Magnolia Makeup For NYE!

Side View of Magnolia Makeup Pigments

Hey! I’ve really enjoyed all of the pigments I have ordered from Magnolia Makeup and I decided to use my latest colors for New Year’s Eve for a festive mood!  I used Green Tea Pigment, Green Glitz Glitter, Purple Glitz Glitter, Caramel Pigment, and Aztec Pigment for this fun look!Magnolia Makeup Pigments and Glitters



Festive Makeup by Magnolia Makeup, M.A.C., NARS, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Over the past year, I have been compiling a list of tips for the day (via my Facebook page), to help my readers make much-needed changes to their beauty regimes. People have given me many compliments on my makeup advice, and I’d like to share the list today so……….MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

1. Make a “shopping list” for when you buy your cosmetics. It’s so easy to get blinded by the bright lights of the store, the many creatively packaged items, and all those colors, that budgets go right out the window!

2.Clean out your makeup bag and discard old products and sponges!

3.“Natural”  looking makeup requires work. Those people you think aren’t wearing makeup have mastered the application process. Blending until you can’t see the product anymore gives you the natural look.

4.Buy small plastic travel-sized containers to store liquid foundations, eye shadows that you accidentally “broke” when you dropped them, or lipsticks that are “worn down” to the base but you still want to wear them. Be a budget conscious beauty babe!

5. Get your eyebrows professionally done. If you suffer from a uni-brow, uneven brows, or you were too ambitious with plucking (and now have the dear caught in headlights look), it is time to let someone else guide you in the right direction.

6.Please eradicate the following things: mustaches, beards, long sideburns, and hair on the forehead. You must wax any stray hair on your face in order to make your makeup work for you. Also, please groom your eyebrows, as they provide a frame for your face. At-home products that work: Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit (works best on fine hair) and Nad’s 24 Hair Removal Strips (work well on coarse hair).

7.Skin color changes throughout the year occur, even when we don’t notice, so you really need to own at least 3 different foundation shades, especially in the summer time!

8. Just because it looked good on you when you were 14 does not mean it looks good now. Ladies, please branch out and try a new (insert cosmetic here).

9.Buy foundation at a drugstore only if you’re experienced. Otherwise, visit a or specialty store (i.e. M.A.C., Sephora). Make sure that you leave the store after testing the product, and head for natural light (yep, you need to go OUTSIDE) to view the color. Don’t think that testing the product on your hand/arm is a good indicator, unless you want to look like Bozo the Clown.

10.Lashes work wonders. Add a set of false lashes from time to time. If you are timid, trim the lashes to just add volume. False lashes may seem almost impossible to apply but practice makes perfect!

Find Your Makeup Match!

Color Shown is "1"Color Shown is "10"M.A.C. created a really great foundation that blends with your skin tone and matches up perfectly. Sometimes we can find the right SHADE of foundation but the undertones aren’t right (i.e. too yellow, too red), but I tried out M.A.C. Matchmaster SPF Foundation on a client recently, and decided to purchase one for myself. I wasn’t disappointed at all. This lightweight, moisturizing, liquid foundation comes in a bottle, and allows for build-able coverage and really does make your skin look flawless.  With 14 shades to choose from, you can’t go wrong, and as always, M.A.C. still participates in the “Back To M.A.C.” recycling program, so your empty bottles can be exchanged for a free lipstick, lipgloss, or eyeshadow!

I Promised I’d Give An Update!

The last time I blogged about M.A.C.’s “Black Knight” Creamsheen Lipstick by GarethPugh, I said I would update with a picture. Sorry for the S L O W delay but I’ve been on a makeup mission for some other beauty buys! The black lipstick wasn’t nearly as harsh as I thought but I’ll let you be the judge!

Black Knight Limited Edition Lipstick by M.A.C.


Gareth Pugh for M.A.C.

"Fervent" Lip Stick by Gareth Pugh for M.A.C.

"Black Knight" is the Limited Edition Color by Gareth Pugh for M.A.C.

A long time ago, I was a huge fan of black nail polish and black lipstick on top of black clothes! I could blame it on the fact that it was the 1980’s or just that I like black. At any rate, black lipstick made a brief appearance at M.A.C., where English designer Gareth Pugh,  has designed a sexy, smooth, decadent collection of accessories, liners, lashes, pigments, and polishes. I was one of the LUCKY Beauty Babes who scored the limited edition Creamsheen Black Knight lipstick.    I snatched up this lipstick online on “Black Friday” while the rest of you were standing in long lines at various retailers (hee hee)! I’ll post a picture later so I can prove to you that Black lipstick is doable if you pair it with a beautiful, pale, shimmery eye shadow and a peach colored cheek! Pugh’s colors offer a range of tones that may appear shocking but are actually quite wearable, like the “Fervent” lipcolor (see picture on far left), a beautiful blackened berry, and “Vacant” lip gloss, which is described as a pale, sheer, lavender mixed with grey, and a pearl finish. Make your way over to M.A.C. and check out Pugh’s line of unique, rich colors and accessories. Don’t forget to register yourself on M.A.C.’s website too so that you don’t miss out on the next wave of fabulous products coming your way.