Showing posts with label MAC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MAC. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick Review and Swatches

 
 



Hello my dears! It's been quite a while since I've posted but I'm going to try to get back into the swing of things with this beaut -- MAC Viva Glam I!

Currently MAC is repromoting VGI with the original spokeswoman... the one, the only, Ru Paul!!! I've been meaning to review it for quite some time but after seeing the promotional images I decided to get on it!

Viva Glam I is a matte burgundy red. It has the slightest amount of brown which makes it a bit more vampy, yet wearable at the same time. I find the formula very creamy for a matte, but I have no issues with bleeding or feathering. The wear time is superb at around 6 hours without eating. I typically wear it without a lip liner, but MAC Brick pairs beautifully with VGI, while MAC Burgundy Lip Pencil will create a more vampy look.

100% of the purchase price of all Viva Glam lip products go to the MAC Aids Fund!




(l-r) Viva Glam I, Ruby Woo









Have you tried Viva Glam I or any of the other Viva Glam products?




Saturday, June 8, 2013

TOP 15 NEUTRAL MAC EYESHADOWS

Let's pretend hell just froze over and I had to pick 15 neutral eyeshadows to use until the end of time... dramatic, but go with it... Or we could be a little more realistic and say that these are my most used MAC eyeshadows and ones that I would recommend to someone just starting out with MAC!

In previous posts I have gone into detail about each one of these eyeshadows, so I'm keeping the description quite minimal in this one. Have a look around my blog to see more indepth info, or just leave a comment below and I'd be happy to answer any questions!



(L-R) Vanilla, Dazzlelight, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Woodwinked
Omega, Wedge, Soft Brown, Texture, Swiss Chocolate
Patina, Satin Taupe, Sable, Bronze, Smut



VANILLA (Velvet) -- my holy grail highlight... Vanilla is an ivory with suble pink undertones that applies nearly matte.

DAZZLELIGHT (Veluxe Pearl) -- pearly highlight that can be used on the inner corner, brow or cheek.

NAKED LUNCH (Frost) -- beautiful "minimal pink with shimmer" shade that I usually wear on the lid.

ALL THAT GLITTERS (Veluxe Pearl) -- champagne shade with the most gorgeous texture and pigmentation.

WOODWINKED (Veluxe Pearl) -- metallic orangey gold that looks beautiful paired with warm browns.

OMEGA (Matte) -- ashy taupe color that I use for my brows.

WEDGE (Matte) -- versatile midtone taupey brown that looks gorgeous in the crease or as a transition. If your skin is darker than NC25 I would suggest Cork.

SOFT BROWN (Matte) -- warm midtone brown that is perfect as a transition color.

TEXTURE (Velvet) -- very warm orangey brown that I typically use under my lower lashline or to warm up the crease.

SWISS CHOCOLATE (Matte) -- gorgeous reddish brown perfect for the crease and outer v

PATINA (Frost) -- antiqued gold with a beautiful green and pink duochrome that is a great natural lid shade.

SATIN TAUPE (Frost) -- purpley taupe... and absolutely stunning!

SABLE (Frost) -- bronzy purpley brown. The frost is quite minimal and this shade can be used on the lid or in the crease.

BRONZE (Frost) -- true bronze color that looks great on everyone!

SMUT (Velvet) -- beautiful charcoal gray with purple and brown tones. I frequently use this in place of a matte brown or matte black. Great as liner or for the outer v.





Which would make the cut for your Top 15?
 

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Guide to MAC's Eyeshadow Finishes

I received an email from a reader asking about the different finishes of MAC eyeshadows, so I thought I should write a post! Please keep in mind, like all things written in my blog, these are my opinions... Something I don't like might be something you'd love and vice versa.

Let's get started!

 


FROST

Frost finish eyeshadows have small shimmer particles that create a shining iridescent appearance. They can range from very metallic to minimally shiny. While frost finish eyeshadows are extremely popular, they can highlight flaws such as creases or wrinkles. They are shimmery, but not glittery. Overall I am a big fan of MAC's Frosts!
(Pictured: Satin Taupe)
LUSTRE

Lustre finish eyeshadows are the outcasts... ask any MAC die hard what to avoid and they will probably tell you Lustre eyeshadows. Typically speaking they have a very dry but shimmery texture with chunky glitter and lots of fall out.
(Pictured: Greensmoke)




MATTE

Matte eyeshadows are those without any shimmer/sheen/glitter. They have flat color with varying degrees of opacity. MAC's Mattes are known for their finicky nature. Most of the permanent Matte eyeshadows are good qualilty while a majority of the limited edition ones released are dry and not worth purchasing.
(Pictured: Omega)

MATTE²

Pronounced Matte squared -- most people either love em or hate em. They are like regular Matte eyeshadows in that they have zero shimmer/sheen/glitter but they have a buttery texture with amazing payoff. The one downside is that I find them more difficult to blend.
(Pictured: Handwritten)


SATIN

MAC's Satin eyeshadows vary in their finish. Some appear completely matte (Brun) while a few are super frosty (Shroom). The majority have a very subtle sheen or demi-matte appearance. Overall I like Satin finish eyeshadows a lot because they are in that happy middle ground -- not too matte, not too frosty.
(Pictured: Era)



VELUXE

Veluxe is a finish unique to MAC. It applies matte but with a smoother less powdery appearance. They aren't as pigmented as Matte eyeshadows... They were being discontinued earlier this year, but MAC brought them back. I'm not too sure how long they will be around.
(Pictured: Kid)



VELUXE PEARL

My favorite finish! Veluxe Pearls are like a Frost but with a more metallic, pearly shimmer. They are soooooo buttery and pigmented. As with any finish there are just a few that aren't completely up to par, but overall I think they are beautiful and worth getting your hands on!
(Pictured: Woodwinked)



VELVET

Most Velvets appear matte or demi-matte -- some with a hint of sparkle (Vanilla, Texture) and others with glitter that doesn't translate to the eye (Beauty Marked, Mulch). I didn't realize how many I own and love until I wrote this post! A few have a reputation of being patchy when applied, but I would repurchase all listed below, aside from Beauty Marked.
(Pictured: Smut)






 


Below are all of MAC's permanent eyeshadows categorized below by finish... please let me know if I've left any out!

(*) denotes eyeshadows that I either currently own or have owned in the past and would be able to go into detail regarding their performance. Leave a comment below with any questions.


FROST
Amber Lights*
Bronze*
Cranberry*
Crystal
Electra
Goldmine
Jest*
Motif
Nylon*
Ricepaper*
Sable*
Satin Taupe*
Swish
Tilt*
Vex*
White Frost
Pink Freeze
Patina*
Humid*
Creme de Violet
Parfait Amour*
Steamy*
Paradisco
Seedy Pearl
Nocturnelle*
Phloof
Naked Lunch*
Deep Truth
Lucky Green*


LUSTRE
Greensmoke*
Retrospeck*
Honesty*
Mythology
Forgery
Sweet Lust
Swimming
Aquadisiac
Pink Venus
Idol Eyes
Filament
Gleam
Honey Lust
Tempting*


MATTE
Blackberry
Chrome Yellow
Corduroy
Espresso*
Malt*
Nehru
Omega*
Quarry
Rule
Saddle*
Swiss Chocolate*
Wedge*
Yogurt
Carbon*
Embark*
Bamboo
Charcoal Brown
Orange
Soft Brown*
Shadowy Lady
Plumage*
Gesso*
Free To Be
Passionate


MATTE2
Blanc Type*
Brown Script
Typographic
Handwritten*
Fig 1*
Copperplate*


SATIN
Arena
Brule*
Brun*
Concrete
Coquette
Cork*
Era*
Folie
Girlie
Haux
Mylar*
Mystery
Orb
Print*
Scene
Shale*
Club*
Shroom*
Soba*
Sushi Flower
Electric Eel*
Grain


VELUXE
Kid*
Brown Down*
Samoa Silk*


VELUXE PEARL
Crystal Avalanche*
Da Bling
Expensive Pink*
Plum Dressing*
Star Violet*
All That Glitters*
Dazzlelight*
Gorgeous Gold*
Sumptuous Olive*
Freshwater*
Moon's Reflection
Blue Calm
Stars 'N' Rockets*
Satellite Dreams*
Beautiful Iris*
Woodwinked*
Coppering*
Antiqued*
Twinks*
Silver Ring
Knight Divine*


VELVET
Bitter
Contrast*
Sketch*
Vanilla*
Vapour
Trax*
Mulch*
Black Tied
Beauty Marked*
Smut*
Texture*


Whew, that was a long post! Hope it was helpful!



What is your favorite finish?








Thursday, June 6, 2013

My MAC Eyeshadow Collection -- Updated

This was requested by a reader last week, so here ya go! I have been waiting for the weather to perk up, but it looks like the clouds are here to stay for a while. If you are familiar with my blog you have probably read my complaints on how incredibly dark my new apartment is and without any natural light from the sun these pictures definitely leave something to be desired...

If you have any questions about any of the eyeshadows please leave a comment below!

I purchased one of the double sided duo palettes a couple months ago and I have the majority of my eyeshadows in there. I love that it holds 48 eyeshadows -- that's more than three palettes of eyeshadows in one! You have to be careful, as the eyeshadows aren't as secure as they would be with a divider. Click HERE for that review.

A while back I realized I wasn't using a lot of my favorite eyeshadows because of the way I had them organized. Rather than trying to make my palettes look pretty, now I try to make them as functional as possible.


Please click to enlarge!


(l-r) Embark, Swiss Chocolate, Brown Down, Espresso, Cork, Soba
Soft Brown, Kid, Malt, Wedge, Omega, Era
Vex, Jest, Naked Lunch, Ricepaper, Nylon, Dazzlelight
Shroom, Brule, Mylar, Vanilla, Blanc Type, Gesso


Woodwinked, Tempting, Mulch, Bronze, Brun, Handwritten
All That Glitters, Sable, Shale, Satin Taupe, Twinks, Sketch
Jaunty (LE), Patina, Sumptuous Olive, Greensmoke, Club, Humid
Copperplate, Knight Divine, Print, Smut, Contrast, Carbon


PLEASE CLICK TO ENLARGE!










Beautiful Iris, Plum Dressing, Gorgeous Gold, Lucky Green 
Satellite Dreams, Star Violet, Expensive Pink, Shimmermoss
Nocturnelle, Cranberry, Coppering, Plumage





Samoa Silk, Texture
Amber Lights, Saddle





Bare My Soul Quad (LE)
Romatico, Bare My Soul
Friendly, When In Rio
 
 
 
 
So that's it for my collection... I don't think it will be growing much more. I have all the eyeshadows I want from the permanent collection and I don't purchase LE shades unless they are spectacular in quality and unique -- like the Bare My Soul Quad!
 
 
Hope that was helpful!
 

 
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MAC Cultured Lipglass -- Review and Lip Swatches

 

 


 
 
 
 
So I was cleaning out my purse -- because I had about 20 different lip products in there -- and realized that I hadn't done a blog post on my all time favorite lip product! Not my favorite gloss or favorite MAC lip product... I'm mean FAVORITE lip product of ALL TIME! If I had to pick one thing I could wear on my lips for the rest of my life it would be this lipglass without a doubt. Whew! Ok, I'll calm down...
 
I would describe Cultured as a semi-sheer light pink with a slight purple undertone with pinky-purple and silver microshimmer. Because this gloss is semi-sheer, it will look much different on someone with pigmented lips. I am very fair (NC15) and have pale lips as well, so please keep that in mind with the lip swatches.
 
In my opinion, MAC Cultured lipglass is absolutely perfect in every way. I have repurchased this lipglass at least 8-10 times. It is a "my lips but better" kind of gloss that is perfect for everyday. This was my go-to gloss to pair with a smokey eye for years. It can be layered on top of a lipstick but I typically wear it on its own.
 
With any lipgloss/lipstick that has slight purple undertones, I would recommend trying it before you buy it... With that said, I think Cultured would suit almost any skin tone, from the fairest of the fair (like myself) to the deepest ebony.
 
 
What is your favorite lipglass/lipgloss? Leave a comment below!
 
 
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Sunday, May 26, 2013

MAC Temperature Rising: Bare My Soul Quad - Review, Swatches and Dupes

Romantico, Bare My Soul
Friendly, When In Rio

ROMANTICO (Veluxe Pearl) is a light taupe brown with shimmer. This is the stand out shade of the palette for me. It has a beautiful texture and blends beautifully. Romantico is very complex -- with subtle pink and green shimmer. MAC Patina is lighter and cooler, Urban Decay Suspect is lighter and more orange.
 
 
BARE MY SOUL (Lustre) is a shimmering gold with a copper undertone. The texture and pigmentation is outstanding especially compared to other Lustres.
 

FRIENDLY (Veluxe Pearl) is a deep chocolate briown with gold shimmer. It has great pigmentation and blends easily.

 
WHEN IN RIO (Frost) is a blackened red brown with teal frost. This eyeshadow is beautiful but has a slightly drier texture than the others. It is similar to MAC Club. When In Rio has a darker, cooler base and the duochrome is more apparent.






Top to Bottom: When In Rio, Friendly, Bare My Soul, Romantico









 
 
 
 
I was literally counting down the days until the Temperature Rising collection released, which was May 16th online and May 23rd at stores/counters. Unfortunately this quad sold out in a couple hours online so I had to wait until I could purchase it at my local counter. As I'm sure most of you know, this is limited edition and can be purchased at MAC locations while supplies last.

 
This is an amazing quad! I haven't purchased one in quite some time because in the last couple years MAC has released a series of flops... most with lackluster or poor quality. I'm pleasantly surprised that they put together such a winner! This quad is $44 while the typical price for a quad is $40... you're obviously paying for the packaging. It is bronzy in color and feels a bit rubbery like NARS packaging.  Unfortunately it scratches quite easily... which drives me crazy!
 
 
I love that it has two Veluxe Pearls, as they are my favorite finish! The colors work well together and you're able to create a variety of different looks. You couldn't use this quad exclusively, as there isn't a highlight shade included. All the eyeshadows wore about 8-9 hours with minimal creasing and fading.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Overall this is a beautiful quad and definitely worth picking up if the colors appeal to you... I think it would be universally flattering!
 
 
Have you purchased anything from this collection? What is your favorite MAC quad?


Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Foundation Routine

 
 
 
Today I'm going to be sharing my foundation routine with you!
 
 
 
SKIN PREP

The key to smooth, flawless foundation is exfoliation! I got the Exuviance Rejuvenating Bionic Scrub from Ulta as a large sample. Wow, it's amazing! It is quite expensive ($36) but I think I will invest in the full size when I run out. I use this every other evening. It has done wonders for my skin, and it helps my foundation apply so smoothly!

I have very fair skin with a lot of facial redness. I like to use MAC Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer in Neutralize after my moisturizer and before my foundation. It helps to calm the redness and offers SPF 35, which I love! I did a full review on this product, click HERE.


FOUNDATION

MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC15) has quickly become a Holy Grail for me. I would call it a medium buildable to full coverage foundation with a matte finish. It is perfect for oily/combination skin like mine. The color NC15 is a great match for my skin, and the extra yellow in the foundation helps to counteract my facial redness. I am super pale, but have warm undertones on my neck, chest and the rest of my body, so this one is perfect. The last time I was at MAC the MUA told me that they have a new shade, NC5, which is alabaster white. So any of you ladies that find NC15 too dark, then check out NC5!

I use the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki to buff my foundation into the skin -- another Holy Grail! Please click HERE for a more indepth look at the F80.


CONCEALERS

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (Fair) is perfect for under the eyes! I have under eye circles, but they aren't terribly bad. This is the only conealer I use for this area. While I really like this product, I'm still looking for my Holy Grail... do you have any suggestions?

MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NC20) I use for blemishes or defining underneath my eyebrow, which I do on occasion. Great concealer!

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer is the only true FULL coverage drugstore concealer that I've found. It is similar to Dermablend. This stuff is amazing, and is only $6! My only complaint is the color selection. Light is a smidge too light for me and the next color is way too dark. I use this when I my skin is really acting up.


Here's a pic of Hard Candy Glamophlage fully covering one of my tattoos... this is stuff is hardcore!



POWDER

To me, powder is powder... I don't feel the need to spend a million dollars just to powder my face. Lately I have been loving Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (001 Transparent). It was $5 at Ulta and has lasted me forever. After it is finished I think I'm going to try the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural because I've heard such great things. I apply this with a MAC 129SE or Real Techniques Blush Brush.
 
 
Ok ladies and gents... that's my foundation routine! I hope you found it helpful! Let me know in the comments below if you have found a great undereye concealer... one that doesn't settle into fine lines!
 

What's your Holy Grail foundation?

Friday, May 10, 2013

MAC 239 vs MAC 242

Today's post will be short and sweet -- a comparison between the 239 and the 242!











The MAC 239 is a long time favorite of mine. It is a flat shader brush made of white goat hair and is best used with powder products.

The MAC 242 is also a flat shader but made of synthetic bristles. Because it is synthetic, the 242 can work with powder, cream, and liquid products.


The bristles of the 242 are slightly longer and the 239 is wider.


I did a little experiment the last couple days to see if I could get an identical result using the 239 on my left eye, and the 242 on my right. The eyeshadow I chose to use yesterday is Club -- and if you own this one, you probably know why I chose it. Club is somewhat of a tempermental eyeshadow and if you want its duochrome to show it really has to be packed on. I also tried this with Saddle (Matte) and All That Glitters (Veluxe Pearl).


My results: The 242 without a doubt packs on more color, especially when using Matte and Satin eyeshadows. Because it is made of goat hair, the 239 eats up more color and doesn't deposit as much on the eye. Although the 242 deposits more color, I can't say it is the clear cut winner. The 239 gives a softer look -- so I guess it depends on your preference. I think the 239 is better for beginners and the 242 is a great addition to any eyeshadow addict's brush collection!



Do you have the 239 or 242? What's your favorite brush to pack on color?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Guide to MAC's Matte Brown Eyeshadows

I don't know about you gals, but I do A LOT of my shopping online. There isn't a MAC store near me and the counter is about 45 minutes away -- not to mention it is the busiest counter I've ever seen, and it drives me INSANE. I like to buy the pan form of eyeshadows so it makes much more sense for me to buy them online. Before purchasing, I frequently tried to find reviews/blogs describing and comparing MAC eyeshadows to one another in the permanent line, i.e. Saddle vs Texture, Cork vs Wedge, etc. I'm not looking to buy a bunch of dupes! I never really found anything that was detailed enough, so after collecting nearly every matte brown MAC has, I'm writing what I was looking for -- an ultimate guide to MAC's matte brown eyeshadows.

I will also discuss some of the Satin finish shadows that are commonly compared to the Matte shades. These are not ALL of MAC's Matte browns -- but nearly all of them. Whew! Now that I've got all that out there, lets begin!!!


I am NC15 -- for swatching reference!


Left to Right: Wedge, Cork, Soba, Texture, Saddle, Soft Brown


 
Left to Right: Soft Brown, Era, Omega, Kid, Malt, Wedge, Cork
 


Left to Right: Brun, Espresso, Brown Down, Embark, Handwritten, Swiss Chocolate



WEDGE: Wedge is a beautiful slightly warm mid tone taupe brown that can be used for transition or in the crease. One of my most used eyeshadows! Wedge vs Kid --Wedge is very close in color to Kid but slightly cooler and darker. I do not think owning both is necessary. Of the two I would choose Wedge because it is more versatile and has a better texture -- but I go back and forth between the two.

CORK: Cork is a "muted golden brown" and technically a Satin, but it appears Matte on the eye. It works beautifully in the crease on lighter skin, and as a transition color for tan skin. Wedge vs Cork --  Cork is darker and cooler. They are similar, but not dupes. I think it is justifiable to own both... but that's just me.

SOBA: Soba is a "golden brown with gold shimmer". It is super pigmented and buttery. This eyeshadow has a lot more shimmer and luminosity than most other Satins. It is almost a muted mustard/camal color, if they makes any sense... not the most flattering color on some skintones. I would try this one before purchasing. Soba looks beautiful when paired with Era, very pretty work appropriate look. Soba vs Cork -- often compared as dupes but I could not disagree more. They give a completely different look on the eye. Soba vs Patina -- I think they are similar, Soba is more pigmented and a darker gold.
 
SOFT BROWN: Soft Brown is a warm mid tone brown that is best used as a transition color. Some will find this to appear a bit orangey... but I happen to like it, even on my extremely fair skin.

SADDLE: Saddle is a warm orange brown. It has excellent pigmentation and is easy to blend. This is a beautiful transition shade for women of color. Saddle vs Soft Brown -- they are definitely in the same family, but NOT dupes. They are gorgeous when used together -- Soft Brown as a transition, Saddle to Deepen the crease.

TEXTURE: Texture is a Velvet, a "peachy-brown with shimmer" according to MAC. I would call this a straight up orange brown. It applies to the eye nearly Matte. There is a tiny bit of sparkle that helps it blend like a dream. This is also another great transition color for woc. Saddle vs Texture -- close in color but differ in texture and use. I don't think it is necessary to own both if you are beginning your MAC collection.

SWISS CHOCOLATE: Swiss Chocolate is a girl's best friend... it is absolutely beautiful in both color and texture. A warm muted medium red brown, I don't think there is a dupe in the permanent collection.  I have seen this used as a transition for tan skin but I've never used it for such.

HANDWRITTEN: Handwritten is a Matte2 (matte squared) finish and extremely pigmented. It is a dark warm brown. I think while the Matte2 shadows are super pigmented, they are a pain to blend and Handwritten is no exception. I typically use Handwritten for liner.

BROWN DOWN: Brown Down is a warm medium-dark brown that is VERY close in color to Handwritten -- a much drier, less pigmented version. Brown Down has recently been discontinued, so if you were looking to purchase it, look no further than Handwritten.

ESPRESSO: Espresso is a cool toned medium brown that is very popular, but has rather lackluster quality. It has so-so pay off and it's somewhat of a pain in the ass to blend. I don't use Espresso as eyeshadow, but I do use it to add depth to my brows -- Love it for this!

BRUN: Brun is a very cool toned dark black brown that leans on the ashy side of things -- which makes it great for filling in dark brows. I love Brun as a liner as well. Brun vs Mystery -- I personally do not own Mystery so I cannot say either way. I have heard they are dupes so many times that I have avoided Mystery all together. You tell me... are they dupes?

EMBARK: As you can see in the swatch, Embark is somewhat of a tragedy. It is a dark red brown that has a dry texture and sub par payoff. I used to love Embark, and this is my second pan... maybe this one is a dud. Handwritten and Brown Down are close in color to Embark.


Guide to MAC Transition Colors (click HERE) for a more in depth description of Malt, Kid, Era, and Omega along with Wedge, Cork, Soft Brown.

Guide to MAC's Eyeshadow Finishes (click HERE)


Hope that as helpful! If I acquire anymore browns from MAC I will be sure to update the post.


What is/are your favorite brown eyeshadow/s?  Mine are Wedge, Saddle and Swiss Chocolate!



Cork vs Wedge, Soba vs Cork, Cork vs Soft Brown, Soft Brown vs Saddle, Soft Brown vs Texture, Texture vs Saddle, Handwritten vs Brown Down, Swiss Chocolate vs Handwritten, Embark vs Handwritten, Brun vs Mystery

Monday, April 22, 2013

MAC Lovelorn Lipstick

 
MAC Lovelorn


MAC Lovelorn is a Lustre finish blue-based medium pink. If you aren't familiar with MAC's lipstick finishes, Lustre lipsticks are usually sheer with a glossy finish. Because they are glossy you usually get less wear time, and Lovelorn wears about 2-3 hours on me. I do think the pigmentation on this one is very good considering it is a Lustre. The formula feels nice on the lips and I don't find it be drying in the slightest.


I have rediscovered Lovelorn these last couple months... surprising how much you come to like a product when you have it in your handbag! I found myself reaching for it more and more! This midtone pink works well with a variety of different looks and I think it would flatter many different skintones!




Dupes: Revlon Temptress -- 85%


Overall Rating: B+



Sunday, April 21, 2013

MAC ANGEL LIPSTICK

 



MAC Angel is oh so famously Kim Kardashian's favorite lipstick... or so I've read about 1000 times. Who really knows if there is any truth to that?

Angel is a frost finish light-medium pink with semi-opaque coverage. The wear time is about 3 hours and I find it to be somewhat drying -- but almost all frost finish lipsticks have that effect on me. Frost lipsticks also have the reputation of highlighting flaws/dryness/lines on the lips and Angel does this somewhat -- not so much that it is a deal breaker.

I do like the ease of this lipstick -- throw it on and go kind of product. I also feel like this nude pink would go with a lot of different looks.

Do you have Angel or Creme Cup? I have read that they are similar -- I will be trying Creme Cup next.



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MAC Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick

Dare I say, I've found the perfect pink lipstick?



MAC Pink Pearl Pop





Apparently in August 2012 MAC came out with 8 Permanent Cremesheen + Pearl lipsticks (which I was unaware of), and last weekend I picked up one of them. Say hello to Pink Pearl Pop. As soon as I walked up to the lipstick rack this is the first one that caught my eye. I saw the name, which I didn't recognize, and put it back... After all, I know all the names of those on my wishlist and this wasn't one of them.

I thought it was limited edition -- which I typically won't purchase. I may be the only gal in the world that isn't interested in limited edition products, but I hate the idea of falling in love with something that is no longer available, so I avoid them all together.

Anyhow, it is a slightly cool toned medium pink with very subtle shimmer running through it. Unfortunately the lighting is total crap at my house and I had a difficult time getting a true color in the pictures... I would say the pic with it on my lips is about 85% true to color -- it's brighter in person!

Pink Pearl Pop wears about 3 hours and it has semi-opaque coverage. Although it has to be reapplied more frequently then some of their other lipsticks, the beautiful color of this one makes it worth it to me!



This will definitely be my go-to lip for spring... What's yours?


P.S. That's a piercing scar, in case you were wondering :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

MAC Hue Lipstick

 








I went to the MAC counter this weekend to pick up a couple lipsticks and I am in love with them all, especially Hue! Typically I am not a big fan of nude lipsticks/glosses... I think they can look chalky and corpse-like. Because it is a Glaze finish, Hue is semi-opaque and doesn't completely blank out lips. There is a hint of pink, which keeps it from washing out my incredibly pale skin. I think it would look great on a variety of different skin tones!

My lips are pretty pale so this may look a bit different on someone with more pigmented lips. Also, it looks much better in person than it appears in that photo -- nudes typically look less flattering in close ups.


 

I've been pairing Hue with C-Thru for the perfect nude lip!





Do you have Hue? What is your favorite nude lipstick?

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Friday, April 12, 2013

GEL EYELINER COMPARISON

 
 
I can't believe I haven't written a post in nearly a month! Life just got incredibly busy and I haven't had the time... also, I have been on a "no buy" which has left me slightly uninspired -- Until today! I have been toying with different gel liners over the last couple years and I decided to do a comparison... I will be rating categories on a 1-5 scale, 5 being excellent.





MAC Blacktrack and Dipdown Fluidline

These two were my first gel liners and I must say that they were great in the beginning. Both are amazing for the first couple months -- creamy, smooth, apply with ease, and deeply pigmented Then a sad sad day comes -- the day you try to put on your eyeliner and then it flakes into your eye, becomes impossible to work with, and looks like total crap. My biggest complaint with MAC's Fluidlines is that they dry out WAY too fast or become troublesome at about the 5-6 month mark.

Pigmentation: 4
Smudge proof: 5
Wear: 4
Ease of Application: 3
Shelf Life: 2

Overall: C+




Clinique Cream Liner in True Black

I want to emphasize that this is a cream liner and not gel... although you apply them in a similar manner they are quite different to work with. To me this liner is a cross between a gel and a liquid. Because it is more viscous I find it a little more difficult to work with. It takes longer to set than other gel liners so I don't think it would work for ladies with hooded eyes.

Pigmentation: 4
Smudge proof: 4
Wear: 4
Ease of Application: 2
Shelf Life: 5

Overall: B+





Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

This is my most recent purchase... I bought it because of all the hype on YouTube. As of right now, it is my favorite of the three. I've only had it for about 2 months, so I'm not sure how it will behave in the coming months. I will be sure to do an update. I love how black it is, and I really like the texture. It is very comparable to MAC's Fluidline (before it starts to dry out). I do notice very minor fading and minimal smudging when I do a dramatic flick. I have very oily lids, but still slightly disappointing.

Pigmentation: 5
Smudge proof: 3
Wear: 4
Ease of Application: 5
Shelf Life: unknown

Overall: A-

 
 
 
 
Recently I have been loving winged eyeliner on the outer half of the eye. It helps to make them appear more wideset! Sorry about the picture quality -- took it on my phone.
 
 

 
 
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-Sarah
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, March 4, 2013

TOP 5 GREEN MAC EYESHADOWS

 
Since St. Patrick's day is around the corner I thought I would do a post devoted to my favorite eyeshadow color... GREEN! I typically wear neutrals, but if I am looking to mix things up I almost always reach for one of these. If you are familiar with my blog, many of these will not be a surprise to you, as they are on a lot of my "Top 10" lists. Please click to enlarge!

 
From left to right: Lucky Green, Sumptuous Olive, Humid, Club, Greensmoke


HUMID (FROST)

Humid is a cross between a hunter green and a forest green with shimmer. The great thing about this shadow is it looks amazing on the lid AND in the crease, which is rare for a frost, imo. My favorite, hands down!


SUMPTUOUS OLIVE (VELUXE PEARL)

 A bronzy olive color with shimmer. I prefer this one on the lid, which warm matte browns in the crease. It has amazing texture and looks gorgeous on everyone!
CLUB (SATIN)

Club is described as a red-brown with green pearl. It was my first MAC eyeshadow -- so it's near and dear to heart. Although this shadow is one of my favorites, it can be a little difficult to make it fully opaque on the lid... I recommend using it wet and/or a really good primer underneath. You just have to take your time and pack the color on... but it's worth it!





LUCKY GREEN (FROST)

Lucky Green a true chartruese with shimmer. Although I don't use this as much as the others, it still has a special place in my heart. I typically wear it one of two ways: the inner 1/2 of the lid when doing a green eye, or a light sweep in the crease over a neutral, which helps to bring out my eyes.



GREENSMOKE (LUSTER)
 
Greensmoke is a, well... smokey green with glitter. Anyone who has used a Luster finish eyeshadow from MAC knows that they are kind of a pain in the ass... but Greensmoke is gorgeous when you put in a little extra work. I like to use a black base when using this eyeshadow. You really have to pack it on with a flat shader, and expect a little glitter fallout when applying. Click HERE for a look using Greensmoke.

 
 
 
 
I still need to pick up their two PRO colors: Kelly and Bottle Green. I wish MAC would make more permanent greens... the only ones I don't have are Swimming, Juxt, and Bitter -- which are all hideous in my opinion.
 
 
I will be doing a look later this week using a combination of these, just in time for St. Patty's Day! I hope you all are enjoying your week so far!
 
 
 
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Club was my first eyeshadow from MAC. What was yours?!