Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'm Cheating On MAC!



I've been married and faithful to MAC since the day that I've started wearing make-up. I started off with the pressed studio fix powder, then graduated to the liquid studio fix foundation.

I never felt unhappy with it because it was all that I really knew. I found as the day would go on my t-zones would get oily, so I started using a mineralized powder over that area to try and keep it under control for as long as possible. Which worked for a while... but I still needed to have blotting paper handy!

I finally gave in to trying a different foundation.



I chose to go with Make Up Forever because they have a wide variety of shades. (It's kinda hard for a woman of color to find their perfect shade) That's why most of us feel we don't have any other options, other than MAC. (Well, that's what I felt at least haha) I have no problem mixing colors to get my match... but buying two foundations at a time is just not cool! I wanted to find a foundation that came in my skin tone AND that agreed with my skin!

So, how was my experience with the Make Up Forever foundation!? One word, AMAZING! I used the HD formula & NO SHINE! No Oil! It still gave me the look that I love, minus the oily t-zone! Not to mention, the foundation didn't start changing color as the day went on. I find that when I wear my MAC foundation it starts looking darker after a while... not with MUFE :)

Sry MAC, I'm moving on... I will visit you for my eyeshadow fix every now and then, and maybe a few glosses and a couple of blushes but as for foundation... WE ARE DONE! XO





P.S. I am still madly in love with MAC Cosmetics, What works for me may not work for you, this is just what is working for me (at the moment) Hey, maybe my face was just trying to tell me that it needed a change! I will keep you all posted if any changes occur, if I fall out of love with my new foundation yaddda yadda... SMOOCHES! X♥


Friday, November 12, 2010

Tarte: The Jewelry Box



The Jewelry Box! ($52) by Tarte. This palette is so uniquely packaged it automatically captured my attention! Tarte products are all natural, so this is the perfect gift for a friend or family member with sensitive skin that's convinced she can't have fun with make-up!
An exclusive, limited-edition palette packed with 32 new eyeshadows, (16 matte, 16 shimmer) eight lip glosses, a mineral bronzer (the infamous park avenue princess), a new shimmering powder, five deluxe long-wearing eyeliners, and get this... the necklace on the jewelry box actually comes off! They say it is guaranteed to be your go-to accessory for holiday parties and year-round!
*All products formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, & Phthalates*



Pros:
♥ Variety between shimmer & matte FULL-SIZED shadows! (most palettes do not offer full-sized shadows)
♥ Top Seller FULL-SIZED Park Avenue Princess Mineral Bronzer!
♥ Liners are long-lasting!
♥ All natural ingredients, products not tested on animals!

Cons:
♥ Color payoff isn't as brilliant as I'd like so it takes a bit more layering yet it is a step-up from last years holiday palette!
♥ Not as easy to blend, must tap off excess shadow or things will get messy!



For $52 I'd say this limited edition is one to sell out before you know it! Let me know your experience with this palette or if you plan on purchasing!!




Monday, November 1, 2010

Urban Decay: The Black Palette!!



If you are a make-up junkie like myself then you will absolutely LOVE Urban Decay's Black Palette! Every color is black based so it is PERFECT for smokey eyes & as a bonus it comes with a 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil AND a mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte nude) (How cool is that?!)

The reason why you would use Eden instead of the regular primer potion is for the matte finish. This primer will serve as an eyeshadow magnet to the black based colors! It truly does bring the colors alive!

There is FINALLY a black that is BLACKER than MAC's carbon! The richest matte black on the market right now people!!!! It's called BLACK DOG & it's featured in this palette! It's not available by itself! (With all of the buzz about this color I'm pretty sure they will be making it as a single pot, most likely after the holiday season)

Anyway, I must say... I am very impressed!

Shadows:
Black Dog – Matte Black
Barracuda – Charcoal with Silver Sparkle
Jet – Dark Purple Shimmer
Sabbath – Dark Blue Shimmer
Cobra – Black with Gold Sparkle
Libertine – Dark Green Shimmer




Do you have this palette, or are you thinking about purchasing it??