Yes, it’s time for another MAC collection again! I know the seemingly endless line up of bi-weekly releases can get a bit over the top, but sometimes there are some beautiful gems hidden amongst the massive onslaught of new items. Heavenly Creature is no exception. I am admittedly not the biggest fan of the mineralize line. I usually love the way the shadows look in the pan (wicked awesome) and end up never using them because of fall out (grrr), or needing to use them wet- in both circumstances I really can’t be bothered on a daily basis. Nonetheless I did pick up a few things that caught my eye.

Star Wonder MSF

I don’t use MSFs a whole lot, but this one intrigued me because of the color combination. It’s stunning in the pan and isn’t chunky when swatched as some of them can be.

Clockwise from left: TheBalm Cabana Boy, Milani Fantastico Mauve, MAC Star Wonder, Milani Berry Amore, MAC Plum Foolery

Swatches L-R: Cabana Boy, Fantastico Mauve, Star Wonder, Berry Amore, Plum Foolery

Star Wonder is more pink than the others but they are all definitely in the same family, with Plum Foolery being the darkest.

Ring of Saturn blush

Again, I love the mineralize blushes in the pan but for some reason I don’t reach for them as much as I should. This is a stunning shade, although much less red on me than I had imagined from seeing swatches online prior to getting it.

L-R: Korres #44 Orange, MAC Ring of Saturn, MAC Stereo Rose

Swatches L-R: Korres #44 Orange, MAC Ring of Saturn, MAC Stereo Rose

The Korres blush has the best formula of the three and is my favorite it terms of color. Ring of Saturn is like a marriage between #44 Orange and Stereo Rose. I know Stereo Rose is impossible to find, but Ring of Saturn (at least on my skin) comes fairly close.

MAC Fire Sign

I have no idea what drew me in to this shade. Don’t get me wrong- it’s lovely. But, it’s not something I would normally think, “Gotta have that!” about. *sigh* Maybe it’s because I have been gravitating toward so many products that look so similar (*cough* peach/coral *cough*) that I wanted to venture out, and so I did.

L-R: MAC Viva Glam Cyndi, MAC Fire Sign, MAC Cockney

Swatches L-R: MAC Viva Glam Cyndi, MAC Fire Sign, MAC Cockney

Cyndi is kind of close, but more coral and less berry; while Cockney is definitely much more red and not berry at all.

Wearing MAC Fire Sign

See? How gorgeous is that on the lips! Bonus, it’s teeth brightening as well :)

Cut A Caper was also repromoted in this collection. I had purchased that shade back when the Tartan Tale collection launched in 2010, but I was happy to see it again as it’s a beautiful (wait for it) peachy coral. =P

Swatches L-R: (all MAC) Flamingo, Fresh Salmon, Ever Hip, Cut A Caper, Costa Chic

If this looks familiar that’s because I recycled this swatch photo from an earlier post (see here). Can’t blame a girl for taking a short-cut now and then ;) I just wanted to re-illustrate the differences between it and some shades you might already own.

Wearing MAC Cut A Caper

These are the kinds of shades I live for. <3

MAC Pleasureseeker Lipstick

This is a Glaze formula (very similar to Lustre in my opinion) so it’s more sheer, shiny and has some sparkle to it. I enjoy the shade and do think it suits my skin tone.

Wearing MAC Pleasureseeker

It’s a nice muted peachy-nude and you can see some of the shimmer comes through on the lips as well.

Clockwise from left: MAC Reel Sexy, NARS Belle De Jour, MAC Pleasureseeker, MAC Razzle Dazzler

(comparison swatches below)

MAC Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass

This might be my favorite of all the items I purchased. The formula is lovely- not at all like MAC’s infamously stickey/thick Lipglass formula. It’s creamy and smooth and actually reminds me of the Revlon Super Lustrous glosses at the drugstore.

L-R: Buxom Michelle, MAC Galaxy Rose, NARS Strawberry Fields

I didn’t necessarily have anything that came too close, but I wanted to show some comparisons anyway.

Swatches L-R: MAC Reel Sexy, NARS Belle De Jour, MAC Pleasureseeker, MAC Razzle Dazzler

Razzle Dazzler is probably my favorite of the group, but Pleasureseeker is a nice shade. You can see that Reel Sexy is the brightest, most pigmented and that Belle De Jour is much more nude.

Swatches L-R: MAC Galaxy Rose, NARS Strawberry Fields, Buxom Michelle

Let me take a moment to digress: Strawberry Fields may be my most (or in my top 3) favorite NARS purchase ever. It’s such a gorgeous gloss! Anyway, Galaxy Rose is in the same family, but lighter and more pink. Michelle is darker and contains quite a bit of shimmer.

Wearing Galaxy Rose

Another shade that’s super gorgeous and flattering. I can’t believe how great the formula is! Why can’t make make Lipglass this way?!

I am pleased with the items I picked up, especially Galaxy Rose. Like all MAC Collections you have to hurry (grrr x2) if you see anything you like. Are you hearing choirs singing or is MAC’s halo looking a little tarnished with this release?

Eep! Can you believe that fall collections are already starting to drop? We are just completing our first week of summer! Do you ever wish we could tell companies to slow down, and let us enjoy the present? Let us enjoy the colors of the seasons instead of having to scurry and catch up with colors for the next one when we have only just begun! Okay, sorry for the mini rant. I enjoy all the seasons and the changing colors from one to the next, but I’d also like a *teensy* bit more time to live in the moment, you know?

Anyway, that said, Chanel fall has been releasing at various places online and in store over the past two weeks. The only item I have picked up so far is a new nail polish, in a graceful and elegant shade with a minx-y name: Frenzy.

It’s one of those putty type colors that leans somewhere between brown and grey. It could almost be described as a very light taupe because of the mix of brown in it. This color isn’t for everyone, but if you are like me this will be right up your alley.

Frenzy is definitely warmer on me than other colors in the same family have been in the past. It’s chic: understated but polished. The formula was great. It went on smoothly and what you see above is two coats. I can’t speak to wear time as I only just received it. But you better believe I will be tweeting about it once I have had it on my nails long enough ;)

Now for some comparisons!

L-R: Essie Chinchilly, Chanel Frenzy, Essie Sand Tropez, OPI Skull & Glossbones

L-R: Essie Chinchilly, Chanel Frenzy, Essie Sand Tropez, OPI Skull & Glossbones

Chinchilly is much too dark and much more grey while Sand Tropez lacks the grey completely and is more yellow/tan in tone. Skull & Glossbones is much lighter and doesn’t have the brown tone to it.

L-R OPI Moon Over Mumbai, Chanel Frenzy

L-R: OPI Moon Over Mumbai, Chanel Frenzy, Essie Sand Tropez, OPI Skull & Glossbones

I added Moon Over Mumbai as well just because it had a similar grey tone in the bottle. It has shimmer which Frenzy lacks and it’s much less brown (closer to Skull & Glossbones if anything).

L-R: Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat, Chanel Frenzy, Butter London Yummy Mummy, Butter London All Hail the Queen

Swatches L-R: Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat, Chanel Frenzy, Butter London Yummy Mummy, Butter London All Hail the Queen

Under My Trench Coat has sparkle and is also more khaki in tone. Yummy Mummy is kind of close, but has a pearl finish and is more brown. All Hail the Queen is similar, but quite a bit darker in base tone and it also has holographic shimmer to it.

My first impression is a darn good one. Although I am completely not ready for fall yet (don’t get me wrong, it might be my favorite season), I can see that I will enjoy sporting this when that time comes. For now, I will continue with my obsession with corals and brights because I just can’t help myself. I don’t stick with color “rules” per say, but in the summer I naturally want to wear the brightest, baddest nails and lips I can get away with. Just ‘cuz. ;)

It’s been far too long since I did my last History of Makeup lesson post. In case you missed it, I covered the Roaring ’20s. It was fun, but much, much different than the makeup we sport these days.

Summer has just begun here in my part of the world so sun-kissed tresses and bronze skin are back. When I think of a time period that best matches a summer vibe I think of the 1970′s. California beach style, Charlie’s Angels and a general attitude of less is more when it came to the skin all combined for a wonderfully natural yet defined look. The powdery skin of decades past was gone in favor of luminosity. Skin, cheeks and lips were more muted (reds and plums and lip liners were all out the door) while eyes were played up with pearlescent shades of whites, browns and blues.

Photo Credit: Photoree

Gel blush was making a splash with it’s ability to blend into the skin for a natural rosy flush. It’s no question that pastels were big for eyeshadows. Many of the adverts (like the one from CoverGirl above) featured them. But, like every other decade there is more than just one style. I preferred the look of Farrah Fawcett, myself. Bronzed skin, blonde hair and just slight definition of the eyes. Brows were kept natural, not heavily penciled in.

Photo Credit: NYDailynews.com

Although the Farrah style was big later in the decade, women were also wearing their hair long and stick straight (I have seen several photos of my mom sporting this style, parted straight down the middle). Head bands were also a big trend (think Nicole Ritchie style). I combined some of the hairstyles into one on myself.

I tried to keep the look glowy on both the eyes and the cheekbones. I swept bronzer across my temples, jawline and cheeks and topped the cheeks with a rosy gel stain.

Products used: TheBalm Stainiac, Edward Bess Forbidden Flower, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal, Mark PRO Bronze, NYX Jumbo Pencil Cottage Cheese (I also used a light foundation/concealer and a pop of mascara)

Swatches L-R: Mark Pro Bronze, Becca Opal, NYX Cottage Cheese, TheBalm Stainiac, Edward Bess Forbidden Flower

I used Becca Opal across my lids (not recommended for long-time wear- it creases on the eyes like crazy!) and added a bit of MAC Mystery to my upper lash line. I used NYX Cottage Cheese on my lower lash line for added brightness. I swept a small amount of mascara on for quick definition. I took Becca Opal to the tops of my cheekbones, cupids bow and brow bone. I dotted theBalm Stainiac on the apples of my cheeks and finished with a layer of Edward Bess Forbidden Flower on my lips.

This makeup look is as easy to create as it is to wear. While I wouldn’t have worn the 1920′s get-up I did to anything other than a costume party, this is something I would happily wear all summer long. If you want to punch it up a notch, add some blue shadow to your lids.

What decade/time period would you like to see next?

It was several weeks ago that I happened upon a post over at the fabulous blog The Non-Blonde about Ellis Faas releasing several new shades of their creamy eyes formula. I was excited to see some very different shades than were previously offered in the line. I have two of those shades to share with you today.

But first, if you don’t know about Ellis Faas, all of the products for eyes, lips, face and cheeks come in click pen form in uber sleek silver bullets (probably not werewolf grade). If this kind of packaging is your bailiwick then feel free to let loose because the products held inside are absolutely gorgeous.

L-R: E119 Ochre, E116 Lilac

E119 is absolutely perfect on my skin tone. It looks slightly mustard-y here in the swatch but on my eyes it’s the perfect pale goldenrod. E116 suits my taste for greyed-purples. It’s light, but doesn’t look chalky or unnatural. They are called creamy eyes for a reason. Incredibly creamy, easy to blend (but work quickly) and highly pigmented, these shadows have the bases covered.

I decided to try both of them on my eyes (with a little blending help from some powder shades) as well:

E116 (lightly blended with MAC Moleskin)

E119 (blended with MAC Moleskin and Mystery in outer corner)

After trying both on I decided I needed to wear E119 as my FOTD (and actually for 2 more days after):

(That’s Burberry Golden Peach Lipstick along with a bit of NARS Greek Holiday gloss)

I am happy with both shades, but if you had to pick just one I’d say go with E119, especially for the summer. It pairs wonderfully with gold and bronze!

These pens retail for $36 at EllisFaas.com (you can also find Ellis products on Sephora.com and Beauty.com but they do not have the new shades yet). Next on my list? The mint shade(E117) and a light brown shade (E107). I also have my eye on another lights product. As you can see, I find these pens irresistible and addicting.

Have you tried Ellis Faas yet? If not, what product would you try first?

*the items in this post were provided by PR for review purposes only*

It’s summer time and the livin’ is easy…

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