MAC Mineralize Blush in “Dainty”

I can’t believe I’m just now discovering the MAC Mineralize Blush in “Dainty,” but I’m nonetheless, so in love with this. In the past, I’ve written about how MAC’s face products scare me since they’re known to make people breakout. When I was in college, I remember suffering horribly from a breakout of cystic acne — which had never happened to me before prior to trying MAC’s foundations. Since then, I’ve stayed away from all of MAC’s face products except for their blush in “Well Dressed” (which is my all time favorite blush.

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MAC Mineralize Blush in “Dainty” is a beautiful warm pink shade that leans a little peachy-pink. It’s frosty in a good way and looks great on the skin because it adds a pop of color with a highlighter kind of look. Your skin glows without the chunky glitter that some blushes have. I haven’t had any bad reactions to wearing this blush, so I’m thinking I’m in the clear. It goes well with my skintone and a little bit of color goes a long way.

I like to apply this with a fluffy blush since the color can be a little concentrated. It’s pretty long lasting, but it’s not a blush that I would wear to yoga if I’m going to be sweating it all off!

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I’m not that familiar with the mineralize range since I’m so cautious when it comes to trying out any face products from MAC. I like this blush and this one shade, but I’m not interested in the other colors it comes in. As for the mineralize face powder, it made my skin horribly clogged and my pores were in bad shape when I tried it. Since I’m not interested in any of the other products, I can really only recommend this particular shade. I think it’s unique in that it provides a highlighter effect; I personally like that frosty glow but it’s really all personal preference! Considering it’s a blush, it’s a bit expensive from MAC but because a little goes such a long ways, I think it’s worth trying.

Retails for $27.00 USD.

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REVIEW: MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster

Now that it’s officially summer time, nothing is more exciting than light, dewy makeup, brightly colored clothes, and fun in the sun. I’ve been planning a few trips here and there with the boyfriend, and since booking a cruise, I realized I didn’t want to be bothered with makeup brushes, foundations, and trying not to sweat off makeup on the beach. I purchased the MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster to take with me on vacation because of the decent SPF level, light coverage, and something that I can wear to dinner and to the pool/beach.

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The MAC Lightful C “offers a variety of benefits in one color-correcting cream, reducing imperfections and controlling oil while increasing your skin’s natural radiance instantly and over time.” Ordinarily, I avoid MAC face products for the fear of breaking out after a traumatic incident in college with cystic acne. However, I haven’t had any issues with this product and I’m so glad since I really enjoy using it. The MAC Lightful C line seems to have the Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion, the Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Cleanser, and the Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream. While I can’t say that MAC is known for skincare products, I’d say that this range may be worth looking into.

The Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster is “infused with a Lightful Radiance Booster and vitamin C, [which are] unique complexes [that] work to correct your overall complexion by reducing the appearance of pores and diminishing dark spots and hyperpigmentation.” In addition, SPF 30 forms a protective barrier against UVA/UVB rays. I wouldn’t wear this in place of your daily sunscreen, but it would certainly be better than nothing in this heat.

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I chose the shade Extra Light and it’s a great shade/color for me in terms of tone. A little bit of it goes a long way, so even though it leans a hint on the light side, it blends out easily and seamlessly on the skin. The texture of this product is a whipped, creamy tinted moisturizer. It’s light and the coverage is on the sheerer side. While there is some degree of coverage, it isn’t the same coverage level you’d get from a BB cream or a foundation. The product feels nice and is soothing on the skin; however, long-term skincare benefits shouldn’t be really expected. The formula is really breathable on the skin, which I like since I’ve been wearing it in the hot Texas heat. I also think this would be a great product to take with me on vacation since it’s so easy to apply, it’s low-maintenance, and you still look polished and put-together.

I plan to add a little bit of concealer if I need it and some powder for going out to dinner. However, I’d be totally okay with some sunscreen and this product on my face for enjoying the beach and the pool this summer. I don’t there’s any additional brightening/whitening with the product as the title of the product suggests. But it feels nice and looks natural and dewy on the skin, so I’m pretty happy with it.

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I recommend this product and I think it’s perfect for the summer months. I’d say that this is more like a light tinted moisturizer and may also be great for weekends, going to the gym, and for general no-makeup makeup days. I think pairing this with a nice cream blush and some pink lip gloss would be perfect for the summer months that are coming up.

Item contains 1.3 oz.
Made in Canada.
Retails for $35.00 USD.

MAC “Amber Times” Nine Eyeshadow Palette

It’s been awhile since I’ve really liked, reviewed, and posted anything from MAC. However, with the “Amber Times” Nine Eyeshadow Palette, I feel like coming around to re-visiting MAC products. This palette was also featured in The Beauty Look Book’s blog in a post titled Weekend Loves + Reads. I highly recommend to check out her blog and this post too.

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This palette featured 9 eyeshadows. It’s small and compact, but just enough versatility and product to make it worth it for me. Described as “a well-edited eyeshadow palette,” it “features a color wave of hues that offers countless shade combinations.” It leans neutral, but can be varied in use since there are darker tones to make your makeup look more dramatic. Also, “an array of textures, ranging from matte to satin to frost, lets you create a variety of looks for both day and night.” In addition to the versatility and portability of this palette, the shadows are “saturated, soft and smooth,” and the sleek compact is a bonus on my end.

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Here are the shadows swatched. The colors are buildable, but translate very light on the skin. This palette houses permanent shades as well as colors that are unique to this palette.
Shades include:
– Georgia Peach
– Cozy Grey
– Creative Copper
Cork (permanent)
Ricepaper (permanent)
– Kitties
– Aromatic
– Don’t Tell
– Pepper Please

I recommend this palette. For me, I plan on using this for travel purposes. In the next few months, I’ve got some trips planned and I don’t want to lug around a bunch of single eyeshadow pots and other bulky palettes. So for me, this will do for the upcoming trips. The shadows are small, so I think it’s well-worth the $40.

Retails for $40.00 USD.

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in “Go For Girlie”

MAC released their Patentpolish Lip Pencils, and after seeing some online swatches, I knew I had to check them out in person for sure. The Patentpolish Lip Pencils are designed to be a product that combines both “colour and shine of a gloss..[with] the precision of a lip pencil – all in one colour stick.” Much like the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms or the Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, the concept of the Patentpolish Lip Pencils are pretty much the same.

With a unique blend of creamy emollients to replenish moisture, this lip pencil keeps lips soft with an ultra-smooth texture that isn’t heavy or sticky. “The pencil’s effortless twist-up keeps application clean and simple, with no need to sharpen.”

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The design and concept of these lip pencils are the same as most “chubby sticks” — so to speak. I like that it twists up, but the rounded tip of the pencil makes it less precise than a pencil with a pointed tip. I like that it’s portable, however, and I can just take it with me in my makeup bag or even pencil bag. The color “Go For Girlie” is a bright pink that’s buildable; but I like to wear it sheer since it can be kind of loud on the lips.

I’ve noticed that there is a slight staining effect with these, and they don’t transfer or wipe off easily. The slight stain is pretty — even though it’s not marketed as a staining product — and I like that it fades nicely. The bright pink of “Go For Girlie” is new for me since I don’t tend to go for shades like this. However, for spring and summer, I find that it will be fun and flirty.

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The shades in the range are quite regular with a good mix of all colors. I think it will be flattering on many skin tones, for sure. However, the concept is really not that new and the product itself is nice but nothing life-changing. For less money, the Revlon pencils will do just fine so it just depends on if you just really want these. I like “Go For Girlie” and will stick with it as my spring and summer color. But, in my opinion, these aren’t that special and they’re not a necessity either.

Try out the colors in person before making your decision, but if you’ve already purchased something like this in the last few months, I think it’s safe to pass these up.

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Retails for $20.00 USD.

MAC Powder Blush in “Pink Swoon”

One of my all-time favorite blushes is MAC’s “Well Dressed.” I can’t stay away from it for too long, even when I purchase other blushes because I return to it all the time. In fact, I’ve finished two compacts of it and I’m on my third one.

Not too long ago, “Pink Swoon” came on my radar for whatever reason — and, it was a color I had overlooked for a long time. Then, when I went out in search for it, it was sold out everywhere — at MAC counters, the website, Nordstrom, etc. Perhaps the fact that I couldn’t find it anywhere convinced me that I needed it even more than ever. Who knows, lol. When I went home for Thanksgiving, I went on the search for this blush again and found it.

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The MAC Powder Blush in “Pink Swoon” is a surprisingly workable color for me. In the pan, it looks scary and loud; and, I had assumed in the past that it would look “clown-ish” on me because of the deep pink tone. In fact, it looks so cool in the pan, I was surprised that when I blended it out on my cheeks, it looked pretty and rosy-pink. As with all MAC blushes, the pigmentation is great and lasting power is phenomenal. “Pink Swoon” is a sheertone blush, so I think that’s why it’s so effective in looking natural and pretty on the cheeks. It looks like I just came in from the cold — perfectly pinched and rosy, but not so much so that it looks like I have a rash.

“Pink Swoon” isn’t a new color and has been around for awhile. But, if you’ve passed it up before, I suggest re-visiting it like I did because you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Retails for $21.00 USD.

Quick Face of the Day

Here’s a quick face of the day post for those who are curious what products are “on rotation.” I wasn’t in the mood to mess around with anything relatively new and had to get out the door quickly — so, basicially what you’ll see here are products that are ‘slap on-able.’

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Face:
1. I had added something new to my skincare routine this morning: the Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector serum. So far, I really like it, but I think it’s best to apply this at night under a night cream. For now, I like it during the day for an extra oomph. Pictured here is a sample size from my Beauty Insider points.
2. I’ve had a random, stubborn spot lately that needs some intense treatment. I’ve been layering my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: Dual Action Acne Treatment to keep the acne-fighting ingredients going during the day.
3. My foundation of choice has been the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc. It’s back in rotation after I veered away to use BB creams. I forgot how much I adored this foundation.
4. The Benefit Erase Paste in Fair is my concealer lately. See the review here. You’ll also be seeing more of Benefit cosmetics since I’ve been obsessed with their products the last few weeks. This product is great for brightening up dark spots, even post-hyperpigmentation.
5. The highlighter I’ve been using is The NARS Multiple in “Luxor” and I’m so in love with this. “Luxor” is an iridescent pink that is pretty and natural, and gives the skin a hint of a glow. Love.
6. For blush, I’m using MAC’s “Melba,” which is just okay for me. On me, it’s bit more reddish orange than I’d like so I have to use a light hand. I guess I’m a pink-blush girl all the way, but this has been in my collection and it deserves some use/love.

Lips:
1. The lips have been kept simple as usual, but I’ve been in my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Rose. This is also a Beauty Insider sample and I really like it. However, I think I still prefer for my Dior balm over this one. The Rose shade is tinted so it helps when I’m in a rush.

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Not pictured — but, I’m still on my Naked Basics kick. I’ll let you know when I’m using something different! :)

The New MAC Palette

Many of you may have noticed that MAC released their new empty palettes. As usual, I’m a little late to join in on the party, but I’m so pleased to finally have one now. I enjoy palettes because of its convenience and versatility, but the best part of these empty palettes is the ability to customize. MAC re-vamped all their palettes and they’re much better looking and function way better than the flimsy old palettes. :)

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The Pro Palette (15 pan) is perfect, and is much better than the thin palette from before. This time around, the clear front allows for all your products to be visible; the casing of the palette is sturdy and thicker; and, the magnetic closure is more secure – while the old palette was one that I was afraid would crack at any moment!

While the old palette came with its own insert – and, you can pop it out if you wished – the new palette comes with an optional insert that you can buy separately. I, for one, opted to not purchase the insert – in order to fit more eyeshadows in a single palette. Another great thing about not having an insert is that you can put whatever magnetized product you wished – different brands, blushes, eyeshadows, or a mixture of everything.

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Here, I’ve featured ALL of my favorite MAC shadows that are in pan form.
From left to right:
Row 1 – Soba, Mulch, Era, Sable, Tempting, Naked Lunch;
Row 2 – Phloof, Patina, Mystery, Club, Arena, Honesty;
Row 3 – Wedge, Blanc Type, Copperplate, Cork, Quarry, Sketch;
Row 4 – Black Tied, All That Glitters, Woodwinked, Brun, Shroom

Overall, I really like this palette and it’s inspired me to get more use out of my MAC shadows. Currently, on MAC’s website, they’re all sold out of the palettes, but they’re definitely worth checking out! :) What are your thoughts?

15 pan pro palette (with no insert) retails for $16.00 USD.

Best of MAC

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I got this Best of MAC feature from Pinterest and was excited to share it with you. Apart from the MAC Face and Body Foundation and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, I’ve owned previously, currently own, and tried the rest of the products. :)

For those of you beginning with makeup or are in the process of collecting MAC products, this may be a good reference for you to give you a starting point. Even if you’re a seasoned MAC cosmetics user, it’s still a handy reference to go back to. I’m not 100% dedicated to MAC because I love other brands and products from all over, however, I adore MAC blushes, eyeshadows, and the occasional lipstick.

I hope this post helps! And, good luck with building your ever-growing makeup collection.

MAC “Lovelorn” Lipstick

Something new I’ve been trying lately is to try different shades of lipsticks that are out of my comfort zone. For the most part, I normally skip lip products all together, and start my day with a little bit of chapstick. When I remember or I’m feeling fancy, I’ll use a lip color on rotation; however, I very rarely venture out of the light pink and nude-ish colors.

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I came upon “Lovelorn” when I recently read about it on a beauty blog. Out of curiosity, I swatched it at the counter to see if it would go well with my skin tone. It’s an unusual shade to wear, because even though it doesn’t look bright per se, it kind of is!

Because it’s well-pigmented and on the bright side, I lightly dab the product onto my lips rather than swiping it back and forth, like I do with my lighter colors. Then, after I press my lips together to evenly distribute the color, I rub my finger around my lips to remove some the color.

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By removing the ‘outside layer’ of pigment, you’re left with a pretty, pink stain that brightens your smile and your complexion. The blue-ish hues/undertones in the lipstick has that effect, but can be damaging if you have flakes or a bad case of dry lips.

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I layer a lip balm underneath this shade because it tends to be drying on me. But it’s a pretty, fun color to wear with little to no makeup on the eyes. Also, I find it refreshing to wear this on days when my makeup in general is minimal; it really helps the color pop – but in a pretty way, of course.

Give it a try; especially if you’re pale like me, and looking for a bright color that won’t be too loud!

Recent Eye Routine: The “Smudgey” Look

Very rarely do I purposely try to look messy or “smudgey” – in this case – however, as of late, I’ve been going for the effortless look. The funny thing about looking effortless is that it takes so long to make it look like you just threw any particular look together.

Remember all that marketing geared towards the “bedhead” look, yet it took so many products and time to achieve it? And, weird how all the tutorials out there for “natural makeup” takes just as long as a dramatic look? Well, this is no different. :)

My smudgey look is still structured because I don’t want to look like I’ve partied all night, then slept in my makeup, and then walked around in public the next day. “Smudgey” to me revolves around the idea of using cream products to get the look down, and then using powder products to lock it in place. After all, we don’t want the look to continue smudging throughout the day.

My tools:
-MAC eyeshadow “Jest”
-MAC eyeshadow “Satin Taupe”
-MAC eyeshadow “Charcoal Brown”
-KOJI eyelash curler
-Shiseido mascara base + Majorilca Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara + L’oreal Voluminous mascara
-Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in “Cocoa”

The look itself was very simple – and the key to it all is blending everything sloppily.

First, I applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in “Cocoa” and blended it in with my fingers. I concentrated most of the color in the outer corners, then added MAC “Satin Taupe” over everything covering my entire eyelid. While that sets, I take the “Cocoa” and line my lower lashline smudging it before it dries. MAC “Jest” is a peachy pearlescent shade that I like to apply in the inner corners to brighten the look – that way it still looks somewhat put together. I blend MAC “Charcoal Brown” in the crease line to fade the top portion of the color, so that it doesn’t have a stark line.

Lastly, I curl my lashes and apply my base and mascara. After it dries, I used L’oreal Voluminous mascara to add clumpy volume. The clumps are intentional and add drama to the look. I kept my eyebrows light because I felt that my eye look was already drawing enough attention for the most part. I personally think this is a great look to wear with a messy top knot bun, denim cuffed shorts, and a loose top. It’s an effortless-looking look that is still fun and dramatic, yet unsloppy. There is a fine line between intentional sloppy and hot mess, right?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)