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StarFlash Collection Dupes – FOTD

I decided to “Shop My Stash” for today’s FOTD.   I wanted to use the StarFlash dupes suggested on Specktra.net and  Nessasary Makeup Blog.

All MAC products unless noted

I used colors that are supposed to be dupes of certain StarFlash e/s.

Face

  • MSF Dark
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Fresco Rose Paint Pot
  • Mancatcher e/s on lid (is supposed to be a dupe of Lotusland)
  • Circa Plum p/g
  • Thunder e/s on crease (is supposed to be a dupe of Top Hat)
  • Brown side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Brazen
  • Retrospeck e/s – highlighter (may be a dupe of Dreamcatcher)
  • LA Colors Lash Building Mascara in Black
  • NYX Eye Liner – Sapphire

Cheek

  • Fab Blush
  • Warmed MSF

Lips

  • Pucker Tendertone
  • NYX Baby Pink Round l/g

I am totally looking forward to MAC’s StarFlash collection.  I have been looking for a shimmery mid-tone pink eye shadow and I, strongly, believe that Sunset B will be my HG eye shadow.  I got NYX’s Dolly Pink, but the fall out is excessive, which means that I do not have the appropriate base for that shadow and some other NYX eye shadows.  In my humblest opinion, paint pots do not work well with certain NYX shadows.  (Could be just me!!)

I know that I will not get any of the lip products nor kohl pencils.

What products are you getting from the StarFlash collection?

OOh I cannot wait to see the man in brown on Thursday!..woohoo!!

Mix Maven

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I am Hip to the Duo

Whoa-wee I have been super busy, which results in super tiredness.  Mr. Maven and I have been taking some classes and we have family visiting.    Then I started Facebook-ing. *Sorry, I am late to that party*  I reconnected with some friends that I had not heard from in years (some years in the double digits.)  Good times.

Being on Specktra.net nor watching YouTube tutorials is not good for anyone’s wallet, especially mine.  I joined the site because I was a huge MAC fan.  Then I was exposed to other department store brands and even drugstore stuff that I poo-pooed. *Don’t judge me* LOL 🙂 .  Most people start with drugstore brands, which I did back in the day e.g. Revlon and Max Factor only, then moved to Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique and  MAC.  I never thought I would go back to trying drugstore brands, except for mascara (never went high-end).

So I decided to get one L’Oreal Hip Duo in Brazen (at the recommendation of Yummy411 aka Kia).  Since she is a big time makeup artiste (She is quite humble), I ask her recs on various non-MAC products.  Anyway, I loved the brown side as a nice crease-creating color.   I will use the pink side soon.   Ok, so I decided to check out more.  Thank goodness, I waited for the BOGO Free at Walgreens and CVS.  I did not want to get too many as I have many dupes of the colors they offer.  (I know I am also late to the L’Oreal Hip Duo scene!)  Recently, I added Playful and Adventurous Duos to my collection.  I like the Hip Duos because they are a reasonably priced and suitable dupes of MAC products i.e. good pigmentation.  There is little fall out and you do not need to use a special base i.e tacky base too apply.  Since, I am a wonderful cousin, I have been getting my cousin, who is a poor college student, the Duos, so she can be extra cute when going around campus.

So here is my FOTD on my way to Costco.  (Who loves the free samples?!?!)

(All products MAC unless noted)

Face

  • MSF Dark
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Painterly Paint Pot
  • Peach side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Playful
  • Expensive Pink
  • Shimmery cocoa brown side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Playful
  • Too Faced Super NovaGlam e/s
  • Twinks e/s
  • Blonde brown side of L’Oreal Hip Duo Adventurous
  • Tempting e/s (lower lashline)
  • LA Colors Lash Building Mascara in Black
  • Too Faced Foiled in Black

Cheek

  • Sweet As Cocoa
  • Nars Torrid

Lips

  • Pucker Tendertone
  • Strapless (Lustre)

I find that I have trouble with orange and corally shadows, regardless of the brand.  This is the first time I made Expensive Pink work.  I promised that I would not repurchase Expensive Pink, but I may change my mind.  I still cannot get the Orange side of Flare to work, maybe all I need is a better base.  I am definitely getting some UDPP (Urban Decay Primer Potion) ASAP!!

Are there any colors that just do not work for you?

Mix Maven

Date Night FOTD

Pumps and Glossers,

The first Face of the Day (well actually Night) on this blog…woohoo let’s have a party! (Ok, maybe not!) 🙂

Mr. Maven and I decided this week was a great week to resume date night (6-week hiatus). Since we both work from home, we wanted to make sure that we leave the house a few times of week  for the purpose is not related to getting the essentials (including cosmetics.) 😉

We did the dinner-movie combo. The Mavens had a grand ole time.  We went to see Hancock.  I love a good action film (more kick assery-less chatter)!! The movie had a little bit of both.  If there is a Hancock 2, I want to see less chatter.. LOL  I loved the scene where Jason Bateman’s character, “Ray”, showed Hancock some clips of him crime fighting on YouTube.  Hancock’s clothes were burned from saving residents from an apartment fire.  The buttocks exposed were definitely looking really good! *Bagel Buns (Yum-oh!!)* 🙂

Makeup Chatter

I do not really plan looks, but since I have been haulin’ lately, I decided to at least use MAC Black Ore Solar Bits some kind of way.  I love Black Ore Solar Bits and I went to minor lengths to get it after being sold out online and in my area.

The products that I used:  (All products MAC unless noted)

Face

  • Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel,
  • NC 50/NW 43 Studio Tech Foundations,
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg,

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Indianwood Paint Pot
  • Hard Candy Disco 2000 #2 e/s
  • Amber Lights e/s
  • Too Faced Shooting Star Glam e/s
  • Black Ore Solar Bits
  • Hard Candy Fringe #2
  • Tempting e/s
  • LA Colors Mascara Soft Black
  • NYX Black Felt Pen Liner

Cheek

Margin Blush

Lips

Pucker Tendertone

Mix Maven FOTN 7-10-2008

Mix Maven FOTN 7-10-2008

Mix Maven FOTN 7-10-2008 #2

Mix Maven FOTN 7-10-2008 #2

Have a super weekend!!

Mix Maven

Stuff New Moms Need

There are plenty of new moms in my family.  They are all are excited about the babies, most of them are new moms and one has multiple children.  One’s life changes as soon as the baby is home.   I would think the hardest thing about being a new mom is getting enough sleep, which can negatively impact other activities.  I decided to come up with a list of things that I believe a new mom needs to help her adjust to her new bundle of joy.

Maternity

So every new mom needs:

1. Chef – A new mom is tired, which means she does not need to be operating anything with fire or heat.   Having a chef may be a luxury, BUT family members and friends should make sure the new family is eating sensible meals everyday (well, at least, the first 4 weeks after delivery.)

2. Housekeeper – A healing mother should not be vacuuming or doing dishes the first month after delivery.

3. Babysitter – Now, some moms do not like to leave their child(ren) with other people.  (I suggest that they read Find The Time.)  First time moms should begin scouting out prospective babysitters while pregnant.  (This is important if new mom live in a place where she has little to no family members.)  New parents will need to find someone they respect and trust to take care of their child(ren).  I also suggest not burning bridges with people who would be great sitters.  Start with leaving the child with the sitter for a couple of hours and phase in more hours as he or she gets older.  For example, if the anniversary weekend is coming up and want to leave the child with grandma (do not let that be the first time he or she is away from for a long period of time.)

4. Date Night –  Date night is very important to rekindle the sparks in your relationship.  (Main reason why #3 is very important.)   I know people who do not spend much time without their child(ren).  That is a bad sign in a relationship.  Will the relationship last when the child(ren) leave to go to school?  Preservation of the relationship should be on-going and deliberate.

5. Pampering – (No connection to Pampers Diapers) A new mom must be reminded that it is ok for her to pamper herself or to be pampered.  Take her to her favorite cosmetic counter or to a spa.  She is stressed out (but may not want to say), so nudge her (kindly and gently) to take some time for herself.  A happy mom means a happy baby and, ultimately, a happy household.

So check on your new moms TODAY!!!!

Mix Maven

Happy Independence Day

I have noticed over the past few years that Americans do not say “Happy Independence Day,” but “Happy Fourth of July.”  On this day, we are celebrating liberty and independence from the British.  This holiday is more than bbqs (I enjoy) and fireworks (can do without).   We need to contemplate the freedoms and rights the Constitution and not relinquish them on a whim.    Remember that “freedom ain’t really free” so REGISTER TO VOTE!!!  If you need to information about the issues and voter registration, check out Declare Yourself’s website.

Let’s start a family tradition:  taking turns reading the Constitution before the BBQ meal.  I will begin with the Preamble:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Next reader…….

Be Free,

Mix Maven

NYX Cosmetics* Sale @ Nonpareil Boutique

Nonpareil Boutique Independence Sale

I received an e-mail from the NonpareilBoutique.com. Nonpareil Boutique sells NYX Cosmetics, LA Colors, KleanColor, as well as fashion jewelry. The site is having a 20% off everything in store (You will need to use coupon code JULY4TH.) The sale runs from July 2 – July 8, 2008.   So stock up!!!

I have never purchased on this website, but I will say Nonpareil Boutique has some decent swatches (better than other e-tailers.)

Check them out.  I hope you have a wonderful purchasing experience.

Haul on,

Mix Maven

O Canada Pt.2

When it comes to beauty finds, Canada is quite egalatarian.  You can find Clinique at Sears; Smashbox, Elizabeth Arden, and Cover FX at Shoppper’s Drug Mart (SDM), which is comparable to CVS or Walgreen’s.  These brands are found in major department stores here in the United States.

Last year, I was looking to purchase a kabuki brush.  Since we were in Canada, I decided to check out Shopper’s Drug Mart.  I was hoping to get a Quo brush, a SDM brand.

QUO Bronzer Brush Quo Contour Brush

I read mostly positive reviews of their brushes on Specktra.net.  I walked over to the Quo brushes and I was not pleased with the selection.  There must have been a sale or something because many of the brushes were sold out.  I found a suitable brush called Cover FX after further search, which I never heard of before.  The bristles were soft and it came with a neat little pleather travel bag.   When we got back to the hotel, I checked the brand. In the U.S., Cover FX is sold at Sephora and Nordstrom.

If I saw this brush at either store, I would not have purchased it… would have purchased a MAC kabuki instead, which I was trying not to do at the time (and still not done.)  Regardless of that, I love my Cover FX kabuki. One of the few brushes that I use on a regular basis because I have other brushes that I can rotate.

Whenever you are in Canada, check out Shopper’s Drug Mart.  They tend to be pretty easy to find like drugstores here (you can always check SDM’s website.)  You may be surprised with SDM’s beauty finds.

Mix Maven