MAC Bloggers Obsessions
What happens when nine beauty bloggers get invited to MAC Cosmetics production center in Toronto? Their most modern and intimate make-up collection to date.

About eighty entries were received by the cosmetics company after bloggers were asked to submit photography, a colour concept and product name for their dream lipglass or eyeshadow. The end results are seen here, and will be available at MAC Cosmetics from June 21st. I am almost as excited for this as I was their Wonderwoman collection – anything to support the blogging community!

Eye Shadows:
Beauty Blogging Junkie, Amber Katz
Sparkle Neely, Sparkle – A deep rusty brown with champagne-colored sparkle

Temptalia, Christine Mielke
Jealousy Wakes – Seething emerald green with teal and gold pearl

Lipstick Powder N Paint, Lesley Ellen Mirza
Parisian Skies – A muted grey-blue

The Makeup Girl, Lianne Farbes
Hocus Pocus – A dark, sooty grey with silver pearl

Makeup and Beauty Blog, Karen Monterichard
Evolution Revolution – A warm peachy pink with subtle purple, green and blue micro glitter

Afrobella, Patrice Yursik
All Of My Purple Life – Deep purple/grape with subtle sparkle

Beauty Maverick, Lily Nima
Caqui – Persimmon orange

The Shades of You, Aileen De Los Angeles
Sonoran Rain – Deep coral-red with gold and silver pearl

Nitrolicious, Wendy Lam
Nitro:licious 2046 – An intense, shiny red
MAC Bloggers Obsessions

Perfect Tan
Fake tan is a safe tan, mi amor. If you’re addicted to the bronze glow of the sun’s rays, the smartest thing to do is switch to self tanner. I know, flashbacks of Tropicana-coloured Lindsay Lohan, right? Unlike the orange disasters of the 90s, newer self-tan products have figured out how to give you a truly believable colour. I’m not saying it’s low maitenance, but it is certainly lower maintenance than hyper-aging and skin cancer.

So, for my bronzed babes, here are some foolproof tips to get the perfect tan:

  • Prep. Don’t plan on getting wet, sweaty, or leaving the house for a few hours. Tans always come up very dark before your first shower – especially tinted self tanners – so it is best to cover up in loose clothes and do it before you go to bed.
  • Exfoliate. Any contact between dry/dead skin and your chosen formula will ruin your self tanning experience. This is where dark blotches form. Pay special attention to your elbows, hands, knees and ankles during your shower scrubathon.
  • Moisturise. Especially on the aforementioned dry areas, and – if you are self tanning your face – your eyebrows, lips and hairline. The oils in the moisturiser will stop the tan from setting in darker than the rest of your body.
  • Tan! With something that will protect blotchy hands, that is. Tanning mitts are great because you can dispense the same amount of product on each mitt. Distribute in a circular motion to avoid streaking. Start with small amounts as you don’t want to be left figuring out where to rub in any excess product, especially on the face.
  • The Hands. You don’t want to leave them tanless (hello, obvious), so use a tiny bit of whatever is left on the mitt and rub it on your hands, steering clear of your palms.
  • Mistakes. If any area is looking or feeling too tan, buff it out with a cheap washcloth and some moisturiser.
  • To maintain a tan, keep moisturised. When you feel it is fading, start back at exfoliating and lead up to an application with less product as you don’t want dark tan-on-dark tan.
  • So which self-tanner should you use? I love tinted versions, as it helps see where product has already been applied. Sun Laboratories is King to me, as it lasts for ages and is flawlessly streak and orange proof. Two comparable alternatives are Palmer‘s Sunless Tanner & Instant Bronzer and Banana Boat‘s Summer Color –¬†especially for the ladies who like it really dark the first time around.

    Happy (fake) tanning, guys and dolls!

    Natalia Vodianova Without Makeup

    Natalia Vodianova

    To celebrate the launch of London’s Viva Model Agency, photographer Scott Trindle captured many a makeup-less beauty to compile this raw image set. We’re talking no styling whatsoever on women who’s livelihood depends on that very practice. It is a compelling and beautiful collection that features the likes of Natalia Vodianova, Maryna Linchuk, and Jessica Clarke. See more below, and at Vogue UK. View Post

    Dianna Agron Hair

    Dianna Agron: Before to After

    Now that Glee has finished filming all of Season 2, Dianna Agron (aka Quinn Fabray) has decided to remedy a seven year itch. That itch? To cut all of her hair off. Dianna showed off her new, short blonde-highlighted hair to her Tumblr followers via photo and video (which you can see below). I’m pretty sure she would be stunning bald. Do you love or hate it?
    Dianna Agron Short Hair

    Dianna Agron: After

    Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

    Kate Middleton's Full Train

    This morning, Westminster Abbey showcased a dress that is sure to be emulated for the next twenty years or so. Early this morning, I revealed that the Grace Kelly-esque wedding dress was an Alexander McQueen ivory sweetheart neckline gown with a gorgeous French Chantilly lace bodice and a full skirt. Designer Sarah Burton‘s handiwork was made with ivory and white satin gazar with a train measuring just under 10 feet long. This showcase of McQueen brilliance is possibly the biggest PR boost the brand could ever hope for.
    Royal Wedding Ceremony

    The Royal Wedding Ceremony

    “It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress. Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day. The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy.”
    Sarah Burton

    But what about the hidden wedding shoes?! They were also hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace that was hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

    Kate Middleton Wedding Jewellery

    Kate Middleton's Wedding Jewellery

    Accessories-wise, the Cartier “Halo” diamond tiara – made in 1936 and also a birthday gift for the future Queen’s 18th birthday – was pinned into her perfect tresses. Her earrings are inspired from the new Middleton family crest and were custom made by Robinson Pelham; a gift from her parents. They are diamond-set in stylized oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center. Catherine’s all important wedding band is made by Wartski, who also made the wedding bands for Prince Charles and Camilla, and is purely Welsh gold.
    Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

    Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress

    As a much-overlooked accesory, The Duchess of Cambridge‘s bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on significant floral components from the Language of Flowers for the Royal Family and the Middleton family. The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:

    Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
    Sweet William: Gallantry
    Hyacinth: Constancy of love
    Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
    Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

    Royal Wedding Balcony Kiss

    Royal Wedding: The Balcony Kiss