MAC Mangrove Lipstick Swatches & Review – Proenza Schouler #PSMAC

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For April 2014 MAC is finally giving us the much anticipated Proenza Schouler Collection! I am obsessed with this collaboration because I’m a huge fan of Proenza Schouler and feel with her esthetic that she is the perfect choice for a collection with MAC. Four lipsticks will be released within this collection and there will definitely be something for everyone. Of the four shades I have one to share with you today in Mangrove.

MAC Mangrove Lipstick Swatches Review Proenza Schouler

For the first time, the cool cleverness of the Proenza Schouler woman is captured in a collection of confident colour, featuring specially designed, limited-edition packaging.Lipstick bullets, square compacts and Pro Longwear pencils gleam with a unique, luxurious, metallic finish. Four Nail Lacquers glide on in creamy, urban hues.Introducing NEW shades of Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach and Ocean City – face powders in cool pink and warm peach, fused into fuchsia and coral gradients.

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick packagingThe outer box has an oil slick ombre effect that is going to make fashion fans and MAC collectors go wild. The lipstick tube for this collection matches the outer box in color and shape (a nice change from the round tubes). The casing feels sturdy and metal.

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick ReviewMAC Mangrove Matte Lipstick Swatches Review Proenza SchoulerMAC Mangrove Lipstick Swatches Proenza SchoulerMangrove (bright clean orange-red) is a vivid with a matte finish. The formula was a little dry but it’s a matte so that wasn’t too shocking. It applied completely opaque and lasted about 4-5 hours, leaving a slight stain behind. I didn’t use a lip liner for the lip swatch below, but I do recommend it since you can see a bit of feathering.

MAC Mangrove Lipstick Lip Swatches Proenza SchoulerAre you picking anything up from the MAC Proenza Schouler Collection? I’m definitely getting Woodrose Lipstick and the blushes!

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick retails for $22.00 and is available beginning April 21, 2014 (online) and April 24, 2014 (in store) at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and maccosmetics.com.

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MAC Our Secret Fluidline Swatches & Review – Magnetic Nude

First, apologies for the lateness on this! I thought I reviewed the MAC Our Secret Fluidline but apparently that is not the case =\ I decided to put it up anyway because the Magnetic Nude Collection is likely already at the CCO’s or will be soon.

MAC Fluidline box MAC Our Secret Fluidline Gel MAC Our Secret Fluidline Swatches ReviewOur Secret is described as a metallic brown with red pearl, making me hope and pray it would be a dupe for my beloved Graphic Brown Fluidline (it’s not). It’s much lighter than Graphic Brown and appears more golden brown to me. It’s gorgeous for a neutral look and applied smoothly, lasting all day. Fluidlines also make fantastic bases for eye shadows, holding them in place and making the shades more vibrant.

MAC Our Secret Fluidline SwatchesMAC Our Secret Fluidline Swatches EOTDDid you get your hands on MAC Our Secret Fluidline?

MAC Fluidline retails for $16.00. Our Secret is limited edition and no longer available on the websites, but definitely check your local CCO!

MAC Fiction Eye Shadow & Pink Poodle Lipglass Swatches, Review – By Request 2014

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For the past few years MAC has released a “By Request” Collection, giving their fans the opportunity to vote on the shades they want to bring back for a limited time. I love this idea because it’s the perfect opportunity for you to restock on a past fave or grab a product you may have missed out on the first time around.

MAC By Request 2014 Swatches ReviewFor 2014 the fans voted and brought back three eye shadows (Fiction, Diesel and Butterscotch, $15.00 each) and three lipstick/lipglass shades (Glam, Hoop and Pink Poodle, $15.00 each for Lipglass/$16.00 each for Lipstick).

MAC By Request 2014 Swatches Review Fiction Pink PoodleFiction is described as a muted green shimmer (frost). This is a khaki shade with slight golden flecks. I found the formula to be fantastic in terms of wear and easily applied when using a firm brush (MAC 239). This is a great shade to wear multiple ways including all over the lid or just subtly in the crease.

MAC Fiction Eye Shadow By Request ReviewPink Poodle is described as a vivid fuchsia pink. It’s a jelly like fuchsia with blue pearl. The formula wasn’t too sticky and it’s opaque enough to be worn alone or over a similar (or nude) lipstick.

MAC Fiction Eye Shadow Pink Poodle Lipglass SwatchesWhat products do you wish MAC would bring back?

MAC By Request is available for a limited time exclusively at maccosmetics.com.

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Makeup Wars – 8 Ways to Hide Flaws & Illuminate Your Face

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This week’s Makeup Wars is all about being glowy. Illuminating, if you will. Some of these help to conceal, but for the most part I like to use them to give the illusion of brightness/being awake and all “no, I don’t suffer from insomnia at all”.

8 Ways to Hide Flaws Illuminate Makeup WarsIn no particular order….

1. Dior Nail Glow. I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet! I’ve had it for a year and am obsessed with it. Running out the door and need a mani but have no time for a mani? You can slap this on so fast and it adds a rosy tint to your nails leaving them shiny and healthy looking.

2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye/Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer. A mouthful… but this is the real deal for hiding the evil that is the under eye area… especially after a night of St. Patrick’s Day festivities (hint hint – everyone knows you were out because of what you posted on Instagram, you can still look like a million bucks the next morning with this stuff).

3. NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. I dust this setting powder over my face makeup to help keep it flawless throughout the day, but one of my favorite things about it is that it contains light-active micro-prisms that optically fade wrinkles, pores.. all that bad stuff. There is also a pressed form of this but reviews said that the loose gives more of a matte finish and I’m all about that. Cream wise I love the Copacabana Highlighter that I got in a Sephora VIB gift!

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. Hourglass has some excellent Ambient Lighting Powders (see Mood Glow) but my heart lies with their Ambient Lighting Blushes. I got my hands on Luminous Flush during a VIB preview, then when the shades launched I bought up the rest of them. You’ll be seeing them very soon!

5. MAC Grain Eye Shadow. This eye shadow has been my go-to highlight shade for years. If I get a palette that doesn’t have a shade to highlight or blend a crease out with (which happens way more often than I like) I always add this in.

6. Tarte Champagne. I first used this highlighter when I got the Tarte for Aqualillies Palette last year. I use it all over – cheeks, eyes, anywhere I need a bit of brightness or deflection.

7. Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush. This cheek powder is rose gold and may be highlighter only status for some, but it’s the perfect blush for me! I also enjoy using Watt’s Up and am currently working my way through a pile of sample sizes I’ve acquired!

and finally…

8. Eat well. I’m really guilty of not doing this one. I just started back up (I see you coming, Summer) and it’s been refreshing. I have more energy, my skin looks better and brighter, I get more done… it’s just all around a fabulous feeling inside that radiates outward in your appearance!

In related news, check out Top 10 Items to Conceal & Correct. How do you hide your flaws/illuminate?

 

 

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Overspiced Lipglass Swatches & Review – Magnetic Nude

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I actually first used and reviewed MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00) back in 2012 when it released with In Extra Dimension.  Now it’s back again with the Magnetic Nude Collection and is joined by some other beautiful pieces, including Overspiced Lipglass ($15.00).

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Overspiced Lipglass Magnetic Nude ReviewSuperb (soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer) has a bronzed shimmer to it, which is lovely if you’re just needing a highlight or want to add some dimension to your glow while sunning poolside (oh I am SO excited for those days, snow snow go away).  This metallic cheek color can easily become over done if you use too much of it, so apply sparingly… in the case of the Extra Dimension Skinfinish less is more.

Overspiced (dirty, muted coral) is a fabulous shade for everyday or to keep your lips understated while pairing with a smokey eye.  Because it’s a lipglass it’s got that sticky factor, but was still creamy and opaque enough to coat the lips easily and last around 3 hours.

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Overspiced Lipglass Magnetic Nude Swatches

Below I’m wearing Overspiced on the lips and Superb on the top of the cheekbones along with Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush.

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Overspiced Lipglass Magnetic Nude LookFor more information on this collection, please see the Official Press Release.

MAC products are available at your local MAC Counter (Nordstrom, Dillard’s) or store as well as online at maccosmetics.com.

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