MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Swatches + Review // Neutrals

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Ten new neutral-ish shades are available in the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor line-up and I have all ten to swatch and talk about!

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Recently MAC released 10 new shades in their Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor ($21.00 // Nordstrom) line and it’s said the formula is long-wearing (8 hours), smooth and even to wear and apply, non-feathering, non-bleeding with a liquid-suede finish. 

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor
  • Flesh Stone // Greyed Neutral Brown*
  • Dash O’ Spice // Yellow Beige*
  • Cafe au Chic // Greyed Beige
  • Chocotease // Warm Chocolate Brown*
  • Burnt Spice // Creamy Dirty Rose
  • So Me // Greyed Plum
  • Topped With Brandy // Deep Dirty Rose
  • Carnivorous // Blackened Red
  • Uniformly Fabulous // Blackened Grape
  • Young Attitude // Blackened Teal
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor

I found that they all (with one exception) did apply easily, smoothly, evenly and with a ton of pigment. When I wore each shade there was definitely transfer onto things like straws, cups, silverware… but there was color left behind that wasn’t as intense as the initial application and more matte in appearance. It also faded out evenly so I didn’t get that ring of color around the lip line. 

What I also found to be really nice is that after I ate and drank the formula didn’t dry out horribly and become uncomfortable to wear. It did feel slightly sticky but I wasn’t RUNNING for a balm or gloss to throw on top to help with that awful dry lip feeling. THAT is a major plus for me.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Final thoughts – they’re not transfer proof and they’re not going to live on your lips for life BUT they do last around 7 hours or so on me. Other than Young Attitude (which needed a little work to be even) each of these 10 shades performed consistently on my lips.

Swatched below L-R: Flesh Stone, Dash O’ Spice, Cafe au Chic, Chocotease, Burnt Spice, So Me, Topped With Brandy, Carnivorous, Uniformly Fabulous, Young Attitude

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor swatches L-R: Flesh Stone, Dash O’ Spice, Cafe au Chic, Chocotease, Burnt Spice, So Me, Topped With Brandy, Carnivorous, Uniformly Fabulous, Young Attitude

I’m sad to say that three of the shades shown with an * (Flesh Stone, Dash O’ Spice and Chocotease) are listed as limited edition. If you want them, make sure you pick them up ASAP!

My favorite shades are Burnt Spice, So Me, Topped With Brandy and Carnivorous. Which of the new MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolors are your faves?

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor shades retail for $21.00 each and are available now at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and maccosmetics.com.

Fashionably Floral Outfit Ideas

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Floral prints aren’t just for babies and grandmas, they’re for everyone! With Spring on the way gimme alllll the flowers. Below are a few outfit ideas perfect for Easter, beautiful weather and good times!

Floral Outfit ideas for Spring Fashion

Free People Go On Get Floral Sweatshirt // I almost bought this Free People sweater on Shopbop during their sale and I’m reallyyyyyy regretting not grabbing it. It looks so comfy & perfect for a chilly morning.

Cupcakes and Cashmere Bendita Off the Shoulder Top // Generally I’m not too into any type of off-shoulder top, but with chokers being back in style I’ve been gravitating towards them more. LOVE this one.

BLANKNYC Embroidered Faux Leather Moto Jacket // How bad-A is this jacket?! Normally a black leather jacket would be so Fall or Winter, but the floral really “Springs it up”. 

STS Blue Rose Bowl Embroidered Denim Shorts // I don’t mind some printed leggings but I’m self-conscious about my thighs. These shorts are cute, subtly floral and won’t draw too much attention to one of my problem areas. Goal met.

Cliche Floral Hi-Lo Dress // This is the type of dress I love for outdoor Spring (or Summer!) weddings and parties. It’s perfect for both!

AEO Cutout Convertible Cami // I’m always looking to find a new sort of cami. I love the peek-a-boo style of this one!

7 for All Mankind Josefina Embroidered Boyfriend Jeans // I’m all about that comfy, loose jean style. These are also subtle in the floral department but that’s even more perfect because they’ll go with everything.

Coach 1941 Tea Rose Leather Clutch // It matches all the things! Also can we just talk about how fan-freaking-tastic the Coach 1941 line is?! I loved this brand for so long and then fell out for a bit … with this vintage line I’m so back. I have one bag and I plan to buy many more!

Tasha Floral Leaf Metal Headband // Not gonna lie… my daughter has a similar one and it looks adorable on her. I definitely need one in my stash too.

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Floral can be in your face, or more understated. Either way, I’m just loving it this year! What is your favorite floral piece? 

What’s in Your Carry-On?

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Beauty products to carry on a plane

MAC Travel Bottle Duo // Urban Decay D-Slick // Hold Me Bag // Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette // beautyblender set // Make Up For Ever Primer // Sephora Eye Makeup Remover // Pinch Provisions Travel Emergency Kit // Urban Decay Primer Potion // IT Cosmetics Your Superheroes Full-Size Travel Brush Set // IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara // IT Cosmetics Brush Bath // Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser

Question of the Week: You’re going on a trip. Tell us what beauty products you bring in your carry-on (3oz or less, remember!). I’m always terrified they’ll lose my luggage so I try to carry-on everything. Most liquids I put into smaller containers or I buy a smaller size, if I can. I do whatever I can to get it all into the Hold Me Bag, which holds A LOT more than you’d think. I also try to choose a palette that has shadows for all occasions plus cheek products all in one (the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette is a good, basic one). 

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The Lipstick League – week of 3.06.17

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EauMG – Please remind me to stop sampling expensive perfumes. I can’t afford to keep falling in love with niche perfumes (like this one from Neela Vermeire Creations).

fanserviced-b – I tried Charlotte Tilbury’s $22 Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask and it did not go very well, to say the least.

Gouldylox – Looking for the perfect vacation makeup? This sweet little collection has everything you need for a simple, beautiful vacay look and it’s on sale right now.

My Beauty Bunny – Can’t stop won’t stop trying new highlighters! NARS released a limited edition Banc de Sable highlighter palette and I’m letting you know what I think.

Prime Beauty – After a long winter, bring a pop of spring color to your life with Milk Makeup’s Eye Pigments! They are vibrant, long lasting and deliver a dose of color in one swipe!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

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PIXI + Pretties Blogger Collaboration

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It’s becoming very common to wake up in the morning, scroll through social media and see another blogger collaboration announced. I’ll admit, I get excited even when it seems repetitive. But none have gotten me as excited as the Pixi + Pretties Blogger Collaboration!

Pixi Beauty has collaborated with four bloggers and lifestyle influencers and guided them in creating their “dream” beauty products. These products represent the individuals point of view but also reflect on the Pixi philosophy of “fuss-free beauty”.

Pixi Pretties influencer collab makeup collection

Pixi + It’s Judy Time

It’s Judy Time from YouTube has developed my favorite part of the collection – Get the Look – ITSEYETIME ($24.00 // Target) and Get the Look – ITSLIPTIME ($24.00 // Target).

ITSEYETIME features 12 neutral-to-smokey eye shadows that are said to be “super-silky, easy to wear and highly blendable”. The shades in the palette are meant to make it easy to transition eye looks from day into night.

Pixi Pretties ITSEYETIME Eyeshadow Palette

ITSLIPTIME features 12 lip crèmes in “a range of wearable, super-flattering colours mixed by Judy”. I’m not a huge fan of lip palettes but I do like that these particular shades feel fabulous on, have a good pigment and are able to be layered with each other.

Pixi ITSLIPTIME Lip Palette from It’s Judy Time

Pixi + Maryam Maquillage

MaryamNYC is an Instagram phenom whose gorgeous looks have always had me drooling. For her part of the collection she created two cheek palettes ($20.00 // Target) along with a coordinating brush ($14.00 // Target).

Strobe & Bronze creates a sheer but sunkissed warmth to your skin – three highlighters give a soft glow while the three bronzers help to create a natural definition. 

Pixi Strobe & Bronze palette

Strobe & Sculpt has three highlight shades and three contour shades for lighting and defining into a seamless, luminous finish.

Pixi Strobe & Sculpt Palette

Strobe & Sculpt Brush is a dual sided synthetic fiber brush for blending contour, bronzing and highlighting. I love how that tapered edge really gets in there while the fluffy side blends everything out so well!

Pixi Strobe and Sculpt Brush

Pixi + Aspyn Ovard

Aspyn Ovard is a YouTuber with 3 million subscribers and a whole lot of personality! For her part of Pixi Pretties she has a trio of three Glow-y Powders ($16.00 // Target) and a duo of Eye Accents ($16.00 // Target).

Glow-y Powder is a pressed powder used for brightening. Definitely not deep enough to use as a blush, so they make nice highlight shades. Three shades are available in Light Gold, Light Pastel and Bronze Cloud.

Pixi Glow-y Powders

Eye Accents is a set of two items – Lower Lash Mascara and Brow Tamer in Clear. The mascara has a long, super-skinny wand and a water-resistant formula. The brow gel features an all day hold that doesn’t make your brows look crunchy.

Pixi Eye Accents Brow Tamer & Lower Lash Mascara

Pixi + Caroline Hirons

Skincare Expert Caroline Hirons might just have the coolest product of the entire collab – the Double Cleanse ($24.00 // Target).

Double Cleanse is a unique, 2-in-1 cleanse where one side contains a solid cleansing oil (to remove makeup and sunscreen) on one side and a cleansing cream (cleanse and prep) on the other side. 

Pixi Double Cleanse Skincare

I love the products featured in this collection but I wish there’d have been less focus on cheek products and more focus on the eyes… maybe instead of so many highlighters do a liner set with a mascara, for example. It’d be awesome to see their next blogger collab (hopefully there is one!) have products from 4 bloggers that could all come together to form a full, cohesive look.

What do you think of the Pixi + Pretties Collab? What did you buy or what are you looking to pick up?

Pixi Beauty products can be purchased at Target and at pixibeauty.com.

Paula’s Choice Skincare for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Skincare is such a journey. A journey that will never, ever end. Every few years your skin will change and as you get older it’ll become more and more noticeable. What worked for you when you were in your teens won’t work in your 20’s. What worked in your 20’s won’t work in your 30’s… etc.

In the past I’ve talked about my favorite skincare products and one brand that continues to stand out in terms of high-quality, affordable skincare that delivers results is Paula’s Choice.

Paula’s Choice Skincare for Oily Acne Prone Skin Types

One of the lines from Paula’s Choice that I like the most for my oily, acne-prone skin is the CLEAR line. It’s gentle on my skin (which can be sensitive) and helps me keep my breakouts under control. Because I’m such a fan of every Paula’s Choice product I’ve tried so far I wanted to give a few more items a go. 

RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF30

I’ve HAD to up my SPF game. Most of my current skincare faves do not contain SPF and that’s not a good thing. RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF30 ($30.00) is anti-aging, targets fine lines and pores plus it improves and evens skin tone.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF30

RADIANCE Renewal Mask

My skin has been dull and sad with this junk weather we’ve been having. RADIANCE Renewal Mask ($36.00) is anti-aging, skin-softening and hydrating. I love this right now because, though I’m early, my skin feels tight and dry from the winter temps. It’s also perfect for a lazy evening (let’s be honest, most of my evenings) when you want the effects of a mask but don’t want to get back up to rinse it off.

Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask

CLEAR Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

Of course I need to add more of the CLEAR line into my routine! CLEAR Daily Skin Clearing Treatment ($18.00) is good for all skin types to combat acne breakouts. Nowadays I tend to get those mostly on my chin and cheek areas. What I like is that it not only fights acne but prevents future breakouts without drying out your skin. Use this lotion on the affected area after you cleanse. 

Paula’s Choice CLEAR Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

RESIST BHA9

I have a lot of texture on my skin as well as leftover acne scars. RESIST BHA9 ($43.00) is a salicylic acid treatment that visibly and quickly minimizes bumps, redness, and enlarged pores and refines and clarifies skin’s surface. After one use I did notice a slight difference and I’m hoping with time this is the kick in the pants my skin needs!

Paula’s Choice RESIST BHA9 skincare

Shine Stopper

Because I also like to be matte I decided to try out Shine Stopper ($24.00) to press onto my oiliest areas (t-zone). I put this over RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF30. This is the first primer that’s worked as well as my HG and it’s also $13 cheaper!

Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper mattifying primer

Also how cute is this Gorgeous on the Go Makeup Collection?! It’s available too – both pieces in the set for only $45. 

Paula’s Choice Gorgeous on the Go Makeup Collection

Remember in the beginning how I said Paula’s Choice Skincare is affordable? See for yourself. You’ll also be able to click here & save another $10 off of $40+ with code PRIMP10. This is your luxury skincare on a budget!

If your skin isn’t like mine it’s no sweat. Just head to the top of the website and shop by your skin concern. Paula’s Choice makes it easy and their customer service is incredibly helpful.

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Zoya Naturel3 Nail Polish Swatches + Review

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Natural shades always hold a special place in my heart and this seasonal collection from Zoya is tops for me year after year. I love that the Zoya Naturel3 Nail Polish Collection has beautiful, light cream shades all the way up to deep plums. Simply stunning!

Zoya Naturel3 Nail Polish Collection

Tatum // “a medium light nude cream with a warm base” 
Cathy // “a light pinky nude cream”
Jill // “a lighter mauve cream nude”
Mary // “a medium raisin cream”
Gina // “a medium brown neutral cream”
Debbie // “a plum brown cream”

Zoya Naturel3 Nail Polish Swatches

Below I’m wearing my favorite shade from this collection, Debbie. What shade is your favorite?

Zoya Debbie Nail Polish

There are also three lipstick shades featured in this collection in Cameron (creamy nude satin cream), Paisley (blush rose satin cream) and Maxwell (deep plum with a subtle fuchsia fleck modern matte). Obviously, Cameron and Paisley are HEAVY faves of mine!

Zoya Lipstick shades in Cameron, Paisley and Maxwell

Zoya Nail Polish shades retail for $10.00 each and are available at top salons, spas and Zoya.com.  

10 EcoTools Brushes That Make Beauty a Breeze

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Shopping for fabulous quality brushes for your beauty routine doesn’t have to eat up your entire “treat yo’ self” budget for the month. EcoTools brushes are available right at your fingertips, are quick to pick up and they’re super affordable. 

Affordable, quality makeup brushes from EcoTools

A few of my faves:

  1. Full Powder // Perfect for pressed powders – I personally love this one for bronzing!
  2. Define // Use the tapered bristles to sculpt with your contour or to dust on blush (which is my preferred method with this one!). It’s sold in a duo-pack with the Highlight brush.
  3. Highlight // The wide, fanned bristles make this brush essential for a highlight that is never overdone. 
  4. Perfecting Blender Applicator // Designed with EcoFoam technology to easily apply foundation and concealer into all contours of the face. It can be used wet or dry, I prefer mine to be a little damp. There is also a Perfecting Blender Duo that I also like to use damp. You get two sizes in the package and each sponge is nice and firm.
  5. Concealer // If you’re not into the sponge applicator this one is perfect for concealing, however I like to use it to apply cream shadows! You can find this one in the 6-piece Starter Set.
  6. Detail Concealer // For those small imperfections or hard to conceal areas like the inner corner of the eye. I personally use this one as a lip brush. You can find this one in the Ultimate Concealer Duo set.
  7. Full Shadow // Perfect for applying an all-over lid color. This is sold in a duo-pack with the Precision Blending brush.
  8. Precision Blending // This is what I like to use to apply a deep shadow shade to the outer-V area of the eye and blend inward with.
  9. Shade & Define // Use one side to apply shadow all over the lid and the other side to line the eye. This is sold in a duo-pack with Smudge & Blend.
  10. Smudge & Blend // Use one side to perfectly blend in your crease color and the other side to smudge shadow and liner at the top or bottom lash line.

Using quality makeup is important in any look, but the brushes you’re using will make or break how good everything applies and how good the products look when worn. You can have all the best in beauty, but if your brushes suck you can bet your makeup look will suffer as well.  

Affordably, quality beauty tools from EcoTools

If you’re new to the EcoTools line it’s easy to feel overwhelmed because there are a lot of options and you’ll want them all. For now I’d recommend starting with the Six Piece Starter Set (which is regularly $24.95 but is on sale at Walmart for $10.96 PLUS there is a $2 off coupon you can download below), Facial Cleansing Brush and the Bristle Bath Brush. That way all the bases are covered to begin your collection!

EcoTools Beauty in a Breeze

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Coupons.com offer: SAVE $2.00 off of any one (1) EcoTools product at Walmart.

EcoTools coupon offer

What EcoTools product is your favorite? 

9 Must-Have Rose Gold Highlighters

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It’s funny to think about Greenery being the color of the year when Rose Gold has taken off even more this year than any other. This week for Makeup Wars we’re doing another run at “Color Wars” and because I’m so in lust with Rose Gold, choosing it was a no-brainer for me. Paring down my choices was a heavy task so I decided to focus on fabulous high-end Rose Gold Highlighters.

Must Have Rose Gold Highlighters

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette. I posted about this on Friday so of course it’s going to make a must-have/favorites type of roundup. It’s gorgeous! Read more here.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette. If you’re a fan of Casey Holmes on YouTube you probably already bought one of these. I picked up the shade Pearl in which the deepest shade has a very soft rose gold highlight. There is also a Gold palette for deeper skintones.

Benefit Rockateur Rose Gold Blush. This one would be more of a highlight for anyone with a medium to dark skintone, but on me it’s a gorgeous and very subtle blush. One of my faves since it came out!

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter. One of my favorites to use as an eyeshadow. The Poured Cream version also makes a fantastic base for a lot of eyeshadow looks.

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops. A customizable way to add a glow to your liquid beauty products – even in your skincare!

Too Faced Ray of Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter. Besides the fact that it looks incredibly gorgeous it even swatches incredibly gorgeous. Visually this is probably my favorite of all time.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. More than just the rose gold shade that is 143 you have a beautiful 6 shade palette of highlight shades. Perfect for cheeks and eyes! 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette Volume II. Of the four shades Candlelight is the rose gold stunner, though you’ll love them all!

Viseart Highlight & Contour Palette. While this gives you both your highlight AND contouring fix the rose gold highlight shade is a force all on it’s own. So stunning!

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I stuck with highlighters that are currently available, though some are limited edition.

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What is Your Favorite Nighttime Moisturizer?

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Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

Question of the Week: What is your current favorite nighttime moisturizer? Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. I’ve been singing it’s praises for a few months now and it even made it into my Skincare Favorites! You can grab it now at Sephora.

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The Lipstick League – week of 3.06.17

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Prime Beauty – has the cure for your dry winter skin! Take the Nügg Beauty 4 Day Dry Skin Challenge and enter to win a Face Mask.

we heart this – The one where Stef tries the Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘N’ Easy Smokey Eye Kit and falls head over heels…

Beautygeeks – Is a fabulous white gown in your near future? Our Manigeek has all the swatches and a full review of the first Essie Gel Couture bridal collection; it’s the brand’s first bridal-designer collaboration, too.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares the details on the latest from Herbal Essences! More new smell-good shampoos & Conditioners in the Herbal Essences bio:renew collection.

Blushing Noir – For the first time in ever a small <i>skincare</i> sample in a subscription box launched a full-fledged obsession! Check out a few of Brooke’s faves from Drunk Elephant Skincare and get ready to add a few new things to your wishlist!

fanserviced-b – Want to dive deeper into Korean skincare, but don’t want to pay Sephora prices? You can buy a great kbeauty face cream for $10.

Gouldylox – You’ve loved Mr. Jay forever, but have you tried his makeup? I’ve got three looks, plus a giveaway to inspire you for spring.

My Beauty Bunny – Who else is highlighter obsessed!? Find out whether the new Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters are a hit or a miss!!

Nouveau Cheap – In case you haven’t heard, MAC Cosmetics is coming to Ulta. Yay for more opportunities to earn/use those Ulta points!

Phyrra – Do you have facial redness you need neutralized? I’ve got all the details on Green Concealers: what you need to know!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)