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MAC Pro Lip Palette: Editorial Reds!!

Happy Hump Day!!

Sorry for being out of touch, I had to sort out a few technical issues with my new internet security suite and firewall, but all is good now 😉

So onto the pretty stuff – I had this nifty little MAC lip palette on my “buy me!” list for a month or so now and finally was able to get it last week and I’m not disappointed 🙂

It is the MAC PRO Lip Palette in Editorial Reds. They also have Preferred Pinks, Editorial Oranges, Select Plums and Modern Browns. Oh how I wish I could have them all, but since I couldn’t splurge to that extent, I opted for the Editorial Reds palette.

ArtsyArchitette MAC Pro Lip Palette Editoral Reds Lipstick

Each palette comes with a $40 price tag, and personally, I feel it is worth the money for what it is.

MAC would be considered a luxury/department brand, with some of the price tags to match, but worth it – if you know which products to go after.

There are many MAC products that I would recommend (and some I would pass on), but MAC lipsticks, with their high quality, staying power and pigment payoff, are ones you should really consider testing out; which is why I think these palettes are a perfect option.

The palette comes with six (6) MAC lipstick shades, 1g each, for a total of 6g of product. A single MAC lipstick, 3g of product, costs $15. So to get each of the included colors alone would cost you $90 and with the palette you get 6 pans of some of their top shades for $40.

Yes, you do get less product, which is the exact reason I chose the Editorial Reds palette, since most of these are not colors I wear every single day, but rather just when I want that bold lip look. I also think this is perfect timing, since I LOVE a bold lip especially during this time of the year.

If you need some convincing that you can wear a bold lip too, or just need a few tips, check out my Beauty 101: Bold Lips post here.

ArtsyArchitette MAC Pro Lip Palette Editoral Reds Lipstick Swatches

Remember a good lip brush is a must with this palette and I suggest avoiding finger application, as these shades do stain due to their strong pigments and staying power.

Quick Shade Overview:

“Dare You” – A brown red cremesheen lipstick that applies slightly sheer, very buildable.

“Lady Danger” – A bright orange-coral red matte lipstick, very pigmented.

“On Hold” – A yellow-pink-based red cremesheen lipstick, slightly sheer and buildable.

“Russian Red” – A true vivid blue-based red matte lipstick, great color on almost everyone.

“MAC Red” – A bright blue-pink-based red satin lipstick, very smooth on the lips.

“Ruby Woo” – A true blue-based red retro matte lipstick, very matte and slightly less vivid that Russian Red.


Beauty Confessions – “This Or That” Tag

It’s Friday!! And since I can’t go shopping today 😩 (major bummer) I thought I would tackle this beauty confessions tag from Tianna @StorybookApothecary 🙂

Beauty Confessions Tag Cover

It was fun reading through these by other bloggers (links below!), but grrrr…. this tag is a tough one for me.

1. Blush Or Bronzer? Hmmm… if I had to only choose one, it would be BLUSH. Blush can be extremely versatile and having a bit of a flush to your skin just helps to achieve that healthy look. When applied correctly to specific areas of your face, you can draw out your bone structure and naturals contours without having to turn to a bronzer. Though I do love my bronzers!

2. Lipstick or Lipgloss? LIPSTICK! You can wear it matte, satin, or even glossy. I also love “staining” with lipsticks and you can create a longer lasting illusion of fuller lips with lipstick. I do love lipgloss for certain looks or occasions, but I have strict lipgloss requirements, which are rarely met. I have to say that 98% of the glosses I own are MAC Cremesheen Glass – they are non-sticky, don’t become tacky, smell yummy and have quality pigment.

3. Chapstick or Lip Butter? LIP BUTTERS!! I don’t think I even own a “chapstick” – the closet thing would be my Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer, which comes in a chapstick type packaing, but I would never actually call it a chapstick formula. Lip butters are amazing, come in so many shades and keep your lips soft/smooth for longer.

4. Matte or Sparkle Eyeshadow? Gahhhh… this is a tough one, but first off I dislike the word “sparkle” that sounds cheap. They both have their place, matte are more versatile and you can create more polished and sophisticated looks with matte shadows, plus they are great for crease and liner work. “Sparkle” shadows are great for highlighting, fun looks and brightening the eye area up, and can be more forgiving on youthful skin, BUT the level of “sparkle” can create a mess and can draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. So I guess, if forced to choose between the two, it would be matte.

5. Gel, Liquid, Cream or Pencil Liner? This is impossible to really answer! Gel, cream and pencil are tied for me. Liquid is great, especially for those not as skilled with liner, but once you have the hang of a liner brush and a quality gel/cream liner, the possibilities are endless! So liquid liner, I do like it, great for a quick look or a quick fix, and easy to use. Gel and cream liners are awesome, but you have use a quality gel/cream pot and store it properly – and yes, it might take a bit of practice to get it right, but they can be used in so many ways and I love them!! Pencil liners are classic and as long as you have a quality pencil, you really can’t go wrong with a pencil. They are quick and easy to use, but if you are looking for a long-lasting look (and you don’t have a long-lasting pencil) – topping with an eye shadow is best!

6. Foundation or Concealer? Foundation can be wonderful, especially for long-busy days and certain occasions, but I would have to go with concealer!! My skin is fairly clear, with the only odd spot here and there, and I often use only concealer to cover the under eye area, slight redness around the nose and brighten the center of my face (center of forehead, nose, chin). Concealer is great because you can add a lighter concealer in the places you want to highlight, like the tops of the cheekbones and brow bone, creating a natural highlight and illusion of contour without adding your bronzer. After setting my concealer and finishing up the rest of my make-up, I realize I don’t actually need foundation, and my skin has a very natural look/feel since I did use any foundation at all.

7. Liquid or Powder Foundation? I like both, but I lean towards liquid nowadays (if I wear it at all, usually I opt for concealer and tinted moisturizer, or concealer only). I used to use bareMinerals for 2 years, a couple years ago when my skin was a bit more oily, but my skin had normalized and stopped reacting as well to the bareMinerals, so I moved onto liquids. You can also get gorgeous finishes with liquids!

8. Neutral or Statement Eye? This question is mean! I can’t choose. I LOVE both! Same goes for lips!!

9. Pressed or Loose Shadows? I dislike this question… they both have their uses, but pressed are a bit easier to use and less of a mess. While loose shadows can be very vibrant and fun to use wet!

10. Waterproof or Non-Waterproof? Non-waterproof! I only buy a waterproof mascara if I have a specific need for it, then I use it and it sits there until I have to throw it away – being mostly a waste of money. Eyelashes are very delicate and waterproof is just a no go for me, I already wear mascara practically everyday, so the added resistance and need for a waterproof remover is no fun for me. Side note: I do use the Clinique Bottom Lash mascara, which is water-resistant.

11. Brushes, Sponges or Fingers? I am a brush fiend! I have dozens for every application possible! Sponges are rare for me, with the only few times I really use them is when applying other peoples make-up. I only have one that I use often enough, or well kind of two now, my MAC Pro Performance Sponge and the beautyblender (comparison review coming soon)! Fingers are easy and quick, great for warming up products and working them into the skin when needed.

12. Powder, Cream or Liquid Highlighters? LOVE them all! They all have their purpose, occasion and weather. Tip: I tend to add a bit of liquid/gel highlighter (Favorites: Benefit High Beam, Sun Beam or Moon Beam) into foundation for a little glow.

♄ Spill your beauty secrets! (Additional Q for you by D (♄

Can’t Live Without Skincare Product?

This one is kind of easy for me. I only have a few skin care products and I stick to a strict rountine, so I would say my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate!! Love it, won’t go a night without it – and it is a bit pricey at $70 a bottle, but the bottle lasts me a good 9 months – so worth it!!

Favorite Makeup Blusher?

Too many to choose! From MAC, to NARS, to Tarte and Maybelline… powder and creams…. I love a lot of them.

Take-it-with-me-always beauty product?

I’m going to cheat here and name a few… MAC Fix +, Laura Mericer Tinter Moisturizer Oil Free, Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and Korres Lip Butter!

Bonus Question from Tianna @StorybookApothecary!

What Is One Beauty Item You’re Willing To Splurge On Even Though It’s Expensive?

I will probably have to agree with Tianna here and say my Clarisonic, as I think its the only thing I would consider a splurge that I use daily/regularly. I justify most of my beauty purchases very well hehehe…

There you have it! I know, I didn’t exactly follow the rules, but for a beauty junkie this was hard!

Checkout the tag chain and send a little love to these ladies:

Beauty Confessions – “This Or That” Tag

Something Fun: This or That, Beauty Tag – You’re It!


This was fun to do, albeit a little frustrating, but overall so much fun! Oh, and of course, I TAG ALL OF YOU!!!!  



Beauty 101: Bold Lips

As we are quickly approaching September, and with it Autum/Fall and then of course Winter, it’s the time of year where bold lips tend to start popping up.

I feel this may be because many women think these seasons are easier to get a away with a bold lip, or that cooler weather gives a chance to not only layer up and accessorize your outfits, but also your makeup. Plus, there is that whole issue of not having to worry about your bold lip melting away in the summer heat.

Personally, I wear a bold lip whenever I want – no matter the season, with the only thing changing maybe the technique of application and the shade I choose.

So, first things first, you CAN wear red lipstick – no matter your skin tone, undertone – AND you can wear both COOL and WARM based reds. The key is to choosing the right shade for your LIPS and having the confidence! BOLD LIPS both inspire and require confidence.

When in doubt choose a cool toned (blue based) true red – this color flatters most. Bonus: Cool toned reds counteract any yellowness in your teeth. Warning: Some warm toned reds can enhance the yellow in teeth.

The only people I would say should avoid bold lip color would be those with very thin lips. Remember that you are drawing major attention to your mouth, so if your lips are quite thin, you will only be accentuating how thin they are. I would recommend that you draw attention to a more prominent feature, maybe your eyes or bone structure, choosing a nude/natural color for your lip.

Another group of people that should be wary of a bold lip are those with quite noticeable asymmetrical lips. Again, the bold color will only accentuate this, though, you can attempt to even out your lips (long-wearing liner is a must) – but this will require a conscious mind throughout the day/night while wearing your bold lips.

I grabbed this photo line up courtesy of The Beauty Department. SEE? Everyone can wear COOL and WARM lips!

PORCELAIN: This ultra-light skin tone with cool undertones looks best with a cool red with hints of plum, but looks daring with a warm red.

FAIR: This light skin tone with cool undertones also is most harmonious with a cool red, while a warm red is bold.

BISQUE: This pink under-toned skin color looks best with a cool red, but can also pull off the warm red.

BEIGE: This skin color with yellow undertones is most harmonious with a warm red, but can wear a cool red too.

OLIVE: Warm reds look best on this skin color with green undertones, but as you can see, cool reds look pretty too.

TAWNY: Again, warm reds are the way to go for this gorgeous skin tone, but don’t let anyone tell you you can’t wear cool reds too.

CARAMEL: Cool reds are wearable but warm reds are gorgeous on this skin tone.

ALMOND: Warm reds are pretty but cool reds are meant for you.

My Ultimate Application for Long Lasting Bold Lips:

  1. PRIME – Prior to applying any make-up, apply a thin layer of lip primer (or a non-tacky, completely transparent, non-greasy lip balm or eye cream), at the same time as your moisturizer.  Ever-s0-slightly OVER-LINE your natural lip line with the primer – this will prevent the lips color from bleeding outside your your natural lip line. Let your lips be the last step in your make-up.
  2. BLOT – When your other make-up/hair is finished, grab a tissue and blot your lips once. This will absorb and unnecessary primer left on your lips.
  3. LINER – Now this can be optional, but it is recommended for a long-lasting bold lip. With a light grip and stroke, line your natural lip line with a lip liner in a shade as close to your lipstick color as possible, unless you are looking to create more dimension with two lip liners one darker and one lighter (perhaps I should do another quick post on this topic?). Then FILL IN your lips with the pencil. Look for a long-wearing 24/7 lip line if possible. Why? This way as your lipstick wears away when your eating/drinking/talking, the color of the liner is still in place – or should be – and you won’t have to worry about so many touch-ups. TIP: Take a step back and look at your lips to ensure your lip shape is accurate and what you want.
  4. APPLY – Using a lip bush, if possible, apply a layer of your desired lipstick shade over your liner. A lip brush ensures precision and precision is key with such a bold lip.
  5. BLOT – Take a tissue and blot your lips once.
  6. APPLY AGAIN – Apply a second layer of  your lip color and you are almost done!
  7. USE A FINGER – Okay – that sounded a bit dirty, but still, take your finger into the center of your lips/mouth and lightly close your lips around. Pull your finger out, this trick known by many, ensures that bit of lipstick at the inside center of your lips doesn’t end up on your teeth.
  8. BALANCE CHECK – When wearing bold lips, remember that you need to balance your face with your other make-up. Lightly define your brows, if needed. Add a coat of mascara and a bit of color to your cheeks.


  • GLOSS – If you want a bit of shine after the above steps. Add a dab of gloss in the same shade or a shade lighter to the center of the lip and press (don’t smush or slide) your lips together lightly and few times to distribute.
  • MATTE – If your lipstick is not matte but you want a matte lip, after the above steps, take a small flat eye shadow brush and dip it into an eye shadow or blush the color of your lipstick or a shade lighter. Then most importantly tap off the excess and press the brush to your lips, but not quite to the edge. Should you need to apply more powder, use a clean brush or the other side of the flat brush you used. You do not want to get lipstick in your eye shadow/blush.

Things to Remember:

  1. You can always break into the bold lip look/trend with a sheer gloss or balm, before jumping into lipstick. Gloss and balm are more forgiving. You can also blot a sheer application of lipstick, rather than applying a full layer of the color, and it can act as more of a stain.
  2. The same bold color can look dramatically different from day to night.
  3. Again, CHEEK BALANCE is important. A bold lip with bare cheeks can wash you out.
  4. EXFOLIATE your lips with a warm and slightly damp wash cloth and sugar prior to applying anything. A bold lip will draw attention to you and you don’t want that attention being on crusty, chapped and dried out lips.

Finally, have fun and get ready to be noticed!! xoxo


What’s in the bag: MyGlam June 2012

June has turned out to be a good month for my beauty subscriptions… first a good June Birchbox and now, the MyGlam June bag.

Again, wasn’t amazingly great (for me) but at least it wasn’t a step backwards 😀

The theme was “Out All Night”, with the products focusing on those that would hold up for quite a few hours without disappointing.

So onto the products…

Swatch of the shade I received below:

“629 Power” – Full Size!

NYX Round Lipstick

  • LOVE these lipsticks! Some of my absolute favorites – and there are over 100 shades to choose from.
  • Emollient rich and mineral-based lipsticks = non-drying and pigment rich!
  • What they say: Top your look off with trendy shades of NYX’s Round Lipsticks that are made to last all night long. NYX’s Round Lipsticks are formulated with conditioning agents and provide a beautiful velvety texture. The saturated color resists wear and smudging making your lips kissable from dusk till dawn. From Pure Nude to Pink Lyric to Chic Red, this lipstick is available in countless shades. So put it on, enjoy the night and keep in mind, your lipstick isn’t going anywhere! 
  • My only issue would be the shade I received (Power) – it borders on Nicki Minaj type bright blue-based pink. Not a shade I would have selected myself, but it may come in handy someday (if I layer it with another product).
  • Value: $4 USD

philosophy take a deep breath oil-free energizing oxygen gel cream moisturizer

  • It’s a cooling, very lightweight and non-greasy moisturizer. A perfect one for warmer months!
  • Not a fan of the smell, a bit of a synthetic “cream” scent; and NO SPF :/
  • What they say: After being out all night, send your skin to detox with take a deep breath oil-free energizing oxygen gel cream moisturizer. This lightweight fresh-feeling moisturizer acts like a breath of fresh air to revitalize skin. It helps diffuse energizing oxygen to the skin as needed to detoxify skin and restore a healthy-looking glow, while a blend of antioxidants helps protect skin against environmental attack and pre-mature aging. Take a deep breath provides oil-free hydration to leave skin feeling smooth and comfortable. Skin goes from dull and lackluster to fresh, revitalized and positively glowing. 
  • FYI: It says a “healthy looking glow” – what they actually mean is that it has micro-shimmer particles in it!
  • Full Size Value: $34 USD

Living proof. frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

  • Have yet to try this one out – but will be doing so very soon!
  • I have very long – curly hair, so if I love it – I will let y’all know 🙂
  • Smells wonderful.
  • What they say: Keeping hair frizz free all night is the ultimate challenge. For soft, nourished and frizz-free hair, frizz Nourishing Styling Cream eliminates frizz by blocking humidity. It weightlessly smoothes, conditions and tames frizzy, unmanageable hair. frizz is powered by Living Proof’s miracle molecule, OFPMA. It does what silicone and oils can’t: block humidity without weighing hair down, even on the most humid days. OFPMA create an exquisitely thin, weightless shield around each hair strand that is 70% more effective at blocking humidity than silicone. The same technology strengthens your frizz defense with each use and repels dirt and oil, so hair stays cleaner, longer. Welcome to the 1st day of your frizz free life.
  • Full size value: $12 to $36 USD

“Black Eyeliner 30” – Full Size!

Marbella Permanent Eyeliner Pen

  • Okay – first off – not permanent! I hate it when companies do that – just be honest in your labeling, please!
  • Glides on very smoothly, much like a felt tip writing pen.
  • As for the pen, standard felt nib, which you can actually pull out! Yes, you can pull out the nib and turn it around, giving you access to a “new” nib/tip after you have beat up the first side (after on-going use).
  • Green-based black  eyeliner, which they say is waterproof – it is not. A little water/moisture and any slight contact will make it smudge. So I would say anyone with greasy lids, or hooded lids, caution when using this pen.
  • Also, applies smoothly, but has a tendency to bleed a little – so beware if you have fine lines around your eyes.
  • Once set, it doesn’t budge, unless (as mentioned above) any moisture gets at it.
  • It will leave behind a faded greenish imprint, so you will need a make-up remover and/or good face wash to get it off.
  • What they say: This semi-permanent eyeliner truly lasts all night long. This pen offers long-lasting color and glides on with the ease of the pencil and the intensity of a liquid liner. It is made with all organic ingredients and conditions skin while staying on for those long nights. The eyeliner is easily removed with makeup cleanser, just rub eye gently with cleanser until the line is gone. Dermatologist-tested, this pen is 100% water based and oil- and alcohol-free.ingredients and conditions skin while staying on for those long nights. 
  • Full Size Value: $19 USD

So overall, I’m happy with this month and I think the products went well with the “Out All Night” theme.