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?

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!

Dark Grapes

I don’t know how I’m doing so many updates. Things have been slow at my job, so I’ve had the time. I created a new look yesterday called Dark Grapes. It was all in good fun. Check it out:

Okay, so here it is with opened eyes.

Closed eyes….

Okayyy, I hope you’re ready for what’s next to come because it is a bit shocking!
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Craziness, riiiight? But I like it! I really do. I was initially just doing the eyes, but I was like, “What the hell…” and dabbed some Grape pigment on the lips for fun.

But I have to admit….I like it. I was bored last night while packing up my apartment and started playing around. Damn shame that I have to get in the car to take pics with my cell phone. LOL, I know I’m a mess.

But I do believe this is an interesting look. I didn’t go anywhere with it on….the Purple lips is a bit too much for. The eyes—perhaps, but the lips. Ummm, I ain’t THAT bold.

I used:
UDPP (my BFF!)

Milani Shock
MAC Nocturnelle
MAC Grape pigment
MAC Vanilla pigment
MAC Trax
MAC Platinum pigment
MAC Blitz&Glitz fluidline
MAC Stud brow pencil
Loreal Volumious mascara
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner
Jordana dark brown lip pencil
Burts Bee’s lip balm (or lip chap like Saaphyri says!!!)
MAC Who’s That Lady lip gelee

That’s a helluva lot, uh? I didn’t do any StudioFix and will continue to not wear face make-up for awhile. My skin is looking a lot better and I think it’s because my disuse of StudioFix.

Tis it for now.

Greenvious! (pics)

Hi gorgeous people!

I’ve been wonderful in the make-up department. Just doing as much learning, research and practicing as I can. I can still work on my blending, but it’s getting better since I now I have a blending brush! Yessss!! In fact, I’ve gotten quite a few goodies since I last made an entry. I got:

-Sonia Kashku (however you spell it) brushes….I love them!!
-Black tied….via Specktra sale
-Cranberry….via Specktra sale
-Loreal HIP black gel liner. It’s GREAT! Just as good as MAC’s. And I got it for only $4.99
-Milani’s Antique Gold. Interesting color
-Rimmel teal liquid liner….just for fun and crazy looks
-Milani liquid liner. This is what I used before Fluidlines. I got it again to do a crazy cat eye look.

So I think I’ve done pretty well at fulfilling my make-up wish list which is getting smaller and smaller. I’ve also ordered 9 pigment samples via Specktra. I can’t wait until they arrive!!

Today I’m bustin’ green and decided to do some green eyes. Something I’ve never done…..I used Eyepopping on the inner lid and Swimming on outer lid. And of course Vex everywhere else. Vex and Trax have become my favorite colors of all time because they are subtle, yet you can still seem them. Here’s the look that I call:

Greenvious

Okay….that’s the “in love” look. I’m not, but I’m lusting kinda hard because I had a fabulous date last night, but I digress!! LOL—here’s the thugged out look:

And of course….you’re gonna need some close ups, riiiiight?

Close dem eyes, guuuuuurl…..

And of course you need a full face look even though there’s too much light in this one.

I think I like the green look. I have another one called “Scream Green” but this to me is more fun. Scream Green is defintely an after-dark look. My face is still a HOT mess, ehhh….but whatever. Day 9 of my fast and it has been clearing up but not as much as I’d like it to. I’ll be patient. Still not wearing too much Studio Fix. I’ve only worn it twice in a week and a half.

Also, to those of you who have make-up blogs, please let me know so that I can add you to a list. Some list…..I don’t know how to make this Blogger stuff all pretty. But I’ll figure it out one day. I really enjoy reading some of you all’s things. It is really helping me.

Peace and have a Happy 4th (even though this is THEIR America….lol, sorry, that’s my Radical rant! Got a whole ‘notha blog for that!)

Bangin Resume & Brows (pics)

I have never seen my eyebrows look so good! Correction…..eyeBROW. I only perfected one. The other came out okay, but not as good as the first one. I’m somewhat proud of myself. And of course, I don’t have a “GOOD” quality pic to show of it (damn, I need to invest in another digital camera) but I have somethin’….

I’m not sure if you can really tell, but this is the BEST arch I have everrrr done. And I filled them in. I’m so proud of myself. I’m getting better. Nowhere near these MAC artists or—-well, you know what. Imma stop comparing myself to other folx. I’m doin’ the best I can. And you gotta start somewhere. So hey…..baby steps. Baby steps.

Yesterday I did a look that I called Bangin’ Resume. I had 2 meetings yesterday and was wearing a blue dress shirt, but didn’t want to do blue eyes. Nor did I want to do Doxical or some other boring neutral look. I wanted something nice—with some spice.

So along came—Bangin’ Resume which is nice enough to wear to work with an added kick. Of course the quality of this one isn’t the best either, but I’m sure you get the gist:

Of course you have to enlarge to get a better view. Not bad, eh? The colors used were:

Mythology on 3/4 of lid
Coppering on 1/4 of lid
Trax everywhere else

It came out pretty nice. I got a lot of compliments. My skin is slowly getting better. Day 5 of my fast and I’m energized and feelin’ great. I’m wearin’ a C-Shock look that I’m not gonna post pics of b/c I don’t feel too proud. My blending isn’t THAT good. People say they like it but ehhh…..I could have done better. I need a blending brush man. :( I really do.

Peace and Cream Color Base

Bangin Resume & Brows (pics)

I have never seen my eyebrows look so good! Correction…..eyeBROW. I only perfected one. The other came out okay, but not as good as the first one. I’m somewhat proud of myself. And of course, I don’t have a “GOOD” quality pic to show of it (damn, I need to invest in another digital camera) but I have somethin’….

I’m not sure if you can really tell, but this is the BEST arch I have everrrr done. And I filled them in. I’m so proud of myself. I’m getting better. Nowhere near these MAC artists or—-well, you know what. Imma stop comparing myself to other folx. I’m doin’ the best I can. And you gotta start somewhere. So hey…..baby steps. Baby steps.

Yesterday I did a look that I called Bangin’ Resume. I had 2 meetings yesterday and was wearing a blue dress shirt, but didn’t want to do blue eyes. Nor did I want to do Doxical or some other boring neutral look. I wanted something nice—with some spice.

So along came—Bangin’ Resume which is nice enough to wear to work with an added kick. Of course the quality of this one isn’t the best either, but I’m sure you get the gist:

Of course you have to enlarge to get a better view. Not bad, eh? The colors used were:

Mythology on 3/4 of lid
Coppering on 1/4 of lid
Trax everywhere else

It came out pretty nice. I got a lot of compliments. My skin is slowly getting better. Day 5 of my fast and I’m energized and feelin’ great. I’m wearin’ a C-Shock look that I’m not gonna post pics of b/c I don’t feel too proud. My blending isn’t THAT good. People say they like it but ehhh…..I could have done better. I need a blending brush man. :( I really do.

Peace and Cream Color Base

Redssss (pics)

Greetings beautiful people!

So I went to MAC on Monday and remember how I was supposed to return Ricepaper and Orange? Ummm, I so didn’t. I instead exchanged them for Mythology and Eyepopping. I loooove both! I didn’t have the chance to play around with Eyepopping yet, but I’m in love with it. Why wasn’t I before, ZDazzle?

Hmmm, well, I’m on Day 3 of my fast and it has been the biggest challenge of my life. Seriously. Try not eating for 10 days in attempts to take better control of your eating habits and lifestyle. IT has been life-changing and I am considering a vegetarian diet (which I’ve done before and failed) after this cleanse. And I know it’s doing wonders for my skin, which I’ve mentioned before is going haywire.

I purchased 2 colors via Specktra—-Black Tied and Cranberry. Chick only charged me $12, so I hope they are in decent condition.

I’m getting my eyebrows threading today or tomorrow and will have a defined arch that will help me play with my brow structuring better. Yessss!

I tried a look today. The quality is terrible, but I think you get the idea:

The colors here are:
Mythology (lid)
Coppering (crease)
Vex (brow)
I’m in shock that I haven’t had food in 3 whole days!!!
…..nothing spectacular. I didn’t pack it on too much because I already have a red shirt, red flower and red earrings on and didn’t want to overdo it. No name for this one. Don’t plan on re-creating it…just something to do. And I defintely plan on purchasing some NARS or Urban Decay reds. I really like theirs.

I’m still not wearing any StudioFix and probably won’t until after my fast. Give my skin a chance to breathe, replenish and rejuvenate.

Taking your advice ZDazzle and going to invest in some pigments. Sample ones, fa sho. I don’t really know how to work with them, so Imma need to have a make-up artist show me how to do that.

And another question…is there a difference in size between regular pans and pro pans? How do you know what you have? Hmm….

Out for now. I’m going to play around with some C-Shock tomorrow for my friend’s Passion Party. So hopefully I’ll have pics for that.

Peace and Kohl Pencils.