Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Little Post-Holiday M.A.C Haul!

Post Holiday Season Bliss Sparklers.

As part of a gift to myself, I decided to update my M.A.C* cosmetics collection by purchasing some essentials that I ran out of and some cool new products as well.  M.A.C is one of my favorite higher end make-up splurges, so I like to have a good idea about what I'm getting before going to a store.  Reviews like this from other bloggers help me, so hopefully my purchases and reviews help you out as well! Lets get started.

Here are my personal pictures of the products. Getting makeup colors right is very difficult, so below, I included MAC's pictures from their website. All of those images on this post belong to M.A.C cosmetics.  They are way better photographers of their products than I am.  Like all my images, I'll gladly give someone credit for their image or take it down if someone throws a hissy fit.

Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in "Medium Golden"- $32 USD

This just gives the most flawless and gorgeous finish to your skin.  I like it on top of foundation for a full made-up look.  I also like just concealing my flaws with concealer and then dusting this over my whole face for a more natural look.  I previously loved my skinfinish in "Soft and Gentle" (reviewed here), but after I used up every last drop of that, I wanted something that had a bit less glow to it.  Thus, the natural-matte finish of Medium Golden was perfect for my NC25 colored skin.  I love the new packaging which feels a bit heavier, luxurious, and has a mirror.  That being said, it does take up more room than the previous packaging.

Red Red Red Collection, Casual Color in "Red Obsessed"- $22 USD

The Casual Color product line is pretty new to M.A.C and is really cool.  It is harder than a cream, but still wet.  It is highly pigmented and can be used on the lips or cheeks.  It has wonderful color pay off and can be used with a brush or your finger tips.  It can add soft subtle color but can be built up to be quite bold.  Used under a powder blush, it really extends the wear-time of your cheek color.  Red Obsessed is a soft rosy color which I absolutely adore with just about any look for my skin tone.  

M.A.C Lipstick in "Viva Glam III"- $16 USD

M.A.C makes my favorite lipsticks of all time.  Viva Glam III is no exception.  This is a great matte lipstick which can be applied lightly for a flush of color, or applied thickly for a bolder look.  The Viva Glam III was released in the 90's, which mean's it is right on trend in 2014-2015 as the fashion world is bringing back the 90's brown-ish lip trend.  I particularly like this one because the plum tones keep the 90's brown-lip more modern.  It is extremely comfortable to wear, does not dry out my lips, and is long lasting.  Oh, did I mention all money made from Viva Glam lipsticks go to charity?!  They also have cool pink accents to the packaging where the regular MAC lipsticks do not.  

M.A.C Brow Set in "Boy Girl"- $17 USD

If you didn't know that I've been in the process of going blonde (see blonding part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this process so far).  As part of that, I realized that my stark black brows were not right for the new look.  However, the idea of applying bleach right above my eyes was absolutely petrifying.  That is where M.A.C's brow set has become part of my every day routine.  I brush it own after I do my brows with powder for full make-up looks.  Even when I'm not wearing any makeup, I still brush this through my brows (when I'm going out in public) so that they go nicely with my hair.  "Boy Girl" is a nice fawn-brown color which complements a lot of shades of brown-blonde hair.  I love that I never worry about this smudging or coming off.  It perfectly sets and colors my black brows.  IT also does not leave them crunchy.  This is my second tube of this and it is really just a back up.   My first tube has lasted over 8 months and I still have about 1/3 of a tube left!  Mini-Tip:  I use a clean mascara wand/spooli--yes that is what they are called-- to brush through after the brow set to get rid of excess product or clumping.  

Phew, you made it to the end of the mini-M.A.C haul! Congrats! 

Until then,
Shine & Sparkle!

*I am not paid or contacted by any of the companies mentioned in this post.  These are my honest feelings and opinions. Also, like all my images, I'll gladly give someone credit for their image or take it down if someone throws a hissy fit. 


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