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My favorite thing about MAC x Prabal Gurung collection is the packaging. Don’t get me wrong, the collections is beautiful but the packaging got me because I’m thinking about the holidays and holiday parties and sequin blazers (I was just shopping for one), so the gold-tone packaging stole my beauty heart. It’s MAC, so I already know the quality of the cosmetics in the packaging and truth be told, I know if I look through my makeup closet I can probably find dupes for more than half this collection but…the packaging got me and I want it. Le Sigh.

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MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection

The modern glamour and immaculate style of fashion designer Prabal Gurung comes to M·A·C in an opulent collaboration featuring smoky, gilded hues and beautiful custom gold packaging.

 

Mac x PrabalGurung Collection

LIPSTICK
Light English Red sheer beige nude (lustre) Carmine Rouge clean true red (matte)
Ultramarine Pink mid-tone dirty violet (satin)
Suggested Retail Price $30.00

LIPGLASS
Light English Red sheer beige nude
Carmine Rouge clean true red
Ultramarine Pink mid-tone dirty violet
Suggested Retail Price $30.00

EYE SHADOW DUO
Satin Ochre soft pale white gold (frost)/coral orange (matte)
Terre shimmering neutral beige (veluxe pearl)/mid-tone warm brown (satin) Cinder smoky cool grey (lustre)/dark charcoal (matte)
Suggested Retail Price $40.00

KOHL POWER EYE PENCIL
Feline rich black
Suggested Retail Price $20.00

CHROMAGRAPHIC PENCIL
NW25/NC30
Suggested Retail Price $20.00

CREAM COLOUR BASE
Coral Lumineux vivid coral crème
Suggested Retail Price $70.00

BRONZING POWDER
Matte Bronze bare shouldered bronze
Suggested Retail Price $70.00

BRUSH
M∙A∙C + PRABAL GURUNG Square Handled Buffer
Suggested Retail Price $70.00

The MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection  will be available in North America November 26, 2014 at select MAC stores and maccosmetics.com.

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

 

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While in LA, Team ThisThatBeauty made the Hourglass Cosmetics flagship store in Venice a must stop destination on our #TTBToursLA tour! We were super fortunate to join forces with the Mixed Makeup team and recreate the Oscar De la Renta Spring 2015 Look with Hourglass Cosmetics.

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When the models walked down the runway at the Oscar de la Renta S/S 2015 Fashion Show, we saw two things: Gorgeous gowns and equally gorgeous makeup. Thanks to the handiwork of makeup artist Gucci Westman for Hourglass Cosmetics, we can’t stop thinking about glowing skin, graphic liner and beautiful berry lips. It’s a gorgeous makeup look that anyone can wear with the right tips and tools.” – @susanyara / @mixedmakeup

We must extend a very special thanks to the entire Hourglass Team, but specifically Laura Janes – Hourglass Global Brand Ambassador & National Makeup Artist and Vanessa Eckles – Hourglass Makeup Artist….Bravo, ladies!

GET THE LOOK

COMPLEXION: Prep skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and follow with Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup for a naturally radiant complexion. Conceal any dark circles or imperfections with Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer.

CHEEKS: Create a seamless, soft-focus glow with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Lightly contour with Radiant Light, a sun-kissed golden beige. Then apply Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta, to the apples of the cheek. Finish up by highlighting with Incandescent Light.

EYES: Sweep Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner along the upper lash line, flicking the liner up and out. Repeat the application to create a thicker line. Follow with Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner to enhance the black tone. Finish up with two or three coats of Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara on the top lashes.

BROWS: Perfect arches with Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil.

LIPS: Prep lips earlier with Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil. Apply Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Empress, a deep aubergine shade, and use your fingers to diffuse the color. Finish with a dab of Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil for a subtle sheen.

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During summer months I glow, no matter what.  I have oily skin and while there are products that give me semi matte skin for a few hours when it’s sweltering, there is nothing that can keep me matte all day. Its  easier to keep a matte sculpted face when temperatures start to drop. However, I still have to do some work to find products that will not only stay matte but also won’t dry out my skin. Since we just started fall (and hopefully the start of consistently cooler weather) I thought I share the Products  I Use for a Matte Sculpted Face.

Christene Carr - Matte Sculpted Face

Face Primer

If I want matte skin, I have to start with a mattifying primer — it’s really not up for debate.  Becca Ever Matte Poreless Primer targets oil-prone areas of the face to slow down the breakthrough of oil. It is formulated without silicones, parabens and oils and can be applied under and over foundation. I apply under my foundation and wait for it to completely dry down then I apply my foundation.

Foundation

My foundation collection is extensive but right now these three are in heavy rotation:

  1. Cover FX Cream Foundation –  is a rich emollient base foundation that is free of gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens and talc. It offers  sheer to full coverage and works on any skin type, even sensitive.  While I use this foundation all your ’round, I especially like it during cooler months. I am shade N 100 and use N 80 and N 110 to highlight and contour.
  2. Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Cream – Discovered this over the summer and did a full review here.
  3. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation  Stick–  Uses a transparent base with skin tone correcting pigments. I wear shades Golden Almond and Almond. The foundation is very creamy but not oily. It delivers sheer to full coverage and I love that I can just swipe it over my face and blend with fingers or a foundation brush. Available in an incredible 24 shades.

Using all three of these with the Becca primer extends the wear and I can stay matte longer.

Setting Powder

When using cream or liquid foundations, setting powder is a must.  Setting powders extends the wear and reduces the amount of product that is transferred.

  1. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
  2. Cover FX Matte Setting Powder in Medium
  3. NYX Mineral “Set It & Don’t Fret It” Matte Finishing Powder

All of these powders work great with a powder brush when I want a natural skin finish or i’m doing a super quick application, when I want a more matte finish I’ve been using Areo Minerale Powder Puff.  It sounds old school but the press and roll method to applying setting powder is a totally new discovery for me and I only tried it because all 3786 of my powder brushes were dirty (don’t judge me.)

Lid Primer

When I go matte, I go all the way, even my shadow.   Lid primers work to keep lids matte and also help to make shadows more vivid and long lasting. Here are my favorites:

  1. Ruby Kisses
  2. Urban Decay Primer Potion

Eye Shadow

  1. Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette – I love this neutral Becca palette because all the shades are matte and the pigment is fantastic. I use my finger to smudge the darkest shade into the lash line and blend upwards. I also use my finger to add the lightest shade to the browbone and inner corner of my eyes.  It takes about a minute to apply both. I love when my shadows can double as brow filler…I use the darkest shade with this brush to fill in and define my brows.

Blush/Bronzer

Guerlain’s  Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-made Bronzing Powder in Ebony is perfect multipurpose product. It is combination of 4 shades that help to highlight and sculpt my face.  It has just a hint of shimmer which is perfect to add depth to my overall matte sculpted look. I isolate the darkest shade and use it in the hollows of my cheeks to contour, while using the lightest shade as a highlighter.  I swirl a blush brush over the entire palette and use as a blush.

Lipstick

Fall Lipsticks - Christene Carr

With such a simple look on the face it is possible to wear just about any lip color. In this post I show four lip colors (above) that I’m loving for fall.  I still have all four in rotation but also added these:

  1. Lorac Pro Matte Lip Pencil in Ruby and Merlot
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Ultra 650
  3. Black Opal Color Splurge Luxe Matte Lipstick in  Rich Red

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What products do you use to  for a matte sculpted face?

Please share in the comments.

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

 

 

 

 

 

If you have never seen an episode of The Simpsons, please reconsider some things.  I am not saying you have to like the Simpsons but to not acknowledge it and be curious enough to check out an episode is just wrong. After All, it’s a pop culture phenomenon that has been on television since 1989;  it is also the longest running sitcom in American history.  When I saw that MAC had a Simpsons collection launching in a few days I got excited because I love the Simpsons and was eager to see how the beauty and simplicity of character’s everyday looks would be interpreted into wearable makeup. I was not disappointed.

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From MAC

Ladies, gentlemen and Rigellians, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, MAC honours the one, the only, THE SIMPSONS! Be the best Sideshow You with Powder Blush, a classic 7 Lash and two special-edition Eye Shadow x 4 in shades that glimmer like Lisa’s Spikes. Electric hues of Lipglass gleam with radioactive vibrancy and new Nail Stickers, starring the most beautiful of Bouviers, Marge, set the finishing touch.

MAC Simpsons Lipgloss

Lipglass

($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Nacho Cheese Explosion bright neon lime yellow
  • Grand Pumpkin bright creamy orange
  • Red Blazer bright fuchsia
  • Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy electric blue violet

MAC Simpsons That Trillion Dollar Look Quad

That Trillion Dollar Look Quad

($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Lisa’s Spikes lime green (Frost)
  • Apple Squishee mid-tone Kelly green (Frost)
  • 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds dirty olive green (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Chalkboard Dreams deep blackened teal (Velvet)

MAC Simpsons Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad

Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad

($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Harpooned Heart light baby pink (Lustre)
  • Sexy PB&J Mid-tone bright violet (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Beehive Blue Mid-tone bright blue (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag Deep navy (Frost)

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Powder Blush

($24.00 U.S. / $28.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Sprinkles Cute blue pink (Satin)
  • Sideshow You Light peach coral (Satin) (Online Exclusive)

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Extras (Limited Edition)

  • Marge Simpson’s Cutie-cles Nail Stickers ($16.50 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
  • #7 Lashes False eyelashes ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 DCN) (Limited Edition)

All products will be available in  North AmericA September 4, 2014 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.

Are you a Simpsons fan?

Will you pick up anything from MAC The Simpsons Collection?

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

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The MAC Novel Romance collection uses imagery  I’ve only seen on the cover of cheesy romance novels that I would never read. The makeup collection on the other hand, is signature MAC and has me wanting all the richly pigmented shadows, glossy bold polishes and attention grabbing blushes. If you are a MAC addict (who so happens to like romance novels) chances are you will want the entire collection…and no one could blame you. This collections also has all the colors and finishes that make it perfect for pre-fall and winter.

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Fall in lust with A Novel Romance, a colour collection teeming with luscious shades that will have you feeling overwhelmed with desire. Eyes tantalize in Electric Cool Eye Shadow, Fluidline Eye Liner and Mineralize Eye Shadow quads, as lips provoke in seductive shades of Lipstick. Cheeks flush in shimmering Powder Blush, and Nail Lacquers tempt you to take the plunge in intriguing nocturnal hues. Like fiction brought life, the surging passions of this after-dark adventure seem almost too good to be true.

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STUDIO NAIL LACQUER (SRP $12.00 US/$14.00 CAD)

  • Before Dawn green grey
  • Midnight Storm deep magenta
  • Sunset Sky mid-tone crimson
  • Midnight Strata dark violet
  • Midnight Ocean dark royal blue
  • Midnight Sky deep charcoal

FLUIDLINE EYE PENCIL (SRP $16.00 US/$19.00 CAD)

  • Atomic Ore gold
  • Earth Sign deep brown
  • Deep Blue Sea deep ocean blue
  • Metropolis deep metal gray
  • Water Willow deep khaki green
  • Evil Twin blue purple
  • Black Brilliance black

BRUSH (SRP $25.00 US/$30.00 CAD)

  • 242 ShaderANovelRomance-AMBIENT-B-300

ELECTRIC COOL EYE SHADOW (SRP $21.00 US/$25.00 CAD)

  • Pure Flash! pale champagne
  • Love Power soft shimmering rose Superwatt light shimmering taupe
  • Coil copper bronze
  • Gilded Thrill gold ( frost)
  • Switch to Blue rich cobalt
  • Highly Charged rich purple with pink pearl
  • Blacklit black with multidimensional pearl

LIPSTICK

  • Myself soft shimmery nude beige ( lustre)
  • A Novel Romance light cool dusty pink (cremesheen) Good Kisser mid-tone fuchsia (matte)
  • Hearts Aflame mid-tone brick red (matte)
  • Lingering Kiss deep plum red (matte)
  • Yield to Love mid-tone rose (cremesheen) Online Exclusive SRP $16.00 US/$19.00 CAD

LIPGLASS

  • Bared for You soft rose gold
  • Reckless Desire sheer pearlescent lavender grey Pure Fiction mid-tone violet pink
  • Wanting More washed-out lavender
  • Talk Sexy dark purple
  • SRP $15.00 US/$18.00 CAD

HAUTE & NAUGHTY TOO BLACK LASH (SRP $22.00 US/$26.00 CAD)

  • Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash black

POWDER BLUSH (SRP $22.00 US/$26.00 CAD)

  • Fun Ending soft neutral peach (satin)
  • Animal Instincts shimmering plum ( frost)

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BRUSH

  • 213 Fluff (SRP $24.00 US/$28.50 CAD)
  • 224 Tapered Blending (SRP $32.00 US/$38.50 CAD)

A NOVEL ROMANCE QUAD

  • My Fantasy pale neutral olive (veluxe pearl)
  • Fall in Lust mid-tone cool grey mauve ( frost)
  • Dance in the Dark deep blackened brown (matte)
  • Rising Passions greenish charcoal with gold pearl (velvet) SRP $40.00 US/$48.00 CAD

AN AMOROUS ADVENTURE QUAD (SRP $40.00 US/$48.00 CAD)

  • Sable gold plum with bronze pearl ( frost)
  • Sex & The Oyster mid-tone seafoam green (veluxe pearl) Brawn mid-tone plum brown (satin)
  • Black Tied black with silver sparkle (velvet)

A PASSIONATE QUEST QUAD (SRP $40.00 US/$48.00 CAD)

  • The Wrong Man light cool dusty pink (satin)
  • Serenade mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl (veluxe pearl)
  • Brazenly rich eggplant (veluxe pearl)
  • Stay Sultry deep violet navy (satin)

The Novel Romance collection will be available in North America August 21, 2014 at all MAC locations and at  maccosmetics.com. It will be available at all internationally locations September, 2014.

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

 

I may change up my look every day, but there are 5 products that are the cornerstone to my makeup routine. I use some form of each of these daily, and without them I feel incomplete. To be honest, I would rather go without makeup entirely than skip one of these  five products.

Foundation

 smashbox cc creamYes I choose foundation over concealer. I can often build up my foundation by stippling it on areas that need more coverage, or sheer it out with a light application. Either way – I need my base! I regularly circulate my old stand-bys with new ones I’m testing, and each season it may look a bit different depending on the weather. But I can assure you, my face is fully covered from ear to ear and forehead to jaw – I love a full face. Right now, I am circulating my Smashbox CC Cream, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and By Terry Cover Expert.

Cheek Color

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer LightMediumI initially wrote blush for this next one, but truthfully any cheek color will do. Bronzer, blush, cream or powder, my cheeks need a natural flush. When I worked behind the counter many moons ago, I found that this is the one product most of my clients wanted to skip. Not me! A radiant cheek can brighten up a face quicker than a lip or eye color. For the summer I love my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Matte Bronzer in Light/Medium, Dolce & Gabbana’s blush in Rosebud or Shiseido’s Face Color Enhancing Trio in Peach.

Mascara

Armani Eyes to Kill MascaraDuh, of course I need mascara. How the heck am I supposed to look awake if my lashes are not defined? I prefer thick, voluminous, jet-black formulas because they can really accentuate my eyes without needing eye liner or shadow. I try tons of different mascaras but  holy grails are Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Volume Mascara and the Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara.

Brow Pencil

Anastasia Brow WizI will always choose brows over eye shadow because they frame my entire face and give it dimension. And even with a soft, natural look, I still need a slight definition or else my eyes look lost on my face. There is truly only two pencils I trust to get the job done – the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette and the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown.

Lipstick

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I may throw a lip gloss on if I have nothing else, but majority of the time I reach for lipstick. Bold, bright, neutral or natural, I live for a lip color to complete my look. Often I wear my reds and vibrant pinks with a minimal face because I feel it allows the lip to take center stage. For the summer, I like to alternate between a spicy red orange such as Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven and a “my lip color but better” shade like Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick in Pretty.

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Prepare to fall in love with Target all over again!

If you haven’t visited the beauty aisle at Target lately, prepare for a jaw-dropping, OMG, how-the-heck-did-they-do-that experience. The cosmetics aisle has been majorly revamped, and honey — it is fabulous!
#SummerGlowSalon

Complete with crisp, bright lighting (selfies, anyone?), backlit shelving and beauty signage that truly makes you feel at home, the newly renovated beauty department at Target is quite the destination for all things skin, hair, makeup, fragrance and more! The new set-up is truly innovative and ground breaking in its design…. everything feels so luxe & inviting — a girl just wants to camp out and test product all day long.

In addition to newly revamped aisles, the beauty department now features new BFF’s…or as Target prefers to call them, “Beauty Concierges”. These guys and gals are truly going to become your BFF’s (Beauty Friends Forever) because they know the aisles and products best. You can lean in real close and ask, “Girl, will this really tame my frizz?”…and your Beauty Concierge will lend insight and advice to help you make your purchase (and tame your frizz!). These highly trained Beauty Concierges are well-equipped to offer personalized, detailed and unbiased information about beauty and personal care products offered at Target.

I’m so impressed with the newly designed beauty aisles and the MAJOR elevation of super cool brands, that I was inspired to showcase a few summer trends and highlight the incredible products at Target to help achieve the look:

TEXTURE/ LESS HEAT STYLING
Stop fighting with your heat styling tools and embrace your hair’s natural texture. Or, at the very least, extend the life of your blowouts.

Pantene

Pantene ProV Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo
• Instant, WATERLESS refreshment to help EXTEND your blowout.
• Also great for adding bed-head texture to hair.

HALF MOON MANI
COVERGIRL
COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss
• No topcoat needed! Color with built-in topcoat. All you need is polish and reinforcement tabs as a guide to create your half moon shape.
• Glossy color lasting as long as a week.
• Choose from 45 brilliant shades.

FLAWLESS SKIN
Who are we kidding? Flawless skin is always in!
OLAY
Olay Fresh Effects Dewey Gel
• Sheer, breathable formula leaves skin feeling silky and smooth
• Formulated with a powder, the lightweight gel makes skin look less oily
• Claim: 24-hour hydration that just won’t quit.

The newly renovated Target beauty department has so much to offer and I’m beyond excited to be able to share with you! But you need to hightail it to Target and see for yourself :) And here’s an extra incentive just for you — major savings on Olay, COVERGIRL AND Herbal Essences.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT–

Last week, in NYC, we brought the Target beauty aisle to the Flatiron Plaza and hosted #SummerGlowSalon, a full day of manicures, makeovers, blowouts, braids, and ME! Check out my pictures!

 

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 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by P&G Beauty and Style Coalition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give me a collection that is comprised mostly of gorgeous nudes and easy to wear natural tones and I will go on and on and on for days about it. When I first saw the sneak peeks of this new MAC Pedro Lourenco collection, my first thought was “THAT QUAD”. It seemed like the most stunning array of rosy/warm brown/golden shades and I knew it would be a staple in my summer look. (Yes, I have a summer look. You should too. It’s good to keep people guessing.) Fast forward a week or two and yes, I am 100% positive that is a summer essential for me – and frankly for you too. These shades will look good on everyone! The rest of the collection complements the quad perfectly – warm peachy colors juxtaposed with daring bold reds and purples. Though perfect for summer, the MAC x Pedro Lourenco Collection  will most likely take you into fall and even winter.

 MAC summer Pedro Lourenco collection

Here’s a look at the complete MAC x Pedro Lourenco Collection

Nude Quad

Pedro Lourenco Quad

Eyeshadow Colors:

Pink Sands

All That Glitters

Sable

Rose Cloud

Lipsticks/Lipglass

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Lipstick colors:

Peach Beige

Ruby

Roxo

True Red

Lipglass colors:

Gold Mirror

Mirror

Cream Colour Base

pedro lourenco cream colour baseColor: Hush

Powder Blush Duo

MAC pedro lourenco powder blush duo

Nail Lacquer

mac pedro lourenco nail polishColors:

Skin

Flaming Rose

The MAC x Pedro Lourenco collection is now available at MAC stores and online.

 

What are you planning to pick up from this collection?

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If I wear enough beautiful spring-like makeup,  it will come, right?  Just looking at the Lise Watier Spring 2014 Collection makes me long for pastels from head to toe.  However, I don’t want to jump the gun, so, I’ve been easing into brighter more season appropriate makeup shades a bit at a time – and this collection has been perfect for that transition.

Eyeshadow Quartet and Blush

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In my opinion, the two stars of the collection are the limited edition eyeshadow quartet and Imagine blush that offer a lot more color but are still easy enough to wear every day.  The four pearlized shades in the quartet wear beautifully together, and I have been using the blue to line my eyes and give them a pop of color near the lash line.  And to brighten up my entire face, I dust the Imagine blush on the apples of my cheeks and it gives me a gorgeous rosy flush.  Available on lisewatier.us for between $32 – $36.

High Shine Lip Gloss

Lise Watier high shine lip glossPerfect for wearing alone or over top of one of the lip colors from the Spring collection, this Haute Lumiere High Shine Gloss feels like a moisturizing balm but wears like an intense gloss.  I also love that it is perfectly clear which is hard to find nowadays since everything has a slight tint.  This on top of my natural lip color makes for the most perfect “my lip color but better” effect.  Available on lisewatier.us for $23.00.

Duo Glam Rouge Infini Lipstick Duo

Lise watier lipstick duoA water based liquid lip stain on one end and a opaque lipstick on the other – it’s like the best of both worlds.  I have come to love liquid lip stain for the way they feel on the lips, and when layered with the richly textured lipstick it wears for a solid 8 hours.  I actually touched up occasionally with the high shine gloss to give my lips some moisture, but the finish of the Lipstick duo stayed comfortably on my lips for the majority of the day.  Available at lisewatier.us for $27.00.

Magic Lip Color Enhancer

Lise Watier magic lip colour enhancerThis unique balm creates a individual lip color for every person depending on their skin’s pH.  A great option when you just want to throw something in your purse and run out the door and not need a mirror to apply – this is foolproof!  Available on lisewatier.us for $22.00.

Waterproof Eye liner in Smokey Grey

Lise Watier spring eye linerNot quite black, this smokey grey waterproof eye liner is the essential addition to any season’s eye look.  I prefer grey eye liner over any other shade because it is truly an all purpose color that can be mixed with any eye shadow combination to help add definition.  And without that intensity that black liner often can have, a smokey grey can be more wearable for every day.  Available on lisewatier.us for $20.00.

Rouge Plumpissimo Lipstick in Rose Papaye

Lise Watier spring lipstick 2I always feel that it is not officially spring without that burst of bright lip color that only spring collections can offer.  With a mixture of plumping agents and a hydrating formula, this lipstick will give your lips a boost.  A creamy formula that glides on with ease, it will not only look good but feel good on the lips as well.  Isn’t that the perfect combination.  Available on lisewater.us for $22.00.

Purchase the entire Lise Watier Spring 2014 Imagine collection from her website.

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What would spring be without a new, vibrant and colorful collection from MAC? They do new collections like no one else and can get you hyped for a new season (though it is a tad easier to be excited for Spring while currently suffering through snowstorm after snowstorm, ugh).  The shades in their new A Fantasy of Flowers Collection, is a mix of pastel pigments, luminous glosses, pops of color from vivid nail lacquers and liners. Quite a large collection, there is truly something for everyone in this mix.

 MAC Fantasy of Flowers

I had a ton of favorite pieces from this launch, and it was as if every product I tried was better than the last.  Between the Mineralize Skin Finishes and the Mineralize Blushes – my cheeks were glowing and flawless.  I love the quad style Mineralize eye shadows and naturally was drawn to the shade Great Beyond because it was so wearable with its neutral brown/plum tones.  The Fluidline liners blew my mind with their vibrancy and would be an amazing accent for a fun night out or weekend look.  The Cremesheen Lipglasses are always a favorite of mine because they wear like the typical MAC Lipglass but without all the tackiness that causes my hair to be permanently attached to my lips on windy days.  Here is a look at a few of my stand out winners from the collection:

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Below is a look at the entire collection:

MAC Fantasy of Flowers Minerlize Skin Finish Mineralize Blush in 2 shades: Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power.  Available at Nordstrom for $25.00

Mineralize Skin Finish in 2 shades: Stereo Rose and Perfect Topping. Available at Nordstrom for $30.00.

MAC Fantasy of FLowers Lipsticks

Lustre lipsticks in 6 shades: Fleur d’Coral, Naked Bud, Dreaming Dahlia, Rose Lily, Snapdragon, Heavenly Hybrid.  Available at Nordstrom for $15.00.

MAC fantasy of flowers cremesheen collection

Cremesheen Glass in 6 shades: Nectarsweet, Flare of Fantasy, Pagoda, Playful Petal, Star Quality and Galaxy Rose. Available at Nordstrom for $20.00.

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Mineralize Eye Shadows in 4 shades: In the Meadow, Pink Sensibilities, Golden Hours, Great Beyond – available at Nordstrom for $21.00.

MAC fantasy of flowers pigmentsMAC Pigments in 4 shades: Lilywhite, Chatreuse Bouquet, Violet and Pink Pearl. Available at maccosmetics for $21.00.

MAC fantasy of flowers mascara and brushes

Haute and Naughty Lash in Black available at Nordstrom for $21.00.

Brushes in 3 styles: 286 Duo Fiber Tapered Blending brush for $32.00, 159 Duo Fibre Blush brush for $35.00 and 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush for $42.00.  Available at maccosmetics.com.

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MAC Fluidline liners in 2 shades: Sassy Moss and Phlox Garden. Available at Nordstrom for $16.00.

MAC fantasy of flowers nail polish

MAC Nail Lacquer in 4 shades: Pep Pep Pep, Saint Germain, Girl Trouble, and Soiree.  Available at Nordstrom for $16.00.

The collection is available both in store and online.  Purchase the full collection here.

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Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow Myracle

Flushed, rosy cheeks — we all want it, but can we all wear it?  Of course we can!  In this edition of ThisThatBeauty Wears, we will show you how all three of us rock a bright pink cheek.  So many women gravitate towards blushes with more brown or “neutral” undertones — afraid of how something a bit more daring may look, but after this post hopefully you will feel better about branching out into the realm of pink blushes.  See how each of us wears our favorite pink blush and get a little inspiration to find your Bright Pink Cheek!

Maree

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Maree: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface

Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Blush in Dollface  is one of my go-to shades when I want to achieve that bright, flushed look in my cheeks – seen here with a subtle smoky eye and peachy-pink lip.  Often the misconception is that when wearing pink blush, you must then match it to your lips, which could not be further from the truth.  The Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Blush in Dollface is quite blue-toned in the pan, but when applied it warms up my face and blends beautifully with brown and peach shades.  On the flip side however, I often reach for this color when wearing cooler shades on my eyes (grays and blues) and lips (pinks) and find that it wears just as well. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Dollface is available at Sephora for $26.00.Tarte amazonian clay blush in dollface

Christene

For years the only thing I wore on my cheeks was bronzer – what a coward I was.  As I’m getting older and accepting that my face is perfect just the way it is, I’m getting a bit more adventorous with my makeup.

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Christene: Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Pure Powder Glow in Myracle

While I am a  fan of Tarte Amazonian Clay in Dollface my favorite pink blush is Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Pure Powder Glow in Myracle. The image below doesn’t event do it justice.  It is bright hot pink and gives a great flush with just one quick wash with a blush or  fan brush. I usually go for a bright pink cheek when I’m short on time and not able to do a full face. The right blush can wake up your entire face in a matter of seconds. If I can do pink, you can do pink. Go for it! Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Pure Powder Glow in Myracle is available at fine departments stores and retials for $37.

Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow Myracle

I hate to pull a “me, too” and follow up Maree’s pick with Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush…but, yeah — me, too. It’s that good!

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Felicia: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Amused

 

I have been a fan of Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Amused for years. It’s a really delicate shade of pink that’s perfectly suited for brown skin. Don’t let the intense pigment in the compact fool you…the shade is subtle and totally natural. When applied with a light hand and a natural haired fan brush, the finish is quite angelic and healthful. Girls, add this one to your must-buy list. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Amused is available at Sephora for $26.00.

What’s Your Go-to Blush for Bright Pink Cheeks?

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This season, there’s no shortage of fashion, style and makeup trends in which to indulge…and there is certainly  something for everyone. From half shaven heads, to ombre hair, to talon like nails, women (and men) are expressing themselves in an ever increasing number of ways. Maybelline New York, the maker of Great Lash (America’s best selling mascara) gives you yet another way to stay on trend and  show your style with Maybelline Great Lash Limited Edition Colors.

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Maybelline Great Lash Colored Mascara

The Collection:

  • Green with Envy
  • I See Blue (Felicia/ Ms ThisThatBeauty’s top pick)
  • So Very Berry
  • Teal Appeal
  • Vision in Violet (My top pick)
  • Wink of Pink

Maybelline takes inspiration for this collection from the Runways of New York Fashion Week and makes this bold, yet easy to wear trend accessible to all. And your level of long term commitment is pretty low….if you try a colored mascara shade and it’s not for, simply wipe it off and start over. This is not the case with a bad hair cut.

Look for Maybelline Great Lash Limited Edition Colors at your local Target, Walmart or Drugstore. These colored mascaras will only be available in August, so, get them while they’re hot hot hot!

Suggested retail price is $6.40.

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Are you a beauty enthusiast? If you answered ‘yes’ then be sure you’re sitting down before you read any further…

Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program is pretty impressive by any standard and is even more impressive if you are a rewards program VIB. However, with the launch of VIB Rouge, Sephora’s new Top-Tier beauty rewards program, you just might lose your entire mind. Before you go thinking this is just another level that might get you two birthday beauty gifts instead of one or free gifts of full size products let me stop you right there!

Perks of VIB Rouge and How to Qualify

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VIB Rouge provides the ultimate in beauty bragging rights and is reserved for those who spend $1000 or more in a calendar year [*scans room for our Editor in Chief, Felicia* — she’s a major spender at Sephora]. With a VIB Rouge membership you get access to all the perks of a Beauty Insider,  all the perks of a VIB, plus “unparalleled insider access to one-of-a-kind experiences and rewards, limited-list events with brand founders and celebrities, advance access to new products, free shipping on Sephora.com and Sephora.ca, unlimited complimentary services at the SEPHORA Beauty Studio and your own beauty concierge hotline.” Obviously this is not for everyone but if you a true beauty enthusiasts, aka beauty junkie, a makeup artist or even a blogger, spending $1000 at Sephora may be a mere bag of shells.

More Beauty Rewards for All

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Although the beauty rewards for Sephora’s Beauty Insider and Very Important Beauty Insiders, VIBs, are already out-of-this-world, Sephora has overhauled the programs giving consumers even more benefits. In addition to the existing perks like free birthday gifts and trading points for beauty products, members can now use points to get access to member-only classes, first access to coveted new beauty products and more.

Improved Mobile Experience

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More and more people are doing their shopping online even when they are standing in the store whose website they’re shopping. Sephora has taken this trend in consumer shopping behavior and improved it. At Sephora.com/BeautyInsider or using Sephora To Go App for iPhone and iPod Touch, shoppers have quick access to rewards and exclusive offers based on their membership status, past purchases, products they love, and can readily check points balances and look up reviews of a product they might be consider purchasing. Does this App do the most, or what?

Special Offers Going on Now

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From August 12-18th  Sephora is rewarding Beauty Insiders with double point purchases,  triple point purchases for VIBs and quadruple point purchases for VIB ROUGE members! In addition to points multiplication, for a limited time members can transfer their “newly acquired points to friends and family for access to rewards that money alone can’t buy…like a chance to score a special 5K or 10K once in a lifetime reward, such as a trip for two to Paris with Make Up For Ever or the Marc Jacobs Beauty Collection tucked into a Marc Jacobs handbag.” Visit Sephora.com/CelebrateBI for more information and be sure to click on How to Redeem to get the full scoop.

Remember, it is free to become a Beauty Insider and members immediately start earning one point for every dollar spent.  With Sephora, the more you buy, the more you’re rewarded – it’s that simple!

Find Christene @ChristeneCarr, on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and my blog.

 

 

NARS Radiant Cream Compact

Ladies [and you skin-conscious gents], mark you calendar for August 1, the launch date for NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. At first glance, I am immediately impressed with the shade range offering…but this is NARS, so no big shocker there — they do a solid job of providing color-matching for all.

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Faces Of The Campaign: Models Mina Cvetkovic, Nairoby Matos, and Dinara Chetryova

I’ve yet to get my hands on Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, so I’ll share my thoughts as soon as possible. But I absolutely positively had to make sure YOU were in the know. And now you know. You’re welcome!

 NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

Available in an extremely extensive collection of 20 shades, this lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream compact with the weightless coverage of a liquid foundation. It is portable, buildable, and sets in seconds; the formula also features our Advanced Emulsion Technology, allowing for a wet or dry application.

Go behind-the-scenes: Get a glimpse of what went on at the shoot: http://youtu.be/ni7Bg5HU_zY

Available at Sephora and sephora.com, as well as at NARS flagship boutiques and on www.narscosmetics.com beginning August. Available at NARS counters at department and specialty stores on September 1.

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