RiRi Hearts MAC and so does everyone else

Rihanna is hott. We all know this. She dominates important territory: music, beauty, and fashion. In her latest video for “Pour It Up,” she is drenched in Chanel and sporting magenta eyebrows. I’ll blog about that later.

RiRi Hearts MAC Fall line was exceeding successful, as per usual. I especially loved the rose gold package design. Many items have been sold out since Day 1 and you won’t find them back in stock, probably forever. I missed my chance to buy the RiRi ♥s MAC Lipstick in Nude before it sold out. It’s definitely the “star” of the collection and perhaps overhyped. Described as a “cool, nude tone with matte finish,” Nude has quite the grey cast and a tiny bit of a rosy quality, for a medium-dark brown lippie.


After defining this color, I set out to find the best dupe possible. The internet said that would be “Butter” Matte Lipstick by NYX. I kindly disagree, because it transferred like crazy and the texture was a bit tacky. So, I went to my local MAC stand-alone at the Domain in Austin to experiment with lip colors. MAC’s Chestnut Lip Pencil was too dark and warm for a base color. Chicory was too rosy…but, Stone. STONE. Stone Lip Pencil is the secret. It didn’t strike me as “perfect” at first, with it’s muted greyish-taupe brown color, but trust me. This is where you want to start.


(Sadly, after attempting to link you to it, it appears Stone was recently discontinued on MAC’s US site, which is odd to me since I just bought it a month ago. You can still view it on the UK site here and possibly buy at your local MAC counter. If you cannot obtain Stone, the dupe is NYX’s 1,000 Years Slim Lip Pencil.) Okay, sorry about Stone. After you have this ashy, grey/brown base color, you need something nudier and creamier on top. To get as close as possible to the color of RiRi Hearts MAC Nude, I used MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick.


always blush…even when you bronze


Don’t pinch, it will cause busted capilaries. We all love the way blush makes us look awake and healthy. But depending on the placement of your rouge, you might be looking sick or overly cute. Cream, gel, powder, stain, balm, shimmer, matte.. I love them all and lately my favorite is Bobbi Brown in Pale Pink #9bobbiblush

Where do you put your blusher? On the apple of your cheek? (Wayne Goss says don’t do that) On your temples? Do you use it at all? There are tons of “How To Apply Blush According to Your Face Share” pictorials on the net, but there is no right or wrong way to apply it. Blush should make you look lively and if your current method doesn’t, try using your blush in a different way. Here are some fun one’s:

The Gyaru Girl Sunburn:

[sometimes known as the Lolita look]

Use a smaller sized brush to apply a soft, bright pink or coral blush to the outer corner of your eyes and connect it with the uppermost section of your cheeckbone. Sweep the color  towards your nose.


Careful not to look like you have a zombie flu…sickblush


The Winter Doll:

[for a flushed, slightly feverish look]

Keeping the color low and to the front of the face will help you achieve this wind-burnt look.


Had to remember this scene:dropdeadgorg

The Glazed Blusher:

[for a soft, dewy look]

Try a hydrating facial mist like MAC’s Fix + or dab a little of Josie Maran’s Argon Infinity Oil on the highest point of your cheekbone. Or fake the glaze with a luminizing highlight powder like Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick. Using a fan brush, sweep it on top of your blush at the highest point of your cheekbone. A little on your nose and cupid’s bow to turn up the “moisture.”


The goal is dewy, not shiny:


The Bronzed Beauty:

[for a golden glow]

Put away the pinks and bust out the bronzer for this look. Use a contouring brush or medium sized angle brush to define the depths of your cheekbones. Lessen the orange, if possible, and no sparkles. Dust a little on your temples and up onto your forehead, above the brows.


Try not to go overboard:


Heart Shaped Blush:

[just for cutesy fun]


The Vespa 90 Project

The Vespa 90 Project

I’m so excited about this 1964 Vespa 90. It’s my first small frame, and it has a great story. The frame survived a scooter shop fire several years ago and managed to come out with barely a freckle.  Some of the parts are salvaged from barnyards, but most have been ordered from SIP Scooter Shop in Germany. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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