Archive - March 2011

The Barely There Sonia Kashuk Natural Nudes Lip Quad

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

Happy Friday, friend! Looks like we made it. 🙂 To kick off today’s pre-weekend festivities, what do you say we get nude, Sonia Kashuk style?

SK’s Lip Gloss Quad in Natural Nudes, the third of three new lip palettes for spring, feels just as comfy on my lips as the other two, Beautiful Berries and Bronzey Corals.

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MAC Quite Cute Is…Oh, That’s Too Obvious :)

Published in: MAC Makeup

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I wish I could hop into a time-traveling Delorean with the upcoming MAC Quite Cute collection and zoom back to 1984 (to when I was in 4th grade). Even though I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup back then, I would have done flips for these pastel treats for cheeks, nails, lips and eyes.

When I was a kid, I was crazy for anything and everything pastel. My favorite colors were mint green, lavender, peach and/or baby pink (not necessarily in that order). The colors of the MAC Quite Cute collection would have driven my 9-year-old self into fits! I probably would have locked myself in my room with it, loaded Duran Duran’s Notorious tape into my mint green Casio portable radio and danced around my purple painted room like an ’80s fairy princess. 🙂

Now in my thirties, I still have a deep and abiding love for pastels, and I felt the same familiar flutter in my tummy today when I saw Quite Cute up close for the very first time.

Talk about cute overload, right? Pastels AND hearts in the Mineralize Blushes? TO DIE!

The collection will join two other new releases (MAC Primed For Perfection and MAC Bronze Everyday) on North American MAC counters this April 7 (internationally, some time in April). Yes, it’s safe to say that’s going to be a pretty big day.

The 23-piece release looks sweet like candy with a young and fun sense of style. I picture Japanese and European tourist gals in bright pink Hello Kitty bikinis walking in Louis V. heels at Waikiki Beach.

If it feels familiar, you may be recalling MAC Sugarsweet, another pastel-powered collection, that one from 2009. Sugarsweet was similar but had more pink and green, whereas Quite Cute has a thing for more purple and peach.

I also get a strong anime vibe from it and can’t help but think of lines like Tokidoki, Eyeko and the new Hello Kitty at Sephora. That carefree quality may not appeal to all, but the colors are what I think of when I think of makeup for spring.

So take a look around, and let me know if you see something you like. More to follow, of course, over the coming days… 🙂

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Mineralize Blushes in Giggly (left) and Sakura (right)

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Cutie Eye Shadow X4
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MAC Primed For Perfection Collection, Please Stop Me from Running in Dark Circles

Published in: MAC Makeup

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Prep + Prime Highlighters clockwise from light pink brush: Radiant Rose, Bright Forecast and Light Boost

Most of the time I curse my dark circles, but sometimes they come in handy, like when I’m doing my impression of Lurch from The Addams Family or testing under-eye brightening products.

Which brings us to today! The new four-piece MAC Primed For Perfection collection of products to brighten and highlight launches April 7 in North America (internationally, some time in April), and, like the Bronze Everyday collection coming out the same day, MAC plans to add the items in the collection to their permanent line.

To say “I’m stoked” about the lightweight Prep+Prime Vibrancy Eye ($30) primer would be an understatement of epic proportions. Designed to be worn beneath concealer, this dark circle-defeating angel of awesomeness moisturizes and illuminates the under-eye area. MAC also claims it could be a long-term solution for puffy, tired-looking eyes by diminishing creases, bags and dark circles.

Yes, please!

The release also features three new brightening click pens called the Prep + Prime Highlighters ($23), which look to me a little like YSL’s Touche Eclat. MAC says they can be worn on bare skin or atop concealer or foundation.

I believe my dark circles and I shall evaluate these directly, as in immediately. 🙂 In the meantime, here’s a quick look at the products and swatches. I’ll update you on my dark circle progress (or lack thereof) soon.

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MAC Bronze Everyday Collection: The Sun Never Sets When It’s MAC Bronze Everyday

Published in: MAC Makeup

MAC Bronze Everyday

Well look who’s just in time for sundresses. 🙂 Hey there, MAC. Wait — let me bare my shoulders before we go outside…

(Actually, now would not be a good time to go gallivanting as it’s storming heavily here; the rain is coming down sideways!)

Come April 7, babes, the bronze will be on — North American MAC counters, that is (internationally some time in April). That’s when the new MAC Bronze Everyday collection beams down.

The release features a mix of old and new MAC bronzing items for face and body. Expect to see repromoted favorites like the Skinsheen Leg Sprays and Lustre Drops alongside new products like Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and the Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzing Powders.

If you miss the release, don’t despair. MAC plans to add everything here to their permanent line.

Here’s a quick look at four things from the 12-piece collection…

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MAC Bronze products from the left: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Give Me Sun!, Lustre Drops in Sun Rush, Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Sun Power

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Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals in Sun Power (left) and Give Me Sun! (right)
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