MAC Ellie Goulding – the Lipsticks

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Dear MAC: count me in for all of your limited edition packaging, forever.

 

You guys, I’m not even particularly fond of Ellie Goulding, but I can NOT say no to special packaging! Especially when it comes to lipsticks and blushes. So of course, I had to pick up the two lipsticks introduced with MAC’s Ellie Goulding collection that came out right before Christmas. I’m not ashamed of my addiction!

 

As usual, let’s talk about packaging first. I love the color scheme and logo created here! My favorite aspect has to be the etched lipstick. MAC put some real tender care in this collection! The love shows in those little perfect details ❤️

 

The lighter of the two shades is called Without Your Love, and has a cremesheen finish. I found it to be a light, warm pink that ran pretty sheer. Personally, I’m all about color like this, as I tend to focus heavier makeup on my eyes and like to balance with a soft, neutral lip. Because of the sheer, glossy nature of this lipstick, it wears for only a couple of hours or so before fading completely. Something I always tell my clients though, is that makeup isn’t meant to be a tattoo- it’s okay if you have to reapply!

 

Only You is also a cremesheen, and is described on MAC’s website as a “muted mid-tone coral” which I think is just about perfect. It’s not too orange or pink, and has enough color in it to complement an everyday eye look. I also found this shade to be more pigmented than Without Your Love, which gave it a longer wear time as well (about 3-4 hours).

 

Of course I picked up the blush/bronzer too, so you’ll be able to read all about it in my next post ☺️ After that, I only have one more holiday product to talk about (plus December’s Play! Box) and then it’s on to Spring 2016 makeup! I’m so excited to share the products I’ve been trying with you. Please stay tuned for all the iridescent/pastel makeup love that will be coming your way soon!

 

 

Becca Champagne Glow Palette

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I know what you’re thinking – you either already have this palette and love it, are bummed you missed out on it (and salty with me for re-opening that wound) or hate Becca highlighters and/or Jaclyn Hill and DGAF, in which case, why are you even here? ?

 

But honestly, I’m not trying to beat a dead horse by reviewing this palette. I know it’s no longer available, but now that Pearl (the lightest shade on the left) is going to be permanent for Spring, I thought I’d go ahead and talk about that shade and Blushed Copper (far right). I’ve already reviewed Champagne Pop here, so go check that out as well if you missed it! Also, it is still available as of now on Sephora’s website.

 

Pearl is my very own ideal highlighter. As a real-life Snow White, the only shade lighter than my complexion is literally paper white. Enter Pearl! This color is a completely neutral, shimmery white highlighter that actually highlights my bone structure because it is truly lighter than my skin. This may not be relatable for most of you guys, but finding a highlighter lighter than my complexion makes me want to fall to my knees and weep tears of joy. I’ve been described by friends as “translucent”, “glow-in-the-dark”, and perhaps most eloquently, “pale as f***!”, if that helps you to understand the real life need I had for someone to create a highlighter this light.

 

With that personal victory also comes hardship for others – I’ve had many people tell me they simply don’t know what to do with this shade. If you have the palette or are planning to purchase the individual full-size, and have a medium-to-deep skin tone, I do have a few suggestions for you.

 

Besides being worn on the cheekbones, Pearl pops as an inner-corner/tear duct highlight, as well as a beautiful brightener on the center of the eyelid. When applied strategically to the Cupid’s Bow, it also makes a great lip enhancer. For extra credit, you can even pat a little with your fingertip onto the center of your bottom lip to achieve maximum Kylie Jenner fullness! All of these methods will work with any skin tone, not just for the ultra-fair.

 

Blushed Copper has a very self-explanatory name, and is really going to have the opposite effect of Pearl. Super deep skin tones pull off this highlighter flawlessly, but anyone lighter than that on the skin tone spectrum looks pretty strange with this on their upper cheekbones.

 

Instead, it makes a gorgeous eyeshadow or blush, so there’s really no losing with this color either! While it also is available as an individual full-size product, it is a limited edition shade as well. If you’re planning on purchasing, it’s still available on Sephora’s website and in many stores.

 

As a side note, the pans in this palette look so small in every picture I’ve seen, but they’re actually a really generous size (though not full-sized, of course). All of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed shades are $38, and worth every single penny!

 

 

MAC Warm Neutrals x15

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Last night, I reviewed MAC’s Cool Neutral 15 pan palette, so today I want to share the warm version with you!

 

I’ll say right off the bat that I like this version better. I feel like the pigment is stronger and provides better color payoff, and overall texture is just way smoother.

 

Because of the color quality and warmth of the shades, I think this is a much better addition to a professional kit. The colors work for a much broader skin tone range, especially for clients with deeper skin that may not be partial to the cool palette. It also makes a fantastic pairing with blue eyes, since orange and blue are complimentary colors.

 

A couple of the finer points about these palettes in general is that they’re an excellent value, and provide a great way to add a lot of MAC to your collection at once if you’re newer to the brand.

 

Don’t worry – I won’t judge you if you buy both ☺️

 

 

MAC Cool Neutrals x15

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As you may have noticed, I already failed at my New Year’s Resolution. I didn’t post anything last night – but I swear I have a good reason! I was tired.. ? After putting my son to bed, I passed out on the couch before 8 pm. So much for keeping up with my skincare regimen too!

 

I also resolved to be easier on myself this year, so I’ll just make up for it with another post this week (and maybe calm my skin with an extra face mask), and let it average itself out ?.

 

I’m still very excited to talk about the Cool Neutral 15-pan shadow palette from MAC. What a fantastic deal! At $85, you’re paying just over $5/shadow for very generously sized pans. I’ll admit that as a long-time fan of Urban Decay shadows, I’ve never really purchased many from MAC. When I have, I’ve also found the formula to be very hit-and-miss, but this palette made me pretty happy!

 

The lighter matte shades are a very thoughtful inclusion (there are 6 mattes overall), and much smoother than I anticipated. That being said, they’re going to look like straight up chalk on deeper skin tones, so they may not be the best investment if you’re a professional looking for a versatile palette for your kit, or you just happen to look best in darker, richer tones.

 

Color payoff from the satin shades is pretty good, but they’re not what I would reach for if I wanted a defined or bold look with neutral colors. These shadows work best for someone who wants a light wash of color for every day, that doesn’t require too much fuss or blending.

 

If you’re looking for an economical way to introduce yourself to MAC or beef up your collection, you’ve found the right palette! If you want sone thing like this, but with warm colors.. Well that exists too. Both are available from department stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s and MAC, and -spoiler alert- I’ll be reviewing the warm collection next!

 

 

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Rouge Noir

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I LOVE cream shadows. I’ll scream it from a mountaintop one day! I think they’re so fast and easy, and perfect to put on top of a normal shadow look for some extra glitz.

 

If you read yesterday’s post, then you’ll know that this is only my second foray into the world of Chanel cosmetics. Again I stand impressed!

 

Rouge Noir is a beautiful blackened red with pinky-red glitter. On my pale visage, it translates more plum, but I can’t say I’m mad at it. The specks of sparkle in here are what really does it for me – non-scratchy and super refined. It’s glitter for grown-ups! And there’s nothing that makes a tired mom feel more glamorous than some refined shimmer from a luxe brand.

 

Because of the depth of this color, I was a little worried about the way it would blend. It feels very creamy (as opposed to the powder/gel texture of Dior’s cream shadows) but applies lighter-than-air. I get the best results by applying it on the center of the lid with my finger in a patting motion. This is a perfect complement to a boring smoky eye.

 

It is limited edition though, so act quick if you need it in your collection! I have a feeling I’ll be trying more of these in the future ?

 

 

Celebrating 2016 with Chanel

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Happy 2016 readers! I hope the New Year brings you all the happiness and success in the world. For myself, I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year than by lounging in the lap of luxury.

 

That’s why I played with a couple of pieces from the Chanel Holiday 2015 Vamp Attitude collection all day!

 

This blush was a beautiful gift I received at Christmas, and can I be real with you guys for a moment? I’ve been using and working with luxury cosmetics for nearly a decade.. And I’ve never used Chanel makeup! ? I know, it’s insanity. I’ve purchased polishes before, but for whatever reason, I’ve never ventured into the cosmetics. I think this is partially because every time I went to a counter to buy an LE highlighter, it was sold out. The other side of that is that before I ever worked for a counter, I was very intimidated by them.

 

Now I’ve finally got something to play with! Joues Contraste Lumiere in Coups de Minuit is a little bit of everything. I’ve always been partial to baked products, so this is right up my alley! A peachy beige, it can function as either a highlighter or blush. I’ve used it for both and like it either way, but I will say for anyone with a medium-deep skin tone, this will function much better as a highlight. It also layers well on top of another cream or powder blush to impart some extra radiance and glow.

 

I’m a little obsessed with the chic packaging, too! Like Marc Jacobs beauty, the lacquered black compact gives a very standout appearance. With the iconic interlock CC logo and a large mirror inside of the lid, you can truly tell that the product is held to a high standard of quality. The brush that comes with it is soft, but I’m unfairly in love with my brushes and never really use the travel ones I receive with product.

 

Run out to your nearest counter and see if you can still get your hands on this!

 

 

 

Beautiful New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year’s Resolutions are equal parts overwhelming and inspiring. Sometimes the prospect of a new year gives you the ammunition you need to kick a bad habit or make some positive changes, and sometimes you go too hard on yourself and end up backtracking.

 

For 2016, I’m going to try and set the bar high, but keep myself accountable. Here are my beauty New Year’s Resolutions:

 

  1. Post original, inspiring content on Instagram and the blog every. single. day. No more excuses!
  2. Continue my cosmetic education – online, via local classes, or by taking beauty seminars at regional makeup shows. We should never stop learning!
  3. Learn how to take and edit photos like a pro. Damn you bloggers that also have great photography skills! You’re making me look bad ?

 

Have a fun, safe New Year everyone! And let me know what beautiful New Year’s Resolutions you have. ❤️