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Beauty Diaries: My Favourite MAC Products

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So if you don’t know this already, now you will: I am a certified MAC cosmetics addict! This was one of the first beauty brands I had ever used, when I got into makeup and I’ve continued to use their products until now. Although, they have their hits and misses, there are a few staple products from this brand that I cannot live without. Here’s a list of the products that are absolute must-haves:

IMG_4723MAC Penultimate Eye Liner Rapidblack

This is one of the best liquid eye liners I have ever used! The colour is opaque and the best thing about this product is the fact that it’s simple and easy to use. It’s designed like a marker with a felt tip that’s super easy to control. It takes me less than 20 seconds to line my eyes with this liner and I use it everyday!

IMG_4720IMG_4721  MAC Studio Fix Foundation (NC43)

I know that a lot of people have a love/hate relationship with this product. I’ve had nothing but good experiences with this powder foundation. Since I have combination oily skin, this product keeps my shine at bay while giving me great coverage. This is one foundation I always end up using because it works great with my skin!

IMG_4715MAC Lipstick in Bombshell

This has to be one of the most unique pink coloured lipstick I have ever used or owned. It has a very nice gold sheen to it, which is what I think makes this product unique. The formula, as always, is great on my lips and I find that I reach for this particular lipstick whenever I am in doubt about what lip colour to use. I find it goes with any makeup look!

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MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural (Medium Deep)

If you must only purchase one product from MAC, then this has to be it! This is one of the best light coverage foundations I have ever used. I use this to set my liquid foundations as well as I wear this on top of BB creams. Since it’s light coverage, it’s not cakey and it sets everything perfectly. Plus, as the name says, it looks super natural and just blends with your skin!

IMG_4718MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom

I love this eyeshadow because it’s super versatile and the shade is absolutely gorgeous! The texture and formula of this shadow is awesome. You can use this as a highlight colour for your brow bones, cheek bones and your cupid’s arrow. As you can see, this is one of my most used eye shadows because it looks very natural on my skin and it looks pretty on my lids!

IMG_4705MAC Lipstick in Relentlessly Red

I bought this coraly pinky red matte lipstick colour on a whim and I’m so glad because I’m in love with this bold lip colour! The colour is pretty unique and it’s a matte lipstick, which is slowly becoming one of my favourite formulas I gravitate towards now. Everything about this lipstick is perfect, from the colour to the longevity on my lips!

IMG_4709MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in High Energy

Wearing lip liners on its own is slowly starting to become one of my favourite things to do. This particular lip liner is one of the creamiest liners I have ever used. Since it’s matte and pro longwear, I was surprised to see that my lips didn’t dry out at all. I love the colour. It’s a beautiful orangey bright poppy red, which is a perfect colour for a bold lip look!

IMG_4716MAC Nail Polish in Spice

I have been obsessed with this nail polish for a while now. This has to be the perfect blush/nude coloured nail polish I have ever come across. It looks amazing with my skin tone and it literally goes with anything. The formula is creamy and opaque. You will most likely find this shade on my nails anytime you see me, since it’s my most used!

IMG_4710MAC Mineralize Concealer (NW 35)

I’ve tried my fair share of concealers and this has to be my favourite! I use it for my undereye circles, any discoloration and blemishes. The coverage of this formula is incredible and it’s not drying at all! I love the brush tip that comes with this liquid concealer but I use a concealer brush to blend out the formula. It’s not cakey and literally binds to your skin!

IMG_4719MAC Lip Liner in Spice

Best. Lip. Liner. Ever! Seriously, I cannot even stress how much I love this lip liner. I wear this alone, I pair it with other lipsticks and it looks great! Everything from the longevity of this product on your lips to the colour is perfect! If you are looking for the perfect nude lip liner, then this is definitely it!

IMG_4712MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

I’m pretty sure everyone knows of this cult favourite lipstick! Ruby Woo has to be one of the best red matte lipsticks out there. I find that this shade works with pretty much every skin tone and it looks amazing on everyone! The formula of this product isn’t drying and the colour is incredibly opaque, which is why this is one of my favourite red lippies!

IMG_4704MAC Lip Glass in Pink Lemonade

I’m not a huge lip gloss girl, although I used to wear them a lot when I was younger; but this particular lip gloss is one gloss I reach for because it looks so pretty on my lips! It’s a coraly orange colour with shimmer so it’s perfect to wear on its own or layer on top of other lipsticks (which looks pretty great). I find that this is one lipgloss I use the most from my stash.

IMG_4708MAC Powder Blush in Blunt

This product is a new edition to my makeup drawer and all I can say is that it is quickly becoming one of my most used products! This powder blush is mainly used as a contouring powder. The reason why I love this is because you can control the colour to contour your face really well. One swipe of this shade gives you a natural looking contour, but you can also build it up for special occasions!

Happy Monday Dolls! x

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Review: Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Colour Correcting Blend

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I cannot stress how important it is to use a foundation primer before you apply any makeup to your skin! It creates a shield between your skin and your makeup and it allows for your makeup to last a lot longer than it would without it! I was never really into using a primer until I was at a Sephora getting my makeup done years ago. The makeup artist from Smashbox cosmetics explained to me the importance of a primer and recommended this particular one to me based on my skin’s needs. Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a revolutionary primer formula that helps fill in fine lines and even out discolouration for a seamless finish. Not only will it create a flawless canvas for your makeup application, it helps hydrate your skin as well! As the name says, Photo finish, the creators of this primer have kept that in mind while creating this product. It’s lightweight, oil free, and skin perfecting (can be worn alone or under your makeup). The formula contains a silky blend of antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and soothing botanicals (soy, lemongrass, orchid complex) to rejuvenate and refine your skin. This particular one is the “Blend” version, which is an apricot-toned primer that is used to even out your skin tone and counteract dark spots while concealing eye circles, veins and sunspots!

My Verdict?

I have been using this since I was a teenager and all I can say is that this is my most trusted, used and loved foundation primer (which has been repurchased a few times now)! Firstly, the formula and texture is insanely awesome! It’s silky, smooth and completely soft when applied on to your skin. It feels like you are putting a lightweight moisturizer on. It’s oil free, which is perfect for my combination oily skin. It’s not blotchy and it blends right on to my skin creating a perfect base/canvas. Secondly, after applying this primer, my face is flawless! I use the “Blend” version because I do have a few acne spots on my face that tend to bother me and I don’t really like caking on makeup to cover it. This primer conceals that perfectly and not just that but it also conceals under eye circles for me as well, which is a huge plus! Every claim the “blend” primer makes is true! Thirdly, this product makes my makeup last longer. My makeup doesn’t budge or move and it stays on perfectly well. Lastly, this product has never given me any sort of skin irritations at all, which is probably its biggest plus point. With a primer, you want to make sure that it works with your skin because it is a barrier between the harsh makeup ingredients and your actual skin. All in all, this is an incredible product, which not only photographs well but does incredible things for your skin. If you’re on the lookout for a new primer….this is it. At $49 (CDN), this is the best product I have ever purchased for my skin and I will continue to repurchase it because it really does everything it’s meant to do! You can purchase this at any Smashbox counters (I got mine at Sephora)!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Silky, smooth formula
  • Lightweight, oil-free, doesn’t irritate the skin
  • Conceals, covers and creates a clean slate for makeup application
  • Makeup doesn’t move, glides on perfectly, skin perfecting
  • Easy to use, feels like a moisturizer

Cons:

  • NOTHING!

Rating: 10/10 (This is one product I know I cannot live without because of it’s beneficial properties and incredible results!)

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Fashion Diaries: My Holiday Lunch Party Ensemble

Recently, I had to attend a Holiday lunch party and decided to do a little blog post on my ensemble. I had a blast putting this whole look together and had a lovely Holiday lunch party with my coworkers.

Outfit

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I wanted to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn (she is one of my style idols), so I decided to go for an all black outfit. This way my accessories, hair, and makeup would be the focal point of the ensemble. I wore a black long-sleeved elastic waist dress from Forever 21 (this is one of my favourite dresses to wear because you can dress it up or dress it down depending on your accessories and makeup). I paired the dress with black leggings since I wanted to go for a neutral classy look.

Accessories

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I wanted to incorporate the colour green into my ensemble and figured the best way to do that would be through my accessories. Since gold was my main accent colour, I decided to go with a gold and emerald statement necklace (which I got from Ardene). I went with two rings, a dainty rose gold bow ring from Kate Spade (well because everyone knows my obsession with bows) and an emerald cocktail ring, which matched perfectly with my necklace. I added a woven brown belt to match my shoes and to accentuate the waistline.

Shoes/Purse

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Since I wore leggings, I opted for mid-calf brown slouchy boots, which I got years ago from Costa Blanca. They were comfy and perfect for my ensemble! Since it was a Holiday party, I wanted to also incorporate the colour red somehow (which I did through my lips as well). So I decided to go with a red Michael Kors quilted/studded crossbody purse (which my mom was generous enough to let me borrow for the day). As I mentioned that gold was one of my main accent colours, so the gold detailing on this purse was a perfect match for my other accessories.

Hair

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I went with one of my favourite go-to hairstyles at the moment, curls! Here’s a tutorial I did earlier on how you can get the perfect curls using a wand.

Makeup

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I went with a bold red lip so that meant keeping all other parts of my face neutral so that everything was balanced out. Below you will find a list of products I used to achieve the look I wanted and I’ve also shown you how to get the subtle smoky eye look I did!

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The Subtle Smokey Eye look using Urban Decay’s Naked Palette

1) Apply an eyeshadow primer all over your lids (I went with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion).

2) Apply a base colour all over the lids (I went with Tarte’s Smoldereyes in Champagne).

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3) Take the shade Buck and with a crease brush apply to the outer corners and blend it into your crease.

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4) Take the shade Toasted with a flat shadow brush and apply all over the lids.

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5) Take the same crease brush you used earlier and dip into Hustle and Darckhorse; and apply only to the outer corners of your eyes, smoking it in circular motions into your crease.

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6) Take the shade Darkhorse with a liner brush and line your lower lash line as well as your upper lash line.

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7) Take your favourite black eyeliner (I used Urban Decay’s Zero) and apply to your waterline as well as line your upper lash line (from mid-lid to the outer corner).

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8) Take a liner brush and soften the line by tracing the line you just created.

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9) Take the shade Virgin and Naked and apply to the brow bone.

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10) With a clean crease brush, soften any harsh lines.

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11) I wanted to define my eyes a little bit more so I took a gel liner (Marc Jacobs Liner in Blacquer) and decided to do a mini winged line.

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12) I finished the look with two coats of Maybelline’s Big Eyes Mascara!

And this was my whole ensemble at a recent Holiday lunch! Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season and find some inspiration from my look for any of your upcoming parties! Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr for all the latest updates on this blog!

Happy Weekend Dolls! x