Universal High Pigment Shadows

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty*

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A few months ago I attended to The Makeup Show Chicago, which is the end all to be all for a beauty junkie like me as there are brands galore to showcase their products and industry icons to share their knowledge through workshops and seminars. It is so exciting but one could become overwhelmed with all the amazing sights to see and people to meet!!! However, I did not let that stop me…I made a plan of who, what, when and where I wanted to see and meet and then I quickly put that plan into action!!! LOL

During my exploration of new brands (at least for me)…I came across Magnolia Makeup, a beauty brand based out of New Awlins (and I say this with love in my most Southern Gal drawl…no, for real, I used to live in the South…LOL). They are devoted to color that is high in pigment and they believe in quality as well as fun for every occasion!!! Yep, this sounds like a brand I want to explore; so I did…*giggles*.

It is funny because I had this brand on my list to investigate but, before I could get to it, several of my blogger friends kept telling to make sure I stopped by Magnolia before I left…so I hoped that it would be all that and then some!!!

When I approached the booth, I was amazed at all the colors. I was like a kid in a candy store and the all the makeup were my sweet treats…LOL!!! Any who, as you can read, it was love at first sight but the true test will come during my trial of wearing the product for a few weeks. While there was so much to chose from, I was able to narrow my selection down to 3 eyeshadows and 2 lip colors in a pot to purchase (and believe me…that was hard to do)!!!

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Today, I am only prepared to share my analysis on the Individual Pigment shadows and here is what I liked: I absolutely positively loved the pigments!!! While all you MAC girls are ranting and raving over their colors and pigments, I suggest you stop, look and listen to a new sheriff in town!!! Now, before you MAC junkies go all crazy on me, for the record, I’m not hating…IJS, give this brand a try because MAC is not the end all to be all when it comes to colors and pigments. Not only that, Magnolia is not as expensive as MAC and the overall quality is great!!! The loose pigments are easy to use and they will work on all skin tones. A little goes a long way and the color last a long time without creasing or fading…FTW!!!

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Now, I know this sounds like a match made in makeup heaven but there are a few dislikes and here they are: I am not one for loose shadows and or powders as they can get a tad messy but this is not a deal breaker for me if the product is great (and this is…teehee)!!! I am not sure if the Individual Pigments are mineral based or not as there is nothing on the website or the product which indicates a yay or nay and to my understanding, loose shadows are mineral based. Again, this is not a deal breaker; inquiring minds would just like to know…LOL, IJS!!!

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So after several weeks of the trial investigation, I have my final grade for you… I give the Individual Pigment shadows by Magnolia Makeup 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in purchasing the shadows, you can do so at magnolia.com for $10 each (the colors featured here are Truffle, Citrine and Gold Nugget). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…Happy blending!!!

 

 

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My Fall 2013 Makeover Experience

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A few days ago I attended an event at Ulta Beauty for a fall makeover from Smashbox Cosmetics. It’s funny because I was really nervous, as I have not had a full makeover in years. Yes, I know…I am a beauty blogger and you would think that this would be the norm but I never make the time, I am nervous about the look I am going to receive and I am a closet germaphobe (don’t judge me)!!! Believe it or not, I have witnessed some makeup artists with dirty brushes, blowing on a powder to remove the access or not sanitizing the brushes. Plus, you never know what little kid or teen has been playing in the makeup when no one is around…. IJS!!! So, I usually stay clear and just apply products on my hand. However, last Saturday, I took a leap of faith closed my eyes (literally) and took a chance…LOLIMG_0532

When I walked in, I did not know what to expect and I was hoping that I would get the best makeup artist that would beat my face (as they say in the industry…meaning make it fierce) if not, this post would have a totally different tone… giggles!!!

Anywho, I was approached by Rose, the Prestige Manager who organized the event to check in and get assigned to my makeup artist. Moments later, I was introduced to Christine with Smashbox Cosmetics and she asked me what look did I want her to achieve. Fall, was my answer as it only makes sense so I can show you…my Beauty Scholars the haute colors for this season :-).

Here, you will see a collage of pics from start to finish…bare face and all :-).IMG_0528After my fierce, fab, glam look from the awesome Christine, I was able to take a mini photo-shoot in the Smashbox photo booth. Yep, I felt like I was on ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) and Tyra was about to tell me that I was the new winner…LOL!!!IMG_0534IMG_0538

I had so much fun and I must admit that I am mad that I have not taken the time or the guts to this a long time ago :-(. I was so pleased with my complete look that I purchased almost everything (and that my friends is how and when a makeup artist knows if you really love the look).

IMG_0530After my new fall look, I had dinner and margaritas too see if my lipstick would last like my lip stain and guess what… it lasted but not as good. Good enough for me to give it 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!!IMG_0531The overall look and the total experience was a 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! Ulta Beauty, I loved the event and Smashbox…bravo on your new fall colors!!! Beauty Scholars, I highly recommend that you get a makeover every season to change your look, get pampered and try some new products. It makes you feel great, look glam and be fabulous!!!

Special shout out to my fellow blogger in crime Ms. Travel Chic for joining me on my fall makeover adventures!!! IMG_0542

 

 

 

 

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#EverydayPeopleChi The Beauty of Food, Music and Fun

About a week ago, I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful event called Everyday People Brunch presented by SKYY Vodka’s House of Moscato at the Sawtooth restaurant with special guest Chef Roble (special shout out to Rachel of Rachel O Beauty for allowing me to attend this event in her absence).

Everyday People Brunch Presented by SKYY Vodka's House of Moscato

In case you are scratching your head and wondering what is Everyday People and why they had a brunch or who is Chef Roble, let me introduce you to some things happening in and around Chicago and maybe coming to a city near you!!! Everyone Day People is a monthly brunch party, which started in NY and had its debut in Chicago on August 18th. There is music, food, drinks and fun!!! Chef Roble is the star from the hit TV show Chef Roble and Co on Bravo TV Network and he was the man of the hour as he curated the beautiful menu for the day.

Everyday People Brunch Presented by SKYY Vodka's House of Moscato

The beauty of food, music and fun is the best way that I can describe this event in my own words and I hope that they will return soon with the beautiful and tasty SKYY Vokda’s House of Moscato because those drinks were AMAZING to say the least!!! Plus DJ Moma was giving everybody life with the beats that he was playing. And the food…was just ALL OF THAT…my mouth is still watering with just the thought of that tasty brunch!!! I have not had that much fun on a Sunday in a long time!!! Whoa…the memories…LOL.

Everyday People Brunch Presented by SKYY Vodka's House of Moscato

My, how I wish you were all there 🙂 but since you were not able to attend, here is a sneak peek at the drink and food menu…

Guests enjoyed four signature SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape cocktails:

  • Moscato Gem

(SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape, Sparkling Wine, Orange Bitters, Sugar Cube)

  •  Moscato Sunrise 

(SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape, Pineapple Juice)

  •  Moscato Sangria

(SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape, Moscato Wine, Strawberries, Pineapple, Honeydew, Cantaloupe)

  • Moscato Press 

(SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape, 7Up, Club Soda)

Everyday People Brunch Presented by SKYY Vodka's House of Moscato

Brunch:

Curated by the famous Chef Roble, the buffet-style brunch included French toast with strawberry apricot syrup, corn bread, fried shrimp, smothered chicken, grits and more to compliment the various SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape cocktails.

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Everyday People Brunch Presented by SKYY Vodka's House of Moscato

Yum…I know!!! Now, I may or may not have had a few cocktails but rumor has it that the Moscato Sunrise was the best drink on the menu…*giggles*. Any who, although the event is over, the beautiful memories from it will last forever!!! And if Everyday People Brunch presented by SKYY Vodka’s House of Moscato returns to the Chi…I hope they bring Chef Roble again with invites for all of you…MUAH!!!

 

*Photos courtesy of Getty Images via Everyday People Brunch presented by SKYY Vodka’s House of Moscato*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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