Saturday, June 16, 2012

What was I thinking?

How hard is it to take some pictures?! ....Apparently, VERY hard for me...lol. I still have every intention on posting my makeup show finds...among other things as soon as I take the photos! Initially, I planned to get right to work, taking pictures of swatches and reviewing the products I purchased at the MU Show NYC, AND THEN....I realized I had ABSOLUTELY no place to store these goodies!!!

With that being said, I have been spending all of my spare time over the last few weeks, making repeat trips to the container store, and organizing. I must say I am more than happy with the way things turned out.  I had no idea that organizing makeup could wear me completely out the way it did.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

In addition to getting things organized, I have also purchased more items that I have been wanting to try or interested in....that I will also share with you guys very soon. I am a Makeup Addict....what can I say?! ha ha ha

In the meantime, here is a picture of the finished product of what I have been working on. (It may not seem like much, BUT given the small amount of free time I have, it was MORE than enough)

If you want a breakdown of how I organized things, and this whole process I will be more than happy to show you in more detail what I did....well me & the lovely people from The Container Store who helped me! .....and Elfa of course!

The finished results:



Large 10 drawer Elfa on the left, Medium 10 drawer Elfa on the right
 ** all items from the container store**

=)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

FINALLY!

I'm baaaaaaack! Sorry I've been gone for so very long. I have had a lot going on, BUT I am on vacation now, so it gives me time to do some much needed updating! I had the pleasure of going to the 2012 Makeup Show, in NYC with my girls, who are also MUA's and I have a lot of really fun things that I purchased and can't wait to share with you all! See you tomorrow!

=)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Magnolia Makeup




Okay....if you haven't yet heard of this independent brand......
YOU BETTER GET INTO IT!
I heard about it, & had seen swatches of their products, BUT it wasn't until I was having lunch with my girl Devin of WeShouldMakeup, that I was able to SEE for myself! .....WOW


We were having lunch and going over the supreme Makeup Show Chicago Haulage that she and one of our other friends brought back....and then I saw them! I swatched them and as she talked to me about the product, we both began to laugh, because she knew what I was thinking...I want them ALL!

As I swatched, I also made my list and soon realized that I basically wanted all of them! These products are so pigmented, so TRUE to color, and when I say TRUE that is EXACTLY what I mean. No guess work here lovelies! NONE. ZERO. ZIP. The color you see is the color you get.




ABOUT THE COMPANY:


Magnolia Makeup is based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. The company was created by two sisters, (who are also makeup artists) that are trying to fill a void in the cosmetic industry for highly pigmented, high quality products for all skin tones.

As Makeup Artists the sisters grew tired of purchasing what looked like beautiful colors, only to use them and find out that they didn't show up. As result of these experiences the sisters began tweaking, and mixing colors. This sparked an idea of starting up their own makeup line and.... VOILA! (which is also the name of their translucent mattifying powder...lol) Magnolia Makeup was born.



MY THOUGHTS....
This brand first caught my eye with the pigments, and lipsticks, but after making several other purchases I have come to enjoy the entire brand! Each product that I have tried has yet to disappoint, so now it matters not to me....if I see a color I even THINK I might like, I feel confident in purchasing it. What a good feeling, right?!

Like with most lines, they have seasonal & limited edition colors, so if you find a color that you are wild about....buy another one as soon as you can! This brand is becoming more and more popular by the day so don't sleep on your favs!  (New colors stay in line for 6 months)*

 

Given the quality of the products, the prices are excellent, and I can't even begin to give enough positive feedback about the level of customer service, and fast shipping!

EYE PRODUCTS:
There is a wide range of colors and textures to choose from here, Mattes, Shimmers, Satins, Duo Chrome finishes. BUT ALL are highly pigmented, and let me tell you- a little goes a long way, so you will have them for a long time!

Individual Pigments & Glitters retail for $10.00


LIP PRODUCTS:
This category is sure to get more attention with time. The lip products have a high color payoff. They have the look and feel of a lipstick/ lip gloss combo. They are not sticky, nor are they drying. It feels like satin on the lips. Again, a little bit goes a long way.

The one thing that may be an issue for some people is the fact that it comes in a pot, with a screw off cap, BUT that is easily solved with a lip brush- (applying your lip products with a brush gives you a longer wear on the lips anyway so it's cool). And for makeup artists, being able to remove what you need from the container is quick, easy, and sanitary too.

Lipsticks retail for: $8.00

BLUSHES:
The blushes come in loose powder form, but do not let this stop you from trying these beauties.
The spectrum ranges from soft neutral colors to bright beautiful colors!
They also have a product named GLO. This multipurpose product can be worn anywhere you want to add light or highlight to the skin. It's not glittery, but gives the skin a healthy glow...hence the name I guess..lol. The bronzer is a nice shade of golden brown, not red or orange, but neutral brown/ bronze. 

Blushes & Highlighters/Bronzers retail for: $14.00

FOUNDATIONS:
These are also in loose powder form, light as air and with medium buildable coverage. I have to tell you, when I put this on I couldn't even feel it, but it melted into my skin like butter! Here is another great thing about their foundations....if you stipple it on in areas that need more coverage, it will cover and conceal too! Without looking overly done! Who doesn't want that?!

The shade I am wearing here is called Praline.

( I also have GLO lightly dusted throughout as a highlight, Eyes: Camel- highlight & Caramel (everywhere else), Desire for my eyebrows, Hang Loose Blush on my cheeks, and Tinker Lipstick on the lips. - ALL Magnolia Makeup)

Foundations retail for: $24.00


Currently some of the products are available for purchase here:
The Voluptuous Vixen
818 Chartres St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

To view and/or purchase the full line of products go here:

(please note that this website may not be accessible through some cell phone browsers)



ARE YOU READY FOR SOME SWATCHES?!?! =)
(left to right, top to bottom)

Pigments:

Pinks/ Red

Antoinette, Celeste, Tutu, Creole Tomato, Roux, Calliope, Girly Girl

(same as above)

Oranges

(ATL, Cayenne, OCS, Persimmon, Kente)

(same as above)

Yellows/ Golds

(Saffronia, Double Rice, Tart, Gold Nugget, Gilded, Rio)

(same as above)
Greens

(Chartruese Anyone?, Green Tea, Mint Julep, Garden District, Reptile)

(same as above)


Blues

(Hydrate, Colures, Mystique, Crescent, Aerial, Chlorine, Tanza, Firewater)

(same as above)

Purples

(Wisteria, Zany, Uptown, Violets are..., Kiss, Whimsical, 108)

(same as above)

Neutrals

(Orb, Chanel, Gambit, Just Black, Desire, Tinsel)

(same as above)

Neutrals

(Buff,  Puddin', Truffle, Ganache, Camel, Caramel)

(same as above)

Blushes:


(Haute Pink, Hang Loose, Ouch!, Caution Cone)




GLO Powder & Bronzer:

(Bronzer, GLO)



*when you apply these to your face you will use a brush, not your finger so the application will be more sheer. =) - These are just swatches so you can get an idea of the color and texture.



Lips:


(Tinker (sheer cream), Lollipop (sheer frost), Vegas(cream), Vogue(cream)

 (Vogue, Vegas, Lollipop, Tinker)


Friday, August 5, 2011

Mystique Reptile



This is one of those looks that you do when you are short on time but you really want something bright & poppin'. What happened here is I was supposed to be meeting friends somewhere....I over slept and was awaken to a phone call asking if I was on the way?! LOL.....
you know how the rest of that story goes....

Now on to the makeup........

Products Used:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #20
Inglot Gel Liner #85
Magnolia Makeup Pigment Mystique
Magnolia Makeup Pigment Reptile
Magnolia Makeup Pigment Puddin'
MAC False Lash Mascara

Brows: Inglot Brow Pencil #503

Prime the entire eye area with Two Faced Shadow Insurance.  Starting on the lower lid and working your way up, apply the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #20 using a MAC 242 Brush. Blend this product up to just past your crease area. Be sure that the color fades up inot the crease, you don't want to see any harsh lines (even though we are just starting). Next using a MAC 239 Brush pat Magnolia Makeup Pigment -Mystique, and fade it up through the crease as well.

For the crease take a MAC 217 brush and apply Magnolia Makeup Pigment- Puddin', to your crease using a back and forth, windshield wiper motion. This will help create a gradient effect in your crease as you blend the color upward to just below your browbone area. For a more fair skintone try using a color like MAC's Quarry eyeshadow, or whatever color face powder you may use.

To finish the look off apply Inglot Gel Liner #85, to the lower lash line, & the lower lash wet line using a MAC 266 Brush. Using a MAC 219 Brush take the Magnolia Makeup Pigment -Reptile, and brush it over the top of the lower liner and wrap it around the inner corner of the eye fading it into the blue. Finish with Mascara and you're done!



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Special Edition Makeup Sale (Last one for a while, peeps!)

Okay guys I must admit, I too lost my mind when MAC came out with it's Hello Kitty, Barbie Loves MAC, Fafi & Collections. So much so that I bought 2 to 3 of everything.....what was I thinking?! Did I mention that I love makeup?! Anyway- I contemplated selling them on Ebay, BUT with the overwhelming amount of fake products I saw- I simply could not do it.....let's just say some things are just too ridiculous to believe. These items are not used and in the box, (except for one) I'm not going to use them, as I have more than enough back ups....lol- so here we go. Because they are so special, and not used, I am selling them for as close to what I paid for them as I can.

Let's go over the rules for purchasing:

You MUST be at least 18 years of age or older to purchase any of the listed items.

Payments are to be made by PayPal only, including fees.

US Shipping ONLY: $5.00 for shipping 1 to 4 items, $8.00 for shipping 5-9 items, $10.00 for shipping 10 or more items.

The sale is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.

Once a request is received an invoice for the total cost PLUS shipping will be sent to the email address that is provided. The requested items will be placed on HOLD at that time.

Invoice MUST be paid within 24 hours or the item(s) will be taken OFF of HOLD.
Once payment is received the item(s) will be shipped within 1-2 business days and a confirmation email will be sent to the provided email address.

See pictures and names of the items below. Please include any further questions in an email with Makeup Sale in the subject field.

Send all request emails to makeupafterdark@hotmail.com with MU Sale in the subject field. Please include items being requested, shipping address and PayPal email address for invoice in the body of the email. I will respond within 24-48 hours.


Again items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis & all items are FINAL SALE. (no returns/exchanges) =)

Happy Shopping!



MAC HELLO KITTY

NIB - Too Dolly Palette - $28.00

NIB - Lucky Tom -  $28.00


NIB - (x2) Nice to be Nice - $10.00


NIB - Mimmy - $10.00



New no box, not used - Strayin - $10.00

BARBIE LOVES MAC


Lipglosses only**
$10.00 each

(Left To right)
NIB - Malibu Barbie, Happening Gal, Fashion Pack, Sweetness



FAFI


Lipgloss Only** $10.00

Totally It




Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Makeup SUPER SALE!

As a MU Professional I often buy things that I like in multiples. One for my personal use, one for my kit, and then back ups just in case I run out. I was going through my makeup collections, as I do every couple of months, and I have come across quite a few items that have never been used, or that are gently used (and by gently I mean once or twice). I also found items that discontinued so I purchased more so that I wouldn't run out. The reality of the situation is, I would NEVER run out because there is no way that I could go through that much product....ever. Not to mention that I am running out of storage space! With all of that being said, I am selling these new in box, or new out of box, or gently used gems at a steal of a price, in hopes of finding them a new home, where they may actually see the light of day.

BEFORE we get to the goodies, I must go over some things first! So let's begin.......

You MUST be at least 18 years of age or older to purchase any of the listed items. 

Payments are to be made by PayPal only, including fees. 

US Shipping ONLY: $5.00 for shipping 1 to 4 items, $8.00 for shipping 5-9 items, $10.00 for shipping 10 or more items.

The sell is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.  

Once a request is received an invoice for the total cost PLUS shipping will be sent to the email address that is provided. The requested items will be placed on HOLD at that time. 

Invoice MUST be paid within 24 hours or the item(s) will be taken OFF of HOLD. 
Once payment is received the item(s) will be shipped within 1-2 business days and a confirmation email will be sent to the provided email address. 

See pictures and names of the items below. Please include any further questions in an email with Makeup Sale in the subject field. 

Send all request emails to makeupafterdark@hotmail.com with MU SUPER Sale in the subject field. Please include items being requested, shipping address and PayPal email address for invoice in the body of the email. I will respond with 24-48 hours.


Again items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis & because of the extremely low prices all items are FINAL SALE. (no returns/exchanges) =)

Happy Shopping!

ITEMS:


$8.00

Mi'Lady Mineralize eyeshadow (shimmering violet + shimmering red)
Pearl Matte Eyeshadow (Tri color) (soft chartreuse, bubblegum pink, soft white)



 $8.00

 NIB - MAC PIGMENTS: Cornflower, (top row) Magenta Madness, Rock-It Yellow, Naked, Red Electric, Deep Blue Green (Hello Kitty Collection); (bottom row) Full Force Violet, Green Space, MILK-( Hello Kitty Collection ), Naked, Neo-Orange
Silver Glitter (New- no box), Air-de-blu (New-no box)



$5.00

MAC Eye Shadows- NEW IN BOX- NIB
Colors marked with an * are no longer available, they are discontinued!
Top Row, Left to right:
Vex
Crimsonette*
Blu-Noir*

Row 2
Coral
Chrome Yellow
Canary Yellow
All That Glitters

Row 3
Velvet Moss*
Casa Blanca*
Purple Shower*
Springtime Skipper* (Barbie Loves MAC Collection)*

Row 4
Aqua
Petalescent
Au Contraire*
Beauty Burst* (Barbie Loves MAC Collection)*

Row 5
Bang on Blue*
Creme de Violet
Burnt Orange
Poison Pen*



$5.00

MAC Pro Palette Refills (all NIB)

Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

Melton Mauve*
Crystal Avalanche
Motif

Row 2
Chrome Yellow
Beautiful Iris
Satellite Dreams

Row 3
Goldmine
Chrome Yellow
Seedy Pearl

Row 4
Orange
Nocturnelle
Samoa Silk*


$5.00

MAC Pro Palette Refills (NIB)- Stars n Rockets, Stars n Rockets


$3.00

MAC Glitter Eye Liner

Left To Right:

Blitzed*, New, no box
Her Glitz*- New, no box
Divine Lime*- New, no box
Glitterpuss*- New, no box
Glamourgold*- Gently Used, 3 times (using proper sampling procedures: product was place on a separate palette and applied using a disposable eyeliner wand)



$5.00

Left to Right:
MAC Lush n Lilac Cremestick Lip Liner* -NIB
MAC Light As Air Power Point Eye Pencil* -NIB
MAC Prolongwear Lipstain - Runway Ripened* -NIB
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl -NIB

MAC SHADESTICKS (all NIB):  Left to Right

Crimsonaire*
Crimsonaire*
Gracious Me*
Gracious Me*
Penny*
Sea Me*
Beige-ing*
Silverbleu*
Mangomix*



$5.00

MAC Blush Pro Palette Refills

SOLD OUT!
Frankly Scarlet
Peachykeen



$5.00 (SOLD OUT!!)

MAC Lipsticks: Left to Right
Made to Order* - NIB
Riveting Rose* - NIB
Show Orchid - NIB
Empowered* - NIB
Full Fuchsia - NIB


$5.00 SOLD OUT!

MAC Lipglass: Left to Right
Fold and Tuck*
Nico*
Indigo Pink*




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