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Wednesday
Oct302013

M∙A∙C Holiday Collection 2013: Divine Night.

I am so excited to finally start talking about all of the beautiful holiday collections that have launched over the last month or so. I have been holding out on you -- I know. I feel October is just too early to start talking about the holidays, but now that the end of the month is here, I just could not contain myself any longer.

The first holiday collection I am going to present is none other than this stunner for MAC called Divine Night. You know I live for the MAC holiday collections and can't wait for them each year. This one does not disappoint.

M∙A∙C Holiday Collection 2013: Divine Night

Enjoy yourself – past midnight, the darkness keeps the secrets. Gorgeous colours in rich finishes captivate at every angle, inspiring an evening of lavish living, on the scene and to be seen. Blush and Skinfinish rise to the occasion, pairing rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a limited-edition powder design. Sultry eyes are done with Mineralize Eye Shadow, Fluidlines and Kohl Power Eye Pencil in glittering shades of pearl, from red to green to gold. The ingenious double-lush brush of False Lashes strokes each lash with dramatic volume, sharpening eyes with ultimate definition. Experience finishing touches that are fit to fire up everyone’s envy: lustrous lip shades in nude, satin taupe, red and plum and glossy nails in velvet gold, darkest silver suede and blackened burgundy.

Of course, the first thing I noticed was the boxes. The black is a bit deeper than the regular packaging and the lettering is a shiny gold. The cases are also blacker than normal with shiny gold accents. It really is stunning. I love the contrast of finishes.

Overall, the collection is very frosty. If you have pores of fine lines, proceed with caution. I am a fan of the mineralize finish products though, so with a lot of blending, I found that the frostiness can be toned down. I don't mind the frosty look on my eyes. The only product that I have that I found to be overly frosted on me was the Mineralize Skinfinish in Scene to Be Seen, but that is because I do have some fine lines. Alternately, I really, really like Centre of Attention and have been using this over my bronzer and center of my face almost every day since receiving it. Of course, you can't go wrong with any of the Kohl Power Eye Pencils or Fluidline. I still use Deliciously Rich from the Indulge Collection, so if you didn't pick that one up earlier this fall, here is another chance. For lips, I adore Flair for Finery; this nude pink is another perfect nude pink for me.

The M∙A∙C Holiday Divine Night collection:

MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW - $23.00
Captivating - outside: bright white gold base, inside: deep gold (frost)
Exquisite Ego - outside: bronze base, inside: soft white champagne (frost)
Gilded Night - outside: bright gold with silver pearl base, inside: black with pearl (frost)
Past Midnight - outside: blackish purple with violet pearl base, inside: soft white pink frost (frost)
Until Dawn - outside: soft gold base, inside: purple taupe (frost)
Tonight’s Temptation - outside: black with pearl base, inside: royal blue (frost)

FLUIDLINE - $17.50
Stares & Speculation - dirty olive with gold pearl
Deliciously Rich - shimmering dirty taupe
Macroviolet deep - smoked violet with red pearl

FALSE LASHES - $21.00
False Black - black

KOHL POWER EYE PENCIL - $17.50
Orpheus - intense black with gold pearl
Raven - intense black with red pearl
Mystery - intense black with green pearl
Feline - intense black with black pearl

MINERALIZE BLUSH - $27.50
Talk of the Town - warm brown base with yellow bronze (satin)
Lured to Love - coral pink base with pink frost (satin)
Lavish Living - violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl (satin)

MINERALIZE SKINFINISH - $33.00
Centre of Attention - outside: pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer, inside: 24 carat gold shimmer
Perfectly Poised - outside: bronzy coral with golden tones, inside: creamy beige with pinkish purple sheen
Scene to Be Seen - outside: mauve with pink sheen, inside: brick rose with gold reflects

LIPSTICK - $16.50
You’ve Got It - pink undertone with gold frost (frost)
Flair for Finery - cool pink nude (lustre)
Exclusive Event - taupe brown (satin)
Private Party - dirty plum mauve (satin)
Prepare for Pleasure - clean magenta red (cremesheen)

CREMESHEEN GLASS - $22.00
You’ve Got It - nude taupe with green pearl
Flair for Finery - cool nude
Private Party - plum mauve with pearl
Prepare for Pleasure - bluish red

NAIL LACQUER - $17.50
Fierce Entrance - rich gold bronze (velvet)
Military - black matte with silver suede pearl (frost)
Gadabout Girl - blackened plum (cream)

MAC Cremesheen Glass Private PartyMAC Cremesheen Glass Private Party

MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil Orpheus and MysteryMAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil Orpheus and Mystery

MAC Lipstick You've Got It, Exclusive Event, Flair for FineryMAC Lipstick You've Got It, Exclusive Event, Flair for Finery

MAC Mineralize Blush Lured to LoveMAC Mineralize Blush Lured to Love

MAC Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel MacrovioletMAC Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel Macroviolet
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Scene to Be Seen and Centre of AttentionMAC Mineralize Skinfinish Scene to Be Seen and Centre of Attention

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Until Dawn, Tonight's Temptation, CaptivatingMAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Until Dawn, Tonight's Temptation, Captivating

Tuesday
Oct292013

5 Fabulous Foundation Finds.

After wearing less makeup over the summer, I am back to wearing more of a full face of makeup. Not only am I loving smoky eyes and dark lips this fall, I find that I like this more flawless look of foundation on my face again. I have been trying a lot of new foundation products and have discovered some great new beauties to share.

Flawless Foundation Finds

My five fabulous foundation finds:

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation - $52.00
Bobbi's new 2-in-1 foundation utilizes a unique light-reflecting technology that instantly gives skin natural luminosity without looking overly glowy. It infuses skincare into the formula so that not only skin looks more radiant, it is plumped and moisturized with a superior flawless texture. Skin looks real with color-true shades means all anyone sees is perfection.

Clinique Even Better Compact Makeup SPF 15 - $31.00
This lightweight cream foundation harnesses the technology of Clinique's Even Better technology to diminish the look of skin discolorations immediately while creating more radiant skin naturally over time. This long wearing, unique cream-to-powder foundation instantly creates a super smooth flawless finish that wears all day.

Cover FX CC Cream Time Release Tinted Treatment SPF 30 - $45
This buildable coverage CC Cream does it all. It treats, protects and corrects as it gives skin a flawless finish that lasts all day. Natural, anti-aging ingredients work as time-released treatments stimulate cell renewal continuously as you wear it. The finish is natural, beautiful and skin looks simply radiant.

Eve Pearl PEARLfx HD Crème Liquid Foundation - $42.00
This liquid foundation dries down to a completely matte finish that covers flaws and makes skin look totally even. It diminishes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It dries down super quick and feels velvety smooth as skin looks completely natural yet completely covered.

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 - $42.00
Created in Smashbox Studios, Smashbox has created the first foundation with 100% Liquid Light Technology that totally evens out and perfects the skin. That means skin looks like real skin but like your own skin with a natural, luminous finish. The HD formula was made with gel-covered pigments that act like photo filters to blur skin imperfections so skin looks more perfect when wearing.

5 Fabulous Foundation Finds

Monday
Oct282013

Win It: CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit.

Exciting news! One of my favorite makeup brands Cargo Cosmetics has just relaunched their website with a super chic new design. It's not only easy to navigate, I've been discovering and learning all about some great new products at the same time. Check it out at cargocosmetics.com.

To celebrate the new launch, Cargo wants me to give one of YOU a special preview of one of their exclusive holiday sets before it hits stores. One lucky reader will win Cargo's Let's Meet in Paris Holiday Kit.

CARGO Cosmetics Let's Meet in Paris Holiday Kit

Inspired by a luxurious trip to the French city, this kit evokes a sophisticated, fashion-forward feel with rich red and black tones with hints of sparkle.  The look is 100% luxe - a bold red lip, soft eye with shimmery black liner and seductive full and defined lashes. Housed in a baroque patterned clutch-shaped carton, it makes for a festive gift or a splurge for yourself. 

The kit contains:

  • NEW Red Essential Lip Color
  • NEW Travel Size  HD Lip Primer
  • NEW Swimmables Eye Pencil in Black Sea
  • Travel Size Reverse Lip liner
  • TexasLash Mascara

The Let's Meet in Paris Holiday Kit won't even be available until November where it will be exclusively for sale at Ulta for $36.00 (an $85 value).

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you want to win.

Please read all of the sweepstakes rules below. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to all official rules. US only.

OFFICIAL RULES

The CARGO Holiday Kit (the “Sweepstakes”) is intended for participation only in the United States (excluding Rhode Island) and shall be construed according to, and governed exclusively by, United States law.  Do not participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not a legal resident of the United States (excluding Rhode Island) physically located in the United States (other than in Rhode Island) at the time of entry or do not fall within the eligibility requirements set forth in these official rules.

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PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:  The Sweepstakes begins on or about October 28, 2013 at 6:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on or about November 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST (the “Promotion Period”).  By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Beautiful Makeup Search (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify or terminate sweepstakes if conditions arise that compromise its integrity or intended play

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TO ENTER:  "Post a Comment" on this post telling me you want to win. Each comment is assigned a number and five winning numbers will be randomly selected by random.org on or about November 4, 2013. Winner will be notified by email left by entrant in the comment form.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited. All decisions by the sponsor are final.

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