MAC Pro Longwear Foundation & Concealer + Chanel Holiday Eyes!

MAC Pro LongWear Foundation & Concealer
Review & Tutorial
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What I used:
Clarin's Instant Perfect Smoothing Touch (base/primer)
MAC Pro LongWear Foundation NW20
MAC Pro LongWear Concealer NW20
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Medium Plus (powder)
MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty
MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel (limited edition product/discontinued)

Chanel Holiday Eyes
Review & Tutorial
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What I used:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Chanel Ombre D'eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Splash
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in TENTATION CUIVRÉE (top left shade all over eyelid... bottom right shade in the outer-v)
Lorac Baked Matte Satin Shadow in Posh (highlight)
MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow in crease
Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 10 Ebene
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in 10 Noir
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in 117 Magnolia


Etsy Review: Bita Pourtavoosi

Shop Announcement:
An extraordinary fashion forward collection personally hand made by the designer herself using semi precious materials. She has created a very distinctive line that gives people the outlet to express themselves and their individual personality.
You can also visit her at:
Twitter: @BitaPourtavoosi
Bita Pourtavoosi has been creating a name in handmade bridge jewelry for the past two years. Based in New York, Bita is at the heart of fashion. She is constantly developing new ideas that set the scene for upcoming trends. Bita’s fresh and mischievous take on style blends glamour and class with an over the top artistic and creative influence, resulting in an exceptional point of view. Her collections have been featured in many stores across the country, and have adorned models on runways and photo shoots of many designers.
Over the years, Bita has developed into an exceptional artist. Growing up in a Persian-Middle Eastern family and community set the tone for her creative exploration through jewelry design. She has always been very stimulated and intrigued by Ancient Egyptian jewelry as well as Middle Eastern motifs. Her intense study and background in painting has also begun her love of bold colors. Bita’s jewelry collection has created a balanced world between her inspirations and her intense passion for the world of fashion.
“Bita Pourtavoosi” 100% handmade creations are exciting, distinctive, and unusual. They are a celebration of the ever growing and changing attitude that is predominant in society today. Bita gives the people an outlet to express themselves and their individual personality. Her collection attracts women of all ages and cultural boundaries, often making her items the must-haves of the season.

Cabochon Stacker Bangles
Buy them here!
Be your own designer!
These bangles give my customers the opportunity to be their own designer and choose what fits their personality best.
They can be worn on their own to give a simple and elegant look or stacked to give a more eye catching and fashionable look. 
The hammered texture that is given on the metal makes it glimmer and lets light bounce off them really nicely.
3 8mm Semi Precious Stones
Color Options:
 Green Aventurine, Faceted Hemalyke, Turquoise Howlite, Gold Plated Pyrite, White Howlite, Tiger's Eye, Faceted Black Onyx, Blue Howlite, Pyrite, Carnelian, Fresh Water Cultured White Pearl, Faceted Swarovski AB Crystal, Jade, and Amethyst.
These bangles go REALLY well with Bita's hammered stacker bangles!
available sizes... s,m,l
One of Bita's best sellers! They go great with any outfit, and are simple yet funky.

When Bita asked me which colors I wanted, I was completely STUMPED!
She has so many to choose from so I opted for my favorite stone colors: black and crystal ab.
Crystal AB has long been a favorite stone of mine since my dancing days in high school (we used to rhinestone our costumes and deck 'em out in crystal ab). Instead of clear crystal, it has a rainbow effect! Depending on the lighting, you can see numerous colors beam from the stone.
I figure the combination of black (Faceted Black Onyx) and crystal (Faceted Swarovski AB Crystal) is versatile enough to wear with many different outfits!
I also appreciate the texture of the hammered bangle, as well as the dimension and compromising heights of the stones.
These are beautiful, well-made bangles and I recommend buying at least two Cabochon Stacker Bangles ($40 each) and one or two 24k Yellow Gold Hammered Bangle(s) for layering purposes ($16 each).

Store Locations:
New York, NY
SHOEGASM- Meatpacking/Chelsea
71 8th Ave. New York, NY
ADD ACCESSORIES- Financial District
225 Liberty Street, New York, NY
TWIST- Brooklyn
441 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY

266 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
SHOP RUMOR (shoprumor.com)
Los Angeles, CA
18723 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA
20000 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA

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Illamasqua Art of Darkness, Body Electrics & Pastel Nails Review & Swatches


Art of Darkness Collection
check it out here

Ether Powdered Metal
buy it here or here
Revel in an intense radiance that no one can ignore. Apply to body and face to create anything from a subtle sheen to an extreme metallic finish. Step into the limelight and demand to be noticed.
Ether is a shimmery pale gold color.
Left: swatched dry
Right: swatched wet
Ether is that perfect holiday product that adds a light-golden shimmer to your cheeks, eyes and body (gorgeous on the shoulder and chest).

Ore Pure Pigment
buy it here or here
Made to be played with. A metallic, high-shine, pure-colour powder that highlights eyes, cheeks and brows. Mix with eye shadow, blusher or use it on its own to intense effect. Bring out your bold side.
Ore is a rich, deep, russet bronze with tons of shimmer!
I adore Illamasqua's Pure Pigments!!!

Below you can see (obviously) where I wet the pigment then swatched it. As opposed to swatching it on bare skin with no base.

Maneater Lipstick
buy it here or here
Let your lips speak volumes. Indulge in colour-intense lipstick with a highly pigmented formula, available in a choice of flawless finishes, from matt to glossy. Illamasqua Lipstick glides on smoothly, for the perfect all-night pout. 
Maneater is a matte, classic, cherry red.
Even though it is not a part of the Art of Darkness collection, this is a must-have red shade- perfect for the holidays!!
I own most of Illamasqua's pale, neutral shades.
This is my first red Illamasqua lipstick and I am obsessed!!!
I put this on quickly, without a red lipliner (which I should have done)... sorry it looks so messy.

So you can see the difference of the collection from the previously released Spring/Summer 2010 Collection below...
Body Electrics
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Inspired by the power of kinetic energy and the fluidity of the body in motion, the Body Electrics range ignites the skin with intensity and highlights the body's every twist and turn to exquisite perfection. Ensuring you exude a confidence that's more than skin deep.

The collection is an anthology of creams, powders and dry body oils filled with light, shimmer and shine, designed to highlight and contour your whole body. Containing hyper-pigmented light-reflecting particles that infuse the skin with intense colours and finishes, each product in the range has been created to accentuate every movement and take body make-up to a whole new level.
Who says you can't wear pastel nail polish in the fall? ;-)
Check out the pastel nail polishes here

Wink Nail Varnish
buy it here or here
Wink is a soft, pale lilac.

Surge Liquid Metal
buy it here or here
Prepare to dazzle with this gloriously rich and highly pigmented metallic cream. Use to adorn eyes, face and body, and apply with fingers or a brush. Release your inhibitions and illuminate your alter ego.
Surge is a metallic, molten, pewter shade.
I was a little bummed because this wasn't as pigmented as I was hoping it would be.
Any advice on how I can get this to show up more?
Maybe I should try it over an eyeshadow base... either way, it is a gorgeous shade!!

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For more information, please read the disclaimer on the right-hand-side of my blog.
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