The MAC Ellie Goulding collection (coming to the MAC website Dec. 14 and to stores and counters Dec. 17 – Jan. 15, 2016)
Wearing a sexy scuba outfit while rocking big blonde hair that looks like it’s being whipped back by 12 Beyoncé fans doesn’t mean you have to go OTT with your makeup.
The first time I saw the sexy scuba promo pic for the MAC Ellie Goulding collection on Instagram a while back, I thought, “OOH! LOVE! Now this is makeup I would want to wear.” It looks so approachable and fresh, but there’s still some drama to it, like the black-winged liner and falsies. I think Ellie just looks really beautiful.
Then I saw the promo pics for the products and fell head over heels.
I’m not sure, but I might be in the minority when it comes to how much I love these colors, specifically the warm browns and neutral browns, but I’m sorry. I’m not 22 years old and about to rock an emerald green eyeshadow to Costco anymore.
I mean…I’ll do it on occasion, but when I think of makeup that I know I can wear over and over and over again, it’s things like this: warm browns on the eyes; beautiful bronzy cheeks with a peachy glow and juicy, glossy coral lips.
In that promo pic, Ellie looks like she’s either about to belt out a song, or make out with somebody, LOL!
MAC Ellie Goulding Powder Blush Duo in I’ll Hold My Breath ($28)
MAC Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days ($44)
MAC releases so many collections, but for me, this one stands out. The brand does stuff with singers all the time, but sometimes their collaborations seem a little half-@ssed, ya know? Like the Mariah Carey one? Come on… One lipstick and no special packaging? Like, that’s it? But this got the full red carpet treatment.
Lots and lots more info in the video at the top, and here are some swatches and pictures. Have a look, and let me know what you think.
We’re basically on the cusp of December, so from here on out it’s all holidays, all the time, and that definitely means more holiday makeup.
This purple smoky eye might look more complicated than it really is, but you can totally handle it. If you can blend even just a wee bit, you can follow along with this tutorial, which shows how to do the eyes, complexion makeup and cheeks. And there are also four different ideas for lip combos.
The 20-piece $75 LORAC 20th Anniversary Collection set
It takes a doozy of a bodacious Black Friday deal to lure me away from leftover Thanksgiving pie.
Dude, seriously, nine times out of 10, I’d rather stay home in the comfort of my living room in a pair of flannel jammies than contend with the Black Friday shopping crowds.
You feel me?
Join me, and let’s stand together! — or, rather, lie horizontally — in our pajama-clad solidarity.
That said, if we choose to stay home cocooned on our couches on Black Friday this year, it doesn’t mean we still can’t take advantage of great beauty deals, like this one here. It’s one of the best Black Friday-ish deals I’ve ever seen in my life.
The LORAC 20th Anniversary Collection Lipsticks from the left in Bombshell, Visionary, Secret Agent, Free Spirit, Beauty Guru, Party Girl, Hot Shot, Celebrity, Dominatrix and MUA
This is one of those once-in-a-blue-moon kind of things, and it literally made my jaw drop.
It comes with a staggering 20 full-size LORAC lippies for what works out to $3.75 each (!), which is INCREDIBLE for LORAC. There are 10 Alter Ego Lipsticks (which usually go for $16 each) and 10 Alter Ego Lip Glosses (which sell for $15). Considering the quality you get with LORAC, that’s a steal.
The LORAC 20th Anniversary Collection Lipglosses from the left in Bombshell, Visionary, Secret Agent, Free Spirit and Beauty Guru
LORAC 20th Anniversary Collection Lipglosses from the left in Party Girl, Hot Shot, Celebrity, Dominatrix and MUA
Hey, sweets! Take out your palettes and your brushes, and let's do some makeup. :) It's not gonna be hard (I promise). All you need is some patience, some practice and a little guidance. I've got a couple of tutorials here that will help you along, like this one for a pretty cocktail party look, a shimmery mermaid, or this one here I like for picture occasions.