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Mac Selena: Swatches

Hey, dears! Now,  I’m sure you knew I had to come back & make a post about Queen Selena’s makeup collection by Mac Cosmetics. I’ve been a Selena fan since I was a toddler. My grandma would play her music all the time when I was growing up, even after she died. So this collection meant a huge deal to me, especially being a Latina woman. This collection is more than just makeup, especially to the Latin community. It’s almost like a symbol that us Latin people can be great, too – especially now when Latin people (especially Mexicans) have been spoken negatively about in a political light. So with that said, let’s see some lipstick swatches.

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From left to right: Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, Como La Flor, Amor Prohibido, & Dreaming of You

Also, I know a lot of people were curious to know if Dreaming of You was exactly like Mac Diva. I personally had a feeling it would be similar but not an exact match. I told myself if it was an exact match, I’d be PISSED because I would like to know that these shades were genuinely inspired by Selena’s makeup & that Mac didn’t just slap a different label on a shade that already exists. So here’s the comparison…

 

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Top to Bottom: Diva, Dreaming of You

Fortunately, Diva is a bit darker & warmer than Dreaming of You.

Here’s a closeup of the Techno Cumbia/Ven Comigo compact…

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 I didn’t swatch this one though because the bronzer is the Mac Blunt & I’m sure a lot of people are familiar with it. The blush is a nice light, dusty pink shade.

If you’re interested in a little bit of the background of the collection see below…

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MAC’s First Look at Selena Collection

 

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(via peoplestylewatch.com)

Hey, darlings! I know I have been gone for ALMOST a month, but I’m back! It was really rough working a full time, stressful , time-consuming job and still get the luxury to write about things that interest me. Now that I’m back, let’s just talk about what really matters. – Selena!

First off, can we address the fact that it’s been 21 years since she’s passed?! I feel like it was yesterday. Although I was 2, I definitely remember seeing it on the TV and how stunned by grandmother was. It is a memory that will be engrained in my mind forever.

Anyway, MAC has finally given us a sneak peek of what’s to come in the Selena Collection. Now, I don’t give a damn if I have all the shade that are released in the collection, I’m buying it. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. Selena is my idol. I have to give my support. Plus, the colors are inspired by shades that she would wear on and off stage. Who doesn’t wanna wear a Selena-inspired lipstick?! I sure as hell do. Therefore, when it hits counters this October, I’ll be first in line. ❤

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Favorite Non-Matte Lipsticks

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Hey, dolls! I know matte lipsticks have been the trend, especially matte LIQUID lipsticks. I feel like everyone has come out with a matte liquid lipstick. Now even though they are gorgeous, they can be rough on the lips. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s suffered from dry lips due to overusing matte lipsticks. Sometimes your lips need a break! It’s not a crime.

I wanted  to share with you guys my favorite lipsticks that are soft, creamy, luscious, gorgeous and everything in between. These lipsticks and glosses are my go-to’s when my lips need some moisture.

From Left to Right:

MAC Verve is a great everyday color and it’s satin finish.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Peanut Brittle is a gorgeous nude shade.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Chocolate Apple is great if you wanna be simple but add a pinch of sass.

Too Faced Melted Fig is a versatile pinky mauve.

Too Faced Melted Berry is my favorite spring color.

City Color Head Over Heels is just the warmer version of MAC Verve in my opinion, but I still give it recognition!:)

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My Christmas Wishlist

 

Hey, darlings! So, it’s obvious that Christmas is right around the corner. As an only child who is heavily spoiled, it’s obviously my favorite holiday hahaha. Just kidding… not really ;). Anyway, I’m sure whether you’re 13 or 23, you still have a Christmas wishlist. So, I just wanted to share some of the things from my wishlist with you guys and maybe you guys will see something that you actually want to add to yours!

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 8.51.51 PMAs a glam enthusiast, I NEED to have the Impressions Hollywood Vanity mirror! When I say need, I MEAN NEED! First off, my body length mirror is falling apart. Second, the lighting in my room sucks for doing makeup. I simply just need this baby in my life. It gives me that Old Hollywood glam vibe. I imagine women like Marilyn Monroe used mirrors like these. Every beauty enthusiast needs this mirror! I won’t front on you, though. This mirror is a pretty penny. It’s almost $300, but I think it’s worth the investment. It also comes with the bulbs which is super convenient.

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I love me some boots, especially lace up boots. My old combat boots finally broke down on me after surviving 2 brutal winters. So, it’s time to get some new ones on this feet. Combat boots are my favorite type of boots You can definitely dress them up or down. To be honest, I don’t think this winter is gonna be even close to as brutal as last year. Either way, I gotta be prepared. These boots for Delia’s are stylish and look great for the winter. Delia’s has tons of boot options! So if you’re on the hunt for a new pair, definitely check them out.

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Now I know I said that this winter probably won’t be as brutal as last, but it’s still gonna be winter. It’ll still rain. It’ll still snow. It’ll still be windy and/or cold. So, you need to be prepared! I’ve been obsessing over parkas. I just think they are so fly! Plus, they are warm and cozy AF. The one is this photo is from Garage. They have different types of parkas but they’re all waterproof, which is amazing! I personally like the one pictured because of the color. Any dark shade of red is my favorite color during the fall and winter months. If the ones at Garage aren’t your style, you can find a variety of different places that sell winter parkas on Polyvore.com.

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I love tops that are oversized, especially button downs and plaids! My mom literally asked me the other day, “Why are all the clothes on your Christmas list big?” lmao. She don’t know how I roll, haha. I’m a 90’s baby and I’m a fan of the grunge fashion revival going on these days. Anyway, anything oversized needs to be on my Christmas list.

 

Some other things that I have on my list are gift cards from Sephora, MAC, Bath and Body Works, and LUSH. I also have some perfumes on my list. ♥

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MUA Spotlight On: Jehanna Silulu

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Hey, peeps! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Let me introduce you to this talented beauty, Jehanna ♥. Her whole name is Jehanna Aulelei Kaleo-O-Kalani Silulu, but everyone calls her Jee for short. She’s from Honolulu, Hawaii. She was born & raised there. She’s 21 years old and a Leo!!! She was a hula dancer & just did makeup for fun before she became a serious MUA. She started loving makeup ever since she was 14 years old. Of course, in my her household, she was too young to wear makeup so she’d sneak it & do it anyways LOL. She is currently a full-time makeup artist at M•A•C Cosmetics. She absolutely LOVES her job & her fellow artists! Working for M•A•C was her dream job & she’s so blessed to have it! However, her bigger goal here is to encourage & inspire all humans to never give up on their makeup dreams!

 

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My favorite high-end brand would probably have to be the brand I work for, which is M•A•C Cosmetics. Our products are amazing!

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

Three makeup items I can’t possibly live without would be my Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish by M•A•C Cosmetics, Dipbrow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills & Myth lipstick by M•A•C Cosmetics.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

I buy liquid lipsticks & highlighters the most. I’m obsessed with them!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

My favorite drugstore brand would have to be N.Y.X. Their products are really affordable yet have great quality.

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

I guess a faux pas that I see happen often is when I only see one type of contour & highlight happening for every face shape. In reality, everyone’s faces are different & sometimes that same contour/highlight technique doesn’t work for everyone.

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I tend to just spend freely. Of course, after my bills & important things are taken care of.

What’s your favorite lipstick?

My favorite lipstick is Myth lipstick by M•A•C Cosmetics. It’s a pretty peachy nude ♥.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

My everyday makeup look would be primer, foundation, two neutral colors on my eyes (normally its Saddle & Rule by M•A•C), Gingerly Blush, Soft & Gentle highlighter, Boldly Bare lip liner, Myth lipstick, Boot Black liner, & Zoom lash mascara.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Favorite mascara is Loreal’s Voluminous Lash.

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

No, I just kind of do my own thing. Lol.

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

I LOVE Shannxo. She’s amazing!!

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

Dipbrow pomade!

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

I’m picky when it comes to choosing to venture off to different makeup brands. I’m pretty open to a lot of things, but I just do tons research before hand.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

I do a little bit of both actually 🙂

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

My favorite skincare brand ever will have to be M•A•C Cosmetics Lightful C skincare line.

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

I definitely recommend a fluffy blending brush. It’s a multi-use tool. ♥

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

I definitely recommend Lightful C Serum. It tones & brightens the skin!!

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I would give up black pencil liner. I never was a fan of black liner in my waterline.

Where do you see your makeup career in 5 years?

I see myself expanding my clientele & also moving up within my company ♥

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

My advice to all those is to just keep going! Never give up because you think you’re not good enough for this industry! We all started someplace!

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

You can reach me on Instagram @jeeyonceslay & my email at jeesmua@gmail.com

 

 

MUA Spotlight On: Maria Luna

Hey, beauties! Happy Friday! Let me introduce you guys to the gorgeous Maria ♥. Maria currently lives in Miami, Florida. She has always had a passion for makeup, She can still remember being so young and sneaking behind her mom’s back and drawing on dark lip liner with a nude lip! LOL. She began to build her kit and investing in herself about 6 years ago and has executed looks for a few women in the hip hop & modeling industry along with a Cover Print. She currently works for  MAC Cosmetics at Aventura Mall, which is a Global Door & #4 in the world. She has been with the company for 2 1/2 years now & still has her own business work as a freelancer outside of her amazing job!

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My favorite hIgh-end brand I love would be MAC Cosmetics of course! But definitely have a thing for Kevyn Aucoin & Laura Mercier!

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

I couldn’t live without my Kevyn Aucoin, skin enhancer, Laura Mercier Translucent loose powder, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish compact powder, and MAC Fix +, along with brushes. Also, Anastasia’s Dipbrow in Ebony. Ugh! To be real, I couldn’t live without at least a medium size makeup bag!! LOL

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

My favorite drugstore brand I would say is L’oreal because I absolutely love their mascaras & black gel liners! It’s the smoothest liner I have used yet to date!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

I am a beauty product hoarder of lipsticks and eyeshadows! I think I have about 95 lipsticks and so many eyeshadow palettes from MAC, Urban Decay, Stila, Lorac, Nars, Too Faced and I believe I will continue that forever LOL. I’m also falling in love with primers – lip primers, lash primers, face primers! They really make a difference!!

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

Hmm.. BROWS! I myself take pride in being a Brow Queen. I could give anyone amazing brows. I’ve been seeing blocky brows and brows that look so shiny and unnatural! Also, not lining your lips I truly believe a lip liner is always needed whether you overline or not! As a professional makeup artist working in the beauty industry, I just love an amazing finished lip with beautiful brows!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

Beauty Budget? What’s that?? haha!! I am terrible with budgets! I pretty much spend on whatever I feel I LOVE and never on something I feel I would never use on myself or for my kit. When I enter a beauty store, it’s like the gates of heaven open up and I hear angels! Nothing else matters.

What’s your favorite lipstick?

My favorite lipstick? As in just ONE? Sheesh…. that’s impossible I absolutely love Limecrime liquid lipsticks in all colors. Also, Anastasia liquid lipsticks in all colors. I LOVE LOVE LOVE MAC. Okay, ya’ll ready for my list? Here it goes! Blankety, HoneyLove, Fleshpot, FlatOut Fabulous, Diva, Sin, Cyber, RiRi Woo (limited), Heroine, Stone… and a few more :).

Describe your everyday makeup look.

Wow, my everyday makeup Look is always a finished full face because of my job! So, I always switch up eye shadow styles and techniques from a beauty look to natural to grungy. That’s what I love about makeup. You can always change things up and still SLAY!

What’s your favorite mascara?

My favorite mascara would be between L’oreal Voluminous & MAC Haute & Naughty! They both have amazing brushes and formulas! I love the consistency and how it applies.

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

A celebrity makeup style that inspires me would hands down have to be Dascha Polanco & her artist Jay Suarez! Hands down. Every time he touches her face it is glam. It is clean. It is natural and is EVERYTHING! He executes amazing looks on her every time and never fails the makeup gods!

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

My favorite Beauty Guru would definitely be the god himself, Scott Barnes. Also, Renny Vazquez and of course, my fellow MAC brother Romero Jennings!! I really don’t believe I need to explain why. They are by far the most amazing in my opinion.

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

Wow.. what a question.. just thinking about it feels like torture! If I HAD to leave with just ONE.. it would be chapstick!! haha!!

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

The only thing I try to avoid is lash glue with latex because I’m allergic! Other than that, if I love it it’s mine.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

I HAUL, HAUL, HAUL, HAUL. I rarely have time to shop for myself because I’m always with my babies. When I do get some free time, I go IN and ALL OUT and rack up on everything I love!

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

I currently love Dermalogica and I just started using Clarisonic. Their line is so far so good.

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

MAC brushes! Nothing like MAC brushes, especially #217. That’s holy grail right there!

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

I would definitely recommend Laura Mercier loose powder! I had it for a while and once I got the chance to try it, I have never put it away! That and also Urban Decay setting spray!!

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Hmmmm…. I would say lip gloss. I have so many but rarely use any.

Where do you see your makeup career in the next 5 years?

Great question! I’m currently working my way up MAC and hope to be a Senior Artist for sure! I see my work on not only celebrities but definitely in some magazines & red carpets! Hey… a girl can DREAM!

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

Use line filler to fill in fine lines on your lips and watch those babies plump up! Also, use a business card when applying mascara behind lashes to avoid getting the product on skin!

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

I can be reached through direct message on Instagram @Beautyby_Maria or email BeautyByMLuna@gmail.com.

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Lipstick Staples For Every Woman

Hey, ladies! I’m pretty sure it’s a well-known thing that every woman needs 3 colors in her lipstick collection: reds, pinks, and nudes. Those are the basics! I mean let’s get real, EVERY WOMAN NEEDS A RED LIPSTICK. If you’re not going to indulge in pinks and nudes, then at least get a red lipstick. Red lipstick is too classic for you not to have at least one tube! As a lipstick junkie, I have plenty of colors in my collection. So, it’s pretty easy for me to pull out a couple of red, pinks, and nudes. I figured why not share my personal faves in each color category so that you can possibly get inspired!

REDS

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NYX Snow White – A deep, blue-toned red

NYX Alabama – Brick red

MAC Diva – Intense reddish-burgundy

Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom – A brighter, more intense blue, toned red. I like to call it “Selena Red” haha

L’oreal Zoe’s Red – Plum red

PINKS

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Colourpop Bumble – A dusty, warm terracotta

MAC Mehr – Dirty, blue pink

NYX Merlot – A pinkish red that’s more on the pink side.

Maybelline Touch of Spice – A deep neutral pink

NYX Cannes – A muted pink

NUDES

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L’oreal Eva’s Nude – nude with a hint of gold

Maybelline Clay Crush – peachy, brown nude

MAC Yash – deep neutral

I hope this gave you guys some inspiration on what lipstick staples to pick up!

xx

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