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BACK 2 MAC OH SMACK!

.::EDIT::. The MAC Stores near me (Glendale Mall and Topanga) have taken my depotted MAC eyeshadows even without the pan, I have heard last year that they were no longer taking those, but it never hurts to try as I have never had an issue with it. Also, you CAN use back 2 mac for LE (limited edition) items. :)

Happy Friday Gorgeous Readers! Hope you guys have fun plans for the weekend! I am just going to spend the weekend with some friends and relax for once! And definitely sleep in!

Anyway, I had 12 empty MAC containers for back 2 mac so I traded them in for “Money, Honey” Dazzleglass and the “Angel” lipstick. For those of you who don’t know about back 2 mac, it’s MAC’s recycling program in which you can trade in 6 empty containers (NOT the packaging!)for ONE brand new MAC eye shadow (not the refills), a lipglass/dazzleglass, or an eyeshadow. This applies for freestanding MAC stores only, not department store MAC counters. At Nordstroms, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, etc. you can only trade it in for a lipstick. (At least last time I checked…)

I personally like to accumulate my empties and then trade ’em in, rather than 6 at a time (unless I am impatient and need it right then and there which I often am! LOL)

“Angel” lipstick is the perfect nude pink, where it’s not TOO pink, and not TOO nude- but just right. Reminds me of the “California Dreamin'” free lipstick MAC gave out to California residents last year. “Money, Honey” has tons of shimmer I love it! Makes your lips look like bling! HAHA.

Someone asked about the glamourdolleyes sample jars and how much product is in it, etc. It is definitely a generous amount of product for a sample, probably enough for 10+ uses! I supplied a pic at the bottom of this post so you can see for yourself how much product is in just a sample size!

By itself, no lipstick or primer underneath:

Product Review: MAC Prep + Prime Primers

“A firm foundation is necessary for any building, institution, or individual to endure.”
— Elder Russell M. Nelson

Primers are essential to creating the perfect foundation for long-lasting makeup, creating a flawless and smooth canvas before applying your makeup. I recently picked up 3 MAC Prep + Prime primers: Face primer (base), Line Filler, and Skin Refined Zone Treatment. The tubes on the Skin Refined Zone Treatment and Line Filler are smaller in person, however a little goes a long way so it should last you a relatively long time. These are also officially part of the PERMANENT LINE in the MAC’s Prep + Prime family, so there is no need to rush to nab one as they are definitely here to stay! (I did NOT buy the Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, I bought the MAC PRO Transparent (invisible) setting powder. The difference? The Prep + Prime one is of a finer grade, meaning the powder itself is more finely milled for a more “soft focus” type look). I will do a review on the PRO powder I bought soon.

In this post I will talk in depth about each of these primers and its uses, as well as how you can make the most out of them to achieve the perfect look.

The Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment ($19.50) is described as “A light, oil-free emulsion that helps cloak visible pores while controlling oil and shine. Applies “wet” for a gentle micro-exfoliation: dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.”

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Translation: You apply this OVER your moisturizer (let it dry in between), it’s supposed to help minimize the look of pores as well as controlling oily areas of the face by absorbing the oils and giving you a shine-free face such as your t-zone area. The consistency is similar to that of a moisturizer except it feels more “thin” rather than thick, when applied to the face (like you would apply your moisturizer), it dries quickly to a nice matte, soft powder-like finish (and feel).

Overall: I like this prep + primet, it actually keeps me less-shiny than normal, and I love how I can use this on light or no makeup days to help me achieve a more natural look without looking like an oil slick later on in the day. However I don’t feel like it’s a “must-have”. A good face primer or a mineral transparent powder such as Purely Cosmetics’ Oil Absorb or Silk Primer are awesome alternative choices for oil control throughout the day.

MAC Prep + Prime Line Filler ($19.50), described as “A primer used post-foundation, pre-makeup to camouflage, soften and relax expression lines and wrinkles. Applies as a dense cream: dries to a transparent, smooth, natural matte finish. With ongoing use, clinically proven to help rejuvenate your look.”

Overall: 5 out of 5

Translation: It’s basically a primer for wrinkles, fine lines (such as under the eye, crows feet, frown lines around the mouth, etc) and invisibly “fills” these lines thus creating a smooth barrier for easier makeup application as well as minimizing the look of these lines by making them softer. In my Makeup Application Steps Post, I used the line filler under my eyes where I have a couple of lines (apply like you would an eye cream, pat or swipe a little dot), then apply your concealer > foundation for a flawless finish. As you notice in a few of the pictures from that post, my under eye looked really smooth and flawless after applying the Sonia Kushuk loose powder on top of the concealer, but it was the line filler that helped create the smooth canvas to begin with as well as keeping that delicate area moisturized.

Overall: This is a “must-have” for me, I love using it under my eye so that my concealer and powder goes over it smoothly. Consistency wise it’s thicker than the Skin Refined Zone Treatment and when dry, your skin feels smooth like a face primer with that powder-like feel.

The good ‘ol Prep + Prime Skin ($23), this has been around for awhile, and I like it A LOT better than the Prep + Prime Face Protect with SPF50 because it feels more like a primer, and less like a moisturizer which I love. It is described as “An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder.”

Overall:
5 out of 5

Translation:
A basic face primer for the face, to be applied AFTER your moisturizer and BEFORE foundation application. It creates a smooth surface on your face so that your foundation goes on flawlessly without any blotches or uneven tones or color.

Overall:
This is one of the best primers I have used so far, it hasn’t caused my skin to react in a crazy way, smells good, and is a lot cheaper than other primers I have tried. The best part is that it actually does its job. The primer itself is pure white and has an iridescent pearl-like shimmer or sheen to it, but does not show on your face, it’s just completely a pure cream that dries to a matte finish.

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Double Dizzle Dazzle!

MAC released their Double Dazzle collection today, it was supposed to be April 30th but they bumped it up luckily! Unfortunately it’s not on their website yet, but Nordstroms.com has ’em! They all look yummy! I love the Dazzleglasses ($18, each), when they first came out I nabbed “Baby Sparks” and “Funtabulous” and I am BEYOND HAPPY that all but 3 are permanent. (goldyrocks, utterly posh, and stop! look! are ALL LIMITED EDITION).

I didn’t get to swatch all of them at the store, nor on my lips because the BF was being a bugaboo! LOL. So below are swatches of the ones I ended up getting, for those of you who never had a chance to try a Dazzleglass, they ARE sticky lipglosses, so be WARNED! Yes they are the lipglosses that your hair will stick to on a windy day making you look like Cousin It of the Addams family. And I know many of you ladies who hate super sticky lipglosses, but the one thing I love about ’em is that they last because they are stickier than MAC’s lipglasses. They stay on like no other! I wore “Funtabulous” at my sister’s party, and I didn’t even have to re-apply a coat. I also like how they have super fine glitter so that it’s wearable alone or even over lipsticks without making you look like you ate some greasy chicken! LOL. The only thing I noticed is that right out of the box, the brush for each gloss was really stiff which is normal since it’s new, so just bend it to flex it a bit so it has movement for easy application on the lips.

It’s so hard to even pick a favorite because they all are gorgeous over lipsticks and really bring your lips to life! I must say though I love “Funtabulous”, “Rags to Riches”, “Smile”, “Moth to Flame”, and “Steppin’ Out” they are even just pretty alone. “Goldyrocks” didn’t wow me as much as I thought it would, it does have nice gold flecks, but the overall gloss was a bit too sheer for me which is great for those of you who don’t want so much color in their gloss. To be honest, there are a few colors that start to look the same the more and more you look at it such as “Like Venus” and “Extra Amps”, I had to keep swatching them over and over again to make sure I wasn’t mixing up the two!

Nonetheless, I am glad that a majority of these are permanent so there is no need to rush and get them for the fear of them disappearing again, however I highly suggest to at least get ONE and you’ll fall in love with it because they just make lips look luscious!

Product Review: MAC Moisturelush Eye Cream

Product: 3 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5
Price: $30

What they say: “A richly hydrating eye cream with optical effects. Rejuvenates, reconditions and refreshes. Visibly lifts and firms skin around the eyes: helps reduce early morning/late night puffiness and balance the skin’s moisture levels. Provides long-lasting moisture.”

PROS:
– The tub is tiny enough to take with you in your purse, or store in your makeup bag.
– Moisturized my eyes a LITTLE bit with continuous use
– Has a good amount of product to last you awhile
– No funky smell

CONS:
– Expensive for an eye cream, $30 and it’s not the best eye cream out there…
– Didn’t moisturize my eyes as much as I wanted it to, even with continuous use (I used it everyday both morning and night for reference), yet they say it provides “long-lasting moisture”.
– No SPF protection

Overall?
It’s an okay eye cream, but I know it’s not the best out there, it’s mediocre; and totally not worth $30. So my final verdict: keep looking if you are looking for the best undereye eye cream, I know I am!

MAC Sugarsweet Review & Swatches


So like I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, my local MAC store released the Sugarsweet collection a day early- today! (Well some of you who are probably reading this, it’ll be yesterday, LOL).

I stopped by after work and chatted with the MUA like I always do, since he’s super friendly, and I picked up a majority of the collection especially the shadesticks because believe it or not the only shadesticks I own prior to this collection are: Crimsonaire, Cement, and Gracious Me. I loved Butternutty when I swatched it because it’s been compared to the “Beige-ing” shadestick and makes a great base for eyeshadows. Red Velvet just looks so yummy and is a rich deep pinkish red, Lemon Chiffon is a bright pale yellow beige. These new shadesticks are actually softer and a bit easier to work with than the old shadesticks. They also seem to last just like the paint pots (the paint pots have awesome staying power for me) because it took me awhile to get the swatches off my hand!

As far as the eyeshadows, I got Aquavert, Dear Cupcake, and the pro-pan refill of Stars N Rockets since it’s permanent. I was always looking for the perfect coral eyeshadow, because MAC doesn’t have too many coral eyeshadows other than Paradisco which I found to be a really light coral.

Now you know I love lippies! And I can’t stop buying ’em, so I bought 2 Saint Germain‘s (gotta have a backup!) since it’s an awesome dupe of “Melrose Mood” (Heatherette). I also compared the two side by side. Lollipop Loving, which is a gorgeous light coral shade with the perfect amount of shimmer; it is also a re-promote from the Heatherette collection, and I also got Bubbles lipstick which is a white pearlized glaze lipstick which was actually discontinued years ago and they brought it back!

The tricolour lipglasses didn’t do much for me, like Aileen from Shadesofu pointed out, they are similar to Milani’s triple color lipglosses; on top of that I found the MAC version a bit too sticky and thick than the regular lipglasses. And also because I know it would be one of those products I barely would reach for….so I just put my money towards everything else in the collection.

Originally, looking at preliminary swatches I had my eye on the “Perfect Topping” MSF, but when I was in the store, “Refined” won my heart in the end because it was warmer and it was definitely a color that I fell in love with and probably works better with my skintone.

“Consume Me” and one of the lipsticks I believe I was unable to swatch because they didn’t get those in yet…

Overall? This collection is just yummy! I love the promo pic of Sugarsweet too with the cupcakes and sprinkles, it’s just divine! I think there is definitely something in this collection for everyone and probably one of the best collections that have come out in a long time (personally), even the Hello Kitty collection didn’t impress me too much other than the lippies from that collection.

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Lipstick swatches, no base:

MAC Sugar Sweet Collection

I love this collection because I love anything sweet or anything cupcake! Check out more on Specktra.net.

Just look how yummy they look!

Eye Shadows – $14.50USD

* Sugarshot – Pale frosty beige (Lustre) (LE)
* Dear Cupcake – Mid-tone pink coral with gold pearlized pigments (Satin) (LE)
* Aquavert – Soft mint with white pearlized pigments (Veluxe Pearl) (LE) (Repromote from Lure Summer 06)
* Stars ‘n’ Rockets – Lavender with red/pink reflects (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
* Club – Muted reddish brown duo-chrome with green opalescent shimmer (Satin) (Permanent)

Shadesticks – (LE) $16.50USD

* Cakeshop – Frosted light neutral beige
* Lemon Chiffon – Frosted pewter
* Butternutty – Frosted pale white gold
* Red Velvet – Frosted mid-tone pink
* Penny – Light pinky copper (Repromote)

Lipsticks – $14.00USD

* Sweet Thing – Mid-tone magenta with multi-dimensional pearl (Lustre) (LE)
* Bubbles – Sheer frosty white beige (Glaze) (LE) (Repromote of DCd Item)
* Touch – Peachy cinnamon (Lustre) (Permanent)
* Lollipop Loving – Mid-tone coral with subtle green with gold iridescence (Glaze) (LE) (Repromote from Heatherette Spring 2008)
* Saint Germain – Pastel pink (Amplified Creme) (Permanent in select Europe locations)

Tri-Colour Lipglass (LE) – $17.50USD

* Tasty-Top: Sheer blue pink with reflects. Middle: Mid-tone blue pink with duo-chrome pearlized pigments. Bottom: Dark creamy red pink
* Just Dessert – Top: Sheer yellow pink with reflects. Middle: Mid-tone yellow pink with duo-chrome pearlized pigments. Bottom: Mid-tone creamy yellow pink
* Simply Delicious – Sheer peach with reflects. Middle: Pale coral with duo-chrome pearlized pigments. Bottom: Creamy mid-tone coral
* Triple-Yum – Top: Sheer gold with gold reflects. True gold with duo-come pearlized pigments. Bottom: Mid-tone bronze
* Consume Me – Top: Sheer white with reflects. Middle: Pale mint with duo-chrome pearlized pigments. Bottom: Creamy light peach with pearlized pigments

Mineralize Skinfinishes – (LE) $25.000USD
* Perfect Topping – Pink/Peach/Lavender melange
* Refined – Tan/Peach/Coral melange

Mascara – (Perm) $12.00USD

* Zoom Lash: Zoomblack – Rich black
Lash (Perm) – $12.00USD
* #34 Lash – Dramatically long. Wispy. Features a long, winged-corner edge.

Nail Lacquer (LE) – $11.00USD
* Peppermint Patti – Creamy mint green (Cream)
* Seasonal Peach – Creamy pale peachy pink (Cream) (Repromote from Creme Sheen Fall 08)

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