Meow! How to create the perfect cat-eye

Since I’ve been on a fierce kitty fashion statement kick this week, why not keep the party going?  And since the Jordin Sparks/Whitney Houston remake of Sparkle launches tonight (featuring the haute coiffures and couture of the 1960s), I thought I’d share my favorite way to create a smoking hot CAT EYE!  MAC’s Fluidline in “Blacktrack”  ($15) is perfect for adding a touch of mystery and glamour to your makeup routine.  The product’s long-wearing gel formula has a smooth finish and is difficult to mess up.   I recommend using an angled brush for precise application.  MAC’s Small Angle Brush #266  ($20) has super-soft bristles and works perfectly!

Lightly dab the brush into the pot to deposit color and apply slowly along the lower edge of  your upper eyelids.  If your hand is steady, you can apply in one continuous motion, following the curve of each eyelid. If you’re a novice, leaning toward the mirror and tilting your head back may help.  Make the line as thick as you prefer; the eyeliner is easy to remove.  For extra flair I angle the brush when I reach the far edge of my outer eyelid to create a slightly upturned swoop, but the end shouldn’t extend past the outer point of your eyebrow  Allow the liner to dry; remove any smudges and stray flecks of product with a moistened Q-tip.

Fashion flashback: check out this clip of the original Sparkle, featuring Lonette McKee and Irene Cara!

PLUS the song and film’s concept remade by En Vogue:


Be Bold, Beautiful and Safe with MAC VIVA GLAM

The latest MAC Cosmetics’ Spring 2012 Viva Glam campaign is underway, supported by Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin. Support the MAC Aids Fund with either Viva Glam Nicki, a limited edition luscious pink (of course!) or Viva Glam Ricky, a limited edition lip conditioner.  All proceeds benefit men, women and children suffering with HIV/AIDS.  Since 1994, celebrity-endorsed Viva Glam campaigns have raised more than $250 million dollars for HIV/AIDS research and programs.  The sale of one lipstick alone can be used to cover a variety of essential needs.

To support this initiative, Same Chic Different Day is giving away two tubes of Viva Glam via drawing!  Wanna win one by this Friday?  There are three ways to win:

1.  Follow/subscribe to the blog via WordPress.

2.  Follow @SameChicSouth via Twitter  (if you’re not already) and tweet “Viva Glam ME!” to SCDD

3. “Like”’s Facebook page and post “Viva Glam ME!”

4.  Comment “Viva Glam ME!” on this post.

*If you already follow the blog or are linked up via Twitter or Facebook, you must comment to win.  One entry per person.  Entries must be submitted by this Friday, March 16 at 5:00 PM CDT.  Many will enter, but only TWO will win.  If supplies of the prize have been depleted, a comparable MAC substitute will be provided.  You must be willing to provide contact information under separate cover for the prize to be shipped to you; please do not post your address or contact information in the comment section. 


Image via MAC Cosmetics

Thank Me Later: Beauty on a Budget

Whether you consider yourself a natural frugalista, bargainista, or recessionista, pinching pennies and repurposing items you have on hand can be fabulous!  Here’s one of my favorite tips to shop smarter (not harder) and get more bang for your buck:

Making up is (not) hard to do: You may be “worth it,” but anyone who’s been to a beauty counter to have her face beat knows those powders, lashes, and lip glosses add up.  First, nix prestige-brand makeup for Maybelline and Cover Girl, or mix and match.  Coupons can often be found in the Sunday paper for cosmetics brands found in grocery or big box stores (you are clipping coupons, right?).  That’s how I justify buying a $7 wand of CoverGirl LashBlast mascara (which, if you haven’t tried it yet, is the…)!  I’ve also trimmed my beauty budget by signing up for the membership programs offered at Ulta via Ultamate Rewards and at Sephora via BeautyInsider (which also gives members a free gift on their birthday!).  Also, for every six empty MAC makeup containters you recycle at MAC Cosmetics, get one regular lipstick (not lipglass, etc.) for free (either online or at the counter). 

Image courtesy of  Etsy

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