Smoke Signals & Blue Storm

Okayyy, so I didn’t think I’d be too into some the newest MAC lines but I actually was. Now I wasn’t a fan of the quads….I don’t really know how to do smoky eyes but I’m going to learn anyway. I have a class at MAC tomorrow to learn how to do it correctly.

I still didn’t end up buying anything from that line. BUT, Smoke Signals has a beautiful nude Lipglass called Bare Truth that I was so close to purchasing. But I had self control. I don’t need it. But who knows….I may go back and cop that.

Blue Storm shocked me more than I thought it would. The colors are more beautiful in person. I ended up only getting Blue Storm and Thunder but I’m happy because they are 2 colors that I don’t have in my collection. I have the swatches and pics here. There were some pretty nice looking Lipglasses too. But of course, I’m still stuck on MAC in 3D texture and consistency. Regular Lipglasses….I don’t think I like them as much. But the colors are still pretty gorgeous on us brown ladies.

Overall…I think this is a pretty nice collection….very interesting concept. Still…nothing can beat C-Shock, in my eyes. I’m going back to Tampa and of course I’m going to a store (flippin’ Tallahassee only has a counter….but thank God for my move to LA in a week….a PRO store ain’t too far!). Just for ole’ times sake.

Soooo, I think you ladies should check out these 2 new lines. I’ll play around with them soon.
….and ohhhh, guess who easily depotted 3 eyeshadows today?! It was easy!!
Peace for now.

Smoke Signals & Blue Storm

Okayyy, so I didn’t think I’d be too into some the newest MAC lines but I actually was. Now I wasn’t a fan of the quads….I don’t really know how to do smoky eyes but I’m going to learn anyway. I have a class at MAC tomorrow to learn how to do it correctly.

I still didn’t end up buying anything from that line. BUT, Smoke Signals has a beautiful nude Lipglass called Bare Truth that I was so close to purchasing. But I had self control. I don’t need it. But who knows….I may go back and cop that.

Blue Storm shocked me more than I thought it would. The colors are more beautiful in person. I ended up only getting Blue Storm and Thunder but I’m happy because they are 2 colors that I don’t have in my collection. I have the swatches and pics here. There were some pretty nice looking Lipglasses too. But of course, I’m still stuck on MAC in 3D texture and consistency. Regular Lipglasses….I don’t think I like them as much. But the colors are still pretty gorgeous on us brown ladies.

Overall…I think this is a pretty nice collection….very interesting concept. Still…nothing can beat C-Shock, in my eyes. I’m going back to Tampa and of course I’m going to a store (flippin’ Tallahassee only has a counter….but thank God for my move to LA in a week….a PRO store ain’t too far!). Just for ole’ times sake.

Soooo, I think you ladies should check out these 2 new lines. I’ll play around with them soon.
….and ohhhh, guess who easily depotted 3 eyeshadows today?! It was easy!!
Peace for now.

Updates

So a sista has been gone for a minute and I do apologize. But I do come back to you as a COLLEGE GRADUATE!!

Yess yessss, I have walked the stage and it was so wonderful that I want to do it again. LOL, seriously. After my AmeriCorps service I’m headin’ on to someone’s grad school. So yep yep, that’s that.

Aaaaand, I got a digital camera as a gift so now there will be more updates with better quality photos. The only one I have today is:

Yesss, I was beyond excited. My eye make-up was “ehhh….” Nothing to brag about. The look here was my favorite pigment combo…

-Melon on the lid
-Coco beach on the crease
-And I took out my ex-BFF Vex as my highlighter

….and then I put on the StudioFix because I knew I was going to be taken a ton of photos. It lasted pretty well. But then a day later, I noticed freakin’ small bumps all over my face. (sigh) Could be a coincidence, but whatever. I’m thinking I need to completly retire that StudioFix and try StudioTech…or somethin’ else. It clearly isn’t for me.

Over the past week or so I’ve been to 2 MAC stores, 2 MAC counters, an outlet, Ulta and Sephora. So I’ve been out and about. Got some new stuffs and got some reviews.

First:

BRUSHES

The Novel Twist basic brush set is such greatness….well, for me at least. This is the most I’ve spent on brushes. I think it’s great for a beginner like myself. The entire set costs $48 and includes smaller handles of the 129, 190, 224, 242 and 266. Now of course it came out ’bout a month ago but I was waiting until I copped some graduation money before I got it. Hehehe…..anywho the 224 is an amazing blending brush. And the 242 is GREAT for eyeshadow application.

Still playing around with the others. And then I purchased a 222 brush from an outlet for only $11. It’s the white tip blending brush that I haven’t played around with much and only purchased out of excitement. Any ideas on how to use this one?

Okay noooow…..

EYE SHADOWS

Antiqued
Anyone familiar with this one? It stuck out on me for some reason and I think it is so divine. MAC describes it as ash brown with bronze cast. As a veluxe pearl, it goes on very nicely….especially with Woodwinked.

Chrome Yellow
Purchased this because I want a diverse make-up collection. And uhh…I’m not too sure if I like it just yet. It takes a looong time to get it to do what you want it to do. I’m assuming this will only be GREAT with a primer similar to its color. Other than that I wasn’t too big on it. But I think it’s great to have nonetheless. I also pulled Humid and finally Woodwinked. Which is 10x better than that bright ass Amberlights, I might add.

My “to be purchased soon” shadows:
Flashtrack-what I’ll do this this royal blue, I don’t know…but it calls my name EVERYTIME I go into MAC. Next time I’m getting it. It’s sooo pretty.

…and Star Violet, Sushi Flower and Parfait Amour.

PRIMERS

Hush Color Cream Base
Has anyone used MAC’s CCBs before? Wellll, this is my first and last purchase of these kids. The artist did warn me that CCBs are NOT for folx with oily lids. Welll….I never considered mine to be so oily, but apparently they are. A few hours after having put this on, the whole “where you blink your eye” crease part was completely jacked up. I mean, I had NO make-up there. It looked awful. Definitely not for me. So what have I learned from this? Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is the best…better than CCBs, shadesticks and paint. The end. I should probably mention that MAC says this product has many uses so perhaps I’ll find something else to use it for. But for the lids…nooooope.

….I got some other stuff like Elaborate Lip glass (not to be worn alone…too much glitter)….my beloved MAC Vanilla piggie (plan on order more samples before I move to LA) and some non-make-up goodies like Carol’s Daughter hair oil.

Tis it for now…..look for mo betta photos!

Pigments and more…

PIGGIES!

PIGGIES!!


Now let’s rap on pigments for a quick second.

I absolutely love them!!! Their versatility is amazing. I have found so much success is virtually all of the pigments I’ve played around with…

Pigments are sooo much fun and you can use them everywhere! Eyes, lips, face, nail polishes, etc. My top 3 favorite so far are:

1) Vanilla….I love this heavenly color. I’ve used it as a highlighter, dabbed it on my lips and even sprinkled some in my lotion for a summer shimmery look. It’s a amazing.

2) Coco Beach…the BEST crease color I’ve come across so far. It blends amazingly with my knock off 224 brush. An absolute gorgeous color.

3) Melon…I loooove this color. In the jar it looks a bit bright, but when applied on my skin, it is a little more toned down. This on my lid with Coco beach as my crease is such a GREAT neutral color. My Mom, who is NC35 looks amazing with this color too.

:: I’ll post pics soon of my pretty piggie combos.

…..I’m still playing around with some other MAC piggies that I have such as Kelly Green, Cornflower, Fuchsia, Golden Lemon, etc. And of course I have the SAMPLE sizes of pigments. I highly suggest purchasing samples instead of spending a whooping $19.50 on a jar of pigment that you won’t use in a lifetime. A little really goes a looong way.

Where can you get samples?
Once upon a time, I believe Ebay users could sell samples, but that has recently stopped. I found a great seller through Specktra who not only has a great selection of pigments, but has GREAT prices, as well. Shoot Cheryl an email at Cher65@sbcglobal.net and she’ll email you a list of her colors and prices. She’s amazing for business, friendly and her service is fassst. She lives in Cali, I in Florida and I got my pigments in 3 days! Get up on it!

I think I’m more in love with MAC pigments than the eye shadows. I find myself grabbing for a piggie daily now instead of my palette.

Check out my Wish List:
-UPDD Primer Potion (on sale @ Ulta..buy 2, get 1 free. I need to stock up for Cali)
-Humid
-Woodwinked
-Naked Lunch
-Humid
-Novel Twist Basic Brush set
-A brown lip pencil. Probably from Jordana 2/$3. I love this cheap brand!
-Vanilla pigment (don’t have time to order out, so I’ll prolly have to buy the whole thing!)
..that’s it!

Look at the lippie stuffs stash from my purse. Ain’t this sad? Love ‘em all too. All under $4. Except that MAC Jellybabe which came in a gift set that I got as a gift. That MAC in 3D has me gettin’ excited so let’s hope it’s worth the hype, ZDazzle. No amazement since C-Shock here!

Guess who is graduating? Me in 10 days? How I’m going to wear my hair is quite the wonder. Someone mentioned a weave or wig. Okay….looks good on some, but I’m not the type to wear styles like that. Plus, I’m kinda big on my natural hair so to hide it on a big day would be such the contradiction to me. Any ideas? I look dead in this pic, but what about a headwrap UNDER the cap? No?

New look!! If I’m not in the mood to go all out on the eyes, I simply do…eyeliner, fluidline and mascara! That’s it. I’m lovin’ it! What’s goin’ on in your make-up world? Any new finds and whatnot?

Paint, brushes, Flashtronic

Greetings to whoever is reading this randomness of mine.

Life has been relatively good. I went through the hassle of moving everything out of my apartment into storage and it was a pretty terrible experience, but with the help of my ride-or-die best friend and some cute male counterparts, it was done! So I’m grateful for that.
So of course..that Flashtronic/Rushmetal/Novel Twist stuff dropped and everyone is actin’ all crazy about it. I’m not super impressed. I’m really not. I mean the colors from Flashtronic are actually niiiice, but not nice-nice. I didn’t feel the need to buy them ASAP. Maybe I’ll change my mind.
But I did cop some new finds and have some small reviews.

I was on a mission for the longest trying to find a neutral look. Well, after speaking with a great MAC make-up artist, I think I’ve found a nice everyday look. I’ve also learned how to adequately use a blending brush. I won’t tell you how I was using it before….you may laugh.

(1) Neutral look:
I purchased my first paint. The picture you see is not the same color as the one I picked up, so don’t get confused. I purchased Bamboom. It’s a great “neutral” look for my NW45 lids. I’m still working on how to apply it though. The make-up artist said use some number brush, but I’m not droppin’ $30 on no brush no time soon, lol….so I use a concealer brush from Target for $1.99 that uhhh….works very nice.
With Bamboom paint all over the lid, I then apply Sketch (a look that MAC describes as an intense burgundy-plum flecked with red shimmer) on outer lid and crease. I blend with my blending brush and apply Bamboo as my highlighter. I’ve come to discover that while I love Vex, it contributes to the “too much”ness that I loathe at work. Bamboo is a great neutral highlighter. It’s enough without being too much.
The end result? I like it….I tried capturing a pic with the camera phone. Ugh, the lighting is off. But it’s a nice look. Of course, I need to keep practicing to perfect it. Sketch in moderation is a pretty nice color.
(2) Lip stuffs
I almost purchased Flashtronic lipglass but then I realized it’s the same thing….or something simliar to jelly babe, except it has a little more shimmer. And then I realized that spending that much money on lip stuff is a mess. But that’s just my opinion. I splurge on eye stuff, but good and cheap lip chap (lol!!) can be found anywhere!ht

(3) Novel Twist Brush Set

Sooo as I’m sure MAC addicts know, Novel Twist stuffs dropped at Nordstrom’s on the 20th. I checked out the colors but was realllly considering getting the brush set. There are 2. One is a basic set and the other, professional. I talk a lot of trash about spending a ton of money on brushes…buuuut, I may cop the basic brush set. My wonderful Targe Sonia Kash(whatever the name is) brushes and watercolor paint brushes have not failed me yet, but maybe I’m falling into the “cause it’s MAC” mentality. Especially that 224 blending brush. I may get it. The entire set is only $48. A 224 brush alone costs $28! So this really is a deal. Hmmm….should I?
Ohhh, I purchased a 15-color palette. My collection is growing! Still need to perfect certain areas. Still need a steady hand for fluidlines. And still need to keep curling my lashes. They are all over the place. Still not wearing freakin’ StudioFix or anything on my face. The condition of my face is “decent”, but me not wearing foundation is for a personal reason. When I put it on, I feel like I look so….beautiful. But also so fake. Of course, Big T and Romping eye shadow isn’t natural but foundation, for me…..makes me really wish my skin was the way the make-up makes it. Perfect. And I’m on this self-acceptance tip. I don’t have flawless skin and that’s fine. Covering up my flaws everyday, in a sense, denies myself of my true self. Sounds deep, but that’s me.
2 out and about pics and I’m out. Deucesssss.

At my friend’s surprise birthday party. I had on a black shirt, but was bored, so hooked up my eyes up with some Firespot, Cranberry and Vex. The eyelashes are popping thanks to that Loreal Telescopic mascara! Wooooot!

Yesss, I never ever am normal when taking pictures. I can’t just smile and move on. I always have to do something silly. This was at a club and I have over 5 colors goin’ on here. If you look, the shirt that I’m wearing isn’t exactly color-less. So I tried to play up all of the colors from it.

OMG…

Creative title there, uh?

Okayyyy, so I guess it’s time for a new post. I’ve had an awesome weekend with great friends! I’m trying to live up my life here in Tampa because I’m moving to LA for AmeriCorps in September and *tear*….I doubt anyone will visit me since it’s so far.

Well, I am happy to announce that I did not purchase any make-up products this weekend! This is considered a good thing because I’m broke! LOL! I’m moving out of my apartment and putting things in storage and funds are realllly very low right now, so I’ve been staying away from Specktra’s For sale forums and…

…oh wait, I did buy some mascara at Target, but guess what? It was on sale! $4.99. Regularly $7.99.

It’s the Loreal Telescopic mascara that my lovely Ms. Riss raved about. I can see why! This is some great stuff! It’s actually better than the Loreal Voluminous. I mean, really….my eyelashes are out of this world! I loved it so much that I didn’t even feel the need to put on any make-up. Just the mascara, some eye liner and my MAC jellybabe. It’s so hotness! Get up on it!

Sooo…in other news, I copped
the MAC Firespot from the Moonbathe line and I’m in love with flippin’ color. It’s insanely beautiful! I tried it on a friend of mine who is NC45 with some Cranberry and Vex and it was fire! HOTTTT!!! Just “Ehhh….” on me. Gotta keep playing around with it. It’s just such a wonderful color for my collection. I’m excited about it. But I’m not too hip on ordering MAC products over the phone or online to be mailed to me. It took entirely TOO long and shipping was too expensive. I’ll only do that if I HAVE to.

Best friend tells me that Ulta is having this crazy cool sale on Urban Decay Primer Potion (buy 2, get 1 free) and some other goodies… I say check it out. I’m so blessed. A Sephora, Ulta, MAC, and Nordstrom’s in the SAME city? All of which I JUST discovered in 3 months? LOL, I’m so spoiled. Oh wait…I’ve found the link. The sale is going on until August 4. Yesss!! I should have at least 2 paychecks by then!

3 random pics of me and then I’m out…..but WAIT….you haven’t lived until you’ve checked out this online boutique. I’m not even lying. Shoes for $9.99? Hot jewelry for $.99? Thanks Black Pearls for showing this one. Great another addiction: online boutiques. Freakin’ A!

Peace and pretty faces!

I so need a better focus. LOL!!


One of my favorite looks: Arabian Lights….so gorgeous!
Amberlights/Cranberry/Vex

Chuckin’ the deuces at cha….whatever that means!

Review & Ish….

My FOTD is blah again. I need some help. Some nice neutral colors….I’m really sad. Someone help me!

Okay….I’ll be aight. Been tryin‘ some new non-MAC things and thought I’d give some quick reviews because I don’t know ’bout yall, but I learn about what’s hot and not from other folx like myself. Thanks Ms. Riss—-I inspire you, you inspire me!

So….top 4 mention-worthy cheap non-MAC steals would be:
(1) Loreal HIP’s gel liner:

Yeah yeahhhh, I know it’s not MAC’s Fluidline. But it’s just AS good. I think I only spent $7.99 on it. I do think it’s more expensive than that, but I got a deal. I got the black (similar to MAC’s Blacktrak) and it was niiice. Put it on with my watercolor brush, nice texture and strong color. I would purchase again. But only if Walgreen’s or CVS have a BOGO sale. If you buy it regular price, you should jus gon and spend 2 mo dollars and get MAC. Ya know?

(2) Milani compacts & quads

Some beauty folx trash talk brands like Milani but no matter how much I love MAC, I will never discredit this brand of products. They are great! The color payoff is incredible and one color compact is…get this, $2.99! Now c’mon….even if you don’t like the color/quality (which, I’m sure you will) you can’t complain too much because it’s only $3. Say whatcho want…..I’m buyinMilani ’til the day I die. Or ’til I can’t afford MAC anymore. Which ever comes first. OH—and their quads. So worth the price.

(3) Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

[WARNING] I’m ’bout to have a WG Moment. OMG, I like totalllly love this stuff. It’s freakin‘ awesome in every way! [Return to Black vernacular] No seriously, this is my staple eyeliner. It’s thin, you don’t have to sharpen it (I’ve cut my eye on damn eyeliners) and it stays on foreeever. I’ve gone to sleep in this stuff and have arisen to eyes that still look pretty decent. Not raccoon eyes. I love it and plan on writing my prenuptial vows for this eyeliner. Another BOGO product from your local drugstores. Regular price I believe is no more than $6.99. Lasts foreveeeer!

(4) Burt’s Beeswask Lip Balm

Sooo, before I got into this whole make-up thing, I actually wore nothing but natural products that my Mom, the herbalist, made for me. Now, I looove me some Burt’s Bees! With a passion. This stuff not only soothes ya lippies, but the menthol keeps them tingling soft and oh so kissable. Ehhh, can’t remember the price. My Mom tried to duplicate the same product and she did a great job. But please get up on this stuff here!

4 is such a random number, I know, but that’s all that I could think of. Also worth mentioning is Loreal HIP’s Mascara. Ummm, so good. And Ms. Riss, that Loreal Voluminous mascara is pure greatness. I purchased it yesterday and loved it!!

Also heard Milani’s loose powders are pretty decent. Completely threw away my Isa Dora stash…was I the only one really into that drugstore brand? I mean I really reallly loved them. I look back at when I used to be a Beauty Advisor at Walgreens and realize how much I did NOT know. So sad. But then again I worked in a neighborhood where the standards were kind of low. If you know what I mean.

But ahhh welll…..off to a meeting. Check out my Beauty Marks (to the left!) I’m getting a collection of so many great blogs. If you know any more, lemme know!

Peace and piece of mind.

Review & Ish….

My FOTD is blah again. I need some help. Some nice neutral colors….I’m really sad. Someone help me!

Okay….I’ll be aight. Been tryin‘ some new non-MAC things and thought I’d give some quick reviews because I don’t know ’bout yall, but I learn about what’s hot and not from other folx like myself. Thanks Ms. Riss—-I inspire you, you inspire me!

So….top 4 mention-worthy cheap non-MAC steals would be:
(1) Loreal HIP’s gel liner:

Yeah yeahhhh, I know it’s not MAC’s Fluidline. But it’s just AS good. I think I only spent $7.99 on it. I do think it’s more expensive than that, but I got a deal. I got the black (similar to MAC’s Blacktrak) and it was niiice. Put it on with my watercolor brush, nice texture and strong color. I would purchase again. But only if Walgreen’s or CVS have a BOGO sale. If you buy it regular price, you should jus gon and spend 2 mo dollars and get MAC. Ya know?

(2) Milani compacts & quads

Some beauty folx trash talk brands like Milani but no matter how much I love MAC, I will never discredit this brand of products. They are great! The color payoff is incredible and one color compact is…get this, $2.99! Now c’mon….even if you don’t like the color/quality (which, I’m sure you will) you can’t complain too much because it’s only $3. Say whatcho want…..I’m buyinMilani ’til the day I die. Or ’til I can’t afford MAC anymore. Which ever comes first. OH—and their quads. So worth the price.

(3) Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

[WARNING] I’m ’bout to have a WG Moment. OMG, I like totalllly love this stuff. It’s freakin‘ awesome in every way! [Return to Black vernacular] No seriously, this is my staple eyeliner. It’s thin, you don’t have to sharpen it (I’ve cut my eye on damn eyeliners) and it stays on foreeever. I’ve gone to sleep in this stuff and have arisen to eyes that still look pretty decent. Not raccoon eyes. I love it and plan on writing my prenuptial vows for this eyeliner. Another BOGO product from your local drugstores. Regular price I believe is no more than $6.99. Lasts foreveeeer!

(4) Burt’s Beeswask Lip Balm

Sooo, before I got into this whole make-up thing, I actually wore nothing but natural products that my Mom, the herbalist, made for me. Now, I looove me some Burt’s Bees! With a passion. This stuff not only soothes ya lippies, but the menthol keeps them tingling soft and oh so kissable. Ehhh, can’t remember the price. My Mom tried to duplicate the same product and she did a great job. But please get up on this stuff here!

4 is such a random number, I know, but that’s all that I could think of. Also worth mentioning is Loreal HIP’s Mascara. Ummm, so good. And Ms. Riss, that Loreal Voluminous mascara is pure greatness. I purchased it yesterday and loved it!!

Also heard Milani’s loose powders are pretty decent. Completely threw away my Isa Dora stash…was I the only one really into that drugstore brand? I mean I really reallly loved them. I look back at when I used to be a Beauty Advisor at Walgreens and realize how much I did NOT know. So sad. But then again I worked in a neighborhood where the standards were kind of low. If you know what I mean.

But ahhh welll…..off to a meeting. Check out my Beauty Marks (to the left!) I’m getting a collection of so many great blogs. If you know any more, lemme know!

Peace and piece of mind.