While the Snake is not as mystical as the Dragon (2012), its mysterious nature and presence in fashion make it easy inspiration for fanciful cosmetic looks.
M·A·C YEAR OF THE SNAKE goes East with this Chinese New Year inspired collection that features exclusive reptilian packaging and artfully embossed powders, shadows and lipsticks.
2013 is actually the Year of the Black Snake – and M·A·C’s collection features a beautiful embossed version of CARBON an inky matte black shadow. The image presented is still gloriously ethereal and luminous, accented with warm coppers, strong violet tones and nude, plum or sheer vibrant red lips (it wouldn’t be Chinese New Year without something red).
COLLECTION INCLUDES: Large Eye Shadow ($21) in Once Upon a Time*, Aztec Brick*, Altered State* and Carbon. Pigment ($21) in Brash & Bold* (ironically last seen in the Venomous Villains collection) and Push the Edge*. Lipstick ($15) in Freckletone, Plumful and Cockney. Beauty Powder ($24) in Shell Pearl*. Swatches for Plumful and Shell Pearl at bottom of story.
*Limited Edition products – other items are regular shades.
1. RODIAL BB VENOM SKIN TINT SPF 15 BEAUTY BALM ($44, nordstrom.com). This remarkable BB Cream offers luminous light coverage and features SYN-AKE® which gives skin a freeze-like effect to support the reduction of wrinkles while instantly plumping expression lines and increasing moisture levels for long-lasting hydration and softness.
2. ESSIE SNAKESKIN MAGNETICS ($10.99, target.com) or 3. SEPHORA by OPI TREND TIPS IN BLUE SNAKESKIN SPARKLE ($12.00, sephora.com). Get literal with snakeskin inspired manicures. Essie’s version creates a scale-like pattern via magnets while Sephora by Opi makes going serpent quick and easy. Personally, I would rather accessorize with a fabulous snakeskin handbag.
4. ESTEE LAUDER LIMITED EDITION YEAR OF THE SNAKE LUCIDITY PRESSED POWDER ($70, neimanmarcus.com). This gorgeous limited edition compact holds Estee Lauder’s classic Lucidity Translucent Powder and is nestled in a velvety pouch. A lovely modern snakeskin interpretation that strongly reminds me of mosaic artwork.
I’ve owned this BEIRN JENNA TOTE ($385 – but I got mine through Bluefly.com) for a little over 3 years. I would say its one of my favorite handbags (ever). It’s made out of watersnake and is incredible lightweight. My collection includes the Jenna in Natural (shown), the smaller Emma ($238) style in Petrol (teal), Black and Grape plus the Caroline ($288) in Citroen (bright yellow).
This OKA JEWELRY TWO CIRCLES COILED STRETCH SNAKE BRACELET ($13.95, okajewelry.com) is more costume than luxury – making it perfect to enjoy the snake-wear trend (literally) without investing a lot of money. Bargain whimsical pieces are always a fun way to entertain trends – save up to invest in classic pieces that will stand the test of time.
Although the simple small hoop earrings I wear everyday (when I remember to put them on) cost $5 at a surf shop.
MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (above left) is a very sheer mid-tone peach with golden pearl. It did not show up enough in pictures, so I took a gauze-swatch (swiped onto a gauze pad) to show the tone – it does NOT show up strong on the skin. Very pretty effect though. Plumful (above right) is literally that – a mid-tone creamy plum. Lovely on warm skin tones – may be too purple for fair skin with cool undertones (I could be wrong).
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