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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

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Feeling Sweet…or Sour?

Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo from MAC

A few weeks ago I picked up another mineralize eyeshadow from MAC.  I loved Fresh & Mint so much, I was aching to get another duo.  I ended up falling in love with Sweet & Sour, described by MAC as a Dirty Gold paired with a green and deep blue veining/warm gold.

Keep in mind, these are all hand made, so every one is a little different than the one next to it.  So for me, I wanted one that was more green than blue, so I actually went to a couple of stores to find the one I was in love with.  But if you aren’t as picky as I am, you don’t have to worry.  You won’t hear any regrets from me on this product, I love the colours together and this product lives up to what I’ve come to expect from MAC Cosmetics.

Sweet & Sour Eyeshadow Duo

These gorgeous duos retail for $24 CAD or $20 US and give you 2.5g of baked colour goodness.  For comparisons sake, in a regular MAC eyeshadow, you receive 1.5g and pay $18 CAD or $15US.

Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow by MAC

Dry swatch of MAC’s Sweet & Sour:

Swatch of Sweet & Sour Eyeshadow by MAC

I think what I love most about their mineralize baked eyeshadows are that they are super easy to apply, work with and blend together.  They always seem to just seamlessly form a gorgeous eye with no work at all.

Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo from MAC

If you want a softer look, use a dry brush.  If you want your colours a bit more vibrant, use a wet brush to apply these mineralize eyeshadows.  For my look, I used a wet brush.

How to create this look for your eyes:

  1. Fill in your brows and shape them how you like.  I used MAC’s Mystery Eyeshadow for this.
  2. Apply your primer all over your lid.  I used Urban Decay’s Potion Primer.
  3. Wet your eyeshadow brush and apply the greenish/blueish side all over your lid.  (You don’t need to use this MAC duo, any green or blue shimmery shadow will work for this.)
  4. Wipe your brush off on a kleenex, re-wet your brush and apply the dirty gold throughout your crease and the outer edge of your eye.
  5. Using an eyeliner brush, apply the dirty gold under your lower lashes as well to bring the look together.  (Again, if you don’t have this duo, feel free to use a shimmery gold that you may have from another brand.)
  6. Line your upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner of your choice.  I used Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
  7. For my lashes I used Ardells #102 Demi False Lashes on top and Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my bottom lashes.
  8. Viola!  Super easy, no blending required with this MAC duo.  You simply slap it on and just by having the two colours touch each other, they blend themselves.  Fool proof!

Sweet & Sour Eyemakeup

For the rest of this look I used the following:

Skin –  Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation in shade 118

Lips – Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame

Cheeks – powder blush and bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette

This picture is indoors with flash:

Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow Makeup Look

This picture was taken in natural light, no flash:

Sweet & Sour Makeup Look

 

Do you own any MAC Mineralize shadows?  How do you like them?

xox,

Shannon


Feeling Flirty?

Aloha Limited Edition Set from MAC

A few weeks ago, soon after falling in love with the “Butterfly Party” pigments from MAC’s Vera Neumann Collection (see my review and swatch here), I just had to go back for seconds.  I picked up the Aloha set as well, which only leaves me with Strawberry Patch missing from my collection.  These pigments are so nice and easy to work with and of course have beautiful colour pay off…I might just end up grabbing Strawberry Patch before this limited edition collection is gone.

Aloha is certainly the most neutral set from the collection featuring brownish gold shades with tinges of orange and pink.  I’ve only just used them for the first time in a look last night, but absolutely loved them.

Aloha Limited Edition Set

And as I mentioned before, I absolutely love the packaging of these sets.  They are beautiful, easy to use and convertible to a tower of 4 as shown above, or two sets of two.  So…let’s take a look inside!

Aloha Limited Edition Set from MAC

Aloha Limited Edition Set from MAC

From Left To Right: Aloha, Shifting Sands, Lantern Light and Campfire Crushed Metallic Pigments

As I mentioned before with Butterfly Party, they have a really creamy texture, glide on easily, blend beautifully and are true to colour.  Just look at this swatch:

Aloha, Shifting Sands, Lantern Light and Campire Swatches

From the same Spring collection, I want to talk about the Pearlglide Intense Eye liners that are to die for.  This is my first time using an eye liner from MAC that isn’t the Fluidline product, but the artist in the MAC store was sporting it and I couldn’t stop staring at her eyes.  This purple is so vibrant!  These eye liners slide on so creamy and rich!  I can’t tell you enough how much I love them.  You can smudge the Pearlglide Intense Eye liners when you first apply them, but after about a minute, they really set in place and become smudge-proof which is fantastic for your everyday wear giving you a really long wearing product.  Check out MAC’s website for other colour options and from what I can tell, even though this product is new, it is not limited edition.

Undercurrent and Designer Purple by MAC

Designer Purple and Undercurrent Swatches

So for my look last night, I was 100% inspired by that MAC artist and paired the light neutral shades of Aloha (specifically I used the Shifting Sands and Aloha crushed metallic pigments) with this vibrant Designer Purple eye liner.  I never would’ve thought of using these together, I always seem to gravitate towards black liner when using brown shadows.  But pairing neutral shadows with an intense bold eye liner looks like something I will be doing more often.

Aloha Shifting Sands Look with Clinique High Impact Mascara

Brown eye with purple linerFame Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss and Clinique's High Impact Mascara

***For filling in my eyebrows, I used MAC’s Mystery eyeshadow and I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my lashes.  On my face I used MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus.***

I do have one more product I need to show you from this MAC haul before I call it quits.  Shop MAC – another spring collection out right now resulted in a Kissable Lipcolour purchase.  This product is limited edition and you can see all colour options here.  I went bold and chose Scan-Delicious.  I couldn’t pass up the deep berry fuchsia with gorgeous rich blue undertones.  So here we are:

Limited Edition Kissable Lipcolour by MAC

Swatch of Scan-Delicious by MAC

I love this colour – A LOT!  But I didn’t think it was the right look for the makeup and outfit I’d put together.  So I went a few shades lighter opting for Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame.

I stumbled across this hair style on youtube the other day and just had to try it.  The 5 strand braid is actually really easy and I got it my first try.  Once you understand the concept, it is easy going all the way down.  This tutorial is fantastic and you will be a pro in no time at all:

I hope you have as much fun with this as I have and enjoy this fun, soft, flirty look!

xox,

Shannon

Aloha eye shadows with Designer Purple Eye Liner


Zero Gravity

Urban Decay Eyeshadows

I promised several weeks ago that I would post some looks using the Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV Palette.  I’ve been slacking and just finally got to playing with the colours last night.  So here is my first concoction:

The main shade I wanted to make sure I incorporated was the deep rich purple, Gravity.  Without making the look super dark I went on a hunch and paired it up with some of the neutrals that have a pink undertone.  It ended up blending together nicely.  What I love most about this look, is that it is still very dramatic drawing focus to the eyes, but not overly dark and heavy looking.

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