MAC Diva

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.


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…



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…


 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…





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!


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


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!


Left to Right:

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


Left to Right:

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


Left to Right:

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!



Top 10 Fall Lipsticks

Hey dolls! It’s the second week of September and although it may still be hot as hell outside, it’s about that time to change that makeup. In my mind: September means fall season, which means fall colors. I don’t give a damn if it’s 90 degrees out – I’m still wearing fall makeup! So let me share with you my top 10 fall lipsticks! Yes, we are back to lipstick posts and don’t pretend you don’t like it 😉

As you all know, fall is the time to indulge in deep, warm colors. The colors I’m going to show you have a bit of a range but I find they’re all completely appropriate and gorgeous for the fall. Let’s face it, not EVERY ONE likes a vampy lip… shocking I know. Let’s get right to it!

Left to Right:

  • MAC Rebel ($17) is a midtonal plum and it’s a perfect color for fall. Like I’ve said in past posts, for a deeper plum use it with MAC’s Nightmoth lip pencil. If you’re not about dark colors, then wear it alone and it’ll still look great!
  • Revlon Black Cherry ($8) is just what is looks like – black cherry. The lipstick itself is super moisturizing but it does have a tendency to seep into the cracks of your lips so make sure your lips aren’t chapped!
  • MAC Paramount ($17) is a red brown color with a satin finish. It’s a perfect in-between color if you’re not trying to go too dark or too light.
  • Revlon Toast of NY ($8) is an oldie but a goodie. It’s been around for years! It’s a burnt orange color with a red undertone. I absolutely love this color! It’s perfect for every day wear and reminds me of the trees in fall. This is also a part of the Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick line.
  • NYX Alabama ($5) is a matte, brick red. Every one should have a brick red lipstick in their fall makeup collection.
  • MAC Diva ($17) is a super popular color for the fall. This matte, intense reddish-burgundy color compliments so many skin tones and is probably one of the best reds for fall.
  • Melt Catsuit ($19) is one of my new favorites. It’s a super matte, chocolate color and I’m sure I’ll be wearing the crap out of it this fall.
  • Dose of Colors Berry Me ($18) is a stunning deep berry color and it’s a liquid matte lipstick. It may look like a smidge like MAC Rebel but they aren’t alike. This color is definitely deeper.
  • NARS Train Bleu ($26) It’s on the pricey side but totally worth it. This velvet matte, deep aubergine color is my ultimate favorite vampy color for the fall.
  • Maybelline Touch of Spice ($8) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum color and probably the best pink shade you’ll find for the season. It’s creamy yet matte and super pigmented. For those Kylie Jenner lip fans, this is a great, affordable alternative for MAC Whirl or Soar.

What are your all time favorite lip colors for the fall?


The Stash: MAC Lipsticks & Lip Pencils

Hello loves! I think it is time that I’ve told you guys that I AM A LIPSTICK JUNKIE. I have about 66 lipsticks and that includes liquid lipsticks, chubby lip pencils, lip crayons, etc. The only thing excluded are lip liners and lip glosses which I only have about 12 of those combined. So, I decided to do another “Stash” series and share with you my MAC lip collection! Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

Keep in mind that this is how the shades look on MY skintone. I’m NC 44 in MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid. So, if you’re in that area of skintone then these swatches are pretty close to how the lipstick shades will look on you. If you’re far from my skintone, don’t be dependent on these swatches.

From Left to Right:

Yash (deep neutral) This is newbie that I added and it was recommended to me as a nude lip for my skintone. First time I put this on, I looked like a corpse but once I lined my lips with MAC Spice, it looked so much better!

Mehr (dirty blue pink) This is probably one of my favorite pink shades of lipstick out of my entire lipstick collection.

Verve (muted brownish plum) – I’m pretty disappointed that the camera didn’t pick up the true shade of this lipstick like the others! It actually looks the same as Paramount but it isn’t. Since I’m so committed to showing you guys accurate swatches, here’s a better one.

Stone (muted greyish taupe brown) My best friend and I both agree that we have a love/hate relationship with this shade. I think I could slay it if I did a fierce, cool toned makeup look. You definitely can’t get too crazy with color with this lipstick on.

Paramount (reddish brown) This shade will most likely be my go-to this Fall. It’s absolutely gorgeous! For a better swatch, check out the link in the Verve description.

Rebel (midtonal cream plum) Of course I would have to own one of the most well known lipstick shades at MAC. If you pair it with Nightmoth lip pencil, it looks stunning!

Pre-Raphaelite (dirty berry) – This shade is no longer sold but it’s a nice color with a metallic finish. I admit I don’t pick it up often since I’m not much of a “metallic finish” girl but when I do, I enjoy it.

Diva (intense reddish burgundy) – This was the first MAC lipstick I ever purchased and it will always be my top red lipstick, especially for the Fall.

Sin (deep dark blue red) – This shade is very vampy and very matte! To make it even more vampy, pair it with Nightmoth lip pencil.

Endless Drama (deep berry red) – This shade is discontinued and was a part of the Prolongwear Lipcreme collection. It has a very soft frosted finish and it’s SUPER creamy.

Moving on to lip liners…

Top to Bottom:

Chicory (soft muted peachy-brown) – Girl, this shade was my holy grail. I would wear it alone practically all the time. It’s the shortest of my lip pencils because I was literally constantly using it. The shade looks gorg on my skintone!

Spice (pink cinnamon stick) – I’ve worn spice alone a few times but when you pair it with nude lipsticks, It works phenomenally.

Plum (potent reddened plum) – My goal was to wear this alone but I HATE the way it looks on my lips alone. So, I use it with lighter toned pinks. If you’re a fan of light, purple toned lipsticks, I would recommend using this liner.

Nightmoth (blackened plum) – This lip pencil is my go-to to make any lip color more dark! It goes perfect with Sin and Rebel.

Well, there you have it! I hope this helped you gain some insight on what shades you might like to buy next 🙂


Fall Lipsticks

It’s time to talk Fall makeup! This is the one reason that I love Fall the most, besides the Pumpkin Spice Lattes of course! I love deep, dark lip colors. So, I wanted to share with you my all time favorites for the Fall season.

From left to right:

  • New York Color Ultra Moist Lipwear (Mahogany): This lipstick is a dark red brown. The lighting in the picture doesn’t do it justice unfortunately BUT to me it most resembles Khloe Kardashian’s lip color here. It’s extra nourishing but I HATE THE SMELL.
  • NYX Matte Lipstick (Alabama): This is a brick red lipstick as you can see. It’s most definitely one of my favorite reds for the Fall.
  • Lime Crime Velvetines (Salem): Brown lips are in this season! I just bought this color and I am absolutely in love!!!!!! It goes on liquid and dries matte. It doesn’t budge AT ALL!!!!!!
  • Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color (Vamp It Up): This is a vampy purple. It’s the darkest color I have in my lipstick collection. The name does it justice but you definitely have to set it with some powder because this lipstick has a tendency to wear off. Luckily, I have a picture with me wearing it.
  • NYX Matte Lipstick (Siren): According to the NYX Cosmetics website, it’s a deep violet. It does have a little shimmer in it too in case you’re into that look.
  • MAC Lipstick (Rebel): MAC Cosmetics calls it a “midtonal cream plum” and I’d have to agree. Rebel is definitely a staple Fall color – one of MAC’s bestsellers. So if you don’t have it yet girl, buy it!
  • MAC Lipstick (Pre-Raphaelite): This is a metallic dirty berry color. It’s one of my casual go-to colors.
  • NARS Matte Lip Pencil (Train Bleu): Lordt Jesus this color gives me lifeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! I wore it for NYFW and I just couldn’t get enough of this color. It reminds me of eggplant. Sephora calls it a “deep aubergine”. Here is a picture.
  • Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain (Crush): This color isn’t very pigmented. Hence, why it’s a balm. I use it when I don’t want to have real pigmented lips but I still want a pop of color to give face.
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (Black Cherry): This color is obviously vampy but you have to build the color up AND make sure your lips are moisturized! If they aren’t the color will seep into the cracks and lines of your lips and WON’T LOOK FLATTERING!!!
  • MAC Lipstick (Diva): This intense burgundy is the QUEEN OF QUEENS in my Fall lipstick collection!!! I can’t get enough of this color because it just looks so amazing on my skin tone and it compliments me! It’s definitely a MAC must have!