Gold’n Purple, Gold’n Purple, Gold’n Purple! Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Brush Set

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I purchased this brush set a few weeks ago after FINALLY seeing it in my local Target store.  I had never used Sonia Kashuk brushes before, so I had zero expections of this set, I truly only wanted the set because it is gorgeous!

The collection features a powder brush, blusher brush, duo fiber buffing brush, synthetic angled multipurpose brush, contour brush, foundation brush, concealer brush, blending brush, crease brush, small eye shadow brush, fluffy eye shadow brush, precision pencil brush, synthetic angled liner brush, smudge brush and spoolie brush.  It is a set that has almost everything you need to complete a full face application. 

Today was my first chance to try out this Sonia Kashuk brush collection, and I was not disappointed.

I ran my fingers through each brush, and they are super dense and the brush hairs are not too soft, not to hard, which is great for me because I tend to like stiffer brushes.  The only brush I didn’t care for very much was the foundation brush, but I don’t use those kinds of brushes to apply my foundation anyway, so this is the only brush of the set that will go unused.

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This powder brush is awesome!  It grabs lots of product, and helped with an even application of loose powder on my face.

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I also really like the contour brush.  It has short dense hairs that are perfect for a precise contour.

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The photo below is a full face applied with the Sonia Kashuk brushes, in naural light, no filter.  The brushes did a great job.  I would purchase Sonia Kashuk brushes again.

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Were you able to snag this 15th Anniversary brush set?  Do you like Sonia Kashuk brushes?

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MAC Rocky Horror Collection SWATCHED! I see you shiver with antici… pation

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I have been dying in anticipation for this collection.  Ever since I heard that it was going to come out, I had a wishlist in mind of what I was going to get.  Then I lost my job.  Booooo!

When I got the e-mail from MAC Tuesday annoucing the release, I was devastated that I would not be able to get the collection, and that it would be completely sold out by the time I would be able to purchase it.

I went to my local MAC store on October 2nd to window shop the collection and by 11:00 am, some of the items had already sold out.  Oh well.

I put the collection out of my mind and continued the day with errands a cleaning house, when later that night, my ridiculously amazing husband told me he had something for me in my master bathroom.

I walked in and IMMEDIATELY spotted the lovely black paper MAC bag sitting on my counter.  I unloaded it to see that he purchased ALMOST THE WHOLE COLLECTION for me.  What a generous husband.

So now I am glad to say that I am able to show you guys some swatches!

My skintone range is a NC37 to an NC42

Riff-Raff Shadow Palette

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The formula of this shadow palette applies beautifully and while you can’t tell from the swatches on my arm, they do look gorgeous on top of a primer.  This is a great palette to use day or night.  I wore the three shadows on the left side of the palette last night, and it helped me create a really soft and pretty 1920’s look.  I am really pleased.

Horror 7 Lash

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These are the same as the Marge Lashes from the Simpsons Collection, and also a part of the permanent collection for MAC.

Rocky Horror Lip Pencil in Vino

(They also sold him Fashion Boost and Bespoken For)

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Top to bottom:

Vino

Bespoken For

Fashion Boost

Rocky Horror Lipstick

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Top to bottom:

Strange Journey

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I love love love love love these lipsticks.  They glide on smooth and have a gorgeous color payout.  These Rocky Horror lipsticks are great for any season, and would look great on any skintone.

Rocky Horror Powder Blush

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You can see a very light swatch of this blush down the center of my arm, I will have to play with this blush a little more to see how I can get the most color out of it.  It is really pretty in the pot though.  This shade is called Crazed Imagination, it is a muted plum with a hint of pink pearl.

Rocky Horror Sculpt and Shape Powder

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This powder is for highlighting and contouring, in Bone Beige/Emphasize.

Rocky Horror Glitter

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The store was sold out of this glitter but, the sales associate was really nice and gave my husband a sample to try.

Rocky Horror Studio Nail Lacquer

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He chose the nail lacquer in the shade Formidible.  It is a dark teal with pink multi changing pearls.  Nice color, and the formula dried fairly quick.  Reminds me of a dark mermaid type of shade.

So there you have it, a bulk of the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection.  I am very pleased with all of the products I was able to get from this collection.  All of the shades are versatile, and the packaging is out of this world.  A very well put together collection by MAC.

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Were you able to get anything from this collection before it sold out, or are you holding out for the holiday collections?

MAC Brooke Shields Collection-Misses the Mark When None of the Shadows Are Named Blue Lagoon

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Cara Delevingne is that you and your brows? Oh wait, it’s just Brooke Shields from the 80’s…

If you have been following me, you know I love a super long post title.  #sorrynotsorry

This morning while checking my emails, I saw that I got a message from MAC, about this new Brooke Shields Collection, that I had no idea was coming out.  I’m a little confused by the collaboration, because although Ms. Shields is known for her brows, I don’t think of her as a celebrity who has as big connection to makeup.

I browsed the collection, and it’s nice.  The colors are pretty, and the packaging is okay, but nothing I haven’t seen before.

*All product photos via maccosmetics.com

Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

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Left: Trusted Instinct

Right: Mortal

These shadow sets have 5 complimentary shadow colors that range from matte to super shimmery.  The shadow sets retail for $44 each.

Gravitas Eye Shadow X 15

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The shade names in this set are: Pretty, Soft Brown, Expensive Pink, Clove, Satin Taupe, Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche, Carbon, Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty and Pepper.  This shadow palette retails for $85, which is a great value for 15 MAC shadows, but with so many quality and less expensive palette choices out there, this is a big out of my range.

Brow Set

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This clear brow gel retails for $17.  I’m actually really pleased that they included this in the collection because Brooke was all about the brows back in the day!

Veluxe Brow Liner

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Veluxe Brow Liner has a powdery matte formula.  The shade available as part of this collection is Brunette, which is described as a “Muted mid-tone grey.”  Veluxe Brow Liner retails for $20.

Opulash Optimum Black

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This is a new formula from MAC that is supposed to be more a more intense black, and give your lashes more volume, curl and length.  This formula is supposed to last a full 15 hours.  Retail cost is $17.

Brooke Shields Lipstick

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These two lipsticks are really gorgeous shades.  They both retail for $22, and look like they can look great on many skin tones.  Of the collection, I am interested in these lipsticks the most, but maybe that is because I am a lipstick junkie.

Brooke Shields Tinted Lipglass

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Retail: $22

Brooke Shields Creme Color Base

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These cream colors are BEAUTIFUL!  They coordinate so well with the lipsticks and shadows in this collection.  These creme colors can be applied on bare skin or over makeup.  The color is buildable.  I have a hard time with cream based products on my face because I am oily, but I may give these a try because the color is great.  This set retails for $31.

Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder

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This bronzing powder retails for $27.50 and is in shade Scone.

Brooke Shields Studio Nail Lacquer

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These nail lacquers are also a hit for me.  Especially the Pricey shade.  Retail cost: $17.

You can get the whole collection here: Brooke Shields Collection

Did you know this collection was coming out?  If so, were you excited for it?  Now that you know it’s here, are you going to pick up any of the Brook Shields Collection?

Have Sweet Dreams With Tarte!-Holiday 2014 Collection

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I’ve been scoping out all of these 2014 collections from coveted brands, because I really want to know which collections I should be saving money for.  Last year for Black Friday online, I scored some great products, and I hope to do the same this year.

Today I learned that Tarte recently released their Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection 2014.  Tarte has some really great and high quality products.

(All photos in this post via Tarte.com)

Kiss & Belle Deluxe LipSurgence Lip Set

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Exclusive LipSurgence™ set includes:
• 4 Deluxe LipSurgence™ Lip Tints: Dreamy (cool raspberry), Alluring (mauve), Innocent (warm nude), Dainty (pink)
• 2 Deluxe LipSurgence™ Matte Lip Tints: Eternal (pinky nude), Fancy (plum berry)
• 2 Deluxe LipSurgence™ Lip Glosses: Kiss (light pink), Belle (raspberry)

This set retails for $34 and looks like a great value considering the amount of product you get.  It’s also a great set to start with if you want to try Tarte.  I have tried the LipSurgence lip tint before and it tints the lips nicely, althought it has a tendency to dry out my lips a little throughout the day.

Chic to Cheek Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set

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This blush set includes 4 deluxe, limited-edition blushes:
• Amour (candy pink)
• Classic (soft apricot pink)
• Prim (plum nude)
• Daydream (rosy pink)

This blush set retails for $35.  I absolutely LOVE Tarte blushes.  I have combo/oily skin, and these blushes have amazing staying power and color pay off.

Tres Chic Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

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The exclusive palette features:

  • Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess™
  • Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Posh (pale pink)
  • Amazonian Clay Highlighter in Champagne Gold

Park Ave Princess Contour set retails for $34, and while I haven’t tried any of their bronzer or highlighters, I imagine they are spectacular.

Sweet Dreams Best-Sellers Collection

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This limited-edition set features:
• Deluxe Maracuja C-Brighter™ Eye Treatment
• Deluxe Maracuja Oil
• Deluxe Cheek Stain in Dreamer (pinky nude)

I don’t even have to think twice about this set.  Last year I also got a deluxe size Maracuja Oil in a Tarte Holiday set, and I was so surprised on how well it worked.  Maracuja Oil cleared up my blemishes, and actually reduced the amount of oil my face produced.  I used this quite a bit leading into my wedding in March to help keep my skin clear, and it worked flawlessly.  Since Maracuja Oil worked so well, I have also been wanting to try the Eye Treatment, but never got around to purchasing it, so this set would be a great opportunity to get those two awesome but expensive items.  Even thought they are deluxe sized, you don’t need a whole lot of product per use, so it should last a while.  The Sweet Dreams set retails for $19.

Ladies Who Lash

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The limited-edition set features:
• Limited-Edition Pearl Picture Perfect™ Eyelash Curler
• Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara

I have not tried Tarte’s eyelash curlers, only because I am so used to finger holes on my curlers, but this one is really cute.  This eyelash set goes for $19.

Brushed With Destiny Set of 5 Bamboo Brushes and Makeup Bag

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The limited-edition set features:
• Contourtionist™ Bamboo Cream Blush & Contour Brush
• The Balancing Act™ Bamboo Foundation Brush
• The Buffer™ Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
• Double-Ended Bamboo Eyeshadow Brush
• Undercover Lover™ Bamboo Concealer Brush
• Limited-Edition Collector’s Brush & Makeup Bag

These are full sized brushes!!!  Ahhhh!  Squeak!  Squeal!  I’m on this set as soon as my next mid-month paycheck comes!  This set is $44 what a steal!

All Eye Need 5-Piece Skinny SmolderEYES Eyeliner Set

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Includes tarte’s full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in 5 best-selling shades:

  • onyx (black)
  • bronze agate (bronze)
  • smoky quartz (grey taupe)
  • peridot green (olive green)
  • plum tanzanite (dark plum)

You can pick up this eyeliner set for $27.  I think this set is the only one I might pass one, but I don’t use pencil liner.  But for those who are into pencil liner, this set is a great value.

Check out all of these Holiday products on tarte.com

I am going to go BROKE with all of these limited editions coming out.  Sigh!

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Photo obviously not from tarte.com

Have an awesome weekend!

Too Faced Holiday 2014-It’s Never ‘TOO’ Early to Christmas Shop

Too Faced just released their collection for the 2014 Holiday season.  After Too Faced’s announcement on Instagram today, I did a little sleuthing and found that you can purchase the items at macys.com. 

Here are the items that I found:

(All following images and info via macys.com)

Too Faced La Belle Carousel

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  • 3 Eye Shadow palettes (total of 12 shades)
  • 2 Blush & Bronzer palettes that include our best-selling Chocolate Soleil bronzer and fan favorite Who’s Your Poppy Blush
  • Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Only $49 (A $282 value)

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe

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Three limited edition shimmer La Crème lipsticks in Naked Dolly, Marshmallow Bunny, and Spice Spice Baby shades.
  • Only $28 (A $71 value)

Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses

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  • 3 eye shadows from the Chocolate Bar eye palette
  • Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Snow Bunny luminous Bronzer
  • Exclusive preview of a deluxe version of our La Crème Gloss in Naked Dolly that will launch in Spring 2015
  • Only $34 (A $75 value)

Too Faced Melted Kisses

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Set includes 4 deluxe tubes of Melted Liquefied Long Wear lipstick in Nude, Peony, Berry, and Fuchsia shades.

*These are not full sized

  • Only $25 (A $40 value)

Are you getting excited for the holiday collections from your favorite lines?  I know I am, and it also gives me a little time to space out my purchases!

The Siiiiiimpsons-MAC Simpsons Collection With Swatches

Real-Life Marge Simpson Model:  Kate Moukhina Makeup: Veronica Ershova Hair:  Mikhail Kravchenko Photographer: Alexander Kholov

Real-Life Marge Simpson
Model: Kate Moukhina
Makeup: Veronica Ershova
Hair: Mikhail Kravchenko
Photographer: Alexander Kholov

Before I dive right in, let’s take a minute to slow-clap for the team that created this real life Marge Simpson look.  Clap…Clap…Clap

A few weeks before San Diego Comic Con, I came across a couple of articles talking about a new Simpsons makeup collection to be released by MAC at the MAC store near the convention.  I was already expecting a special release from MAC relating to the convention, since they released MAC Archie Girls last year at the convention.

2014 marked 25 years that The Simpsons have been on the air, and MAC had the perfect idea for a tribute, a collection based loosely on the show, with Marge at the forefront.  

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Included in the collection are two shadow quads, I picked up Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad.  The colors of this quad are pretty vibrant, but they seem versatile.

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Fantastic Packaging! High Quality!

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The Simpsons 7 Lash, which I understand are the normal 7 Lash that they carry, but I ordered two pairs because I couldn’t resist the packaging.

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The Simpsons Nail Stickers, which I did not purchase because I didn’t think I would wear them.  They are cute though!

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I expected there to be a few lipsticks in this collection, but they opted to release four shades of The Simpsons Tinted Lipglass instead.   

Nacho Cheese Explosion:  Bright neon lime yellow

Grand Pumpkin:  Bright creamy orange

Red Blazer:  Bright fuschia

Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy: Electric blue violet

I purchased Red Blazer because that was the shade that appealed to me most.

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There are also two powder blushes in The Simpsons Collection in Pink Sprinkles which is a cute blue pink, and Sideshow You which is a light peach coral.  I purchased Sideshow You, and I didn’t want to dip into the pan because I would hate to mess up the Marge portrait that is stamped in the blush.

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The quality of this collection is very high, and I am really happy with the items I chose.  The packaging is visually appealing and functional.  Overall an A+ for this whole collection!  This is a limited edition set, so please purchase while supplies last!  

 

Did you purchase anything from this collection?  Were you impressed? 

MAC Rocky Horror Collection-And Why I’m Mad

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Today I’ve been hearing (reading) murmurings of MAC Cosmetics’ Rocky Horror Picture Show collection that will be coming out on October 2nd.  I know people have been talking about it since early summer, but somehow it skipped my mind until I heard more about it today.  This release is to celebrate the cult classic’s 40th anniversary.  Okay, so I’m not really mad per se, just irritated ’cause like MAC, please give my wallet like two seconds to recover, k?  I just purchased items from The Simpson’s collection, (review coming soon) and now you’re telling me a month later I gotta look out for this collection?!  Oy vey! 

Photo of the Rock Horror Collection from trendmood.com

Photo of the Rocky Horror Collection from trendmood.com

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Now that my venting is done, I am happy to say that I am actually really excited for this collection.  The colors are dark and moody, and the perfect collection to send me full speed ahead into Fall.  

This collection will feature shadows, pigments, glitter, lipsticks, lip pencils, lashes, contour powder, blush, and nail lacquers.  

Here is a list of products that’s been going around, (Obviously not official): 

MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection:

Lipsticks: 
Sahara (Matte) Yellowish Brick-Red
Riri VS Vivid Blush Red Amplified Cream
Sin: Deep Dark Blue Red (Matte)
Deep Love: Deep Raspberry Blue Wine (Matte)

Lip Pencil:
Vino: Intense Violet Purple

Eye Shadows:
Graphic Style:  Deep Silver Veluxe Pearl
Original Plexi: Soft Muted White and Pearl Frost
Carbon Black: Intense Matte Black
Bold Babe: Greyish Blue with Pearl Frost
Blackberry: Muted Burgundy – Plum Brown (Matte)
Crystal: Violet DuoChrome w/ Pearlized Pigments (Frost)

Greasepaint Stick:
B* Bright Yellow Blue
Intense Black

Superslick Liquid Eyeliner:
On the Hunt: True Black

Chromographic Pencil:
Black
Basic Red: Primary Red

Powder Blush:
Crazed Imagination Sheertone Shimmer

Sculpt and Shape Powder:
Bone Beige Emphasis Nude Cream / Tan

Set Powder:
Invisible

Pigment:
Rock Red – Sparkling Burgundy

Zoom Fast Black Lash:
Deepest Black

Lashes:
7 Length – Natural Everyday Glam

Glitter:
Gold – Sparkling Chunky Gold
3D Black – Black Glitter and silver holographic mixed in

Nail Lacquer:
Bad Fairy: Red with multi changing pearlized pigments (Pearl)
Formidable: Teal Green with Pink Multi-changing pearlized pigments (Pearl)

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I really can’t wait to snag a few of the products from this collection.  The shades and type of products sounds absolutely up my alley!  I might have to ask my husband for an early Christmas present this year.  😉 

Are you excited for this collection?