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Friday, April 27, 2012

Zoya Sooki

Here's a quick post on Zoya's Sooki! I took the picture right after painting my nails so please don't mind the terribly messy application lol!! Although it's sloppy, you can see the color accurately and that's really what matters, right? ;) Sooki is a very bright, bold cherry red polish!

Two coats and it was perfectly opaque. Whenever I wear this color it just makes me feel happy--the bright color screams fun and summer! I also think it's a flattering red for all types of skin tones--in some lights it leans more warm/tomato red and in others it looks more cool toned. I love it!

What do you think of Sooki!? Do you like wearing red on your nails?

Also, don't forget to check out Zoya's new reward points program: Share The Love. You can read more about it in this post here!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Mac Vanilla Pigment

Vanilla Pigment seems to be one of the most popular and most loved products from Mac. What I love about pigments is that you can use it for so many different things--you can use it on the eyes, cheeks, mouth, body, and even mix it in with your foundation for glow or a clear nail polish to make your own unique color. I use Mac Vanilla all the time as a cheek highlighter and eyeshadow and have even mixed it in with a body lotion to give my skin a pretty sheen! It's such a gorgeous, versatile product! Here's some more info:

When you first look at the pigment in the jar, you'd assume it's just a shimmery white color. However, when used and blended the color is much more complex. As you can see below (on the right) it has a mixture of gold, peach, and yellow shimmers in it. Texture wise it's not frosty at all and feels really smooth--it has a beautiful sheen to it. It also (thankfully) lacks big chunks of glitter, making it very wearable and flattering on the skin.
On the left is Mary-Lou Manizer (see here) which is much more yellow champagne in comparison to Mac Vanilla Pigment on the right.
Mac Vanilla is very finely milled and quite easy to work with. I just tap some into the cap and dip my brush in there to avoid too much of a mess by dipping into the jar! No matter what, since pigments are loose, there will probably be some pigment that gets out of the jar--but nothing you can't fix by wiping your counter or vanity with a wet cloth ;) Additionally, when using Mac Vanilla as an eyeshadow, I find it easiest to pat it onto the lid versus sweeping in order to avoid fallout onto the cheek! If you don't like using it loose you can always look up tutorials online on how to press pigments!

 I was very lucky to have found it at my local CCO so I got it for less than retail (yay!). If your CCO doesn't have it or you don't live near one, no is a permanent product from Mac! I swear, if you were to only try one pigment this is definitely the one!!!

Click HERE to see a look I did using Mac Vanilla as an eyeshadow. It really works well to brighten the eyes!

What do you think about Mac Vanilla? Is this a color you could see yourself using often?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mac Vegas Volt Lipstick

It seems that with every spring season, bold lips are always the big trend! Mac Vegas Volt is such a perfect color for spring and summer. It is a bright, creamy coral/orange with a touch of pink!

The color is very, very pigmented and opaque. It can be a little bit intense for those (like moi!) who shy away from bright, opaque colors--it can almost come across as neon if you apply it to heavily. I prefer to blot it down a bit or apply a gloss over it to make it a bit more wearable! It is such a flattering bright color though. I can see it working for a variety of skin tones, but it would probably suit warmer skin tones since the color is so warm itself! It's really a color you should try yourself--I've seen swatches online where it leans more orange and others where it leans more pink so i think it really depends on your skintone and how pigmented your lips are!

In terms of the formula, Vegas Volt is an amplified creme so it is very smooth and creamy, making them a dream to wear on the lips! No dryness or discomfort at all and the lipstick doesn't settle into fine lines at all!

Here's some comparisons to some other orange and coral lipsticks I own:
L-R: Mac Everhip, Mac Vegas Volt, Mac Morange, Revlon Kiss Me Coral
As you can see, Mac Everhip is much lighter and is more of a pink with a touch of coral. Mac Everhip is also a cremesheen whereas Vegas Volt is a amplified cream--- you can definitely tell the difference in formula even though they both have a reputation for being very creamy and pigmented. When I swatched Vegas Volt it definitely packed even more punch like an amplified cremesheen (hence the name?)! Moving on, Mac Morange has no pink in it whatsoever--it's a bright orange! Mac Revlon Kiss Me Coral is actually more similar to Mac Morange but it doesn't come off as bright on the lips.

You can see me wearing Vegas Volt with a gloss on top in a recent post HERE!

Do you like Vegas Volt? What is your favorite coral lipstick?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Quick, Fresh FOTD

Hey everyone! Shimmery brown eyeshadow has kind of been my staple lately for when I don't know what to do. It matches all kinds of lipstick and blush colors so I don't have to think about what to wear when I'm in a rush to do my makeup! Today I paired it with Mac Fanfare, a very wearable "my lips but better" pink!

Nars  Rajasthan on lid, Urban Decay Smog in crease, Urban Decay Darkhorse in outer-v

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude mixed with a tiny drop of Laura Mercier Silk Creme in Medium Ivory for a tiny bit more coverage :)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Rock & Republic Bedroom Blush
Mac Refined Mineralized Skinfinish
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Left side of Nars Rajasthan
Urban Decay Smog & Darkhorse
Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara

Mac Fanfare lipstick

Hope you like it and thanks so much for reading!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mac 286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush

I got this brush a while ago from Mac--I believe it was the Naturally collection. I was really excited to get it because I didn't really have a good, large eyeshadow blending brush in my brush collection. I had ones that were smaller (and better for crease placement) but none that were all over blending brushes. The 286 is exactly what I needed!

The Mac 286 is a duo-fibre blending brush--a mix of goat and synthetic hairs. Mac says it gives a sheerer more controlled application of eyeshadow. A Mac sales associate told me it is very similar to the Mac 224, which is a very popular blush for blending the edges of eyeshadow. I am sooo happy to say that this  brush has been the perfect blending brush for me! Because of the domed shape, I can use it to apply and blend crease shades as well as using it for overall blending of harsh edges. Because of the duo-fibre I do notice that it picks up a little less product than my other brushes, however I find that it's actually an advantage--it applies crease colors very delicately so there is a nice transition between the crease and brow bone.

Here's some other brushes I compared it to...
L-R Mac 226, Mac 286, Rock & Republic Blending Brush

The Mac 226 is a bit smaller--I use this more for precise crease and outer-v eyeshadow placement. Actually prefer (if both brushes are clean) to apply color into the crease using the 226 and then blend that color using the 286. It's the perfect combination of brushes! On the other hand the Rock & Republic blending brush is much fluffier and less tapered. I MUCH prefer the Mac 286 as I feel like i have more control over where I'm blending because there is more of a tip. I've also used this brush to blend concealer--works like a charm!

I'm extremely happy with my Mac 286 and find my eyeshadow looks much more blended and finished now that I have it. I also believe that Mac made it a permanent addition to the Mac brush collection, so you can definitely find it at your counter/store!

What's your favorite brush to blend eyeshadow with?!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Zoya Share The Love

Hey everyone!
I just thought I'd do a quick post on Zoya's new points program: Share the Love! You may know from reading my blog that Zoya is my favorite nail polish brand--not only do they have amazing colors and formula but they are constantly doing promotions. I've gotten a few free nail polishes thanks to the deals they randomly have on their Facebook page!! Feel free to read all about their new program here.

I'll point out some of the main points though. Basically, if you sign up for a Zoya account through a "share the love" personal link in the month of April you automatically get a free nail polish with your first order. I believe once we're out of April that will turn into a $5 coupon! Additionally, their Facebook page is also having deals (like get 100 free points for sharing a promotion they're having!).

Here is my personal link to create your own Zoya account: 

If you go through my link above then i would get 100 "share the love points" if you create account and place an online order. Additionally, once you create your own account you too can "share the love" with your own link to earn points. 200 points gets you a free nail polish, 300 gets you a $10 coupon, 500 gets you a $15 coupon and 1000 points can get you a free sampler from their new collections (the Beach & Surf collection is the sampler for the month of April!). There's a few other promos as well that you can read about on the site. I believe they are going to be changing the promotions often so you can redeem different things for different amount of points.

Anyway I just though it's a great idea and another way you can save money and get a good deal! I would be so grateful if you decided to sign up for a Zoya account through my link above, but also feel free to just visit the Zoya website directly ( and make an account. No pressure at all! I'm just spreading the word on a brand I love!

Here's a few Zoya's that I have posted on my blog so far:






Sooki (added 4/2012)

Kotori (added 8/2012) 

Any other Zoya lovers out there?? I hope this was helpful to you if you are already a Zoya fan or are interested in trying them out! Let me know your favorites!! I am planning to do some more posts on them soon!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Inglot Taupes and Soft Pink Cheeks

Hey everyone!! Happy April!! I've still been playing with my Inglot shadows (see my post here!) and figuring out different combinations I can do with them! This is definitely not the most creative--I stuck to the same color family with taupey grey purples of various shades for this look but I hope you like it.

Inglot 434 all over lid, Inglot 376 in outer v, Urban Decay Creep in outer-v too, Inglot 358 in the crease

A rare closed mouth smile! lol!!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude mixed with a tiny drop of Laura Mercier Silk Creme in Medium Ivory for a tiny bit more coverage :)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Mac Refined Golden Bronzer
Nars Deep Throat Blush
Mac Vanilla Pigment (for highlight)
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe (see swatches here!)
Inglot 434, 376, 358
Urban Decay Creep
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara

YSL Rouge Volupte in #1 Nude Beige (Tinh if you're reading this, you're the best!xo)

I always love pairing a deep taupe eye with pink lips! I hope you liked the look! Also, what is your preference with close up makeup photos on blogs---do you like the single eye closeups I usually take or does the one picture of the slightly closed eyes (like in this post) do the job? I've been having trouble getting the color accurate on the single eye shots even on the macros setting so I stuck with this one picture for today! I'd appreciate any opinions or advice :)


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