MAC Lipstick Swatches: Best MAC Lipstick for Dark Skin

MAC Lipstick Collection Part 1: Lipstick Swatches on Dark Skin!

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Hey guys! I just wanted to come on and do a blog post to go with my MAC Lipstick collection, since so many of you enjoyed it! MAC Lipsticks are some of the first high end products I bought a bunch of.  When I first started experimenting with lipsticks, I dabbled in Revlon and turned immediately to MAC for high end options.  I was a college senior at the time, and since there were no MAC stores in Hanover, New Hampshire I had to buy all my lippies on line.  It was tough, especially since there weren’t a lot of swatch videos with these colors for women with my skin tone.  That’s why I felt so strongly about doing this video, and so I hope you all enjoy!


The Nudes

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MAC “Taupe”

Matte finish, terracotta shade.  Gorgeous peachy nude for darker skin, but doubles as a gorgeous warm terracotta brown for fairer skin.  All around gorgeous lippy.  If you are prone to dry lips, then try using a balm underneath!

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Perfect for a dramatic cat eye, a daytime smokey eye, or any other sultry eye makeup look.  This lipstick screams sensuality.

Click here for this shade!

MAC “Blankety”

Creamy, amplified finish, beige nude.  Very pale, so most medium-dark complexions will need a liner with this.  When used with the right liner though, it is absolutely beautiful on almost every skin tone.  My favorite liners for this lippy are Sephora Chic Choco liner, Wet’n’Wild Plumberry Lip Liner, and NYX Earthtone and Chestnut lip liners.

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Perfect for more dramatic eye makeup looks, like a glittery lid, a colorful eyeshadow look, or a classic smokey eye.

Click here for this shade!


MAC “Double Shot”

Creamy, amplified finish.  Milk chocolate nude, with a pale rose undertone.  Perfect low maintenance nude for darker skin, and a gorgeous deep nude for lighter skin tones.  Simple and subtle, this nude lipstick is easily one of my all time favorites. It is almost like a my lip color, but way better shade and the subtle shine give a nice romantic touch.

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This go to shade works for almost every look! For me, it is the perfect nude for a no-makeup makeup look, work makeup, or an everyday cat eye.  It also works beautifully for more dramatic looks, so the choice is yours!

Click here for this shade!


“The Nudes” Lipstick Swatches

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The Mauves

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MAC “Verve”

Mauve shade with brick red undertone, satin finish.  MAC describes it as a muted brownish plum, and it is the same shade as the Viva Glam III.  While the Viva Glam is a matte finish, Verve is a satin finish.  This is another my lip but better shade for medium-dark skin tones, but with some edge.

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Perfect for post work happy hours.  I also love this as an everyday vampy mauve for fall, or as a soft and romantic lip to go with a date night look.

Click here for this shade!


MAC “Amorous”

MAC has described this shade as a “lovestruck cranberry,” though I think that description is better suited to Verve.  I would describe Amorous as a true mauve shade, with a gorgeous plum undertone and a satin finish.  This is a gorgeous Kyle Jenner lip for darker skinned ladies, and the satin finish gives it a nice creamy wear.

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This is one of my all time faves! It is a gorgeous effortless vampy shade for days out when you want a little edge.  Beautiful everyday lipstick for the fall and winter months.

Click here for this shade!


MAC “Twig”

MAC described this shade as a “soft muted brownish pink” with a satin finish, and I think this is pretty accurate.  That being said, these descriptions are often geared towards much fairer skin tones than my own.  On my complexion, it is more pink than brown but it is somewhat muted.  The effect is a mauvey-nude color that is perfect for everyday!

mac twig lipstick

This is one of my all time favorite mauve-nude lipsticks for darker skin tones.  Ultimate bridal lip, but also looks works beautifully for school or the office.

Click here for this shade!


 The Mauves Lipstick Swatches

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If you all want to see what I think of all these shades, and live lip swatches then check out my video linked below!  Stay tuned for part two of this blog post, where I will cover the rest of my MAC lipstick collection.


MAC Lipstick Collection (WOC Friendly) + Live Lip Swatches



Plum Smokey Eye: Smoldering Spring Night Out

Plum Smokey Eye for Smoldering Nights Out!

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Why a Plum Smokey Eye?

Who doesn’t love a smokey eye? I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of us can surely appreciate one, even if we aren’t up to rocking them all the time.  I love a classic black smokey eye as much as the next girl, but sometimes I like to jazz it up with a twist!  Cue the colors: I opted for plum this time, and decided to add a pop of glam with a bright gold along the lower lash line.  I LOVE how this came out, and I hope you all enjoy it too!


Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino 
Covergirl 3-in-1 Foundation, Tawny
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC MSF Natural, Sunpower
LORAC Pro Palette, Espresso
NYX Blush, Cinnamon


MAC Eyeshadow, Deep Damson
L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
BH Cosmetics, Take Me to Brazil Palette
LORAC Pro Palette, Gold


NARS Lip Lacquer, Eros


Sigma Brushes

Plum Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial Here:

Spring Fashion: Kentucky Derby Inspired Outfit of the Day

Spring fashion to timeless glam

Hey guys! So, drumroll please, my first ever fashion blog post!  I hope you all enjoy.  Derby at my alma mater was HUGE! I looked forward to it every year, and my favorite part was picking out the perfect dress.  I hope you enjoy this spring fashion post.

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The Dress, front and back

This dress has to be one of my faves, so I decided to share.  It’s timeless glam, and a gorgeous muted pink with brown undertones that I really liked against my skin tone.  I got a gorgeous white floppy hat with lots of attitude, and kept the hair and makeup simple to let the dress do all the talking.  I hope you all get some inspiration from this look, and enjoy the styling!

I loved the way the form fitting style showed added a feminine touch, and the key hole added some edge. I love the sleeves and length for extra coverage and added class.

Let me know if you want to see more spring fashion posts from me 🙂


Shop the Look!

HASK Hair Products

HASK has officially become part of my spring/summer hair care regimen!

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So I thought I’d share with you guys a new product I have been using and loving.  I have written a little bit about my hair journey, and I have even listed some of my go to hair products for stronger, longer, healthy hair.  Now I am here to show you products I had never heard about until recently, but that I am so happy to have encountered.

I received the hask hair products kit courtesy of Brandbacker, and I have been trying the products over a period of almost two months.  I always like to try hair products over a period of at least a few weeks to see if it really makes a difference in my hair, and these products really do!

hask hair products review

I like my hair dark and shiny

The hask hair caddy came with Argan Oil conditioner, shampoo, and shine oil as well as the Keratin counterparts of all three.  Anyone who has heard me talk about my hair journey knows that these two ingredients—keratin and argan oil—are lynchpins of my entire hair regimen.  My favorite combo?  Hask hair Argan shampoo with the Keratin conditioner, followed by the shine oil.  This combination leaves my hair looking incredibly moisturized without feeling weighed down and also gives a perfect balance between protein (keratin) and moisture (argan oil) which my hair so desperately needs.

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I highly recommend hask hair products to anyone and everyone.  I can’t imagine anyone this would not be beneficial for, and I really think the products do much for the overall health of your hair.


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Venus Snap with Embrace: Legendary Legs in a Snap

Venus Snap with Embrace for smooth, beautiful legs at your fingertips and in a snap!

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Venus Snap with Embrace is perfect for on the go

One more thing I wish I knew about in college.  Since graduating, I find myself in more and more situations where I need to be on the go but still on my toes.  Cue the Venus Snap with Embrace razor—have a date after work?  Venus Snap with Embrace razor.  A quick and easy razor to pack that’s compact but still does the job? Venus Snap with Embrace razor, again.  I honestly think this is such a clutch product.  It’s small, comes in a compact, and comes complete with 5 blades so you don’t miss a beat…or a hair.  The quality of this razor is impressive, especially considering how compact they’ve made it.  It’s now my go to travel razor because it’s just that much more convenient!

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The Venus Snap with Embrace razor is small, but ergonomic—the big circular thumb pad ensures a no slip grip that is necessary for a razor this size.  The blades, as is to be expected with Venus, are sharp and hassle free to give a clean shave each time.  I loved the compact! It makes it that much more convenient for travel and on the go to have something to store it in.

I’m going away next weekend, and I am in packing mode, so I decided to let you all know just a little bit of what’s going along with me!

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Wanna find out which Venus Razor is best for you? Take the Gillette Venus Razor Finder Quiz, to help women find their Perfect Match here.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Venus through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Venus, all opinions are my own.

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