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Gold Glitter on a Tuesday? Why the Hell Not! A Face of the Day With MAC 3D Glitter in Brass Gold, and the Clinique On Safari All About Shadow Quad

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

Wearing Clinique's On Safari Quad with MAC 3D Glitter in 3D Brass Gold

Glitter! Wearing Clinique’s On Safari Quad with MAC 3D Glitter in 3D Brass Gold

Generally I think of rigorous makeup rules and structure as hogwash, hooey and blarney, otherwise known as crazy talk.

Can’t say I’ve ever really believed in hard-and-fast rules for le war paint, but I do have a mantra — a guiding principle, if you will — and this is it: WHY THE HELL NOT!?

Want to rock a blown-out Khal Drogo smokey eye to a formal Sunday brunch?

Why the hell not!?

Want to wear a bright green gloss and gold glitter on your lids to walk your cat around the block?

Why the hell not!?

My point is this: life is short. You might as well wear what moves you.

Today I was in the mood to sparkle because, you know, it’s Tuesday, and that’s as good a reason as any. :) So I did this glittery, brassy, kind of smokey greenish khaki eye.

I like that it has tricks up its sleeve. One minute, when my eyes are wide open, I think it looks almost tame, just a warm brassy golden eye, but then when I blink, BAM! — that’s when the glitter does its thang.

I used MAC 3D Glitter in Brass Gold atop Clinique’s greenish gold All About Eyeshadow Quad in On Safari, and I kept the glitter in the center of the lid so it wouldn’t overpower the whole look.

MAC 3D Brass Gold

3D Brass Gold

Clinique On Safari All About Shadow Quad

The Clinique On Safari All About Shadow Quad

Clinique On Safari All About Shadow Quad

Swatches of the Clinique On Safari All About Shadow Quad

I think the loose glitter I’m using here, MAC 3D Glitter, is really cool. The hexagonal multicolored glitter bits may look kind of mellow in these pics, but all about the drama in person.

Wearing Clinique's On Safari Quad with MAC 3D Glitter in 3D Brass Gold

Wearing Clinique’s On Safari Quad with MAC 3D Glitter in 3D Brass Gold

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Food for Thought: 7 Lip Combos With the New MAC Sharon and Kelly Osbourne Collection

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup, Makeup

MAC Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum-Yum and Lipglass in Bijou

Wearing a combination of MAC Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum-Yum and Lipglass in Bijou from the new MAC Sharon & Kelly Osbourne collection

The Osbournes are in the hizz-ouse!

The online hizz-ouse, because the MAC Sharon & Kelly Osbourne collection debuted online today (Sharon’s products + Kelly’s products). Are you going to (or have you already) grabbed any of the Patentpolish Lip Pencils, Lipglasses, Lipsticks or regular Lip Pencils from this mighty mother/daughter collab?

If you have (but even if you haven’t), maybe some of these seven lip combos will give you ideas.

Hmm… What else should I try?

1. Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum-Yum + Lipglass in Bijou

MAC Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum-Yum and Lipglass in Bijou

Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum-Yum and Lipglass in Bijou

OK, this is random, but that word, “Bijou”? It’s my latest nickname for Tabs.

I’ve been calling him Bijou for days. :) “Bijou! What are doing, Bijou!? Come here, Bijou! Does Bijou want to go for a walk?”

Yes, I know. You even don’t need to say it. I already know.

2. Matte Lipstick in Dodgy Girl + Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Patentpink

MAC Matte Lipstick in Dodgy Girl + Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Patentpink

Matte Lipstick in Dodgy Girl + Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Patentpink

3. Lip Pencil in In Synch + Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Innocent

MAC Lip Pencil in In Synch + Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Innocent

Lip Pencil in In Synch + Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Innocent

4. Lip Pencil in Cranberry + Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Ruby

MAC Lip Pencil in Cranberry + Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Ruby

Lip Pencil in Cranberry + Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Ruby

5. Patentpolish Lip Pencil in French Kiss + Lipglass in Pussywillow

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in French Kiss + Lipglass in Pussywillow

Patentpolish Lip Pencil in French Kiss + Lipglass in Pussywillow

6. Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Patentpink + Lipglass in Bijou

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Patentpink + Lipglass in Bijou

Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Patentpink + Lipglass in Bijou

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What Do You Think of the New MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Packaging?

Published in: Just For Fun, MAC Makeup

New threads for the MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes ($32 each, available now at counters and online)

Saw these cuties at my home away from home the MAC counter yesterday.

I went because — well, you know, do I really need a reason? :) — but I was also running low on Bulk Wipes and Cleanse-Off Oil.

What do you think of the new packaging for the Mineralize Skinfinishes?

From the left, that’s Global Glow, Cheeky Bronze, Soft and Gentle, and Gold Deposit

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The MAC Pedro Lourenco Collection for Summer 2014: Classic Cosmetics for a Far-Future Catwalk

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup

MAC Pedro Lourenco

Wearing the new MAC Pedro Lourenco Nude Quad on my eyes, Amplified Lipstick in True Red on my lips, Powder Blush Duo in Corol on my cheeks and Cream Colour Base in Hush on my upper cheekbones

What struck me first was the packaging. The black against the gold. It pulled me in like a tractor beam. Classic and edgy at the same time, a la Blade Runner, which is a style I aspire to achieve, on occasion.

The black cases are different than usual for MAC and have this rubbery texture, so they’re kind of NARS-y, and that coupled with the makeup — the nude eyes, cheeks and bright red lips — add up to a recipe for instant makeup lust.

There are definitely things here I’ll wear, and actually, a lot of them are pieces I already wear. The new quad has two of my long-time favorite MAC eyeshadows, Sable and All That Glitters, and the Cream Colour Base is a re-promoted shade called Hush, which I absolutely love.

MAC Pedro Lourenco collection

The new MAC Pedro Lourenco collection (not shown: the Nail Lacquers in Skin and Rlaming Rose)

A couple of the lipsticks also look like classic MAC shades I wear all the time, like True Red, which looks a little like Lady Danger but has an Amplified finish instead of a Matte, so it has that shine. And Ruby is kind of like Russian Red, but with the Amplified finish instead of the Matte.

So, I don’t really think the release shatters new ground. The edgiest pieces here are probably the Lipglasses, which are these sort of weird metallic colors like Gold Mirror, a neutral gold, and Mirror, a neutral silver, both of which, I think, seem very indicative of Pedro’s sometimes sci-fi style, from what I’ve seen of his work.

I tell you what, though — if I were a robot, I’d be all over those Lipglasses in two ticks of an animatronic heartbeat, beep-beep!

MAC Pedro Lourenco Collection Amplified Lipsticks

Pedro Lourenco Amplified Lipsticks, $17.50 each

MAC Pedro Lourenco Amplified Lipstick in Peach Beige

Amplified Lipstick in Peach Beige, a light pinkish nude

MAC Pedro Lourenco Amplified Lipstick in Ruby

Amplified Lipstick in Ruby, a mid-tone blueish red

MAC Pedro Lourenco in Amplified Lipstick in Roxo

Amplified Lipstick in Roxo, a deep red

MAC Pedro Lourenco Amplified Lipstick in True Red

Amplified Lipstick in True Red, a vivid bright coral

MAC Pedro Lourenco Lipglass in Mirror (top) and Gold Mirror (bottom)

Lipglass in Mirror (top, a neutral silver) and Gold Mirror (bottom, neutral gold), $16.50 each

I was so stoked about the Corol Blush Duo before seeing it in person. It’s the big compact with the black matte packaging and Pedro’s name across the front. But then I tried it on, and it really wasn’t working for me. The powder’s extremely hard and difficult to pick up with a brush or finger. When I did these swatches, I actually had to chip away at the powder with a fingernail to free up some product.

But other than the Duo, I like the collection. I think there’s something cooly futuristic and classic about it at the same time, like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie starring Milla Jovovich as the main character, and her eyes would be shining with the sparkling nude and bronze and rosy tones.

I can see it now… She’s walking down a dusty, decaying urban alley between tall, grimy buildings holding an oversized plasma gun. Her cheeks are highlighted and glowing, and her lips are bright red. :)

Beautiful and accessible, with an edge — that’s how I see this collection. If you have a friend you’ve wanted to convert into a MAC fan, this is the collection where you hold her hand and guide her into the light.

Let me know what you think.

MAC Pedro Lourenco Nude Quad

Nude Quad, $17.50

MAC Pedro Lourenco Nude Quad

Pedro Lourenco Nude Quad

MAC Pedro Lourenco Cream Colour Base in Hush

Cream Colour Base in Hush, $22

MAC Pedro Lourenco Cream Colour Base in Hush

Hush, a frosty soft peach with icy shimmer

MAC Pedro Lourenco Powder Blush Duo in Corol

Powder Blush Duo in Corol, $26

MAC Pedro Lourenco Powder Blush Duo in Corol

Corol, a light coral pink and a mid-tone neutral plum

MAC Pedro Lourenco Nude Quad Swatches

Nude Quad

MAC Pedro Lourenco Lipstick Swatches

From the left: Amplified Lipsticks in Peach Beige, Ruby, Roxo and True Red

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The MAC Sharon & Kelly Osbourne Collection for Summer 2014: Kelly’s Lips

Published in: Daily Photo, MAC Makeup

MAC Kelly Osbourne Kelly Yum Yum Lip Swatch

Wearing Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum Yum on my lips

I was really looking forward to Kelly’s lipsticks from the the MAC Sharon & Kelly Osbourne collection, because from the product pics, they looked like the cats meow/whole enchilada (what’s the British equivalent of an enchilada? A pasty?) — like, take off your stretchy pants, and put on some real pants so you can head to the counter right now.

But then I tried them on…and I realized that you may have to be 16 years old with lips smoother than a baby’s butt to pull them off.

With the exception of Kelly Yum-Yum, the only satin lipstick in the bunch, the others are hard to wear, at least for me, and I really, REALLY tried to make them work.

Dude. I almost didn’t want to post these lip swatches because I’m not exactly thrilled with how they turned out. My lips look dry and heavily lined. I mean, I know I’m not a spring chicken, and I may be a little dehydrated today, but come on! I feel like Miss Havisham up in this b*tch.

So, first, the good. Kelly Yum-Yum. :) If you only get one lip product from the Kelly squad, let it be this. It’s a satin finish version of the spectacular matte Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick. I just wore Candy Yum-Yum last week in the Jem lips post.

Other than the finishes being different, the colors aren’t identical. Kelly Yum-Yum has a little more pink, and not quite as much blue. But I think both are straight-up showstoppers.

Then there’s In Synch, the re-promoted Lip Pencil. It’s a solid oldie but a goodie.

I found the others here — the three matte lipsticks — difficult to wear, at least without serious lip prepping.

Like, if I smothered my lips first with lip balm the night before, and then on the morning of, and then drank five gallons of water, and then turned back time 10 years (ok, 20), then, yeah, we could make ‘em work.

MAC Kelly Osbourne Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum Yum

Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum Yum, a bright blue pink, $17.50

MAC Kelly Osbourne Matte Lipstick in Strip Poker

Matte Lipstick in Strip Poker, a light nude, $17.50

MAC Kelly Osbourne Matte Lipstick in Riot House

Matte Lipstick in Riot House, a light vivid orange, $17.50

MAC Kelly Osbourne Matte Lipstick in Dodgy Girl

Matte Lipstick in Dodgy Girl, a light lavender, $17.50

MAC Kelly Osbourne Lip Pencil in In Synch

Lip Pencil in In Synch, a bright yellow pink, $16.50

MAC Kelly Osbourne Lipstick swatches from the left: Strip Poker, Riot House, Kelly Yum Yum, Dodgy Girl and In Synch

From the left: Strip Poker, Riot House, Kelly Yum Yum, Dodgy Girl and In Synch

MAC Kelly Osbourne Kelly Yum Yum Lip Swatch

Satin Lipstick in Kelly Yum Yum

MAC Kelly Osbourne Strip Poker Lip Swatch

Matte Lipstick in Strip Poker

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