Sunday, June 26, 2011

My MAC lipglosses - Review & Challenge

 My MAC lipgloss collection is fairly small and since I hardly use them I decided to do a review and weekly challenge with them before taking them back-2-MAC.

What's the challenge?
  • Use MAC lipgloss of choice every day for the upcoming week
Now on to the reviews!


Underage is  probably one of the most popular MAC lipglasses. It's a nude milky pink shade that has very subtle shimmer to it that disappears once the product is on your lips. It has the distinct Vanilla scent that all MAC lip products have. The consistency is thick and gooey. It's quite sticky. Like all MAC lipglasses, I find this product to be too sticky for my liking and not moisturizing enough. The consistency will emphasize dry skin and you must make sure to have well moisturized lips when using this product. The colour probably works best for lighter skintones. I find that it washes my NC25/30 skin out.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Will I repurchase? No.

Lychee Luxe:
Lychee Luxe is also a lipglass. It's a gorgeous corally shade that has some sparkle to it. I bought it on a whim when I couldn't get my hands on Queen Bee. Like Underage it is gooey, sticky and not moisturizing. The smell is lovely and if the consistency of this lipglass was better I would quite like it. The shade will probably suit warmer and medium to dark skin tones best.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Will I repurchase? No.

Venetian is a lovely Lustreglass. It's less pigmented than lipglasses, but has a lovely consistency. It's smooth, doesn't emphasize any dryness and is not sticky. It's a deep red and almost has a slight cool undertone to it and subtle red shimmers. It's also got the yummy Vanilla scent to it. I love wearing this with black eyeliner and tons of Mascara.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Will I repurchase? Probably not. (I don't get much use out of it).

Overall, I must say that I am not a fan of lipglasses and regret buying them. I don't like the quality and the price tag that comes along with it. There are much better alternatives out there that are cheaper, such as Revlon's lip glosses. I may check out creamsheens and other lustreglasses once I use up some of my products.

What do you think of MAC lipglosses? Are they worth the hype?


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Revisiting: What am I using right now - Tag

This is a tag from 2009 that I decided to do again. I tag anyone who wants to do this tag and Get Gawjus (, Saadeh from Shadowy Lady (, Sandra from 15 steps, then a beauty blog (, Laura from buy now, blog later ( and

Please check out the blogs of these lovely ladies, they're fantastic!

Shampoo: Pantene Pro V for Dry and Damaged hair. I like it, however, I will be looking for something Paraben Free. Recommendations welcome.

Conditioner: Moroccan Oil Conditioner. LOVE. Paraben-free and amazing conditioning properties. Yes, it's a little pricey but it's lasting me forever.

Styling products: None. However I do use Moroccan Oil after I wash my hair. This has seriously saved my hair.

Shower Gel:
Milk & Honey and Almond by either Palmolive.

Body moisturizer: The Body Shop's Body Butter in Sheah Butter. Again, need to find something Paraben-free

Face moisturizer:
I use quite a few simply because I haven't found my holy grail item yet.

Morning: Mainly Yes to Carrots - Moisturizing Day Cream, Estee Lauder Revelation and Nivea Daily Moisturizer.

Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Serum, Yes to Carrots - Moisturizing Night Cream

Deodorant: Fa and CD

Fake Tan: Clarins' Instant Smooth Self Tanning

Cleanser: MAC's Cleanse-Off Oil, Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Make Up Remover, Garnier Essentials Toner, Balea wash gel

Exfoliator: St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Yes to Carrots Facial Cleanser

Primer: None

Foundation: Mainly MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC25 mixed with NC30 to finish them up. Sometimes I will use Nars Sheer Glow or Estee Lauder Double Wear Light.

Foundation brush: My hands or EDM Long Handled Kabuki.

Concealer: MAC Select Moisturecover in NW25 or MAC Select Cover Up - Again trying to finish them up.

Powder: Generally not a fan of powder, as I do like a slightly dewy finish. Everyday Minerals Olive or MAC Blot Powder

Blusher: MAC's Dainty, Milani's Luminous or Nars' Madly

Bronzer: Nars Laguna

Highlighter: Dior Amber Diamond

Eyeshadow base: Nars Smudgeproof eyeshadow base

Eyeshadows: MAC: Soba or Era all over the lid, Mulch smudged under the bottom lashline, or Naked Lunch all over the lid with Mulch in the crease, UD Naked palette

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (trying to finish it up)

Curler: none

Mascara: Estee Lauder Sumptious, L'oreal Million Lashes

MAC Creme d'Nude or Jazzed, Smashbox Pout

Lipgloss: Smashbox Pout

Nail Colour: You don't know Jacques - This seriously is my all time favorite polish!

Your turn!


Clarins Haul and Mini Review

I guess I just can't resist great deals. I had been eying the Clarins self tanners and lip gloss in no 2 for a while. When I saw that the Instant Smooth Self Tanning was down to approx. 28 usd and the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector lip gloss had 20% off, I counted myself lucky and guess what - caved in! I am pretty excited about the recent purchases, even though I haven't tried the lip gloss yet in an effort to finish my current lip glosses.

Mini Review:

The self tanner is formulated for the face and can be used before make up application. It contains Dimethicone and works like a primer, smoothing out face lines and helping your make up last longer. I find that it is less orange than most other self-tanners and achieves a natural tan within 2 applications. I used it two days in a row and then again after about 4 days to maintain it. So far it hasn't broken me out. The only con is that it is in a jar and only 30 mls.

Have you tried any of the products?

What other Clarins products do you love?


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Guerlain Haul

It's been a while since I last blogged, but I promise, I am still here.

My drugstore finally put up a Guarlain counter and to my surprise had a Blush G tester! I got super excited as I had been looking for one for months and no one seemed to have it here.

They only had 2 available and 20% off. I decided to cave in and get it. Hell yeah, I do need another blush in my collection.

I also got some freebies, which convinced me even more.

I got the Guerlain G blush, a complimentary brush set, Idylle body lotion and a gorgeous lip gloss in Violine.

Simply gorgeous...

Travel size brush kit...I always need more brushes!

Kiss Kiss

What other Guerlain products would you recommend? Do you have any of the products listed above?

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