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Friday, March 27, 2015

Made-Up: NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

Supposed dupe for MAC Brave and maybe Julia Petit Boca? It's nice.


Made-Up: MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick

Finally caved and got it. Though no regrets, I feel like I have a color like it. The only thing unique would be the finish since only MAC makes retro matte, aka SUPER DRY! LOL!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Made-Up: Becca Collection

Becca has been buzzing around my ear for a few weeks so I decided to drive to Ulta last Sunday to pick up the Best of Becca Collection on the first day of their 21 Days of Beauty sale. It has trial sizes of their top items. What piqued my interest was the mini pressed Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector. I love rose gold. I also ordered their limited edition pressed Brushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector from Sephora so I'm apparently a Becca Girl now. They have such a wide range of colors for even the darkest woman of color. It's quite impressive. I went to Sephora yesterday and the Becca rep was so helpful and she did a mini makeover on me. I have to say I was glowing. I have quite a bit of products in my "Loves" now. The next thing I want to get is their liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz. It's absolutely gorgeous!


Made-Up: MAC Julia Petit Açai Lipstick (Matte)

I got this on Thursday and though gorgeous, it has a few dupes. MAC Rebel and Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy. So if you weren't able to snag this one, don't worry.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Made-up: MAC Bao Bao Wan Limited Edition Collection

So while I was doting on the Cinderella Collection, MAC released the Bao Bao Collection right under my nose and the good lippies (matte) are sold out, except for the nude lustre one...which, let's face it, we're all tired of. I mean the Cinderella collection literally just released one. I managed to snag Burmese Kiss (matte bright coral pink) from Bloomies though. Looks perfect for summer. Lavender Jade kind of reminds me of RiRi Boy, which I already have. But I'm curious about that "gold pearl" they speak of in it. In a matte lipstick that sounds unique. Great, do I have to stalk MAC tomorrow when the Cinderella collection is also launching?!

Image courtesy of  Swatch and Review Blog

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Style: Nike KD7 Aunt Pearl Sneakers

So I've never been one to buy basketball sneakers so let's blame my 14 yr old niece for this. These particular ones benefit a cause though and I'm all for that. Kevin Durant releases a sneaker every year in honor of his aunt Pearl who passed away from lung cancer back in 2001. The charity the sneaks are linked to is called the Kay Yow Foundation. They are sold out now and retailed for $120, grade school sizing. Almost double the price I've ever spent on sneakers! Another thing is they are a wide shoe and my feet are narrow and my ankles are super skinny. I cannot rock these with skinny jeans without looking like a clown :/ I'm having a bit of buyer's remorse on this one. I do love the wing strap, gold accents and fluorescent pink flywire though. Hmmmmm.


Hair: My Current Hair- Freetress Equal Bohemian Girl (Curly)

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Style: Ear cuff

Finally rocked my H&M ear cuff. Got it on clearance last year. I wore it to dress at the a Vivienne Tam Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show. It does hurt at the top of the ear where the clip is. Never did like clip-ons for that reason. I got a lot of compliments though. As they say, beauty hurts...right? That's the saying? Doesn't sound right... ;)


Made-up: Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick

$2.99 at my local beauty supply store and check out the color pay off. Woot woot!

This color is RMLS18-Purple Affair. I used my e.l.f lip primer as I always do, especially with matte lipsticks. Application was fine.


MAC Cinderella Collection- Free as a Butterfly Lipstick

The collection released online on Feb 26th and will be in stores Mar 5th. There are other pieces to the collection such as lipglasses, an eyeshadow palette, mascara, powders, pigments, eye glosses and eye liners. As usual, the two lipsticks were gone minutes after launching. A lot of people were pissed and voiced this on the MAC Facebook page. There is a strategy to this whole thing I've yourself to your computer. I always aim for lippies. The other stuff is pretty comparable to other makeup brands I use and have in my opinion. I've gotten a bronzer from Rihanna's collection in the past which I LOVED, but then as soon as the shiny "R" on top was gone after use I was left with a pretty boring bronzer. I have Sharon Osbourne's blush, which I like. I missed the Royal Ball lipstick in this collection because I was literally on the train to work when it launched (in and out of service) so I just got this one instead. The lipglasses were there for a lot longer but I wasn't really interested since I always say glosses are a dime a dozen. Especially nude shades. Of course when it sold out I wanted it :/ I got my shipment yesterday, three business days which is great. MAC always is with that. I checked Macy's on my way to work on Monday and noticed the collection was up (I really should have my office on the train, LOL), so I jumped and ordered two Royal Ball lipsticks, one for my sister and one for me, and threw in the Happily Ever After gloss to make the $50 beauty free shipping minimum. The Glass Slipper lipglass sold out on me because I was so busy Googling swatches on my phone to see which shade I wanted. Turns out I got the one I actually preferred and wasn't settling, yay. Macy's released the collection earlier than the official date which I realized they did in the past with other limited edition collections (I always found out after the fact), so I know to check now. I don't think they had the whole collection up though, not sure if that will be released on the 5th. Apparently they will be the only department store to carry this particular collection. Usually at least Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's would carry them but Nordstrom responded to someone on Twitter a month ago saying they won't be getting it.

Since the lipstick is lustre, it has a shine. I wasn't happy about that when I heard but then I figured it goes in tune with the collection because when you think of Cinderella or princesses you think about glitter and gloss. Matte just wouldn't cut it. It goes on smooth and is not really buildable unlike matte formulas. It also has a little gold tint to it, very subtle. I actually quite like it, go figure since it wasn't my first choice. I do feel like I have a Wet n Wild lipstick (semi-matte) and gloss that are similar from their Halloween 2014 collection. 

Free as a Butterfly lipstick with NYX Nude slim lip pencil
Wet n Wild Please Flash Me! (3 coats) Megaslicks lipgloss from their limited edition Halloween 2014 collection and NYX Nude Beige lip pencil 
The packaging isn't as "enchanting" as I expected. It's kind of in vein with the Osbourne Collection. Pastel-colored tube with the name on it. The plastic also feels different from the regular black tubes (same with Osbourne), not as sturdy. The accents are gold on the box and on the tube though, which is iridescent I should add, so I guess in retrospect, there's your princess right there. Actually it does match my daughter's Fisher Price Little People Cinderella coach, lol!

MAC Cinderella Limited Edition Collection lipstick in the color Free as a Butterfly (lustre finish, no flash).

With flash
For something like Cinderella I was looking for more in terms of packaging though...what? I don't know (the Toledo collection packaging was FIRE!) I still wanted the lippies though. Which girl didn't love Cinderella? I even bought the movie last year when it was out of the Disney vault. *does princess twirl*