Paint Pot

Flirt Palette: Peach Champagne (Highlight), Glamourazzi (Upper Crease), Bronze Splash (Lid), Goody Goody (Crease)

MAC “Lucky Tom” Palette: Lucky Tom (Outer Corner)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in “Zero”

Maybelline One by One Volum’ Express Mascara in Black

MAC #35 Lashes and Duo Eyelash Adhesive

MAC Retractable Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked”

Cheeks:

MAC “Solar Riche” Bronzing Powder

Lips:

Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in “Premier Plum” #118

Tarina Tarantino Lip Gloss in “Semiprecious”

March Must-Haves

Hey, y’all! I just wanted to do a follow-up blog post (with photos of swatches) to my YouTube video highlighting my absolute FAVE products for the month of March.

Here is a link to the video:

And here are the swatches:

Sephora Rouge Creme Lipstick R06 “It Girl” and Sephora Ultrashine Lipgloss “Shimmery Orange Juice”

Before Lip Color:

After Lipstick and Gloss:

Swatch:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”:

Love this stuff! I bought it because I was running out of my M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Foundation and I haven’t even replaced it because I love this foundation so much!

Here is a photo of me fresh faced (YIKES!):

And after applying the Revlon foundation:

*I set this with Makeup Forever HD translucent powder since it is colorless and won’t interfere with the color of the foundation.

I was going to put the pictures for the Urban Decay Naked Palette Swatches here but I have a separate post showcasing just that palette so it seems more appropriate to put the photos in that one since previously I had no photo swatches. You can view that here.

I also have a swatch of the “Midnight Affair” polish on a polish review post located here.

Can’t really swatch the fix plus, LOL! Anyhoo, these were the products I loved for the month of March. I hope you liked it and let me know if you have used or are using any of these and you love them too. I have a few more reviews coming up soon and also a tutorial and a new edition of “The Bargain Basement”. Stick around and stay FABULOUS!!!!!!

Urban Decay “Naked” Palette Review

I did it! I finally got my hands on the ever elusive Urban Decay “Naked” Palette. The Palette that flies off the shelves and vanishes from websites literally hours upon release.

 I first became interested in this palette after watching a few YouTube videos exalting the merits of this product. I thought to myself I HAVE to have it but one trip to Sephora.com and a few calls to my local Sephoras made that prospect a bleak one. They had none in stock and no idea when they would return. I signed up on the website for an email alert when the product was available, made a wish and a prayer and hoped for the best. So imagine my joy when I checked my email one morning and saw “Sephora Customer Service: UD Palette in stock” in one of the subject lines. But a sister was BROKE!

 I BEGGED my husband to give me his credit card number so I could buy it before it disappears into myth once again but he wouldn’t budge. Secretly, he was planning on buying it himself for my impending birthday later that week (did I mention I love that man?). However his plans were dashed as, within hours, the palette vanished into oblivion. I sunk in defeat as it slipped through my fingers. But I still had one hope to cling to. A quick call to Sephora Fashion Valley revealed that the palette might be in the shipment they would be receiving that Thursday morning and, if it was, they would be more than willing to hold one for me to pick up. Oh happy day!

I waited with bated breath for Thursday to arrive and called the store nearest to me (Sephora Otay Ranch) before it even opened. They had it! It was there! And they would hold one for me provided I could be in to pick it up that day. Nothing and I mean NOTHING was going to keep me from picking that palette up. Not even the fact that I got a tubal sterilization procedure that day and was doped up on a vicodin/valium/ibuprofen cocktail. I actually felt pretty stable so it was no problem for me to go there and I had a friend driving for me so I was safe.

So what was the hullabaloo about? Was the palette worth all that angst? Am I glad I captured it? ON WITH THE REVIEW:

First, let’s start with a photo:

So there it is. The packaging on the palette itself is a chocolate brown felt with gold foil lettering and inside there is a decent sized mirror. The box it came in was plastic and inside is a cardboard insert showcasing the different shadows and how they look outside the palette:

It also comes with a travel sized Urban Decay Prep and Prime Potion located to the right of the Palette in the box. Personally, I could have taken or left this item. I purchased a full size Primer Potion some years ago and just wasn’t that impressed with it. I am a DIE HARD Too Faced Shadow Insurance fan. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stuff. But since it came in the palette I figured “What the heck? Everything deserves a second chance right?”. Well, I am happy to report that I am slowly changing my opinion on the Primer Potion. I am not as enamored with it as I am with the Shadow insurance bit it is definitely a close runner up. I am going to do a side by side comparison of the two primers soon.

So now lets open the palette and look inside. It has a magnetic closure and the mirror is located on the top flap. It contains 12 shades, color names written underneath each shade which I will outline for you from left to right. It also has a Good Karma Shadow brush which I will discuss later.

Virgin– pearlescent off-white, velvet finish

 

 

Sin- frosty light beige with a slight pink undertone, reminiscent of a champagne color

 

 

Naked– matte light brown, slightly ashen, like an ash blonde color

 

 

Sidecar– very shimmery, pale gold color with minute gold flecks

 

 

Buck- matte medium brown, with a beige undertone, not a red-brown

 

 

Half Baked– very true gold, more like a frost than a shimmer

 

 

Smog– very real bronze, metallic in finish

 

 

Dark Horse– One of my favorite colors. Looks like what you would get if you mixed dark brown, olive and grey and added a touch of gold sparkle. A very unique shade

 

 

Toasted– a frosty rose gold

 

 

Hustle– Also a personal favorite, this is a chocolate brown color with a rich, almost burgundy, undertone and a velvet finish. *In my Rick Ross voice* “EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’! EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’!”

 

 

Creep– off black with multicolored sparkles, another gorgeous color. I love a good, sparkly, black color.

 

 

Gunmetal– dark slate grey with a frost finish and silver sparkles.

 

Whew, that’s all of them! My hands are covered in shadow, LOL! This is definitely a must-buy and it works on so many levels for so many different skin-tones. There is literally something for everyone in this palette. From your nominal makeup wearers to the more flamboyant of us, like myself.

Now as for the brush. I have a little bit of attitude about it. The first edition of the Naked Palettes had a double-ended 24/7 liner in the shades “Zero” (black) and “Whiskey” (dark brown). Now if you know anything about the 24/7 liners they are supposed to be very good (most users swear by them) and very expensive, almost $20 a pencil. That’s crazy talk to a person who is accustomed to spending no more than $2 to $5 on a liner and that’s on a generous day. I really wanted the double ended pencil to see if they were all they were cracked up to be so you can imagine my disappointment in finding that they were absent from this edition’s release of the palette and, in place of them, was the Good Karma Brush. I mean the brush is ok but nothing noteworthy in my opinion. It is a VERY stiff medium shadow brush and I find that it works well in applying my M.A.C. reflects glitters because the bristles are so stiff that the glitter just sits right on top of them, they don’t nestle into the brush. So I am getting usage out of the brush but would have preferred the liner seeing as how if I were to go purchase both liner pencils separately, it would put me back about forty bucks. I can imagine my conversation with my husband:

 “Honey, I spent $40 today.”

“WHAT?!?!?!?!?! WHAT THE HECK DID YOU GET?”

“Two pencils…….”

O_o……..*blank stare*

So, what is my overall opinion of the palette as a whole? Is it worth the $48 price tag? My answer is an enthusiastic and an emphatic “YES!”. This has become a favorite of mine and I am constantly grabbing it when I do my makeup now. I even keep it in the original plastic box to maintain it’s look (obsessed much?).  I love it. If you can manage to catch one. by the light of the full moon, you should. It is currently sold out on the website, as I am sure it is everywhere else, but don’t let that deterr you. With a little luck and persistence anything you want can be yours, I believe that wholeheartedly. Whether it be this palette or a personal endeavor.

 At any rate I have rambled long enough. I hope this was as entertaining for you to read as it was for me to write. Until next time…….stay gorgeous and fabulous!