Thursday, May 22, 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatics

I was at the mall by 9:30am just'a settin' in my vehicle. waitin' for the store to open. Now, the mall that is close to me is quite large and open, so one can go to the mall and have a bite to eat or lounge while waiting for the stores to open. I did just that. I just sat and did a bit of people watching to kill time. 10:00am and lets go!

I knew what I wanted. Two lipsticks and both blushes


Lipsticks: MYSTICAL


First of all the packaging is what got me. I mentioned that in the previous post. I think the color is cool and the raised droplets are out of the ordinary. I will cool you off just by reaching for these. They are made of cheap plastic. very light weight, but that doesn't bother me, it's makeup. Mystical is a cool rose, cremesheen. It goes on easy and creamy, it falls apart slightly on application so you have to make sure it goes on smoothly. Has the typical MAC vanilla smell, which I do not like. It is a very vibrant color worn alone, so I will probably tone it down a bit with another shade for everyday wear.

Enchanted one is a matte finish. I did not realize that until I applied it. It is a peachy tan color much lighter in person than it appeared on the website. I can not wear matte lipstick alone. It will settle into every line in my lips. I have to put a lip gloss over it, or else it is too uncomfortable on my lips. I do like the color if  I apply it with a light hand......and gloss!
no gloss over top, yikes!

ahhhhh, glossy and smooth

close up of the lipstick tubes

As for the Extra Dimension Blush described as a liquid - powder blush with prismatic reflections. It has a sheen to it but I feel primatic is a bit of a stretch.I say that now as I have not worn it yet. It may change with wear. I will have to see. As I have mentioned before, I have very oily skin, so I will use this as a highlighter blush. So excited to try them out. I bought both shades and both are very pretty. SEDUCED AT SEA is described as a midtone neutral there is nothing plum about this color. I think that's a typo. It is a cool apricot, beautiful shade and the other, SEA ME HEAR ME is described as a beige pink. That one is aptly named

I like the things I picked up. They are moving fast though, so if you are on the fence about anything, you need to get going. It sold out on line. It seems the lipsticks an blushes are going first. So go get yours!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Got to admit, the image for this collection is pretty awesome. I wanted something from this collection because of the graphics ( sucker!!! ) I picked up the quad because it looked safe enough. It reminded me of the quint from Chanel that came out around Christmas of this year. You can see the two shades that are similar below. The Chanel shadows are softer and way more pigmented, and of course they are not quite the same shade.  


Chanel "Charming"

Needed a black liner. I have been using a cream liner that I like but by the end of the day it slides into my eyes and burns like crazy. I have to wash it off immediately. I hope this will stay put. I have used a felt tip liner before. I think it was the liner from lancome, but the same thing happens. It burns my eyes. We will see!

The highlighter only came in one shade. I'm sure it wasn't made with me in mind, but it is a brightener. It is suppose to bring a soft sheer wash of color to the skin. Use it over makeup for highlights, touch-ups or under makeup to brighten and prime. This is according to the description form mac. this is similar to YSL's touche eclat which I did have and liked alot. 
I want to go back and pick up the red lipstick even though I don't wear red lipstick very much. It just looks like a real pretty red. This is a pretty basic collection, nothing too special or exciting about it. I am looking forward to the Alluring Aquatic Collection that comes out online May 15th and in store May 22nd.  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

A new foundation! I have been using this for a couple of months now and I love it! I have very oily aging skin. Well what does that mean? My skin is very oily but it is also very dehydrated. That's the aging part. It is really kind of bizarre to have skin that feels thirsty like it desperately needs water but feel like an oil slick. Some foundations tend to slide off my oily skin and leave me looking oily and blotchy.......lovely. I am very excited about this one. It is oil free and mattifying!

I have the shade Chestnut. I wasn't sure at first because it is a bit warm, but as you can see it blend into my skin perfectly. I would see it is a medium coverage and leaves the skin looking like skin. I like makeup to enhance not completely cover every flaw. I use half a pump and press it into my skin with my fingers. starting from the center working outwards. I avoid my forehead because I don't need foundation there. I then use a flat top kabuki ( Sigma F80 ) to blend it out.
Then I'm ready for whatever will come next.......depends on the day.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Divergent Swatches

How long did it take for me to get to this? bad blogger, bad. So here are my swatches!

ABNEGATION eye Palette

Most of the shadows are matte with the exception of Golden Honey, which is a shimmer. If you choose, you may layer the Transform color over the matte shades. I found that this shadow falls apart when layered it would probably behave better if it were used wet.

DAUNTLESS eye palette

I have to look to see if I swatched  diverge a beautiful mossy, bronzey green, so pretty. Dauntless ink is a very matte, very black and nicely pigmented. Serene vanilla is a good brown bone highlight color for brown skin. It doesn't go chalky and horrible.

ERUDITE eye palette

 My favorite palette because of the very safe neutral colors. As you can see burnt mahogany is matte but I put a bit of choose over top to show how it will add shimmer to base shadow. Choose is a lot like transform but seems to hold together a bit more. Transform just turns into fairy dust. 

and lastly the blush palette is called DIVERGENT CHEECK PALETTE (original )

The first swatch is the highlight gleaming pearl. It adds a golden highlight to the cheeks very pretty. Both blushes are quite nice. I have worn both shades. Obscure coral looks kind of scary in the "pan", but fear not brown skin can handle it. Misty rose can be a bit chalky looking, but if used with the gleaming pearl it gives the high points of the cheeks a rosy glow.

I am enjoying this palette as a whole. I think they are a good size, not to big or bulky and the end pieces that contain the glittery, transforming shades come off.

 I carry the glosses with me and apply them throughout my day. My favorite? Temptations Choice, yes the very shade I was least excited about trying. It adds a shimmer to any base shade and just livens it up, and I love the minty tingle they have. Go figure.