Thursday, April 16, 2009

MAC vs NYX Serengeti : MAC Dupes

I received the NYX trio in Serengeti today and I did some swatches. I quickly got online and had to compare them to some MAC swatches. The NYX shadows come in soooo many colors, and the color payoff is wonderful! What you see in the container is what you get. These are extremely good quality for the price. You can find the trios anywhere from 5-8 dollars. So at less than 3 dollars a color, there is no need to buy anything else! The trios also fit into MAC and Coastal Scents palettes. I am determined to slowly collect all the NYX and Coastal Scent hot pot colors, they are so cheap and you can do about any look at a fraction of the cost for any MAC eyeshadow. You can make the color appear lighter or darker depending on the color you want to achieve. I did all my swatches over a tan/cream jumbo eye pencil, and here are the colors the swatches matched. Sorry I don't have photos, my camera is still broken!!!

MAC color - NYX colors from Serengeti Trio

Gorgeous Gold - yellow color over a white base

Goldmine - yellow color over a nude base

Juxt - middle green color over nude base

Swimming - darkest green color over nude base

Bitter / Lucky Green - middle green and yellow mixed over nude base
*(This matches Lucky Green better because bitter is matte)

Humid - Darkest green over dark base

Friday, April 10, 2009

Inexpensive Mac dupes: Hello Kitty dupes part one

So I have been searching high and low for a website that had more than one 'dupe' color. I mainly searched mineral makeup sites because they often have very inexpensive samples to try out the colors. I do not own the actual hello kitty by MAC items, that is the reason of the 'dupe' searching on my part! I am on such a tight budget, I am hoping to order some of these dupes and post a look with them. I have never had the luxury to buy actual MAC products, I am simply out for the colors. One day I hope to be able to purchase the real deal! These are all mineral makeup sites, but next week or the week after I hope to have dupes up from some online makeup companies and drugstore brands. Using mineral makeup is also good for duping many colors because you can mix the pigments to adjust the shade. I love to dupe because you can go outside the color tone and match the color more for your skin or the look you are trying to create.

I have listed the sites in order for the most 'dupe' colors. If you are saving money it is wise to order multiple items at one site to save on shipping. The first site, Fyrinnae, provides actual swatches of the colors, so it is easier to tell what you are buying. Some of these colors matched actual MAC swatches, some look similar in appearance, and some are just color substitutes. So you can dupe an exact, or just find substitute colors you like.

Fyrinnae is an internet mineral makeup company that has eyeshadow and pigments galore! They also have some lip glosses that are really close to the MAC's hello kitty LipGlass and Dazzleglass. So check out the site and see the colors for yourself! The colors listed on the left are the MAC, the colors on the right are Fyrinnae. The colors listed first are the closest dupes, and the colors listed next are pretty close.

MAC "Lucky Tom" color - Fyrinnae color

Creme Royal - Shinkirou; Finnegan's Wake
Paradisco - Painted Rose; Kimchi; Melty; Macabre
Stylin' - Orca; Neo Universe; Predatory
Lucy Tom - Ultrasuede

Mac "Too Dolly" color - Fyrinnae color

Yogurt - Happy Fun; Titania; Kurisumasu, Snow Bunny
Romping - Kabuki; Kitten in Heels
Too Dolly - Curiouser and Curiouser; Digital Faerie; Shallow Sleep
Stately Black - Karasu; Harlequin

MAC Hello Kitty Lipglass - Fyrinnae Lip Lustre

Nice Kitty - Amplifier
She Loves Candy - Bounce
Mimmy - Ice Cream Party; Megahold (um not really but can be close subs)
Nice to be Nice - Lace Gloves
Sweet Strawberry - Hysteric

MAC Hello Kitty Dazzleglass - Fyrinnae Lip Lustre

Kitty Kouture - Ice Cream Party; Megahold (not really but can be subs)
Dazzlepuss - Lillipop-Pop

Pureluxe Cosmetics is a mineral company with a huge selection of eye colors. Their colors are not as closely matched to MAC as Fyrinnae, but close and they also have lip glosses. The only thing is their stuff looks really glittery, but I am hoping to try some of their stuff to see how they look on. They do not have swatches on the site like Fyrinnae, so these are matched by eye.

Mac "Lucky Tom" color - Pureluxe Cosmetics color

Creme Royal - Susan; Buttercup; Vanilla; Rapture; Promiscuous
Paradisco - Buttered Rum; Fresh; Froufrou; Darling
Stylin' - Bad Girl
Lucky Tom - Cashmere, Solitude

Mac "Too Dolly" color - Pureluxe Cosmetics color

Yogurt - PinkPearls; Innocent; Ballerina; Fairy Wings; Jezebel; Luminous
Romping - Tickle; Retro; Berry
Too Dolly - Shameless; Sassy; Seashore; Trailor Trash; Dream On
Stately Black - Cobalt, Naughty, Black Cat

The lip glosses are not exact matches, but good substitutes

Mac Lipgloss - Pureluxe Lip Wands

Nice Kitty - Lust
Sweet Strawberry - Porno Queen
Nice to be Nice - Tequila Sunrise
Mimmy - Pixie; Centerfold (from the lippie tower)
Kitty Kouture - Deja Vu

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Recipe: Egg drop soup

This is the recipe I did using my homemade broth. Whenever I do a recipe that calls for boneless skinless chicken breast, I always buy chicken with the bone still in. Buying chicken this way is more budget friendly. I simply cut away the skin, throw away, and cut meat off of the bone. I then toss all the bones in a crockpot with seasonings, vegetable ends (like carrot ends and celery ends, and even onion ends) I fill up with water and let cook on low all night or all day. When the broth is smelling good with all the flavors, I drain off the liquid and store. This is so simple and you are getting healthy broth from your vegetable ends and chicken bones that you were going to throw out anyway! So anyway, here is the recipe.

6 cups chicken broth
2 egg whites(sometimes I just use whole egg)
1 tbsp cornstarch
2-4 tsp soy sauce
pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, heat chicken broth until simmering. Place cornstarch in bowl. Gradually stir in some of the hot broth until blended and no lumps, then add to the broth. Let the mixture thicken. Turn down the heat, so it is not boiling, just barely simmering. Lightly beat eggs with a little water. Gently stir the broth, and pour in the egg. Try not to stir too much, you don't want tiny eggs, but nice strands. But it really doesn't matter, it will still taste the same, just the big strands of egg looks nicer. Season with the soy sauce and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls. A serving is about a cup of soup, but go ahead and eat two, because a cup of this recipe is about 50 cals and 3g fat. You can use low sodium soy sauce or salt substitute if you are cutting down on sodium.