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MAC IS BACK VOL II

OMG I know it’s been some time since I’ve posted, but it’s all good because I am making my comeback with a hot new fave.

Mac is back! I know I have definitely said that on my blog in the past but I just can’t help it. Maybe this could be a new Mac Cosmetics series? As you may have heard or seen all over Instagram, Mac Cosmetics has launched another collection and this time is a perfect blow up of summer. Seriously, when you look at this collection, the packaging and the products, you just imagine summer time. The “Fruit Juicy” collection includes a bunch of fun lipsticks, lipglasses, eyeshadow palettes, powders, bronzers, lustre drops, a scented mac fix plus, makeup brushes and a makeup bag. I absolutely love the packaging of this collection, its super flowery and just screams warmer weather and fun in the sun. I was most excited for one palette, “Fruit A La La”, and I set my alarm early for the day of the launch and bought it immediately.

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From the three palettes in this collection, this one is my fave. The colours are so pretty and vibrant. This palette comes with six shades, a deep brown, hot pink, fiery orange, a glittery copper, light grey, and satin beige. Looking at this palette at first the colours may seem a tad intimidating but they are so much fun to play with. The best thing about this palette is how well the shadows blend and how effortlessly you can create a colourful look. These shadows are long wear and smooth. When applying the glittery copper shade just be careful of a bit of fallout, it’s nothing crazy whatsoever but with glittery shadow you should always be cautious.

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You will be able to see the great pigment in the picture where I swatched the shades. I did not find these shadows to be patchy or lacking pigment which was great because the colours are so beautiful.

I can definitely promise that this will be my go-to summer palette because I am so obsessed with pinks and oranges lately, whether is be this palette or a fiery orange lip, I am all for it! Let me know what you guys think of palette and the rest of the collection 🙂

 

 

 

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • “Fruit A La La” palette: $42

Until Next Time!


-Suman

LIP TIP

When I first started wearing makeup, I never used to line my lips. In fact, I use to think it was super pointless and a waste of time. The older I got, the more I realized how important lining your lips is.

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Usually with a lip stain you don’t necessarily have to line your lips. But with any kind of lip stick or even sometimes a gloss, a lip liner can make all the difference. Do you ever wonder how to get those perfect Instagram lips? Yes a lot of people now have lip fillers but you do not necessarily need to get the needle for fuller lips! You can simply use a lip liner to overdraw your natural lip line and achieve your desired pout. With a lip liner, you can achieve those crisp edges and create that perfect cupid’s bow. Further advantages of lining you lips include longevity, fuller and shapelier lips, and can correct discolouration. With lining your lips and even filling them in with the lip liner and then topping it with your choice of lipstick or gloss, the colour will stay on much stronger and longer. Some people may also have some discolouration in their lips which can alter any lip colour if applied directly, but using a liner will definitely help. Using a nude liner can easily even out that discolouration and you can rock the lip colour of your choice.

My favourite drug store liners would be by Annabelle, NYX, Milani, Essence, or LA Girl. For higher end options I absolutely love MAC liners, they glide on great and have many colours to choose from. I personally prefer lip liners in the form of a pencil which you can sharpen instead of a retractable liner; I find that I have way more control in a pencil.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Annabelle Lip Liner: $7
  • NYX Lip Liner: $7
  • Milani Lip Liner: $10
  • Essence Lip Liner: $5
  • LA Girl Lip Liner: $7
  • MAC Lip Liner: $21

Until Next TIme!


-Suman

The wand chooses the wizard

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

-Albus Dumbledore

Harry Potter wand-inspired makeup brushes do exist and I am in love. Storybook Cosmetics is a fairly new company and they are strictly inspired by literary works and creating makeup products and tools which coincide. When I first heard the buzz surrounding these brushes, as a Potterhead, I just had to have them. I waited for the pre-sale, ordered, and waited for them to arrive. Just holding them, my first impression was that they are definitely not made cheap; these are sturdy brushes that should last some time. They are finely crafted brushes and the detail is CRAZY! The product definitely shows the hard work that has been put into these brushes.

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I finally got the chance to try them out and I do like them, they are soft and get the job done well. The blending brush is great and I’m sure it will become a favourite. The only thing is that I’m use to a smaller sized brush for blending. This isn’t an issue whatsoever; it’s just something I will surely get used to. If you are used to the MAC 217 brush for blending, this wand brush is a tad bigger. For comparison, I will say that this brush is the most similar to the MAC 224SH. As I mentioned earlier, these brushes are very soft and I was concerned that they would not blend the eyeshadow well or pick up enough product, but that was not the case at all. The brush fibers are very strong and secure; even if you pull them they will not come out. I have also washed these brushes, alongside all of my other brushes, and they did not shed and dried as good as new.

This is the look I created using these brushes, blending became my cardio:

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For $55USD or about $60CDN (without tax or shipping) you get 5 eyeshadow brushes. You get:

  • Angled eyeliner brush (Hermione’s Wand)
  • Flat eyeshadow brush (Voldemort’s Wand)
  • Domed detail brush (Harry’s Wand)
  • Angled blending brush (Ron’s Wand)
  • Fluffy blending brush (Dumbledore’s Wand)

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$60 is quite on par for 5 brushes with other companies, even if you were to buy 5 from MAC Cosmetics, Sigma, or Zoeva, they would be around the same price or even more. Storybook Cosmetics is also a cruelty free brand! Every time I use these brushes I end up playing with them and start passionately saying “EXPELLIARMUS”! But then all I can ever imagine is Professor Snape saying, “There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class.” Did you read that in his voice? I know I definitely did 😛

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Harry Potter Wand Makeup Brushes: $60

Until next time!


-Suman

A Colourful Soul

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”      

-Marcus Aurelius

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I don’t know if I’m excited yet. Is that weird? This happens all the time and I’ll probably get more excited closer to the date. For this day, we always see the usual Valentine’s Day makeup, whether it’s a smoky eye or a soft eye look with the classic red lip. That’s all fine and dandy, but maybe you want to try something a bit more different and maybe even ‘out of this world’. I came up with a fun and unique purple glittery eye look paired with a nude lip, with the skin looking fresh, and glowing. With this look you’ll definitely knock out any date, and isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about 😛 I added a matching purple bindi, a decorative symbol worn on your forehead in Eastern cultures, which is completely your decision to wear. I do enjoy mixing Eastern and Western cultures; at times they can complement one another quite well.

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Products used:

Eyes

  • Eyeshadow Primer: Too Faced ‘Shadow Insurance’
  • Crease: ‘Sketch’ by Mac
  • Lid: ‘Stars’ N Rockets’ by Mac
  • Topped with loose glitter:
  • Mascara: L’Oréal ‘Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt’, Wet n Wild ‘Megalength’
  • Eyeliner: Beauty for Real ‘Black Magic’
  • Lashes: Ardell ‘105’

Face

  • Moisturizer: Pur-Lisse ‘Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer’
  • Primer: Benefit Cosmetics ‘Pore-fessional’
  • Mac Strobe Cream
  • Foundation: Rimmel True Match Perfection ‘203 True Beige’
  • Concealer: Rimmel Wake Me Up ‘020 True Ivory’
  • Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ‘001 Transparent’
  • Cream Contour: NYX Wonder Stick ‘Deep’
  • Powder Contour: Sleek ‘Medium 885’
  • Bronzer: NYX Matte ‘Dark Tan’
  • Blush: City Colour ‘Fresh Melon’
  • Cream Highlight: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator ‘Gleam’
  • Powder Highlight: Becca ‘Champagne Pop’

Lips

  • Lipglide: NARS ‘Bound’

Whether you are planning a date with you “sig-fig” (significant figure), your bff, or even a chill night at home, glamming up is always fun. And remember that at the end of the day makeup comes right off, so don’t be afraid to experiment and step out of your comfort zone.


Until next time!


-Suman

MAC is Back

MAC Cosmetics has done it again. Just released last week, this new addition has already become a crowd pleaser. The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, yes it is quite a mouthful, will definitely become a year-round favourite. This product goes on wet and dries completely matte, giving you a very polished look. I tried out the shade “Recollection” and cannot wait to get my hands on the other shades. I applied in around 12:30pm and did not have to reapply throughout the entire day. The test was definitely fair, I ate, drank, and went to the gym, and the colour did not budge. It may have looked a tad odd wearing such a purple colour whilst working out but I just had to test it out. The colour payoff is amazing, what you see in the packaging is definitely what you get.

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One of my fears when trying out matte lip products is whether or not it will dry out my lips throughout the day, but the Mac’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is very comfortable and not harsh on my lips whatsoever. In comparison to products such as the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, this product will not dry your lips out. The Liquid Lipcolour is very longwearing no matter what the activity. I would definitely recommend this product for a night out because there will be no need for touch ups. Touching up your makeup might become a challenge especially the more intoxicated one might get throughout the night 😛 The applicator itself is another pro for this product, it is flat on both slides but a bit pointed at the top so applying the lipstick and creating the perfect lip shape is much easier. The formulation is great; the product glides on nicely and  the product is not watery but a good consistency, allowing for a clean finish. In Canada, the Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks retails for $24, which is a fantastic price for such a lasting lip product.

Until next time.


-Suman