Random MAC Haul

It’s been a few days since my last post… been trying to pull all the other parts of my life in order. LOL. But, I think I’m back on track now.

I ordered some random stuff from MAC…

Body Oils in Man Rays and Seaside
  Casual Lip and Cheek color in  Out for Fun and Evening Stroll

 Lipglass in Rebel
Man Rays
Out for Fun
Evening Stroll
(had to kill the flash. This color photographed AWFUL with flash)
(nearly impossible to get a lips swatch. Boo! I’ll wear it in an FOTD)
That’s my random MAC haul. More (better) posts coming… including the Clarisonic giveaway (ya’ll remember that, right? It’s still relevant.). That’s it for the moment… Ciao for now!


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FOTD: Urban Decay Naked Foundation

I took the Urban Decay Naked Foundation out for a test drive… it performed very well. My only concern is about skin type; this foundation literally glued itself to my oily skin and set immediately. I can’t see this being so hot for drier skin types. I blotted once throughout a 10 hour day. I think the foundation also absorbs oil as it wears. I’d be really interested in seeing how it wears on a dry skin, because it seems to have all the answers for oily girls like me.

Urban Decay NAKED Foundation (#8)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (t-zone)
MAKE UP FOR EVER color in Tangerine (as blush)
Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #24 (lids)
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Emerge (inner corners)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (crease)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (browbone)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Lucky (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Laura Mercier Lip Shine in Tempting Coral

Professional Grade: Makeup is Art

I got called back to work with photographer Ash Gupta on a couple new series…

He was specific that he was not interested in ‘small’ detail because he was shooting from a distance and through fabric, and that he wanted the girls’ eyes done in ‘greasepaint’ with nude lips. He was sure to emphasize coloring outside the lines (green and grey… NO BLACK)… and no harsh lines anywhere (with the exception of a sculpted cheek). So I did.

 The smudging around the edges of her eyes is intentional… I dragged MUFE aqua cream from the place on her lids to outside of her eyes… and stippled it in with her foundation and highlighter.

With this model… I pulled more ‘grey’ outside the lines and  under her eyes. 
I took these shots… his shots are much more artistic. This shoot was less about traditional beauty and more about messiness. 
Then, there was something about shooting purity and could I take the makeup down and do something ‘clean’ and a little ethereal (in minutes)… so I did this:

I basically pulled all the makeup off… cleaned up the the skin, filed in the brows to make them appear heavier, and dropped Illamasqua Granduer lashes on the model. A peachy lip and I was done. Took me about 15 minutes.

I’m taking a closer look at proofs from the AGENDA cover shoot tomorrow… maybe I’ll get to see what these came out looking like as well.

IMATS 2012: The Haul

This year I hit IMATS with a budget and a plan: NO MAKEUP! Seriously, there is no need for me to add a single piece of makeup to my collection… especially not from IMATS. The discounts are nice… but the makeup stations are always a feeding frenzy. I find that it’s best to plan ahead. So I did.

I called Hakuhodo ahead of time and placed my order. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about what they brought to the show, and what they left behind. With the exception of replenishing my Velour Lashes stash (I used them all on the models for the Agenda Magazine cover), that’s all I really planned on buying.

I took pictures of the brushes separately (I got 10 in all) because I thought they looked better that way:

Angled Face Powder Brush
Pointed Face Powder Brush
Highlighter Brush
3 Eye Shadow Brushes (Small/Med/Large)
 2 Crease Brushes (Small/Med)
 1 Angled Brush (brows/lashline)
1 Mascara Spoolie
Now, of course these brushes are not necessary. I am, however, upgrading my brush collection (and sending the lot of my original brushes to my little sister)… and I opted to add the Hakuhodo Vermillion Brushes to my collection. I’m slowly building. I’d like to use mostly Hakuhodo brushes in the future. I love their symmetry and performance, and I think they’re worth every penny. I’ll finish this collection up likely next year. I have plenty to work with for now.
I also restocked my Velour Lashes stash. I’m fond of the ‘Complete Me’ Lashes because they’re very long and can accommodate a wide range of eye sizes and shapes. You can cut them and not lose the overall look and feel of the lash, which is fabulous. 
I admit to being a first-timer with Model in a Bottle. I’ve heard amazing things about this product, but I’ve never gotten around to actually using it. So this time, I plunked down a few dollars for the original formula and the sensitive skin formula. I can’t wait to test it out in this summer heat!
There was a fantastic show special on brush cleaner (this is my favorite brand), so this purchase was a no brainer. I was out of brush cleaner, and I got this little ‘show kit’ for the price of a regular bottle of cleaner.
My final purchase was a makeup book called ‘Makeup Is Art.’ I bought it because I liked the practical aspect of the makeup. I’m always interested in unusual color combinations and placement, but I tend to lean toward more wearable creations. The cover notwithstanding… the inside is full of looks and ideas that can easily be interpreted into editorial… and even practical applicaton.
That’s it… that’s my haul! See… NO MAKEUP! I  had a really good time this year. I’m really happy with the experience, and my purchases. 
We’ll do it again next year!


There was plenty of makeup looks to be seen at IMATS… mine was not one of them. I opted for functional makeup that would last all day. That meant primers, and products with major staying power.

Chanel Blush in Malice
Anastasia Brow Gel in Espresso
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #27 (inner corners)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #28 (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (crease)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (browbone)
Armani Waterproof Eye Pencil in #1 (lashline, waterline, outer crease)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off (all over the lips)
*I never blotted or touched up the makeup throughout the day. It wore true and set perfectly on my oily skin… from standing in line outside, to sitting in class… through screams, squeals, hugs, pictures and everything else!*