MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation Review

I am loving the rich, creamy coverage of MAC’s Studio Sculpt foundation….check out the review at the new blog:  http://www.socialitedreams.com/blog-posts/chocolate-kiss-makeup-look-and-mac-studio-sculpt-foundation.html

Soft Hand Treatment

Got the most fabulous treatment done at Lush!  Check out all about it on the new blog home: http://www.socialitedreams.com/blog-posts/reach-out-and-touch-somebodys-hand.html

The Key to Soft Skin

I’ve found the perfect regimen for amazingly soft skin.  Check it out at the new blog home: http://www.socialitedreams.com/blog-posts/amazingly-soft-skin.html

Gel Eyeliner, loving it

Tried gel eyeliner and am loving the results!  Check out the post on my new home: www.socialitedreams.com

“Nailed” It

I’ve found the perfect color combination for super gorgeous nails!  Read about it at my new blog home: “Nailed” It, my review of Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure

Sexy Kim Kardashian Smoky Eye

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Miss Kim K looks AMAZING here with her smoky eye, so I wanted to emulate her look.  Laura of So Far, So Chic has been telling me to do a smoky eye for a while because she thinks that the look would be great for my eye shape and something different than the bright colors that I generally do, so with inspiration like the above showing off a perfectly smoldering sexy look, how could I resist the challenge??

Makeup artist Kandee from youtube was gracious enough to go through a very easy to follow step by step tutorial of Kim’s exact steps to a divine smoky eye.

Products that I used to achieve the look:

Revlon PhotoReady foundation in 011 Cappucino -This disappears into my skin and feels really good!  My first time using it and I really wanted a good new liquid foundation.  It doesn’t show up as a silly ashy color in photos, feels super light, was easy to blend, and provides just enough coverage.  I have to give this product an A!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark as a finishing powder.

Nars blush in Taos

Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy face illuminator in Candlelit

-Revlon Colorstay Brow Enhancer in Blackened Brown/Taupe

-Too Faced Shadow Insurance

-Santee Color Intense Eyeshadow- This little palette was some super cheap $3 thing I bought at a beauty supply store because I liked the colors.  I figured with some primer on the colors might have a hope of showing up on me.  It actually worked out okay for doing this look, since I was layering on colors like in the video.  Used a metallic taupe color and a chocolate brown from the compact.

MAC Mulch Eyeshadow

-Smashbox Eyeshadow in Champagne

-Stila Onyx Kajal Liner

Diorshow Mascara in Black

-Victoria’s Secret Lipstick in Dusk

I followed Kandee’s easy steps for the pretty smoky eye for my Kim K. inspired look.  First I applied the Revlon foundation well with an Eco Tools foundation brush.  Then the blush and illuminator were applied followed by the eye makeup steps done in the video: champagne first in the corners, metallic taupe from palette, darker brown from palette, black eyeshadow by Mary Kay, Mulch by MAC, Stila liner, mascara then voila!  Great smoky eye.  I wanted mine softer than Kim did, but you can pile on a dark kajal liner to get a very similar effect to hers!  Have fun with it.

We went out for a night on the town, hitting up 2 clubs and 3 bars, garnering lots of attention at every single one.  My eyes were quite bewitching, apparently 😉

Do you like to rock smoky eyes?  What products do you generally use?

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Purple Kiss

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A couple of weeks ago I was going NUTS over the purple sexy lips in this photo:

So I went on a purple lipstick shopping spree like any good product junkie would for a violet pucker.

Make Up For Ever’s new line of lipstick called Rouge Artist Intense in color #14 (Pearly Dark Violet)

is a great color, but darker than I expected in real life.  I suppose that it’s like the color in the swatch they provided, but just isn’t the vibrant violet that I had in mind.  I consider it a deep blueberry.  Here are photos in natural light and then in artificial light.

To infuse some pizazz to it and not look TOTALLY goth, I added Black Radiance Illusions Lip Gloss in Posh Plum which is more of a prettttty violet that retails for $2.99!

I liked the color, but it still wasn’t particularly what I was looking for.  Since I had to go to Sephora anyway and return a Laura Geller phenomenal foundation that I absolutely HATED (gave me a terribly ashy look, blech!), I just returned the Dark Violet lipstick as well because it just wasn’t what I had in mind 😦   I liked the #15 Pearly Violet MUFE lipstick while there, but of COURSE they sold out of it so I had to walk away sad.

On the way home, because I wanted to find weave for my Corinne Bailey Rae look, I happened to stop at the beauty supply store and what did I see?  A GORGEOUS violet lipstick!  Since it was only $3.99, I figured what the hell, may as well try out the Milani brand and see if I could have the lips that have been haunting my dreams. I also purchased some random $.99 black lipstick just for the heck of it, I’ve never had a black lipstick.  With a haul for less than $6, can’t go wrong!

The Violet lipstick alone:

I was curious on how the lips would look with some black mixed into the violet, that way I could have a light violet look AND a dark one when the mood arises!

Well there you have it people, my purple lips saga!  So far, loving the Milani lipstick and the Black Radiance lip gloss.  Figures that the stuff for less than $10 total would be what I love!  Don’t get me wrong, Make Up For Ever still owns my heart when it comes to richly pigmented smooth lipsticks, but when a girl needs a fix, doesn’t hurt to check out a cheapie solution 😉

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