Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Matte Lipstick - Chili

on 11/18/2018 3:28:00 PM

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Chili is Mac's best-selling lipstick of all time--11 are bought every minute globally. (I love trivia, especially about makeup.)😀
I think the other famous Mac reds--Ruby Woo and Russian Red-- are beautiful on other people, but they just don't look great on fair-medium, warm, blond moi. But enter Chili and I am in burnt-orange heaven. (Go Longhorns!) I find it easy to apply from the tube with no liner and can't believe that I can pull off such a bold lipstick. Chili is just perfect. Everybody needs a red hippie in their stash and Chili is my holy grail. As many bold/dark colors are, it is a matte and applies smoothly and wears well. But if it didn't I would love it anyway and just have fun reapplying. Chili is a real winner! You probably need it. 😘
Respectfully submitted,
colormepink


Concealers -MAC Cosmetics -Pro Longwear Concealer

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Dark circles are not a huge concern for me on most days, but every now and again when I've not slept enough they can be quite prominent. And when that happens, 1 drop of Mac's Pro Longwear Concealer is literally all it takes to provide coverage and (temporarily) banish them. A friend with a dry skin type tried this and said it wasn't for her as the formulation is quite dry and creased/accentuated her fine lines. However for me with oilier skin it glided on fine and didn't look cakey in any way. Also a bonus for me is that Mac is one of the very few brands to do foundations/concealers that are a 100% complete match with my skin tone. If you have combination to oily skin I would suggest to give this a try. Very good coverage, just be careful with the pump, it can and will dispense a lot more than you need!


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Eye Shadow -MAC Cosmetics -Shiny Pretty Things Eye Party Palette - Smoky

on 11/18/2018 7:03:00 AM

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I usually pass on the holiday gift items - especially the eye palettes - from MAC. I never feel that the formulations are the same on the shadows as the regular line. And the color combinations are a little too "difficult" for 63 year-old eyes.

But I played with this palette and purchased it immediately! The shadows blend beautifully and even the glimmers allow me to create some subtle but defined looks. And it's $30!

The colors have "holiday/winter names" ( except for Carbon) but you can see close dupes to Wedge/Omega, Brun, etc. And it comes with a useful brush!

MAC upped their game this year - there is a lot of competition out there - and this palette is a worthy contender.

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Lip Gloss -MAC Cosmetics -Lipglass in clear

on 11/17/2018 9:37:00 PM

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When I graduated from high school, my dad's girlfriend did my makeup. She used Clear Lipglass on my lips, and it lasted, quite literally, all day. Not only through the ceremony, but through my graduation party and dinner afterwards.

That was 17 years ago (oof), and this stuff just keeps getting better in comparison to what little else is available. Clear glosses, sticky glosses, and glosses in squeeze tubes barely exist - go to the grocery or drugstore down the block, and you'll do well to find a product that fits 1/3 of those criteria. As such, I keep buying MAC Clear Lipglass. I can use a little for a subdued shine, or a lip brush load for a full on reflective glassy shine; either way, a tube lasts forever. It seals and enhances traditional lipstick, moistens and improves the appearance of liquid lipstick, lights up glitter and metallic lips, and keeps lip balm from evaporating. It does double duty as eye gloss. It never melts onto my chin. There's no doe foot or brush tip to contaminate with lip color; no dipping back in to get the right amount. Now that MAC is everywhere mid-to-high-end, including Ulta, there's no fuss involved in restocking.

I'm quite sure this is the only clear lip gloss I'll ever need. If you're looking for a clear lip gloss, just go for it! You can drop ~$18 on MAC goodness now, or spend the same amount trying out and discarding crappy ones from other brands first. Yes, it's a transcendental level of sticky, but that's what gives it its extreme lasting power.

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Concealers -MAC Cosmetics -Pro Longwear Concealer

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I like that it is the only thing that does not crease on me . it blends very well. but not enough coverage for me.


Liquid -MAC Cosmetics -Studio Face and Body Foundation

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Very sheer but somehow I can feel it all day on my face and it stresses me out. I hate feeling it. Gets too shiny

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Blush -MAC Cosmetics -Mineralize Blush - Love Joy

on 11/17/2018 2:25:00 AM

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I purchased warm soul and love joy together a million years ago before “the change”. Dark reds browns shimmery wonders of which warm soul was defoooo the darker - so I actually bac2mac’d it (before I knew it’d been reformulated; now I’m pissed cuz I don’t have a special item boo hoo). Not many pale review so here goes. I’m NW20 on a tan day. More like NW15 really. I’m currently wearing that (NW15) in Studio Sculpt. I even have gone to NC10 in pro longwear before it came lighter in NWs. I’m very red though and don’t like to counter it except nose area. My whole body is red and I ‘tan’ rose gold. Although I use many actives and I’m an SPF vigilante. Love Joy works for my pale arse with a feather light touch and lasts allll day. The reddish hue totally goes with my ruddy skin! I agree with another reviewer who stated it’s like a blush, bronze and highlight all in one! I have many Mineralize blush shades and this (and my vintage warm soul I discarded like a used Kleenex) is like so much more pigmented than ANYY of them it’s totally insane. It builds to clown territory so easily on me. If I do not use like a loose fan brush and barely swipe across top and then tap multiple times I’m a clown. I bought this BC (before children). It’s still a dome. My kids are adolescents.

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Eyeliner -MAC Cosmetics -Kajal Crayon

on 11/16/2018 1:05:00 PM

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The Crayon is long lasting on the waterline, pigmentation is good. It did not smudge or fade in the 6 hours that i wore. Love the colours. If you are using for waterline only, it will last you long but I doubt it will last long if you use for the outer lid like crayon. The packaging is nice but one has to be careful whilst opening or you can snip the tip whilst opening.

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Blush -MAC Cosmetics -Sheertone Shimmer Blush - Ambering Rose

on 11/16/2018 10:25:00 AM

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I took a chance ordering this blush because I had not tested it in person. I actually first heard about t when a makeup artist named it as her all time favorite blush in her makeup kit. I loved it once I actually received it and tried it. This color is a beautiful and natural almost sheer strawberry color on my NC25-N30 asking tone. I applied it very lightly and gently built it up and loved the result. Its different than any other shade in my makeup case because I tend to go for peaches and peaches with slight pink. I have a hard time finding a pink or rose blush that works with my skin tone without looking clownish. However- this blush is absolutely gorgeous on and looked very natural when applied lightly. I think this could work for many different skin tones as I’ve seen photos of this on fair skin, as well as dark complexions and I personally have medium tan with yellow undertones. So it’s very versatile.

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Blush -MAC Cosmetics -Sheertone Shimmer - Springsheen

on 11/16/2018 10:16:00 AM

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This is a beautiful color. I have worn Nars orgasm for over a decade, and can agree that this blush is the closest to Orgasm than any other blush I’ve tried. I actually think I prefer Springsheen because when built up it’s a tad peachier than Orgasm, which I prefer. Overall its a gorgeous peachy pink with slight shimmer. My skin tone is NC25-NC30, and like Orgasm , when I first applied I thought it was going to be too light and not show up. I had to give it a few swipes for the color to show, but when it did it’s beautiful. I like that you can really apply the color light or build it up. Really brightens the face. Beautiful especially for spring & summer.

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Blush -MAC Cosmetics -Powder Blush- Melba

on 11/16/2018 10:09:00 AM

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Had to finally try this blush after seeing so many positive reviews, and I’m glad I did. My skin tone is NC25-NC30 (light medium tan with yellow undertones) This is a beautiful light peachy beige on me. I actually felt like I had to give it a few swipes for it to really show up on me, but when it did it was a very beautiful warmth to my cheeks. Brightens the face. I actually like that I had to give it a few swipes because I don’t think I can go overboard with this color. Very soft and natural looking. Highly recommend.

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Blush -MAC Cosmetics -Powder Blush - Sunbasque

on 11/16/2018 10:04:00 AM

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This is a gorgeous gorgeous blush. I don’t know what took me so long to try it, but I’m glad I finally did. Its now one of my very favorite blushes. It’s a medium peachy bronze,with just the slightest shimmer that makes my face look sunkissed and warms up the skin. The shimmer is not to much at all, it’s just enough to add a little beautiful something extra. In the pan, and next to the other Mac blushes on the counter it doesn’t look exciting, but on the face this color is amazing. My skin tone is NC25-NC30. Highly recommend!


Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Matte Lipstick - Chili

on 11/15/2018 2:56:00 PM

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A very special '90s-flashback matte rusty red that's still relevant as hell today. The only reason I'm not giving this 5 lippies is that orangey shades like this make my teeth look yellower than they are. It's not MAC's fault-- but it's the reason I only reach for Chili every so often. Other than the teeth thing, Chili looks fantastic against my light golden-toned skin and auburn hair. Would not recommend this shade at all for cool-toned ladies-- it's for yellow undertones only! It is the classic MAC matte formulation, so it is extremely opaque, does not bleed outside the lipline, and does feel pretty dry on the lips once it sets. However, it's not going to give you that parched, pucker-mouth look some matte lippies can.

Ultimately, I find Viva Glam I just a tiny bit more flattering overall, so I tend to prefer that one for my matte red lip look. For comparison, VGI is about the same level of "darkness" as Chili, but has more neutral undertones (ie, brown but not orange). But, if you have perfectly white teeth and warm skin tone you may absolutely FLIP over Chili!

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Blush -MAC Cosmetics -Frost Blush in Margin

on 11/14/2018 7:54:00 PM

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This is the blush that replaced my warm soul!
I am nc20 c1 , warm soul(new formulation) was my all time hg but it was a tiny bit too orange and just not satisfying me anymore (packaging sucks too). First after comparing warm soul to mac Peaches It looked a bit muddy and less natural. Peaches was perfection! BUT I wanted a blush that had a sheen since peaches is a sheertone and its basically matte. I had my eye on Margin because seeing the swatches online it had looked similar to Warm Soul (the old formulation). ive been searching up and down for a dupe of the old formula. Though i never owned it i was determined. Also, I much prefer the packaging on the regular blush line than their mineralize blushes so thats a plus.

Margin is a glowy beautiful peachy bronze with a tiny bit of rosy mauve. Its a lot more pigmented than warm soul without the yellow gold sheen and longer lasting on the cheeks. It also does not pull too orange while warm soul sometimes can lean a bit too warm which makes it look less natural. Margin is a neutral tone with a natural sheen that isnt gold or pink, just a sheen, its really natural and glowy. It blends like a dream over face and body foundation or just on bareskin. No patchyness. Also it can be paired with any look.

I guess i just went with the hype for warm soul and just never ventured out, i am so happy i did some research and found this blush, its what i hope the new formulation would of been. I use a stippling brush with margin and it never looks overdone. I use peaches for natural everyday blush and margin for a nightout. I literally pack these on and go crazy and i wont look like a clown. No highlighter is needed with this blush but a little bit of hush cream color base to top it off never hurts!

I am very happy to say my search for my HG blusher is over. All i need is Mac Peaches(day) and Margin(night) and i am set for life! Id repurchase this and recommend this to everyone.

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Primer/ Corrector -MAC Cosmetics -Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

on 11/14/2018 5:28:00 PM

I was given a couple of very generous samples of this product by a lovely MAC sales associate so have used it about 5 times so far. It comes in two shades - pink and yellow. I have neutral skin, but my best MAC foundation match is NC15, so I was given the yellow colour. I apply this to my skin with my fingers and give it a couple of minutes to settle before applying foundation. I find that my foundation applies well over this primer, whether I am using a brush or a sponge. All my other makeup sits nicely over this primer also. It doesn’t seem to give too much radiance or glow - my matte foundations remain matte over this primer. However, it does help my makeup to last longer and stop separation on my chin and mouth areas (which are generally my problem areas). All in all it is a great primer and I would purchase a full size happily, but I cannot give it a full 5 lipsticks as it is certainly not ‘radiant’.

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