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    The MAC Concealer Line Up

    MAC Concealer

    Recently when going through my base drawer to pick out a concealer to use, I realized that I had never talked about a few of the MAC concealers I own. I thought it might be helpful to do a comparison and talk about the pros and cons of each one in case you were interested in trying some of these yourself.

    Studio Finish is a very creamy high coverage concealer. It has SPF 35 and the creamy texture is very build-able and blend-able. I use this on any redness, blemishes or spots that I feel need a bit of extra coverage. I find using a brush to apply it to the face and then blending out with a finger gives the nicest result. I wouldn’t suggest using this under the eyes as it is much too thick and creases quite a bit.

    Select Cover-up is a light coverage liquid concealer. It has the least coverage out of the three that I own, and I typically use this on days when I want a brighter under eye area. It has a watery texture and can require a few coats to get decent coverage, hence why I don’t reach for it that much. As with all liquid and cream products, I always set it with a powder and I’ve found that it doesn’t cling and become cakey which is a plus. Since it does have a thinner consistency, you could even take your BeautyBlender and apply this as a foundation if you’re in a pinch.

    Pro Longwear is a cult favourite and for good reason. It has great coverage, blends nicely and has an anti-crease technology which makes it ideal for use under the eyes or as an eyeshadow primer. The formula isn’t too thick or thin and melts into the skin and looks very natural. The only qualm I have with this product is the packaging as the pump usually tends to dispense too much product. This will be a forever repurchase for me as I am completely obsessed with it.

    Do you have any MAC concealers on your wishlist?

     

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    One Wash Wonder Eyeshadows

    One Wash Wonder Eyeshadows

    As much as I love to go full on when it comes to my eye makeup, sometimes I don’t have the time to go through all of those extra steps. When I’m in a pinch for time these eyeshadows are perfect to just chuck on and go!

    The MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Lorelei is a limited edition eyeshadow that came out in the Alluring Aquatic collection last year and has taken the spot of my favourite MAC eyeshadow. This stunning golden beige shade has a beautiful shimmer finish and blendable texture. It’s perfect for everyday wear and looks great as a wash of colour all over the lid. No fuss here!

    Cream eyeshadows are a good choice when you are short for time, and when I am looking to add a subtle highlight to my eyes I reach for the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded. I just swirl my MAC 217 into the pot and apply generously to the lid, blending as I go. It also makes a great cheek highlight.

    This next MAC eyeshadow is a favourite of many and for good reason. All That Glitters is a beautiful pink with a pretty golden sheen that instantly gives you that “I spent a lot of time on my makeup” look when you really didn’t. I just can’t get enough of this shade.

    I like to pull out this next eyeshadow when going out in the evenings though it’s not unusual for me to wear it in the daytime as well. This dark bronze shade, Amber Lights, really makes my blue eyes stand out and as you can see from the photo above it is a very much loved eyeshadow. If you enjoy warm tones on your eyes then this is a must for you.

    Last but not least is the Mary Kay Whipped Eye Color in Tiki Hut. I had never tried a whipped eyeshadow until recently and at first I was a bit intimidated. After playing around with it, I found that I really love the light, blendable texture. I just take a bit onto my finger, place it on the lid and blend it out with a brush and I am good to go. Can you tell that I am a fan of bronze eyeshadows yet?

    What eyeshadows do you reach for when short for time?

     

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    A New Lip Combo

    Inexpensive Drugstore Lip Combo

    You know when you are playing around with your makeup, trying out different products together and all of a sudden you find that perfect combination? Everything just comes together so perfectly and you get overly excited? I’m sure you makeup lovers have been there with me. Well, that happened to me a few weeks ago and I have been wearing my new discovery non-stop ever since. The best part is that both of these products can be purchased at the drugstore!

    Trying to find Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob was not an easy feat. It seemed to be ever so elusive, probably because of the blogger hype, but it finally grabbed it (the last one I might add) at my local Walmart not too long ago. It was finally mine, and I may or may not have jumped for joy inside when I found it. Seeing so many bloggers rave about this inexpensive dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury lip liner in Pillow Talk I knew I was going to love it.

    East End Snob is one of those ever so popular my-lips-but-better shades and it’s not too far off from my natural lip colour. It’s a deep pink liner that is perfect for giving the illusion of a fuller pout. It even looks pretty just worn by itself. If you are into nude lips but don’t want to venture into the “too nude” spectrum, this will be a great pick for you.

    The more I wear the Maybelline Colour Elixir glosses the more I love them. At first I found them to be somewhat too sticky, but over time I have come to love their smoother texture. The Maybelline Colour Elixir in Captivating Carnation was a perfect match for East End Snob as it really brings out the pink tones in the lip liner and compliments it beautifully. It also adds a really nice shine to the lips and makes them look fuller. It is such a flattering combination on my skin tone and is perfect for the summer.

    What is your favourite summer lip combo?

     

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    MAC In Extra Dimension

    MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

    MAC recently released In Extra Dimension, a collection of 18 stunning eyeshadows and I cannot begin to tell you how happy this makes me. The first Extra Dimension eyeshadow to grace my makeup bag was from their Alluring Aquatics collection in the shade Lorelei and it is my favourite MAC eyeshadow to date. I was lucky enough to receive two beautiful eyeshadows from this new collection and am very excited to share them with you!

    The formula of the Extra Dimension shadows is truly a breeze to work with as they have a lovely soft texture and blend beautifully. They are a very versatile product as you can apply them dry for a more sheer effect, or wet to really bring the intensity. I was awestruck when I saw the complete line-up of shades released and each colour is just as beautiful as the next. I have a few on my wishlist that I need to pick up ASAP.

    Silver Sun is a silver with a stunning metallic finish. It is said to have a greenish undertone, but I personally don’t see that come across on the eyes. When applied wet, the metallic finish really comes forth and just screams “look at me!”. This shadow will be my new go-to on a night out!

    Rich Core is described by MAC as a dirty aubergine and is a deep purple with red undertones. It is quite an interesting shade that is hard to describe. I don’t have any shades similar to this in my collection so I am very happy to have it as a new addition. Applying this eyeshadow wet over a black base really brings out the beautiful red shimmer.

    I really wanted to show you just how gorgeous these eyeshadows are, so I created a look using both of the shades. It’s really dark and smudgy and has a halo effect in the center of the lid which brightens up the look. Both eyeshadows were applied wet so you can really see how rich and intense they can be. I know the look won’t be for everyone, but I am all about having fun with different colours and techniques. I mean why not?

    MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

    What shades from the Extra Dimension collection are on your wishlist?

     

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    Makeup Shaming

    Makeup Shaming

    There seems to be this ongoing issue on social media, and in real life, that has really compelled me to write a post about it. Makeup shaming is becoming more prevalent lately, especially with the rise of beauty bloggers and vloggers, and social media has made it very easy for individuals to express their opinions openly to a large audience.

    When I saw this post on Twitter about Shannon Harris, a beauty Youtuber, recently I honestly couldn’t believe how many re-tweets and favorites it had gotten. The caption of the photo stating “This is why our first date is running a mile around the track to see if you sweat the makeup off” had me completely baffled. When did comments like this become acceptable to say? It doesn’t seem to matter whether a woman has a full face of makeup or is rocking a bare face, there always seems to be someone criticizing their choice.

    There seems to be this stigma that makeup is only for those who are unattractive and this couldn’t be further from the truth. As I’m sure you have seen, makeup shamers are very hypocritical. If you wear makeup, you’re unattractive. If you don’t, you’re still unattractive. No matter what you choose, you will be judged. You see photos on Instagram of women who are rocking a full face of makeup and are told that they shouldn’t wear so much. Then you have photos of women rocking their bare face in a selfie and are told that they should put some makeup on. It seems that whether we choose to wear it or not, we are never accepted.

    The beauty industry is ever growing and constantly releasing new and innovative products to the market. Have uneven skin tone? Even it out with some foundation. Have a pesky spot you want to hide? Concealer has you covered. Want longer, fuller lashes? Put on a few coats of mascara. The possibilities are endless. Just because a woman chooses to wear makeup doesn’t mean that they are insecure, fake, or have something to hide. It also doesn’t mean that because a person chooses not to wear makeup that they are better than those who do. We aren’t “fake” because we wear makeup, and we aren’t “real” because we don’t. We are just ourselves. Simple as that.

    Makeup isn’t a mask, it’s just a way to express yourself as my friend so eloquently put it. At the end of the day, does it really matter that much to someone if we cover a spot with concealer or add some bronzer to enhance our cheekbones? Do the products we apply to our own faces really warrant such negative comments from others? It’s a choice, just like so many other choices we make on a day to day basis. Life is full of them. Why not celebrate everyone’s unique individuality instead? Why do people think it is acceptable to tear other’s down for choices that have nothing to do with them and do not affect them?

    I hope my thoughts in this post have come across in the right way, and I really want to end off this post by saying that you are beautiful no matter what. Inside and out. Whether you choose to wear makeup or not doesn’t change that. I saw this quote today and thought it was very fitting: Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. Whatever you choose to do, let it be for you, not someone else. As long as you are happy and confident that is all that matters. I think we can turn this makeup shaming issue into a positive thing by bringing awareness, creating conversation and supporting one another.

    What are your thoughts on makeup shaming, and have you been a victim of it?


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    All About That Base

    My go to base products

    Whether you need a little bit of coverage or a lot, your base is the foundation for your entire makeup look. I personally like to go for more of a medium/full coverage look as I have quite a bit of redness in my face that I like to conceal and envy those who can pop on a bit of concealer and walk out the door. You lovelies are so lucky!

    Starting from the beginning of my base routine I first like to spray my face with my Skindinavia Primer Spray. It’s silicone free and gives my face that added boost of hydration before applying my foundation. My favourite foundation at the moment is by Rimmel and it is their Wake Me Up Foundation. Since I have a drier skin type I like to have that fresh-faced and glowy look to my skin, so this foundation is perfect for me. It has little shimmers in it which reflect the light nicely and gives my face a healthy, awake appearance.

    Up next is concealer, and my weapon of choice is the MAC Prolongwear. It’s a high coverage liquid concealer that has anti-crease technology and I use this underneath my eyes and on any blemishes I may have. I find that using my finger helps warm up the product and blend it into the skin much better than if I was using a brush. After I have my concealer in place I go ahead and set it with the lightest powder from the Anastasia Contour Kit called Vanilla. I wear glasses throughout the day so this is a must if I don’t want the makeup to smudge or rub off.

    I also love using the contour kit to, you guessed it, contour! I use the middle shade called Fawn to bronze up my face and give a little more definition to my cheek bones and nose. I love how it has a more neutral tone to it which makes it look much more natural on my fair complexion. After that, I head to my blush drawer and try and decide which one to use which usually ends up being Apricot by Bobbi Brown. What can I say, it’s my favourite!

    After all of that is done I go in with a highlighter. Lately I have been using Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder for this as it has just that slight hint of gold to it which looks really lovely in the summer time. It’s quite full on so I like to use a small tapered brush to apply it to make sure I don’t over do it. I then set all of my makeup in place with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I love using this as it helps set down all of the powders and keep my base products in place all day. Then I go in and do my eyes, brows and lips and my face routine is complete. I have a minimal makeup routine post up on my blog if you’d like to see what products I reach for when I am short for time (or being lazy, let’s be honest).

    What are your go to face products?
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