Just Another Beauty Junkie

Summer Collections- wishlist

Can I just start by saying I’m so utterly excited for this summer’s makeup collections. I love summer to begin with, but this years offerings are making my summerlust 100 time greater. 

I think I may be most excited for MAC’s To the Beach collection (launching May 27th) and Chanel’s Les Pop-Up (launching sometime in May)

To the Beach has really cute limited edition packaging, two new duo fiber brushes and CREAM BRONZERS. 

The wonderful bronzes, and fantastic corals and pinks have me in tizzy for the beach. Nothing like a neutral eye and some BRIGHT lipstick. Or maybe some teal shadow, heavy bronzer and a toned down coral.

pictures at the bottom. all courtesy of the lovely christine (my favorite blogger) at  www.temptalia.com  

MAC To the Beach:

eyeshadow ($14.50): sweet and punchy and maybe sand and sun (yellow-green, light peach)

since I’m currently in love with greens and teals, I was super excited when I saw the first promo pics float in, but saddened when I realized that the launch included two permanent colors, shimmermoss and humid. 

Lipstick ($14.00): lazy day, beach bound and maybe Thrills (pale peach, light blue-pink, rosy copper) 

I was really hoping for some brighter pinks and corals with this release, although the focus seems more to be on bronzing, bright greens and subdued lips. Thrills is definitely one I’m going to have to swatch before I buy, because I feel like it may look pretty wintery on me. 

Lipglass ($14): easy louger, flurry of fun, splashing (baby pink, sparkly peach, blue pink)

yes, I realize that this is all three, but 1- i love lipglasses, 2- i love limited edition packaging and 3- they are such versatile colors, and ones I wear on a regular basis. 

Lip Pencil ($13): Life’s a Breeze (soft pink)

I hate that MAC releases limited edition lip pencils. I feel like these are staples in makeup routines and by releasing them in limited quantaties, its like a tease. If you really like them you end up doing what I did with Naked lip liner- buying multiple backups. That being said, I love the pink one, and I don’t quite have a pink like it in my collection

Eye Kohl ($14.50): Float on By (dark green turquoise)

once again, this feeds into my newly acquired green fetish. 

Powder Blush (18.50): Hipness (intense coral)

I’ve also recently acquired quite the liking for coral and peachy blushes. Hipness looks absolutely gorgeous. 

High-Light Powder ($26): Marine Life 

I’ve never seen any MAC product like this before, and the seahorse is just too cute to pass up.

Cream Bronzer ($25): beach bronze (golden glow)

I love bronzers, and I love cream blushes- needless to say I’m extremely excited for the cream bronzers

Lustre Drops (18.50): sun rush (peachy bronze)

I’ve used my Pink Rebel lustre drops quite often as highlights, and can’t wait to add a bronze to the mix. 

Nail Polish ($12): Scorcher (bright coral-red)

I’m not known to be the biggest fan of MAC nailpolishes. However, this one looks absolutely too good to pass up.

Chanel’s Les Pop-Ups:

Les Vernis nail polish ($23): Riviera (intense pink)

this is the perfect pink for summer, and although it is definitely on the pricey side, these polishes have a great formula. 

Lipstick ($32): Summer (rose) and Genial (coral) Bikini Peach (soft pink)

all three of the lipsticks released in this collection look amazing. The bright corals and pinks lacking in MACs release are definitely present in this collection. Genial is the color seen on the Chanel runway shows, and I wanted it from the moment I saw it. 

Lipgloss ($29): Bondi (light copper)

I love Chanel’s lipgloss formulas, and don’t have nearly enough. I may even splurge and get the other two also. 

FOTD- Greens, Blues and Purples

In an attempt to break myself out of the super neutral look I’ve been sporting for a week, I visited my lovely friends at MAC to see if they could pull me out of my neutral-dazed funk. As always, they delivered, and this look was just too gorgeous not to show. 

update: whether it was a change in climate from vacation or a result of my new favorite foundation, I got a huge breakout when I got back from spring break. Since then I have totally laid off the foundation, as I’m thinking that Studio Sculpt may have been the culprit. I’ve been using smashbox photofinish, studio finish concealer and MSF natural as my daily skin routine, along with tons of cleansing and it seems to be making the problem much less.

Products Used (MAC unless noted otherwise)


Smashbox Photofinish Original Primer

Studio Finish concealer in NW20

Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium


Painterly Paint Pot (nude base)

Purple Haze (matte grey lilac color), Violet Trance (bright matte purple) and Atlantic Blue (matte cool toned blue) in crease with a 224 tapered blending brush

Steamy (a cool blue toned teal with lots of shimmer) all over the lid with the 239 shadow brush

Ego (a very shimmery light pink) as a brow bone highlight with the 239 shadow brush

Blacktrack fluidline (black gel eyeliner) across the top lash line with either a 209 or a 266 angled liner brush

Pearlglide Intense eyeliner in Undercurrent (blue teal color) on bottom waterline and top corner waterline- this gets released on thursday and all of the colors are AMAZING!

Violet Trance and Atlantic Blue right on bottom lash line with the 219 pencil brush

Fresh Super Nova Mascara on top and bottom lashes


Springshine Blush (shimmery pinkish orange) to the apples with the 129 blush brush

Mineralize Skin Finish in Light Flush buffed onto cheekbone with 181 small buffer brush

Refined Golden Bronzer (deep golden bronze) with 181 buffer into contour


naked lip liner (true pale neutral- almost like a concealer for your lips)

Plushglass Lip gloss in Posh It Up (a golden pink that almost has a coral-ish sheen)

I think this may be my new “go to” look. I’m loving the green with my brown eyes. I tend to reach for purples and blues, but I’m definitely going to start going out of my way to use more greens. 

(coastal scents reviews are in the works, just taking a while)

FOTD- or week

I seem to be reaching for these couple of products quite often this week. And by “quite often” I mean every day. With the weather finally somewhat reminiscent of spring, I’ve been going for a very neutral yet fresh look this week. You will have to excuse the crappy iMac photos, my camera battery is charging as we speak. 

And the eyes:

Products Used:


MAC Studio Sculpt foundation in NC25

Benefit’s BOing concealer 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium


MAC Soft Ocre Paintpot (a matte nude base)

SMH single eyeshadow in Creme D’Nude (very light creme for entire lid to browbone)

SMH single eyeshadow in Sin Sational- (a shimmery light peach for lid)

MAC Arena Eyeshadow (Shimmery light brown for a little definition in the crease)

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Violet Ink (a black violet eggplant color used to tightline top lashes and lightly on the waterline)

SMH single eyeshadow in Divine (a creamy shimmery white for highlighting the brow bone)

Fresh Supernova Mascara


NARS super orgasm blush (very shimmery peachy pink for apples of the cheeks)

MAC iridescent powder in Tenderdusk (a shimmery pink for top part of the cheek bone)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping and Pink Porcelain (very light shimmery highlighters for top of cheekbones)


Smashbox lipgloss in Pout (a sheer baby pink gloss)

SMH stands for Stars Makeup Haven, a website that sells both the palettes that Coastal Scents does, and single eyeshadows for the extremely cheap price of $4.95. My experience with these eyeshadows has been extremely positive. I bought two 28 palettes for less than the price of 1 MAC 15 palette. These eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and with 97 colors to choose from, its hard to find one you don’t like. My only warning is that some of the shadows are more like pressed pigments and are therefore rather prone to fallout. However, I’ve found if you use a sticky base like paintpots and a dense brush, you can minimize fall out greatly. The website is www.starsmakeuphaven.com and the direct link to the shadows is https://www.starsmakeuphaven.com/product_info.php?cPath=59&products_id=804

a note on dupes: I’ve heard that L’Oreal’s HIP eyeliner eggplant is an extremely close, and much cheaper dupe for the Bobbi Brown eyeliner I used. 

The “no makeup” daily routine

As I mentioned in my previous post, on most days I don’t find that my face is clear enough to pull off barely-there makeup. However, there are some miraculous mornings when I wake up and find my skin in perfect condition. It is on these days that I turn to my other foundation routine, a much easier, and therefore much less time consuming routine that gives a little coverage for a more “pulled together” look. 

Primer: Smashbox’s Photofinish Light ($36)- I hardly ever use this, but when I feel like my skin could use a little more help, or I have a few spots with enlarged pores, I reach for Photofinish Light. The baby sister to the original photofinish is 60% water based and therefore feels weightless on your skin.


Foundation: MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF15 in Medium (sometimes medium dark) ($29.50) or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42)- I intentionally left off color names for LMTM because my skin fluctuates between four colors- porcelain, nude, bisque and sand. I tend to mix them however I see fit. I find that LM gives just a tad more coverage than SMT, but they are equally great as far as tinted moisturizers go. I apply them with either my MAC 187 or my fingers. 


Powder: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium ($26)- I love this for a super sheer and breathable powder. It has a light shimmer to it, but it looks flawless on the face. I apply this with a flat top buffer brush from Coastal Scents (I will be doing a detailed review post next)


Bronzer: MAC Pressed Bronzer in Refined Golden ($22)- Definitely my go to bronzer on no makeup days. It provides the perfect amount of bronze glow. 


Everyday Foundation Routine

Much like my skincare routine, this changes quite often. I have pretty dry and sensitive skin and depending on the weather I tend to have fairly large pores around my cheek area. However, there are miracle days when I feel like my skin is great and little makeup is needed. I will post an entry on that sometime later this week. 

As I mentioned in my previous post, I start out with Philosophy’s Hope Springs Eternal spray and a dab of dark circles. 

Primer: Smashbox PhotoFinish Original ($36)- I’ve tried tons of different primers, and this is the only one that seems to fill my pores without feeling excessively heavy once I put on concealer, foundation and powder. Also, just a tip: if you ever need to run out of the house sans “slap” (as one of my favorite gurus lollipop26 calls it) take a pump or two of photo finish and call it a day, it evens out skin texture, making it the perfect for those early morning grocery store runs.


Foundations: MAC Studio Sculpt in NC25 ($29.50), Makeup Forever HD in 120 ($40), and Chanel Mat Lumiere in Soft Bisque ($54)- Let me preface this by saying that without a doubt, the foundation that I grab for everyday is Studio Sculpt. MAC foundations and I have been through the ringers for years, as almost all of their formulations break me out. However, one fateful day, a beloved MA at my MAC counter conned me into trying it, and I was instantly hooked. The creamy gel formula glides effortlessly onto skin, making perfect skin a fairytale no more. It has a medium coverage which covers everything except for my pesky dark circles. My only problem with SS is the finish. It has what I would call a “satin” finish although if I touch my hands to my face it often feels somewhat sticky. My remedy is a good setting powder, which I cover later. However, if I know I am going to be out in the hot sun all day or in another situation in which sweat is inevitable, I reach for the previous holy grail title holders- a combination of MUFE HD and Mat Lumiere. I use a 2:1 ratio of MUFE:Chanel because I love the finish on Lumiere but the color I have is about a shade too dark, and I find that if I don’t mix them I can look a little cakey. I apply all of my foundations with the MAC 187 stippling brush, and am still on the hunt for a cheaper dupe. 


Setting Powder: Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($30)- I have yet to find a finishing powder I like as much as this one. It leaves this silky amazing feeling skin, that doesn’t fade throughout the day, and keeps everything in place. I like to use it after i’ve applied everything, blush, sculpt, etc. to make sure that everything stays. I’ve also heard that MAC Set Powder is extremely similar. 


Color Corrector: Coastal Scents Color Corrector Quad ($7.95)- I love this quad and it also works extremely well for any of you working on your kits. The only ones I use are the yellow to combat my under eye circles and the green for redness, but the other two are useful for self tanning mishaps and olive complected skin. I use these before foundation and after my primer. 


Under Eye Concealer: Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW20 ($16.50)- this ultra-creamy concealer is wonderful, that is all I can say about it. I use the NW range because they are pink based, combatting the purplish undertones of my nasty under eye circles.


Blemish Concealer: Coastal Scents Camo Concealer Palette ($16.95)- this is unbeatable for the price. with 5 yellow based and 5 pink based concealers ranging from very light to very dark, and a super creamy formulation. I love the yellow based to cover up any blemishes I may have. 


Bronzers: Nars Laguna Bronzer ($32) and MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden ($22)- both of these are wonderful for that just back from the beach glow. I use the MAC 150 brush for the perfect distribution. 


Skin Care Routine

I wasn’t entirely sure where to begin such a daunting task as beginning a blog. I read blogs, on a daily basis, and I think that the foundation of beauty has to be your skin, and with that being said, what better way to start a beauty blog than with the foundation of beauty? 

skin type: dry to normal

skin color: in the winter I’m as light as they come, although come summer I’m a light to medium tan (for all you mac junkies, I start at an NC15 and am usually around an NC30 by the time summer rolls around)

biggest skin concern: redness, my cheeks are especially red and my dermatologist tells me that I’m on the borderline of rosacea.

also, just a note- I use a ton of products, mostly because I’m constantly changing them out, although this has been pretty constant for about four months now.

Cleanser: Mac Creme Cleanser ($19.50)- this cleanser does it all for me, removes makeup and gets deep into my pores to clean out any dirt and grime. I use this when I wake up in the morning, and before I go to bed. 


Exfoliator: St. Ives ($3.95)- being a beauty junkie I have tried probably 30 different exfoliators, and I always come back to this one. They now have a wide range of scrubs targeted towards skin concerns, there is one for everyone. I use the Naturally Clear Blemish and Blackhead Fighter, but there are many others. I use this usually at night after my cleanser.


Exfoliator/Cleanser: Clarisonic Face Brush ($195)- While most people claim this as their holy grail skin care item, I wouldn’t go so far for myself. I absolutely love this brush, however, I’ve found that if I use it everyday as directed, my skin becomes extremely tender and sensitive to any products I use afterwords. Because of this, I try to use it about twice a week, or whenever I feel like my skin needs an extra deep cleanse. I use my MAC cleanser and it works great. 


Night Face Creme: Chanel’s Beaute Initiale Creme ($75)- While this seemed like an extremely extravagant purchase at the time, I feel like skin is worth investing in, and this creme is just that: an investment. After going through tons of moisturizers trying to find the perfect one, I finally gave in and stopped at my nearest Chanel counter. The wonderful MA suggested this creme to me and as soon as I opened it and felt the extremely creamy, yet surprisingly light formulation, I was sold. I use this at night before bed and wake up the next morning with my skin feeling miraculously supple and smooth, despite what the weather may be. 


Eye Creams: Philosophy’s Dark Shadows ($33) and MAC’s Moisturelush Eye Creme($30)- Dark Shadows is a must own for all of us plagued by dark circles. I use some at night before I put moisturizers on and in the morning right before makeup. I don’t know how it does it, but my dark bags seem to disappear. As far as Moisturelush goes, it is my go to eye cream when my face is super dry. Overnight it plumps and moisturizes the areas around my eyes better than anything else I have found. 



Day Time Moisturizer: Philosophy’s Hope Springs Eternal ($20)- I ran across this on accident one fateful day in Sephora as I was digging for another tube of my beloved Dark Shadows. This product is everything I wish MAC’s FIX+ would have been, but isn’t. The scent is delightful and its the perfect balance of refreshing cool and moisture before I put on my makeup. 


Day/Night Treatment: Dermadoctor’s Calm, Cool & Corrected ($85)- This lightweight cream seemed to be nothing more than another sales ploy. How could a light creme promise to lessen the severity of my extremely pink cheeks? But this creme delivers. It takes about two weeks to see results, but not only does this wonderful creme make my cheeks porcelain white, but they are no longer super sensitive!


Mask: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask ($45)- I hardly use this anymore after I discovered Calm, Cool & Corrected, but there are times when I need an extra dose of soothing comfort, and I reach for this beauty. A little bit goes a very long way, and I have had the same jar for over a year, and I used it once a day for a good 6 months.


Peel: Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel ($44)- I will admit that if you do not like the smell of pumpkin, or pumpkin pie you will want to steer very clear of this product. Although if you can manage your face smelling like a pumpkin for up to five minutes, this product is a chemical exfoliator, leaving my skin the smoothest it has been in years. I only use this once every two to three weeks or so because PTR products are so potent.  


And there you have it, my extremely long run down on my skin care routine! let me know if you would like sites on where to find all of the products and I will be sure to add those. Also, be looking for a foundation routine post up within the next day or so!

Hello, tumblr.

After reading about tumblr for ages, I have in fact decided to start my own. I’m not great about keeping up with blogs, but as I make my way towards summer and ever closer to my overseas excursion to Parsons Paris, I see myself using this as a multi-functional blog. Some kind of temptalia meets kanyblog type of thing. Anyways, that is all for my first post, more to come though!

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