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Summer Time with a Red Balloon

Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

I received a Mac gift card for my birthday last year, I’m actually quite shocked I held out this long. I was actually waiting for Mac to put out something that really caught my eye and spoke to me until I obsessed and dreamed about it. Oh the mind of a makeup addict!  And I missed out on the Punk Couture collection(I’m glad I did because I have enough dark lipsticks).

Mac usually puts out some really nice lip shades for spring and summer. I bought Red Balloon and as you can see it’s not quite red, at least on my lips. I LOVE Mac’s Amplified finishes so this was a no brainer to me. I really wish they had more Amplified because the finish gives excellent coverage and silky smooth. Sigh… I really like this lipstick although I’m sure it can be easily duped. This is a perfect Summer color that is bright, but not in your face bright, and the lipstick stays on the lips for a fair amount of time, like most Amplified finishes.

This is a Saturday look I did, not really crazy about the eyes but I wanted to play with and test my Kryolan eye palette.

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer 14
Mac Face and Body c7

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kryolan Nature and  Oak on the lid, Maroon in the crease.
Mac Costa Riche Kohl Eyeliner

Lips:
Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

 

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips
Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Dark Fire

Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick

 

This was a look I wore to a night out, dinner event. As much as I love bright lips, I’ve always been loyal to dark lips, since high school; dark browns, dark reds and even black lips were my go to. There’s just something so mysterious and sexy about dark lips. The lips aren’t exactly spring or summer but I wear what I want. And I am sweating a bit because it’s been ridiculously hot!

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer 14
Mac Face and Body Foundation c7
Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blusher
Mac Mineralize Pearl on the cheeks

 

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Stila In the Night Palette (Kitten on the lid, Sandstone in the crease) Kryolan Maroon eyeshadow to deepen the crease.
Lise Watier Feline Hd Liner

Lips:
Mac Hang Up Lipstick

Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Mac Hang up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick

Psychedelic Punk- A Glitter Look

Psychedlic Sister, Punk Glitter, Reflects Blue, Lumi, Radium

What I used for this look

I wanted to do something super fun and dramatic. I would wear this out to a party or someplace fun but this is just fun, creative makeup. I Purchased some glitter from Lit Cosmetics at the PhamExpo in June and I’ve been playing with them and used them on clients but I haven’t had the chance to use and play with them on myself.

I hope you like the creation! I loved how this came out and so did my mom. She doesn’t like me wearing so much makeup!

Eyes:
Mac Imaginary Paint Pot (base)
Urban Decay Perversion on the lid
Urban Decay Radium on lid
Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister in crease and above crease
UD Perversion to deepen the crease
Pixie Epoxy tapped over lid and crease
Mac Reflects Blue Glitter on lid over Raduim
Lit Cosmetics Punk in crease over Psychedelic Sister
Lise Waiter Feline Liner HD
A pair of full lashes on top lash line and a pair of accent lashes on the bottom lash line

Lips:
Makeup Forever Aqua Lip 10c
Illamasqua Eurydice Lipstick


Glitter Look with Lit Cosmetics Punk

Glitter Look with Lit Cosmetics Punk


Psychedelic Punk

Glitter Look with Lit Cosmetics Punk

Glitter Look with Lit Cosmetics Punk

Psychedelic Punk

Psychedelic Punk

April Favorites

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My Favorite Things In April

April has come and gone and it proved to be a great month for me! I got a lot of things done and got to see some amazing things last month. Kind of sad to see it go but happy for what’s next to come. Here are some of my favorite things in April. I just couldn’t get enough of these last month.

Face Products
Nars Tinted Moisturizer– I wore this daily, day and night, and took it everywhere. Such a nice tinted moisturizer. See my review here

Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand– A nice edition to my personal collection. See my review here

Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder– I love this because it’s really fine and it doesn’t leave a white cast. It blends beautifully.

Lip Products
Mac Heroine Lipstick & Lip liner– So Sad these were limited(freaking Mac). I missed the initial launch date because I was in Ensenada on Vacation and I was so bummed but I accepted the fact that Mac is dumb with these L/E shades and chalked it up as a loss. LUCKILY, my pro store restocked on these for an event and I was able to get them. It was meant to be! It really is a lovely and original shade. I thought the Lip liner was a dupe for Mac Magenta but it’s really not. You can see the difference; Heroine lip liner is more purple.

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Wearing Mac Heroine Lipstick and liner

Illamasqua Eurydice Lipstick– Loving this lipstick. It’s so bright and eye catching and I love the name! All my Greek mythology geeks know who she is. Pictures can be seen here

Eye Products
Mac Brazenly Eyeshadow– I loved this metallic purple eye shadow! See pictures here

Nars And God Created the Woman Palette– Pictures and review can be seen here

Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner– Love, love this liner. It’s so easy and smooth. see my review and pictures here

Activities

I went to Ensenada with friends for a much needed, super fun and relaxing ladies weekend. It was a nice getaway filled with laughs,, drinking, cooking, wine tasting, delicious street food and more drinking. Here are a few pictures. If you’d like to see more I have tons of pictures on my instagram! Check em out! lady_d_makeup

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Winery in Ensenada

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My Beautiful Girls

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La Bufadora

I went to a few Mac Pro social events; One was the pre launch of the Baking Beauties and Extra Dimension party that was super fun. And the second was an installation for celebrity Makeup Artist Val Garland. Such beautiful work! More photos on my instagram.

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Mac Baking Beauties Event

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Val Garland Installation

Movies
Haven’t gone to the theaters much in a while and when I did, I saw crappy movies. But I have been watching Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion on cable all month. I have seen this movie numerous times but lately just couldn’t get enough of it! It’s a classic with great 80’s tunes and a sincere message about the bonds of friendship. It doesn’t matter who invented post-its or who’s the Mary. LOL

What were some of your favorite things In April?

Mac Brazenly Eyeshadow- Look and Event Photots

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Mac Brazenly Eyeshadow

I picked this new eyeshadow from Mac’s nudes and metallics collection that launched with the baking beauties, extra dimension collections. Mac just puts way too much stuff out at once and it drives me nuts!!  And I wasn’t exactly impressed with Baking Beauties or Extra Dimension. Anyhow, I went to the Baking Beauties pre launch party a week ago and I wanted a couple other shades from the nudes collection but they sold out before I could checkout and then I was over it when it launched last Thursday.

Did you pick up anything from any of these launches?

A couple of pictures from the party.

Check put my instagram and Facebook pages for more cool photos of the event:

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Mac Baking Beauties Pre Launch Party

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Super Classy- Like only Mac knows how! Cheers!

But I did get my hands on this eyeshadow shade, Brazenly, which is a beautiful, vibrant plum shade. I immediately fell in love with this. There’s some sheen, not a lot of glitter which I like in my shadows. The Nudes and Metallics stuff was quite nice, some were dupable(I forgot the names but Coppering and Cranberry were easy dupes for 2 shadow shades).

In this look I paired Brazenly eyeshadow with Coppering and I really liked how it came together. On my cheeks I broke out my Mac Amazon Princess. I forgot how much I love that blush!

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Mac Brazenly with Mac Coppering Eyeshadow

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It was a easy look I did for another MAC pro event featuring work from celebrity makeup artist Val Garland.
Here are some pictures. Check out my instagram and facebook pages to see more pictures. It was a beautiful, creative, and inspiring installation of work!

Instagram- lady_d_makeup

Facebook info on the side bar.

Ciao for now!

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Installation of Makeup artist Val Garland

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Simple yet Bold and Eye catching

Mac Prep & Prime Face Protect SPF 50

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I really like this product because it’s not a heavy feeling SPF so it’s great for oily skin people like myself. It absorbs really quick into the skin so you’re not left with an oily feeling. This isn’t a moisturizer so if you’re looking for that, keep looking. It is just an SPF product.

I wouldn’t necessarily use this as a primer though. I primarily use this as a SPF. Most SPF formulas break me out or make me really oily. This does neither and give me great sun protection. I use this every day under my bare minerals foundation or alone. I feel that when I do use this product, I am left with a white film on my face. Maybe because the SPF is so high. That’s why I wouldn’t use this as a primer. And with any product with SPF when you take pictures you will get the dreaded mask face, where you can actually see the separation of your foundation and your skin, or a white, ashy cast. YUCK! I’ve been a victim of mask and ashy face and it’s not a good look. You look fine in real time but in pictures…..Awful. So I don’t typically wear foundations or primers with a high SPF unless it’s in the day and I do not use them on clients at all. I just stay away unless it’s just for normal, day wear.

The bottle is really small, though compact which makes it nice to travel with. I think it’s a bit high for the size but you only need a small amount to get coverage on your full face so you can stretch it and make it last. I’ve had mine for almost 2 months. I have no idea how much if left because the bottle is black! I don’t necessarily like the packaging because of that issue and because you can’t sit the bottle upright(you can but it wobbles).

I notice when I wear it, mid day my skin starts to feel and look a bit shiny but that’s pretty good for someone like me who gets oily after an hour of washing her face.  Even so my skin isn’t greasy or ridiculous.

SO If you’re looking for a great SPF, I would give this a try. Get a free sample from the MAC store to test it out or buy it and save your receipt in case it doesn’t work out.

Pros:
Not greasy
Light formula
Absorbs fast into the skin
High SPF
Broad Spectrum SPF

Cons:
Small bottle for the price ($30USD) and the cap takes up a nice chunk of the size
Packaging

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Mac Electric Cool Eyeshadow

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These new eyeshadows from Mac are very interesting. They’re like a powder, cream hybrid. It doesn’t have the feel or consistency of a cream eyeshadow like a paint pot or an aqua cream yet it’s definitely not a powder eyeshadow. I wasn’t interested in the Big Bounce Eyeshadows that came out some months ago so I can’t really compare the two but from what I tested in the store, the Electric Cool shadows give a more even coverage, are more smooth in texture and gives a better wear time.

The texture of these eyeshadows are like when you press into a squishy pillow or mattress..that’s the only what I can describe them. They aren’t wet but they look wet and creamy. It’s like wet pigments without the wet feeling. The colors are pretty bold with lots of shimmer. One thing I love about these is that despite having a lot of shimmer/glitter, there’s no fallout issues with eyeshadows.  One thing that annoyed me was one of my shadows looked cracked and melted when I opened it. The associates at the store said some pots may look like the one shown below but you can reshape them by pressing them back into place with your fingers. But for me, when I buy something new I want it to look new. Thank God for Mac’s excellent return policy. I exchanged this with no problem. If you’re anal like me with these things I’d check your product before purchasing just to be safe.

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Brilliantly Lit: I opened the box and found this.

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Superwatt

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Fashion Circuit

The shades:
Brilliantly Lit is pretty shimmery yellow chartreuse color.
Fashion Circuit is a gorgeous green teal color.
Superwatt is a gorgeous shimmery Taupe color. It’s a beautiful neutral everyday color.

I like the packaging these come in. They aren’t the usual Mac eyeshadow pots that flip open and closed. The pot is a lot smoother with a twist off top. I really like these pots better maybe because I like novelty.

Application can be a bit of a pain. Finding a go to way to apply takes some time. The eyeshadow apply better with a synthetic flat brush, like the Mac 242 or the like. With a natural hair brush or a fluffy brush, it doesn’t pack the color on the lid because the brush doesn’t pick up enough color. I also got pretty good color applying with my fingers but this took more work than I’d like. During the testing phase I used these with and without eye primers. I was pretty impressed that the color lasted about 4 or 5 hours without an eye primer and the color didn’t fade much. I actually liked how this applied over the Nars Smudgeproof primer. The color went on really smooth and even. With a paint pot I thought the color was a bit uneven but still pretty. However I do not like two or three Electric Cool shadows blended together because it was a bit trying to get them to blend smoothly. I feel they are best used alone as a wash of color, maybe using a different texture shadow with the ECS’s to create some depth.

Overall I liked the Electric Cool Eyeshadows, though not in love with them. The colors are bright and lovely but they lose some points for the application. The texture is interesting, though a bit gimmicky, but its a nice addition to the collection. By no means a must have but they’re fun. These are perfect for a nice shimmery lid for a night out. I’d never thought I’d say this but you really don’t need a primer with these, but it also wouldn’t hurt.  Just put on a nice wash of color with a synthetic brush or your fingers, add liner and mascara and you’re good to go!

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Superwatt applied with a synthetic brush, over Nars Smudgeproof Primer

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Brilliantly Lit and Fashion Circuit applied over Soft Ochre Paint Pot with a synthetic brush

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Fashion Circuit applied with my finger, no primer

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Fashion Circuit Packed on with a synthetic brush, no primer

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Applied with a synthetic brush

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Brilliantly Lit applied with fingers, no primer

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Brilliantly Lit applied with fingers, no primer