Posts tagged ‘MAC’

March 8, 2012

MAC Cremeblend blush Optimistic Orange

Haven’t been writing for a while. MAC released lots of new stuffs these days, one of it is the ‘Shop MAC ‘ collection. Among many of the products, I love cremeblend blushes the most.

Unlike usual cream blush like that of Bobbi Brown, MAC Cremeblend is light and gel-like. It can be blended easily even with fingers, although some of their MUA recommend the use of 130 brush.

The color in this collection is extremely cheerful and bright.

Optimistic Orange is a bright coral/orange color, after being applied on the skin, it becomes reddish-orange in color and is surprisingly natural.

highly recommended.

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Thought of the day:
– I hate winter, it’s too long this year.
– I wish I don’t need to work….
– feeling a bit tired.
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February 2, 2012

Dewy Bare Face – the magic of vaseline

This is something I would love to share – new discovery about vaseline !

I walked by MAC yesterday with makeup on – I was wearing their Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light . Obviously, I was not yet used to this foundation, so I overdone it, and looks a little bit dry/chalky. It’s actually a “common” look, a usual look which you will see on almost everyone’s face on the street ( as most people overdone their makeup ) . I found this not acceptable, as my bare skin is moisturized instead, so I think something is wrong/ missing.

I went there as I wanted to look at their new collection. I ended up buying their Mineralized Foundation/Loose ( my first trial ) and their Charged Water Cleanser .
Later in the afternoon, I removed my makeup with Charged Water Cleanser, which I am pretty impressed, as it leaves my skin dewy and moisturized ! I don’t need to rinse my face with water, so it is good for changing makeup/ switching looks. (But it’s just 2 days ! it’s too early for me to make a definite statement )

I reapplied my makeup, but in a different way, putting vaseline beneath my primer sunscreen (which is the same skinceuticals sunscreen) and trying the newly brought Mineralized Foundation/Loose – going for a “natural but dewy look “.

I went back to the same MAC store and looking for the same MUA for some more Charged Water Cleanser. My MUA was stunned, she asked if I have removed my makeup , so I said yes. And she commented on my “bare face” in a extremely positive way – she said my skin is so good and I really don’t need any foundation actually! I was so delighted.

This is how, what and why I did it.

Having history of facial eczema, my dermatologist strongly advice me to put a layer of vaseline on top of my moisturizers to retain moisture when my facial skin is dry and eczematous. I watched Lisa Eldridge’s video on Marilyn Monroe’s make up, I was inspired – Marilyn used vaseline / Nivea underneath her make up for a dewy grow in the 50s.

http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/21757/marilyn-monroe-iconic-make-up-look/

I was also inspired by another Lisa’s video – “no makeup” make up – http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/17770/no-make-up-make-up/

What “Bare face” means is different for different people. For me, my bare skin is dewy when I am in my usual moisturizer / sunscreen. So, I can’t stand a makeup that can’t give me a drewy soft skin. So I modified what I was using that morning.

 

What I look for in a “Bare-face” look for it to look “real” on me

– dewy glow (not shimmery/ oily)

– never powdery / a trace of powder

– natural color on cheek

– nice feeling on skin

– sunscreen included

– clear lashes that won’t smudge

– natural, but colored lips

 

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So, that’s it

– I cleansed my face (with Charged Water Cleanser at office

– I put on moisturizer (which is Skinceauticals’ Emoillience )

– I put on a thin layer of vasseline

– I put on a layer of Physical Fusion UV Defensed (i.e. the nude colored-sunscreen I have)

– before everything dries up, I put a layer of Mineralized Foundation/ Loose with Bare Escentual’s Full Flawless Application Face Brush ( or MAC 188 brush if you put less moisturizer on or want it to be sheerer)

– then followed by Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Cabo Coral on my cheek with a fluid foundation brush

– Lip: Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait

– Mascara : Clinique Lash Power Masacara in Black Oynx

Vaseline is shinny on my skin, with some powder mixed in 8, the finish become dewy rather than shinny – also by having vaseline beneath, my makeup powder dissolved a bit, making it less chalky/ dry

My skin feels incredible (and looks incredible) in this.

 

For touchups – if the colors are still intact / I don’t have the need to redo my makeup. This touch-up routine is not perfect, as I am searching for a way to touch up my skin, such that I can have that dewy feeling and color back.

– blot with blotting paper

– spray water/ any kind of facial mist

– while the face is still a bit wet, apply a little bit of my touch up powder of choice in a light way with MAC 188 brush.

If I suspect everything has melt down (rare occasion) , I would just used Charged Water Cleanser to remove everything ( this one is good because i don’t need to rinse my face with water ), and reapply again, as I need to reapply my sunscreen !

January 28, 2012

Makeover by a MUA of MAC

I passed by MAC this morning and wants to try on their new metal – X cream shadow.

I am pretty impressed, as the cream shadow is very soft and silky. the color in the case looks intense, but they and soft and buildable after application.

I kinda love the look, and I wouldn’t done it on myself, because I afraid that I might need to start over again and wash my face if I messed up with the application! In general, it is a look for dinner and cocktail, but not for everyday natural look.

Of the product used, the most loved are the Beauty Powder in Too Chic, which give my skin a kind of soft and nice glow, yet it is not shimmery at all after applied on skin; I also love mineralized blush, which have a nice texture and color ; the eye brown pencil and the brushes 219 and 217.

I also used the (Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturizer, which is so moisturizing and it leave a nice feel on the lips, my all time favorite for years

 

Breakdown :

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face :
skinceuticals fusion physical UV defense ( a very light , tinted sunblock )

concealer : Victoria’s Secret Pro Camouflage FX concealer palette
MAC Beauty Powder in Too Chic – under eye, noise and to of cheek bone highlights using

MAC 130 Duo Fibre brush

blush :
MAC mineralize blush in dainty

eyes
base: MAC metal-X cream shadow in Gold Carbon with MAC 242 Shader Brush

crease: MAC eye shadow in Cork to crease for contour with MAC 217 Blender Brush

highlight: MAC eye shadow in vanilla to brow bone with MAC 217 Blender Brush

eyeliner (upper and lower 1/3): MAC power point eye pencil in engraved
MAC eye shadow in carbon with MAC 212 Flat definer brush and MAC 219 Brush Pencil Brush

eyebrow : MAC eye brows in fling with MAC208 Angled Brow Brush

Lip : (Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturizer

 

January 14, 2012

VSX Lip color

Weeks ago, I come across VSX’s new promotion video. And omg, the girls’ lips simply look healthy and delicious.

The video

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Unfortunately, VS is not available in Hong Kong.

So, I went to M.A.C. and try to find the closest alternatives. The mua recommended A81 See Sheer (from the lustre collection). See sheer is a more natural bright coral color, but it is not as bright as the one I saw in the pictures (and better, in the video) . But I brought it anyway, as it is a perfect and sexy color for daily use.

The other I tried is A61 Chatterbox from my own M.A.C. collection which is pinker and brighter than See Sheer and is a color close enough.

I use M.A.C. lip primer on my lips and then use M.A.C’s pro longwear B81 Good to Go as a base ( which is a bright orange-y color) than top it with See Sheer or Chatterbox, which give me a color that close enough to the color I see in the video. (plus the benefit of long wear with Good to Go)

though at the end, I still brought a lipstick from VS as I am so sure they use Be Mine on the girls in the video.

And importantly, to reproduce that kind of natural finish on the girls, you need to use a brush to put the color on.

I absolutely love lipsticks. Just with a little change in lip color , the whole feeling is changed.

The 3 lipstick in comparision – VS Be Mine, MAC See Sheer, MAC Chatterbox

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from top to bottom : VS Be Mine, MAC See Sheer, MAC Chatterbox

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VS Makeup – Lipstick in Be Mine

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Top 2 , left to right : Pro Longwear Good to good with see sheer ; Good to Go with Chatterbox

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Will I be restocking this ? Probably not. The reason is, I purchased this as I want to know the actual color, and there is actually many choices out there with similar color, may be, better texture.