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making faces :: semi-precious faces

i did promise a couple of days ago that i'd post a couple of looks i did with the products i picked up from "semi-precious" once i had the chance to play with them more, so here's a quick peek at what i got up to thus far. everything is about what i expected [there aren't too many times when i'm shocked by a lipstick or eye shadow, but it's been known to happen], which means that from this point, i'll be happy to hibernate until fall collections start appearing [usually at about the hottest point in the summer]. if you're looking for a review of the collection as a whole and swatches, you'll want to go here. this is just me showing how i chose to work these into my daily routine...














"unsurpassable"
i applied the shadow a little damp to get some impact, because i did want a colour that stood out. it's definitely as unique as it appeared and, i'm glad to say that, applied over a base [mac's "painterly" paint pot], it does a great job of staying true to colour. after several hours, i didn't notice any serious fading. what i did notice was that there was some "migration"; little sparkly bits that started out on my eyes found their way onto my cheeks by day's end. that doesn't bother me overly- not like sparkly bits getting squished into the lines around my eyes; that drives me bonkers- but some people are put off by it and if you're one of those people, i strongly suggest you stay away from the mineral shadows in this collection other than the black-based ones, which have a more satiny texture. them's the breaks. and might i just add that i was sick as a proverbial dog the day that this

face ::
nars sheer glow foundation "mont blanc"
diroskin nude hydrating concealer "001"

eyes ::
mac mineralize e/s "unsurpassable"
mac e/s "gorgeous gold"
mac e/s "white rabbit"
mac fluidline eye liner "blacktrack"
ysl faux cils mascara

cheeks ::
mac beauty powder "oh so fair"

lips ::
mac l/s "big bow"

"smoked ruby/ gem of roses"
as soon as i got this, i was eager to try it with the colours from mac's "spiced chocolate" eye shadow quad from their 2009 "cult of cherry" collection [their best ever, in my opinion] and i wasn't let down. the red tones in "smoked ruby" mesh really well with those in the predominantly brown palette and, although it required some blending to keep the colours from looking a bit too much, this was surprisingly quick to put together. at the end of the day, i did find that "smoked ruby" faded quite noticeably- to a medium dark brown. "gem of roses" is exactly what i suspected- a sort of pink shade that would look great on almost anyone, because it seems to bring a sweet rosiness to the skin. for those who are in search in the montreal area, the bay downtown still had it in stock this afternoon.


face ::
lush colour supplement "jackie oates"
nars sheer glow foundation "mont blanc"
diorskin hydrating concealer "001"

eyes ::
mac e/s "nanogold"
mac e/s "rose" [note- this one isn't part of the aforementioned "spiced chocolate" palette]
mac e/s "sweet chestnut"
mac e/s "spiced chocolate"
mac mineralize e/s "smoked ruby"
mac eye kohl "smolder"
mac false lashes mascara

cheeks ::
mac mineralize blush "dainty"

lips ::
mac l/s "gem of roses"

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