Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rainy Day Out FOTD

On one very rainy day last week, I looked down at my hand while I was driving and noticed this big orange spot. Now, this certainly isn't the first time I've forgotten to wash off my hand after applying foundation, but it was the first time I couldn't just go to the sink and wash it off. For the next hour or so I kept glancing at my hand, hoping maybe it would magically disappear. No such luck! It kept driving me crazy but I didn't have any baby wipes with me or anything that would take it off.

It's very faint, but it's there.

I haven't been posting many FOTD's because I keep reaching for the same look lately. Gold/Bronze eyes with pink or red lips. This day I mixed it up with a plum lippie instead! Try to contain your excitement.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 mixed with Revlon Colorstay in Ivory
Benefit Erase Paste in Fair
Clinique Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Sleek Pomegranate Blush
Sleek Suede Blush to contour
Shiseido in White Beam to highlight

Urban Decay Naked Palette:
Half Baked- inner third of lid
Smog- middle third of lid
Darkhorse- outside third of lid
Virgin- highlight 
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack- lid
UD 24/7 liner in baked-bottom lashes
UD 24/7 liner in zero- tightline
Maybelline Colossal Mascara layered with Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus (LEFP) Mascara

Clinique Cream Shaper for lips in Mulberry
Bare Escentuals lipstick in Plum Brulee

I picked up a few things at Ulta while I was out as well. I live 90 minutes from anything more than Walmart or a drugstore so I try to make every trip count.


  • Essence Gel Eyeliner in London Baby and Berlin Rocks- Both of these are very creamy and have good pigment. I can't attest to the wear-time of Berlin Rocks but London Baby (brown) lasts all day on my oily lids.
  • Maybelline Colossal Waterproof Mascara- Okay volume but a tad bit flaky.
  • Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara- Haven't tried yet.
  • Redken Color Extend Shampoo- Bought this in the travel size, seems to be very moisturizing. (not pictured)
  • Biolage Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner

Friday, November 25, 2011

OPI Muppets Collection: Excuse Moi!

I hope everyone has had a happy Thanksgiving and a successful Black friday! We just had Thanksgiving with my parents today and this is actually the first Black Friday in a very long time that I did not go shopping! I didn't even do any online shopping, sans one movie from Amazon for the chitlins.

When I was at the salon a few days ago I noticed that she had a couple of the nail polishes from OPI's Muppets Collection and I knew I had to get at least one. I decided to go with Excuse Moi! which is a small multi-colored glitter in a berry red/pink base. The formula on this polish was a little thick but surprisingly it was opaque in just 2 coats!

This is one coat on my nails and one coat on Hannah's over top of a bright pink shade.

Sorry for the craptastic cellphone pics and unfinished nails, Hannah and I just painted our nails after stuffing ourselves with turkey and I wanted to share.

Oh and one more pic for the day, my new RED hair!

I went for the whole head this time and I really like it! It's different from anything I've ever done and I could use a few changes in my life.

This my first blog post from my phone, I hope everything comes through okay! My apologies if it doesn't!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wearable Candy-corn Inspired Eye

I never can seem to quite get caught up to where I want to be with my blogging. Life keeps throwing one thing after another in my path but I'm still trying.
To prove just how behind I am, this is a look I wore the night we took the kids trick-or-treating and tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Ooops. 

I saw a couple of eye looks that were inspired by one of my favorite fall treats, candy corn. You can check out some by Makeup Geek and Siryn, both looks are fabulous!

Unfortunately, I am not the owner of either a bright yellow or bright orange shadow so I gave it a shot with that I had. The result was a very subtle look and wearable look.

I did this the night that we went trick-or-treating so I was a bit rushed. My mascara smudged on my eyelid and I didn't even notice until after I left the house. Figures.
Sorry for the untamed brows, but at least I finally plucked them! :D

Products used:
Clinique DDMG
Monistat soothing care chafing relief powder gel
Revlon Colorstay Foundation mixed with MAC SFF
Benefit erase paste in fair
Tarte AC Blush in dollface
MAC Blot Powder in medium
BE Wearable Pistachio Light- inside corner and highlight
BE Petunia  - mid lid
MAC Paradisco- outer 3rd of eye
MAC Fluidline blacktrack
Kate Mascara Base
Benefit They're Real Mascara

My apologies but I have completely forgotten what I used on my lips. I know I mixed a couple shades but in my haste, I forgot to write them down. :(

Little Miss Red Riding Hood was allowed to wear a bit of makeup, which actually was a bad idea because every day since I have heard, "Mommy, I need to put my makeups on!"

She's wearing Illamasqua blush in Panic, a touch of Revlon's Really Red Lipstick with clear Bonne Bell lipgloss on top and Shiseido highlighter in beam white.

Little Red & the Big Bad Wolf, although he would clarify that he was a werewolf whenever asked. I learned that we're not quite ready for masks yet since he tripped about a million times. Can't fault him for being clumsy, he comes by it naturally... thanks to yours truly!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

October Favorites

I've been loving a few different products this month and Lord knows I've certainly increased the size of my stash. Most of these were recently acquired in just the past couple of months and have become fast favorites.

Loreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Carbon Black- I've had several "quick" makeup days this month and when I want the look of a liquid liner but I'm in too much of a hurry to be precise, I always reach for this. The felt tip is great, much easier than using a brush. It's like an eyeliner in marker form. Carbon Black is a deep black color, think blackest-black.


Kanebo Kate Mascara Base-I will admit that this is the first mascara primer I have used, but I really like it. It contains fibers, which I love because they make my lashes look really long no matter what mascara I reach for.

 Matchmaster SPF 15 FoundationMAC Matchmaster foundation- This has become my go-to, every day foundation. For full review, click here.


  Revlon Lip Butters, Red Velvet and Berry Smoothie in particular. You can find swatches and my review here.

Fairydrops Platinum Mascara (long & curl)- I have come to prefer this over the US version of Fairydrops mascara. It seems to hold curl a little better and it does not flake.

*squeals* Although I don't use it every day, I may have found a HG foundation combo for me. I love my MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation but the lightest shade (NC15) is too dark for me now that what little summer color I have has faded. I started mixing it with Revlon Colorstay in Ivory to lighten the shade up a little bit and the result is a full coverage foundation with a matte finish that lasts all freaking day long. It's pretty darn awesome.

 Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15  + Revlon Colorstay for Combo/Oily Skin Makeup with SPF 6, Ivory 110 =  

That's my monthly round-up! Hopefully next month I'll have some new favorites to share with you. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MAC Matchmaster Foundation Review

  Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

The newest foundation from MAC Cosmetics, Matchmaster is:

A virtually "invisible" foundation with coverage influenced by your own skin tone. A breakthrough patented formula technology with a spectrum of 14 light to deep dark shades. Discover shade intelligence!
New Foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin's undertone.

Normally when these types of foundation say things like, "influenced by your skintone" it really means, "so sheer that it basically provides no coverage" which I don't find is the case at all with matchmaster.

Heavily swatched
Lighter dry swatches

It comes in 10 shades, ranging from 1.0 to 10.0. According to MAC, 1.0 is a match to NC15 & N18 and 10.0 is a match to NW58 or deeper. I bought this in shade 1.0 and when I first put it on it looks a tad pale, so I think MAC's shade reference might be a little bit off. (I'm a NW10-15, for reference.) You can find swatches of all the shades on the always helpful Karla Sugar's blog.

It dries a bit faster than SFF so working in sections is a must. It goes on at about medium coverage, but it is easily buildable. If I don't use a green corrector on my red spots I have to go back and add more coverage after the first application. I use a bit more product with this foundation, even before adding the extra coverage to my cheeks. Using concealer with it is a must, both under eyes and on blemishes.The finish is demi-matte and doesn't get cakey or chalky as I build it.

Direct sunlight

One of the greatest things about this foundation is how light it feels on my face, almost weightless. It has a slightly powdery finish which made me want to touch my face all day long at first. It feels so very soft on the skin.

Now most importantly, does it do what it claims? Does it match? Hell to the yeah! I don't think I've ever had a foundation match this well before. It goes on the slightest bit pale but within an hour it looks perfect.
Natural light
I normally try to use foundations with neutral to slightly yellow undertones to combat the pink in my skin since most foundations with pink undertones end up oxidizing to an orange shade on me, and that's just no bueno. This is more neutral with just a tad bit of pink in it. YMMV with it though, since it will change a bit on everyone.

I have to say that it fares wonderfully on my oily skin as well. I gave it a real test run when we had a 84F day and I applied it sans primer, without setting powder and went the whole day without blotting. The end results surprised me. You can watch the day progress on my cheeks.

It lasted up until the 7 hour mark before it really started to settle into my pores and wear off. Any oily skinned gal can tell you that's pretty darn good!

Creepy too close after picture with flash- it had gotten too dark outside and I did not know it.

The only bad thing I have to say about this foundation is that it will emphasize any dry spots on the face. I've been getting a touch of dryness under my eyes from my retinol cream and it will clearly show when I use this foundation.

Needless to say at this point, but I am a fan of this foundation! It's become my "everyday" foundation for picking my son up from school, running errands, etc. I would recommend it to anyone with normal-to-oily skin but if you have any dryness I would make sure to moisturize well before application.

If I were to give this a grade, it would score an A- for me. ;)