Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

This week’s look was fast and easy using minimal products (for me at least).  The theme for the week was rediscovery; to use forgotten products within my collection.  Usually I’m pretty good at deciphering what will work for me in the long run and what will end-up in my “donation basket.”  However, it is wise to try to use these products again before discarding them or giving them away. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, thus making the reunion that much sweeter 🙂  Enjoy!

Eye Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural used as a base color (purchase here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here) W2 on a dampened brush for the upper and lower lash line (discontinued) Ebay purchase (here).
  4. Clinique True Black Cream Liner on the upper lash line (seen here).
  5. Inglot #90 AMC Gel Liner on the upper and lower waterline (purchased here).
  6. MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush for a crease color (discontinued). Ebay purchase (here).
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Estee lauder Double Wear Foundation (seen here).
  2. Estee Lauder Maximun Coverage Foundation (purchase here) used as a concealer only on the inner most under eye area (not across the entire under eye area…too drying).
  3. Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Palette (Bronzer sides only) used as a bronzer. Really dislike the lighter shades and fragrance, but the bronzer colors and packaging are beautiful (discontinued). Just for fun, check out how much this palette costs on Ebay (here).
  4. Chanel Destiny (61) and Inspiration (64) mixed together for blush (reviewed here and here).
  5. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder (purchase here) used as a Highlighter (discontinued).
  6. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week Ninth Edition.

Lip Combination of the Week Ninth Edition.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week Ninth Edition.

Brushes of the Week Ninth Edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Cheek Brush used for bronzer application (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush (purchase here).
  4. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here). The lettering rubbed off. Not the softest brush, but will blend out the cheapest eyeshadow to perfection.
  5. Billy B Beauty Brushes #8, 11, 12 (reviewed here).
  6. Estee Lauder #20 Eyeliner/Brow Brush for liner application (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you as time passes your perceptions and taste will change.  Products that may not have worked for you in the past should be given another chance.  You never know, you may find a new use for them in your present routine.  I rediscovered Burberry Summer Glow Palette’s bronzer half worked perfectly with my current coloring.  Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush head is a bit too big to use as a sole eyeshadow brush, but I rediscovered its magical ability to blend out any color to perfection.  MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder imparts a flattering subtle golden highlight color, appropriate for a daytime chic makeup look.  What have you rediscovered in your stash lately?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.  

Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

This week in lieu of my Makeup of the Week, I have decided to focus on the eye looks and lip combinations I have worn for the week.  All other makeup and tools remain the same as last week (seen here), unless otherwise noted.  I hope you find this helpful.

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 Eye Look 1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Cooper Strip Powerchrome pencil smudged on the mobile lid, lower lash line and waterline (reviewed here).
  3. Life’s Luxury Powerchrome pencil on the base of the upper lash line (reviewed here).
  4. Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 deep brown pen liner (purchase here).
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color (reviewed here).
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner to tight line upper waterline (purchase here).
  7. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used as inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  8. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Lip combination 1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Ruby Glow Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

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Eye Look 2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base.
  2. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink smudged on the mobile lid and used on the upper lash line as a liner (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Pencil used on the waterline.
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper waterline.
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 2:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido RD203 (purchase here).

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 Eye Look 3:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base.
  2. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as an eyeshadow smudged on the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as a liner for the upper lash line.
  4. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line.
  5. MAC Copper Strip used in on the water line.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper water line.
  7. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  8. Tom Ford Cognac Sable Palette dark brown/purple color smudge on the edges of Blackish Satin Purple (purchase here).
  9. TF Cognac Sable Palette copper glitter shade patted with my finger over Blackish Satin Purple.
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 3:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick.
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Petal Lip Lacquer (purchase here)..Yes, I bought another one–don’t judge!!

**MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush used on top of Chanel (61) Blush (discontinued but found at the CCO).

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to start breaking-out the plums, purples and burgundy in your collection..Fall officially starts on September 22nd and we (makeup addicts) must dress our makeup autumn best 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

This has been a very busy week.  My children started school and that in it of itself is always stressful.  The silver lining in this scenario is, I have gained some much needed time to myself.  I had time to carefully apply my makeup without any interruptions, it’s the little things in life that make me happy.  Admittedly, I do miss my eldest son’s commentaries and photographic assistance.

This week’s look was centered around my lashes.  Truthfully, I never gave them much thought, until Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara came into my life.  The delivery of zero flaking, no clumps, no stiffness all wrapped-up in a lightweight formula was enough for me to declare, love at first application!  I hope you find this post helpful.

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Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. MAC Uninterrupted used in the crease (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used on top of Uninterrupted to add dimension (reviewed here).
  5. Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in 57 Black Stream used at the base of the upper lash line and smudge outwardly (reviewed here).
  6. L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil to line the upper lash line (purchase here).
  7. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 mixed w/W4 on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome pencil for the lower waterline (reviewed here).
  9. Inglot #90 for tight-lining (purchase here).
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I ♥ black (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in EN1 (seen here).
  3. Estee lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer in 03 (purchase here).
  4. Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush Creme de Chanel used as a bronzer/blush (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here).
  6. Skindinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Herbal Lip Stain (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brush of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (purchase here).
  3. Sonia Kashuck concealer brush to add second color to the crease (purchase here).
  4. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here).
  5. Burberry #10 blending brush (discontinued online/check your Saks counters).
  6. Billy B brushes (reviewed here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you have some time to yourself, do what brings you the most joy.  Just think in a year from now, events/people/things which gave us the most stress presently, will be a fleeting memory.  A lesson I remind myself of everyday.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and try to appreciate all the positive fortune surrounding you. It’s there I promise.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

This Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition will feature all the lovely goodies I acquired last week from my visit to the CCO.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet), it is an outlet store the Estee Lauder Company has cleverly established to sell all of their overstock merchandise from their subsidiary brands.  All cosmetics/fragrance brands included are: Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Joe Malone, Flirt, Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble, Origins, Donna Karen, Tom Ford, Ojon, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Prescriptives.  All items in store are sold at a 30% discount off the original retail price.  As an added bonus, the sales women are lovely and customers have the comfort/freedom to swatch and roam for as long as one desires.  Who could ask for more?

Eye Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. Clinique Black Honey Brush-on-Creme Liner used as an eyeshadow (purchase here). [CCO]
  3. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-wear Gel Liner (reviewed here).♥ [CCO]
  4. Inglot Matte 90 AMC Eyeliner Gel for tight lining the upper water line (purchase here).
  5. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer used in the crease to add dimension and warmth (purchase here).
  6. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Eye pencil for the lower lash line and in the lower water line (reviewed here).♥
  7. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara (purchase here) not my favorite. Does not layer well and flakes by the end of the day. [CCO]
  8. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator for an inner corner highlight (reviewed here). ♥
  9. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here). ♥
Makeup Of the Week:  Sixth Edition.

Makeup Of the Week: Sixth Edition.

 Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).♥
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here) I have the new formula and it does not oxidize and feels less drying compared to the original. ♥ [CCO]
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).♥
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (purchase here) and Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here) used to highlight the cheek bones. ♥
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here). ♥
Lip Combination of the Week:  Daliia My Best Friend's Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination: Daliia My Best Friend’s Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination:

  1. Daliia Herbal Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (reviewed here) ♥
  2. Shiseido RD702 to add shine and moisture throughout the day (purchase here). ♥
Brushes of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush (purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B Beauty # 12, 8, 11 (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here). [CCO]
  4. Philosophy “the supernatural” Airbrush foundation brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford Bronzer (reviewed here) , Cheek (reviewed here) and Cream Foundation brushes.♥

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to locate your nearest Tangers Outlet Mall (location finder here) and visit a CCO pronto!  Plan a trip for the day with your family/friends and roam all the stores to your heart’s content.  CCO are fantastic for discovering some limited-edition jewels that were hard to obtain during the original release. I have yet to spy any TF brushes..Darn!  Do call ahead of time to check inventory before making a trip.  I hope you find this helpful and informative.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator review, swatches and comparisons.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Highlighter.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Highlighter.

The most acquired items in my makeup collection are highlighters.  I have an ongoing obsession with these gleaming, glowing, silky beauties.  Being that I have a dry skin, a highlighter is a must in my daily routine. Highlighters/Illuminators single-handedly restore the life and glow back into my skin, which has been unkindly stripped away by foundation and time 🙂  So when Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator  ($42 US/10g) from the new Dark Spell Collection came-a-calling, I answered with a resounding, “YES PLEASE!”   *click on each photo to enlarge*

The Pros/Formula:

Spellbound has a wonderful hybrid formula and aesthetically speaking, it is an amazing piece of cosmetic to behold.  The term hybrid would imply a mixture of two textures, presumably gel and powder.  The color of Spellbound is a soft rose gold, not too light, shimmery or dark, it would certainly suit a variety of makeup looks and skin tones.  Laura Mercier describes Spellbound as,

A beautiful face illuminating hybrid product with a soft rose gold shimmer perfect for highlighting. The unique formula based on high pearl levels provides buildable long-wearing colour.

The hybrid consistency is very reminiscent of the limited-edition Rose Rendezvous (RR) Illuminator Laura Mercier introduced last year.   RR had an unmistakable rose/pink hue (similar to Estee Lauder Modern Mercury highlighter), which did not appeal to me in the least.  Spellbound on the other hand has a slight pink undertone dominated by a peach/gold base color; I adore this shade.  Spellbound is pigmented and long-lasting with a definite sheen apparent in the targeted areas.  My Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here) remains my favorite illuminator, however when mixed with Spellbound, it takes on a denser persona. When combined, Spellbound was able to warm up Highlight 01 so that the latter did not look so stark on my tanned summer complexion.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator w/Highlight 01 on the cheek bones.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator w/Highlight 01 on the cheek bones.

The Cons:

I did find the texture to be slightly gritty compared to Highlight 01.  Of course the average “jane” would think me ludicrous, but the makeup connoisseur within, can sense the discrepancy in the quality.  My other complaint is the “limited-edition” tag that has been slapped on this product.  Due to the general appeal, LM should consider making Spellbound (and Ritual) a permanent item in their lineup.

Comparisons Highlighters/Illuminators:

 

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  • Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator and Laura Mercier Highlight 01.
  • Swatches:  LM Spellbound, LM Highlight 01, LM Spellbound mixed w/Highlight 01.

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The closest Highlighter/Illuminator in color to LM Spellbound would be Dior Amber Diamond.  Keep in mind, any one of these offerings will look slightly different depending on your natural coloring.  There are some highlighters in my collection I no longer use due to the fragrance and/or paraben factor.  If these features do not concern you, all the highlighters shown are fabulous.  I apply Spellbound with my Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, but frankly any small head brush will suffice.  The lasting power is phenomenal especially if used with a slightly dampened brush.

Laura Mercier cosmetics are sold in Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sakslauramercier.com, etc..

Ingredient list for Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (click to enlarge).

Ingredient list for Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (click to enlarge).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Laura Mercier Spellbound is a beautiful, gleaming, soft, and sexy Illuminator. Nothing compliments your face like a good quality highlighter and this does the job spectacularly.  As always, it is best to start off lightly and build up to your desired intensity.  Due take note Spellbound is limited-edition, therefore do not hesitate, because as we all know Laura giveth and she also taketh away.   Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  **Click on the rose highlighted name to take you to a direct link for each item. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer review and photos.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer.

For the most part, my focus cannot be swayed.  While I was at the Laura Mercier counter at Saks, my goal was to procure the new Spellbound Highlighter (review coming soon) from the new Dark Spell Collection. While I was “checking out” the sales woman courteously asked, “Have you seen the new nail lacquers that are part of the same collection?”  Why would she ask me that, of course I saw them, I was trying to avoid them.  Being that I was in a vulnerable position, I politely smiled, painted one finger nail, gasped, and proudly walked out with Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ($18 US/.37 fl. oz.) as if I had unearthed some secret treasure.  I guess I can be swayed, who knew!

The Pros:

This is my kind of color, dark, luminous, and complex…just like me 🙂  At first glance I disregarded Bewitched as just another green polish that would never mesh well with my olive skin tone. However, after applying the color my prejudice against this clover hue, quickly dissipated.  Laura Mercier’s website describes Bewitched as a,

Black with green sparkle. Limited Edition. The ultra-smooth formula provides chip-resistant, fast-drying and long-lasting color. Nail Lacquer does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, or butyl phthalate (DBP).

This was most intriguing to me, seeing is how I was under the impression I was looking at gold sparkles. Under careful scrutiny, the sparkles appear to be a blend of lime green and chartreuse.  Bewitched sparkled so beautifully in sunlight, but not in a bubble-gum-popping-teenybopper-way.  Despite the black base claim, to my eye this polish is a deep, sophisticated sparkling forest green color with a slight teal undertone.  Those individuals who are afraid of green polishes (yours truly) can wear Bewitched with the utmost confidence.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer in sunlight.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer in sunlight.

During application, I could not help but notice how substantial the polish felt as it glided on the nails.  I take it the type of micro glitters/shimmers in the formula have something to do with the density and stability of the polish.  In truth, Laura Mercier Bewitched was opaque in one coat.  Nevertheless, I felt compelled to slap on an additional coat for good measure.  This polish was very reminiscent of my beloved Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer (reviewed here).  Both polishes wore like iron (5-6 days), the micro glitter/shimmers were not rough in texture and the end results were as smooth as silk.  Mishaps were at a minimum, the polish did not migrate towards the cuticles and any minor smear was removed easily with the aid of my Zoya nail polish remover.  The brush was heavenly, the medium width design was able to hold and distribute the polish evenly.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer swatch.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer swatch.

The Cons:

The only fault to Laura Mercier Bewitched, is the price/amount ratio.  It would be nice if higher end brands in general, would start offering the standard amount for nail polishes.  OPI, Essie, POP Beauty, China Glaze, etc. are all .5 fl.oz.  Chanel, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Dior, etc.. all have inflated prices and less product.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ingredient list.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ingredient list.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you wiggle your nose, make like Samantha (Bewitched from the 60’s dude) and teleport yourself to the nearest Laura Mercier counter and get this polish.  Some may not be ready for such a dark, ominous color this time of year; in that case save it for fall/winter.  As we all know, when Laura Mercier states “limited edition” she means it.  This was my first Laura Mercier polish and sadly, for my wallet, it will not be my last. Once again, I have been “Bewitched” by Laura Mercier, can this woman do no wrong?  Be well and stay safe.

Samantha from Bewitched.

Samantha from Bewitched.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned and all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com. **Bewitched photo courtesy of fanpop.com

Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes

When your hands are tied and your back is up against the wall, what do you do?  The answer is simple: you use everything and anything to your advantage to break free.  When makeup addicts are faced with the horrid words: limited edition, we are like rabid dogs, clawing and frothing at the mouth demanding more production. This is what Laura Mercier is doing to the mass public by making Ritual Baked Blush Bronze limited edition (reviewed here). I however, must keep a level head and try to decipher this magical concoction and present my Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes for all those poor souls who missed out on the original.

Counterclockwise:  Laura Mercier Ritual, Too faced Chocolate bronzer,  MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush, Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer.

Counterclockwise: Laura Mercier Ritual, Too faced Chocolate bronzer, MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush, Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer.

Utilizing my amateur artistic eye, I realized Laura Mercier Ritual has a dominant matte brown base color, with little or no distinguishable orange undertone.  Those stunning pinky rosy striations are what give Ritual its distinction, the more you buff Ritual the more luminous it becomes.  The formula is simple:  Matte bronzer base color (of your choosing) + a rosy bronze luminous blush color = Ritual.

If you are new to my blog, I did a post on MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush (reviewed here) and related its overall undertone to Ritual.  MAC Sweet As Cocoa has a pink luminosity that also becomes more prominent the more it is buffed into the skin.  I suspect this type of color is what inspired the creation of Ritual.  For our purposes, we will use MAC Sweet As Cocoa as the catalyst for our Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes.

Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes:

  • First Blend:  Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer + Mac Sweet As Cocoa:  98% dupe.  The most neutral color, you can intensify the bronzer base to get a spot on color to Ritual.
  • *Middle Color: Laura Mercier Ritual Blush Bronze.
  • Second Blend:  Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Medium + MAC Sweet As Cocoa:  97% dupe.  Bobbi Brown Medium bronzer has a dominant red undertone.
L-R:  Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Laura Mercier Ritual, Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

L-R: Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Laura Mercier Ritual, Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

 

  • Third Blend:  Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer + MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush. 94% dupe. Lighter brown undertone, would suit lighter skin tones more so than Ritual.
  • *Middle Color:  Laura Mercier Ritual Blush Bronzer.
  • Fourth Blend:  DiorSkin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon + MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush. 90% dupe.  Dior has more of a warmer undertone than Ritual.  The resulting color has beautiful dimension.
L-R:  Edward Bess Daydream w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer, Dior 003 Cinnamon w/Mac Sweet As Cocoa  blush.

L-R: Edward Bess Daydream w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer, Dior 003 Cinnamon w/Mac Sweet As Cocoa blush.

 

As I was typing my post, the persistent commentator (aka: my husband) remarked, “Why did you put the same three brown stripes on your arm?” (referring to the first set of colors).  To which I had to break my concentration and respond, “They are not the same, look at the color difference.”  He then rebutted, “I don’t know what you see, but those look exactly the same to me.”  What a novice and a sweetheart!

Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess Daydream (on right), Dior Cinnamon (on left), MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Clockwise: Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess Daydream, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Dior 003 Cinnamon

I decided to show him the subtle differences and apply one side of my face with Laura Mercier Ritual and the other with my Second Blend.  Can you see a difference?  No…No…are you sure?  Yeah, neither can I, they look exactly the same on the face.  He was right…that earned him a scrambled egg sandwich.  I used my Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) to apply each formula on my face and for my arm swatches. Make sure to dip your brush in each powder the same amount of times for each application.  I dipped my brush twice in the bronzer and once in Sweet As Cocoa to get the right coloring.  Play around with the colors on your hand/arm to see what will work on your complexion.

Laura Mercier Ritual on the left side of my face (your right) and Third Formula on the right side of my face (your left).

Laura Mercier Ritual on the left side of my face (your right) and Second Formula on the right side of my face (your left).  BB Pale Pink right on the apples of the cheeks.

MAC cosmetics are found everywhere: Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Bergdorf, Saks, maccosmetics.com (they offer free shipping on all orders) etc..  Laura Mercier is found at the same locations, but Ritual seems to be sold out everywhere.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to buy MAC Sweet As Cocoa and combine it with your favorite matte bronzer to create a luminous bronzer color to suit your own skin tone.  As a warning, MAC Sweet As Cocoa is very dark and a light hand is strongly suggested.  Do I deserve a pat on the back for a job well done?  Nah..I place my fisted hands on my hips, in my most honorable Superhero stance (Wonder Woman please) and proclaim victory for all those who have been wronged by the limited edition curse.  I hope you find my Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes helpful. Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite matte bronzer is to pair with MAC Sweet As Cocoa.  As always be well and stay safe.

-M-

My husband's prize for being right in this one instance.

My husband’s prize for being right in this one instance.

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Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

In lieu of my Makeup of the Week I decided to update you all on my Current Makeup Favorites.  I hope you find this helpful and informative. **click on each item for a direct link to the product.

Base Makeup:

  1. Dr. Mercola Facial Sunscreen SPF 30:   The absolute best natural sunscreen.  I do not wear commercial sunscreen because I cannot tolerate the odor and the plethora of chemicals in the formula.  However, Dr. Mercola’s all natural line of sun protection products cannot be beat.  This is especially ideal for those with sensitive skin.
  2. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer:  I really appreciate this primer in the summer.  It evens out your skintone and really does prolong the wear of your foundation.
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:  Foundations come and go but EL Double Wear is my HG foundation.  This guy never lets me down, the longevity and finish cannot compare.  Apply EL Double Wear on well moisturized skin, with a damp brush/sponge and blend to perfection.  I love all of their  foundations.
  4. Edward Bess Concealer:  As of late, I had to revert back to wearing concealer and EB is one of my favorites.  I had the pleasure of meeting Edward at Bergdorf and he was just as lovely as he appears on TV; a true Southern Gentleman!

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas:  Great base for eyeshadows (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus:  I use this as an all over eyeshadow to even out my skin tone on my lids.  On occasion, I do use this on my face to set my face makeup.
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencils: Copper Strip (reviewed here) and Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).
  4. Prestige Total Intensity Eyeshadow in Wicked: (reviewed here).
  5. Clinique True Black cream eyeliner:  Wonderfully black, smooth, long lasting and relatively inexpensive for a high end brand.
  6. Inglot #89 Matte AMC Eyeliner Gel:  The only color/formula that will last on my upper waterline for tight lining purposes.
  7. L’Oreal Telescpic Mascara and Prestige My Blackest Lash Mascara:  The L’Oreal is for lengthening and Prestige is for giving volume.  Both can be found in any drugstore.
  8. Shu Uemura Eyebrow pencil in Seal Brown 02:  A naturally flattering color for my dark brows.

Face Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer Blush:  One of the best bronzer to have come out this year.  It was limited edition and is sold out online.  Check your local Sephora locations and LM counters for availability (reviewed here).
  2. Laura Mercier Highlight 01:  Beautiful neutral colored highlighter that can be used wet or dry (reviewed here).
  3. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush:  This color is universally flattering on everyone.  It is matte and extremely long lasting.  BB has one of the best blush formulas around.
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa:  Rosey Bronze blush can also be used to deepen a matte bronzer, as an eyeshadow, and a blend out color (reviewed here).
  5. Skindinavia Finishing Spray:  Admittedly, I do not use many finishing powders in the summer time.  I do use this spray to prolong the wear of my bronzer and blush and to help meld all the colors together on my face.

Lip Makeup:

  1. Daliia Lip Stain in Runway Fashion Fuchsia:  Love the naturalness, longevity, color, and wear of this lip stain.  I may have to pick up another one (reviewed here).  My Best Friend’s Red lip stain is next on the list.
  2. Dior Addict Lipstick:  These are wonderfully creamy and smooth.  They will not dry out your lips and last nicely paired with a long lasting lipliner  (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer Liquid Lipsticks:  The best liquid lipstick I have found, they do not contain any fragance or flavoring, long lasting, wears off evenly and pairs beautifully with Daliia’s lips stain; will not cause it to break down or bleed into your fine lines.

Makeup Bag:

  1. Tory Burch Makeup Bag:   A wonderful addition to my makeup family.  This bag is roomy enough to fit all of your essentials and more.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to invest in products you know you will use and love.  Do not be a moth to the makeup flame, stick to what works.  Now, if only I would take my own advise 🙂   To be continued….with current brush favorites.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Kisses from "M".

Kisses from “M”.

 **Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned and all products were purchased by me. **Compensation for reviews is not given.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

This week has been fun and exciting.  Here in the Americas, we celebrated our nation’s independence.  My personal highlight was spending time with family we do not get to see often.  Did I wear makeup on a hot, muggy, and humid Fourth of July?  Yup…You Betcha. Did my makeup look flawless at the end of the day? Not even this makeup maven could battle the forces of sweaty pores at their optimum levels.  This Makeup of the Week fifth edition, is a tribute to the war paint that was strategically applied in the morning and shamelessly vanquished in the evening.

Eye makeup of the week.

Eye makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. MAC Minerialized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus (purchase here).
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).♥ lasted all day ♥
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa to blend out the edges of Life’s Luxury and used under the lash line (reviewed here).♥
  5. Shu Uemura eyeshadow in IR911 in the inner corner (purchase here)
  6. Clinique 02 True Black cream liner (purchase here).
  7. Merle Norman Nude inner eye pencil (here).
  8. Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).♥
  9. L’Oreal telescopic mascara for first coat.
  10. Prestige My Blackest Lash for second coat.
Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used wet as a highlighter (reviewed here).♥
  4. Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer (sold out online but I have seen it stocked at my Sephora).♥
  5. MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush (purchase here).♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush (purchase here).♥
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (held up most of the day, purchase here).
Lip Combination of the week fifth edition.

Lip Combination of the Week fifth edition.

Lip Combination:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong Wear Lipliner (purchase here).
  3. Dior Addict Lipstick 773 Rouge Podium (reviewed here).♥
Brushes of the week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eye liner brush (the best for getting the right line and flick, purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B #12, #8 and #11 (for tight lining) (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7
  4. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford bronzer brush (reviewed here).♥
  6. Tom Ford Blush brush.♥
  7. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush used for highlighter application.

 THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to always look your best even when the circumstances are stacked against you.  As Coco Chanel once said,

Elegance is refusal.

I refuse to let meteorological conditions, exhaustion, children or animal ever stop me from looking and feeling my best. Refusal to accept anything but the best for yourself is always the order of the day; a little “makeup” for your soul.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

It's a dog's life.  Yoshi has no worries.

It’s a dog’s life. Yoshi has no worries.

MAC Life’s Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa
review and swatches.

MAC Life's Luxury eye swatch.

MAC Life’s Luxury eye swatch.

On my recent trip to the mall I was drawn into the MAC store by an unknown force.  My husband calls it obsession, I call it Amore….The items that beckoned me were MAC Life’s Luxury Powerchrome eye pencil ($21 US/1.6 g) and MAC Sweet As Cocoa powder blush ($21 US/6g).

Life’s Luxury Color/Formula:

Life’s Luxury Powerchrome eye pencil was part of the Temperature Rising collection that came out three weeks ago. There are four colors offered in the Powerchrome line:

  1. Rich Glance: Light gold.
  2. Copper Stripe: Frosty Mid tone copper.
  3. Life’s Luxury:  Deep Bronze brown (my choice that warranted further investigation).
  4. Polished Jet:  Charcoal with pearl.

I was hoping the formula of these Powerchrome pencils would not resemble the dreaded paint sticks from the past.  Breathe a *sigh* of relief….these are fabulous!!!

MAC LIfe's Luxury.

MAC LIfe’s Luxury.

Life’s Luxury is a pencil form of Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink gel liner (CSI).  This beautiful bronze brown shade with varying sizes of red pearl, far surpasses CSI.  Life’s Luxury lasts longer, the red pearl is more visible, and the portability aspect cannot be beat.  Life’s Luxury glides on the lid smoothly, there is a certain density in its texture which ensures longevity and vitality.  I wore this pencil on a hot and humid day, sitting pool side (sans cabana boys and margaritas) without any fading or smudging in sight. Impressive!

MAC Life's Luxury vs. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink swatches.

MAC Life’s Luxury vs. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink swatches.

This Powerchrome pencil also layers very nicely.  Life’s Luxury can be manipulated before it sets, however once it sets it will not budge.  I use my beloved Billy B #12 & #8 brushes (reviewed here)  to blend out each layer until I reach my desired intensity. Removal is effortless with any facial cleanser/makeup remover.  MAC should consider making these pencils part of their permanent line.

In a perfect world, it would have been ideal if MAC would have had the foresight to design these pencils with a twist-up mechanism, rather than the traditional pencil sharpening method.

Sweet As Cocoa Color/Formula:

Sweet As Cocoa is a powder blush in MAC’s permanent line.  With all the limited edition collections MAC puts out, their permanent line does not get the recognition it deserves.  This blush is what I wanted Fiery Impact (FI) to be, from the Extra Dimension Collection.  FI hardened in the pan, was flat and non-dimensional on my light olive skin tone.

MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Sweet As Cocoa (SAC) is a beautiful rosy bronze color, infused with a delicate pink sheen.  The more you blend out this blush, the more luminous it becomes.  SAC is very dark and pigmented, a light hand and/or a dual fiber brush would be required.  This particular color is always recommended for darker skinned beauties, however I could not help but see a resemblance (in tone) to my beloved Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer.  The colors are very similar but not exact.  SAC has more of a pink pearl in its formula and Ritual has a prominent brown base.

L-R:  Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer vs. MAC Sweet As Cocoa swatch.

L-R: Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer vs. MAC Sweet As Cocoa swatch.

The wear time of Sweet As Cocoa (SAC) blush was stellar.  It paired perfectly with Life’s Luxury on the eye and Laura Mercier Ritual as a bronzer.  I also use SAC to blend out any harsh edges and enhance the red pearl in Life’s Luxury. Some may say this look is too dramatic for the daytime/Summer, I say, “Do what you like.”

On the eyes: MAC Life's Luxury. On the cheeks: MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

On the eyes: MAC Life’s Luxury.
On the cheeks: MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Comparison of Blushes/Swatches:

Comparison/Swatches: MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

Swatches:  MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

Swatches: MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

MAC cosmetics are sold at Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and maccosmetics.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to follow this link (MAC) and buy all the Powerchrome pencils.  Life’s Luxury’s lasting power is a welcomed reassurance this time of year.  Depending how it is applied, Sweet As Cocoa is an overlooked blush that will suit many skin tones.  Use these products any way you wish, be it on lighter skins, darker skins, as eyeliner, as eyeshadows, daytime, nighttime, any season, any reason..you get the point.  I will take Icona Pop’s stance:

I DON’T CARE…I LOVE IT…

For a little boost, dance around to this song (ICONA POP) and enjoy your health; Life’s true luxury.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

MAC Life's Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa ingredient list.

MAC Life’s Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa ingredient list.

 

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MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

 

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

This week has been very long, hot and tiring; not the time to delve into the creative, rather reliance on the predictable was the rule du jour.  Therefore, I have literally been wearing the same look everyday this week *gasp*.  However, sparkle was summoned to awaken the spirit.  I hope you find this Makeup of the Week fourth edition helpful and inspiring!

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eyelid. ♥
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow mixed with..
  4. Estee Lauder Chocolate Bliss eyeshadow (both colors mixed and smudged along the upper lash line).♥
  5. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Vision patted with my finger on top of the eye.♥ (seen here).
  6. Clinique cream liner in 02 True Black.
  7. Merle Norman Inner liner on the lower water line.
  8. Benefit “They’re Real” mascara (ok..does not layer well and removal is a pain the keister).
  9. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown.

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Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer.
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer for the eye crease as well (reviewed here).♥
  4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush.
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 placed damp on top of cheekbones lasted all day (reviewed here).♥
  6. Hourglass Ambient powder in Diffused Light (reviewed here).

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong wear lipliner.
  3. Dior 525 Vintage Lipstick (reviewed here) ♥.
Lip Combination of the week.

Lip Combination of the week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eyeliner brush (makes applying gel liner a breeze).♥
  2. Estee Lauder #20 angled brush.
  3. Billy B #12 & #8 brush (reviewed here).♥
  4. Smashbox #7 & #15 brush.
  5. Philosophy “supernatural airbrush” brush.♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (trying to use this guy..he’s been ignored).
  7. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) using it for finishing powder this week.♥
  8. Tom Ford Blush Brush.♥
  9. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for my highlighter.

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THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to relax and enjoy the warmer, stress-free months of summer and not worry so much about makeup.  Of course, when you have a treasure trove of goodies at your disposal, that could be difficult.  Do I want to go the simple route?  YES…I wake up every morning and chant, “I will not wear makeup today, I will not wear makeup today….”  However, something comes over me and the self-imposed command is quickly obliterated….”HELP, I NEED HELP!!!!”  Nah…I need a larger vanity.  Be well, cool and stay safe.

-M-

 

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 and Graphic Liquid Eye Liner.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, Graphic Liner in Black Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, Graphic Liner in Black Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3:

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 ($26US/4.8g) is amazing!!  It is far superior to my Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a base for eyeshadows.  The key is to apply a thin layer on clean eye lids and allow it to dry for a 10-15 seconds before you start your eye makeup.  Eyeshadows adhere beautifully to Canvas and last all day without creasing or migration of the color.   These eyeshadow bases come in five colors to match your skin tone.  I prefer Laura Mercier Eye Canvas to LM Eye Basics because it is in glass pot form and paraben-free.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 as an eyeshadow base.  Color worn in photo after an 11 hour day.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 as an eyeshadow base. Color worn in photo after an 11 hour day.

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Eye Liner in Black Lacquer:

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Eye Liner in Black Lacquer ($24US) is a very black liquid waterproof liner that will not budge or loose intensity throughout the day.  The finish is glossy not matte.  Graphic is very easy to apply due to its semi-flexiable felt tip.  This liner removes very much like Estee Lauder liquid liner, in that, it peels off when in it comes in contact with your facial cleanser/makeup remover.  Some may find it to be a nuisance since it does not come off in one swipe.  Graphic will be primarily utilized during hot and humid days.  This product is not paraben-free.

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Liner in Black Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Liner in Black Lacquer.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?  

Makeup would tell you to go and invest in Laura Mercier Eye Canvas (your shade)  because every makeup wearer needs this fantastic eyeshadow primer/base.  Graphic is an excellent choice for those who do not want to touch-up or worry about their liner fading throughout the day.  Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 and Graphic Liquid Eye Liner are a fantastic combination that will yield a sophisticated eye look.  My obsession with this brand has officially reemerged!  Thank you Laura for keeping your line classy and fresh!!  Au revoir.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-