October 2012 Favorites

Wow… this feels like strange territory!  It has been so long since I did a Favorites post… Like June or maybe even further back.  I have been sort of uninspired recently to do favorites because sometimes most of the time it ends up being a lot of the products that I reviewed that month and I hate to reiterate the same points.  This month’s favorites was all about rediscoveries!  I took these photos with my iPhone because my camera’s battery died RIGHT as I went to snap the first picture! Ready? 

For starters I want to mention the color products.  The MAC quad was made by me.  I haven’t been using my MAC eyeshadows much in the last year but they were calling to me.  My all time favorite eyeshadow in the WORLD is Sable and it is the top left.  The other three are Naked Lunch (top right), Smut (bottom left) and Shore Leave which is limited edition from years ago (bottom right).  This combo is GORGEOUS and I accidentally put them together.  I knew I wanted to use the top two in a look together and recently Shore leave has been my GO TO inner corner highlight.  Smut is always a favorite for the outer v and there you have it… History was made!  Favorite custom MAC quad!

A MAC blush that I have always lusted after is Fleur Power.  I acquired it in a swap at the beginning of the month and fell head over heels for it.  It has been on my cheeks for the majority of the month.  I love it.  Pretty bright pink with a TOUCH of coral.  I am pregnant but every time I wear this people tell me I am radiant.  I know it is the blush!!!

I am also loving the Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist.  I use it after cleansing to give me a nice hydrated feeling.  It smells wonderful and feels amazing on the skin.  A definite favorite from the Jurlique skincare line I am testing and will post about soon.
Billion Dollar Brows automatic pencil is amazing.  I have been using it non-stop since I purchased it.  Seriously–no other product has touched my brows since I opened it’s package.  I reviewed it previously here.
NARS Eyeshadow Base has been a favorite this month.  My hormones have my eyelids going nuts.  Bases that have never allowed creasing (on me) before aren’t working now.  I went through a few different ones and reached for this trusty base and it actually is working.  Thank the lord!  I haven’t given it a full on review yet but here is the haul post that I did when I received it a year and a half ago! WOW, right?
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in 2-Light has been my most reached for concealer.  I always love it but recently I have been relying on it and it alone to perfect my complexion.  I have tried not to use any foundation because my face has cleared up a great deal and this has really done the trick.  I need to get a  new one pretty soon.  It is about tapped.
I just recently reviewed the Laura Mercier Deluxe Travel Brush Collection and two of my favorite brushes this month came from it.  The Blush Brush is absolute perfection.  I haven’t ever used a paddle shaped blush brush before but it is really great for precision–which I need sometimes because I have big ole cheeks!  When I smile you can see I actually have pretty nice cheek bones but the precision of blush application really helps that stand out.  The other standout brush in this set is the dual-ended Smudge/Flat Eye Liner brush.  These are both full size brushes, they are just dual ended.  The eyeliner brush comes to a perfect thin point and I like that it isn’t angled.  The Smudge side is the real standout though.  I apply inner corner highlight, eyeshadow on the lower lash line AND smudge my eyeliner with it.  It is amazing.  
What are your October 2012 Favorites?  Do any of our favorites match?  Let me know in the comments below!  Also let me know if you would like me to do monthly favorites consistently like I used to!  I enjoy doing them but I sort of stopped at the risk of sounding redundant!  
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MAC Raven Kohl Power Eye Pencil

MAC Cosmetics has released their Holiday 2012 collections and they are repromoting some of their Kohl Power Eye Pencils.  The one I have to show you today is Raven.

Raven is a blackened burgundy with a pearl-like finish.

Because it is a Kohl Power Eye Pencil it is great for smudging but I would refrain from using it in the waterline and for tightlining purposes due to the red hue.  A lot of cosmetics that are red include carmine which is an irritant to many.  I also find that because of the specks of pearl in this liner it is slightly uncomfortable on the waterline or tightline.  This is something I would strictly use on the top lash line.
The swatch below is a pretty heavy one.  You can really see the burgundy and the pearly sparkle.  When a thin line is used on your lash line the color appears as if it were a soft black.

I really enjoy the MAC Raven Kohl Power pencil.  I have used it for a few years now and I love it for the fall months.  It retails for $16.50 and can be purchased at Nordstrom or anywhere MAC Cosmetics are sold.
What is your favorite eye liner during the fall?  Is it a simple black or do you like to throw in a twist?  Do you wear it smudgy or do you like a nice crisp wing??  Let me know in the comments below!
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Cranberry Leaves FOTD

For the last two days where I live has been a fall wonderland.  I know, I am in Florida… there are no leaves changing colors or falling off the trees but the weather as been low 60s and just wonderful.  I don’t know what it is about the cooler weather, but that static in the air always gets a bug in me to go for jewel tones and anything reminiscent of fall.

Today I did a look with some of my MAC eyeshadows.  They have been sooo neglected in the last year.  I forced myself to work out of the palettes for the past couple of days and I am thrilled with the looks I have come up with.  Also, the longevity of the looks I have created is astounding.  

For my face, I used:
Origins VitaZing, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in light, and R&R pressed powder in Silk.  I also used the Pink Grapefruit blush by Laura Geller.

On the lips I used a Laura Mercier Gloss in Opal.  It is a beautiful barely there shade that adds just the right touch of sparkle.

On the eyes I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance then layed down a Paint Pot by MAC in Constructivist on the lids.  I used MAC Cranberry all over the lid on top of Constructivist.  I used Twinks to darken up the outer v and took some of Twinks into the crease.  I decided that Twinks wasn’t dark enough for the look I was going for and took Handwritten in for a deeper effect.  Also lightly dusted Handwritten over the entire crease.  On the edges of Handwritten I used Soft Brown to blend.  I then took MAC Shore Leave and highlighted the inner corners.  I blended all of the eyeshadows together using a clean fluffy blending brush.  
I then used my Trusty Essence Midnight In Paris Gel Liner and did a kitten flick.  I wanted lots of lashes for this look so I used the It Cosmetics Hello Lashes!  For the Brows I used a brow pencil from Etude House.  It is amazing!

I hope you enjoyed my fall makeup look!  What have you done so far this year that was fall inspired?  Lipstick, cheek color, manicure?  Switching out your decorations in your home?  Anything at all!  Just tell me in the comments below!

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Mac Love

It has been a long long time since I have given my MAC products a good play.  So many other brands have been on the forefront of my radar and MAC has totally just fallen to the wayside.  It was time to break it out so I created a typical look: taupe eyeshadow, peachy cheek, and nude lip.



Origins VitaZing

Kevyn Aucoin SSE 5

MAC Blot Powder

Too Faced Bronzer
MAC Fleet Fast blush



MUFE Aqua Cream 13

MAC Grain

MAC Moth Brown

MAC Satin Taupe

MAC kohl pencil

Maybelline mascara


MAC Gaga 2 lipglass

As you can see from the collage I made the other day I was having entirely too much fun with finishes from Instagram.  The top left picture is the ACTUAL picture that was taken and the other 3 are just variations of finishes.  I guess I was channeling Andy Warhol with his famous variating-color-pattern-quadrant art.  Love it or hate it… I had fun! HA  Anyway!  Just thought I would share.  If you have any questions just leave them in the comments below!

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