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Quick UNII Palette MAC Pressed Pigment Rundown

February 7, 2010

Several of my lovely readers had requested a rundown of the MAC shades contained in my Snow UNII palette so here it is! In the top row we have (from left to right) Dazzlelight (shimmery champagne nude that makes a fantastic brow highlighter), Gilded Green Pigment, Viz-a-Violet Pigment and Fuchsia Pigment, in the middle row we have Naked Pigment, Golden Olive Pigment and Violet Pigment, and in the bottom row we’ve got Apricot Pink Pigment, Mutiny Pigment, and (my personal favorite) Pink Pearl Pigment. The blush is the only non-MAC thing in the palette, and it’s a universally flattering pale pink shade called Sutton Place from DEX.

As you can see, I went through a rather obsessive little pigment-pressing stage some time ago, and if you haven’t checked out my pigment-pressing tutorial, please do! It’s from waaaay back in the early stages of ABS (in the crappy-camera days), but it’s relatively easy to follow and a ton of fun. As for the palette, well you now all know that it’s from UNII Cosmetics and I’ve babbled about all its wonderfulness here.

Winter Grape EOTD

November 21, 2009

Lately my EOTD’s seem to be few and far-between. I blame work – my office environment just isn’t fun-makeup-friendly, so it’s rare that I get to come up with fun new eye looks for you. I was feeling up for a little color this past weekend though so broke out some eyeshadows that have been feeling sorely neglected.

More photos and a mini tutorial after the jump!

  • Apply an intensely pigmented purple shadow like Pure Luxe shadow in Grape all over the inner 2/3 of your eye, starting at your inner eye and working outwards. Grape is a serious stunner and has some amazing pigmentation to it – it’s a definite favorite of mine.
  • Pick up a shimmery white shade (I used Smink’s Winterton) on a bbrush with a pointed narrow tip and sweep it along the inner third of your eye, over your purple. Blend well!

With Flash

Without Flash

  • Top with mascara – I used my Jill Stuart here, which I’ve been meaning to review for you for ages. It holds a pretty amazing curl, doesn’t it?

This look was so vivid and fun in person ~ I really need to remember to check out more Pure Luxe products as they’ve really been impressing me so far. What fun looks have you been experimenting with over the past few weeks?

MAC Mischief Makers from Magic, Mirth, and Mischief

November 4, 2009

MAC’s Mischief Makers from their holiday Magic, Mirth and Mischief collection has launched and the packaging is cuter than ever! I always have these on my holiday list but never actually end up getting them. I’m thinking it’ll be more of the same this year, but the mini pigments really are looking quite great.

5 Cool Capers Mini Pigment/Glitter ($32.50)

5 Haute High Jinks Warm Mini Pigment/Glitter ($32.50)

5 Sexpot Smoky Mini Pigment/Glitter ($32.50)

5 Frisky Business Bright Mini Lipglass/Lustreglass ($29.50)

5 Sexy Shenanigans Soft Mini Lipglass/Lustreglass ($29.50)

What are your picks from MAC’s holiday minis?

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Nail Swatches of MAC’s Baby Goth Girl & A Few Others

October 1, 2009

More stunning close-up shots courtesy of Charm Candy aka Tori, this time of MAC’s Baby Goth Girl Nail Lacquer from their Style Black collection ~ you asked for nail swatches, she delivered, how great is she?

Baby Goth Girl is a black polish with lots of pinkish purple shimmer – according to Tori it’s hard to capture on camera but I think she did an amazing job. After having seen her photos I’m dying to get my hands on a bottle!

Left to Right: China Glaze Flying Dragon, China Glaze On the Prowl, Essie Sexy Divide, MAC Baby Goth Girl

And since purple is currently my “it” color, Tori was kind enough to send me a few shots of some gorgeous purple polishes. Check out some close-ups (and one seriously cool holographic polish) after the jump!

China Glaze in IDK

I’d actually been meaning to purchase this gorgeous purpley lavender holographic polish for the longest time but had never quite gotten around to it, but Tori’s photo lit the fire under me and I finally placed my order! I picked up a few other holographic polishes so be on the lookout for that post – my package is slated to arrive today. I’ve heard that China Glaze’s holographic polishes look AMAZING coupled with the Konad.

China Glaze Tantalize Me

I love that Tantalize Me seems to have a slight duochrome blue sheen to it, at least in the photo. Definitely a nice almost-but-not-quite-pink option for my pink-loving self!

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MAC DSQUARED Swatches and Review

October 1, 2009

So a few days back I actually took the day off work to indulge in some much needed R&R and while making a quick stop into Nordstrom, spotted MAC’s DSQUARED collection out and about. Some of the testers were gone from the display but I swatched what I could!

Swatches: Greasepaint Sticks in B and V

  • MAC DSQUARED Greasepaint Sticks in B and V ($17.50): B is a deep indigo blue and V is this fantastic blue violet. I’d never even tried a Greasepaint Stick before so these were quite the revelation for me – long-wearing and great color pay-off. I’m tempted to go back for B unless you all suggest otherwise. Once dry I had the hardest time getting these off – I rubbed and rubbed to no avail. A little soap seemed to do the trick though.

Swatches: Lip Erase in Dim; Tinted Lip Conditioner in Fuchsia Fix

  • MAC DSQUARED Lip Erase in Dim ($16): MAC’s Lip Erases are usuallya PRO store exclusive, so if you don’t have a PRO location near you and you’ve always wanted to check these out, now’s the time. The Lip Erases do a great job of neutralizing (ie. erasing) your lip shade so that whatever you apply on top really pops and is true to the shade in the tube. To me, Dim looked to be a little more of a deeper yellowy beige than I would’ve liked, but I’m sure it works fabulously well nonetheless.

  • MAC DSQUARED TLC in Fuchsia Fix ($14.50): The Tinted Lip Conditioners are one of my favorite products from MAC, and while Fuchsia Fix has got nothing on the gorgeous TLC’s that were released with MAC’s Hello Kitty Collection from early 2009, it is a nice deep (yet relatively sheer) shade of fuchsia that should pamper your kips while imparting a kiss of color all winter long.

Swatches: Lipsticks in Nude Rose and Blood Red

  • MAC DSQUARED Lipsticks in Nude Rose and Blood Red ($14.00): Nude Rose is a sheer neutral pink with peachy undertones (it’s literally the shade you’d think of when you hear nude rose) that I’m trying my darndest to stay away from. I know it would be next to invisible on my lips and I’d be disappointed but it looks so gorgeous in the swatch. Blood Red’s name is rather deceptive in my opinion because, while it may look a little reddish in the swatch, it’s actually a deep berry shade and looks pretty pinky in the tube.

What products from the MAC DSQUARED release have caught your eye? I’m contemplating purchasing a Greasepaint Stick or two and perhaps the Lip Erase. And while I really really don’t need yet another blush brush, that 165 Tapered Cheek/Highlight Brush really seems to be calling my name.

MAC Dazzleglass Creme Swatches

September 28, 2009

More gorgeous swatches from the wonderful Charm Candy, aka Tori, this time of the hot new MAC Dazzleglass Cremes ~ her photography skills are fabulous, I nominate her as the official ABS photographer!

As labeled, we have swatches of Do It Up, My Favourite Pink, Perfectly Unordinary and Soft Dazzle taken with and without flash.

I can’t review these for you as I haven’t yet had a chance to check them out myself, but from the looks of these photos I think My Favourite Pink is definitely calling my name! Seriously, how can you resist a gloss with a name like that? It’s making quite the claim and hopefully it loves up to it.

Have you tried any of the Dazzleglass Cremes yet? Any favorites emerging?

On a completely unrelated note, I finally had a chance to stop by the Jill Stuart boutique to check out the US launch of their cosmetics line this past weekend and of course I hauled a few items to share with you. Photos to come at some point this week!

MAC Dazzleglass Creme and Style Black Now Online!

September 25, 2009

I really haven’t been keeping up with MAC at all lately as I’ve been busy discovering other brands that have been hovering under my beauty radar, but the MAC Dazzleglass Creme release definitely has my full attention! Those of you who have been with me for awhile know how much I love the Dazzleglasses, and based upon this description:

“Flashing flecks of lustrous glimmer give lips a new kind of high-beam shine, while the balm-effect of the pillow-top comfort creme keeps the supple going and going. For dazzle with absolute comfort, it’s better than brilliant!”

this stuff sounds pretty amazing! My one gripe with the regular Dazzleglasses was always how ridiculously tacky they were, so Dazzleglass shine + balmy comfort = LOVE!

I know MAC’s Style Black was also a highly anticipated release, but I just wasn’t too into it. I am, however, ridiculously excited to see the re-release of Volcanic Ash, and in practical tube form no less!

I know mentioned all this in my review way back when, but this stuff is seriously amazing and worth its weight in gold. If you haven’t already, go get 10 tubes and hoard them like crazy!

ABS’ August Giveaway Winner!

September 8, 2009

The results for this MAC Graphic Garden Palette Giveaway are long overdue, but better late than never right? 🙂 I just couldn’t resist taking a vacation from everything and everybody this Labor Day weekend. It’s so rare that I have a long weekend, and I figured I would thoroughly enjoy the time by lounging around and being very very unproductive. But I’m back with so many exciting things coming your way this week!

But for now I’ll keep things short and sweet by announcing the MAC Graphic Garden Giveaway winner, CHARLOTTE!!! Congratulations and I’ll be in touch shortly for your contact info!

Quick Colour Wave EOTD

September 2, 2009
Don’t mind the foundation on my contacts – just one of the perils of airbrushing your foundation.

Many of you had asked for a FOTD using the products I recently hauled from MAC (see complete haul HERE) and while I’m not entirely happy with this one, I figured it was worth posting just so that you can get a decent idea of what the shades look like on.

You can see Crest the Wave on the inner corners of my eyes, and Colour Matter along my lower lash line. I won’t go into my whole usual spiel of what I used to create this look as I think it’s kind of ugly =X. This may be TMI, but it’s a certain time of the month for me, so maybe I’m just feeling horribly moody and pessimistic though.

Free Shipping on All MAC Purchases!

August 31, 2009

Now through September 7, 2009, receive FREE standard shipping on any purchase on MAC Cosmetics Online, no offer code necessary. Let me know what you end up with! 🙂