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? 

Dogwood winter look of the day 

Here in the mountains, we have a saying for when it’s spring and we get a super cold snap: “Dogwood winter.”  Well, it’s beautiful and flowers are starting to bloom, but it just got super cold with freeze warnings every night!  I said “F it!” and wore some spring brights in defiance of the cold!

  
Behind me are a flower bed you can’t see, a dogwood not yet blooming, our Japanese maple, a Japanese Yaupon holly tree, and a rhododendron.

That shed across the way makes it look like we live in the country, but we live in a suburb off a major highway! So funny! 

Closer makeup look!

  
  

I really had fun with this one today!  Here, I topped the Tarte Dollface blush with MAC Full of Joy blush to give it a lavender highlight! 

  
BREAKDOWN: 

FACE:

MAC Prep and Prime face primer, NYX HD Concealer in green around the nose and yellow under the eyes, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes, Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in 010 Light Porcelain (UK and Canada shade only), MAC Set Powder in Invisible, Guerlain Meteorites in Clair, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface (ZOMG so beautiful!)

EYES:

Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Bone as a base; MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow as brow bone highlight; MAC Copperplate as transition crease shade; Urban Decay Spectrum palette Flashback on lid, Voodoo in crease and lower lashline, Flatline in inner corner; Urban Decay single shadow in Tonic in center of lid; Physicians Formula Eye Boosting Pen in black; Covergirl Clump Crusher water resistant mascara black, Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax crayon, NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Black

LIPS:

Wet n Wild Fergie lipstick in Penthouse Sweet 

FRAGRANCE:

Atelier Cologne Vanille Incensee 

Necklace is from LindenEraStudio on Etsy! 

What are you wearing today? 

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 

Going to keep this short since we’re about to make dinner!   Today, I paired Urban Decay Naked2 Basics eye shadows with La Femme blush in Flamingo Pink and Wet N Wild Fergie Creme Lipstick in Penthouse Sweet.


What are you wearing this weekend?

MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Chatterbox

Yesterday, I brought my 6 items to the local MAC counter to recycle for their Back To MAC program – their recycling program where you can bring or send in 6 plastic, glass, or metal items that are empty for recycling and in exchange, you can chose a lipstick, lipgloss, or small eyeshadow (I think perhaps limited edition items are excluded, but don’t quote me on that).  This time I picked out Amplified Creme Lipstick in Chatterbox, as it seems I have really loud lipsticks and nudes, but not much in the way of mid tones.  The Amplified Creme formula is my favorite and I have more of these than any other formula:  they’re packed with pigment and moisturizing with a little sheen.  I love the vibrancy and comfort of the lipsticks in this formula and Chatterbox does not disappoint.  What’s odd about this color is that nobody can agree on its undertones!  It’s definitely a mid-toned pink, but when I read reviews, I saw it described as everything from yellow based to blue based to everything in between.  It does appear that it looks different on everyone, so try this one on before buying if you can! 

Here it is swatched on my arm.  For reference, I wear an NW10 foundation in MAC, so I’m very pale. 

  
Here I am wearing it today!  I have on Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation in porcelain, which is more yellow than my normal MAC NW10 Studio Fix Fluid.  I think this pink shade of lipstick is fairly warm, possibly a yellow based pink, at least on me.  I’m in love with it!

  
Here it is with Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Luster on top.  Another nice sparkly one to go over this would be Revlon Colorburst lip gloss in Crystal Water.  

  
I love Chatterbox because I think it will be a great shade no matter the time of year and will go with just about any and every eye look.  What’s your favorite go-to lipstick?  

Makeup of the Day

  
Eyes: Urban Decay eyeshadows in Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom and Asphalt, MAC Kohl Power eyeliner in Raven, Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Lips: Rimmel lipstick in 101 (a nude pink)

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks in Power Peony and Lilac Flush

I’ve been a big fan of Mabelline Color Sensational Lipsticks for quite some time.  I have seriously flaky, dry lips and I love a moisturizing lipstick.  I also love bold colors that aren’t boring.  These are not always easy to find in the drug store!  Maybelline has really been stepping up in that department in recent years.  I recently picked up 2 of the lipsticks in the spring line, Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom.  (Rebel!  I like it already…)  I chose Power Peony, a milky pink pastel (yet not the lightest in the bunch) and Lilac Flush, a milky lavender.  Lilac Flush is not your typical drugstore color and was sold out when I first tried to get it, so imagine my surprise when my boyfriend walked in the front door with it about 2 weeks later.  REALLY?!  How did he remember I was looking for that?!  Awesome boyfriend, 5 stars, would date again!

Power Peony and Lilac Flush:

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Also shown:  Earth Essence Lavender Moisturizing Body Candle, Chanel No 19 mini, Guerlain L’Interdit mini, Balmain Ivoire mini

What Maybelline has to say:

“Super-saturated pigments take fresh picked pastels to a new bright

Never dull, washed out or shy
Honey nectar adds a sumptuous feel

Why You’ll Love It

Maybelline Color Sensational® Rebel Bloom lipstick. Now pastels rebel in 10 vivacious shades. A kicky boquet of lip colors in pinks, reds and mauves. Honey nectar adds a sumptuous feel

For Best Results

Apply lipcolor starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip.”

Well, thanks for the lipstick application tips, Maybelline.  But I’ve been doing that since I was five.  As to when I started getting decent at it is anyone’s guess! 🙂

The formula:  The Rebel Bloom lipsticks are a little bit different than the other Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks.  They have a bit more of balm texture, so to me they are more moisturizing.  Fabulous!  They are a tad more sheer, as well, letting a hint of your natural lip color show through, unless you really layer them on.  I think this lends to the white based pastel shades being a million times more wearable than most of the white based, opaque pastel lipsticks out there.  You know the ones I’m talking about…the kind that nobody can pull off.  Still, I went a step further and added a gloss on top to add just a hint of dimension.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom lipstick in Power Peony with a hint of clear gloss on top

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Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in Lilac Flush topped with a bit of L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Color Riche lip color in Purple Prelude.  I find this shade is so light and milky that deepening it a hint flattered my skin tone much better.

Wrap up:  All in all, these feel good on the lips, do not dry them out (even without a gloss on top or a balm under), and do not settle in fine lines and cracks.  I get a good 4 hours’ wear out of them before I need to reapply.  I like the pastel lavender tube, as well.  I paid about $5.50 each for these at Target.  I hope these go BOGO somewhere before they’re gone; Blushing Bud and Orchid Ecstasy are now on my wish list!

–Rachel