Wednesday, July 13, 2011

MAC Semi-Precious Mini Haul & Thoughts

A new month...a new MAC collection.
The Semi Precious collection was actually one that I've been waiting on for a few months now, I had a list prepared and everything! pretty as it looks on display, I ended up being kinda disappointed by most of the items when I looked at it in person.  Not that there weren't some nice pieces, just didn't end up "needing" as many things as I thought.  The blushes were really pretty but they looked like something I already had in my collection, and the mineralized eyeshadows always look SO gorgeous in the pan but then don't end up looking as gorgeous on your eyes.  So I passed on those too...

Oh well, yay for my wallet!

Of course I didn't walk out without SOMETHING, so here's the two items I picked up....

First thing I made sure to put on hold was the Semi Precious Rose Quartz MSF...

Rose Quartz MSF
Outer Circle...Inner Circle...both blended together

At first I thought the outside circle looked a bit similar to Stereo Rose's not.  But! It IS very pretty and nothing like any of the MSF I already have.  It's actually a really nice product since you can see from my swatches that the outer circle worn alone is a lovely pink blush, even swirled together it makes a nice light pink blush with lot of sheen.  And then the inner circle can be used as your highlight!  On my skintone I like to wear this as a pop of pink on the apples of my cheekbones, with some nice bronzer.  It really brightens up my face.

The next product I got was the lipstick in Gem Of Roses....

When I heard the description on Temptalia I thought it sounded really nice, and then when I saw it in person I thought ehhh...might be a bit dark for me.  But as soon as I swatched it I realized it is a lustre formula so it gave my lips a really gorgeous rosey pink tint and I think it looks very sophisticated and "pretty"...if you get what I mean?  I really like it!  and first day I wore it I got lots of compliments so if you're looking for a nice rosey lipstick different from anything MAC has released lately, go check this out :)

Well...there's my little haul & my thoughts...let me know if you guys picked up anything from the collection!

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June Favorites!

One of my favorite types of videos to watch on YouTube are all the beauty monthly favorites, it's just so interesting to see what everyone consistently used during the entire month.  Those are the products you know they really love... So here's mine!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02
This is a lip balm/lip gloss that has seriously not left my purse since I purchased it, I always keep it in one of the little pockets in my bag so that I can reach for it quick & easy!  It's moisturizing like a balm but leaves your lips looking glossy and just healthy looking -if that makes sense.  I want to do a whole post on this product because I have really been loving it, so look out for that soon.  

MAC Lipstick in Hue
You guys already saw my recent post on this lipstick that I found as a dupe for the Limited Edition Innocence, Beware lipstick and I have not stopped using this since!  I think I have worn this probably 95% of the time, it's just perfect on my lips.  Not too nude, just lightens up my lips a tiny bit and is a great "my lips but better" look.

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse in 240 Natural Beige
I discovered this last summer and have loved it throughout the summer and the winter months.  I have Normal/Dry skin and this foundation makes my skin feel so moisturized and glowy.  I swear I have gotten more compliments on my skin from this than any other foundation!

MAC Studio Careblend Bronzer in Lush, Light Bronze
This was from the recent Surf Baby collection at MAC and I'm so glad I picked this up, the color is gorgeous for all over bronzer and the formula of these Careblend powders feel so lovely on my skin.  My next purchase will definitely be one of the skintone Careblend powders.

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
I know this is a staple in many girls makeup bags and I definitely couldn't live without mine.  One of my classic everyday looks is a bold, winged liner and this gel liner paired with my Sonia Kashuk bent liner brush are great for creating my perfect cat eye look.

MAC Teddy Eye Kohl
On the days when I don't have time to spend on doing my normal black winged liner, I like to smudge this brown liner on my top and bottom lash line to create some definition, then add mascara and I'm good to go!

Clarins Lip Perfector in 02, MAC Lipstick in Hue

Ok so those are just a few items that I know I've been using a whole lot this month.  Nothing particularly interesting, mostly basics but that's the type of makeup I've been doing this month.  I work as well as go to summer school everyday so there's not much time to experiment...clean & simple is the way to go.

Leave me a comment and let me know of any products you've been loving this past month!
Thanks for reading,