FOTN: #3, #13 and a Freakshow

Okay… I had this idea to mix the Armani Silk Eyeshadows with Urban Decay Freakshow eyeshadow… toss in a little green.. and pull it together. But I’m not sure that it worked. Next time, I think I want more green. Anyway, here it is:

EYES
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Fatalistic (brows)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #13 (lids)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #3 (inner crease)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Freakshow (outer crease/underwaterline)
Estee Lauder DoubleWear Eye Pencil in Forest (waterline)
 Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
FACE
Armani Designer Shaping Cream Foundation (9.5)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
MAC Blush in Sur
LIPS
Armani Gloss d’Armani in Brown 200
**Okay… so my brows are a total mess. And they need to stay that way for like a week (I’m growing them in)… so they’re going to be tragic for a minute. Ignore the bit of fallout under them… that’s what I get for using a black eyeshadow to fill them in without tapping the brush first.**

FOTD: Matte Smoke

I wanted something matte with serious staying power today. NARS Thunderball eyeshadow is always a perfect choice for a grey matte smoke:

EYES
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (base)
NARS Eyeshadow in Thunderball(lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Stovepipe Black (crease)
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Tribal (brows)
FACE
Estee Lauder Doublewear Light (5.0)
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in 01
MAC Blush Sur
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur

FOTD: Siahi & Sur

I wanted to use my Siahi Fluidline from the MAC & Mickey Contractor collaboration. I already stated that I was NOT using it as an eyeliner. Why someone would want to waste all that beautiful color on just a thin line across the lashline is beyond me. I want to see more!

FACE
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (173)
MAC Blush in Sur
EYES
MAC Fluidline in Siahi (lid)
NARS Eyeliner in Kaliste
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Fatalistic (under waterline)
Dior 5-Golds Quint (Medium Gold above crease)
Dior 5-Golds Quint (Light Gold on browbone and inner lid)
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
LIPS
NARS Lipstick in Shrinigar

Mini MAC Haul

I have a love/hate relationship with MAC. Since I got my professional start there, I will always be grateful to the folks who trained me and turned me loose into the world of makeup. From MAC, I’ve learned skills and techniques that I would never have picked up on my own (and even under some other instruction).

That said… I REALLY wish the company would choose quality over quantity. I sometimes feel like they’re trying to keep up with this fickle customer base who bores easily from the 10 million mediocre products currently in circulation… so they introduce a new collection. It can be exhausting (and expensive) trying to keep up. So I don’t. Every now and then something really stands out (Venomous Villans/Malificent)… but most of it is a pass for me. 

Onto business. I stopped by the pro store and picked up these four items:

with flash/and without

From the Mickey Contractor Collaboration… the Saffron eyeshadow, the Sur Blush, and the Siahi Fluidline (which I fully intend to use as an eyeshadow). From the Peacocky Collection… the Kissable Lip Color in Love Peck.

These were the real standouts in both collections for me. The rest, I didn’t really care for. The Mehr (Mickey Contractor) lipstick looked wonderful in theory, but was unsatisfying with practical application. No comment on repromotes like Carbon (REALLY?) and Folie (I got my first pot of Folie in 1997).

The peacocky eyeshadows are lovely, but easily dupeable. They’re larger (the size of the mineralize eyeshadows) than typical MAC  pots, but still. None of those colors spoke to me.

I did a mini swatch of the Kissable Lip Color:

Both with flash and without, it’s a stunning black based red. I think this one is worth a backup. The other colors are typical and dupeable. Even the fuschia one looks like Illamasqua’s Petulant gloss, which I hardly use. But this one really stood out to me. I love a good red lippie… the darker the better.

I also swatched the Siahi fludline… because really, it defies description:

Whether with flash/without flash… it totally rocks! It’s a black based teal. It reminds me of the Paint Pot in Delphi (which they don’t make anymore)… but with a darker base. I like it. Totally not using it as a liner. Why limit that gorgeous color to a simple lashline?

Anyway, that’s my mini haul. Ciao for now!