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MOTD: MAC Velvet Teddy

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

I've been receiving a lot of inquiries (from friends and clients) about the matte nudey-deeper beige lipstick- Velvet Teddy by MAC Cosmetics.  Being a lipstick junkie (especially MAC Lipsticks) I never really paid attention to this shade. Everyday for 5 years I would see this shade on the lipstick displayer and I really didn't think anything of it.  I wouldn't even think that this shade would be one of the most sought after shades because of it's celebrity influence (ahem Kylie Jenner). 

I decided to give it a try and match it with Whirl Lip Liner (a Kylie Jenner favorite).  Defined and filled in my lip with the liner and I instantly knew it wouldn't do it for me. It was too bland no definition whatsoever- basically just blended right into the coloring of my lips. I wanted something in the same color family (mauve-beigey tone) but not purple. I searched through my pile of lip liners and found NYX Cosmetics Lip Liner in Mauve. It was perfect. 

Here's a swatch of Velvet Teddy Lipstick, Whirl Lip Liner, and NYX Mauve Lip Liner to give you a comparison of the colors.  ** Picture taken in natural daylight with no filters, Skin tone NC40**

Swatch Velvet Teddy Lipstick
Makeup Velvet Teddy Lipstick

Here's a little MOTD that I put together (I know it's been forever since I last did one. I even forgot how to use my DSLR). 

  • Eyes: Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Palette
  • Lashes: Mink Wink Lashes Bombshell
  • Lips: MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick with NYX Mauve Lip Liner. 

I know all of you are wanting more makeup pictures and of course videos. Stay tuned!

xoxoTiff

Tutorial: Lorac Mega Pro Palette Soft Smokey Eyes

Lorac Mega Pro Palette Soft Smokey

As soon as I saw a post on Instagram about the LORAC Mega PRO Palette I knew I had to get my hands on this super palette along with a lot of other people.  

I haven't really tried LORAC products and I always wanted to try the LORAC PRO Palettes 1 and 2 but never had a chance.  I see a lot of makeup artists stock their kits with the palettes.  I was about to purchase the originals until I found out this motherload was hitting for the fall season.  It actually launched for their 2014 Royal Holiday Collection but looks like it won't even reach the holidays. 

Because I am a typical makeup addict I stalked the LORAC website, Facebook and Instagram feeds to make sure I didn't miss out. Marked the date Tuesday Oct. 7th in  my Filofax (thank goodness for my planner to remind me of all these makeup launches).  Woke up at 6am PST to purchase the palette.  Told my husband I forgot to send out a work email .. lied but whatever I needed the palette.   So happy I did and got my hands on it. 

The shadows overall are super pigmented! I felt every time I dipped my brush into the shadow I needed to tap my brush.  Also I learned very early that you only need to tap your brush into shadow very lightly and it will pick up a lot of shadow.  I wish there was a variety of colors though.  There are a lot of light and mid tone shades all around the same color (check out the first half of the palette).  With that said it's a good palette to create neutral natural looks and classic colored smokey eyes.  If you are into color/brighter colors you may want to pass this up.  

Lorac Mega Pro Palette Tutorial

I knew I wanted to create a couple of tutorials featuring colors from this palette because it can get overwhelming with all the colors provided.  First up is a soft smokey eye, hope you enjoy! 

 

Here are the details of the look:

Too Faced Eye Shadow Insurance Primer
Lorac Mega Pro Palette Dirty Plum with MAC #224, Cashmere with MAC #239, Granite with MAC #224, Espresso with MAC #226, Sand with MAC #252

LA Girl Gel Eyeliner

Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes Mascara

Elegant Lashes #605 www.elegantlashes.com
Sleek Cosmetics Face Form Contour and Blush Kit Medium
MAC Cosmetics Warm Glow Mineralize Blush
MAC Cosmetics Global Glow Mineralize Skin Finish
NYX Cosmetics Mauve Lip Liner
MAC Cosmetics MEHR Lipstick

Let me know what type of look you want to see from this palette! Don't forget to subscribe to my channel here and like the video! xoxo

Tutorial: Colour Pop Eyes For Fall


Hair and Makeup Addiction Brushes

I have been getting a lot of questions about the brushes that I use for some of my looks- here it is! This complete set is from Hair and Makeup Addiction- the brushes are synthetic hair with bamboo wood handles plus Vegan friendly!   Visit the site for other sets if you feel you don't need a complete one like this- there's sets for eyes, face and individual.  So many uses for each one that you really don't need any other brushes.  I know, at times,  a big set like this can get confusing or overwhelming but don't you worry! You will find the name of the brush labeled on the handle- the names relate to the the purpose of the brush.  Of course, you don't have to use it for the particular purpose/feature but hey at least you won't be left in a dark.  I will do a more in-depth review of these brushes and how I like to use them.  

Close of up Colour Pop Cricket Super Shock Shadow

Close of up Colour Pop Cricket Super Shock Shadow

I wanted to show you how Cricket looks like up close.  It's gorgeous right? It's a smoky mid-tone plum with highlights of soft warm and cool glitter particles. 

Now for the details of the look:

EYES

  • Too Faced Eye Shadow Insurance Primer
  • MAC Ricepaper (highlight w/ The Shader Brush ), Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Shadow (transition color w/ The Blender Brush), Foile Shadow (in crease w/ the Highlighter Brush) and Sketch (outer corner wrapped around to lower lashline w/ The Detailer and blended out with The Crease Blender)
  • Colour Pop Cricket Super Shock Shadow (lid)
  • L.A. Girl Gel Glide Eyeliner in Champagne (inner half) and Gypsy Teal (outer half smudged out with The Liner Brush)
  • Ardell Wispie Lashes
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara

LIPS

  • MAC Nightmoth Lip Liner
  • MAC Fashion Revival Matte Lipstick blended out with a clean Shader Brush

FACE

  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Global Glow w/ the Blusher Brush
  • Stila Liquid Highlighter with The Queen Brush
  • MAC Desert Rose Blush w/ The Blusher Brush

MOTD: Bridal Makeup Jannett

Bridal Makeup- villabeautifful

I love doing bridal makeup and being part of a bride's special day.  Jannet contacted me 2 weeks ago regarding makeup for her wedding (she actually planned her wedding in 2 weeks!)  I always tell my brides to send me pictures of makeup styles that interest them. This really helps me get inspired and see what type of direction they would like to take.  Jannet was a super easy bride and I love the end results of her makeup.  Smokey eye, nude/pink lip perfect makeup for an evening wedding.

Here are the products that I used to create this look

  • Embroylisse Lait-Crème Concentre moisturizer
  • Whip Hand Cosmetics Set The Stage Makeup Primer
  • Belletto Studio Airbrush Makeup Y3 Latte and Y4 Sweet Honey
  • MAC Cosmetics NW25 under eye NC30 redness
  • Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer (THE BEST!)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo Ebony
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette (my go-to bridal palette)
  • MAC White Frost / Nylon Shadow Highlight inner corner
  • MAC Chromaline Black Black for top liner
  • Urban Decay Cosmetics 47/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Zero
  • MAC Peachykeen Blush
  • MAC Angel Lipstick with Spice Lip Pencil

I wish I would have done these before and after makeups more! I totally regret not doing them during my whole makeup career.  Oh well here's to a new start!

MOTD: Colour Pop So Quiche Shadow


I've been a HUGE fan of the Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows (click here COLOURPOP to read/view all the looks I've created with the cream shadows and for swatches/review).  I was recently sent the new fall colors and they are freaken gorgeous!!! Don't worry I'll have swatches for you very soon!

I really love the sparkly goodness in these shadows, the colors they came in, the ease of wear and of course the price point- $5!!

Here is how I created this look:

  • MAC Cosmetics Saddle Eye Shadow (Crease), Carbon (outer corner), Seedy Pearl (highlight) and White Frost  (inner tear duct highlight).
  • Colour Pop Cosmetics So Quiche Super Shock Shadow on the lid and smudged on the lower lashline.  I used my finger to apply the shadow because I find that your fingers will be the best tools for application especially with the cream consistency.  Before you begin make sure your fingers are nice and clean ;). Instead of using a blending the product back and forth use a patting motion with your finger- this will create a more pigmented base resulting in super impact color and shine!
  • NYX cosmetics Gel Liner and Smudger in Betty
  • House of Lashes Siren Lashes
House of Lashes Siren

Before you go I wanted to show you how amazing these lashes are!! One of my ultimate favorite styles.  Remind me of MAC #35 lashes.