Makeup of the day – MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick 

I got this great MAC satin lipstick in Pink Nouveau in a blog sale and I think I’m in love!  MAC Pink Nouveau is a very cool toned blue based pink lipstick in a satin formula.  I decided to deepen it up a bit with NYX Edge Pink lip liner, which borders on being fuscia.  

  
I think it looks great with Tarte Dollface blush, which is also a very cool toned pink!

  
The shadows I’m wearing are MAC Vanilla on the brow bone, Copperplate as my crease transition shade, and Howzat as the lid and outer V shade and smudged along the lower lash line.

  
I put up my hair to show off the jewelry my friend made me ❤

What are you wearing today? 

Makeup of the day – Daytime smoky eye with MAC 

So, from time to time, I find myself pining for the Urban Decay Smokey palette.  I always talk myself out of it, because I HAVE THOSE COLORS (repeat to self 500 times).  I’m a sucker for packaging and I have the other 3 Naked palettes and will probably keep pining, though…even with my psychology degree, I’m a marketer’s dream come true!  Regardless, here’s a smoky look today I put together with some MAC shadows – enjoy!

  
  
  
Eye look was done with Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Bone as a base, then I used MAC Copperplate eyeshadow as a transition shade in the crease and MAC Howzat shadow (LE, but substitute any deep frosty grey you like) in the crease below the transition shade and all over the lid.  I used MAC Electra eyeshadow to highlight the center of the lid. I blended Blanc Type on the brow bone as a highlight and used Howzat below the eye with a pencil brush.  I then used MAC Nehru on a 266 angled eyeliner brush for a soft smoky eyeliner…no liquid liner today!

You can take this look even smokier with black or grey liner on the waterline, but spring allergies dictate that I’m not doing this today – LOL! 

Blush is NYX Ombre Blush in Mauve Me and Lipstick is Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft.

What are you wearing today? 

NYX Wonder Pencil First Impression

I’ve been trying a lot of NYX lately now that it’s available in CVS and Target.  I have quite a few reviews in store!

The NYX Wonder Pencil may just be my new best friend!  For years, I have used the MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20, but it’s always been just a bit too dark for me.  Other skin tone liners have either been the wrong shade or irritated my eyes, plus I wanted something that would work for other makeup multitasking purposes.  Leave it to NYX to make another professional type product available at the drugstore!

  
My MAC pencil is a bit used up.  You do get more with the $16.50 MAC pencil, but the NYX product is only $4.50.

Shade comparison of MAC NC15/NW20 and NYX Wonder Pencil in Light (this comes in 3 shades):

  
I used the NYX pencil today for cleaning up and highlighting around the brow, reverse lip lining (really great since I have freckles around my lip line), and concealing a few dark spots on my face along with lining my waterline.  CAVEAT:  If you use this on your face and the waterline, sharpen that sucker to a clean point for fresh product before going near your eyeballs!  Also, clean your sharpeners from time to time with alcohol.  Ok, enough lecturing. 😉 

  
I am super pleased with this multitasking pencil!  Have you tried it?

NYX Ombre Blush Review – Mauve Me

When I fist saw the NYX Ombre Blushes, I got pretty excited!  My first thought was that these may be an affordable version of an earlier limited edition MAC offering. 

From the NYX website:

“Treat your cheeks to a radiant flush of color with our Ombré Blush, a new gradient blush inspired by the ombré trend. This must-have formula features two silky colors blended into one perfectly coordinated shade combo. (It’s like they were meant for each other.)”

My excitement turned to doubt when I saw the INTENSE color selection.  I have incredibly fair skin and realized that most of the shades were going to be “too rich for my blood.”  One shade stood out as a possibility that might work for me, though, and that was “Mauve Me.”  I thought, “Well, at $10 for an enormous blush, let’s give it a shot,” and ordered it from Ulta.  I’m SO glad I did, because this particular shade of mauve is my jam!  Check it out:

  
I love that ombre fade!  There’s a nice mirror inside, as well. 

  
The compact is nice and sleek.  

Here’s how it looks on my skin (around a MAC NW10, for reference):

  
(Worn with MAC “Syrup” lipstick.)

  
(Worn with Kat Von D “Lovecraft” lipstick.)

I have been using my MAC 116 blush brush and sweeping from the light color into the deep color in the pan, then applying the blush in a swirling motion on my cheeks.  The color is a lovely satin (very lightly shimmery, NOT frosty yet not matte), a healthy glowy type finish that I tend to get from MAC Mineralize blushes.  Not bad!  I’m not wearing any highlighter in this photo.  

NYX Ombre Blushes come in 8 shades and retail for $10.00 USD.  Have you tried them? 

Makeup of the Day

  
I bet you didn’t know my hair was this long. I’ve had it short since 2001, the longest it ever gets is about this length. When I dyed it recently, I couldn’t get all of the black out, but due to some stroke of luck I got enough out that it dyes burgundy when I hit it with the fuchsia dye I use (SpecialFX Virgin Rose).

Eyes: Stila eyeshadows in Porcelain, Coffee and Bronze, Rimmel Soft Kohl eyeliner in Stormy Grey, City Color Be Bold mascara in Black

Lips: MAC lipliner in Spice, NYX lipstick in Thalia

Face: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Mattifying Powder in Pedestal

Fragrance: Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs “Nemesis”

Makeup of the Day

  
I went out to see one of my fave bands tonight so I got a dressed up.

Eyes: Urban Decay eyeshadows in Kinky, Mushroom, Asphalt and Blackout, NYX grey pencil eyeliner, Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Lips: Rimmel Provocalips lip paint in Little Minx

Face:  MAC StudioFix powder NW10

Fragrance: Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs Voodoo

  
Then, I met their lead singer and fangirled him about his day job. Like one does.

Makeup of the Day

  
Eyeshadows: NYX eyeshadows in Rock, Lime Juice and Bright Green, MAC eyeshadow in Nylon, NYX glitter eyeliner in Green, (name has rubbed off) sparkly liquid eyeliner in Green, Almay liquid eyeliner in Black, Urban Decay Perversion mascara; eyebrows are Rimmel Provocalips lip paint in Little Minx (yup, for my eyebrows)

Lips: Covergirl Outlast lip paint in Moonlight Mauve

Fragrance: Dolce & Gabanna Pour Femme

I’m not going anywhere. In fact, I’m in my pajamas! I just felt like playing around.

Mail Call

  
So, Rachel is obviously my #1 hooker, so when she decided to sell some gorgeous, like-new Fluevog sandals for a damn thrift-store price, I bought them. Because that’s what friends do. They’re the Friends Mae sandal with that cute kitten/wedge heel! Many people seem to have complaints about the strap being too tight, but they fit me like they were made for me.

  
But since she’s my #1 hooker, she also sent me a bunch of makeup, because that’s what friends do. I’m always in love with green eyeshadow, but when I have fuchsia/pink hair, I love it even more because they go so well together.

Here’s the bonus goodies, modeled by my cat Fëanor who refused to not be in the picture.

These are basically all shades I love (besides the greens, I’m loving some of those bronzey brown colors in the stila palette), so I’m sure I’ll have to search them all and make a post… Coming soon!

Thanks for the makeup, ‘ho!

Makeup Of The Day – Berries 

Sometimes I don’t feel like going full tilt with the dramatic makeup, but yet I don’t feel like doing a 100% nude/natural look either.  Usually on these in between days I will go for a middle toned blush and lipstick color like a nice rich berry that isn’t too dark or deep.  MAC’s Amplified Cream Lipstick in Craving is perfect on these days and is also nicely hydrating on these cold winter days.

  
Darn this winter light situation…

Anyway, then I put my nose ring back in and made my nose really, really mad.  Probably should have done this before makeup.

  

BREAKDOWN: 

FACE:   Smashbox Photo Finish Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in N10 w Real Techniques sponge, NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain under eyes, NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer in Ivory to spot conceal, MAC Set Powder in Invisible, NYX HD Blush in Taupe to contour, Kat Von D Shade + Light Blush in Gomez + Morticia (mixed), MAC Accentuate Sculpting Powder on high points of the face

EYES:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC shadows in Vanilla, Brule, Kid, Mystery, MAC Fluidline in Shade (this never picks up as green on camera, ugh), Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer, Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara, NYX Micro-Brow Pencil in Black (OMG this is great), ELF Clear Brow Gel

LIPS:  Jordana Lip Liner in Baby Berry, MAC Amplified Cream Lipstick in Craving 

Makeup of the day with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen

Man, I should know that my lips are too dry in February for a liquid to matte lip color…but LOOK at this shade!  I mean really!  My lips are going to pay later and I’ll be slathering on the NUXE Réve de Miel lip balm to try and make up for it.  But….MATTE GOODNESS. 

  
BREAKDOWN:

FACE:  Cover FX Custom Cover Drops N10 with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, MAC Set Powder in Invisible, NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain under eyes, MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC15 to spot conceal, Kat Von D Shade + Light Blush in Gomez + Morticia swirled together, ELF Mist and Set Spray 

EYES:  Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Bone, MAC Eyeshadows in Vanilla (highlight), Brule (lid), Kid (crease), Mystery (outer V), Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo in Ebony, ELF Clear Brow Gel, Maybelline Master Precise black liquid liner pen, Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara black

LIPS: Skone Luxe Doubler Lip and Eye pencil in Wine, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen (very thin layer, very matte this way!) 

What are you wearing today?