Thursday, December 23, 2010

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

What’s colourful, chubby and chock-full of moisture? Clinique’s new pleasantly plump and playful nourishing lip balm. Packed with ‘do-gooders’ to keep lips luscious and irresistibly soft, NEW Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm provides a sheer hint of colour that glides on effortlessly, leaving behind a natural blush of colour and sheen.

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm’s highly moisturizing formula uses a special blend of decadent butters, oils and antioxidants to help protect and pamper lips with immediate and lasting moisturization. Infused with Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, Chubby Stick delivers a surge of moisture in a sleek stick leaving lips soft, supple and soothed.

Packaged in a playful, shade-matched crayon-esque barrel, the balm-like formula provides stay-true colour and buildable coverage. To apply, simply twist the base to expose more balm and twist back down before replacing the cap. Available in eight mouthwatering shades, ranging from nudes to pretty pinks and deep purples, it’s the perfect accoutrement for any occasion.

Colours: Chunky Cherry, Fuller Fig, Graped-up, Mega Melon, Richer Raisin, Super Strawberry, Whole Lotta Honey and Woppin’ Watermelon.

I am pretty much DYING for January to get here so I can get my hands on these!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Introducing MAC Cosmetics Cham Pale, Stylishly Yours, False Lashes and Peacocky

Only the finest will do for a M∙A∙C toast to the New Year! Cham Pale is a cuvée colour collection that’s cause for celebration – a Champagne smash, shimmering with all the bubbly optimism and golden glow of the best that’s yet to be, in Eye Shadow, from Brule to Et tu, Bouquet?; Paint Pots in Chilled on Ice and Let Me Pop, Lipstick in four shades, especially Quiet Please, and Flustered; Lipgelée from Bubble Lounge to Straight to the Head; two Chromagraphic Pencils (NC15/NW20 and NW25/NC30); Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick; Kohl Power in Feline; Nail Lacquer we call Very Important Platinum!; Studio Fix Mascara, and NEW Special Reserve Highlight Powder in four shades ending perfectly elegantly in everyone’s favourite: Rosé Olé. All, for every skin tone. To us!
Every sensible person knows having a bottle of good Champagne on ice at all times is a must! So too this premium skincare collection, inspired by the sublime simplicity of the finest quality pale cuvée, the care and nurturing required to get it right, and the extraordinary satisfaction that comes with an appreciation of the ultimate luxury: Introducing new Complete Comfort Creme, an ultra-riche facial moisturizer that relieves visible redness immediately, for a gentle, soothing, calming, hydrating formula that makes life prettier, like only the best Champagne can do. The soothing properties of French lavender enhance well-being, body, mind and spirit. M∙A∙C Fix + Lavender, Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender and Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender round out the collection.

Madly chic women know how to play variations on a theme to give a signature look major oomph, more modern momentum; the simplest switch-up is all that's required. A pink lip, a lavender eye? A red lip, an orange eye? Stylishly Yours is a M∙A∙C presto-change-o colour collection to personalize the process instantly. Always flawlessly fabulous, set against the sophistication of black, work the full spectrum of passionate pinks to raging reds, in four Lipsticks, four Pigments, four Cream Colour Base, two Beauty Powders, Clear Lipglass, and don't panic – Zoom Lash and Fluidline at the ready to double-dramatize how glamorous it is to be you.

We’re all evolving – better, braver, more beautiful – every day. So consider the Lash, the durability of design, function, formula, elegance and, of course, the desire to astound: False Lashes debut at M∙A∙C, created to take nature further forward than ever before! The illusion of extensions, made real without anything but a vital NEW mega-multiplication formula, creating extremities of volume and curl for a dramatic end look, thickening for what we call the “look alive” eye – wide awake, wonderfully well rested, glamorously engorged – applied with the uniquely engineered double-lush brush for the ultimate lash evolution. Nature take note!

Arrogance or elegance? The showy display, the undeniably sexual spectacle, the iridescent irreverence…it’s awe-inspiring. We fetishize the exotic peacock as a symbol of extreme beauty, an act of elaborate nature, raging against everything simplistic. Peacocky fans out in a foray of intense colour for Lips and Eyes, exotic and sophisticated with a touch of ’30s F. Scott Fitzgerald glamour and mesmerizing metallic sheen. NEW Kissable Lipcolour combines full flash with creamy comfort. It’s molten, with elastomer technology that imparts a velvety, aerated feel without sacrificing shine. Light as a feather. Mega Metal Shadow gleams like chrome, with light-reflecting properties – yet creamy, crease-resistant, vitamin-fortified flexibility. Dramatic doesn’t even begin to describe the girl who knows she’s Peacocky.

M·A·C Cham Pale on counter starting December 26, 2010 through mid February, 2011
M·A·C Stylishly Yours on counter December 26, 2010 through mid February, 2011
M·A·C False Lashes on counter December 26, 2010 in the permanent line
M·A·C Peacocky on counter January 6, 2011 through mid February, 2011

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MAC Cosmetics False Lashes Mascara

False Lashes Mascara

False Black

Adds dramatic volume!

this rich, creamy, volumizing formula magnifies and multiplies the look of each lash, creating dramatically thick, long, curled, exaggerated lashes. the lush brush (smaller opulash brush) applies a deluxe dose of heavy pigment to the lashes and works in combination with the product to create incredible volume, length and density. the pigments in the fomula are treated to allow for maximum colour payoff that remains true, deep, uniform and wears all day long. its flake- and smudge-resistant, ophth-tested and safe for contact wearers.

This collection will be released on December 26th!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Q&A with Black Swan Makeup Department Head Margie Durand and Makeup Designer Judy Chin

Black Swan is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and of course, any great movie requires great make up!

Q: How does a makeup artist prepare to work on a film? Do you receive guidance from the director or collaborate with the costume designer/art director/key hair stylist on the makeup look?

Margie: When I begin working on a film I speak to the director and all of the creative team if possible. The directors inspiration and vision really drives the process and I try to deliver that vision in makeup.

Judy: As I read the script, I try to envision the characters, taking into account their background (age, personal history, affluence, profession). As I see the plot develop in the story, I make note of how these events might affect their appearance. When I’m designing the looks for a film, it’s very important to consider the director’s visual style and tastes. Occasionally, I get to collaborate with the costume or production designers. I always try to find out how the actors will be dressed, as that can have a significant influence on the makeup look. While our designs are often created independently at first, I find that the hair stylist and I work very closely to be sure that our looks fit together and bring the characters to life.

Q: How long does it typically take for you to prepare to start working on a movie like Black Swan?

Judy: I spend a lot of time drawing and doing practical makeup tests. Depending on actor availability and camera tests, it could take three to four weeks of preparation.

Q: How does a makeup design contribute to building a movie character?

Judy: What I’ve always loved about makeup design is its contribution to the actor’s performance. Makeup helps to create the character visually. I feel that I’ve done my job well when an actor can walk onto the set feeling like the embodiment of the character that he or he is portraying.

Q: Can you give a step by step explanation as to how the Black Swan look was created as well as the products that were used?

Margie: We applied a pale ivory foundation with a white cream highlight on the forehead and cheekbones. To create the swan eyes, we used M•A•C Chromaline in Black Black. Using M•A•C Pigment in Silver combined with Mixing Medium, we applied feathery brushstrokes over the Black Swan’s eyes. The lips were lined with M•A•C Lip Pencil in Vino and topped with M•A•C lipstick in Dubonnet. We then lined the under eye with a thin line using M•A•C Chromaline in Red.

Please let us know if you would like more detail on the products used to create this look.

Q: Does the makeup have any relation to the makeup in the traditional version of the Swan Lake ballet?

Judy: Not really. The ensemble dancers wear what might be considered a traditional theatrical eye makeup, but our rendition is more dramatic. It’s practically an opera makeup. Besides that, the only other relation might be that we did portray the Black Swan as a sinister dark foil to the more angelic and innocent Swan Queen.

Q: The ballerinas’ performance makeup in the movie is especially dramatic and visually arresting. What inspired the dark romantic makeup look?

Judy: The look was inspired by the story, and by the director, Darren Aronofsky I felt that he was looking for something dramatic and visually striking, so all of the intensity was focused in the eyes. Margie Durand realized that there were elements of our beautiful set design that should play a role in our makeup. Thus, the delicate silver branches that played across the swan’s faces came to be. The ensemble swans and the Swan Queen are delicate and romantic with a soft pink lip color, whereas the Black Swan is dark, sharp, and, angular.

Q: A ballerina has an incredibly active job, and in Black Swan, the characters wear both body and face makeup. What products did you use in the film that you were certain would hold up to the lights, movement and perspiration?

Judy: We used pancake makeup with a spray sealant to ensure that it wouldn’t rub off on the costumes. We also used M•A•C Paint Pots, M•A•C Powerpoint Eye Pencils, and M•A•C Pigments. In addition, we applied some alcohol based pigments that are virtually water proof and rub proof.

Q: What challenges did you face when designing and applying the makeup?

Margie: It was a challenge to makeup the Black Swan as the White Swan and then switch back to Black Swan during the long filming days. Both makeups had to be retouched because of the strenuous dancing for the
close-up shots.

Judy: It would have been a huge problem if any of the makeup rubbed off onto the costumes, so we had to do many tests before we came up with the right combination of products – especially for the hands. The only other challenge was conveying to our team the application techniques, as it really was an operatic style of makeup. The shaping of the eyes and painting the whole eye in cake makeup is unusual for modern makeup artists. Most people are a bit intimidated by pancake makeup and they dismiss it as “old fashioned,” but it can be really beautiful if done properly. In the end, the whole team worked really hard and did a stunning job.

Q: Did you use any products in a non-traditional way?

Judy: We mixed the M•A•C Pigment in Silver with a sealant to create a waterproof liquid. We then used this metallic liquid to paint our delicate silver branches across the little swan faces.

Q: Black Swan makeup tutorials have popped up all over the Internet. Why do you think makeup fans are fascinated with this look, even before the film’s release?

Judy: What’s not to be fascinated with? The look is intense, alluring, and sexy with a bit of danger mixed in. Frankly, I’m flattered and pleased that there has been this much interest in the Black Swan makeup.

Q: How can the everyday woman translate the dramatic Black Swan makeup into an evening look?

Judy: There are a lot of aspects to this makeup that are standard elements for a classic beauty makeup. The highlights and contours along the cheekbones, nose, jaw line, and the pout of the mouth can all be adapted to a contemporary makeup. I also think one could incorporate the dramatic eyeliner – the angles and the intensity - into a very seductive, catlike smoky eye.

Margie: Think 1920’s vamp makeup: create the smoky Black Swan eyes with slender, silver eye liner applied under black wingtip liner and add thin wisps of silver liner over the eyelid, too. Rim the waterline with black liner and top it off with full, feathery false eyelashes. Apply a very matte foundation with contoured cheekbones and a hint of shimmery blush on apple of cheeks. Lips can be matte or glossy in dark eggplant, wine and even black colours!

Q: What other films have you worked on?

Margie: Sex and The City: The Movie, Cadillac Records, Across The Universe, Requiem for A Dream, I Shot Andy Warhol

Judy: The Unbelievable Truth, Ghost Dog, Requiem for a Dream, Frida, House of Sand and Fog, Broken Flowers, The Fountain, Blood Diamond, Across the Universe, Synecdoche New York, All Good Things, The Wrestler, Sex and The City: The Movie, Sex and The City 2, Dream House and The Tempest.

Q: Have you ever worked on a fashion show? If so, what are the differences between the creation of a movie makeup and the look for a fashion show? Is the creative process similar or different?

Margie: The creation process is similar; the differences are huge. In film, the makeup needs to be recreated more than once, whereas in fashion on a runway, it is created for one day or one show. In film, there is continuity of passage of time from minutes to days to years, and the character’s look has to adjust for this, sometimes all on the same shooting day. In film, the makeup needs to enhance the actors’ performances and become part of their characters, contributing to beauty, injury, aging, etc.

Q: How did you get into the film industry and how many years have you been working with makeup on film sets?

Margie: I began working on music videos in the late 1980’s and I have been a makeup artist for 22 years.

Judy: I’ve been working in the film industry for 22 years, as well. I got started by working on any project I could get my hands on that required a makeup artist. I worked on low budget films, no budget films and music videos. Some of those projects were extremely difficult because they were so small that they often never even considered what a difference a good makeup department could have made. That said, I always managed to enjoy my work, be innovative, and enjoy the creative process with the actors. I was lucky to meet some wonderful crews early on, and they inspired me to persevere. It totally paid off.

Q: What is the one M•A•C product that you cannot go on set without? Why?

Margie: I use so many M•A•C products on every job, but the Blot Powders are a must for whatever seems to be going on with my makeup at any given moment!

Judy: That’s a really difficult question, but I guess I would have to say a Powerpoint Eye Pencil. I think I could make up anyone with just one Powerpoint Eye Pencil. Or at lease enhance their features.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Local M∙A∙C artists from Toronto join over 1,400 M∙A∙C employees from
30 countries to extend the work of the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund

New York, December 1, 2010 –Today makeup artists from M∙A∙C Cosmetics in Toronto will put away their makeup kits and don red ribbons to participate in a company-wide volunteer effort to honor World AIDS Day. This initiative—part of a worldwide effort involving more than 1,400 M∙A∙C employees in 120 North American cities and 30 countries—is organized to demonstrate the company’s longstanding commitment to the global fight against HIV/AIDS and strengthens the artists’ relationship with the brand’s philanthropic foundation, the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund (MAF), and its many grantees.

M∙A∙C artists from Toronto will pitch in to help at Casey House for their annual Voices of Hope concert, and at Fife House to treat residents and clients to a spa day. Casey House, a specialty hospital with community programming including home care and outreach programs, is dedicated to ensuring that the HIV/AIDS community in Toronto is cared for, providing services wherever they are needed, including in clients’ homes, at clinics, or on board the mobile health bus. Since 1996, the M•A•C AIDS Fund has granted close to $1.54 million to Casey House.

Launched collaboratively with La Maison du Parc in Montréal and Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation in Vancouver (both grant recipients of the M•A•C AIDS Fund), “Voices of Hope / Voix D’Espoir” is Canada's national annual event marking World AIDS Day and raising awareness of the ongoing crisis of HIV/AIDS across Canada and internationally. M•A•C employees will be assisting at the Toronto concert, which will feature performances by pop a capella legends The Nylons and other musical talent.

On World AIDS Day at Fife House, volunteers from M•A•C Cosmetics will create ‘spa’ experiences at two of their residential programs, Sherbourne and Jarvis. The artists’ expertise in skin care and makeup artistry will be shared with residents of both programs in one-on-one consultations and demonstrations. Fife House operates three residences (programs) that offer 24-hour support through a network of qualified staff and volunteers. They offer transitional housing, homeless outreach programs and meal programming, all of which are supported through M•A•C AIDS Fund grants. Since 2000, the M•A•C AIDS Fund has donated close to $800,000 to Fife House.

“One of the main reasons I love working at M∙A∙C is because of VIVA GLAM and all the good work the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund does in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The experience of volunteering with my fellow artists on World AIDS Day is inspiring and a real way for me to give back,” says Jane McKay, M•A•C Senior Artist.

One hundred percent of the sales price of M∙A∙C’s VIVA GLAM Lipsticks and Lipglasses goes directly to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, benefiting grantees in more than 30 countries. To date, the company has donated more than $190 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.

“The fact that the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS are improved every time a makeup artist sells a VIVA GLAM product has always been a great source of pride at M∙A∙C,” said Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, M∙A∙C Cosmetics and Global Executive Director of the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. “The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund is truly the heart and soul of our company—there is commitment to the cause at every level. Our deep tie to the Fund creates a great comradery and bond among our employees, which in turn contributes to the fact that M•A•C has a higher retention rate than other brands. It is wonderful to see the company unite time and again on such an important day and lend their time to support the global fight against HIV/AIDS.”

All over the globe, M∙A∙C employees are giving back in a variety of ways. In India, artists will pair up with the women of Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE) and assist them with preparing and selling food items from carts in the streets of Chennai. In Munich, Germany, artists will support the Münchner AIDS-Hilfe e.V. by selling teddy bears to pedestrians in order to collect money for HIV infected people. M∙A∙C volunteers in Toronto will partner with the Fife House providing makeup applications, techniques and skin care tips to the residents, all of whom are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Other participating M∙A∙C affiliates are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, TR-Bali, UK and Venezuela.

The M•A•C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M•A•C Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical giver in the arena, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised over $190 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of M•A•C’s VIVA GLAM lipstick and lipglass, donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

Today on World AIDS Day, we are putting out the call to everyone to do their part in supporting the fight again HIV/AIDS. Why buy a Viva Glam product and what exactly does it do? Check out our Top 5 reasons to buy a Viva Glam lipstick/lipglass – today and any day!

1. Today is World AIDS Day. What better way to show your support than by buying a product that supports HIV/AIDS with 100% of the selling price directed to the M·A·C AIDS Fund?!

2. A purchase with a tangible effect. What exactly does the $17.50 you pay for your Viva Glam lipstick do?

For men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in North America, one Viva Glam lipstick can pay for:

8 individually tailored, nutritious home-cooked meals

1 week’s supply of groceries (about 4 bags of food) for 2 clients

14 blood glucose monitoring strips

Fuel for MANNA trucks for 37 deliveries of nutritionally sound meals

A Sunday meal for 5 people at the Denison Residential Housing Program in Toronto

1 Hospitality Kit containing personal hygiene and grooming essentials for a client entering a housing program

For men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS internationally, one Viva Glam lipstick can provide:

2 children with 2 meals per day at Noah’s Ark for 1 month

1 pair of school shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS

Support and education for 5 pregnant women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, giving them the tools to prevent transmission to their unborn child

**For more ways one Viva Glam product can help, see the attached document (8-MAF WHAT 1 VG CAN DO)

3. Support the M·A·C AIDS Fund and the Viva Glam Program. Since 1994, the Viva Glam program has raised $190 Million (USD) for HIV/AIDS organizations globally. MAF offers a large number of grants to these organizations and the money helps these charities in a variety of ways. Here in Toronto, MAF donates to a few different groups, two of which (Casey House and Fife House) are hosting World AIDS Day events at which a number of M·A·C employees are volunteering. Casey House is a specialty hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS and Fife House is a homeless outreach program/residence for people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. M∙A∙C artists from Toronto will pitch in to help at Casey House for their annual Voices of Hope concert, and at Fife House to treat residents and clients to a spa day. Along with their skincare tips and products, M·A·C is also bringing a $50,000 check to donate to Fife House this afternoon, on behalf of the M·A·C AIDS Fund!

4. Raise awareness. Ever get questioned about your fabulous lip colour? What better way to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and M·A·C Viva Glam than by letting your lipstick do the talking?! Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper, our fabulous Viva Glam spokespeople, have a limited edition lipstick and lipglass available (photos attached) that they helped to design! This year, they are focused on raising awareness of HIV/AIDS with the female population (see ‘VivaGlam-PRFA10’ doc.) Forget the stereotypes. Women are more likely to become infected with HIV than men. While the overall rate of new HIV infections has slowed, the number of women infected with HIV is growing. And in every part of the world. (‘C&G FROM OUR LIPS2’ doc has more info)

5. Gifts the give back. Throughout the holiday season, there is even more that you can do to raise money for HIV/AIDS. M·A·C offers a Viva Glam lip bag and Sir Teddy, perfect stocking stuffers that support the M·A·C AIDS Fund with 100% of the selling price directed to organizations helping people living with HIV/AIDS. And don’t forget to pick up your Kids Helping Kids cards - deliver your message of holiday cheer knowing that you’re helping children all over the world that have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The press release for this holiday collection is attached (ATartanTale_VG_KHK) and check out this link to the images of our VIVA GLAM/Kids Helping Kids products: VG / KHK

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Chanel Cote d’Azur Collection

Debuting at the Chanel Cruise Collection 2010 – 2011 fashion show in Saint Tropez on May 11th, Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, was inspired by the location to create a playful collection that flirts with the sun. “Effortless, natural beauty, relaxed girls who are enjoying their holidays. That was the main idea behind the look for this show. And we added a touch of playfulness by applying a pastel baby blue nail polish”, says Peter Philips.

In Chanel Collection Cote d’Azur, lips are adorned with Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in four soft, summery shades: Perlé, Chintz, Taffeta Rose and Sari Doré. The playful spirit is accentuated down to the fingertips with the pastel blue lacquer, Le Vernis Nail Colour in Riva.

Le Vernis (Limited Edition)
• Riva

Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour  (Limited Edition)
• Perle
• Taffeta Rose
• Sari Dore
• Chintz

Available now! Good luck trying to get your hands on the Le Vernis....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Pink 4 Friday

It’s a Monster collaboration: Pink 4 Friday by M·A·C Cosmetics and Nicki Minaj. The Trinidadian hip-hop diva has personally designed a LIMITED EDITION M·A·C Lipstick, Pink Friday, to celebrate the release of her highly anticipated debut album of the same name. Putting her trademark barbz glamour twist on a bright, creamy pink satin formula, Nicki says, “M·A·C’s Pink Nouveau was my favourite lipstick for years, but it’s all about Pink Friday!”

Nicki’s exclusive shade will only be available for purchase four Fridays beginning Friday, November 26, 2010, while supplies last, ONLY at

Available FRIDAYS November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dior - DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

What it promises to do: Dior's first lash primer that combs, curls, and coats each lash to create a smooth, even mascara base, while acting as a nourishing serum treatment that promotes long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality. (Sephora Website)

What else you need to know: "Diorshow Maximizer is this season's most innovative, must-have product. Apply as a primer serum base under mascara for intensely curled, thickened, and lengthened lashes and also on its own as a deep conditioner for lashes at night." -Sephora Pro Beauty Team Member, Nathalie Bechard (Sephora Website)

Research Results: The Dior Innovation Center has tested Diorshow Maximizer for efficiency and found amazing results after only 8 weeks use: + 52% Volume, +38% Length, + 73% Curl
Studies also showed that lashes were more resilient, protected, and revitalized. (Sephora Website)

My take...

I love it! As a primer, I think it is amazing. It lengthens my lashes and boosts volume. I use it right before I apply my regular mascara which is Maybelline Colossal Lash (love!) and I get long, lush lashes! However, I don't use it everyday to be able to comment on whether or not it is a good lash conditioner. From what I have heard from others, it seems work great as well. The best part is the price! Other lash conditioners are about $60 and up, but Dior's is approximately $30, which is the average price of a Dior mascara.

Have you tried this? If so, do you love it or hate it?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Stylishly Yours Collection

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

Style Curve Bright violet purple (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
Something New Creamy bright blue pink (Amplified Creme) (Limited Edition)
Neon Orange Bright clean orange (Amplified Creme) (Permanent at PRO)
Cockney Sheer yellow red with multi-dimensional pearl (Lustre) (Permanent now) (Repromote from Euristocrats, ’09)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

Clear Clear (Permanent)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

Madly Personal Bright pink (Limited Edition)
New Fixation Bright fuchsia red with soft pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Follow Your Fancy Bright coral with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Violet Violet with pink pearl (Frost) (Permanent)
Cream Colour Bases, Fluidlines, oh my!

Cream Colour Base ($16.50 U.S. / $19.50 CDN)

Tickle Me Pink Poppy creamy bright pink (Limited Edition)
Movie Star Mid-toned blue red (Limited Edition)
Madly Magenta Magenta purple (Permanent at PRO)
Virgin Isle Clean, bright coral red (Permanent)

Fluidline ($15.00 / $18.00 CDN)

Dark Diversion Blackened plum (Limited Edition)
Blacktrack Flat black (Permanent)

Beauty Powder ($25.00 / $30.00 CDN)

Too Chic Soft peachy cream with fine shimmer (Limited Edition)
Play It Proper Pastel soft pink with sparkles (Limited Edition)

Brush ($17.50 U.S. / $20.50 CDN)

209 Angled brow brush (Permanent)

Available December 26!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Cham-Pale Collection

• Flustered Frosted, pale bronze (Frost) (Limited Edition)
• Quiet, Please Sheer frosty pale beige (Lustre) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Red She Said, ’08)
• Tanarama Soft pale golden beige with gold metallic shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
• Gel Sheer pale gold (Frost) (Permanent)
• Bubble Lounge Sparkly pink peach (Limited Edition)
• Straight to the Head Sparkly brown bronze (Limited Edition)
• Sin-tillation Sparkly pale icy pink (Limited Edition)
• Luxure Off-white with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad
• Brule Soft muted creamy beige (Satin) (Permanent)
• Et Tu, Bouquet? Frosted pale pink gold (Frost) (Repromote from A Rose Romance, ’09)
• Caviar Dreams Mid-tone frosted pewter (Frost) (Limited Edition)
• Retrospeck Beached blonde (Lustre) (Permanent)
Paint Pot
• Chilled on Ice Frosted white gold (Limited Edition)
• Vintage Selection Frosted mid-tone peach (Limited Edition)
• Dangerous Cuvee Frosted cool grey (Limited Edition)
• Let Me Pop Frosted light copper (Limited Edition)
Eye Kohl
• I Get No Kick Metallic nude (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
Kohl Power
Feline Black (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
Chromagraphic Pencil
• NC15/NW20 Flesh tone NC15/NW20 shade (Permanent at PRO)
• NW25/NC30 Flesh tone NW25/NC30 shade (Permanent at PRO)
Studio Fix Lash
• Black Fix (Permanent)
Special Reserve Highlight Powder
• Chez Chez Lame Soft gold with silver shimmer (Limited Edition)
• Rose Ole Soft pink with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)
Nail Lacquer
• Soiree Sparkly light bronze gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
• Very Important Platinum Mid-tone platinum (Frost/Metallic) (Limited Edition)
Complete Comfort Creme (Permanent in U.S., Limited Edition in Asia)
Calms and soothes irritated skin immediately and over time and relieves sensitive skin while diminishing the appearance of redness, irritation and blotchiness. Over time, the gentle, soothing formula helps reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and helps even out skin tone. It contains algae extracts that visibly reduce redness and blotchiness on the skin, both immediately and over time. Kukui nut oil provides moisturization and emollience, while kola seed extract acts as an anti-irritant to help soothe irritated skin. It contains wheat germ and barley extracts that help strengthen the skin’s natural lipid barrier over time. It moisturizes and softens the skin immediately and over time and improves skin tone over time. It’s derm- and ophth-tested, non-acnegenic and suitable for all skint types, including sensitive skin.
Additional Products
• Fix+ Lavender (Limited Edition)
• Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Lavender (Limited Edition)
• Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Lavender in Calm Mode Light neutral beige (Limited Edition)

This collection will be launched December 26th!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Blow Dry Perfector

My good friend Anita told me about the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Blow Dry Perfector and the minute she told me about it I was intrigued. I don't have extremely unmanageable hair, it has a bit of a wave and some frizz, but with a 15 minute blow dry and a 10 minute straighten I am all good...I do get a little frizzy as the day goes by, but it's nothing I worry about too much. But I have always dreamed of stepping out of the shower with stick straight hair (I know this is possible with the Japanese and Brazilian treatments but I'm also not willing to fork out $300+ for something that will grow out). This seemed like the next best thing. So of course, as any product junkie would do, I headed straight to Shoppers Drug Mart to see if it was available in Canada and guess what? I got the last one! For $15.50 my dream would soon come true! Until I read the promises to give you smooth, frizz free, more manageable hair for up to 7 shampoos, but you are still required to use a heated styling tool (blowdryer and/or straightener) after every wash. Well, if it could save me even 15 minutes every morning, I figured why not try it out....and by try it out I mean disregard all of the warnings on the label and endure the awful smell of the first step (think a mix of Nair and hair dye). So I followed the instructions (minus using the Fructis Sleek and Shine shampoo and conditioner, I already have 4 different bottles of shampoo in my shower, I definitely don't need one more) and hoped for the best. I got used to the smell, and the cream from the second step made everything better. I noticed as I was getting ready to do the final step, the blow dry, that my hair did have less frizz in the towel-dried state than it does normally....exciting! During and after my blow dry I noticed that my hair was extremely soft, and it felt more manageable....but it was no miracle. After finishing my blow dry I still had those irritating wavy lumps that needed to be straightened on I went to my best friend, my straightening iron. I'll admit it, the straightener glided over my hair and it fell straight, but I'm still not totally looks like it always does after a good blow dry and straightening...But I did get a few compliments at work that day - somebody actually said "wow, your hair looks really straight today!". And it was still frizz free at 10 pm! Hmmm....let's see what happens over the next few shampoos.....well guys, nothing happened. Ok, my hair was softer, but a bit of the initial smell came back after the first shampoo and I really don't see a big difference. And after the second shampoo my hair was totally and utterly normal.  I started using some of the leftover cream, and I like it, which may mean that the real key to this whole "schpeal" is actually a heat activated styling cream.

My recommendations: 1) if you like to try out new products instead of just reading reviews, give it a try and see for yourself. It did not damage my hair at all so you don't have to worry about that, but it also did not perform any miracles; 2) keep the second step (heat activated cream) and use it again and again until it runs out, it's a very nourishing cream and I'm convinced that it's the reason my hair was so soft...maybe Fructis has another product just like the cream which can be purchased on its own, or you can try KMS Flat Out, which I personally like a go forth and experiment ladies! Good luck! But don't expect any miracles!

Would I purchase this product again: Probably not. It's a lot of extra work and doesn't give you the results promised. For those extra 20 minutes you could just give yourself a really good blowdry and make it last for two days, or for an extra $10 you could get a professional blowout.



Thank you to my bestie Sarah for writing this post!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

MAC Cosmetics and Mickey Contractor Collection

This is a collaboration between MAC and its Director of Makeup Artistry for India, Mickey Contractor.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Gulabi Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
Mehr Mid-tone blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
Flesh Mid-tone nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Lust Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
Athma (Description unknown) (Limited Edition)
Jaan Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Vivah Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Folie Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
Oomph Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Marvel Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Rani Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Saffron Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Fluidline ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)
Siahi Deep turquoise blue (Limited Edition)
Ivy Bright green (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)
Gana Bright white gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Sur Mid-tone rose brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation ($26.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)
NC41, NC43.5, NC44.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Concealer ($16.50 U.S. / $19.50 CDN)
NC23, NC43, NC44, NC45.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Double-End Concealer ($21.00 U.S . / $24.50 CDN)
Coral Corrector/Yellow Corrector (Limited Edition)

Collection will be available January 6, 2011

Thursday, October 28, 2010

NARS Primer Review

I hate it. I do. I really, really hate it. I am always looking for the next best thing so, after I ditched my Smashbox primer, which I also hated, I ventured into Sephora and found a new primer to play with. I found that the NARS Primer did nothing, absolutely nothing. It did not make my make up last longer. It does not make my make up go on smoother. It did not even have a nice texture, like Smashbox Photo Finish primer did. I generally like to look decent by the end of the day and unfortunately, NARS did not help me achieve this goal. Do not get me wrong, I love NARS. I swear by their blush, lip gloss and lipstick. I have also tried their eyeshadow, which is not bad, but I cannot bring myself to buy any other eyeshadow except Mac’s. I really wanted to love this, because I do really love NARS. On to the next!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

OPI Texas Collection Spring 2011

  • San Tan-tonio nail polish – pale mushroom beige nail polish
  • Y’all Come Back Ya Hear? – bright tangerine orange nail polish
  • Guy meets Gal-veston – bright coral pink nail polish
  • Big Hair… Big Nails – rosy blush nail polish
  • Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em – bright pink nail polish
  • Do you Think I’m Tex-y – berry pink nail polish
  • Houston We Have a Purple – purple nail polish
  • Suzi Loves Cowboys – deep chocolate brown nail polish
  • I Vant to Be A-Lone Star – silver blue nail polish
  • It’s Totally Fort Worth It – shimmery lavendar grey nail polish
  • Austin-tatious Turquoise – Blue green shimmer nail polish
  • Don’t Mess with OPI – grass green nail polish
Thoughts? Any in particular that you are looking forward to picking up? I really want to try Y'all Come Back Ya Hear, Guy Meets Gal-veston and Big Hair...Big Nails!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Givency Spring Collection

If the world’s first woman were to be born today in the primeval garden, she would no doubt have a different vision of paradise. Nature would be tamed, its energy restrained, creating an ambiance in which she would more likely cut down the Tree of Knowledge than water it. But springtime always manages to awaken desires and dispel gloomy ideas. The impulse to seek gratification is driven by a sixth sense, making us eager for any and all sorts of sensations. A breath of pure air to be discovered or devised. The Must-Have, Blush Gelée, is a rich elixir of youth, illuminating a self-assured candour with fresh energy. NAÏVEMENT COUTURE (“naively couture”) is an autosuggestion of happiness.

Blush Gelee
Candide Pink

Prisme Yeux Quatour
Candide Garden (No. 78) Earth tones, oranges and browns

Rouge Interdit Shine
Candide Nude (No. 27) Natural

Rouge Interdit
Candide Tangerine (No. 50) Orange

Gloss Interdit
Candide Tangerine (No. 30) Vivid orange

Magic Khol
Coffee (No. 15) Brown

Vernis Please!
Candide Peach (No. 173) Natural

Sunday, October 24, 2010

MAC & Marcel Wanders Collection

MAC teams up with Dutch designer Marcel Wanders for a new winter 2010 makeup collection. The products will be available in a Limited Edition in the beauty shops for about one month so you should have your wish list ready.

MAC & Marcel Wanders Collection will include lip products such as lipsticks and glosses, powders, a new mascara, a signature brush and clutch and one surprise by the name of Air of Style Scent Concentrate.

You can get your hands on November 24 till December 26.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

OPI Katy Perry Collection

L to R: Last Friday Night, Not Like the Movies, The One That Got Away, Teenage Dream and Black Shatter.

Um, who remembers Cover Girls crackle nail polishes from a million years ago? I used to use that stuff when I was in elementary school. I can't believe it is being released again. Will you be trying it...? Not sure if I am going to take that trip back down memory lane.

image via: All Lacquared Up

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection for Holiday 2010

MAC’s holiday collection is always an expansive, kill-your-wallet-and-take-no-names kind of adventure. It includes a color collection as well as holiday kits, palettes, and sets.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
Cut-a-Caper Mid-tone peachy pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
The Faerie Glen Pale neutral pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Deepest Wish Deep creamy red-brown (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
Full Fuchsia Bright blue fuchsia (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
Courting Lilac Sheer lilac mauve with soft gold pearl (Glaze) (Limited Edition)

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)
Radiant Jewels Dark sparkly magenta (Limited Edition)
Soft Dazzle Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Dazzleglass Creme, ’09)
Passing Fancy Bright orange coral with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
Lightly Prancing Light peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
Romancin’ Mid-tone lavender with multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)
Each eyeshadow has a plaid pattern imprinted on the eyeshadow and is similar in size to Mineralize Eyeshadows.
Golden Crown Light gold with bronze Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
A Wish Come True Dirty mauve with bubblegum pink Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
Follow Your Fantay Mid-tone peach with chocolate Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
Enviably Fun Grass green with dark green Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
Semi-Precious Aubergine with chocolate Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
Glamora Castle Dark grey with teal Tartan striping (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)
Later Black with transforming purple pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Alice + Olivia)
Moonlight Night Blackened teal with teal pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
The Family Crest Blackened bronze with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
Petrol Blue Deep navy with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
Black Line Black with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
Undercurrent Teal with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
Black Swan Black with pearl (Limited Edition)
Lord It Up Bronze with pearl (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)
Her Blooming Cheek Bright iridescent blue-pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
My Highland Honey Bright coral with soft gold pearl (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($13.00 U.S. / $15.00 CDN)
Sly as a Fox Creamy mid-tone russet/burnt red (Cream) (Limited Edition)
Style Clan Dark taupe with red pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

NARS Bento Box for Holiday 2010

Throughout all of his extensive international travels, Founder and Creative Director François Nars has always found Japanese culture to be a great source of inspiration, specifically the concept of Kabuki makeup. Years ago, after traveling to Japan, François brought back a small, porcelain pot with a red film of color– Kabuki makeup for the lips.

Debuting this holiday season after years of development is the NARS Bento Box Set – a limited edition set of two Kabuki cups that were hand-poured with a new exclusive-to-NARS lipstick formula in highly pigmented shades containing Vitamin E. Housed in a handmade bento box, the set also comes with a Kabuki lip brush, designed for precise application by dipping the brush into the cup and blending until desired coverage is achieved.

Fusing two inspirations together, François chose Daphne Guinness to once again be the face of NARS with her evocative portrayal of classic theatrical Kabuki makeup.

Only one thousand sets were created for sale in the United States and will retail for $125, and just over two thousand in total were created worldwide.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Video: How to Contour & Highlight Your Cheeks

I found this excellent YouTube video by MakeupGeek on how to contour cheeks. This is honestly the best video I have been able to find. Check it out!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

PFW October 1st - MAC Cosmetics Face Charts

The exact placement of colours was unique for each girl.

Blacktrack Fluidline – painted precisely on in an Egyptian
shape with a 210 brush.
Rose Gold Pigment mixed with Eye liner Mixing Medium – painted just
above the black liner on the upper lash line .
M·A·C Pro Primary Yellow Paint Stick – pushed on to highlight the brow .
Blacktrack Fluidline – to sket ch in the brows with individual doll-like hairs

Black Black Chromaline – to line the lips.
M·A·C Pro Terracott a Airbrush Formula – to fill them in with a blood red .

White Face and Body Found ation – applied sheer for paled down skin.
M·A·C Pro Primary Yellow Paint Stick – in a doll shape on the cheek.
A paste of kaolin clay was brushed randomly around the hairline
and onto the face, and partially cracked off when it dried to
give the dusty, entombed effect.



Brown M·A·C Pro Lip Mix – as a soft stain.

Studio Moisture Tint – applied as a base .
Brown M·A·C Pro Lip Mix – to flush the apples of the cheeks.
A paste of kaolin clay was brushed randomly around the hairline
and onto the face, and partially cracked off when it dried to give
the dusty, entombed effect.

Coffee Eye Pencil – along the socket line as an aero-dynamic,
tailored line going straight out to the temples .
Concrete Eye Shadow – washed over the lids to soften out the
Coffee pencil, and slightly under the eye for contour.

Cherry Lip Pencil – to line the mouth.
Crimson Lip Mix – precisely on top with a 316 lip brush.
Basic Red M·A·C Pro Pigment – to give an extremely matte , perfect finish.

Studio Sculpt Found ation – applied as a base .
Dark Brown and Mid-Tone Sepia Cream Colour Base – mixed and smoothed
under the chee kbones and on the temples to contour.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

PFW September 30th - MAC Cosmetics Face Charts

No products were applied to the eyes.

Lip Conditioner– to moisturize the lips.

Pro Longwear Concealer – to cover imperfections.
So Sweet So Easy Cream Blush (Available 2011) – buffed
on to the cheeks.
Face and Bodies were then sprayed with a high gloss spray
to achieve the wet look.

Luna Crea m Colour Base – on upper lid .
Shroom Eye Shadow – on inner corner of eye.
Superslick Liquid Eye Liner in Black – an entirely new brow is
drawn on Horizon tal and square with a slight upwards tilt.
Clear Lipglass – applied over brows to give a wet look.

Lip Cond itioner–to prep.
M·A·C PRO Lip Mix in White and To Pamper Lipstick – blended and
applied to the lips.

Face and Body Foundation – applied to the skin in matching
tones and then with a darker shade used to contour.
M·A·C PRO Sculpting Creams in Bark and Accentuate – applied with
188 brush under the cheekbone .
Luna Cream Colour Base – added as a highlight on upper
cheekbones, cupid’s bow and down centre of nose.

Dazzle Lash Mascara in Black Dazzle – light application
after curling the lashes.
Coffee pencil – drawn subtly under the top lashes.

Lip Conditioner – patted on to the lips.

Face and Bod y Founda tion – applied for sheer coverage.
Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – to set the foundation .
Taupe Blush – to slightly contour the cheekbones.
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – to bronze the skin.

Virgin Isle Crea m Colour Base and Chrome Yellow Eye Shadow –
blended on to the eyes from crea se up ove r the brows and out
toward the temples.
Painterly Paint Pot – to highlight the eyelids and accentuate the
M·A·C PRO Black Full Coverage Foundation – Drawn through the
crease and out toward the temples.
Zoom Fast Black Lash – applied to top and bottom lashes.

M·A·C PRO Lipmix in Crimson and Orange –
blended on to the lips.
Neo -Orange Pigment – patted over Lipmix for a matte lip.

Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base and Chrome Yellow Eye Shadow –
blended on to the cheeks and back toward the hairline .
Strips of tape were applied from cheeks to forehead and later
removed after makeup application to crea te stripes without
product on the face.

Fling Eye Brows – used to draw a moth wing shape over
the lids and up past the brows.
Deep Brown and Polished Ivory M·A·C PRO Paint Sticks – mixed
together and blended over the moth wing shape.
Omega and Copperplate Eye Shadow – pressed over the paintstick
for a powdery matte texture.
Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer – brushed through bleached brows.
LIP Dim Lip Erase – patted over lips.

Face and Body Foundation mixed with White Face and Body
Foundation – to create a base several shades paler than
each girl’s natural skintone .
Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – to set the foundation.

Vanilla Pigment – applied to the inner corner of the eyelid.
Fuchsia Pigment – applied to the outer corner of the eyelid.
Blacktrack Fluidline – to create a feather-like line along the
top and bottom lash lines drawn out past the outer corner
of the eyelid, and also to create feather-like lashes drawn
on to upper and lower lash lines.
Lash 44 – applied to the upper lash line .
Lash 36 – applied to the lower lash line .

Redd Lip Pencil – drawn over the lips.
Clear Lipglass – applied over the lip pencil.

Studio Sculpt Foundation – to perfect the skin.
Springsheen and Mocha Powder Blush – blended on to the
cheekbones and temples.
Vanilla Pigment – to highlight the cheekbones.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

MFW September 27th - MAC Cosmetics Face Charts

Mega Metal Eye Shadow in Unflappable (Available 2011) – smudged around
upper and lower lash line with brush 224 to create a sheer stain.
Black PRO Lash Mascara – upper and lower lashes .
Teddy Eye Kohl – on waterline .

LIP Dim Lip Erase –
applied to lips prepped with Lip Conditioner .

Minera lize SkinF inish Natural – applied with brush 227 and blended out
with brush 168.
Stud io Scuplt Concealer – applied where needed .
Blushcreme in Brit Wit – on the centre of cheeks.

M·A·C PRO Bronze Cream Colour Base – applied as a wash around
the eye with fingers .
Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil – drawn on to the waterline and
smudged around the upper and lower lash line with finger tips.
Gloss Texture – dabbed on to the lid.
Black Pro Lash Mascara – applied to the lash root only.

LIP Lip Conditioner –
applied over the remnants of concealer .

Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15 – massaged into the skin concentrating
on the cheekbones .
Select Cover-Up Concealer – where needed .


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