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MAC Cosmetics The Simpsons Collection Pre-Sale!

MAC Cosmetics Simpsons Collection

It was just a matter of time before The Simpsons made their way into the beauty arena and that day is almost here thanks to the MAC Cosmetics Simpsons collection! MAC is bringing one of the small screen’s favorite families to a MAC counter near you this September (online on August 28th) but if you’re in San Diego for Comic Con this month, you’re in luck! You’ll be in the right place at the right time for MAC’s exclusive one-day only pre-sale.

Keep reading a sneak peek at the collection and pre-sale details…

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New! MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer

In addition to the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations release, MAC is also launching a new, revamped nail polish formula named MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer. The new formula is toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free and also contains conditioning vitamins E, C and B5 to help straighten nails. Outside of the formula, we’ll be seeing a different, flatter brush for better application.

The new Studio Nail Lacquer comes in 4 different finishes: cream, frost, pearl and glitter… yay for glitter! In addition to the MAC Nails Transformations top coats, this new release also brings us a new gel-like top coat named Overlacquer and a new gel-like base coat named Underlacque. New, revamped versions of faves like Nocturnelle are great but I’m looking forward to test driving these base and top coats.

Here’s a peek at some of the shades:

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New! MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations

MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations

Ladies, MAC means business. They are stepping up their nail game. First, they revamped their nail polish formula (more on that soon) and now they are launching the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations collection; shade transforming top coats you can apply over any nail polish to give your nails a twist.

Fusing her unique background as a former forensic scientist with a striking and innovative design sense, Marian Newman brings her modern aesthetic to a collaboration with M·A·C, featuring a collection of nail lacquers and topcoats designed to give nails a stylish twist. Six glowing topcoats in Texturize, Shadow, Blue, Pink, Green and Gold will transform the look of your lacquers into totally new shades.

Shades include:
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Our Top Picks from MAC Glamour Daze for Holiday

This past weekend, I had the urge to put up a Christmas tree. I know, I’m what’s wrong with this world. I blame my sister who had the same thought and planted it in my head. It’s contagious, and you’re all welcome in advance. I’m ultimately waiting until Thanksgiving to put up the tree, but in the meantime, I will be indulging in a little holiday makeup action. First up, MAC Glamour Daze.  This collection feels very January to me, in that it’s not overly red and gold as so many other holiday collections usually are but instead cool and neutral. We’ve got a fab-tastic taupe eye shadow and the re-launch of the best highlighters MAC has put out in years.

Here’s the collection rundown and the glamour goods we think are musts!

First, the Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($29, limited edition) is back. And when we are given a second chance at amazing highlighters, we take it as a sign that it’s meant to be. They are extremely metallic at first glance but look beautiful on the skin. I think they’re universal for all skin tones, and both work on me. Superb is a more rosy gold that is just stunning!

  • Superb, Soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer *Product Girl pick!
  • Whisper of Gilt, Light soft white gold with shimmery sheen *Product Girl pick!

We’re also welcoming the re-launch of the Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50, limited edition), albeit in a tinier compact. While the higher price/less product ratio gets an eye roll, the extremely wearable colors get a thumbs up. Honestly, they’re all stunning.

  • A Natural Flirt, Soft peachy nude *Product Girl pick
  • Evening Grey, Steel silver
  • Divine Blue, Mid-tone aqua
  • Ready to Party, Pale lilac
  • Round Midnight, Dark burgundy
  • Stolen Moment, Dark taupe *Product Girl pick
  • Stylishly Merry, Mid-tone dusty violet
  • Tall, Dark, & Handsome, Black with pearl

Always one to get excited about new Fluidlines ($16.50, limited edition), I actually thought these were a bit off. I wish they were Paint Pots instead.

  • Catch My Eye, Cool taupe grey with dazzle pearl
  • Feminine Edge, Pink mauve with dazzle pearl
  • Little Black Bow, Charcoal with dazzle pearl

Glamour Daze brings three lovely Powder Blush ($22, limited edition) options.

  • Easy Manner, Light dirty peach
  • I’m the One, Mid-tone blue pink
  • Small Vanity, Dusty rose tan *Product Girl pick

Maybe I’m used to MAC collections of yester-years, but it feels that with every new launch the Nail Polish ($17.50, limited edition) costs more. That said, there are a few worthy colors of your dollars.

  • Endless Night, Pale grey pink with iridescent pearl
  • Girl Trouble, Super glitter pink *Product Girl pick
  • Everything that Glitters, Black with super multidimensional glitter *Product Girl pick
  • In the Limelight, Mid-tone creamy mint

The Lipsticks ($16.50, limited edition) are pretty fun, though there’s only one color I feel stands out. It’s also a Cremesheen, which is my fav MAC formula.

  • Beauty, Pale cool pink (Glaze)
  • Innocence, Soft coral (Frost)
  • Outrageously Fun, Mid-tone magenta violet (Cremesheen)
  • Glamourdaze, Mid-tone creamy plum (Cremesheen) *Product Girl pick
  • Dramatic Encounter, Deep purple (Amplified)

A bevy of Lipglass ($16.50, limited edition) options to choose from. Pretty colors, but with everything going on in this collection, we say save for the highlighters.

  • Impossibly Sweet, Sheer soft pink with multidimensional pearl
  • Pink Fade, Light creamy pink
  • Talk Softly to Me, Light creamy coral pink
  • Deliciously Demure, Soft cool brown with pearl
  • Flight of Fancy, Rich purple

Rounding out the collection is False Lashes Mascara ($20) and four Kohl Power Eye Pencils ($16.50).

What do you think? Let us know!

Sonia Kashuk's Latest Treasure + Vacation Makeup

Vacations are good for the soul. A much necessary break from everything. While Carla was in Vegas for her sister’s wedding, I was in San Francisco. After a day in wine country and a few more spent sightseeing, shopping and eating, my battery is on its way to being recharged. As most vacations go for us beauty girls, we tend to spend quite a bit of time packing our products (usually bringing way too much). Now that I’m back, I can confirm that, once again, that exact scenario happened. Some things will never change. I wanted to give you a glimpse at the makeup I used on vacation and rave about the makeup bag that you need to run to Target to buy immediately. Meet the Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized Bag.

Let me try to quickly breakdown how amazing this bag is. Seriously, I could probably give a 50 minute lecture on the function of this bag. A black nylon makeup bag (the staple of ALL staples) with maroon lining, featuring a front exterior zippered compartment and pouch, two back exterior pouches, an interor with a zippered compartement and SIX side pouches that fit blush, eye palettes, powder and lipstick galore. And it’s $14.99. This bag can do no wrong. I marvel at its wonder. Oh, and it’s only $14.99.

These are the products I used every single day on vacation. I brought along Stila Stay All Day Liquid Foundation & Concealer, in shade Light, which like its other “Stay All Day” counterparts, wears flawlessly for hours and hours (and hours!) The concealer hidden in the cap works on both blemishes and under eyes, so the 2-in-1 option was great for travel. For eyes, I kept it bright and low maintence. Just a pat of bareMinerals Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener to perk up my undereyes and double as a highlighter (more to come on this – I think it’s magical!), a swipe of Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Illuminating Duo to brighten under the browbone, lower waterline and inner corners and NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates and Maybelline The Falsies to give the lash line some oopmh. I dusted Jouer Bronzer in Suntan in the “3” shape on each side of my face and tapped MAC Blush in Legendary from the Marilyn Monroe collab on my cheeks. For lips, I’m having a MAJOR Fresh Berry Sugar Lip Treatment moment. It might be fav Sugar of all. It brightens my face in a very subtle way, and it was perfect for walking around sunny SF with the SPF 15.

Sometimes a simple routine is the way to go!

MAC Marilyn Monroe The Perfect Cheek Blush

What to do when your favorite MAC blush gets re-released with the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection? Get excited and tell your friends, of course. The Perfect Cheek is a rather unassuming muted matte pink. When I first got it three years ago from the MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics collection, it was more on name alone. The premise of “The Perfect Cheek” color on a label was almost like a dare I couldn’t resist. Perfection, you say? We’ll see about that. Of all the MAC blushes I have amassed over the years, this muted matte pink is the one I reach for the most. It’s my fail safe impossible to overdo fresh pink blush. The blush I bring on vacations because it goes with everything. And now that it’s available in a sleek Marilyn embossed compact? I love it even more. Don’t miss out, friends.

Just Another Mani Monday: MAC Styleseeker

This week’s mani is everything.  I can’t remember the last time I got this excited about my polish. Everything about this is amazing. First, the color: MAC Styleseeker, from the “Style Seeker” collection launching this week. Second, the formula: smooth and easy to apply. Third, the finish: a red orange duo chrome.

I’m really picky about my duo chromes.  I find so many of them to be the same, usually with purple/green flashes. Nothing wrong with that, sure, just that I’m used to it. Styleseeker is so interesting, and reminds me of a hot fall day. When the leaves are red/orange and crinkly but the weather is still summer-like. If you’re crafting your fall nail polish wardrobe, as we are, I think you need this color in it.

Somehow, my excitement over my mani has turned this Monday into a great one! Hope everyone’s week is starting off the same. What are you wearing on the tips this week?

MAC Styleseeker, coming to counters August 23, and online now for $15.

The Votes are In, MAC By Request

We’ve all loved and lost at the MAC Limited Edition game. Find your favorite eyeshadow only to watch it disappear into the abyss of discontinued products. Same goes for your lip gloss and lipstick. When MAC announced earlier this year they would bring back nine discontinued products “By Request,” we were excited. Especially when we heard Moth Brown, of MAC Barbie fame, was included as an option. I missed out on that one, and I’m not sure I’ve ever completely accepted that.

Same goes for the rest of MAC fans. The three eyeshadows, lip glasses and lipsticks that make up MAC By Request pulled in thousands of votes. And to stagger the excitement, MAC is launching each category on separate days. By Request Lipsticks on Monday, August 6 (sadly, only one remains, — Candy Yum Yum, with the most number of votes at 77,517, sold out in an instant), Lip Glass on Wednesday, August 8 (go now!!) and Eyeshadows on Monday, August 13.

The must-haves for us are definitely Jete and Moth Brown eyeshadows and Cult of Cherry Lip Glass. Jete is a shimmery peach shadow in a veluxe pearl finish (gorgeous!) and Moth Brown is most definitely in the “taupe hall of fame.” Moth Brown is surprisingly one of those complex taupes that does not turn straight purple on my skin tone. It’s an interesting shade of grey that makes my blue eyes pop.

The full MAC By Request collection includes:
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It's Mineralize Time: MAC Heavenly Creature

 

Ready for your annual dose of MAC Mineralize? MAC Heavenly Creature has arrived. As sure as the change of seasons are, MAC fans know that come July, a new crop of mineral products are released. And usually a surprise or two, as well. This year, the surprise is definitely the re-launch of MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. Perhaps the allure has worn off for me, but I can’t deal with a limited edition exfoliator. My skin needs consistency. But, the thrill of new Mineralize goodies is always a welcome treat.

Heavenly Creature includes 35 products in total – including nine Mineralize Eyeshadows, five Cremesheen Glasses, four Mineralize Blushes and four Mineralize Skinfinishes. For me, even a few must-haves in the bunch.

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Five Bronzers to Use All Summer

Happy Memorial Day! Hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend. We’re taking a break from our holiday to report on one of the most important summer beauty topics, bronzer. We firmly believe that every woman needs a bronzer wardrobe for summer. No other beauty product gets as much mileage for me from now until Labor Day. Largely because the actual sun does not actually darken my skin — no, no, not going to let that happen. And I like options. Here are the five that are ruling my makeup bag this summer.
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