October 31, 2012

Today's Client: Hello, Hello Kitty

My sister Vicki and her friend Patty were both dressing up as Hello Kitty for Halloween and asked me to do their makeup. They each had a different version of Hello Kitty so I changed their makeup a bit to suit the costume.

October 28, 2012

M.A.C Marilyn Monroe Retro Pin-up Look

An easy makeup tutorial for a Halloween costume to put together inspired by Marilyn Monroe!

Reviews of some of the prroducts I used:

October 26, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C Marilyn Monroe Collection

Marilyn Monroe is such an iconic actress and singer in the 50's and became a pop cultural sex symbol. Her signature blond-bombshell look has been replicated numerous times over the decades and M.A.C launched a collection inspired by her.

The boxes have Marilyn posing in various angles in black and white, her signature in red and in the inside of box, it has a red kiss lip print. The packaging also have Marilyn on  glossy black  cases as opposed to their usual matte black. Here's what I bought from the collection:
  • Preferred Blonde Eyeshadow: Veluxe Pearl finish, limited edition; frosty pale golden-beige. This color is great for highlighting the brow bone and inner corner, or on the lid to brighten the eyes. I would pair it with matte neutral tones in the crease like M.A.C Wedge, Cork, Soft Brown and Copperplate. Draw a winged eyeliner and it will complete that classic retro eye makeup. The texture is smooth with no chunky glitter or loose fallout and it has strong pigmentation. The size of the eyeshadow is bigger than their standard shadow sizes, as you can see in the comparison picture.

  • The Perfect Cheek Blush: Matte finish; light neutral pink-beige. This was a re-promote from another collection that I actually bought but couldn't find it so I repurchased it. This is the perfect (no pun intended) nude color to wear to balance out dramatic looks or with light, natural makeup. It has enough color to brighten your face without being too colorful like pinks, corals, etc. The texture is smooth with medium pigmentation.
  • Lipsticks:
    • Love Goddess: Satin finish, limited edition; medium pink-red. It has a creamy texture, opaque coverage with a subtle sheen to it. Pink or blue-based lipsticks are great to help make your teeth look whiter.
    • Scarlet Ibis: Matte finish, limited edition; medium bright-red. Matte textures have a drier texture which helps make it last longer It can also feel drying on the lips though so it's a good idea to put a little lip balm beforehand, let it absorb while you do the rest of your makeup, remove any residue on your lips, then apply the lipstick. Applying a warm-tone red lipstick over a cool-tone red lipstick really makes the lips pop and more fuller looking.
  • Cherry Lip Pencil: blue-based red. This is a permanent color but I needed to repurchase it anyway so I bought it in the Marilyn packaging. This color goes well with cool-tone reds, like Scarlet Ibis. The pencil glides on effortlessly and is very pigmented.

I think this collection is a good updated version of Marilyn's classic look. If you're not a fan of the packaging, you could easily recreate the look with other products from any brand in similar shades. What are your thoughts of  the collection? Are you a fan of Marilyn's look?

Glamour Girl

October 20, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C Face and Body Collection

If you always wanted to contour and highlight like the pros, M.A.C released Face and Body Collection consisting products just for that. Shaping the face can help to bring out the bone structure so there's more dimension to your face. Contouring is when you want to create shadow and depth, such as under the cheekbones, around the hairline, sides of the nose to slim it down and socket of the crease. Highlighting is when you want to bring out features on your face such as the cheekbones, brow bone and cupid's bow of lip. Here's what I bought from the collection:
  • Pro Sculpting Creams: Cream-to-powder formula for contouring the face and eyes. It has a smooth, emollient texture that's easy to blend and the pigmentation is is very concentrated. The two shades I bought were:
    • Accentuate: peachy beige. This shade is far too light to contour but it can be used for highlighting, such as  the cheekbones. The peachy-tone warms up the skin a bit so it's not stark white and unflattering. 
    • Coffee Walnut: cool, dark brown. This shade might seem too dark but I got it because all the other darker shades were too warm, they almost looked like bronzer colors. This has a bit of a grey undertone to it so it looks more like the natural shadow. Even with fair skin like myself can use it, just use a light hand and make sure to blend it in well.
For contouring, I like to use a firm angled brush like M.A.C 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, it fits into the hollows of the cheeks and around the hairline with precision but can still be buffed out for a softer look. For highlighting especially with cream products, I like to use my fingers to pat  it on and blend for more control. 

  • Light Touch Pressed Pigment: Highlighter in a powder formula. The colors come in M.A.C skin-tone shades, Light Touch is described as W10 which is a pink-y undertone. The finish is quite shimmery, sort of a glittery, frosty metallic shine. The texture is also very powdery but smooth to the touch and the sparkles tends to fly all over when using a brush. You can also apply it on damp skin for a wet look and to lessen the fallout. Because it has big particles of shimmer, this product might not be best on oily skin or with skin that have large pores as it could show them more.

Overall, I think this collection could have been a little better. I wish M.A.C brought back their Sculpt and Shape Duo which were contour and highlighters in powder form. Powders tend to work better on oily skin but creams do have a more natural look and blends into the skin better. The Pressed Pigment might be too glittery for some but it's a type of product that you can only use on specific areas of the face  and not all over as you would start to look like a disco ball. What did you think of this collection? What are your favorite products to contour and highlight with?

Glamour Girl

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October 17, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Dorothy Perkins Celebrate the Games

In honor of the 2012 Olympics in London (team USA!), Dorothy Perkins had a 20% off sale. I didn't get any clothes instead, a few accessories.

For the scarf, I bought the Wine Lips Snood, which I've learned is more of a hoody-scarf that you wear hanging on your head but I like wearing it as an infinity scarf around my neck. It has big lip prints on it in a dark wine and burgundy-red colors. It's a great accessory piece to wear during the Fall-Winter season to keep you warm. I took an Instagram photo of me wearing it, pairing it with a simple t-shirt, denim jacket and black leggings outfit, pulling my hair up into top-knot bun so you can see the snood.

Then there were new designs for their wristlet bags that I love so I bought three of them. All the wristlets have a detachable strap so it can be used as a clutch for a night out.

The first one is a Black Lace Foldover Wristlet, the lace covering a champagne silk at the flap. The rest of the bag is a black suedette exterior with a beige interior.

The second purse is a Pink Foldover Wristlet, light nude-pink exterior with a metallic light pink on the flap and pale pink interior.

Last but not least, the Silver Glitter Wristlet has a metallic pewter exterior with multi-color glitter on the flap and a pale lavender-grey interior.

What are your favorite accessories to change up your outfit? If you watched the Summer Olympics, what sport did you watch and which country did you root for? 

Glamour Girl

October 09, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C Basics

I've posted hauls from M.A.C collections before but the products are usually limited edition so in this post I wanted to share some great products I've bought recently that you can buy from their permanent line.
  • Wipes: Cleansing wipes infused with Vitamin E to remove makeup, or freshen up the skin from dirt and oil. I first bought the 30 sheet pack, which is great for travel, to try them out. They come in a resealable package so they won't dry out. I don't regularly use wipes to remove my makeup except for maybe on lazy days or for convenience on trips. I wanted to get them though because Temptalia mentioned it in one of her makeup collection videos that she uses them to clean makeup swatches on her arm. I've used baby wipes before but find M.A.C's cleans a lot better and doesn't dry or irritate my skin. These also come in 100 sheet bulk packs which I think is a better value.
  • 286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush: A domed-shaped brush with a mix of goat hair and synthetic fibers.  M.A.C explains that it can be used for applying their Mineralize Eye Shadows but I actually bought it to be used for concealer. Because it has a mix of natural and synthetic hairs, it can be used for both powder and emollient products. The tapered shape makes it easy to apply the product using the side of the brush and the tip of the brush to blend and buff it out. It also fits into corners, such as around the nose and corners of the eyes.

  • Full Lash Curler: I needed to get a new lash curler to use on my clients so I picked this one by M.A.C. I tried it out and the full lash fits my entire without pinching the skin. Comes with an extra lash pad.
  • NC20 Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35: A full coverage concealer that can cover almost everything including blemishes, dark circles, tattoos and birthmarks. It's water-resistant, fragrance free and non- acnegenic. I don't really understand the SPF factor as it would only protect certain parts of the face. The texture is super creamy and easy to blend but it can be a downfall because it starts to fade or wear off on the skin after 4-5 hours, especially in humid weather. I do like the packaging of it though, it's the size of their Eyeshadows so it's great to have in your bag for touch-ups. If I don't need a lot of coverage all over my face, sometimes I'll just use concealer to even skin-tone and spot cover where I need it.

  • Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter: A brightening conncealer/highlighter. They come in 3 shades, Radiant Rose being a pale shell-pink. It can be used to brighten the under eye area or anywhere on the face such on the brow-bone to lift the brows. The twist-up pen dispenses the right amount of product after 2-3 clicks onto the brush applicator, which I can use to apply where I want it and then use my fingers or a brush to blend it out. The M.A.C SA recommended to wear it on its own for the undereye area as layering over other concealers might end up looking cake-y. If you need more coverage, then this might not be the best product for you and you may need a corrector concealer instead to cover the dark circles.
  • Spice Lip Pencil: A medium brown-ish pink. It's one of my staple colors to go with any neutral lipstick or lipgloss shade. It adds a subtle definition without altering the other colors too much.

  • #48 Lashes: Small and large clusters for a voluminous lashes. with an even edge. The blunt edges  give it a dramatic flare but it has a mix of black and brown hairs that gives it a slightly softer look. I would layer two of these or layer a lengthening pair of lashes for a thicker, fuller look.

What are your favorite products from M.A.C's permanent line?

Glamour Girl
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