Friday, November 21, 2008

Odyssey

I've been falling in love with so many new MAC things since I started working there!
The newest one is Odyssey lipstick.






I used:

Eyes:
ArtDeco eyeshadow base
MAC Iris Eyes f/l as base on inner lid
MAC Non-Conformist f/l as base on outer lid
MAC Beautiful Iris e/s
MAC Parfait Amour e/s
MAC Nocturnelle e/s
MAC Humid e/s
MAC Pop Iris liquidlast liner (DC)
MAC Crystalled purple glitter (PRO) + MAC eyeliner mixing medium (PRO)
MAC Blacktrack f/l w/ MAC Carbon e/s

Cheeks:
MAC Gentle mineralized blush (LE)
Benefit high beam

Lips:
MAC Odyssey l/s
MAC Fulfilled plushglass

MAC and Hello Kitty

I am SO EXCITED about this new collection!
It's supposed to be released in February(anniversary for Barbie '07 and Fafi '08) and there will be both regular items as well as a "Kitty Kouture" line that includes packaging with Swarowski crystals!

If you're interested in reading more about this take a look at:
Temptalia
and
Specktra


Are you looking forward to the Hello Kitty makeup? :)

Prep+Prime lash

I tried MAC Prep+Prime Lash today and I LOVE it so far! It makes my lashes super long :)
I'll have to take pictures that compare my regular mascara to my regular mascara w/ prep+prime so you guys can see the difference! :)

Have you tried it? What do you think about it?
And what do you think about the other Prep+Prime products?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bright Fuchsia

Oh, the joys of bright colors and glitter! :D
I used one of the MAC reflect transparent glitters as a liner for this look and I think it's super gorgeous! The reflect transparent glitters can be used in many different ways to create some super cool effects. I used the pink one but it doesn't look like a bright pink liner - more like a shimmery silver liner that kinda reflects pink :)
I'll have to make a post about glitters soon! :D







I used:

Eyes:
ArtDeco eyeshadow base
MAC Bright Fuchsia pigment (PRO) This is NOT eyesafe! But hey, use it at your own risk :P
MAC Fuchsia pigment
MAC Beauty Marked e/s
MAC Shroom e/s
MAC Blacktrack f/l
MAC Reflect transparent pink glitter (PRO)
MAC Eyeliner mixing medium (PRO)

Lips:
MAC Hue l/s
MAC Fulfilled plushglass

Smokey Chartreuse

I love all different kinds of smokey looks soooo much!
Here's a black/green one with a little purple glitter :p

Excuse the pictures - the lightning in my room sucks and it was dark outside so I had to use flash ;)






I used:

Eyes:
ArtDeco eyeshadow base
MAC Blacktrack f/l as base on lid
MAC Carbon e/s
MAC Naked pigment
MAC Chartreuse pigment (PRO)
MAC Digit e/s
MAC Royal Hue s/s (DC)
MAC Crystalled purple glitter (PRO) + MAC eyeliner mixing medium (PRO)

Cheeks:
It doesn't show in the pics so it doesn't really matter xD

Lips:
MAC Impassioned l/s
MAC Fulfilled plushglass

How to create the look
Eyes:
- Apply eyeshadow base from lashes to eyebrow.
- Apply a black base on your eyelid. I used Blacktrack f/l. Use a finger/q-tip/brush to blend the edge to avoid harsh lines
- Apply a matte, black e/s on top of the black base. I used MAC Carbon e/s
- Apply a highlight color on your browbone. I used MAC Naked pigment
- Use a light green color to blend the black into the highlight. I used MAC Chartreuse pigment
- Apply a dark purple base on the outer part of your lower lashline. I used MAC Royal Hue s/s.
- Mix a purple glitter with eyeliner mixing medium and apply it on top of the purple base as well as on the very outer part of your upper lashline.
- Apply a highlight on your tearduct area and inner art of your lower lashline. I used a light lavender - MAC Digit e/s

Lips:
- Apply Impassioned l/s and add Fulfilled plushglass on top. This combo is similar to Lustering lipstick too :)

And we're done ;D

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dramatic look based on the "Love Alert" facechart

I wanted to recreate the Love Alert facechart from the MAC "Red" She Said collection - but without using any of the products ;)
This is what I came up with. It came out a little more dark and dramatic than I wanted and I wasn't able to get any good pics so you'll have to look at crappy cell phone pics. Sorry about that! But you get the idea :)
I'll recreate the look and make a picture tutorial for it when I have the time - and I'll make sure to get good pics! :)


MAC "Love Alert" facechart.
You can see all the current facecharts on
maccosmetics.com


I used:
Eyes:
MAC Untitled paint
MAC Vanilla pigment
MAC Carbon e/s
MAC mi'Lady MES (LE with Antiquitease 2007.)
MAC Blacktrack f/l

Cheeks:
MAC Mi'Lady MES (LE with Antiquitease 2007.)

Lips:
Nothing in the pictures. I added a little bit of MAC "Russian Red" l/g

Monday, November 10, 2008

Youtube tutorials

As most of you who have found my blog probably know, I make video tutorials on youtube.
If you didn't know, take a look at my channel, here: Zoffen's youtube :)

I started out doing video tutorials but my web cam was super shitty so I bought a new one that was supposed to be good at recording stuff for youtube. That didn't work much better so the last videos have been picture-tutorials.

I'd really love to do more tutorials than I do but the picture-tutorials take SO much time to do! It obviously takes a little longer to do the makeup when I have to take pictures of each step but the worst part is the editing... Ugh... Resizing and cropping all the pictures and putting them together in Movie Maker... Damn!

I don't really know what I want to do. I already wasted a lot of money on the new webcam so I don't think I'll be buying a new cam just for tutorials any time soon /:
Should I just stick to my picture tutorials or should I buy a new camera to make videos? Would it be worth it?

And while we're at it... Any ideas for tutorials I should do? :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

First day at MAC :D

I had my first day at MAC the day before yesterday!
I was super excited but really nervous at the same time.

Everything went well though! The girls I worked with were super super nice and I'm looking forward to next time I'm going to work! :D

I got the MAC employee necklace, a brush belt w/ brushes and I got to borrow the "MAC Bible" to read at home if I wanted to! I know there can be found illegal copies of the "Bible" on the Internet where the seller claims that this book will teach you how to do makeup and become a MAC Artist. While there sure is a lot of useful information in the book there's nothing that'll turn you into a makeup artist. It mostly contains information on the products, information on what ingredients do what in which products, costumer service when working for MAC and a little about makeup and color theory. All those things are really helpful when you have to know enough about the products to sell them but please don't buy the illegal copies on the Internet - the book itself is not going to turn you into a makeup artist so it's not worth it ;)

I don't think I have more to add right now but I'll keep you updated when/if something exciting happens with the job :b

Smokey eyes - red!

I always do some kind of smokey eye when I don't know how I want to do my makeup.
Smokey eyes don't have to be difficult and they're sexy ;)

This is the bold smokey eye I did yesterday :)







I used:

Eyes:
ArtDeco eyeshadow base
Mehron Red paint
MAC Beauty Marked eyeshadow
MAC Royal Flush pigment
MAC Phloof! e/s
MAC Blacktrack f/l
GOSH White kohl pencil

Cheeks:
MAC Royal Flush pigment

Lips:
Lip balm


How to create the eyes:
- Apply an eyeshadow base from lashes to eyebrow
- Apply the red Mehron paint to the eyelid and in the crease of your eye. The Mehron paints are water activated so you have to use a wet brush for them. Blend out the edge of the paint using a q-tip or whatever brush that works for you :)
- Apply MAC Beauty Marked eyeshadow to the eyelid. Try to dab it on rather than swiping. This will give you better color payoff and minimize fallout. The red paint will make the sparkles in the eyeshadow stand out more.
- Apply your highlight color. I used MAC Phloof!.
- Use a red eyeshadow/pigment to blend the color on your lid into the highlight color. I used MAC Royal Flush pigment.
- Apply a black liner on your upper lashline. This is optional but I like a super dark line along my lashes :)
- Apply a dark eyeshadow as eyeliner on your bottom lashline. I used MAC Beauty Marked and smoked it out to avoid a harsh line.
- Apply white eyeliner on your waterline. This is optional but it opens the eyes and I think it looks great with dark eyeshadow :)
- Apply mascara

And the eyes are done :D

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hot'n Sweet collection look

I decided to do a look using the things I bought from the Hot'n Sweet collection by GOSH cosmetics :) I'm really bummed that the sparkles in the lip gloss doesn't show up in the pictures - it's the prettiest thing IRL! :/






I used:
Eyes:
ArtDeco eyeshadow base
MAC Gesso eyeshadow
GOSH Pinkie effect powder
MAC Scene eyeshadow
MAC Carbon eyeshadow
MAC Shroom
GOSH Fuchsia extreme art eyeliner
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
GOSH White kohl pencil

Cheeks:
MAC Sweet William creme blush

Lips:
MAC Pink Noveau lipstick
GOSH White Bear Light'n shine lip glaze

How to recreate the look
:
- Apply an eyeshadow base from lashline to eyebrow
- Apply MAC Gesso e/s (matte white) on the inner ½ of your eyelid
- Apply GOSH Pinkie effect powder on the outer ½ of your lid and blend it into Gesso. You could mix this with water/mixing medium/Fix+ and apply it wet for more intensity.
- Apply MAC Scene e/s to your crease and blend upwards
- Apply a highlight on your brow bone and blend it into Scene e/s. I used MAC Shroom e/s.
- Darken your crease using MAC Carbon e/s. Blend it up into the grey but create a "cut crease" by not blending the color down onto the lid.
- Apply GOSH Fuchsia eyeliner on the inner part of your upper lashline. Stop where the white e/s meets the pink e/s
- Apply whatever black liquid/gel liner you'd like to the outer part of your upper lashline. Use little strokes to go over the pink liner a little where the two liners meet. That way it'll look a little blended.
- Apply the black liner on your lower lashline as well. Blend it out.
- Apply white eyeliner to your waterline and set it with a matte white e/s

- Apply Sweet William blushcreme using a regular blush brush.

- Apply Pink Noveau lipstick and add the GOSH White Bear lipgloss on top

And you're done! :)

GOSH Cosmetics: Hot'n Sweet

Hot'n Sweet is the autumn/winter collection by GOSH cosmetics and I am absolutely in love with it!


Click on the picture to get the full sized version including the description of the collection

The products in the collection are:

Extreme Art Eyeliners:
- 06 Olive Green (Part of the permanent line): Olive green eyeliner that I bet would look amazing with dark green smokey eyes!
- 15 Fuchsia (Limited Edition): Reminds me a lot of MAC Fuchsia pigment in eyeliner form when swatched - only a little more on the purple side. When I actually used it on my eye it reminded me more of MAC Pink Pearl pigment in eyeliner form. Take a look at the swatc and the look I posted! :)
- 16 Warm Red (Limited Edition): An orange-y red. I really liked this but I think most people would have a hard time pulling this color of as eyeliner. Would be fun for nail art though :)
- 17 Light Purple (Limited Edition): I don't think this color is anything special. Might be fun for people who wants to try colored eyeliner but don't want something too dramatic.

Light'n Shine Lip Glaze:
- 01 White Bear (Limited Edition): Clear gloss with pink sparkles
- 02 Rapid pink (Limited Edition): When I swatched this at the store I thought it was more red than pink. It has some super awesome pink and blue sparkles to it.

Eyeshadow Quads:
- Q43 HOT (Limited Edition): Contains the colors Charcoal(black), pink(soft baby pink), paprika(orange-y red) and Oyster Pearl (white with a little pink pearl to it)
- Q44 Sweet (Limited Edition): Contains the colors Plum (Dark plum), Silver ( dark grey silver), Lime Green (light green. Doesn't remind me of a lime, though), Moss(Olive green)

Effect Powders:
- 04 Pinkie (Limited Edition): Soft baby pink with a silver shimmer to it. Reminds me of a mix of MAC Fuchsia pigment and MAC Swish eyeshadow
- 05 Plummy (Limited Edition): Dark plum color.
- 06 Greeny (Limited Edition): Dark olive green. I could imagine the hottest smokey eye with this, a dark black and the Olve Green eyeliner!

What the products are:

Extreme Art Eyeliners:
These eyeliners were recently added to the permanent collection and are a lot like MAC liquidlast liners: SUPER water- and smudgeproof!
They last extremely well for both eyeliner and body art and can also be used for nail art(just remember to use a top coat!)

Light'n Shine Lip Glaze:
A lot like MAC Dazzleglass! The glitter particles are the same size(very small) so while the glitter adds a lot of shine and depth to the lips it doesn't look like a cheap glitter gloss with huge glitter chunks.
The gloss has a little mirror on the side and has lights(!!) in the lid. While it's a cute idea I really don't know when I'd use it...

Eyeshadow Quads:
Eyeshadow palettes with four different eyeshadows and a sponge tip aplicator. I love the GOSH single eyeshadows but I rarely think the quality and color payoff of the colors in the quads are the same.

Effect Powders:
If you know MAC pigments you'll know what effect powders are too ;)
They're loose makeup colors that can be used wet or dry anywhere you want to. You can even add them to your body lotion/face cream/foundation for an all over glow or use them in nail polish or hair gel!

What I got:

If I had had the money I would have gotten everything except maybe the quads... Especially the other gloss and effect powders! But I managed to limit myself to three things:
The "White Bear" lipgloss, the "Pinkie" effect powder and the "Fuchsia" eyeliner.

Swatches of White Bear, Fuchsia and Pinkie


And a comparison swatch with Pinkie, MAC Fuchsia pigment and MAC Swish eyeshadow

All swatches of pigment, effect powder and eyeshadow were done on top of ArtDeco eyeshadow base.

The collection can be found here:
GOSH - Hot'n Sweet

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