My Z-Palette/My Must-Have MAC Eyeshadows

As I’ve previously mentioned in my last post, I’m currently back at home for the holidays and am limited with my makeup supply for the next couple of weeks. For the purpose of convenience, I’ve brought one palette with me – although, this isn’t going to stop me from purchasing other shadows that catch my eye, hehe.

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I’m using the Z palette here, only because it’s small and compact. For me, I don’t see a reason to bring along 15+ eyeshadows. Although it’s convenient and somewhat sturdy, it’s quite expensive for what it is: cardboard. I do like the clear see-through window and the magnetic closure. It comes with a built-in magnet so you can just pop your shadows/blushes in and be on your way.

I assume, however, if I were to drop this or get it wet, it would be a completely tragic event. The website refers to the palettes as “the ultimate customizable makeup palette,” which is true since you can pack whatever you want. So, in essence, if I had the larger palette, I could have my shadows and blushes in one area.

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Housed in this palette are ONLY my favorite MAC shadows. I figured this would be a good opportunity to take advantage of talking about my must-haves. Of course, I’ve got enough “favorites” to fill a real palette; but, again, for traveling purposes, I’ve intentionally limited myself here. I enjoy MAC shadows and have been collecting them and using them for years. There are other brands out there that I love equally or more, so this post isn’t promising that these shadows here are the end all be all. :)

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A. Soba
B. Tempting
C. Era
D. Phloof
E. Patina
F. Mystery
G. Sable
H. Wedge
I. Blanc Type

Also note, I’ve been using MAC “Coquette” for my brows – which isn’t pictured in the palette because I like it in the pot form (so I can take it around).

Also not pictured are “Charcoal Brown” and “Mulch” – again in pot forms instead of the pan. I suppose I can say that they fall into the ‘honorable mention’ category.

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This palette is great for looks all across the board – whether it’s natural, defined, dramatic, or smokey. It really depends on the day and my mood, rather than the occasion, lol. Most of the time, I’ll apply natural shadow and throw on some liner (or smudge it) for subtle definition. This is also probably why I’ve steered clear of ALL versions of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and dupes – simply because I really do have all the neutral shadows that I could ever need/want. :)

How’s your weekend so far? Christmas shopping? I am!

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Current Favorites – What I’m Loving Lately

I’ve been loving a lot of my newly discovered products lately; but, some of the products mentioned in today’s posts are products that have remained staple items in my collection.

As always, face products are on a constant rotation. However, the Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation is still in my #1 winner’s spot.

Normally in the mornings, my mind is debating which foundation to use, and much of this thought process is dependent upon what my day is going to be like/where I’m going to be. With the Future Skin foundation, it’s my trusty automatic go-to product – it’s my favorite right now and forever – unless that’s just too dramatic. :) It’s the perfect blend between the dewy look and semi-matte look. LOVE.

I’ve noticed that I’m still loving the wear-time of this foundation. It doesn’t wear off or melt away as I’ve previously read in reviews. Even with the growing humidity in Texas, I haven’t noticed any difficulties wearing this foundation. Also, my shade – “Alabaster” – is the best color match I’ve ever experienced in a foundation. I realize this is not the case for many since the color selection in Chantecaille’s range is so limited. I should remind you that the foundation is made in Japan, and perhaps I love this foundation because I’ve had a long, long love affair with Japanese foundations. Either way, if you get a chance to give this product a try – DO IT.

Along with the Future Skin foundation, I’m obsessed with my Chanel luminous bronzing powder in #907 Sable Beige, MAC blush in “Pink Tea,” and setting everything very lightly with the Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” A few weeks ago, I skipped powdering my t-zone because I didn’t really need to. Unfortunately, the Texas heat is coming on strong now since we’re heading into the summer months with full force. ICK.

Lazy days – like Sundays – require minimal effort for getting ready. Because I reserve Sundays for my face mask and bubble bath routine, I try to allow my skin to take the day off from makeup. On days like this, I quickly dab on my ClĂ© de Peau concealer in “Ivory” and dust a light layer of Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” If I’m in the mood, I’ll add some blush to give my skin some life. But most of the time, I skip it because I’m feeling lazy.

Eye makeup has remained basic but I’ve been “shopping my stash” lately. I’ve re-discovered my past favorite MAC eyeshadow in “Hypnotizing” and paired it with my long-time favorite shade in “Handwritten.” I still curl my lashes with my KOJI lash curler and use my Shiseido mascara base with my trusty majolica majorca expander frame plus mascara.

I’ve been skipping liner and anything else complicated. I have added something new – which is the MAC brow set. As a mascara for the brows, it’s easy to use this on days when you don’t want to meticulously draw in/pencil in/shade in your brows. A few quick swipes and you’re good to go – I use the shade “Beguile” which is a dark brown shade.

Favorite lip products as of late includes an oldie but goodie – the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01, which is a light pink shade that’s glossy and moisturizing (and non-sticky). When I’m wanting a bit of color on the lips, I’ve been reaching for my MAC lipstick in the shade “Lovelorn.”

What are your current products?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Bronzey Smokey Eye

I was in the mood for a bronzey smokey eye that would be daytime-appropriate. I know that smokey eye makeup isn’t necessarily reserved only for nights out; however, by doing this during the day, I am stepping out of my comfort zone.

My look here is simple, just like pretty much the rest of my makeup. I don’t have lots of excess eyelid space and I have to work with what I’ve got. So, I stuck with some basic colors to do the trick using only 2 colors.

I used MAC eyeshadows in “Handwritten” and “Bronze.” The color “Bronze” is applied to the eyelids and “Handwritten” is used to smoke up the outer corners of my lids. By doing this, I’ve created depth and slight dimension. I noticed that only using “Bronze” makes my lids look incomplete and flat, so I like to use a darker and more smokey tone for the crease area.

As you can see, on their own, both shadows are quite cool. I prefer that effect espcially with smokey looks so that it’s not too overwhelming or smoldering for daytime. I used a dark brown eyeliner for my lower lashline to complete the look, along with using MAC “Espresso” for my brows.

To complete the bronziness, I used my new Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in “Sable Beige.” I’m loving this bronzer and I find that it’s so great for those who have fair skin. If you’re interested in learning more about this product, please refer to its own post.

As always, thanks for reading – and apologies for such a brief post. :)

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)