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Monday, November 30, 2009

DUPES: MAC Magic Mirth and Mishchief Collection

Discouraged because everyone is having CYBER MONDAY sales and you're broke?
Don't despair!
You may aready have the colors in your makeup collection.

Special Thanks to YouTube's HomeSpaGoddess for this information.
MAC Magic, Mirth & Mischief Collection Dupes

Devil-May Care Duo
MAC Base: Rich light violet
Base Dupes: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Eyeshadow in Lilac (wet or dry)
Ulta Eyeshadow in Bloom (Wet or dry - depends on your skintone)

MAC Crescent: Silver
Crescent Dupe: Revlon Diamond Lust Platinum Plaything

Under Your Spell Duo
MAC Base: Light yellow peach pink
Base Dupes: Pink side of Revlon Make A Sheen Eyeshadow in Plum Like It Hot or Shotgun Eyeshadow from Urban Decay

MAC Crescent: Rich copper
Crescent Dupe: Jesse's Girl Copper Sparkle Pigment (best dupe)
or Copper Strip Running Down the center of Revlon Make A Sheen Eyeshadows in Espress'o Yourself & Show Stopper Copper

Mayhem Duo
MAC Base: Dirty brown gold
Base Dupes: Wet N Wild Ultimate Expressions Sand Castle Eyeshadow Palette - The shadow second from the top in the center and the bottom shadow in the center combined.

MAC Crescent: Silver
Crescent Dupe: Revlon Diamond Lust Platinum Plaything

It's A Miracle Duo
MAC Base: Deep blue burgundy
Base Dupes: Valana Minerals Royal Butterfly Eye Indulgence

MAC Crescent: Gold
Crescent Dupe: L.A.Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow in Sunshine

Blue Sorcery Duo
MAC Base: Bright Turquoise
Base Dupes: L'Oreal HiP Duo Showy - Turquoise side, Ulta Eyeshadow in Turquoise (wet), Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Painkiller

MAC Crescent: Silver
Crescent Dupe: Revlon Diamond Lust Platinum Plaything

Midnight Madness
MAC Base: cool-toned dirty black-taupe with lighter silver sparkle
Base Dupes: Mix of Ulta Eyeshadow in Molten, Galaxy & Taupe (wet) or upper left color on Rimmel Smokey Brown Quad

MAC Crescent: Gold
Crescent Dupe: L.A.Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow in Sunshine

Nightsky Eyepencil
MAC - medium black with silver microsparkle
Dupe - Ulta Galaxy shadow as liner

Iris Accents Eyepencil
MAC - is a cool-toned, silvery-purple with silver microsparkle
Dupe - Ulta Bayou shadow as liner

$$$ Yes Nail Lacquer
MAC - bright silver with a metallic finish
Dupe - Silver Screen from Revlon

Phiff Dazzleglass
Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Liquid Lipgloss in Malibu Peach

She-Zam Dazzleglass
Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Liquid Lipgloss in Clear Cut Diamond
Max Factor Lipfinity 3D Maxwear Lipcolor, Suede Seduction #760 - Gloss Side

Jingle Jangle Dazzleglass
Milani Lip Mixer in Lip Party

Sunday, November 29, 2009

70% Off e.l.f. Minerals (Ltd X Only)

Watch Beauty Newbie's YouTube Review

Click Here for BeautyNewbie's Swatches

October/November FAVES

October and November have been my most productive blogging months!
I just wanted to share a few of my favorite products for these two months.


Ellin LaVar Shampoo & Conditioner
LOVE her products. With the coming winter dryness, my hair was thirsty for a great deep conditioner. The hair mask is AWESOME. The shampoo leaves my hair feeling really clean without feeling dried out. The hair at the nape of my neck has just about reached my collar bone. I'm impressed with the length.
I'm going to the American-Dominican salon for a deep conditioning treatment & a blow out.

October, my favorite wig was LatishaJamila (I need to buy a backup)

November, my favorite wig was FreetressBali Girl


Heel Tastic - I can't say enough good things about this product. I do believe I am hooked & will have to buy a new container monthly. OUCH! So worth it. My eczema flared up & this product took away the dryness! I apply this daily without fail to the eczema. My elbows were really dry despite my most diligent efforts to moisturize them. The Heel Tastic took care of this issue. Run & get some!


Coastal Scents Silicone Spheres (Don't Judge Me) Yes, I'm aware of the controversy surrounding their use "alone". I use primarily just after my eye primer. This helps me to blend my eyeshadows effortlessly. I get a little on my MAC 224SE brush, tap off the excess & do a sweeping motion over my eyelids. LOVE THIS STUFF!
I have experienced ZERO ill-effects from using this in this manner. I just hold my breath when I use it. Use At Your Own Risk!

MAC Translucent Finishing Powder. I own the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Powder & the Coastal Scents Silica Spheres. The MAC Powder feels silkier to me.
Just my humble opinion.

L'Oreal HiP RESTLESS e/s Pigment
I used this alot in Oct for highlight color
I want to buy a backup!

L'Oreal HiP Shine Struck Lip Color - PRETENTIOUS
Soft & feminine, everyday go to color.

L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Cream
ENAMOURED (peach) & ELECTRIFY (dark peach)
These colors are complimentary to my skintone.
They are awesome as bases over which I stack other colors.

RUN to your local Dollar Tree & look for L'Oreal HiP products.
YouTube is all a buzz about this!

Watch YouTube's ljanel313 (wow!)


e.l.f. studio powder brush

I have been using this brush to stipple my liquid foundation.
I love to use it for buffing & bronzing as well.

e.l.f. studio concealer brush
I reach for this before my "e/s c" brush.
It's perfect for grabbing color to pack on the lid.
I even use it to blend up into the crease.
I also like to use it for emolient eye products.


Loving the Alternating Colors Trend, in the same color family.
I am planning to experiment with Alternating Textures next month, so stay tuned. :O)

Favorite Bloggers

CONFESSIONS OF A DIVA! of Divalicious Designs
Her makeup is always FLAWLESS! She's a down to earth Diva. Hey, is that an oxymoron?


Vixxan of The Glam Shack
I have found myself checking her blog almost as often as I had to maintain my own.
She gives great attention to detail. She uses both high end & drugstore products.

Favorite YouTubers

OCTOBER kokofemme Beautiful Singing Voice! Vivacious, Entertaining, Great Sense of Humor, Love Her hauls! Even though I don't have locs, I still watch her loc tutorials. Is that nutty? LOL

Watch KokoFemme On YouTube

NOVEMBER muffinismylovers Oh MY GOODNESS! April contracted a virus on her laptop towards the end of November. I went a weekend without her vids & practically suffered withdrawl symptoms. I didn't realise how much I relied on her informative videos.

Watch muffinismylovers on YouTube

I appreciate everyone whom I follow on Blogger. I sincerely appreciate the support that my followers have shown. Look for more faves monthly.

MAC Free Shipping


*This offer is valid through 11:59 pm EST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2009 on orders shipped to U.S. addresses only. Offer not applicable towards the purchase of Gift Cards or eGift Cards.

Drugstore BOGOs for 11/28 to 12/05


ALL CoverGirl Face, Eye, Lip or Nail
buy 1 get 1* 50% OFF
Without Card $2.99 - $16.79

CVS/pharmacy Facial Tissues
Upright 80-100 ct. or family size 200 ct.
(Without Card $1.99)
limit 4

Wet cloths 30 ct., cleanser or scrub 5-6 oz.

Olay Regenerist or Total Effects
Facial care (excludes wet cloths, kits & specialty treatments)

Olay Regenerist
Hottest price of the year!
it's like getting it for...$12.99
after extra bucks
Anti-aging eye roller 0.2 oz.
you pay $18.99 WITH CARD - $6.00 extra bucks® reward = $12.99 after extra bucks
Extra Bucks® offer limit of 1 per household with card.

ALL Revlon Eye or Lip
buy 1 get 1 FREE *
(Without Card $3.90 - $11.49)

limit 6. *Discount applies to item(s) of equal or lesser value.

Rite Aid

All COVERGIRL Cosmetics Brands can not be combined (excludes trial size, pre-priced and clearance stickered items.) Buy One, Get Second One at 50% Off Regular Retail

ALMAY Foundation, Powder, Concealer and Blush (excludes eye makeup, trial size, pre-priced and clearance stickered items.) $2.00 Single Check Rebate Available, see In-Store Single Check Rebate directory for details. Single Check Rebate Offer requires sign up at or by mail. Buy One, Get Second One at 50% Off Regular Retail

Ampro, Doo Gro or Smooth 'N Shine Hair Care Buy One, Get Second One at 50% Off Regular Retail

Burt's Bees Skin, Hair or Lip Care Products Selection may vary by store
Price: $2.49 to $24.99

All Cetaphil Skin Care Buy One, Get Second One at 50% Off Regular Retail

Lacross Implements (excludes trial size, pre-priced and clearance stickered items.) Buy One, Get Second One at 50% Off Regular Retail

L'OREAL HiP Cosmetics
(excludes trial size, pre-priced and clearance stickered items)
Buy One, Get Second One at 50% Off Regular Retail

MAYBELLINE Lip and Mascara (excludes trial size, pre- priced and clearance stickered items.) Buy One, Get Second One at 50% Off Regular Retail

Noxzema Skin Cream - 14 oz. or Extra Strength Pads - 90 ct.
Price: $3.99

Organix Shampoo or Conditioner
Price: $5.99

PANTENE Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers Regular Retail $4.49 - $4.99
Price: 2 for $7.00

PHYSICIANS FORMULA Shimmer Strips Eye Shadow, Shimmer Strips Blush and Shimmer Strips Bronzer (excludes trial size, pre-priced and clearance stickered items.)

BUY Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Regular Retail $6.99 - $7.99 GET Revlon Nail Enamel Regular Retail $4.79 - $5.99 FREE*
*Plus applicable sales tax (excludes trial size, pre-priced and clearance stickered items.)

Sally Hansen Cosmetics (excludes trial size, pre- priced and clearance stickered items.) Buy One, Get Second One at 50 Off Regular Retail

Wet n' Wild Cosmetics (excludes trial size, pre-priced and clearance stickered items.)
Price: 40% Off

All Yes To Carrots Skin Care Products (excludes Lip Balms) Selection may vary by store With In-Ad Coupon
Price: $5.00 Off


Buy 1 Get 1 50% off*
*Of equal or lesser price

Coupon Good at Walgreens
thru Dec 5
• 24 ct. BC or Goody’s Headache Powders
Limit 3
(Aspirin is made out of salicylic acid also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid, BHA for short. This is a great spot treatment for a blemish)

Carmex Lip Balm

Olay Quench Body Lotion
SALE, FREE Olay In-Shower Body Lotion, 8.4 oz. ($4.99 VALUE) with purchase
20.2 oz.

Kiss or Broadway Nails
Kit or Accessories
Buy 1 Get 1 50% off*

L’OrĂ©al Bare Naturale or True Match
Foundation, Concealer, Blush or Powder
Buy 1 Get 1 50% off*

L'Oreal HiP
Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Mane ’n Tail Shampoo or Conditioner
Buy 1 at $6.99 Get 1 FREE
Coupon Good at Walgreens
32 oz.
Limit 4

Hair Care
3.5 to 13 oz.
Sale Price 3/$10 - Sale Price REGISTER REWARDS* Good on Next Purchase $5 = Like Paying 3/$5
Excludes Marula. *Limit 1 coupon printed per offer. See coupon for exclusions, limitations and expiration.

Lip Balm or Gloss

Revlon $4.99
Eye, Beauty Tools, Super Lustrous Lip, ColorStay Eyeliner or Eyeshadow Quad

99¢ COUPON (cut it out in store or print on line from website)
Cotton or Polish Remover
*All Walgreens Brands
Coupon Good at Walgreens
thru Dec 5
• 70 or 100 pack W Cotton Balls
• Studio 35™ Polish Remover, 8 oz.
Limit 3

Friday, November 27, 2009

Make Up For Ever HD Elixir Review

Photo Credit: Sephora

HD Elixir

What it is:

An innovative serum that instantly hydrates and adds radiance to the skin.

What it does:

HD complexion collection uses innovative formulas to create a new generation of makeup that is invisible on high-definition cameras and to the naked eye. This unique, lightweight elixir absorbs quickly into the skin, instantly hydrating and brightening the complexion. The breakthrough formula contains D-Panthenol and Glycerin to ensure an immediate boost of hydration (+520% after 15 minutes) that lasts throughout the day (+175% after 6 hours). Argatensyl is added to provide an immediate smoothing effect. Each ingredient was specifically added to prepare skin for high- definition makeup—so you can count on the camera picking up the perks of this perfecting formula.

What else you need to know:
This product is oil and paraben free and dermatologist tested.

I purchased this product in the Spring of 2009.
I still have more than half a bottle left. I only use it on my problem areas.
How I wish I could sleep on my back like the characters did in Memoirs of a Geisha. Then I wouldn't have these pesky crepe-y lines on the sides of my nose, connected to my marionette lines.

I use this AFTER I tone, & BEFORE I moisturize & prime.
I give it a few minutes to absorb into my skin.

I do like the product.


- It does make my skin feel as soft as a baby's bottom.
- I found it works really well with the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Primer.
I've also used it with Korres primer and MAC Skin Primer with equally favorable results.
- When I've used this product, I've received many compliments on my skin.
People have told me I look "YOUNGER". Always a bonus. Right?


- If you have any microscopic cuts or abrasions,
(such as from over active exfoliating) yes, this will sting.

- PRICEY! I don't think I could live without this product. I'm HOOKED!

Have you tried this product?

Check it Out at Sephora

Cherry Culture 20% Discount (Ltd. X Only)

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Price Break (Ltd. X Only)

- Now through Monday, November 30, 2009 only, get 10% OFF all cosmetic products available at OCCMAKEUP.COM!
- Use code TOFURKEY in the 'Special Instructions' section at checkout.
- In addition, all orders over $50.00 USD post-discount* qualify for Free Shipping within the contiguous United States. Please note that this 10% discount is applicable only towards cosmetic products and is not applicable to airbrush equipment, accessories, or systems. Pro-Discount holders may combine this promotional code with existing discounts!

*Free shipping applies on orders over approximately $56.00 USD, prior to the 10% discount.

NOTD - French Manicure with a Twist

Products Used

NK Garlic Treatment
NYC French Manicure Love Letter 146A (2x)
L'Oreal Jet Set Shine French Tip White 920 CREME (2x)
NK Infinity (Gold Glitter with Fairy Dust)
NK Express Fast Dry Top Coat

Not Like Crazy
Buy Jill Scott Beautifully Human:Words & Sounds (Vol.2)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

EOTD (Copper & Brown e/s Look)

What I used:

L'Oreal De-Crease
Highlight L'Oreal HiP e/s Pigment RESTLESS
Homemade Mixing Medium
Inner 1/2 of Mobile Lid L'Oreal HiP e/s Pigment PROGRESSIVE
Outer 1/3 of Mobile Lid L'Oreal HiP Duo SAUCY (dark color only)
& Lan Mei Dark Brown Pigment 013
Outer V Transition - L'Oreal Matte Brown
On top of PROGRESSIVE & under inner lashline half way - Prestige e/s GOLDEN RETRIEVER
1/2 way under bottom outer lashline - L'Oreal HiP BRAZEN (brown side only)
Top Lashline - Jane Gel Eyeliner
Waterline - L'Oreal Kohl e/l pencil EBONY
Sassi Lashes 747M

What lovechelci used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Highlight - MAC e/s PHLOOF!
Pixie Eye Color Sealer
Inner 2/3 of Mobile Lid - MAC Pigment COPPER SPARKLE
Outer 1/2 of Mobile Lid - Pure Luxe Pigment SOLITUDE
Outer V Transition - MAC e/s EMBARK
On top of COPPER SPARKLE & under inner lashline half way - Prestige e/s GOLDEN RETRIEVER
1/2 way under bottom outer lashline MAC e/s Sketch Top
Waterline - Random e/s Pencil BLACK
Random lashes

Watch YouTube's lovechelci demonstrate how to apply this look.

Splurge vs. Steal (Skin Care)

Although I prefer to indulge in the splurges, I do use my steals as backups.


Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion $11.00

Step 2 in Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System-and the difference-maker for great skin. Gentle exfoliating lotion developed by Clinique's dermatologists de-flakes to reveal clearer skin. Smooths the way for moisture. Formulas for oilier skin help sweep away oil, maintain clearer skin.

Skin Types: 1 - Very Dry to Dry
Concern: Dullness



Olay Refreshing Toner $4

This is a low-alcohol, dermatologist-tested formula containing aloe and witch hazel that cleans and refreshes without overdrying. Cleans by removing dirt, oil and makeup without stripping skin's essential moisture. Refreshes, leaving skin feeling cool and wonderfully fresh. Tones gently with a mild formula with added aloe and witch hazel. I usually buy mine from WalMart.


Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

The moisture “drink” developed by Clinique’s dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for very dry skins, or skins dry in the cheeks, comfortable to oily in the T-zone. Softens, smooths, improves. 4.2 fl. oz.
*Please note: pump will not fit on cap-top lotion.

Skin Types: 1 - Very Dry to Dry, 2 - Dry Combination



Dove Face Care Sensitive Skin Facial Lotion

Designed especially for sensitive skin
Fragrance-free and Dye-free
Dermatologist tested

My skin LOVES this stuff. Never had a breakout nor irritation from it!

Purple Can You Rock It?

Lane Bryant Asymmetric Tank $23.70

Forever 21 Distorted Floral Sheen Dress $22.80



JETS by Jessika Allen
Draped Jersey Dress $190

Ashley Stewart 10 Ways Dress $69
Available in sizes 1x to 3x

10 Dresses for the Price of One!! You Can Wear This Sexy Cocktail Dress as a Halter, One Shoulder, Strapless Dress or Any Way You Want! It Has an Elastic Empire Waist with Pleating at the Bust. Perfect For a Hot Date or Special Occasion. Length From Waist: 34". Fabric Content: 95% Rayon 5% Spandex. Machine Washable. Imported
This also comes in black, mulberry, silver, turquoise-aqua

Watch MonifC demonstrate Marilyn Convertable Dress

Manolo Blahnik Booties $895 OUCH!

Be careful when you wear Purple, or you may end up looking more like Barney than a Baroness

Do's & Don'ts of Wearing Purple

NYX Single Eyeshadow Collection with Swatches

01 black
08 october sky
30 khaki
36 chocolate
37 sweet lagoon
39 slate
42 grey

46 navy
50 salmon
58 peach
60 aqua
63 platinum
65 red bean
67 shimmer

72 walnut bronze
75 jazzy bronze
77 aqua marine
78 beanie
80 mink brown
82 jade
83 skin

84 toffee
85 sunset
88 algae
90 apricot moose
94 luxor
101 mermaid green
103 hollywood

109 sunrise
119 cream cheese
128 24 karet
129 mediterranean
130 wildflower
132 alaska
131 dust

133 olive green
134 cedar wood
140 snow cone
145 marrakesh
146 egg white
147 pink oleander
150 eutopia

151 earthy
153 ballerina
155 halaiwa

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

About Face Cosmetics MAC Style Black Dupe Swatches

It was extremely difficult to capture the true color/reflects of the mica.
My Camera has a Macro Mode. I tried my best. :O)

Applied over L'Oreal De-Crease
Homemade Mixing Medium Spritzed on elf Small Precision Eyebrush

Left to Right

Shards of Glass
Bubble and Burn
Lucky Charm
Stolen Soul
Zelda's Revenge (I cut this with a Lan Mei Bronze Pigment because I thought it was too black, so this is not an accurate representation of the original product)


Shards of Glass
Bubble and Burn


Lucky Charm
Stolen Soul
Zelda's Revenge

Watch Candiecc Teach Us How To Make Mixing Medium

This is a request from Rayqueenbee
Check out her Blog


Mineral Sale

Heel Tastic Review

I was able to pick up my Heel Tastic for $9.99 from CVS Pharmacy.
I understand they sell it at Walgreens as well.

I use the product at night. My heels are no where nearly as cracked as the woman who created the product. My heels are just super dry. Prior to using this, I would use olive oil and shea butter after a shower. The Heel-Tastic is superior to both of these products. It smells like lemongrass.

There are no cons to using this product unless you are unable to wear socks at night.

I would highly recommend this to a friend.

5 Stars.


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