Archive - Face of the Day (FOTD)

A Pink and Bronze Face of the Day Using the NARSissist Eye Palette, With Help From MAC and Urban Decay

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup, NARS, Urban Decay

A few things…

First, this morning I tried on a pair of skinny jeans I ordered online and got stuck in them.


Apparently, I wasn’t paying close enough attention and ordered the wrong size.


I’d managed to shimmy into them up to my thighs when I realized that something was very wrong, and if I’d kept going, I’d need prayer and the Jaws of Life to get out of them.

Jesus, take the wheel!

Lesson learned here, kids. If you’re going to purchase the Citizens of Humanity Avedon skinny jeans, go up at least one size.

Second, SWV lives!!!

I found them while channel surfing last night. SWV Reunited on WE. The combination of early ’90s R&B and reality TV gets me weak in the knees… I can hardly speak. I lose all control. Then something comes over me… :) Hahaha!

Third, I realized this afternoon that pinkish bronze metallic eyes are totally fun. And not too hard to create, believe it or not! I got the idea from a pink and bronze eye look I saw on UD’s website.

For this face of the day, I went with a few products from MAC, NARS and Urban Decay.

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A Monday MAC Face of the Day With a Few of My Current Obsessions: Costa Riche Liner, Cantaloupe Blush and Heroine Lipstick

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup

MAC Heroine Lipstick and Costa Riche Liner

It’s MAC Heroine Lipstick to the rescue!!

Do you ever feel like putting every piece of makeup that you’re currently obsessed with (in other words, everything and the kitchen sink) on your face at the same time?

Yeah…that’s kind of what happened to me here, LOL!

I’ve got a major crush on MAC Costa Riche (please don’t let it be discontinued, please don’t let it be discontinued, please don’t let it be discontinued…), so that’s what I based my makeup on today. I’m wearing it here on my lower lash and water lines.

MAC Heroine Lipstick and Costa Riche Liner

Cheeks are MAC Cantaloupe Blush, MAC Give Me Sun Mineralize Skinfinish (under the cheek bone) and MAC Shaping Powder in Accentuate (to highlight); I’m also wearing the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters in Bright Forecast (under-eye area, with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer on top) and Radiant Rose (down the bridge of my nose and on my upper cheekbones)

With Costa Riche being a warm-toned brown, I also busted out a few of my favorite MAC browns in the same vein, namely Bamboo, Saddle and Swiss Chocolate, which I think are great mattes to wear in the crease if you like warm reddish and orangey browns (cool-toned gals, check out MAC Wedge and Omega; also very pretty).

So…you might remember Swiss Chocolate from last week’s MAC stress shopper’s diary. I’m actually wearing a bunch of stuff from that same vid, like the two Prep + Prime Highlighters, Shaping Powders and MAC Cantaloupe Blush, too.

See, told ya! Everything and the kitchen sink. :)

I’m starting to believe that every gal (and blush-loving boy) needs Cantaloupe in their life. It’s like the perfect balance of peach and coral, and it always seems to brighten my look, without competing with whatever else I may be wearing.

Definitely worth a swatch next time you visit a MAC Pro Store. I think it’ll be a lovely spring/summer shade.

Last, but not least, those lips! The star attraction: MAC Heroine Lipstick, a powerfully opaque purple matte from a previous collection, but recently added to the MAC permanent line. It’s available now on counters and at

MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick and Costa Riche Liner

MAC Ricepaper layered underneath MAC Vanilla on my brow bone, MAC Bamboo and MAC Saddle in the crease, MAC Swiss Chocolate on the lids, and MAC Ricepaper in the inner corner

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A Gold and Warm Brown Face of the Day With MAC and Rouge Bunny Rouge (and a Tip for Doe-Eyed Looks)

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup, Makeup, Rouge Bunny Rouge

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

Today felt like a gold and warm browns kind of day…

You might think that my down-filled winter coat gets all the credit for keeping me warm right now, but nope — that’s not why I feel downright toasty today (although the coat is helping, because DUUUDE, it’s cold outside!).

I’ve been going through a gold phase, and when I woke up this morning, the first thing I wanted to do — well, after putting on thermals, two pairs of socks and the aforementioned coat — was bust out the warm browns to wear with some shimmery gold shadows.

Ah… So warm and toasty. :) I used one of my favorite easy eye makeup tricks, too. It’s a good way to add extra kick to metallic looks, and make your peepers appear rounder (think “more doe-eyed”).

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere, MAC Woodwinked, MAC Bamboo, MAC Soft Brown, MAC Ricepaper

MAC Ricepaper along my brow bone, MAC Bamboo in the crease, MAC Soft Brown in the crease and lower lash line, MAC Woodwinked on the lid and Rouge Bunny Rouge Pigment in Embrace of Cashmere in the center of the lid

For the gold effect here, all you need are two golden shimmery eyeshadows — one lighter than the other. Today I chose two shades that aren’t too far from each other because I wanted to keep my blending to a minimum. I went with MAC Woodwinked for the darker gold and Rouge Bunny Rouge’s new Loose Glitter Pigment in Embrace of Cashmere ($26) as the lighter shade.

I started by sweeping a warm matte brown in the crease, then patted the darker gold on the lid, blended the two together to erase any harsh lines and patted the lighter gold in the center of the lid, just above my iris.

MAC Teddy, MAC Powersurge, MAC Blacktrack and MAC Carbon

MAC Blacktrack and MAC Carbon Eye Shadow on my upper lash line, MAC Teddy Eye Kohl on my upper water line, MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl on my lower lash line and MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara on my lashes

The lighter color in the center completes the gradient that goes from the darker gold in the outer corner of the lid (the side closer to your ear), to the lighter color in the center, to the darker gold again in the inner corner.

And the gradient makes the magic happen. :) It’s what makes the eyes look slightly rounder, while the lighter metallic color flashes in the light to give a little extra something to the overall look.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere with MAC Woodwinked

MAC Woodwinked with Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere in the center

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

Swatch of Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere…

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

Embrace of Cashmere packaging

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere, a light champagne gold

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An Urban Decay Face of the Day With Naked3: A Rosy Gold Daytime Smokey Eye

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Urban Decay

Urban Decay Naked3

Wearing the new Urban Decay Naked3 Palette on my eyes

Whoa, boy. I am a sleep-sheepy today…but that wasn’t going to stop me from playing naked.

I mean playing with naked — Urban Decay Naked3.

Just a few shots of the look I’m wearing. I think it’s a little more wearable and daytime-friendly than the look I did on Monday.

Urban Decay Naked3

I also incorporated some colors from the Naked and Naked2 palettes, just to see how well they’d work with Naked3′s rosy gold.

I think it went well.

Quick breakdown of what I used!

On my eyes I’m wearing…

  • The Urban Decay Naked3 Palette (shimmery rose gold Liar on my lids and glittery blackened rose Blackheart in the outer corners)
  • The Urban Decay Naked Palette (Buck, the matte brown shade, in the crease)
  • The Urban Decay Naked2 Palette(Foxy, the matte beige shade, on the brown bone)
  • UD’s new 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Blackheart, glittery blackened rose from the new Blackheart and Darkside liner duo (along my lower lash lines)
  • UD’s new 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, a true black from the new Perversion and Pistol duo (water lines)
  • UD’s new 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Venus a shimmery beige from the Venus and Crave duo (worn as a base all over my lids under the other products)
  • Clarins Be Long Mascara (my lashes)
  • MAC Brun Eye Shadow (brows)

Urban Decay Naked3

On my cheeks and lips that’s…

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A Face of the Day With a Few Tried-and-True Shades From MAC’s Permanent Line: A Smokey Brown Cat Eye, Pink Cheeks and Lips

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup

MAC Mulch Cork Bamboo FOTD

Wearing a few all-star brown eyeshadows from MAC’s permanent collection

I can’t even begin to describe to you the chaos swirling around me right now. Almost every single one of the houses in my neighborhood is under some kind of construction — I am so not exaggerating — and behind the cacophony of hammering and sawing is poor Tabs pacing the house while adding his own mewling and grumbling (“Mrrroooow!”) to the symphony of sound.

I am *this close* to completely loosing my sh*t…

Safe place! Safe place!

The only thing preserving my sanity has been this song: Sail, by Awolnation, which I’ve been trying to play loud enough to drown out the noise outside.

That whole entire album (Megalithic Symphony) is my power jam right now. I listen to it and pretend that all of the banging going on outside is part of the song, haha.


The ruckus started right after dawn and hasn’t let up. By 11 I felt like I needed the makeup equivalent of a large vanilla shake and a basket of fries, also known as comfort food, so I fell back on a look I do all the time with some of my favorite things from MAC’s permanent line.

MAC Mulch Cork Bamboo FOTD

Wearing MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer (below my cheekbones), MAC Blushbaby Blush (the apples of my cheeks), MAC Face and Body Foundation in C5 (all over my face), and a mixture of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers in Ginger and Caramel (my cheeks, around my nose and around my mouth)

More classy than flashy (hopefully), it’s a softly smoky golden brown eye with black cat liner, pink, barely-there matte cheeks and glossy pinkish gold lips. I used to wear this look a lot when I worked in the city and still do whenever I want to look pulled together but not over the top.

MAC Mulch Cork Bamboo FOTD

On my eyes I’m wearing MAC Ricepaper Eye Shadow (brow bone), MAC Cork Eye Shadow (crease and lower lash line), MAC Mulch Eye Shadow (crease, lid and lower lash line), MAC Femme Fi Eye Shadow (inner corner), Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (upper lash line), Urban Decay 24/7-Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion (water line) and Guerlain Cils D’Enfer Mascara (lashes), MAC Brun Eye Shadow (brows)

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