MAC Monday: Ruby Woo Lipstick

It’s MAC Monday, folks! For my MAC Monday posts, I like to highlight a go-to MAC product that I feel every woman must have in her arsenal. Today’s pick is Ruby Woo lipstick.

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Ruby Woo is not your average red lippy. It is the perfect shade of cherry-red. It’s not too orange and not too dark. It’s also a retro-matte formula, which means it’s super long wearing and stays true to the color your see in the tube. I refuse to wear red lipsticks that aren’t matte, because as most of us have experienced, red lipstick smears everywhere. The retro-matte formula of Ruby Woo is one of the only reds that I trust enough to put on my clients and of course for myself. And for just $15, it’s a steal. Here’s a shot of me rocking my fave back in the fall of 2012.

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What’s also great about this lipstick is that it’s the perfect red for any skin tone. Let’s look at some examples:

CAUCASIAN OR LIGHT SKIN

Dita Von Teese, a MAC spokesmodel and burlesque super star is a huge fan of Ruby Woo. It pops beautifully on her pale skin.

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HISPANIC OR MEDIUM SKIN

Kim Kardashian is wearing Ruby Woo in this photo on its own. It looks so rich with her skin tone!Kim K

ASIAN OR OLIVE SKIN

Here is long-time Ruby Woo supporter Karen of Makeupandbeautyblog.com. I’m tellin’ ya this lipstick looks good on everyone! Karen Makeup & Beauty Blog

DARK SKIN

Here’s the lovely Kelly Rowland rocking Ruby Woo on a red carpet. The blue-red undertones are gorgeous with her skin.

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IMATS LA 2013

The Los Angeles IMATS (International Makeup Trade Show) returned this past weekend to the Pasadena Convention Center. It might seem like it’s too soon, and that’s because it’s normally in L.A. in June. The IMATS bosses decided to switch it up and host IMATS in London in June, and L.A. in January (most likely due to London’s freezing winters).

The last two times I went to the IMATS, I got some fantastic deals, but unfortunately, I don’t do well in large crowds. Literally THOUSANDS of people go to the IMATS and Saturday and Sunday are always sold out. It is jammed booth to booth with people and everyone shoving and pushing each other. I had originally decided to skip the IMATS this year to avoid mean foreigners and strollers with crying babies, but I got an opportunity to help out at the MAC Cosmetics booth on their Pro day (Friday). Let me tell you…Pro day is such a different experience. Everyone in attendance is a makeup artist, and it’s not sold out, so there is room to breathe.

Here’s part of the crew at the MAC Booth. We had so much fun working together! IMG_2349

One of my favorite people I met in 2012, Jorge from MAC Pro. He loves playing dead in photos, ha ha! He’s very artistic and has the most unique/hilarious personality.IMG_2369

I bounced on over to the Lime Crime booth where I found Doe Deere and her lovely team, who let me preview their brand-new, not-yet-for-sale Glitter Helper. This is a skin-safe adhesive that keeps glitter on without getting muddy. Best of all, it’s cruelty-free and vegan-formulated.IMG_2370

I also had the chance to pop on over to the Youngblood Cosmetics booth where I ran into PR-sweetheart Crystal. IMG_2366

Crystal showed me all the new stuff going on at Youngblood, including their new spring line “In Bloom,” which features a revitalizing mineral mist spray, a lovely pink-peach lipstick and a gorgeous teal gel liner.IMG_2364

Youngblood also came out with an “Anti-Shine Mattifier.” Swipe this product on your skin before foundation to keep oil from pooling onto your T-Zone. This stuff feels super velvety, and just like everything else from YB Cosmetics, it’s cruelty-free and vegan 🙂

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Me and Jason, Ops Manager for MAC Pro at our booth 🙂IMG_2372

I noticed a lot of makeup vendors were missing this year, and I think it’s because of the date change. I can see why some companies didn’t want to come back only 6 months later. Too Faced, Makeup For Ever and Urban Decay were all absent, but Inglot thankfully was there in full force.IMG_2353

Here’s my small stash from the IMATS:

Lime Crime’s Uniliner in Rhyme and Velveteen matte gloss in Red Velvet, a glitter polish with big and small particles of gold glitter and Inglot’s #77 black eye liner gel, which everyone has been raving about.

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Did any of you go to the IMATS this year? What brand were you most excited to see? Was there any that you missed?

Makeup Brushes Every Woman Needs

You’ve watched Youtube tutorials and read tips from the experts in Cosmo and Glamour. You have all the right products. Now what? Makeup brushes.

Makeup brushes are the most important and yet expensive tools to have in your stash. But I promise you, they are absolutely essential. What’s the point in have good quality makeup when you’re rubbing it on with a thick sponge, soaking up all the product, or worse, with un-sanitized fingers? Brushes give you smooth (and clean) makeup application, from giving your skin an airbrushed look to creating that flawless black eyeliner.

Now that I’ve convinced you that you need brushes, where do you start? I know it can be overwhelming to walk into a makeup store or counter and look at all those pricey brushes. So let me break it down for you.

In the video below, I’ve whittled it down to four essential brushes every woman should have, without breaking your wallet. I’ve also got some intermediate-level brushes for those of you wanting more options. If you keep watching, I break down how to keep your brushes clean to last you a lifetime.

Let’s Take a Look at Each Makeup Brush For Beginners

FLAT EYESHADOW BRUSH

This brush will help you apply shadow to your lids and brow bones quickly. You can also use this to apply concealer.

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ANGLE BRUSH

This brush will help you line your eyes with eyeshadow powders or any gel and liquid liners. It’s also a great tool to use when filling in your eyebrows.

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FLUFFY EYESHADOW BRUSH

This fluffly tapered brush will help you buff in darker shadows in your crease. It’s a must have! If you try to do your crease with a flat eye shadow brush it will smear all over. The fluffy shape of this brush will apply a small amount of shadow at a time. TIP:  Use it in tiny circles and windshield-wiper motions.217

BLUSH BRUSH

Don’t be fooled by the name. This brush is small enough to do your blush, but big enough to also do your loose/pressed powder and bronzer.

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INTERMEDIATE “NEXT STEP” BRUSHES

POINTED LINER BRUSH

For those of you who have the angle brush down and are experts at doing perfect eyeliner, the pointed liner brush is the next step. This brush will give you precise flicks and perfect lines when used correctly. TIP: Use your pinky as an anchor against your face to give you a steady line.

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PENCIL BRUSH

The pencil brush is fantastic for smudging pencil and gel liners along the bottom and top of your lids. For those of you with a smaller eye shape, this brush is amazing in the crease!

Pencil Brush

FIBER OPTIC FACE BRUSH

MAC spear-headed the fiber-optic brush movement, but most lines carry these nowadays. The sparsely placed fibers apply a small amount of product at a time to your face and cover large areas quickly. TIP: use this brush to set your makeup with Makeup For Ever’s HD Powder. I die!

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ADVANCED CREASE BRUSH

The hairs on this crease brush are finer than the original one I showed you earlier, and there are less hairs in each brush as well. These two things make this brush perfect for precisely adding deep, dark colors in the outer corners of your crease. If you are a smoky eye fan, try this brush. It will keep you from developing raccoon eyes. TIP: Remember, small circles, buff, buff, buff!MAC 224

LIP BRUSH

For those of you who don’t like applying lipstick directly from the tube, or looking for a more precise application, a lip brush is for you. I always go for retractable lip brushes, or ones that come with caps, so I can throw it in my purse for touch-ups. Lip_Brush

FOUNDATION BRUSH

This painter-like brush is great for moisturizer, primer or foundation application. TIP: Paint on the product in football player-like marks, then blend in with your clean fingertips. Or, if you have time, blend in using the brush. Don’t forget your neck!foundation-brushFIBER OPTIC BUFFER BRUSH

I love fiber-optic brushes so much that I included another. This is a smaller, flat-top version of the original fiber optic face brush and can be found at most brands. The size is perfect for blending in highlighters and liquid concealers in that delicate eye area- its get in all the nooks and crannies. TIP: apply liquid concealer directly under the eyes then buff in using the brush in circular motion, while your eyes are closed.130-Short-Duo-Fibre

MAC BRUSHES

While I adore MAC Cosmetics’ brushes and products, they are no longer cruelty-free, so I don’t feel right recommending their brushes to you. I purchased all of my MAC brushes during the time when MAC was 100% cruelty-free. Recently they have changed their policy. It now states, “M.A.C has a longstanding policy to not test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.” Fans are speculating that  MAC changed their policy in order to legally sell in countries that require animal testing of sale items, such as China. I still like to believe that MAC is cruelty-free in places outside of China. But there’s no real way of knowing. In no way do I think MAC is a bad company. They do so many good things, like the MAC Aids Fund and Kids Helping Kids. Hopefully they will find a way to become cruelty-free again.

CRUELTY-FREE & ECO-FRIENDLY BRUSH BRANDS

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics  100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free

Cozzette 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free, Made in the United States

Crown Brush 100% Cruelty-Free. All natural bristles are purchased from fully licensed & accredited suppliers that adhere to a strict non-cruelty code of ethics

Bdellium Tools– The Green Bambu Series features eco-friendly makeup brushes with all sustainable bamboo handles and all vegan soft synthetic bristles and an anodized aluminum ferrule.

MAC Monday: Holiday Collection Time!

 

Last month I attended MAC’s  Paint By Number event with my PR pal Jennifer Castaneda at their Robertson location in Beverly Hills. This event highlighted MAC Pro’s line of products used to body paint, many of which I use for my maternity painting photo shoots. However, I was more curious with their ah-mazing holiday collection!

 

 

How cute is this little makeup bag from the Holiday Collection? I die.

Thanks Jenn for coming with!

 

Okay, now for the break-down…

Divine Desire Exclusive Face Kits: $70

Both of these cute kits come in adorable plush snap clutches and offer a Powder Blush, Cremesheen Lipstick, Lipglass, Technakohl liner and a #129 Blush Brush. While the #129 isn’t the same quality as the full sized one MAC sells separately, it’s ideal to take on your travels with you, especially with the shorter handle.

Hang Up the Glamour Hanging Travel Bag: $40

This little leopard and lace number will keep all your makeup (and I’m thinking jewelry too) organized and glam for all your jet-setting journeys.

Fabulousness Holiday Eye Sets: $39.50

These eye shadow compacts come in three varieties and are a great gift for makeup fiends and beginners-alike.

All For Glamour Holiday Face Kits: $39.50-49.50

These Face Kits come with a bronzer or a blush, three eye shadows and two lipsticks. Amaze-balls.

 

Primped Out Holiday Eye, Lip and Brush Sets: $39.50-49.50

With EIGHT bags to choose from, these Primped Out bags are filled with goodies ranging from makeup brushes to lipstick-and-liner combos. There’s something for every girl.

MAC Monday- Please Me Lipstick

Hi peeps, as most of you know I adore MAC products. I love them so much in fact, that I decided I will be showcasing one every Monday. For the very first “MAC Monday” I’m bringing you my recent find, “Please Me” lipstick. Please Me is the perfect mix of nude and pink. It’s completely matte and creamy texture make this a gorgeous lipstick that can be worn alone or under gloss. I’ve been wearing it with a swipe of Fresh’s Sugar clear lip balm under neath and I can’t tear myself away from it. It’s just…LOVELY.

Look how pretty it is on this model’s skin with those flirty eyes!

I recommend this lipstick color to those of you who with yellow undertones. Anyone with olive skin in the “medium” tone range will look fab with this on.

“Please Me” goes for $15 smackaroos.

Enjoy!