My stash

My stash…an over-due post showing what I’m workin’ with—terms of make-up that is. Hehehe.

I knowwww, it’s nothing compared to all of the other make-up folx out there but let’s keep in mind that I just started purchasing MAC in June 2007. That and I ain’t bankin’ like that to be spending a crap load of money on make-up. Not when I got student loans to pay back. HA!!!! But I digresssss….here we go.

This is where the make-up and jewelry section lives. It ain’t too jazzy because I’m only going to be staying here for a year.

This is my collection of eyeshadows. The majority are MAC, you see that one NARS (I’d have more but damn they’ll break yo wallet!) and 2-3 are Milani.

I invest in a mess-load of samples 32 to be e exact. I forgot to shoot a pic of them. The 3 purchased that I have purchased though, I love with a passion. Especially Vanilla!

The only 2 blushes I own. And I know….that one of the right is Fashion Fair. And of course someone gave me that because no one under 30 purchases Fashion Fair. LOL, just kidding. But seriously….I actually really like that color.

The brush collection. Need to upgrade. MAC SE brushes are…..um, not as good as the real thing. I wish someone would have told my ass that before I went out and purchased it them.

The lippies. My lip exfoliant stuff isn’t showing but that’s a MUST every night. See that Wondershine? Loved that stuff so much, I bought a back-up.

Bases and liners.

The only MAC face stuff I use.

Pencils and liners. I hate the way this Blogger picture thing loads so my apologies f or it lookin’ like a hot mess in this post. Blogger is pretty terrible in the picture uploading.

Soooo…that’s pretty much it. I’m missing my “tools” department and MAC paints and some other products, but I think you get the idea. I’m gettin’ there!

What I’ve learned

Okay, so I’m back!

This is going to be a picture-less post. I want to list my top 10 lessons/findings since I’ve been on my little beauty blog hiatus. Here we go….and please if you have any tips, suggestions, proposals….please help a sista out!

(1) Leave the eyebrows alone. I’ve decided to leave them the hell alone! At one point I got obsessed with trying to get “the perfect brows”. I really don’t care anymore. They aren’t perfect and I’m fine with that. I’m sick of trying to make lines and color them in and create arches and all of that mess. It’s time consuming and rather unnecessary to me. So no more drawing brow lines. I am learning to tweeze them myself—which I think is going rather well. But aside from tweezing every once in a while and trimming them, I’m leaving them alone.

(2) Time to learn how to apply blush. I really don’t know how! Call me crazy but once upon a time, I thought blushes were only for non-Black women. Silly me! But now I’ve discovered a whole new world of blushes via NARS. Beautifuuuuul. I copped Taj Mahal from a friend and now I’m peering at Crazed. Exhibit A is fab too. These colors are nice and all but I need to learn how to correctly apply blush. And MSF. I still don’t know what that stuff is for.

(3) Don’t be anti-foundation. I tried foundation. Then I gave up on it. Well, now I’m hip to it again. I think I’ve found something better. MAC StudioFix is the devil in powder foundation form. StudioTech is better. And now that I’ve found the correct shade….I find myself really liking how it looks on me. Sometimes. I don’t ever want to get to the point where I wear foundation everyday. I know it sounds crazy, but I really have no problem with my skin in all of its flaws. And it’s not like I have a busted face. I don’t mind my LA smog-created pimples. I wish they’d go away but I think it takes too much time to conceal them and my uneven coloration. I have really accepted my skin in its natural state. So foundation on only special occasions.

(4) Time to invest in MAC skincare products. This whole make-up thing is fun for me, but also very difficult. I used to be an “all natural” girl in terms of skincare products. But noooow, I’m stepping outside of the box. Wow. So, for the past 5 years or so I’ve been using Black soap, Aveeno (so not all natural), jojoba oil, cocoa butter and other natural oils that my Mother has made. I got a sample of MAC’s Green Cleansing Oil and my face loves it. It’s amaaaazing. And LA smog pimples are starting to go away because of it. So it’s time to go with what works. And so far it seems to be MAC skincare products.

(5) Find the perfect neutral look. I’ve played around with different colors and I’ve liked my findings. But I want the perfect neutral eye. So off to research what other brown ladies are doin’.

(6) Tame the eyelashes. They are getting a little less unruly but not where I want them to be. That and find a fab mascara that gives me amazing lashes. PlushLash is pretty decent but I know there is something better! And false lashes are fun but I want to create lengthy and full natural lashes.

(7) Create a portfolio. Just for fun. I want to have pictures of all of my looks with the products I used. For no reason. But since I’m into this make-up thing right now in my life, it would be nice to show something for it—-besides entirely too much money in products.

(8) Don’t get too caught up in MAC lippies. I know, they are beautiful. We can all attest to that. But them mofos cost too much money. I’ve become spoiled now and don’t even look at non-MAC lip products. It’s time to head back to Walgreens, CVS and other drugstore brands that were just as good before I distracted. I so blame MAC in 3D’s Wondershine.

(9) Blend like a mofo. And keep blending like a mofo. Because, to me, it truly is one of the most important make-up rules.

(10) Go make-up free at least once a week. And not on a bum day either. I want to continually reinforce how beautiful I SHOULD feel without the use of products. And prove to the world that I can be fab with or without make-up.

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So ghost!

Scuse me and my absence. I have made it to LA safely and working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Nativity Catholic School. I am a librarian, tutor and basically run around here doing whatever needs to get done. It’s very rewarding, but very difficult. I am extremely homesick and miss East coast living like something crazy.

But I needed to do this. Sooooo, no regrets.

Anywho, my Dad is supposed to be sending me a laptop, since mine broke prior to me coming so hopefully when I get that, I’ll be able to do more updates and show my discoveries. Can’t say that I have many but still…

Peace, blessings and pretty faces to you all.

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.

Yellows and a Neuty

Hi beautiful faces!

Before I introduce my reviews and looks, I have to mention that MAC Pro has launched some gorgeous new colors. They are more along the C-Shock line: bright, vibrant and highly pigmented colors. I am in love with them all but unfortunately when I went to the PRO store in Orlando, they only had one of the ones I wanted. Let me introduce you kids to:

BRIGHT SUNSHINE!

Yesss…another yellow. If you’re like me and have found zero success in Chrome Yellow and Canary Yellow, this is it! MAC has done it. This yellow is magnificent. It is highly pigmented even without a base—so imagine how it looks WITH one. Now I know some of us may not be BIG on yellows…it’s not exactly a color that you’d want to wear everyday, but I’m looking to have a rather diverse traincase—and that includes non-traditional colors. Not to mention, neglecting to own colors like this feeds to the idea that darker skinned women can’t wear bright colors and I KNOW that ain’t true.

BRIGHT SUNSHINE, A color that MAC describes as a “Bright clean primary iridescent yellow”. As a frost, this color needs very little application to go on brightly. To prove this, I’ve done 4 swatches. 3 with bases. 1 without. The first 3 colors’ bases are:

(1) Urban Decay Primer Potion
(2) Gentil Lentil Shadestick
(3) Bamboom Paint
….and (4) is no base at all.

Wow….so, of course I had a hard time with lightning, but the last swatch looks just as good as the other three. My favorite base for this would be the paint. And I bet if you had a yellowish shadestick, it would pop like none other! So 10 points for Bright Sunshine….only available at MAC Pro locations.

Hmmm….and since we’re on this new launch of fab colors, let’s talk about one more. Blue Clam…similar to Electric Eeel but BETTER is a look I had done on me by one of the make-up artists. Aside from falling in love with this handsome cat, he also used the Delft Paint Pot (okay….these are FAB!). I don’t have a great close up but this is the finished product…me in all of my silliness.

So yes…I encourage you folx….who are into the bright colors to check out MAC Pro’s new line. I think you’ll fall in love just like I did. However, a lot of the great colors are already sold out so I guess us unfortunate non MAC Pro membership folx are outta luck, uh? So sad….I’m tryna get a membership myself. LOL, somehow!!

Kay kay….before I go, lemme drop you a Neuty aka….a neutral look that I created and topped off with MAC in 3D’s Wondershine.
What I have here is:
-Woodwinked on lid
-Antiqued on crease and lightly blended up
-Vanilla pigment on crease

The MAC in 3D Wondershine has a dark brown lip liner from Jordana (my favorite cheapo brand) but I was considering puchasing a Lipglass liner….but who knows. How the freak are you supposed to sharpen those mofos? I love the color nonetheless and am going to go check out some more today.

And Reno, mama….this Wondershine close up is for you. You said it was TOO bright, but don’t let the color of these MAC 3D lippies fool you. They look bright in the their bottles, but they really are very sheer. But sheer enough to where it shows up. And I’m workin’ on snappin’ shots of my baby traincase so you can see what I’m “workin’ wit” (lol)—but it ain’t much so don’t be shocked. And MAC Pro stores…..nothing less than heaven. It’s amazing! Peace and pigments, loves!

….oh and have I mentioned how uploading pics on Blogger is AWFUL! Am I the only one who has these problems?

Two looks

Okay, I got some madd updates for ya this entry. It’ll be a week and a half before I head out to LA….my internship is over. I have no classes and I feel like I am lacking so much purpose in my life right now. Post-graduation nerves, I’m assuming. The only thing that is making me feel better is make-up. And I’m in mofo Tallahassee…this place only has a MAC counter. No store. I hate flippin’ counters…..anywho this is what I have.

Fiiirst, the look I have here has no name. Here are the products I used:
That yucky Hush Color Cream base…oh, ignore that Antiqued eye shadow….and this is a palette I created:
-Woodwinked in inner lid
-Sketch on outer lid
-Humid on crease
-And Bamboom as my highlighter
I loooove this combination. It’s gorgeous. This is what I came up with. Let me know what you think:

Uggghh, as usual, ignore the brows. I have yet to return to perfecting them. Skin is getting better…thank the Lord for that.
This picture is arranged on my blog a little funny, but here is the look in its entirety. I’m wearing Elaborate Lip glass. It’s aight….too much glitter if you ask me, but it was a cheap outlet steal.
I looove that palette. It’s a nice everyday look. Humid is dark enough to where it tones down the Woodwinked and Sketch…I don’t know. I love Sketch. I think it’s such a lovely “Outer V….or outer lid look”.
And now introducing another look that I did using greens. I used 3:
Eyepopping….some Milani green (ugh, can’t remember the name!) and Humid. Whoever suggested that I get Humid, I loooove you. It is gorgeous and goes on beautifully.
All of these pictures are gonna look crazy because I was having a wonderful morning this particular day, so you’ll have to excuse my silliness. I don’t know…..I’m really feelin’ greens these days.

Eyepopping was on inner lid, that Milani green in the middle and I used Humid as an outer V and blended all 3 colors up. I didn’t do a highlighter. After my consultation with an artist yesterday, I discovered that I don’t need a highlighter when I do crazy looks like these. The space between my crease and brownbone is like a mile away. I have so much space. Color on the lid, crease AND browbone is too much for me sometimes….has anyone else realized this?

Heres’s a better “far away” look. Ohhh….and ZDazzle, can you guess what’s on my lips? It’s that wonderful Wondershine from the MAC in 3D line. Yes, it’s wonderful and I don’t mind the color payoff being intense. It’s dark enough for me. I love this color A LOT!
What do yall think? Thoughts?
Oh…I’m loving my new MAC brushes. They seriously were worth the money. My blending is 10x better and that 242….I don’t know how I survived without it!

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!