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

Georgina Stojiljkovic Vogue Russia
Музыка банта, which I think translates into “Music of the Bow“, is the latest and greatest from the June 2011 issue of Vogue Russia. We have two lesser knowns – model Georgina Stojiljkovic and photographer Giulia Noni – completely rocking the (sometimes overdone) mirror concept. I feel as though Georgina should never wear anything but Givenchy…well, what is now Dior, I suppose. Check it out below. View Full Post

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!

    Lara Stone Swimwear Interview
    I love Lara Stone with eyebrows. I love Lara Stone with alien bleached brows, though I will never understand the trend, but I looooove Lara Stone with eyebrows. So, I might be brow-blinded, but this “Wild Swimwear” spread in the May 2011 issue of Interview looks pretty flawless. Props to stylist Karl Templer for throwing inflatable creatures into the Mikael Jansson-photographed mix. View Full Post