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So, I’ve been lusting after Solid Gold since I saw Scrangie post it with & without a topcoat. Um, words? Escaping me. This is a totally beautiful glittering bronzy-gold which finishes matte and ooooh-so-smooth. I like the novelty of matte polishes, but this one has really been sold to me due to how BEAUTIFUL it is with a topcoat. It’s hard to describe why the effect of the matte finish + glossy topcoat is more beautiful than a typical glossy finished polish.. maybe the glitter is slightly magnified? I’m not sure, but I love it.

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M·A·C to Donate its Global Profits from the M·A·C Rodarte Makeup Collection to Benefit Newly Created Women and Girls of Juarez Initiative

M·A·C and Rodarte apologize to the victims and their families in Juarez, the people of Mexico, the Mexican Government and concerned global citizens

MEXICO CITY, México, July 29, 2010 – In response to public concern over the limited edition M·A·C Rodarte makeup collection, set to launch in fall 2010, M·A·C will donate all of its global profits from this collection to a newly created initiative to raise awareness and provide on-the-ground support to the women and girls in Juarez. M·A·C and Rodarte are deeply sorry that this makeup collection was so offensive to the people of Mexico and concerned global citizens.

This announcement follows a meeting last evening in Mexico City with M·A·C executives and Mexican government officials, including CONAVIM (Comisión Nacional Para Prevenir y Erradicar la Violencia Contra las Mujeres/National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women.)

During the meeting, held at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this collective group committed to working together on the overall direction of the new initiative to help the women and girls of Juarez and to raise global awareness of their plight. M·A·C executives reiterated their deep regret and reinforced that it was never M·A·C’s or Rodarte’s intent to minimize the suffering of the women and girls of Ciudad Juarez.

In the coming weeks, M·A·C and Rodarte will be consulting with members of CONAVIM´s advisory board, as well as other local and global experts, to develop a comprehensive framework that provides grants to local and international organizations with a track record of improving the lives of the women and girls in Juarez.

“We are deeply sorry and apologize to everyone we offended, especially the victims, the women and girls of Juarez and their families. We have heard the response of concerned global citizens loud and clear and are doing our very best to right our wrong. The essence of M·A·C is to give back and care for the community and our initial handling of this makeup collection was not reflective of M·A·C’s values. M·A·C and Rodarte are committed to using these learnings to raise awareness on this important issue and to leverage our unique platform to help the women and girls of Juarez,” said M·A·C President John Demsey.

“Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social change. As designers, we strongly feel it is our responsibility to use ideas and actions for the good of our global community and are truly sorry for the offense we have caused. We are raising our voices in support of the strong women and girls of Juarez and joining others who are working internationally to improve their lives,” said Kate and Laura Mulleavy, designers of Rodarte.

Last week, M·A·C and Rodarte announced they would also be renaming the products and redesigning the marketing materials associated with the collection.

M·A·C has a longstanding tradition of service in Mexico, supporting important social causes in the country such as HIV prevention and treatment. Since 2002, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local entities, including Fundación Eudes, La Casa de la Sal, A.C., Ser Humano, A.C., Mesón de la Misericordia Divina A.C., Pirana Studio, and Fundación Unidos por un México Vivo.

M·A·C has had operations in Mexico since 1999. The brand currently employs more than 150 local professionals.

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I had an interview at a potential school last month, and needless to say I was aiming to impress. I decided to go for a polished look: light on the eyes and cheeks with VERY bright lips. In the pictures the lip color looks more red/pink than it was in real life.. it’s actually much more purple/blue toned.

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MAC Prep + Prime Skin
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
MAC Showstopper Eyeshadow (brows)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
MAC Trace Gold blush
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish New Vegas
MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
MAC Goldmine Eyeshadow
MAC Going Bananas Eyeshadow
MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Blanc Type Eyeshadow
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Estée Lauder Lash Primer Plus
MAC Opulash Mascara
MAC Vino Lipliner
MAC Gladiola Lipstick (from Dame Edna)

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This is my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish collection following my purchase of Stereo Rose earlier this month. I wish I had some of the earlier limited edition releases, but I am very happy with what I have now. Since I’m so pale, I often use these in place of blush, but I can also combine them with a blush or bronzer to add a beautiful highlight. I haven’t found another product that gives such a beautiful highlight to the skin. I LOVE my MSFs.

In all their glory:

Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish
By Candelight Mineralize Skinfinish
Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
Glissade Mineralize Skinfinish
Light Flush Mineralize Skinfinish
New Vegas Mineralize Skinfinish
Northern Light Mineralize Skinfinish
Petticoat Mineralize Skinfinish
Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish
Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish
Refined Mineralize Skinfinish
Smooth Merge Mineralize Skinfinish
Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish
Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
Triple Fusion Mineralize Skinfinish
Warmed Mineralize Skinfinish

What’s your favorite MSF??

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My nails have been bare the past few days as I’ve contemplated how to paint them. I wanted to do a french manicure, but I also wanted to tie in a little pink to go with my pedicure of the moment. So, I opted to do a few coats of a sheer polish over the white tips I painted. The outcome is alright I think. The polish I used for the tips is an old Nailene bottle of white that wasn’t great to work with–I suspect it’s a little dried out, so it was slightly difficult to make the tips thin and not goopy.

Base: Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat
Layer 1: Nailene white
Layer 2: OPI Suzi & the Lifeguard
Top: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

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MAC’s Rich, Dark, Delicious is an creamy dark chocolate brown with an opaque formula. I wanted to pair it with MAC’s Demi-Blanc, a sheer frosted champagne-based duochrome with purple reflects, to see how the colors would play off one another. The dark brown base really brings out the purple reflects in Demi-Blanc in sunlight (and flash photography, obviously). With indoor lighting the brown base is much more obvious, and there’s even a bit of the champagne shimmer visible.

The result is a shimmery eggplant purple which I think is beautiful!

Base: Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Top & Base Coat
Layer 1: MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious Nail Lacquer
Layer 2: MAC Demi-Blanc Nail Lacquer
Top: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

Read more for an on-the-toes close-up! Read the rest of this entry…

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