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Feeling Festive? A Christmas Makeup Look

Red and Greek Makeup Look - Festive Makeup - Christmas Makeup

Just a couple of weeks ago I posted a smokey metallic makeup look that I wore to my husband’s work Christmas party.  By the time my work party rolled around, I was ready to mix it up.  I wanted to play with some colour and ended up with a very intense, bold and festive makeup look.

Christmas Makeup - Red and Green Eye Makeup Look

Red and Green eye makeup look

What I used to get this look:

Colorful Christmas Makeup

Holiday Makeup/Christmas Makeup

How about you, are you being adventurous with your makeup this holiday season?

I really hope you all like this fun makeup look for Christmas!  After all there is really only one time of year that this makes any sort of sense at all and that is right now, during the holidays!  I’m sure some people would argue that there is no time of year that this look makes any sense haha…but I had a lot of fun with it regardless and I do believe that is the point!!  So make sure you remember to have a little fun too. 😉

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon


Dramatic Encounter Lipstick

Dramatic Encounter lipstick review, swatches and photos

Holiday collections have already hit all of the shelves this year in mass.  Sephora value sets and special palettes are all over the place and MAC’s collections have already seen some early sell outs.

MAC’s new sets have some definite re-promotes but I did see one lipstick that I just knew I had to have.  After my 10 Gorgeous Lipsticks for Fall post, I realized I was really missing a nice deep purple/burgundy for this fall and coming winter.  So I grabbed “Dramatic Encounter” from their limited edition Glamour Daze Lipstick collection.

Glamour Daze Collection - Dramatic Encounter

Dramatic Encounter is  a MAC Aplified Crème Lipstick, which I believe means that it is supposed to have a creamy moisturizing texture.  If someone has more information about that, I’d love for you to comment below! 🙂

Glamour Daze Lipstick by MAC

The shade itself is described by MAC as a deep purple.  Indoors I found it was a very deep purple, at first glance almost black on my lips.  But outside in natural light, you can see the red and burgundy tones in it.

Dramatic Encounter lipstick review, swatches and photos

 

The below swatches are all in natural light:

"Dramatic Encounter" lipstick swatch by MAC Cosmetics (dark purple lipstick)

Personally I found it felt quite nice on my lips.  Not too creamy as to be a smudge-fest and not too dry as to be uncomfortable.  I kept a close eye on it throughout dinner and drinks with my compact and found it wore incredibly well.  I was worried about it looking uneven and horrendous throughout the meal, but didn’t find that to be the case at all.  The shade itself is quite opaque and covers easily with very little fuss.  No need to be layering this one on over and over to get the true colour.

lipstick swatch of Dramatic Encounter

Are any of you sporting dark shades like this one this fall?

What holiday sets are you most excited about??

xox,

Shannon

Full ingredient listing for MAC’s Dramatic Encounter Lipstick:

What is in "Dramatic Encounter" lipstick by MAC?


Date Night Makeup

Life can be busy and its easy to get caught up in the tornado of the everyday.  But my husband and  I always try to set aside time for just the two of us.  We simply call them Date Nights, and try to spoil ourselves with them every week or every two weeks.  We get ourselves all cleaned up and venture out of our tiny crappy apartment to enjoy a dinner, a movie and each others company without the distractions the technology of our apartment grants us.  So last weekend we did just that.

colorful makeup look using MAC Cosmetics

I opted for a bright colorful smokey eye with a subtle lip and big curly hair for our date night.

I thought this make-up looked dramatic enough for a fun evening out, but not so intense as to be mistaken for a Halloween look.  What do you think of it??

Here is how I created this look:

Steamy and Satellite Dreams eye shadow - make up looks

  1. As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
  2. Prime your lid and all the way up to your crease.  I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.  Make sure you are always using an eyeshadow primer, no matter what type of look you are going for.  It provides you long wear time and will help you avoid creasing.  Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night, without “melting off”.  MAC Paint Pots or cream bases will work for this too (NYX’s eye pencil in Milk is one of the most popular).
  3. Using a flat eye shadow brush, dab Steamy eye shadow by MAC all over your lids. (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).  Steamy is a frosty teal shade that glides on very smoothly and vibrantly.  Feel free to use any teal shade that you might have at home.
  4. Using a stiff dome brush use your Satellite Dreams eye shadow (or a similar purple shadow that you might already have) throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone, blending gently up and out.
  5. Then, using a fluffy crease brush, sweep a touch of black eye shadow at the outside edge of your eye and slightly up through your crease to add depth and intensify the look.  I used “Black Tied” eye shadow for this.  It is a basic black lustre shadow with silver specks.
  6. After brushing off all the black, I took that same fluffy brush and took “Brule” which is a very soft nude color close to my natural skin color and swept it around the edges of color in an attempt to soften the lines and a less blocky look.
  7. To highlight, I used “Phloof!” eye shadow by MAC.  It is a frost eye shadow perfect for highlighting your brow bone or the inner corner of your eye.  It has very slight pink undertones which makes this less harsh than a straight white frost would be.
  8. For eye liner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid.  I didn’t apply any on the lower side of my eyes.  I wanted to create a softer and more open look and not close off my eyes.  Instead I opted for a white waterproof pencil to brighten my waterline.  For this, I used Sephora’s 12H Waterproof Crayon Jumbo.
  9. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara.  I used Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara.
  10. (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look.  I used “Hotties” by Ardell along with the Duo eyelash glue that dries black.

Steamy and Satellite dreams makeup look

For the rest of this look:

Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1.  Then, all over I used Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer in shade 01 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.

Cheeks > a soft pink frost powdered blush from Too Faced’s “Natural Face” palette.

Lips > For my lips I started with Celebutard lipstick from Kat Von D’s Painted Love Lipstick collection.  Then, because I wanted a slightly glossier look, I decided to add on Hourglass’s “Child” from their line of Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Glosses.

Hair > Earlier in the day, I put Flexi-Rods (Super Rollers) in my hair and by the time we were ready to go I simply pulled them out and pinned back a small portion from the front.  I love that I can get soft, non-crunchy curls without putting my hair through any heated torment.

colorful smoky eye makeup

What colours of eye shadow are you wearing this fall?  What products do you turn to for your date nights?

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon


MAC PRO products NOW available ONLINE!

Hi Everyone!

I’m super excited about today’s quick post.  Starting today, October 18th 2012, MAC Cosmetics has made their entire collection of PRO products available online!

Anyone who is subscribed to their newsletter would’ve received this via email today:

For years, they have always had this secret collection of colours and products that you could only purchase through a MAC PRO store, either in-store or over the phone.  But now, they are available online for regular purchase.  You will still need to visit a PRO store to touch, feel and play with the products, but at least now they are much more accessible for purchase.

On the left hand side of their website, where they have all of their categories, there is now a new one called “PRO PRODUCTS”.  It is split up into sub-categories for eyes, lips, face, multi-use and tools.  It is really fantastic!  You should be on there snooping around right now!  They have all sorts of cool stuff like lip palettes and lip mixes, glitters, paint sticks, setting powders and body paint.  This is of course in addition to a number of extra shades in the products you already know and love!

how do you find pro products on MAC's website?

I do have some posts already featuring some swatches and reviews of MAC PRO products that you can check out here:

Eye Shadow

Pigments (also contains my regular MAC pigments, but I do specify which are PRO)

Chromaline

MAC has always had a great return policy too, just like Sephora.  They allow you to return used or new product within 30 days of purchase if you are unhappy with it for any reason.  But when purchasing PRO products in store, they always needed to be returned to a PRO store.  So if you lived three hours away, you would more or less be out of luck.  I inquired today with a MAC artist online in regards to their return policy for PRO products purchased through their website and this was their response:

“Just like regular online purchases, stores will not take online purchases back.  They must be shipped back to MAC Online.”

Definitely something to keep in mind when ordering.  I know personally, that I will be checking out swatches and reviews of the products on-line before purchasing anything new. 🙂

There is a lot of really cool stuff from the MAC Pro collection to check out – so you’ll have to let me know which products you are most excited for!!

Happy shopping everyone!!

xox,

Shannon


Feeling Earthy? (a rainforest makeup tutorial)

how to apply eyeshadow

It feels like forever since I’ve done an eye makeup tutorial.  This one is super simple and fast to do.  I tried to make a season appropriate look for this time of year, but still have some fun with it.  With this eye shadow combination I still get my “necessary” pop of colour with the bold green, but the look is grounded by the brown eye shadow.

 

I used 3 eye shadows from MAC Cosmetics – Swimming, Humid and Mystery.

MAC eye shadow swatches - "Mystery", "Swimming" and "Humid"

But you can certainly recreate this look with any similar combination of shadows.

How to create this super simple look:

green and brown eye makeup

*follow any of the links below for swatches, where to buy and other shades available*

  1. As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
  2. Prime your lid and all the way up to your crease.  I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.  It is super important to use a primer if you want long wear time and to avoid creasing.  Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night.
  3. Using a flat eye shadow brush, dab Swimming eye shadow by MAC all over your lids. (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).  Any bright green will work for this, you don’t need this specific shadow.  Just make sure it is not lime green, you want it to be more of an earthy tone.
  4. Using the same brush (brush off all the green pigment first on a kleenex) use your Mystery eye shadow (any dark brown matte eye shadow will do) throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone.
  5. Then, using a fluffy crease brush, sweep Humid eye shadow (or a nice dark forest green) gently back and forth through your crease. This will help meld the dark brown and the bright green together, creating a more fluid and blended look.
  6. For eyeliner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid.  I didn’t apply any on the lower side of my eyes.  I wanted to create a softer and more open look rather than closing off my eye.
  7. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara.  I used They’re Real! mascara by benefit.
  8. (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look.  I get such volume and curl out of this mascara I decided not to bother with lashes.

how to apply eyeshadow

How to get the rest of this look:

Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1.  Then, all over I used Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer in shade 01 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.

Cheeks > Margin Blush by MAC Cosmetics (a frost powdered blush)

Lips > Bite Lip Shine in shade “Vintage”

rainforest makeup

What do you guys think?  Are you a fan of this combination or do you hate it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Tell me, what make-up are you sporting this fall??

Thanks for reading!

xox,
Shannon


Feeling Dramatic? (eye makeup tutorial)

dramatic eye makeup

I believe everyone knows by now that I love playing with bold and bright makeup, but I also have a lot of fun with dark and dramatic makeup as well.

I wanted to use one of my MAC pigments that I hadn’t gotten around to trying out yet, the Gold (pro) metallic shade.  And I ended up with this dark golden cranberry look.

metallic eye makeup

It is a very dramatic makeup look and not very suitable for day, but perfect for a night out.

eye makeup look using Gold (pro) MAC pigment

Let’s take a look at how to create this look:

eye makeup tutorial

*follow any of the links below for swatches, where to buy and other shades available*

  1. As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
  2. Prime your lid and all the way up to your crease.  I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.  It is super important to use a primer if you want long wear time and to avoid creasing.  Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night.
  3. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, dab the Gold pigment all over your lids (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).
  4. Using the same brush (brush off the gold first on a kleenex) use your Cranberry eyeshadow throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone.
  5. Then, using a fluffy crease brush, lightly dust a true black gently back and forth through your crease.  For this, I used Corrupt eyeshadow by Makeup Geek.  I’ve never seen a black so black!
  6. I then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner of my eye using Zephyr eyeshadow by Urban Decay, a shimmery white.
  7. Using the same Gold pigment again, I went and lightly smudged it below my lower lashes.
  8. For eyeliner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
  9. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara (remember we are going for dark and dramatic here).  I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.
  10. (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look.  I used #305 accent lashes by Ardell.  (They are only on the outside corners)

how to create gold and black eye makeup look
How to get the rest of this look:

Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1.  Then, all over I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade #118 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.

Cheeks > Margin Blush by MAC Cosmetics

Lips > Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polishin shade Leslie

Hair > I used a 1″ Bombshell Curling rod by Sultra to create the long waves.  I love to use this on my hair, because your hair keeps its length as opposed to using a curling iron or a straightener where you get ringlets and your hair shrinks up several inches.

Golden dramatic makeup look

What do you think?  Do you see yourself ever wearing a look like this?  If not, what would you change?

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon

dramatic makeup look


Classic Smokey Eye Makeup

Sexy Smoky eye makeup

As much as I love crazy bright, dramatic makeup…certain occasions may call for something a little more subdued…or at the very least more of a classic look.

Smokey Eye Tutorial

The Smokey Eye is probably the most sought after makeup look out there right now.  Everyone puts twists and turns on it, but it seems to be what the majority of looks stem from.  There are many ways to create one, but I’m going to show you how I created what I consider to be the classic smokey eye using silver and black eyeshadows.

How To: Make a smokey eye

What you want to do is select three monochromatic eyeshadows (meaning they must stem from the same shade).  For my look, I used Forgery, Print and Black Tied eyeshadows – all by MAC Cosmetics.  All of them are cool shades containing silver sparkles (see swatch below).

Forgery, Print and Black Tied eyeshadows by MAC Cosmetics

Forgery – Sterling Silver (Lustre)

Print – Muted grey with shimmer (satin)

Black Tied – Black with silver sparkle (velvet)

Forgery swatch, Print swatch and Black Tied swatch

How to make a smokey eye:

Sexy Smokey eye makeup

  1. My first step is always my eyebrows and under eye concealer.  I used Palladio’s eyebrow gel to hold my brows in place and then filled them in using Mystery eyeshadow by MAC.
  2. Using an eyeshadow primer, cover your lid and all the way up to your eyebrow.  For this  I used Mary Kay’s eye primer.
  3. Then, using your lightest shade from your three shadows, cover the middle part of your eyelid and stop at the crease.  The inner and outer portions of your eyelid should be bare.  For this step I used Forgery.
  4. Then, using your middle shade, (in my case “Print” eyeshadow) you want to begin filling in the inner and outer portions of your eyelid.  Blend this in gently with your lightest shade, be careful not to go too far into the middle of your lid.
  5. Using the middle shade still, gently blend up into the crease of your eye and go back and forth throughout the entire length of the crease –  connecting the inner and outer sections of shadow.
  6. Now, you want to take the darkest shade of your trio (in my case, Black Tied) and begin dusting it on top of the middle shade, focusing mainly on the outer and inner corners of your eyes.  This will help create depth and dimension.  Again, be sure to blend evenly.  You shouldn’t be able to tell where one colour stops and the next begins, everything should flow together.
  7. For under your lower lash line, you want to take your darkest shade and blend it into the lashes on the outer half of your eye, connecting it to the dark outside corner of your lid.
  8. Then, take your lightest shade and blend it along your lower lash line throughout the inner half of your eye.  This will help open up your eye and not make it appear “closed off”.
  9. Using your lightest shade still, go ahead and highlight your brow bone.
  10. Apply your eye liner next.  I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner on my upper lashes and used MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline gel liner on my waterline.
  11. Finish with mascara on both your upper and bottom lashes.  I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.
  12. Apply your lashes (completely optional).  For this look, I used Ardell’s 102 Demi lashes.

How to create a smokey eye (diagram)

All of the above pictures are taken with flash and you can see a real difference in this look when you capture it in natural light or direct sunlight.  It’s not as intense as you might initially think.

Smokey eye makeup using MAC shadows

I absolutely love this look for that very reason.  It is super wearable for daytime and sexy enough for evening.  And with MAC eyeshadows being super long lasting…you can literally wear this classic smokey eye all day!

perfect smokey eye for the everyday

MAC makeup look - a smokey eye

What do you think?  Do you have a technique for creating a smokey eye that you like better, or do you think you will give this a try?  I’d love to hear from you!!

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon

perfect makeup for day and night