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Today’s Makeup: We’ll Always Have Paris

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

MAC Gravitas Palette and MAC Audacious Lipstick

I’ve had Paris on my mind today, but not for the usual “Paris is terrific!” reasons. It’s because of a disturbing dream I had last night.

I dreamt that I was in Paris staying at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, which is the same hotel Carrie stayed at in the final season of Sex and City when she went to Paris to live with that art gallery dude.

Anyway, instead of sipping champagne and stuffing my face with macarons and twirling around in custom Chanel couture in my fabulous dream hotel room (which would have a view of the Eiffel tower, of course), I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off because the city was being bombed.

Yeah, that’s right.

Homegirl finally has a dream about the City of Lights, but instead of having tea with Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette or strolling down the Champs-Élysées alongside Tabs, who of course would be wearing a little red beret (I know you can picture it), she’s stuck in a five-star hotel as bombs rain down on the city.

I can’t remember why I was in the room, but all of the windows were wide open, and I could see explosions going off in the distance.

It was terrifying!

Right before I woke up from the dream, I was running around turning off all of the lights, because I didn’t want anyone outside to know that I was in the room by myself. :shock:

So the moral of this story is to not eat too much chocolate before bed…

El Hub and I visited Paris years ago, right before he asked me to marry him, and I fell head over heels in love, both with him and the city.

I hope, I hope, I hope I can go back to Paris one of these days. Maybe by then Tabs will have given me a raise, and I’ll have saved enough to go to the Chanel store and buy myself a handbag. In Paris. Then every time I carried it, I’d remember that day.

All this is to say that I was in the mood to wear makeup today that I could see myself wearing to the Chanel store — red lips and black cat liner, with softly sculpted lids.

MAC Gravitas Palette and MAC Audacious Lipstick
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The MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette Is a Dignified Diva Strengthened by Neutrals

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

MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette

The MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette ($85), from the MAC Brooke Shields collection

I can say with the utmost sincerity that I have never been this excited to wear MAC Soft Brown.

And I love Soft Brown! It’s one of my all-time greatest hits, most loved staples, and I’ve been wearing it for years. I’m always happy to see Soft Brown staring back at me as I get ready in the morning.

Now, though? Next to so many other dope-@ss neutral eyeshadows in the $85 MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas palette? The impossible has happened: I like Soft Brown even more.

MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette

“But,” you might be thinking, “slow your roll, sweet thang.” We’re talking about an $85 palette. An $85 neutral palette. Another neutral palette.

I know, you’re right. More neutrals, and $85 is a lot, but it’s half what MAC usually charges for their 15-pan palettes (those are $160).

MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette

Here’s the thing, though: if Gravitas were a gymnast, it would have perfect poise and balance. It would easily win a gold medal.

And to attempt an even stranger metaphor, if there were such a thing as an eyeshadow palette soulmate, Brook Shields would be mine, because I love almost everything about Gravitas. I feel like, eyeshadow-wise, it has everything I need.

Well…almost everything, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette

Definitely, Gravitas contains great everyday basic shades, like Soft Brown, Shroom, Carbon and Satin Taupe, but that’s far from everything it has to offer. It also has an interesting combination of warm- and cool-toned khaki, plum, gold and pink shades, which together with the basics, open up a world of elegant eye look possibilities that don’t necessarily involve me looking like I’m wearing a sh*t-ton of makeup at lunch on a Tuesday.

MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Swatches 2MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Swatches, Top Row: Pretty, Soft Brown, Expensive PInk, Clove and Satin Taupe

Top Row: Pretty, Soft Brown, Expensive PInk, Clove and Satin Taupe


MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Swatches 2MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Swatches, Middle Row: Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche and Carbon

Middle Row: Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche and Carbon


MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Swatches, Bottom Row: Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty and Pepper

Bottom Row: Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty and Pepper

And the addition of the darker gray, black and purple eyeshadows gives Gravitas even more flexibility. When I want to dress up like a sparkly disco roller diva and ride my glittery unicorn Giselle, I can apply one these colors in the crease, the outer corner and on my lower lash line. Then just add a pair of falsies and go. :)

MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette

MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette

Wearing Gravitas on my eyes, theBalm on my cheeks (Bahama Mama Bronzer, Frat Boy Blush and Cindy Lou-manizer) and MAC Brooke Shields Lipglass in Artful on my lips


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The MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection: Even If You Don’t Know the Show, the Swanky Red Lips Still Make This Picture a Party

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup

MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

The place: biology class, James Logan High School, Union City, California.

The time: the early 1990s…

Karen’s head pulsed as she thought about how far behind she was on memorizing her SAT vocabulary. “Seriously,” she said to Jen, “I would love to go, but I can’t. I have too much SAT stuff to get through.”

Jen crinkled the Snickers wrapper and tossed it at Karen. “Party pooper,” Jen said. “You’re gonna regret this someday. Mark my words.”

You’re probably right, Karen thought, agreeing to herself, even though she didn’t know anything at all about this Rocky Horror Picture Show business. What was it anyway? A movie? A play?

MAC Rocky Horror Collection boxes

Honestly, though, looking back on it now, truer words were never spoken. After all these years, I wish I’d said yes to Jen that night, and all of the third-wheeling and vegetable-throwing I later found out I’d missed.

On top of that, if I’d actually gone with Jen to see the show, I’d probably understand the references in the new MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection better, because right now…I don’t understand them at all.

Not one bit. :)

The limited edition 21-piece release of new and re-promoted products is available now online and coming to MAC stores and counters October 2 though October 30.

For someone totally unfamiliar with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, like yours truly, overlooking the fact that I don’t get any of the inside jokes, I still think the collection is worth checking out…even though, admittedly, it’s not moving me as much as MAC Brooke Shields does.

MAC Rocky Horror Lipstick in Strange Journey

Wearing MAC Lipstick in Strange Journey, from the new Rocky Horror Picture Show collection available now online

Along with some dramatic red lip colors, there’s also a really intense burgundy pigment (so pretty!), loose glitters, a palette of six cool-toned eyeshadows and a couple of Greasepaint Sticks, among other things, but none of those others stand out to me like the four red lipsticks. For me, the red lippies, particularly Strange Journey, the smooth matte yellowish red, with its 1940s pinup sensibilities (looks epic in pictures!), are the stars of this launch.

Back to the early ’90s…

Karen stood by her locker, her biology book and binder in hand, wondering if she had time to touch up her lipstick before her first class. She looked up at the clock in the hallway, realized that she was about 30 seconds from being late, and slammed her locker door.

One day, she thought, I will get my lipstick on before the bell rings, and on that day, angels will sing. She sprinted to class and slipped into her seat, just as the bell rang.

Her best friend Jen sat next to her. She peeled open a Snickers bar, broke it in two, and handed Karen the bigger piece. “Breakfast of champions,” Jen said.

“Thanks,” Karen said, as she took a bite. She fished her homework (“mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell!”) out of her binder, and watched her teacher, Mr. Greene, dressed in his usual uniform of a rumpled short-sleeve shirt and khakis, shuffle papers at the front of class. Crossing the room he almost tripped over his own feet. Someone please get that man some coffee, Karen thought.

She waited for Mr. Greene’s customary greeting. “Class,” he eventually said, “why don’t you spend five minutes double-checking your homework while I set up, yes?”

That was their cue to start chatting.

MAC Rocky Horror Collection packaging

Jen lightly tapped her pencil on the side of her desk and leaned in. “James Trejo asked me out this morning,” she said.

MAC Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff

Karen wrinkled her nose. “You mean James Trejo from drama class? Like on a date? Ew.”

“What do you mean, ‘Ew’?” Jen said, scratching at the fading screen print of Bart Simpson on her jeans. “He’s kind of cute.”

“He creeps me out,” Karen replied. “I’ve caught him staring at my neck a few times.” She paused. “It was odd. And why does he always wear vests?”

MAC Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Jen’s eyes went wide as she flashed her million-dollar smile. “He asked me to go to see Rocky Horror Picture Show with him on Saturday.”

Jen waited as if expecting a response.

MAC Rocky Horror Pigment and Glitters

Rocky Horror Pigment and Glitters

Eventually, Karen realized what Jen was asking. “Jen?” Karen said. “Nuh-uh. No, no, no.”

“Please?” Jen begged. “Please, please, please!”

MAC Rocky Horror Pigments and Glitters from the left: Pigment in It's Not Easy Having a Good Time, Glitter in Gold and Glitter in 3D ($23 each)

From the left: Pigment in It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time, Glitter in Gold and Glitter in 3D ($23 each)

Karen shook her head. “No way. Nope. You’re gonna have to find another chaperone. I’m not doing it again. Why don’t you ask Cindy?”

“I already did,” Jen said. “She’s going skiing this weekend.”

MAC Rocky Horror Lipsticks

Rocky Horror Lipsticks

“So,” Karen said, raising an eyebrow, “I’m your sloppy seconds?”

“Well…” Jen replied, “Look, all you have to do is come to dinner and the movie. Please? You know my parents won’t let me go out unless there’s someone responsible with me. I’d do it for you!”
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A Model of Elegant Versatility: The new MAC Brooke Shields Collection, Available Now

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup

MAC Brooke Shields Collection

Wearing the new MAC Brooke Shields collection, available now online, and coming to MAC stores and counters October 2, 2014

If you ever wished upon a star (or begged the tooth fairy in a note scrawled on pink Hello Kitty stationary) for a pair of Calvin Klein jeans in the early ’80s, chances are you remember the phenomenon that is/was Brooke Shields, the face of MAC’s latest collaborations.

As a kid in the ’80s, I was obsessed with Brooke’s long brown hair, in part because I was rocking the same short, feathered hairdo that most of my grownup uncles were wearing at the time.

Ugh!

I wanted Brooke’s long, flowing hair more than almost anything…except a Hello Kitty lunchbox.

MAC Brooke Shields Collection packaging

Eight of 14 pieces in the MAC Brooke Shields collection

If you weren’t around back then and never saw The Blue Lagoon, you may still recognize Brooke as the woman who elegantly poses on La-Z-Boy sofas (not gonna lie, I kind of want a teal one!) or shows off her Foster Grant sunglasses.

Homegirl seems to do a lot of endorsements, and a little bit of everything else. Among other things, she’s an actress, model (In 1980, at 14, she was the youngest fashion model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue), spokeswoman and purveyor of big brows.

And now, a MAC collaborator.

MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct


MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct


MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal


MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Brooke’s 14-piece limited edition collection (a mix of new shades and re-promotes, now available online) because, hello! — neutral eyeshadows.

There are so many in this release, but before you throw that suspicious side eye at me, hear me out. These neutrals are totally fun. Buttery golden browns, neutral golds, beiges and grays, that kind of thing. The collection also features some purply taupes, bronzes and olives, to turn things up if you want, and for cheeks and lips, we get soft corals and warm, orangey reds.

MAC Brooke Shields Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished

Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished


MAC Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder in Scone

Bronzing Powder in Scone


MAC Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder in Scone

Bronzing Powder in Scone


MAC Brooke Shields Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished

Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished


MAC Brooke Shields Lipglasses in Artful (left) and Knockout (right)

Lipglasses in Artful (left) and Knockout (right)


MAC Brooke Shields Lipglasses in Artful (left) and Knockout (right)

Lipglasses in Artful (left) and Knockout (right)


MAC Brooke Shields Lipsticks in Gospel (left) and Excite (right)

Lipsticks in Gospel (left) and Excite (right)

I think what we have here is definitely a mellower look for MAC, and it may not appeal to every MAC crowd. Those who hunger for the edgier collaborations with Rihanna/Lorde/[INSERT TRENDY MUSIC ARTIST HERE], might not be impressed. Like, if you want a new bold green eyeshadow to wear with your black pleather and whip on stage somewhere, or a matte black lipstick to go with your Katy Perry-style bra that shoots out string cheese, then you may not be into this.

But maybe you will.

Gosh, I love, LOVE this release. Many of the pieces feel timeless and easy to wear, with finishes and textures that makeup lovers of all ages could pull off — not a big surprise, considering that Brooke is 49.

OK, first though, sad panda face. :(

The 15-pan Gravitas palette sold out in like two seconds online. Yesterday afternoon, I chatted with a MAC rep online who said that as of now, there are no plans (that she knew of) to restock additional palettes on maccosmetics.com.

Honestly, I’m not surprised it disappeared so quickly, as it contains some of MAC’s bestselling neutrals, like Soft Brown, Shroom, Satin Taupe and Carbon, as well as many new shades, all for $85, which is dramatically less than the $160 MAC normally charges for its 15-pan palettes. If you still have your eye on this one, a call to your closest MAC counter might be in order. Perhaps you can ask an associate to contact you when the palette arrives. I might even consider calling in every day until the official October 2 launch date.

MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trust Instinct

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trust Instinct


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Metallic Mauve in the Machine! MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick and Lipglass Through the Ocular Sensors of Robot Karen (BEEP!)

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

Wearing the new MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

BEEP! BOOP! Identity: Robot Karen. BEEP! Program start. Execute command of beauty blog. BEEP! Temporarily commandeer MBB for afternoon. BOOP!

Beep, boop, BEEP!

All rogue programs will be deleted from memory. BEEP! Escape is prohibited.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

ROBOT KAREN!

According to my programming — BEEP-BOOP-BOOP-BEE-BOOP! — there is a revival of ’90s makeup underway.

Should you require assistance in finding a new frosty, pigmented lipstick and/or lip gloss — BOOP! — focus your ocular sensors on the nearest MAC counter to your proximity. BEEP!

The new MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick ($16 U.S./$19 CDN) and Lipglass ($15 U.S./$18 CDN) are approved for use by robots and humans seeking bold metallic looks. BEEP!

My lipstick-o-meter detects a strong ’90s vibe from warm mauve Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick and its silvery frost. BEEP! BOOP!

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

A top view of MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick closeup

Lipstick closeup

And my internal lipgloss spectrometer spikes when it analyzes the high glitter content in the cooler mauve Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipglass, with its reddish frost. BEEP!

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipglass closeup

Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipglass

Another view of MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II


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