Spring 2016: MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection.

When I first heard about the brand new MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection for spring I was immediately excited because A - I read it was pink pink and I love me some pink and B— the theme is flamingo and I am all about the pink flamingo. I travel to South Florida quite often; it's my second home and I've been obsessed with pink flamingos for as long as I can remember. It's as if this spring color collection was made for me. Just one glance at the fun pink shades and you are drawn in and hoping that spring (if not summer) will be here soon. It is very resort-like.

MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection for Spring 2016

"Plunge into the punchy pleasures of pink in a freshly made batch of scrumptious colours that let you have your cake, and wear it too. Glisten pretty on a sunny day with Powder Blush, a fun way to bring delicious colour to your cheeks. Paint it pink and get your just desserts anytime, but be ready to share!"

The collection is a big one with almost everything pink except for the large nine pan eyeshadow palette that offers some really bright shades to go along with the rest of the look.

Spring 2016: MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection

Flamingo Park x 9 Eyeshadow Palette - $40

  • Bird’s Eye View - Hot magenta (Satin)
  • Flock & Roll - Light pastel pink (Matte)
  • Sushi Flower - Pinky coral with pink shimmer (Satin)
  • Elegant Friend - Dirty lavender (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Weirdly Wonderful - Royal blue with light blue pearl (Veluxe)
  • Naturally Fabulous - Warm mid-tone brown (Matte)
  • Flounce - Chalky white pink (Matte)
  • Glamour Light - Soft lemon yellow (Satin)
  • Floridazzle - Soft lime green (Satin)

Technakohl Liner - $16.50

  • Purple Dash - Intense aubergine
  • Raisinette - Brown purple

Pigment - $22

  • Rose - Rose with copper sparkle
  • Golden Olive - High frosted green-gold
  • Tan - Muted pinky brown bronze

Powder Blush - $22

  • Life’s a Picnic - Hot reddish pink (Satin)
  • Pink Swoon - Soft yellow baby-pink (Satin)
  • Let’s Be Friends - Blue hot-pink (Satin)
  • What I Fancy - Soft bright apricot (Satin)
  • This Could Be Fun - Soft violet-purple (Satin)
  • Spring Flock - Light bright coral (Satin)
  • Oh My! - Reddish mid-tone coral (Satin)

Beauty Powder - $22

  • Pearl Blossom - Light pink with silver pearlized pigments
  • Sunny Surprise - Soft peach

Lipstick - $17

  • Flocking Fabulous - Bright coral-red (Cremesheen + Pearl)
  • Please Me - Muted rosy-tinted pink (Matte)
  • Nice to Meet You - Deep pink-red (Cremesheen)
  • Be Silly - Hot fuchsia pink (Matte)
  • Long Legged & Fabulous - Soft baby pink (Cremesheen + Pearl)
  • Silly - Bright white-pink (Matte)
  • Saint Germain - Clean pastel pink (Amplified)
  • Have Your Cake - Bright magenta (Matte)
  • The Fashion Flock - Bright pink-coral (Matte)

Cremesheen Glass - $20

  • Such Sweeties - Pastel baby pink
  • Look Who’s Here! - Soft pink with blue pearl
  • Sweet Tooth - Warm mid-tone pink
  • Petite Indulgence - Bright blue-pink
  • Playful Petal - Electric magenta

Lip Pencil - $16.50

  • Chic Trick - Amped-up fuchsia
  • Embrace Me - Vivid pinkish fuchsia
  • In Synch - Bright yellow pink

Studio Nail Lacquer - $12

  • Miami - Warm pink coral
  • Spoonful of Sugar - Soft pink glitter with pink pearl
MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection

The lip shades are must haves for me. From the Lipstick to Cremesheen Glass, take your pick, you simply cannot go wrong if you are into any shade of pink.  These are all extremely wearable and complementary for all skin tones.

I have two of the Matte Lipsticks in Be Silly, a matte hot pink, and Have Your Cake, a matte blue-pink, almost purple shade. While these are not my typical shades, I find Be Silly a beautiful fuchsia shade that wears really well for a matte shade. I think I rather one of the lighter pink or coral shades like The Fashion Flock, Long Legged & Fabulous and Please Me, all of which I just ordered.

MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection Lipsticks: Be Silly, Have Your Cake

For the Cremesheen Glass, I just love the formula. This gloss offers just the right amount of shine that lasts longer than your average lipgloss, which one me is probably three to four hours. The formula is really creamy with a nice touch of pigment to it, depending on the color of course. I have Such Sweetness, which is a barely there baby pink that just adds a touch of pink to the lips. I like this one dotted in the center of my lips to add fullness to my put. I also have Petite Indulgence which is a really bright blue-pink. This one looks beautiful layered over Have Your Cake or on its own for a bit of a more sheer brightly colored lip.

MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection Cremesheen Glass: Petite Indulgence, Such Sweeties

For the face I have Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder which is a nice light pink highlighter as it has a bit of silver pearlized pigment in it. If used lightly, it looks pretty when the light catches it.  I am probably most surprised by What I Fancy Powder Blush because I am loving this. It is a gorgeous sort of soft, sort of bright coral shade. It is what I would describe as the inside of a not so ripe watermelon and it looks just so pretty on my skin as long as I use a light hand. I layer it over a bit of bronzer and it is just absolutely stunning. I really cannot express that enough. I can only imagine how nice it will look over self-tanner, tanned or a darker skin tone.

MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection: Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection: What I Fancy Powder Blush

Buy the MAC Cosmetics Flamingo Park Collection now at all MAC stores, counters in Nordstrom, Macy's, etc. and maccosmetics.com.

10 Beauty Items to Get You Through the Winter!

It is cold out there and the cold temperatures along with the wind coupled with the dry heat indoors takes a toll on the skin and hair. During the winter months, we need don't need to spend a lot of extra time pampering ourselves if we use the right products to get us through the season. Think of this as your beauty guide to get you through the rest of winter.

10 Beauty Items to Get you Through Winter

I have been using a lot of products this winter that have been a great help. These are 10 beauty items that are helping me get through the winter.

1. bliss Fabulous Drench 'n' Quench - This is a really unique cream-to-water moisturizer that uses what is called transformative hydrozome technology that instantly drenches the skin in hydration. It does so with over 10,000 marine micro-droplets to give skin the immediate hydration which leaves skin plumped up and looking and feeling super healthy. Buy it for $38 at blissworld.com.

2. Caudalie Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil - This extra gentle oil cleanses the skin without stripping away natural moisture. The hydrating formula combines natural ingredients to soothe and hydrate the skin while it removes makeup, dirt and oil. I love how soft and hydrated my skin feels right after washing.  Buy it for $28 at caudalie.com and Sephora.

3. Dove Advanced Hair Series Serum-In-Oil - This unique serum-in-oil instantly rescues dry, damaged winter hair. Just three or four pumps into freshly washed hair provides a ton of smoothness with it's potent formula. My hair is left super soft and shiny while still staying manageable. I also like using one pump into my dry hair to manage flyaway's and static which seem to be out of control this time of year too. Buy it for $5.99 at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer like Target, Walgreens or drugstore.com.

4. CHANEL La Solution 10 de Chanel - Skin is super sensitive during the winter, so a cream like this one with only 10 ingredients is perfect. Created in collaboration with Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler, this cream was created with just the ingredients that would comfort the skin but are known to have a specific purpose and skin benefit too. At the heart of the formula is Silver Needle Tea which is super soothing on the skin. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant so it helps to regulate skin's response to irritants and protect it against free radicals. I loving smoothing this on anytime my skin feels raw (which is often in the winter) and it is instantly calmed. Buy it for $80 at Nordstrom.

5. Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture - This rich, yet non-greasy, moisturizer is the ultimate for dry, dehydrated skin. It is clinically proven to lock in optimal moisture levels as it instantly soothes the skin. With a blend of collagen, shea butter, fruit and olive oils, skin is soft, smooth and instantly hydrated and plump. Buy it for $72 at murad.com, Nordstrom and Sephora.

6. MAKE UP FOR EVER Nourishing Primer - This primer adds a boost of hydration for extra dry skin. It does so while making skin more smooth and even while helping foundation hold better and longer. Buy it for $37 at Sephora.

7. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 - This new intensive moisturizer is specifically formulated for really dry skin. It is made with the only proven ratio of natural lipids to help restore the external skin barrier and support skin’s natural repair functions. Made with the 2:4:2 that means it has 2% Ceramides, 4% Cholesterol, and 2% Fatty Acids, which are precisely formulated to refill the skin’s natural surface lipids to instantly and long-term improve the skins condition. Buy it for $125 at SkinCeuticals.com.

8. SK-II Mid-Day Essence - If you find your skin needing a a boost of hydration throughout the day, this spray is for you. This hydrating spray is designed to be used throughout the day or on-the-go to give skin a boost, anytime — even over makeup. I love the way it perks up the skin and really makes skin feels more comfortable when feeling tight and dry. Buy it for $80 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus or Bloomingdales.

9. L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil - This oil has been saving my skin these last few weeks. It is super hydrating as the brands first facial oil with an SPF to boot. It's super lightweight as it absorbs into my skin almost immediately without leaving any greasy after-feel. Buy it for $19.99 at your favorite drugstore like CVS or Walgreens or mass retailer like Target.

10. Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask - In just three minutes, this in-home luminizing mask helps lessen the look of dull, dry, fatigued skin that tend to plague us in the winter months. With a blend of ingredients that revitalize and freshen up, it also lessens the look of fine lines which is a great bonus. Buy it for $70 at Sephora.