My Latest MAC Purchase: You’ll Be Green With Envy


Today, after attending the Cashman & Associates Girls’ Day Out event, Mama Spoiled Pretty and I headed over to Macy’s for some extra innings of shopping. Mom was kinda working my last nerve, shopping up a storm, then asking me (aka telling me) to carry her heavy bags. But then she spotted a $180 Michael Kors dress – in my size – for $9. Can you even believe? So all was forgiven and Philadelphia has since been re-named the City of Motherly Love. Anyway, despite saving $171 on the dress, it still wasn’t my most satisfying purchase of the day.

Before mom and I headed for the petites department, we stopped at the MAC counter and had a ball playing with the makeup. At first, mom was all, “What do you need more MAC makeup for?” Obviously, I did not inherit my product addiction from my mother. But after watching me get all done up, thanks to the talented and knowledgeable MAC makeup artist Jillian, she too was bitten by the MAC bug. Jillian gave her a very sophisticated smoky eye and mom ended up buying both of the shadows Jillian used – Nehru (muted bluish black) and Knight Divine (black w/ silver pearl).

For my fabulous purchase (you’re going to be green with envy), watch the video:

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Total Beauty Weekend Web Tour

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Advice Sister’s Alison Blackman Dunham is sharing Fashion Week’s “must-haves” because it’s always the little things that make life easier, more successful, and more fun!

Head on over to The Makeup Divas and enter to win 2 tubes of Covergirl’s Lashblast Luxe Mascara. While you are there, check out the other giveaways I have.

Boutique Flair experiences oneness with chocolate thanks to Coco-Zen.

Kyl at The Beauty Couch shares some tips on how to stretch your beauty budget.

Butterflydiary has an amazing Fashion Week themed giveaway! Patrick McMullan sent “Fashion Week” survival kits to his celeb friends. Win ONE of these luxury kits here.
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Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has discovered, and fallen in love with, a foundation that makes skin look flawless and stays in place all day. Read about it here!

Dina at eye4style takes it all off with Paul & Joe’s Makeup Remover. Check out her review here!

MAC’s Lead Makeup Artist, Gregory Arlt, backstage at Twinkle!-Talking Makeup.

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Neon Bible shows you how to get Natalie Portman’s Oscar Look for Less.

Addicted To Lipstick shows us swatches and gives us her review of the Mac Hello Kitty Collection. You can see the pics here Mac Hello Kitty Review.

Fabulous Over Forty discusses what she thinks is the must have palette this spring.

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Beauty Anonymous reviews Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow from Dior spring 2009 collection.

Find out The Secret to Supple Winter Skin at Makeup Bag.

Enter Indian Girl‘s GIVEAWAY to win one of five Skin Prep FX Face Primers from Cover FX.

StyleBell talks to celebrity stylist, David Babaii, on how you can create Angelina Jolie’s award winning Oscar half up half down hair style!

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having a giveaway. They have 5 boxes of the new Crest Whitestrips up for grabs. Hurry, the contest ends Saturday!!! Check out the details here.

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Daneen from Spoiled Pretty may have discovered the BEST BLACK EYELINER EVER! Click here for the review!

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New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009

Backstage at the Fall 2009 Reem Acra collection (held at Reem’s showroom),teams from Bumble and bumble and MAC were busy at work styling hair and crafting makeup to compliment the collection’s Grecian theme.

“The inspiration is goddess-like,“ said Polly Osmond, Key Makeup Artist of MAC.

“So the face is highlighted and shaded. We’re doing a greasy, taupe-y eye with highlights on the cheeks and a pale lip. The only specification Reem had for the makeup was to make the girls look beautiful. The entire look took about a half hour to conceive because it’s very simple and easy.”

To replicate the look, prep the face with MAC Face and Body Foundation. Then apply MAC Butter Nutty Shadestick to temples, bridge of the nose, and chin. Brush MAC Powder Blush in Taupe on eyelids and under eyes, MAC Nylon Eye Shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, and MAC Root Cream Colour Base under eyes. Layer MAC Gloss Texture on top of the Root Cream Colour Base – then curl lashes and coat with MAC Mascara X in Black.

Apply concealer to the lips then follow with the Root Cream Colour Base. Top with MAC Shy Girl Lipstick and MAC Boy Bait Lipglass. Finally, swipe some MAC Gloss Texture on the cheekbones.

When I approached Laurent Philippon, Lead Hairstylist for Bumble and bumble, he was scrambling because the electricity had gone out – which left him and his team without power for their styling tools. But he was so calm and gracious, and gave me his full attention for a quick interview.

“This is a red carpet kind of hairstyle. Reem wanted something quite sophisticated. It’s a side chignon with a really, really low side part. It frames the face and brings a geometrical shape to the hairstyle, but with softness as well. It’s a very clean and finished hairstyle but it’s not glued. I don’t want it to look glued. I still want it to feel like it’s hair. We’re drawing the part with a comb, then using Styling Lotion and drying hair really flat. And we’re putting it into a side ponytail – no backcombing involved. The twist is really about securing it with large pins. So it’s really tight, but it doesn’t look tight.”

Angi Wingle, and her team of Creative Nail Design technicians, put the finishing touches on models’ tips and toes. The nails were filed to a naturally rounded shape (to echo the bustlines of Reem’s draped gowns) and polished with a coat of Cocoa.

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New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

For her Fall 2009 collection, Lela Rose drew inspiration from the rainforest – and the creepy crawlies that call it home. To help transform the models into chic, tropics-trekking entomologists, Lela enlisted the help of two of the biggest names in the beauty business.

Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow (for Beauty.com) used products from Stila Cosmetics to reinforce the rainforest theme. Tina prepped the skin with Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, Perfecting Concealer and Sheer Pressed Powder.

“The skin is fresh and dewy, not dead and matte,” Tina explained. “I’m so excited to have the skin be healthy and shiny and glowing.”

When I asked if dewy skin was an emerging trend for Fall, Tina confessed that she’s ready to see the skin again. “I love the idea of sheen. I love seeing the skin, and powder usually takes that away. This morning, we’re only applying powder to the t-zone.”

Models’ lids were painted with gold and green shadows from the Precious Pearl Palette and lined in Kajal Eye Liner (in Emerald and Pearl) along with Stila Smudge Pot in Jade – to mimic the the “iridescent, pearlescent shell of a beetle.”

Cheeks were earthily flushed, using Convertible Color in Camellia and pouts glossed with Lip Glaze in Praline. Eyeshadow in Constellation and Venus (new shades) were brushed over brows and high on the cheekbones to give the face definition and impart a jungle-like wetness to the look.

I wasn’t surprised to see mane magician Ted Gibson backstage, as he and Lela love to collaborate. For the past two seasons, I have chatted with Ted backstage at Lela Rose – and he always serves up something fierce.

Every fashion week, I am amazed by his conceptual (yet accessible) hairstyles…and this season’s coiffure made me heart Ted all the more.

While Tina Turnbow was inspired by the beetle, Ted found his muse in Odonata – aka the dragonfly.

To create the insect-inspired do, Ted created a center part, then swept hair back into a “youthful ponytail.” The voluminous crown was created using Build It. Tame It Shine Lotion smoothed the hair and calmed flyaways. The ponytail was coiled and blasted with heat from a hair dryer (air concentrator nozzle on), to give the hair texture.

Finally, the twisted tail was set with Beautiful Hold Hairspray, which smells so wondorous that you want to spray it on – whether or not your hair needs help staying put.

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