Tuesday, 26 February 2013

MAC Full Coverage Foundation, Prep + Prime Lip Haul/Review + Real Techniques Brush Haul!



Since MAC started carrying Pro products on the regular site, I was so excited to try a few products. I'm in love with my Chromaline in 'Black Black' so much so, that I sometimes use it on my waterline more then my Feline or Smolder Eye Kohls- and it lasts all day!

Anywho, I really wanted to purchase the Full Coverage Foundation. I heard many reviewers say its basically like the Studio Finish Concealer, simply in larger packaging. I have to say that it is similar, but I find it far more blendable. 

I have used it everyday since purchasing. I like to mix it with my Make Up Forever HD foundation, which I never liked. The two create a gorgeous finish! and I barely need any of the Full Coverage foundation to get amazing coverage. I like blending out this foundation with my Elf Flat Top Powder Brush, or my Real Techniques expert face brush.


I highly recommend this product. Its wonderful :) My next purchase will most likely be the Pure White Paint Stick.

Im really excited about my next MAC purchase. The MAC Prep + Prime lip is a must have! I cannot believe I didn't try this sooner! this product makes my lipstick & gloss last for hours. I normally just wear lipstick, because gloss literally disappears of my lips in 15 minutes, and eats up my lipstick in the process. When primed with this, my lipgoss stayed put, and no pigmentation was lost. I also had troubles with my lipstick staying on, I would always have to reapply- not with this baby!

LOVE!

Lastly, I received my Real Techniques setting brush. I have yet to test this out, but I can tell it will be great for setting the undereye area with my Ben Nye banana powder. I think I'll purchase the stippling brush next. I adore all of my RT brushes. I actually might purchase more then just a stippling brush. 


I might go on a Makeup 'no buy' for awhile. I can't help it though, I just love trying new products!

Unfortunately, I'm starting my seasonal job a bit later this year then expected, so I'll have to budget out a bit until then. No worries, it'll give me an excuse to shop my stash :)

XOXO










Wednesday, 20 February 2013

MAC Archie's Girls & Viva Glam Nicki 2 Haul (Pic Heavy)



I was really excited for the MAC Archie's Girls collection. I used to read them all the time when I was thirteen, and I thought the collection would be cute. MAC did a really good job with the packaging, it was well made and crisp looking. I felt they rushed a bit with the Marilyn Monroe collection- Marilyn's image was so grainy. Luckily the image on the Archie's Girls packaging is really clear. The next day, the Viva Glam Nicki 2 arrive online, and I thought I would try it out. I don't own a lipstick like this at all, so I thought it would be fun to try some shades.

Here are some product photos. 












I have yet to test out the products fully, so I don't have much of an opinion yet. I cannot wait to start using them in some FOTD's. All the colours are very pastel, and what I could tell from swatching was that the products (aside from the Viva Glam) are not overly pigmented. 

Did you pick anything up from this collection? 


XOXO









Friday, 15 February 2013

Quick Real Techniques Brush Purchases!



As you can tell, I'm really loving Real Techniques Brushes. So much so, that I ordered 2 more Expert Face Brushes and the Blush Brush.

This is seriously the best brush I have ever used!



I have to test this one out, but the bristles are really soft. I personally think this is a little flimsy for blush, but I can see it being perfect for contouring and loose powders.


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I have a MAC haul coming up that I'm very excited to share, and I purchased a MAC Pro Foundation that I'm also very excited to get- its the Full Coverage Foundation.

Have a great weekend!

XOXO








Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Sigma Brushes, BH Cosmetics Palettes, Ebay & Great Glam Purchases!



A few weeks ago, I received some Sigma & BH Cosmetics Items. I was really excited about the items I purchased since I heard wonderful things on Youtube about them.




I purchased the Sigma E60 Large Shader Brush & The E65 Angled Brush. I adore the angled brush for winging out eyeliner, whether dramtic or subtle. Its become a staple brush for me. 

The Large shader brush was also a good purchase, but I still haven't found something I use it consistently for. I like it for blending eyeshadow near the inner corners of the eyes for an evened out look, but I have other brushes for that. Perhaps I have to use it for longer, but its been almost 3 weeks since I purchased it, and it hasn't wowed me. Perhaps Ill use it for something on the face.

That being said, I have been happy with my Sigma Purchases so far!

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I noticed that some of the Beauty Gurus on Youtube have been using BH Cosmetics items lately. I have seen many reviews/tutorials with the Party Girl Palette, and the Blush & Contour Palette. I purchased both when BH Cosmetics was having a sale a few weeks back, and I only paid $22.00 for both, which is a pretty sweet deal. I had a coupon code as well.


I have been using this palette for only 2 weeks, so I cannot give an in depth review of it yet. I still haven't used all of the colors. So far though, the colors I have used are very decently pigmented, and blendable to. They are slightly powdery, but not enough to be bothersome. I've seen the other palettes BH Cosmetics carry on Ebay, I believe BH Cosmetics just slaps their name onto the 120 palettes shimmer/matte E/S Palettes. I would suggest getting those on Ebay, they don't appeal to me though. I have enough eyeshadow as is.


I have a bit of a love/hate thing going on the with the Contour & Blush Palette. The contour and highlighting shades are amazing! I adore them, and use them all daily. The blushes are another story- unfortunately I find them a little blotchy, and I find myself having to apply one of my MAC blushes over them to fix them up. That being said, I wish they strictly had a palette for contouring, as I have a ton of go-to MAC Blushes. 

Unlike the 120 Palettes, I have yet to see the Party Girl Palette & the Contour/Blush Palette on Ebay. I have even seen products that Coastal Scents carry on Ebay for wayyy cheaper. So if you want a better deal, check out Ebay. The only thing your paying for with other companies is the label they are smacking on inexpensive palettes, and upping the price.

Off topic, I was at the Dollar Giant picking up some chocolate lol and stumbled upon LA Colors products. They are sold on CherryCulture.com- and I've been curious about them. Everything was only $1.25 

I purchased two loose eyeshadow pigments-


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I also made my weekly Great Glam Haul. I'm proud to say that I didn't purchase anything from them this week :) Nothing really appealed to me this time. Also, for the first time in the 3 years I have been ordering with them, I got slapped with a customs fee! it was pricey to. I always get my order in my mail box with no customs at all, but not this time. I'm dreading my next 2 orders arriving. I made them before I even knew I would get charged. I'm hoping I don't get more, but if I do then I wont be ordering with then anymore, its just not worth it.

Here's what I got last week-




I also purchased this adorable shirt from Ebay!


After it arrived, I fell in love. I ordered one in White, and one that has Stripes. They only carry this up to a size 6 and the fit is perfect for me. I might purchase this in Pink, Black & Grey as well.


I have a few purchases that I cannot wait to share. 

Hope all of you have a great week-

XOXO

















Wednesday, 6 February 2013

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Haul/Review + more MAC goodies!



I recently placed an order online at MAC for my favourite go-to concealer, MAC Studio Finish. I have been using it for awhile, and decided I would purchase another concealer along with it. I decided to try the Pro Longwear concealer, I heard mixed reviews- but I really wanted to try it out. 



I picked up the both concealers in the Shade NC20- which is the best shade for my undertone. These photo's where taken in natural daylight.


REVIEW:

I have been using the Pro Longwear concealer for almost 3 weeks now, and I adore it!

Its truly an amazing concealer. I actually like to use it as a foundation because the coverage is amazing, and its not to thick or to light. It gives skin the perfect finish, and it looks beautiful. I have tried the Pro Longwear foundation, but I prefer the concealer much more. The product itself is very blendable, and not to heavy- the Studio Finish concealer is better for spot concealing (under the eyes, nose etc...) whereas the Pro Longwear is fabulous for all over the face. 

My favourite foundation of all time is Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, and this concealer has slowly taken its place. After blending out the Pro Longwear concealer with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush- I find myself not having to use any foundation, unless I need more coverage. I set this with powder, and it looks flawless!

I highly suggest this product, it will not disappoint. I personally haven't suffered any breakouts from this, but if your sensitive to MAC face products, you might want to steer clear of this concealer. I'm over the moon with this product :)



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I also purchased Feline Eye Pencil from MAC. I love the MAC Smolder Eye Kohl, but I read in a few reviews that Feline is more suitable for smudging- it it really is. I like to put this on my waterline, and lower lash line- smudging it out slightly with my MAC 228 brush. I can't wear any eyeshadow on my lower lash line. My eyes get very watery and sensitive if any eyeshadow, pigment or glitter is placed on my lower eyes. 

I found that the Smolder Eye Kohl would also fade slightly throughout the day, but Feline stays put. Another purchase I'm happy with!





In other news, did any of you purchase anything from the MAC Archie's Girls Collection?!

I caught the collection just as it arrived on the MAC website- I purchased 3 items. I cannot wait to get them!





XOXO









Friday, 1 February 2013

Quick Great Glam & AMI Clubwear Purchases!



I know I said I would stop, but I haven't had time or frankly the energy to shop at the mall or go thrifting lately- so I purchased more items from Great Glam, and some white, spiked shoes from AMI- 

I would like to go thrifting soon, as its been awhile. I was a bit turned off last time, the prices are getting ridiculous, its more worth it just to go to the mall or shop online.

Hope You enjoy!




XOXO