MAC Tropical Taboo

MAC Mineralize Lip StickSummer is here, the weather is warm, and it’s time for you to switch up your color schemes. It’s also time to lighten and brighten up your lips, lids, and cheeks with some new colors. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you are constantly wearing the same lipstick or same eye shadow, you will look the same all the time. An inexpensive and fun way to update your look is by trying something new!

I am absolutely in love with the new mineral colors that are being showcased at MAC. There are so many beautiful and rich colors to choose from that I don’t know where I’m going to start (but I suspect that “Cha-Cha-Cha” mineralize eye shadow will be first)!MAC Cha Cha Mineral Shadow

MAC’s Tropical Taboo line is available at MAC Stores and online at 


L’Oreal RevitaLift Miracle Blur is Magic. That’s All.

*Note: The photos show me before applying the product, and after my cleansing and prepping regime.

As much as I want to believe advertisers when they make claims about their fantastic products, I am usually skeptical. I’ve spent countless amounts of money over the years trying out mascaras that claim to give me tarantula-length lashes, glosses that claim to give me Angelina Jolie lips, and face creams that miraculously erase 20 years off my face! A while back, Allure sent me a full-sized tube of L’Oreal RevitaLift Miracle Blur to review, which supposedly has the ability to instantly make your skin smoother and virtually “blur” lines on your face. My immediate reaction was, “Yeah, right.”  In fact, it took me a while to really use the product beyond the recommended time for the review.

I’m so happy L’Oreal proved me wrong. I cannot live without RevitaLift! Okay, I could live

After use of a moisturizer, primer, and Miracle Blur

Differences in skin texture

without Miracle Blur but that would make me very sad. After reading the instructions, I cleaned, added moisturizer, and primed my face. I applied the silky, thick (but not oily) cream to my face and was instantly a convert. My face was extremely smooth, and those pesky little lines on my forehead looked as if they’d been erased. I had to readjust my eyeglasses and do a double take! Not only did my skin appear flawless, but I really loved that RevitaLift contained sunscreen (and should be used as such). I’ve tried the product with and without foundation and I do think that if you decide to use it as the final step before foundation, you make sure that you’re sufficiently moisturized and primed first. Those extra steps help RevitaLift to really do what it claims to do.


Protecting my skin is just as important as making it look good, and that should always be your priority too. I’ve sufficiently squeezed out each precious drop, and so it’s time for a replacement. You can purchase L’Oreal RevitaLift Miracle Blur at mass merchandise stores like CVS, Target, and Walgreens.

Hot Pink For Summer 2013

Hot Pink/Purple Lips

Hot Pink/Purple Lips

“They” say you can’t wear certain colors but why are YOU listening to “them” anyway? Color exists for a reason and I embrace them all for different reasons.
Notice that I’m on trend with hot pinkish purple lips for the summer. Finding the right shade of pink that pops may take a bit of time, especially since every shade isn’t right for everyone. I’m a makeup artist, so I can “make” the wrong color work for me by mixing lipsticks with glosses or adding a lip liner. If you’re fair-skinned, with a rosy complexion, look for a bright pink that has a touch of coral, which adds dimension to the skin. Medium and olive-skinned beauty babes can rock hot pinks blended with purple undertones that really complement their skin. If you’re dark like me, you can play around with wine colored pinks, as well as pinks that have more of a violet hue that wake up your skin! I struggle with finding the right colors just like everyone else, so created my own pink by lining my lips very lightly with MAC’s Vino Lip Pencil (one of my favorites), then mixing Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie with Strumpet. I topped off the look with MAC Lip Glass in Pink Poodle (and oldie but goodie). I actually got quite a few compliments on my pretty pink lips. Everyone may not have the patience to mix all those shades together to get their signature pink look, but there are more than enough brands out there to select from and through trial and error, you can find the right hot pink for summer 2013! Happy Shopping!