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Typology of car poolers in Mexico. Photography by Alejandro Cartagena.
Some Loot from MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Collection!
I haven’t been so excited about a MAC collection for awhile.
Not everything here comes from the collection; there were a few items included as gratis in the gift bag at the event (including Be Nice Mineralize Gloss which is such a pretty creamy coral peach in the tube, but sinks into every line there is on the surface of your lips).
The products I got are recommended pieces from the collection for sure.
Mineralize Skin Finish in Stereo Rose: (Swatches above compare it with 3 other pink-toned MSFs.) This legendary shimmery peach highlighter once commanded 3-digits on eBay. Check it out if you get a chance! It’s a gorgeous “blush-topper”, where you just add a warm sheen on top of your cheekbones.
Mineralize Blush in Petal Power: This is a rose-gold like Nars Orgasm, but a lot more fine-grained and with a warmer, redder undertone. Absolutely beautiful. DEFINITELY check this out.
Mineralize Eyeshadow in Great Beyond: There are a lot of beautiful 4-shade Mineralize shadows. But because I have similar shades to all the other warmer and more neutral tones, and this grey-purple toned shadow had shades I don’t own. The rest are beautiful, so decide based on what you need most in your collection.
Snapdragon Lustre Lipstick: This shade is quite hyped at the moment, and why wouldn’t it be? It looks like the most gorgeous lavender pink in the tube. On the lips however, I would say it’s kinda “iffy” and not that flattering except for a few skintones (mostly very pale, cool/pink-based skins)
Dreaming Dahlia Lustre Lipstick: Ahhhh, now this creamy coral semi-sheer baby is the highlight out of all the lipsticks for me. There was another beautiful purple but I have lots of purples I already like more, so this was it. There’s a subtle shimmer but that’s not very obvious.
Star Quality Cremesheen Gloss: Beautiful beautiful salmon coral gloss. It does provide enough color to be worn on its own without liner or lipstick as a base, which isn’t always true of many of the MAC Lipglasses and Cremesheen glasses.
Lily-white Pigment: Bright ivory-gold. There are some gorgeous shades in the collection including a duochrome blue-pink, a violet (re-promote), a lime-green and this, the ivory gold. It’s not the same as Vanilla pigment. It’s not a translucent white with a gold shift. It’s exactly as it appears, and it’s much brighter and more dramatic than Vanilla on the skin.
OKAY Y’ALL here it is. a tutorial for cloudy/starry sky nails because they’re my favourite but they’re also pretty simple!! this might be long sorry!!
things you will need:
1. top coat - seche vite is best but use whatever you’ve got (the thicker it is, the better though)
white polish for the base - opi “my boyfriend scales walls”
star glitter - i took mine out of revlon “celestial fx” but if you have loose star glitter that will also work. alternatively if you don’t wanna use glitter you can paint the stars by hand (i would recommend using acrylic paint for this)
2. for the gradient - opi “pink friday”, chi chi “glamourville”, essie “mint candy apple” (you can use similar colours or really w/e colours you want)
3. silver polish for the clouds - sally hansen “celeb city”
glitter polish - sally hansen “disco ball” or w/e glitter you prefer
not pictured - sally hansen “white out” for clouds and stars
4. my bottle of “disco ball” had gone really yellow and gross so i ended up using inm “northern lights” holo topcoat instead. china glaze “fairy dust” is basically the same thing as this
5. tools - dotting tool, clean up brush + small dish for acetone + paper towel, toothpicks, makeup sponge
not pictured - acetone, plastic baggy
to make the stars:
6. using toothpicks, pull a bunch of stars out of the “celestial fx” polish and wipe them off with paper towel (or your fingers!!). stick em onto a plastic ziploc baggy or something similar
7. this part is fiddly but still way easier than painting the stars by hand!! dab white polish onto the stars gently, just using the polish brush. most of the time you will end up with a little puddle of polish around it. when the star is covered, you’ll need to move it out of the puddle to dry!! otherwise when you try and pick it up, it won’t be star shaped, it will be puddle shaped. lame.
painting yr nails:
8. start off with a white base. you’ll need this because the gradient is going to be pretty sheer and this helps to make it opaque way quicker!
9. cut a piece of sponge slightly larger than your nail.
10. this is how you will make the gradient!! basically paint the polish onto the sponge in w/e way you want it to look. make sure to overlap each colour a lil bit, otherwise it will be harder to blend
11. i put washi tape around my cuticles because sponging gets MESSY and it’s a pain in the butthole to clean it up! this is optional though
12. this is the colour sponged onto the nail once. as you can see it’s like nothing so you might have to sponge many layers!! just keep re-applying polish onto the sponge and repeat the process until it is opaque enough. move the sponge up and down a little bit as you press it on to help blend.
13. here i decided i was happy with the opacity. this was probably 10+ layers of light sponging. it’s better not to overload the sponge with polish because when you press it down, it will squelch out everywhere. you might have some weird sponge texture going on here but don’t worry!
14. tape removed!! very minimal clean up required. just dip your cleaning brush in acetone and gently swipe around the edges of the nail!!
15. apply your glitter!! mine is barely visible here sorry u__u
16. now apply your top coat BUT you need to work fast and also stick the stars on! if you put them on just after the top coat and very gently press down, they should adhere nicely and not stick up too much. it’s best to do one nail at a time, and you can pick the stars up with the end of a toothpick (i just lick the end a little but if you don’t wanna be gross just dampen it with water or acetone, it doesn’t need much to stick). i prefer to do the stars before the clouds because otherwise i don’t leave enough space to stick them on!!
17. next is the silver lining of the cloud!! (or you can skip this and just have white clouds) drop a little bit of silver polish onto the plastic bag your stars were on, then dip your dotting tool in and make cartoon cloud shapes (basically a bunch of overlapped dots in a vaguely oval arrangement). i put the tape back over my cuticles because the silver i used is very annoying to clean up but ya don’t have to do that of course
18. now blob some white polish on the bag and do slightly smaller circles on top of the silver ones you just did!! if you have a dotting tool set you can use a smaller size for this. if you are using something else like a pin or bobby pin or something for the dots you can put less polish on your tool and just use a very light hand when dotting.
19. now clean up if you made a lil mess, then top coat and you’re done!!!! wow!! you may need to do more than one layer of top coat to seal in the stars fully, because of their pointy bits they are extra annoying and extra likely to catch on stuff so you wanna make sure they’re covered.
SORRY this was super long!! message me if you need clarification!!
Free Printable Valentines
It’s next week guys! If you’re like me and refuse to spend $5 on a card, there are tons of amazing free DIY versions out there right now. My favourite… is hard to pick, but the box of chocolates is pretty cute!
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms: A New Love
Spotted these in the drugstore the other day and had to pick up a few favorite shades.
- Standout: is Standout. It’s a perfect deep red a la MAC Russian Red mixed with a little Viva Glam I. It’s a touch deeper than Revlon’s Matte lipstick in Really Red. Super glamorous.
- Unapologetic: This ”deeper-than-Viva-Glam-Nicki-1” coral pink is one of the bright beauties in the range and if you couldn’t wear VG Nicki because it was too orange against your skin but love the shade, you have to try this one out. It goes on a little more blue-toned than in the tube, especially in daylight, so be aware that it’s not as coral as it seems in some lights. (This also looks suspiciously similar to a hard-to-find favorite, Shu Uemura’s matte unlimited lipstick in Evil Pink…)
- Complex: Revlon never brought in their nude matte lipstick to Singapore, and I’m always on the lookout for good matte nudes. This one is a tone deeper than a concealer nude, so it’s actually wearable for more people. It’s slightly lighter than MAC Soft Brew, but not as grey/mauve as Blankety so if you have warm undertones, you won’t look quite as corpse-like.
What exactly do I love about these?
They’re smooth, they’re creamy, they glide on like balms, the colors go on more evenly than many of the regular matte lipsticks from Revlon, there are some great strong shades in the line (women with dark skin, check out Shameless, a deep dark purple that belongs more on Illamasqua, MAC, and Nars counters), there’s a nice minty feel but not too stimulating for my sensitive lips, and best of all - they are matte but they actually feel good and moisturizing.
ENOUGH SAID. RUN TO THE DRUGSTORE!
Digital Fashion Week Al & Alicia makeup tutorial feat. The Body Shop makeup
At the Al & Alicia show, natural-looking skin, strong blue lids and soft beige-pink cheeks and lips were the key features, and the simple, surprisingly-flattering look was one of my favorites.
Above is a recreation with products used by head makeup artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis and below is the exact listing and order of application!
An interesting observation was how she constantly “broke the rules” and used products where they were not officially intended, like the brow and liner kit mixed in with regular bronzer for more dramatic contouring, the chubby concealer pencil as beige eyeliner along the waterline, and lipstick as cream blush.
All-in-one BB Cream applied with brush
All-in-one Concealer only where needed
Radiant Highlighter* applied to peaks of cheekbones for a radiant finish
Honey Bronze Bonzer to sculpt cheeks (I’m not listing a shade number because you should find a shade that suits your skin; I’m using 01)
Clear brow mascara to groom and comb hairs
(I filled it in because my brows are a bit patchy, so you can use the Brow & Liner Kit first if you need)
Blue shadow: Something Blue patted on with fingers for intensity
Ivory highlight: Sugar Gaze
Honey Bronze Bonzer along lower lash line for a little definition
Liquid Liner: Black
Blue pencil liner: Carbon Eye Definer in Blue
Super Volume Mascara* on lashesConcealer Pencil as beige liner along waterline (I’m not listing shades because you should pick a slightly lighter color than your skin tone)
Cheeks and Lips
Colour Crush Lips #315, a warm pink-beige patted on with fingers on both cheeks and lips for a poutier, less precise finish
To set the face in the dehumidified air-conditioned environment, Lan repeatedly misted models’ faces with Vitamin E Face Mist to set makeup and maintain a lasting fresh, dewy appearance, instead of using powder.
Items marked with * are some of Lan’s favorites from The Body Shop.
I’m personally loving the chubby Concealer Pencil because it’s super handy, and I never thought to use it as a perfect matte beige liner that is non-irritating for the waterline. Plus, they come in a range of light to dark shades so you can choose something that suits you best. (Tip: go 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone for best effect.)
The matte bronzer is also a long-time favorite of mine that I’ve been using for a couple of years now.