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MAC-a-licious Haulage

So the boyfriend gave me some shopping money again…big mistake!

I went to the Glendale Galleria and went ka-ka-krazy! I first went to For Love 21 (weird name btw), the accessory extension of Forever 21 and bought me some more rings and necklaces (mind you NONE of this stuff I NEED), then next stop was Sephora, I am surprised I only left with 2 things! I was eye-ing like 10 things!

I bought a facial exfoliator brush because my cloth one just gave way, and I bought another blending brush. After seeing Karen’s new purchase (makeupandbeautyblog.com) on the Smashbox Special Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Fusion Lights WITH brush, I wanted it so bad and kept playing with it to feel out if I really wanted it and because it was PINK made me want it more! But I controlled myself and didn’t buy it because I don’t think I would use it often, but yet would probably buy it for the brush and the pink handle.

Next stop…MAC! Meet the newest member of the family, “Teal”:

I absolutely am in love with MAC’s Teal Pigment, it’s just such a gorgeous shimmery color that would really bring out anyone’s eyes. (Btw, it’s also available for sample for you inquiring minds!)

Reunited and it feels so good:

Of course I wouldn’t show these without swatches!!!

Another thing I absolutely fell in love with, MAC Shadestick in “Fresh Cement”, I really had the intention of purchasing “Sharkskin”, but when I swatched it, it looked like something I already have so I didn’t bother, but as soon as I swatched “Fresh Cement”, I told the MA I had to have it! I also liked “Sea Me” but I just bought a good dupe from Avon.

I also got more refills, I wanted Zonk Bleu! but she gave me Shimmermoss by accident, so I have to exchange it, and I also ran out of my favorite eyeshadow Vex, so I bought the refill again. I also bought the Cumulus eyeshadow from the “Blue Storm” collection, I know I am a little late on getting my hands on it, but I thought I had that color, and turns out I don’t! My total was $97 and something cents, hey im doing better, at least it’s UNDER $100! haha 😉

Reader Question (RE: Fushia and Black Fusion)



Q: I absolutely love this look!! i was checking on the sephora website and i didnt see the eyeshadow shade u used. do u know anywhere else where i can get it??

Thanks,

Lena
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A: It is at the Sephora store, just not through the website, if you actually go to the store you will see it, it’s #26, I think it’s actually a blush not an eyeshadow but it produces that awesome color, so it’s good to use on the eyes too! MUFE (Makeup Forever) doesn’t even sell it’s own products on their website so you have to see who they contract their products to for sales, I checked the Sephora website and didn’t see much, but when I went into the actual store they had A LOT!

Sephora!

I love Sephora, I honestly can go crazy in that store. The only CON I have about it, is that: 1.) I wish their prices weren’t so high, I mean they have small things for like $18, travel-sized things are like $10+, some of their products are a bit outrageous in price… 2.) They carried more synthetic brushes, instead of brushes with animal hair!

I really like their eye and lip pencils, my favorite is this nude pink. ($4)

And also their lip liner with a lip brush on the other end ($6):

I also really enjoy their eye glitter pencils to line my lower lashes for a little extra “pop”. I have the electro blue and the silver glitter pencils. ($6)

Sephora nail polish corrector pen to fix those mistakes! ($6)

Matte Mono Eyeshadow in Matte White ($10):

Duo Eyelash and Brow Comb ($5):

MAKE-UP BRUSH WIPES! ($9)

One of my favorites (also pictured up top on my banner), Sephora Cream Eyeliner Palette in Earth Tones ($15):

On-the-go easy French manicures ($8):

Sephora Brand Glitter Lashes ($8), perfect for the weekends!

NEW! Sephora Illuminated Tweezer ($22):

6 COLOR Lipgloss Palette ($12):

For my mineral makeup or for mixing colors, I use the sifter jar ($4):

I LOVE this dual sharpener that sharpens both jumbo and slim pencils, the best part is that they have caps for each one so that there is no mess, perfect for travel($3):

I travel a lot, so these sponge wedges in a case is perfect for me, keeps my sponges together and clean! ($6):

“Your eyes are the windows to your soul…”

I think the most show stopping part of the face is the eyes. It’s what everyone looks at. When you have great shading and “eye-catching” eyeshadows (get it? haha), the more people have a tendency to look at your eyes. When I go out and someone compliments me on my eye makeup they want to know 2 things: What colors do I have on? And how did I do it?

Like I mentioned before, I MIX ALL my eyeshadows, not because you have to, that’s just how I am. I love all sorts of colors and I love experimenting with the mixing of colors to achieve one really awesome color that just ‘pops’ on my lids. The trick is to really know how to blend and shade correctly and evenly. Trust me, it’s not that easy.

And believe me, you DO NOT have to spend a lot on make-up to get the look you want. I know there are girls out there who live on MAC Cosmetics, and that’s fine (because I love MAC myself), but $14.50/eyeshadow can be a bit steep for some. You can find (or make) similar colors to that of MAC at your local drugstore. I love NYX Cosmetics because they have tons of colors and their eyeshadows are only $2.99 a pop, so you can get a lot if you have $20; and that’s how much ONE MAC eyeshadow is including tax and they work just the same!

I do what I call, an eyeshadow test, I place layers of different colors on my hand and BLEND them together to see how they compliment one another. Of course it’s different on your hand than your eye, but you wanna see how they look overall blended.

Here are simple steps to applying eyeshadow:

1. It is very important to use an eye primer, or eyeshadow base because that holds your eyeshadow in place and prevents creasing. (see below, Laura Geller’s Spackle Trio)

2. Use an overall highlighting eyeshadow to widen and brighten up the eye (try Revlon’s Colorstay eyeshadow in “White Whisper”, $6), apply this ALL over the lid all the way up to the brow bone.

3. Then apply the LIGHTEST color of eyeshadow on the inner corner of your eye. What I mean by lightest color, is when you are trying to achieve the “gradient effect” (see picture above), if you look closely, I actually have 3 different colors. You want, light, medium, and dark shades (in that order) on your lid.

4. Apple the MEDIUM shade from almost your inner corner of you eye, all the way to the end of the lid.

5. Take your darkest shade using an ANGLED eyeshadow brush and BLEND that shade with the medium until it looks almost one color from the outer to the inner part of the lid, but can still see the medium and dark shade separately.

For the pic above, I used Revlon’s “White Whisper” as my highlighting base, Flirt Cosmetics “Limelight” as inner corner and medium shade, and an unknown brand black sparkly eyeshadow as my dark shade and blended it together. And voila!

I really like these 2 eyeshadows, they are both Sephora brand, I don’t know the names of the colors, but it’s a gold shimmer, sparkly color, the one that is open, is a CREAMY eyeshadow which I recommend to wear UNDER another eyeshadow if you plan on wearing eyeliner because it’s super hard to put eyeliner on a cream eyeshadow as it is just gliding everywhere. (Sephora, $10)

Another thing I love, is this cream eyeliner palette from Sephora ($15), it’s a 4-in-1, and has 4 different eyeliner colors to match a majority of outfits. Has silver, black, goldish-brown, and army green. It’s also perfect for your purse or traveling.

Once you are done with eyeshadows and eyeliner, the next step is MASCARA. I love L’oreal’s Telescopic Mascara ($6-9), it lengthens your eyelashes a lot so it looks like you ARE wearing fake eyelashes, or Sonia Kushuk’s “Lashify Waterproof Mascara” ($7.99, see below), it even comes with a handy eyelash comb! To “lengthen” your eyelashes, first comb out all your eyelashes (I like Sonia Kushuk’s eyelash comb/eyebrow comb combo), and then use a CLEAR mascara (gel-like almost), this is a great primer for eyelashes and helps your mascara glide on easily avoiding the annoying CLUMPS. Apply a couple coats of your mascara, and then from the very TOP of the eyelashes only, apply several coats, making your eyelashes look “longer”.

And what completes the whole eye than a pair of false eyelashes to really widen your eye and get everyone talking about how beautiful your eyes are!

As you can see, I got these from Sally’s Beauty Supply ($4 a pop). It’s best to get them here because they have quite a selection from normal lashes, to runway, to high fashion, what ever look you are going for, you can find it at Sally’s. Target and other drugstores have a very LIMITED selection of eyelashes simply because that’s not a specialty store and only carry certain items.

Get the “invisibands” eyelashes because they have invisible bands so it looks flawless as if you are not wearing any fake eyelashes. Be sure that once you have applied your lashes, that you put black eyeliner along the band to finish the look!

If you are new to putting on eyelashes, try Sonia Kushuk’s “Leading Lady Eye Set”, $12.99 at Target.

Basic Essentials – Laura Geller ‘Spackle Trio’

I absolutely LOVE Laura Geller’s Spackle Trio makeup, eye, and lip primer!!

It’s 3-in-1 set that is good for people who are on the go, it comes in a cute size perfect for your purse!. Some gals just put foundation directly on the face, but I suggest using a makeup primer for several reasons:

1. A makeup primer prepares your face for the foundation by giving it a smooth canvas to start with. It is usually applied right after your moisturizer, and I use a foundation brush to apply it to my face.

2. It PREVENTS zits because it SEALS your pores, not allowing any foundation to enter your pores and voila! A fresh face!

3. It also makes your foundation/powder to last longer because it’s a creamy base that “holds” your makeup in place, so you look freshly applied for the whole day!

The eye and lip primer combo is pure genius! The “eye primer” (the lighter shade), is designed to keep your eyeshadow to stay put and to keep it from creasing on your lids, and the “lip primer” (the darker shade) prevents feathering of your lipstick/lipgloss, and keeps lipliner and lipstick on your lips longer!

You can get it only at http://www.sephora.com. You CANNOT get it at all Sephora stores because some stores do not carry Laura Geller, so you must order it online. If you order anything from http://www.sephora.com, you get 3 FREE SAMPLES of your choice of fragrances, other makeup primer brands, lipgloss, etc. The bottle itself is about $30, and they give you a good amount.

See me in the reflection? haha

Hence the name, “SPACKLE TRIO”, it comes with a little baby spackle spatula!

I also use Sephora brand makeup base before the spackle because I love the pink pearlescent cream! It brightens my face so I look more awake and enhances the natural skin tone.

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