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Archive for the ‘Milani’ Category

Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all

Who remembers the The Wu-Tang Clan’s song, C.R.E.A.M (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)?

In the FOTD, I tried the Cinema Secrets Hollywood Lights (loose e/s) in Dolla Bill.  This brand is popular among professional makeup artists who work in the theatre and/or movie/tv production .  The Hollywood Lights are similar to MAC pigments and Reflects Glitters (both of which I love!)  I prefer foiling the (non-glitter) Hollywood Lights as the color payoff is more intense.  The cost is 7.50/USD and be easily found on the web.

All MAC Products unless stated.

Face

  • NC 50 Studio Sculpt Foundation
  • NW 43 Studio Sculpt Foundation
  • Natural MSF in Dark

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Pharoah P/P
  • Electro Sky P/P
  • Purely Cosmetics Cream To Powder Bronzed Brown
  • Smut e/s
  • Signed, Sealed e/s
  • Cinema Secrets Dolla Bill loose e/s
  • Era e/s (highlight)
  • Stila Smudge Pot – Black
  • Black Russian Pearlglide e/l
  • Milani Black e/l
  • NYX Teal e/l
  • Napoleon Perdis mascara

Cheek

  • Warmed MSF
  • Stark Naked Blush

Lips

  • Sweet Tooth T/T
  • NYX Mauve l/l
  • Hello Kitty Cute-ster
  • Cremesheen Glass Boy Bait
My Sassy Lips need an agent. :-D

My Sassy Lips need an agent. :-D

Mix Maven

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Pretty in Pink

I have been eying Too Faced Beauty Mark for awhile. The duo is part “Black Foil” and “Gilded Rose”.  The “rose” side is a soft neutral color that could work well for day and night and is  similar to MAC’s Expensive Pink.  The color payoff is less gold on me than Expensive Pink.*I just love it*

Too Faced Beauty Mark Duo

Too Faced Beauty Mark Duo

I do not recall all the products that I used
other than Too Faced Beauty Mark.

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So I have decided that, once and for all, I am giving the Pink e/s a rest (as in acquiring more).  For some reason, most brands, Too Faced and Nouba are the exceptions,  have healthy fall out.  Is there an ingredient in the color that does not agree with my skin…probably.

Anyhoo, if you are a WOC and like Pink e/s, I find the best bases for them are:

  1. Benefit Pre-nup creaseless eye shadow – A metallic rose
  2. MAC Nice Vice (from the Fafi collection) – A reddish purple.  (Hard to find, so check your local CCOs)
  3. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Hot Pink
  4. HiP L’Oreal Color Rich Cream Crayon in Unmistakable (A deep pink)

Stay Pretty,

Mix Maven

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The Makeup Show ~ 2009

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The Makeup Show is a must-attend for all industry professionals and students.  The Los Angeles show will be held from March 15-16, 2009, 9:30am-5:30pm, Daily. (Sunday and Monday)


THE MAKEUP SHOW L.A.
CALIFORNIA MARKET CENTER
110 EAST NINTH STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA

Advance Tickets
1-Day: $35
2-Day: $50

At The Door Tickets
1-Day: $50
2-Day: $80

Some brands that will be featured at the event are Lancôme, P&G Beauty, Smashbox, Mario Badescu Skin Care and Kissable Couture, Shu Uemura, Billy B Beauty, Embryolisse, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Pencil Me In, Make Up For Ever, Senna Cosmetics, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Three Custom Color, Linda Mason Elements, and Alison Raffaele Cosmetics.

The keynote speaker will be Billy B, Makeup Artist Extraordinaire.  He will be speaking on A Career in Makeup.

The show will also include workshops, seminars, individual hands-on workshops, business forums (touching upon beauty techniques and applications, skin tones and makeup products, tools of the trade and the business of the beauty industry), and product demonstrations.

The Makeup Show LA is proud to announce it’s palette of beauty authorities from today’s top celebrity makeup artists:

Billy B, Ve Neill, Scott Barnes, Napoleon Perdis, Maurice Stein, Ronnie Specter, Marvin Westmore, Crystal Wright, Joe Blasco, Robin Siegel, Elke Von Freudenberg, Sharon Gault, Eve Pearl, James Vincent, Orlando Santiago, Michael DeVellis, Jon Hennessey, AJ Crimson, Kevin James Bennett, Johnny Lavoy, Patty and Farah Bunch.

For more information about the Makeup Show LA 2009, check out the General FAQs and Travel Info.

I will be attending this event, so I do hope to see you there.

Mix Maven

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La Femme Chiquita

Seymone, make-up artist extraordinaire, told me about La Femme products a few months back.  At the time, I was looking to purchase some blushes.  She told me the quality and prices were good. La Femme is a discount cosmetic brand that is quite popular among Professional MUs.  Seymone pointed me to MakeupMania.com.

I ordered a few e/s pans ($3), a couple blush pans ($3)  and some sparkle dusts, which are similar to MAC pigments and Ben Nye’s Lumiere Luxe Powders.  The  sparkle dust’s color payoff sans base is intense.  A jar (no sifter) contains 4.5g.

Ordering from MakeupMania.com was a delight.  There was a slight problem with the order and when I called to make changes, the customer service rep  answered on the first ring.  She quickly made the changes and the remaining order was shipped.

Here are swatches of La Femme’s Sparkle Dust I found on YouTube, which contributed to my purchase.

All MAC Products unless stated.

Face

  • NC 50 Studio Tech Foundation
  • Natural MSF in Dark

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Benefit Lemon aid
  • Greenstroke p/p
  • LaFemme Khaki pressed e/s
  • Purely Cosmetics Cream To Powder Bronzed Brown
  • Embark e/s
  • Neo-sci Fi Magnetic Fields e/s
  • Eyeko Honey e/s (from the Makeout Girl Manga Book)
  • Soba e/s
  • Milani Color Brilliance Eye Pencil – Black
  • Napoleon Perdis mascara

Cheek

  • Warmed MSF

Lips

  • NYX Tea Rose l/g
  • Pink Manish l/g

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Christmas EOTD 2008

Being without Internet access can be brutal. I was without the access on Christmas day, which is why I am posting the EOTD today.

MAC products unless stated

  • Constructivist p/p
  • Artifact p/p
  • Cream to Powder Gunmetal
  • Reflects Blackened Red
  • Femme-Fi e/s
  • Milani Blackened Pink e/l
  • Nouba Black Eyeliner
  • Napoleon Perdis mascara

I am very impressed with the Nouba products that I have. The Nouba eye liners are smooth to apply. I used the Nouba e/l on my waterline and the color was quite rich.  Must-have for all Beauty enthusiasts (will no longer use the word “addict”).

So during the summer, I purchased the Reflects Blackened Red on a whim at a Macy’s counter that always has old collections in stock.  I planned on using the products during the holiday season.  The shimmer in this product is absolutely gorgeous.  The photo does not really bring out the awesomeness of the shimmer.  Another must have.  Get a sample jar and it will go a long way.

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Purple Reign FOTD

Happy New Year!! Hope your New Year’s Eve was eventful. :)

One of my Beauty new year’s resolution is to rediscover products in my stash.  I decided it was time “rediscover” my purple e/s. The NYX Purple ultra pearl mania is one of my favorite purple e/s.  The shimmer is gorgeous.  I foiled it using MAC’s Fix +, which gave the shimmer, a more brilliant shine.

Another product that I discovered was the Waveline fluidline (f/l).  The color is similar to blue ink (with a slight purple tint.) I bought this product when MAC had the 15% Friends and Family sale.  I think the fluidlines are better bases than the paint pots because the crease factor is non-existent.  The only problem I see is that they can stain the skin, so I always use the matte gel as base for the fluidline.

All MAC Products unless stated.

Face

  • NW 43/ NC 50 Studio Tech Foundation
  • Natural MSF in Dark

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Benefit Lemon aid
  • Waveline Fluidline
  • NYX Purple Ultra Pearl Mania (used with Fix +)
  • Nocturnell e.s
  • Glamour Check e/s
  • Too Faced Shooting Star Baked e/s
  • Tan side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Adventurous
  • Milani Color Brilliance Eye Pencil – Black
  • Nouba Kajal and Contour #32 (Deep Purple)
  • Stila Multi-Effect Mascara in Black

Cheek

  • Neo-Sci Fi X-Rocks
  • Neo-Sci Fi Spaced Out

Lips

NYX Tea Rose l/g
To Swoon For l/s (Adoring Carmine: 3 Rose lips)

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Live abundantly,

Mix Maven

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NonPareil Boutique Sale

If you have any money left from all the recent beauty sales or if you have not been affected by the economic turmoil, check out the NonPareil Boutique Sale.  The e-tailer has lowered prices on many popular items, so check them out if you can.  I have purchased from them before and I have been pleased with the processing and shipping times.

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Review – Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

I have been enjoying the Milani Color Brilliance Eye Pencil in Green, which I give a 5 out of 5, so I decided to try Milani’s Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer pencils.  The pencils are double-sided and the “eye glimmer” side’s tip is thicker than the liner side. The Glimmer side can be used as a shadow or placed over the liner for a glittery look.  (I suggest, if you are going to use the glimmer side, place it over the liner or creamy shadow for the best effect, otherwise the glimmer side is utterly useless!)

Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

I purchased the Blue and Black Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmers ($4.99/ea at Target.)  The liner sides are very creamy and smooth and easy to apply.  Now, the magic eye glimmer side was another story.  The blue side did not show up too well (looked rather blotchy), while the silver is vibrant and pigmented.    I wiped the Blue Magic side with a tissue and cotton swab to no avail.  I also sharpened the tip, nothing could help the texture.  I do not think I will ever use the blue magic side of the pencil. Milani needs to reformulate the blue glitter because the color is gorgeous.

Milani Black Magic liner and Eye Glimmer Swatches (Blue and Black)

Milani Black Magic liner and Eye Glimmer Swatches (Blue and Black)

I used the Black Sterling liner for a neutral church look.

Milani Black Sterling Liner from Duo Pencil

Milani Black Sterling Liner from Duo Pencil

Overall, the purchase was worthwhile and I, definitely, plan to purchase more.  I am impressed with the Milani products that I have used and swatches that I have seen.  I cannot believe I used to walk past these products in my local drugstore.  Please forgive me. ;)

Overall Rating: 4
Price [Value]: 5
Packaging Quality: 5
Would you buy this product again? Yes

UPDATE -CVS has a special on Milani, buy $10 Milani get $5 back!  *What a deal!!!*

Mix Maven


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