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Day and Night with LORAC “The Private Affair” Collection

$50 Summer Beauty Challenge

Recently, several beauty bloggers, and myself, were given one of two challenges – to create two eye looks or show off some dupes on a limited budget. To do this we were provided with $50 credit to Sephora, Ulta or drugstore.com. I decided I would show two looks, so I took my Sephora giftcard and off I went shopping, with the help of some Sephora coupon codes, as it is easy to go thru $50 quickly there.

The best way to get the most value for your money is to get a complete collection that includes a shadow palette – in this case, I snatched up the LORAC Private Affair collection. It includes eyeshadow primer, a 6-color eyeshadow palette, with a range of shades from light to dark wine, a cream eyeliner in “Plum” and a volumizing mascara.

LORAC Private Affair Collection

The great thing about this palette is that it gives you the ability to have a daytime look with the lighter, neutral shades, and a nighttime look with the darker shades, all from this one palette. And with the eye primer, it will make the light shades appear brighter and your night look will be richer and last longer. The gel liner is silky smooth and is easily applied to really outline your eyes for the night. The mascara does a great job of opening up the eyes for the day and really enhancing that smokey eye for the night with its big volumizing formula.

Summer Beauty Looks (*I would have showed you these on my eyes, but, this stupid weather around here in Oklahoma has got my allergy eyes just weeping up a storm, so there wasn’t any way to give you guys a true shot of it all.)

Summer Beauty Giveaway

And now I have a chance for you to win your own Sephora gift card to create your own day and night looks, only this one is for $300! Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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And after you have done that – go check out what the other bloggers did with their gift certificates:

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a $50 gift card to Sephora to purchase the products used in this challenge. No further compensation was provided.

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tarte “Journey to Natural Beauty” QVC TSV

You guys know I love me a good Beauty TSV on QVC. And today’s deal is pretty amazing. It is the tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Six-Piece Collection, today only, for $59.94 (*a $165 value, fyi).

tarte journey to natural collection

The collection includes:
(1) Amazonian butter lipstick in “plummy rose”
(1) Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 foundation in choice of shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Deep
(1) lights, camera, flashes! statement mascara
(1) brow architect brow shaper, liner and definer
(1) Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in “fearless”
(1) limited-edition airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush
(1) cosmetic bag (*measures 10-1/4″L x 10-3/4″H x 1/2″W)

I’ve been playing with this collection for a while and a couple of the items really stood out for me and have become staples in my bag lately. First, the butter lipstick – creamy, moisturizing and almost balm like on my lips. And the color is almost nude on me, but just color in it to make my lips look not so pale in these winter months. Second, the brush – holy smokes! The softness this brush was so good that I just sat around brushing it on my cheek and arm for many days before I even moved it to the bathroom to use to put my makeup on. I just wasn’t ready to dirty it up yet. And then, when I finally DID use it – it buffed my foundation whisper smooth. And the bag – it has already become my new travel makeup bag. Done and done.

As for the other items, the foundation was a true full coverage product. Which means it was too opaque for me and my freckles. But, it felt good on, not heavy like some full coverage can be and it seemed to last a good 6-7hours on me before I saw any fade. It felt moisturizing, without getting all greasy, which was nice on my sometimes dry skin. I wasn’t a big fan of the blush, but that was ONLY because it was too sparkly/shimmery for me – those just never look good on me any more. On you? I bet it would be really pretty. 馃檪
I need to play with the mascara and the brow shaper some more, because the both look to have nice potential – the mascara has a really nice sized brush head on it and the brow pencil is multi-purpose in one stick.

So, if you are looking to add some new tarte products to your stash, or even just wanting to get started with them for the first time, I highly suggest you nab this TSV today. What say you? Do you guys already use tarte on the regular?

*Disclaimer: These products were provided by PR for editorial consideration.

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Shake your tailfeathers – MAC "Peacocky"

MAC has just released a new collection inspired by the extreme beauty of the lovely peacock, called “Peacocky” (*yes, not so creative with the name, right?). While it may be considered ‘small’ by only having two products – a new lipstick/lipgloss combo called “Kissable Lipcolour”and new shadows called “Mega Metal Shadow” – the number of colors in each of them is big and varied – there are 12 lippies and 15 shadows.

I gotta say I like the feel of the lipcolours, but I was more drawn to the shadows. I like the kind of irridescent quality they have, and they feel very silky, imo.

What do you think about the colors? Anything pop out to you? Lemme know what, if anything you pick up – I wanna know if any of you are adventureous enough to get the blue lippie & make it work!

*Disclaimer: I received these products from their PR for editorial consideration.

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Pop the bubbly! MAC "Cham Pale" collection

Just after Christmas 2010 MAC released its winter collection “Cham Pale”. This collection is a fairly neutral collection, but warmed up with gold accenting. Plus, they have some new skincare products in it, like the Complete Comfort Cream that I am trying out to help redness.

Take a look at what I have to say about it and let me know what you think. Have you picked up any of the pieces yet?

*Disclaimer: I received these products from their PR for editorial consideration.

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MAC and the Mexican Drug Wars

These two things have nothing to do with each other. At all. So, when I saw this post on MAC and Rodarte, I had to wonder what the writer was thinking. (*Okay, it’s apparent in the article what she’s thinking, but, I still think she’s blowing this up.)

Here’s my opinion, and of course, only MY opinion. Naming products is a tricky game, I would think. It has to be witty, descriptive and sometimes provocative, but still representative of the product. Collaborations with outside artists/people can be even trickier, as you have to include their “vision”, too. I hear that the collection was inspired by Mexico’s colors/locations/culture/etc. One of the “places” was Juarez – of which they named the nailpolish.

Now, Juarez is known for it’s violence – that is no secret, what with the movies, books, numerous news articles, etc that can tell you all about how it earned it’s nickname of “the most dangerous place in the world”. However, it also happens to just be a city in Mexico, nothing more than that in this instance. Sure, it may be an unfortunate name if you look into the history of the City, but if you take it at face value, it fits into the theme of the collection.

Do I agree with violence towards women (*or hell, anyone for that matter)? Of course not. Do I think that MAC does? Hell no. I also don’t think they were deliberately trying to bring attention to, and raise awareness of, the murdering of women problem in that town, either. MAC isn’t the only company to name something after somewhere with a violent history. Take for example Bond No. 9 – they have a fragrance called “Little Italy”. Do you think they named it that because Little Italy, Manhattan is known for it’s Mafia connections? No, that’s dumb – they named it that because Little Italy is a part of NYC, which is what their collection is about. Just like this nailpolish is to the MAC/Rodarte collection based around Mexico – a name that ties together. Nothing more, nothing less.

But, if you are moved to help the murdered women’s families, and efforts, in and around the Juarez area, contact Amigos de las Mujeres de Juarez to see how you assist down there. I will also remind you that while (*I don’t believe they do) MAC doesn’t assist directly to this cause, they DO continue to help people worldwide affected by HIV/AIDS via their MAC AIDS Fund.

*UPDATE*:MAC and Rodarte have both issued official statements that Christine from Temptalia.com has posted and I will repost here:

Temptalia has reached out to MAC for comment on the collaboration with Rodarte, and if and when we receive more information, we will be certain to share with you. We received official statements from MAC and Rodarte @ 11AM (pst), which we share below:STATEMENT FROM M路A路C COSMETICS ON THE M路A路C RODARTE COLLECTIONWe understand that product names in the M路A路C Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention. M路A路C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M路A路C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts. STATEMENT FROM RODARTE ON THE M路A路C AND RODARTE COLLECTION Our makeup collaboration with M路A路C developed from inspirations on a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa. The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection. We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us. The M路A路C collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled.

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