Winter 2017 – MAC Art Collection (Spring / Summer)

Sharing ChicProfile’s 2017 MAC post!  Available January 2017 (Winter), but for Spring / Summer (the timing always seems so off, I know – in Fashion it was the same deal.  Spring sandals out when it’s still snowing?  Yep!)

“Beautifully Ever After”

I smiled when I saw this e-mail because I am actually planning my own wedding!  ❤

I feel blessed to have had a background in performance-based sports (figure skating, ballroom, ballet) because doing my own makeup was basically a pre-req.  Sure, you could pay to have someone do it but – trust me – those fees added up!  So, I learned to do it on my own!

Most ladies I know hire an artist for the wedding day – it’s a great way to limit stress (and time!) if you aren’t used to doing a more formal look, or if you just darn well don’t feel like it!

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

BUT…if you DO want to do your own makeup, Sephora has a fun little tutorial. . .

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Sephora.com

I love the idea that a bride is enhanced on her wedding day – not overdone, and not feeling like she is someone else!  A dear friend of mine was incredibly worried about that because she doesn’t wear makeup at all, EVER.  I assured her that very basic (and few) products would just bring out her features and natural beauty. . .without changing her dramatically, leaving her feeling too “out of her skin.”  You aren’t on a stage, so don’t worry about having to be heavy-handed – it isn’t necessary.

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Sephora.com

The lovely redhead in the e-mail Sephora sent looks adorable both ways (before AND after) – she doesn’t lose her charm or beauty, her features are simply highlighted so as to take a more prominent place on her day. 🙂  Love that.

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Sephora.com

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer

Makeup artistry has officially gone mainstream!  At least as far as pro tricks, tools, and products go…  Not only have corrective concealers and palettes become “must-have” items, but now pro mixers, a product rarely seen in the conventional marketplace (whether mass market OR high-end) have been added to the mix!  

The fact that these Pro Foundation Mixers can be found at Ulta?  That’s kind of mind-blowing.  Shouldn’t be a huge shock, given the way trends are going, but it’s still impressive.  Part of the reason might be that such formulations often need explanation (think: color wheels!)  Perhaps the influx of corrective products has brought with it a enough of a wave of how-to’s and instructional that consumers are warmed up enough to the idea?  Learning how to use them is definitely important, since they aren’t meant to go on straight from the tube.

Back in the day, you had to track down speciality brands such as Ben Nye and Mehron to get anything like these… *Possibly* MAC Pro…but without an official industry id, you had to do your searching on eBay, or try to get hooked up by a makeup artist friend who could log into their site! So the fact that you can get your paws on them at a local mass retailer is pretty darn cool.

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What’s the point of mixers?  Foundations don’t always come in enough shades to match your specific skintone – pair the formulation with one or more mixers, and you can customize to your heart’s content…without spending a fortune.  (These work with fluid, liquid makeup, keep in mind.) Personally, I’m psyched for these, and excited to see them in-store. 

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Please see reviews and posts below…!

Here (All swatches)

Here (For dark skin)

Here

Change of Pace…

The point of this post…

My main passions (beyond the Love of my Life and my family!) are Martial Arts, and living a happy, healthy Life (with animals around! 🙂 )  I care about taking good care of myself as I get older – internally and externally.  

Fashion was my career for over a decade, and I LOVED it.  By the age of 23 I was managing over 200 people in Cosmetics and Fragrances in a massive NYC department store – serious fun, and serious education!  By 24 I had forayed into ladies footwear, where I’d stay and grow for many more years – here and overseas.

But while I know those worlds intimately, and cherished that time, I feel like those topics are wildly saturated these days.  When you do Fashion Trend Analysis, the concept of “fast fashion” and obsolescence isn’t novel…  But I have so much “new” to share on here that I can’t seem to disseminate it quickly enough!  

So I’m shifting my focus a bit, and hope that’s okay – I know that “newness” will be covered in spades by some AMAZING bloggers out there.  I’m so grateful to all of you who read and enjoy – I love connecting with the larger Universe, and appreciate the kind support. ❤

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I feel like in many ways I am a dichotomy – a proverbial oxymoron, as it were.  I blame my zodiac most of the time…  Scarcely a disservice to other Gemini – we all know just how multi-faceted we can be!  

Because of my, er, celestial classification I have a habit of taking on seemingly highly opposing activities (boredom is a kiss of doom for us!):

  • Figure Skating —> Takekwondo
  • Classical Ballet —> Hapkido
  • Ballroom Dancing —> Ninjutsu 
  • Hip Hop —> JiuJitsu
  • Aerial Yoga —> Kumdo

In my own mind, of course, EVERYTHING is a dance.

EVERYTHING.

Still…not all of my sports are focused on grooming the way many of my childhood ones entailed – Martial Arts?  Looking pretty is the last thing on my mind!  I didn’t grow up to be a glamorous girl – I admire those who are, absolutely – but glam won’t work for me on a daily basis.

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I am far too active to maintain a quotidian routine of lipstick and updos.  I strive for “natural.”  I want to enhance, not hide.  I want to look the same when I wash my face at Night (lest my other half wonder what happened!) 😉 

Having been trained to perform most of my Life, I was bombarded with notions of grace, beauty, polish, and sophistication very early on.  There are worlds revolving around skincare, makeup artistry, hair design – if you haven’t been exposed to it, you’d be wowed! Those things mattered enormously in the sports in which I was predominantly trained in growing up.  You wouldn’t dare take the ice without your “war paint,” or the stage without the proper bun and shimmer!

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As a result, I know a TON about those arenas – makeup artistry was essentially required for my sports.  I was drawn to it as a child because it was openly creative and there really wasn’t a “wrong way” to do it.  It also took a lot of skill to pull oneself together and, most importantly…

Grooming boiled down to taking your performing sport and competition seriously (not to mention the judges taking YOU seriously at the same time.)  

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At the root of all that, skincare was therefore a big deal – my mother always told me that the canvas matters the most (painting over a blemished surface is much more of a challenge, and means you forego “natural” in pursuit of a hard-to-obtain perfection.)  So, I also know TONS about skincare too, and am often asked about my own regimen.  Having good habits starting early will make a big difference down the road and I’m incredibly thankful I don’t appear to be 37.

As an athlete, taking care of our skin is vital – we are often covered in sweat, rolling on mats, or using communal equipment at a gym / school / dojo etc… So unless cleanliness doesn’t matter, we have to be a bit more mindful. 

I also L ❤ VE being a woman, and I care about aging as gracefully as I am able (I probably own every product known to man! 😉 )  I will never run about in complete shambles, and when I am going out somewhere, I will pull it together! I love Fashion and I loved working in the field – I can’t say I don’t miss it!  And I love womanly things – gowns, pencil dresses, lace, stockings, glitter…  So while “badass” and “edgy” work…so do sexy and beautiful.

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When I’m training, though, I’m probably going to be a ruffled mess…so I always felt like “If you can’t handle me like [this], then I’m not for you!”  I mean… I used to live in a town where people would say, “you should wear your hair down when you workout!  You look so different!  It’s much prettier!”  

“Uh…Excuse me?!”

For me personally, the gym is for working out, staying fit, pushing my limits – not impressing anyone with looks…or anything else!  Superficial doesn’t fit in my scheme of things – I’m there to work, and to do something kind for myself.  There is always room to get dolled up later.  

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The great news? Most of my friends are furiously hardworking – whether in their career, Martial Arts, extreme sports (rock climbing, for one, blows me away!), lifting, or seriously skill-perfecting  sports like shooting, I am always in awe, and ever-encouraged to learn more.   

I’m blessed and thankful to be surrounded by supportive people who could care LESS if my hair is a mess, and I’m purple-cheeked and sweating.  Even if we are doing different activities, there is always respect and support.

I need to make a point to also say that the support of my other half is huge. He inspires me every day with his work ethic, talents, eagerness to learn, and his phenomenal heart, among many other things. ❤  

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The point is…going forward, my posts will reflect more of this aspect of my Life (a huge part of it!) than they have in the past.  As much as I am asked about my skin, and the “outward”…I am also asked on a regular basis about what I do for sports, what my routine looks like, what my nutrition consists of etc…  I feel like I can be most helpful in this way.

I love to inspire, I LOOOOVE to encourage, and I find that there is strong community in sharing… So that’s my plan for now. 🙂

As always, many thanks – I love the wonderful comments, and I appreciate the time all of you take out of your day to spend a moment with me. 

XX ❤ X

*Pascal*

 

 

Spring 2016 – Smashbox Matte Transformer

Thrilled to see this product!  Why?  You have a favorite lippie and the brand hasn’t jumped on the matte train…but you want to try the trend! 🙂

Smashbox’s Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer is an easy-to-use gel that takes your pout from satin or shine to matte and velvety.  Instantly.

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While it isn’t necessarily the first of its kind, it is a wonderful tool for anyone wanting to try something new, or alter texture for whatever reason.   This particular item was created to minimize the number of lipsticks Smashbox’s pro makeup artists had to haul around (double the products, or a tube of gel!?  Hmmm…) The formula is non-chalky, and also improves the wear of your lip product without feathering. 

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Check out the video on Sephora.com for more details. 🙂

 

Bloody Gorgeous

No sense in denying I clicked immediately to see what this was about – “Bloody Gorgeous!” it read… Slave to the vampy side, I confess! 🙂

I absolutely LOVE the shades in this collection – equally as divine for fair or deep skin (though one need have a light hand if the former!) 

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Beautylish.com photo

This box set, by the late, and amazing, Kevyn Aucoin is a Collection of “iconic products in Kevyn’s favorite shade Bloodroses.”  The set is priced at $125 and includes:

The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses – looks beautiful on all skintones (3.5 g) 
The Lip Gloss in Bloodroses – rich nourishing gloss. Shiny, not sticky! (5 g) 
The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Bloodroses – nourishes and conditions with vitamin E and jojoba seed oil (1.0 g) 
The Creamy Glow Duo in #1 Nuelle/Bloodroses – adds a healthy, youthful glow. Doubles as a lip color (4.5 g) 
The Eyeshadow Single #109 – matte shadow with creamy smooth texture (3.5 g) 
The Volume Mascara – ultra black, long wearing. No flaking, dripping, smudging, or clumping! (5 g) 
Bloody Gorgeous Tote Bag

The set it sold out, not only at Beautylish, but also Barneys, and Beauty.com…but somehow Beautybay has it, and for a few dollars less!

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Beautylish.com photo

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Pat McGrath Phantom 002

I wrote about Pat McGrath’s first “Gold” Collection a while back.  Well she has come out with the second Collection, Phantom 002…and that too has already sold out.  

At $240, that’s impressive…though it was also produced in a limited 1,200 units.

Per her site: 

“A defiantly decadent 8-piece kit to create underground looks that span the decades. One illegally black liner and a multiuse eye gloss for the ultimate hardcore glamour. Four self-indulgent shades to metallicize your smokey eye. Give black a new life and blitz into the darkness.”

I keep thinking regal birds of paradise – peacock, firebird, golden eagle…

It feels to me like a cross between Studio 54 sequins and heavy metal…! 

The kit contains:

  • Gold 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Blue 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Copper 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Fuchsia 002 eye blush 0.14 oz
  • Black 002 eye gloss 0.14 oz
  • Black Caviar gel liner 0.018 oz
  • Blender brush 002
  • Flat brush 002

It’s bold color with smoked edges, so prepare to party…and stun!