Review & Swatches: Pieces From the MAC ‘Styleseeker’ Collection

When I first received the preliminary information and images for the new MAC Styleseeker Collection several weeks ago, I thought, “Now THIS is what I call fall!” Full of warm, richly pigmented hues, Styleseeker is home to gorgeous pieces for all to embrace fall with, no matter what’s your pleasure. Like a bold eye? Check. An opaque, full color lip? Check. Eye liner in brilliant tones? Check. See what I mean?

MAC says…

M·A·C interprets a vivid fall colour collection in tones influenced by the spirit and style of a global wanderer. Translucent, buildable, Powder Blush adds glow. Eye Shadow Duos create brilliant, sultry effects punctuated with Fluidline. Classic Mattene Lipstick is revived for dramatic, dense colour that lasts for hours. Lipglass gets fresh flair in new shades, and Nail Lacquer in jewel tones and metallics extend the opulence to the tips of the fingers.

While the collection contains an assortment of four eyeshadow duos, four Fluidline shades, five Mattene Lipsticks, four Lipglass shades, three Powder Blushes, and three Nail Lacquers—I have a few key pieces to share with you. So keep in mind, that when you visit your local MAC counter, you’ll be amazed at just how much MORE there is to love for those in love with fall color!

MAC Styleseeker Collection Eyeshadow Duos in Culturalized, On The Hunt

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First Look: MAC PRO Lip Palette in 6 Modern Browns

New for fall, MAC fans can get their hands on five new PRO Lip Palettes. These will be part of the permanent collection at MAC PRO locations, and I just heard a collective sigh of relief! I know that sometimes, a palette of lipsticks isn’t practical—but if you’re a budding artist, makeup professional, or lipstick fan in general—it’s helpful not to have to carry around several tubes of lipstick. Not to mention, palettes are versatile, and allow so many options to create your own shades and textures. So I’m a fan! Here’s your first look at one of the five options available, 6 Modern Browns. Each PRO Lip Palette contains six lipstick shades, and I’ll discuss the other palettes available in just a sec!

MAC PRO Lip Palette in 6 Modern Browns

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Currently Loving: mark Make It Rich Lip Color Crayons

Pigmented, pretty, and budget-friendly? That’s the name of the game here with mark’s Make It Rich Lip Color Crayons. I got my hands on these and have been a fan of their rich color and full-coverage capabilities ever since. Is it a lip gloss? Is it a lipstick? You decide! This hybrid formula stays put for me for a few hours of wear and feels creamy. Your shade selection might play a role in determining length of wear however, as Hot Sauce lasted 2 hours longer on my lips than Naturally—but I was still impressed by these!

mark Make It Rich Lip Color Crayons

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What’s New: MAC By Request Collection

Don’t you hate it when your fave shade of lipstick gets discontinued? It happens ALL the time! Wouldn’t it be awesome if you were able to vote on discontinued shades, so that they could make repeat performances? Oh wait, someone just did! MAC recently held an online poll, in which customers voted for their favorite discontinued lipstick, Lipglass, and eyeshadow shades—and the results are in—here’s the By Request Collection!


  • Candy Yum Yum — 77,517 votes
  • Moxie — 74,957 votes
  • Rocker — 72,299 votes


  • Bait — 34,045 votes
  • Cult of Cherry — 29,466 votes
  • Flash of Flesh –– 27,707 votes


  • Guacamole — 50,536 votes
  • Jeté — 40,245 votes
  • Moth Brown — 39,563 votes

Moxie, Candy Yum Yum, Rocker

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What’s New: Shades From the MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Collection

Oh, you have NO idea how much I’ve missed you all. I’ve spent several days watching Bravo in bed while couped up with some nasty bug. By the way, I think Watch What Happens Live and Million Dollar Listing L.A. are my two new favorite shows. (*sigh* I know.) Ideally, I would have had these gorgeous new lip shades from MAC up for you a few days ago—and I truly apologize! But here they are! The new Cremesheen + Pearl collection is home to eight lipsticks, and seven Glass shades—I have a few pieces from the collection to share. Ready? Go!

Shades From the MAC Creamsheen + Pearl Collection

From MAC…

A shimmering twist on an instant classic. Cremesheen Lipstick and Cremesheen Glass get infused with crushed pearl in 15 new Asian-inspired shades. Modern pinks, nudes, and corals pop and glow against all skin tones with a light-reflecting finish that leaves lips luminously and decidedly lacquered. With foolproof coverage, gleaming shine, and creamy gloss, this smooth and seductive update to Cremesheen is Double Happiness for your lips.

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Review: Three Custom Color Specialists Transformer Duo in Champagne

I’m always been interested in learning tips and tricks from the stars, so how about this one: make-up artists often blend a “transformer” shade on top of lip color to get the perfect color for film sets and photo shoots. Wouldn’t it be awesome to get your hands on a transformer for your lip shades?  Now you can, thanks to 3 Custom Color Specialists.

Their Transformer Duo: A champagne duo compact has a split pan that contains a silver/white transformer and a golden/yellow transformer to allow you to cool down or warm up whatever shade you’re wearing. Play with different ratios of each color to make a custom blend all your own. You can even mix them both together to create a sheer-looking champagne color.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick


About six weeks ago, I got my hands on a sample of Tarte’s new Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick, and I didn’t want to let it go. I’ve since been dying to try them all—and the time is finally here! These new long-wearing lipsticks contain Tarte’s hallmark Amazonian clay, and they feel oh-so-comfortable on my lips due to all of the hydrating benefits of mango, avocado extract, and shea butter. But you know what’s even better than a lipstick that feels good on your lips? One that has incredible pigmentation too—and Glamazon lipstick is certainly not lacking in the pigment department!

Aside from the pretty wooden tube, Glamazon Pure Perfomance Lipstick has a lot going for it. Tarte says that Glamazon will wear up to 12 hours. So did it?

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What’s New: 3 Key Pieces From the NARS Fall Color Collection for 2012

It’s only the end of July, and NARS has me yearning for cozy, warm sweaters and turning leaves already! A mix of both regal and autumn tones, the fall collection is meant to grab attention—yet remain sophisticated. I checked out three key pieces for fall, and I like what I’m seeing. Here’s an eyeshadow trio, blush, and lippie that you can partner up with your existing collection to update your seasonal look without going overboard.

The Fall 2012 Color Collection is at once bold and breathtaking: Icy shimmer enhances modern colors to create a stunning, ethereal effect. Eyes are piercing in smoky jewel tones accented with lavender and amethyst sparkle. Skin glows subtly in nearly nude pink with a whisper of silver. Lips are strong in striking metallics or soft in warm brandy and rose shades. Grey nails lend final sophistication to a look that’s exhilarating, evocative, and, as always, strictly NARS.

Outlaw Blush, Sheer Lipstick in Autumn Leaves, High Society Eyeshadow Trio

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Sneak Peek: IT Cosmetics Vitality Anti-Aging 5 Piece Collection QVC Today’s Special Value for 7/27/12

Over the past year, I’ve really grown to love IT Cosmetics—and I’ve reviewed several of their products in the past. Bye Bye Pores, Hello Lashes! Mascara, and the Vitality Lip Flush have all been hits on the blog, as the products I’ve tried from the brand have been consistently terrific. Since I’m always happy to pass along a great value on fab beauty goodies, here’s your sneak peek of this Friday’s Today’s Special Value on QVC from IT Cosmetics!

From the IT Cosmetics Vitality Anti-Aging 5 Piece Collection QVC TSV for 7/27/12

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