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Pink Friday – A Comparison

30 Jan

Happy Monday, readers! I considered waiting until Friday to post this (for semi-obvious reasons), but I have it now, so why put it off?

Nicki Minaj, image via

Nicki Minaj, image via

Having a music degree under my belt, I’m a big fan of music in pretty much all of its forms. It’s pretty cool for me when beauty and music mix, say, in themed collections, but I especially love when a musician collaborates with a beauty brand. So when one of my favorite musicians, Nicki Minaj, rapped about MAC and OPI on Drake‘s “Make Me Proud,” hinting at a collab, I got a little excited. I love a female performer who absolutely gives it her all and doesn’t give a damn if people have a problem with her, whether it’s in the form of her music, foul mouth, or personal style. Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga both capture this perfectly, or at least in my opinion, without seeming manufactured. (I especially respect Lady Gaga because she writes all of her own music herself; the jury’s still out on Nicki.)

I may have mentioned here on the blog that I stayed up really late with many browsers open on the MAC website in order to get the limited release “Pink Friday” lipstick that MAC and Nicki collaborated on, so when she produced an OPI shade with the same name, I knew it had to be mine.

OPI PInk Friday Nail Polish

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish

Here’s OPI Pink Friday, after five full days of wear with no topcoat. It’s basically a trooper of a polish. This is only two coats! They’re thick ones, I’ll admit, and I had a little bit of bubbling, but that was my fault for not waiting long enough between coats.

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish

If you’re a regular pink polish wearer, which I am not, you’ll probably find that you have similar shades to this one in your collection. This is by no means a unique color – I mean, bubblegum pink? But hoarders know what they want. And it’s the matching set. OR IS IT?!

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish and MAC Pink Friday Lipstick

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish and MAC Pink Friday Lipstick

I love matching. Not mani to pedi, because it is no longer 1987, but I’ll often match my lipstick to my pants/shorts/etc. (You can thank J.Crew for this.) Or nails to purse. I get a lot of pleasure out of tracking down the perfectly coordinating color – it’s deeply satisfying. (I once read as an impressionable middle schooler that Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham matched her nails to her beverages, and this was totally confusing. Even now, I don’t understand it. Anyone willing to clear this up in the comments?) I don’t match my lipstick to my nails, but I DO need to have both of these items. And mostly, because I needed to know if they matched.

It was close, but not quite. The elusive MAC Pink Friday lipstick is bluer and brighter than the polish, which is what makes it so crazy looking (why I don’t wear it often – that, and it’s limited edition and looks exactly like St. Germain).

But when have I ever had a problem with looking crazy?

Pink Friday lipstick and nail polish comparison

MAC Pink Friday lipstick vs. MAC Pink Friday nail polish, headphone earmuffs by Juicy Couture

What do you think? Are you a Nicki Minaj fan? Would you try this nail polish? Or a lipstick like Pink Friday, its sibling, St. Germain? And how do you feel about my completely ridiculous Juicy Couture earmuff headphones?!


MAC Mattene Lipstick – Seeds of Desire

4 Oct

So I may have spoken too soon about the whole “FALL IS SUPER AWESOME!” thing.

It is, of course, super awesome! I’ve been wearing scarves and cardigans, wiggled into a pair of stockings the other evening, and my beloved camel cape has been calling at me from the closet. But there is a major downfall to fall. I forgot how cold it is at night. And I haven’t put my electric blanket on my bed yet (oy vey, I just admitted to that geriatric predilection in writing), so I have been tucking my pajama pants into my socks (again! I am really sexy sometimes). Tea helps, but one can only drink so much tea before they feel like they’re going to float away.

Gee, I’m getting really crotchety in my mid-twenties.

But you know what is great about fall? Animal print. And believe me when I say it is everywhere. I officially have a leopard print everything in my closet, and go wherever you want with that, because I’m done elaborating. In my mind, MAC‘s new and limited edition Mattene lipstick in Seeds of Desire is the perfect pairing to all that leopard print, especially for us brown-eyed girls out there (with brown hair).

MAC Seeds of Desire Mattene Lipstick

MAC Seeds of Desire Mattene Lipstick

Seeds of Desire is a member of MAC‘s Fall 2011 Posh Paradise campaign, and is described on MAC‘s website as a “deep brown plum.” I’d call it more of a “rich mahogany” myself.

Me wearing MAC Seeds of Desire Mattene Lipstick

Me wearing MAC Seeds of Desire Mattene Lipstick

Unlike its littermate Potent Fig, Seeds of Desire went on extremely smoothly with no skipping and lasted for at least five hours, which is when I took it off to try on another product. I didn’t eat much while wearing this shade, but I’ve eaten major meals while wearing other Mattenes and they wear off very evenly, to the point that I’m not totally concerned with reapplication. This shade in particular leaves a beautiful stain. Fully applied or worn down, Seeds of Desire would look wonderful on just about anyone. As I also mentioned in my post about Potent Fig, though the formula and finish is technically matte, MAC has definitely changed how they make Mattenes. These lipsticks are not nearly as drying as they used to be, and my lips are definitely not parched like they once were after wearing this product. If you want a moisturizing matte lipstick, this is as close as you’re ever going to get in my book.

As I think they do to deliberately annoy me, MAC has made this (like so many others!) collection of Mattenes limited edition – including Seeds of Desire – so check them out here until they’re gone on MAC’s website, or check your local Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdale’s…

Are you digging this lipstick? Who else loves leopard print?! And who else – fess up – has an electric blanket and loves it? I know someone out there does. Don’t lie. A lie of omission is just as bad. Come on, guys.

MAC Mattene Lipstick – Potent Fig

3 Oct

Happy Monday, readers! Can you feel it? It’s really fall outside! That’s my favorite part about my birthday – it truly kicks summer to the curb and brings the crisp autumn weather out from wherever it’s been hiding.

The gifts help, too.

To share with you today, I have one of the many beauty-related birthday presents I received last week – MAC Mattene in Potent Fig. Mattene lipsticks are part of the Posh Paradise collection and are limited edition, so if any of the colors I show on the blog intrigue you, snap them up. I had a few in high school and I have to say – MAC really improved the formula. These are much smoother, creamier, and moisturizing than they used to be. As a matte lipstick, they’re still drying, but they last a long time without making the wearer suffer, which is something to celebrate.

MAC Potent Fig Mattene Lipstick

MAC Potent Fig Mattene Lipstick

I have been on the search for the perfect purple cream lipstick for a while now. You know, something that shouts “purple!” without looking like I chugged a bottle of wine or have joined any covens. And I mean a true purple – no burgundy, no wine, no mauve – so while it’s a lovely shade, Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst is out of the running. I have my lilacs and lavenders covered for the most part, but a true purple has been missing from my collection.

MAC Potent Fig Mattene Lipstick

Me wearing MAC Potent Fig Mattene Lipstick

I am sorry to report that while this is a very pretty color, it is not for me – or at least not for regular wear. Not only does this Mattene make me look like I’m on trial in Salem, Massachusetts circa 1692, Potent Fig doesn’t boast the fabulous ease of application that its release siblings do. I had no troubles with the other Mattene shades I received, but this one didn’t didn’t apply nearly as evenly or smoothly.

That’s not to say that someone out there somewhere won’t like Potent Fig. I didn’t hate this! Because I promise, I’ll let you know if I hate something. It’s just not what I wanted out of the product. If you have a darker skintone, I’m sure this lipstick will look much better on you (if you don’t mind the application issues of this particular color too much). It did leave a very pretty stain after I wiped it off, as all the Mattenes have. And it’d be wonderful for many Halloween costumes (but not mine…I’ll let you know soon)!

My search for the perfect creamy purple continues…

You can find MAC Mattene lipsticks, including Potent Fig, here for a limited time. What do you think of this color? Do you know of any purple lipstick shades that I might like? Please let me know in the comments!

(Drop Dead) Beautiful – Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

21 Sep

Call me shallow, but I’m a sucker for looks.

Isn’t that how human beings work? Isn’t natural selection based on seeking out desirable traits?

Honestly, though, I don’t think Darwin had me and Dolce and Gabbana in mind…

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick tube

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick tube

Dolce & Gabbana has some seriously hot packaging going on. There’s a nice amount of weight to the shiny gold tube, giving the product the luxurious feel it should have for a $30 lipstick. The metal is engraved, but it doesn’t stop there…

Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst lipstick

Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst lipstick

Stamping the lipstick bullet with the brand logo has become almost commonplace among prestige brands – I believe Chanel was the first to do it, and then Urban Decay, Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry and other companies started following them like trendy little sheep. Even though it’s nothing too special, I still value it.

It may be clear to you by now that I’m a sucker for packaging – a majorly minor detail that I absolutely love is the box. These are the little things that I look for and cherish. Check it out:

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick box

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick box

The exterior of the box has a glossy black finish with gold writing – the interior of the box has a glossy gold finish. You have no idea – these are the things I live for. When I bought this product, I actually said out loud, “please have a contrasting interior!” as I opened it (I am sick). MAC will do this kind of thing once in a while with limited edition releases. My personal favorite was the Heatherette collection – hot pink boxes, matte black interior! Argh!

Moving along…

So I may have started this post out in a rather vain fashion, but I’m not all about appearances…it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. This is true of men and makeup, okay? We all forget this from time to time…it can’t be helped.

Luckily Dolce and Gabbana Cream Lipstick in Amethyst is Patrick Dempsey in the movie Enchanted (yeah, I know) – dark and brooding, but really pretty wonderful when it comes down to it. And absolutely PERFECT for fall (though I imagine Patrick – Patrick, can I call you that? – would be perfect all year round).

Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

Me wearing Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

The deep burgundy/bordeaux color is strikingly similar to Essie Wicked nail polish, which you already know I like. Since it’s a cream lipstick, Amethyst is not as drying as I thought it would be, but it’s not particularly moisturizing either. As a result, it lasts for at least six hours and wears incredibly evenly. It also leaves a stark line of lipstick on your inner lip – hard to explain, but not the biggest deal.

Clearly I’m wearing next to no makeup in this picture (stressful moment for me), so you can see how truly pale I am – but I think this lipstick is pretty flattering! My teeth look particularly great (though I did get a cleaning recently – thanks, Dr. G!). I think it would look wonderful on medium and darker skin tones as well. You can find Dolce and Gabbana beauty products, including Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst, exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue.

MAC Show Orchid Lipstick

13 Sep

Hey readers! It’s Tuesday!

MAC Show Orchid lipstick

MAC Show Orchid lipstick

So I know I keep hinting about my birthday (September 30!), and it just so happens that there’s a MAC release the day before. Crazy, right? But there’s at least one product I won’t be needing from it – MAC Show Orchid lipstick. I have it safely tucked away in my stash.

But you need it.

It may come as no surprise to you that I am the proud owner of many a pink lipstick, but this one stands out in my collection. MAC Show Orchid is a hot pink/fuchsia with an iridescent purple/blue pearl. It has an Amplified finish, which means it has a creamy texture and gives the lip a bit of a sheen. (However, I find this finish far more drying than Satins.) It lasts for at least three hours and wears down to a great, even stain.

MAC Show Orchid lipstick

Me wearing MAC Show Orchid lipstick

MAC Show Orchid is available all year round at PRO stores. Find your closest MAC store by visiting their website here.

Do you have this shade? Do you love it, need it, have to have it? Let me know in the comments!

My Darling Angel – MAC Angel

19 Aug

It’s Friday! You know, through most of yesterday I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to make it to the weekend. But we’re finally here! I have the Ke$ha concert tomorrow, which I am super excited about (although I’m very scared that it’s going to rain) and just as excited to share my Ke$ha look with you after the weekend.

Today we have a more mild-mannered shade of lipstick – MAC Angel – on the blog. Even though you know I like shades that are weird and pretty much say, “LOOK AT MY FACE!” I still need a lipstick to wear for all those times that I want to make my eyes the major player. Neutral and innocent colors like this one also make your lips look fuller (in comparison to a dark or bright lipstick).

I’ve mentioned on the blog that I keep up with the Kardashians. Kim is getting married tomorrow, which is another reason I’m posting this lipstick today. This is one of Kim Kardashian’s favorite lipsticks, which is admittedly why I tried it in the first place. She – or her makeup artist – knows what she’s talking about when it comes to great shades, because I love MAC Angel as much as I love another Kim-recommended product, MAC Paint Pot in Painterly.

MAC Angel Lipstick

MAC Angel Lipstick

MAC‘s website describes this lipstick as a “soft pink,” which is a vague but otherwise accurate description. It’s a frost finish, but it doesn’t look at all frosty to me – just a mild pearl. I wear it more often than you’d think. It’s classy and professional, but also a sweet, darling shade. It’s great for interviews or work, first dates or family functions. That all said, the fun doesn’t stop there: if you’re looking for a great lipstick pairing for a smoky eye, this is a shade you shouldn’t miss out on.

Me wearing MAC Angel Lipstick

Me wearing MAC Angel Lipstick

It’s one of MAC‘s best-selling lipstick shades, along with Snob. I know you’ll like it as much as Kim Kardashian and I both do! Get it here.

Do you have MAC Angel? Are you a huge fan too or could you live without it? Are you judging me for liking the Kardashian family or are you also excited for Kim’s upcoming nuptials? Let me know in the comments!

My First (Not My Last), My Everything – MAC Snob Lipstick

16 Aug

It’s the home stretch, readers! You’ll be on your way to a happy hour in no time. Just a few more hours left of work to go!

MAC Snob Lipstick

MAC Snob Lipstick

Everyone remembers their “first” for a lot of things – first crush, first kiss, first car, first apartment – you get the picture. Today, I’d like to share my first MAC purchase. For many makeup-crazies, this is an equivalent to a first love. Ever since I bought MAC Snob lipstick, I’ve been handing out money to various MAC stores like I’m dealing cards in Vegas. It’s totally disturbing, expensive, and compulsive, but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

I remember being in grade school when I passed by a MAC counter and saw Electric Eel eyeshadow for the first time. It’s a vivid turquoise – ridiculously pigmented and eye-catching. “Mom! Look at that!” I tugged on my mother’s sleeve. “That color is crazy,” she said, and we kept going. MAC opened my eyes to the world of “crazy” beauty products and shades. Discovering that there were other people like me, who loved unusual makeup, was comforting. I didn’t start wearing makeup until middle school and by then, MAC had been pushed to the back of my mind. I received MAC lipglasses one year for the holidays from a friend, but it wasn’t until college that I bought something from MAC on my own. (Yeah, I’ve always been a late bloomer.)

In 2007, Lancôme released a collaboration lipstick with Proenza Schouler known as Proenza Pink. When I realized there was no chance I could ever get my hands on a tube, I was crushed. Desperate to find an acceptable substitute, I scanned the internet. I believe it was Specktra that told me Snob was a close match.

Me wearing MAC Snob Lipstick

Me wearing MAC Snob Lipstick

This lipstick changed my life and my attitude. Last week, I talked about how some men react to cosmetics. This one gets tons of comments from both genders, positive and negative. It’s one of those colors that I like to call “almost normal,” which is my favorite kind of color – it makes people do a double take when they see it. As a result, “that lipstick is really…pink,” is the one I find that I receive the most. And it is. It’s a ballerina pink with a touch of lilac and a wonderful satin finish – which, in my opinion, is MAC’s best lipstick finish. This was the first lipstick to make me realize that I don’t have to speak to make a statement. From here I bought lipsticks like NARSSchiap, a screaming hot pink, and MAC Morange, a shade that I like to think of as “construction ahead orange.” People will stare and make comments if you wear colors like this, but who cares? If you can’t get over what people think about you, you will never be able to live your life the way that you want.

Thanks, Snob. Besides emptying my wallet, you helped open my mind. If you don’t have it yet, buy MAC Snob here – you won’t regret your purchase. You can also find it in most Macy’s stores, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor…

Crazy author’s note: I thought I lost this product today – and, as a result, spent 45 minutes hysterically looking for it. I knew my day would be ruined if it were truly lost. Come on! It’s my first MAC purchase.

Who out there is a MAC Snob fan?! Has a beauty product ever changed your life like Snob changed mine? Tell me in the comments!

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