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I needed a change and decided to do a color combination I haven’t done in quite a while. This feels sort of tropical to me, I love it.



USED:
Studio Fix Fluid
Feeling Beauty Powder Blush
Sun and Moon Mineralize Blush
Showstopper (brows)
Painterly Paint Pot
Aquadisiac Eyeshadow
Plum Dressing Eyeshadow
Fig. 1 Eyeshadow
Nanogold Eyeshadow
Designer Purple Pearlglide Intense Liner
Zoomfast Blacklash Mascara
In Synch Lip Pencil (filled in whole lip)
VIVA GLAM VI SE Lipglass

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

MAC has released two new beautiful lipsticks in their VIVA GLAM line, which means that 100% of the purchase price of these lipsticks goes to the MAC AIDS Fund and assists men, women, and children living with or affected by HIV & AIDS. The MAC AIDS Fund is a huge provider of relief both in America and internationally, and I am a passionate advocate of its services. It also doesn’t hurt that the lipsticks and lipglasses are all GORGEOUS!

USED:
MAC Care Blends Essential Oils (Sweet Orange + Lavendar)
Studio Fix Foundation
Showstopper Eyeshadow (brows)
Painterly Paint Pot
Jest Eyeshadow
Rich Flesh Eyeshadow
Shroom Eyeshadow
Blacktrack Fluidline
Lash Stiletto Voluptuous
(a LOT of) Full Fuchsia Powder Blush
By Candlelight Mineralize Skinfinish
In Synch Lip Pencil (from upcoming Too Fabulous collection)
VIVA GLAM GAGA<########3

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I had fun doing this look because I don’t think I do enough that focus on my lips. I wanted to keep my eyes relatively neutral since the lips were so vibrant. (And grrr at the fact that some of the vibrancy of the lipstick is lost when I upload it to the internet.)



USED:
Studio Fix
Springshine Blush Ombre
Dainty Mineralize Blush
Showstopper (brows)
Painterly Paint Pot
Shroom Eyeshadow
Jest Eyeshadow
Haux Eyeshadow
Blacktrack Fluidline
Zoomfast Blacklash Mascara
Prep + Prime Lip
Magenta Lip Pencil
Hollywood Nights Lipstick
Style Minx Lipglass

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I clean my brushes using a method that has proven the easiest and most effective for me. Check it out below:
1 Starting with a dirty brush, I squeeze a little bit of MAC’s Cleanse-Off Oil onto the brush, allowing it to soak into the bristles evenly. I then squeeze the bristles, forcing as much of the oil out of the brush as I can and into a tissue. I’ve discovered this is the best way to get product out of the brush. For emollient products like liquid or cream foundation, paint pots, liquidlast liners and fluidlines, it is essential to use the Cleanse-Off Oil to break down the product.
2 When I get the bulk of the oil out of the brush, I then pour a small amount of MAC’s Brush Cleanser onto the brush, wiping it on a tissue back and forth and occasionally squeezing out the liquid. MAC’s brush cleanser not only cleans product (including Cleanse-Off Oil) out of the brush, it sanitizes it and also conditions the bristles, so this is a very important step.
3 I then rinse the brush in some water. You may notice that before running clear, the water will have a slight white-ish or milky tint. This is from the Cleanse-Off Oil, which emulsifies when mixed with water.
4 Last step (I promise!) is to swipe the brush through some 70% isopropyl alcohol. This sanitizes the bristles and is especially important if your brushes are used on other people.

I wash my eyeshadow brushes as needed, typically about once a week. In between uses, I will simply swipe the brush back and forth on a paper towel gently to prevent it from muddying up the different colors I apply.

Any brush that is used to apply a cream or emollient product should be cleansed about once a week to kill bacteria and prevent possible infections.

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