Obsession of the Day: eThreads.com Design-it-Yourself Makeup Bags


Ok, how cute is this bag?

Well, I’m pretty much a designer now, because I whipped this little beauty up myself! You can play designer too with eThreads.com, a custom bag site. At eThreads, you choose the type of bag, fabric, lining and hardware.

I selected one of their most popular bags, the Medium Pouch, which is lined in waterproof nylon and perfect for everyday organizing. These pouches are perfect for storing your everyday beauty products because they are so sturdy, waterproof and machine washable. My personalized bag is decked out in Day of the Dead (so appropriate for this week, right?) cotton fabric with nylon hot pink lining. I’m obsessed.


They also feature an assortment of other fabrics for every taste including cutesy prints like polka dots, feminine floral fabrics, and geek chic Star Wars prints.

No matter what design you choose, each creation is crafted from your vision and made from scratch in their studio in Boston.

So, how would you like your own eThreads Medium Pouch that you can design yourself? My awesome friends over at eThreads are offering 3 of my readers the chance to win a medium pouch like mine! It’s easy to enter! Tweet at me and let me know why you would like an eThreads pouch. You can also earn entries by liking Martinis and Mascara and eThreads on Facebook. Full details and instructions on entering are listed below in the Rafflecopter widget. The raffle starts tonight at midnight and will run through Nov. 6. Ready, set, go!
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MAC Cosmetics + Rick Baker Collection to Launch the First Week in October


True story: Special effects makeup was my first love. As you can tell, I focus on beauty now, but I was also trained in special effects makeup and prosthetics. I still absolutely adore the art form (and respect all the friggin’ work) that goes into creating these makeups. With that said, I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE MAC + RICK BAKER COLLECTION. Seriously. The thought of this collaboration makes me squee with excitement!

Baker is the mastermind behind the special effects makeup in films like An American Werewolf in London, Ed Wood, The Nutty Professor, Men in Black, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Wolfman, and many many more. He’s won like a zillion (or 7) Oscars as well as a multitude of other awards in the realm of creature effects.

So, kudos to MAC for teaming up with the legendary artist on this epic collaboration – launching just in time for Halloween. The collection features products chosen to create three Halloween looks designed exclusively by Baker (Bride, Day of Dead and Zombie).




This ode to movie makeup magic comes complete with everything you need to create the looks, including Acrylic Paints, Paintsticks, Chromagraphic Pencils,
Set Powder, Monster FX, Penultimate Eye Liner and Chromacake.

The collection hits the online store on Oct. 2 and will be available on counter Oct. 3. Here’s a breakdown of the products:

Lipstick ($15)

Cyber – deep plum (satin)

Lip Pencil ($15)





Pro Palette ($44)


Spider Queen: Dusty Purple – mid-tone neutral purple (satin); Indian Ink – deep; eggplant (matte); Lime – lime green (matte); Carbon – intense black (matte); Deep Purple – bright deep purple (frost); Moss – warm yellow green (frost)


The Monster’s Bride: Brun muted blackish-brown (satin); Bitter – vivid green with shimmer (velvet); Carbon – intense black (matte); Club – red-brown with green pearl (satin); Mylar – creamy white with shimmer (satin); Omega – soft muted beige-taupe (matte)

Penultimate Eye Liner ($19.50)


Rapid Black – black

Chromagraphic Pencil ($16)


Pure White – white

Hi-Def Cyan – brightened medium-dark sky blue

Black Black – black

Paintstick ($21)


Pure White – white

RickBaker-Paintstick-BlackBlack-72 Black Black – black

Set Powder ($30)



Chromacake ($25)


Pure White – white

Acrylic Paint ($21)


Pure White – white

RickBaker-AcrylicPaint-BasicRed-72 Basic Red – red

Landscape Green – green

Black Black – black

Face and Body ($35)


White – white

Monster FX ($22)


Dirt – warm yellow-orange brown with slight ochre tones