MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


mac rihanna loves mac holiday collection

We’ve come to the end of the road with the MAC RiRi Hearts MAC collection, with the holiday launches being the final installment of the special collaboration. There have been some hits (and some misses) along the way, most notably with the lipstick formulations being pretty stellar.

The holiday collection boasts new lipstick shades to love, along with several other products that sold out extremely fast on the MAC website. Didn’t have a chance to grab any? Don’t worry! What you see here will be in North America MAC locations, and Nordstrom (some on nordstrom.com) on 12/12. Here’s a closer look!

mac rirhanna riri hearts mac holiday collection packaging

I love the components for the RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection. I’m glad to see that rose gold is so prominent this year, silver and gold can get a little boring, and rose gold is a nice change of pace. The cosmetic items are in white and rose gold packaging with RiRi’s signature on the pieces. (With the lipsticks, her signature is also on the bullet like her previous lipstick releases.) [Read more...]

Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid Beauty Buys


pantone 2014 color of the year radiant orchid

Pantone’s pick for 2014…

Every year, I look forward to the color authority, Pantone’s announcement for the color of the year. I loved last year’s pick, emerald—but I have to admit, I’m much more excited about this year’s choice—radiant orchid. Tones of purple are my favorite shades (can’t you tell?), so it wasn’t hard for me to immediately find some great beauty buys to get you ready to rock this gorgeous trend in the new year.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fishnet

A reader favorite, Urban Decay’s eyeshadows feature their patented Pigment Infusion System™, which packs a punch of pigment into their buttery, easy to blend formulation. $18; sephora.com, urbandecay.com

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bareMinerals Crystallized Full Face Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


bareminerals crystallized holiday collection

Tis the season for gorgeous holiday palettes, and bareMinerals never lets me down. One of the latest is the new Crystallized Full Face Collection, and it contains eight pretty products to make your holidays glisten.

bareminerals marvelous moxie lipgloss in hypnotist

Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Hypnotist

Never one to skimp on the sets, bareMinerals included all full size products for eyes, lips, and cheeks in a keepsake tin. [Read more...]

MAC Stroke of Midnight Collection Face Palette (Cool) Review, Photos, Swatches


mac stroke of midnight face palette cool

New for holiday 2013, MAC released the Stroke of Midnight Collection. One of the pieces is this Stroke of Midnight face kit in a cool color palette. It contains three eyeshadows, an eyeliner, two lipstick shades, and one iridescent face powder.

mac stroke of midnight face palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Kit

The case itself is pretty nice, it looks like it has a black lacquer finish, which matches the glossy white with gold accents. It has a nice weight to it, and feels pretty sturdy. It closes with a magnet, and lifts open easily. [Read more...]

MAC Stroke of Midnight Collection Eye Look Bag (Violet) Review, Photos, Swatches


mac stroke of midnight eye bag violet collection

New for holiday 2013, Stroke of Midnight is just one of the several holiday collection themes this year from MAC. There are three different Eye Look bags (violet, gold, and nude), and I have the violet one for you to check out today. Ready? Let’s go!

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Stroke of Midnight Eye Look bag

What’s inside:

  • Stroke of Midnight Makeup Bag
  • Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet
  • Blacktrack Fluidline
  • In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara
  • Double-ended 209 Eye Liner/239 Eyes Shader SE Brush

For starters, how awesome is the bag? With its black nylon finish and white patent decoration with gold piping, this design looks a little art deco to me. It’s beautifully lined, and the zipper pull is a black pull tab with “MAC” in gold lettering. [Read more...]

Jouer Perfect Red Fall Collection 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches


jouer perfect red fall 2013 collection

One of my favorite beauty brands, Jouer is back for fall with an array of beauty loot that makes me reminisce about those glamorous old-time Hollywood movie starlets that made red lipstick such an iconic shade. The Perfect Red collection is just that—it’s full of perfect reds for a sultry pout, along with three shimmering eyeliner shades that will make your eyes glimmer. Ready for a closer look? Let’s go!

Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner…

The Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner formula is incredibly pigmented, water-based and paraben-free. Each shade contains green and white tea extracts, along with Vitamins A and E. With its very fine pointed rubber tip, the slender brush makes application easy as I glide it along my lash line. For being water-based, I’m really surprised by the longevity of wear—I can go all day without fading or migration issues, and they don’t crease. The formula is pretty moist, so be mindful when you apply, give it a few extra seconds to dry before you start blinking to prevent getting it elsewhere on your eyelids. Sometimes, metallic and colored eyeliners can look a little dated, but as always in true Jouer style, all three of these are very chic shades that can be worn year-round, and will make your eyes twinkle for the holidays.

Shades available:

  • Leopard — bronzed chocolate
  • Lynx — golden olive green
  • Panther — rich onyx

Aren’t these just incredible?

jouer liquid shimmer eyeliner leopard lynx panther

Panther, Leopard, Lynx

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Urban Decay Black Market 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set Review, Photos, Swatches


Urban Decay Black Market 247 Glide One Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay has unleashed an army of awesome products in their holiday collection, and this is one of them—the Black Market 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set. With six gorgeous shades of their famous eyeliners (five are new and exclusive to this set), these mini pencils pack a punch of color in a tiny package.

Urban Decay 247 Glide On Eye Pencil desperation west riot apathy ink

Desperation, West, Riot, Ink, Black Market, Apathy

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RiRi Hearts MAC Collection Fall 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches


riri hearts mac collection fall 2013

Today is the day! You can officially purchase the new RiRi Hearts MAC Fall Collection at North America MAC stores, then it’s launching at other locations and online on October 3rd. It’s a comprehensive collection, with eyeshadow palettes, new lipsticks, a RiRi Woo Lipglass, and more.

riri hearts mac fall 2013 collection

RiRi Hearts MAC Fall Collection 2013

From MAC:

Rihanna premieres her perfect palette of lavish fall colour – a range of decidedly daring yet classically gorgeous shades, finishes and tools, all encased in the metallic warmth of rose gold packaging. Lipstick in deep raisin, orange frost, creamy nude and the vivid red of RiRi Woo match gleaming Lipglass, while eyes in contrasting soft and smoky cocoas complement luminous skin highlighted with Diamonds Cream Colour Base and Powder Blush in Bad Girl Gone Good.

Let’s check out what I tried a little closer! This is a comprehensive review, so get settled in… [Read more...]

MAC Indulge Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


mac indulge collection

I know this review is a little behind on the collection release date, and I’m so sorry! I like to really try things out, and sometimes it takes me a little longer than others to get through certain collections, especially when they’re larger. I thank you in advance for your patience, and let’s get on with it!

Decadence is the name of the game with the MAC Indulge Collection, where “no taste is too extravagant”. With smoldering eyeshadows, Cremeblend Blushes that just flush the skin, come-hither Lipglass and Lipsticks, and gilded and bright nail colors—here we go.

Lips…

mac by design feed the senses sweet succulence lipstick

By Design, Feed the Senses, Sweet Succulence

Of the five lipsticks available, I have three of them; Feed the Senses, By Design, and Sweet Succulence. The three could not be any more different! ($15 each)

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