Face of the day (FOTD) – MAC Smoke Signals Gentle Fume Eyes with Rondelle, Waft, Gentle Fume and Carbon

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So here’s the Smoke Signals Gentle Fume quad. You might notice that it looks a little world weary, like it was in after school fight where the girls took off their earrings and busted out a jar of Vaseline. Damn if this quad wasn’t the bane of my existence this weekend! I love it and I hate it at the same time!
The “Gentle Fume Incident” happened when I first tried it on Thursday night. I put a little swatch of Rondelle on my wrist. “OHHH!” I thought. “Love!” Unfortunately it was all down hill after that. For some unknown reason I was physically unable to stop myself from putting on layer after layer of Waft! It was like the ghost of Ru Paul (should s/he ever become a ghost) came and guided my brush further and further into the palette to turn my eye makeup into the uber-ist, fiercest Filipino drag queen eye makeup ever. And let me tell you, there are some fierce Filipino drag queens!

After recovering from to the trauma of El Hub asking if I was trying out for a job at Asia SF, I tried again on Saturday after getting some inspiration from the Chris Brown video, Wall to Wall. The video is all about Chris (what a cutie!) being lured into a life of the undead by some vampire hotties who just happen to be wearing lots of black vinyl and smokey eye/Smoke Signal-ish looks.


Here’s what I ended up with:



I used:
Concrete on brows
Bare Canvas Paint on lid
Rondelle all over lid
Lithograph Fluidline on top and bottom lashline applied with soft, pointed concealer brush
Waft layered on top of fluidline
Waft and Gentle Fume brought barely into crease
The tiniest amount of Carbon in the outer v
Blacktrack fluidline on top and bottom waterline
Orpheus Kohl Power Pencil on top lash line
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara

Ablaze and a touch of Emote. Ablaze shows up highly pigmented, so use this sparingly unless you want to look like Bozo the clown!

Barely Lit lipstick
Bare Truth Lipglass on top
Soft & Slow Lipglass applied on lower pout

After the “Gentle Fume Incident” I was wary of putting on too much color. And looking at these pics I almost feel like I should’ve put more on to increase my vampire-osity, but that could be my inner drag diva trying to find her way out again. I still love Rondelle, and will keep trying to find ways to make this pretty quad wearable.


It’s been a great weekend so far! My childhood friend and good buddy J-MONEY called me at the crack o dawn to announce her engagement. Her man, M-MONEY, popped the question this weekend. Maybe we’ll do some bridal makeup posts to celebrate. YAY, wedding!!!

J-money and K-love on the catwalk at SF Fashion Week

Hope ya’ll are having fun so far this weekend. Enjoy your Labor Day!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. J-Money says:

    Ahhh, thanks for love! And, definitely I’ll be hitting you up for some wedding looks. *OH MY GAWD! THERE’S GOING TO BE A WEDDING!!!* Sorry, I’m still in a little bit of shock from the whole ordeal.

    Looks like you had fun the last few days with new goodies. I’m definitely going to try some of them out.

  2. Christine says:

    See, I knew you could get it to work for you!

  3. Karen says:

    J-MONEY you better buy that brown quad! I know you are saving for the wedding but you can swing a lil something for smokey eyes. Every girl needs a smokey eye look! Maybe on our spa day we can all go to a MAC pro store and get you some brushes. God I love spending your money on makeup, lol.

  4. Karen says:

    Thanks Christine =) It only took a few hours, lol!

  5. Joy says:

    Hey Makeup and Beauty Blog,
    You’ve been tagged! I’m tagging you over at Makeup Junkie in Canada and you’re next. 🙂
    If you haven’t played before, here are the rules:
    Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about him or herself. People who are tagged need to then report this fact on their blog along with their 7 things, as well as these rules. They then tag 7 others and list their names on their blog. They’re also asked to leave a comment for each of the tagged, letting them know they have been tagged and to read the blog.
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  6. kia says:

    good look Karen! nice to see JMoney! Congrats on the wedding and proposal =))

  7. Apple Diva says:

    Congrats JMoney.. Love is everywhere!!

    Dayum Karen, I was just getting relaxed about not wanting anymore MAC stuff for awhile. The Waft and Gentle Fume look delish. For real, I am going to yield not to temptation!!

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Kia, thank you! I felt that it was time to push myself out of my usual browns and golds!

  9. Karen says:

    Apple Diva, I dunno…Rondelle is pretty rockin’. Beware on your next visit to the MAC counter, you just might fall prey!

  10. Karen says:

    Thanks for the tag, Joy!

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