Hi everyone and happy Monday!
Over the weekend I was playing around with a new kit from MAC- so I thought I'd share the look I created! This kit is the Stroke of Midnight Face Palette in Cool (there's also a warm option). I tend to use both warm and cool tones in my makeup looks, but I was drawn to this kit because of... you guessed it- the berry lip color! :) I have a few other things from the Stroke of Midnight holiday collection, and I'm thinking I'll probably do an all-in-one type of review soon- sharing my take on everything. In case you were wondering- my foundation is Cover Girl + Olay Simply Ageless (thanks MissCrystalMakeup for making me want to pull this out again!), and the blush is the Jane Multi-Colored Cheek Powder in Peach Bouquet.
The packing of the whole Stroke of Midnight collection just makes me think of the Great Gatsby. Black, white, and gold- just gorgeous. The whole compact is a little larger than the size of my iPhone. There's a decent-sized mirror on the inside, and I don't think you can really see it, but there's a little trap door over the lip products- which is great for keeping the powder fall-out away from the creams!
The palette contains...
-Iridescent Powder in Sparkling Rose (soft pink with gold frost)
-Lipstick in Sublime Pleasure (Lustre- sheer rose)
-Lipstick in Romantically Inclined (Cremesheen- plum)
-Eyeshadows (left to right) - All Races (matte), Scene (satin), Magic Moor (veluxe pearl)
-Eye Kohl in Ebony (black)
This isn't a full-on review- but just some observations on the kit. The highlight is quite sheer, but I think it gives a really pretty glow when dusted on the cheekbones and down the nose. I also used this as a highlight under the brow. The lip colors are both quite shiny- I used the plum shade all over with a lip brush, with just a dab of the lighter color in the center of my lower lip.
For eyes- I used the lightest grey shade all over my lid, with the medium shade in my crease. I used the deep shimmery grey in my outer corner, and also smudged it on my lower lashline. I think the shadows are pretty nice, but not super unique colors/textures. I used the black eyeliner in this kit as well, which I found to be rather dry and hard to apply- rather than gliding across my lashline, I felt like I had to press too hard and it was dragging. No issues applying it to the waterline, though the staying power on that part of my eye wasn't great. I really love the way the finished look came together... but I think you could utilize a lot of different products in similar colors to pull off the same kind of look. Any thoughts on the Stroke of Midnight kits? Like I said, I'll put together a full review once I've had a chance to play with them more! :)
- I started watching The Good Wife over the weekend from the very beginning- I'd never seen it before but have heard so many good things about it. I can't get enough!! So good! Tyler likes it too.
- Posted an early-morning video today! I didn't want to wait too long since it was on the TSV from Tarte that's being featured on QVC today! New #bbexpress review coming later.
- Mega storms rolled through the midwest yesterday, including my area here in southern Illinois. There were fatalities and extensive damage less than an hour from where we live. Definitely keeping those families in my prayers. Thanks to those who shared their concern on Facebook & Twitter-- fortunately we had no damage to our home.
- I found Gingerbread flavored M&M's.... they're milk chocolate- with some flavoring. Still not sure what I think of these!