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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

The Perfect Full Coverage Foundation|Updated Routine

Are you looking for a new foundation to test out? Well look no further! My current fave full coverage foundation is the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”.

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This foundation has it all. It’s lightweight, full coverage, and long wearing. This foundation will stay on and provide you with good coverage for your entire day. I appreciate the wide selection of shades Clinique offers, and the applicator is by far the best. This foundation has a large doe foot applicator, perfect for precise application whether you’re just spot concealing or full face.

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Also, there is no mess or wasting any extra product. The finish of this foundation is more on the natural to matte side, but not in the super drying way such as the “L’Oreal Pro Matte”. Personally, I have combination skin and this foundation lasts me all day and does not look cakey or greasy. This formula blends very well and is fragrance free which is fantastic for anyone sensitive to scent or just hates scent in their makeup.  This foundation does a great job with covering redness, blemishes and balancing uneven skin tones. Whether you’re looking for a new concealer or foundation, this product would definitely be worth a try.

It’s a great product and for a great price, this retails for $35 CDN which for the amount you get, is amazing. Let’s compare price points with the “Tarte Shape Tape” concealer, amazing full coverage product but retails for $31 CDN and you only get 10mL. With the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”, a two in one product, you get 30mL for $35 CDN. It’s my current favourite go-to full coverage foundation and a must try for anyone looking for a new foundation or concealer. It’s a very comfortable wear, especially if you have to a long day ahead of you and creates a flawless canvas.

For the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”, I am in the shade 8 golden neutral.

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

  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (30mL): $35
  • Tarte Shape Tape (10mL): $31

Until Next Time!


-Suman

Meeting Mikasa + Discount Code

I love trying out more underrated brands and I am always on the hunt to find new faves.  “Mikasa Beauty” appeared on my radar, not too long ago, and they make brushes and makeup. So I decided to try out brushes and purchased the “5 Piece Complexion Brush Set”, which comes with:

  • Powder Brush
  • Tapered Contour Brush
  • Foundation Brush
  • Tapered Blending Brush
  • Eye Shader Brush

all brushesWhen I ordered my brush set there was a promotion going on where you get a concealer brush for free. You are able to buy individual brushes. An eye brush will cost you an average of 11-12 dollars (USD) and a face brush will vary from 12-21 dollars (USB). They also make lip brushes, beauty sponges, and makeup. At first use I immediately noticed the softness of these brushes. My favourites would include the powder and tapered contour brush. I love the powder brush because of its size, softness and how well it applies product. You can use this to powder your face and it works great, but I love it especially for bronzing.

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(Left to right: Mikasa powder brush vs Coastal Scents powder brush)

The contour brush is quite tapered, as you’ll see in the pictures, and it helps outlines where you exactly want your product to be and then just merely blend it out. With the flat foundation brush, I personally do not use it for applying foundation; I use it more to apply moisturizer and primer. I love that the face brushes are super soft and the eye brushes a tad denser, not too much, which I personally look for in eye brushes.

In terms of packaging, this company did do a great job. They were individually boxed and within the boxes the brushes were wrapped as well, and no damage could be done during delivery. Delivery itself did not take an excessive time which I did appreciate.

packageThe only brush I probably will not using is the concealer brushes; I never use concealer brushes I find them quite pointless but that’s just me. I was more nervous about washing these brushes just because I’ve notice more bristle fallout when you wash brushes the first time, but I was pleasantly surprised when literally only one hair came out. The brushes dry to their original shape and are good to go again! I am looking forward to trying the E300 and E330 which are larger blending brushes and the beauty sponge. If you’re thinking of trying this brand out I’ve got a discount code so you can get 25% off >>> SUMANBEAUTY25 <<<

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

  • 5 Piece Complexion Brush Set: $85

Until Next Time!


-Suman

 

FINDING THE PERFECT CONCEALER!

I am not one to wear foundation every single day; it’s just too much sometimes. So on my more chill days I love putting some concealer under the eyes and skipping foundation for the face. I especially love this for spring and summer where you just don’t feel like wearing too much makeup. With this in mind, I have tested out a few concealers and figured out what works for me and what does not. So I will be sharing my fave concealers and others which were a fail for me. Let’s begin!

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“Hard Candy” is a brand which you can find at Walmart. I heard about a concealer they have in their collection and is supposedly very high coverage. This concealer is quite pigmented so WARNING ALERT, a little does go a long way. This is a heavy duty concealer and the coverage is great but they do not have a lot of shades to choose from. So if you are more of a deeper skin tone it will not work out with this concealer. That is the main downside. Overall this concealer is very full coverage and super pigmented. Another issue with this concealer is that if you do not use it long enough or put it way it does become watery and the next time you go to use it, a bunch of liquid will just come out. Shake it well before use. This is definitely not the best drugstore concealer in my opinion but the coverage does speak for itself.

Everyone is well aware of the “Maybelline Age Rewind” concealer; I do remember how much hype there was and still is surrounding this product. Unfortunately when I tested it out a few times I absolutely hated it. I do not like the consistency of it or the blendability of this product. Even when I blend it in as much as I can it still does not look seamless and it does crease. There is also not a large selection when it comes to finding your perfect shade. It doesn’t give off a natural finish, rather it brings more attention to your under eyes in a bad way. I would definitely not recommend this product to anyone looking for a new concealer, you can find a much better ones either drugstore or higher end.

My all-time favourite and go-to concealer is the “Rimmel Wake Me Up”. I have repurchased this product more than 4 times and use it almost every time I apply makeup. It gives me great coverage and it blends well. It comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator which is perfect to target specific areas. The only down side would be that Rimmel’s shade range in the concealer is very minimal. They only have light shades, which is a bummer for those looking for a deeper colour.

A new drugstore concealer I’ve been loving recently is the “LA Girl Pro Concealer”. There was also a lot of hype around this product being amazing and very affordable. The consistency is great, very creamy, and blends out wonderfully providing good coverage, but not full. LA Girl also came out with so many shades that you will definitely be able to find your perfect colour. This concealer has not creased on me and always offers a smooth finish to my skin. I cannot wait to try out the deeper tones for contour, as I have heard great reviews for using this product as a cream contour. For those more natural days I love skipping foundation and just popping concealer under the eyes and this one would be great.

Let’s talk about one of the most popular concealers at the moment, the “Tarte Shape Tape”. This does live up to the hype that it received. This product is only available online on the Tarte website. It comes with a good amount of product (10mL) and has a doe foot applicator. I would prefer a smaller sized applicator; I was quite surprised by it. I bought the shade “Tan Sand” and next time I would buy a shade lighter just so I can highlight as well. This concealer is full coverage and blends out well. It is scented, but not too strong. I am a bit fragrance sensitive, but it’s not extreme and I have no problem applying this concealer. Make sure to always set your concealer with either pressed or loose powder so it doesn’t crease or budge.

“Mac Pro Longwear Concealer” is one of those concealers that never seems to fail me.  It does provide quite a bit of coverage and lasts a long time. I love how this concealer does not cake up. I use this concealer for under the eyes and anywhere I may have redness. It blends out very well and is light weight. The downside for this product would be that it comes with a pump; I just hate getting it everywhere. Concealers should stick to doe foot applicators. You will see in the picture down below that I have the shade ‘NC42’ but I typically use ‘NC35’, it just that the MAC artist gave me the wrong shade so ‘NC42’ does not brighten my under eyes only provides coverage.

The best high end concealer I have ever tried would hands down be the “NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer”. It does not crease, blends amazing, and there is such a wide range of colours to choose from. I love that it does not dry out my under eye area, it hides any imperfections and redness. I can rave on and rave about this concealer but if you have not tried it you really should. This concealer trumps every other concealer I mentioned above. It is pricier and convincing yourself to continue to repurchase this product is difficult sometimes 😛 Nonetheless, the formula does speak for itself and I have not found a high end concealer that trumps NARS.

Let me know what concealers you love or would love to try next.

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

  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge ‘Tan’ (20mL): $7
  • Maybelline Age Rewind ‘Neutralizer’ (6mL): $14
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up ‘True Ivory’ (7mL): $9
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer ‘Creamy Beige’ (8mL): $7
  • Tarte Shape Tape ‘Tan Sand’ (10mL): $31
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ‘Medium 2 Ginger’ (6mL) $37
  • Mac Pro Longwear Concealer ‘NC42’ (9mL): $26

Until Next Time!


-Suman

UPDATED MASCARA ROUTINE, NEW FAVES?

There used to be a time in my life where I was obsessed with mascara, loved trying new ones and finding the most perfect formula for my lashes. I, unfortunately, am not blessed with beautiful long lashes so it can be tricky to find a mascara which holds the curl well. Nowadays, I typically apply fake lashes because WHY NOT. I love that extra amount of drama to my eyes! I have tried so many mascara both drugstore and high end including Dior, Benefit Cosmetics, Too Faced, IT Cosmetics, Maybelline, and many more. But I find myself always reaching for the same ones each and every time. I believe last year I did review the Dior and L’Oréal Miss Manga mascara and L’Oréal was the better formula but this year I have fallen in love with another mascara.

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My go-to mascara for my top lashes is the “L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt”. No disrespect to the “Miss Manga” mascara, that will always be a favourite. The Butterfly Sculpt formula is amazing, not too running and not too drying either. But what is really amazing is the wand. This wand is quite innovative. The bristles do not go all the way around, instead stop halfway and there is a nice edge where the bristles end. This will all make more sense when you look at the picture down below. What the edge allows you to do is really get to the root of your lashes and coat as much as you can to ensure the most volume. With this edge, you can kind of get a tight line effect which only helps to make you lashes look more full. I need all the help I can get in the lash department, since mine aren’t the most noticeable without mascara.

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For my lower lashes I do use a different product, only because I find that some mascaras can bleed on your lower lash line and just create an unnecessary mess. I use the “Wet n Wild MegaLengeth Mascra”, I love this wand for my lower lashes because it’s so small and thin it coats my lashes perfectly without getting on my under eye area. Isn’t that just the worst when you’re almost done your makeup and mascara just makes a mess everywhere and you have you in with a cotton swab and salvage everything?

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Both these mascaras are awesome and very well priced. I’ve learned that just because a mascara is $40, it doesn’t mean it’ll do wonders. I do tend to stick to my drugstore faves but of course there are some amazing higher end favourites, such as “Too Faced Better Than Sex”.

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

  • L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt: $10
  • Wet n Wild MegaLengeth Mascra: $6

Until Next Time!


-Suman

Estée Edit, Yay or Nay?

Estée Lauder launched a collection, called Estée Edit, to attract more of a younger audience to their brand. Normally, Estée Lauder is known to be a classier brand and focusing not so much on teenagers but instead an older crowd. The faces for Estée Edit are Kendell Jenner and blogger Irene Kim and both have created an enormous storm on social media. These days social media is the best way to reach the younger audience so why not collab with two influential individuals with a strong social media following.

I decided to try out the “Fluid Metal Eyeshadow” in the shade “Party of 1”. This is a nice light pink colour perfect for the upcoming transition from winter to spring. When I first swatched this in store it seemed okay and of course I ended up buying it. It comes with a doe foot applicator but I decided to use a flat brush because I wanted a more precise application. This product states that this formula ‘sets with an intense wet metallic finish pops in photo’. This product does pop in photos but in person I did not like it whatsoever. This eyeshadow creases and cracks. The formula is a bit chunky and in person this shadow does not dry smooth, there is cracking when it dries. It does not look good at all. To get a fuller coverage of this metal eyeshadow you will have to go in a few times. I did apply this with a primer underneath the product, although it is not necessary. You can use this product for a light wash of colour and glitter on the lids but it is definitely not a product I would recommend.

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Who knows, maybe the other shades might be different and possibly better when applied. But this particular shade really did not motivate me to try anymore. I hope they improve the formula. I do want to try the “Metallishadow Crème + Powder” from this collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • Estée Lauder Fluid Metal Eyeshadow (3mL): $28

Until Next Time!


-Suman

Fave Drugstore Brand

My all-time favourite drugstore brand hands down is Rimmel London. I have tried a wide selection of their products and continue to repurchase. I have heard mixed reviews about Rimmel, it definitely suits some people more than others but I have never had a problem with it. I use a few Rimmel products every time I apply makeup and have developed some all-time favourites from their collection.

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I have been recently obsessed with foundations and was dying to try out Rimmel’s because I heard such good things. I picked up the ‘Match Perfection’ foundation in shade ‘203 True Beige’. When applied, my initial reaction was “OMG I need to remove it ASAP”. This foundation is scented and I am a tad sensitive to fragrance so the moment it hit me I could not bear it any longer. The main reason I reacted this way because I was surprised, especially since I didn’t smell it in store when I was finding my shade. I tried it again, and this time I was aware of the scent and I fell in love with the foundation. This has become my favourite drugstore foundation. It blends great and the colour matches my skin tone very well. The coverage is outstanding, definitely evens out my skin tone and doesn’t feel heavy. I have worn this foundation for pretty much my entire day and ran errands, did what I had to do and this foundation held up quite well. I will surely be trying their ‘Wake Me Up’ foundation as well.

To go along with the theme, I also tried their ‘Match Perfection’ loose powder. I’m not the biggest fan of baking my face or even the under eye area, I much rather prefer to lightly set it with a pressed powder. Nonetheless, I did bake with this powder and set my face with it and what I like best about it is that it’s quite light on the face. It did not dry up my under eye area whatsoever and set my foundation well without it washing my colour out. I absolutely love cleaning up my contour line with this and baking right underneath. This product also has a light smell to it as well, nothing too intense.

My all-time favourite setting powder is the Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ pressed powder. I used the shade ‘001’ which is transparent. This is my third time repurchasing this product because I absolutely love it. I set my under eye area and the rest of my face with it and never have to retouch throughout the day. It is a very lightweight powder and has the slightest scent which is just perfect for me. I would definitely recommend this powder.

Sticking to powders, my all-time favourite bronzer is the Rimmel ‘Natural Bronzer’ in ‘022 Sun Bronze’. Again, I use this product every time I apply makeup and it has never failed it. It blends well and the colour is perfect for my skin tone. I have repurchased this product as well. It has proven to be long wearing; I wear it on night outs and even during the day when I just want some colour to my face. The colour isn’t too crazy pigmented where blending would be an issue, and the bronzer is very buildable.

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Rimmel came out with their new eyeshadow palettes, the ‘Magnif’Eyes Shadow’ and I purchased ‘003 Grunge Glamour’. This palette comes with 12 shades, a mixture of shimmers and mattes. This particular palette is much more cooled tones than the other two; it includes purple, blue, greys, a shimmery black and even brow bone highlights. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how well this palette worked. The shadows are pigmented and blend quite well. You can use these shadows wet or dry; to intensify your shades add some ‘Mac Fix Plus’ to your mix. Expect some fallout but nothing too crazy, the turn out of the eye look was great.

My go-to concealer is the Rimmel ‘Wake Me Up’ in the shade ‘020 True Ivory’. I have repurchased this product more than 4 times and use it almost every time I apply makeup. It gives me great coverage and it blends well. It comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator which is perfect to target specific areas. The only down side would be that Rimmel’s shade range in the concealer is very minimal. They only have light shades, which is a bummer for those looking for a deeper colour.

I recently purchased Rimmel’s ‘Lash Accelerator Mascara’ mainly due to the buzz circulating around it and the formula apparently makes your lashes longer. Since I have barely any lashes, I thought I’d give it a whirl. My initial impression was that this mascara, comparatively, is a tad creamier and wetter than I’m use to. This wasn’t a big issue whatsoever; the formula was a bit new to me. I do love the wand size of this mascara, it’s not too big and thick nor is it thin. The mascara applies smoothly and I particularly love it for my lower lashes, separates and elongates them.

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In terms of lip products, I was not a fan of the Rimmel ‘Provocalips’ which claimed to last for 16 hours. The formula wasn’t doing it for me and it didn’t last as long as it claimed. I thought it would’ve been more of a stain and long wearing, but not at all. But I am a fan of the Rimmel lipsticks. I have a few shades and I love them. They are creamy and glide on well. They are not transfer proof and don’t claim to be either. But the colours are very lovely and they stay on for a good amount of time but of course with eating and drinking you might have to reapply afterwards which is the case with non-stains. These lipsticks are definitely my favourite from the drugstore and I have repurchases shades, such as the red shade in ‘01’. I hear great buzz about the Rimmel lip liners which I will be trying in the near future for sure, cannot wait to get my hands on them.

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

  • Match Perfection Foundation: $10
  • Match Perfection Loose Powder: $14
  • Stay Matte Pressed Powder: $8
  • Natural Bronzer: $8
  • Magnif’Eyes Shadow (Eyeshadow Palette): $13
  • Wake Me Up Concealer: $9
  • Lash Accelerator Mascara: $7
  • Provocalips: $7
  • Lipsticks: $5-7

Until Next Time!


-Suman