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Hello beauties, today I’m bringing you a MAC Cosmetics’ Baking Beauties extravaganza! Each year, MAC Pro in Beverly Hills throws a special event to pre-launch a major collection. This year, they pre-launched THREE. As usual, the party was packed to the capacity. Here’s a view of what it looked like from the street:

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Baking Beauties is MAC’s new spring collection that features- you guessed it- a baking theme. Cakes in pastel shades lined the perimeters of the store and the air swirled with sweet scents. Senior artists and trainers came up with these three lovely cake-themed body paint jobs. So delicate and pretty.

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It was…beyond packed. To avoid crowds, I always suggest coming to these events early, or at the very least, on time. That way you’ll have time to purchase the new items and enjoy the ambiance.IMG_4438

The waiters couldn’t even make it past the registers before all the food and drinks were snatched up! Tasty treats and bubbly pink champagne are popular for the makeup crowd.IMG_4440

Chef Andrew was the cake decorator of the evening, steadily working on this masterpiece amidst the glitter and flashing camera lights.IMG_4442

These four insanely talented ladies rocked the house with their string quartet version of hip-hop and top 40 songs. The crowd absolutely loved them. IMG_4447

Nothing says GIRL POWER like a lady bringing down the house on a violin!IMG_4451

A pink Swarovski crystal-embellished violin- stuff only dreams are made of!IMG_4452

Now for all the new products.

I am really digging these liquid-powder highlighters from In Extra Dimension. My favorite way to use them is with a #190 foundation brush. Great for the cheek bones!IMG_4454

I’m also obsessed with Opalesse Extra Dimension eye shadow. Reminds me of Pink Opal pigment, but creamier. All the shadows in this collection look white-ish in the pot, but give off a different reflective color on the skin. This one reflects pink.

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Here’s a Pro-only exclusive collection called Nudes & Metallics. Four shades of beige lipsticks in different textures with a matching blush and four eye shadows, as well as four metallic red-based lipsticks with a complimenting blush and four shadows. I’m pretty sure everything from this collection is already sold out.

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Here’s a quick swatch of the metallic lipsticks. I love the super dark one called Dominate! (Top left swatch)

*It was a little difficult for the true colors to show up in these photos because all the lighting in the store was pink.*

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Here’s the motherload: Baking Beauties!IMG_4460

Anytime glitter is given the spotlight, I’m a happy girl. I was very excited to see that this collection included not one but TWO! I’m also a huge fan of the five Pro-Longwear Paint Pots. They each have a gorgeous shimmery finish. IMG_4461

It was so packed, I almost missed my MAC Pro buddy Jorge whizzing in and out of the crowd!

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I crowd-surfed my way up to the registers where I found MAC Pro managers Candice and Jason in rare form.IMG_4464

Thank you to my beautiful friends, makeup artist Nicole Wittman and Jennifer Castaneda of Refine LA for accompanying me on this MAC-venture!IMG_4467

I wish I could have taken more photos of the lovely staff and swatched more products, but it was wall-to-wall people so I’m lucky I got what I did on film.

See you next year!IMG_4434

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This week I attended the launch party for Youngblood Cosmetics’ spring line at the beautiful Montage Hotel and Spa in Beverly Hills with my PR guru Jenn (Refine PR) and my sister Chantal who just happened to be in town. The floral arrangement in the lobby took my breath away! It smelled so amazing in there.

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YB’s head makeup artist and Director of Education, Phillip Luque, demonstrated all the cruelty-free and beautiful products that Youngblood will be releasing on March 1st, 2013. Tara Buck, actress from True Blood (she’s the human bartender from Fangtasia!) was his model. Phillip explained that the reason Youngblood Cosmetics is only sold in upscale medi-spas and skin care clinics (and online) is because the creator, Dr. Pauline Youngblood, wanted to keep the brand unique. YB Skin was first created in a medical setting, specifically for patients recovering from harsh medical procedures, and is now popular among makeup artists and their celebrity clients.

I’ve had Youngblood products in my kit for the last couple of years and to be honest with you, my clients truly enjoy them. My personal faves are the Eye Impact Quick Recovery Cream (fabulous on mature skin and puffiness) and the Eye Illuminating Duo which I use on myself everyday. Okay, on to what everyone wants to see: the products!

The spring line includes the Anti-Shine Mattifier, Minerals in the Mist in four scents, Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Lagoon, and a baby doll pink lipstick in Debalicious.

Here’s some fun trivia on the lipstick name: everyday, a Youngblood employee named Debbie Axen would come to the office rocking a drug store-bought baby doll pink lipstick. She said she loved the color and that YB didn’t have anything close to it. When Pauline Youngblood, the creator, heard this, she designed this lipstick color especially for her! Can you imagine having a lipstick named after you? Lady C lipstick- I would buy it. Lucky girl, Deb!

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They weren’t kidding about the gorgeous teal gel liner that is Lagoon. This stuff didn’t come off my hand, even after I washed them twice with soap! Side note: to remove gel liners I recommend using oil-based removers. The Youngblood gel liners can also be used underneath eye shadows to intensify the look and make your makeup longer-wearing. Isn’t Debalicious the prettiest pink? It’s universal- it’s build-able and looks great on everyone.IMG_2462

These mineral sprays are fantastic. I spritzed the Relax formula (Lavender and Vanilla) and was pleasantly surprised when it felt tingly on my skin. I’m a big fan of MAC’s Fix + and Mario Badescu’s Rosewater spray, but neither of those actually cool skin down like this one did. I also can appreciate that the spray nozzle gave an extremely fine mist. I didn’t have to jolt and squint when I applied it. These misters can be used before makeup to hydrate and refresh or after to set. The key ingredient that makes these misters so unique is Liquid Green Clay, which helps to detoxify skin. Aaahhhh

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Next up is the Anti-Shine Mattifier, which you apply on your T-zone before makeup, just like a primer. I’m actually wearing it today. If you watch my Youtube channel, you know how much I complain about my oily skin and shiny face. It’s raining today so there’s extra humidity in the air and guess what: my face is completely dry, not a drop of oil. This multi-functional formula reduces surface shine and regulates your skin’s oil production. OILY FACES UNITE! It’s also wax-free.  IMG_2464

Here are my partners-in-crime for the day, Jennifer and Chantal. IMG_2466

Guess who was also there? The Chae sisters, Linda (Makeup Talk) and Jen (FrmHeadToToe)! We chatted about our crazy experiences at the IMATS and cruelty-free makeup brushes, which we all are on the hunt for. They also taught me how to take a photo through a mirror, ha ha.IMG_2473

I hope you guys find this review helpful, everything you see here will be up for grabs on March 1st, 2013. Youngblood Cosmetics: Cruelty-free beauty CAN be good quality too!



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