Posts Tagged ‘MAC’

Thursday, January 30, 2014

MAC Masterclass Brushes: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

Once I laid eyes on the three brushes from the MAC Masterclass Brush Collection — Linear 1 Brush, Oval 3 Brush, and Oval 6 Brush   — the rational side of me said, “Janna, you have about 50 makeup brushes and you don’t need anymore” but the irrational beauty addict side (who incidentally has a record of winning these battles by a landslide) said, “Janna, you owe it to your readers to buy these strange toothbrush / baby hairbrush-looking makeup brushes.”  We all know who won…

What are these strange looking brushes?

From MAC…

M∙A∙C introduces a unique, breakthrough range of brushes that deliver a high level of performance and revolutionize personal makeup application. Ergonomically designed for even and effortless application, lush, silky, synthetic fibres are engineered to expertly pick up and apply product seamlessly. The brush handles feature a special grip design and a tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. M∙A∙C store exclusive.

What I Thought...

Linear 1 ($25):  MAC describes this brush as “With a short, narrow shape, the brush delivers a firm, precise stroke to line lashes and lips. Also defines and fills brows.” I personally thought the head was way too big to line lashes or lips. Though, I did love the brush for blending liner and shadow into my lash line.  I also liked it for filling in my brows, but it wasn’t a game changer. Verdict: Leave it.

Oval 3 ($32): MAC describes the Oval 3 as “The ultimate multipurpose tool, with an elongated oval shape and slightly pointed tip. Smoothly shades and blends powder or cream eye shadows, powder, and liquid or cream concealer in the hard-to-reach contours of the face.” Now, this brush I love… It is by far the best concealer brush I’ve ever used. Not only does it leave my face streak free, but because of it’s unique shape, it makes concealing the tough-to-reach places like my inner eye area and around the nose super simple. As for eye shadow, I definitely don’t recommend using this brush to apply shadow to the crease. The head is just too big and it drops way too much color. Instead, use this brush to blend the crease with a back-and-forth windshield wiper motion. Verdict: Love it!

Oval 6 ($42): MAC describes this brush as “Ideal for blush, foundation or powder, the rounded, medium-sized brush applies, blends and contours all over the face or cheeks for even, flawless coverage.” Okay… now this brush is a total game changer. Once you ladies get your grimy little fingers on this brush you will never use another foundation brush again. It is soooo soft and luxurious and blends foundation flawlessly, leaving you with a natural streak-free face.  I also use this brush for contouring my cheeks. It seems to have the perfect width and shape to fit in the hollows of my cheeks. I also find myself reaching for this brush to blend bronzer and blush. Verdict: BEYOND Love it!

I have to say, using these brushes have made putting on makeup fun again. You’ll find yourself looking for excuses to use them. Tip: Make sure you’re cleansing the brushes in between uses! Like an idiot, I used the Oval 3 to blend my brown eye shadow and then used it to apply my concealer. You can just imagine what that looked like.  (Bad Halloween)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

7-Minute Makeup Routine (Yes, I Timed It)

I know you all think I plop myself down in front of my vanity every morning and spend a good hour putting on my face — using several different concealers to camouflage my puffy eyes, carefully sculpting the perfect winged eye, prepping and painting on the perfect statement lip — ok that’s me on a big night out, but not during the week. I mean come on, I live in crunchy Northern California now so I’ve kind of been forced to embrace the “Fresh Face Look”. The good news? I found that I can actually look surprisingly good after dedicated  5-7 minutes to my makeup routine. And for those of you mommies and worker bees who don’t have more than a few minutes to slap on your makeup in the morning, you are going to love me forever:

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Podcast: How to Get the Wearable Trends from the Runways & Red Carpet

Tune into the My Beauty Binge podcast this week to find out the hottest makeup trends that rocked the runways and the red carpets these past few weeks.  You will also learn how to recreate the most wearable, flattering trends at home.

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Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

7 Days of Smooches Challenge: Day 7 MAC Rebel Lipstick

First of all…  Happy Valentine’s Day, my lovelies!!! May your Valentine’s Day be full of lots smooches and yummy chocolate!

Getting onto the important stuff… I spent the last 7 days torturing my husband by smooching him with various lipsticks, tints, tinted balms, stains, etc. to find out which products are the most kissable. I saved MAC Lipstick Rebel ($15) for last because it’s the lipstick I’ve been wearing pretty consistently for the past few months for all my nights out. I also saved the Rebel for last because I feared it would stain my poor hubby’s lips, putting a dramatic halt to our challenge.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Podcast: Holiday Gift Ideas and 10-Minute Holiday Makeup w/Blushing Basics’ Kristie Burnett!

Hello, my lovelies! I hope you all had a chance to tune in to last week’s podcast with makeup artist Maria Luxen, “Why Does Your Makeup Look Like Sh*t??”   This week I was a bit more tame but still had so much fun with beauty blogger and vlogger Kristie Burnett from Blushing Basics.  She is beyond adorbs and you must check out her kick-ass video makeup tutorials on YouTube!

Podcast: Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones (And for Yourself of Course) AND How to Get 10-Minute Holiday Party Makeup (Download for free from iTunes or stream live online)


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Podcast: Why Does Your Makeup Look Like Sh*t??

I’ve got some good news, my lovelies… I can now bestow my beauty knowledge and bitchiness through your speakers!  Oh yes! Webtalk Radio gave me a weekly show which you can easily find on iTunes or stream it through your internet browser. So forget listening to the same crappy music at the gym or in your car and listen to me!

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Every week I will write an accompanying blog post so you don’t have to write down any of the products or links we mention in the show. And of course I will post any pictures we discuss! So enjoy and let me know what you think!

Show: Why Does Your Makeup Look Like Sh*t??

Summary: I know it’s a harsh question but trust me you’ll want to hear the answer. Whether you’re using the wrong products or the right products in the wrong way, there may be just a few alterations you need to make to your daily ritual! Join me as I chat with the ultra-talented makeup artist Maria Luxen, founder of Maria’s Make-Up Mayhem. Not only will we help you so that your own makeup doesn’t look like sh*t, we’ll pick on a few celebrities guilty of bad red carpet makeup, showing you that you’re not alone.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Sexy Black Kitty, Meow!

Sometimes I have the worst luck…  Today I woke up all all ready and excited for my Google+ Hangout (If you don’t know what that it is, it’s like a video chat that is broadcasted live on Google+ and streams to YouTube).   It was hosted by the insanely beautiful (hate her!) Samantha Lim, Editor-in-Chief  of the huge online fashion magazine FashionIndiefeaturing myself,  Christina Farrell, amazing makeup artist and founder of the The Makeup Blogger, and Stacy Reid, Founder and CEO of Tinte Cosmetics (which thanks to Stacy’s generosity I will be trying soon!).

So what happened? Well, Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head and my Internet decided to take a hiatus. So, unfortunately I missed the first few minutes of the Hangout and once I finally got into the Hangout I faded in and out and even froze a couple times (I could hear the others saying, “She’s a frozen kitten!”).  Now my drama aside, Christina did an adorable tutorial for an 80s costume and Stacy walked through several different viable Halloween looks.  You should definitely check it out here.

After the Hangout was over, I figured it would simply be a waste of a good kitty cat look if I didn’t do a YouTube tutorial! Don’t worry about writing down any of the products since I’m listing them for you at the end of this post:


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Friday, September 28, 2012

Spring / Summer 2013 Beauty Round-Up: London and Milan Mash-up

I know I was a bit rough on New York Fashion Week, but come on, the “no makeup look” is getting a bit out of hand.  It just seems lazy to me.  Luckily, for the most part (yeah Etro, I’m talking to you — you couldn’t use mascara or at least give the girls an eyelash curl? Come on!) London and Milan ignored the boring Americans’ big trend of sending models down the runways with bushy, exaggerated brows and no color on their faces.  Of course the Brits and Italians loved themselves some big brows, but we’re not talking the warlock brows that haunted the NY runways.

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Paul Smith (London): As I scrolled through all the beauty shots from this show, I found that my eye immediately went to those gloriously bright, matte lips. I couldn't look away. Using all MAC products, makeup artist Petros Petrohilos brought the matte techno-colored magic by layering lip liner, Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger, topped with a layer of Neon Orange powder pigment "just to make that lip as bright and as matte as possible," Petrohilos said in WWD.

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Vivienne Westwood Red Label Collection: Can you imagine Vivienne Westwood succumbing to the "no makeup look"? Suggesting Westwood sends models down the runways with unruly brows and bare faces is like suggesting Betsey Johnson should skip the cartwheel at the end of every show. Westwood did not disappoint my need for drama with her "Royalty Meets Warhol" cartoon-like makeup, created by makeup artist Val Garland. By the way, there's that velvety, matte lip again. Someone's sensing a trend that can actually look good on everyone!

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Temperley London (London): I think we all know I can't resist a black winged eye, especially when it's done with such precision.  The cheeks were delicately contoured with a rich rose powder blush like NARS Blush in Outlaw ($28.00) and the lips look like the makeup artist just dabbed on a matte balm like Dior 'Creme de Rose' Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10 ($26.50).   The hair is a bit Bride of Frankenstein and for some reason the other models had tight top knots (which I thought was kind of random), but who cares when the makeup looks that hot? To find out how to get your own extreme winged eye, read my tutorial that appeared in the Allure Bloggers competition here.

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Issa London (London): I'm sorry, but this is just full out glamour. The makeup and hair tell a story together (which is what I want to see on the runways) even though they look like they are from different decades. I was afraid the live orchids in the hair might look too bridal, but in fact they just gave the hair a retro Island vibe.

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Moschino (Milan): Well, ciao and hello there Moschino...  I'm just loving all over this look -- the pouty velveteen orangy red lips and loose curls make me think of a Hitchcock girl.  The white eyeliner and false eyelashes make the makeup very Lichtenstein (which you know I obviously love if you saw my Halloween costume last year) and the brows make the look really pop.  BUT, if I've said it once I've said it a million times -- blonds have a tough time pulling off the bold brow.  The ginger on the right can totally pull off this look but the brows make the blond look borderline demonic.

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Missoni (Milan): There's that matte finish lip again.  Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni combined three different colors of MAC Cosmetics Lipmix —orange, pink and white — and then brushed a Bright Pink Pigment Colour Powder over the Lipmix, starting at the center.  I thought the custom lip color looked fresh, modern and screamed Spring, though I'll say I kind of felt like they were sticking their toe in the "no makeup look" pond but that they weren't quite ready to put down the color just yet.

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Giorgio Armani (Milan):  Before you judge, take a look at the collection and you'll see how well the eye makeup complements the clothes.  Obviously makeup artist Linda Cantello used all Giorgio Armani Cosmetics to create this look, sweeping the graphic colors from the Maestro Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad across the models' eyelids.  My one complaint -- Armani has such beautiful pigmented lipsticks, I would have loved to see more of a creamy neutral than no color at all.

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Max Mara (Milan): Honestly, I was speechless when I saw these images.  You have to wonder if the Creative Director of Max Mara told the makeup artist, "I'd like the girls to look like they just got sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray and that they haven't eaten fruits or vegetables in months."  And what's up with the eighties head wraps?  Dis-as-ter.

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Look for my coverage of the Paris shows next week and a “favorite trends” post covering the best trends from all the shows. (Spoiler Alert: “No Makeup Look” will NOT be gracing my favorite trends piece)

All photos via Women’s Wear Daily.

 

 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NYFW Beauty Round-Up Part 2: The Rest of the Runway Roadkill

I know, I know. I’m totally late on giving you my full New York Fashion Week lowdown.  I had some technical difficulties with the site over the past few days.  You’ll get over it.   I can tell you that London and Milan are already kicking NY’s ass as far as beauty, but we’ll get to that next week. And yes, I promise it will be next week.

The NY shows’ beauty looks got a little more creative later in the week thanks to standouts like the subtle smoky eye at Carolina Herrera and the fun pop of neon yellow on the eyelids at Milly, but overall most of the shows stuck to the Star-Bellied Sneetches mentality, sending bushy brows and bare faces down the runways just because everyone else did.

The Star-Bellied Sneetches were all about mimicking a bare face with unruly, bushy eyebrows bordering on warlock brows. I contemplated showing you all of the biggest designers’ beauty looks but to be frank, all the photos started looking too much alike.  I refuse to put a star on my belly so instead I’ll show you some of my favorite looks from this past week and of course I’ll throw in a couple, “Are they f’ing kidding me?” looks for your catty enjoyment.

Oscar de la Renta, photo courtesy WWD.com

This is by far one of my favorite overall looks from this past week. Hair Stylist Orlando Pita and Gucci Westman, global artistic director for Revlon, said in Women's Wear Daily that they
were both inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which happens to be my favorite iconic movie role EVER!!! I love the modern take on Golightly's signature-streaked hair by replacing her white streak with rainbow-hued hair pieces. Westman was quoted in WWD saying she wanted girls to look “naughty but nice — I wanted it to feel colorful and pretty.” Wow, imagine that... colorful and pretty for Spring!

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Carolina Herrera:: In my eyes Carolina Herrera can do no wrong. Every season she redefines "classic beauty" in both her collection and the beauty looks she sends down the runways. This season was no different, she showcased a wearable, subtle take on a smoky eye complemented by glowing skin. I wasn't crazy about the hair. It kind of reminded me of tweens attending private school, but I was so distracted by the beautiful makeup I didn't let it bother me.  Get the Makeup Look: Use MAC 'Powerpoint' Eye Pencil Industry (gray with pearl) with MAC Eye Kohl Phone Number (silvery grey) blended over. Then draw a thin line with a a black cream liner like MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Creamliner Matte Black along the top and bottom lashes and blend with a smudger. Use one coat of mascars and then use highlighter along the cheekbones. Finish off the look by applying a clear semi-matte balm like Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm (which has the added bonus of smelling deliciously of roses).

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Marc Jacobs: Okay I get the Edie Sedgwick reference. I'm sure (as makeup artist Francois Nars insisted) it was a coincidence that he chose Edie as his muse and that his makeup brand NARS is launching an Andy Warhol collection this holiday season. As you can see from the two photos, the blond models could pull off Edie but the too-heavy warlock brows made the brunette models look Cro-Magnon.

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 Donna Karan: EGADS! Just in time for Halloween, Donna Karan decided to go full on cadaver with pasty white skin and fuchsia rimmed eyes. Not only were the models' eyes outlined in pink but their mascara was even pink, giving a sickly "I'm either dead or going to be dead soon" look against the white powdered skin. Donna Karan told the press her inspiration for this line was "Sunrise, Sunset," but perhaps subconsciously she was thinking "Dawn of the Dead."

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Milly by Michelle Smith: MAC lead makeup artist Romy Soleimani went for a "simple, very clean, very modern a little bit minimal" look by swiping fluorescent yellow shadow across the lid and keeping the rest of the face simply glowy by strategically highlighting the models' cheekbones and cupid's bow and neutralizing the lip. I know yellow is a bold choice but you could totally make this look wearable for a night out by using a green or blue. Get this Look: First line the eyes with a matte white pencil like MAKE UP FOR EVER Kohl Pencil Matte White 2K to use as a base and to help the color pop. Then dip your eyeliner brush in a pigment like MAC Pigment Magenta Madness and press color over the white. Don't forget to apply a highlighter like Fresh Twilight Freshface Glow Twilight Freshface Glow from your cheekbones to your temples and a little at your cupid's bow to make your skin look ethereal.

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Jeremy Scott:  I was as stunned as you must have been to find a sophisticated wearable evening eye (created by the brilliant MAC makeup artist team) at Jeremy Scott, a designer who usually goes more for shock value than pretty. I love the contrast of the navy blue shadow on the lid blended into the rose shadow above the crease makes this look really pop, especially with the gold pigments pressed into the inner corner of the eyes. The eyes remained the focus by giving the models a neutral lip.

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Vera Wang: And the award for my favorite makeup look for the NY SS2013 shows goes to Vera Wang! One word -- STUNNING. The perfect skin and rose gold smoked eyes gave the models an ethereal glow. The universally flattering eye palette brought out the color in ALL the models' eyes -- turning brown eyes warm and chocolaty and making blue and green eyes pop. The skin was flawless with subtle contouring and highlighting to make the ladies look every more otherworldly once they hit the glaring lights of the runway. Look for Rose Gold to be the next "it" color this season for eyes!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

A Brush with Disaster… All My Brushes Are Missing!

I’m embarrassed to even type these words, but… I lost my makeup brush roll. How does such a thing happen?  It’s my own fault for separating my brushes from my makeup case when I foolishly decided my finely curated brush collection had outgrown the confines of the makeup case pocket.  I’m pretty sure I left the brush roll in wine country, but no one has found them.   Now I’m left hopeless — applying velvety shadows with fingertips, attempting to bronze with a sponge (hello drag queen cheeks), and blending with tissues (lots and lots of blending).

It’s tough for me to take the first step and begin replacing my coveted brush collection, even if my new method of makeup application leaves me looking like “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”  I’ll tell you my problem right now… I loved my brushes for the obvious reasons — quality, longevity, feel, etc.  But it also took me years of buying tons of expensive brushes I never ended up using to whittle down to my dream team.  Those poor brushes are probably crying in a trashcan somewhere in Napa, drunk off the drops of the near-empty wine bottles, wondering where their Mommy is… Okay maybe I’m being creepy, but they are my babies. Read the rest of this entry »

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