Sunday, August 24, 2014

MAC Nude Lipsticks - My Top Picks

MAC Nude Lipstick, MAC Kinda Sexy, MAC Creme Cup, MAC Velvet Teddy, MAC Enchanted One, MAC Mocha, MAC Shanghai Spice, MAC Brave

In today's post, I'm bringing you my Top 7 Mac Nude Lipsticks.  Now, I must mention that I've been a MAC lipstick lover/hoarder ever since I purchased my first shade years ago - MAC Prolongwear Lipstick in Sweet Ever After.  After my initiation into the MAC Cosmetics world, I went a little bonkers and thought that it would be a good idea to purchase every newly released shade that the brand churned out. Looking back, I definitely didn't need all of those eye popping brights, dark reds, or cool pale pinks.  Don't get me wrong, I still wear and love each lipstick in my collection, however, those little pretties don't get nearly as much love as my MAC Nude Lipsticks.  

There are so many different variations of "nude"'ve got your concealer-looking nudes, your peachy nudes, your pink nudes, your brown get this gist.  For me, the ultimate "nude" lipstick is a my lips but better shade.  You'll see that all of the lipsticks I've included (besides Creme Cup) enhance the natural color of my lips.  My top 7 MAC Nude Lipsticks are my go-to, never fail shades.  They're the perfect compliment to any makeup look and they're non-fussy and easy to apply.  Let's have a closer look shall we?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick Review & Photos

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick Review & Photos
MAC Enchanted One Lipstick

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick ($17.50) is described as a "midtone neutral pink".  It's a peachy nude with beige undertones and a matte finish. I've tried many matte lipsticks in my day, and let me just say that this formula is a winner.  It's smooth, creamy and it glides onto the lips with ease - no tugging or pulling - and it doesn't leave your lips feeling like the Sahara Desert.  Although the formula is creamy, it doesn't settle into lip lines and it wears quite well.  Enchanted One lasted about 3 and a half hours before it needed to be reapplied.

If you're looking for a natural, wearable nude that doesn't wash you out, definitely give Enchanted One a go if you can get your hands on it.  My lips are quite pigmented, so Enchanted One is the perfect everyday nude for me.  MAC Velvet Teddy is darker and more beige, less peachy.  MAC Kinda Sexy is more pink.

Monday, May 26, 2014

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer Review, Swatches & Comparisons

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer

This summer MAC brings us the much hyped about summer collection entitled Alluring Aquatic - a collection inspired by ocean waves, sea goddesses and, of course, glowing skin.  The MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection for Summer 2014 features Extra Dimension eyeshadow and blush, new Extra Dimension bronzers, Pearlglide Intense eyeliners, lipstick and lipglasses, nail lacquers and more.  The products are housed in gorgeous chrome-like aqua compacts splattered with raised water droplets. 

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer ($33.00) is described as "a soft brick tan with a  touch of fine shimmer".  It's a medium toned golden bronze with warm undertones and a fine shimmer.  The shimmer is more pronounce when swatched and only barely detectible once applied to the skin (which I prefer).  Delphic is the perfect shade to add warmth and glow to the skin - giving you that sun kissed bronzed appearance that we'd all like to achieve during the spring and summer months.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer Review & Swatches

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer Review & Swatches

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dual sized bronzing powder which is meant to give the skin a healthy sun kissed glow.  The shade on the left side of the compact is a mid-toned gold with slight orange undertones and a shimmery finish.  The shade on the right side of the compact is a coppery bronze with a shimmery finish.  Blended together, the two shades create a deep golden bronze.  Both shades have excellent color payoff and lasted 8 hours before slightly fading.  Due to the intense pigmentation of this bronzer, I advise using a light hand to avoid looking muddy.  I prefer using an angled stippling brush to apply Sun Bunny - I find that it deposits the perfect amount of product on the skin.  

I bought this bronzer because I hoped that it would be a dupe for my beloved MAC Nude on Board Pro Longwear Bronzer which is, sadly, almost gone.  The two are pretty similar although Sun Bunny is darker and leans more orange while Nude on Board is a golden brown.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

MAC Toying Around Lipstick Review & Photos

MAC Toying Around Lipstick Review & Photos

MAC recently released their "Playland" collection which features "luscious shades of Lipstick and Lipglass" which  "liven lips in playful pinks, brilliant purples and bright corals." The collection includes 4 pigments, 3 chromographic pencils, 6 lipsticks, 5 tinted lipglasses, and 3 shades of casual Color.  Although the shades in this collection scream spring, I wasn't drawn to the majority of them due to their wearability factor.  However, if you've been reading my blog for the past two years, you're no stranger to the fact that I'm obsessed with all things coral (see My Coal and Peach Blush Collection). 

My obsession was fed with MAC Toying Around Lipstick ($16.00).  Toying Around, which is a limited edition shade, is described as a "hot coral pink" with an Amplified finish.  The formula is smooth and creamy which allows for easy application that doesn't tug or pull on the lips.  Toying Around lasted about 4 hours before it needed to be reapplied.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My MAC Blush Collection

Here is a photo overview of my MAC blush collection - about half are permanent and the others are limited edition.  SWATCHES AFTER THE JUMP!

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a warm rosy plum with a natural satiny finish.  Hourglass describes the Ambient Lighting Blush line as "a groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color."  

These blushes are infused with "Photoluminescent Technology" which creates depth and dimension.  There are six blushes in the line and each one is fused with a different Ambient Lighting Powder in order to enhance the appearance of the skin.  Mood Exposure is infused with Mood Light Ambient Lighting Powder and is meant to give the skin a brighter, more radiant appearance.  

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