Purple Passion

I believe in the power of purple, as it is my one of my most favorite colors on planet earth! For me, purple means power, royalty, lushness, and Prince (Rest In Power). Purple is sexy, and purple, specifically Ultra-Violet, is Pantone’s color of the year. Today, I felt like playing around with some of my favorite shades of the royal color and used quite a few brands to achieve the looks listed below. I took the liberty of posting the brands as well as the colors used to take the guesswork out, just in case you want to duplicate the look!

Until next time


FacePrep: #embryolisse #rosebudperfumeco

Foundation: #maqprofard

Eyes: #magnoliamakeup#viseart01

#occmakeup #purepigment#maccosmetics #covergirllashblastvolume#mondastudio #43lashes#evepearlblackpearl

Brows: #ardellbrowbuildingfibergel #macspiked#macstrut

Cheeks/Contour: #mactracegold#occpurepigmentmagenta
Lips: #nyxliquidsuede #sway#urbandecayvice #monarchy

Brushes: #crownbrushes #c512 #c523 #bk14 #528#c400 #c422

Sponges: #alcone  


Purple is the New Pastel

Okay you can officially rock purple, and I mean DEEP purple, for the spring! I am in love with Pagan, a matte, super-duper dark purple, created by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. You can order this luscious purple via the website or via Sephora stores. Who says Spring is only for pastels?

Until next time,


OCC Lip Tar in Pagan.

OCC Lip Tar in Pagan.

Pretty in Purple

I always SAY I’m going to play around with all of my purple shadows but sometimes I find that I’m not getting the right SHADE of purple for my skin tone. Purple is not really a tricky color but using it correctly does take a little practice.

To get my “Pretty in Purple” look, I chose several shades and mixed them together for my own custom color(s). On my lids, I used a pretty purple pigment (try saying that ten times) from Magnolia Makeup in “Whimsical.” This pigment contains a mixture of gold and violet and I just ADORE the shade. I decided to extend and blend the color a bit further into the crease, then added a mixture of “Fleur de Fab” by Magnolia (a rich indigo/copper) with Urban Decay’s “Last Call,” a shimmering plum, to create my own custom purple color. I used MAC cosmetics “Amber Lights” and Urban Decay “Chopper” on my brow bone to highlight that area.  I filled in my brows with “Strut” eyebrow pencil by MAC and fluffed up my lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black.

Purple and Gold Makeup

Mixing various shades allowed me to get the right purple for me!

For my cheeks: MAC in “Fever” and CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in “Ebony Bronze” on my cheekbones. I finished off my face with MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Dark and Dark Deep, and my lips were lined with MAC “Vino” lip pencil,  (a favorite of mine), and filled in with “Hoochie” Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and “All of My Purple Life” lipgloss from MAC (created by Afrobella.com founder Patrice Grell Yursik). Tell me what you think!

Are you a slave to (insert cosmetic brand here)?

In the world of makeup there are no rules about what products you simply MUST use, nor do you have to stick to one brand to achieve your special look.  I love M.A.C. just as much as the rest of you beauty addicts, so you know I ordered some things from the “Blogger’s Obsession” line, which debuted a few weeks ago.  M.A.C. gave some top beauty bloggers the opportunity to create their own eyeshadows and lipsticks! How cool is that? I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of their lab!  Every beauty babe I know had been trying to snag  “All of My Purple Life”, a beautiful, rich purple lipglass, designed by Patrice Grell Yursik, award winning blogger (www.afrobella.com).  I was too late to log into M.A.C. the first time around but once they brought the sold-out collection back, I was up bright and early ordering that pretty purple!  As I browsed the rest of the lucky bloggers’ creations, I decided to add “Evolution Revolution” to my cart! It’s a really pretty, shimmery, peachy gloss created by Karen Monterichard, at www.makeupandbeautyblog.com.

After dragging myself away from the M.A.C. website (it’s addictive), I jumped over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and browsed THEIR site for a while. In case you didn’t know, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)  creates 100% Vegan and Cruelty free cosmetics that are absolutely fabulous in terms of high pigment and coverage! I had a chance to try their products in June at The Makeup Show-Chicago.  People were crammed at the booth, trying on Lip Tar, a highly pigmented lipstick that goes on like a gloss, but dries to a satin finish.  I ordered some Lip Tar in “Hoochie” (yes, that’s the real name), an extremely bright magenta color.  You really have to use a lip brush for application and only use the tiniest amount possible.  I played a game of Mix and Match and thought I’d share my pictures of various combinations

Lip Tar in “Hoochie” alone

“Hoochie” and All of My Purple Life”

“All of My Purple Life” alone

“Evolution Revolution” with Benefit “I Do, I Do, I Do” a golden pink 

I mixed the “Evolution Revolution” because it wasn’t as pigmented as the other colors and I needed a “boost”. This color works well with all skin tones, but you would have to decide for yourself if you want to wear it alone or with an accompanying lipstick underneath. Playing around with different brands will give you a chance to try out new looks and styles. You don’t have to buy all of your cosmetics from the same company, and if you find yourself doing that frequently, you are probably missing out on some new looks! After all, isn’t makeup art all about being innovative?