Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Favorites!

I typically don't do a monthly favorites post because my favorites don't seem to change much... but I found/rediscovered a few gems and wanted to share them with you!

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse Self Tanner -- Every time I use this I love it more and more! I think it gives a natural bronze glow!

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer -- I got a huge sample the other day when I was at the MAC counter and this concealer is a total game changer. I don't think I will ever use anything else under my eyes again. Full review click HERE!

Hard Candy Bronzer in Tiki -- it's a highlighter... not sure why they call it a bronzer. Regardless, it is a great highlighter and cheap as hell! $6 at Walmart! I use a Sigma E40 and dust it on top of my cheekbones.

MAC Impassioned Lipstick (Amplified Crème) -- A neon watermelon pink with red and coral undertones. This is a statement lip and I loooooove it! I had a hard time deciding which lipstick to include because I have been loving so many... I may do a Top 5 MAC Summer lipsticks post.

MAC Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Illuminateur in Neutralize -- This is meant to be worn under makeup, but lately I have been using this as my facial sunblock at the pool! Typically when I put SPF on my face it breaks me out terribly, but this has worked like a charm and hasn't irritated my skin.

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Argan Oil -- I'm a bit late to be jumping on the Argan oil bandwagon, but I must say that I am loving this product! I apply it to my hair before blow drying and it helps tame my frizz and adds some much needed softness to my coarse locks. I will definitely be buying the full size!

Here's a not so flattering picture of me wearing Impassioned... It's even brighter in person! I'm also wearing MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.

I tried to keep it short and sweet! Thank you for reading! :)

Have you tried any of my favorites?


Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Grunge -- FOTD

I don't know what got in to me today but I decided I wanted to do a Summer grunge look... Grunge makeup is tired looking, smokey, smudgey, messy, and uneven. I typically do polished looks so I wanted to go outside my box. I think it turned out pretty good!

I realized after posting this that I look somewhat cross eyed in the second picture... oops :)


MAC Samoa Silk
MAC Texture
MAC Saddle
MAC Carbon
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde
MAC Omega

MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NC15
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer

MAC Burgundy Lipliner


Sigma F80
MAC 129
Real Techniques Blush Brush
MAC 217 (2)
MAC 219
MAC 266

Thank you for reading!!!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

TAG: 50 Random Facts About Me!

This is my first tag post and I thought it would be fun, so let's get on with it!

  1. I have an 11 month old beautiful baby boy.
  2. I despise scary movies
  3. I'm 1/4 Native American
  4. I love anything with vinegar in it... i.e. Salt and Vinegar chips, Italian Dressing, etc
  5. Squirrels are my favorite animal.
  6. I'm 5'2''.
  7. My second toe is waaaay longer than my big toe, and I hate it!
  8. I cuss like a sailor.
  9. Diet coke is one of my obsessions.
  10. I used to work in the ER
  11. I'm petrified of heights.
  12. I've traveled to many countries in SE Asia.
  13. I have sensitive teeth.
  14. I'm a hoarder of eyeshadows.
  15. I'm obsessed with the show Hoarders.
  16. I am a neat freak.
  17. I love to cook Italian food from scratch.
  18. I'm right handed.
  19. I was a varsity cheerleader in high school.
  20. I tumbled left handed.
  21. I weighed almost 10 pounds when I was born.
  22. I have EXTREMELY thick hair.
  23. I run slightly pigeon toed.
  24. I could live on chips and salsa for the rest of my life.
  25. I am possibly the worst singer in the history of the world.
  26. My laugh is embarrassingly loud.
  27. I went to a different school every year until I was in 6th grade
  28. I'm very clumsy
  29. I prefer driving a standard (stick shift)
  30. I would love to live in New York one day.
  31. I was vegetarian for two years
  32. I saw Coolio in an airport and he was super short!
  33. I'm from Austin, TX but I live in South Carolina now.
  34. I can't stand floral perfumes.
  35. I graduated in the top 3% of my class.
  36. I obsess about my eyebrows and talk about them constantly.
  37. I live in workout clothes and flip flops.
  38. I have a Pomeranian named Stella.
  39. I live in the South but can't stand Southern accents.
  40. I am completely obsessed with all TV series on HBO and Showtime.
  41. I wear a size 9 shoe.
  42. I love watching YouTube tutorials, but rarely recreate the looks.
  43. I've recently become obsessed with skin care and I'm determined to clear up my temperamental skin.
  44. My favorite color is turquoise.
  45. My biggest pet peeve is when people that smack their lips.
  46. A good 80% of my wardrobe is black.
  47. I'm very passionate about gay rights.
  48. I can do the splits.
  49. I have a very dry sense of humor.
  50. I can only fall asleep laying on my stomach.

Ok, so that's it... do we have anything in common?

Thanks for reading!



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Drugstore Pin-up Look -- FOTD

Pin-up makeup is definitely one of my favorite looks... it's so classic and feminine! I decided I wanted to use drugstore products because I know we've all been on a tight budget from time to time! I did have to cheat with just one item... I don't own a drugstore bronzer unfortunately!

To be honest, I don't own much drugstore makeup -- so I had to get creative! Hope you like it!


Revlon Colorstay Foundation in 180 Buff
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle in Light

Covergirl Café Au Lait Trio (lightest color) -- lid and highlight
Maybelline Brow Powder -- crease
Loreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow in Antique Brown -- deepen crease
Almay Liquid Eye Liner in Brown
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black

Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blond
Maybelline Brow Powder in Light Brown

Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Red
Maybelline Lipstick in Royal Red -- I wouldn't recommend this because it is too creamy. I prefer matte red lipsticks because they don't smear/feather as easily.


Sigma F80
MAC 129
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Covergirl Eyeshadow Sponge -- came with the trio
MAC 217
MAC 266

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Satin Taupe Smokey Eye -- EOTD


I apologize for the lighting/picture quality... as soon as I finished my makeup today the sun disappeared and in rolled a thunderstorm. I like to take my pictures using natural light, for obvious reasons!
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Satin Taupe -- lid and lower lashline
MAC Kid -- crease and transition
MAC Vanilla -- highlight
MAC Dazzlelight -- inner corner
MAC Texture -- blend out lower lashline
MAC Carbon -- blend out liquid liner
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Almay Liquid Liner in Brown
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde
MAC Omega
Hopefully the sun will be back out tomorrow so I can take a decent picture!!


Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Bronzer in Park Ave Princess -- Mini Review, Pictures & Swatches

I'm going make this review short and sweet! Well... not too sweet because I'm definitely NOT in love with this bronzer.

Tarte's description:

"Product Performance: This fragrance free, talc free powder bronzer delivers sunkissed radiance in a lightweight finish without clogging your pores. It blends and builds effortlessly to your desired level of natural-looking bronze and its high sheen compact is perfect for achieving an on-the-go glow. Plus if you’re looking to define your cheekbones and jaw line, this bronzer also works as a contour powder because it’s the perfect natural matte shade to add depth and it effortlessly blends."

In my humble opinion this bronzer is way too orange to be used as a contour powder. In fact, it is way too orange to work as a decent bronzer on fair skin... take a look at the swatches below!

Adorable packaging
Long wear -- about 10 hours

Too orange
Applies somewhat cakey

Bronzer is a funny thing -- on one gal it will look gorgeous and natural, then orange and artificial on another. This product did not work for me, but I've heard others rave about it. I much prefer Benefit's Hoola Bronzer and recommend it to ladies with fair and light skin!

I may be selling this in an up coming blog sale, so keep an eye out for that if you are interested!


Available at Ulta or Sephora and retails for $30! 
What is your favorite bronzer?
Hoola vs Tarte Bronzer, Tarte Bronzer vs MAC Harmony

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Makeup DON'TS!!!!!


What better to do on this lovely Sunday morning? 

Lately I've seen a couple makeup pet peeve videos on YouTube and I thought it would be fun to do my own version!  This was done for laughs, so don't be offended if any apply to you!

I had a little epiphany this morning while applying this gorgeous masterpiece... about 90% of my makeup "don'ts" were/are trends taken to the extreme -- i.e. full brows, Kim K under eye highlight, etc.

Please disregard my messy hair... I didn't think it was necessary to style it with a face full of makeup like that!  Anywho, I hope you enjoy!!

1. Foundation that is too dark -- Need I elaborate?

2. Using bronzer all over your face -- Sorry Jersey girls!

3. Concealer that is too light on blemishes --  This will only highlight the problem. Try using a shade the same color or slightly darker than your skin.

4. An extremely light concealer under your eyes (Kim Kardashian highlight) -- Even when done correctly I'm not a fan of this. I think in ten years people will look back and say, "What was I thinking?!"

5. Unblended, overly dramatic contouring. -- Leave crazy contouring up to drag queens.

6. Blush applied only to the "apples" of your cheeks -- Unless you plan on frequenting children's birthday parties.

7. Drawing on a fake mole -- Your only excuse would be dressing up as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween, otherwise please avoid this at all costs!

8. Very uneven eyebrows -- eyebrows are never completely symmetrical in nature, but at least attempt to make them look like they belong on the same human.

9. "Scouse brows" -- This is a term used in the UK, but basically it means crazy overdrawn eyebrows.

10. Overly arched/extended brows -- put down the eyebrow pencil... and walk away slowly...

11. Liquid liner on the bottom lash line -- I can't imagine what would make someone think that this looks nice, but I'm here to tell you that it doesn't!

12. Eye liner applied ONLY to the bottom lash line -- this is typically a middle schooler rookie mistake, but it looks horrid at any age.

13. Haphazardly applied false lashes -- unless you're going for a "I just smoked crack" kind of look.

14. False bottom lashes -- leave this up to editorial photo shoots, I beg you! 

15. Overly frosty brow bone highlight -- this looks like something straight out of the 80's, and NOT in a good way!

16. Bright, unblended, heinous, two toned eyeshadow -- another trend that has gone to the dark side...

17. Eyeshadow fallout --  this is what man created makeup wipes for!

18. Concealer lips -- this is NEVER a good look... EVER!

19. Brown lip liner -- the 90's called and they want their lip liner back!

20. Making the duckface -- I know this isn't makeup, but it needs to stop asap!

What are your makeup pet peeves?

Saturday, June 22, 2013

My Makeup Transformation!

I read a post yesterday on Hannah's blog that I found really inspiring -- a no makeup FOTD! I must admit that I've been a little camera shy lately, and before yesterday I would have never even dreamed of  posting a picture of me completely bare faced on my blog! But then I thought, why the hell not?

Some ladies look absolutely stunning without makeup and others look like a completely different person... I am definitely the latter, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. If you are fair like I am, with blonde eyelashes and thin eyebrows, then you too know the power of makeup!

I was going to wait a bit for my skin to clear up to do this post, but then I realized that would defeat the purpose. This is me baby... the good and the bad. I hope we can all start to love ourselves a little bit more everyday -- with and without makeup!

Click the pictures to enlarge -- you can look at them more like a slideshow this way!


MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15

Sigma F80

This foundation is very pale and my face doesn't match the rest of the body -- but I'll fix that later! :)

 Maybelline Under Eye Concealer Dark Circle Eraser in Fair

Although I continue to use this product, I'm not completely in love with it...

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde
Maybelline Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde
MAC Omega Eyeshadow

MAC 266

I think this step is one of the most transformative... eyebrows are soooooo important! I envy all you gals with full brows!

I have been growing mine out for over 7 months and this is as good as they are getting. They are shaped very differently from one another, so I do the best I can to make them match and then move on. Sisters, not twins <3


MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MAC Naked Lunch -- lid
MAC Malt -- crease
MAC Vanilla -- highlight
MAC 239
MAC 217

I wanted to go for an everyday look and this has been one of my favorites lately.

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Black

MAC 210

Eyeliner makes such a huge impact on a look, but it is definitely the most time consuming -- at least it is for me.
Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume in Brown

This is probably the last time I will be using this mascara until I repurchase it...  and sorry the picture is a bit fuzzy.


Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Real Techniques Blush Brush

I know this may look like a lot but it helps my face match the rest of my body... I wear SPF50 on my face when I'm outside so there is about a 2-3 shade difference I have to account for.


Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface

MAC 168

Sorry the lighting keeps changing... the sun kept peeking out from behind the clouds.


MAC Angel Lipstick
Merle Norman Lipgoss in Gumdrop

I just thought it would be fun to show to the progression and how makeup transforms, step by step... hope you enjoyed!

What step in your makeup regimen makes the biggest difference?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Five Minute Makeup

I can feel my teeth chattering just by the thought of finishing my makeup in five minutes or less. I am one of those girls that either has a full face of makeup on or nothing at all. It's very hard for me to find some kind of middle ground -- especially in 5 freaking minutes!

But I've turned a new leaf and decided that it's not necessary to look like a drag queen every time I put my face on... of course I'm exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea! Today I'm going to show you my go to products for a quick and easy 5 minute makeup!

A bit of a disclaimer before I get into it... on a typical day my eyebrows take at least 5-10 minutes because they are so sparse. Unless you have naturally thin eyebrows like myself, it will be hard to understand why that is necessary, but just go with it. My eyebrow time is not included in the five minutes. Am I cheating? Maybe, but get over it... a girl's gotta have eyebrows!


Powder Foundation: MAC Studio Fix in NC25

Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer (Review)

Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface (Review)

Because I can't be bothered with liquid foundation for 5 min makeup, powder foundation is a must! Hoola is my favorite bronzer and because there isn't a lot going on with my eyes I like to use a pink blush to brighten up the rest of my face


Brow Pencil: Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde

Mascara: Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume in Brown

Eyeshadow: MAC Patina

Maybelline's Brow Pencil is one that I've been using for years. It is the perfect color if you are blonde and because it is a hard pencil it has great staying power. MAC Patina is a very complex neutral eyeshadow that looks beautiful when worn by itself on the lid. I prefer brown mascara for 5 min makeup because I don't wear eye liner and brown looks more natural.


MAC Angel Lipstick

I think Angel is a no brainer. It looks gorgeous with Dollface and it doesn't require a lip gloss or liner. (Review)


Real Techniques Blush Brush -- bronzer

MAC 168 -- blush

MAC 217 -- eyeshadow

Sorry they are dirty... I used them right before doing this post :)
I usually change my makeup everyday, but if I only have 5 nerve wracking minutes to throw on my face this would definitely be my go-to look! It's makes me feel pretty and put together!
What is the one thing you can't leave out in your makeup routine? Eyeliner, mascara, eyebrows, foundation?
Oh, and one last thing... Google Reader and Google Friend Connect will be gone in 10 days! Gone forever! So make sure to follow my blog on Bloglovin! Thanks a million!
-Sarah  XOXO  

Monday, June 17, 2013

St. Tropez Bronzing Mouse Self Tanner Review

To begin I thought I would tell you a little bit about my skin. I am very pale in the winter months (NC15) but tan fairly easily in the summer (NC25). Most of my teen years and early twenties I stayed very tan either from the sun or a tanning bed (NC30). Finally one day I woke up and realized how horrible this is for my skin and went to the other extreme. For the last three years I haven't been in the sun without SPF50 and have remained around an NC15. This year I have decided to find a happy middle ground! I have been using an SPF50 on my face and SPF30 on the rest of my body and I'm around an NC20 right now. I apologize to all you ladies that aren't familiar with MAC foundation colors...

I applied the Bronzing Mouse ($36) with the mitt that is sold separately ($6), which I highly recommend! I used two pumps per arm and three pumps per leg. You have to move pretty fast with this stuff to get an even application. It dries within a minute or so and you can immediately put your clothes on afterwards. It didn't stain my clothing or sheets. It has a slight scent, but I don't mind it... it's not the typical self tanner smell. Each application darkens my skin about half a shade each time. If you want to maintain the color I recommend applying once a week.

When I originally purchased the product I was at my most fair and I wasn't pleased with the result. I don't think it will work well for those very fair skin -- at least it didn't on mine. The color was very strange and it didn't look even. It is much easier to see application mistakes when you are that pale.

BUT once I got a little bit of a tan from laying poolside this baby worked like a charm! I'm not saying that everyone needs a tan before using self tanner... but I think that unless you naturally have a little bit of color to your skin, this self tanner will look odd.

My arm with some sun exposure, before St. Tropez. (I was slightly burnt so my skin looks splotchy)

Left: My arm after some sun exposure and one application of St Tropez; Right: My stomach with ZERO sun exposure or self tanner.


This is a bit frustrating because the purpose of self tanner is look like a bronzed goddess without the sun damage, but this product definitely didn't work for me when I was alabaster white. I think the majority of women that have light and medium skin tones would love this though!

What is your favorite self tanner?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette -- Mini Review and Swatches

Rockstar, Gunmetal, Skimp, Infamous, Wreckage, Haight, Money, Mushroom, Spotlight, Limelight

I've had this palette for at least a year and never reviewed it... but while looking at the Urban Decay website I saw that this baby was still available and decided to do a mini review. It's is VERY discounted on their website for only $12!!!

When I purchased it, I must admit, I was sucked in by two colors... Rockstar and Mushroom. And they did not disappoint! Here's a little breakdown of all the shades.

ROCKSTAR -- is a beautiful aubergine purple. The texture is beautiful -- very smooth and pigmented.

GUNMETAL --  a dark gray with silver glitter. Nice texture but when applied to the eye, it is a bit lighter than in the pan. The color sheers out more than I expected. This shade is also in the Naked Palette.

SKIMP -- pinky beige with a slight sheen. Skimp is a little powdery and a bit sheer. Not one I reach for.

INFAMOUS -- bright fuchsia with a satin finish. This shadow is VERY dry and I found it difficult to get a good swatch.  Aside from that, the color is just not my taste whatsoever.

WRECKAGE -- medium golden brown with golden shimmer. This one is beautiful! Very buttery and looks absolutely gorgeous when worn by itself on the lid. This one does have a lot of glitter and a fair amount of fallout, so beware!

HAIGHT -- a frosty medium dark turquoise blue. I find this one to be a tiny bit dry... although the color is not something I would typically wear, I think it is a nice eyeshadow overall.

MONEY -- a blue/green silver with a frost finish. Definitly a unique color, but I find this one to be overly frosty.

MUSHROOM -- a dark frosty taupe. Definitely my favorite color of the palette and the main reason I purchased it to begin with. This eyeshadow is beautiful!!

SPOTLIGHT -- a champagne bronze that has insane amounts of chunky glitter. The payoff is horrible and the fallout is unbearable.

LIMELIGHT -- a coppery gold with gold shimmer and glitter. Dry texture and fallout from the depths of hell. This one reminded me of some of the really bad Lustre finish eyeshadows by MAC.

So is this palette worth it? Well for $12 I would say, oh yeah! One Urban Decay eyeshadow costs $18USD and this palette of 10 is quite a bit less.

HITS: Rockstar, Wreckage, Mushroom, Gunmetal

SO-SO's: Haight, Money, Skimp

OH GOD NO's: Limelight, Spotlight, Infamous

Do you have the Mariposa Palette? What is your favorite Urban Decay palette?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette -- Mini Review and MAC Dupes.

(l-r) Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

My opinion on the Naked 2 palette may be a bit controversial. I know there are so many ladies out there that swear by the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes, but I'm just not one of them. I find that Urban Decay eyeshadows have shimmer and glitter OVERLOAD. I just don't think it's a good look... but hey, that's just my opinion. Perhaps if I were 10 years younger I would think differently.

I don't feel that you are able to put together a complete look with this palette because it lacks a nice highlight shade and there isn't a warm matte brown for blending/transition. There are a couple eyeshadows that I like, but not enough to repurchase this palette. Here are my two cents on the eyeshadows individually:

FOXY --  very yellow pale matte beige. This one is way too yellow toned to function as a decent highlight for my complexion. MAC Brule is less yellow.

HALF BAKED --  very metallic gold. Nice color, lots of fall out... and it's also in the Naked palette. Not sure why they felt the need to include it in both. MAC Woodwinked is more orange.

BOOTYCALL --  frosty off white with a slight peachy pink undertone. One of the better shades in the palette. I do not like shimmer in my brow highlight so although the eyeshadow is nice, I rarely use it. MAC Mylar is less frosty.

CHOPPER -- frosty copper color with a hint of pink and obscene amounts of glitter and fallout. The color is nice but can't see myself ever wearing this one because of the glitter.

TEASE -- matte mauve brown. The texture is dry and it applies VERY patchy. MAC Quarry is very similar with better pigmentation.

SNAKEBITE -- frosty dark bronzy brown. One of the best shades of the palette - great pigmentation and minimal fallout. MAC Bronze is lighter and warmer. MAC Friendly is very similar.

SUSPECT -- bronzy-tan champagne color with a frost finish. Another good but not great eyeshadow - lacking slightly in pigmentation. MAC Patina is lighter. MAC Romantico is more pink. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is very similar.
PISTOL -- a very unique shade that is somewhere between a taupe, dirty silver, and a brown. I find it hard to describe and I own nothing else like it - which is probably why it is my favorite shade of the palette.
VERVE --  very pale warm silver with a frost finish. I quite like this one when used with a fluffy brush in the inner corner. MAC Vex is pinker and less frosty.
YDK -- extremely metallic reddish taupe-brown with a warm undertone and copper glitter. Like Chopper, YDK has an overwhelming amount of shimmer/glitter. MAC Sable is more brown and a lot less frosty/glittery.
BUSTED -- deep charcoal burgundy brown with a slight purple undertone and a soft frost finish. Good pigmentation and blendability. MAC Smut is darker and more charcoal in color.
BLACKOUT -- deep matte black. Great pigmentation but a little powdery. MAC Carbon is similar.

I like some of the eyeshadows individually, but as a cohesive unit I don't think the palette works. There is just too much shimmer for my taste. I do not own the original Naked palette because I wasn't too impressed with this one -- so I can't do a thorough comparison.

It is a great value at $50 for 12 full size eyeshadows.  Urban Decay eyeshadows sell for $18 individually, which makes the palette technically worth over $216 in eyeshadows alone. It also comes with a mini Naked lipgloss and a duo sided brush that I ended up giving away. You can purchase the Naked 2 palette at Ulta or Sephora.

I think the packaging is nice, but who really gives a damn if I'm not in love with the product?

Do you know own the Naked or Naked 2 palette? How do you like it?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Arabic Inspired -- EOTD




Hey gals! I hope you're enjoying your day!
I was fiddling around with my makeup today and this is what I came up with... kind of a wearable, smokey, Arabic inspired look. I think it would look best with false lashes, but that does not happen on a daily basis in my world.

Hope you like it! Have you tried any Arabic inspired looks?


MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MAC Humid -- lid and lower lash line
MAC Soft Brown -- transition and crease
MAC Vanilla -- highlight
MAC Texture -- blend out lower lash line

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Black
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Cover Girl Clump Crusher Masacara is Black

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde
MAC Omega Eyeshadow

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Let's pretend hell just froze over and I had to pick 15 neutral eyeshadows to use until the end of time... dramatic, but go with it... Or we could be a little more realistic and say that these are my most used MAC eyeshadows and ones that I would recommend to someone just starting out with MAC!

In previous posts I have gone into detail about each one of these eyeshadows, so I'm keeping the description quite minimal in this one. Have a look around my blog to see more indepth info, or just leave a comment below and I'd be happy to answer any questions!

(L-R) Vanilla, Dazzlelight, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Woodwinked
Omega, Wedge, Soft Brown, Texture, Swiss Chocolate
Patina, Satin Taupe, Sable, Bronze, Smut

VANILLA (Velvet) -- my holy grail highlight... Vanilla is an ivory with suble pink undertones that applies nearly matte.

DAZZLELIGHT (Veluxe Pearl) -- pearly highlight that can be used on the inner corner, brow or cheek.

NAKED LUNCH (Frost) -- beautiful "minimal pink with shimmer" shade that I usually wear on the lid.

ALL THAT GLITTERS (Veluxe Pearl) -- champagne shade with the most gorgeous texture and pigmentation.

WOODWINKED (Veluxe Pearl) -- metallic orangey gold that looks beautiful paired with warm browns.

OMEGA (Matte) -- ashy taupe color that I use for my brows.

WEDGE (Matte) -- versatile midtone taupey brown that looks gorgeous in the crease or as a transition. If your skin is darker than NC25 I would suggest Cork.

SOFT BROWN (Matte) -- warm midtone brown that is perfect as a transition color.

TEXTURE (Velvet) -- very warm orangey brown that I typically use under my lower lashline or to warm up the crease.

SWISS CHOCOLATE (Matte) -- gorgeous reddish brown perfect for the crease and outer v

PATINA (Frost) -- antiqued gold with a beautiful green and pink duochrome that is a great natural lid shade.

SATIN TAUPE (Frost) -- purpley taupe... and absolutely stunning!

SABLE (Frost) -- bronzy purpley brown. The frost is quite minimal and this shade can be used on the lid or in the crease.

BRONZE (Frost) -- true bronze color that looks great on everyone!

SMUT (Velvet) -- beautiful charcoal gray with purple and brown tones. I frequently use this in place of a matte brown or matte black. Great as liner or for the outer v.

Which would make the cut for your Top 15?

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Guide to MAC's Eyeshadow Finishes

I received an email from a reader asking about the different finishes of MAC eyeshadows, so I thought I should write a post! Please keep in mind, like all things written in my blog, these are my opinions... Something I don't like might be something you'd love and vice versa.

Let's get started!



Frost finish eyeshadows have small shimmer particles that create a shining iridescent appearance. They can range from very metallic to minimally shiny. While frost finish eyeshadows are extremely popular, they can highlight flaws such as creases or wrinkles. They are shimmery, but not glittery. Overall I am a big fan of MAC's Frosts!
(Pictured: Satin Taupe)

Lustre finish eyeshadows are the outcasts... ask any MAC die hard what to avoid and they will probably tell you Lustre eyeshadows. Typically speaking they have a very dry but shimmery texture with chunky glitter and lots of fall out.
(Pictured: Greensmoke)


Matte eyeshadows are those without any shimmer/sheen/glitter. They have flat color with varying degrees of opacity. MAC's Mattes are known for their finicky nature. Most of the permanent Matte eyeshadows are good qualilty while a majority of the limited edition ones released are dry and not worth purchasing.
(Pictured: Omega)


Pronounced Matte squared -- most people either love em or hate em. They are like regular Matte eyeshadows in that they have zero shimmer/sheen/glitter but they have a buttery texture with amazing payoff. The one downside is that I find them more difficult to blend.
(Pictured: Handwritten)


MAC's Satin eyeshadows vary in their finish. Some appear completely matte (Brun) while a few are super frosty (Shroom). The majority have a very subtle sheen or demi-matte appearance. Overall I like Satin finish eyeshadows a lot because they are in that happy middle ground -- not too matte, not too frosty.
(Pictured: Era)


Veluxe is a finish unique to MAC. It applies matte but with a smoother less powdery appearance. They aren't as pigmented as Matte eyeshadows... They were being discontinued earlier this year, but MAC brought them back. I'm not too sure how long they will be around.
(Pictured: Kid)


My favorite finish! Veluxe Pearls are like a Frost but with a more metallic, pearly shimmer. They are soooooo buttery and pigmented. As with any finish there are just a few that aren't completely up to par, but overall I think they are beautiful and worth getting your hands on!
(Pictured: Woodwinked)


Most Velvets appear matte or demi-matte -- some with a hint of sparkle (Vanilla, Texture) and others with glitter that doesn't translate to the eye (Beauty Marked, Mulch). I didn't realize how many I own and love until I wrote this post! A few have a reputation of being patchy when applied, but I would repurchase all listed below, aside from Beauty Marked.
(Pictured: Smut)


Below are all of MAC's permanent eyeshadows categorized below by finish... please let me know if I've left any out!

(*) denotes eyeshadows that I either currently own or have owned in the past and would be able to go into detail regarding their performance. Leave a comment below with any questions.

Amber Lights*
Satin Taupe*
White Frost
Pink Freeze
Creme de Violet
Parfait Amour*
Seedy Pearl
Naked Lunch*
Deep Truth
Lucky Green*

Sweet Lust
Pink Venus
Idol Eyes
Honey Lust

Chrome Yellow
Swiss Chocolate*
Charcoal Brown
Soft Brown*
Shadowy Lady
Free To Be

Blanc Type*
Brown Script
Fig 1*

Sushi Flower
Electric Eel*

Brown Down*
Samoa Silk*

Crystal Avalanche*
Da Bling
Expensive Pink*
Plum Dressing*
Star Violet*
All That Glitters*
Gorgeous Gold*
Sumptuous Olive*
Moon's Reflection
Blue Calm
Stars 'N' Rockets*
Satellite Dreams*
Beautiful Iris*
Silver Ring
Knight Divine*

Black Tied
Beauty Marked*

Whew, that was a long post! Hope it was helpful!

What is your favorite finish?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

My MAC Eyeshadow Collection -- Updated

This was requested by a reader last week, so here ya go! I have been waiting for the weather to perk up, but it looks like the clouds are here to stay for a while. If you are familiar with my blog you have probably read my complaints on how incredibly dark my new apartment is and without any natural light from the sun these pictures definitely leave something to be desired...

If you have any questions about any of the eyeshadows please leave a comment below!

I purchased one of the double sided duo palettes a couple months ago and I have the majority of my eyeshadows in there. I love that it holds 48 eyeshadows -- that's more than three palettes of eyeshadows in one! You have to be careful, as the eyeshadows aren't as secure as they would be with a divider. Click HERE for that review.

A while back I realized I wasn't using a lot of my favorite eyeshadows because of the way I had them organized. Rather than trying to make my palettes look pretty, now I try to make them as functional as possible.

Please click to enlarge!

(l-r) Embark, Swiss Chocolate, Brown Down, Espresso, Cork, Soba
Soft Brown, Kid, Malt, Wedge, Omega, Era
Vex, Jest, Naked Lunch, Ricepaper, Nylon, Dazzlelight
Shroom, Brule, Mylar, Vanilla, Blanc Type, Gesso

Woodwinked, Tempting, Mulch, Bronze, Brun, Handwritten
All That Glitters, Sable, Shale, Satin Taupe, Twinks, Sketch
Jaunty (LE), Patina, Sumptuous Olive, Greensmoke, Club, Humid
Copperplate, Knight Divine, Print, Smut, Contrast, Carbon


Beautiful Iris, Plum Dressing, Gorgeous Gold, Lucky Green 
Satellite Dreams, Star Violet, Expensive Pink, Shimmermoss
Nocturnelle, Cranberry, Coppering, Plumage

Samoa Silk, Texture
Amber Lights, Saddle

Bare My Soul Quad (LE)
Romatico, Bare My Soul
Friendly, When In Rio
So that's it for my collection... I don't think it will be growing much more. I have all the eyeshadows I want from the permanent collection and I don't purchase LE shades unless they are spectacular in quality and unique -- like the Bare My Soul Quad!
Hope that was helpful!