Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Giveaway Alert and Post on Opal Stevens!

Lipstick Fridays is giving away 50 euros of Nars Makeup!

Click here to join!
And if you enter could you say I referred you? :) 
Say Marla And Makeup sent you;)
You and I will both get 2 EXTRA ENTRIES!

also check out my post on all of the different ways to use a pigment on

Opal Stevens!

one day left to enter!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Art Inspired Smokey Look

Hey Girls!

Last summer I went to Vegas and I went
to an art gallery that had these amazing paintings 
of a girl with gorgeous makeup, they were so 
gorgeous that I took pictures because I wanted to create
a look inspired by it. I had totally forgotten about the
pictures until I found them this weekend
and had to do a look!

I have various different pictures of the many paintings
and I might do a couple more looks inspired by them, 
but I am not sure yet... 

Hope you enjoy!

Products Used:

Revlon Color Stay in Buff
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20
MAC Studio Fix in NC25
Signature Minerals Desiree Blush
MAC Pigment in Vanilla (applied as highlight)

Signature Minerals Cream Eyeshadow (lid)
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (crease)
MAC Pigment in Vanilla (highlight and inner corner)
Hard Candy Pencil Liner in Soy Bean
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
Dark Brown ELF Eyeshadow (brow filler)

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Liner in Coral
Sleep Pout Paint in Minx (my new love!)

I am loving Vanilla pigment!

My Inspiration!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Giveaway Alert + Reminder !

Hey! Wanna with some glam goodies! Kandee Johnson is giving away 50 EYEKO Mascara's (worth $19 each) on her blog- check it out: www.kandeej.com


Only 72 hours left to enter my giveaway!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Chanel Shopping Disaster.

Hey Girls!

Yesterday I posted my Epic Beauty Haul,
(if you haven't check it out then you can do so by clicking HERE)
and I wanted to share a shopping experience that I 
had with the employees of Chanel in my local Macy's
I live in the small town of Bakersfield in California, and unfortunately
we only have one Macy's in town, yes you heard correct.
It sucks!

I have never had a horrible experience with makeup counters,
besides when MAC is packed and it is hard to get a pro artist 
to help you... Philospohy, Clinique, and Lancome employees have 
always been helpful and nice! 

But Chanel was a different story... I walked into 
Macy's knowing exactly what I wanted:
Soleil Tan Bronzing Makeup Base.
It is the most amazing bronzer I have seen and being new
to Chanel products I wanted to try out something I know
I would use. It is seriously out of this world, the consistency 
is like a mousse and it blends like no ones business! ha ha...

But onto the disaster, there was only one employee working
the Chanel counter, it was a man around his early 20's. 
He was working with a client and matching her foundation
so I figured I would help myself and try out the bronzer myself.
I was just swatching it on my hand when he turned around and
look me up and down and said 
"Uhm excuse me" and basically shoved me out of the way
to get an applicator, so I was like okay no biggie he 
just needed the stupid sponge. 

But then he crossed the line!
He said "I don't think you would be interested in that product."
I said, "Why is that?" I thought maybe he was going to
say it was an awful bronzer or something but no 
He said, "It costs over fifty dollars." 
I seriously felt like I was in the movie Pretty Woman.
Who was he to say that I couldn't pay 50 or even 100 dollars
for the product I want. 

The customer he was working on said,
"Wow you are really rude." and got up and left.
So not only did he lose 1 customer, he lost 2. 

Have you had experiences like this? I honestly feel 
that sometimes having an ethnic background or being
young of age can make people discriminate you even more.

Their loss, not mine.


Four days to enter my giveaway!

U.S readers, get those entries in!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Epic Beauty Haul! :D

Today I have some a major
 haul to show you! I don't normally 
do these posts because I don't buy a lot of makeup 
at a time, but this week has been full of purchases 
that I want to show you!


Beauty Blender Travel Kit
Purchased at Birchbox for 23.00

Giveaway Winning from the beautiful Lucy
Sleek Pout Paints in Peachy Keen, Pin Up, and Minx.
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 2 
Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream in Cotton Candy
MAC's Carbon Eye Shadow 
<3 Thanks! 
NYC Liquid Liner in Black
Maybelline Define a Brow in Light Brown
Hard Candy Baked Eye Shadow in Lunar Eclipse

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in Medium
Hard Candy Just Face It Foundation in Fair

Close up of the Hard Candy Eye Shadow

Viva La Juicy Perfume 

I got a free clutch, mini perfume, and card holder!

My first MAC Pigment in Vanilla!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Updates: Giveaway, Marilyn, Pen Pals, & Guest Post!

Hey Girls!

Just wanted to remind all of my 
U.S based readers
to enter my giveaway!

You can go 
to enter!

It ends in 6 days so make sure to get your entries in!

I also wanted to say that I am so excited about 
the Marilyn Monroe collection that 
MAC has just announced! I cannot
wait to see the products that come out!
Hopefully it is not a bunch of re-promotes!

And I wanted to make a shout out to my PenPal!
I loved your letter from Ireland <3
If anyone else is interested in being pen pals shoot me an 
email: marlaandmakeup@gmail.com

Please check out my guest post that I did a while ago for Natalies Blog
and let me know if you want a tutorial on this look!
this is the look: 

And my recent guest post for Opal Stevens
this is Saturday Night Tested makeup!

Also, I am working on getting another giveaway together!
This one will be international! <3 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sunset Look & NEW blog look (again ha ha)

Hey Girls!

I was inspired to take a shot at the
sunset inspired look because every time I see 
a look like this I fall in love.
When I used to live in San Diego going to 
the beach and watching the sun go down
was my favorite thing to do. And I miss it
so much! Sunset's are probably my favorite
part of the day, the sky looks so warm & beautiful.

I used purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows.
And I also added a touch of blue just because 
of the blue ocean. 

Products used:

Hard Candy Just Face It Foundation in Light
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer
Island Princess Bronzer from Signature Minerals 
Desiree Blush from Signature Minerals
MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
Signature Minerals Loose Eyeshadow in Aurora (bottom lid)
Signature Minerals Loose Eyeshadow in Cream (highlight)
Sugarpill's Loose Eyeshadow in Magentric (blend out Aurora)
MAC's Eyeshadow in Orange (crease) 
MAC's Eyeshadow in Chrome Yellow (under highlight)
MAC's Eyeshadow in Freshwater (line the bottom eyes)
Jouer Essential Eye Clarifier (nude eye liner, waterline. set with Cream eyeshadow)
NYC Felt Tip Liner in Black
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
Maybelline Define a Brow in Light Brown 

MAC'S Lipstick in High Tea

Changed by blog design, yet again!
I am actually more happy with the changes, 
it is still simple but a but more edgy & bold. 
Kinda like me ha ha...
Let me know your thoughts!

And also let me know if you want 
me to do a review on the Hard Candy
Foundation and Concealer!

**my new signature lol**

Sunday, February 19, 2012

New Blog Design & Inspiration!

Hey Girls!

I recently re-designed the whole look on my blog, 
and considering that I sort of suck at tech stuff
and left my "web design" days back with MySpace, I think
I did a decent job ha ha! I wanted to keep it cute & simple. 

Personally, I love simple blog layouts that aren't too "loud".
They are just easier to read and look at. 

I might change the banner again because I think 
the font color might be too light... Let me 
know if it is too light of a pink or if it is ok!

I wanted to share with you a very helpful site
that offers free banners, buttons, and other 
cute things. And the girls that run it are so
S W E E T!
For some reason I could not center my banner
and they helped me do it! 

The site is: 

If you are looking to amp up your page
I definitely recommend this site!

I am also going to start watermarking my pictures
& I want to create a signature to sign off my posts ..

Hope your weekend was lovely!

Here is a few pictures of inspiration!



Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette Mini Review and Look

Hey girls!

My sister visited me during the weekend and
showed me the Smashbox Photo Op Palette
that she bought through QVC a couple of weeks ago.

I wanted to play around with it and see if the
$95.00 you pay is worth it. 

Honestly, I was really disappointed at the quality of
the eyeshadows, considering Smashbox is a great
cosmetic company. Many of you may already know, but 
palettes are usually 1/3 of the quality of regular products.

The palette includes:
Fifty-Six .44 oz Eye Shadows
Four .032 oz Brow Tech Powders
One .024 oz Brow Tech Wax
Eight .031 oz Cream Eye Liners
Two .298 oz Blushes
Three .132 oz Soft Lights
Four .024 oz Lip Glosses

It is made in the USA

The palette includes all of the Smashbox trios plus 
other colors taken from other palettes. 
It comes with a clear film over the palette
that includes the name of each of the products. 
The shadows range from frost, satin, matte, and shimmer.

Four of the liners have slight shimmer but it is barely noticeable. 
There is also a hot pink blush and a coral one. 
And the soft lights are forms of highlighters. 

My thoughts are very mixed. I feel that this palette is versatile.
The eyeshadows were held up to very high standards, and 
unfortunately they did not meet them. They are powdery and messy.
And after wearing them for only 2 hours they had basically erased!
What I mean by that is that they do not last on my lids, even though
I applied primer! This is a first for me, it doesn't even happen with ELF Shadows!
I also feel that the choice of blushes they offer is not universal, they 
should have included a softer pink and/or a bronzer. Three highlighters seem
like a bit much considering eyeshadows could double
as highlighters. The cream liners are ok but like I said about
the eyeshadows... NOT DURABLE! They disappeared soon after applying.

My favorite part of the palette is definitely the brow powders, brow wax, and 
the liglosses. The brow powders are pigmented and the color choices are
great. And the brow wax is amazing! The lip glosses are pigmented
and not sticky. But these few products are not enough initiative 
to actually purchase the palette. 

Packaging: 3/5 (not easy to travel with since when you open it, it is quite big)
Durability: 0/5
Overall: 2/5 


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Signature Minerals Haul & Swatches !

Hey girls!

I ordered two things from Signature Minerals
and I would love to share them with you. I love this
brand and all of the products I have tried are amazing.

If you haven't tried them out I definitely recommend them,
they have a sample system where you pick 6 samples
and only pay shipping! This is a great way to check out
products before buying them. 

The eye shadows come in sample bags and the
foundations and blushes come in little sifter jars. 

They give you a fair amount of product, the eye shadow
baggies have lasted me ages!

This is my recent order but if you want to see all
my Signature Minerals swatches please let me know
by commenting down below. 

Purple Rain 10 gram
$4.00 (sale)
Keri Lip Butter 5.7 grams
Princess Bronzer (sample) 

 Top: Indigo, Soft Brown
Bottom: Turquoise, Nyx, and Cream
 TOP ROW: Purple Rain, Princess Bronzer, and Keri Lip Butter.
MIDDLE ROW: Turquoise, Nyx, and Cream.
LAST ROW: Soft Brown and Indigo 
 Nyx is the most gorgeous color ever, it is a duo chrome color. It reminds me of MAC's Blue Brown pigment!
 Cream is also very pretty, it is the perfect highlight shade. 

Quick look, I used Purple Rain, Indigo, and Cream. 



Giveaway Alert!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Paperlash Peacock Lashes Review & Look #1

Hey Girls!

I have finally gotten around to doing a look 
with my awesome Peacock Lashes from PaperSelf 
It was a spur of the moment thing, and it came out decent..
Of course I will be doing at least two more looks with these lashes..
I already have some ideas rolling around in my mind!

The lips and lashes are the attention grabbers of this look, 
to achieve my lips I mixed my Signature Minerals loos eye shadow in Purple Rain 
with clear lip gloss, in the center I dabbed a bit of Sugarpill's Magentric loose eye shadow. 
The eyes was just a nude color and a brown color to cut the crease (nothing fancy)
The eyeliner is NYX's Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean. 
And of course the lashes are from Paperself. 

Review Time!:

The lashes cost me $9.00 and can be purchased through Sephora and PaperSelf .
They seem to be made out of some sturdy type of canvas paper and are meant to be used only once. 
The packaging is quite luxurious and beautiful, they come in a cream colored box. On the outside there
is a flap you can open to look inside and see your lashes. And the lashes themselves come inside a slide out box. The lashes are quite long and I had to trim them, but I don't feel as if it is going to waste because I could use the little pieces for outer corner details. They were a but harder to put on then regular lashes because the lash glue weighs them down and they won't stay steady, they are also extremely delicate. A little tug somewhere and they might rip. They do not feel any heavier then regular lashes and are really easy to move around and position to the right place. 

All in all, I love them and will definitely repurchase other designs. 
Quality: 5/5
Price: 5/5 (although some are pricier) 
Packaging, Innovation, and Application: 10/10
Overall: A+ :) 

Hope you enjoyed my review, let me know if you
have any questions!