If I could wear one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would be mascara. A bunch of new ones for summer? Yes please! I constantly change my mascara based on my mood or look I want to go for. These four have been in a pretty heavy rotation lately.
Cover Girl Total Tease Mascara
I’m personally not a fan of Cover Girl mascara in general. I like a big fibre brush and theirs are usually hard plastic which hurts my eyes. Total Tease does have a hard, plastic brush but it doesn’t bother me as much. That said, there’s a serious learning curve to using this interesting wand. Once I got the hang of it, I was rewarded with a ton of length and nicely separated lashes. The little comb helped me get every tiny lash. I found Total Tease way a lot easier to remove than other Cover Girl mascaras.
Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara
Again, my issue with Revlon mascaras was similar to my Cover Girl problem. But Mega Multiplier completely blew me away. Mega is actually a good word for the results I got. The brush gave me massive volume and length and the formula forms little tubes around each lash so there’s no flaking to worry about. Seriously, I feel asleep with this one and woke up to perfect mascara. I have a feeling I’ll be replacing this one when I run out.
MAC Bold & Bad Lash Mascara
If you’ve used MAC’s Haute & Naughty mascara in the past, you know they love to shove brushes in other brushes and give you a ton of lash options. Bad & Bold is a little different in that there’s not only two brushes but also two formulas. The big brush gives you major volume (no clumps!) and the smaller brush is supposed to give you smudge-proof definition to your bottom lashes. I don’t put mascara on my bottom lashes so I use the smaller brush to get all the little lashes on top and to comb through. The results I get are pretty close to fake lashes.
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
Of all the mascaras I’ve tried recently, Lash Paradise is hands down my ideal brush. It’s big, it’s fluffy and it gets my lashes huge. It also fills in the little eyelash gaps on my left eye without looking like I have an eyeliner smudge. I don’t have a ton of experience with L’Oreal mascaras but if Lash Paradise is any indication, I can see why they’re so popular.
2016 didn’t have me branching out a lot makeup wise. I found some favourites and stuck with them and found some new loves along the way.
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream
Finding a good moisturizer that works on my combination skin can be a bit difficult and I was hooked on this one the first time I tried it. It balances out my oily and dry areas and keeps my skin really soft. I’ve taken the travel size with me on vacation and it works for me every season except winter, when I need to reach for something a little stronger. This is quite possibly my favourite launch of the year.
Clinique Super City BB Cushion Compact
I don’t wear a lot of foundation and when I do, I’m really picky. I’m really pale so I have a hard time finding foundations light enough for my skin tone that also work with my combination skin. This little cushion is amazing. I can build up to whatever coverage I want, don’t have to use my fingers or a brush and I can take it with me anywhere. I recently cleaned out my foundation drawer and this was pretty much the only one I kept. Clinique is a frequent addition to my Most Wanted lists and there’s clearly a reason for that.
MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Chili
Last year I went on a hunt for my perfect red lipstick and I finally found it in MAC’s Chili. It’s not a true red, more of a brown-orange brick red but with my complexion, it’s absolutely perfect. The fact that it’s matte is an added bonus and when I thought I had lost it, I replaced it, found the original one and now both my bathroom and purse have one so I can always have it with me.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Rock Chick
I don’t think there’s a Charlotte Tilbury product I haven’t loved. But there’s something special about the Luxury Palettes. I have three and any one of them could be on my list but Rock Chick is the one I really wanted and bought. The grey-toned shades are great with my blue eyes and my go-to night time smokey look. The combination of both powder and cream shadows in one palette is such a great idea and I have a feeling I’ll end up with all the Luxury Palettes by the time I’m done.
Clarisonic Aria Mia 3
I’ve tried a lot of facial cleansing products over the years, but somehow, never a Clarisonic. I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it. I don’t use it every day but when my skin feels icky or dried out or just not clean, I use my Aria and my skin ends up feeling amazingly clean but not irritated. I’m still playing around with different brushes but I’ve been pretty happy with the couple I’ve tried.
Mac Cosmetics is always on point, but this season more than ever before I am in love their new products. I was going to write a bunch of different posts about each product, but if you are heading to Mac this season I wanted you to have one place to go for everything.
MAC Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush
First of all, the name! Yes on all levels! Second, the colours! They make me want to be on a beach somewhere. The bronzer is dark and golden and dreamy. The blush is pink and shimmery. I appreciate that this is a light pink without a hint of coral. It is perfect for contouring your face for a sculpted look, but it can also be used in any of your looks. I like that it’s so versatile to work with your look.
Mac Brooke Candy Eye Gloss in White-Yin and Black-Yang
Rapper Brooke Candy is back for another collection with Mac and this one is daring. Honestly, a lot of this collection makes me feel old. I just don’t think I can pull off dark purple lipstick at my age. The Eye Gloss is very cool though. Transform any regular eye shadow with a top coat of this glossy finish. There is a white and black, so that you can choose whether you want a darker look or a shimmery light look. It stays gloss to give you that wet eyeshadow look. It’s a weird sensation to live with. I’m not sure how I feel about having sticky wet eyelids, but the look is very cool!
Eye Shadow X 9: Dusky Rose Times Nine Palette
If you’re more of a traditional eye shadow girl, the Eyes On MAC is all you’ll ever need shadow wise. We already tried one when they first came out and now they’ve added more shade combinations. Dusky Rose is my favourite for spring (although Pastel Times Nine is a close second) because it’s just so pretty. You have everything from pink to brown to silver that all are rose tinged. I also love these palettes because you get so many look options in one place and they’re so affordable that you can pick up multiple shades if you want.
All The Right Angles Contour Palette
At first, I wasn’t really sure how to use this contour palette. I needed to look it up to see what each of the pots contained. Once I had mastered the idea, I became absolutely obsessed with this palette. The Cream Colour Base is such a nice product. I don’t even need foundation with this. It has a bit of a shimmer and leaves my face looking amazing without a lot of work. Then I add on sculpting and shaping powders to shape my face and give me those cheek bones I wasn’t born with. This might be one of the best products that I’ve ever owned, let alone the best of the season.
MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash
Take your lashes from straight to ultimately twisted with this new mascara. The mascara is the same quality mascara that you expect from MAC, it’s the wand that you will want to talk about. This mascara wand is flexible, so you can bend it up to 90 degrees. This means you can apply mascara to all of your lashes a LOT easier without having to be a contortionist to do so. I don’t do as well with change, so it’s going to take me a while to get used to apply mascara from a new angle. It’s such a cool design and I can just imagine how this will change things for makeup artists.
Of the hundreds (probably) of MAC products I’ve used since my teens, somehow none of them have been a fragrance. I know Turquatic is a cult fave and it sounds like a scent I would love but I’ve never tried it. Based on the description Air Of Style doesn’t sound like my kind of scent but I really wanted to try it anyways.
I generally don’t go for floral fragrances unless they’re rose based and Air Of Style is definitely a floral. With top notes of wild peonies, red dates, white pepper; followed by tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine and a leather and rare woods background, I was pretty sure this wouldn’t be for me.
But to my surprise I like it a lot more than I was expecting. It could’ve gone a totally sweet, cloying route but instead is really well balanced. That said, it’s a little too girly for me and would’ve almost hit given off a teenager vibe, except it stops just short of it.
If I had to use one word to describe Air of Style, it would be pink. I probably won’t be using this all the time but I’ll definitely have moments where it’ll fit my mood. Air of Style comes in a rollerball and a 20ML and 50ML bottle.
If you’re like me and not a fan of winter, you’ve probably been dreaming of spring since November. And while it may feel more like spring in Toronto right now, we’re not quite there, but MAC’s Flamingo Park collection with it’s pinks and peaches can help it feel that way just a little quicker. Flamingo Park is a huge collection consisting of mostly lipsticks and blushes but with tons of gorgeous shades. Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom
I’m not exactly sure what we’re supposed to use a beauty powder for but Pearl Blossom (light pink with silver pearlized pigments) would make a great light blush or highlighter. It’s subtle but it’s gorgeous. Powder Blush in What I Fancy and Let’s Be Friends
I adore MAC’s blushes and these are definitely a great addition to my collection. What I Fancy (soft bright apricot) is my favourite of the two and really flattering on my fair skin. Let’s Be Friends (blue hot pink) isn’t quite as scary on me as I was expecting but will look a lot better on Stephanie’s medium skin tone. Pigment in Rose
This pigment in Rose (rose with copper sparkle) was the biggest surprise for me. I’ve never found a MAC pigment I was willing to use on a regular basis, until this one. The shade is stunning and would make a fantastic eye shadow. Cremesheen Lipstick in Flocking Fabulous and Matte Lipstick in Have Your Cake
I usually prefer MAC’s matte lipsticks over the cremesheen but Flocking Fabulous (bright coral red) is a really great shade for my skin tone and it’s looks fantastic on. Have Your Cake (bright magenta) is definitely a different shade for a matte lipstick but I actually really love it. Technakohl Liner in Raisinette
I haven’t used too many of the Technakohl liners in the past but I love the mechanical pencil style of it and how precise you can get a line. Raisinette (brown purple) is great if you want to start trying coloured liners but don’t want to jump into the deep end. Powder/Blush Brush 129SH
If you haven’t tried a MAC brush before, this is a great one to start with. It’s an all-purpose brush that you can use with blushes, powders, even the beauty powder. I’ve been using one of these for blush for years, even since I got it in a holiday set. Mine’s old enough that I’ve been thinking about replacing it and boom, this one shows up. My original one is still in perfect condition by the way.
I’m loving the Flamingo Park collection. The shades are all gorgeous, there’s a ton of variety and it makes it feel like spring will get here just a little sooner. Flamingo Park is only in stores February 4 – March 19, 2016. It’s available online right now.
I’m all about getting that perfect lip, but sometimes the idea of going through all the steps of primer, liner, lipstick, gloss, etc…makes me feel like it’s not worth it. MAC’s new permanent Velvetease Lip Pencil eliminates some of those steps, making it super easy to get a perfect lip.
We tried four shades; Anything Goes (Rosy Fuchsia), Oh Honey (Warm Chocolate), Temper Tantrum (Bright Orange Coral) and Frolic (Mid-tone Peachy Pink). These are basically lip crayons but there’s a definite difference with these. They really do go on like a thick lipliner but you get the staying power of a MAC lipstick. They’re really comfortable to wear and I find that even though they last a long time, they leave a little stain after they wear off, especially Anything Goes. They’re twist ups, so you don’t have to worry about sharpening, though that doesn’t leave you with a great, sharp, outlining point.
The colour payoff is exactly what you expect from MAC lipsticks and shade range has tons of options with more coming. Right now my favourite is Oh Honey, but I fully expect to get a lot of use out of Temper Tantrum this summer.
2015 had a lot of products I was obsessed with, but not that many that I used on a daily basis. That means picking my favourite products of 2015 was a little easier this year. These are my absolute faves of last year. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream
I’ve tried so many moisturizers over the years that I’ve lost count but the second I tried Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost, I was hooked. This gel cream literally saved my crazy combination skin. It moisturizes for hours, melts into your skin in seconds and completely balances out my oily and dry areas. It also gets rids of my flaky patches and it smells amazing. If they ever discontinue this I’m in big trouble. Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara
Mascara is the one piece of makeup I won’t leave the house without wearing but my eyelashes are hard to work with. One eye has perfect long (though pale) lashes and the other eye has a couple little empty patches. Clinique’s Chubby Lash was the only mascara this year to give me extreme volume on both eyes. This is one of the biggest, straightest brushes I’ve ever used and it works every single time without clumping. Jumbo Jet is a perfect dark black but I’ve also been using Bodacious Black Honey during the day. It looks reddish brown in the tube but it’s a dark brown on my lashes. MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation
I’ve tried a lot of foundations in the past year and a lot of them dried out my skin so much I thought my face was going to crack. MAC’s Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation gave me great buildable coverage while still being hydrating and comfortable. Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in Blonde
I’ve always hated doing my eyebrows. They’re extremely pale, so I know I should give them a little colour on a regular basis, but it always seems like such a pain. Until I tried Smashbox’s Brow Tech Matte Pencil. From the first day I tried this dual ended pencil, I’ve been doing my brows a lot more often. It takes me less than a minute to get perfectly penciled in brows and it really does make a difference. Plus, Brow Tech stays put until I take it off, even without the addition of a clear brow gel. Too Faced Melted Metal in Metallic Dream House
Too Faced was basically my brand of the year. I could’ve included at least four different products on this list but 2015 was the year I went out of my comfort zone with lipstick and I mostly ended up wearing different shades of Too Faced’s Melted and Melted Metal Lipsticks. Metallic Dream House was in my purse at all times during the summer and I got so many compliments on it that I lost count. This lipstick is so easy to apply, has a great selections of shades, lasts forever and smells like candy. I can’t wait to try the new Melted Chocolate shades.
If you’re not a fan of all the glittery, golden shades that usually come with the holiday season, MAC’s new Dark Desires collection has you covered for looks that are, well, darker. With four lipsticks, six Into The Well eye shadows, three Eye Glosses, four Kohl eye pencils, a Fluidline and two lacquers; this is the perfect line for anyone who loves dark makeup.
We tried the lipstick in Ring My Bell (pale neutral, Glaze finish) that’s the perfect compliment to a dark eye. Into The Well is a really cool eye shadow/liner combination. It’s super creamy and pigmented and the well in the middle holds a drop of water so you can use it wet. Beg For it is a perfect black and I like it better as a liner. The Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz is a black with gold pearl and it goes really well with Beg For It.
The Studio Eye Gloss in Erogenous Zone (violet with glitter) was the only product I have an issue with. It’s extremely sticky, almost worse than lip gloss and it really wasn’t comfortable to wear. The shade is pretty but I’m not going to be reaching for this one again. On a happier note, my favourite product from the collection was the Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Orpheus (intense black with gold pearl). I’ve been using MAC’s Kohl pencils for years in Powersurge and Teddy and Orpheus is definitely my new favourite. I’m hoping it’s not limited edition, because I’m going to need to replace it when I’m done with the one I have now.
I can’t believe October is almost over and we’re already doing holiday posts but if there’s one beauty brand that does the holiday season right, it’s MAC. Magic Of The Night is only the first installment of MAC’s holiday collection this year and it’s no surprise that the products are fabulous. Magic Of The Night isn’t the largest collection ever but there’s a lot of variety with five Colourdrenched Pigments, two Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners, two Lip Pencils, four Lipsticks and two In Extra Dimension Skinfinishes.
The lipsticks we received are Evening Rendezvous (matte reddish purple) and Please Me (matte muted-rosey-tinted pink). MAC’s matte lipsticks are my my favourite of all their finishes, the staying power is incredible and they don’t dry out my lips. I was worried Please Me would wash out my pale skin colouring but it’s actually really flattering and Evening Rendezvous is perfect for a night out.
I’ve never tried the Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners before and I’m so impressed with the texture. We have the Black Swan shade and it’s a gorgeous black with a tiny but of shimmer and these are well named because they really do glide. The Lip Pencil we received is Redd and it’s a classic bright red liner that goes on smoothly.
Shaft Of Gold In Extra Dimension Skinfinish might be the highlighting product I’ve been looking for. I can use it as a blush or a bronzer and it’s not too dark for me. Because it’s a liquid powder highlighter, it blends beautifully.
One of my favourite MAC holiday products are the Colourdrenched Pigments because they’re pressed and much easier to apply. No Taboos is a gorgeous blackened blue but I’ve been eyeing the teal Tonight’s The Night! and might need to grab one before they sell out.
This collection alone would’ve been a fantastic holiday collection but knowing there’s so much more coming from MAC for the holidays makes me so happy. You should probably grab some early because it’s all going to sell out.
I both love and hate when MAC releases a limited edition collection. Love, because I always find something new to fall in love with. And hate, because I know it’s going away after a seriously limited run. MAC’s Is Beautiful collection is a perfect example. It’s already online and in stores but gone as of May 15. This collection is massive and has way too many things to list so here’s what we got. Small Eye Shadow in Wow Factor: This is called a medium lavender (satin) but even on my fair skin it’s more of a light. It’s really pretty though and perfect for spring.
Pro Longwear Fluidline in Siahi: I’ve been wearing a lot of dark blue eyeliner lately and this deep ocean blue is the perfect addition. It goes on so smoothly and lasts forever. I’m going to have to be stingy with this pot, but I know I’m going to use it a lot.
Lipstick in Pure Vanity: I didn’t think I would like this pale peach nude (lustre) as much as I do. It’s perfect for my fair skin tone and feels amazing and so comfortable.
Cremesheen Glass in Star Quality: I love the Cremesheen Glass way more than regular Lip Glass ever since I tried the holiday collection. Star Quality is called bright pink but it has a little coral tinge to it that’s so flattering on me and I love the lack of stickiness.
I wish Siahi and Star Quality were permanent members of the MAC collection but while I’m wearing them this spring, I can’t wait to see what MAC has coming for us next.