Thursday, December 30, 2010

Let the Celebrations Begin!

To all my beautiful dollfaces,

May the next year be even better, full of pleasure, joy, and fun! Have a safe and wonderful New Years Eve!


MakeupNotDown :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Little Shimmer and Glimmer Right Before New Years!

The MAC Cham Pale collection has given us a bunch of shimmery shades for every skin tone.  The collection that launched December 26th (yes I know I'm late) has a variety of nude, beige, and pink, shades that will give you a glow that you will absolutely love.

Lipstick - $14.50 U.S.
Fluster – frosted, pale bronze – Frost – Limited Edition
Quiet, Please – sheer frosty pale beige – Lustre – Repromote
Tanarama – soft pale golden beige with gold metallic shimmer -Frost – Permanent
Gel – Sheer pale gold -Frost – Permanent

Lipgelee – $14.00 U.S.
Available in 4 Limited Edition shades:
Sin-tillation – sparkly pale icy pink
Luxure – off-white with pink pearl
Bubble Lounge – sparkly pink peach
Straight to the Heat – sparkly brown bronze

Eyeshadow Quad – $36.00 U.S.
Caviar Dreams
In my opinion the shades are pale but still pretty!  For more of a color pop use the paint pots below as a base for the shadows.

Paint Pot - $16.50 U.S. (From left to right)
Available in 4 Limited Edition shades:
Chilled on Ice – frosted white gold
Dangerous Cuvee – frosted cool grey
Let me pop – frosted light copper
Vintage Selection – frosted mid-tone peach

Chromagraphic Pencil
NW 25/NC 30 – flesh tone NW25/NC30 shade
NC 15/NW 20 – flesh tone NC15/NW20 shade

Eye Kohl – $14.50 U.S.
I get no kick – Repromote – Limited Edition
Kohl Power Eye Pencil - $14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN
Feline – black – Repromote – Limited Edition

Special Reserve Highlight Powder – $26.00 U.S.
Available in 2 Limited Edition shades:
Rose Ole – soft pink with gold shimmer
Chez Chez Lame – soft gold with silver shimmer

Nail Lacquer – $12.00 U.S.
Available in 2 Limited Edition colors:
Soiree – sparkly light bronze gold -Frost
Very Important Platinum – mid-tone platinum – Frost/Metallic

A few other products that I don't have pics for:

Studio Fix Lash – $ 14.00 U.S.
Black Fix – Permanent

Complete Comfort Creme
Fix+ Lavender – Limited Edition
Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Lavender – Limited Edition
Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Lavender
Calm Mode – light neutral beige – Limited Edition

What do you think of the collection?  I'm getting every single paint pot and lip gelee!! WAIT can we talk about how fierce the models are in the ad campaign?!?!? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Birthday Beauty Look: Frosty Eyes

I decided to have some fun with my makeup this past weekend since it was my birthday!!! YAY!  I experimented with frosty and neutral shadows.  I've never tried a frosty look before because I'm more of a smokey eye type of girl.  But I think I will work with the colors more in the future.  Besides, the look is very winter appropriate!

Espresso eye shadow - Fill in the eyebrows with an angle brush.  Just follow your natural brow shape.

Groundwork Paint Pot – Apply on the inner, middle, and outer part of lid.  This is a neutral base that is going to make the eye shadow stick to the lid and also allow the color to show brightly.

Blanc Type eye shadow - Over top of Groundwork paint pot in the inner half of lid only pat and pack the color onto the lid.
Brun eye shadow - On the outer crease work the color in with a 217 blending brush in an outer V formation
Carbon eye shadow – On the outer crease over top of Brun eye shadow.  Gently blend the color in circular motions with the same 217 blending brush.

Dazzlelight eye shadow - Apply a little to the brow bone for the perfect highlight.  Be careful and don't apply too much.  The shadow is really bright and silvery the last thing you want to look like is a clown.

Blacktrack Fluidline Eye liner gel - *artistic part* Line the upper lash line with an angle brush.  Extend the lash line up towards the end of the brow as much as you want.  Don't be afraid to be dramatic.  The key is to make the line as close to the lash line as possible.  You can go back later and make it fatter if you want.

Smolder eye khol pencil – Line the waterline and lower lash line.  Then take a 219 pencil brush and use dazzlelight eye show to apply over top of the smolder eye khol pencil from the outside to halfway in. 

Peachtwist Sheertone Shimmer Blush - Apply to the apples of your cheek. (I like to apply a little to my temples too)  Make sure to smile while your doing it :)

False lashes (#36)
Duo Adhesive
Studio Fix Foundation
Mineralize Skinfinish Powder (over top of the foundation)

All MAC products again because that's what I like :)  Check out the full lid pic.....

What do you guys think?  Easy or Complicated?  Try the colors out for yourself and send me pics!  Remember its just makeup you can always wash it off.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 4 Lipstick

The internet is buzzing over the callorbation of MAC and Nicki Minaj producing a "Pink Friday" lipstick!  This will coincide with the rappers' debut album "Pink Friday."  The pink lipstick goes on sale at MAC’s website next Friday, November 26th.  Nicki did a sneak peek of the lipstick on the Wendy Williams show yesterday and it was sooooo pretty.  It will only be sold and available online for the next four consecutive Fridays at The price is the same as regular MAC lipsticks which is currently $14.50 USD.

Will You buy the Barbie Pink Limited Edition shade?  I wonder if MAC's website will crash lol?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Covergirl Lip Perfection - Pre Sale

The lips are the most prominent feature of the face, next to the eyes. So if you are trying to look perfect, then it's essential to know how to get the perfect lips.  That's why Covergirl is launching Lip Perfection Lipstick, a new collection of lipsticks created by beauty guru Pat McGrath.

Lip Perfection is a source of therapy to help improve lip condition – the Silk Therapy Complex provides smooth gorgeous color and sustained levels of moisture to actually improve lip condition in just 7 days!

Covergirl's formula includes:

• Emollient – olive oil derived, provides active moisturization
• White Tea – leveraged from Olay, ingredient popular in anti-aging cosmetics
• Butters Complex – shea, avocado and aloe provides an extraordinary lip experience
• Silk protein – derived from pure silk to help soften lips

Make sure to checkout Covergirl's Facebook Fan Page to see the entire shade palette revealed on 12/6.  The collection hits stores in January 2011 but you can take advantage of the pre-sale going on RIGHT NOW!. 

What are your thoughts? I think I'll be placing an order for a few colors. Spellbound and Coquette are my favorite shades!


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Perfect Nude Lip for Women of Color

Some stars like Taylor Swift, Gweneth Paltrow, and Christina Aguilera are loving the cherry tomato red lip trend.  Generally speaking, blonds look best in blue reds, berry reds, and brick reds.  Bold red lips add instant Hollywood glamour.  The color is also ultra sophisticated and mature.  However, a near naked pout is sexy and classy!

For fair skin complexions I recommend a punchy, pinky, pale lip.  First, make sure your lips are soft and supple before applying the lipstick.  Apply a little bit of moisturizer, balm, or primer before you start.  Next stain the lips with MAC's lipstick in Lustre.  Then use a lip brush (you should invest in one) and apply Cremesheen Glass in Richer, Lusher to the center of the lip.  Move the brush back and forth to blend with the lipstick. Voila! It's that easy!

Now the below is a more beigey-bare lip color.  Sometimes a nude lip is harder to achieve on women of color because our lips are naturally darker.  Here's a tip: start with applying a little bit of foundation to the lip to make them appear lighter.  Next use MAC's Cremestick liner in Summerfruit to naturally line the shape of your lips.  The liner should blend into your lips.  YOU NEVER WANT TO SEE THE LINER!  Now apply MAC's Lip Gelee in Saplicious over top of the liner and you're done! 

What do you think about the colors?  Will you try it?  Drop a few comments and lets discuss!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scoop Post: Battle of the Mascara's

MAC False Lashes Mascara vs. Estee Lauder Sumptous Extreme Masacara.  Which one will you pick up this holiday season?  Details Below:

MAC False Lashes Mascara - Launch Date - December 26th, 2010
False Lashes Mascara adds dramatic volume, the rich, creamy, volumizing formula magnifies and multiplies the look of each lash, creating dramatically thick, long, curled, exaggerated lashes. The lush brush applies a deluxe dose of heavy pigment to the lashes and works in combination with the product to create incredible volume, length and density. The pigments in the formula are treated to allow for maximum colour payoff that remains true, deep, uniform and wears all day long. It’s flake- and smudge-resistant, ophth-tested and safe for contact wearers
Retail price $18.00

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara - Launch Date - Decemeber 2010
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara pairs a new formula and new brush technology.  The new formula is clump-free and uses three different fibers to match the the look of your natural lashes.  The mascara also has an extra-large brush with firm bristles that will separate thoroughly and coat the lashes while applying.  Sumptuous Extreme Mascara Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara will be available in four shades:  Extreme Black, Extreme Brown, Extreme Indigo and Extreme Violet.
Retail Price $23.50

Hmmmm...decisions, decisions!!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Makeup Deals for the Week - YAY!

Sephora - 10% off for VIBs with code V436CB. Free shipping on $50+ orders and free samples with every order.

Philosophy - Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code needed. Free Holiday shower gel trio with $35+ purchase and code HOLIDAYTRIO.  Free “welcome set” of three travel size items with $25+ purchase and code 339CHW.

MAC Cosmetics online - Free standard shipping with any purchase use code MACEX.  Or spend 75$ or more and receive a Tartan Tale, MAC's fantastical holiday printed story.  No offer code necessary.

E.L.F. Cosmetics - 50% off on 25 favorite items with code FAVES click to see which items qualify). Get 50% off studio items with code ECD2 (up to a $100 discount). Get 50% off your entire purchase with code CAROLINA (up to a $7.50 discount).

Carol's Daughter - Free shipping on orders over 40$.  No code necessary. - Free shipping on all orders 25$ or more use code 512213.  Or 3.50$ off any 10$ purchase use online coupon code 44639. - 20$ off your purchase of 75$ or more.  Just enter coupon code NEXTJUMP at checkout.

C.O. Bigelow - Free UPS ground shipping for all orders over 75$.  Or save 5% on online purchase with code FALLFUN.

Thank me later dollfaces!

Scoop Post: MAC Launches 3rd Winter Collection

Hey dollfaces!  Looks like there will be two types of products hitting the counters late this winter for MAC's Peacocky collection - Kissable Lip Colors and Mega Metal eye shadows!  If you've been reading posts from various New York Fashion Week beauty bloggers then you know these products will be super trendy.  More details below.

Launch Date - January 6th, 2011
Kissable Lip Colour – $18.00 U.S. / $21.00 CDN
“Kissable Lipcolour provides medium coverage with the creamy comfort of a lipstick and a shiny finish of a lipgloss. The lightweight, comfortable formula is loaded with super emollient ingredients that provide a cushiony feel on the lips. The colour flows like silk, encasing the lips in creamy, luscious colour. Like a molten lipstick, the product melts onto the lips and feels light and airy. It provides medium coverage with a luminous, smooth finish. It’s feather-resistant and wears for hours.”

Available in 12 Limited Edition shades:
  • Woo Me – Light pink nude
  • Super – Muted neutral brown
  • Enchantee – Light blue pink
  • Vanity Fair -Mid-tone blue pink
  • Flaunting It – Grey mauve
  • Exxxhibitionist – Red-toned coral
  • So Vain – Muted mid-tone coral
  • Strut Your Stuff – Bright true red
  • Temper Tantra – Mid-tone reddish brown
  • Scandalicious – Blue fuchsia
  • Love Peck – Blackened blood red
  • Peacocky – Sky blue with red pearlized pigments
Mega Metal Shadow – $19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN
“Mega Metal Shadow long-wearing and consists of metallic powders that provide a light-reflection, intense metallic finish that looks brilliant on the skin. It delivers medium-buildable coverage that won’t fade or crease. The formula contains vitamins a & e, antioxidants that help condition the delicate eye area.  The creamy powder ensures an even, smooth application that lasts all day and easily blends with little fall-out. It’s derm- and ophth-tested.”

Available in 15 Limited Edition colors:
  • Peek-at You – Frosted yellow white
  • Dalliance – Light champagne
  • Tweet Me – Gold bronze
  • Paparazz-she – Deep copper bronze
  • Top of the Posh – Frosted white pink
  • Mating Call – Mid-tone frosted violet
  • Sexpectations – Metallic burgundy
  • Spectacle of Yourself – Deep bronze
  • Dandizette – Navy with silver pearlized pigments
  • Odalisque – Deep teal
  • Noir Plum – True purple with silver pearlized pigments
  • Ego – Forest green
  • Prance – Frosted mauve pearl
  • Center Stage – Frosted chocolate brown
  • Unflappable – Frosted black with purple pearlized pigments
So...let me guess.  You're waiting on swatches and reviews before you decide what to buy.  I can't wait to swatch the new collection for you guys.  But I still want to know what's on your wish list???

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Diagram for Beginners

I got a few emails from my readers (BTW thanks so much for checking out the site) asking questions on the looks I've posted.  So I thought the diagram to the right would help my readers get to know their eye *wink*.  When you read my posts, hopefully you will better understand where to place certain colors or product.  So now that you have become more familiar with your eye...try the look in my next post. 

All The Leaves Are Brown, and Perhaps Your Skin Is Too!

I'm not ready for the Winter and the idea of freezing weather makes me shiver. If you're like me (HATE the cold) than this look is for you! I used a few products from the MAC to the beach collection which was not my favorite.  But somehow I found a way to create a soft natural look using color. Yes you read what I wrote correctly! I actually used red eye shadow (well more like coral) on my lid....see below!

Face - Use foundation where needed. I applied it to my entire face but you don't have to.  Its whatever you wanna do!  Powder the shiny areas only.  Remember less is more.
* Studio Fix liquid foundation, Mineralize Powder (to set your foundation), and Blot powder (if needed)

Eyes - I tried to use colors that are natural, neutral, and matte but somehow red got thrown into the mix.  Apply painterly paint pot to the entire lid and brow bone with the 252 brush.  Then softly blend it out with the 222 brush.  You want a nice even then layer covering the eye, the paint pot is your base.  Use Espresso eyeshadow and the 226 angle brush to fill in your eyebrows.  Just follow the natural shape of your brow and fill in where needed.  Now pack on Firecracker eyeshadow (there's goes the red lol) to the inner lid with the same 252 brush.  Then blend it out with the 222 brush.  Apply Rice Paper eye shadow on the brow bone with the 224 brush.  Not too much just sweep a little of it on.  Take Smolder Eye Khol and apply it to your water line.  Then go back with a 217 pencil brush and use Firecracker eyeshadow (yes the's okay lol) to line the lower lash line.  You want to sort of smudge it in with the Eye Khol pencil.  Finsh the eye by lining the upperlash line with Blacktrack fluidline eye liner gel.  Use an angle brush to get the perfect line.  TIP: the harder you press on the brush the thicker the line will be!
*Painterly paint pot, Firecracker eyeshadow, Rice Paper eyeshadow, Espresso Eyeshadow, Blacktrack fluidline eye liner gel, and Smolder Eye Khol pencil

Cheeks - Warm and Sunny just like a summer day!  This was the inspiration for the post right?  Apply blush to the apples of the cheek.  You know, right in the center.  Just look in the mirror, smile, and apply in a circular motion.  YUP YOU GOT IT!  Easy right?
*MAC Hipness Blush

Lips - *sigh* OK so I must admit lipstick breaks me out!! *double sigh* I have nothing on my lips in this post.  But I never like to let my readers down.  Use these colors for a really pretty neutral lip.
*Line the lips with MAC cremestick liner in SummerFruit and top it off with a warm Lip Gelée like Sapalicious

I almost forgot...complete this entire look off with several coats of masacara.  Or apply falsh lashes like I have on in the pic.  I love false lashes it always gives that extra "umph" LOL.

What are your thoughts on the MAC to the beach collection?  Try the colors out for yourself.  As always send me pics so I can see your looks :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

TLC For Your Lips

Kiehl's LIP Balm is my new favorite must have for the winter season.  The balm absorbs quickly and seals the lips, never leaving them chapped or feeling dry.  If you have moist lips one minute and dry the next..than this product is for you!  Put it on right before you go to bed and wake up with soft, moist, supple lips!  So start early before the harsh winter season hits.  Heal and hydrate those lips the right way.

 Did I mention it has SPF in it too?  Makes me smile even more.

  • Available in different scents like Cranberry, Mint, and Pear.
  • After moisturizing, it doesn't make your lips peel.
  • It's a little on the expensive side for a lip balm but not as expensive as others.
  • The tube and packaging is kind of blah.
Try the Vanilla Scented Balm..Love Love Love it!  Let me know your thoughts.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Smokey: By Popular Demand

I think every girl loves a smoky eye look.  Almost every celeb and model is sporting this classy and sophisticated look these days.  This trend in makeup has yet to die.  So I thought I would show you how to create the look for yourself! 

The key to a smoky eye is the technique and blending.  Not necessarily the color (most people think black!).  Use the eye shadow colors below and you too can rock this gorgeous look for yourself!  Send me pics so I can see J.
Studio Finish Concealer – Use this as your highlight color on the entire brow bone.  Apply with MAC’s 212 Flat Brush.  You want to define your eyebrow with the color and brush.
Espresso eye shadow - to fill in the eyebrows
Painterly Paint Pot – Apply on the inner, middle, and outer part of lid.
Saddle eye shadow – Above the crease but below the brow bone.  Make sure to work the color in and not out.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Carbon eye shadow – on the outer crease (work the color in with a 217 blending brush (think outer V formation)
Nylon eye shadow - over top of paint in the inner half of lid only
Blacktrack Fluidline Eye liner gel - upper lash line
Smolder eye khol pencil – Line the waterline and lower lash line.  It’s okay if it looks extra heavy.  Just blend it out with a 219 pencil brush

False lashes (#2) and Duo Adhesive
Studio Fix Foundation
Mineralize Skinfinish Powder (over top of the foundation)

I know, I know..All MAC products again..promise I will experiment with others soon.  I hate the pic below..but I wanted you to see the full lid. :)

Brush Basics

Investing in quality brushes can be expensive.  But if you take care of them they will last you for years. Below are the basic brushes every girl should have in her make-up bag.  If you’re like me and obsessed with everything MAC you probably have all of their brushes.  MAC’s brushes are numbered in a way to help determine the usage. 

The 100’s series – for face and cheek
The 200’s series – for eyes
The 300’s series – for the lips
Some brushes can be used in different ways.  For example, one brush can be used for concealer and eye shadow application.  So don’t worry too much about the numbers.  Now back to my must have recommendations…
#190: Foundation Brush – Use this brush to apply liquid, emollient and powder foundations, moisturizer, cheek hue, and cream color bases.  I love to use this brush to apply Studio Fix Liquid Foundation.

#129: Powder/Blush – This is great for applying loose or pressed  powder.  Ex. Blot powder or MAC mineralize powder on top of liquid foundation

#239: Eye Shader – Great for applying or building shadow color onto the lid.  Think “Patting color onto the lid technique.”  Just remember to tap the brush to rid it of excess shadow before applying.

#217: Blending Brush – The SOFTEST BRUSH EVER!  Designed for shading and blending crease and lid color.  ~Hint…windshield wiper motion or small circular buffing motions.

#266: Angle Brush – Ideal for lining the eye and eyebrow application.  Great for creating a sexy cat eye.  I use this brush to apply blacktrack fuildline gel liner (my fav!)

#219 Pencil Brush – Great for applying for color into the crease.  I also like to use it to smudge eye shadow on the upper and lower lash line.  I use it also to create a sexy smokey eye look.

It doesn't matter if you use expensive brand name brushes (MAC) or inexpensive (Sephora and Sonia Kashuk at Target are good brands.)  Simply knowing how to use them can mean the difference in a perfectly blended eye or a blotchy one.  Remember: Brushes are the essential tools to create a flawless look so make sure you're using the right ones.

Summer Leaves and Autumn Falls Into Place

I wanted to do a look that reminded me of Autumn....when the leaves start to fall and change colors.  Different shades of browns and gold struck my mind and I came up with this look.  I went for a really matte face, rosy cheeks, and pale lips. Enjoy!

Foundation – apply to the entire face including the lid and brow bone
Expresso eyeshadow - to fill in the eyebrows.  Apply the shadow at the bottom of the brow and brush upwards.
Embark eyeshadow - in the crease (wind shield wiper motion)
Charcoal brown eyeshadow - in the corner of the lid, slightly below the crease color
Bamboo paint - inner half of lid only
Woodwinked eyeshadow - overtop of paint in the inner half of lid only (pat the color in with MAC’s 239 brush)
Foundation - under the brow bone

Blacktrack Fluidline Eye liner gel - upper and lower lash line
False lashes (#7)
Studio Fix Foundation
Mineralize Skinfinish Powder (over top of the foundation)

All MAC products...there ya go :)
Brushes below:

266 Small Angle Brush - To fill in the eyebrows, and upper and lower lash line
226 Fluffy Crease Brush - Crease and corner of eye
219 Pencil Brush - To smudge eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line
239 Eye Shader Brush - inner lid

Face:190 Foundation Brush
134 Large Powder Brush - Blush to the cheeks
Pic so you can see the entire lid :)

Lash Sass

Now you too can have lashes like your favorite stars. Celebrity makeup artist Stephen Moleski has his own line of eyelashes called “Smoke and Mirrors Beauty” at a very AFFORDABLE price. Unfamiliar with who Stephen is? Well I’m sure you’ve seen his work featured on the Kardashians. Yeah I love to hate on the beautiful Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney too! But one thing’s for sure is they always have flawless makeup. Their long, lush, sassy lashes are the secret to creating a perfect smokey eye. What makes Stephen’s lashes different from any others you buy at Sephora or other stores? Well his are 100% human hair. Which make the lashes look real and blend better with your natural lashes. Oh did I mention that the entire line are only $13.50 each ?!?!?! Check out Stephen’s site to get a pair. What will be your favorite? I think I’ll try the Chicago Lash!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

About Me

Cherise Johnson, is overly obsessed with makeup (MAC in particular, lol.) She got her first lip gloss (Purr, a light baby pink color) at the age of 17 for prom and she has been a beauty addict ever since!
Cherise grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and has lived there all of her life. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and currently works as a Buyer for a non-profit company. Her current job and degree have nothing to do with beauty but she still loves blogging about all of the fabulous products nevertheless.
Through her love of cosmetics and anything beauty related, she decided to step out into the blogging world and created Makeup Not Down. On her site she shares her honest opinions as well as tips and tricks for fellow beauty lovers.

She enjoys spending time with friends, family, and working out in the gym. She is also addicted to eggrolls, shoes, and smell goods…in no particular order. :)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


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Saturday, July 31, 2010

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