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MAC Mia Moretti Collection: First Impressions [VIDEO]

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup, Video

Here’s the dealio: MAC and a DJ named Mia Moretti got together to spin some sweet tunes!

Yeah, I don’t know if that makes any sense. :) But they did get together to create the new MAC Mia Moretti collection.

I don’t know a lot about DJ-ing, but I do know a little about this launch. Lots of lovely creams, some warm summery colors and a slightly out-of-the-box lip palette. Three words: mint green lipstick.

If it was a little warmer, I would be next to the pool right now in Ray-Ban Aviators, a swimsuit, my beach towel, some magazines and this collection, because it makes me feel summery, casual and fun, like a poolside babe. :)

I’m still getting to know the pieces, but here are some initial first impressions/thoughts.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Let This Pearl Blossom on Your Cheeks: MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom From the MAC Is Beauty Collection

Published in: Face, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom

Wearing the new MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom from the MAC Is Beauty collection on my cheeks ($26)

Magic in a pan.

And I’m not just saying that because of my strong emotional ties to this Beauty Powder.

Barbie Loves MAC! — also known as “my gateway MAC collection.” I remember that Pearl Blossom was one of the pieces I bought in my little MAC Barbie haul (this was back in 2007), and even though it’s a re-promote in the new MAC Is Beauty collection, I still get fired up about it.

Because it’s just so versatile. There are so many things you can do with MAC’s Beauty Powders (which are basically like the Hourglass Ambient Powders, from before the time there were Hourglass Ambient Powders), especially light pink Pearl Blossom, which also has silvery pearl. You can wear it as a blush, or a highlighter, or if you have lighter, cool-toned skin, lightly dusted all over your face as a brightening powder.

I love Pearl Blossom’s finish because it isn’t overly frosty. I use it mostly as a highlighter, targeting the soft, subtle iridescent sheen on the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, in the inner corners of my eyes, and above and just below the arch in my brows.

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder Swatch

For reference, I’m an NC42 in MAC


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MAC Dives Into the Deepest Blue With New Pro Longwear Fluidline in Siahi From the MAC Is Beauty Collection

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Fluidline in Siahi

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Siahi ($16), from the new MAC Is Beauty collection

Siahi…

It’s like diving into the deepest, bluest, most secluded stretch of ocean in the world. So of course I would like it, right? :)

Even though I don’t dive.

I totally don’t dive! I’m claustrophobic, but I do love the ocean, and I do love this color.

Siahi…

You might remember it from back in the day because it’s a re-promote. It also appeared in the Mickey Contractor collection a few years ago, and I loved it then, as I love it now.

It looks like a National Geographic photo of a secret ocean… You know when you see those pictures of untouched places that man hasn’t come along yet to pervert? That’s Siahi. It’s a deep, complex, intense teal ocean blue, and what makes it special isn’t just the richness of the color, but the finish as well. It’s ever-so-slightly metallic.

MAC Fluidline in Siahi

Wearing MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Siahi on my upper lash lines

Other products I’m wearing in this look…

  • MAC Eye Shadow in Bouffant
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Soft Brown (permanent)
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Saddle (permanent)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Lowlights
  • MAC False Lashes mascara (permanent)
  • MAC Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl
  • MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom
  • MAC Lipstick in Make Me Gorgeous

MAC Fluidline in Siahi Swatch
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A Few Bestselling MAC Eyeshadows and Lipsticks to Consider [VIDEO]

Published in: MAC Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, Video

It never hurts to be prepared! Should you have a sudden MAC attack this weekend (it happens), consider one of these eyeshadow or lipstick shades, which were recommended by the MAC artists at my favorite Nordie’s MAC counter at The Village at Corte Madera, California.

As always, thank you for watching.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Build Your Collection of Everyday Shades With the MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral and Cool Neutral Palettes: A Closer Look

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Palettes

MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral

The new MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral palette ($85), one of two 15-pan palettes released with the Eyes on MAC collection, available now at MAC counters, stores and online at maccosmetics.com

See, this is how they get ya — cold, hard numbers, baby.

When you run the numbers, $85 for each of the two new MAC Eye Shadow X 15 palettes sounds beyond reasonable — and not just reasonable, but actually wise. Considering that a Pro Palette Insert ($2), an empty Pro Palette ($8) and 15 individual shadow pan refills ($150) would set you back $160, $85 is a steal!

At least that’s what I plan to tell my husband when I go to Nordstrom later this week to “take a look” at another 15-pan MAC palette, this one recently released and filled with some of the brand’s bestselling shades (codename: Nordstrom Naturals).

“But, babe!” I’ll tell him, “It’s basically half off. I’m doing this for the good of the family.” :)

Something tells me I’ll be met with rolling eyes and a sigh, but whatevs.

MAC Cool Neutral (top) and Warm Neutral (bottom) Palettes

Cool Neutral (top) and Warm Neutral (bottom)

So, these two palettes — Warm Neutral and Cool Neutral — I can’t even think about them without feeling a little gooey inside. Filled with a mix of perennial permanent collection faves and limited edition colors, they’re the two new Eye Shadow X 15 palettes from the Eyes on MAC collection, and they’re available now at MAC stores and online.

If they look familiar, gold star! You might remember them from last year. They’re essentially re-promotes of those palettes, so you may already have them.

If not, this could be a good time to pounce, and not just because the palettes are a pretty good value (the pans are the same size as MAC’s full-size 0.05-oz. refills). They’re also a good way to quickly build up your collection of MAC workhorse shades, as both of them are bristling with useful, everyday neutrals that never go out of style.

But which one? — that’s the million-dollar question.

Well, what kind of colors do you currently wear? Do you wear more cool grays, pinks and silvers, or more warm, buttery coppers and golds?

MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Cool Neutral

Eye Shadow X 15/Cool Neutral

Some other things to consider…

Overall, the colors in the Cool palette seem less pigmented than the colors in the Warm palette, at least on my NC 42 skin, and I find myself building them up in layers (especially Flounce, Sweet Allure, Pick Me Up and Cozy Grey).

MAC Cool Neutral palette top row: Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked After Dusk and Blackberry

The Cool Neutral palette top row colors in Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked After Dusk and Blackberry

MAC Cool Neutral palette middle row: Pick Me Up, Cozy Grey, Crushed Clove, Deception and Brun

The Cool Neutral palette middle row colors in Pick Me Up, Cozy Grey, Crushed Clove, Deception and Brun

MAC Cool Neutral palette bottom row: Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth and Black Tied

The Cool Neutral palette bottom row colors in Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth and Black Tied

The Cool Neutrals seem like they’d be better suited for paler skin tones rather than deep. For that reason I haven’t been reaching for it as much as the Warm Palette.

MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral

Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral

The Warm one’s shadows pack more pigment than the Cools, and the palette has several shades that I know I can wear every day…for the next three lifetimes (like Saddle, Brule and Amber Lights).

And then there’s Honey Lust — in this case, the dicey shade. It’s definitely a chunky monkey, I know, but that’s just the way it goes with Honey Lust. Whenever I wear it, I use a wet brush, and/or gently pat it on my lids with a flat brush. Be patient, and try not to sweep it, lest you end up with shadow all over the place. It can be worth the effort, though. Honey Lust can look really beautiful when it’s packed on the lids.

MAC Warm Neutral Palette Swatches from the left: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingershap, Dark Brew and Dance in the Dark

The Warm Neutral palette top row from the left: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingershap, Dark Brew and Dance in the Dark


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